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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 cascading purple and white wisteria.
The villa, built amid the surrounding quartz monzonite boulders, was created by Dale Allan Pelton, a Hollywood based film production designer and architect. On the west side of the villa, the terraces of 150 rose bushes with a border of purple French lavender form a dramatic contrast to the savage landscape of boulders beyond.
There is 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 crimson oleanders, 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.
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 colors of the Moroccan pottery complement the vivid paintings of the Parisian artist, 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 and original paintings and a rock sculpture from the film, 'Battlestar Galactica.' There is an excellent stereo system with an Ipod dock, and selection of CDs. There is no cable TV so that one can enjoy the quiet natural sounds of the desert. However, there is a DVD and VCR receiver,film videos available and a high speed wireless internet connection.
Although the kitchen is modest in size, it has top quality cookware, porcelain service for 12, wine glasses, baking ware, all imaginable cooking utensils, blender, coffee bean grinder, oversize toaster, programmable coffee maker, a micro wave, a new stainless steel 22 cubic foot refrigerator. There is a library of cookbooks in the living room bookcase. The stove’s oven has baked many turkeys, but will soon be replaced with one with higher BTU burners. Counter space being limited, a large kitchen table (which expands to 7 feet) may be pulled out to form a work space allowing 2 or 3 persons to work simultaneously. The gas barbecue is on the kitchen terrace just 12 feet from the kitchen. The dining terrace overlooks a Joshua tree amid the boulders. Near the kitchen, there is an tone 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. There are 8 wooden chairs inside, and 6 plastic ones outside, with an 8 foot table on the living/dining room terrace which seats 10. On the north terrace, there are two chaise longue chairs. The cushions for the chaise are stored in baskets under the marble table inside.
The large swimming pool has a salt electrolyte purification system and a beautiful gemstone pebble surface. The best swimming months are April to mid October. The two pool terraces have a table with six lounge chairs. When not in use, the pool chairs should not be left close to the water, because a sudden wind storm will blow them into the pool creating a contamination problem. There is a large market umbrella stored in the middle bedroom closet. It is kept inside when not in use, because of the sudden wind storms which spring up unexpectedly which can instantly destroy an umbrella.
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. This is such an inaccessible region of the park you will not encounter any other hikers to disturb your splendid solitude.
Excellent restaurants are to be found in Twentynine Palms: Bistro Twentynine, Wonder Garden Cafe, 29 Palms Inn.) Joshua Tree: Crossroads Café and the Thai or Indian restaurant.
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.
The Owner purchased this house in 1988
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.
Location, setting and amenities are outstanding. An amazing place to stay that's utterly one of a kind. Dale has a flair for design so the house is immaculate and although the kitchen is small it is fully equipped for just about anything (even a Paella pan!). It's also built to entertain with numerous chairs/sofas and comfortably appointed decks off every room. But what makes this property unique is it's location. The national park is your backyard and in this case it is right up against the most gorgeous boulders that are perfect for exploring, climbing, and finding a perch to enjoy the surrounding desert. There's a hot tub, a pool, a dining patio nestled in the rocks, numerous fore pits, an amazing walk around the grounds and through the boulder valley, and a true three chamber cave - all in the private backyard. Go - but hopefully not on the dates I want as I will be back.
The aesthetics are more than great. The pool is beautiful, the hot tub is hot and the beds are comfortable.
Flowers everywhere, in the desert! Amazing place and worth any issue that may come up.
The property was beautiful - backed up to boulders, roses and trees everywhere. The whole place is very private, especially the hot tub and pool. There is a super cool little cave with three adjacent "rooms" that is fun to explore. The owner is very proud of his home and is very particular about how it is maintained so if you just want to party and not tidy up afterwards, you might want to stay elsewhere. The owner gives a very extensive tour of the property and how everything should be used and maintained. That being said, he has everything you need for gourmet cooking, an extensive library of mostly nonfiction (no Stephen King novels) along with several books for children. The owner also put out a stuffed dog toy for my daughter to play with during our stay! Every room had fresh roses from the garden. the house itself is small but we spent a good deal of the time outdoors, eating breakfasts al fresco under a trellis, dinners in the back near the rocks, watching bats darting over the pool. it was very relaxing. The property owner, having given us written house rules, did leave us to our own devices throughout the weekend and we knew he would be very attentive to our needs, had we any. (We did not.) it was perfect.
My family shared Thanksgiving together in this remarkable retreat.
Hot tub nestled in giant rocks, caves and trails to explore, comfortable beds, interesting artifacts of the host .
But best of all were the roses. Over 50 varieties.The host has created an amazing oasis in a very harsh desert.
The host is very specific about how to care for his property. If you don't mind being micro managed, Villa des Fiori is a great experience. There's a beautifully executed pool too.
We had just a fantastic and magical time. Thanks for everything, we will be back!
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.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
|Pet Fee||$75 + Tax|
Basic rental rate for two night stay $850 - $900 for 2 - 4, $1,050 for 6, $1200 for 8. 7% county tax. Additional days are at a reduced daily rate according to the length of stay. The longer the stay, the lower the rate for additional days. Mid week can be lower.
Weekly rate is $2200 – $2400.
Major holidays like Spring Break, Thanksgiving or Christmas have one week minimum, $3200 - $3400.
Payment over 30 days in advance is one half rental fee. Final half due 30 days before arrival. No refund for cancellation, late arrival or early departure.
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