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

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

Overview

Property Details

Updated: May 21, 2015
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
  • Sleeps 8
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards

Recent Review

About the Owner

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.

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Calendar last updated:
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7 Reviews

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Life's Ducky At Ducky Swamp Farm. 100 Acre Farm-lake/3500 Sq.ft.house Delights!
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p3671589
+1 -2053357797
Birmingham Metropolitan Alabama
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
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Life's Ducky At Ducky Swamp Farm. 100 Acre Farm-lake/3500 Sq.ft.house Delights!
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p3671589
+1 -2053357797
Birmingham Metropolitan Alabama
5

Everything I had dreamed of, and then some!

  • 5 of 5
When looking for a vacation spot, my goals were to find a secluded place with a lake that I could bring my dogs and allow them to play off leash. Ducky's Swamp Farm was the perfect choice. It has all of the amenities of a hotel in the city (comfy beds, cable, and wifi) and is located within a 10-15 minute drive of several restaurants (we drove by several sit down restaurants and 2 Chick-fil-a) and major stores (Lowes, Super Walmart).. Better yet, there is a full kitchen (range/oven, toaster oven, microwave, and large french door refrigerator) and laundry room. The home has all of the luxuries for guests not interested in being "in the woods" with a private lake and plenty of woods to explore for guests looking to spend some time with nature.

The lake is amazing and there are boats and canoes available to use. For the boats, bring an outboard motor and plug for optimal enjoyment. Paddling around the lake in the canoe to see the beaver hut and dam was a lot of fun! There is a fire pit next to the lake to enjoy and great fishing fun.

It rained heavily the day we arrived and a couple of evenings during our stay, but it did not diminish our enjoyment one bit. The biggest hassle was having to bathe the dogs multiple times a day before letting them back in the house because it was muddy and they were having so much fun swimming and romping around in the mud for us to stop them. If you bring pets, I highly encourage you to bring plenty of blankets/sheets to cover the sofas to help keep them clean. It relieved a great deal of stress not to have to worry about the dogs leaving hair or dirt on the beautiful furniture. Also, bring your dog beds because your dogs will be EXHAUSTED from all of the exercise. I didn't think my aging, hyper dog was capable of being worn out until this vacation.

The owner, Sid, built the house himself and the love and craftsmanship definitely shows. Sid made himself available to us and even accepted our invitation to join us for dinner one night.

Thank you, Sid, for the best vacation. I can't wait till our next visit.
  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Kelly for the informative and fun review.
This will be very helpful to my future guests and will help you remember your good times at "Ducky" with your delightful family and dogs!
Please DO come back so I can have time to welcome you with upcoming features and some guided tours to fabulous vistas around the land around Ducky.
Thanks again,
Sid
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Life's Ducky At Ducky Swamp Farm. 100 Acre Farm-lake/3500 Sq.ft.house Delights!
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p3671589
+1 -2053357797
Birmingham Metropolitan Alabama
5

Wonderful juxtapose

  • 5 of 5
Out in the country but close to Birmingham. The house is rustic with luxury elements and eclectic art. Sid was there when we arrived and told us stories of how the house was built, from timber he cut and collected. The proportions of the house are magical. We had about 15 people over for dinner and the house could have handled 3x more. In the morning we could hear birds and waterfalls while we lingered over coffee on the front porch.
  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Life's Ducky At Ducky Swamp Farm. 100 Acre Farm-lake/3500 Sq.ft.house Delights!
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p3671589
+1 -2053357797
Birmingham Metropolitan Alabama
Wichita, KS
5

Awesome property! The more your explore, the more incredible it is!

  • 5 of 5
We stayed almost a week for a motorcycle festival, rode our bikes in had a group of 8 people total. The home is huge and will take your breath away. The scale is very large, tall ceilings, huge doorway and entry, staircase is a work of art. The photos can't capture how truly remarkable this place is from the moment you come through the simple unassuming gate down the long winding driveway to find the "Tool Shed" as the owner jokingly nicknamed it during the long 10 year construction period. You can tell heart and soul was lovingly poured into every inch of the gigantic home. Getting to know Syd was a pleasure, he is a fascinating man. We invited him to a group dinner one night and enjoyed his company very much. Our group had everything we needed and more. My husband and I enjoyed moonlight cruise across the large private lake in one of the canoes. There is always space to get away for a romantic glass of wine by the lake or a stroll across the beautiful bridge constructed in front of the home. Needless to say we made sure to reserve this property for the next two years on the spot! As I write this review I want to give the property justice and let everyone know exactly how insane it is.
As a woman who travels frequently to "interesting" places I do enjoy details so here you go... It has two very large bedrooms upstairs each with a full bath and large walk in shower. The bathroom only had a large curtain so if privacy is important to you sorry, I'd suggest you choose your travel companions carefully. If a family has each of the two very large bedrooms it would not be a problem at all. The main level has a large kitchen with eating area, formal dining that's open to a living area or parlor with on one half. The other half the main level has a full bathroom with shower, laundry room, very large living room with several sofas and tv. Behind the living area is tiled area that opens to the patio, it has a full size bed and yet another sofa. There is plenty of space for a large group to not be crowded and enjoy.
Thank you Syd for opening up this amazing place to visitors! We look forward to next year.
  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
Life's Ducky At Ducky Swamp Farm. 100 Acre Farm-lake/3500 Sq.ft.house Delights!
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p3671589
+1 -2053357797
Birmingham Metropolitan Alabama
5

Beautiful Place!

  • 5 of 5
A perfect place for an amazing long weekend. We could not asked for anything more. The house and grounds are beautiful. So quite and peacful yet minutes from great places eat and the best shopping. Sid, your home is beautiful and we can not thank you enough for sharing it with us. Hope to see you soon!
  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
business
Life's Ducky At Ducky Swamp Farm. 100 Acre Farm-lake/3500 Sq.ft.house Delights!
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p3671589
+1 -2053357797
Birmingham Metropolitan Alabama
5

Amazing

  • 5 of 5
This place was absolutely beautiful. It FAR exceeded our expectations. The listing is accurate, although it understates the beauty of the home and the landscape. We would highly recommend this location to anyone looking for an absolutely beautiful, extremely quiet place to get away. Not only that, but it is only a short drive from many restaurants and shops. The owner was fantastic.Very friendly.
  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

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From the Owner

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.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport at 21 Miles Nearest Barpub : On 280 at 7 Miles Nearest Golf : Shoal Creek, Greystone, Farmlinks at 3 Miles Nearest Train : Leeds, AL at 8 Miles Nearest Motorway : US Highway 280 at 6 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Town of Mt. Laurel has 3 great restaurants at 5 Miles Nearest Beach : Seaside, Florida at 220 Miles 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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  • Refundable damage deposit $200.00
  • Pet Fee $50.00
  • Cleaning service $200.00

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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.

Property Type

  • estate

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

Entertainment

  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • Lakefront
  • Mountain View
  • Resort
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Water View

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
  • hunting small game
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • water skiing

Floor Area

  • 3500 sq. ft.

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

Outside

  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill

Meals

  • Guests provide their own meals

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