The Wheelhouse

Overview

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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.

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 2000's, Howser added a sun room 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 alfresco 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 alfresco dining area, which converts into a ping-pong table. A gas barbecue 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.

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Rates & Fees

Rates

Category Date Range Rate Min stay
Jun 21 - Jun 23, 2021 Jun 21 2021 to Jun 23 2021 $511 per Night 5 Nights
Jun 24 - Jun 26, 2021 Jun 24 2021 to Jun 26 2021 $595 per Night 5 Nights
Jun 27 - Jun 27, 2021 Jun 27 2021 to Jun 27 2021 $537 per Night 5 Nights
Jun 28 - Jun 30, 2021 Jun 28 2021 to Jun 30 2021 $511 per Night 5 Nights
Jul 1 - Jul 3, 2021 Jul 1 2021 to Jul 3 2021 $595 per Night 5 Nights
Jul 4 - Jul 4, 2021 Jul 4 2021 to Jul 4 2021 $537 per Night 5 Nights
Jul 5 - Jul 7, 2021 Jul 5 2021 to Jul 7 2021 $511 per Night 5 Nights
Jul 8 - Jul 10, 2021 Jul 8 2021 to Jul 10 2021 $595 per Night 5 Nights
Jul 11 - Jul 11, 2021 Jul 11 2021 to Jul 11 2021 $537 per Night 5 Nights
Jul 12 - Jul 14, 2021 Jul 12 2021 to Jul 14 2021 $511 per Night 5 Nights
Jul 15 - Jul 17, 2021 Jul 15 2021 to Jul 17 2021 $595 per Night 5 Nights
Jul 18 - Jul 18, 2021 Jul 18 2021 to Jul 18 2021 $537 per Night 5 Nights
Jul 19 - Jul 21, 2021 Jul 19 2021 to Jul 21 2021 $511 per Night 5 Nights
Jul 22 - Jul 24, 2021 Jul 22 2021 to Jul 24 2021 $595 per Night 5 Nights
Jul 25 - Jul 25, 2021 Jul 25 2021 to Jul 25 2021 $537 per Night 5 Nights
Jul 26 - Jul 28, 2021 Jul 26 2021 to Jul 28 2021 $511 per Night 5 Nights
Jul 29 - Jul 31, 2021 Jul 29 2021 to Jul 31 2021 $595 per Night 5 Nights
Aug 1 - Aug 1, 2021 Aug 1 2021 to Aug 1 2021 $537 per Night 5 Nights
Aug 2 - Aug 4, 2021 Aug 2 2021 to Aug 4 2021 $511 per Night 5 Nights
Aug 5 - Aug 7, 2021 Aug 5 2021 to Aug 7 2021 $595 per Night 5 Nights
Aug 8 - Aug 8, 2021 Aug 8 2021 to Aug 8 2021 $537 per Night 5 Nights
Aug 9 - Aug 11, 2021 Aug 9 2021 to Aug 11 2021 $511 per Night 5 Nights
Aug 12 - Aug 14, 2021 Aug 12 2021 to Aug 14 2021 $595 per Night 5 Nights
Aug 15 - Aug 15, 2021 Aug 15 2021 to Aug 15 2021 $537 per Night 5 Nights
Aug 16 - Aug 18, 2021 Aug 16 2021 to Aug 18 2021 $511 per Night 5 Nights
Aug 19 - Aug 21, 2021 Aug 19 2021 to Aug 21 2021 $595 per Night 5 Nights
Aug 22 - Aug 22, 2021 Aug 22 2021 to Aug 22 2021 $537 per Night 5 Nights
Aug 23 - Aug 25, 2021 Aug 23 2021 to Aug 25 2021 $511 per Night 5 Nights
Aug 26 - Aug 28, 2021 Aug 26 2021 to Aug 28 2021 $595 per Night 5 Nights
Aug 29 - Sep 1, 2021 Aug 29 2021 to Sep 1 2021 $511 per Night 5 Nights
Sep 2 - Sep 4, 2021 Sep 2 2021 to Sep 4 2021 $595 per Night 5 Nights
Sep 5 - Sep 8, 2021 Sep 5 2021 to Sep 8 2021 $511 per Night 5 Nights
Sep 9 - Sep 11, 2021 Sep 9 2021 to Sep 11 2021 $595 per Night 5 Nights
Sep 12 - Sep 15, 2021 Sep 12 2021 to Sep 15 2021 $511 per Night 5 Nights
Sep 16 - Sep 18, 2021 Sep 16 2021 to Sep 18 2021 $595 per Night 5 Nights
Sep 19 - Sep 22, 2021 Sep 19 2021 to Sep 22 2021 $511 per Night 5 Nights
Sep 23 - Sep 25, 2021 Sep 23 2021 to Sep 25 2021 $595 per Night 5 Nights
Sep 26 - Sep 29, 2021 Sep 26 2021 to Sep 29 2021 $511 per Night 5 Nights
Sep 30 - Oct 2, 2021 Sep 30 2021 to Oct 2 2021 $832 per Night 5 Nights
Oct 3 - Oct 6, 2021 Oct 3 2021 to Oct 6 2021 $756 per Night 5 Nights
Oct 7 - Oct 9, 2021 Oct 7 2021 to Oct 9 2021 $832 per Night 5 Nights
Oct 10 - Oct 13, 2021 Oct 10 2021 to Oct 13 2021 $756 per Night 5 Nights
Oct 14 - Oct 16, 2021 Oct 14 2021 to Oct 16 2021 $832 per Night 5 Nights
Oct 17 - Oct 20, 2021 Oct 17 2021 to Oct 20 2021 $756 per Night 5 Nights
Oct 21 - Oct 23, 2021 Oct 21 2021 to Oct 23 2021 $832 per Night 5 Nights
Oct 24 - Oct 27, 2021 Oct 24 2021 to Oct 27 2021 $756 per Night 5 Nights
Oct 28 - Oct 30, 2021 Oct 28 2021 to Oct 30 2021 $832 per Night 5 Nights
Oct 31 - Nov 3, 2021 Oct 31 2021 to Nov 3 2021 $756 per Night 5 Nights
Nov 4 - Nov 6, 2021 Nov 4 2021 to Nov 6 2021 $832 per Night 5 Nights
Nov 7 - Nov 10, 2021 Nov 7 2021 to Nov 10 2021 $756 per Night 5 Nights
Nov 11 - Nov 13, 2021 Nov 11 2021 to Nov 13 2021 $832 per Night 5 Nights
Nov 14 - Nov 17, 2021 Nov 14 2021 to Nov 17 2021 $756 per Night 5 Nights
Nov 18 - Nov 18, 2021 Nov 18 2021 to Nov 18 2021 $832 per Night 5 Nights
Nov 19 - Nov 27, 2021 Nov 19 2021 to Nov 27 2021 $932 per Night 5 Nights
Nov 28 - Nov 28, 2021 Nov 28 2021 to Nov 28 2021 $809 per Night 5 Nights
Nov 29 - Dec 1, 2021 Nov 29 2021 to Dec 1 2021 $541 per Night 5 Nights
Dec 2 - Dec 4, 2021 Dec 2 2021 to Dec 4 2021 $595 per Night 5 Nights
Dec 5 - Dec 8, 2021 Dec 5 2021 to Dec 8 2021 $541 per Night 5 Nights
Dec 9 - Dec 11, 2021 Dec 9 2021 to Dec 11 2021 $595 per Night 5 Nights
Dec 12 - Dec 15, 2021 Dec 12 2021 to Dec 15 2021 $541 per Night 5 Nights
Dec 16 - Dec 16, 2021 Dec 16 2021 to Dec 16 2021 $765 per Night 5 Nights
Dec 17 - Dec 22, 2021 Dec 17 2021 to Dec 22 2021 $816 per Night 5 Nights
Dec 23, 2021 - Jan 1, 2022 Dec 23 2021 to Jan 1 2022 $963 per Night 5 Nights
Jan 2 - Jan 5, 2022 Jan 2 2022 to Jan 5 2022 $605 per Night 5 Nights
Jan 6 - Jan 6, 2022 Jan 6 2022 to Jan 6 2022 $634 per Night 5 Nights
Jan 7 - Jan 8, 2022 Jan 7 2022 to Jan 8 2022 $713 per Night 5 Nights
Jan 9 - Jan 12, 2022 Jan 9 2022 to Jan 12 2022 $605 per Night 5 Nights
Jan 13 - Jan 13, 2022 Jan 13 2022 to Jan 13 2022 $634 per Night 5 Nights
Jan 14 - Jan 15, 2022 Jan 14 2022 to Jan 15 2022 $713 per Night 5 Nights
Jan 16 - Jan 19, 2022 Jan 16 2022 to Jan 19 2022 $605 per Night 5 Nights
Jan 20 - Jan 20, 2022 Jan 20 2022 to Jan 20 2022 $634 per Night 5 Nights
Jan 21 - Jan 22, 2022 Jan 21 2022 to Jan 22 2022 $713 per Night 5 Nights
Jan 23 - Jan 26, 2022 Jan 23 2022 to Jan 26 2022 $605 per Night 5 Nights
Jan 27 - Jan 27, 2022 Jan 27 2022 to Jan 27 2022 $634 per Night 5 Nights
Jan 28 - Jan 29, 2022 Jan 28 2022 to Jan 29 2022 $713 per Night 5 Nights
Jan 30 - Feb 2, 2022 Jan 30 2022 to Feb 2 2022 $605 per Night 5 Nights
Feb 3 - Feb 3, 2022 Feb 3 2022 to Feb 3 2022 $634 per Night 5 Nights
Feb 4 - Feb 5, 2022 Feb 4 2022 to Feb 5 2022 $713 per Night 5 Nights
Feb 6 - Feb 9, 2022 Feb 6 2022 to Feb 9 2022 $605 per Night 5 Nights
Feb 10 - Feb 12, 2022 Feb 10 2022 to Feb 12 2022 $792 per Night 5 Nights
Feb 13 - Feb 16, 2022 Feb 13 2022 to Feb 16 2022 $756 per Night 5 Nights
Feb 17 - Feb 20, 2022 Feb 17 2022 to Feb 20 2022 $795 per Night 5 Nights
Feb 21 - Feb 23, 2022 Feb 21 2022 to Feb 23 2022 $605 per Night 5 Nights
Feb 24 - Feb 24, 2022 Feb 24 2022 to Feb 24 2022 $634 per Night 5 Nights
Feb 25 - Feb 26, 2022 Feb 25 2022 to Feb 26 2022 $713 per Night 5 Nights
Feb 27 - Mar 2, 2022 Feb 27 2022 to Mar 2 2022 $605 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 3 - Mar 3, 2022 Mar 3 2022 to Mar 3 2022 $792 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 4 - Mar 5, 2022 Mar 4 2022 to Mar 5 2022 $816 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 6 - Mar 9, 2022 Mar 6 2022 to Mar 9 2022 $779 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 10 - Mar 12, 2022 Mar 10 2022 to Mar 12 2022 $816 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 13 - Mar 16, 2022 Mar 13 2022 to Mar 16 2022 $779 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 17 - Mar 19, 2022 Mar 17 2022 to Mar 19 2022 $816 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 20 - Mar 23, 2022 Mar 20 2022 to Mar 23 2022 $779 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 24 - Mar 26, 2022 Mar 24 2022 to Mar 26 2022 $816 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 27 - Mar 30, 2022 Mar 27 2022 to Mar 30 2022 $756 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 31 - Apr 2, 2022 Mar 31 2022 to Apr 2 2022 $792 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 3 - Apr 6, 2022 Apr 3 2022 to Apr 6 2022 $756 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 7 - Apr 9, 2022 Apr 7 2022 to Apr 9 2022 $792 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 10 - Apr 13, 2022 Apr 10 2022 to Apr 13 2022 $756 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 14 - Apr 17, 2022 Apr 14 2022 to Apr 17 2022 $792 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 18 - Apr 20, 2022 Apr 18 2022 to Apr 20 2022 $756 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 21 - Apr 24, 2022 Apr 21 2022 to Apr 24 2022 $792 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 25 - Apr 27, 2022 Apr 25 2022 to Apr 27 2022 $756 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 28 - Apr 30, 2022 Apr 28 2022 to Apr 30 2022 $792 per Night 5 Nights
May 1 - May 4, 2022 May 1 2022 to May 4 2022 $756 per Night 5 Nights
May 5 - May 7, 2022 May 5 2022 to May 7 2022 $792 per Night 5 Nights
May 8 - May 11, 2022 May 8 2022 to May 11 2022 $756 per Night 5 Nights
May 12 - May 14, 2022 May 12 2022 to May 14 2022 $792 per Night 5 Nights
May 15 - May 18, 2022 May 15 2022 to May 18 2022 $756 per Night 5 Nights
May 19 - May 21, 2022 May 19 2022 to May 21 2022 $792 per Night 5 Nights
May 22 - May 25, 2022 May 22 2022 to May 25 2022 $756 per Night 5 Nights
May 26 - May 29, 2022 May 26 2022 to May 29 2022 $792 per Night 5 Nights
May 30 - Jun 1, 2022 May 30 2022 to Jun 1 2022 $568 per Night 5 Nights
Jun 2 - Jun 4, 2022 Jun 2 2022 to Jun 4 2022 $595 per Night 5 Nights
Jun 5 - Jun 8, 2022 Jun 5 2022 to Jun 8 2022 $568 per Night 5 Nights
Jun 9 - Jun 11, 2022 Jun 9 2022 to Jun 11 2022 $595 per Night 5 Nights
Jun 12 - Jun 15, 2022 Jun 12 2022 to Jun 15 2022 $568 per Night 5 Nights
Jun 16 - Jun 16, 2022 Jun 16 2022 to Jun 16 2022 $595 per Night 5 Nights
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Other Fees

Damage WaiverDamage Waiver $100 Flat  
Departure CleanDeparture Clean $350 Flat  

Taxes

Lodging TaxLodging Tax 10.50%
Booking Fee Booking Fee 6.63%

Check-in/Check-out

Check-in time: 17:00 Check-out time: 10:00

Amenities & Activities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Golf
  • Hot Tub
  • Housekeeping/Staff
  • Pool
  • Wifi
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Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Golf
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Entertainment

  • Satellite or cable
  • Table Tennis
  • Television

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Golf
  • Hot Tub
  • Housekeeping/Staff
  • Pool
  • Wifi

Indoor Features

  • Bed Linens
  • Pool/Beach Towels
  • Toiletries
  • Washer/Dryer

Kitchen

  • Coffee maker
  • Cooking utensils
  • Dining Area
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove Top Burners
  • Toaster

Nearby Facilities

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Restaurants
  • Shopping

Outdoor Features

  • Dining Table
  • Lounging Area
  • Outdoor grill
  • Parking
  • Patio
  • Poolside Lounge Chairs
  • Private Pool

Additional Information

• 2,221 square foot ranch sits on 12 acres of desert near Joshua Tree National Park
• Please note the pool is not heated

Special Health and Safety Measures

  • Disinfectant used for cleaning
  • Enhanced cleaning practices
  • High-touch surfaces disinfected
  • Linens washed at high-temp
  • Min 24 hours between stays
  • Self-checkin/checkout available

Industry Association Recommended Cleaning Practice: SafeStay

Rooms

Bedrooms (2)

Suite 1 | Master 1 King
1 Pullout
3 Guests Additional Info
Suite 2 1 Queen 4 Guests  

Bathrooms (3)

Bathroom 1 | MasterToilet, Shower
Bathroom 2Toilet, Shower
Bathroom 3Toilet, Shower

Location

Palm Springs, California

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