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Beautifully Renovated Victorian With Pool / Hot Tub - Family Friendly!

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, Oversized indoor swim spa, Sleeps 8, Private deck/grill

This beautiful home has been completely renovated and has everything you need to have a nice time with a group or family. Oversized, indoor hot tub is fun for the kids and the adults. Private deck with gas grill. Granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. Nice windows with great morning light. High end, bamboo floors throughout with antique rugs to add character. Lots of eclectic art and decor.

All of the bedrooms have comfortable memory foam mattress and upgraded linens. We're kind of bed snobs, so that's to your benefit. 100% cotton, high thread count sheets. Down comforters. Jetted tub in master bathroom with subway tiled walk in shower, double shower head, as well. Washer and Dryer included in the master closet.

Master bedroom has the adjacent, private bathroom with the jetted tub and shower. California King bed. Night stand and dressers are ready for your use. Double door entrance.

Second bedroom has a queen sized, 14 inch memory foam mattress, bed. Third bedroom has a full sized memory foam bed as well as a new, full sized, Ikea, fold out bed. Serves as a couch until it's easily opened up. The mattress is pretty comfortable, rather than those horrible fold out mattresses that can sometimes be in hide-a-beds.

Additional beds include another fold out mattress in the living room which is full sized. All linens are included for fold out beds as well.

We're kid friendly! Pack and Play available for use if bringing the little ones. We have an additional pack and play we can also include, if you possibly need two. We have kids of potty training age so we have a little potty and step stools for your use, if needed. Kitchen has traditional ceramic and glass plates/bowls/glasses but also plastic plates, cups, bowls, and silver wear for the young ones.

Amazing cedar room with over sized swim spa/hot tub which is adjacent to the private deck and back yard. The swim room has a private, locking entrance. No need to worry about the weather to have fun here. It's entirely indoors and kept nice and warm. You can adjust the temp. The kids love it and the adults as well. Fun, led lights change the water color and molded seating keeps everyone comfortable. You will be happily surprised by this feature. Not something you see everyday. Towels for the spa room are included.

New beautiful bamboo wood flooring throughout home. Nice collection of eclectic art and decor. 100% cotton sheets and textiles. Memory foam mattresses. Kitchen has your cooking essentials and there's a gas grill on the large composite deck.

Within walking distance of ...

- Parks

- Farmers market in the summer on Saturdays http://www.uptownankeny.org/farmers-market/

- Uptown Ankeny Restaurants, including a great pizza place, brewery, and bars http://www.uptownankeny.org

- Hyvee grocery store

- Biking/ walking trails (High Trestle Trail).

- FireTrucker Brewery http://firetrucker.com/

- Unique shopping



A short drive to ...

- 2 amazing aquatic centers

- Just 15 minute drive to downtown Des Moines.

- Highway 35 is very close and convenient.

Here is some more information about the property itself...

- Master On-suite with Jacuzzi tub and Tiled shower with subway and marble along with dual shower heads.

- 3 Bedrooms (all upstairs), and 2.5 Bath (2 Full baths upstairs and half bath downstairs)

- Kitchen has high end granite with deep Blanco sink and stainless steel appliances.

- All New, High End, Super Durable, Beach Wood Bamboo flooring throughout entire home.

-Wood fireplace.

- LED can lighting throughout home. This lighting along with lots of windows for natural light makes this a very bright home.

- 9 foot ceilings in the lower floor with a vaulted living room about 16 feet.

- Professionally painted kitchen cabinets with lots of storage and pullout drawers in the pantry.

- All 3 bedrooms are upstairs and a good size.

- All bedrooms have walk-in closets with organizers.

- Upstairs Master bedroom has an over-sized walk-in closet with front load washer and dryer.

- Over-sized composite deck with mature trees in backyard.

- Cherry trees in the driveway that provides tons of new fruit each summer. You're welcome to pick some if you happen to be staying during the right time for harvest.

- Oversized, extra deep private 2 car insulated garage.

- Fully fenced backyard with tall white vinyl privacy fencing.

- Beautiful all cedar, swim spa, room with heated slate floors. Swim spa can easily fit 10 people.

More Details

Aaron and Natalie
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
29 April, 2017

About Aaron and Natalie

We love to host new friends at our home. It's important to us that our properties are ready for our guests in a high-standard of cleanliness. We believe in the golden rule and the house will be professionally cleaned prior to your stay. Our home, our neighbors, and our neighborhood are important to us so we invite guests who will be good stewards of our home and courteous to our neighbors.

Natalie was born and raised in the greater Des Moines area. Aaron is a converted Californian. We love to travel and believe that the vacation rental is the way to go, when you have a family. Everyone sleeps better and it's great to have the option to eat in, rather than always eat out, as in the case with a hotel.

We love art and eclectic textiles and linens. We have high standards and keep our home up to this standard. We like beautiful, nice things and believe that our environment effects how we feel and think. Beautiful finishes and nice, functional items makes for a great experience. We think you'll agree. We hope you'll come stay at our place and make great memories. Then come back again! We have been blessed with great things in this life and are happy to share.

Aaron and Natalie purchased this house in 2015

Why Aaron and Natalie chose Iowa

This house is unique. It's an old Victorian which was built in 1890 but was taken down to studs and remodeled in the 1980's. When we purchased it, the house was in great shape but needed a face lift. There are a couple of art based businesses attached to the main level of the home (Photographer, Art Gallery, musician) which have private, separate entrances. The tenants are very quiet, you won't even know they're there but it adds to the unique nature of this property.

The back of the house, which is the residence, is very private and was remodeled in 2014/2015. We used the best materials and finishes we could afford. The spa house is exceptional and so fun and private. We purchased this house for it's walkability to nice parks, a pond, biking trails, local bars, the farmer's market, restaurants, the library, and more. The grocery store is a 5 minute drive. It's a very convenient location.

What makes this house unique

You'll love the oversized, indoor spa/hot tub. Our kids love it. They call it our pool. We love it because it's private and so luxurious but also detached from our main house and therefore, we can lock it and feel safe with our little ones close by. The backyard has a great deck with a gas grill, which we really enjoy during the warm months. Mature trees give the back some shade but our kids love to explore and roam around the back yard. It's fully fenced with privacy fence so it's a great place for them to run around.

We've taken great lengths to put a lot of great art and eclectic furniture in the house. We think you'll enjoy this part of the property. It's a very functional house and has a great flow. It's also beautiful and bright.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Ankeny in Polk County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet
    Master Bath - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 14 inch memory foam mattress. High thread count sheets.
    Living room - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Full sized fold out sofa.
    Full Bedroom - 1 Double Bed , Full sized, memory foam mattress. Pack n Play available.
    Queen Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Queen bed + full size sofa / futon
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Indoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • gambling casinos
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(6 traveller reviews)

Beautifully Renovated Victorian With Pool / Hot Tub - Family Friendly!
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 6 reviews

Charming Stay - (however you cannot use either fireplace)

  • 4 of 5

The house was very clean, well decorated and well stocked. We enjoyed the hot tub very much! Comfortable beds. The owners are very kind people and were able to help us in almost every way. Our only disappointment was not being able to use the fireplace, which was part of the reason we had chosen this house for a winter stay. The fireplace is listed as an amenity "2 fireplaces, 1 gas and 1 real firewood with firewood provided." So my suggestion for the owners is to remove the fireplace from the advertising since it is misleading since guests are not allowed to use it do to liability reasons..which is fine but needs to be made clear to people ahead of time.

The town itself is truly not far from Des Moines, (like 20 minutes. The house does share walls and floors with some other businesses, which might be good to know if you wanted something more private and self-contained. We were not really bothered by the sharing, just surprised. The store-owners underneath the master bedroom were very nice and run a super cute boutique.

Overall, the house is really great, very comfortable and everything in it runs very smoothly.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It was a great place to stay and we would definitely go there again.

  • 5 of 5

The owners were very easy to work. The local shops & brewery were very fun stops on our trip. We used the house for our mother / daughter weekend and it was pretty much a perfect location. It was right next to a walking / biking trail. It was a fantastic middle ground for our adventures in Ames, Boone, Huxley, & Des Moines, IA. We would highly recommend it to anyone:)

  • Review Submitted: Nov 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Property!

  • 5 of 5

This is a fantastic property! The pictures do not do it justice. The hot tub really is larger than it looks in the pictures. Great living room and kitchen area and bedrooms very spacious with lots of good closet space. The master bathroom shower and tub is an extra plus!! Natalie and Aaron are easy to contact and very helpful.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ottumwa, Iowa

Lovely Victorian

  • 4 of 5

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On Aug 1, 2016, at 2:14 AM, VRBO.com wrote:

I came from Ottumwa with my daughter who was home from college and my father in law from Sarasota and sister in law from Australia. My son lives in Ankeny and has a 6 month old son so this was the perfect place for us to stay for a visit. There were three bedrooms with comfortable beds, a master bath and another full bath in the hallway, a half bath downstairs. There was a large dining area for dinners and board games, one day of rain while we were there! We also had plenty of room to sit in the family room with access to cable and free Wi-if. We stayed 4 nights and while there were a few minor things to fix such as the ceiling fan in the master bedroom didn't work and the gas grill needs a few burners replaced, we loved the home. The home in Ankeny was a lovely Victorian that was close to the Trestle Trail and Old downtown Ankeny which is filled with charming stores and antiques. There are some restaurants nearby but we were quite content staying in and preparing dinner in the modern kitchen and using the gas grill provided for us on the patio. We wanted a home where as a family we could all be together to share meals and spend time together in a comfortable setting. This was perfect, much more convenient than a hotel. There was also a large hot tub available to use but unfortunately we had a week of excessive heat and we were unable to use it ! The central air was a blessing ! Lovely place I would recommend it and the owners were very helpful and responded quickly to my questions, they even mailed a charger that was left behind !

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Love the shaded deck!

  • 5 of 5

We were traveling with 2 toddlers and the pool was perfect for them to splash around in. The fenced in yard and shaded deck were wonderful!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Great place to stay near See Moines and Ames. Loved the fantastic hot tub!! The kitchen is perfect for cooking with everything you need.

Comfortable beds! Very nice master bedroom with Perfect shower.

Wil stay here again when ever possible.

Thanks !!!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much! -Aaron and Natalie
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Des Moines International
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Firetrucker Brewery
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Otter Creek Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Leaning Tower of Pizza
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Big Creek @ Saylorville Lake
Car: recommended


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Ankeny, USA

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Solheim Cup
14 Aug 2017 - 20 Aug 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £115.18
Property Damage Protection £45.61
Pet Fee £57.98
Refundable Damage Deposit £193.26

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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