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Indulge in 5-star luxury minutes from the Empire Polo Club

Diana Lazzarini

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Bedrooms 5
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Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Indulge in 5-star luxury minutes from the Empire Polo Club

Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Photos and Description of this 5 bedroom holiday home in Indio - Villa Sereno

House, 5 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 6 Baths, (Sleeps 24)

Villa Sereno defies description; it is truly unlike any other accommodations in the desert. Every detail has been attended to, from the crisply ironed, 1,000-thread-count sheets, to the plush sofas around the outdoor fireplace, to the five acres of lush, sprawling lawn that surround the villa. The best part? You get this five-star resort—and its extravagant outdoor living area—all to yourself, for what is likely to be your most relaxing vacation yet.

Elegant, romantic, and inviting, Villa Sereno provides a picture-perfect backdrop for your next romantic getaway, family reunion, or corporate retreat. The three-bedroom, three-bathroom villa sleeps up to eight guests in its lavishly outfitted bedrooms. We also have two casitas adjacent to the villa that can accommodate up to 18 adults. Between the villa and the casitas, there are six full bathrooms. Each bedroom has its own TV with satellite cable, and all of the furniture and linens are of the highest quality. Every time you walk through the house, you’ll notice some new detail, such as the multiple horse show trophies on display.

The kitchen area practically deserves its own listing. The indoor kitchen has windows all along one side that look out onto the pool area, giving the space a bright, open feel. You’ll find several sets of high-quality knives, every spice and seasoning you could ever want, All-Clad pots and pans, a Keurig coffee maker, two ovens, and more. Outside, a second kitchen area offers an enormous Viking range, barbecue, professional-style bar, refrigerator, and more. Between the two kitchens, you’ll have everything you need to throw an epic barbecue or elegant dinner party.

The outdoor living area is anything but ordinary. The pool is flanked by waterfalls and a fire feature, and the hot tub is the perfect venue for watching the sun set over the San Jacinto Mountains. You can also enjoy the panoramic views from one of two plush seating areas, one of which has a fireplace. Kids and adults alike will love the outdoor game area, complete with air hockey, pool, and ping-pong. We also have a four-hole putting green with a sand trap that will challenge even the best golfer in your group.

The five-acre estate is also home to us—the owners—and our Arabian horses and household pets. Some guests are initially uneasy about this arrangement, but once they are here, they realize it’s actually one of the best features of Villa Sereno. Instead of being 100 percent on your own, as you are with most vacation rentals, we act as your personal concierge. Upon your arrival, you’ll get a full tour of the property. Should you have any questions after that, we are easily reachable, located next to the stables approximately 50 yards from the villa. As longtime residents of the area, we have plenty of tips for where to eat and what to do during your stay.

One of our guests described Villa Sereno as “the Disneyland of horse ranches.” We have a full-time groundskeeper who ensures that the property looks (and smells!) like the luxury resort it is. We typically let out two horses at a time to graze, so it’s not unlikely that you’ll wake up to one of our four-legged lawnmowers chomping away at the grass next to your car or hanging out near the pool. If this is a problem, simply let us know—we’re happy to keep the horses out of your way.

Nestled in the Coachella Valley one block from the Empire Polo Club, Villa Sereno feels a world away, but we’re actually very close to some of the area’s biggest attractions. PGA West and other premier golf courses are minutes away, and the nearby towns of La Quinta, Palm Springs, and Palm Desert offer a myriad of restaurants, high-end shops, and day spas. Of course, you could easily spend your entire vacation relaxing on the estate, if you prefer; other than groceries, which we can stock upon request, you’ll have everything you need right here.

Our calendar is already filling up for the 2015 season. Contact us today to reserve your dates!

TOT #1025

Business License #15-00016244

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  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Diana Lazzarini (Owner)
Member since: 2008
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Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
21 April, 2015

About Diana Lazzarini

This secret getaway is proudly owned by Steve and Diana. They are avid Arabian Horse breeders, and enjoy sharing their country estate lifestyle with their guests. Both love to cook and entertain, so don't be surprised if Steve takes over for you on the grill and adds a few secret seasonings! While they live on the property, they can be seen and not heard, or they are available as a personal concierge and horse riding instructor. You get to choose the level of involvement- either way, you will thoroughly enjoy this exceptional property!

Diana Lazzarini purchased this house in 2000

What makes this house unique

There is no place in the desert like this ranch retreat. This triple-gated private and secluded property is conveniently located four miles from Highway 111 (the main artery that runs all the way to Palm Springs) Five acres of impeccably manicured grass, white fences, and Arabian horses set the stage for an memorable and relaxing stay. The property boasts a Tuscan-style villa, indoor/outdoor gourmet kitchens, pool area, waterfalls, gazebo, luxury barn, and individual horse areas to explore.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Diana and Steve,

We can not thank you enough for all your hard work in making our Wedding Day possible. We are so lucky to have met a couple as nice and giving as the two of you! The day means so much to us, and it could not have worked out so perfectly for us! Your property is so gorgeous, and the photographs turned out awesome! We will remember this day for the rest of our lives!

Thank you for making this event so magical for us. You and Steve have made this happen for us and our families, and we could not have been more pleased!


Melissa and John
Jun 2011
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Indulge in 5-star luxury minutes from the Empire Polo Club
average rating of 4.8055553 based on 38 reviews
San Diego, CA

Amazing Vacation Property!

  • 5 of 5

I recently hosted a surprise 40th birthday party for my husband at Steve and Diana’s property and I have to say that it was probably one of the best weekends of our lives and the property had a lot to do with it! We couldn't have been happier with the luxurious accommodations, which were better than expected and absolutely perfect for our large group of 14 adults. The house was immaculately clean and stocked with every necessity and game/sporting equipment you could possibly need. Diana and Steve were extremely helpful and responsive regarding any questions or special requests and we highly recommend them! We can't wait to come back!

  • Review Submitted: May 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Orange County, CA

Got Engaged, Married, Partied And Relaxed For A Few Days- And Never Left The Property!

  • 5 of 5

First off- I never write reviews and I hate Yelp. However, I felt I had to share my experience here!

I wanted to throw a surprise party for my girlfriend and I planned to ask her to marry me in front of about 50 of our closest friends and family. The second I saw this place, I knew that it would be perfect- to actually marry her THAT NIGHT! We love Palm Springs and all of the luxury the desert has to offer. We also love the country and horses. This was the perfect combination, and then some.

The pictures look good on here but the beauty of Villa Sereno is hard to grasp in photos. Being there is the only way to truly appreciate just what an amazing place Steve and Diana have created. We stayed on the property for a few days after the party (she said yes!) and we felt like family by the time we reluctantly left. We got to know and love Carranza, one of the horses. She would come up to the patio and hang out with us for hours. There is something so peaceful and humbling being on the grounds and around the horses.

We celebrated Mother's Day the next day and had Sally and Lori prepare a beautiful brunch for about 30 of us. Everybody was blown away! Steve even jumped on the grill to help out!

Prior to brunch, we did Horsepower, which was such a unique and special experience for our family and friends. It's hard to explain it but you end up learning as much about yourself as you do the horses.

The house and casitas are awesome, although we were never inside except to sleep. Everybody who stayed with us commented on how comfortable the beds were. We slept in the master and it was so cozy, we would have stayed in bed all day if we weren't so excited to get outside in the morning. The yellow Lab puppies, Double and Trouble were always a blast when they came around. I told Diana that she really should have a "dog deposit" because there was a chance they might be missing one! Sadie, their little dog, even slept with us on our last night!

I have traveled the world and have stayed at some pretty incredible places. Villa Sereno left a permanent mark on our hearts and we are already talking about how soon we can get back. Also, my wife will not stop bugging me now about getting a horse.... thanks Steve!

Diana, Steve, Kendra & Sally- Thank you for all you did to make this such an amazing experience. She said even if she would have planned it all herself, she wouldn't have done anything different! See you again soon!

  • Review Submitted: May 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jeremy and Lauren, We are so honored to have hosted such a special weekend in both of your lives, even though it was surprise for Lauren! Your group of friends and family were so respectful to the property, it was much appreciated. What a fun group of amazing and talented individuals with respect to the music that most of them are involved in. Super Cool group! We hope that you will revisit us each year to celebrate your reunion. Bring the Carrots for Carranza! Steve and Diana P.S. Can't wait to see your photographs !
Okotoks, Alberta, Canada

Best horse related getaway

  • 5 of 5

Recently my friends and I had the opportunity to participate in a horse show in Thermal,approximately 5-10 minutes from Sereno Ranch. We had the good fortune to stay at Sereno Ranch. We rented the house and the casita and brought our 6 horses with us. Steve and Diana were amazing. They made us feel very comfortable. Anything we asked for was promptly provided. It was such a pleasure to come back after the show,with our horses, to this oasis of comfort. The house is beautifully decorated and the grounds were beautifully manicured. The staff took great care of the barns which was important to us. This meant the horse space was clean and fresh.

The kitchen was so well stocked and user friendly, there was no need to eat out. We all enjoyed cooking and eating at the ranch. The patio dining area was very comfortable and easily fit our group. The house was very comfortable and we all thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We even had a massage therapist come to us and provide a couple of us with massages. We felt very spoiled and well taken care of. Thanks to Steve and Diana for a great stay. I would highly recommend Sereno Ranch for a number of different vacations including work or play.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Margi, Thank you for your kind words, and acknowledgement of our staff in the barn and on the property. We pride ourselves in maintaining everything on our 5 acre compound with the utmost care and attention to detail. It was a pleasure to host your and your fine equestrian athletes! Steve and I both hope that you will return again next year during the competition in Thermal. Stay warm in Canada! Best wishes! Diana

My perfect wedding

  • 5 of 5

I am so thankful to the owners and staff at Villa Sereno for all the hard work they did. They provided rooms for all my guests, not only at the Villa, but at their other properties too!

My friends were overjoyed that there were extra beds in these luxurious Motor Coaches. At first they sounded cheesy, but once you step inside they are more spacious than a studio apartment! My friends loved it!

Admittedly my soon to be groom and I snuck away from our friends for a few hours just to walk the grounds hand in hand. Such a romantic location!!

We were just so impressed how Steve and Diana surprised us with their Horse Power Workshop the first day after we settled in. My husband and I were so nervous about our two very different families feeling comfortable, but they offered the perfect solution. No one knew a thing about horses, and there we were standing in an arena up close and nose to nose with these magnificent creatures! We were all exposed emotionally, our true selves laid bare to each other. I don't think any of us will ever forget the experience. What a wonderful way to bring our two families together. It was a great way for complete strangers to get to know each other in a safe environment. At the end of the 4 days, everyone felt so connected, and were sad that it had to come to a close. I can't think of a better way to begin my new life with my husband.

Their wedding planner took over EVERYTHING, and I am so glad that She did! I really felt like I could just leave everything in her capable hands. My wedding party and I enjoyed a girl's day full of pampering in their on-site spa room. My mother and I even took advantage of the massage therapist provided, I felt like a pampered queen for a day! What woman doesn't want that for her wedding day?

I couldn't have asked for a more beautiful venue for my ceremony and reception. The elegant living space, surrounded by such tranquility, became my childhood dream personified. I can not thank Steve and Diana enough for seeing my vision and making it come to life. I am sorry that I wrote such a lengthy review, but I do have a lot of time on my flight, and I am just so thankful everything went so well. Do not hesitate to consider this property and all that it has to offer if you want to experience a incredible time with friends and family.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Roseburg, OR USA

Best family vacation ever!

  • 5 of 5

This year for Labor Day Weekend I decided to plan a big event for our family and closest friends. While researching destinations that would hold our large group comfortably without blowing our housing budget for the weekend, I came across this beautiful diamond in the rough. The house had enough room for all of us! Our party held 4 couples and our  12 children. The spacious rooms inside the main house made us parents feel like we were relaxing in our individual retreats, while the attached casita held all of our rambunctious children. I think that had to have been my favorite part!! The kids were so excited to share this bunk-style space, I'm sure they even made use of the enormous  flat screen TV's well past their bedtime. This is the first family vacation that we've all had where every child was enjoying it! Diana was clever enough upon arriving to show us the "game shed", the kids were in heaven! Volley ball, croquet, horseshoes, baseball supplies, not to mention the table games: Air Hockey, Foosball, and a standard size Pool Table.  I personally loved the putting green by the outdoor living room, and was able to practice while still being close to the group. One of our friend's in the group claims to be a BBQ master, I think he drooled upon seeing the outdoor kitchen space. I couldn't imagine that we would need all that grill space, but somehow he used every inch of it!

One evening we did take advantage of the private Chef and service staff for Dinner so we could give our wives a break. The food was amazing, and they treated us like royalty!

By far this was the best family vacation we have ever had. I have already talked to my friends about making this an annual trip for our families. Hands down Steve and Diana are the best host/hostess team that you can find! Beautiful property, well maintained, and they provided everything we could possibly want for our trip. I'm coming back as often as I can, and I've been telling all of my friends about this wonderful place. I am definitely going to organize a Golf Group, as I understand that Steve can get us out on some fabulous private courses.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 10, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kyle, Thank you for your kind words! I appreciate the fact that you took the time to share your experience with others here on VRBO. Your thoughts and feelings matter, and we strive to earn praises like this from not only you, but all of our Guests! We look forward to hosting you again in the near future. Talk soon! Diana and Steve

An Oasis in the Desert

  • 5 of 5

Throughout our 18 day road trip, we stayed in 5 star hotels in San francisco, Beverly Hills and Las Vegas. We then stayed for a week in Villa Sereno and this was the highlight of our holiday. From the moment you enter the gates the sense of relaxation is apparent. Steve and Diana welcome was fantastic and after a quick run down of the property left us to enjoy the amazing outside space. Having them live on the property was an added bonus as they where available when needed but respected our privacy and left us to relax.

The pool was perfect, as was the hot tub and the outdoor kitchen and the bar was an added bonus, especially the ice cold keg of beer.

With enough pool toys and activities to keep 4 kids entertained for the full week this property is perfect for a family with young children, and the mister system was a welcome treat in the desert heat.

Internally the property is pristine, everything you need is provided. Wonderful, wonderful beds and everything you could need in a kitchen.

The horses are a wonderful addition and we had a welcome feeding session on our final night when Steve and Diane brought 2 horses over for the kids to feed and get photos taken. We also had an extra family member as Sadie was our holiday dog for the week and loved playing with the kids.

Once again thank you Steve and Diana for a truly memorable experience, your kindness and hospitality will stay with us forever.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 13, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Paul, Such kind remarks! Thank you so much! To date, you are the farthest traveled Guest, having traveled here from IRELAND!! We really appreciate your confidence in booking with us, and trusting the Vacation Rental "process". I hope that your wife enjoys the Buzz Aldrin book that I gave her. She really deserved the signed copy after sharing her childhood story with us. :) Come again any time! Diana and Steve


Located 2 blocks from the infamous Indio Polo Grounds home of the Stagecoach Festival and Coachella Valley Concert as well as the Indio/Thermal Horse Shows


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Prices for this holiday house in Indio, California Desert

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1 Jun 2015 - 30 Jun 2015
3 night minimum stay
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Pet Fee $150.00
Tax Rate 13.0%
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Indio in California Desert

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining Area
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
    Bathroom 6 -
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 25
  • King size beds (3) There are three high quality King Beds, Queen size Beds (1) There is one Queen already, and more can be provided if necessary, additional charges will apply, Double Beds (1) As many as necessary upon request, additional charges will apply, Twin or Single Beds (1) As many as necessary upon request, additional charges will apply, Child Beds (1) upon request
  • Air Hockey
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature golf
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness centre
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • Rock Climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Unique horse boarding and turnout paddocks available as well as party and event coordination

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