House, 3 Bedrooms + Library, 1 Bath, + sofa sleeper + foam mattresses (Sleeps 8)
About Dale Pelton
I attended Cherokee school in Oklahoma with Indians and poor whites. War games and fist fights were the events at lunch time. After feeding the chickens, pulling weeds, fighting prairie fires, I read books in the magical forest across the creek. After wrestling for Oklahoma State and University of Nebraska, I studied philosophy at University of Tulsa, writing newspaper reviews of cinema, literature, essays on ethics and politics. During my college years, I hitchhiked across America, Key West, Florida, New Orleans, San Francisco, through slums of Mexico City, Guatemalan jungles and San Salvadorian barrios, journeys which have inspired the characters in Celine on Fire. Working as a white journalist for Tulsa’s black newspaper, I returned from King’s march from Selma to Montgomery to deliver an address, Thunder in the Ghetto, in the rebuilt Church which had been burned to the ground in the 1921 Race Riot. I organized concerts for jazz musicians, Baby Face Willette and Odetta, opened The Bastille, a folk music, rock/dance club. During two years at the UCLA graduate film school, I directed my thesis, Death of the Red Planet, in 35mm Cinemascope, quadraphonic sound, the first film created by lasers. http://cec.concordia.ca/econtact/11_4/pelton_red_planet.html. filmed in the laboratories of Cal-Tech and sound track created at Cal-Arts. Praised by American Cinematographer, and Hollywood Reporter, the film was invited to the Cannes Festival and played in 600 theaters across America. My first film work was for Battlestar Galactica. While working with Steven Spielberg (The Goonies), Terry Gilliam (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas), Paul Verhoeven (Hollowman), designing music videos for Olivia Newton, Travolta, Cindy Lauper, I wrote screenplays at night, East of the Moon, and a musical Celine on Fire. From my original screenplay evoking the spirit of Gene Kelly’s An American in Paris, the story evolved into a historical-philosophical novel set in 1950s Paris.
Dale Pelton purchased this House in 1988
Why Dale Pelton chose
I discovered Joshua Tree in 1968 when visiting my family, original settlers who homesteaded the land in the early 1950s. I began landscaping the garden 25 years ago. The Italian Stone pines are 22 years old, the rose garden 15 years ago. The terraces and surrounding berms of decomposed granite have been sculpted over the years. Bighorn sheep often come off the park into our valley of the moon where bobcats, kit foxes and roadrunners roam.
What makes this House unique
Peaceful solitude. Large cavern with two fire pits for dinner parties close to house. Bedding and pillows for extra guests. Barbecue on Kitchen terrace. Giant Joshua Tree in the boulders. Villa dei Fiori's boundary is on the Joshua Tree National Park. Our Valley of the Moon is excellent for bouldering and rock climbing. Large saltwater pool surrounded by boulders and oversized Jacuzzi spa for six. Many windows and 13 glass French doors open to garden and boulder views from every room, the scent of flowers enveloping the house. Villa dei Fiori has a professional chef available to cook for guests at the house. Prices and menus are available upon request.
Check-in: 1:00 pm
Check-out: 11:00 am
Small events may be considered, but no weddings.
100% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 7 days before arrival date.
We planned to stay at the house and go into the park. However, the area around the house was so great we skipped the park and hiked around the property. The decision paid off, as we were greeted by a large herd of bighorn sheep only a few minutes into our hike behind the house. Cooking s'mores in the cave was also a big hit with the kids!
I'm excited that you found the herd of Bighorns in the valley behind the house. That is a treat. Your kids, Naomi and Demian were excellent climbers. Thank you, Will, for taking such good care of the property and the best of fortune in your writing career, Dale
We stayed here 9 years ago and never forgot about this place. Truly amazing property. I doubt you will find a more unique vacation rental anywhere. House is perfect for a short or long stay and Dale is very accommodating. Cant wait to come back.
Thank you Robin for remembering the joys of our wilderness at Villa dei Fiori.
Robin, the Bighorn herd was in the boulders above the house yesterday. A ewe, leaped up to join a Bighorn ram on the boulder above, but he butted her with his horns and knocked her off the boulder. I think it is no longer the mating season. She recovered with grace and was not injured. I've reported the ram to the Ewe Protection Society.
Robin, we hope to see you again one day.
Take care, Dale
dale is a rare bird in the world and his house is a thing of beauty
Very relaxing time
We just spent the 4th relaxing and having a very nice time. Dale the owner was truly kind and accommodating.
Thank you Dorie for the tender loving care you gave to Villa dei Fiori. Your family was a delight to host for the Fourth of July.
We had an amazing time exploring Joshua Tree and staying in Dale's wonderful home - a truly unique and fantastic experience!
Thank you Kevin for treating my home and garden with impeccable care. You even raked smooth some of the sand dunes. Your comments while you were here on your appreciation of the beauty of the garden were deeply appreciated. I am glad that your children had a wonderful time. We look forward to receiving you again next year.
Magical location has it all
From the saltwater pool, to the jacuzzi, to the majestic boulders framing the property lit tastefully by night—this property has it all. The owner, Dale, is an artist and it shows as every piece of the property has intention put into it. I came here for a small and tame bachelor's weekend, and everyone had an amazing time. We cooked amazing food, scrambled on the boulders in the canyon behind the property, swam by day, soaked in the jacuzzi by night. I can't say enough about our time here. Thanks, Dale!
Swimming in spring and summer, Wild animal and bird Watching, Cave and wilderness exploring. Astronomy, Star Gazing. Resort town, shops, renown art museum and casinos in nearby Palm Springs.