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Cowboy Paradise in Pioneertown ~ The Olive Adobe!!!!!!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Walled gardens, private 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, gourmet kitchen (Sleeps 6)

'When I build my own place in the desert, I want it to be just like this.' That’s what people say about our home.

The Olive Adobe is a comfortable, private retreat on 7+ acres, nestled behind terra-cotta walls. 50-year-old, gnarled olive trees, raised perennial beds and pea gravel paths surround the house and every room opens to the outdoors with sliding French doors. Kick back, put your feet up and relax. Lose yourself in a classic novel, gaze at the multiple species of birds from humming to hawk, discover your artist or photographer within. 

And after a long day of exploring the local rock formations and petroglyphs, enjoy a toast in fine crystal as you relax next to a crackling avocado wood fire in the outdoor fireplace. As the Milky Way slowly emerges directly above you, stargazing might just become your new passion. 

Inside, you’ll find spacious living and morning rooms containing an eclectic mix of cowboy chic antiques and mid-century modern pieces and collectables from our travels around the world. Mexican and Native American pottery and baskets, and colorful serapes create a comfortable, relaxed, 'put your feet up' elegance that makes this charming adobe feel like home. 2 bedrooms open onto a “secret” back garden with a delightful iron bistro table set for two next to the grape arbor. The front bedroom (the owners' personal favorite) is glass on three sides - a former porch - with access to the comfy porch swing facing west for sunset viewing.

There’s even an outdoor shower when you really want to commune with nature! 

A fully equipped kitchen is waiting if you want to eat in. Colorful china and bake ware, heavy cutlery and bandana “napkins” make even a simple meal special here – especially when you eat it by the fire, outdoors, under the stars.

Come. Let this place make special memories for you!

We’re only minutes from Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, but this canyon feels like it’s miles away from everything. Pipes Canyon is bordered by 35,000 acres of “The Pioneertown Mountains Preserve” to the West and 60,000 acres of federal land to the north. It’s isolated, and completely private. It’s like living in your own National Park. There are views of the sawtooth mountains, flat-topped mesas, and impossibly balanced boulders with miles of hiking and riding trails just out the door!! At an elevation of 4000 ft, the summers are cool (10 degrees cooler than Joshua Tree and 15 – 20 degrees cooler than Palm Springs) and winter often brings a dusting of snow.

Whatever your passion, you will find new inspiration at The Olive Adobe in Pioneertown!

Keywords: adobe, luxury, private, garden, ranch,
fireplace, hiking, views, mountains

More Details

Peter Phinney
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 13, 2018

About Peter Phinney

We are an architect and an arts administrator from Los Angeles (originally from the East Coast.) We love to cook, and create, and we especially love hosting and entertaining all manner of people. When we were first married, we ran a Bed & Breakfast in midcoast Maine and hosted musicians and artists from around the world. We love to travel, to meet new people and explore new cultures. We've raised 4 children now and we're hosting again - on the Left Coast this time, trading in the blueberry muffins and maple syrup of our youths for fresh, local orange juice, piquant guacamole and tequila with limes.

Why Peter Phinney chose Pioneertown

We searched Palm Springs for the perfect house for several years, frustrating scores of real estate agents, and then we fell in love with this improbable place, and with this quirky, comfortable, and very special house, with this canyon and it's human and animal inhabitants. Pioneertown is unlike anyplace else - a pastiche of leathery wild western cowboy chic, edgy tattooed musicians and looney contemporary artists. The scenery calls everyone here to stare slack-jawed at some of nature's finest work. The air is clean and the skies are clear here, and for the open minded, stereotypes and human histories are quickly forgotten and friendships are easily made. The locals are bound to this special place of harsh contrasts - tawny, brittle dried sage against delicate, boldly colored wildflowers; shards of crunchy, decomposed granite against impossible stacks of enormous cantilevered, vanilla boulders; rattling pit vipers and tarantulas against iridescent hummingbirds and America's largest, languid desert cats. Darkness comes quickly here but not without a robust explosion of shrieking color, and then - stars... More stars than you remember as a child - by a factor of hundreds. Each season brings new wonders. This canyon is as ancient as the earth itself - primordial and at the same time made fiercely contemporary by the people who have settled here and call this place home.

What makes this house unique

Be yourself here. Or come and try on someone else here. Let the power of this place reach inside of you, and allow yourself to relax into everything it has to offer. Drink the delicious, deep, rare water. Walk the dusty trails. Listen to the warm wind. This is a place to relax and rediscover yourself, you special friends and your family. Put your feet up on the Vietnamese ox yoke that is our coffee table. Wrap yourself in a traditional serape outside and enjoy the fire and a rich cup of coffee. Put on your favorite jeans, your favorite boots, and your favorite tunes and dance under the stars until the moon rises, and then sets again.

Make this your own cowboy paradise and return home rested and renewed.


Pioneertown House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Direct garden access
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Direct garden access
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Direct garden access and glass walls on three sides
  • King size beds (1) The King Bedroom opens to the back yard walled secret garden!, Queen size Beds (2) 1 Queen Bedroom opens to the back yard secret garden and 1 Queen Bedroom/Sunroom opens to the private front garden!
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • alternative lifestyle
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Rooftop deck with an iron cowboy bed, suitable for sunbathing during the day and star gazing at night. Some guests even decide to sleep on the deck in fine weather!


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Cowboy Paradise in Pioneertown ~ The Olive Adobe!!!!!!
average rating of 5.0 based on 50 reviews

Second trip back to the Olive Adobe

  • 5 of 5

This house in the gorgeous desert has become a spring ritual for me and my friends and family. Beautiful and comfortable house with the most gracious hosts that leave the home so well supplied you cannot eat or drink enough! Perfectly located in a quiet area but with quick and great access to hikes, watering holes and JT. If I do not build a house myself down here, we will be back next year. The patio and rooftop deck with a bed are fabulous spaces that just continue to add to the desert ambience and experience. Two thumbs up!

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Fantastic atmosphere, lovely home, ambiance, location. Everything we could ask for and more. The owner met us upon arrival to familiarize us with the residence and features and stocked the kitchen with an abundance of goodies, cake, fruit, wine and snacks! We enjoyed the retreat so much we barely left the house. So relaxing. The music, lighting, comfortable beds, stocked kitchen made it easy for us to create a Tuscan BBQ meal our first night. We really enjoyed the outdoor comforts including the fireplace. Headed to family Pappy and Harriet's for Saturday night dinner, just a short drive away. Took 2 fab hikes leaving on foot from the house. From great coffee in the am to star gazing in the PM. We had a great time and would love to come again. Thank you Peter!

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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An oasis in the desert

  • 5 of 5

The Olive Adobe was everything we were hoping for. It is even more beautiful than the pictures. Peter had a big basket of fruit, coffee cake and a bottle of wine waiting for us when we arrived. His home is spotless and filled with interesting art, books, and many wonderful seating areas inside and out to enjoy time alone or with family and friends. The outdoor fireplace is set up like a little living room and the twinkling lights around the space are enchanting. When you are looking for things in the kitchen not only is everything there but it all makes sense. Loads of lovely towels, soaps, lotions etc. It was a very special weekend for us as it was our sons wedding. Having The Olive Adobe to come back to between events was beyond comfortable and restful. We will absolutely come back. Our son and his beautiful bride are already planning on returning for anniversaries to come. An amazing place in every way.

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home with all the charm of a European villa.

  • 5 of 5

This house exceeded our expectations! We have stated in many vacations homes around the world and this by far makes the top of the list! Our immediate family of six stayed 4 nights arriving from KC to find a giant fruit bowl and spice cake. The outdoor living is understood in CA to be exceptional and the the Olive Adobe created both a festive and relaxing atmosphere from the seating, the garden, the outdoor fireplace and the roof top bed for stargazing! Each of the three bedrooms and two baths were decorated impeccably and made us feel right at home, comfortable but also definitely like we were on holiday! Thank you Peter!

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A little slice of heaven in the beautiful desert!

  • 5 of 5

This rental is unique and thoughtfully put together as the Owner is the perfect host! So comfortable and inviting, Olive Adobe offers so much to all who stay. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Weekend in The Olive Adobe

  • 5 of 5

Our group of three married couples found The Olive Adobe to be the perfect place for weekend accommodations while attending a wedding in Rimrock. Peter is an excellent host. He responds to all correspondence immediately. He met us at the house when we arrived and gave us a full orientation on the property and the surrounding area. The house is beautiful in so many ways - from the interior design/decor to the outdoor garden and shower, and rooftop bed. It is very quiet with no traffic nearby at all, at least it was at this time of year. Just the sound of birds, distant roosters, coyotes, and the buzzing of bees at the garden's Crepe Myrtle blooms in the morning. We went on hikes in the neighborhood and did the short drive to Joshua Tree National Park. We had a great meal at Pappy and Harriet's, which is not to be missed!

If your travels take you anywhere near the Yucca Valley/Pioneertown area, I highly recommend this fantastic house!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Palm Springs
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Pappy & Hariet's Pioneertown Palace!

Bouldering and rock climbing, panning for gold, antiquing, horse boarding nearby and guided hikes! Not to mention Pappy & Harriets is just 5 minutes away!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

non-refundable cleaning $150
Property Damage Protection $79
Tax Rate 7.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.