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!
It's an magical experience to stay in this place. You will love it !
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.
We loved the duck farm!!! The house is charming and tidy and clean. The ducks were entertaining. Suzanne was responsive, laid back and a perfect hostess. Please visit Detroit and stay here!!!!!!
This was our first Air B&B experience. Suzanne was a wonderful host. She was available when we needed her but not intrusive. The property is as represented and we had plenty of room for everyone. The yard did not have grass but I still enjoyed being outside. Neighbors were quiet. Very nice stay for our Henry Ford museum trip. We would recommend and stay again.
La maison des canards porte bien son nom, remplie de canards ! La maison était parfaite, les chambres et la salle de bains sont splendides. Les canards se font entendre toute la nuit, mais des bouchons d'oreille sont mis à disposition par l'hôte. Seul bémol, le quartier n'est pas très rassurant.
This was hands down my best Airbnb experience to date. Suzanne is lovely. The house is quirky, comfy and magical. The ducks are adorable. And Meg the dog is the best dog in the whole world! We had 5 adults and one child and there was plenty of room for all of us. The house had everything we needed for a comfortable stay - coffee, a full kitchen, lots of table space in dining area, TV, great bathtub/shower with soaps and shampoos, etc. The house is surrounded by mature trees and foliage, birds chirping, ducks quacking - when you wake up in comfortable bedrooms upstairs, it feels like you're out in the country. It's in a blue-collar family neighborhood - cottages and big, leafy trees, some houses brimming with life with folks parked on porches and kids playing ball in the street, and some abandoned and boarded up - but that's Detroit - and being from New Orleans, I get the whole rising-from-the-ashes vibe of a devastated city that's slowly coming back. We felt super safe in the neighborhood, and loved it.
My friends and I stayed here for a weekend when we went to a music festival in downtown Detroit. Staying here really was one of the highlights of our weekend. Suzanne was an absolutely amazing host, she even bought us a blender when we asked if the place had one! Meg, the giant dog, is so sweet and fun. And the ducks are very friendly and love to be fed! 10/10 would stay again.
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.
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