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Beautiful Home with Spectacular View & Outdoor Spa - Horses welcome

Beautiful Home with Spectacular View & Outdoor Spa - Horses welcome


Property Details

Updated: May 18, 2015
3+ Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, sleeps 8

Sitting atop a slight hill, backed by acres of rock mountains, this comfortable ranch home has everything you're looking for. The 3 bedrooms, over sized living room and separate office give plenty of space for your family vacation or group retreat. The outdoor hot tub is large enough for your whole party with incredible views of the valley.

Be sure to explore the natural desert flora and fauna including our self-guided nature hike. The sunsets are best enjoyed from the top of the rise behind the house and there is nothing more spectacular than watching a universe of twinkling stars from the warmth of the spa as coyotes howl across the valley. Watch for shooting stars or enjoy our desert landscape and make it a romantic getaway.

  • Sleeps 10
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

We fell in love with this place the moment we saw it and so will you! It's so quiet and peaceful and the lovely views change as the sun moves across the sky. We got married in the National Park so it's very special to us. We never tire of visiting and we hope you won't either.

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Calendar last updated:
May 18, 2015

Guestbook comments from the owner

6/8 – Kimmee & Evan

We traveled from Brooklyn, NY for a wedding. We loved staying here, it has all the comforts of home, a gorgeous view and veyr nice home owners. Thank your for making our stay very amazing.
Feb 2015
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12 Reviews

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Beautiful Home with Spectacular View & Outdoor Spa - Horses welcome
-859 879-7081
Joshua Tree California Desert

Great location for a desert getaway

  • 5 of 5
Location is very close to park entrance and the house offered all amenities. There was plenty of space for us and the place was clean and well-appointed. It was everything we were looking for in terms for quick access to park and also a nice place to unwind. Laura was very quick with her responses and accommodating. I would love to return soon!
  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Beautiful Home with Spectacular View & Outdoor Spa - Horses welcome
-859 879-7081
Joshua Tree California Desert

Desert House in the hills

  • 5 of 5
The place was fantastic. The location was perfect for the wedding we were attending and the hot tub and backyard hike were added bonuses. The description of the house was spot on and was definitely quite the find for us so close to our trip. Much recommended and would love to make it back. Thanks Laura!
  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your 5 star review! We appreciate you taking the time to comment. Please come back and stay with us again. Refer us to your friends.
Beautiful Home with Spectacular View & Outdoor Spa - Horses welcome
-859 879-7081
Joshua Tree California Desert

Highly Recommend!

  • 5 of 5
Overall, great place and exactly what my group and I were looking for. Beautiful views, nicely located hot tub, comfy interior, and well equipped.
  • Submitted: May 14, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Beautiful Home with Spectacular View & Outdoor Spa - Horses welcome
-859 879-7081
Joshua Tree California Desert
Phoenix, AZ

Great View, Comfortable House, Great Getaway

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Desert House. We found it to be clean and comfortable. The beds and pillows in the Master Bedroom seemed new and there were plenty of fluffy towels in the linen closet. All the appliances worked and the kitchen offered every pot, pan, and gadget we needed - very well stocked for doing one's own cooking, even baking. We loved the large master shower. Bathrooms were also clean and reasonably well-supplied. The house has a nice layout and would work well for families. My brother-in-law and niece joined us briefly because they are tennis fans and the house made a good base for attending the tournament in nearby Indian Wells. There was plenty of room for all. We enjoyed poking through the many brochures on the bar and came up with some good ideas for our day exploring the Palm Springs area, about 40 minutes away. The DVD player worked fine and, compared to some places we’ve stayed that don’t have anything like that, we thought the collection was pretty decent. Also enjoyed the book-swap shelf. The hot tub was fantastic - although one does need to pay attention to the instructions to heat it, and it did need to be filled. There did seem to be some sand around the top, but, hey! it's the desert! It was basically clean and delightfully hot. The view was great, day and night. By day one can see the whole valley below framed by the mountains, and the railway cars directly across. (According to the Nature Trail info they're a museum - we'll have to check it out on a future visit.) The sky was a lovely blue every day we were there. By night it was almost magical, with the clear, BRIGHT stars above and the valley lights below. The Nature Trail was a bonus - a good introduction to desert flora, and a good stretch of the legs after a lazy morning. We appreciated the instruction book near the front door and info by the phone, which provide information one needs to know. It was a bit frustrating that our cell phones didn't work very well, but we were at least able to use them enough to share the house phone # which worked fine. The owners were very responsive in answering several questions we had prior to our visit; we didn't need to contact them once there. The directions to find the place were right on. The location is perfect for those seeking quiet relaxation - it's very private, and yet the town isn't too far away for basic supplies. The proximity to the Nat'l Pk is great too for those who like outdoor adventure.
  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Beautiful Home with Spectacular View & Outdoor Spa - Horses welcome
-859 879-7081
Joshua Tree California Desert
Northern California

Comfortable home in a beautiful setting. A great value!

  • 4 of 5
I was a little worried when I read the previous review right before I headed up to the Desert House for a week, but I am happy to say that my experience was great, and not at all like the one that reviewer had.

That reviewer did have some valid complaints--we also found that the DVD library is pretty inadequate, and I'm glad that those folks purchased and left the new player behind because we just went to RedBox in Yucca Valley and rented DVDs that we wanted to watch. I also agree that the owners may be having a problem with the cleaning staff not being very careful or thorough, but the place was perfectly serviceable. This home is a bit do-it-yourself and is not for fussy people--the carpets are a bit worn, the pots, pans and kitchen ware are not chef-quality, the hot tub requires additional water from the hose on a daily basis, the laundry/utility room shelves are overflowing with miscellaneous hardware and various things previous guests have left behind.

All of that said, the house is VERY comfortable and has a wonderful layout for hanging out and enjoying the beautiful desert environment from both inside and outside. There is a back room with a bar (and wood paneling!) from which we could sit and enjoy the sunset when it was too cold to stand outdoors, or where an adult could quietly enjoy a book while the kids played in the main living area. The mattresses are comfortable and seem new, and there are plenty of clean towels for everyone. The washer, dryer, refrigerator and dishwasher are all modern and worked great. Best of all, you can hike up into the rocks right behind the house for as long or short as you wish.
  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: We appreciate any and all feedback regarding the Desert House. Thanks for letting us know that there are things previous guests have left behind that need to be removed from the shelves. Our goal is not to provide a chef quality kitchen or a high-end luxury experience. So, if that's what you're looking for, then this is not the house for you. Pay more money and get luxury amenities elsewhere. Yes, the house is somewhat DYI, but again, that's why the cost is reasonable. We strive (and I'm confident that we succeed) in providing a clean, comfortable environment from which you can enjoy the lovely surroundings.
Beautiful Home with Spectacular View & Outdoor Spa - Horses welcome
-859 879-7081
Joshua Tree California Desert
Boston, MA

Some good, some not so good

  • 2 of 5
The house was warm, the beds comfortable, the kitchen was great, nice size rooms, and it's in a convenient location. The price was excellent. However, there were a few things that were subpar.

[1] The hot tub was not useable the first night even after we worked on it for 2 hours. We followed the directions as outlined in the "house directions information". Eventually, the following evening, we figured out the problem - we needed to prime the pump; this wasn't something that should have been on us to accomplish. Further, the tub looked as if it hadn't been cleaned in some time - not just sand but quite a few bugs and leaves and other scree.
[2] The dvd/vcr didn't work. Every time we turned it on, it turned itself off. A tape was jammed in the machine and wouldn't come out. We bought a $25 dvd player and a few dvds for ourselves so we could enjoy our evenings the way we expected to. We left the player at the house.
[3] The video library: There are about 12 VCR movies but 1/3 to 1/2 of them are broken [tapes ripped or face plates detached - no doubt eaten by the broken VCR]. And the dvd's titles aren't even worth mentioning in terms of content.
[4] We called the numbers listed in the "house direction folder" on our second day and the maintenance contact number was disconnected. The owner called us later on Saturday to check in and we indicated the problems. She said the maintenance number was not disconnected and we called it one more time to check and it was. Perhaps the number in the green information packet was wrong? But I doubt it.

In general, a decent place to stay - so close to the park. I think the owners
  • Submitted: Dec 20, 2012
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing
Owner's Response: We appreciate all feedback and I'm sorry to read this one. After 15 years of renting out the Desert House and literally hundreds of guests, it's our first negative review and we're sad. To address some specifics, the spa does occasionally lose its prime. I'm not sure there's much we can do about that and when guests let us know, we take care of it as quickly as possible. The DVD player has been replaced and our DVD collection has been updated. We try to keep the spa as clean as possible but since the desert can be quite windy, it's hard to keep everything as sparkling as we'd like.

We do our best to keep the Desert House clean, comfortable and affordable but it's not always perfect. As far as phone calls not being returned, that was a one time event (hopefully). I'm in Florida where my spouse was hospitalized last week and I dashed out the door and onto a plane without my cell. Unfortunately, emergencies happens and cell phones get left behind.

So, while we do the best we can, we can't please everyone. Online reviews should be taken with a grain of salt. Thanks Bill for taking time to post.


Activity and Interests

Car: necessary

We are located just one mile from West Entrance to Joshua Tree National Park and all it has to offer for hiking, rock climbing, biking, horseback riding and exploring. If quiet and solitude are on your list, it is there for the taking.

It is an easy drive to museums, golf, shopping, art galleries and even southern California's famous theme parks. Great local restaurants are nearby for a night out. We are only 45 minutes from Palm Springs and all it has to offer. The Desert House is an excellent vacation rental with something for everyone.

Other Activities: rock climbing, hiking


From $175 Per night

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Nov 14 2015 - Nov 22 2015
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Winter Holidays
Dec 20 2015 - Jan 4 2016
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

  • Pet Fee $25.00
  • Tax Rate 7.0%

Contact owner for holiday rates and for pet fee. Children are included as additional guests.

Cancellation Policy

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Updated: May 18, 2015


Property Type

  • house


  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub


  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • Mountain View


  • botanical garden
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing

Floor Area

  • 1800 sq. ft.


  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - toilet, shower, in master
  • Bathroom - toilet, combination tub/shower


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom - 1 queen
  • Bedroom - 1 queen
  • Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
  • Office - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon, Sleep sofa in the living room
  • Porta Crib available, Double futon in office Horse corral with water available and plenty of parking space for your horse trailer. Easy access to trails and dirt roads for miles of gorgeous riding. Extra charge may apply.


  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio


  • Guests provide their own meals

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website


  • 2 queens, 2 twins, 1 futon,1 sleep sofa. Hot tub, toaster, horse corral. Ranch style home easy access. Horse setup includes a roomy corral with water (water buckets not provided) and easy access to miles of scenic riding trails and dirt roads perfect for exploring with your equine partner. Additional charges may apply for your horse or horses. Plenty of parking next to the corral for your horse trailer.

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