À propos de ce logement
Weary of the rat race? Renew your spirit at our secluded strawbale solar home nestling in 43 acres of giant boulders and Joshua trees, with stunning views and wilderness on your doorstep. Think Joshua Tree National Park without the tourists.
Always wanted to experience living in a solar house made of sustainable materials but didn't know where to find one ? This is it, the real thing, a hand crafted strawbale house with clay plaster. Strawbale buildings have many advantages - they're extra fireproof, aesthetically beautiful and superbly insulated, just for starters. Because of its strawbale and clay construction, The Roadrunner can keep you comfortable whatever the outside temperature. The walls are 2ft thick and the thermal mass means you don't need air conditioning or a furnace. In the height of summer you may want to use our ceiling fans and for those crispy winter days there's a cozy woodstove (logs provided free of charge). Natural materials (hand-crafted clay plaster on the walls, Saltillo tiles under your feet) and cathedral ceilings create a feeling of space, simplicity and tranquility, and the 8ft deep wrap-around tiled deck provides year-round outdoor dining and sleeping, with a meditation and yoga deck overlooking thousands of acres of desert. With the help of many friends, we built the home ourselves, and our photo collection of the construction shows the process from breaking ground to sign off.
There's an extensive library, including special sections on strawbale building and on the history, flora and fauna of the desert, plus DVDs. All our power comes from solar energy (you'll see the panels on the roof of our studio), so if you've always wanted to try living in a house powered entirely by natural means, here's your chance. Your lighting and your kitchen appliances have a minimal carbon footprint, and when you recharge your laptop or cellphone, you're doing this off the grid.
There is a separate bedroom with a queen sized bed, and in the living room an additional full size day/sofa bed, with linen provided. Please see living room photo for a picture of this sofa/day bed.
Accès des voyageurs
Check in time is by appointment only between 2-8pm on day of checkin. Please call when you are in Yucca Valley so we can coordinate the meeting time. Host Dave will guide you in from the intersection of Gamma Gulch (dirt) and Pipes Canyon Road (paved). There is no cell phone reception at this spot so it is very important to call from the Yucca Valley area where reception is reliable.
The entire house and its private 43 acres are yours to explore and enjoy. The stunning 360 degree views stretch from the flora and fauna of the hi-desert to snow capped Mount San Jacinto, and from your front porch you can watch desert wildlife flocking to the water we always provide and sip a glass of wine while you watch the spectacular sunsets or enjoy your morning coffee with sunrise over the new Sand to Snow National Monument. The Roadrunner is your private haven away from it all, abutting the newly created National Monument and thousands of acres of protected wilderness, yet within a short drive of Joshua Tree National Park, the Integraton, Garth's Boulder Gardens, and the 1940s filmset area of Pioneertown, with its famous honky tonk, Pappy and Harriet's Pioneertown Palace. Our home lies at the foot of Black Lava Butte which is now an important part of the new Monument, and is located in much sought after Pipes Canyon, where many of the locals are artists - painters, musicians, composers and writers - including the owner of The Roadrunner, who is happy to offer signed copies of her latest book to guests. All this and yet The Roadrunner lies only 1.7 miles off the blacktop of Pipes Canyon Road and within a couple of hours drive from Los Angeles.
Échanges avec les voyageurs
While you are staying at The Roadrunner, your privacy is of paramount importance to us, and you are unlikely to see anyone else apart from our manager and caretaker. The private drive is around a quarter of a mile long, with the house nestling amongst our giant boulders. But if you'd like some advice on local places of interest, good restaurants, or the best hikes, we're always on the end of a telephone to answer your questions, and there's a wealth of local information provided in our welcome box, plus dozens of desert books in our special Desert Collection.
Why The Roadrunner is so special:
- as far as we know, we're the only solar strawbale home available as a
vacation rental in Southern California, so this may be your one chance
to experience an environmentally friendly home made from renewable
materials and powered by the sun
- the location is stunning - views, boulders, wildlife, hiking, you name it
- The Roadrunner is tranquil, serene and completely private, nestled
within its 43 acres of wilderness and approached by a private drive
- this is the real thing, a desert dweller's hand-crafted home where she is
inspired to write. Perhaps you too will find inspiration in the magic of
these surroundings ?
- you haven't lived until you've watched sunset after glorious sunset or
slept outside under the stars on a desert night, watching the Milky Way
appear above you as the moon rises
- it's a special place, a place to write, to paint, to create, to experience
nature, to meditate, or just to unwind, kick back and experience a new
simplicity, to be whole again. Come see for yourself ...
- and don't want to leave your pet behind ? Let us know - we're always
happy to discuss this --
- We will request that you and your guests sign a rental/liability release
agreement upon arrival. A copy of the agreement can be found in the
house rules section.
1. We will request that you sign a rental/liabilty release form upon arrival.
Below is a copy of the agreement for your review:
"RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK
I , Traveler, voluntarily sign this Release of Liability & Assumption of Risk Agreement in favor of Owner in consideration for the opportunity to use the owner’s facility located at XXXX , Pioneertown, CA 92268. In consideration of the Rental Agreement signed by Traveler on Check-in-date, Traveler, by signing below, hereby waives and releases its Owner, agents and employees from any liability and/or claim for personal injury, property damage, or death that may arise from Traveler’s use of the facility regardless of cause, even if such cause can be associated in any way by the acts or failures to act of the owners, or any of its agents, or employees in the installation, adjustment, inspection, maintenance and/or rental of the facility, or from Traveler’s use of this signing below, Traveler accepts total responsibility for any and all injuries or damages of any kind which may result from any reason in the use of the facility, and it is the Traveler’s intention to HOLD HARMLESS the Owner, or any of its agents, or employees for any injury sustained by Traveler or anyone else, regardless of cause, while using the above described facility. I, the undersigned, acknowledge that I have carefully read this release of liability / assumption of risk and understand its contents. I am aware that by signing this release, I am waiving certain legal rights, including the right to sue the Owner for any reason."
2. The THE ROADRUNNER is a private haven and its 43 acres are maintained as a nature reserve. For this reason we do not accept large groups of guests, visitors or parties, nor do we permit off-road vehicles, trail bikes, or any vehicle which would disturb our desert flora and fauna. We do, however, welcome well-behaved pets BOOKED IN ADVANCE, for which we make a small additional charge.
We hope and expect that you will treat our home as carefully as we do. This means caring for our furniture and our extensive book collection, closing the gate at the entrance, ensuring that pets do no damage, and that there's no smoking in the house and no lighting of fires in the desert - we provide a barbeque for outdoor cooking.
Si vous annulez jusqu'à 5 jours avant votre voyage, vous recevez un remboursement intégral, frais de service compris.
I'm a writer, hiker, gardener, traveler, cook , mother, grandmother, and strawbale house builder. With the help of many friends, I built The Roadrunner, a solar strawbale house on 43 acres of boulders and Joshua trees in the hi-desert of Southern California, where tranquil days of walking, porch-sitting and wildlife watching are bordered by stunning sunrises and sunsets, and where I find the space and tranquility to write about wild places and the people and animals who live there.