FIXED UP RUIN IN A DUSTY GHOST TOWN

Cynta de Narvaez

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Sleeps12
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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FIXED UP RUIN IN A DUSTY GHOST TOWN

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Can sleep up to 12 near Big Bend National Park

Villa Terlingua is a privately owned, lovingly refurbished 90 year old limestone ruin within the Terlingua Ghost Town, offering short term rentals by the room or the entire house.

The house was bought as a dilapidated ruin and painstakingly brought back to life over 16 years. Furnished with antiques, books and collectables picked up while traveling around the world, the home is part Mayan, part Malaysian and wholly Terlingua. I hope you will find its character as appealing as it is different, and the rooms as comfortable as those in an urban setting.

The only home rental in the Terlingua Ghost Town, is within 5 minutes of the infamous Ghost Town Porch and the acclaimed Starlight Theater Restaurant, yet it remains serenely quiet. From its hillside location to the north of the Ghost Town, it offers incomparable views of the rising and setting sun over the Chisos Mountains. How can this happen? Come and find out!

Suitability:
  • limited accessibility
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Cynta de Narvaez (Owner)
Advertiser since 2012
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About Cynta de Narvaez

I have been a river guide here on and off for 10 years, still do Elderhostel (Road Scholar) trips on occasion, and am the historian of the Ghost Town. I am a member of the Terlingua community and I celebrate this lifestyle everyday.

Cynta de Narvaez purchased this house in 1996

Why Cynta de Narvaez chose Lajitas

The house is a 90-year-old limestone rock ruin with 18 inch thick walls. It housed five Mexican miner families during the mercury mining boom here (1903 through 1943) with two outdoor great rooms where they cooked and slept in the summer. I put in a 14-foot-ceiling so the air would flow better and so there could be loft space. The replacement rocks all came from my property. The rock mason, a Comanche/Mexican artisan, napped everything with my geology rock-hammer – not an electric saw. The walls are exquisite and belong in a church, hence the old name for my house, “Our Lady of Perpetual Construction.”

What makes this house unique

The house was bought as a dilapidated ruin and painstakingly brought back to life over 16 years. Furnished with antiques, books and collectables picked up while traveling around the world, the home is part Mayan, part Malaysian and wholly Terlingua. I hope you will find its character as appealing as it is different, and the rooms as comfortable as those in an urban setting.

The only home rental in the Terlingua Ghost Town, is within 5 minutes of the infamous Ghost Town Porch and the acclaimed Starlight Theater Restaurant, yet it remains serenely quiet. From its hillside location to the north of the Ghost Town, it offers incomparable views of the rising and setting sun over the Chisos Mountains. How can this happen? Come and find out!

Inside, the kitchen and dining area are the center of everything, with all three bedrooms attached from this central point. Each bedroom has beautiful rock walls, big windows and wondrous bedding. Adjacent to the master bedroom is the den, with tons of books and a Rumford fireplace. There is one large bathroom with claw-foot tub and shower, flush toilet and its very own private flower garden. The house has a fully open floor plan with decorative rugs separating the rooms; the only interior doors are to the bathroom. The largest room in this house is actually outside; it’s the porch, which is used for much of the year; and there are sitting areas in various places around the house because sometimes the views are where you’d least expect them. WiFi runs throughout the premises, both inside and out. Also, when you rent this place you also get me; I have been a long-time guide here and know this country intimately. I live next door and am always available, if needed, to help you plan your vacation, show sustainable building techniques or to help you find out which desert plants make the best tea.

Why HomeAway

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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Reviews

5
based on 3 traveler reviews

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Fixed up Ruin in a Dusty Ghost Town
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Lajitas Big Bend
Tyler, TX
5

Spring Break 2014

  • 5 of 5
Villa Terlingua was the ideal home base for our Big Bend adventures. With growing preteen/teenage children, our family needs room to spread out. The indoor spaces of this home are cozy and the outdoor spaces are breathtaking. The house is rustic, eclectic, and obviously built with love. Rustic does not mean roughing it, however. Hot water on demand in the middle of a ghost town! Who knew? Don't forget to look for the fossils in the shower. And for those who feel the need to stay connected to the outside world, there is internet access. The kitchen is well equipped, but you will want to stock up on groceries in Fort Stockton or Alpine before you make the trek to Terlingua. The local market is fine in an emergency, but expensive and limited.

The real treasure of Villa Terlingua is the owner. What an amazing individual. She is a river and back country guide, a scholar, a protector of the environment, an activist, a volunteer, a respected community member. Her knowledge of and love for the area was indispensable as we planned our daily activities. Thanks to her guidance and connections, my husband and I felt very comfortable taking our children across the recently opened border to Boquillas del Carmen for the afternoon.

We can't wait for Spring Break 2015 at Villa Terlingua.
  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Lajitas Big Bend
Grapevine TX
5

The Cowboy Wedding

  • 5 of 5
I enjoyed every moment of this trip. The Villa is a beautiful and relaxing place to stay. We spent most of our time outside on the rock patio which wraps around over half the house with breath taking views varying throughout the day and evening. Cynta was the treat we didn't know we would have along with the Villa. Cynta is a very intelligent, charming and warm soul. She knows the area and the people like the back of hand. We learned a lot about the beautiful Big Bend area especially Terlingua and it's people. When we were out and about visiting the area and surrounding towns we would mention where we were staying and they all knew Cynta and had nothing but wonderful things to say about her and also said her Villa was one of the 2 best houses to stay in the area. We will be back and hopefully have more time at the Villa visiting our new friend Cynta and Baxter!
  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
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Lajitas Big Bend
Dallas Texas
5

"THE wedding"

"THE wedding"
  • 5 of 5
I have never experienced such a relaxing comfortable stay and I travel a lot! Terlingua villa sits on top of a hill, where you will get an incredible breeze. Not to mention an unbelievable view. My favorite part was visiting with Cynta and Baxter. I felt like I was with family. What an awesome woman. I can't wait to go back!!
  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
240 Miles
Midland International Airport, Midland, TX
Nearest Train
80 Miles
Amtrak, Alpine, TX
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
from Alpine take 118 South to FM 170, go right
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
The Starlight Theater
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Lajitas Golf Resort and Spa, Lajitas, TX
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
The Starlight Theater
Car: necessary

Twelve miles to the east is the west entrance to the Big Bend National Park. Twelve miles to the southwest is the Rio Grande river, and the largest state park in Texas, Big Bend Ranch State Park. The Chihuahuan desert is well represented here and so are many outdoor activities. This area is famous for river trips on the Rio Grande river, horsepack trips through 40 million year old geology and over 1500 years of human history. The hiking, birding and botany are superb.

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Lajitas House Rental Rates

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Base Rate
2 night minimum stay
$325
$2,100
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%
Notes In the off season, I rent by the room, so its a lot cheaper. Yes, I haggle. And also there is a guest cottage for smaller groups.

Cancellation Policy

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

Amenities

Lajitas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Wireless Internet
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Fireplace
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen
  • Cooking Utensils
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Queen size Beds (1) The Queen bed is in the Green Room, handicap friendly, with its own door to the outside and its own door to the bathroom, Double Beds (1) The Master bedroom has a full sized bed. In the summer there is also a full sized bed outside on the porch (otherwise its a futon/couch)., Twin or Single Beds (2) The Fishroom has 2 single beds; comfortable for most people although perfect for children., Child Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) There is a futon in each loft (there are 2 lofts), and there is a futon/couch outside on the porch during the winter, which can also be a perfect bedroom (weather permitting).
Entertainment:
  • VCR
  • DVD Player
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • limited accessibility
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Attractions:
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • whitewater rafting
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