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 queen-size futon bed, 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 wishing to reserve both of our guest rooms (see also "Vintage Farmhouse: Single Room") would receive a discounted rate of $95 per night for the two rooms for up to 3 people (regular rate for both rooms is $117): $15 additional for a 4th person.
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 offers a spot for leisurely breakfasts and reading the newspaper.
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. We enjoy visiting with our guests when they are so inclined, but will certainly take our cue from you in terms of the amount of interaction or privacy you prefer.
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). The nearest restaurants/shopping areas are about a mile away.
Airport transportation is very convenient by Express Bus. We make every effort possible to provide ground transportation from the bus stop in Tacoma to our home . It is walkable, though nearly 3 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: because of that, our home typically works best for those with their own transportation.
Other Things to Note
We do not have cable or satellite TV access: we do have a TV in the common area for streaming (we have ChromeCast) and a DVD player for your use.
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 have come to embrace our role as AirBnB hosts, and always look forward to our next encounter with new guests!
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.
Brad and Val were very welcoming and we thoroughly enjoyed staying at the farmhouse. Room was clean, breakfast was hearty and delicious (took an extra muffin for the road), and the location was quiet yet close to restaurants. This is the real get-away.
Brad&Val were there when we arrived at their house. The gave us a tour to make us comfortable and conversation was easy. It seems like they welcome people into their home often because everything was very well prepared and they covered all the bases.
Their house is beautiful and in the morning when we were walking around their gardens we waved hello to their neighbors peacock and the large hawk/eagle circling above the fruit trees.
We chose their house because of the great location and easy access from the highway. We didn't stay long but it was great. Thanks for the great experience.
The space was just as described. A small room with it's own entrance and a covered deck area with a little table. There was a heavy host presence but I never felt any privacy issues.
There was no air-conditioning ( a ceiling fan only) which would normally not be an issue except it was in the mid-90's the weekend I was there. As for Tacoma, not a beautiful place to visit.
My wife, daughter and I stayed with Brad and Val on our way to the Mt. Rainier National Park. Little did we know that we were going to make friends along the way, while relaxing in the peace and tranquility that exists in the setting of this vintage farm house and within the host and hostess as well.
You'll love their freshly prepared breakfast made from the freshest of fruits harvested from their own orchard and their homemade granola is out of this world.
Bill and Val went out I of there way to accommodate our every request. This will definetly be our first choice when visiting the Tacoma, WA area.
Brad&Val were wonderful hosts, flexible and easy-going. They were very gracious about our unplanned-for late arrival, and Val even stayed up late to greet us and show us around. Our room was comfortable and clean, as was all of the shared space in their lovely home. It was so clean that my cat allergy was unnoticable, and the cat was kept out of our room. Breakfast was simple but hearty, food that was easy for us to help ourselves to, and included fresh local fruit. And during the reservation process, they offered us a second room, a single, for our daughter, at a highly discounted rate, as an option to putting a mattress on the floor of our room as is described in their listing. We would most definitely stay there again!
Staying at the yellow farmhouse was so nice. They welcomed us like we were long-lost friends. My daughter enjoyed meeting them, especially their cat and the hens...Oohh, and the beautiful peacock! We enjoyed staying there for a night. The breakfast was so perfect, not too heavy for us but enjoyed eating with them. They communicated well with us. Really appreciated...
Brad and Val are terrific people and were great hosts. The room was clean--a little small for three adults, but the space was sufficient because they made it clear that we were welcome to relax in the family room (adjacent to the bedroom) or dining room, in addition to the porch outside. The bathroom was clean and the water in the shower nice and hot. They provided a nice breakfast, and I enjoyed very much the chats I had with Brad and Val over a cup of coffee when we got up. The house is very easy to reach from I-5, and the neighborhood is quiet and pleasant. I would certainly stay with them again!
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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!