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Adobe Mansion with Room for 43 On Beautiful Desert Oasis

Bedrooms 16
Separate WC's1
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

1929 Architectural Marvel sleeps 11. Mojave River Valley. Pool. Tennis. Hiking.

"The house is yours; its portals open wide and welcome you to all inside, friend and guest. Enter in peace and rest; The house is yours."

This 1929 architectural marvel, sleeps 11 in its Main House, with room for 32 more in 13 adjacent guest rooms. Our property, being a former guest ranch that includes both a ranch house and separate guest rooms, doesn’t fit into to the VRBO template and therefore, their quotes are only for the Main House. Also, please be aware that we do not rent out the Guest Rooms to anyone who does not rent the Main House.

Also, if you would like to book a week or more, please email for availability as some of the "reserved" dates are for cleaning and we can move those around.

The property is located in a secluded oasis in the Mojave River Valley.

The property, the Kemper Campbell Ranch, is a place of historic interest and legend, dating from the 1920's to the present. Citizen Kane was written here, J.B. Priestly wrote Midnight On The Desert here. Hollywood filmed a number of movies here including Somewhere in Sonora with John Wayne and Sundown Trail with Tom Keene. More recent films include Kalifornia, starring Brad Pitt and Juliette Lewis. Guests from days of yore include Groucho Marx, John Wayne and Greta Garbo. Will Rogers kept his Polo ponies in our pastures and the Main House provided inspiration for the architecture of his home near the Pacific Palisades.

Our Main House is an architectural gem designed by the famed architect John Byers. Photos and history of the Main House are chronicled in the gracious living books, Rancho Deluxe and Mediterranean Houses In America. Byers incorporated many unique features such as hand-hewed railroad ties and authentic corral posts for the living room balcony, and sun baked 18 inch thick adobe bricks for the structure. Each tile gracing the rooftop was individually molded "over the leg" in true western style.

Built in 1929, this large adobe house sleeps 11 in 6 bedrooms with 5 bathrooms. We invite you to make this stunning historic place your home away from home, as we have for four generations.

As it has been since 1929, our Main House is available with "portals open wide" for families, friends, birders, hikers, conversationalists and businesses and groups of all kinds, to come and experience life from an elegant bygone era.

Whether you're in the spectacular living room, its 3 dining rooms, its den or its many bedrooms, you'll be transported to another time where comfort, reflection and conversation reign. Outside, on the expansive patio, you can comfortably entertain friends and family even as you are treated to one of the nicest views anywhere.

Enjoy the many guest ranch amenities. Besides the Main House, there are 13 additional adobe guest rooms available, each with 2-3 beds and their own bathroom. Step outside any of these rooms and you will see the timeless beauty spread before you of the pastures, valley and mountains beyond.

In hot weather, enjoy the cool refreshment of our 40 by 100 foot swimming pool, cabana and outdoor BBQ, or the tennis/basketball court.

Our ranch sits next to the Mojave Narrows Regional Park, where you can stroll through the cottonwood forest lining the Mojave River. Bird watchers will scarcely believe the enormous variety of birds that frequent the area (over 250 species). The ranch's unique location provides an opportunity to see wildlife of all sorts, including desert animals and birds as well as riparian migrants.

Every season has its own special pleasure. The desert light delights each season. Spanning from summer gold, to bright spring emerald, to the shady outlines of the mountain tops brought by winter months.

Meet the desert heat of summer by cooling off in our 100' X 40' pool, or hiking in the shade of the cottonwoods growing along the Mojave River. Fall brings the crisp air of the high desert and a rich, golden hue to the forest trees and surrounding pastures. Enjoy the impressive brick fireplaces in the Main House on cold winter days. Marvel in the verdant rebirth of spring as the pastures glitter with greenery and the desert comes into bloom.

The ranch has always been a magical place. It's perfect for privacy and solitude, but somehow always conducive to conversation and reflection. It's a wonderful place for large groups to cook, eat and experience the scenery with one another.

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Property Manager
Peggy Shaughnessy
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 October, 2017

About Peggy Shaughnessy

The ranch has been in our family since 1924. My grandparents, both attorneys, built the Main House as their country home in 1929, completing it just before the great Depression. By the early 1930's, the ranch had evolved into a guest ranch as a place for their friends, movie stars and others to escape Los Angeles.

We operated the guest ranch until 1975. Since then we've been doing what we can to preserve the whole place. We continue to bring our friends out to share, and are always asked whether we ever consider re-opening as a dude ranch.

So many people love the place, and come to visit whenever they can, that we've decided to open as a vacation rental. The ranch is close to everything in Southern California, yet when you're on the ranch, you'll think you're in another world or another time.

We've always loved to share this special place.

Peggy Shaughnessy purchased this chateau / country house in 1924

Why Peggy Shaughnessy chose Inland Empire

The ranch and its adobe buildings are amazing. When one drives over our hill and down in to the river valley, everything changes as you enter into a timeless era. The ranch is a green oasis in the desert, with cattle grazing in its pastures, and a riverine Cottonwood forest following the Mojave River as it flows through the Mojave Narrows.

The ranch was first settled in 1858 when enterprising settlers built a hotel for travelers on the Mormon Trail. That hotel, now a private residence, remains on the ranch. By the end of the 19th Century, the owners had added two bunk houses, a dairy barn, a creamery and smoke house made of carved stone from the nearby rock formation.

Our family took over in 1924 and by 1929 my grandmother decided to build her home on the ranch. My grandparents chose to build with adobe, and using clay dug from what is now "Pony Lake" all of the adobe bricks were made and cured on the ranch.

The ranch became a welcoming place for actors, artists and writers, and guests of all stripes. Families and friends would visit year after year, spending their time eating fabulous ranch food, riding horses, swimming, water skiing, birding, playing tennis and horseshoes, and probably most notably, conversing with one another in our patio, large dining rooms or the spectacular living room of the main house.

We've kept the ranch, even as my grandparents and parents' generations have passed. The guest ranch, long closed, is ready to encourage and welcome new friends and visitors.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

The ranch boasts award winning architecture by the famed John Byers. The Main House and the guest rooms that are adjacent are all made from 18 inch thick hand-made adobe bricks, topped with hand-crafted Mexican Tile roofs.

We are adjacent to the Mojave Narrows Regional Park (once the other half of our ranch). Because we are on the river valley, at the one location where the Mojave River runs above-ground year round, the ranch is a special place for bird watching. More than 250 species have been spotted on the ranch.

The BNSF Railroad runs through the ranch's eastern border. We are on the main line between Los Angeles and Chicago. Visitors, initially put off by the sounds of the trains, soon find their rhythmic rumble and tooooot-tooooot-ta-toot horns to be soothing.

The ranch is a place of reflection. Mrs. Kemper Campbell wrote her 4 published books of memoirs there. Celeste DeBlasis wrote her 10 published novels there. J.B. Priestly wrote Midnight on the Desert there ,and Herman J. Mankiewicz wrote the screenplay for Citizen Kane while "drying out" under the stern eye of my grandmother.


Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Nearest Train
35 Miles
Car: necessary

The ranch is located just outside Victorville, CA. Victorville and has all major chain restaurants including McDonald's, Burger King, Jack in the Box, Pollo Loco, and Kentucky Fried Chicken. Family dining restaurants, located directly across from The Mall of Victor Valley, are Marie Callendars, The Olive Garden, The Road House, Outback Steakhouse, Red Lobster, Panera, Red Robin and Mimi's. Grocery stores include Von's, Albertsons, Stater Brothers, and Food for Less. Big box stores such as WalMart, Costco, Big Lots and Target are also within easy driving distance..

Retail shopping at the Mall of Victor Valley has a Macy's, J.C. Penney', and Sears as well as many specialty shops and kiosks. The Lenwood Outlet Mall is only a half an hour drive on the 15 N to Barstow.

Victorville, an old Route 66 crossroads, is the "Key to the High Desert." It is close to the San Bernardino Mountain resorts of Big Bear, Lake Gregory, Lake Silverwood State Park and Wrightwood. The Mojave Narrows Regional Park is adjacent to the Ranch. It is close to Barstow, and Calico Ghost Town.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Victorville in San Bernardino County

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 10:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00
  • Max. occupancy: 43
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Children must be supervised at all times, no exceptions. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult at the pool at all times.
  • No pets allowed. No exceptions. No smoking inside, only on patio.
  • All outside activities and noise must end no later than 10:00 p.m. No parking in front of the Main House ($200 charge from deposit)
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 40 people
  • 10 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Main House Upstairs - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Off of Family Dining Room - Toilet
    Poodle Room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Room 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Room 16 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Room 17 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Room 18 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Room 19 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Master & Guest bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Back Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Main House Upper bathroom features hand-made "Catalina" tile. The Master and Guest bathrooms feature hand made tile decor and old-style sunken tubs.
  • 16 Bedrooms, Sleeps 43
  • Cloisters Room 18 - 2 Single Bed
    Additions- Room 1 - 2 Single Bed
    Additions Room 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Cloisters Room 16 - 2 Single Bed
    Cloisters Room 17 - 2 Single Bed
    Cloisters Room 19 - 2 Single Bed
    Back Guest Bedroom - 2 Single Bed
    Main House Master Bedroom - 2 Single Bed
    Solarium Bedroom - 2 Single Bed
    Montereys Room 7 - 2 Single Bed
    Montereys Room 8 - 3 Single Bed
    Montereys Room 9 - 2 Single Bed
    Main House upstairs main bedroom - 2 Large Double Bed
    Main House Upstairs-second bedroom - 1 Double Bed
    Papa's Room - 1 Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , Beautiful and spacious bedroom, tile floor an old elegance.
    Front Guest Bedroom - 2 Single Bed
    Patio Suite - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , This is a one bedroom apartment.
  • Main House- Upstairs main bedroom- 15X15 with queen size bed, a/c, fireplace, view of the ranch. Shares bathroom with upstairs second bedroom. Second bedroom has queen size bed, and view of back garden . Master bedroom faces east across ranch and river valley. Has a fireplace. Shares bathroom with front guest bedroom. Front guest bedroom has two twin beds. Faces east across ranch. Back guest bedroom has 2 twins. Next to den/library. Has its own bathroom. Additions-rooms 1 and 2 and Cloisters, rooms 16, 17, 18, 19 are near, but not attached to the Main House. Each faces east across the ranch and river valley. Each has 2 twin beds and its own bathroom. Papa's Room, attached to Rooms 1 and 2, has a queen-sized bed, 2 twins, antique furniture and library. Patio Suite is a one bedroom apartment with a king bed, a kitchenette (no cooking). with a coffee station and a living room that overlooks the patio and beautiful pastures with grazing cattle and a bathroom.
  • Books ...
  • Balcony
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • Shopping
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis


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average rating of 4.909091 based on 33 reviews
Northridge, Los Angeles, California

Our stay at the Ranch was absolutely magical!

  • 5 of 5

I can't begin to describe what an awesome time we had at the Kemper Campbell Ranch. Ten of us celebrated my sister's birthday at the Ranch over a long weekend, and our holiday couldn't have been any nicer. All of the mechanics of coordinating our stay were handled seamlessly through the Ranch Manager, Peggy.

The Ranch is absolutely stunning. Each of us had our own room with adjoining bathroom, and I very much appreciated this privacy. We planned all of our meals ahead of arrival and gathered in the main house to cook and enjoy each other's company while dining.

You basically have your own park-like setting outdoors with an Olympic size pool with BBQ area, tennis courts and lovely paths to meander while contemplating the beauty of the desert.

It was hot in August, over 100 degrees, but between the sparkling pool, the wonderful breezes and the inside A/C, I never noticed the heat.

Kemper Campbell Ranch gives you the opportunity to live as early California pioneers, but bathed in luxury. Remember - you are visiting the desert and not a 5 star hotel in the middle of the city. Expect dust and bugs outside; we even saw bats at night!!!! My favorite part of the trip was the fact that there were no televisions at all, and the gorgeous living room has no overhead lighting (it is illuminated by lamps and sconces). The aura was absolutely magical.

Thank you for sharing your stunning home with us! I will cherish the memories forever.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A desert Oasis

  • 5 of 5

This place is AMAZING! We were in search of a place that would accommodate our family reunion. We had 35 people 18 which of were children. The ranch had plenty of space for our family. The kids had lots of room to run around and play and the adults had a wonderful time hanging by the pool! We had flipping contest off the diving board and a corn hole tournament in the lawn. The kids enjoyed visiting the horses and long horns (from a distance :)

The house had plenty of space for us to have our meals together and the pool area has a wonderful BBQ area.

The staff was friendly and incredible. Peggy responded in a timely manner to any questions we had before and after our time at the ranch. Jimmy the handy man promptly fixed any little troubles we came across.

Everyone had a wonderful time and we all look forward to planning our next trip to the ranch!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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North Hollywood

A wonderful hidden gem.

  • 4 of 5

We had our annual college roommate reunion with our families here at Kemper Campbell Ranch. The adobe Main House is very charming and rustic. We also rented the adjacent Papa's Room to fit our large party. Most of our days were spent at the Olympic size pool with a diving board that the kids absolutely loved. By evening, our dinners were spent outside on the patio. Even in the middle of summer, by dusk there was a great breeze to enjoy out there. From the patio we all really enjoyed the views of the cattle and horses grazing out in the field. And the trains drove by every 20 minutes. You might think annoying, but it was so fun to see the various engines and cars. Another thing the kids loved. We played board games in the room where the first draft of Citizen Kane was written. There is true character and history here at the KC Ranch. You could feel it and it made our stay that much more enjoyable. Peggy was very easy to work with and easily accessible if we needed anything.

Although old and dated, anything you need to cook with you could find in the kitchen. The commercial griddle was fun to cook with. The beds were a little wobbly and squishy but i was still able to get a full nights rest.

The whole gang had a great time. I definitely recommend this place as a quick getaway from LA with a large group.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Scenic property great for large groups!

  • 5 of 5

We hosted our 12th year of family reunion at Kemper Campbell Ranch this summer and everyone had a great time. We had about 50 people ranging from 1 to 70's year-old from all over the country at the ranch and rented all 16 rooms, and everyone had something to do. The pool was the largest we've seen on a large rental property and the keepers made sure it was clean at all times. Peggy and her staff were very accommodating and very accessible. We had some trouble with some air conditioners not working and minor maintence issues but that was easily repaired. The kitchen was well equipped, although the flat top was not always very warm. The days in Victorville were hot hot hot and the pool was refreshing. We also took advantage of nearby hikes in the mornings and early evenings, as well as meeting Daisy the donkey. The train tracks were very close to the property and some people had a hard time sleeping at night as they blow their whistles day and night, but the kids loved it so bring ear plugs but this bothers you. The house has so much history and it was enjoyable learning about the history of the property. We'd go back there again!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Burbank, California

Rustic ranch getaway that you can get to drive to in less than 2 hours

  • 4 of 5

I would characterize the property as an older rustic and quaint ranch with the amenities you should need for a quick getaway to the desert. We got to the property in about an hour and forty minutes and the directions were right on. Stores and other places were easy to get to if you either forget things of ran out of them while there.

The mansion and adjoining rooms were affordable to rent, airconiditioned, comfortable and clean. You get bang for your buck. The property manager Peggy was very helpful and quick to respond, together with the rest of the staff, proactive and got the issue with the power and main dining room airconditioner went out.

We all loved our stay and we agreed to come back next year!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful getaway at an historical treasure of a place!

  • 5 of 5

Really nice setting. Well cared for and loved through the ages. A real treat

for our group.

  • Review Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chateau / country house in Victorville, California

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Peak Season
1 Apr 2017 - 14 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
24 Nov 2017 - 25 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
24 Dec 2017 - 25 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £752.8
Tax Rate 7.0%


The Main House sleeps 11 - Sleeps 2 in upstairs main bedroom and 1 in upstairs 2nd bedroom, one in each of 2 twin beds in downstairs master bedroom, one in each of 2 twin beds in downstairs back bedroom, and 1 in each of two twin beds in the solarium, and two in front guest bedroom.
In addition, as a former guest ranch, we have 13 additional private adobe bedrooms with attached bathrooms that can sleep a total of 22 people.

We charge $100.00 per night/per room for, with the exception of Papa's Room which is $125.00 per night as it has a queen bed and two twin beds and is a larger room.


Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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