About the property
- House1500 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 - 5 nights
House, 3 Bedrooms + Library, 1 Bath, + sofa sleeper + foam mattresses (Sleeps 8)
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 cascades of wisteria.
If you wish to stage, a birthday party, or photo shoot involving a greater number of guests than our 8 guest vacation rental limit, BEFORE making a reservation request please read the rules below on how to proceed. We no longer host weddings.
Our large pool surrounded by giant boulders as of June, 2015 is heated to 78 degrees, the perfect temperature for swimming. The swimming season lasts until the first week of October, after which time it begins to cool down due to falling night time temperatures. Depending upon night time temperatures, it sometimes is possible to heat the pool in advance of June. TThere is a fee of $400 for heating the pool to a higher temperature but is only possible when night time temperatures have risen into the mid to high 60s. It is important to remember that Joshua Tree is high desert, Palm Springs is low desert. Joshua Tree is often 15 degrees cooler than Palm Springs, which means swimming weather comes in late spring, early summer and runs into October. During the winter the large six person Jacuzzi is popular.
The villa is a extensive renovation of a original historic homestead built in the early 1950s, with 13 French doors leading to five terraces on the North, East, South and West of the house. Villa dei Fiori, means 'House of the Flowers' in Italian, so named because of the climbing roses, jasmine, rosemary, lavender and wisteria growing on five pergolas on each face of the house. In Italian, a 'villa' does not mean a mansion, but rather, a charming country house. Built amid the surrounding quartz monzonite boulders, Villa dei Fiori was created by Dale Allan Pelton, a Hollywood based film production designer and architect. On the west side of the villa, the terraces of 75 rose bushes with a border of purple French lavender form a dramatic contrast to the savage landscape of boulders and pool beyond. The estate is six minutes from the West entrance to the Joshua Tree National Park and seven minutes from the East entrance and two minutes from the trail head of the Boy Scout Trail and the spectacular Indian Cove campground with boulder formations that are different that elsewhere in the park.
In the attached video drone shot, you will see 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 French lavender, 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.
Since Villa dei Fiori is my principal residence, I am selective about to whom I book. I prefer general inquiries where your credit card is NOT DEBITED beforehand, to give us time to discuss the possible reservation by phone. I prefer a phone call which allows me to get a better impression of prospective guests, giving me more confidence that they will have respect for a creation that has taken 25 years of hard work. I usually accept only a maximum of 8 guests. If you are planning to have others on the property for a birthday party, photo or fashion shoot, wedding or other larger occasion, a separate rate and contract must be written. Therefore, an inquiry to set up a visit to the property would be necessary first before making a reservation.
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 second bedroom is furnished with a French sleigh bed and the third bedroom opens onto a terrace with outdoor fireplace surrounded by boulders. The living room is equipped with a sofa sleeper beside double French doors opening upon the West terrace. The deep colors of the walls complement the antique Moroccan urns and vivid paintings of the Parisian artist, Michele 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, original paintings and a rock sculpture from the film, 'Battlestar Galactica.' While there is no cable TV so that one can enjoy the quiet natural sounds of the desert, it is furnished with a DVD and VCR receiver and excellent stereo system with an i pod dock, and extensive selection of CDs and wireless internet connection.
Although the kitchen is modest in size, it has top quality cookware, porcelain service for 8, wine glasses, baking ware, all imaginable cooking utensils, blender, coffee bean grinder, oversize toaster, programmable coffee maker, a large micro wave, a new stainless steel 22 cubic foot refrigerator and a library of cookbooks in the living room bookcase. The new LG range oven has double ovens of cobalt blue and over sized BTU burners. The gas barbecue is on the kitchen terrace just 12 feet from the kitchen adjacent to the laundry room. The dining terrace overlooks a Joshua tree amid the boulders. Near the kitchen, there is a 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. Groups larger than four, require an additional fee per person, with a maximum of 8 guests. During the high swimming season of summer, there are some dates with a 3 day minimum rental, but most dates have only a two day minimum. Major holidays have a three day minimum and a longer minimum stay during spring break.
Although the villa can accommodate 8 guests, we vet these requests carefully, since we have found that in the past, a group of younger persons sometimes fail to take proper care of the big Jacuzzi spa and the house. However, with a proper understanding and a security deposit, larger groups might possibly be considered.
There are numerous wooden chairs inside, and 20 chairs on the various terraces, plus 3 adjustable lounge chairs for sunning. In the living/dining room, there is an antique dinning table which seats eight, and 6 crimson leather club chairs. On the south terrace, between the house and the boulders there is an oak coffee table and eight garden chairs. Two reclining chaises are at the pool, with a table and 8 chairs on an elevated terrace overlooking the pool.
The large swimming pool has a salt electrolyte purification system and a beautiful gemstone pebble surface. The pool is maintained throughout the year with best swimming months being April to mid October. For an additional charge the pool can be heated, but only through the milder months. The two pool terraces have a table with six lounge chairs and two chaise longes. There is a large market umbrella stored in the middle bedroom closet which may be used at the table above the pool.
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 and on rare occasions, a herd of Big Horn sheep. This is such an inaccessible region of the park on your hikes out of my valley of the moon, you will not encounter any other hikers to disturb your splendid solitude.
Excellent restaurants are to be found in Twentynine Palms: Bistro Twentynine, with French continental cuisine, Red Lotus with Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. In Joshua Tree: Natural Sister’s Café with organic cuisine, Royal Siam with Thai cuisine, Crossroads Café, Joshua Tree Health Foods and Sam’s Restaurant with Indian cuisine. Yucca Valley, great pizza and calzone at Pie for the People and a custom ground coffee house in Joshua Tree: Kimi Sushi, Carrows, a franchise restaurant, The Rib Company with barbecue. Pioneertown: Pappy and Harriet’s Saloon, with live music on weekends.
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- Apr 04, 2018
About Dale Pelton
I attended Cherokee school in Oklahoma with Indians and poor whites. War games and fist fights were the events at lunch time. After feeding the chickens, pulling weeds, fighting prairie fires, I read books in the magical forest across the creek. After wrestling for Oklahoma State and University of Nebraska, I studied philosophy at University of Tulsa, writing newspaper reviews of cinema, literature, essays on ethics and politics. During my college years, I hitchhiked across America, Key West, Florida, New Orleans, San Francisco, through slums of Mexico City, Guatemalan jungles and San Salvadorian barrios, journeys which have inspired the characters in Celine on Fire. Working as a white journalist for Tulsa’s black newspaper, I returned from King’s march from Selma to Montgomery to deliver an address, Thunder in the Ghetto, in the rebuilt Church which had been burned to the ground in the 1921 Race Riot. I organized concerts for jazz musicians, Baby Face Willette and Odetta, opened The Bastille, a folk music, rock/dance club. During two years at the UCLA graduate film school, I directed my thesis, Death of the Red Planet, in 35mm Cinemascope, quadraphonic sound, the first film created by lasers. http://cec.concordia.ca/econtact/11_4/pelton_red_planet.html. filmed in the laboratories of Cal-Tech and sound track created at Cal-Arts. Praised by American Cinematographer, and Hollywood Reporter, the film was invited to the Cannes Festival and played in 600 theaters across America. My first film work was for Battlestar Galactica. While working with Steven Spielberg (The Goonies), Terry Gilliam (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas), Paul Verhoeven (Hollowman), designing music videos for Olivia Newton, Travolta, Cindy Lauper, I wrote screenplays at night, East of the Moon, and a musical Celine on Fire. From my original screenplay evoking the spirit of Gene Kelly’s An American in Paris, the story evolved into a historical-philosophical novel set in 1950s Paris.
Dale Pelton purchased this House in 1988
Why Dale Pelton chose Joshua Tree
I discovered Joshua Tree in 1968 when visiting my family, original settlers who homesteaded the land in the early 1950s. I began landscaping the garden 25 years ago. The Italian Stone pines are 22 years old, the rose garden 15 years ago. The terraces and surrounding berms of decomposed granite have been sculpted over the years. Big horn sheep sometimes come off the park into our valley of the moon where bobcats, kit foxes and roadrunners roam.
What makes this House unique
Peaceful solitude. Large cavern with fire pit for dinner parties close to house. Large saltwater pool and oversized Jacuzzi spa for six. Many windows and glass French doors open to garden and boulder views from every room, the scent of flowers enveloping the house.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Exactly as presented, very special place to hike from
Wonderful stay, silent and peaceful, scenery is spectacular and you can hike right from house into Joshua Tres.
RENTED A SPOT IN SPIRITUAL HEAVEN!
Spent a nice weathered hot weekend at the villa w/ my girlfriend and six year old terrier and within minutes of arrival felt like we had landed in untouched pure serene landscape that we knew was too good to not enjoy! Exploring right out the backdoor straight into the rocks/trails. Caves within a minute walk of the pool and best yet no a person seen for 3 whole days other than the ones I came with. Fires at the pitt at night while grilling swordfish and hearing all of natures beautiful sounds...Highly recommend a trip away from the ordinary to the villa
The best property in Joshua Tree: Super clean, pool, sauna, cathedrals of boulders on the premises
Our party of 8 stayed for a weekend and loved it. We found the house in impeccable shape and, unlike the previous reviewer , the Jacuzzi was in tip-top shape. This isn’t the first time we’ve stayed at Villa de Fiori. We returned many times over the years because it’s a one of a kind retreat, and Dale ensures that his guests have everything they need to have the best stay. He is very mindful of his guests’ privacy. Before we arrived at the house, he offered us a free, private tour of the property around the house. We took him up on it. We discovered some of the most awe-inspiring views of Joshua Treet from the top of the boulders, the haunts of big horned sheep, and hidden caves. Thanks, Dale. We hope to be back more often to Villa de Fiori to make new memories.
Davan and Abby, it is always a great pleasure to receive guests who come again and again to Villa dei Fiori. You always take such wonderful care of the house and garden, and bring such fascinating guests with you each time. You'll wish that you were going to be here at the end of the month because the purple and the white wisteria will be cascading from the pergolas within the next ten days, a sight which you have loved in previous years. The rosemary, lavender, and jasmine has suddenly burst into bloom. We hope to receive your lovely family again soon. Dale
Beautiful Rocks but the logistics were problematic
Beautiful location on the edge of the park so it’s hard to write a bad review because I’m a very positive person and I love anywhere near nature even if it isn’t 5 stars but this place wasn’t ideal for a hickup- less vacation. We rented it for a full week and we told Dale I would be alone for part of it while my husband traveled so we were extra nervous about being out in a dessert on the edge of the park. On the day I was alone the pool guy came and was taking care of the spa (it was foaming and disgusting the day we arrived) and the pool (you can only use it in the summer). It startled me to have him on the property because Dale didn’t mention he would be coming. He did remember to tell me that someone would come to water his bushes one day but forgot this detail. We all make mistakes but when I brought it to his attention he told me how busy he had been. Also, even though it helps a bit to have a tour when you first arrive because the property is large, Be prepared for at least an hour or so talk with the owner as he goes through each room and tells you exactly how he wants you to do things and where he wants you to put things in his kitchen. It’s not a brief tour - it is long and frankly after a 2 hour drive getting there I was pooped. The location is nice but I would highly recommend another home with more privacy- this one had a lot of hiccups with privacy and seclusion and feeling safe. The vibe of the house wasn’t as light and tranquil as I prefer.
Emily and Nate requested that I cancel part of their booking. I complied. Then Emily wanted to book a day earlier. I arranged for Jane to give a day to Emily. Despite efforts to please them, when they arrived after a 2 ½ hour drive, they were in a bad mood and didn’t want to talk to me. I had to cut short after 15 minutes. I later had to text them about heating controls and warn of gusts of wind that struck during the night. After getting an extra day, Emily wanted a refund to leave early. On a short notice, we can’t refund when it is impossible to rent to another. That may explain the false information she’s posted. I do everything possible for our guests have an outstanding time, informing them of the cacti, rodents, reptiles, and wildlife. I departed for LA for a colonoscopy and to call if they needed help. I have a repair man for any emergency. I told Emily that the garden was on automatic irrigation. No one would be coming on the property for the entire week, except ironically, the one 20-minute pool and spa maintenance. So, imagine my surprise when, four days later as I am lying on the gurney at Kaiser Hospital colonoscopy ward, Emily calls with piercing volume: “The spa water is “filthy and foaming, Get that man out of here this minute.” Now, this is why Emily’s call was confusing. The housekeeper and I had observed the water was pure the day of arrival. The guests were shown the purity of the spa in the 15 minutes I was there. I called Jane, the guest who had just left to confirm the purity of the water. (Jane’s review, “Owner’s Labor of Love.” precedes Emily’s.) It is sad that being alone, Emily was fearful. Upon release from the hospital, I called and emailed to assure that she was perfectly safe. In 30 years we’ve never had a single incident. I offered Emily and Nate without charge, an extra day to help her feel better, but I could not calm her irrational fears. She claims, “He told me how busy he had been.” That is untrue. I said I was in the hospital. When you read our reviews, it will confirm that I respond rapidly to their guests’ calls. When I returned, I found my home in a mess, clothing and debris left behind. My VRBO information says that Villa dei Fiori is my home containing a quarter of a million-dollar library, and original art from France. If you read our 75 reviews, you will understand our guests understand they are entering a work of art and unique garden, not a hotel. This couple did not.
Uniquely gorgeous property - owner's labor of love
This rental was very unique - set among rock piles adjacent to the JT Nat'l Park. The house itself is well-appointed. Perhaps the only complaint being that there is only one small bathroom for residents of the three bedrooms. There is no cable TV or dishwasher but we did not lack for those modern amenities and were blown away by the amazing outside amenities - the pool, hot tub and beautiful surrounding landscape. The owner, Dale, met us at the house upon our arrival and gave us a very thorough and detailed tour of the house including how to care for the pool & hot-tub; how to use all of the features of the house including lights, heater, etc; and where we can find anything and everything we could possibly need during our stay. He was extremely thorough and gave us a tour that probably lasted 15-20 minutes pointing our every little feature of the house. We were impressed by his passion and attention to details. We were compelled to leave the house exactly the way we found it out of respect for Dale. I would highly recommend this property for anyone looking to get away from their "city" lives to something quaint, zen and naturally beautiful.
Jane, I thank you for such a thoughtful and detailed review and the beautiful way you took care of the house and garden, a work of art that took thirty years to create. It gives me great a pleasure to know that guests are appreciate of the beauty of the garden and the wildlife that inhabits our trees and boulders.
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The grounds are just so beautiful and breathtaking, we had an amazing time. Dale is a great host, the house is full of character and some wonderful books! We loved it.
Thank you Daniella for coming from the rainy lands of Seattle to our desert garden. I appreciate your gracious thoughts on your time among our boulders and flowers. I hope to see you again one day.
Swimming in spring and summer, Wild animal and bird Watching, Cave and wilderness exploring. Astronomy, Star Gazing. Resort town, shops, renown art museum and casinos in nearby Palm Springs.
Additional information about rental rates
Basic rental rate for two night stay $900 for 2 - 4 guests, two night stay, 8 guests are the maximum unless otherwise granted. Midweek can be lower on short notice. Weekly rate is regular $2800 – $3400 holidays. Major holidays and spring break is $550 per night for 4 guests, with a minimum number of nights. Events are subject to discussion. Major holidays like Spring Break, Thanksgiving or Christmas have one week minimum, $3400 - $3800 depending on number of guests. Sometimes a 5 night minimum applies. Best to call 323 287 6528 for rate on holidays and spring break.