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Bird House Inn and Gardens

Certificate of Excellence
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371 Water Street, (In the Historic James H. Clark House), Excelsior, MN 55331
Bird House Inn and Gardens
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Birdhouse is a wonderful alternative to taking a hotel room in nearby Minneapolis. Located just southwest of the city in Excelsior on lovely Lake Minnetonka, the Birdhouse offers comfortable and gracious accommodations with colonial touches and warmth. Dave and Gretchen were just adding florals to the front patio and I can only imagine how beautiful the grounds will be... More 

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Dave W, Owner at Bird House Inn and Gardens, responded to this review

Great having you guys here! Hope you beat the snow storm (in May!) driving back. Thanks for mentioning the wifi, I'll keep an eye on it. We have a system with three nodes spread around the property to insure good coverage. I'm definitely committed to that being state-of-the art here for our guests - including many business travelers who depend... More 

Bloomington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We just came home from a short getaway at the Bird House inn, what a nice time we had. We had a great room at the top of the stairs, with a fireplace and a door out onto the deck with a table and chairs, wish we could have taken advantage of it but weather didn't cooperate! We had a... More 

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Dave W, Owner at Bird House Inn and Gardens, responded to this review

So glad you enjoyed yourselves! Hope to see you back again another time! More 

Crystal, Minnesota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

If you're in the Minneapolis area, you don't have to go far to enjoy a relaxing quiet getaway. Bird House Inn & Gardens in Excelsior MN is like a home away from home. Upon arrival we relaxed in the comfortable living room with a complimentary glass of wine (non-alcoholic beverages are available) as well as a variety of snacks to... More 

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Dave W, Owner at Bird House Inn and Gardens, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed my grandma's Swedish pancake recipe - it's the original that she and her family brought from the "old country" and handed down to my dad who handed it down to me. Simple, but scrumptious! Thanks for the nice compliment as well - about the best thing I can think you could say about an innkeeper. I'm touched. More 

Shakopee, Minnesota
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

My friends and I were looking for a place for an overnight stay that could include shopping, dinner, and a cozy location that we could just sit and chat. The Bird House Inn was the perfect place for us! Because there were five of us, we ended up needing three rooms. We booked the cardinal, hummingbird, and meadowlark rooms which... More 

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Dave W, Owner at Bird House Inn and Gardens, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind words. We love groups like yours that help make sure the whole house has life in it - not just the bedrooms! An old house like this deserves it. :) More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We booked the Meadowlark room for a birthday getaway weekend. We had a wonderful time checking in and enjoying the wine and snacks. We appreciated the old fashioned feel of the cozy living room, and liked being able to spend time with friends. We loved that the Bird House Inn had complimentary note cards to send to our family. There... More 

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Dave W, Owner at Bird House Inn and Gardens, responded to this review

Thanks for writing up so much great detail! I should probably hire you to work on my website for me. :) Great chatting with you guys and I look forward to having you back in the future! More 

Middlebury, Indiana
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I was in town for business and stayed there several days. The owner was very friendly and accommodating to my dietary needs. Check in was easy, the home is comfortable and they offer all the little amenities you would want in a B&B.

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Dave W, Owner at Bird House Inn and Gardens, responded to this review

Thanks, Charmane! We do try to accommodate whatever special request our guest might have. Glad everything worked out for you. And the pillow you left is on it's way! :) More 

Marshall, Minnesota, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Just spent a Saturday night here with my wife for our first Valentine's Day together and we both loved it. The owner was super friendly and you could tell he really put a lot into making it a unique experience for each guest. Looking forward to staying there again.

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Dave W, Owner at Bird House Inn and Gardens, responded to this review

Glad to hear we could help make your first Valentine's Day together a good one! We'll look forward to seeing you here again! More 

Twin Cities, MN
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

My company has used Birdhouse Inn frequently for our business travelers and they tell us how much they enjoy their stay (especially breakfast). We've also had a great time working with Birdhouse. Great service. They take care of their customers. I've personally stayed here multiple times and have always enjoyed the experience. In fact, this is the B&B that made... More 

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Dave W, Owner at Bird House Inn and Gardens, responded to this review

Definitely appreciate having a review from one of our many business travelers. We try to combine the comforts of home with the flexibility and amenities you need for business. Glad to hear it's working out well for you! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We had a fantastic experience during our stay. The house was very warm and welcoming and the convenience of receiving a door code and checking in at our convenience was perfect! The weekday breakfast was amazing and we were very generously provided with the smallest of amenities. The house looked great and had very nice decor. Thank you for everything,... More 

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Dave W, Owner at Bird House Inn and Gardens, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the wonderful review! We do find that the door code works well for our guests, with the added security of keyed locks on all the rooms. Also nice to hear that you enjoyed our weekday breakfast. With the offering of fresh fruit, fried eggs, etc., we try to exceed the expectations most people have for a... More 

Saint Cloud, Minnesota, United States
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Lovely home very near to the heart of Excelsior. The whirlpool tub in our suite (The Turtle Dove) was worth the price, which by the way, was less than I expected for a Twin Cities location. I loved that the owners are "hands on" and made our stay very warm and inviting!

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Dave W, Owner at Bird House Inn and Gardens, responded to this review

Great to have you with us Joanne, and glad to hear that you liked the bed! I look forward to trying your stuffed french toast recipe some time soon. (Don't worry, I'll make sure to keep it top secret! :) More 

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