Private room
2 Guests
1 Bedroom
1 Bed
1 adult
0 children
Ages 2 - 12
0 infants
Under 2
2 guests maximum. Infants don’t count toward the number of guests.
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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.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1.5
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 4PM
Check Out: 11AM
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
Room type: Private room


Cancellation: Moderate


The space

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 :)


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.

Guest access

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.

Getting around

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!

House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
May not be safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check-in is after 4PM

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.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher
Lock on bedroom door

1 night minimum stay

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Des Moines, Iowa, United States · Joined in April 2011

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.

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