The “Birdcage” is a cozy, rustic cabin with breathtaking views of the Coachella Valley. Situated high atop the Cahuilla Hills and enveloped by the Santa Rosa Mountains, it has a breathtaking view of the mountains and valley below.
My aunt and uncle homesteaded this land in 1948 and built the cabin, affectionately known as 'The Bird Cage'. Frequented by movie stars in the 1950s who valued its privacy, it's one of the last homesteads in our area.
The Birdcage has one bedroom with a new queen-sized bed, a bathroom with a good size shower, and a living/dining/kitchen room — all with beautiful views. The large patio is perfect for drinking morning coffee while the sun rises over the mountains, gazing at hawks soaring overhead during the day, or watching the Valley below transition from gold to pink as the sun sets behind you. And at night, the sky holds a canopy of twinkling stars.
With its proximity to nature, The Birdcage captures the ambiance of life in the Wild West, yet the restaurants and world-class shopping on El Paseo (the Rodeo Drive of the desert) are just a 5-minute drive down the hill (if you're interested in that sort of thing).
The Art Smith Trail and many other hiking trails are very close. Sublime and safe, the entrance to the property is flanked by a beautiful stand of date palms.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Super Strict
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 2
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
- Response time: Within 12 hours
- Response rate: 100%
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We had such a lovely stay at the Birdcage Homestead Cabin! Ann was a wonderful host - super responsive and attentive. The cabin had absolutely everything we needed to feel right at home, but also "off-the-grid". We arrived on an extremely windy day, so we were thankful to have the cabin to hunker down. Tucked into the Cahuilla Hills of Palm Desert, this cozy cabin sits atop a little hill looking down over the valley. It has some of the most amazing views, and plenty of places to hang out with a glass of wine and take it all in. Inside the cabin there is a full kitchen, dining table, comfy couch, TV, bathroom, separate bedroom with queen bed and all the kitchen utensils and cooking materials you could ask for! The property has AC and Heat, which we were very thankful for, as when we arrived it was very warm, but by the evening the temperatures had dropped and the wind picked up! We unfortunately couldn't spend much time out on the lovely patio (there is a propane grill too) because of the high winds, so we hunkered down inside. Ann stocks the cabin full of great books and games - there is plenty to entertain yourself with here! We were especially excited to find a few desert hiking guides so we could plan our hikes for the following day. Aside from the nearby hiking trails - there is so much to do in the area. You can pop down to El Paseo for some high end shopping and dining, or just minutes away, explore the Living Desert Gardens and Zoo, which also has hiking trails to be conquered! In short, if you're looking for a rustic crash pad in the desert - this is the place for you!
Me and my wife stayed at the cabin to celebrate her bday and Ann was thoughtful enough to have a bday card waiting at the cabin. The cabin was well kept and stocked well for prepping meals. The views from the top of the hill were quite lovely. It was the perfect balance of remote and being surrounded. You felt like you had plenty of privacy and yet there were people around should you need help. The patio surrounding the cabin was our favorite. Made for a great place to hang out and have meals in the morning and evening. Highly recommend this site.