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Romantic European-Style Villa on Boundary of Joshua Tree Park

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

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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Dale Pelton
Member since: 2003
Speaks: french
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
January 21, 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. 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 Panorama Heights

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.


Panorama Heights House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 29
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • No weddings considered, although one with a maximum of 20 might be considered if held in the daytime or afternoon, finishing before twilight.
  • Refer to owner for required security deposit amount.
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Security System
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Library - sleeper sofa. - 2 queen , 1 double , 2 child bed , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books ...
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • volcano
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
36 x 24 foot custom pool nestled between massive boulders next to wilderness. Pool suitable for swimming from late March to October 1st. Large Library. Seven terraces, two with fireplaces, each with an unique ambiance and view.


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Romantic European-Style Villa on Boundary of Joshua Tree Park
average rating of 4.88 based on 75 reviews

An Extraordinary Desert Gem

  • 5 of 5

My daughters and I stayed at the Villa for a quick weekend away before the school year began. We had a magnificent time! This is a great place to disconnect and reconnect with nature, each other, and a good book. The home had every amenity we could possibly need and the host was most hospitable. His home has a fascinating history that he shared upon check in and he maintains a lovely library, openly available to villa guests. The kids enjoyed swimming and exploring caves on the property by day and stargazing in the brilliant desert skies at night. Mornings were filled with adventurous hikes up the private mountain where we saw big horn sheep grazing and other desert wildlife. I would highly recommend this gem for an extraordinary, memorable desert experience.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful place.

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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.
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  • 5 of 5

The location is stunning. The home is really lovely. The hot tub under the stars was a highlight.It was a great place to spend Christmas! Thanks, Dale!

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

You can't ask for a better location nor host (Dale)! From first contact Dale (house owner) was so informative, helpful and caring! Be prepared for a beautiful immersion into a spiritual sanctuary of peace surrounded by GORGEOUS scenery, ample hiking trails, heated jacuzzi & more! Perfect for a family, or private, getaway! If you're a fellow historian, writer, love to read or love art, Dale ads the cherry on top as he gives you a well informed tour, upon your arrival (no matter the hour!), of the grounds, home, library & artwork to ensure your safety & max vacation enjoyment!

My family and I are so thankful & enjoyed every moment of our getaway at this location!

Thank you, Dale!

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is such a pleasure to host a family like Jameelah’s, all of whom showed a deep appreciation of the pleasures and nuances of Villa dei Fiori, and took such loving care of the house and the grounds, even raking out their dog’s footprints in the sand dune berms. We wish all visitors were as thoughtful as you were. Hopefully, we’ll see you again.
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Beautiful Property!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay! The grounds are absolutely stunning. The house is well appointed, and Dale is very helpful. We had a lovely stay and will come again!

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beats camping at Joshua Tree National Park by miles!

  • 5 of 5

This place is your personal play land with all the comforts of home...and then some. No stone is left unturned (and they are BIG stones!), providing guests an unparalleled experience. Beyond the thoughtfully landscaped house, you'll find GIANT boulders and magical caves to explore, swimming pool and hot tub to relax, and dining areas for that alfresco meal. Inside, every amenity provides pleasure to all the senses, from the well-appointed kitchen, private bedrooms, unusual art, and a truly incomparable library (no need to bring vacation reading from home!). Before your departure, you'll already be planning your next visit.

The penultimate desert experience!

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Seth, for a truly thoughtful review. Your family was a wonderful one to host. We hope to see you again when you can stay a little longer, and catch the herd of Bighorns when they come down from the boulders. Dale
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Palm Springs, California
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
29 Palms, Joshua Tree
Car: necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.0%

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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