|Minimum Stay||4 - 7 nights|
The Biskra House is a 3600 square foot home with the luxury and style of a boutique hotel and the comfort and convenience of a well-stocked private residence.
In the light-filled main house you will find living and dining rooms, a well-equipped kitchen, a large den with a fireplace, and three spacious bedrooms. The attached casita has a fourth bedroom with an en-suite bath, kitchenette and private entrance. Three bedrooms feature California king beds, and the fourth has xl-twin beds that can be combined to make a standard king, making us one of the only homes in the area to offer four king beds. The home and casita surround a courtyard with a large salt water pool, ample outdoor seating in shade and sun, and modern desert landscaping.
Relax in the living room with a 60-inch plasma tv, leather seating, surround sound, a PS3 game system/BluRay disc player (plays regular DVDs as well), DirectTV with premium movie and sports channels, and an assortment of movies and games. Record your favorite shows or movies on the DVR, or challenge your family and friends to a dance-off with the JustDance3 game and PS3 move controllers.
The open kitchen is perfect for catching up while you cook, with a Viking gas cooktop, convection oven and microwave, granite countertops, island seating for 4, and everything you need to create meals from scratch or warm up leftovers from the myriad of area restaurants. A spotless propane grill is available, along with a high-powered blender for expert margaritas. We have all the tools and small appliances you need and then some, including a slow cooker, rice maker, double batch ice cream maker, wine chiller and milkshake blender. If there is a specific kitchen item you’re wondering about, just ask.
Set the roomy (104-inch) dining table for memorable meals with placemats, chargers, dishes, silverware, glasses, and cloth napkins. There’s room – and chairs – for eight to ten people.
Take a vacation from the television in the sunny den, with a comfortable sectional sofa, chairs, a gas fireplace, built-in bookcases with plenty of books, board and card games, in-wall speakers and a receiver to listen to either internet radio or your own music device. It’s the perfect place to unwind and enjoy a novel, listen to music or catch up with family and friends.
All bedrooms have luxurious beds with high-quality linens, at least two sets of pillows, blackout curtains, flat-screen LCD tvs, BluRay players, DirectTV, and alarm clocks with iPod docks (they work with other smart phones, too). The three bedrooms with California King beds have en-suite baths with large frameless glass showers and plenty of counter space, and the fourth with two xl-twin beds has a roomy bath next door. Just let us know if you would prefer a king bed in the fourth bedroom, and it will be ready for your arrival.
In the private outdoor oasis, you can splash around in the large, heated, saline pool or drift away the afternoon on a foam pool floats. Enjoy meals alfresco at one of the three café tables right outside the kitchen sliding doors, or lounge in the shade or sun on the comfortable outdoor upholstered furniture. Enjoy lazy days in the sun with plenty of beach towels, outdoor dishes and glasses. The propane grill is easy to use, and the casita kitchenette is right off the patio, with full-sized refrigerator, dishwasher, sink and storage to make outdoor entertaining easy.
You may find it difficult to leave the comforts of the Biskra House, but if you muster the enthusiasm, there’s plenty to do. Hike at one of the many trails within easy walking or driving distance from the house. Play golf at one of the area’s 80-plus public and private courses. Shop at El Paseo (the Rodeo Drive of the desert), the River shopping center (just one mile away), or the Desert Hills Premium Outlets. Enjoy a spa day at one of the many nearby resorts and casinos, or take a day trip to the mountain artist community of Idyllwild or Joshua Tree state park. Kids will love Knotts Soak City in Palm Springs, the Living Desert Zoo and Botanical Garden in Palm Desert, or the Children’s Discovery Museum in Rancho Mirage. Our guest information book has plenty of information on restaurants, activities and attractions, as well practical information about where to buy groceries, fill prescriptions and all the other ordinary stuff of life. For a true escape, let us help. Our resourceful and friendly house manager can arrange anything from restaurant reservations to stocking the house with groceries prior to your arrival, to finding the best golf deals for your trip. We look forward to helping you arrange the perfect vacation.
Rancho Mirage Permit #1360
I live in Los Angeles with my husband, Peter, and Riley Coyote, our spoiled Chihuahua mix. We live busy lives and love to escape to the peace of the California desert. We enjoy travel, good food, and spending time with friends.
Beth Fortune purchased this house in 2011
Six years ago Peter and I spent our first weekend in the California desert together. A half hour after arriving I saw an unfamiliar look of relaxation settle on my husband's face, and by the end of the weekend, we were both enchanted with the quiet, bright stars and blue skies of the desert. We started looking at houses on a whim, and lo and behold, months later we found the Biskra House. We loved the Magnesia Falls neighborhood, and although it needed a lot of work, we could see the house had great potential. We spent a year remodeling it, and the result has been a satisfying creative, logistical and (somewhat) DIY achievement. We hope you feel the same sense of relaxation we feel in this house, and that it makes you as happy as it makes us.
It was important to us to find a home that embodied the California indoor/outdoor lifestyle, and this house fits the bill. We love the intense blue skies, the mountain views, and, of course, the sparkling pool. Riley loves sunbathing and thinks that 3600 square feet is just about right for a 12 pound dog.
We've been coming to the desert since our boy, Jackson Cole, was 2; he is now 10. We have had the opportunity to stay in a number of locales/residences including La Quinta, Palm Desert (Iron Wood), Indian Wells and Palm Springs. Of all the different types of homes and condos we have rented, this was by far our best experience.
The house has nice design sensibilities. The layout and furnishings make it very comfortable, spacious and easy to feel right at home. The art selection and modern design features make this house a real jewel. Kudos to Beth and her husband—you will surely notice how thoughtful and inspired they were in remodeling this home.
Another great feature about this house is how well organized and clean it is. It truly felt like stepping into a hotel suite. The Fortune's have gone to great lengths to make sure you have everything you need at your fingertips and provide you with great information to fully utilize all aspects of the house including the TV's and music (surround). They've pretty much thought of everything relative to kitchen utensils, appliances and conveniences. Cheers!
The pool/patio is a private oasis. A quiet setting with the mountains framing the view made it feel like there was truly no one else around. The casita kitchen next to the pool patio was superb for entertaining friends and family.
Proximity to The River was an added bonus. We enjoyed taking morning walks to Starbucks just a short distance from the home. If you like to hike, there is a trail 2 blocks from the house locally known as the bump and grind. It’s a moderate hike that will take you high above the desert floor for some breathtaking views.
Our best stay in the desert....
Very organized home with labels and directions on how to use everything. Fully equipped with everything we needed. Clean, spacious, warm. We had an issue with the Internet and both the owner & property manager was very prompt with resolving the issue. We stayed here for 5 nights and loved the home! We would definitely stay here again!
Staying at the Biskra House was more then I expected. Location was perfect, house was so nice-all the little extras provided-spices, napkins, tissues etc. you thought of everything. The yard, the pool, the fire pit ..... I will definitely rent again. Beautiful way to spend Thanksgiving.
First class! Beautiful, spacious, immaculate home. Every conceivable amenity provided. Lovely, comfortable, outdoor pool, spa, grill and seating area. Perfect for our senior sisters get away--and still plenty of room for adult children visits. Suitable for families, couples and children. Owner and manager very pleasant and easy to work with. We are seriously considering "same time next year"!
We were two families and 2 dogs staying in Rancho Mirage. We loved this house it was perfect for us. Beth is great to work with and attends to every detail to ensure your stay in this beautiful house is perfect. Better than a 5 star hotel for sure. the photos do not do it justice at all.
Biskra home is a centerfold right out of Architectural Digest. Every room beautifully appointed with warmth and personality, studio artwork throughout the home for your artistic appreciation. Bedrooms are 5 star hotel worthy, comfort - you'll be sleeping in everyday! Bathrooms are spacious, comfortable, full of amenities; towels so thick & plush - they feel like a bear hug! Where do I even start with the kitchen? Restaurant quality stocked, if there is an appliance made for a kitchen - you'll find it here. Large island bring family close for meal prep, conversation and enjoyment. Step outside to your oasis.... enormous pool, resort style furniture including plus lounge chairs (perfect for napping), couch around the firepit. Barbecue next to your alfresco dining table surrounded in ambiance from the lantern solar lighting, twinkle lights that dance while your dining. There is a casita, that was perfect for my son, wife and 2 month old. Private for them, which included a kitchen perfect for late night feedings; and didn't disturb anyone in the main house. This property will exceed your expectations!
Thank you for the perfect vacation, we will be back!!!
This was the second visit for our group of 5 girls. Our first trip was to play in a November, 2014 tennis tournament and this visit was to see the pros play at Indian Wells. What a fabulous temporary home Biskra House is. We loved it so much the first time, we didn't even look for an alternative location!
Owner Beth is so responsive and House Manager, Eva is easily accessible. You can't go wrong staying in these luxurious surroundings. We will definitely stay here again if we get the opportunity to return to Rancho Mirage/Palm Springs.
We are located in the beautiful Magnesia Falls Cove neighborhood of Rancho Mirage, nestled in the foothills of the San Jacinto mountains. We have great hiking just out the front door, The River shopping center within walking distance, and El Paseo shopping center just a short drive away. Palm Springs is just 20 minutes away.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
4 Mar 2017 - 29 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£811|
|Pet Fee||£81 + Tax|
Pool heat INCLUDED in all rates.
Sorry, No Coachella Rentals.
One week minimum stay during March-April peak season.
$500 fee for cancelled reservations of 15+ day stays.
Daily or weekly cleaning can be arranged for an additional fee.
Rates subject to change until reservation is made. No dates held without contract and payment.