Our Story

A magnificent mountain retreat just a beautiful short drive from Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego and only 40 miles from Palm Springs.

11 Chimneys was built in the 30s by Hollywood mogul Alfred Santell who directed over 60 films. Santell entertained the Hollywood elite in this property and lived here with his family until they moved to Santa Rosa at the end of World War II.  Currently, 11 Chimneys counts with a 6,000 sq2 Lodge and several one and two-bedroom cabins that can be rented individually or all together, long or short term, for a quiet escape from the city, a family reunion, a birthday or anniversary, a corporate or yoga retreat or a wedding. The possibilities are endless.

11 Chimneys is nestled among centuries-old oaks, cedars, pines and the unique manzanita trees. The retreat is surrounded by impressive boulders and expands over 13 acres on the forest of Idyllwild. The property borders with the United States National Forest to the North and runs along the inspiring Strawberry Creek to the south. Ancient Native Americans found this site to be deeply spiritual. Here they processed foods and herbal medicines.  Archeologists have found several site where “metates” (mortars) were built for this purpose. You will be able to find them along your walks around the property.

When you are ready to enjoy the artistic and creative spirit of Idyllwild, you can take a 3-minute drive or 15-minute walk to town. There you will find a great variety of food and live music at many of our local restaurants and cafes. Just don’t expect to find a chain store or a traffic light but be ready to encounter our charismatic Mayor, Max, the dog.

Enjoy your stay and the peaceful energy of this one-of-a-kind place on earth. Look for the deer, the squirrels, the hawks, the abundant birds and wildlife. Listen to the sound of the stream. Breath the pine-scented fresh air. Be in the moment and place. Renew. Reflect. Retreat. Relax. Reconnect.

Welcome to 11 Chimneys at Idyllwild.