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Desert Wonderland: A Quiet Escape Minutes From Joshua Tree National Park

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Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday home in Wonder Valley - Desert Wonderland

One Bedroom, One Bath With Wide-Open Views of Desert. Minutes from Joshua Tree.

Gorgeous, wide-open views from this unique house in Wonder Valley. The best of both worlds: In the middle of nowhere, but only 15 minutes to Joshua Tree National Park and Twentynine Palms. Indoors, you'll delight in the beautiful, colorful tile work by local artist Perry Hoffman, along with wide windows that invite the desert inside. Shaded front porch.

State-of-the-art AC/heating unit. Wood-burning furnace . WiFi included.

Lovely, peaceful walks from the house. Starry nights are stunning. On moonlit nights, you can practically read outside. Bird lizards, rabbits, coyotes, cloudbursts, wind, quiet.

We love this house. We love the desert. We are happy to open it to like-minded guests who will respect the space and the landscape, who long for some peace and quiet. If that's you, you are most welcome! We have a two-guest limit, with some exceptions.

Please note that while there's running hot water for shower and kitchen, you will need to bring your own drinking water. If you want a fire, please bring your own wood.

Please...it's very important that all doors and windows are securely closed before you leave. During your stay, feel free to open screened doors and windows, but make sure those are shut tightly when you check out. Wind and desert life love to enter the place and explore!

No smoking indoors. Mellow dogs okay but not on furniture or bed. If you have a dog, please note that there's no fence around property.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed

Gabriel Arquilevich
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
30 November, 2016

About Gabriel Arquilevich

I live in Meiners Oaks, CA, with my wife and children. I teach writing and literature at Ventura College.

Gabriel Arquilevich purchased this house in 2012

Why Gabriel Arquilevich chose California

I have always loved the desert, and always dreamed of a little place surrounded by silence and sand. I rented this house four years ago and kept coming back until it became clear that it's time. My wife came to love the place as well, and so it's our 'baby'.

What makes this house unique

The feel of the open skies, the beauty and play of the interior of the house, the proximity to Joshua Tree--all this and more drew us here. We love that there's no fence--just desert around.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(15 traveller reviews)

Desert Wonderland: A Quiet Escape Minutes From Joshua Tree National Park
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 15 reviews
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Get away to Wonderland!

  • 5 of 5

If you're looking to get away, this is the place. This house is adorable and clean and the bathroom is amazing! The house is far enough out to feel isolated while still being close to modern conveniences. Joshua Tree National Park is right there! We hiked all day during the day and sat under the stars at night. It was relaxing, refreshing and just what we needed!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful location, great experience

  • 5 of 5

This was the ideal homestead for our stay! It was clean, the owners were fabulous in terms of communicating with us, and it is conveniently located -minutes drive from Joshua Tree National Park and probably no more than 20 minutes to the nearest grocery store. The location it is in is gorgeous. It is in the desert but is surrounded by gorgeous mountains that make for beautiful sunsets. The interior is really unique (especially the shower) and the outside is very welcoming for those who would just like to sit and enjoy the views or silence of the desert. We were able to get groceries and prepare the majority of our meals in the kitchen which was both a money-saver and nice after days spent in the park. We definitely recommend this rental, especially for the price. I shopped around and other accommodations had at least a couple sketchy reviews AND were more expensive. This was a cozier and more personal space. No regrets!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet and charming desert hideaway

  • 5 of 5

A lovely getaway in the middle of the Twentynine Palms desert. Highly recommended as a place to recharge and take in the natural beauty of the Joshua Tree area.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exactly as advertised!

  • 5 of 5

I just spent a very relaxing week in Wonderland. Everything about the house and location was exactly as described in VRBO - it's minutes from town and the park's 29 Palms entrance, but seems worlds a way from everything. The house is well cared for, comfortable, clean, and has all of the necessities. It was a great launching pad for my explorations of the park, and even a day trip to Death Valley.

Gabriel was excellent for communication during the process to book when I had questions about the property and pets, and continued that before, during and after my stay. Many thanks and I hope to return soon.


  • Review Submitted: Mar 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A beautiful place to enjoy peace and quiet

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying here. In this day and age it is really special to be in a place so far off the beaten track and quiet. And yet it is just a few minutes from town as well as the entrance to Joshua Tree Park. The stars are wondrous at night and having a campfire out in the yard really added to the joy of stargazing.

The owners decorated the place with creativity, imagination and love. I would highly recommend this place.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming Stay in the Desert

  • 5 of 5

I absolutely love this house. Everything from the location to the thoughtful layout of the space will definitely bring me back for another visit. The hosts were so kind and accommodating, and you can tell they put a lot of thought into what their guests may need during their stay. I've reserved dozens of rentals in the area throughout the years, and this place has cemented itself on my top five list.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Check out the Glass Outhouse Gallery! Five minute drive. Amboy Crater is 35 minutes away--wonderful drive and incredible, surreal hike to top of crater. A simple walk up the road across Godwin and you have lovely 360 degree views.

Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Wonder Valley, California Desert

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2 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information

cleaning fee £39
Pet Fee £8
Refundable Damage Deposit £158

We ask that guests sign a waiver of liability. Upon confirmation of reservation we'll email to you. You can sign and scan back to mail back before your visit.

50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Wonder Valley, USA

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Incredible custom tile shower room with desert views. Work by local artist Perry Hoffman.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Queen bed with armoire and dresser.
  • Books
  • Terrace
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing

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