The Bishop House in Palm Springs Now Open Doubles The Size of The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn

PALM SPRINGS, CA - January 7, 2019--The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn, a luxury property operating as the city’s only Four-Diamond hideaway since 1996, has more than doubled in size with the opening of The Bishop House.  The Bishop House has been completely renovated to return the property to its 1920s splendor.  The compound has a combined total of 17 rooms and suites with each room boasting its own unique floorplan and design. 

The two properties are joined together via a footpath and guests are free to enjoy both homes. All guests enjoy a chef-prepared breakfast enjoyed in The Willows dining room with views of the stunning 50-foot waterfall.  In the evening, wine and hors d’oeuvres are served in the living room with sweeping terrace views.

 Both The Mead (Willows) and The Bishop House are historic properties.  In 1924 William J. Dodd, a Los Angeles architect who created dwellings for the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Cecil B. De Mille, was commissioned to design Spanish Revival-style mansions for best friends and prominent Angelenos, William and Nella Mead and Roland and Dorothy Bishop.  The couples selected a choice spot where willow trees grew at the foot of the San Jacinto mountains in the center of what was then a village.  William was a prominent banker and philanthropist who played an key role in helping to transform Los Angeles from a dusty outpost to a major metropolis.  Roland was a founder and head of Bishop & Co., the region’s premier confectioner and baked goods manufacturer.  He sold the company in 1930 to the National Biscuit Company –better known as Nabisco.

 As the years passed new occupants came and went, including Marion Davies—silent screen star, tycoon mistress and astute businesswoman—who took up residency at the Mead house in the early 1960s and is rumored to have transformed the kitchen into something more useful – a bar.  Her sister, Rose Douras, occupied the Bishop house during this period and often entertained her “daughter” Patricia Van Cleve and her husband, actor Arthur Lake better known as Dagwood of “Blondie” fame.  Patricia, who was living in nearby Indian Wells when she died in 1993, was actually the love child of Marion and her longtime paramour William Randolph Hearst, a fact she confirmed on her deathbed. 

The original Gladding McBean-tiled fountain of the Bishop house has been restored to working order and graces an outdoor patio. While Gladding McBean may not be a household name today, the company was once the go-to place for ornate and decorative tile during the 1920s.  The company also created The Franciscan Pottery line of dinnerware named for the friars who founded the California Missions.   Its Franciscan Ware patterns—Desert Rose, Franciscan Apple and Franciscan Ivy—are sought after today by modern-day collectors. 

The collection of rooms and suites at The Bishop House feature king-size beds, plush linens and hand-selected furniture reminiscent of the era coupled with modern amenities such as high-speed Internet, individual climate control, smart TVs, USB charging stations and plush robes for lounging. 

 For reservations and information, call 800.966.9597 or visit online at 


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