Entire home/apt
2 Guests
1 Bedroom
1 Bed
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1922 Sonoran Desert homestead in the San Jacinto National Monument. 'Hermit Springs' is a one of the last stone cabins in the Coachella Valley; it features hardwood floors and a large spring-fed roman bathtub near the renowned Pacific Crest Trail.

Mesquite flooring, open-beam ceilings

Mesquite flooring, open-beam ceilings

The Space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Room type: Entire home/apt


Security Deposit: $1000
Weekly discount: 0%
Cancellation: Moderate


The Space

HERMIT SPRINGS is located Whitewater, CA - which is Rural Palm Springs. In the "backyard", you will find Mount San Jacinto (10,834') and to the north, you will find Mt. San Gorgonio (11,503'). Both mountains are separated by a small section of land called the San Gorgonio Pass.Enjoy books on local history, wildlife and reference and a small reading library is also available.

Enjoy beautiful unobstructed views of the 10,834' north face of Mt. San Jacinto and have unparalleled door front access to the world famous Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) which stretches over 2,600 miles from Mexico to Canada. In addition to staying in a unique environment that is perfect for hikers and photographers, other optional outdoor activities here include advanced hiking, trail running, alpine climbing, dune exploration, botany, and more.

Hermit Springs features reclaimed and custom milled mesquite hardwood floors, hand-plastered walls, an open beam wood ceiling, two wood-burning fireplaces, a designer stainless steel kitchen with a massive farm sink, a professional stainless steel range, and a full-sized modern stainless steel refrigerator. For eating; an acacia and steel pub table is perfect for sharing a drink while discussing adventures, playing games, or journaling your thoughts for the day. Inside, you'll also enjoy a massive custom built 4'X6' tumbled travertine roman bathtub (the hot tub) with dual 8" brass rain shower heads. Three, six-gallon carboy glass bottles set in the west wall light up the shower in the late afternoon, yet provide total privacy while enjoying a dip. The bathroom features an antique baroque mirror, a hand-hammered Indian vessel sink and a vintage cabinet from the 1800‘s with a solid granite top. Two fir shaker-style pocket doors provide privacy and easy access from both the bedroom and the living room. An extra long bed with antique solid oak head and footboards accommodates two comfortably and two more guests can stay in the living room on an air mattress. Extra linens are in the walk-in closet where you can also store your luggage and provide extra space for jackets, backpacks, or other bulky items.

OUTSIDE is a six-seater iron furniture set placed in natural desert landscape. In the yard are barrel cactus, aloe, agave, palo verde, desert willow, nolina, cholla, prickly pear, yerba santa, creosote, cottonwood, etc. Many have amazing blooms in the spring, but others bloom in the summer. There is also a classic Weber kettle BBQ charcoal grill for outdoor grilling during the cool of the day.

• Joshua Tree National Park
• The Mojave Preserve
• Mt. San Jacinto Wilderness & Backcountry
• Mt. San Gorgonio Wilderness & Backcountry
• Salvation Mountain & Slab City near Niland
•Palm Springs Events & Nightlife
• Kayaking the Salton Sea
• Sections of the Pacific Crest Trail
• Pappy & Harriet's In Pioneertown
• The Integration in Landers

Hermit Springs is special because of both the the unique history and landscape surrounding this property. The first known inhabitants of "Teshana" were the Waknikik clan of the Cahuilla Indians who gathered from the natural landscape and hunted small game. Some of the first non-native settlers to the area came in 1810 - they were employees of the Wells Fargo Pony Express and stopped here to feed and exchange their horses and to maintain their carriages. In 1910 the artist, Steven Willard became a resident and in the 1920's, a small group of Sicilian olive farmers called this area home while herding sheep and tending to their olive trees - many of which still exist today.

Wanderers, trappers, and outdoors-men of all types have visited this area because of the reliable water source in this canyon. Trout can still be found high up the west fork past the alluvial fan scattered with granite boulders and dotted with jojoba and brittle-bush. Up until the 60's, the public had full access to massive pools for fishing and recreation - now it's more challenging to get there, but still possible. In rainy years, a beautiful annual stream can be visited on the east side of the canyon - a picture of which can be found in my photographs. Within our village resides a variety of craftsmen, professionals, retiree's, and artists from all backgrounds who also enjoy the special nature and solitude that can only be found here.

Local legend has it that psychologist Timothy Leary and his good friend John Drew Barrymore were both occupants here at one time. The Beatles stopped at a house up the road between gigs and the Rat Pack even had a hideaway in this small community. Public television icon Huell Howser of “California's Gold" even visited this little cabin at one point for a special on the area. Additionally, this cabin was recently featured in the December 2013 issue of Palm Springs Life magazine.

•Literally on the Pacific Crest Trail
•Within 10 miles of Palm Springs nightlife, Cabazon's premium outlet shopping, and several Indian Casinos for your enjoyment
•Large custom shower with romantic roman bathtub
•2 REAL wood fireplaces in the winter
•Professional range and stove for all your cooking needs
•Utensils, cookware, cutlery, and full size fridge
•Weber charcoal BBQ outside
•Coffee maker & grinder, an assortment of teas
•Big Berkey water filter
•Firewood is available
•Large walk-in closet with library
•Writing table next to fireplace
•Scrabble & Worst Case Scenario game, cards and poker chips
•Mugs, bottle opener, and more
•Private getaway, yet close to L.A. and San Diego

Guest Access

Entire Home

Interaction with Guests

This is a private location, but if you'd like a personal introduction or just want to make a new friend -- just let me know!

The Neighborhood

Small bohemian community near Palm Springs that is home to professionals, artists, builders, retirees, and outdoor enthusiasts. This is a 'Wildlife Refuge' so expect to be closer to mother nature, father time, and old man winter.
Not for city slickers : )

Getting Around

Rides can easily be arranged with a smartphone using UBER or LYFT or I can give you a ride with reasonable notice.

Other Things to Note

• Laundry service is available upon request.
• Kitchen is fully equipped
• Locally roasted coffee and a selection of herbal teas are often provided
• Firewood is provided
• Please no pets or smoking - extinguish all heat sources.
• Generous breakfast fixings are typically provided for your first morning at the cabin - they are usually enough to last several days.
• There is no microwave.
• Connectivity: 4G LTE works great on most major networks!

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House Rules

• Please be peaceful and respectful while outdoors - neighbors are sensitive to excessive noise and very late arrivals in this small community.
• Please lock entire house and close all windows and drapes before all departures to ensure additional privacy and security.
• Please, no smoking inside the house (extinguish all heat sources).
• No illicit activities.
• This is a shoeless house, please leave your shoes at the door.
• Upon departure, please remove all your trash from the house; the trash can is behind the shed.
• Please wash, dry and put away all your dishes upon departure.
• Leaving doors open encourages critters to enter - please be mindful and close doors when coming and going otherwise you may be surprised at what wanders in from the desert! You've been warned!
• In windstorms: Batten down all hatches, doors, windows and, BBQ and umbrella. It's AMAZING at how fast things will break in extreme conditions. Failing to abide by this simple precaution can result in costly damages.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to ask no matter the time of day or night! I will do my best to answer as soon as possible. TEXT, MESSAGE, EMAIL, PHONE ME or contact Airbnb directly.

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Safety Features
Smoke Detector
Carbon Monoxide Detector
First Aid Kit
Safety Card
Fire Extinguisher

7 nights minimum stay
Enjoy mountain views from double paned bay windows

Enjoy mountain views from double paned bay windows

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Palm Springs, California, United States
Member since May 2012


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