2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 private bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 private bath
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Queen Bed with pillow top mattress, private en'suite bathroom, lighted vanity table, desk, chair and ottoman. Breakfast and Des Moines 12% lodging tax included in our rates. This room is 100% pet free.

The space

Relax! Enjoy a room in a private/secluded wing in our large home. Your room will have a Romantic 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!

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.

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.

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 Twin-Harmony room faces the front of the house and has a view of the setting sun. The Woodland Rose Room is on the side of the house and has a nice big tree outside the window.

THE GOLD ROOM: Features an en'suite private bathroom, queen size canopy bed with deluxe Egyptian cotton 800 thread count sheets, 2 side tables, 1 side chair, alarm clock, small TV/DVD combo with cable, closet & chest of drawers, antique computer desk & bench. Unlimited local and long distance telephone + Wi-fi. *We did our best to prepare this room for my sweet Mother-in-Law who has severe allergies and so all of the bedding is hypo-allergenic, the carpet is new and there is a hepa-air filter in the room. Additionally all of the house duct-work has been professionally cleaned and the air filters through an ultra-violet light prior to distribution in the home.


-Family Room with wood burning fireplace, plasma cable TV, Wii & 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.

-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 free tennis court. We have loaner bikes and tennis gear. Also try one of Des Moines free Frisbee Golf Courses & 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 :)

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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 home, 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 refrigerator/freezer in the garage is available for your perishables.

Loaner equipment (bikes, tennis gear and Frisbee golf) is first come, first serve

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

Check-in is typically after 4 p.m. and check-out is typically 10 a.m. If we don't have other guests checking out of the room then early arrival would not be a problem. Late check-outs are not a problem provided we don't have other guests checking in. Please let us know if you are arriving early or leaving late.
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


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

1 night minimum stay

122 Reviews

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Betty User Profile
August 2017
This is a real gem. A lot of attention to detail, beautifully decorated. Very comfortable bed. It's close to the airport. Susan told us about two fabulous restaurants. It was our last day of the trip and we were able to relax in her lush green backyard , have a glass of wine and wonderful conversation. Breakfast was delicious!!

Janna User Profile
August 2017
We loved our stay at Susan's place! So many little touches (water and chocolate on our bedside table!) and an incredibly thoughtful layout. We were on our way to see the eclipse, so we unfortunately had to leave before breakfast was served. One of our highlights was spending time in the hot tub - what a relaxing way to unwind after a day of driving. If you're looking for a place in Des Moines, this is it.

Jackie User Profile
August 2017
Susan and Todd are delightful hosts. From two incredible breakfasts (mindful of dietary preferences) to a beautiful backyard rock garden, and most comfy bed, our stay was just right! Thanks so much!

Scottie User Profile
August 2017
What's not to like here? Cozy rooms and bathrooms, great breakfasts, lovely home to lounge about, and the best hosts ever - Susan even remembered a food allergy from last year that I had! Cannot recommend highly enough.

Rebecca User Profile
July 2017
Susan is a great cook and her home is beautiful. She and her husband are great hosts and hostesses. You can feel they love what they do. This property is a 10! You can bike from here too, and a short 10 minutes to Intestate 80. Great stopover or a longer stay. Great bed!

Tarena User Profile
June 2017
I loved staying here. It was quite and very clean. The bed was the best! Susan and Todd do a great job making you feel welcome but ensure your privacy. I give it a 5 out of 5. Top notch place and breakfast is a definite plus and oh so yummy.

Karen User Profile
June 2017
We stayed in the Gold room with ensuite bathroom for 4 nights. The BnB is in a quiet neighborhood, the house was beautiful; our hosts, Sue and Todd, were warm, friendly and Sue's breakfasts very fine, including the Eggs Benny on Sunday morning. Todd has a hobby of making spicy seasonings which I highly recommend. They have a nice backyard with hottub and BBQ, 2 lanais, all open to guests. Beds were very comfortable. Shower pressure fine. Fun meeting our hosts and the other guests. We chose this BnB specifically because of all the 5 star reviews. They are well desired! Near the airport.

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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 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.

Languages: English
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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