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Private Retreat in Paradise, 22-Acre Park & Wildlife Sanctuary

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 1 Bedroom - queen + 1 Convert. queen + 1 single ,1 Bath, Sleeps up to 5*

At 4,400 feet, the undiscovered gem called PIPES CANYON VALLEY, just a stone's throw from historic PIONEERTOWN, is a refuge of serenity nestled at the foothills of the BIG BEAR MOUNTAINS adjoining 33,000 acres of WILDLANDS CONSERVANCY. Our gorgeous solar and wind-powered Southwest casita, graced by fine art within, is situated on 22 acres of nature's own artistry without.

Serene setting, artistry and comforts to sooth the soul. A high desert pied a Terre or a one-of-a-kind healing experience with yoga, meditation and nature immersion with Max Thomas.

Actually, our guests describe it better than we can:

"Here, you can learn to just be."

"Staying at the Casita on this property was an amazing experience. Max and Robin have created a symbiotic environment with the animals and earth and all you have to do is blend in and enjoy."

"Their property is amazing! So many fun spots to explore. They are on acres of land that you can hike, relax on- they have a hammock, tons of rock gardens, a fire pit! They also have a screened in porch that has a bed so you can sleep outside but still be protected."

"My best friend took me here to relax for four days for my 50th birthday and it was life changing and the best gift ever! I have had over the last two years major health issues and surgeries. My soul was broken. But for the first time in two years I felt this wonderful peace and it truly healed my soul!"

"It's a sweet homely, clean perfect place close to nature! I never want to stay anywhere else not even a 5 star resort!"

"The screened-in porch was amazing - it allowed us to wake up to the chirping of the birds in the morning and go to sleep feeling like we were camping out. The scenery around the casita was wonderful -flat top mesas, big boulders to climb, gullies to explore…"

"What an unbelieveable natural setting, with a feeling of remoteness despite the relative proximity to LA. Good food and entertainment up the road at the inimitable Pappy and Harriet's. Magnificent night skies with the distant howl of Coyotes."

"Robin and Max are gracious and generous hosts; they have built and lovingly maintain a nurturing oasis of peace for us pamper-seeking humans as well as a home for a fabulous biodiversity of birds, animals, plants, and rocks. They offer here what we all need most - the rest and renewal that comes from slowing down and paying attention to the elemental essence of life itself - inside and out. We could hardly drag ourselves away to go out and get groceries."

"Waking up to cottontail rabbits outside our bedroom window. Following fresh tracks to the nearby wash for a gorgeous sunrise heralded by coyote howls. Back at the comfortable casita eating breakfast with a primeval view while a covey of quail wander by outside. Midday hike along a ridge of low hills for long views with hardly any signs of civilization--without leaving the 22 acre property."

"At night, since the place is far enough from the light pollution of the city, so many stars are visible - we saw the Milky Way and even caught a few shooting stars while sitting out by the fire pit (which was ready for us when we got there - filled with wood and easy to start up with just a lighter). The bed out on the covered outdoor patio was very comfortable and perfect for spending the night if you want to have more of a "glamping" experience."

* Sleeping arrangements for winter months: Warm weather and cold weather impact the sleeping arrangements. In warm months the screened sleeping porch is everybody's favorite, with its comfy queen bed, which (with the queen in the bedroom and the pull-out queen couch in the living room) makes a total of 3 queen beds (a maximum of 5 guests). In winter, while some are happy to brave cold temperatures on the porch with flannel sheets, down comforters and wool caps, it's not for everyone. A 5th guest can stay on a comfy single couch in the living room or an equally comfortable single fold-up bed in the large bedroom. This works best with adults and kids, but if it's all adults, you need to be a very cozy group.

Keywords: Southwest, luxury casita, wildlands-adjacent, ancient trees, boulders, stargazing, labyrinth, tee-pee, kid-friendly

More Details

Owner
Robin Maxwell and Max Thomas
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 6, 2017

About Robin Maxwell and Max Thomas

Your hosts are yogi and healer MAX THOMAS and his wife of 35 years, bestselling author and screenwriter ROBIN MAXWELL. They are privileged to be caretakers of the land and creators of the High Desert Eden sanctuary. Countless artists, writers, musicians, healers, yogis, parents and children have found quiet, comfort and inspiration in this remarkable 'home away from home.' Now Max and Robin have decided to share their little corner of paradise with you. Depending on your wishes, they will grant you total privacy or offer guidance for your many adventures.

Robin Maxwell and Max Thomas purchased this house in 2004

Why Robin Maxwell and Max Thomas chose Pioneertown

An Eco-Friendly Destination

'We'd always dreamed of owning property adjoining public lands and to live a sustainable life. The magnificent WILDLANDS CONSERVANCY on two sides of High Desert Eden is that dream come true, and we're proud to be off the electrical grid, with a photo-voltaic array mounted on a state-of-the-art 'tracker,' augmented by a wind generator. While we have all the modern amenities here, we've learned to be conscious about consumption and live lightly on the land. We ask all our guests to do the same.' Max is available for discussion and consultation about our system.

What makes this house unique

PRIVATE YOGA RETREATS: If you make yoga a part of your HIGH DESERT EDEN getaway, you will enjoy the most delightful, tailor-made experience of your life. With 35 years of yogic wisdom at his command, MAX THOMAS offers his own eclectic and non-dogmatic style of yoga to everyone from raw beginners to seasoned practitioners. You can choose gentle, restorative session to promote healing from injuries or illness; basic to more complex breath work; or learn how to use 'Yoga as Preventive Medicine.' Yoginis and yogis might wish to kick-start their days with energetic classes, to refine or re-design their current practice...or even create one from the ground up. And there is no one better than Max at just 'playing yoga,' with kids from 9 - 90. LODGING AT THE CASITA, YOGA CLASSES and HEALTHY GOURMET MEALS included.

Amenities

Pioneertown House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Tile shower, washer/dryer
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Living Room - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , sofa bed is incredibly comfortable, memory foam topper
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Great queen bed with memory foam topper
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , In good weather the screened sleeping porch is divine!
  • Queen size Beds (3), Twin or Single Beds (2). Starting now the screened sleeping porch is the most sought after bedroom in the casita.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair accessible
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing

Reviews

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Private Retreat in Paradise, 22-Acre Park & Wildlife Sanctuary
average rating of 4.978022 based on 91 reviews
5

amazing

  • 5 of 5

our family had the most wonderful time in this desert wonderland. Fabulous for families, couple or singles.....

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have so many happy memories of your visit. Still haven't gotten up into the boulders to find your cairn. Didn't the kids love "mining for stardust?" Can't wait for your next visit.
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Outstanding property for outdoor lovers

  • 5 of 5

Our family spent 4 days during Thanksgiving weekend at the property. Max and Robin welcomed us warmly so we felt like a part of extended, long awaited family. The house is lovely, and in pristine condition. All you need is provided. We spent evenings by the fire pit , enjoying the silence and staring at the bottomless starry sky. The house is located 20 minutes drive from Joshua Tree Park, and the nearby Pioneertown is simply adorable.

I would highly recommend this place for group of 4-5 people. Thank you Robin and Max!

  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Majestic Property

  • 5 of 5

The Maxwells were great hosts and met us in the driveway on the way in.

The house and property were equally immaculate, orderly, and welcoming. We loved our stay in Pioneertown and look forward to returning. When we do we will stay with the Maxwells again.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Delightful Desert Retreat

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were planning to be in the Pioneertown/Pipes Canyon area for an October family wedding. Having never been to this rather remote area, we were more than usually reliant on others for accurate information. Our 5-star experience started with Robin's prompt and detailed responses to our questions which revealed her intimate knowledge of the area and the location of the wedding venue. (The casita ended up being virtually equidistant between the rehearsal dinner at Pappy & Harriet's and the wedding venue at Pipes Canyon Lodge.) Next came Robin's flexibility when faced with our delayed arrival time from LAX followed by Robin and Max's warm greeting when we finally did arrive just before dark. It felt like we were being welcomed home! Next was the introduction to the casita and all of its features and the immediate grounds. Robin and Max's care of the property and attention to detail (Max even provided a jar of bird seed for us to toss out in the morning to draw in the birds) and delight in sharing it all was evident. Finally, during the stay itself, whether we were relaxing on the back screened-in porch for meals and wine or wandering around the grounds and observing the various meditation areas, we were very content. The only "down" side was that it was difficult to leave the casita and explore other area attractions like Joshua Tree, the nearby Reserve, and the others listed in the information provided on the website (although we eventually made it to the Joshua Tree National Park (a must do!) and, of course, the wedding activities). If we had known how much we would enjoy the casita and the desert in general, we would have stayed an extra day or two which hopefully would have given us at least a little time to spend with Robin and Max and get to know them a little better! We heartily recommend a stay at this High Desert Eden!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful

  • 5 of 5

Great place, great hosts. Very relaxing.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What a beautiful place!

  • 5 of 5

We were in the area for a family wedding and couldn't be more pleased with the location, beauty and comfort of this wonderful casita! We loved it and would highly recommend it! Thank you Robin and Max for making us feel so welcome!

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Palm Springs International Airport

Private yoga on site, exploring back roads, historic Pioneer town, caves, birding, rock hunting, petro glyphs, guided nature hikes and photography, eclectic live music scene

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $60
Tax Rate 7.0%

Private yoga classes with Max available upon request - $75/hr per person. $15 for each additional person

Retreat services and prices tailored to your needs

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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