A massive stone house on 5 very private acres in a great central location! This rustic Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired house was hand-built by Frank Garske, a local stone sculptor, archer and desert adventurer. With large windows in every direction, this home is a delight for those who appreciate good architecture, featuring massive Douglas fir cantilevers and stone piers. Centrally located near Joshua Tree National Park, Pappy and Harriet's and the Integratron.
You will feel like you're in a museum in this rustic hand-built house that is made of locally-quarried stone and tile floor throughout, massive Douglas fir wooden beams and glass windows all around. The Great Room has a fireplace, gas stove heater, swamp cooler, Cal King bed, couch and trundle twin beds. An upstairs en suite loft has a double bed, full bathroom and outdoor patio with an exterior mosaic. The kitchen has a breakfast nook, large refrigerator with filtered water/ice cubes, electric stove top, convection oven, microwave, coffee maker & coffee bean grinder. Pots, pans, utensils, plates, mugs, glassware and grill tools are provided so that basic meals can be prepared. The pantry & fridge are stocked with basics such as condiments, tea, coffee, herbs & spices, etc. The kitchen is open to the dining room with a table that comfortably seats six. There is an outdoor patio that is completely enclosed within the center of the house, open to the sky, with a propane grill, patio table and chairs - a wonderful, very private space to spend your evenings watching the sky, protected from the wind. The main bathroom is off the Great Room with an Egyptian mosaic. The floors throughout the house are tile, concrete or stone.
This house was hand-built by Frank Garske, local archer and sculptor. Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright's design principles, the stone walls throughout this home are massive, and the giant cantilevered wood beams on stone piers are like nothing else in the area. Large glass windows in every direction allow you to see through openings in the stonework, and outside to the Joshua trees and beyond - to Mt. Gorgonio on the western horizon and up to the stars in the sky. The house is nestled up against a hill and surrounded by healthy Mojave desert habitat and wildlife. A short walk up to the top of the hill reveals an expansive viewshed of the Morongo Basin.
Guests have access to most of the house and all patio areas surrounding the house. The guest areas include the Great Room, Kitchen & Breakfast Nook, Dining Room, Interior Patio, and second floor Loft. The interior patio has a propane grill, and there's a second-story patio off the loft, and the north- and west-facing sides of the house are patios. Parking is adjacent to the house. Guests may walk around the 5-acre parcel and up the hill for a great 360-degree view. A wrought iron gate marks the entrance to this secluded property.
The day before your arrival, please let us know what time you think you'll be arriving (check-in as early as 3pm). Please call Hamid at ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) one hour prior to your actual arrival - especially if you need to push back your arrival time due to traffic leaving Los Angeles. The individual making this reservation MUST BE PRESENT at check-in and may be asked to show government-issued identification. Please allow about 30 minutes for a tour of this rustic hand-built house. There is a property manager on-site.
We keep a 3-ring binder filled with local information - places to go, things to see, and restaurant menus.
Many kinds of events can be held here - we are happy to talk with you further regarding your specific needs. Only REGISTERED GUESTS are allowed onto the property and in the house.
Only registered guests are allowed on this property, no third-party bookings. The guest making this reservation may be asked to show government-issued identification upon arrival to verify guest's identity.
Because of the interior and exterior ponds no pets or toddlers should stay here.
Smoking is allowed outside in every patio area.
This is not an appropriate location for house parties, bonfires, drones, fireworks, OHVs or firearms.
Guests wishing to bring an RV or other heavy vehicle onto the property MUST receive permission from host prior to booking a reservation. Its very important that guest coordinates with host about where the vehicle can be driven so that underground plumbing, septic lines or habitat are not impacted.
The desert is a living environment and as such birds, spiders, lizards, snakes, bats, scorpions and other critters are present throughout the Morongo Basin. This is why we ask that guests keep exterior doors closed during their stay.
No commercial photography/video/film/recordings/activities allowed without prior written permission, including but not limited to a Certificate of Liability Insurance and a Location Agreement on file prior to arrival. All images and representations of the Stone Temple are private domain. This family home is not to be used as a base camp for a production crew.
Unapproved use of the house or property not within the parameters of a vacation rental for the pre-approved number of registered guests (including non-humans) will be subject to additional fees.
Release of Liability: Homeowner is not responsible for any accidents, injuries or illnesses that may occur to guest or visitors of guest while in the house or on the premises. By agreeing to rent the property, guest expressly assumes any and all risk of any harm arising from use of the Stone Temple and surrounding property.
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