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Hand Crafted Home for the Soul in Gorgeous High Desert Enclave

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-5)


A 1,200 sq. ft. fully equipped brand new Southwest style home, full of personality and character, with rounded Moorish arches, inlayed wall tiles, large front and back patios for your enjoyment to bring another world alive, where you can relax, read or just gaze at the stars.


It has 2 bedrooms with a Mission style queen size bed & 2nd. with a double bed, walk in closet, double sofa bed in the living room area for extra guests.

Full kitchen, tv, dvd, video library.

Spanish tiled full bathroom with shower and tub.

All rooms have a stunning views of the mountains and the desert that will take your breath away.


This self contained Southwest style casita is nested in an idyllic setting, surrounded by majestic mountains and the gorgeous Mojave desert.

Hundreds of artists have been inspired by the natural beauty of the desert, the pure air, the stunning sunsets and the magnificient star filled nights.

Our backyard is the Thirty one thousand-acre Pipes Canyon Wilderness Preserve where you can explore hundreds of gentle trails and Joshua Tree National Park is just a short car ride away.


For stressed-out city dwellers or artists who want to commune with nature.

Romantic and secluded. Lover's hideaway.

Ideal for 2 but could sleep 5.


PHONE: 323.424.7190

Keywords: House

More Details

Cecilia Dighero
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2018

About Cecilia Dighero

My name is Cecilia Dighero and I was born in Chile from Italian parents. I came to the USA with a Fulbright scholarship to study English. I worked at the Chilean desk at the UN and as an International Representative for the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in N.Y.C.

I have tought Spanish at Pepperdine University and I am currently the head of the Spanish Department for Adult Education at Santa Monica College.

My husband, Ron House, has been an actor/playwright in London, New York and Los Angeles. Co-founder of the British underground theatre group 'Low Moan Spectacular'. He is co-author of some Broadway hits such as 'El Grande de Coca Cola' and 'Bullshot'. He is a five time published playwright and has had 2 movies produced, one of them by Beatle George Harrison.

He has taught playwriting at UCLA, CalState LA, Mexico City & London among others.

He is currently working at the LAFilm School.

The inspiration for Rancho Mojave is Cecilia's 250 acre horse and cattle ranch in Chile.

Cecilia Dighero purchased this house in 1999

Why Cecilia Dighero chose Pioneertown

We discovered the high desert to get away from the stress of the large city. We fell in love with this area because of the silence, the pure air, the mystical open spaces, the trasparent light, the spectacular sunrises & sunsets and the canopy of stars. A true communion with nature.

What makes this house unique

Excellent place to unwind, to watch the star filled nights, commune with nature and charge your batteries. Lots of gentle trails for hiking and exploring. Gorgeous Joshua Tree National Park nearby. Lots of Art Galleries and famous Pappy & Harriet Palace only 5 min. away. Home of the world famous sound baths at the Integratron.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I had not seen on over 10 years.

Had a wonderful time in the Casita and hiking in Joshua Tree!

The Casita is perfect and decorated so nice.

Loved the sunrise and sunset from the porch.
Apr 2017
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Pioneertown House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Full bathroom with tub, sink, toilet.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Movie video library, No Smoking inside the 'casita', Hammock and hundreds of gentle trails to explore plus right in our backyard a 31, 000 acres Wilderness Preserve with creeks, wild life and everything a nature lover would desire


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Hand Crafted Home for the Soul in Gorgeous High Desert Enclave
average rating of 4.818182 based on 49 reviews

Perfect respite

  • 5 of 5

If you're searching for some peace and quiet, you'll most definitely find it in this warm and inviting home. You can wander off for a hike or stick around to enjoy a spectacular sunset. There are also busier ways to keep yourself if you head to the historic development in Pioneertown or over to Joshua Tree National Park, which has several restaurants and shops nearby. I highly recommend a stay at Rancho Mojave!

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: it was a pleasure to have Aysha and her companion staying with us. They left the place impeccable and follow the rules. I would certainly rent to them again. Thanks, Cecilia
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Nice spot, beautiful moon

  • 4 of 5

Nice location, comfortable enough,

A little sparse in supplies but good dvd selection. Unclear about where

20 acres attached to property are.

Burns Road full of “no trespassing” signs

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful place, excellent host

  • 5 of 5

Cecila was a great host, she provided a wealth of information for us city-folks to get around in Joshua Tree. The place itself is amazingly peaceful - we had the most relaxing stay. Highly recommended for all!

  • Submitted: May 18, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I wouldn't change a single thing.

  • Submitted: May 14, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi, Kerryn, Thanks so much for your short but lovely review!! It was a pleasure to have met you and your husband and THANKS again for teaching me that little trick with the direct Wi-Fi connection for my cell! it really saved me!! Hope to see you back in the near future!! xox Cecilia
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An oasis of serenity in the high desert

  • 5 of 5

We spent 4 nights at La Casita in April, as part of our first-ever visit to Joshua Tree National Park. We loved the house and its location ... far enough from town to feel like you were very remote, but just a few minutes drive to restaurants, shops, and a little further on to the park. The quiet and the beautiful house and views were a welcome break from the real world. Cecilia is a most generous and thoughtful host, making sure we were all settled in.

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your lovely review. We built La Casita with lot of love and it shows. There is nothing more rewarding to hear comments like yours. Our aim is to make guests have a home away from home and make them happy and relaxed. Thanks again and I hope to see you in the near future. Coming back guests get a discount! Kindly, Cecilia
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Quiet & solitude on the edge of desert wilderness

  • 5 of 5

In a last minute stroke of luck we found Cecelia's sweet casita, and stayed 3 amazing nights. The space itself is a great balance of rustic & elegant, old & new, and most importantly is very functional. Favorite spots were the 2nd bedroom/reading nook (spent hours there) and waking up in the main bedroom to those gorgeous desert sunrises... blissful.

Also enjoyed walking and exploring the ranch property itself, and ventured just down the road to the Pioneertown Mountains Preserve for a peaceful canyon hike. We usually stay in or near Joshua Tree NP, so this was a new spot to enjoy the desert landscape... and we loved it.

Hope to return in the future.

If you're looking for a place to recharge your batteries, I'd highly recommend Cecelia's casita!

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Palm Springs
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Pappy & Harriet Palace
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Hwy 62/29 Palms
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Pappy & Harriet Palace
Car: necessary

We are surrounded by mountains with gentle trails to hike.

Things to see: Orchid Farm in Landers, Intregraton in Landers, Noah Purifoy Sculpture Park, Pappy & Harriet Palace (Music club/restaurant) in Pioneer Town, the Swap Meet in Yucca Valley, Antique Markets, in Y. Valley & 29 Palms, etc.




Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $125 + Tax
Pet Fee $75 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 7.0%

Non smoking property
Pet beds and bowls
No pets on people's beds
Pets not allowed to be left alone in casita

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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