About This Listing
'Advent Acres' is an organic family farm with fruit trees and expansive gardens. Each season has a splendor: Spring blossoms, long summer days, apple desserts in Autumn, winter resting. This bright, airy room has its own exterior entrance.
Advent Acres is unique because it is a rural wonderland so close to the city. This guest room has a full-size futon, a reading nook, and its own exterior entrance for your convenience. A single mattress can be placed on the floor for a family of three. In the summer a larger family could camp on the property.
Guests will have access to the main floor of the farm house. This includes the kitchen, family room, grand living room, and the shared bath. The hosts primarily use the upstairs bathroom when there are guests. The grounds provide a wonderful place for peaceful walking. The wrap-around front porch is wonderful for leisurely breakfasts and reading the newspaper. Our internet signal can be "spotty" in the guest room, so those finding it necessary to be "connected" may need to go to a common area like the family room or kitchen to get a strong signal.
Interaction with Guests
Brad & Val both work outside the home: Brad's schedule varies from week to week, and Val has a more typical Monday to Friday away-from-home work rhythm. We typically will both be present in the evening during your stay.
Our neighborhood is filled with trees. Lake Spanaway is a short distance away and has water craft for rental. Several of our neighbors have horses, and one neighbor has two donkeys that keep us company during the day. And then there's the magnificent peacock! We are a 30-minute walk from Pacific Lutheran University (about 1.5 miles away) and a 10-15 minute drive to Joint Base Lewis/McChord (JBLM).
Airport transportation is very convenient by Express Bus. I make every effort possible to provide ground transportation from the bus stop in Tacoma to our home. It is walk-able though-nearly two miles. Buses and trains to Seattle or heading South to Portland are very convenient. Extending further, the trains just mentioned go to Vancouver, Canada or San Francisco, CA. The nearest bus stop for our local public transit (Pierce Transit) is about a mile away.
Other Things to Note
We are grateful that you are reading about us and our home. Advent Acres is a great story of abundant blessing to us and we would be delighted to share it with you.
We do not drink alcohol or use the now legal drug marijuana. It is our preference that you do not either. Yet we do appreciate the great joy of a cold beer after a long day of hiking at Mount Rainier.
No smoking anywhere on the property. We ask for quiet between 10 pm and 8 am.
We do have an indoor cat. Therefore we can speak about your pets on a case by case basis.
The double guest room's reading nook. The southern exposure gives it lots of great light, and a ceiling fan keeps it cool in the summer. Note the private entrance which leads onto the wrap-around porch.
The Farmhouse was setback off of the main road on a quiet plot of land with a driveway to the front and the rear of the house. The family parks in the back and the entrance to the private room is in the front. Val was there to greet us, give us the tour and send us in the right direction for a sushi dinner (with help from her son). After dinner we met Brad and had a great conversation with him and Val. They are truly kind hearted people with an interest in the well-being of others. The room was clean, quiet and private so we were able to leave early the next morning to get to our race on the lake without disturbing our hosts. The delicious homemade granola and blueberry coffee cake helped fuel us for our first few races. Thank you!
This is a lovely farm home hidden away just out of sight of the hubbub of civilization, and the room is pleasant and large and well appointed. It was a little disconcerting from a privacy standpoint to realize the door to the rest of the house didn't quite even shut firmly, let alone lock from our side, and it's a wee hike to the shared bathroom, but we did realize fairly quickly that adjoining rooms are rarely if ever used.
Brad and Val definitely were friendly, provided more yummy breakfast options than necessary, and made us feel welcome (though we really weren't there much except at night to sleep, and tried to give them their privacy, too). The porch was a great bonus. Thank you!
Brad and Val have a comfortable home and are very welcoming and friendly hosts. We were traveling with our 6 month old and 2 year old, the home and property were great for kids. They even put out some toys and bread to feed the chickens for our son. The breakfast was also very well thought out and delicious with some homemade goodies. It's a great place to stay.
This was our first airbnb experience and it was wonderful! Brad and Val's hospitality was greatly appreciated and they took care of every detail. The room was clean and comfortable. It was so much better than staying in a chain hotel. We loved all of the special little things they did in advance to make our visit enjoyable and special, including the homemade granola and coffee cake prepared for breakfast. We will most definitely stay at this location again! Thank you!
Our stay was wonderful. The whole house was clean and homey. They treated us like family. They even played board games with us. I loved the country atmosphere. For dinner Val and Brad had made a fruit pie which they shared for a late night snack. The breakfast was also great.
My mom and I visited the area recently from Texas to go house hunting. Luckily we stumbled upon Brad and Val's vintage farmhouse listing and decided to stay 3 nights. The surrounding property was beautiful (even on the overcast days) and our double bedroom was cozy and comfortable. As a Texan, I am naturally a cold-natured person, so I loved the fact that the room had a space heater that we could adjust as we pleased. Brad and Val were excellent hosts. The first night we arrived, they invited us to join them for a delicious home-cooked meal of red lentil soup. Val even took the time to sit down with us and orient us to the Tacoma area. The entire experience was pleasant and stress-free. You will get more than your money's worth if you stay with Brad and Val, and you will have the opportunity to eat the best apple cake known to man each morning for breakfast. My mom and I visited the area recently from Texas to go house hunting. Luckily we stumbled upon Brad and Val's vintage farmhouse listing and decided to stay 3 nights. The surrounding property was beautiful (even on the overcast days) and our double bedroom was cozy and comfortable. As a Texan, I am naturally a cold-natured person, so I loved the fact that the room had a space heater that we could adjust as we pleased. Brad and Val were excellent hosts. The first night we arrived, they invited us to join them for a delicious home-cooked meal of red lentil soup. Val even took the time to sit down with us and orient us to the Tacoma area. The entire experience was pleasant and stress-free. You will get more than your money's worth if you stay with Brad and Val, and you will have the opportunity to eat the best apple cake known to man each morning for breakfast!
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About the Host, Brad&Val
Val is a member of the math faculty at Tacoma Community College, with a specialization working with students of all ages and backgrounds who have a particular fear or dislike of math. In her spare time she enjoys various needle crafts, especially knitting, and working on the family's 2-acre farm. Brad's work away from our farm and hosting guests takes him to interesting places. He is an ordained minister and officiates at weddings and assists families with end of life care and funeral /memorial planning. He is a certified golf and track and field coach for Special Olympics. He works on special occasions caring for families as a personal chef and food coach. He even worked in the past year cooking in an assisted living facility. Mostly he works and prays at home. He has a private practice as a spiritual director guiding those who seek to deepen their prayer life. Val & Brad play Scrabble almost daily and enjoy the fact that our busy teenagers still like to play family board games with us. We love to bake. With 90 fruit trees on our land there is always something to turn into a pie!