Lovely House & Location, Amenities Needed
This is a large, lovely home in a nice area of Joshua Tree/Yucca, very close to the National Park, a short drive to Pioneertown, and just minutes from local restaurants. There is a very large back area, with a small pool, a hot tub and several lounge chairs, which backs up onto the national park. It's a very well situated home. The hot tub was wonderful, but took 2 1/2 days to heat up, not the 12 hours indicated by the owners. The kitchen is well stocked with essentials, and the bedrooms are large and clean. Guests should note that the 3rd bedroom is on a downstairs level, and only accessible by a separate outside door. It has its own bathroom, and is good for older children or a couple. However, the property lacks several basic amenities which one should find at the premium price we paid. No washer or dryer, which is quite inconvenient if you are daily hikers/climbers, as we were. The fireplace is great, but it would have been nice for the hosts to supply the first wood bundle, which we have experienced at other winter house rentals. There was a starter log, but no kindling/pinecones or even matches to start the fire with!! At the very least, supply matches or an ignition starter, otherwise it seems as if you don't really want people to have a fire, if there is nothing to start it with. There is also no shower soap, which guests really have a right to expect. Toilet paper and paper towels were plentiful, however, as were clean towels. On our last day there, the toilet in the hallway bathroom overflowed, which was a real mess. We let the owners know and hope it will be corrected. The rental states it has satellite/cable, but it's minimal. I got maybe 15 stations, only the major networks and few local stations. No CNN, no ESPN or Fox, and certainly no HBO, Showtime or Netflix. No DVD player, which was disappointing, as we had brought several DVDs to enjoy, and NO instructions for operating the cable TV. Also, there' is no ipod or iphone dock to plug into so we can enjoy music while reading or relaxing. No books or games at all. Also, printed material on local restaurants, businesses and activities would have been very useful, and really is essential for renters. All in all, a lovely spot, but lacking in essentials that would have made the stay much better.
Mid Century Modern On Park Border