It's 1969 and your rock n' roll London friends have a fabulous new house in Marrakesh and invited you away for the weekend. Solar heated pool (seasonal), hot tub, outdoor fireplace, kitchen under the stars, wild design, all set on 2 1/2 private acres. Just say yes, baby.
Travel down a hard-pack dirt road to discover this freshly remodeled private house in north Joshua Tree that has mind blowing views sweeping across the valley from sunrise to sunset, a pool next to a raised hot tub wide open to the Milky Way. Here, it's 1969 and you're somewhere between Tangier and Algiers, but just a short drive from LA.
Inspired by the jet set socialite & rock n' roll crowd that made Marrakesh their home away from home in the late 60's and early 70's, the house is designed with time & place in mind: Simple, clean white walls with dark wood doors and trim, cool stone floors (ok, ours are polished concrete, but, yeah) set off by fabulously wild colorful shag rugs, turquoise & white leather padded headboards, everything in gold or brass, pop art, curated photos of the day and Moroccan street scenes. You'll find bright & bold accents set against a visually soothing foundation.
But we love modern luxury too, so everything you want is here: a sparkling new kitchen with brand new appliances, all new bathrooms with thermostatic rain hood showers and endless instant hot water, fluffy towels, zoned heating and air conditioning for every room at the touch of a button, an oversized dining room table big enough for everyone, satellite Wi-Fi, a 55" flatscreen TV (digi channels only- Netflix and Hulu loaded up on Roku), and a shiny new washer/dryer combo that lights up when you open the doors! (Bought it in a bazaar)
We thought of everything we'd like to do while we're here, and then we bought it for you: Super yummy Joshua Tree Coffee Co beans to brew for your morning cuppa by the pool, cozy throws for couch nesting, a boatload of board games to play with your friends (Our Fav? Cards Against Humanity), amazingly soft organic cotton sheets, two pillows for each person (soft or firm to attract a Goldilocks), and wildly snuggly feather comforters for napping or sleeping in till noon.
Outside is even more spectacular- When the stars go all the way to the night horizon, why would you NOT want to eat under the heavens? French bistro chairs seat 10 at a custom plank table in the outdoor kitchen. Whomever you corral to do the cooking at the flashy new propane over-sized grill (yes, it lights up when you open it, too!) will have a sink, more than enough counter space, and a fabulous vintage fridge to chill the Sancerre. We've got some grape vines growing up to cover the overhead trellis- give 'em a little encouragement while you're there!
After dinner, head on over to the outdoor fireplace that looks directly across the valley to the setting sun and sink into the adirondack chairs- but don't fall asleep out here- Crawl into your pillow top cozy bed and get a good nights rest because tomorrow's schedule calls for the Big Pool Day and lounging in the sun for half of your party, while the other half wakes for sunrise yoga on our mini playa.
Bring the pets (and that really just means dogs, right?) and let them have the run of the fully fenced 2 1/2 acres.
We instantly fell in love with this magical, mystical place.
We hope you will too.
We just installed a solar pool heater, but it only runs seasonally. We anticipate running it April - October but the start/end of the swim season is weather dependent.
There are two bathrooms, but one is located inside the master bedroom as an en suite (meaning the bedroom is open to the bathroom).
And although the yard is fenced in, please be mindful about letting pets and children roam free. The desert is still a dangerous place with things like coyotes, scorpions, black widow spiders, venomous Mojave Green snakes and chance alien abductions.
What does all this mean? We cannot be responsible for any accidents, injuries or anal probes. By accepting this reservation, it is agreed that all guests are expressly assuming the risk of any harm arising from their use of the premises or others whom they invite to use the premise.
Ugh, I hate rules, but here they are:
Check in is at 4pm and checkout is at 11am.
Everything is brand new, so please treat the place like it's your own. Use our plastic glassware by the pool. Bloody feet are a buzzkill. Turn down the hot tub and put the cover on before you go to bed so it's nice & clean for you tomorrow. Don't leave the fireplace unattended (especially in a windstorm). Pets are more than welcome, just clean up after them. Oh, and no smoking inside or we'll politely take $200 from your deposit.
NO PINATAS or CONFETTI $250 fine.
Why you ask? We know you're probably here to have loads of fun and we love that! So let's chat about confetti of both the paper and the Evil Earth Killing mylar variety, balloons, ribbons tied to things: Here there lives the coolest multi colored irridescent beetle that pretty much all desert wildlife desert views as natures Krispy Kreme. But, when they gobble it up and really it was just Evil Earth Killing mylar confetti, plastic ribbon, ect- they die. Big Bummer killing wildlife. And we love balloons & ribbons tied to things too. But if you leave any of it behind for our house cleaners to pick up, you will be politely charged $250 extra clean up fee. Big Bummer.
So, to recap: Dead wildlife & extra $250 clean up fee = Big Bummers.
Now, the most important rule:
We love to have fun, get loud, and dance to 90's hiphop while finishing off the last of the Bulleit bourbon too, but please DON'T GET US IN TROUBLE. The desert is giant amphitheater and sound carries. That means no amplified sound outdoors after 9pm. Shit talking, individual beatboxing, laughing at whatever you won't remember in the morning- totally cool, but speakers that need their own sound board not so much. In general: no turntables by the pool, massive events or wild parties like you'd see in a 90's teen rom-com. If you are so loud outside that a neighbor calls us and ruins my night, you will forfeit your deposit: NO EXCEPTIONS (because you were probably being pretty damn loud, admit it). If the police show up or we get a second complaint from a neighbor, you will be asked to vacate the premises and will voluntarily forfeit the remainder of your stay. That said, we have never had an issue and ask for your help to keep it that way.