“Kitsch desert ranch retreat with hacienda-style suites made for ‘nesting’ near Joshua Tree National Park - 30 minutes (and a world away) from Palm Springs”
From rustic cabin to Mexican hacienda to Zen-modern, the 4 suites and studio cabin come in range of flavours. "People respond to the furnishings and colours in specific rooms," Mindy says. “They have their favourites.”
Walls range from deep desert browns and warm sunset orange and gold to shocking turquoise and rich plum-lavender. Our standalone Cactus Wren studio cabin was modern in style, with a pair of sharp black leather chairs, a Zen-inspired headboard and medusa chandelier (where a cactus wren dangles on a perch). Perfect for a weekend love!
The suites are more rustic with beamed ceilings, handcrafted leather chairs, hand-painted Mexican tiles, beaded curtains, colourful sombreros and Drew’s own photography as art.
Choose Sonoran Traveler, for its large private patio and corner windows with lovely western views. The standalone Western Nomad, with a full sit-down kitchen and large bathroom with a shower and tub, is a good choice for families. The roomy Desert Rambler is best for groups, as it sleeps up to 6 and has a dining area, a sitting room with a wood burning stove and a large private courtyard. Mojave Wanderer is the smallest, but we’d still be perfectly content here.
Western Nomad and Desert Rambler have full kitchens and the others have kitchenettes (with microwaves instead of full-sized ovens). Cactus Wren simply has a small nook with a mini-fridge and coffee maker, plus basic crockery for modest snacks. The kitchens and kitchenettes are well-stocked for cooking and eating in - from pots and pans and crockery down to basic condiments such as salt, pepper, oil, vinegar and spices. All come with ground coffee, assorted teas and packets of hot chocolate.
The nearest supermarket is 8 miles away; Joshua Tree has a farmers market on Saturdays and a health food store which has some provisions such as milk and eggs.
Warm nights are perfect for barbecuing on the communal portable gas grill. Or you can roast hotdogs and marshmallows over the fire pit.
If you want to eat out, check the laminated restaurant guide to Joshua Tree and Surrounding Towns in your room. Your choices are many!
Children are very welcome.
Children (4-12 years)
All except Cactus Wren have a double sofabed and can fit a baby cot. Desert Rambler is good for larger families, as it has an additional double bed and can therefore sleep up to 6 plus a baby.
Keep an eye on young children around prickly cactus and local wildlife.