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curt swafford

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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Detached Unit, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

Incredible sunrises and sunsets especially in the summer months. Living out in the wilderness sharpens your senses, the wildlife, the smells the sounds. Life at the end of the road. comfortable and quiet accommodations in the wilderness, tarantula ranch is over a hill and two miles away from the nearest paved road. Swafford road literally dead ends at the gate to our compound. The cottage(casita) is a four room facility. It has one bedroom with a full size bed the other room has a queen size futon and a full size futon. It has a full kitchen with a new gas range and new full size refigrator. It also has a microwave, plates, flatware, coffee maker etc. The cottage has been remodled and has sautillo tile floors,custom cabinets in the kitchen, his and her sinks in the bath and the highest rated insulation in the walls and ceiling.The cottage has a porch to the west which is nice to have breakfast on during the warm months although you may have to share with two friendly burros and an appalosa horse. They are the worlds biggest beggers. Watch where you step! I'll try and have some carrots in the frig so you can give them a snack, only one carrot each as equines have a delicate digestive system. The cottage has real electricity and water from a well. We have a real septic system that works. We have 220 fenced acres and another 120 acres outside the fence line here at the compound. As a result we have several hikes to great vistas right out your front door. One of my favorites is Jack Eden Mesa. i own the highest peak on Jack Eden and it's nice to sit on top with your 360 degree view where you can see Texas, The Big Bend National Park and Mexico while eating lunch. The guest cottage sleeps four but if you have six people in your party i have another room that sleeps two. It has a queen size bed, its own bath and a walk in closet. In addition to a shower the bath also has an antique cowboy bathtub.Bring your bubble bath. This room is only a short distance from the guest cottage and is used for overflow. in addition to property here at the compound Tarantula Ranch llc also has other properties in the area. One in particular is at a lower elevation (warmer) for our winter time sunworshipers. It's common to have 75 to 80 degree days there in the winter. That property also has pictographs both Indian and Spanish. i have a jeep and can take two people at a time on a jeep tour to my various properties. you can sign up for that when you make reservations. At the end of a day of playing in the big bend it's nice to kick back with a drink in our hot tub that sits on a cliff facing west, listening for coyotes and looking for shooting stars. We also have an observation deck that hangs out over that same western cliff that the hot tub is on. The big bend has some of the darkest skies in the world. here at Tarantula Ranch you are an easy drive( by west Texas standards) to all the tourist attractions in the area,the national park, the state park,river rafting outfitters,horseback riding,jeep tours, the Terlingua ghosttown where good food, good drinks,good music and good times are alive and well.

Keywords: remote,spectacular vistas,friendly burros and horse will interact with you,wide open spaces, great sunrises and sunsets.

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Events Allowed

curt swafford

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I am a native texan. I am a retired coach. On my ranch i live with six dogs, two horses ,two burros and two cats.the two burros and one of the horses are rescues. five of the six dogs are rescues. one of my rescue dogs was born blind and deaf. her name is Helen Keller.both cats are rescues. You will meet them all when you come to Tarantula Ranch and will learn each of their stories.

curt swafford purchased this cottage in 1996

Breakfast with burros,hikes to great vistas right out the front door. For the golfers, i can save you about $16.00 on your green fee at blackjack crossing golf resort in lajatis.

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Spectacular Mountain Views. Ask About Our Three Night Special.
average rating of 4.862069 based on 29 reviews
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Alpine Big Bend
5

What a Wonderful Experience!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
This was our first trip to Big Bend and this was the perfect jumping off point for our adventure! We spent 2 days exploring the National Park and had a fantastic time!

Tarantula Ranch is just as described- a secluded spot that lets you soak in the beauty of the area. Curt was a wonderful host and had several excellent suggestions on what to see in the area. His animals added so much character to our stay and our 1 1/2 year old lab was welcome on our vacation. We saw amazing stars, sunsets, and sunrises during our 3 night stay!!

The road to the property is a bit rugged (hold on to your fillings!) and a 4x4 or other offroad appropriate vehicle is highly recommended. The only drawback was the bed- a queen size would be MUCH preferred and much more comfortable. Otherwise, all our needs were taken care of and we had a great time. Thank you!!!
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing
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Spectacular Mountain Views. Ask About Our Three Night Special.
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432-371-2784
Alpine Big Bend
5

Awestruck

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
My wife and I spent 2 short nights on this property, and she almost had to drag me out kicking and screaming! Curtis is a wonderful host and a great tour guide. We have been to the Big bend area about 10 times but never on a trip like this. Started out with me taking a new dodge challenger up his driveway that honestly scared me to death, but it turned out fine. After we met all the animals (more to the story on Maggie and my German Shep Buster, but I will leave that part out lol) and got everything unloaded it was time to relax. Ask Curtis to give you his tour and you will get to see stuff most people don't visiting the area.Plus you get to hear all of his knowledge of the things in the area, quite a history lesson.
You get to wake up in the morning and hear all.....Oh wait NOTHING!!! YOU HEAR PEACE AND QUIET! Just step outside and stare at the beauty of it all, it's truly amazing. Thank you Curtis! I wish we had more time to spend, but we will be back for sure!
PS: I almost wanted to write a bad review so nobody would go there, and I would have an easier time getting his place booked!! LOL. Cant do it though I hope alot of people can get this experience it's truly amazing!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Spectacular Mountain Views. Ask About Our Three Night Special.
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Alpine Big Bend
Little Rock, AR
5

Wonderfully Unique Experience

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
My wife and I recently drove around Texas for 3 weeks taking in all the sites, sounds, and experiences. Without a doubt, the highlight of our trip was our stay at Tarantula Ranch. Read the owner's overview as it describes the place exactly. The remoteness sets you at ease and gives you a relaxing break from that sometimes crazy world back home. Kurt (the owner) is both a student (always wanting to learn more) and a teacher (always willing to answer questions and share his great knowledge of the area.) Visit Big Bend National Park, Big Bend Ranch State Park (for a great drive along the Rio Grand River), and Terlingua while you're there. One of my favorite memories of Tarantula Ranch is the sound of west Texas wind. Don't ask why, just go!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Spectacular Mountain Views. Ask About Our Three Night Special.
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Alpine Big Bend
Kempner, Texas, USA
5

Another World

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
Wow...did we ever enjoy the stay at Tarantula Ranch! Greeted with a trrrific pitcher of lemonaid and some world famous Taranrula popcorn. LOVED seeing
Curt wheel around in his jeep with every available space taken up by dogs. Nothing better than a fellow animal lover. Ww won't mention the two flat tires we
had and Curt saved us both times. The scenery was fabulous and we didn't get to see all Curt had in mind to show us. He was incredibly helpful and gracious and will probably ask us not to come back without several spares. We loved tne ranch and love him also.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Spectacular Mountain Views. Ask About Our Three Night Special.
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Alpine Big Bend
san antonio
5

The Most Excellent

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
Curt is a champion amongst mortals. His concern for our satisfaction with the trip was insurmountable. Be it advice on the exploration of the National Park, provision of a mountainside hot tub, or the great entertainment of his stories, beard, and smiling face, Curt went above and beyond expectations. The facilities and amenities are truly one of a kind. I couldn't ask for more. An exceptional experience for a great rate. Tarantula Ranch is one for the record books!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers
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we have two unique vistas on the property where you can see texas,the big bend national park and mexico.

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Availability & Rates

Alpine Cottage Rental Rates

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Starting Rates
Jan 23 2014 - Jul 22 2015
$109
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My Standard Rate
$139
2 nights
 

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Notes Pay for 6 nights get 7th night for free valued at 109.00 per night.
For stay 28 nights or more for 99.00 per night.
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Amenities

Alpine Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Sports & Activities
  • Spa
  • Romantic
  • Family
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Budget
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Parking Off Street
  • Living Room
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking ...
  • Internet ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Telephone ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
Kitchen:
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Microwave
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Stove ...
  • Oven
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Kitchen ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 bathroom with his and hers sinks,1 toilet and a shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1) queen size futon, Double Beds (2) one is a real bed the other is a double bed futon. The instructions say it sleeps two adverage size people., Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) at this point we also have a blowup bed on a stand. it blows up and deflates by a built in motor. it is queen size. who knows how long it will last before someone sits on it with a knife. we also have a queen size futon that is strong and will last.
Entertainment:
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • VCR
  • Music Library ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Bicycles
  • Golf ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
Attractions:
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • nude beach
  • festivals
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • photography
  • antiquing
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
  • scenic drives
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • walking
  • horseback riding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • ATM/bank
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • cycling
  • swimming
  • mountain climbing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • rafting
  • equestrian events
  • golf privileges optional
  • kayaking
  • rock climbing
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