**I'm currently running two specials: the first, for midweek reservations (from tuesday thru thursday) and the second, for early bookings on summer reservations made from June 21, 2014-Sept. 23, 2014. See the details on our website (see second photo for the web address) or send me a message. If the latter, then please be sure to reference the special you're interested in.**
The 600 square foot studio cabin sleeps four to six with a king sized bed, fold-out queen sleeper sofa, and day bed (with trundle). Sit on the swing at dusk and take in the lavender and lilac-hued San Bernardino Mountains and breathe in the sweetly scented creosote bushes that surround the cabin's 22.5 acres. One acre of the property is lined with a fence to keep dogs and horses in, deer and coyotes out.
Spend the evening free from coyotes and free from internet concerns because we've got your free WiFi covered. Once your email is checked, we suggest making dinner in our fully equipped kitchen. Or, if the mood strikes you, head to the back porch and use the grill that features my custom tile work.
I live on La Contenta Rd. (the same street on which Shell, Mountain, and Rock house reside) so I'm around should you have any questions while visiting. Though I'm close by, all of my cabins are private, secluded, and separate from my own home.
In order to preserve the land from development, to restore the integrity of these homesteader cabins, and to upcycle discarded slabs of granite into artistic tile work, I started Thunderbird Lodge Retreat in 2011.
Features of the Shell House:
-600 Sq. Ft., sleeps 4 comfortably
-1 large room with king sized bed and 2 sleeper sofas
-1 bath with restored claw foot tub
-Full-sized kitchen equipped with cookware
-Sits on 22.5 acres with outdoor bar, grill, porch swing, and a number of seating areas
-Washer on site
-Wood burning stove and swamper cooling fan allow for a comfortable temperature year round
-Within walking distance to a rarely traveled dirt road that leads into the Covington Flats section of Joshua Tree National Park
|Room type:||Entire home/apt|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Extra people:||$15 / night after 4 guests|
|Weekly Price:||$650 /week|
|Monthly Price:||$1200 /month|
|Check In:||3:00 PM|
|Check Out:||12:00 PM (noon)|
This is a special place. We loved every minute and didn't want to leave (we apologize again to Lori and her next guests for being a bit slow to check-out)! In the comfort of the Shell House #2, surrounded by the beauty and serenity of the desert, our usual frenetic pace settled down to a more natural, unscheduled pulse. It was a wonderful way to welcome the new year. The house was clean and cozy and the kitchen had everything we needed to prepare meals. Great location! We took a number of short hikes behind the property and were lucky to catch one magical sight of a coyote at dusk. Lori was quick to help us with directions and recommendations which led us to some highlights of the week: Eureka Peak and NewYear's Eve at Pappy and Harriett's in Pioneertown. We miss the other-worldliness of Joshua Tree and can't believe we're back in Upstate NY with a foot of snow!
Amazing. If you're even considering staying here, don't hesitate. The house is adorable and full of quirky things to keep you entertained, but more importantly, it's the perfect getaway in the perfect location. I stayed on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning, and Lori was absolutely amazing. She answered every question I had and was close by if I had needed any assistance. She checked in on me via text a couple of times, as I was staying alone and she just seems like an incredibly attentive, sweet person. If you're into fires and stars and just checking out of the modern world, you will love this place. I hiked in the backyard the first day and went for a run along the road in front of the house, which was perfect. The house is also super close to the entrance to Joshua Tree, so I did the park after a very lazy breakfast at the house the next day. It was a perfect way to spend my holiday. I will be back for sure.
We unfortunately found the Shell House to be very dirty and unpleasant smelling, and ultimately left after the first night. On the plus side, Lori was very gracious and helpful.
Decided on a last-minute trip to JT with my brothers. Lori responded to our inquiry really quickly. Nice location, great sunset view from the porch, cozy and the wood stove kept us toasty at night. plenty of pots and pans for cooking.
First off, the Shell House is SO cozy, comfy, clean, and beautifully amazing. Such a nice desert retreat. It was chilly when we stayed, but the wood furnace heater and space heater warmed the place up in no time. Lori checked in on us via email just to make sure we had everything we needed, and was super accommodating and so nice!
Lori is such a sweet host. She lives right across the way so is available anytime. We actually did not meet her, but that was just fine as well. She definitely makes herself available anytime! Thanks Lori!!
Perfect place, great house!!
We loved the Thunderbird lodge!! The Shell House is so charming and was central to all of our activities between Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, and Pioneertown. I can't wait to tell more people about this place, it is truly a gem!
The location and view is EXACTLY what I envisioned when I conceptualized this trip. Thunderbird Lodge was a perfectly rustic and cozy place to call home for a couple of days. The night sky was clear, and perfect for star gazing. Loved the peace and quiet! Lori was a responsive host.
So fantastic. After an exhausting flight, no sleep and a long drive, we arrived and immediately decompressed and felt the peaceful silence of the desert. The place was exactly what we were hoping - authentic, isolated, REAL. Lori is a great host. She gave us helpful tips about less-traveled spots in Joshua Tree Park to explore and keeps the Shell House clean and cozy.
I can't say enough good things. We wished we could stay longer and will definitely be back!