New: We have recently added WiFi, a TV, a DVD player and a small DVD library.
The home was built as a 'town house' for a local ranching family and constructed with native rock from the Apple Ranch in the Glass Mountains. Completed in the 1940s, it includes 'Victory V's' in the exterior rock faces, intended to memorialize the Allied victory during WWII.
This home is a quaint mixture of original furnishings along with updated bathrooms and a full kitchen. Porches on the front of the home allow visitors to relax and enjoy those great, wide-open West Texas skies. We put up hummingbird feeders during hummer season. Birders welcome! (Ask about our AARP discount.)
A short stroll will take you to the heart of Marathon where you can enjoy breakfast or lunch at Johnny B's or the Marathon Cafe. Heading down the street, enjoy shopping at the bookstore, dress shop, or one of the numerous art galleries. You may enjoy an evening drink at the White Buffalo Bar.
Above all, Marathon is a place to unwind and relax. Leave your worries at the county line, grab a massage at the spa, or sit outside at and engage in conversation with the locals. It's all good in Marathon.
Keywords: Large shaded yard, quiet, country living, multifamily, parking, peaceful, library
We are the great-grandchildren of the original owner and builder JA McGonagill and ate many Sunday 'after church' meals here with family and friends. We walked to French's store and charged candy bars and cokes to our parents after school when we were kids. We played games in the yard. This home and this town are dear to our hearts and an integral part of our family history.
Janet Groth purchased this house in 1940
This home has been in my family for four generations. Although we don't live in the area, we love Marathon for its one-of-a-kind atmosphere and visit several times a year. We support the Marathon Baptist Church and enjoy meals at the restaurants in Marathon. The Fourth of July Dance at the Post, local roping and horsemanship events, and nostalgia call us back to Marathon.
Short walk to downtown Marathon; tranquility and large parking area; family ties to Marathon; read about our ranching family and how and why the house was constructed in Marathon.
This place was exactly what we needed - a base camp for our motorcycle adventures with plenty of room for truck & trailer. We loved the history of the home and all the antiques. The beds were very comfortable and hard to leave. Janet was wonderful to help us out with suggestions and answering all our questions. Definitely a great place to stay.
We loved our time at McGonagill House! Plenty of room for my family of four...comfy beds, lots of room, both indoors and out! If you're looking for a small town atmosphere, with plenty of quiet and a big sky, this is the place for you. The drive into Big Bend National Park was longer than we expected...partly because of the 45 mph speed limit once inside the park...but totally worth it. This is our 5th VRBO experience, and this ranks right at the top!
Loved our stay in Marathon and sight seeing around the area. It's easy to imagine yourself transported back in time in the house but with all the convenience's you really need of modern life. The house is very quiet, if you are a light sleeper you might want to bring some background noise. Loved staying in Marathon with its small town feel. Would definitely repeat this trip.
Loved our first visit to Marathon and the McGonagill house. We were two retired couples looking forward to our first visit to Big Bend National Park and the surrounding area. The home is older but very comfortable. The beds are comfy and the bathrooms well stocked with towels. Did not use the kitchen to cook but we did use the coffee maker to make coffee in the mornings. Great location in town within walking distance to the Gage Hotel where we had dinner every night after a full day at the park. So glad Wi-Fi was available. Thanks Janet for the fruit basket!
I had the privilege of staying at the McGonagill House for an extended vacation in JAN/FEB 2015. The home is beautiful, large, spacious, quiet, and relaxing. There is a large grass yard with many mature shade trees. The train passes through town a couple times a day (which is really fun to see), and the sound is significantly muffled by the walls of this gorgeous stone home. The home has two covered porches, one that stays shady during the day, and one that allows the sun to come through so that it warms the porch and bathes it in light, yet it is a covered porch that allows for shade so that you can stay on the porch all day and read and daydream, get warmed up, but still have shade to retreat to. There is ample parking for large vehicles in the driveway of the home. The rooms in the home are quite large and not cluttered, allowing you lots of room for your luggage. The bedrooms have roomy closets for hanging clothes, and the bedrooms also have empty dressers for you to stash your folded clothes. The bathrooms are well-stocked with thick bath towels, hand towels, washcloths, everything you'd need. The laundry room has a full-sized modern washer and dryer. The kitchen is fully stocked with plates, utensils, glasses, mugs, plastic ware for the kids, coffee machine, toaster, microwave, oven, range, refrigerator/freezer and dishwasher. The rooms have large windows practically floor to ceiling that allow light in and beautiful outdoor views from every room of the house. The home is situated picturesquely on the East side of town, with fabulous views of the sunrise. Marathon sunsets as seen from the McGonagill House are breathtaking, as are the velvet-black night skies. You can not believe the number of stars you will see in the nighttime Marathon sky. Everything in the town of Marathon is within walking distance, to include the Gage Hotel Restaurant/Bar, the Post Office, the Bank, the local grocery/sundries store, local art galleries, locally owned gift-shops, and the 26-acre Botanical Gardens of the Gage Hotel. Marathon is the perfect jumping off place for traveling to the Big Bend National Park and the Big Bend Ranch State Park. This family-owned and managed McGonagill House is the perfect spot for thorough relaxation and enjoyment. The manager responds immediately to VBRO e-mails/inquiries which makes it easy to communicate and have your questions answered right away. Staying at the McGonagill House is an absolute pleasure!
This house has it all. It is a perfect blend of old and new--a house with a marvelous history and many original furnishings, but combined with all the comforts of modern living. There are lovely wooden floors and stone walls (love the stone in the master bath!); extra comfy king beds with beautiful quilts in rooms decorated with the original furniture; two baths with plenty of luxurious towels; a well stocked kitchen with very up-to-date appliances including stove, dishwasher and washer/drier; Wi-Fi and DvD player; a backyard; and a perfect setting that is private and peaceful but just steps away from the storefronts of picturesque Marathon. We love that part of Texas, and we can't wait to come back to the McGonagill House.
Big Bend National Park, Rock hunting, camping, backpacking, scenic drives, birding, jeep tours, mountain biking, wildlife viewing, rafting, Ghost town viewing and shopping
Very quiet and peaceful.....
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1 night minimum stay
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Monthly and weekly rates vary depending on the season. Please call for a quote.
Rate is based on a 3 bedroom/2 bath rental and the cleaning fee is based on a 3 night rental. Different (lower) rates apply for 1 bedroom/1 bath and 2 bedroom/2 bath.
The cleaning fee is lower for a one bedroom/1 bathroom rental or more for a 3 bedroom rental. Please call 432-935-9755 or if no answer call 432-395-2454
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