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ROMANTIC EUROPEAN-STYLE VILLA ON BOUNDARY OF JOSHUA TREE PARK

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People8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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ROMANTIC EUROPEAN-STYLE VILLA ON BOUNDARY OF JOSHUA TREE PARK

People8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Joshua Tree - Villa dei Fiori

House, 3 Bedrooms + Library, 1 Bath, + sofa sleeper(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 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.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Owner
Advertiser since: 2003
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Speaks French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
80%
Calendar last updated:
10 December, 2014

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Reviews

4.8
based on 43 holidaymaker reviews

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Romantic European-Style Villa on Boundary of Joshua Tree Park
average rating of 4.8139534 based on 43 reviews
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Romantic European-Style Villa on Boundary of Joshua Tree Park
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p36200vb
-+1 3232876528
Joshua Tree California Desert
5

MAGICAL!

  • 5 out of 5
We had just a fantastic and magical time. Thanks for everything, we will be back!
  • Review Submitted: 14-Feb-2014
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
business
Romantic European-Style Villa on Boundary of Joshua Tree Park
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p36200vb
-+1 3232876528
Joshua Tree California Desert
4

Family of five

  • 4 out of 5
Beautiful home in an extraordinary location. Everything was as advertised, no surprises. This was our first vrbo experience and we would do it again.
  • Review Submitted: 28-Dec-2013
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers
business
Romantic European-Style Villa on Boundary of Joshua Tree Park
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p36200vb
-+1 3232876528
Joshua Tree California Desert
Wilmette, Illinois
5

A magical place!

  • 5 out of 5
My family just returned from four perfect days at Villa Fiore. The photos and description are accurate but no photo can capture the beauty of this villa. Dale, the owner, has created an environment that is pleasing and lovely in every detail. We fell in love with the artworks throughout the house, all by an artist named Michele Quence. The place is inviting, cozy and very well supplied. We cooked a dinner and several breakfasts, and the kitchen was a joy. The library is spectacular. But of course the real draw is the outdoors. The grounds are lovely and otherworldly. Our night hike among the boulders was a highlight. And each night we looked forward to a long soak in the hot tub after a long day exploring the national park. Dale is charming and knowledgeable. He is also extremely helpful and readily available to answer questions. We are already planning a return trip to see Joshua Tree in the spring.
  • Review Submitted: 17-Dec-2013
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
Romantic European-Style Villa on Boundary of Joshua Tree Park
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p36200vb
-+1 3232876528
Joshua Tree California Desert
Pasadena, CA
5

Extreme Relaxation!

  • 5 out of 5
We forget in the rush of daily life, the value of quiet, and the enriching quality of nature. Villa dei Fiori is the perfect place to renew, relax, and rejuvenate the spirit. The beauty of the setting is unrivaled in Joshua Tree. The Villa is gorgeously designed inside and out with meticulous attention to detail and comfort. Every color and material and work of art is coordinated to create a visual delight in each room. Adding a warm touch of hospitality are the fresh flowers that greet you upon arrival. It's a very welcoming gesture from the owner, and you'll find them in every room! He is very helpful in answering questions and makes himself available should you experience an unexpected incident. I had last minute issues with my dog sitter and both of my senior dogs were with me and enjoyed a lazy stay. If you feel stressed, tired or in need of respite for any reason, this is the getaway for you! Be active or be restful, you can't make a wrong choice!
  • Review Submitted: 30-Sep-2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
Romantic European-Style Villa on Boundary of Joshua Tree Park
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p36200vb
-+1 3232876528
Joshua Tree California Desert
Oakland, CA
5

Wonderful place

  • 5 out of 5
We spent a week here and loved it. Dale is the most caring owner and keeps this magical place immaculate. The salt water pool was incredible and such a great alternative to a chlorine pool. All in all a great experience! Thanks again!
  • Review Submitted: 06-Sep-2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
Romantic European-Style Villa on Boundary of Joshua Tree Park
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p36200vb
-+1 3232876528
Joshua Tree California Desert
Laguna Niguel
5

A Slice of Heaven

  • 5 out of 5
My family and I recently stayed at Villa Dei Fiori and had a wonderful time. Upon our arrival we were greeted by Dale, the charismatic owner. He subsequently gave us an in depth orientation, which was very helpful. It is apparent that Dale is a worldly fellow, with a keen eye for architecture, art and style. Everywhere one’s eyes gaze at Villa Dei Fiori, there is something beautiful to observe-something with a story. I explored the savage wilderness and hidden valley beyond the subject property both evenings around 7pm (which is the optimal time, per Dale’s suggestion). Words and/or pictures cannot truly describe the ominous yet peaceful feeling I felt, as I stood beneath the monstrous boulders while the warm desert breeze swept through the pass-like the winds of heaven. To sum up our experience, my daughter Gigi said: "It's like we're in paradise". Thanks again Dale for the hospitality-we’re looking forward to our next visit. Many Blessings!
  • Review Submitted: 09-Aug-2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway

Location

Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Palm Springs, California
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
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.

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Rates & Availability

From $455 Nightly

Rental rates for this holiday house in Joshua Tree , California Desert

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Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.0%
Notes 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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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Joshua Tree in California Desert

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Library - sleeper sofa. - 2 Large Double Bed , 1 Double Bed , 2 Child Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Player
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • Rock Climbing
  • caving
  • swimming
Notes:
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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