The Knotty Pony is located directly on the Joshua Tree National Park border. She's an easy 4 miles from the downtown eateries and exploring the park on foot means walking to the end of the driveway, The scenic drives begin at the formal park entrance (about 8 miles and ten minutes by car). Other nearby attractions include the 49 Palms Oasis and Indian Cove, great for hiking, rock climbing and scrambling.
Built in the seventies, The Knotty Pony is a big friendly chalet of a house with an open floor plan, original 18' beamed ceilings and tons of warm wood. Appointed with restored vintage modern, new, and custom furniture pieces, the decor is finished off with artisan objects: it all mixes into a vibe that we like to describe as rustic modern. Three bedrooms and two bathrooms comfortably accommodate up to six peeps. The master bedroom/bath suite is equipped with a king bed and tons of closet space, plus tub and shower in the bathroom. The two upstairs bedrooms respectively sport a queen bed and a daybed (the daybed can be configured into two twins or one queen): the upstairs bathroom also has a tub and shower.
Experience pristine hikes and park scenery without ever getting in the car...simply step outside the door and walk the 50 or so paces that will take you onto the critter trails that crisscross the nearby road less parkland. But back inside Knotty Pony, they're lots of diversions that await! Fujitsu mini-splits quietly and cleanly heat and cool each zone of the house for comfort regardless of season. Cable and internet TV provide visual entertainment in the mezzanine hang-out lounge and for audiophiles, the acoustics in this wood house are so perfect that we just had to install a turntable backed up with an eclectic sampling of vinyl. Lounge in the new, six person hot tub and look out onto the rocks of the park or the dark night skies. Books, board games, cookbooks, an assortment of basic spices, and good cookware and appliances (Jen Air oven, a dishwasher, electric 5 burner stove) speak to a range of interests. The generous 9' dining table is a great place to spread out and work on a project or enjoy a communal meal.
Because it it such a roomy property, it might be tempting to invite the gang out for a big bash and though we love a good party, please refrain from as we need to keep the property in A+ condition for guests seeking quality space and quiet enjoyment. Likewise, special arrangements are required for filming and photo shoots. So sorry, but we no longer allow pets.
Knotty Pony is perfect as a weekend retreat, but please inquire about longer stays as we happily slide the scale as the number of nights, weeks, or months increase!
As a set designer, I'm in love with the visual drama of the California high desert. I was so excited when I found my little spot in the Mojave....I couldn't wait to start working with the palette of homestead architecture, native plants, seasons, and vistas that Joshua Tree offers. My hope is that the resulting home reflects the unassuming laid-back lifestyle that I value but sometimes find difficult to enjoy in LA, while also reflecting a respect for nature, warmth, a bit of humor, and relaxation with the necessary flourishes (good art, good books, wi-fi and music!).
When I listed my first vacation home on VRBO six years ago, I had no idea that I would come in contact with so many wonderful people. As time passed my love for the area (and hosting) grew. When I stumbled on The Knotty Pony as a rambling diamond in the rough with her 2000 sq. ft of untouched original woodwork, FABULOUS park-adjacent location with big views and mature trees, there were only two things that I could do...sign on and pick up a hammer!
Being in a house on the border of a wilderness area is a powerful reminder of many things. I love this house for helping me to remember how many stars there are in a night dark sky, what the sound of quiet feels like, and how to gauge the passing of hours by the movement of light and color across a rock mountain outside the window.
One minute walk into National Park