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!
We are a 100% non-smoking environment (even the grounds). Smokers tend to enjoy other accommodations.
TWIN-HARMONY ROOM - This room has 2 twin beds. A nice room that comes with two twin extra-long, brand-new (AUG 2011) pillow top beds, 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 either of our other rooms.
-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. 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.
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 Allergies? We do occasionally use scented candles or electric scent warmers. Please let us know if you are sensitive and we will be happy to discontinue their use during your visit.
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!
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.
I LOVE this place!!! We stayed here last month so when Des Moines was a stopping point for me again this month I knew exactly where to stay. The bed was so comfortable, the house beautiful AND delicious homemade breakfast! the hosts are the most welcoming Airbnb hosts I have ever met.
Such a lovely home you have. We felt right at home. It was great to be able to spend time with my daughter at your home during my visit. The bed was wonderful, I haven't slept that well in a long time! The neighborhood is very nice. Can't wait to come back. I'm looking forward to breakfast next time (wasn't able to stay this time, but the food looked wonderful). Thank you!
Another great night at Peaceful Haven! Bed was so cozy. Susan and Todd were friendly and welcoming as always. I'm going back tonight to stay in the Gold Room. See you later Susan!
Susan and Todd were excellent hosts. Lovely home, great location. The house was clean and the breakfasts were great!
Susan and Todd were very welcoming and friendly to us. This was our first experience with airbnb and it was amazing. She responded to our request in a second and I strongly recommend this place.
really a good place. would love to come again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Highly recommend! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Susan and Todd were great! And the home and room were very warm and inviting and quiet. Four miles from downtown Des Moines. I would definitely stay here again. Good conversation after a long drive and my first Red Beer - delicious.
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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.