Wheelhouse

United States / California / Joshua Tree

The Wheelhouse is an artistic high-desert retreat formerly owned by TV personality Huell Howser.

up to 2
Bedrooms
up to 7
Guests
3
Bathrooms
2
Min. Nights

Overview

A rare example of mid-century modern architecture deep in the California desert, the 2,221 square-foot ranch sits on 12 acres of untouched desert near both entrances of Joshua Tree National Park, offering a feeling of total seclusion less than an hour from Palm Springs with 360-degree mountain and desert views.


Built in 1952, the home features an indoor/outdoor layout that provides an ideal setting for weddings, private events and creative retreats, with multiple seating areas for catering, receptions or small-groups. When Howser, an icon of California history and culture, bought the home in the 1990's, he sought to create a communal, creative environment that has endured through every element.

An avid collector of found materials and re-purposed objects, Howser turned quarry stones into yard sculptures and industrial elements into lighting fixtures. Five large millstones, each more than 100 years old, surround the full-length backyard pool, giving the home its name. In the early 2000s, Howser added a sunroom extension, created by panels of etched glass, and a separate living room and dining area in the same industrial style, making the home further suited to large gatherings.

Now owned by an artist, The Wheelhouse has preserved the industrial qualities that Howser introduced, while incorporating personally created pieces that mirror his style. The light-filled living room, features three owner-created pieces, including a triptych on plywood, a unique wood-based tripod lamp, and a sunset-hued tree light.

The gourmet kitchen features a four-seat breakfast nook, stainless steel appliances, the original 50’s stove and plenty of counter space, with a door leading directly outside for easy al fresco dinners. A mid-century dining area features a marble top table with six Eames shell chairs and sliding glass doors that open onto the zero-scaped patio.

Outside are the elements that truly set the home apart. Howser’s industrial accents remain decades after installation, creating the feeling of a modern sculpture garden. An architect designed paneled steel fence surrounds the perimeter, each piece thoughtfully laid in the ground at the same angle as the mountains beyond. The back patio opens to a full-length swimming pool with baja tanning shelf and outdoor spa surrounded by chaise lounge chairs. Please note the pool is not heated; however, the spa is heated. A vintage two-seat swing, nestled just off the living area, offers the perfect place to take in the views. Also outside is a 12-seat al fresco dining area, which converts into a ping-pong table. A gas BBQ grill and indoor/outdoor stereo system complete the ultimate desert entertaining experience.

Honoring the communal spirit encouraged by Howser, The Wheelhouse has become a place for celebrations, gatherings, and creative retreats. Artists have used the home to write, draw, meditate or practice yoga. Photographers have used the space for creative shoots. And couples have made the retreat their own, taking their vows against the rocky cliffs and desert brush that surround the home. Between indoor and outdoor spaces, The Wheelhouse can comfortably host up to 120 guests for a cocktail reception and 75 for a seated dinner.


Amenities

2 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms

Sleeps 7 Guests

Free Wi-Fi
Hot tub
Private Pool (Unheated)
A permit must be approved prior to an event being scheduled
Can comfortably host up to 120 guests for a cocktail reception and 75 for a seated dinner
Washer
Dryer
Fully equipped kitchen
Tea Kettle
Coffee Maker
Terrace with outdoor furniture
Mountain View
Fire Pit
Fireplace - Gas
Patio Area with Outdoor Furniture
Gas Grill
Ping pong table
Flat Screen TV
Indoor/Outdoor Stereo System
Allowed for an additional fee

Details

Bedroom Details

Two spacious bedrooms create an indoor/outdoor feeling with big picture windows, sliding glass doors and minimalist decor.
Master Suite: King bed, chaise-style daybed, which comfortably sleeps one additional person and an en-suite bath features a unique sink made of an old street lamp glass.

Second Bedroom: Queen bed with picture windows and a shared bath with the original 50’s green tile and fixtures.

A den, featuring a large-screen TV and writing desk, provides additional accommodations with a queen sleeper sofa, allowing the home to comfortably sleep 7 guests.

Pool Details

Pool
Hot tub

Staff and Services

Concierge

Villa Notes

The Wheelhouse can comfortably host up to 120 guests for a cocktail reception and 75 for a seated dinner. Please note: to have events at the villa, guests must obtain a permit at an additional cost. The permit must be approved prior to the event being scheduled.

Rates

Travel Dates Bedrooms Min. Night Stay Nightly Rates
May 26, 2022 - May 29, 2022
2 4 12,185 Club Points *
May 30, 2022 - June 01, 2022
2 3 7,862 Club Points *
June 02, 2022 - June 04, 2022
2 3 9,154 Club Points *
June 05, 2022 - June 08, 2022
2 3 7,862 Club Points *
June 09, 2022 - June 11, 2022
2 3 9,154 Club Points *
June 12, 2022 - June 15, 2022
2 3 7,862 Club Points *
June 16, 2022 - June 18, 2022
2 3 9,154 Club Points *
June 19, 2022 - June 22, 2022
2 3 7,862 Club Points *
June 23, 2022 - June 25, 2022
2 3 9,154 Club Points *
June 26, 2022 - June 29, 2022
2 3 7,862 Club Points *
June 30, 2022 - June 30, 2022
2 4 9,154 Club Points *
July 01, 2022 - July 04, 2022
2 4 9,616 Club Points *
July 05, 2022 - July 06, 2022
2 3 7,431 Club Points *
July 07, 2022 - July 09, 2022
2 3 9,154 Club Points *
July 10, 2022 - July 13, 2022
2 3 7,431 Club Points *
July 14, 2022 - July 16, 2022
2 3 9,154 Club Points *
July 17, 2022 - July 20, 2022
2 3 7,431 Club Points *
July 21, 2022 - July 23, 2022
2 3 9,154 Club Points *
July 24, 2022 - July 27, 2022
2 3 7,431 Club Points *
July 28, 2022 - July 30, 2022
2 3 9,154 Club Points *
July 31, 2022 - August 03, 2022
2 3 7,431 Club Points *
August 04, 2022 - August 06, 2022
2 3 9,154 Club Points *
August 07, 2022 - August 10, 2022
2 3 7,431 Club Points *
August 11, 2022 - August 13, 2022
2 3 9,154 Club Points *
August 14, 2022 - August 17, 2022
2 3 7,431 Club Points *
August 18, 2022 - August 20, 2022
2 3 9,154 Club Points *
August 21, 2022 - August 24, 2022
2 3 7,431 Club Points *
August 25, 2022 - August 27, 2022
2 3 9,154 Club Points *
August 28, 2022 - August 31, 2022
2 3 7,431 Club Points *
September 01, 2022 - September 03, 2022
2 4 9,154 Club Points *
September 04, 2022 - September 07, 2022
2 3 8,739 Club Points *
September 08, 2022 - September 10, 2022
2 4 9,154 Club Points *
September 11, 2022 - September 14, 2022
2 3 8,739 Club Points *
September 15, 2022 - September 17, 2022
2 4 9,154 Club Points *
September 18, 2022 - September 21, 2022
2 3 8,739 Club Points *
September 22, 2022 - September 24, 2022
2 4 9,154 Club Points *
September 25, 2022 - September 28, 2022
2 3 8,739 Club Points *
September 29, 2022 - September 29, 2022
2 4 9,154 Club Points *
September 30, 2022 - October 01, 2022
2 4 12,185 Club Points *
October 02, 2022 - October 05, 2022
2 3 11,631 Club Points *
October 06, 2022 - October 08, 2022
2 4 12,185 Club Points *
October 09, 2022 - October 12, 2022
2 3 11,631 Club Points *
October 13, 2022 - October 15, 2022
2 4 12,185 Club Points *
October 16, 2022 - October 19, 2022
2 3 11,631 Club Points *
October 20, 2022 - October 22, 2022
2 4 12,185 Club Points *
October 23, 2022 - October 26, 2022
2 3 11,631 Club Points *
October 27, 2022 - October 29, 2022
2 4 12,185 Club Points *
October 30, 2022 - November 02, 2022
2 3 11,631 Club Points *
November 03, 2022 - November 05, 2022
2 4 12,185 Club Points *
November 06, 2022 - November 09, 2022
2 3 11,631 Club Points *
November 10, 2022 - November 12, 2022
2 4 12,185 Club Points *
November 13, 2022 - November 16, 2022
2 3 11,631 Club Points *
November 17, 2022 - November 18, 2022
2 4 12,185 Club Points *
November 19, 2022 - November 26, 2022
2 4 14,339 Club Points *
November 27, 2022 - November 27, 2022
2 3 12,447 Club Points *
November 28, 2022 - November 30, 2022
2 3 8,324 Club Points *
December 01, 2022 - December 03, 2022
2 4 9,154 Club Points *
December 04, 2022 - December 07, 2022
2 3 8,324 Club Points *
December 08, 2022 - December 10, 2022
2 4 9,154 Club Points *
December 11, 2022 - December 14, 2022
2 3 8,324 Club Points *
December 15, 2022 - December 15, 2022
2 4 11,770 Club Points *
December 16, 2022 - December 21, 2022
2 5 13,816 Club Points *
December 22, 2022 - January 01, 2023
2 7 16,293 Club Points *
January 02, 2023 - January 04, 2023
2 2 9,293 Club Points *
January 05, 2023 - January 08, 2023
2 4 9,508 Club Points *
January 09, 2023 - January 11, 2023
2 2 9,293 Club Points *
January 12, 2023 - January 15, 2023
2 4 9,508 Club Points *
January 16, 2023 - January 18, 2023
2 2 9,293 Club Points *
January 19, 2023 - January 22, 2023
2 4 9,508 Club Points *
January 23, 2023 - January 25, 2023
2 2 9,293 Club Points *
January 26, 2023 - January 29, 2023
2 4 9,508 Club Points *
January 30, 2023 - February 01, 2023
2 2 9,293 Club Points *
February 02, 2023 - February 04, 2023
2 4 11,093 Club Points *
February 05, 2023 - February 05, 2023
2 2 10,831 Club Points *
February 06, 2023 - February 08, 2023
2 2 10,339 Club Points *
February 09, 2023 - February 12, 2023
2 4 11,816 Club Points *
February 13, 2023 - February 15, 2023
2 4 11,000 Club Points *
February 16, 2023 - February 19, 2023
2 4 12,124 Club Points *
February 20, 2023 - February 22, 2023
2 4 10,000 Club Points *
February 23, 2023 - February 25, 2023
2 4 10,693 Club Points *
February 26, 2023 - February 26, 2023
2 2 11,124 Club Points *
February 27, 2023 - February 28, 2023
2 2 10,339 Club Points *
March 01, 2023 - March 01, 2023
2 2 9,847 Club Points *
March 02, 2023 - March 05, 2023
2 4 11,308 Club Points *
March 06, 2023 - March 08, 2023
2 2 10,800 Club Points *
March 09, 2023 - March 12, 2023
2 4 11,308 Club Points *
March 13, 2023 - March 15, 2023
2 4 10,800 Club Points *
March 16, 2023 - March 19, 2023
2 4 11,308 Club Points *
March 20, 2023 - March 22, 2023
2 4 10,800 Club Points *
March 23, 2023 - March 26, 2023
2 4 11,308 Club Points *
March 27, 2023 - March 29, 2023
2 2 10,477 Club Points *
March 30, 2023 - April 01, 2023
2 4 12,185 Club Points *
April 02, 2023 - April 05, 2023
2 2 11,077 Club Points *
April 06, 2023 - April 08, 2023
2 4 12,185 Club Points *
April 09, 2023 - April 12, 2023
2 6 11,077 Club Points *
April 13, 2023 - April 15, 2023
2 5 12,800 Club Points *
April 16, 2023 - April 16, 2023
2 5 11,631 Club Points *
April 17, 2023 - April 19, 2023
2 6 11,077 Club Points *
April 20, 2023 - April 23, 2023
2 4 12,185 Club Points *
April 24, 2023 - April 26, 2023
2 2 11,077 Club Points *
April 27, 2023 - April 29, 2023
2 4 13,447 Club Points *
April 30, 2023 - April 30, 2023
2 2 12,800 Club Points *
May 01, 2023 - May 03, 2023
2 2 11,631 Club Points *
May 04, 2023 - May 06, 2023
2 2 12,185 Club Points *
May 07, 2023 - May 10, 2023
2 2 11,631 Club Points *
May 11, 2023 - May 13, 2023
2 2 12,185 Club Points *
May 14, 2023 - May 17, 2023
2 2 11,631 Club Points *
May 18, 2023 - May 20, 2023
2 2 12,185 Club Points *
May 21, 2023 - May 21, 2023
2 2 11,631 Club Points *
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Points above are based on approximate currency conversion. Rates are subject to change without notice. Please confirm rate and currency with your Villa Specialist at time of booking.

Check In Times

Check in: 5:00 pm - Check out: 9:00 am

Tax Service Charge Details *

Departure Cleaning: $350 plus tax
Lodging Tax: 10.5%
Booking Fee: 6% plus tax

Security Deposit Details

Damage Waiver $100 plus tax

ACCIDENTAL DAMAGE WAIVER

A $99 Accidental Damage Waiver applies to every reservation.

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Location

Villa information may change without notice and should be confirmed with our villa rental specialists.