2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1.5 private baths
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1.5 private baths
You won’t be charged yet

Queen Bed, Private Bath with Shower. Breakfast and Des Moines 12% lodging are included. Massage Chair, Fireplace & Work Station. Free Wi-fi.

The space

Relax! Enjoy a room in a private/secluded wing in our large home. Your room will have a relaxing canopy bed, private bathroom and luxurious linens. Enjoy Des Moines the friends and family way....why stay in a crowded hotel with strangers? We don't do volume...we do quality!

Our home is not child-proofed and not suitable for small children. One of our cats is a rescue animal who is terrified of children. Please contact us on a case-by-case basis regarding children.

-Chemical Sensitivities? We do occasionally use scented candles, bleach and scented laundry soap. Please let us know if you would prefer we not light candles or unplug an electric warmer we might have on for the duration of your visit. If your allergies are severe we might not be a good fit for you.

We will frequently offer multi-room, or weekly discounts to guests, please don't hesitate to contact us. Students and members of the United States Military always get a discount.

Large, (5000 sf) located in an upscale neighborhood on a beautiful tree-lined street in South Des Moines. Central to Everything! 5 minutes to Des Moines International Airport and 10 minutes to downtown.

We have 6 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, of which 4 are in a private wing and available for guests. The room rate is per room. The two Queen Canopy Rooms are very quiet and have views of the backyard and have dedicated bathrooms.

THE LODGE ROOM: features a queen size canopy bed with either flannel or cotton sheets, electric fireplace, 2 side tables, alarm clock, 26" plasma TV/DVD combo with hundreds of Dish Network Stations, Desk/workstation/chair with basic office supplies, closet and dresser. Unlimited local and long distance telephone + Wi-fi. small, very clean 3/4 bath just steps down the hall with lot's of nice fluffy towels.


-Family Room with wood burning fireplace, plasma cable TV & Karaoke machine

-Formal Living & Dining Room, great for cocktails (BYOB) and card/box games in the evening.

-Dine in Kitchen is fully equipped, continental breakfast with hot tea/coffee, juice & light breakfast every morning. A separate refrigerator is available for guest to store their perishables and restaurant leftovers.

-Outdoors we have a relaxing hot-tub. Patio with dining table and fire pit with lounge furniture. Yard games include croquet, bean bag toss, football target game & boccie ball to name a few.

-Neighborhood has several great walking/biking trails and our neighborhood has 4 free tennis courts. We have loaner bikes and tennis gear. Also, try one of Des Moines Free Frisbee Golf Courses and borrow our disk sets.

Misc: Washer/Dryer available for extended stays. Many items available (iron board, blow dryer, shampoo, toothpaste, etc.). All special requests gladly considered :)

The nearest public bus is 1.2 miles from our house. Taxi to downtown is usually $12-$15.

Guest access

In addition to your private guest room, we have over 2000 square feet of common area where you are welcome to socialize or just hang out. We have a guest refrigerator for your perishables and you are welcome to use our kitchen for quick meals but we discourage large, or elaborate preparations. BBQ is also available for guests.

Other things to note

It is important when using GPS that you be sure to include "Southwest" in your search or the default of our address will take you to an older part of town.

Hot tub

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed

House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in is anytime after 4PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)

NO SMOKING - not in the house or on the grounds.

Parking: In the driveway or on the opposite side of the street. No parking allowed on our side of the (URL HIDDEN) a snow route. Please try to avoid parking in front of the house on the corner across from us. Thanks!

Temperature: Since we are a private home we do not have individual thermostat controls in each guest room. We strive to keep our home temperature between 68-72 degrees year around. If you desire it significantly colder or hotter you will probably want to consider an alternative lodging choice. It is our goal to please most of the people…most of the time. Each room has an adjustable ceiling fan and during the winter additional blankets are always available.

Since I don't work outside the home Breakfast Service is flexible. You just have to let me know in advance what time works for you and if you have any dietary preferences. If you prefer tea to coffee let me know and I will make sure you have a steaming pot available when you wake up.
The common area downstairs, patio and Hot Tub is for everyone's use so please make yourself at home! Please “use indoor voices" after 9:00 pm.

Please help yourself to ice in the freezer & glasses in the cupboards in the Kitchen. If you take any dishes or glassware to your room, we would really appreciate it if you brought them back to the kitchen. Please understand that this is not a rental of the entire apartment, but of a large bedroom and private bath, with reasonable use of the kitchen and dining area. The open-plan kitchen/dining area is available for breakfast (provided by host) and snacks or meals (provided by guests), though not for full, cooked meals. The kitchen may be used for making sandwiches and light fare provided by you in case you are going for a long bike ride or hike… please clean up and replace items that are used.
The extra refrigerators in the workout room and garage are available for your perishables.

Sheets & towels will be changed every week & room cleaned and vacuumed . Upon request your room will be tidied daily.

We am usually reachable by phone until 10pm. Emergency phone calls won't ever bother us!

Pets are generally discouraged as our kitties don't always welcome other pets but if you have a special need and your dog is very unobtrusive, let me know. We might be able to work it out for a small additional cleaning fee.

Washer/Dryer available for extended stays, please provide your own laundry products

Massage services need to be made as much in advance as possible since my friend who is a licensed professional masseuse has a full time position and works free-lance in the evenings/weekends.

You must also acknowledge
Cat(s) live in the house


168 Reviews

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Lowell User Profile
October 2017
Very enjoyable stay in a neighborhood setting. Close to the airport, but noise was hardly noticeable. Be sure and read the descriptions available on the site, they give a great feel to the personality of the hostess and the property.

Craig User Profile
September 2017
It's always a pleasure to stay at Susan's house. Her house is a home away from home. She's my first pick when I stay in Des Moines.

Kelly User Profile
September 2017
Wonderful! Beautiful! Fantastic! I could go on. This house is beautifully decorated. It is warm a warm home where I felt so welcomed. Susan and Todd are so thoughtful! The backyard is like a mini park. Such fun games and places to sit. Plus a hot tub! The rooms were inviting and clean. The bed was so comfy. I slept so well. The breakfast was great. I will be back! Thank you both for all you do!!! Kelly

Sandra User Profile
August 2017
Susan was a great host, winderful chef, and has a lovely outback space to relax in. We enjoyed our stay!
Susan User ProfileSusan is a superhost.
Response from Susan:
I missed my window of opportunity to review this lovely couple. They were really wonderful people that I would host again anytime.
August 2017

Joe User Profile
August 2017
Susan is the consummate host - thoughtful, friendly, and accommodating. We had a lot of driving to do on this trip, and it could have been a tough couple days without a great place to relax in the evenings and mornings. Susan provided that handily! Thank you!

Lorena User Profile
August 2017
A great find. Susan is a great cook. The off-street parking is nice and the neighborhood very safe. The room was as advertised. We enjoyed our stay here and will come back if we find ourselves in Des Moines again.

Kathy User Profile
August 2017
Beautiful place, GREAT location, surprisingly VERY close to airport w/zero noise; I've stayed in 5 star hotels that weren't as nice. Susan is very gracious, an incredible hostess and chef - will return to Des Moines & DEFINITELY stay there again!

Des Moines, Iowa, United StatesJoined in April 2011
Susan User ProfileSusan is a superhost.
We are an empty nest professional couple in our early 50's who live with 2 cats. We are easy going and enjoy a wide variety of people. We've been fortunate to be able to travel and enjoy learning about other cultures. We love being social, but also respect your need for privac…
Languages: English
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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