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Not far from Joshua Tree National Park (near historic Pioneertown) sits the well appointed 'Gamma Gulch Guest Cabin' nestled deep within your own private valley of Boulders, Joshua Trees and Pinyon Pines bordered by miles of Protected Desert Wilderness with plenty of solitude and unlimited hiking opportunities. Perfect 'home base' for JTNP, Pappy and Harriets, Integratron, Noah Purifoy's outdoor desert museum, Desert Hot Springs and Palm Springs. Nicely appointed kitchen with spices, coffee and all the basics. Wifi, phone, dish TV and DVD player, and Bose music system with plenty of cd's or can be used with your mp3 player. Coffee maker, microwave, fridge, oven and all utensils. Guest cabin has a 16ft wall of sliding glass doors that look out upon your own private valley of Granite Boulders, Joshua Trees and Pinyon Pines. Weber 'Barbeque for Two' on site. Hot tub to soak in after a long day of hiking and perfect for lounging in to do some star watching. A path leads to a private eight sided meditation/yoga hut nestled in the boulders. Our guests repeatedly return from a day in JTNP and say they don't know why they went to the Park as the scenery at the Guest Cabin rivals the Park (without the tourists and traffic).
My wife, Sachi, and I (Dave) live in the main cabin adjacent to the Guest house. We both love the desert immensely with all it's solitude, wildlife and starry nights. As it turns out this guest cabin changed my life. I met my wife 5 years ago when she was a guest in the Guest Cabin -- she was staying in it to take advantage of the solitude and quiet of the desert while she finished her doctorate thesis in Buddhist studies. Sachi was a Bhuddist monk when she arrived at my guest house... saffron robes, shaved head. She'd been a monk for 21 years having ordained in Burma at the age of 19. Many of our guests find Saccavadi's story a very moving one. Simply google 'saccavadi' where much has been written about this simple monk from Burma. I haven't a clue as to what Sachi saw in me but as karma?? would have it we soon fell in love. Been married almost 4 years now.
Many guests enjoy meeting Sachi and often times will accompany her on her daily hike... this can be a great opportunity to learn about the area as well as a chance to get to know this gentle wise soul from Burma.
That being said, please know it's our policy to greet you when you arrive, help you get settled in, and be available should you need anything... after that it's our policy to leave you alone so that you may connect with what we're sure you'll find an amazing piece of the desert
Dave and Sachi Bricker purchased this cabin in 1998
This property is quite unique. The population density of the area is extremely sparse which helps assure a connection with the natural environment right outside your door. The Guest Cabin, along with the main cabin is situated on a piece of land that is surrounded by hundreds, actually thousands, of government protected acres with direct access into the Bighorn Mountain Wilderness Area. The Guest Cabin is truly away from it all. You'll travel along three miles of dirt road to get to our place. When you arrive you'll instantly become aware that you are nestled in a private valley of some of the most beautiful Boulder outcroppings one could imagine, where Joshua trees, pinyon pines, and wildlife abound. An endless variety of birds are attracted to the dripping bird bath located on the deck right outside the 16 foot sliding windows that gaze upon the valley of boulders. Cottontail rabbits, antelope squirrels, the occaisional bobcat can be seen. On three occasions we've seen bighorn sheep in the backcountry and last year a bear with two cubs came strolling through...a rare site...perhaps... but I wonder how many creatures pass by when I'm not looking out the window!
The Guest House is ideal for those wishing to hike, birdwatch, and just be awed by the miles of magnificent rock formations. It's unlikely that you will see anyone while hiking the area. Just you and nature. Many of our guests hike to Black Mountain...the reward being incredible endless views and that feeling of accomplishment that 'I did it!'.
A hot tub offers sore muscles comforting relief and also serves as an ideal location to relax and watch a falling star or two. No city lights visible from here, we're designated dark sky territory.
We also offer a secluded meditation/yoga hut with padded carpeting and cushions for sitting on the floor or doing yoga postures. The hut has fantastic views with plenty of privacy and quiet -- conducive to listening to the song of a bird, the stirring of the breeze, a perfect setting for some quiet contemplation...
Dave and Sachi, I want to say to you two how amazing our stay was at your place. Seriously, it was one of the best places I have EVER stayed. As an architect, and as a human being, I can appreciate the attention to detail that you have put into your guesthouse and property. The bed outside, the hot-tub, the bench seats in the front of the house, the buddha keeping us company, the dimmer on the lights, the tables and chairs on the patio, the small privacy screens (with a cut-out to accommodate a tree branch outside of the Kitchen window)...I could go on and on. All of this created little moments for us that I hope linger long in my mind and heart. I saw the love that you put into your property and it was much appreciated and I feel blessed to have experienced it. I will recommend your place to anyone and everyone I know and hopefully, one day soon, we'll be able to come and visit again.
After we arrived and settled in we sat out on the back deck of the quest house. It was an AHA moment...very peaceful, very beautiful w/plenty of Joshua trees and boulders. We enjoyed watching the quails, rabbits and other birds from the deck. Dave, Sachi and Rosie (their dog) were great hosts. We hiked through the boulders with Sachi and Rosie enjoying an amazing landscape. Allow at least one full day to visit JTNP as the park is large and there are a number of great short hikes. Pappy and Harriets honky tonk restaurant/bar is a must. Make a dinner reservation well in advance or go for lunch. We enjoyed the bands Sat. night. We were there in mid-April. We hope to return to JTNP and to stay with Dave, Sachi and Rosie!
We wanted a location spacious and quiet, but not so isolated that we couldn't do a few day trips here and there. Dave and Sachi's location was a perfect fit. Enough up the dirt road so that you actually hear the silence of nature and see the stars, but close enough for a day trip or two. We hit Palm Springs, Yucca Valley, Pappy and Harriet's, and Garth's gardens, and still managed to soak in the warmth and peacefulness of a boulder garden.
The guest house is wonderful, with a generous set of amenities, and a very comfy bed. The outdoor heated king bed was fabulous for stargazing, as was the lovely hot tub, and the back porch gave excellent bird watching opportunities (with bird seed thoughtfully provided). We both used the yoga/meditation hut at various times, and it was wonderful to feel almost outdoors while stretching.
Dave and Sachi were themselves sweet, generous and thoughtful throughout our stay. And of course, Miss Rosey was a (welcome) constant companion on our hikes (well mostly the boyfriend's hikes, I slept in).
We would love to come back. Such a great time!
If you're a fan of the high desert--the 150 million year old boulders, the varieties of flora and fauna, the unique light, and the opportunity to access thousands of acres of inspiring land, then it would be impossible to beat this property and location. The land is just stunningly beautiful. The accommodations provide everything you need with great attention to detail. And the bonus of a heated outdoor super comfy bed for late night star gazing, and the cozy meditation studio hidden in the rocks, just put this place over the top. Our one concern was whether or not we would have the privacy we desired given that the owner's house is right next to the guest studio. This turned out to not be an issue at all--Dave and Sachi greeted us, covered the basics and then basically disappeared into the rocks for the next five days. The main house and the guest house are very close to one another, but point off in very different directions which means you're not in one another's line of site or hearing. Additionally, Rosie (the owners' dog) was a real love bug of a companion--never needy and in your face, just checking in from time to time as she made her rounds around the property. Nothing but praise for this place and no complaints whatsoever.
Unmatched scenery coupled with a beautifully furnished guest house make this secluded vacation spot a perfect romantic getaway. We can't wait to come back.
Thank you so much to Dave, Sachi and Rosie, our stay was perfect. The guest cabin is better than in the photo's, very well equipped with everything you could want. Wish we could have stayed longer watching the birds and listening to the silence!
Hello----My wife and I enjoyed this wonderful place in the high desert, and have not stopped talking about it since. This has been our most relaxing trip into a natural setting ever, the weather was fantastic even in the summer, the weather was warm; but a cool breeze came up to make the days very nice! We wanted solitude and we got it, we wanted nature and it was there. We wanted starry nights, it was every night. Our hosts were great, they left us alone, but were there if we needed them. Great cabin, everything we needed. When we were packing up to go home at the end of our stay, my wife did not want to go!!! "Yeah" We will be going back! Wish we could take off and go right now....... Rich and Tina----------- p.s. it sure was nice not to hear any traffic for 5 days "Wow"
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