Wednesday, January 22, 2014
I belong to a book group that recently read Elizabeth Crozer Campbell's classic, The Desert Was Home. Elizabeth and her husband Bill moved to the desert in the 1920s because of his health--he had been gassed in World War I, and the dry desert climate saved his life. They settled in Twentynine Palms and ultimately built the beautiful two-story stone house you see here. For the past 20 years, the home has been a bed and breakfast known as Roughley Manor. Owners Gary and Jan give guided tours of the manor upon request--so here is our group getting a tour!
This portrait of Elizabeth and Bill Campbell was painted from a photograph by renowned local artist Chuck Caplinger. The Campbells were prominent early citizens of Twentynine Palms. They also took up archaeology, and the Southwest Museum published two papers by Elizabeth about their discoveries. The Desert Was Home is out of print, but there are many copies available in the San Bernardino County library system, along with the Southwest Museum papers.
The property has been beautifully maintained and upgraded. This is one of the upstairs rooms in the main house. There are also separate cottages on the grounds, some with kitchenettes.
The grounds are an oasis of trees, flowers, and fountains--and, there is a pool and spa. If you are looking for charming, reasonably priced accommodations near Joshua Tree National Park, Roughley Manor is the place!