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Peter Phinney

Member since: 2010
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Speaks English

Cowboy Paradise in Pioneertown ~ The Olive Adobe!!!!!!

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Inland Empire - THE OLIVE ADOBE!

Walled gardens, private 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, gourmet kitchen (Sleeps 6)

'When I build my own place in the desert, I want it to be just like this.' That’s what people say about our home.

The Olive Adobe is a comfortable, private retreat on 7+ acres, nestled behind terra-cotta walls. 50-year-old, gnarled olive trees, raised perennial beds and pea gravel paths surround the house and every room opens to the outdoors with sliding French doors. Kick back, put your feet up and relax. Lose yourself in a classic novel, gaze at the multiple species of birds from humming to hawk, discover your artist or photographer within. 

And after a long day of exploring the local rock formations and petroglyphs, enjoy a toast in fine crystal as you relax next to a crackling avocado wood fire in the outdoor fireplace. As the Milky Way slowly emerges directly above you, stargazing might just become your new passion. 

Inside, you’ll find spacious living and morning rooms containing an eclectic mix of cowboy chic antiques and mid-century modern pieces and collectables from our travels around the world. Mexican and Native American pottery and baskets, and colorful serapes create a comfortable, relaxed, 'put your feet up' elegance that makes this charming adobe feel like home. 2 bedrooms open onto a “secret” back garden with a delightful iron bistro table set for two next to the grape arbor. The front bedroom (the owners' personal favorite) is glass on three sides - a former porch - with access to the comfy porch swing facing west for sunset viewing.

There’s even an outdoor shower when you really want to commune with nature! 

A fully equipped kitchen is waiting if you want to eat in. Colorful china and bake ware, heavy cutlery and bandana “napkins” make even a simple meal special here – especially when you eat it by the fire, outdoors, under the stars.

Come. Let this place make special memories for you!

We’re only minutes from Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, but this canyon feels like it’s miles away from everything. Pipes Canyon is bordered by 35,000 acres of “The Pioneertown Mountains Preserve” to the West and 60,000 acres of federal land to the north. It’s isolated, and completely private. It’s like living in your own National Park. There are views of the sawtooth mountains, flat-topped mesas, and impossibly balanced boulders with miles of hiking and riding trails just out the door!! At an elevation of 4000 ft, the summers are cool (10 degrees cooler than Joshua Tree and 15 – 20 degrees cooler than Palm Springs) and winter often brings a dusting of snow.

Whatever your passion, you will find new inspiration at The Olive Adobe in Pioneertown!

Keywords: adobe, luxury, private, garden, ranch,
fireplace, hiking, views, mountains

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
Peter Phinney (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Speaks English

About Peter Phinney

We are an architect and an arts administrator from Los Angeles (originally from the East Coast.) We love to cook, and create, and we especially love hosting and entertaining all manner of people. When we were first married, we ran a Bed & Breakfast in midcoast Maine and hosted musicians and artists from around the world. We love to travel, to meet new people and explore new cultures. We've raised 4 children now and we're hosting again - on the Left Coast this time, trading in the blueberry muffins and maple syrup of our youths for fresh, local orange juice, piquant guacamole and tequila with limes.

Why Peter Phinney chose Inland Empire

We searched Palm Springs for the perfect house for several years, frustrating scores of real estate agents, and then we fell in love with this improbable place, and with this quirky, comfortable, and very special house, with this canyon and it's human and animal inhabitants. Pioneertown is unlike anyplace else - a pastiche of leathery wild western cowboy chic, edgy tattooed musicians and looney contemporary artists. The scenery calls everyone here to stare slack-jawed at some of nature's finest work. The air is clean and the skies are clear here, and for the open minded, stereotypes and human histories are quickly forgotten and friendships are easily made. The locals are bound to this special place of harsh contrasts - tawny, brittle dried sage against delicate, boldly colored wildflowers; shards of crunchy, decomposed granite against impossible stacks of enormous cantilevered, vanilla boulders; rattling pit vipers and tarantulas against iridescent hummingbirds and America's largest, languid desert cats. Darkness comes quickly here but not without a robust explosion of shrieking color, and then - stars... More stars than you remember as a child - by a factor of hundreds. Each season brings new wonders. This canyon is as ancient as the earth itself - primordial and at the same time made fiercely contemporary by the people who have settled here and call this place home.

What makes this house unique

Be yourself here. Or come and try on someone else here. Let the power of this place reach inside of you, and allow yourself to relax into everything it has to offer. Drink the delicious, deep, rare water. Walk the dusty trails. Listen to the warm wind. This is a place to relax and rediscover yourself, you special friends and your family. Put your feet up on the Vietnamese ox yoke that is our coffee table. Wrap yourself in a traditional serape outside and enjoy the fire and a rich cup of coffee. Put on your favorite jeans, your favorite boots, and your favorite tunes and dance under the stars until the moon rises, and then sets again.

Make this your own cowboy paradise and return home rested and renewed.


based on 37 holidaymaker reviews

Cowboy Paradise in Pioneertown ~ The Olive Adobe!!!!!!
average rating of 5.0 based on 37 reviews

love the olive adobe!

  • 5 of 5

we stayed here on our wedding weekend and used it as our home base. it was beautiful and relaxing and a great space for getting together with family and friends. peter is an amazing host, so accommodating and responsive. the inside of the home is beautifully decorated and each room is so special we couldn't decide which was our favorite! the outdoor space is lovely as well and perfect for relaxing in the warm desert air. we loved it here and can't wait to come back (maybe for an anniversary!) thanks for everything, peter!!!

  • Review Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Paradise in the Desert

  • 5 of 5

The property was beautiful. My sisters and I rented it for a week in early April. There are secluded hiking trails in the area and with the desert in bloom, it was the perfect time to visit. Even though it was 98 degrees in Palm Springs, we were comfortable up at the Olive Adobe. The house is set up well for combined indoor and outdoor living. We spent as much time as possible outdoors whether lounging in the early morning sun drinking coffee, sitting on the shaded porch swing in the afternoon, dining at the outdoor dining table in the evening, sitting in front of the fire or on the roof star gazing. We really only had to go inside to cook, bathe and sleep! The house is very well equipped with absolutely everything we needed. I would definitely recommend this house for those who want to get away for a peaceful retreat.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great stay in Joshua Tree

  • 5 of 5

Lovely, adobe home only a few miles from Pioneertown. In spite of living in California for more than 40 years, this was our first visit to the park and thought it was an incredible experience.

The home was very nice, clean and well maintained. The communication from the owner was also quite helpful. If we go back we would definitely book this property again.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous place, fabulous owner!

  • 5 of 5

We've stayed in many owner-rented homes, but this one is by far the best in every way--beautiful, clean, comfortable, well-equipped, and well-located in the midst of a fascinating desert with great hikes near at hand. Equally important, the owner is incredibly accommodating and generous, going FAR beyond the call of duty to make sure you have all the info you need for a great stay. With thanks to Peter Phinney for all he did to make sure we had the best possible vacation, we recommend this property with great enthusiasm!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I stayed at the olive Adobe for my 30th birthday with a group of friends. We were all talking about how much we wished we could stay forever! The house is divine--so many cool touches from the record player to the guitars to the plethora of hats all around the house. They are also incredible hosts and Peter helped us to plan a perfect itinerary. We can't wait to return!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Delightful Setting!

  • 5 of 5

The Olive Adobe was a perfect home away from home for us during our daughter's wedding weekend. Peter went out of his way to be accommodating. The home is beautiful and laid out nicely for guests to visit and yet have private space when desired. We enjoyed hosting small groups of family members in the spacious dining and sitting rooms. We'd love to return and spend more time enjoying the lovely outdoor areas.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Palm Springs
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Pappy & Hariet's Pioneertown Palace!

Bouldering and rock climbing, panning for gold, antiquing, horse boarding nearby and guided hikes! Not to mention Pappy & Harriets is just 5 minutes away!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Joshua Tree , California Desert

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2 night minimum stay
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Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £44 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £54
non-refundable cleaning £92
Tax Rate 7.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Inland Empire in California

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Direct garden access
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , Direct garden access
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , Direct garden access and glass walls on three sides
  • King size beds (1) The King Bedroom opens to the back yard walled secret garden!, Queen size Beds (2) 1 Queen Bedroom opens to the back yard secret garden and 1 Queen Bedroom/Sunroom opens to the private front garden!
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • photography
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • Rock Climbing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Rooftop deck

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