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Life's Ducky At Ducky Swamp Farm. 100 Acre Farm-lake/3500 Sq.ft.house Delights!

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms3
Space 3,500 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 4 nights

Overview

About the property

Sleeps 8. Craftsman House. Fish-swim-cycle-hike-golf, Even Get Married!

This exceptionally quiet and private gated estate adjoins your own 40-acre fishing, canoeing, wildlife habitat and duck roost. There is a cascading stream of several small waterfalls. We have a horse riding ring (bring your own horses). There is a medium size soccer field (110 X 70 yards). There are great walking trails and open fields. You can hike or ride horses or mountain bikes on some adjoining lands for hours. Picnic by the edge of the lake or atop one of the grandest ridges in Central Alabama.

Ducky Swamp Farm is four minutes from the renowned Shoal Creek Golf Club, site of two PGA Majors and the annual Regions Tradition Seniors Masters tournament held every early June. Tee times at Shoal Creek can be arranged with advance planning.

Also nearby are the two fabulous Greystone Club Courses.

Just 25 minutes down 280 is the world-renowned Farmlinks golf course. A charter member of the Southern Living Hotel Collection and home of the number-one public golf course in Alabama and ranked among Golf Digest top national golf resorts, this pristine, 3,500-acre destination is located at Pursell Farms in Sylacauga, Alabama.

We are just ten miles from the amazing Barber Motorsports Park and Museum. This ten-year-old racetrack holds the 2014 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama April 25-27. The track has hosted numerous motorsport races including Grand-Am, Vintage Racing Series events, and AMA Superbike. It serves as the home of the 'Porsche Driving Experience' and the Kevin Schwantz Suzuki School. The museum has over 1200 vintage and modern motorcycles and racing cars. It is considered the largest motorcycle museum in the world, as well as the largest collection of Lotus race cars. The motorcycle collection includes bikes dating from 1904 to present production. About half of the 1200 motorcycles are on display at any given time. The entire Barber Motorsports property is an awesome sight to behold and is proclaimed the greatest race track in the world by many champion drivers and motorcycle racers.

Make this master-crafted house and lands your own resort. Even if you just like to walk around in natural surroundings your visit to DSF will be a truly rewarding time for you and your friends and family. With room in the house for up to 12 guests nightly, there is room to roam around the farm lake and trails to find the beautiful solitude you have been missing in your hectic life.

Fishing, boating, mountain biking, cycling, horse riding, enjoying the very quiet and private surrounds just a 20 minute drive to Birmingham! The beautiful 40-acre private fishing lake has canoes and paddle boats for your use! Bring your rods and reels for fine fishing. This lake is a Duck Refuge. In winter hundreds of ducks roost here.There are year-round Wood Ducks and Oct-Feb migrating ducks roosting here. I watch hundreds of Mallards, Woodies and Ringnecks coming in to roost every evening in late fall and winter. Spectacular.

More Details

Owner
Sid Smyer
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
40%
Calendar last updated:
June 12, 2017

About Sid Smyer

I am a lover of people and nature, especially people in nature exploring their deeper nature! I am the father of four daughters whom I always encourage to 'Put down the i-pad and GET OUTSIDE AND PLAY'.

I make architectural precast-concrete products and a building system called Castle One. I have designed several and built many houses. The Ducky Swamp Farmhouse is a house I designed and built from oak, poplar, pine and other trees that were felled by Hurricane Opal as it swept across Alabama back in 1995. The work was mostly done by me and my assistant, Larry, off and on from 1998 to 2012. Now it is ready to share with you.

I am a graduate of The University of Virginia and I remember all the best parties if not all my economics classes. I continue to learn and am committed to conservation and environmental restoration efforts.

I am also involved in the sustainable building industry and committed to designing solar and photo-voltaic elements into all our future projects.

My company is working to develop the Castle One sustainable house projects in the urban revitalization districts in Birmingham, Buffalo NY and in New Jersey.

Sid Smyer purchased this estate in 1985

Why Sid Smyer chose Metropolitan Alabama

The Ducky Swamp Farmhouse is a house I designed and built from oak, poplar, pine and other trees that were felled by Hurricane Opal as it swept across Alabama back in 1995. The work was mostly done by me and my assistant, Larry, off and on from 1998 to 2012. Now it is ready to share with you.

What makes this estate unique

Fishing, boating, mountain biking, cycling, horse riding, enjoying the very quiet and private surrounds just a 20 minute drive to Birmingham! The beautiful 40-acre private fishing lake has canoes and paddle boats for your use! Bring your rods and reels for fine fishing. This lake is a Duck Refuge. In winter hundreds of ducks roost here.There are year-round Wood Ducks and Oct-Feb migrating ducks roosting here. I watch hundreds of Mallards, Woodies and Ringnecks coming in to roost every evening in late fall and winter. Spectacular.

Amenities

Birmingham Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 2 double , 2 twin/ single
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Bicycles
  • Boat
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • water skiing

Reviews

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Life's Ducky At Ducky Swamp Farm. 100 Acre Farm-lake/3500 Sq.ft.house Delights!
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews
5

Outstanding!

  • 5 of 5

Ideal setting for the Thanksgiving and Iron Bowl weekend...amazing amenities in a bucolic setting...hope to stay again soon!

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Steven and Suzy's Wedding

  • 5 of 5

We rented this property to house the groomsmen for my son's wedding and also used it for a rehearsal dinner. The house is absolutely beautiful! There are so many unique features and it was spacious enough to house a large wedding party and families for the dinner. The owner was exceptionally accommodating to all of our needs and even stopped in to celebrate the occasion with us. Thank you, Sid!

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Y'all were gracious guests and the wedding guests were so delightful to meet. Thanks for inviting me and the girls for the shush-kabob and Philippine egg roll feast! See you soon!
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5

Family Summer Vacation Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Ducky Swamp Farm was perfect for us. We enjoyed the solitude all the property and private lake had to offer. The house is very unique and the owner took a lot of pride in building it. It’s very private yet not too far from town. The home has everything you need. Sid the owner is very helpful and makes himself available should any issues arise. We visited with him on a few occasions and had a great time. Although it was fairly warm my son caught several fish and the big porch on the cabin was always a cool spot to hang out and relax. If you like peace and quiet than this is your place. Thanks for everything Sid!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Pink Floyd, I'd be Pink Sid if I spent half my life out in the Gulf of Mexico. Thank you for the great review of "Ducky". I really enjoyed sitting on the porch and talking with you, A.. and P.. . Y'all are GOOD company! I hope I can make it to Cajun-land soon and see the real swamps and marshes. And gaze at that one stoplight! Yours truly, Sid
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5

Terrific Family Get Away

  • 5 of 5

A fantastic spot to enjoy some family time! While you are just outside Birmingham for convenience, you feel you are out in the woods with lots of space all to yourself. We enjoyed fishing & boating/canoeing on your own private lake, played badminton, road bikes and just chillin at the house or on the lake.

The sounds of the cicada's and frogs at night sitting on the front porch were magical. We enjoyed other wildlife like beautiful birds and even a snapping turtle. The horses visited us most mornings too.

The house has a lot of space and large areas to congregate for games, movies and just enjoying.

Sid is a most gracious host ensuring we were all set throughout the week. He has quite a history in the area and simply enjoyable to talk with and get assistance.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kris, Thank you for the gracious review! It was my good pleasure to get to meet you and your family! Ask J to give me a call if he wants to ride out and R&R sometime. Hope to see y'all around Pasadena soon! Yours truly, Sid
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5

Beautiful home, private and peaceful!!!

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a private place with fishing for my husband and our three boys, Ducky Swamp was perfect. The fishing was great, the property is secluded but not far from town. Mr. Sid was a wonderful host and made sure we had everything we needed. His home is beautiful, plenty of room for all of us to rest and relax. We will definitely go back, we loved meeting Mr. Sid and his dog Buster , it was a perfect getaway!

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Estelle, a true Louisiana belle! I am so glad that Wes and the boys caught lots of fish and some pretty nice bass! I loved it when I caught the smell of your pies baking when I visited! That's what makes it such a joy to me: when my guests make "Ducky" their home, enjoying the peace and beauty and adding their soul and love to it. And the icing on the cake is their kind reviews and fun quips! And Thanks Estelle for leaving me some of your great chocolaty granola squares in the fridge! Sid
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5

Wonderful Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

My family and I came to celebrate my brother's graduation from college and had an amazing time! The house and property were beautiful. Our dogs had so much fun running around by the lake and exploring. From fishing, grilling out, and makes s'mores in the fire pit - there was so much to do. Sid was a wonderful host and made sure we had everything we needed.

  • Submitted: May 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Elizabeth for the dandy review you posted! It is my great pleasure to share "Ducky" with wonderful families like yours (including good doggies!). Yours truly, Sid
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Map

Nearest Airport
21 Miles
Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
On 280
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Shoal Creek, Greystone, Farmlinks
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Leeds, AL
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
US Highway 280
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Town of Mt. Laurel has 3 great restaurants
Nearest Beach
220 Miles
Seaside, Florida
Car: recommended

This exceptionally quiet and private gated estate is four minutes from the renowned Shoal Creek Golf Club, site of two PGA Majors and the annual Regions Tradition Seniors Masters tournament held every early June. Tee times at Shoal Creek can be arranged with advance planning.

Also nearby are the two fabulous Greystone Club Courses.

Just 25 minutes down 280 is the world-renowned Farmlinks golf course. A charter member of the Southern Living Hotel Collection and home of the number-one public golf course in Alabama and ranked among Golf Digest top national golf resorts, this pristine, 3,500-acre destination is located at Pursell Farms in Sylacauga, Alabama.

We are just ten miles from the amazing Barber Motorsports Park and Museum. This ten-year-old racetrack holds the 2014 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama April 25-27. The track has hosted numerous motorsport races including Grand-Am, Vintage Racing Series events, and AMA Superbike. It serves as the home of the 'Porsche Driving Experience' and the Kevin Schwantz Suzuki School. The museum has over 1200 vintage and modern motorcycles and racing cars. It is considered the largest motorcycle museum in the world, as well as the largest collection of Lotus race cars. The motorcycle collection includes bikes dating from 1904 to present production. About half of the 1200 motorcycles are on display at any given time. The entire Barber Motorsports property is an awesome sight to behold and is proclaimed the greatest race track in the world by many champion drivers and motorcycle racers.

Make this master-crafted house and lands your own resort. Even if you just like to walk around in natural surroundings your visit to DSF will be a truly rewarding time for you and your friends and family. With room in the house for up to 12 guests nightly, there is room to roam around the farm lake and trails to find the beautiful solitude you have been missing in your hectic life.

Fishing, boating, mountain biking, cycling, horse riding, enjoying the very quiet and private surrounds just a 20 minute drive to Birmingham! The beautiful 40-acre private fishing lake has canoes and paddle boats for your use! Bring your rods and reels for fine fishing. This lake is a Duck Refuge. In winter hundreds of ducks roost here.There are year-round Wood Ducks and Oct-Feb migrating ducks roosting here. I watch hundreds of Mallards, Woodies and Ringnecks coming in to roost every evening in late fall and winter. Spectacular.

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Rates & Availability

Birmingham Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
$280
$1,700
$5,500
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Cleaning service $200
Refundable damage deposit $200

Rates may vary. Hold harmless waiver is required.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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