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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:
May 26, 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:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • 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 Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 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
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).


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(7 traveler reviews)

Charming, Private, Waterfront Cottage Near Seattle, Scenic Lake Washington
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 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: Nov 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You for your kind e-mail.
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Lucky Duck

  • 5 of 5

This quiet cottage was perfect. Ruth is the ultimate host - the cottage was kept clean, stocked with delicious breakfast items. I will stay there again!

  • Submitted: May 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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In love with the Duck Inn

  • 5 of 5

We've stayed at the Duck Inn more than 10 times over the past few years. It gives us a magical interlude, no matter what the weather. We spend hours watching the lake, the sky, the wildlife and the boats. Our grandchildren, who live nearby, think of this as their second home. The location is both beautiful and convenient. The layout of the cottage is perfect for comfort and practical use. Ruth, the owner, and her husband Ron, provide us with warmth, graciousness, humor, and the sweet welcome that brings us back time and again. We recommend this to anyone who is looking for peace, beauty, and quiet, whether they are alone or with their families.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Wonderful and peaceful place!

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful place to relax and very close to all that Seattle has to offer. I love Lake Washington and enjoyed the boats, paddle boarders, the grey heron and the beautiful homes across the lake. Ruth is a great hostess and we enjoyed the cottage very much.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Relaxing Past

  • 5 of 5

We arrived in town to attend a Mariner's baseball game and play in the area with our two boys. We arrived just moments before our check in time and were welcomed with open arms and a quick tour of the home. We spent more time at the house than expected just because we wanted to enjoy the view of the water! The breakfasts were spectacular! The home was older but held in great working order and very comfortable. We would definitely stay here again! It was so close to town and all of the places you want to get to!

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Larchmont, NY

Lovely homey cottage on water for family reunion

  • 5 of 5

My sister and her husband, along with my husband and I, had a lovely stay and visit at the Duck In when we came in from Nay and Chicago for a family event on Mercer Island. The cottage is cute, cozy, comfortable and well-equipped, and its location, right on the lake with a view of Mt. Ranier, is wonderfully picturesque. We were provided with plenty of makings for breakfast, a homemade coffee cake and even two flashlights (for night walks) and a Scrabble set. The owner was helpful, accommodating and friendly without being intrusive.

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from 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

Mercer Island Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $50
Tax Rate 10.0%

$140.00 per night (2 persons included) with a 2 night minimum
$15.00 for each additional person (up to 2) for a 4 person maximum
1 night deposit required to hold reservation.
$60.00 cleaning fee for all bookings starting January 1, 2015
We accept check or cash only. No debit or credit cards.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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