The Duck House
The Lake House or Duck House or "Duckingham Palace" as named by Freddie Mercury, adorns the cover of Queen's latest album "Made in Heaven". The picture of this small wooden shed was taken by Richard Gray during his stay in Montreux with the band. Richard Gray was Queen's official photographer and designer until 2018.
The Lake House, built in the 1970s, is used as a shed for the garden tools of the owners of the premises.
Mountain Studios was one of the best studios in the world in the 1970s. The most famous rock or jazz bands and musicians came to record their works with David Richards. Some of them were looking for more intimate and personal places to stay while in town rather than hotels such as the Montreux Palace.
It was in fact the secretary of Mountain Studios that contacted the owners of the premises who willingly rented their second home (Lake House) at Mountain Studios for their artists.
This property being protected by a high and long fence, the stars were thus safe and protected from prying eyes. Moreover, the residence is also located away from nearby buildings, which made it possible to organize majestic celebrations without disturbing the neighbourhood.
Freddie Mercury has stayed at this property several times. His room was spacious.
The very large and well decorated living room had a large bay window with a magnificent and direct view over the garden, the lake, the mountains and the famous "Duck House".
Several other artists have chosen this place as their temporary home and have found inspiration there. Boy George, Keith Emerson, Julian Lennon to name a few.
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