Old-World Desert Charm at Campbell House

outside Campbell House

When things pop up in the middle of the Mojave desert, the middle of nowhere by many people’s definition, there’s typically a good story to be told. Campbell House, located in Southern California’s Twentynine Palms, is no exception. Built in 1925 as a homestead property, it gives curious guests a colorful look back in time, while offering modern day comforts, all within a ten-minute drive of Joshua Tree National Park.

Inside the Campbell House

It started as a one-room cabin, but by late 1925, Bill and Elizabeth Campbell were collecting stones in the desert, and building the foundation of a stone house addition. An un-expected inheritance helped them to pay others 25 cents for any stone that could be used to build the Philadelphia-style Colonial house that stands today on 25 acres.

The main house has two spacious suites. The Campbell Suite has two bedrooms, a bathroom, living room, and fireplace, and can sleep two to four people. The Magnolia Suite has one queen bed, (complete with canopy) a bathroom, living room, and fireplace. The main house, and both upstairs suites have a Victorian feel, with floral and lacy palates.

In addition to the main house, there are 10 private cottages and cabins scattered throughout the grounds. Each sleeps two to four people, but the décor and furnishings vary. Some skew more toward the style of a traditional, old-school bed and breakfast, while others are more modern.

The sunset cottage, easily walkable to the main house, is located on the edge of the property, next to an old, wood water tower. In addition to a queen bed, there is a spacious living area, and kitchenette with small refrigerator and microwave. The bathroom has a pedestal sink, and shower/bathtub combination.

inside Sunset cottage

If you have some down time, the grounds are quiet and fun to wander. The pool and hot tub are open from 10am to 10pm. Spa services, including facials and massages, can be provided in suites and cottages, or in the treatment room located on the second floor of the historic main house.

Campbell House dining room

Breakfast, included with every stay, is served daily in the dining room of the main house from 8am to 9am. Coffee, hot tea and lavender cookies are available throughout the day.

Wi-fi is complimentary, but sporadic. All rooms are non-smoking. A lending library is located beside the front desk. Along with books and brochures on the area,  there are dozens of DVDs and games for guest use. Staff are also always happy to answer questions about the property’s history.

Campbell House is pet-friendly, but pets are limited to four accommodations: Farmhouse, Cottage, Pinto and Museum.

Rates for the suites in the main house range from $160 – $215. Cottage and cabin rates range from $115 to $190.

Review and photos by Dana Rebmann. Her stay was hosted by San Bernardino County, but as always her thoughts and opinions are her own.

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