Romantic European-Style Villa on Boundary of Joshua Tree Park
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
Joshua Tree house description
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 cascading purple and white wisteria.
The villa, built amid the surrounding quartz monzonite boulders, was created by Dale Allan Pelton, a Hollywood based film production designer and architect. On the west side of the villa, the terraces of 150 rose bushes with a border of purple French lavender form a dramatic contrast to the savage landscape of boulders 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 crimson oleanders, 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 colors of the Moroccan pottery complement the 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 and original paintings and a rock sculpture from the film, 'Battlestar Galactica.' There is an excellent stereo system with an Ipod dock, and selection of CDs. There is no cable TV so that one can enjoy the quiet natural sounds of the desert. However, there is a DVD and VCR receiver,film videos available and a high speed wireless internet connection.
Although the kitchen is modest in size, it has top quality cookware, porcelain service for 12, wine glasses, baking ware, all imaginable cooking utensils, blender, coffee bean grinder, oversize toaster, programmable coffee maker, a micro wave, a new stainless steel 22 cubic foot refrigerator. There is a library of cookbooks in the living room bookcase. The stove’s oven has baked many turkeys, but will soon be replaced with one with higher BTU burners. Counter space being limited, a large kitchen table (which expands to 7 feet) may be pulled out to form a work space allowing 2 or 3 persons to work simultaneously. The gas barbecue is on the kitchen terrace just 12 feet from the kitchen. The dining terrace overlooks a Joshua tree amid the boulders. Near the kitchen, there is an tone 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. There are 8 wooden chairs inside, and 6 plastic ones outside, with an 8 foot table on the living/dining room terrace which seats 10. On the north terrace, there are two chaise longue chairs. The cushions for the chaise are stored in baskets under the marble table inside.
The large swimming pool has a salt electrolyte purification system and a beautiful gemstone pebble surface. The best swimming months are April to mid October. The two pool terraces have a table with six lounge chairs. When not in use, the pool chairs should not be left close to the water, because a sudden wind storm will blow them into the pool creating a contamination problem. There is a large market umbrella stored in the middle bedroom closet. It is kept inside when not in use, because of the sudden wind storms which spring up unexpectedly which can instantly destroy an umbrella.
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. This is such an inaccessible region of the park you will not encounter any other hikers to disturb your splendid solitude.
Excellent restaurants are to be found in Twentynine Palms: Bistro Twentynine, Wonder Garden Cafe, 29 Palms Inn.) Joshua Tree: Crossroads Café and the Thai or Indian restaurant.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Private Chef
- Housekeeper Included
- Children Welcome
- Pets Considered
- Non Smoking Only
- Wheelchair Accessible
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8
- Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
Dishes & Utensils:
Service for 8. Many serving platters, pasta bowls, baking utensils, oversized toaster, catering cart on wheels, wine glasses, beer glasses, coffee grinder, hand mixer, blender, over size salad bowls....moreless
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- Clothes Dryer
- Linens Provided
- Towels Provided
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Washing Machine
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
- Parking Off Street
The library a collection of over 40 years covers literature, art, interiors, architecture, gardening, cuisine, wine, history, politics, automobiles, fashion, nature, exotic places, France and Italy....moreless
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- DVD Player
Pool & Spa
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- Outdoor Grill
- Lanai / Gazebo
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
Location & View
- Medical Services
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Rock Climbing
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Recreation Center
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Gambling Casinos
- Bird Watching
- Sight Seeing
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
ReviewsWrite a review
We forget in the rush of daily life, the value of quiet, and the enriching quality of nature. Villa dei Fiori is the perfect place to renew, relax, and rejuvenate the spirit. The beauty of the setting is unrivaled in Joshua Tree. The Villa is gorgeously designed inside and out with meticulous attention to detail and comfort. Every color and material and work of art is coordinated to create a visual delight in each room. Adding a warm touch of hospitality are the fresh flowers that greet you upon arrival. It's a very welcoming gesture from the owner, and you'll find them in every room! He is very helpful in answering questions and makes himself available should you experience an unexpected incident. I had last minute issues with my dog sitter and both of my senior dogs were with me and enjoyed a lazy stay. If you feel stressed, tired or in need of respite for any reason, this is the getaway for you! Be active or be restful, you can't make a wrong choice!
- Guest Bibi (Pasadena, CA)
- Date of stay 08/11/13
- Review Submitted 09/30/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, pet owners, girls getaway, age 55+, families with young children, adventure seekers.
We spent a week here and loved it. Dale is the most caring owner and keeps this magical place immaculate. The salt water pool was incredible and such a great alternative to a chlorine pool. All in all a great experience! Thanks again!
- Guest Emma (Oakland, CA)
- Date of stay 08/25/13
- Review Submitted 09/06/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, sightseeing, girls getaway, age 55+, tourists without a car, families with young children.
A Slice of Heaven
A Slice of Heaven
My family and I recently stayed at Villa Dei Fiori and had a wonderful time. Upon our arrival we were greeted by Dale, the charismatic owner. He subsequently gave us an in depth orientation, which was very helpful. It is apparent that Dale is a worldly fellow, with a keen eye for architecture, art and style. Everywhere one’s eyes gaze at Villa Dei Fiori, there is something beautiful to observe-something with a story. I explored the savage wilderness and hidden valley beyond the subject property both evenings around 7pm (which is the optimal time, per Dale’s suggestion). Words and/or pictures cannot truly describe the ominous yet peaceful feeling I felt, as I stood beneath the monstrous boulders while the warm desert breeze swept through the pass-like the winds of heaven. To sum up our experience, my daughter Gigi said: "It's like we're in paradise". Thanks again Dale for the hospitality-we’re looking forward to our next visit. Many Blessings!
- Guest Niko (Laguna Niguel)
- Date of stay 08/02/13
- Review Submitted 08/09/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, pet owners, sightseeing, families with young children, adventure seekers.
The most amazing and charming desert get away ever
The most amazing and charming desert get away ever
This house nestled at the edge of Joshua Tree National Park is an amazing feat of architecture and landscaping. The rooms are lovely and decorated in a very tasteful way. The floors are beautiful and the kitchen and BBQ are perfect for a group dinner. The pool is a unreal and we spent hours enjoying the desert view and soaking in the sun. The natural caves and hiking is very otherworldly. Very peaceful and relaxing. The photos are very accurate but you have to see it to believe it. Owner is very professional and nice and a very interesting person to boot. I cannot wait to come back!!
- Guest Sam A.
- Date of stay 07/19/13
- Review Submitted 07/25/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, sightseeing, girls getaway, age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, adventure seekers.
PERFECT - Coming back
PERFECT - Coming back
Thank you Dale! I cannot express how much fun we had at the Villa. Exploring the boulders in the back valley, hanging out in the cave, spending countless hours in the pool, multiple fire pits, bbq, hot tub, stars, bats, critters... Plus the air cooler inside worked great! It was 110 at least the whole time we were there and yet no reason for complaining. We will return!
- Guest Jonah (United States)
- Date of stay 06/29/13
- Review Submitted 07/02/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, girls getaway, adventure seekers.
"Better than Disneyland!"
"Better than Disneyland!"
We had a great time staying at the Villa dei Fiori. There's so much to do for young children right on the property, from the cave, to the dollhouse, to the all the wonderful boulders to climb. The review title is a direct quote from my 6yo nephew. I highly recommend, especially for families with small and active kids.
- Guest Anon (Culver City, CA)
- Date of stay 02/15/13
- Review Submitted 03/04/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, sightseeing, families with young children, adventure seekers.
The perfect desert retreat!
The perfect desert retreat!
My wife and I, along with a couple of very good friends, stayed here in October for the weekend. It was the -perfect- weekend getaway in the desert! We came out to Joshua Tree to watch the Orionids meteor shower, and wanted a quiet place far from the city lights. The property was ideal -- not just a retreat away from town, but a beautifully landscaped property nestled right up among the boulders at the edge of Joshua Tree National Park. The grounds have been reshaped to provide privacy, and the property is simply beautiful! We showed up a little late in the evening on Friday, but the owner nonetheless was happy to greet us and give a detailed tour of the home and property. He reviewed all of the info we'd need for the weekend -- pointing-out where all of the kitchen items are (there are even pictures posted inside the cabinets and drawers to help find what you need), extra bedding and towels, as well as all of the switches for the outdoor lighting. He also took the time to give us information about the unique artwork found throughout the home, and had even placed freshly-cut roses throughout the home! Although it was October, the afternoon weather was warm and we spent some time by the pool. The pool area is surrounded by huge boulders, some of which were moved specifically into place in order to create the perfect setting. The pool is very nice, with plenty of room for lounging, and even a private area with a small table and chairs for a nice dinner under the stars! One thing to note, the pool faces towards the closest neighbors, and since it is so quiet, noise can easily carry; the owner asked us to keep aware of our noise levels after 9pm (only on that side of the house) so others can enjoy the peaceful desert surroundings, too. The home has three bedrooms, and is the perfect size for 4-6 persons (sharing bedrooms). The kitchen is fully equipped, and we enjoyed using the outdoor BBQ grill, too! There are plenty of places to relax and read a book, or sit with friends and chat -- inside and outside the house. The house easily accommodated the four of us, and our friends were even able to bring their dog, who loved it, too! There is just one bathroom, but no one was in a hurry, so it was never an issue to share. We very much enjoyed our weekend, and can't wait to do it again! The home and the property are as beautiful as the photos suggest. I hope to make staying here an annual event, it really is the perfect weekend getaway in the desert!
- Guest Taigne (Los Angeles)
- Date of stay 10/19/12
- Review Submitted 01/21/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, pet owners, sightseeing, girls getaway, age 55+, adventure seekers.
fantastic getaway in Joshua Tree
fantastic getaway in Joshua Tree
My family and I just spent a few days at Villa dei Fiori and absolutely loved our time there! The grounds are stunning and the house is full of interesting and artistic details. Beautiful hand-picked roses decorated every room in the house when we arrived, courtesy of the owner. Dale was very gracious throughout the renting process, and shared with us very interesting information about the area and the art pieces in the house. The villa is very conveniently located and has amazing amenities like a gorgeous pool and spa. I highly recommend this villa for your Joshua Tree vacation!
- Guest Anna (Los Angeles, CA)
- Date of stay 11/21/12
- Review Submitted 11/26/12
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, sightseeing, girls getaway, age 55+, families with young children, people with disabilities, families with teenagers, adventure seekers.
Paula (sons) Wedding
Paula (sons) Wedding
We had a wonderful enjoyable stay at the Villa grounds are immaculate and the pool is wonderful the setting says it all. Dale was most gracious in all the pertinate details, found in and around the property. Solitude, full moon, stars very private location. Perfect location for Josha Tree N park, 29 Palms and Pappy & Harriets, grocery stores, right in the middle. I would consider returning, first time using VRBO extremly helpful, & detailed.
- Guest Paula (Seattle wa)
- Date of stay 10/01/12
- Review Submitted 10/22/12
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, sightseeing, girls getaway, age 55+, adventure seekers.
This is a wonderful property. Dales house is very comfortable and private. The grounds are gorgeous and the pool to die for. The photos and the description of the home are accurate. Its very serene. Dale, the owner was very helpful with the introduction to the house and the surrounding area. Great property- I would return!!
- Guest Dawn (San Francisco)
- Date of stay 07/26/12
- Review Submitted 08/18/12
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, pet owners, sightseeing, girls getaway, age 55+, families with teenagers, adventure seekers.
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2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Basic rental rate for a two night stay = $850 for 2. $900 for 4. $1,000 for 6, There is a 7% county transient occupancy tax. Additional days are at a reduced daily rate according to the length of stay. The longer the stay, the lower is the rate for additional days.
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.
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7 % County of San Bernardino transient occupancy tax.
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- Nearest Airport: Palm Springs, California at 40 Miles
Year Purchased: 1988
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Boulders, trees and pool and spa are illuminated by 40 Malibu lights.
6 person Jacuzzi with air jets in the boulders on the master bedroom terrace.
One of seven terraces in the boulders. All rooms have private terraces.
Dining in the cave! Through the crevices in the cavern, you can see the stars.
Master bedroom ornate iron bed. Costume designs from Three Musketeers.
Cascades of Alba wisteria, rosa banksia and blaze roses on the north pergola.
View of the Villa rose garden through the quartz-monzonite boulders.
A grove of pines, Arizona cypress and palo verde lies to the North of the pool.
North and west terraces with pergolas of climbing roses and wisteria.
Villa dei Fiori's Valley of the Moon, view from mouth of cave.
Kitchen terrace with pergola with climbing wisteria and propane barbecue.
Living Room double French doors opening to North terrace and wisteria pergola
Villa 24 ft x 36 ft pool in landscape of giant quartz monzonite boulders.
24 ft x 36 ft elliptical salt system pool w gemstone finish amid giant boulders,
Salt system pool has a gemstone surface of black, bronze and cobalt blue.
The cave, perfect for family picnics. Stars visible through crevices above.
Our hidden valley lies beyond the pool. The National Park immediately contiguous
French sleigh bed in guest bedroom. Paintings from traditional Chinese opera
Living room with double French doors opening to one of five terraces
Kitchen with LG double oven range and view of kitchen terrace with pergola.
Mouth of second cave in Valley of the Moon on 20 acre estate of Villa dei Fiori.
Second cave in Valley of the Moon behind the villa.
Playhouse for little girl's tea parties.
Rose garden terrace and grove of Italian Stone pines.
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