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

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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4.9
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Spectacular Mountain Views. Ask About Our Three Night Special.
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Alpine Big Bend
Deer Park
5

GREAT PLACE TO STAY

  • 5 of 5
If you want to turn a good vacation into a great one, we highly recommend staying at Tarantula Ranch. Curt and his "crew" definitely made our trip. We loved waking up every morning and feeding the animals. Curt's hospitality is beyond compare. Don't worry about being able to find the place because Curt will guide you in and meet you at the gate. Concerned that a road trip to Terlingua might be too long? Don't worry because once you sit on the porch and treat yourself to Curt's margaritas, fresh lemonade and popcorn it's all worth it. Looking to get some hiking in? Curt can lead the way or tell you the best places to go. Curt took us out to see the petroglyphs on his property, and our son is still talking about it. Is there be any better way to end a hike then by jumping into a clean, cool pool? We couldn't think of one. Thanks to Curt for taking us to his country club for exactly that. The guest house has plenty of room for everyone and the kitchen is great if you plan to eat in. We recommend that you try the local restaurants though. We really enjoyed sitting outside the Starlight Theatre with some ice cold drinks and watching the moon rise. That made a great impression on our X-Box addicted 8-yr old. We can't wait to go back. When we do, we know exactly where we are going to stay.
  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
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Alpine Big Bend
Big Spring, Texas, USA
5

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING

  • 5 of 5
There are so many great things that could be said about Tarantula Ranch. We had an incredible time and Curt made our time there so enjoyable. We could not have asked for a better trip and guide. We will be coming back soon for sure. Curt is on our list as one of the most interesting people we have ever met. I HIGHLY recommend choosing this as the place to stay if you are looking for a great cottage, someone who is extremely knowledgeable of the area and it's history, and a place where just walking around the property itself is as cool as being at the actual park.
  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Alpine Big Bend
Odessa
5

WONDERFUL TRIP!

  • 5 of 5
When we arrived we were greeted by Maggie, Billy, the horses, & dogs plus our wonderful host Curt. We had an awesome tour of Terlingua, toured Big Bend Nat. Park & enjoyed the mineral hot springs, we had a wonderful adventure. Margaritas & Popcorn upon arrival were awesome! Curt our host an animal lover too...influenced our decision to adopted 2 dogs who needed us. Thank you Curt:) God Bless from Patches & Papa
  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers
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Alpine Big Bend
Spring, Texas
5

AWESOME!!!

  • 5 of 5
We arrived and was greeted by Curt on the road leading up to the property. We were then led up to the cabin and then we were welcomed by Maggie, Billy, and his sweet dogs. We visited with Curt and got settled in. We were pleasantly surprised with a pitcher of Margaritas and popcorn- A very nice touch after a long drive.
We then sat out as the sun went down and enjoyed the amazing views. After dinner, we stargazed and let the stress escape.
We met with Curt in the morning and he took us on a sightseeing and educational tour of the area and then stopped for lunch. -Be sure to inquire about this when you book your stay.
The next few days we spent exploring the National Park. Unbelievable!!! We must have taken a thousand pictures. You will not believe the sights!
The property is the perfect launching point to nearby Terlingua and the National Park. Curt pointed out a nearby swimming pool that we went to and relaxed and cooled off. He also provided us with nightlife and dining options. Be sure to ask.
All in all, we really enjoyed our stay. We must mention, the highlight of the trip was the hospitality and the company of Curt. We will definitely come back again!
  • Submitted: May 29, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Alpine Big Bend
5

THE MCDADDY OF VIEWS!!!

  • 5 of 5
3 of us and Bo (a 11 year old lab) stayed at this cottage for 5 nights and loved every single moment of our stay. Bo didn't know what to think about Maggie the burro but we all got along. We danced under the stars, ate good food and met so many amazing people. Curt is the BEST host you will ever have. Thank you for taking time to show us around and making us feel like family. We are so looking forward to coming back this fall. There is just so much to see in this beautiful part of Texas. Cant wait to get to see Maggie, Billy, Cody, Ilene, Hag, Daz, Pepper, Jackie, Helen, and all the wildlife we got to witness on the property!
  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Pet-friendly, Sightseeing
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Alpine Big Bend
5

WHAT A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE!

  • 5 of 5
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!!!
  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing
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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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Starting Rates
Jan 23 2014 - Jul 22 2015
2 night minimum stay
$109
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$139
 

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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:
  • Sports & Activities
  • Adventure
  • Spa
  • Romantic
  • Family
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Budget
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Parking Off Street
  • Living Room
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking ...
  • Internet ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Microwave
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Stove ...
  • Oven
  • Cooking 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:
  • Bicycles
  • Golf ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • festivals
  • winery tours
  • nude beach
Leisure Activities:
  • photography
  • antiquing
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
  • paddle boating
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • walking
  • horseback riding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • cycling
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • kayaking
  • rock climbing
  • hiking
  • rafting
  • mountain climbing
  • equestrian events
  • golf privileges optional
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