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3BR, 1.5BA home on Broadhorn Farm

6 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Truro - Broadhorn Farm Guest House

Close to Des Moines for convenience - Far enough away for peace & quiet

Our modern, cozy home is located on the southwest corner of our farm and is a great place for family reunions, hunters, Madison County enthusiasts, hot air ballooners and others traveling through Iowa. The kitchen is fully equipped, there are three bedrooms (2 queen/1 full) and a family game room where there is also a daybed and trundle (2 twins). There are also 2 other houses on the farm available for rent (for BIG family reunions). We love having guests but if you want nothing but privacy you will definitely enjoy our guesthouse.

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Julie Donaghy
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 October, 2016

About Julie Donaghy

My husband and I originally purchased the farm as an investment with no intention of living here ourselves but we were drawn to it and moved from West Des Moines to the farm a few months after purchasing. We purchased 4 Belted Galloway Cattle and now run a 110 head operation and raise pastured poultry as well.

Julie Donaghy purchased this house in 2008

Why Julie Donaghy chose Iowa

We liked the convenient location to Des Moines and Kansas City; two places where we spend a lot of time

What makes this house unique

Easy to access just off of I-35 and on pavement (not gravel)

Lots of natural light and a relaxed, peaceful place to stay only 20 miles from Des Moines

Guestbook comments from the owner

We were very comfortable and well provided for. The house was perfect for our family weekend and not overcroweded at all with 6 adults and 2 kids. We used the charcoal grill on the front deck and enjoyed the changing scenery as the sun set over the iowa countryside. We had plenty of room for a game of tag football on the front lawn. Julie was also available to show the kids the farm animals including baby chicks and a newborn calf. Thanks for providing such a warm space for our get together.
Sep 2015
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based on 6 holidaymaker reviews

3BR, 1.5BA home on Broadhorn Farm
average rating of 4.0 based on 8 reviews

Beautiful farm house on beautiful property. Highly recommend!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful experience with our stay! The property was so lovely inside and out. We were there for a week - six adults and two teenagers - there was ample room and we were very comfortable. More than enough space in the house and ample parking. The water for showers and bathing was instantly hot and for as many people that were in the house - we never ran out of hot water, even if all of us took showers in the morning. The kitchen was fully stocked with pots, pans, plates, coffee maker, etc. They even had a dozen eggs from the farm's chickens in the fridge! The books, games, puzzle books, and DVDs were a nice touch. Washer and dryer were great - even had laundry supplies to use. The owners were wonderful and very accommodating. The farmhouse is close to the main highway so finding it was a breeze and getting to major visiting spots near and around Des Moines was easy. The owners left information about tourist spots and a map on the fridge - which was helpful - and a great Iowa coffee table book to peruse. We had no plans to tour the Covered Bridges of Madison County but did so because of the information the owners provided and now are so happy we took their advice. It was a great way to spend the day! We traveled to Des Moines for some family business that was looking to be stressful, but being on the farm was so relaxing, the trip ended up being more of a vacation than a week of business. We felt at home and was able to do work yet decompress. The chickens and cows from the farm graze around the perimeters of the property and near the lake. It was a beautiful thing to see every day. Very picturesque and unique for folks from Los Angeles. :-) I highly recommend this property. They owners were wonderful and this family trip is one we will always remember.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad you all had a nice trip and enjoyed the farm! Come back anytime!
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  • 4 of 5

The owners were very accessible and responded quickly to our questions. We loved the location- close to interstate and the farmland was lovely. We could hear the interstate traffic at night through the window but it did not bother us. The furnishings were nice and plenty of space-not cluttered. We would stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you all had a good trip to Iowa and we'd welcome you back anytime.
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Small home

  • 3 of 5

Rented this small home outside of des Moises. Plenty of space for two couples. Our friends arrived first, she called me a bit discussed on how dusty the place was. Grass was mowed but bushes on deck are very over-grown. Mattress on all bed are old and need of replacement. It was ok, but for the money I think we could have done better.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I was really surprised by this review. The queen matresses are new and are Serta Perfect Sleepers - we've replaced them since your stay but had previously had no other complaints. The place was immaculate when I looked at it a couple of days before your arrival. The bushes were a little shaggy and I had them trimmed. I wish you would have contacted me with your complaints while you were here. We would have done everything possible to make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as we could. Best wishes on your future travel adventures.
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Perfect retreat

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay. It was easy to get too. Relaxing and peaceful country side

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Weekend get away :)

  • 3 of 5

This was our first time having a VRBO. We kind of had a late planned vacation so luckily the house was available the days that we needed a place. We also needed a place that allowed pets since we were meeting my daughter and her boyfriend who had a dog. We paid extra for the pet, which only stayed one night, but there was a minimum of a two night stay. The house was a nice change from a hotel. We had the place to ourselves and came and went without bothering anyone else. The location was right off the interstate and VERY easy to find. It was out in the country which made going anywhere for sight seeing needing to drive distances of 20-30 minutes or longer. It was great to have the kitchen stocked with pots and pans, some food items, coffee, etc. Candy filled the jars--mints, starbursts, etc. I was somewhat surprised when she kept a small amount of the deposit back to help cover her credit card costs. We would definitely recommend using VRBO, but next time would try to find one with no minimum nights stay.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you all had a nice stay and enjoyed the property. I try to make it very clear that we are not in town but are 20 miles south of DSM and right off of Exit 47. If you were surprised by this and the additional $10 fee to help cover credit card transactions, I apologize. I will try to make these things clearer so there are no surprises in the future. Thanks for staying with us. Safe & Happy Travels!
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Great location in the country....

  • 4 of 5

The location of this home is perfect for Madison County sightseeing and/or a romantic getaway. All the comforts of home in a rural setting. The house is spacious, airy and well furnished. It would also be great for a family or girls weekend getaway with 3 bedrooms and a family room. The owner, Julie, is wonderful to work with and very accommodating. She's done a great job of prepping this home for rental and is still making tweaks so I expect it to be even more perfect next time we stay. The cupboards and refrigerator were stocked with not only breakfast stuff but other treats and foods including homemade banana bread - a nice touch!

Thanks for your hospitality Julie - we'll see you again I'm sure!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 28, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Des Moines International
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Car: necessary

Bridges of Madison County, John Wayne birthplace and museum, near Great Western Bike trail, Two Saints Winery and casino.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Truro, Iowa

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £49 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £164
Cleaning Fee £49 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

Check-In Time is 2pm unless otherwise arranged. Check-Out Time is 11am.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Truro, USA

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Besides the three bedrooms which sleep 6 comfortably there is a day bed with a pull out trundle in the downstairs family room - this additional sleeping area is great for kids or singles but may not be private enough to accomodate a couple.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Hot Air Ballooning

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