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Benoit Clair

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english, french

The Dreams Live under the Stars: Private, Upscale, Luxurious - Joshua Tree

24 Reviews
Bedrooms 6
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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6 bedrooms - 6 bath on 40 private acres... JUST FOR YOU!...

Why Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood, Demie Moore, among others celebrities have already choose to stay at Calmada Private Resort?...

Because it's a private, upscale and luxury resort located in the middle of 600 secluded acres and is privately nestled behind rocks, in the heart of the new National Monument "Sand To Snow" in Pioneertown and near Joshua Tree National Park at 4.200 feet.

All 6 rooms and 6 private bath opening to the gardens surrounding this near 5.000 sq.ft, unique property in the area who is totally... PAPARAZZI PROOF !...;-)

Calmada Private Resort HAS 2 BIG PLUS:

1/ We are the ONLY ONE Property in Pioneertown where you can CHECK-IN AS EARLIER AS 10:00 AM on Friday morning (vs 3:00 PM) and Check-out LATE* on Sunday, around 4:00 PM vs 11:00 AM,, so it's more than + 12 HOURS of fun, relaxing and enjoying time with our rental.

2/ You could have your own Chef, meaning if you want a brunch, lunch or dinner to celebrate any events, a Chef will be able to work directly with you for a very reasonable fee.

And now, as we are proud to be part of the new National Monument "Sand To Snow" dedicated by President Obama on February 12, 2016, everything is about sit back, relax and loose yourself in your favorite book, gaze at the multiple species of birds, look at night at the fabulous Milky Way, shooting stars, International Space Station or rediscover your favorite musician, author or artist within.

After a long day of hiking and exploring the Flora and Fauna, enjoy a toast as you relax next to the non-heated swimming pool or near the wood-burning fireplace! And as the Milky Way slowly emerges directly above you, stargazing will become your newest passion. It's also one of the unique place to observe the International Space Station crossing at speed of 27.700 miles per hour, 450 miles above your head...This is Just A-MA-ZING!...(Download the Ios App: GoISSWatch) to follow it live above Calmada Private Resort with the binocular that you'll find in the house....

Inside, you will find the spacious living room and 6 rooms all decorated to the finest details by international famous designer and owner, Chris Beaugrand. Beautiful Art and eclectic painting from her and artist painter Lillian Shaoa or desert giant pictures from LA famous photographer Olivier Pojzman dorns the walls paired with sophisticated and unexpected furniture and decoration. The 6 bedrooms both open onto the “secret” gardens where views and wildlife greet you with each step into this luxurious and totally private sanctuary.

The fully equipped kitchen is ready for those who wish to indulge the pallet through culinary delight.

While only minutes from the famous music bar and restaurant Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, one has a feeling of being 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 and is one of the best places to share special time with those whom you enjoy most.

Being here is like living in your own private national park. Views are of mountains, mesas, and boulders with miles of hiking and riding trails just out the door! Being at an elevation of 4200 ft (1.500 meters), the summers are cool (15 to 20 degrees cooler than Joshua Tree and 20 – 25 degrees than Palm Springs) and winter often brings a small dusting of snow, time to start a nice wood fire in our double fireplace...

The special attention to quality, design and comfort separates this home from all others in this area. In addition, we can also arrange guided hiking, horse riding, gold panning and antiquing tours.

We are approximately, 10 minutes to Old Town Yucca Valley, 15 minutes to the main entrance to Joshua Tree National Park, 30 minutes to Downtown Palm Springs, 60 minutes to winter time fun at Big Bear Ski Resort and just over two hours and half from Los Angeles and San Diego.

Whatever your passion might be, you will find inspiration at Calmada Private Resort: The NEW UPSCALE Place to BE!

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Benoit Clair (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks: english, french

About Benoit Clair

Chris is a international acclaimed designer.

Ben is a movie writer and producer

Benoit Clair purchased this estate in 2013

Why Benoit Clair chose Inland Empire

Formerly, Calmada was a ranch to raise buffalos for more than 20 years. Today, we're dedicated to create a upscale, luxury and peace full place to relax in the High Desert, judt in front of the new National Monument "Sand To Snow" dedicated on Feb.12th, 2016 by President Obama.

What makes this estate unique

The view on 360 degres from boulders to wash and from the Milky Way and shooting stars at night is just amazing...

Guestbook comments from the owner

This place is amazing and now part of the "Sand To Snow" New Monument Park dedicated by President Obama just on our arrival day! Calmada Private Resort is the peace full place on Earth.
Feb 2016
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based on 24 traveler reviews

The Dreams Live under the Stars: Private, Upscale, Luxurious - Joshua Tree
average rating of 4.625 based on 26 reviews

Best Weekend in the Desert

  • 5 of 5

We had a bachelor party trip to Calmada Resort and it exceeded our expectations. The pictures don't quite capture how amazing this place really is. It was exactly what we wanted for a Bros Trip away from civilization. We were the only people around for miles. The tranquility and shooting stars at night were spectacular. We had more space than we could have planned for 12 men. We will definitely rent Benoit's place again.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Owner's Response: We love guests like You!... The house was almost immaculate...Thanks for your business! C + B
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Beautiful home

  • 5 of 5

This house is amazing. The owners were vwondeeful to deal with from the start. They were very quick to answer my emails. They met us upon arrival and gave us a thorough tour. There is so much room. It has multiple outdoor sitting areas so there is plenty of room without all being in one place. The scenery is beautiful and the starry skies at night are breathtaking. It was fun watching the wildlife. We especially enjoyed the jack rabbits all over. I highly recommend this house.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Owner's Response: Thanks so much.. It's always a pleasure to have guests like you and your extended family!
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Desert Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Our recent stay at Calmada House was absolutely fantastic! The size and location of the house is ideal. We had the whole family (14 of us) staying there for a wedding reception at Pappy's & Harriet's. The living area of the house was huge and no one got in each other's way. The décor is eclectic and all the rooms are large & very comfortable. The family went for hikes right outside the property and we really enjoyed the huge gazebo & pool. The large patio areas have plenty of seating, which was great for our larger party. We highly recommend having Chef Philippe cook for you. He made us a fabulous dinner for the family one night and cooked for a larger group the next night. Food was outstanding and he had helpers serve drinks & handle the buffet.

Chef Philippe is an outstanding cook and the nicest guy; along with Ben, who handles the property.

Our family was so happy we chose Calmada House for our get together. It was perfect! We hope to return for another reunion next year. Thank you, Benoit & Chris!

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Northridge, Los Angeles, California

Paradise on Earth

  • 5 of 5

A group of 7 of us spent 5 days at Calmada Private Resort to get away for a short holiday. We couldn't have dreamed up a more perfect vacation rental. Calmada is quite spacious and well laid out - there are 6 giant bedrooms each with a private bath so that you always have a comfortable space to retreat to. The home was wicked clean and the grounds are magnificently cared for. We hired Calmada's private chef, Philippe, and were blown away by his culinary expertise! Both Philippe and the groundskeeper, Ben, were there to cater to our every need and ended up becoming cherished friends by the end of our stay.

If you think you are going to the desert and won't run into natural wildlife like spiders and lizards, you are sorely mistaken. But if you respect the natural surroundings you will rejoice in your time spent in this magical place and cherish the memories you bring back with you. I can't wait to return to Calmada!

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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San Diego

What a wonderful and quiet Place!...

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from another magical and memorable stay in paradise at Calmada Private Resort. We have visited this estate every year, sometimes twice a year for the last 3 years. We have vacationed here with extended family and groups of friends. We always have big plans for outings but can't ever seem to tear ourselves away from our own private resort. The estate is so spacious both inside and outside that everyone has their own private space and tranquility to enjoy. Our favorite experiences are the pool with a view of the mountains that is absolutely stunning; dinner with the adorable Chef Philippe and outdoor Milky way by the pool - it doesn't get better. The management is always super attentive. Benoit, who attends the property, is always so helpful and attentive. One visit he even ran out to fill the butane tank for us. You will absolutely enjoy every aspect of this private resort. There is one down side - when it is time to pack up and leave...We will be back!

  • Submitted: May 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your comments. It's greatly appreciated and exactly the way we hope, Chris and I, to welcome back nice guests like you!
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Desert Treasure Beyond Belief

  • 5 of 5

Our Women's spiritual circle of eight women (three from Alaska, three from Texas, one from Oregon, and one from Indiana that met six years ago at a gathering in Montana and get together at least once a year in a beautiful nature setting) stayed here and nicknamed the home "The Aphrodite House" because of the expansive beauty found both in and outside the property. We experienced exquisite sunrises and sets, star gazing, and beyond description, dancing, fun and friendship. Plenty of room inside and out to spread out and enjoy!

We cooked fabulous meals together (though the kitchen is a bit outdated and is going to be renovated) and even treated ourselves one evening to a scrumptious dinner prepared by talented and gracious Chef Phillipe.

Calmada is an exceptional place, what we refer to as a "magical" place. The desert speaks and treasures wait to be discovered there.

Our group of eight women would love to return sometime and once again let ourselves share deeply, listen to the voice of the wind whistling through the Joshua trees, breathe deeply, relax and rejuvenate, cradled in Calmada, surrounded by the sheer beauty of the desert.

After being there a few days, we went into Palm Desert. Exposed to the hustle, bustle and noise of the city, we couldn't wait to return to the serenity Calmada provided -- our "home away from home" for the week.

As you can tell, we loved it as it met our needs quite perfectly and we couldn't have had a better experience.

Calmada is a desert treasure. Hope you will have the opportunity to discover and experience it yourself one day.

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  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Karen for your nice review. It's beautifully written! The kitchen was updated with a brand new stove last week...;-) So, we can't wait to have you and your friends back at Calmada for another trip under the Milky way.... Warm and Best regards, Chris & Benoit
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Route 62 Arts & Antiques
"Really nice place with a lot of antiques booth. Prices $. Great owners."
Pappy & Harriet's Palace
Kimi Grill
Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Yucca Valley Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Pappy's & Harriett
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Yucca Valley
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Palm Springs
Nearest Motorway
30 Miles
10 Freeway
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Yucca Valley
Nearest Ski
70 Miles
Car: necessary

We are now in the middle of new National Monument "Sand To Snow" dedicated by the President Obama on Feb.12,2016.

We are just 5 minutes drive from Pappy's & Harriet, famous Restaurant, & Music best place in the Wild West.

Calmada Private Resort is in the middle of wilderness with lot of silence and full privacy on our own 40 acres...surrounded by 600 others private acres.

Welcome to Calmada Private Resort! Enjoy your stay...


Rates & Availability

Pioneertown Estate Rental Rates

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Aug 24 2016 - Sep 30 2016
Changeover Day: Friday
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $220 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Liability Insurance $40 + Tax
Pet Fee $40 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.0%

Trash Fee: 12+ guests - $100.00, Cancellation Policy: Strict: 50%(of full reservation) refund up to 30 days prior to arrival, less fees, less than 30 days no refunds. Events and Holidays: 3 night minimum (Thanksgiving - Christmas and New year evening) No Refunds. Refundable Deposit $500. Check in 10:00 a.m. Check out 4:00 p.m. Rates and Policies subject to change without notice. Late check out: $50.

Our property is located at the end of a trail. so, please respect one rule for your safety: SPEED LIMIT is 15 MPH! Additional fees apply for large events: weddings, photo shooting, movie and parties above 12 people.
Holidays are a 3 days minimum rental. Six (6) weeks cancellation notice for rescheduling for one year. No refund. Security deposit is returned according to the house rules (by check 30 to 60 days after rental)

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Pioneertown Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , jetted tub
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • 6 bathroom + 1 outside hot shower and restrooms near the pool house.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Star - 1 king , Shower + jacuzzi. Non Smoking Room.
    Piaf Room - 1 queen , Shower - Non smoking room.
    Double C - 1 queen , Shower - Non Smoking room.
    Cocteau Room - 1 queen , Shower - Non smoking room
    Eiffel Suite - 1 king , Non Smoking Room
    Copelia Suite - 1 king , Non Smocking Room
    Den - Bar - Double air mattress available upon request. Non Smoking
  • King size bed: 4 - Queen size Beds: 2 sleep 12. + Air Bed: 1 Queen (on request at reservation and $50/night per add. person)
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • 18 garden chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
NO INSIDE or OUTSIDE FIREWORKS AT ANYTIME 24/7/365: POLICY STRICTLY ENFORCED IN THE AREA BY THE SHERIFF DPT. Any violation of this rule = Immediate Eviction from the property WITHOUT ANY REFUND. For Special Event, photo-shoot, movie, seminar, wedding: ask us for a quote. NB: If it's appear than more than 12 people are on the property, a fee of $50 per person, per day, will be charged upon the security deposit. NO EXCEPTION!

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