Gorgeous Vacation Rental with Lovely Gardens and a Hot Tub near Des Moines, Iowa

Ames, Iowa (United States)
Vacation Rentals
1 unit
15 guest capacity

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Accommodation Description

· Kid-friendly · Private Jacuzzi/Hot Tub · Barbecue

This gorgeous vacation rental on a farm can accommodate up to 15 guests in its ample rooms, perfect for family reunions or special occasions in Ames, Iowa. The lodge has six bedrooms, four of which contain queen-sized beds, while the remaining two are furnished with either a full bed or bunk beds for glampers with children. Each bedroom is furnished with a flat-screen TV, small breakfast table, and high-backed chairs as well, allowing guests to eat their breakfast privately or in front of the television in the mornings. One of the bedrooms has a private balcony with patio chairs and a table. There are four full bathrooms equipped with standing showers, sinks, toilets. Linens and towels are kindly provided.

Breakfast is included, which is served every morning in the dining room. There is an additional terrace area behind the main lodge with chairs and a fire pit, perfect for getting together in the evening for roasting some s'mores and swapping stories. Guests can also enjoy the screened-in porch where they can hear the water and admire the lovely gardens and view of the meandering Skunk River nearby. There are barbecue grills to use for summer cook-outs, and fire pits to light up in the evening. Away from the rental, there are plenty of activities for guests to enjoy, such as biking and hiking trails, wildlife and bird watching, canoeing and kayaking, and even cross-country skiing in the winter. Des Moines is under an hour's drive away for those wanting a change of scenery. Read More

Accommodation Features

  • Towels
  • Bathroom
  • Bathtub
  • Lounge/Living room
  • Shower
  • Toilet
  • Electricity
  • King-size bed
  • Running water
  • Parking
  • Sink
  • Queen-size bed
  • Double bed
  • Bunk bed
  • Wi-Fi/Internet
  • Coffeemaker
  • Garden
  • Fridge
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Freezer
  • Deck/Patio
  • Microwave
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Private Jacuzzi/Hot tub
  • Linens
  • Shared Barbecue
  • Toiletries
  • Television
  • Dining table
  • Twin/Single bed
  • Fire pit
  • Satellite/Cable
  • Kitchen equipment

Guests have access to the house's main family room, living room, screened-in porch, and large spacious kitchen. The laundry facilities can be used with permission from the hosts.

Outside, guests can use the large front patio, furnished with chairs, a large picnic table, charcoal grill, and fire pit. Guests can also use the north deck, the lower water garden patio, and the west yard patio. The immediate surroundings include three big yards where guests can participate in various yard games. The house sits on a 12-acre site with several short trails and direct access to the river. Guests also have access to the adjacent farm that has approximately five miles of trails, including a 50 house bluebird trail and 30 acres of restored prairie. County parks with extensive trails are within one mile of the property.

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Guest Services

  • Front desk service
  • Laundry service
  • Breakfast

Guests can order their breakfasts directly to their rooms for a small fee.

Location + Surroundings

  • Supermarket
  • Museums
  • Shopping

This charming bed and breakfast is situated in the beautiful Skunk River Valley in central Iowa, about 20 minutes from the town of Ames. The wooded property still functions as a farm, meaning glampers’ morning breakfast will be made with local meat, vegetables, and eggs from right on site. The Skunk River also runs through the property yard, allowing guests to fish, kayak, canoe, raft, and tube without having to venture far. Hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails exist in the area, where guests can trek, birdwatch, and even cross-country ski in the winter months.

The town of Ames down the road boasts many popular restaurants, shops, music venues, art galleries, and even Iowa State University as well, perfect for a night out on the town after exploring the peaceful Iowan farmlands. Read More


  • Bird watching
  • Horseback riding
  • Biking
  • Kayaking/Canoeing
  • Winter sports

This mid-century farm house provides an ideal retreat for glampers hoping to explore the beautiful pastoral lands of central Iowa with a relaxing accommodation to return to at the end of the day. At the house, guests can wake up to a delicious, home-cooked breakfast every morning, then head onto one of the nearby trails to hike, bike, or horseback ride.

In the winter, guests can go cross-country skiing or snowshoeing either on the property or at nearby county parks and Skunk River Greenbelt. On the Skunk River, guests can take kayaks,canoes, and tubes onto the water. Anglers should be sure to bring their equipment. Ames is also worth a visit, with its art museums, major university events, public gardens, and brewing companies attracting tourists from all over throughout the year.

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Accommodation Rules

  • Check-in: 03:00 p.m.
  • Check-out: 12:00 p.m.
  • Infants allowed Under 2 years old
  • Children allowed 2-12 years old
  • No smoking
  • No parties
  • Some spaces are shared

Cancellation policy

  • You will receive a 50% refund when you cancel at least 15 days prior to check-in.
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Additional Information

There is a 50% deposit fee upon reservation. Cancellations made 30 or more days prior to the reservation date will receive a refund of 50% of their deposit. Cancellations within the 30 days do not receive a refund.

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