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Beth Fortune

Member since: 2012
Speaks English

Spacious, Stylish House, Heated Pool. Booking now for Summer Getaways.

23 Reviews
People8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday home in Magnesia Falls Cove - The Biskra House

4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, 8 Sleeps

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

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Beth Fortune (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks English

About Beth Fortune

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

Why Beth Fortune chose Palm Desert

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.

What makes this house unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

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....
Mar 2013
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Reviews

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based on 23 holidaymaker reviews

Spacious, Stylish House, Heated Pool. Booking now for Summer Getaways.
average rating of 5.0 based on 24 reviews
San Diego, CA
5

Fabulous House

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

“Vacation in the lap of Luxury”

  • 5 of 5

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!!!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you!!! We hope to exceed your expectations the next time you visit us!
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Nashville, TN
5

Our repeat visit was as fabulous as the first!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Fantastic property!

  • 5 of 5

This fabulous home served us well! Fantastic location in a quiet, attractive neighborhood close to attractions and amenities. Pantry was well stocked and the large, open kitchen was labeled so that you could easily find what you were looking for. The home was spotless and beautifully decorated. It was like you walked into someone's well loved home. Our favorite space was outside in the pool or lounging in one of the fabulous sitting areas. There was always a choice of sun or shade. Every evening meal was spent at the outdoor dining area. The casita kitchen was so useful in the preparation of meals.

We definitely hope to return. Thank you to owner Beth and manager Eva for helping us have a wonderful winter holiday!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Even better than the photos.

  • 5 of 5

We could not believe this house could be better than described. It was everything we expected and more. The high end bedding was a very nice touch. We defiantly recommend it

  • Review Submitted: Feb 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, hope to see you back soon!
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Tranquil Perfection

  • 5 of 5

We recently enjoyed the Biskra House over a long weekend surrounding wedding events at the Omni. The house is conveniently located in a beautiful, quiet Rancho Mirage neighborhood just a few blocks away from The River sops and restaurants and, of course, the Omni Rancho Las Palmas complex. While the house could not have served our location requirements any better, the house itself proved to be our rancho Mirage highlight. Our stay was involved with a busy schedule, but we now know precisely where to come back to for perfection in comfortable tranquility.

Owner Beth and local manager Eva provide the added touch of consistent performance that ensures being take care of. They've arranged the house and respective provision in such a way that we had no need to call them during our stay. The only item was an empty propane tank for the patio fire-pit, but alas there were extra full tanks on stand-by in the vast garage. And this exemplifies how everything else is prepared about the property: comprehensive and thoughtful provisions, not to mention the many instructional guides around the house.

Technophiles will love the house. Biskra House likely holds some record for most remote controls within 3000 square feet. But no worries, there are guides for everything, including playing your own music throughout the premise's in-wall (and outside) speaker system. And when we needed to have a few hard copy pages for the wedding, the supplied computer printer was ready with stocked paper to meet our needs.

The added casita proved essential, especially with having a 2nd full size refrigerator/freezer. And the casita kitchen being right adjacent to the outdoor barbecue was really great; plus the nice outdoor dining table right there.

Perhaps the finest feature is the complete privacy of the pool and surrounding outdoor features; towering palms and the nearby hills deliver soothing desert vistas. Poolside loungers face the early-morning sunrise as the winter chill transitions over to therapeutic warmth. We'll be back !

  • Review Submitted: Nov 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
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Location

Nearest Airport
9.7 Miles
Palm Springs International
Nearest Barpub
0.6 Miles
Roy's Hawaiian, The River shopping center
Nearest Golf
0.7 Miles
Las Palmas resort
Nearest Train
14 Miles
Palm Springs Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
10 freeway
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
The River shopping center
Nearest Ski
43 Miles
Big Bear Mountain Resort
Nearest Beach
122 Miles
San Diego
Car: recommended

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.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Magnesia Falls Cove, California Desert

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Low Season
15 May 2016 - 3 Nov 2016
4 night minimum stay
£1,602
for 4 nights
From
£353
£2,371
 
 
October Concert
6 Oct 2016 - 9 Oct 2016
4 night minimum stay
£2,184
 
 
Thanksgiving 2016
19 Nov 2016 - 26 Nov 2016
7 night minimum stay
£3,680
for 7 nights
£3,680
 
 
Christmas 2016
19 Dec 2016 - 26 Dec 2016
5 night minimum stay
£2,683
for 5 nights
From
£499
 
 
New Years 2016
27 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
5 night minimum stay
£2,683
for 5 nights
From
£499
 
 
Peak Season
4 Mar 2017 - 29 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,807
for 7 nights
£2,807
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
£1,851
for 4 nights
From
£416
£2,807
 

Additional pricing information

cleaning £189
Pet Fee £76 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £756
Tax Rate 10.0%

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Magnesia Falls Cove in California Desert

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3600 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • mountain ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Holiday Complex
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , Twins combine for Standard King
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , California King
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , California King
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , California King
  • King bedrooms have en suite baths.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis

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