About this listing
The Duck 'N' Roll inn is a three bedroom home situated on a urban duck farm. A combination of contemporary features and old-time cottage charm will keep you comfortable and cozy while you enjoy the pastoral views of Detroit's east side.
The Duck 'N' Roll Inn has been a home to journalists, documentary filmmakers, artists, performers, urban planners and explorers, and this year, a temporary home for families reuniting. It's been a joy to teach the kids about the ducks!
The "Duck 'N' Roll Inn" is an eclectic farmhouse on an urban duck farm, officially known as Laid In Detroit. The farm provides pasture raised duck eggs to the Woodbridge Pub, as well as local residents. Located in the easy-going east side, Laid In Detroit was voted "Best Inner City Duck Farm" by the staff of the Metro Times. Though it's not so much an "inner city" vibe as it is a laid back oasis amongst urban sprawl. It encompasses 4 city lots full of trees and garden, with a 3 lot community garden just across the street.
The house has 3 bedrooms--a nautical room, and kid friendly room, and a spacious bedroom known as "the disco room," which features a large skylight, a woodburning stove, enormous chalk boards, and a sound system with a disco ball so that it doubles as a dance floor!
There is one full bath with an extra wide jacuzzi tub, as well as a half bath on the first floor. The property also features a steel bbq in the form of a dinosaur, an adobe pizza oven on site, as well as panoramic views of the gardens and the ducks frolicking in the pasture.
We have a new addition to the farm! Meg, the livestock guardian dog is keeping us safe from predators and prowlers, along with Sox the cat. Great Pyrenees guardian dogs are known for their friendly, gentle demeanor, as well as their superior livestock guarding abilities. She is still a puppy, but already a doing a great job with both ducks and people alike. When you meet her, give her a biscuit and a pat. She loves guests! (By the way, dogs and cats are off limits to the house unless invited! No worries if you are allergic or not an animal lover.)
The house is full of character with a large kitchen and dining area. The property also has many ecological features, such as a green roof over the duck coop and permaculture gardens. Your stay here will not only be relaxing and fun, but educational as well.
Typical guests who have really enjoyed the Duck 'N' Roll Inn are artists, urban gardening fans, photographers, journalists, film makers, animal lovers, students, musicians, world travelers and anyone with an adventurous mindset.
You can also rest easy knowing that the money from your reservation is going directly to a small farm business in a developing neighborhood in Detroit.
Cornerstone Village, once a stable working class neighborhood founded by Belgian immigrants (some refer to it as "the Belgian triangle") has also been affected by the recent mass exodus from Detroit. But a strong coalition of homeowners with deep roots in the community have held things together.
You will encounter some blight and vacant homes in the neighborhood. There are characters, and oftentimes people are out and about, playing music and socializing, but it is a friendly neighborhood, All guests have had a safe experience here.
There are many great restaurants nearby, as well as bars, pubs, and grocery stores. The Cadieux Cafe and Ye Olde Tap Room have been around for a century. Trader Joe's and Kroger grocery are within walking distance.
Laid In Detroit has hosts many events, including an annual Easter party for the kids, and a Christmas party for the adults!
Interaction with Guests
I live right next door to the inn, and I am often home most of the day. Should you need anything, even a light bulb changed, I can get to it quickly.
In the past, guests have a had special requests, everything from tours of the city, to barbeques and small weddings. If you give me enough notice, I am happy to clear my calendar so that we can make the best of your stay here in Detroit!
Detroit is not known for its convenient public transit (not yet, anyway). We recommend renting a car. In the end, it's cheaper and more convenient than a cab, and a good way to get to and from the airport.
Detroit does have a growing web of bike paths, however, and it can be a great way to see the city. I have four bikes available for guests to use, and, if given enough notice, I will be even take you on a tour!
No dogs allowed in the house. Please interact with the ducks, but don't allow kids or pets to chase them, as they can easily be injured in a panic. Always enter the backyard via the house, and keep gates closed. Remember to turn down heat the house when you leave. It helps keep costs down! Thank you!
We had a great time staying at the Duck & Roll to celebrate our engagement party weekend. Suzanne was a very welcoming and helpful host, Meg is an awesome guard dog, and the ducks are quack-tastic! I'm from the area and it was great staying here to show my wife's family around the D for their first time. Don't hesitate to book this place when traveling to Detroit. Definitely make sure you have a rental car, because otherwise you won't make it very far in the Motor City.
We had a great stay at the Inn. Meg the dog lives up to the hype and feeding watermelon to the ducks was a big highlight. The neighbourhood was not that bad, there were just some empty houses, but there were people around and everyone was friendly. A great stay if you're looking for a unique AirBnB.
We loved this place! Suzanne lives right next door if we needed her for anything (which we didn't) and answered all our questions. If you are looking for accommodation that's like a hotel then this might not be the place for you, but if you're after a memorable experience that your kids will ask to go back to - then the Duck N Roll is perfect! The house is great, very spacious. The main bedroom is a delight, lovely to wake up looking up through the trees and the sky. The other two bedrooms are perfect. Kitchen is fully equipped, bathroom is great with a big bath you can fit a few kids in at once. Then you get outside and it's even better, the ducks are cute, Meg the dog is huge and cuddly and the kids got their cat cuddle fix from the friendly cat. It's true that there are a number of abandoned houses on this street - but go over Mack Street and you're in Grosse Pointe - one of the fanciest places we've ever seen. I highly recommend this accommodation if you are in Detroit.
The duck'n'roll'Inn is a very nice house. We felt like home in Suzanne's place! The hot tub jacuzzi is very cool. :)
Suzanne and her dog are very welcoming. Closed to downtown (by car). I highly recommend her house!
Just lovely. My sole complaint is we only got to stay one night! Suzanne is sweet and professional - wish I could have stayed and chatted with her longer. The ducks are adorable - I asked her about buying some eggs, she replied she didn't have many cleaned -- then gifted us two big ones for free! So nice. The house is cozy and spacious, love the jacuzzi tub with spotlight and the beds are firm and there are piles of cozy quilts available in the closet if you like to swaddle yourself to sleep as I do :) And Meg the dog is terrific. I will be back. Thank you!!!
Suzanne is a warm and accommodating host. It was nice to stay somewhere close to the city but with a homey feel. And how many BnB's come with a resident duck population and sweet Great Pyrenees? The look of the neighborhood--there are definitely blighted properties around--might make some guests uncomfortable, but the place is very quiet at night and neighbors we encountered driving down the street were friendly.
About the Host, Suzanne
I am an urban farmer from Detroit, and an avid sailboat racer. I'm also a residential contractor with alternative building skills and training--earthships, cob, and earthbag building. I love meeting new people with an interests in these areas.