MCGONAGILL HOUSE ~ KING BEDS ~ ALT. PH. #432-395-2454

Janet Groth

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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights
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MCGONAGILL HOUSE ~ KING BEDS ~ ALT. PH. #432-395-2454

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House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 2-6)

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

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Events Allowed
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Janet Groth

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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.

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights
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Reviews

5
based on 11 traveler reviews

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McGonagill House ~ King beds ~ Alt. Ph. #432-395-2454
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews
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Marathon Big Bend
5

perfection

  • 5 of 5
This house was our headquarters for a motorcycle tour of the Big Bend. So comfortable and welcoming. The house was absolutely charming but our favorite spot was the front porch on the east side. We spent many hours out there planning the next day's ride. Thank you, Janet, for being such a great hostess and caretaker of this home. It really was perfect for us.
  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: When you arrived, you talked about "needing to get outside more often". I could not agree with you more and fell as if Marathon is a great location to do just that.

This morning there is a slight breeze and the air is crisp. Hope it was the same for you and your party as you sat on the porch during those early morning planning sessions. Thank you, Amy and your party, for loving and promising to "take care of the house" while you were there. You were great guests and hope to see you on a return trip.
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McGonagill House ~ King beds ~ Alt. Ph. #432-395-2454
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Marathon Big Bend
Where do you live?
5

Spring Break in Big Bend

  • 5 of 5
This house is very comfortable for a family. Our youngest kids enjoyed the yard and the goats. We had a good time visiting Big Bend and McDonald Observatory. The house is well equipped if you want to cook.
  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Glad you and your family enjoyed your week in West Texas!
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Marathon Big Bend
San Antonio
5

Beautiful home away from home!

  • 5 of 5
We recently had the pleasure of staying in this wonderful home with friends. The owner greeted us with fresh baked goodies and invited us to explore the many historical features of the home. The property was very relaxing and is in a perfect location to head out to Big Bend or Alpine and Marfa. Despite the bad ice/snow storm, we had a wonderful time reconnecting with dear friends and simply relaxing. The home was VERY clean, the beds exceptionally comfortable (quality linens and warm blankets) and it made us feel as if we were visiting family. The kitchen was well appointed with a clean stove, dishes, coffee pot and dishwasher. The owner was so accommodating and even sent a neighbor to check on us during the bad weather. I would recommend this property for couples and families looking to spend quality time in a beautiful family home. Thank you Janet for your hospitality and kindness. We will be back!
  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words, Michele. The ice storm was one of the most vicious for this part of the country; glad you and your friends made it through that rough spot! McGonagill House is billed as a place to make memories....so glad you could reconnect with good friends. Looking forward to your next visit, Janet
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Marathon Big Bend
Katy, Tx
5

M2M Trip

  • 5 of 5
We loved our visit to Marathon for the race and to visit Big Bend National Park. The house was wonderful with all the comforts of home making the trip enjoyable. It was like being at "grandmas" house.

Jennifer R.
  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jennifer, you have a beautiful family; so glad you enjoyed the stay. The weather held for race day; it was an awesome West Texas day.

McGonagill House has one foot in the past and one in the present: antiques and wifi.

Hope to see you entered in the M2M in 2014!
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McGonagill House ~ King beds ~ Alt. Ph. #432-395-2454
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Marathon Big Bend
East Sussex, uk
5

Very special place

  • 5 of 5
A beautifully furnished and characterful historic house with all amenities in lovely Marathon. Janet personally greeted us on arrival to give us all the info we needed and was extremely helpful with my subsequent queries. Enabled us to explore the wonderful Big Bend national park, although its quite a drive (by European standards!) thank you Janet for a wonderful stay.
  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Janet. We believe McGonagill House is a noteworthy mixture of old and new. Some of the antique furniture came to Marathon by wagon and has become an integral part of the charm of McGonagill House.

We hope your stay was exceptional. Y'all must come back sometime just so I can hear that authentic English accent once more!
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McGonagill House ~ King beds ~ Alt. Ph. #432-395-2454
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Marathon Big Bend
Lufkin TX
5

Excellent home away from home!

  • 5 of 5
We were so comfortable at this home! The beds were perfect; the sheets were outstanding quality! All the amenities were perfect for us! The location was ideal for our day trip to Big Bend and to Ft. Davis, the McDonald Observatory, Marfa, and surrounding towns. We enjoyed the biscuit sandwiches and fried pies at the Burnt Biscuit just two blocks down. There is also a nice grocery store in town but off the main road. We bought most of our groceries in Ft. Stockton. The property manager was so nice to alert us to watch for Elk and antelope between Ft. Stockton and Marathon. We got a good look at them! And snapped some pictures. Also, we drove around town and found the most amazing arboretum...an oasis of beauty right in the midst of the desert. It is a beautiful treasure of flowers.The trip was wonderful! We were very aware of God's glory as we ventured out. You will not be disappointed!
  • Submitted: May 7, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We love the Marathon area also and are super excited about the wildlife viewing opportunities. The antelope relocation project by Texas Parks and Wildlife has given many the opportunity to view and photograph antelope in the immediate vicinity of Marathon, up HWY 385 for the first 20-25 miles toward Fort Stockton, and out toward the Post Park. Further up HWY 385 and in the Altita (sp?) Pass area between Marathon and Alpine, elk can be seen at all hours of the day, with better opportunities at sunup and sundown.

I agree...the Burnt Biscuit has the best fried pies, EVER!

Thank you from our family to you, for being our guest and we are pleased that you enjoyed your stay at McGonagill House. For anyone who has not experienced the Big Bend area....Come! Enjoy!
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
31 Miles
Alpine
Nearest Train
31 Miles
Alpine
Nearest Restaurant
250 Metres
Johnny B's; Marathon Coffee Shop

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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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Marathon House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer
Jun 2 - Aug 31
2 night minimum stay
$175
From
$200
Fri,Sat
 
 
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
$200
From
$250
Fri,Sat
$1,500
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee (less than 6 days) $100
Tax Rate 13.0%
Notes 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

If monthly rental includes any two weeks in March, monthly rate is $2000

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Amenities

Marathon House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1850 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
Theme:
  • Historic
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Internet ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Towels Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
Kitchen:
  • Toaster ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Catering Available
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Oven
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Built in vanity
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Antique Blue - 1 king , Dresser, vanity, rocker
    Front Bedroom - 1 double , Dresser, vanity, rocker
    Master - 1 king , Two antique dressers
  • King size beds (2) One king bed in master bedroom, one California King in the blue bedroom, Double Beds (1) 1 Double bed in the third bedroom
Entertainment:
  • Games ...
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Events Allowed
  • pets not allowed ...
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • sight seeing
  • antiquing
  • photography
Local Services & Businesses:
  • medical services
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • cycling
  • mountain biking
Notes:
Large shaded yard, wildlife viewing and birding opportunities, easy access to Big Bend, easy walk to downtown Marathon, porches to view sunrises and sunsets.
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