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SPECTACULAR MOUNTAIN VIEWS. ASK ABOUT OUR THREE NIGHT SPECIAL.

curt swafford

Advertiser since: 2011
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Speaks: english
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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curt swafford

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SPECTACULAR MOUNTAIN VIEWS. ASK ABOUT OUR THREE NIGHT SPECIAL.

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

Alpine Cottage Rental Photos and Description

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.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
curt swafford (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2011
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Speaks: english

About curt swafford

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

What makes this cottage unique

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
Pay with confidence
Pay with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
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Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
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Reviews

4.9
based on 42 traveler reviews

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Spectacular Mountain Views. Ask About Our Three Night Special.
average rating of 4.904762 based on 42 reviews
Small town, Pennsylvania
5

This review is a year overdue!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed a week here just about one year ago. We're inveterate travelers who can't quite help ourselves, and somehow we stumbled over this place! When you travel a lot, you learn there are places you simply can't get out of your mind. This is one! This is not the Ritz. It's way better then the Ritz. The Ritz doesn't have a donkey, Maggie, trying to eat your rear view mirror, nor the politically incorrect "Helen Keller" the blind rescue dog. And their concierge can't hold a candle to Curt! Speaking of Curt: my computer crashed and I lost your email address so I have to tell you this way: "thanks for a helluva memorable week, and I hope your wretched golf game has improved a tiny bit!"

Ed

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Houston, Texas
5

Amazing Getaway!!!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at the cottage in January for my birthday along with my dog Tyson. I went to get away from everything and to practice some night photography and try to capture the Milky Way. I wasn't sure what to expect when I booked the trip but it turned out to be an amazing experience. Curt is an awesome host and the animals on the property are friendly and hilarious. Maggie would come to the bedroom door in the mornings and knock. I saw her from the window lifting her leg and hitting the bottom frame of the door wanting us to come outside. I seriously think she fell in love with Tyson. She would follow him everywhere and at one point she stood with her head lowered and he rested his head on top of hers. I got some good pictures out of it. Curt advised me on which hikes I should take when I visited the park and I am glad I took his advice and did the lost mine trail because the view at the end was well worth it. What made this place stand out from the others was actually having someone else on the property not far away and that ended up being very helpful. I will definitely be going back in the near future. Make sure you do the tours of his other properties and surrounding areas with him. I can say I left there smarter than when I arrived because of him.

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
San Antonio TX
5

Timeless and priceless memories

  • 5 of 5

Please accept my apologies for this overdue review of one of the most memorable outings of my life. From my first pre-stay telephone conversation with owner /manger, Curt, to our star gazing nights, and breakfasts with resident donkey, horse and dogs, I was smitten and completely at ease with the unique and welcoming charm and natural grandeur of both Curt, and Terlingua/Big Bend. The cottage might have needed a 'woman's touch" to spruce it up a bit, but in general, we (couple with dog) were comfortable and happy. This is not a 5 star resort. It's part cottage, part camp, part hang out for a base to exploring a natural wonder, immense big sky star gazing / space shuttle watching, and laughing your head off with one of the funniest, most genuine hosts ever, who also happens to be a great, knowledgeable, generous guide. The bathroom was big with great views and the kitchenette had everything needed for meals, refrigeration and light cooking. Curt let us use his hot tub on a windy cold night after a long hike and we were gallantly escorted to and from the top of the hill by his loyal Great Pyrenees. He also took us into town for trinket shopping and a music festival and into the desert to see rock etchings and some local spectacular flora and fauna. All the way along, he kept us informed and entertained with stories that we will remember forever. We planned to return the next year but a cycling accident prevented travel. We are still hoping to return. Curt, we miss you! Be well. T, M & D

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Austin, TX
5

Simply in Awe of this Amazing Place!

  • 5 of 5

Curt and his furry friends are AMAZING hosts! What a way to experience the Big Bend for the first time (for us). Maggie, Billy, Cody and Ilene (burros and horses) kept us entertained during our Happy Hours on the patio each night. And, Curt is simply the best tour guide around. We were relaxed, comfortable and simply in awe of this amazing place.

Popcorn and Margaritas upon arrival = awesome!

AM burro wake up calls / visits = hilarious!

Peace and tranquility = priceless!

Thank you SO MUCH to Curtis, Maggie, Billy, Cody, Ileen, Haagen, Daz, Pepper, Helen and all the rest. We loved it at the Tarantula Ranch!

Highly Recommended!!!

  • Submitted: Dec 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

family visit and Big Bend

  • 5 of 5

My Husband, parents and our two small dogs had a wonderful time visiting Big Bend National Park, wild life, star gazing and learning more about geology through the scenery and Curt's knowledge from his tour.

My dogs love the donkeys & horses on the property.

  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

Home Away From Home

  • 5 of 5

Our daughter and her husband as well as my husband spent four nights in this quaint cottage with all the comforts of home. Curt was very engaging and kept us updated on things in the area. Due to the lack of light pollution, we had of the stars at night we were fortunate to witness the meteor shower. Our purpose for staying in the area was to visit Big Bend National Park which we did every day. And Curt also gave us our own private tour including petroglyphs. What an adventure with comforts of home. A must stay place.

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Map

we have two unique vistas on the property where you can see texas,the big bend national park and mexico.

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Rates & Availability

From $109 Per night

Alpine Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
5 nights or more
Aug 15 2015 - Aug 16 2015
2 night minimum stay
$109
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$139
$654
 

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $89
Property Maintenance $60 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%
Notes 3 Night Special! $119 per night
Ask about our "Grasshopper" special which will save you even more!
Pay for 6 nights get 7th night for free! Valued at 109.00 per night.
For stays of 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
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
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:
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting

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