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Historic Spanish Hacienda, private park-like grounds

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Villahermosa is a historic Spanish Hacienda located near Ruth Hardy Park in the Movie Colony area of Palm Springs. The home was built in 1936, and rumored to be the guest house of a famous celebrity. Our prime neighborhood location is close to town, out of the wind and offers spectacular mountain views.

As soon as you walk through the stained glass front door, you feel the warmth and soul of this classic hacienda. The brick, wood burning fireplace in the living room is one of the many beautiful features of the home. Each of the three bedrooms is professionally decorated in it's own unique theme.

The kitchen is fully equipped, including stainless steel appliances. Bathrooms are updated, but retain their original character. French doors in every major room lead to the large, private, 36 foot swimming pool and hot tub in the huge, freshly landscaped backyard. Enjoy the fresh citrus from our Grapefruit, Orange, Tangerine, and Lime trees. Dine outdoors with the choice of two different pergolas, or relax in our outdoor gazebo area.

The home is complete with Digital Cable TV (2), DSL, WiFi, Gas Barbecue, Fireplace, Stereo with CD/DVD, Jacuzzi Premium Hot Tub, new pool deck area, and poolside speakers. Located in the heart of Palm Springs, less than 3/4 mile to downtown shops, restaurants, galleries, the convention center, and the Spa Casino.

The property covers nearly 1/2 acre, and it is beautifully landscaped with flowers, lawn and 5 productive fruit trees.

We also offer a private chef and can provide grocery shopping prior to your arrival. Please email us for details.


Nearby is world class golf, hiking, botanical gardens, the aerial tram, water theme park, horseback riding, gyms, tennis, and a high-end factory outlet mall.

* Also check out nearby Joshua Tree National Monument and the living desert preserve.

* Disneyland (Anaheim) and Sea World (San Diego) are less than two hours drive.

Keywords: House, Historic, Spanish, Hacienda, Movie Colony, Ruth Hardy Park, Pool, Private

More Details

Member since: 2003
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 23, 2018

About The Owner

My husband owns a home automation and lighting company, and I am a real estate agent and interior designer. We live in Redondo Beach, CA and love to come to the desert to unwind and enjoy the fantastic weather!

The Owner purchased this house in 2003

Why The Owner chose Ruth Hardy Park

I was staying in a vacation rental in this neighborhood and found this property while I was out for a jog. I love the character of old homes and as soon as I walked up to the old stained glass door, I knew this was a special home. It has a great hacienda feel. We chose the location because we love the history of the neighborhood, the proximity to Ruth Hardy Park for tennis, it is very quiet neighborhood with many interesting homes, and it is very close to downtown Palm Springs. Downtown Palm Springs offers world-class restaurants and shopping.

What makes this house unique

The property is on a corner lot that is completely private. We restored the original pool which is huge, 16' x 36'. The mountain views are priceless, and the property is 1/3 of an acre with many fruit trees such as grapefruit, orange, tangerine, pomegranate, and fig. I wanted the home to be a fun place to stay, so it is decorated with all unique, yet comfortable furniture that suits the style of the home. I have also found many interesting pieces of artwork to enjoy throughout the home. Most of our guests at this point are repeat guests, many of them have been coming back since the first year we started renting the home.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had the best time at Villahermosa! All the girls hung out by the pool during the day, cooked great meals at night and dined outside. The home is very comfortable and we all loved the decor. The weather at night was warm and cozy. We didn't leave the property all weekend! Felt like we had been on vacation for a week! Thank you!
Sep 2013
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Ruth Hardy Park House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (1) King Bed in Master Suite, Queen size Beds (1) Queen bed in Mountain View Suite, and also in Pool View Suite, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Two twin daybeds are located in the lounging arean of the Master Suite
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Hot Tub, Large (very)Private Pool, Central Air Conditioning, Digital Cable TV (2), Fully equipped Kitchen, No Smoking Please


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Historic Spanish Hacienda, private park-like grounds
average rating of 4.5416665 based on 29 reviews

Quaint space, with surprises on every turn.

  • 5 of 5

This was a wonderful place to get away. We are leaving feeling very refreshed.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Stephany! Hope to have you back soon!
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Not coming back

  • 2 of 5

We would not rent this place again. Several issues with owner not responding to "fees" that were deducted from our damage deposit, paid to have the pool heated and it was not. BBQ was completely burnt out and falling apart. Owner supplied a new one when we complained but had to finish the assembly ourselves. Also the cleanliness of the house and property was very poor. Sorry to say I would not recommend this property to anyone!

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm sorry these guests were disappointed in their stay. We take great pride in maintaining our historic property and providing excellent customer service. We have over 100 five star reviews with VRBO and other rental sites. Perhaps these guests are not used to staying in a vacation rental and may be better suited to stay in a hotel. This guest called me upon check in and said the bbq was not in good shape. I had a brand new stainless steel gas grill delivered and assembled in two hours. Unfortunately, these guests must not be familiar with a gas grill, as I later discovered after check out, they had filled the bbq with charcoal and ruined a brand new bbq. We do offer pool heat with an additional charge. These guests did not request or pay for pool heat.
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Very disappointing

  • 2 of 5

The property is very spacious. Unfortunately it is not well kept or updated the pool area was full of dry leaves on the ground and some inside the pool. Two out of the three bathrooms have windows inside the shower and if someone is walking by they can see you taking a shower we all had to shower in the only restroom where you didn't have to worry about being seen naked. Plus two weeks after my stay I had to contact the property manager because no one reached out to me regarding my refund. Turns out they only refund by mail. Overall we made the best of our trip but I would not come back to this house.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The property is one of the first homes built in Palm Springs in 1935. We have restored the property and kept it's original charm. We take great pride in maintaining our property with a pool guy that comes twice a week and our gardener comes twice a week. It is a 1/3 acre walled in estate, and is extremely private. 1/3 of our guests are repeat guests that have been coming back year after year, and we have a total of 94-5 star reviews. We always return our guests deposits in a timely manner. I am sorry you were disappointed with your stay. Perhaps a hotel would be a better fit verses staying at a vacation rental.
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Convenient and comfortable

  • 4 of 5

The grounds are lovely, the location is perfect, and the house provided the comfort of a home that a hotel cannot.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing weekend getaway

  • 5 of 5

I rented this place as a surprise girls weekend for my wife. They all absolutely loved it. They said the house was so cool and unique with all sorts of little nooks and crannies. So many little places to sit and look out the window. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Dec 15, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy everyone had a great time!
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We had a nice time!

  • 5 of 5

The backyard and pool was very nice. We stayed outside almost all day. Everything was clean and organized. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Point of Interest
Ruth Hardy Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Downtown Palm Springs
Nearest Point of Interest
Palm Springs Convention Center
Nearest Point of Interest
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pool Heat (per day rate) $40
Cleaning $195 + Tax
Pet Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 14.5%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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