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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Roughley Manor Hotel Twentynine Palms