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

Exclusive Offer – Concierge Credit up to $2,500

For the entire month of November, we are including a credit of up to $2,500 on any activities or services you book through your Rental Escapes concierge.


The promotion applies to bookings made in the month of November 2022 with check-in date before December 31, 2023.
The concierge credit can be applied towards the cost of any service or activity offered and booked through our concierge department.

The amount of the credit is based on the total price of the booking before taxes and fees accoring to the table below:

Booking Amount Concierge Credit
$5,000 - $9,999 $100
$10,000 - $24,999 $250
$25,000 - $49,999 $500
$50,000 - $99,999 $1,000
$100,000 - $149,999 $1,500
$150,000+ $2,500

Offer valid from 2022-11-01 to 2022-11-30
For travel between 2022-11-01 and 2023-12-31

Rates

Category Date Range Rate Min stay
Nov 27 - Nov 27, 2022 Nov 27 2022 to Nov 27 2022 $461 per Night 5 Nights
Nov 28 - Nov 30, 2022 Nov 28 2022 to Nov 30 2022 $542 per Night 5 Nights
Dec 1 - Dec 3, 2022 Dec 1 2022 to Dec 3 2022 $595 per Night 5 Nights
Dec 4 - Dec 7, 2022 Dec 4 2022 to Dec 7 2022 $542 per Night 5 Nights
Dec 8 - Dec 10, 2022 Dec 8 2022 to Dec 10 2022 $595 per Night 5 Nights
Dec 11 - Dec 14, 2022 Dec 11 2022 to Dec 14 2022 $542 per Night 5 Nights
Dec 15 - Dec 15, 2022 Dec 15 2022 to Dec 15 2022 $765 per Night 5 Nights
Dec 16 - Dec 21, 2022 Dec 16 2022 to Dec 21 2022 $763 per Night 5 Nights
Dec 22, 2022 - Jan 1, 2023 Dec 22 2022 to Jan 1 2023 $900 per Night 7 Nights
Jan 2 - Jan 4, 2023 Jan 2 2023 to Jan 4 2023 $484 per Night 5 Nights
Jan 5 - Jan 8, 2023 Jan 5 2023 to Jan 8 2023 $495 per Night 5 Nights
Jan 9 - Jan 11, 2023 Jan 9 2023 to Jan 11 2023 $484 per Night 5 Nights
Jan 12 - Jan 15, 2023 Jan 12 2023 to Jan 15 2023 $495 per Night 5 Nights
Jan 16 - Jan 18, 2023 Jan 16 2023 to Jan 18 2023 $484 per Night 5 Nights
Jan 19 - Jan 22, 2023 Jan 19 2023 to Jan 22 2023 $495 per Night 5 Nights
Jan 23 - Jan 25, 2023 Jan 23 2023 to Jan 25 2023 $484 per Night 5 Nights
Jan 26 - Jan 29, 2023 Jan 26 2023 to Jan 29 2023 $495 per Night 5 Nights
Jan 30 - Feb 1, 2023 Jan 30 2023 to Feb 1 2023 $484 per Night 5 Nights
Feb 2 - Feb 4, 2023 Feb 2 2023 to Feb 4 2023 $578 per Night 5 Nights
Feb 5 - Feb 5, 2023 Feb 5 2023 to Feb 5 2023 $564 per Night 5 Nights
Feb 6 - Feb 8, 2023 Feb 6 2023 to Feb 8 2023 $538 per Night 5 Nights
Feb 9 - Feb 12, 2023 Feb 9 2023 to Feb 12 2023 $614 per Night 5 Nights
Feb 13 - Feb 15, 2023 Feb 13 2023 to Feb 15 2023 $573 per Night 5 Nights
Feb 16 - Feb 25, 2023 Feb 16 2023 to Feb 25 2023 $850 per Night 5 Nights
Feb 26 - Mar 1, 2023 Feb 26 2023 to Mar 1 2023 $672 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 2 - Mar 2, 2023 Mar 2 2023 to Mar 2 2023 $735 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 3 - Mar 4, 2023 Mar 3 2023 to Mar 4 2023 $956 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 5 - Mar 5, 2023 Mar 5 2023 to Mar 5 2023 $735 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 6 - Mar 8, 2023 Mar 6 2023 to Mar 8 2023 $702 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 9 - Mar 12, 2023 Mar 9 2023 to Mar 12 2023 $956 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 13 - Mar 15, 2023 Mar 13 2023 to Mar 15 2023 $702 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 16 - Mar 16, 2023 Mar 16 2023 to Mar 16 2023 $735 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 17 - Mar 18, 2023 Mar 17 2023 to Mar 18 2023 $956 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 19 - Mar 19, 2023 Mar 19 2023 to Mar 19 2023 $735 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 20 - Mar 22, 2023 Mar 20 2023 to Mar 22 2023 $702 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 23 - Mar 23, 2023 Mar 23 2023 to Mar 23 2023 $735 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 24 - Mar 25, 2023 Mar 24 2023 to Mar 25 2023 $956 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 26 - Mar 26, 2023 Mar 26 2023 to Mar 26 2023 $735 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 27 - Mar 29, 2023 Mar 27 2023 to Mar 29 2023 $681 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 30 - Mar 30, 2023 Mar 30 2023 to Mar 30 2023 $792 per Night 5 Nights
Mar 31 - Apr 1, 2023 Mar 31 2023 to Apr 1 2023 $1,030 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 2 - Apr 5, 2023 Apr 2 2023 to Apr 5 2023 $720 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 6 - Apr 6, 2023 Apr 6 2023 to Apr 6 2023 $792 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 7 - Apr 9, 2023 Apr 7 2023 to Apr 9 2023 $1,030 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 10 - Apr 12, 2023 Apr 10 2023 to Apr 12 2023 $720 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 13 - Apr 13, 2023 Apr 13 2023 to Apr 13 2023 $832 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 14 - Apr 15, 2023 Apr 14 2023 to Apr 15 2023 $915 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 16 - Apr 16, 2023 Apr 16 2023 to Apr 16 2023 $832 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 17 - Apr 19, 2023 Apr 17 2023 to Apr 19 2023 $720 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 20 - Apr 20, 2023 Apr 20 2023 to Apr 20 2023 $792 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 21 - Apr 22, 2023 Apr 21 2023 to Apr 22 2023 $871 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 23 - Apr 23, 2023 Apr 23 2023 to Apr 23 2023 $792 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 24 - Apr 26, 2023 Apr 24 2023 to Apr 26 2023 $720 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 27 - Apr 27, 2023 Apr 27 2023 to Apr 27 2023 $874 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 28 - Apr 29, 2023 Apr 28 2023 to Apr 29 2023 $961 per Night 5 Nights
Apr 30 - Apr 30, 2023 Apr 30 2023 to Apr 30 2023 $832 per Night 5 Nights
May 1 - May 3, 2023 May 1 2023 to May 3 2023 $756 per Night 5 Nights
May 4 - May 6, 2023 May 4 2023 to May 6 2023 $792 per Night 5 Nights
May 7 - May 10, 2023 May 7 2023 to May 10 2023 $756 per Night 5 Nights
May 11 - May 13, 2023 May 11 2023 to May 13 2023 $792 per Night 5 Nights
May 14 - May 17, 2023 May 14 2023 to May 17 2023 $756 per Night 5 Nights
May 18 - May 20, 2023 May 18 2023 to May 20 2023 $792 per Night 5 Nights
May 21 - May 24, 2023 May 21 2023 to May 24 2023 $756 per Night 5 Nights
May 25 - May 28, 2023 May 25 2023 to May 28 2023 $792 per Night 5 Nights
May 29 - May 31, 2023 May 29 2023 to May 31 2023 $568 per Night 5 Nights
Jun 1 - Jun 3, 2023 Jun 1 2023 to Jun 3 2023 $594 per Night 5 Nights
Jun 4 - Jun 7, 2023 Jun 4 2023 to Jun 7 2023 $567 per Night 5 Nights
Jun 8 - Jun 10, 2023 Jun 8 2023 to Jun 10 2023 $594 per Night 5 Nights
Jun 11 - Jun 14, 2023 Jun 11 2023 to Jun 14 2023 $567 per Night 5 Nights
Jun 15 - Jun 17, 2023 Jun 15 2023 to Jun 17 2023 $594 per Night 5 Nights
Jun 18 - Jun 21, 2023 Jun 18 2023 to Jun 21 2023 $567 per Night 5 Nights
Jun 22 - Jun 24, 2023 Jun 22 2023 to Jun 24 2023 $594 per Night 5 Nights
Jun 25 - Jun 28, 2023 Jun 25 2023 to Jun 28 2023 $567 per Night 5 Nights
Jun 29 - Jul 8, 2023 Jun 29 2023 to Jul 8 2023 $594 per Night 5 Nights
Jul 9 - Jul 12, 2023 Jul 9 2023 to Jul 12 2023 $567 per Night 5 Nights
Jul 13 - Jul 15, 2023 Jul 13 2023 to Jul 15 2023 $594 per Night 5 Nights
Jul 16 - Jul 19, 2023 Jul 16 2023 to Jul 19 2023 $567 per Night 5 Nights
Jul 20 - Jul 22, 2023 Jul 20 2023 to Jul 22 2023 $594 per Night 5 Nights
Jul 23 - Jul 26, 2023 Jul 23 2023 to Jul 26 2023 $567 per Night 5 Nights
Jul 27 - Jul 27, 2023 Jul 27 2023 to Jul 27 2023 $594 per Night 5 Nights
Jul 28 - Jul 29, 2023 Jul 28 2023 to Jul 29 2023 $595 per Night 5 Nights
Jul 30 - Jul 30, 2023 Jul 30 2023 to Jul 30 2023 $568 per Night 5 Nights
Jul 31 - Aug 2, 2023 Jul 31 2023 to Aug 2 2023 $567 per Night 5 Nights
Aug 3 - Aug 5, 2023 Aug 3 2023 to Aug 5 2023 $596 per Night 5 Nights
Aug 6 - Aug 6, 2023 Aug 6 2023 to Aug 6 2023 $568 per Night 5 Nights
Aug 7 - Aug 9, 2023 Aug 7 2023 to Aug 9 2023 $567 per Night 5 Nights
Aug 10 - Aug 12, 2023 Aug 10 2023 to Aug 12 2023 $596 per Night 5 Nights
Aug 13 - Aug 13, 2023 Aug 13 2023 to Aug 13 2023 $568 per Night 5 Nights
Aug 14 - Aug 16, 2023 Aug 14 2023 to Aug 16 2023 $567 per Night 5 Nights
Aug 17 - Aug 19, 2023 Aug 17 2023 to Aug 19 2023 $596 per Night 5 Nights
Aug 20 - Aug 20, 2023 Aug 20 2023 to Aug 20 2023 $568 per Night 5 Nights
Aug 21 - Aug 23, 2023 Aug 21 2023 to Aug 23 2023 $567 per Night 5 Nights
Aug 24 - Aug 26, 2023 Aug 24 2023 to Aug 26 2023 $596 per Night 5 Nights
Aug 27 - Aug 27, 2023 Aug 27 2023 to Aug 27 2023 $568 per Night 5 Nights
Aug 28 - Aug 30, 2023 Aug 28 2023 to Aug 30 2023 $567 per Night 5 Nights
Aug 31 - Aug 31, 2023 Aug 31 2023 to Aug 31 2023 $596 per Night 5 Nights
Sep 1 - Sep 3, 2023 Sep 1 2023 to Sep 3 2023 $595 per Night 5 Nights
Sep 4 - Sep 6, 2023 Sep 4 2023 to Sep 6 2023 $567 per Night 5 Nights
Sep 7 - Sep 9, 2023 Sep 7 2023 to Sep 9 2023 $595 per Night 5 Nights
Sep 10 - Sep 10, 2023 Sep 10 2023 to Sep 10 2023 $569 per Night 5 Nights
Sep 11 - Sep 13, 2023 Sep 11 2023 to Sep 13 2023 $567 per Night 5 Nights
Sep 14 - Sep 16, 2023 Sep 14 2023 to Sep 16 2023 $595 per Night 5 Nights
Sep 17 - Sep 17, 2023 Sep 17 2023 to Sep 17 2023 $569 per Night 5 Nights
Sep 18 - Sep 20, 2023 Sep 18 2023 to Sep 20 2023 $567 per Night 5 Nights
Sep 21 - Sep 23, 2023 Sep 21 2023 to Sep 23 2023 $595 per Night 5 Nights
Sep 24 - Sep 24, 2023 Sep 24 2023 to Sep 24 2023 $569 per Night 5 Nights
Sep 25 - Sep 27, 2023 Sep 25 2023 to Sep 27 2023 $567 per Night 5 Nights
Sep 28 - Sep 28, 2023 Sep 28 2023 to Sep 28 2023 $595 per Night 5 Nights
Sep 29 - Sep 30, 2023 Sep 29 2023 to Sep 30 2023 $792 per Night 5 Nights
Oct 1 - Oct 4, 2023 Oct 1 2023 to Oct 4 2023 $758 per Night 5 Nights
Oct 5 - Oct 5, 2023 Oct 5 2023 to Oct 5 2023 $792 per Night 5 Nights
Oct 6 - Oct 7, 2023 Oct 6 2023 to Oct 7 2023 $793 per Night 5 Nights
Oct 8 - Oct 11, 2023 Oct 8 2023 to Oct 11 2023 $758 per Night 5 Nights
Oct 12 - Oct 12, 2023 Oct 12 2023 to Oct 12 2023 $792 per Night 5 Nights
Oct 13 - Oct 14, 2023 Oct 13 2023 to Oct 14 2023 $793 per Night 5 Nights
Oct 15 - Oct 18, 2023 Oct 15 2023 to Oct 18 2023 $758 per Night 5 Nights
Oct 19 - Oct 19, 2023 Oct 19 2023 to Oct 19 2023 $792 per Night 5 Nights
Oct 20 - Oct 21, 2023 Oct 20 2023 to Oct 21 2023 $793 per Night 5 Nights
Oct 22 - Oct 25, 2023 Oct 22 2023 to Oct 25 2023 $758 per Night 5 Nights
Oct 26 - Oct 26, 2023 Oct 26 2023 to Oct 26 2023 $792 per Night 5 Nights
Oct 27 - Oct 28, 2023 Oct 27 2023 to Oct 28 2023 $793 per Night 5 Nights
Oct 29 - Nov 1, 2023 Oct 29 2023 to Nov 1 2023 $758 per Night 5 Nights
Nov 2 - Nov 4, 2023 Nov 2 2023 to Nov 4 2023 $792 per Night 5 Nights
Nov 5 - Nov 8, 2023 Nov 5 2023 to Nov 8 2023 $755 per Night 5 Nights
Nov 9 - Nov 9, 2023 Nov 9 2023 to Nov 9 2023 $788 per Night 5 Nights
Nov 10 - Nov 11, 2023 Nov 10 2023 to Nov 11 2023 $792 per Night 5 Nights
Nov 12 - Nov 15, 2023 Nov 12 2023 to Nov 15 2023 $755 per Night 5 Nights
Nov 16 - Nov 16, 2023 Nov 16 2023 to Nov 16 2023 $788 per Night 5 Nights
Nov 17 - Nov 17, 2023 Nov 17 2023 to Nov 17 2023 $792 per Night 5 Nights
Nov 18 - Nov 25, 2023 Nov 18 2023 to Nov 25 2023 $932 per Night 5 Nights
Nov 26 - Nov 26, 2023 Nov 26 2023 to Nov 26 2023 $542 per Night 5 Nights
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Other Fees

Damage WaiverDamage Waiver $165 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

Additional Info

• Do not play amplified music outside the home due to the Palm Springs noise ordinance which will be monitored.
• All guests must be at least 25 years old to book and stay in rental homes.

Amenities & Activities

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

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Golf
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Entertainment

  • Satellite or cable
  • Sound System
  • Table Tennis
  • Television

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Golf
  • Hot Tub
  • Pool
  • Staff
  • 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)

Bedroom 1 | Master 1 King
1 Pullout
3 Guests Additional Info
Bedroom 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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