About this listing
Spacious and cozy home with over-sized hot tub, sauna, fireplace. 2.5 acre fenced property nestled in Joshua Tree-esque bouldered landscape. Pets welcomed. Magical and relaxing getaway 7 miles from Joshua Tree. Pool Table + Horseshoes. Sleeps 8.
RockHouse Retreat is a desert getaway 7 miles from the town of Joshua Tree with built-in-the-rocks hot tub, fireplace, sauna, bbq, air conditioning, outdoor Franklin Stove for roasting marshmallows, PLUS a separate Game Room with small Pool Table and Dartboard.
Sleeping: Sleeps 8 with 2 queen beds in the dual loft, plus 1 queen bed and 2 sets of double/twin bunk beds in the enormous downstairs bedroom. Excellent for families and friends.
PLAYING / RELAXING
Escape into 2.5 acres of desert serenity to explore, relax, climb, hike, rest, renew, unplug . . . or to simply BE.
Hot tub, sauna and hammocks offer rejuvination and relaxation.
Horseshoes, small Pool Table, Dart Board and boardgames offer endless connection and playtime.
Outdoor old fashioned wood burning Franklin Stove provide warm tidings on chilly evenings for gatherings around the fire and roasting marshmallows.
Star gazing in this remote desert land is mesmerizing.
Rock climbing in your own mini Joshua Tree esque boulder wonderland tests your balance and spirit of adventure.
RockHouse Retreat, nestled in a National Park-like setting on 2.5 acres, sits at 4,000 feet above sea level and is dotted with majestic piñon, ancient junipers, a variety of cactus, gnarled desert oaks – and many other species of plants. Wildflowers abound in the Spring. Most striking is the beautifully bouldered landscape providing for hours of rock scrambling and exploration.
LOCATION * LOCATION * LOCATION:
Located in Yucca Valley adjacent to 100+ acres of largely undeveloped private land. With more than 320 days each year of sunny skies and clear nights, visitors find plenty of time to enjoy nature walks and stargazing and participating in a variety of unique local attractions. Rockhouse Retreat is located in the Western Hills Estates neighborhood of Yucca Valley and is accessible by a graded dirt road.
7 miles from the town of Joshua Tree. 2 hours from Los Angeles. 2.5 hours from San Diego. 45 minutes from Palm Springs. 1.25 hours from Big Bear.
FURY FRIENDS WELCOME:
Bring Your Furry Friends! We are animal lovers and welcome your pets with open arms. The entire 2.5 acre property is fenced to keep your pets safely inside and other wild critters out. Please note that there is a pet fee of $25 per pet for your stay. We also offer pet setting for a small fee should you choose to leave your pets behind during your explorations around Joshua Tree.
KIDDOS STAY FREE:
Traveling with Kids? The little tykes stay free. We don't include children under 12 in the calculation of the guest count. We have a very nice pack-n-play for your use and a pretty cool dollhouse and toys for your little ones.
YOUR HUMBLE HOSTS:
The 2.5 acre property is shared with a separate owner-occupied home, inhabited by mellow and desert loving folks. We keep to ourselves and make the jacuzzi, sauna and outdoor wood burning stove available for your sole enjoyment during your entire stay. We are available for any needs or questions and hope to make your stay as easy and carefree as possible. RockHouse Retreat is a separate home with it's own driveway and outdoor patio.
During the cold winter months (Dec - Feb) it does take a while to heat an in-ground hot tub and thus requires a little advanced planning before your soak in the hot tub. At times it can take up to an hour to heat for full enjoyment. It just requires a little planning ahead. All you need to do it text us and we will get it heating for you in advance.
Add'l Info: The home is heated solely by a wood burning stove that puts out a lot of warmth. Firewood is provided. The BBQ uses charcoal or wood - it is not a gas grill. Please bring charcoal or wood should you intend to grill.
Communication / Entertainment:
- No WIFI: We do not have WIFI access. Reliable WIFI can be found in Yucca Valley at Starbucks
- No landline phone. We DO have cell phone service
- Books and Area Guidebooks are plentiful at RockHouse. Guidebooks and lots of reading material is available to you.
The entire house, patio, hot tub, sauna, gameroom, hammocks, horse shoe pits and of course the boulders for scrambling on. :-)
Interaction with Guests
Upon your arrival we will come down to introduce ourselves and give you the lay of the land and then be on our merry way. Should you have any questions, needs or concerns during your stay we are a simple text or phone call away.
Come on out to explore planet "Joshua Tree ... Like Earth, Only Better. It's a symbol of the High Desert, a cultural icon, a state of mind. You'll know when you arrive here, as the clutter of civilization gives way to our beautiful vistas -- yucca, cactus, desert wildflowers, fantastic boulder formations, and of course, our famous Joshua trees. Dark night skies, a rich cultural history, and surreal geologic features add to the attraction of Joshua Tree National Park." - from the JoshuaTreeChamber.org.
1. All guests are required to have fun!
2. Smoking is not permitted inside the house.
3. People other than those in the official guest party set forth above may not stay overnight in the property. Any other person in the property is the sole responsibility of Guest.
4. The unit is privately owned; the owners are not responsible for any accidents, injuries or illness that occurs while on the premises or its facilities. The Homeowners are not responsible for the loss of personal belongings or valuables of the guest. By accepting this reservation, it is agreed that all guests are expressly assuming the risk of any harm arising from their use of the premises or others whom they invite to use the premise.
5. Keep the property and furnishings in good order.
6. Housekeeping: There is no daily housekeeping service.
7. Hot Tub: No children under the age of 16 permitted in hot tubs at any time without adult supervision. When using the hot tub, remember there is a certain health risk, use at your own risk. When not using the hot tub, please put the cover back on so hot tub will remain heated.
8. Toilet: Please do not flush anything other than toilet paper.
9. Checkout is at 11am: Leave spare key on dining table.
About the Host, Rebecca
Welcome! It's me, Rebecca B and I LOVE the desert and the tropics. Go figure.
We have 2 homes available for rent on AirBnB. Our year-round rental is RockHouse Retreat and has become quite the popular desert pad. Here's a little history. So, I found this stunning "compound" for sale near Joshua Tree at the end of 2009 and was able to use my amazing powers of persuasion to convince my mother and brother to purchase it sight unseen and leave New York to relocate to the wonderland of the high desert.
OK...so, MAYBE my powers of persuasion had NOTHING AT ALL to do with it. My mother has always been obsessed with the desert and was truly the one who nurtured my connection and passion for this land. You see, she's a rock hound and has a crazy cool connection and fascination with the history of the West. My brother can't get enough of the endless off-roading and hiking adventures.
Originially RockHouse was intended as a desert escape for the family, but at the very end of 2011 we decided to share the joys of the property and land and made it available through AirBnB. And so glad we did!!! We've met some really cool folks (and their pets!) who share a love for adventure and the outdoors.
So I present to you my mother and brother, Cheryl and Nick, who are now the fantastically chill hosts for your stay at RockHouse. They live in a completely separate home on the same 2.5+ acre property and keep out of your hair, unless you need them.
Our other AirBnB rental in San Diego, is our primary residence and is only available for one month of the summer and one week after Christmas. It's 5 blocks to the beach in the groovy and laid back community of Point Loma / Ocean Beach. Super central and close to all the great attractions San Diego has to offer.
A little about me. I live in San Diego, but spend A LOT of time up at RockHouse to decompress, recharge and connect with my little family and friends. I am a social entrepreneur, digital creator, student of life, adventurous, kind 'n quirky mama, wife & friend. Traveling renews and energizes me. A BIG fan of the desert (surprise!) and the tropics - go figure. We spend a month every year on the north shore of Kauai....so hit me up if you have any recommendations, connections, etc.
I'm a lover of Fair Trade and FIRST Robotics. Meditation, yoga and running nurtures my body and soul and calms the monkeys in my mind. Exploring and learning about photography is my guilty pleasure.