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Janet Eby

Member since: 2007
Speaks: english

Terlingua Ranch Retreat-Stunning 360 Views, Solitude, Comfort

59 Reviews
Sleeps3
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Overview

Texas House Rental Photos and Description

House, 1 Bedroom + Loft, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-3)

Absolute solitude in a stunning setting, near Big Bend National Park.

Off-grid vacation home on Terlingua Ranch.

This cozy one bedroom vacation retreat located on 90 acres offers unparalleled 360 degree views, quiet, and comfort in a remote setting. No nearby lights to interrupt the starlit sky of the Big Bend. Sleeps two people in upstairs bedroom queen, plus a twin/daybed with a high-density foam mattress and an inflatable mattress (maximum 3 people due to composting toilet capacity). The nearest house is nearly a mile away. You can go weeks without a car passing by.

House is light and modern, with bamboo floors, tile, and modern ceiling fans. The retreat is oriented so that at any time of the day, one of the two porches is in the shade. One is screened and the other open.

This is a great vacation rental. An escape from everyday life with a beautiful view of Nine Point Mesa to the north, Jack Eden Mesa to the northeast and Corazones Peaks to the south. The property is true to its desert climate, with dozens of species of cacti, along with ocotillo, yucca, and many varieties of prickly pear, strawberry pitaya, and rainbow cactus in abundance. In addition, bluebonnets, the Texas state flower, and resurrection ferns are found on the 90 acres. The property provides ample opportunities for watching birds and wildlife. We see foxes and deer regularly, and at night frequently hear coyotes howling in the distance.

To explore West Texas, the house is 30 miles from the Big Bend National Park gate; 23 miles to Study Butte/Terlingua ghost town and 35 miles to the famed Lajitas Resort.

PLEASE NOTE: The house is located three-quarter mile along a dirt road from the main ranch paved road, and the dirt road takes you over a rise so that traffic on the paved road is not visible or audible. All vehicles can make the short trip (but as always in this part of the world, have a spare tire just in case). The property's solar and wind energy powers the lights, fans, appliances, and the radio/CD player, while propane gas powers the stove, wall heaters and hot water heater. The composting toilet (Envirolet) is modern and odorless -- not the primitive drop toilet you may know from national or state parks.

We do have a very quiet gas-powered generator for window air conditioners in the hottest months. Thank you for understanding that there is a burn moratorium in Terlingua Ranch, and no campfires are allowed due to dry climate fire danger and fragility of desert vegetation. Finally, the stairs to the upstairs bedroom are slightly steeper than normal and may not be the best for those who have difficulty managing stairs.

Visit the website at TRRetreat com for more photos and information. THESE PRICES SUPERCEDE PRICES ON OUR WEBSITE.

Keywords: Terlingua, Terlingua Ranch, Solar, Eco-friendly, secluded, private, remote, mountain views, Big Bend

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Janet Eby (Property Manager)
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english

Reviews

4.9
based on 59 traveler reviews

Terlingua Ranch Retreat-Stunning 360 Views, Solitude, Comfort
average rating of 4.881356 based on 59 reviews
5

A retreat to recharge!

  • 5 of 5

You want solitude and peace and quiet? This is absolutely the place! This was my 2nd visit to the Retreat and I will be back for more, for sure. The location is wonderful and the views morning and night are spectacular. The cabin is well-appointed with dishes and cooking utensils. Hit the Cottonwood store (if coming from Big Bend Nat'l Park) and you can stock up on groceries for the full-size fridge and freezer. We grilled hamburgers and enjoyed the open porch watching the sunset. You are off the grid, but there is Wi-Fi. It is just a wonderful oasis in the desert. Thank you for opening up this lovely escape for others to enjoy!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely delightful! My wife and I spent nearly a week at this retreat, and loved every minute of it. Besides the great views in all four directions (with a screened porch on the east side, an open porch on the west), the house is very well supplied with most all the kitchen stuff you need, nice CD player and some CDs (though it got little use from us who just love the quiet and the subtle sounds of the desert), and a small library with some very good reading material about the Big Bend Area, plus more. September was a bit warm during the day, but certainly not unbearable, and the evenings were very enjoyable. Didn't run the AC at all. Oh, and I have to mention the stars. There's a very good reason the McDonald Observatory is in this area (near Ft Davis), as the sky is absolutely dark except for the stars, the planets, and the glorious Milky Way. And then there's the screened skylight above the bed that cranks open to the outside so you can see the stars and hear the night sounds from your repose. Would definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: " Thank you so much for this great review of the Retreat. What is so special for us about what you write is that you singled out all the points that we ourselves love about the Retreat and we strive to maintain the character of the Retreat to give guests just the very experience you describe. Thank you again for taking time to write to us. We are delighted and are sorry that there has been a delay in us getting back to you. We very much look forward to your next visit"
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5

Beautiful Stay

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent our anniversary weekend at the retreat.the house was perfect and the surrounding area was so peaceful. We used the grill both nights And enjoyed all of the stars. We had breakfast at the Bad Rabbit Cafe and it was awesome! The house was cozy, clean and fit our needs perfectly.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

Gorgeous views but wouldnt go unless I had a truck etc. with sturdy tires

  • 4 of 5

This is a very cute house, loved the screened porch and having a grill made cooking dinner easy. They have a lot of pots, pans etc. if you want to cook. The toilet was ok for the few days that we were there, though a bit awkward to use, especially if you are short. We primarily wanted to explore the Big Bend, so we didn't spend much time at the retreat aside from evenings and breakfast. we just sat outside and enjoyed the views and looked at the stars through the window above the bed. It was breezy so we didn't need to use the AC for those times. It's still a bit of a drive to get to big bend, but better than some other options. The only complaint I had was that the description includes that this property is accessible to all cars. Technically it is, but the gravel road had much bigger and sharper stones than I expected (have never been in this type of terrain; I expected small gravel/dirt). I was terrified driving on this (nearly a mile long) road with my sedan and standard tires. although we made it without popping a tire, I would not have rented this property if I would have known... We considered parking close to the paved road, but aside from potentially not being allowed to park there, carrying everything back and forth to the house would have been exhausting ;)

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great Getaway

  • 5 of 5

The house was secluded, which is what we wanted. I stayed with twofriends and the space was comfortable. We spent most of our time on the porch. The porch was cool in the AM and breezy after 4 pm. It was great for enjoying our drinks and meals. The kitchen is fully stocked. We had no problems making our meals. We were happy to be able to see so many stars and the Milky Way. The toilet is a compost toilet, which is a little weird to get use to, but the house is in the desert and is very green (another positive). I would love to go again and this time bring my boyfriend.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Wow!

  • 5 of 5

Amazing! We loved how secluded it was. So glad it had that shiny metal roof, helped us find the place. Didn't go to big bend, too hot, and the car had no ac, but the views at the house made up for that. We would love to come back in the fall!

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
230 Miles
Midland International Airport
Nearest Barpub
30 Miles
High Sierra Bar and Grill
Nearest Golf
41 Miles
Black Jack's Crossing in Lajitas
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Texas State Highway 118
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Bad Rabbitt Cafe

Please note lists below of activities and amenities. But must stress wonderful hiking in Big Bend N.P. Also please note that stairs up to bedroom are somewhat steep and shallow. They have sturdy railings and non-skid runner and should be fine for most everyone. NO HUNTING OR TARGET PRACTICE.

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Rates & Availability

Lajitas House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Low Season
Jun 1 2016 - Aug 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
$139
$839
 
 
Labor Day
Sep 1 2016 - Sep 5 2016
3 night minimum stay
$169
 
 
Regular
Sep 6 2016 - Nov 2 2016
2 night minimum stay
$149
$899
 
 
Chili Cook Off
Nov 3 2016 - Nov 6 2016
3 night minimum stay
$169
 
 
Regular
Nov 7 2016 - Nov 18 2016
2 night minimum stay
$149
$899
 
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 19 2016 - Nov 27 2016
3 night minimum stay
$169
$1,019
 
 
Regular
Nov 28 2016 - Dec 15 2016
2 night minimum stay
$149
$899
 
 
Christmas & New Years
Dec 16 2016 - Jan 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
$169
$1,019
 
 
Winter
Jan 5 2017 - Feb 28 2017
2 night minimum stay
$149
$899
 
 
Early Spring
Mar 1 2017 - Mar 2 2017
2 night minimum stay
$159
$959
 
 
Spring Break
Mar 3 2017 - Mar 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
$169
$1,019
 
 
Spring
Mar 20 2017 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
$159
$959
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$149
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $65 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel before 30 days of your stay, then we will refund 100% minus a $50 cancellation fee and any Paypal fees. If you cancel within 30 days of your stay, then a refund will depend on us able to re-rent that time.

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Amenities

Texas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Queen size Beds (1) Comfy Tempur-Pedica mattress., Twin or Single Beds (1)
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • Stereo ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
Indoor bathroom has a shower, but there is also a hot/cold outdoor shower with N views.

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