We just returned from a 5 night stay at The Old Country Store Guest Quarters. The accommodations were perfect for our family and our two dogs. The location, 15 minutes from the entrance to Big Bend National Park, was very convenient. The place is very easy to find, even if you arrive after dark like we did. The place is very clean and well-maintained. The owner was professional and friendly, emailing us to make sure we had arrived safely and that everything was ok.
About ten minutes down the road in Study Butte, gasoline and limited groceries are available along with a couple restaurants. The owners provide some breakfast items, snacks, and a few frozen items such as pizza. There is a microwave and toaster oven, but not much in the way of cooking equipment. You're limited to heat and serve items. Plenty of paper products and plastic cutlery are also provided. Also there is a variety of teas and instant coffee with an electric kettle for heating water.
There are a couple of things you need to be aware of:
1. This is the desert, so water conservation is very important. There is no potable water on site. Water for showers and toilet flushing comes from a rainwater catchment system. You must use bottled water for all human and pet consumption. The owners provided several gallons, and we bought additional gallons in Study Butte. The water heater is small, so taking very quick showers is a must. None of this was an issue for us since we've spent a lot of time camping and on sailboats, but if long hot showers are important to you, you need to consider this.
2. As stated in the information for this property, the bathroom and shower facilities are out back. I was a little surprised at how "out back" they were. It's probably about a 150' or so walk to the bathhouse. Not terrible, but further than I was expecting. Again not a big deal for us. The owners thoughtfully hung flashlights on hooks next to the back door.
Some restaurants we enjoyed: Chisos Mountain Lodge restaurant in the park, Chili Pepper Cafe in Study Butte, and Starlight Theater in Terlingua for dinner. Besides the national park, Big Bend Ranch State Park is also well worth the time to drive through.
Since this is a designated dark sky area, the view of the Milky Way is truly impressive. Don't miss the opportunity to go outside and do some star gazing. Sunset views from the front porch can't be beat. We would wholeheartedly recommend this place and can't wait to return.