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Secluded Mountain House in the Heart of the Mojave Desert

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Artistic and secluded mountain cabin in the heart of the high desert

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Last updated: 06/03/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Joshua Tree cabin description

*I'm currently running two specials: the first, for midweek reservations (from tuesday thru thursday) and the second, for early bookings on summer reservations made from June 21, 2014-Sept. 23, 2014. See the details on our website (see second photo for the web address) or send me a message. If the latter, then please be sure to reference the special you're interested in.*



This 900 square foot one bedroom cabin is situated on 15 acres. I invite you to sit outside on the bi-level deck and take in the brightly colored sky at dusk. The living room's sliding glass door faces west, thus welcoming in plenty of natural lighting throughout the day. Mountain House, with its artistic decorations and vintage furnishings, will warmly welcome up to six guests.

I live on La Contenta Rd. (the same street on which Shell, Mountain, and Rock house reside) so I'm around should you have any questions while visiting. Though I'm close by, all of my cabins are private, secluded, and separate from my own home.

In order to preserve the land from development, to restore the integrity of these homesteader cabins, and to upcycle discarded slabs of granite into artistic tile work, I started Thunderbird Lodge Retreat in 2011.

Features of Mountain House:
-900 Sq. Ft., sleeps 6 comfortably
-1 bedroom with full-sized beds and 2 full-sized beds on opposite sides of the large living room
-1 bath with custom tile work
-Full-sized kitchen equipped with cookware
-Sits on 15 acres with outdoor bar, bi-level deck, grill, and a number of seating areas
-Washer/dryer on site
-Wood burning stove and swamper cooling fans allow for a comfortable temperature year round
-Within walking distance to an infrequently traveled dirt road which leads to the Covington Flats section of Joshua Tree National Park
-Five minute drive to downtown Joshua Tree
-Fifteen minute drive to Pioneertown and Pappy & Harriet's

Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 900 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Pets Considered:

            We welcome pets to our cabin. We have a a fenced in yard to keep your family animals in and the wild ones out....moreless

          • Not Suitable For Children:

            Our cabin is furnished with antiques which makes it unsuitable for small children. ...moreless

          Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

          • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

            ...moreless

          • This is cabin has one bedroom which offers privacy. However there are two beds situated at opposing ends of the large format living room....moreless

          Bathrooms: 0 Bathrooms

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Dining Area Seats:

            4...moreless

          • Dining
          • Kitchen
          • Refrigerator
          • Stove
          • Oven
          • Microwave
          • Dishes & Utensils
          • Pantry Items
          • Coffee Maker
          • Seating for 4 people

          Amenities

          • Wood Stove
          • Linens Provided
          • Towels Provided
          • Washing Machine
          • Clothes Dryer
          • Parking
          • Living Room

          Outdoor Features

          • Outdoor Grill
          • Deck / Patio

          Theme

          • Adventure
          • Away From It All
          • Historic
          • Romantic
          • Sports & Activities
          • Tourist Attractions

          Location & View

          • Mountain View:

            We invite you to sit on the porch swing at dusk and take in the lavender and lilac-hued San Bernardino Mountains and breathe in the sweetly scented creosote bushes....moreless

          • Rural:

            Spend the afternoon on a nature walk, familiarizing yourself with the Joshua trees while watching out for wildlife: snakes, scorpions, and lizards....moreless

          Activities

          • Ruins
          • Cycling
          • Golf
          • Mountain Climbing
          • Medical Services
          • Massage Therapist
          • Laundromat
          • Hospital
          • Groceries
          • ATM/Bank
          • Horseback Riding
          • Hiking
          • Miniature Golf
          • Wildlife Viewing
          • Sight Seeing
          • Shopping
          • Walking
          • Scenic Drives
          • Outlet Shopping
          • Eco Tourism
          • Bird Watching
          • Restaurants
          • Theme Parks
          • Antiquing
          • Rock Climbing
           

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          Rental basis: Per property
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          My Standard Rate
          2 night min stay
          $150

          Additional information about rental rates

          Fees:

          • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
          • Taxes Not included

          Notes:

          Please note that rates are subject to change. Specifically, the nightly rate will be 25% higher on any reservation made the weekend immediately before, of, or immediately after a national holiday.

          Our rates accommodate up to four (4) guests. If your party is larger than four (4), additional guests can sleep on air mattresses or camp on our grounds for $15 per person / per night.


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          Last updated: 06/03/2014
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          Location

          45 Miles
          Nearest Airport
          Palm Springs International Airport
          25 Miles
          Nearest Train
          Indio, Ca Amtrak station
          5 Miles
          Nearest Motorway
          62 / Twentynine palms Hwy
          160 Miles
          Nearest Beach
          San Diego
          10 Miles
          Nearest Barpub
          Pappy and Harriet's
          45 Miles
          Nearest Golf
          Palm Springs
          5 Miles
          Nearest Restaurant
          Natural Sisters Cafe

          Car: Necessary

          We're a ten minute drive from the northern entrance to Joshua Tree National Park.

          If you'd prefer to see the park like a local, then we suggest an even closer option. On La Contenta Rd.--just a minute or two drive from our cabins--there's an infrequently traveled dirt road into the Covington Flats part of the park which leads to Eureka Peak. Eureka Peak is a secluded, scenic overlook that many of our guests enjoy.

           

          Owner info

          Year Purchased: 1981

          About the owner: I was born and raised in Paramount, right in the heart of LA near Compton and Lakewood. I never liked it there. I met my husband Abel when I went to work at Bethlehem Steel. My husband had been raised in Brawley in a desert hotter and not nearly as scenic as this. But then it wasn't LA either. I was 18-years-old when Abel and I got married, and I was one of the first three women to be hired at Bethlehem as a mill worker. Bethlehem Steel used to make ships and bridges and things, and it employed almost 30,000 workers. But then Joshua Tree had for a while been piquing my family. In the early 40's when they were offering homesteaders free 5 acre parcels in exchange for building a cabin on it, my mother tried to convince my father to do it. My father said, 'Who would ever want to live in the desert?' At the time, my grandfather had already been living here for 10 years. When my grandfather--a former LA police officer-- came here in the 30's, there was only a dirt road from Banning on--probably going for 30 miles. He was a well-known character who made his own beer during prohibition and ran the cabins now known as Willie Boy's restaurant in Morongo Valley. So, we'd visit my grandparents on the weekends and in the summer and, while working around noisy, hot machines at Bethlehem, I kept thinking and dreaming of hiking around the hills behind their old house. When Bethlehem Steel closed in 1981, Abel and I started looking for a place to buy in Joshua Tree. A place we could rest ourselves into. When we looked around, we found a house on the north side that had just been finished. It was a 2 bedroom with a new water tank, a septic system, electricity--all of that. But when we came here to see this little cabin on La Contenta Road, I was sold. The real estate lady was trying to convince me to buy the other one. They were both listed at the same price: $24,500. I told her, 'No, I want this one; we can get a toilet later.'

          Why the Owner Chose Joshua Tree:
          In order to preserve the land from development, to restore the integrity of these homesteader cabins, and to upcycle discarded slabs of granite into artistic tile work, Lori Portillo started Thunderbird Lodge Retreat in 2011. Lori lives on La Contenta Rd. (the same street on which Shell, Mountain, and Rock house reside--the Mesa house sits a street or two behind her home) so she's around should you have any questions while visiting. Though Lori lives close by, all of her cabins are private, secluded, and separate from her own home. Land Preservation And Home Restoration Few traditions take the earth as the kind of thing with which one can do as one pleases. Most instead invite us to take the land as an inheritance: as something to behold, to be held, and to be treated as a gift. In time, we offer the land to future others as kindly as we received it in the hope that they will do the same in turn. To see this claim that the land be preserved is to acknowledge that the homes we build be maintained; that the resources we use be used lightly and replenished; that our soil does not erode, collecting at the bottom of the sea; that our wilds remain undeveloped but free; and that we honor the plants and animals that were here before us so that their offspring will survive long after we have gone on. It is we who come, we who change while the land and its song remain. Upcycling 'Upcycling' involves taking materials that are in disuse or are deemed valueless in market terms and repurposing them for better use. A found object is one such example; another is a vintage chair or Victorian drapes. A more interesting approach would be to turn a dresser into a kitchen island or to treat seemingly useless scraps of granite, pieces of rock, and bits of tile as materials with which to lay intricate tile. The Thunderbird Lodge Retreat takes its inspiration from upcycling, believing that out of apparent scarcity can emerge the aesthetically interesting.

          The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
          Like the homesteaders and their descendants, Lori Portillo, the owner of Thunderbird Lodge Retreat, has the heart of a settler and the mind of a craftsperson. She is good at working with her hands, with the land's resources, and with the materials lying around her. Playfully, Lori taught herself how to organically lay tile by using asymmetrical pieces, broken-off fragments, and scraps of granite left behind. In her cabins, her freeform mosaics run like living beings across the floors, along the counters, and up around the walls. Her work, marked above all by a sense of lightheartedness, invites the viewer to take in the rich textures, the muted color palettes, as well as the chance elements of surprise: a teddy bear in the shower, the face of a cherub, a few shimmying goldfish.


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          Speaks: english

           

          Photos

          • Artistic and secluded mountain cabin in the heart of the high desert

            Artistic and secluded mountain cabin in the heart of the high desert

          • Welcome home

            Welcome home

          • Cook all of your meals at the cabin. Our kitchen is fully equipped.

            Cook all of your meals at the cabin. Our kitchen is fully equipped.

          • The cabin is decorated with many antiques for an eclectic yet rustic aesthetic.

            The cabin is decorated with many antiques for an eclectic yet rustic aesthetic.

          • Bathroom with an antique scalloped sink, vintage mirror, and custom tiled floors

            Bathroom with an antique scalloped sink, vintage mirror, and custom tiled floors

          • An outdoor bar for entertaining family and friends. Mix a drink under the stars.

            An outdoor bar for entertaining family and friends. Mix a drink under the stars.

          • We invite you to sit on our wicker sofa. From here you'll see mountain views.

            We invite you to sit on our wicker sofa. From here you'll see mountain views.

          • Be sure to visit our website

            Be sure to visit our website

          • Vintage paintings adorn the walls

            Vintage paintings adorn the walls

          • A desk for writers or those wishing to use their laptops

            A desk for writers or those wishing to use their laptops

          • Just one of the three beds that you can sleep on while you're here.

            Just one of the three beds that you can sleep on while you're here.

          • One of the many outdoor sitting areas. Have your morning coffee on these stools.

            One of the many outdoor sitting areas. Have your morning coffee on these stools.

          • Our bi-level deck is the perfect place to watch the sun rise and set.

            Our bi-level deck is the perfect place to watch the sun rise and set.

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          Date last modified - Thursday, July 31, 2014

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          1 Bedroom / 0 Bathroom
          Sleeps 6

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