The Wheelhouse
Twentynine Palms, CA
Bedrooms 2
Beds 2
Sleeps 7
Full Baths 2
Half Baths 0
The Wheelhouse is an artistic high-desert retreat formerly owned by TV personality Huell Howser. 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. An avid collector of found materials and repurposed 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. Primary 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. 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. This home permits weddings and other events. Please reach out to us directly to discuss hosting an event at this property. This home welcomes 1 dog with an additional, non-refundable pet fee of $150, plus tax. Please be advised that dogs are not permitted in the pool.
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  • Property Rules
    • Check-in: 4:00 PM
    • Check-out: 10:00 AM
    • No Smoking Allowed
  • State Regulations
    • Night Time Occupancy: 7

Booking a stay within 48 hours of arrival or for longer than 14 days?
Please call our Guest Experience team at 888-720-2057 to confirm availability and complete your reservation at this property.

  • WiFi Internet
  • Air Conditioning
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Pets allowed
  • Pool
  • Television
  • Luxury
  • Concierge
  • Mountain View
  • Suitable for Other Events
  • Private Outdoor Pool- Unheated
  • Hot Tub
  • Fire Pit
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Fireplace - Gas
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Cable or Satellite TV
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen
  • Patio Area with Outdoor Furniture
  • Parking Facilities On-Site
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dining Area
  • Terrace with outdoor furniture
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Living Room
  • Central Heating
  • Family
  • Essentials
  • Oven
  • Stove
  • Weddings
  • Patio / Deck
  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Dining Room
  • Dryer
  • Event friendly
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Fireplace
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free parking
  • Hair Dryer
  • Hangers
  • Heating
  • Hiking
  • Ice Maker
  • Iron, Ironing Board
  • Kitchen Utensils
  • Linens
  • Microwave
  • Mountain View
  • Outdoor Veranda
  • Private Entrance
  • Refrigerator
  • Shampoo
  • Smoke detector
  • Smoking: Not Allowed
  • Swimming
  • Toaster
  • Towels
  • Town
  • Washer
  • Washing Machine
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    AVAILABILITY RESTRICTIONS
    Jan. 12, 2024 — Nov. 25, 2024
    3 Night Minimum
    Nov. 26, 2024 — Nov. 30, 2024
    4 Night Minimum
    Dec. 01, 2024 — Dec. 19, 2024
    3 Night Minimum
    Dec. 20, 2024 — Jan. 02, 2025
    5 Night Minimum
    Jan. 03, 2025 — Jun. 17, 2025
    3 Night Minimum
    4.9 | 38 Guest Reviews
    Airbnb
    February, 2024
    We enjoyed our stay in TwentyNine Palms. The house had everything we needed for a last minute relaxing weekend getaway.
    Natural Retreats Response
    Hi, Laura and Djani. We appreciate you taking the time to provide a rating for your relaxing weekend stay. Thank you for choosing Natural Retreats; we hope you revisit us soon!
    Airbnb
    September, 2023
    This place is amazing! Stunning location, stunning house and pool and hot tube and the best place to stay. Feels like you're in the middle of nowhere but 5 mins away there's lots of shops and places to go. 20 mins from Joshua Tree national park - perfect location!
    Natural Retreats Response
    We appreciate your review, Kirsty, and we're so thrilled you had an exceptional experience at The Wheelhouse! Thank you for staying with us, and it would be our pleasure to host your next visit to Palm Springs in the future.
    Kirsty
    September, 2023
    Natural Retreats Response
    Thank you for providing a rating; we are pleased you enjoyed your stay at The Wheelhouse. Having you as our guest was a pleasure, and we hope to see you back in the future!
    Desiree
    August, 2023
    Natural Retreats Response
    We are thrilled you had an exceptional stay at The Wheelhouse and appreciate you sharing your rating. We hope to see you back in Palm Springs again soon. Thank you for choosing Natural Retreats!
    Ashling
    July, 2023
    Natural Retreats Response
    Thanks for providing a rating. We are pleased you had a wonderful stay with us at The Wheelhouse, and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future!
    Kelly
    August, 2022
    The property manager and staff have been super accommodating, and the property is amazing.

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