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Cowboy Paradise in Pioneertown ~ The Olive Adobe!!!!!!

Bedrooms 3
Space 148 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

Walled gardens, private 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, gourmet kitchen (Sleeps 6)

'When I build my own place in the desert, I want it to be just like this.' That’s what people say about our home.

The Olive Adobe is a comfortable, private retreat on 7+ acres, nestled behind terra-cotta walls. 50-year-old, gnarled olive trees, raised perennial beds and pea gravel paths surround the house and every room opens to the outdoors with sliding French doors. Kick back, put your feet up and relax. Lose yourself in a classic novel, gaze at the multiple species of birds from humming to hawk, discover your artist or photographer within. 

And after a long day of exploring the local rock formations and petroglyphs, enjoy a toast in fine crystal as you relax next to a crackling avocado wood fire in the outdoor fireplace. As the Milky Way slowly emerges directly above you, stargazing might just become your new passion. 

Inside, you’ll find spacious living and morning rooms containing an eclectic mix of cowboy chic antiques and mid-century modern pieces and collectables from our travels around the world. Mexican and Native American pottery and baskets, and colorful serapes create a comfortable, relaxed, 'put your feet up' elegance that makes this charming adobe feel like home. 2 bedrooms open onto a “secret” back garden with a delightful iron bistro table set for two next to the grape arbor. The front bedroom (the owners' personal favorite) is glass on three sides - a former porch - with access to the comfy porch swing facing west for sunset viewing.

There’s even an outdoor shower when you really want to commune with nature! 

A fully equipped kitchen is waiting if you want to eat in. Colorful china and bake ware, heavy cutlery and bandana “napkins” make even a simple meal special here – especially when you eat it by the fire, outdoors, under the stars.

Come. Let this place make special memories for you!

We’re only minutes from Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, but this canyon feels like it’s miles away from everything. Pipes Canyon is bordered by 35,000 acres of “The Pioneertown Mountains Preserve” to the West and 60,000 acres of federal land to the north. It’s isolated, and completely private. It’s like living in your own National Park. There are views of the sawtooth mountains, flat-topped mesas, and impossibly balanced boulders with miles of hiking and riding trails just out the door!! At an elevation of 4000 ft, the summers are cool (10 degrees cooler than Joshua Tree and 15 – 20 degrees cooler than Palm Springs) and winter often brings a dusting of snow.

Whatever your passion, you will find new inspiration at The Olive Adobe in Pioneertown!

Keywords: adobe, luxury, private, garden, ranch,
fireplace, hiking, views, mountains

More Details

Peter Phinney
Member since: 2010
Speaks english
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
18 October, 2017

About Peter Phinney

We are an architect and an arts administrator from Los Angeles (originally from the East Coast.) We love to cook, and create, and we especially love hosting and entertaining all manner of people. When we were first married, we ran a Bed & Breakfast in midcoast Maine and hosted musicians and artists from around the world. We love to travel, to meet new people and explore new cultures. We've raised 4 children now and we're hosting again - on the Left Coast this time, trading in the blueberry muffins and maple syrup of our youths for fresh, local orange juice, piquant guacamole and tequila with limes.

Why Peter Phinney chose Inland Empire

We searched Palm Springs for the perfect house for several years, frustrating scores of real estate agents, and then we fell in love with this improbable place, and with this quirky, comfortable, and very special house, with this canyon and it's human and animal inhabitants. Pioneertown is unlike anyplace else - a pastiche of leathery wild western cowboy chic, edgy tattooed musicians and looney contemporary artists. The scenery calls everyone here to stare slack-jawed at some of nature's finest work. The air is clean and the skies are clear here, and for the open minded, stereotypes and human histories are quickly forgotten and friendships are easily made. The locals are bound to this special place of harsh contrasts - tawny, brittle dried sage against delicate, boldly colored wildflowers; shards of crunchy, decomposed granite against impossible stacks of enormous cantilevered, vanilla boulders; rattling pit vipers and tarantulas against iridescent hummingbirds and America's largest, languid desert cats. Darkness comes quickly here but not without a robust explosion of shrieking color, and then - stars... More stars than you remember as a child - by a factor of hundreds. Each season brings new wonders. This canyon is as ancient as the earth itself - primordial and at the same time made fiercely contemporary by the people who have settled here and call this place home.

What makes this house unique

Be yourself here. Or come and try on someone else here. Let the power of this place reach inside of you, and allow yourself to relax into everything it has to offer. Drink the delicious, deep, rare water. Walk the dusty trails. Listen to the warm wind. This is a place to relax and rediscover yourself, you special friends and your family. Put your feet up on the Vietnamese ox yoke that is our coffee table. Wrap yourself in a traditional serape outside and enjoy the fire and a rich cup of coffee. Put on your favorite jeans, your favorite boots, and your favorite tunes and dance under the stars until the moon rises, and then sets again.

Make this your own cowboy paradise and return home rested and renewed.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Pioneertown, California

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 148 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed , Direct garden access
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed , Direct garden access
    Bedroom 3 - 1 large double bed , Direct garden access and glass walls on three sides
  • King size beds (1) The King Bedroom opens to the back yard walled secret garden!, Queen size Beds (2) 1 Queen Bedroom opens to the back yard secret garden and 1 Queen Bedroom/Sunroom opens to the private front garden!
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Television
  • video player
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • alternative lifestyle
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • ski
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Rooftop deck with an iron cowboy bed, suitable for sunbathing during the day and star gazing at night. Some guests even decide to sleep on the deck in fine weather!


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Cowboy Paradise in Pioneertown ~ The Olive Adobe!!!!!!
average rating of 5.0 based on 45 reviews

Wonderful Weekend in The Olive Adobe

  • 5 of 5

Our group of three married couples found The Olive Adobe to be the perfect place for weekend accommodations while attending a wedding in Rimrock. Peter is an excellent host. He responds to all correspondence immediately. He met us at the house when we arrived and gave us a full orientation on the property and the surrounding area. The house is beautiful in so many ways - from the interior design/decor to the outdoor garden and shower, and rooftop bed. It is very quiet with no traffic nearby at all, at least it was at this time of year. Just the sound of birds, distant roosters, coyotes, and the buzzing of bees at the garden's Crepe Myrtle blooms in the morning. We went on hikes in the neighborhood and did the short drive to Joshua Tree National Park. We had a great meal at Pappy and Harriet's, which is not to be missed!

If your travels take you anywhere near the Yucca Valley/Pioneertown area, I highly recommend this fantastic house!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Serene and totally awesome place!

  • 5 of 5

Just what we needed! Great outdoor atmosphere, super cozy beds, great furnishings and decor. Super easy to check in and out. We were in town for a wedding just up the road, very quick trip.... already planning our next stay! Thanks for sharing your beautiful home!

  • Review Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Special and extraordinary

  • 5 of 5

The Olive Adobe is one of the most charming, comfortable, enchanting (even) places we have ever had the pleasure of calling our home-away-from-home. We were in Joshua Tree for a very busy family event, and I would love to return to enjoy the simple pleasures of star-gazing, sitting by the outdoor fireplace, basking in the sun. The owner was informative and went way beyond the necessary to make our stay a delight. Thanks so much for everything!

  • Review Submitted: May 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Outdoor spaces for every time of day

  • 5 of 5

The house was super comfortable, with a choice of bedrooms depending on if you like to wake with the sun (a fab 3-side window room!), or sleep with the shades drawn. We managed to use 4 comfy seating or dining areas outside, following the sun or fireplace or sky, but there were even more choices. Beautiful quality interior, clearly built with skill and love, and our hosts were communicative and great. We had a great time with this as our home base!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful and very clean

  • 5 of 5

Such a magical experience. I hope to return some day.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome Desert Respite with All the Fixins

  • 5 of 5

We loved it! The house is perfectly located to enjoy the quiet of the desert, the night skies or the fun of Pioneertown. Perfectly appointed inside and out with all the comforts of home. The snacks and wine on arrival were such a nice touch and the beds were super comfortable. This is a great house that we highly recommend to anyone who wants to enjoy the desert in this area of the world. The hosts were the best and very helpful. We will be back again and again. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Palm Springs
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Pappy & Hariet's Pioneertown Palace!

Bouldering and rock climbing, panning for gold, antiquing, horse boarding nearby and guided hikes! Not to mention Pappy & Harriets is just 5 minutes away!


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Pioneertown, California

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Christmas / New Year
22 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$88 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

non-refundable cleaning A$191.21
Property Damage Protection A$100.7
Tax Rate 7.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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