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
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 2, 2022 Dec 23 2021 to Jan 2 2022 $963 per Night 7 Nights
Jan 3 - Jan 5, 2022 Jan 3 2022 to Jan 5 2022 $711 per Night 5 Nights
Jan 6 - Jan 9, 2022 Jan 6 2022 to Jan 9 2022 $727 per Night 5 Nights
Jan 10 - Jan 12, 2022 Jan 10 2022 to Jan 12 2022 $711 per Night 5 Nights
Jan 13 - Jan 16, 2022 Jan 13 2022 to Jan 16 2022 $727 per Night 5 Nights
Jan 17 - Jan 19, 2022 Jan 17 2022 to Jan 19 2022 $711 per Night 5 Nights
Jan 20 - Jan 23, 2022 Jan 20 2022 to Jan 23 2022 $727 per Night 5 Nights
Jan 24 - Jan 26, 2022 Jan 24 2022 to Jan 26 2022 $711 per Night 5 Nights
Jan 27 - Jan 30, 2022 Jan 27 2022 to Jan 30 2022 $727 per Night 5 Nights
Jan 31 - Feb 2, 2022 Jan 31 2022 to Feb 2 2022 $711 per Night 5 Nights
Feb 3 - Feb 5, 2022 Feb 3 2022 to Feb 5 2022 $727 per Night 5 Nights
Feb 6 - Feb 9, 2022 Feb 6 2022 to Feb 9 2022 $711 per Night 5 Nights
Feb 10 - Feb 13, 2022 Feb 10 2022 to Feb 13 2022 $775 per Night 5 Nights
Feb 14 - Feb 16, 2022 Feb 14 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 $711 per Night 5 Nights
Feb 24 - Feb 27, 2022 Feb 24 2022 to Feb 27 2022 $729 per Night 5 Nights
Feb 28 - Mar 2, 2022 Feb 28 2022 to Mar 2 2022 $711 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 3 - Mar 6, 2022 Mar 3 2022 to Mar 6 2022 $816 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 7 - Mar 9, 2022 Mar 7 2022 to Mar 9 2022 $779 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 10 - Mar 13, 2022 Mar 10 2022 to Mar 13 2022 $816 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 14 - Mar 16, 2022 Mar 14 2022 to Mar 16 2022 $779 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 17 - Mar 20, 2022 Mar 17 2022 to Mar 20 2022 $816 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 21 - Mar 23, 2022 Mar 21 2022 to Mar 23 2022 $779 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 24 - Mar 27, 2022 Mar 24 2022 to Mar 27 2022 $816 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 28 - Mar 30, 2022 Mar 28 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 - May 1, 2022 Apr 28 2022 to May 1 2022 $832 per Night 5 Nights
May 2 - May 4, 2022 May 2 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 18, 2022 Jun 16 2022 to Jun 18 2022 $595 per Night 5 Nights
Jun 19 - Jun 22, 2022 Jun 19 2022 to Jun 22 2022 $568 per Night 5 Nights
Jun 23 - Jun 25, 2022 Jun 23 2022 to Jun 25 2022 $595 per Night 5 Nights
Jun 26 - Jun 29, 2022 Jun 26 2022 to Jun 29 2022 $568 per Night 5 Nights
Jun 30 - Jul 2, 2022 Jun 30 2022 to Jul 2 2022 $595 per Night 5 Nights
Jul 3 - Jul 6, 2022 Jul 3 2022 to Jul 6 2022 $568 per Night 5 Nights
Jul 7 - Jul 9, 2022 Jul 7 2022 to Jul 9 2022 $595 per Night 5 Nights
Jul 10 - Jul 13, 2022 Jul 10 2022 to Jul 13 2022 $568 per Night 5 Nights
Jul 14 - Jul 16, 2022 Jul 14 2022 to Jul 16 2022 $595 per Night 5 Nights
Jul 17 - Jul 20, 2022 Jul 17 2022 to Jul 20 2022 $568 per Night 5 Nights
Jul 21 - Jul 23, 2022 Jul 21 2022 to Jul 23 2022 $595 per Night 5 Nights
Jul 24 - Jul 27, 2022 Jul 24 2022 to Jul 27 2022 $568 per Night 5 Nights
Jul 28 - Jul 30, 2022 Jul 28 2022 to Jul 30 2022 $595 per Night 5 Nights
Jul 31 - Aug 3, 2022 Jul 31 2022 to Aug 3 2022 $568 per Night 5 Nights
Aug 4 - Aug 6, 2022 Aug 4 2022 to Aug 6 2022 $595 per Night 5 Nights
Aug 7 - Aug 10, 2022 Aug 7 2022 to Aug 10 2022 $568 per Night 5 Nights
Aug 11 - Aug 13, 2022 Aug 11 2022 to Aug 13 2022 $595 per Night 5 Nights
Aug 14 - Aug 17, 2022 Aug 14 2022 to Aug 17 2022 $568 per Night 5 Nights
Aug 18 - Aug 20, 2022 Aug 18 2022 to Aug 20 2022 $595 per Night 5 Nights
Aug 21 - Aug 24, 2022 Aug 21 2022 to Aug 24 2022 $568 per Night 5 Nights
Aug 25 - Aug 27, 2022 Aug 25 2022 to Aug 27 2022 $595 per Night 5 Nights
Aug 28 - Aug 31, 2022 Aug 28 2022 to Aug 31 2022 $568 per Night 5 Nights
Sep 1 - Sep 3, 2022 Sep 1 2022 to Sep 3 2022 $595 per Night 5 Nights
Sep 4 - Sep 7, 2022 Sep 4 2022 to Sep 7 2022 $568 per Night 5 Nights
Sep 8 - Sep 10, 2022 Sep 8 2022 to Sep 10 2022 $595 per Night 5 Nights
Sep 11 - Sep 14, 2022 Sep 11 2022 to Sep 14 2022 $568 per Night 5 Nights
Sep 15 - Sep 17, 2022 Sep 15 2022 to Sep 17 2022 $595 per Night 5 Nights
Sep 18 - Sep 21, 2022 Sep 18 2022 to Sep 21 2022 $568 per Night 5 Nights
Sep 22 - Sep 24, 2022 Sep 22 2022 to Sep 24 2022 $595 per Night 5 Nights
Sep 25 - Sep 28, 2022 Sep 25 2022 to Sep 28 2022 $568 per Night 5 Nights
Sep 29 - Sep 29, 2022 Sep 29 2022 to Sep 29 2022 $595 per Night 5 Nights
Sep 30 - Oct 1, 2022 Sep 30 2022 to Oct 1 2022 $792 per Night 5 Nights
Oct 2 - Oct 5, 2022 Oct 2 2022 to Oct 5 2022 $756 per Night 5 Nights
Oct 6 - Oct 8, 2022 Oct 6 2022 to Oct 8 2022 $792 per Night 5 Nights
Oct 9 - Oct 12, 2022 Oct 9 2022 to Oct 12 2022 $756 per Night 5 Nights
Oct 13 - Oct 15, 2022 Oct 13 2022 to Oct 15 2022 $792 per Night 5 Nights
Oct 16 - Oct 19, 2022 Oct 16 2022 to Oct 19 2022 $756 per Night 5 Nights
Oct 20 - Oct 22, 2022 Oct 20 2022 to Oct 22 2022 $792 per Night 5 Nights
Oct 23 - Oct 26, 2022 Oct 23 2022 to Oct 26 2022 $756 per Night 5 Nights
Oct 27 - Oct 29, 2022 Oct 27 2022 to Oct 29 2022 $792 per Night 5 Nights
Oct 30 - Nov 2, 2022 Oct 30 2022 to Nov 2 2022 $756 per Night 5 Nights
Nov 3 - Nov 5, 2022 Nov 3 2022 to Nov 5 2022 $792 per Night 5 Nights
Nov 6 - Nov 9, 2022 Nov 6 2022 to Nov 9 2022 $756 per Night 5 Nights
Nov 10 - Nov 12, 2022 Nov 10 2022 to Nov 12 2022 $792 per Night 5 Nights
Nov 13 - Nov 16, 2022 Nov 13 2022 to Nov 16 2022 $756 per Night 5 Nights
Nov 17 - Nov 18, 2022 Nov 17 2022 to Nov 18 2022 $792 per Night 5 Nights
Nov 19 - Nov 26, 2022 Nov 19 2022 to Nov 26 2022 $932 per Night 5 Nights
Nov 27 - Nov 27, 2022 Nov 27 2022 to Nov 27 2022 $809 per Night 5 Nights
Nov 28 - Nov 30, 2022 Nov 28 2022 to Nov 30 2022 $541 per Night 5 Nights
Dec 1 - Dec 1, 2022 Dec 1 2022 to Dec 1 2022 $567 per Night 5 Nights
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Other Fees

Damage WaiverDamage Waiver $100 Flat  
Departure CleanDeparture Clean $350 Flat  
Utility FeeUtility Fee $50 per Day  

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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