|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Villa dei Fiori is a romantic escape on 14 acres on the boundary of the Joshua Tree National Park. Pine log pergolas cover the surrounding five terraces with arbors of climbing roses and cascades of purple and white wisteria.
The villa is a extensive renovation of a original historic homestead built in the early 1950s, with 13 French doors leading to five terraces on the North, East, South and West of the house. Villa dei Fiori, means 'House of the Flowers' in Italian, so named because of the climbing roses, jasmine, rosemary, lavender and wisteria growing on five pergolas on each face of the house. In Italian, a 'villa' does not mean a mansion, but rather, a charming country house. Built amid the surrounding quartz monzonite boulders, Villa dei Fiori was created by Dale Allan Pelton, a Hollywood based film production designer and architect. On the west side of the villa, the terraces of 75 rose bushes with a border of purple French lavender form a dramatic contrast to the savage landscape of boulders and pool beyond.
There is a grove of Italian Stone pines on the north. To the south, a terrace of raked sand with a Zen aesthetic, is in the midst of large boulders, perfect for al fresco dining. In the west one can see the snow-capped peak of San Gorgonio. Between the kitchen terrace and the southeast terrace stands a giant Joshua tree, several hundred years of age. The motor court is surrounded by mesquite trees and French lavender, allowing a feeling of complete solitude and pastoral peace.
Near the house, is a cave formed of giant boulders with a bed of soft sand and a fire pit where guests have dinner parties in the evening by the light of an open fire. Crevices in the boulders open to the sky so that one can glimpse the stars at night.
Features - The villa has an European ambiance, with three bedrooms, one painted raspberry and another, magenta, and the living and dining rooms treated with hand-rubbed colors of cognac and amber over an under layer of gold. The master bedroom has a romantic antique bed, its ornate design formed with the tendrils of metal leaves. The second bedroom is furnished with a French sleigh bed and the third bedroom opens onto a terrace with outdoor fireplace surrounded by boulders. The living room is equipped with a sofa sleeper beside double French doors opening upon the West terrace. The deep colors of the walls complement the antique Moroccan urns and vivid paintings of the Parisian artist, Viviane Quence.
Although the house is modest in size, 1400 sq. foot, there are 1600 sq. foot of terraces with pergolas of cascading wisteria and climbing roses. Each room has its own private terrace, accessed by double doors, 13 glass French doors in total, bring the outdoors inside.
There is a magnificent library spread throughout several rooms - hundreds of books on subjects as varied as architecture, painting, sculpture, film, biography, literature, photography, fashion, gardening, travel, exotic places, anthropology, history, almost any subject one could think of.
The living room features a silk tapestry, original paintings and a rock sculpture from the film, 'Battlestar Galactica.' While there is no cable TV so that one can enjoy the quiet natural sounds of the desert, it is furnished with a DVD and VCR receiver and excellent stereo system with an i pod dock, and extensive selection of CDs and wireless internet connection.
Although the kitchen is modest in size, it has top quality cookware, porcelain service for 8, wine glasses, baking ware, all imaginable cooking utensils, blender, coffee bean grinder, oversize toaster, programmable coffee maker, a large micro wave, a new stainless steel 22 cubic foot refrigerator and a library of cookbooks in the living room bookcase. The new LG range oven has double ovens of cobalt blue and over sized BTU burners. The gas barbecue is on the kitchen terrace just 12 feet from the kitchen adjacent to the laundry room. The dining terrace overlooks a Joshua tree amid the boulders. Near the kitchen, there is a fireplace for wood fires on the terrace by the boulders.
Since the number of guests vary, numerous tables are set against the wall, so that guests can make their own decision about the size and placement of their dining arrangements. Groups larger than four, require an additional fee per person, with a maximum of 8 guests. During the high swimming season of summer, there is a 3 day minimum rental, with a two day minimum the rest of the year, with a three day minimum for regular holidays and a longer minimum stay during spring break for major holidays.
There are numerous wooden chairs inside, and 6 plastic ones outside, with an 8 foot table on the living/dining room terrace which seats 8 and 6 crimson leather club chairs in the living room. On the south terrace, between the house and the boulders there is an oak coffee table and six garden chairs. Two reclining chaises are at the pool, with a table and chairs on an elevated terrace overlooking the pool.
The large swimming pool has a salt electrolyte purification system and a beautiful gemstone pebble surface. The pool is maintained throughout the year with best swimming months being April to mid October. For an additional charge the pool can be heated, but only through the milder months. The two pool terraces have a table with six lounge chairs and two chaise longes. There is a large market umbrella stored in the middle bedroom closet which may be used at the table above the pool.
Activities: 500 feet, behind the villa, you will discover the hidden valley on the estate. From there you may hike directly into the multi-hued canyons of Joshua Tree National Park. Hiking through the boulders you will spy cactus wrens and ravens, owls and hawks, rabbits, roadrunners and quail. If you are fortunate, you may spy at a distance, a bobcat who lives in my hidden valley, or an increasingly rare Chuckawalla iguana, or Mojave Desert tortoise and on rare occasions, a herd of Big Horn sheep. This is such an inaccessible region of the park on your hikes out of my valley of the moon, you will not encounter any other hikers to disturb your splendid solitude.
Excellent restaurants are to be found in Twentynine Palms: Bistro Twentynine, with French continental cuisine, Red Lotus with Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. In Joshua Tree: Natural Sister’s Café with organic cuisine, Royal Siam with Thai cuisine, Crossroads Café, Joshua Tree Health Foods and Sam’s Restaurant with Indian cuisine. Yucca Valley: Kimi Sushi, Carrows, a franchise restaurant, The Rib Company with barbecue. Pioneertown: Pappy and Harriet’s Saloon, with live music on weekends.
I attended Cherokee school in Oklahoma with Indians and poor whites. War games and fist fights were the events at lunch time. After feeding the chickens, pulling weeds, fighting prairie fires, I read books in the magical forest across the creek.
After wrestling for Oklahoma State and University of Nebraska, I studied philosophy at University of Tulsa, writing newspaper reviews of cinema, literature, essays on ethics and politics. During my college years, I hitchhiked across America, Key West, Florida, New Orleans, San Francisco, through slums of Mexico City, Guatemalan jungles and San Salvadorian barrios, journeys which have inspired the characters in Celine on Fire.
Working as a white journalist for Tulsa’s black newspaper, I returned from King’s march from Selma to Montgomery to deliver an address, Thunder in the Ghetto, in the rebuilt Church which had been burned to the ground in the 1921 Race Riot. I organized concerts for jazz musicians, Baby Face Willette and Odetta, opened The Bastille, a folk music, rock/dance club.
During two years at the UCLA graduate film school, I directed my thesis, Death of the Red Planet, in 35mm Cinemascope, quadraphonic sound, the first film created by lasers. http://cec.concordia.ca/econtact/11_4/pelton_red_planet.html. filmed in the laboratories of Cal-Tech and sound track created at Cal-Arts. Praised by American Cinematographer, and Hollywood Reporter, the film was invited to the Cannes Festival and played in 600 theaters across America. My first film work was for Battlestar Galactica. While working with Steven Spielberg (The Goonies), Terry Gilliam (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas), Paul Verhoeven (Hollowman), designing music videos for Olivia Newton, Travolta, Cindy Lauper, I wrote screenplays at night, East of the Moon, and a musical Celine on Fire. From my original screenplay evoking the spirit of Gene Kelly’s An American in Paris, the story evolved into a historical-philosophical novel set in 1950s Paris.
Dale Pelton purchased this house in 1988
I discovered Joshua Tree in 1968 when visiting my family, original settlers who homesteaded the land in the early 1950s.
I began landscaping the garden 25 years ago. The Italian Stone pines are 22 years old, the rose garden 15 years ago. The terraces and surrounding berms of decomposed granite have been sculpted over the years. Big horn sheep sometimes come off the park into our valley of the moon where bobcats, kit foxes and roadrunners roam.
Peaceful solitude. Large cavern with fire pit for dinner parties close to house.
Large saltwater pool and oversized Jacuzzi spa for six. Many windows and glass French doors open to garden and boulder views from every room, the scent of flowers enveloping the house.
I rented this place for a weekend getaway with 7 friends (on average, we are in our late 20's). Our experience was nothing short of ideal, and idyllic.
The VRBO website doesn't allow for tiered pricing to be visible, but it did cost extra to have so many people (understandably!) and during the busy season. At first I was a little bewildered by all of the specifications and rules involved, but upon arrival everything made complete sense. Dale is obviously a man who is passionate about this work of art of a property. He is a careful steward, and the care he takes shows in the experience you have of the property. It is very thoughtfully designed.
The interiors are comfortable and welcoming. Everything was perfectly clean, everyone slept like babies on the beds, and the kitchen was well-equipped. The real star of the show, though, is all of the spaces designed to be conducive to conversation. You can enjoy each other's company in an airy, amply-seated living area, multiple patios (especially the back with the fire pit), a hot tub, a beautiful fenced pool, a little table nook above the pool with another fire pit, an enormous boulder overlooking the pool (which seats several and is PERFECT for viewing sunsets), and perhaps most memorably an amazing cave (with yet another fire pit!). Every place in Villa dei Fiori is a place to have memorable conversations with people you love while enjoying a truly beautiful environment.
We really enjoyed climbing over the rocks for a fun hike around the immediate area, too. There are many exciting animals and beautiful plants. As you climb up, the view is more and more breathtaking! A few of us even climbed all the way up to a small cave that is up high on the mountain. The sense of discovery was so fun!
Please do not leave without making use of the fire pit in the cave. We started a fire at sunset and it was a magical experience watching the lighting change within the cave's chambers. It was magical.
We loved everything so much we found ourselves completely satisfied with the property itself! I have to go back to Joshua Tree soon to see more of it, and hopefully when I do I can stay here again. It was truly a wonderful experience. Thanks, Dale!
I recently joined a group of friends (8 women) for a week-end getaway and we rented this delightful house. The property really suits the location, up on a hill, abutting these glorious rock formations, and ceiling to floor glass doors that allow the sunlight in while providing marvelous views of the valley. Joshua Tree National Park at this time of year is glorious with the cactus and wildflower blooming. The entire stay had the laid back vibe that I had been seeking. The owner provided everything we needed in terms of amenities. We had a great time, lots of delicious food, good wine, and laughter. I only wish that I could have stayed longer.
We were a group of 8 ladies. We loved it. It was a very harmonious weekend. A very good retreat. The home is lovely. We did not have any problems with the one bathroom and remember there were 8 of us. The owner was kind and we could tell that he loved the property. It was not just a "rental" to him. We toured the Joshua tree National Park and the boulders at the home were better. Such unique and beautiful surroundings. We all really enjoyed ourselves. I have no idea what the negative report was about or what they were expecting. It is hard to please all of the people all of the time I guess.
This is a unique and beautiful home set in a stunning desert landscape. It is very comfortably furnished, and is decorated with original works of art throughout. The library is very extensive. The outdoor pool area and numerous patios provide breathtaking views of the surrounding desert: Joshua Tree's famed boulders and the desert valley below. It is the perfect place to relax, unwind, and read, or for boulder climbing and hiking. It is a short drive to the heart of Joshua Tree National Park. The whole family had a great time!
With so many glowing reviews, I was a bit slack jaw upon arriving at how very un-Villa or 'stunning' this house actually is - It is a well placed shack on a pretty lot. My 3 stars here are based on my expectations created by the owner's description and other reviews. Nothing architectural or luxe about the house- except the awesome book collection. How anyone would think so is a mystery. BUT this is funky Joshua Tree and the grounds are absolutely special!
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This track house sits on an amazing lot right up against the Butt Crack boulders that Joshua Tree is famous for. You will be met by Dale, the guy in the photos and a very caring man if not a 'little' OCD. He will take you on a 45 minute tour of the house. He will ask which of your party will be the 'light monitor' and he's serious. He will ask who will be doing the dishes because 'it's best to have the same person put them away if they are the one that took them out' - but don't worry if you forget because every cabinet has a photograph as to where each well worn pot, fork, glass, dish go. Like a surgery tray and you are to keep it that way.
A grumpy neighbor requires that you do not make noise on the west side of the house. Which is where the pool and caves are. He fretted over my 6 year old laughing while exploring the cave area. At 4pm.. The pool is gorgeous but nights too cold and water too deep to heat. 56 degrees
Inside, furniture is pushed in a row against the walls like a house party (or funeral). Oddly, there are only 2 lounge chairs located in the front yard a few feet from the quiet street. But no loungers near the pool nor the rear yard. No hammock. Nothing for napping, although we grabbed a pad and laid on the awesome boulders like sunning lizards. Awesome.
The only bathroom is tiny and gloomy 'be careful what you flush or you will be charged..'. The sheets are older and soaked in fabric softener, there are no extra sets of sheets or blankets. No throws. Pillows are dead. If you like nice bedding, bring them. The scratchy, polyester coverlets smell like your old Aunt Martha in Florida. Dale needs to hit Home Goods big time.
There are french doors but only 1 window that opens, so at night when the critters come out or during the frequent winds, you are to 'be sure to close all the doors'. No fresh nighttime air to lull you. The house is in a bowl geographically so no view of the sunset, but you can climb to see it.
Set your expectations and enjoy
Other reviewers have covered the many wonderful attributes of this property but they bear repeating: location, amenities, solitude and luxury. We spent our spring break here with our two teenage kids and the Villa had everything we needed and more! Want to lounge by the pool? Done! Want to explore the dessert wilderness? Done! Want to relax and enjoy the dessert night sky from a hot tub? Done! The location of the home near the road is deceptive - the landscaping and layout of the property couldn't be more private. The kitchen was well stocked with everything we needed to prepare our own gourmet meals at home. The Villa met the needs of everyone in our family including those wanting to relax and read a good book and those wanting to be active from dawn 'til dusk. The fresh cut flowers from the rose garden that greeted us in every bedroom at check in were a very nice touch. Our host clearly takes pride in his home and we are thankful that he chooses to share it. A perfect place to make memories to last a lifetime!
Swimming in spring and summer, Wild animal and bird Watching, Cave and wilderness exploring. Astronomy, Star Gazing. Resort town, shops, renown art museum and casinos in nearby Palm Springs.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Pet Fee||$75.00 + Tax|
Basic rental rate for two night stay $850 - $900 for 2 - 4, $1,050 for 6, $1200 for 8. 7% county tax. Additional days are at a reduced daily rate according to the length of stay. The longer the stay, the lower the rate for additional days. Mid week can be lower.
Weekly rate is $2200 – $2400.
Major holidays like Spring Break, Thanksgiving or Christmas have one week minimum, $3200 - $3400.
Payment over 30 days in advance is one half rental fee. Final half due 30 days before arrival. No refund for cancellation, late arrival or early departure.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.