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Charming, Private, Waterfront Cottage Near Seattle, Scenic Lake Washington

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms (Sleeps 4), 1 Full Bathroom, Fully Equipped Kitchen, Living Rm, Study

While staying at the Duck-In, you’ll be able to experience unique waterfront living just minutes from Seattle. You'll have 100 feet of beautiful Lake Washington shoreline right outside your front door. Enjoy scenic panoramic views of the lake (and peekaboo views of Mt. Rainier on a clear day) within the cozy comforts of the cottage by taking it all in through its large living room and dining room windows. During the summer you can relax in the large park-like yard while watching all the activity on the water.

The Duck-In is a perfect place for small families, couples, or for buisness travelers; anyone desiring a beautiful and tranquil setting near the greater Seattle area. Conveniently located between downtown Seattle and Bellevue, both featuring major tourist and shopping attractions, the Duck-In is just a few minutes commute either way. And it's only 20 minutes from Seatac International Airport.

The Duck-In is a one story, fully furnished cottage on beautiful Lake Washington. The cottage is one of the original houses built on Mercer Island, and has been lovingly preserved by the same family for three generations (the owners live right next door). The master bedroom has a queen-size bed and the second bedroom features two twin beds. A single hide-a-bed in the study area can be made available for sleeping if needed. The living room and dining area both feature a panoramic view of the large front yard and lake. The cozy living room has a TV (Cable, DVD and VCR), a comfortable couch with pull-out footrests, and two rocking swivel chairs. Lots of DVD’s and movies are provided for your entertainment. The cottage has a fully equipped kitchen allowing you the choice of either eating out at one of the many great restaurants nearby, or going to the local grocery store so you can cook a meal for yourself. The Duck-In also has a small study room with a desk, WiFi and a telephone.

The yard is very large and maintained with care. Both sides are lined with trees and hedges adding to your privacy. The waterfront bulkhead is 100 feet long (swimming and other water recreation is done at your own risk… but not discouraged on a hot summer’s day). Also, during the summer you’ll be able to enjoy a glass of wine and watch all the boats go by while relaxing at an umbrella table in the yard. Or you could decide to read a book or take a nap in a lounge chair or hammock. A gas barbeque is also available for your use.

Kitchen cookware, utensils and staples are provided.

No Smoking.

Sorry, but no pets.

More Details

Property Manager
Ruth Mullen
Member since: 1998
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 16, 2017

Guestbook comments from the manager

-Roundtrip drive from Colville... $120

-Dinner at Anthony's...$160

-U-Haul rental to move kids into apt...$33

-Two night's stay at the Duck-In..."PRICELESS"

The Duck-In is truly one of a kind.

A treasure we feel so fortunate to find.

While our stay was short, a working trip, per SE,

We shall return for a much needed stay.

Thank you for everything. It was truly an enjoyable stay. We loved the view and serenity!
Sep 2011
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Mercer Island Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Secure Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Study Room
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 beach chairs
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Upon your arrival, we'll have the kitchen freshly stocked for you with coffee, milk, juice, eggs, butter, cereal, bread, and a fresh baked goodie. Children are welcome but must be supervised at all times because of the proximity of the water. Each child is charged as an additional person (unless the child is an infant).


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Charming, Private, Waterfront Cottage Near Seattle, Scenic Lake Washington
average rating of 4.95 based on 22 reviews
Lake Forest Park, WA

Cozy, comfortable and a trip back in time!

  • 5 of 5

This accommodation is perfect for small gatherings. My sister and her husband flew in from Australia and it's been simply wonderful! This cottage is located a hop, skip and a jump off of I-90, so, it's very convenient to everything whether you're going North, South, East or West. Everything in this cottage is adorable! Right down to the quacking duck key chain:) Beautiful waterfront accommodations and directly across from Bill Gates' home on the other side of the lake! How bout that!! Highly recommended for folks who like a quiet place to stay that is out of the way from the hustle and bustle of the city but close enough to drive to everything within a 15 minute timeframe. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Dec 20, 2007
  • Stayed: November 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You for your kind e-mail.
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A magical lover's holiday

  • 5 of 5

Ruth was the most phenomenal hostess we could have asked for. Her cottage is a magical space that pushes the rest of the busy chaotic world away so you can just be. The waterfront is gorgeous. It is so quiet and peaceful that the world truly recedes. We had everything we could have possibly needed, from the iron to the hairdrier to eggs and butter and coffee... it was a space we could have never left.

And yet, the rest of the world was never more than a quick Uber (Lyft!!!) into town. We had to wait no more than 4 minutes for a driver and it was a quick buzz into Bellevue for 2 nights of great food and bars. Everything is so close.... And yet so far.

We will absolutely absolutely be back (I'd go this weekend if I could!!!). A treasured weekend I'll never forget.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Convenient and cozy cottage close to the city

  • 4 of 5

Convenient location to get to the city, right on the water with a beautiful view although it is not far from the highway. Cottage was a little outdated but charming and the host was very accommodating every step of the way. We would definitely recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sonoma County, California

comfortable, charming cottage

  • 5 of 5

This place is right on Lake Washington, and the cottage has lovely windows that look directly out on the lake. Ruth had many choices for breakfast foods and drinks available, which we appreciated. My friend and I were both comfortable and we each would like to return some day.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just Right!

  • 5 of 5

We run a small business and we love to really get away from people and chaos---The Duck Inn was perfect ---it was cozy, well appointed, very clean, and had a generous amount of waterfront all our own. Also, when we went to dinner one night, our hostess came in and left us some amazing homemade treats.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Forest, VA

Relaxing waterfront cottage with vintage charm and a beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 3 spent 3 relaxing nights at this charming cottage on Lake Mercer. The location is very convenient to all (assuming you have a car) and we would plan to get back by late afternoon in order to spend an hour or more relaxing in the lawn chairs by the shore.

I would definitely stare here again.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Seatac International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Mercer Island Town Center
Nearest Ferry
7 Miles
Washington State Ferries / Seattle
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Osborn Golf at Bellevue
Nearest Train
7 Miles
Amtrak / Seattle
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
I-90 exit 8
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Mercer Island Town Center
Nearest Ski
45 Miles
Summit at Snoqualmie Pass
Nearest Beach
12.5 Miles
Alki Beach / Seattle
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $50
Tax Rate 10.0%

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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