Merchant House

Morongo Valley, California
A Showroom of Global Art and Style in the High Desert

Former stylist and artist Denise Portmans has always had a love for unique spaces and beautiful objects, with a curator's eye for detail. One of three concepts designed and developed by the artist, this vacation home rental in California's high desert is born from a life of travel and design.

Inspired by her artist mother, Portmans teamed up with her daughter Sara Marlowe Hall to launch the Merchant brand, with the house, a gallery, and a Venice-based shop that doubles as an event space. The duo travel twice a year to Morocco and the Atlas Mountains in search of vintage rugs, baskets and objects, while most of the furniture and ceramics are sourced in California.

Portmans is a  big supporter of local artists, and the spaces connect the past with present-day artists in an eclectic mix of home decor and art, lending the home individuality and character.

Located on five acres of untouched land overlooking desert landscapes, the house is a creative getaway and showroom of sorts, curated in an ever-evolving rotation of unique pieces, inviting guests to relax, unwind and be inspired.

Merchant House

Set at the end of the road at the edge of wild desert landscapes, this vacation home rental in California's high desert is a uniquely curated destination that draws inspiration from the mid-century era and around the world.

Situated on one level, the whitewashed adobe structure is a simple post-and-beam design, with a spacious and bright open-plan living area, ample natural light, and concrete that keeps things cool from the desert sun, with a fireplace for winter nights.

The kitchen is fully equipped, with an indoor dining area as well as shaded outdoor dining areas. There are three double bedrooms, with room for up to six guests.

Surrounded by privacy and lovely desert vistas, the grounds are a private oasis with a cold cowboy dipping tub, hammocks for lazy siestas, and multiple lounge spaces to share.


CALIFORNIA'S HIGH DESERT TOWNS AND WIDE OPEN SPACES

A half hour north of Palm Springs, the Morongo Valley is uniquely positioned to enjoy the city and all of the high desert's neighboring towns and wild open spaces.

Set within the boundaries of the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, the area lies 30 minutes south of Joshua Tree National Park, crisscrossed by hiking trails and 20 minutes from Desert Hot Springs mineral spas. There are miles of outdoor adventure as well as shops, cafes and galleries to visit, with several unique attractions including the historic old western Pioneertown, a kitschy Hollywood relic founded in the 1940s as an authentic frontier town movie set, and the ever-popular Pappy and Harriet's Pioneertown Palace. 

There are also a few interesting local museums and art venues such as the Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Art Museum, and the famed Integratron nearby. Indian Canyon and Palm Canyon are also within driving distance for getaways in the Coachella Valley area. 

Further afield, the San Jacinto mountains rise above the desert floor and are lined with miles of hiking trails at a cooler elevation. Indian Canyon and Palm Canyon are also within driving distance for rural getaways in the Coachella Valley area. Los Angeles is a two-hour drive.

 

LOCATION

Morongo Valley, California. Nearest Airport: Palm Springs International Airport (25 miles)

 

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Spring, Fall and Winter

 
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Merchant House
Morongo Valley, California
Merchant House
Morongo Valley, California
Merchant House, High Desert, California | vacation home rentals
Merchant House, High Desert, California | vacation home rentals
Merchant House, High Desert, California | vacation home rentals
Merchant House, High Desert, California | vacation home rentals
Merchant House, High Desert, California | vacation home rentals
Merchant House, High Desert, California | vacation home rentals
Merchant House, High Desert, California | vacation home rentals
Merchant House, High Desert, California | vacation home rentals
Merchant House, High Desert, California | vacation home rentals
Merchant House, High Desert, California | vacation home rentals
Merchant House, High Desert, California | vacation home rentals
Merchant House, High Desert, California | vacation home rentals
Merchant House, High Desert, California | vacation home rentals
Merchant House, High Desert, California | vacation home rentals
Merchant House, High Desert, California | vacation home rentals
Merchant House, High Desert, California | vacation home rentals
Merchant House, High Desert, California | vacation home rentals
Merchant House, High Desert, California | vacation home rentals
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Merchant House
Morongo Valley, California
A Creative Home that Doubles as a Showroom

Former stylist and artist Denise Portmans has always had a love for unique spaces and beautiful objects, with a curator's eye for detail. One of three concepts designed and developed by the artist, this vacation home rental in California's high desert is born from a life of travel and design.

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The House 3 Br 2 Ba Sleeps 4 Min 2 nights
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Overview Full equipped: Self check in with smart lock box and key with access code activated by 3PM on the day of your check in.
Kitchen Fully equipped
Internet Wifi throughout
Air Conditioning Yes
Washer Yes
Dryer Yes
Bedrooms 3
Bed Type 2 Queen, 1 Double
Kitchen Fully equipped
Bathrooms 2
Accommodates 4
Kid-Friendly Not kid-friendly
Pets-Friendly No pets allowed
Min. Stay 2 nights
Check-In 3pm
Check-Out 11am
Cleaning $130
Tax 7.00 % for total rate
Sec. Deposit $800
Sec. Deposit Due Deposit amount required with booking via BH. BH pays the owner the deposit with the rental fee payment on payout date
Sec. Deposit Returned Refund of deposit by owner within 7 days after stay
Cancellation Policy Relaxed
Guest will receive a full refund if booking is cancelled at least 14 days before the start of the stay. If the guest cancels 7-14 days before the start of the stay, they will receive a 50% refund. If they cancel within 7 days of the stay, no refund will be given. BoutiqueHomes Service Fee is non refundable.
Covid-19 Policy
Only In the event the cancellation is a direct result of the pandemic (government orders the stoppage of vacation rentals or the authorities decide to restrict travel from the country of origin or to the country where the property is located), guests will be given the opportunity to receive full credit for their reservation if they rebook within one year. If the guest is unable to take the credit, the guest will receive a full refund if the booking is cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date. If the guest cancels 1 -14 days before the start of the stay they will receive a 50% refund. If they cancel within 24 hours of the stay, no refund will be given.
Notes This house is not suitable for children under 12 years of age, or pets. It is also not a party house for loud music. It is a quiet retreat. Maximum capacity is 5 guests. Any additional guests are at the discretion of the owners, on a case-by-case basis, and will be charged accordingly. Any damage done to the property will be assessed and must be paid for. There is no-smoking on the property. If you abuse these house rules, you may be subject to fines.

By booking and renting, you agree to abide by the following rules: No parties, or events, unless by prior arrangement. Please be respectful to neighbors - sound carries in the desert. No loud noises, outdoor amplified music, fireworks, firearms or drones. Quiet time is 10pm - 8am. If any calls about a noise disturbance from our neighbors or the police are received, guests will be asked to vacate the property immediately. Please respect the house as you would your own. All furnishings and items are very dear to the owners and it is asked that you leave furniture where it is. Do not bring indoor furniture outside, and outdoor furniture inside. No shoes indoors and keep screen doors closed at all times to avoid unexpected pests like rodents or scorpions. You should bring indoor footwear. No commercial photo or film shoots allowed without prior consent since these have different rates. This also applies to sponsored social media posts promoting a product or brand. If you’re confused as to what constitutes a commercial shoot, just ask. $2000 per violation plus $250/hr production fee. Any events/workshops require prior consent since these have different rates. Only the reserved guests at the time of booking can stay at the property, $2000 per violation plus $80/pp charge for every unauthorized guest on the property. The property is in an active FIRE HAZARD zone: Outside fires are prohibited at ALL times. Absolutely NO SMOKING INDOORS. Smoking is allowed outdoors at least 20 feet away from the house (please close all doors and windows while smoking). All cigarette butts must be put out and disposed of in the trash; do not litter on the property. $500 fine per violation for odors present indoors and litter found outside. Always shut off the fireplace when not in use. Keep the cowboy tub lid securely closed and buckled when not in use. The water attracts wildlife and they may fall in and drown. You must also acknowledge that you understand and stay at your own risk and that there are dangerous animals/active wildlife around the property - you may encounter rattlesnakes, black widow spiders, coyotes, bobcats, scorpions, etc. For your security and as required by owner's insurance company, there are security cameras monitoring the exterior entry doors to the house.

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