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Campbell House
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Twentynine Palms
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Reviewed 4 February 2008

Spent two nights and what a wonderful place to stay especially if you are touring Joshua Tree National Park. The room was spacious, delightful, and immaculate. The breakfast is excellant! The hosts Gary and Jan are most engaging. we enjoyed this visit! We look forwarded to returning.

Stayed: January 2008
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Reviewed 26 January 2008

Wanting to spend a couple of days touring and hiking in Joshua Tree National Park, my wife and I needed a place to stay for two nights. We came across the Roughley Manor website and took a chance. We started to get a bit apprehensive during the drive from LA airport, since accommodations appeared few and far between out in the desert country. Once we arrived at Roughley Manor, however, wow, what a find! From the long, narrow, sandy entrance road, to the row of palm trees bordering the property, to the hooting of the great horned owls living in the large tree outside of the beautiful stone manor, we knew we were in a special place.
The friendly staff member who greeted us that night took us on a tour of the grounds and led us to the Sunset Room, a stand-alone cabin with living room, bedroom, fully equipped kitchenette and modern bathroom. The rooms were clean, comfortable, very quiet and peaceful. The view from the Sunset Room was open desert and, appropriately, gorgeous red sunsets.
Returning to the manor house, we sat by the inviting fireplace in the great room, already beautifully decorated for Christmas, and enjoyed homemade cookies and a large assortment of teas. All of the stress of the journey disappeared immediately.
The next morning we met Gary, the innkeeper, who served us a delicious gourmet breakfast prepared by his wife, Jan. Gary's obvious love of the desert was contagious. He told us the history of the manor, things to see and do in the national park and gave us helpful literature.
Joshua Tree National Park was fascinating, with impressive rock formations, scenic hikes, desert wildlife, cacti (Cholla Cactus Garden is a must see) and, of course, Joshua trees. The vista from Keys View is awe inspiring. We recommend visiting Joshua Tree in the winter; not crowded and comfortably cool weather.
Returning to Roughly Manor at the end of the day was like going home. We drove into town, got barbecued pulled pork sandwiches to go, and had dinner and wine in our kitchenette. Later, we watched a video, borrowed from the well-stocked library in the manor house, and slept like logs.
Our last morning, Gary brought us an equally excellent breakfast, after which we sadly said our goodbyes.
We spent several more enjoyable days in California, but our fondest memory is how much we enjoyed our stay at the Roughley Manor. It is well worth the very reasonable room rates and the drive. We definitely plan to return.

  • Stayed: November 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 January 2008

My wife and I spent two wonderful nights at the Roughley Manor, staying in the Campbell Suite. I couldn't recommend the place more highly. I tend to be an overly critical traveler, but could find little fault in this gem of bed and breakfast.

Our suite had an enormous bed with a plethora of pillows. Two comfortable chairs and an ottoman for readling and relaxing in front of a fire. The wonderful innkeepers, Gary and Jan, provide a Duraflame-type log for burning which works wonderfully. They also give a couple of bottles of water each day. The Campbell Suite is very private, up on the second floor with a sliding door separating your "wing" from the rest of the house. You have a comfortable sitting room with couches and chairs and a private bath with robes. Each room has a wall of windows, so there's plenty of sun if you draw the drapes. There is one other suite located on the second floor which was occupied while we were there. We never heard a sound from the other suite, so the walls seem plenty sound proof enough.

The breakfast plates are true works of art, decorated with various syrups, powdered sugars and flower petals. One morning we had a baked french toast topped with zesty lemon curd, bacon and fruit. It sounds a bit like a cliche, but you kind of hated to eat the food because it looked so good.

Gary and Jan must like to bake because there were always chocolate chip and raisin cookies out in the sitting room along with coffee and a wide selection of Trader Joe teas. Typically there was a fire burning in the main dining/sitting room with newspapers provided each day as well as practically every guidebook ever written on Joshua Tree National Park. Jan brought out a banana cream pie which was absolutely outstanding - make sure you get out and get some exercise.

Nice pool and hot-tub. It was January, so we didn't go in the pool but did take an evening dip in the tub after a day spent hiking. At night, we could hear the owls in the large tree out front - in the dusk, we could see the owls as well.

We arrived after dark, so be warned that Joe Davis Drive is a bit hard to find, and very dark. The town has some sort of sign ordinance which prohibites signs from being lit up at night. So have faith as you drive a half mile or so down the dusty road that you will reach Roughley Manor - Jan and Gary have a row of tall palm trees and a string of lights running along the stone gate which forms the boundary of the Manor. You'll see them off to the left as you drive down the road.

The entrance to Joshua Tree National Park is a short drive from Roughley Manor. We did four hikes and would recommend the hike to 49 Palms Oasis most highly. Gary and Jan have done the hike, no doubt many times, and can help you find the trailhead. The hike up Ryan Mountain is also very nice.

Make sure you check out the 29 Palms Inn for dinner. It's also a short drive from the B&B; Gary and Jan have maps. Very quirky, casual place but the food is top notch. Most of the vegetables are grown on site.

We really hated to leave this place. It's extremely clean, well-maintained and quiet. It's a great place for a romantic get-away. Gary and Jan are very friendly and professional hosts. Roughley Manor is most assuredly the place to stay if you're visiting Joshua Tree National Park.

  • Stayed: January 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 January 2008

We stayed two nights in the Sunset Room at Roughley Manor. This is one of their two newest rooms, and it's a knock out. It was spotlessly clean and beautifully decorated. Everything was very well thought out, and the bed was super comfortable. Two duvets, a comforter and a mattress pad. We slept incredibly well.

The night we arrived, we walked into the main house and were greeted with the smell of freshly baked pie! Gary, one of the innkeepers, gave us some amazing banana cream pie with a shortbread crust to take back to our room. Before going to our room, Gary and Jan showed us around the property and helped us find the two beautiful owls sitting in the trees right outside the front door of the main house.

Sunday morning we had breakfast in the great room of the main house. It was a baked french toast with blueberries, whipped cream and lemon curd. It was delicious, but good thing we spent the day hiking! Monday morning they served us a potato quiche with fresh fruit and english muffins. Perfect.

The Innkeepers - Gary and Jan made us feel so welcome and comfortable. They are really professional and warm people. Their dogs Sara and Sammy acted as a welcoming committee upon our arrival, and immediately came up and licked our hands and followed us around. Nothing like a sweet dog to make you feel at home.

Location - Roughley Manor is really close to the Oasis of Mara entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. Utah trail turns into Park Blvd once you enter the park.

Overall, our stay at Roughley Manor was relaxing and romantic, and we'll recommend it to everyone we know.

  • Stayed: January 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank ElissaLA
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Reviewed 14 January 2008

Roughley Manor is a great desert escape from the hurry and worry of city life. Just over two hours away from the greater Los Angeles area, you can find peace and mind from the moment you check in. It would be next to impossible to find a better bed and breakfast for the price in all of Southern California. Owner operated, wonderfully decorated (we stayed in the Sunset Room), fanciful and delicious breakfasts (including freshly chilled sliced fruit with orange sorbet), and great service with a frendly smiles. My spouse and I loved our experience and we will make sure to return! AAA discount is offered as well. Signed, The Happy Travelers.

  • Stayed: January 2008, travelled with family
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Thank AnthonyAmy
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Reviewed 11 January 2008

This is a wonderful inn. The room was comfortable and beautifully furnished, the owners were friendly and knowledgable, the breakfasts were delicious, and I loved the two dogs. Roughley Manor was relaxing, calm, and thoroughly delightful.

  • Stayed: January 2008
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Thank Amanda98
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Reviewed 10 January 2008

My friend and I spent a couple of days hiking at Joshua Tree National Park and lucked into staying at the Roughley Manor, which we were referred to by a nearby hotel that was full. Jan and Gary are very accommodating and the rooms are enormous and very luxurious and comfortable (be prepared to take a running start to get into the tall, super-plush beds!) We were very impressed to learn that Jan sewed the lovely curtains and couch covers herself!

Our only negatives were that there weren't a lot of rooms with two separate beds, so one night we had a room with a rollaway cot (which was pretty comfortable), and the breakfasts were too rich and sweet for us. But once we made a special request for breakfast, they were very accommodating to our taste.

We both highly recommend this place - you get a lot of luxury for a fair price.

Stayed: December 2007
Thank CalGal34
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Address: 74744 Joe Davis Dr, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277-4802
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Region: United States > California > California Desert > Twentynine Palms
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Twentynine Palms
Price Range: £112 - £137 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Formerly the Roughley Manor, this historic desert inn returns to its roots, honoring Bill & Elizabeth Campbell, the original homesteaders in the 1920's. Step back in time and experience old-world charm at this historic desert inn, located minutes from Joshua Tree National Park in the Mojave Desert, California. Choose from two guest suites on the second floor of the historic Colonial style house, and ten suites and cottages on the surrounding property. What began as a modest homestead property in 1925 has been transformed over the years into a modern day desert oasis, with twelve spacious and luxurious guest suites. Unlike anything you'll find in the Mojave Desert, The Campbell House is a Philadelphia style Colonial house built in the late 1920's by early homesteaders and renowned archeologists Bill & Elizabeth Campbell. Set on 25 secluded acres, surrounded by towering Washingtonia fan palms and lush gardens, The Campbell House property offers a peaceful retreat, where you can experience the quiet and calm of the open desert. Discover Joshua Tree National Park, experience our breathtaking starry night skies. Rejuvenate with a massage, followed by a dip in the pool or hot tub. Find some shade and unwind in one of our many gardens, or play a game of bocce ball with the kids and reconnect. The time is yours. Choose from two guest suites on the second floor of the main house, and ten cottages on the surrounding property. Enjoy complimentary breakfast, pool and hot tub access, and on-site massage therapy. Rooms are spacious and elegantly decorated. Complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi and Direct TV. Select rooms are pet-friendly. ... more   less 
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