About this listing
King bed, Direct TV, Work Desk and bench, private bath if the Woodland Rose room is not also booked (otherwise a large shared bath with potentially 2 other guests). Breakfast and Des Moines 12% lodging tax is included in our rates.
Howdy! Thanks for checking us out and we would like to invite you to stay in our home. My husband and I are a couple of "Empty-Nesters" who miss the hustle and bustle of kids and extended family visiting and staying with us. We have a large home (over 5000 sf) with 6 bedrooms and 5 baths and truly enjoy meeting new people and being a tiny part of their journey in life.
We live in an upscale neighborhood on a beautiful tree-lined street in South Des Moines, that is central to Everything! 5 minutes to Des Moines International Airport and 10 minutes to downtown - never farther than 20 minutes from anywhere in Des Moines!. Our 4-car garage always has plenty of room to keep your bicycles safe or any storage needs that might come up!
REGARDING CHILDREN - 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 are a 100% non-smoking environment (even the grounds). Smokers tend to enjoy other accommodations.
KING HARMONY ROOM- This room has 1 King Bed. A comfortable room with a large closet, 26" Cable TV/DVD, and desk/chair with wi-fi access. Decorated with a relaxing Asian Spa motif. This guest-room has a full bathroom just steps outside the room that is occasionally shared when we have guests in the Woodland Rose Room. If you need 2 twin beds, please check with us PRIOR to booking so we can make the necessary arrangements in advance.
-Family Room with wood burning fireplace, plasma cable TV & Karaoke machine, Wii and Play Station II
-Formal Living & Dining Room, great for cocktails and card/box games in the evening.
-Dine in Kitchen is fully equipped, continental breakfast with hot tea/coffee, juice & light breakfast every morning 7:00-9:30 a.m. Separate guest refrigerator available for your perishables or 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 a 4 free tennis courts. We have loaner bikes and tennis gear. Des Moines also has 4 really nice Frisbee golf course and we have loaner equipment for this as well.
Misc: Washer/Dryer available for extended stays. Many items available (ironing board, blow dryer, shampoo, toothpaste, etc.). All special requests gladly considered.
Plenty of driveway and street parking available.
See our 3 other "PEACEFUL HAVEN" listing for more photographs :)
THIS IS A 100% NON-SMOKING ENVIRONMENT.
The nearest public transport (DART-Des Moines Area Regional Transport Bus) is 1.2 miles from our house. A taxi to downtown is typically $12-$15.
Guests have access to the whole house minus the other guest rooms and the office. Although for guests travelling without a computer we often let them use ours. Also full access to the outdoor entertaining area, hot tub and fire-pit. A guest refrigerator in the garage is available for perishables. We have an oversize garage that is great for your bikes, etc.
Interaction with Guests
We love being social but also respect your need for private relaxation.
There really isn't good public transport available in our neighborhood. The closest bus stop is 2 miles away....all down hill to get there, but all UP-hill to get back! Once in the City there is a public bus system (DART) and taxi cabs & UBER.
Other Things to Note
Each room has tourism brochures, maps and travel guides. If you enjoy an active lifestyle we have loaner, bikes, tennis equipment (free neighborhood courts) frisbee golf disks and much more!
No Smoking anywhere on the property
Park in the driveway, or across the street (try not to park in front of the house on the corner :) This neighborhood only allow parking on one side of the street!
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.
The BEST phone number to call is our home numb(phone number hidden), the second best phone number is Susan's Cell (phone number hidden) and for emergency or last effort contact please call Todd's cells (phone number hidden) or (phone number hidden).
Normal Check-in time is after 4pm and "normal" check-out time is 10 a.m., we can usually accommodate different times with advance communication.
Todd and I adore having airbnb guests and we treat them like honored friends and family, however, our biggest challenge in the past year has been guests who do not communicate accurate arrival/departure times or communicate clearly about when they will be available for breakfast. We plan our days and evening around the arrival and departure of guests so when people are 2-3 hours off schedule and don't notify us it usually means a large disruption of our free time.
Great experience and great hosts! It was a short stay for me but had superb accommodations. No complaints. Very nice couple and the other guests in the house were also very sociable and fun to get to know.
Susan and Todd were wonderful hosts. Susan provided immaculate details for the duration of my (brief) stay. The room I had provided everything needed for a comfortable, quiet stay. (Extra pillows and blankets were easy to find, and plenty of storage for suitcases and goods.) Susan was always quick to respond to questions and always provided warm reception. Susan and Todd didn't feel like hosts, they felt like family. ( and as an added bonus, Susan is a wonderful chef! And Todd provides the jokes.) If and when I am in the Does Moines area again, I highly recommend Susan and Todd.
See 5 star review under other heading! We took 2 rooms and all was fantastic!
My god what a delight this place is! Exciting! & I think I get to be their 100th review :) Susan is the friendliest host I have ever met and she has such incredible stories. Seriously, you meet her and you feel like you've know her for years! She's hosted over 2,000 guests from all over the WORLD! What's so funny is I booked this place for a week, but then ended up only staying 2nights bc I didn't realize how many family activities I'd be attending- I'm already planning a return-trip to Susan's (and this time I'm not going to tell my family I'm going to be in town until I've had at least a few days a Susan & Todd's place. What a relaxing place! and the bathroom makes you feel like a movie star with all the bright lights. and the bed is SO comfortable!! Susan & Todd have thought of everything with the bottled waters on the bedside tables & little candies. Nice touch! & complimentary body wash & soaps all ready to go in the shower. Spa robes -Everything is so sparkly* clean! I LOVE the kitties Puppy & Billie! sweet little fur friends! and all the fun critters in the back yard! Apparently I had missed BISCUITS one morning :((( (and I'm a southern girl -so I looove me some biscuits) anyway Susan had put the old biscuits out in the yard and in the morning a mischievous squirrel was crawling up the tree with one in his mouth! hahaha! and OMG for breakfast Susan made Steak & Eggs and I kid you not, the steak was so tender that I used a butter knife to cut it. delicious! delicious! delicious! And I got to meet 2 other guests staying there Lisa & Dave who were just fantastic! Wonderful conversation! I thought it was awesome that I got to be a part of their first AirBnb experience! Thank you so much Susan & Todd for such a great experience! Cannot wait to come back -I'm going to bring my brothers & my boyfriend!
We had a wonderful visit. We were made to feel welcome and part of the family. The rooms were lovely and very comfortable. The neighborhood is an old, quiet, tree-shaded area of beautiful homes. Breakfast: the food was delicious, but the real highlight was the conversation and fellowship with Susan, Todd and their other guests.
Jon and Adam Carlson
Really enjoyed my one night stay with Susan and Todd. Great home in a nice neighborhood, maybe a 10 minute drive from downtown, Des Moines. Bedroom and bathroom were super comfortable, parking no problem and best of all a wonderful breakfast enjoyed while speaking with Susan. Susan is a very welcoming host who runs the home with efficiency and charm. I would definately recommend staying with Susan and Todd whilst visiting Des Moines.
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About the Host, Susan
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 privacy. Susan is retired from the military and enjoys numerous creative hobbies including cooking, photography & gardening. Todd is also retired from the military and works as the Assistant Federal Security Direction-Mission Support for Homeland Security in Iowa.