"Duck 'N' Roll Inn" to Detroit!

House - Entire home/apt · Neff Ave, Detroit, MI 48224, United States
Your host, Suzanne
86 Reviews
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

The Space

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!

Easter weekend just became available! If you have kids, this might be a great time to book, as we host an annual Easter party with the ducks, including an egg hunt an opportunity to have your photo taken with the ducks. Even if you don't have kids, past guests have really enjoyed renting during the party. They get some of the goodies and a chance to play with ducklings as well! We will take over the inn on Saturday afternoon, April 19th, but your personal space will be respected.

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 "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.

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!

Getting around

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!

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 8
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1.5
Beds: 4
Extra people: $10 / night after 2 guests
Weekly Price: $570 /week
Monthly Price: $1795 /month
Cancellation: Flexible
Pet Owner: Cat(s) and Other pet(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • The house was awesome, loved the design, layout and attention to detail. Suzanne was very friendly and so was her (extra large) puppy Meg. The house felt very safe and it was nice having Meg in the backyard to watch over us and of course the ducks.

    Kitchen was well equipped and we wished we could have hosted a small gathering at this little house, just to show it off to the rest of our friends who were also visiting from out of town. (In town for a wedding.) But just didn't have enough time!

    We would definitely stay here again.
    Thank you!

    June 2014
    Response from Suzanne:

    Thanks for the nice review! And thanks for being great guests! I am glad you enjoyed the place, and that Meg made you feel more secure. It was a gamble (email hidden)stock guardian dog, but it seems to be working out. We all feel very safe here!

    June 2014
  • My fellow urban designers and I stayed at the Duck N Roll while attending a conference in Detroit. The place has so much charm - Suzanne has put a lot of time and energy into making this urban farmhouse an oasis. So many characters to interact with: the ducks, Meg the dog, Socks the cat. Close to dining, coffee places and The Heidelberg Project!

    June 2014
  • I stayed at Suzanne's for a peaceful few days with my mother and sister. Our visit was wonderful and the accommodations were even better than the pictures revealed--spacious rooms, comfy beds, a fantastic shower, and entertaining animals. Susanne was the perfect host and I'd love to book her place again for another return visit to my hometown.

    June 2014
  • I stayed four days with a group of eight at the Duck N' Roll Inn. This house can work for any number of guests, but it was the perfect place for a large group of people because there are plenty of beds and private spaces. The gorgeous kitchen and two bathrooms also help accommodate a large group. There were picnic tables and lots of sunny outdoor seating, and we used the outdoor adobe pizza oven every day.

    The upstairs bathroom was my favorite part because it has a huge jacuzzi tub under a skylight. When you shower during the day, you can see a rainbow through the water drops, and the super tall ceiling makes it feel bright and airy.

    If you love animals, then this place is perfect for you. Suzanne's has the sweetest dog. The ducks are adorable and hilarious.

    As for the neighborhood, a Trader Joe's and a Kroger were less than a 3 minute drive from the Duck N' Roll!! It was super centrally located to everything we were doing in Detroit, and we all felt like we made personal connections to the city during our stay, which was awesome and special.

    Suzanne is totally cool and it was a pleasure to talk to her and see the cool things she is doing like raising animals, growing a garden, etc. Overall, we were very satisfied.

    May 2014
  • Loved our stay. Spent one night with my teenage daughter. We arrived late and Suzanne did not mind. She was there to let us in and we felt very welcome. It truly felt like a sweet little farmhouse in the city. It is a struggling neighbourhood, no doubt, but don't let this throw you. I felt safe and sound and it was a good stretch for me to be out of my usual zone. If you like dogs you'll fall in love with Suzanne's Great Pyrannee. And we fed the ducks in the morning with Suzanne before we left.
    Awesome shower, awesome bed, awesome house. This house is for you if like to live life a little off the beaten path.

    May 2014
  • I am a Detroit Native, so i will admit I was a little concerned. I knew the area isn't the best one in Detroit, but based on the reviews I gave it a chance. WE LOVED IT. How cute and quaint this places was and the neighbors were nice and polite. It was like being in a little cottage tucked away . We enjoyed our stay and would definitely consider coming back. I never knew Detroit had anything like this.

    May 2014
  • Our second visit to Duck 'N' Roll was just as great as the first! I was so excited to see a cancelation for Easter weekend that I booked the reservation without reading that there was an Easter party at the house during our stay. Suzanne was gracious enough to offer a refund if I decided not to stay. But I'm so glad we kept the reservation and experienced the wonderful party she organized for the community! Rather than feeling imposed upon, we felt like VIP guests. And nothing beats waking up to the quacks of those happy ducks. I definitely plan on staying here again. Thanks Suzanne!

    April 2014
  • Nice place to stay. Suzanne was no there so we didn't have the chance to meet her but she left us all the instructions and everything was perfect. The house is big and very charming. We really enjoyed our trip to Detroit and the Duck House was a good place to relax between our adventures in the City.

    April 2014
  • We had a great stay at the Duck N' Roll! Suzanne was great to work with...she gave us good advice for "eats" and for what to do in this diverse city. The accommodations were comfortable with many different areas to hang out. The Franklin stove in the master bedroom was a nice bonus. We loved the quirkiness of the place and it met our every need! We shopped at a nearby Trader Joe's and cooked meals too. We'd stay here again. Thanks Suzanne!

    March 2014
  • I stayed at "Duck 'N' Roll Inn" in Detroit over St. Patrick's Day weekend (3/13-3/17/14). The eastside and the Grosse Pointe's have been without accommodations for out-of-town guests for way too long. But no more. The "Duck" is a great place to lay your weary head for either a short or long stay. 3 bedrooms, great bath, living room, dining room and kitchen at a price that can't be beat. Charming and functional. the ideal solution when you want to spend time with other out-of-towners without having to travel downtown or the far eastern suburbs for accommodations.

    March 2014
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Grosse Pointe South High School, Michigan State University
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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