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Terlingua House (Big Bend Area's Original Guesthouse)

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


Texas House Rental Photos and Description

Lodge, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)

Terlingua House is located in the heart of the desert mountain country of West Texas. For the price of a nice single hotel room, this unique guesthouse is like having your own personal lodge for your trip. It is a three-bedroom, two-bath, adobe-style property with full kitchen; each located in a separate building. This unique layout enables you to socialize and dine together and retreat to the privacy of your own separate rooms for some solitude. It's almost like renting a small resort rather than just a vacation home or hotel room.

Although most come here to get away from it all, Terlingua House has all the comforts of home:

* Fully stocked kitchen with full sized fridge, stove/oven (apartment sized), microwave, dishwasher and all the dishes, utensils and cooking requirements one would need.

* Washers/dryers - exploring and adventure means you may need to do laundry

* Wireless Internet, cable TV (including big screen TV) - when you want to plug back in to the real world

* An upper level deck for mountain viewing and star gazing

* A beautiful, covered lower courtyard connecting two buildings; complete with 2 grills for cooking and dining outside

* An outdoor sitting area with fire pit (bring your own wood).

Stroll up the hill on the property and view the changing colors of the Chisos Mountains during the spectacular sunrises and sunsets.

Terlingua House is located two miles west of Terlingua, Texas between Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park. This safe and secure 15 acre, semi-secluded property with easy access, has a grand view of the Chisos Mountains of Big Bend National Park while still being only minutes away from restaurants and local river rafting, hiking, biking and jeep tour outfitters. Terlingua Ghost town is a couple minutes drive down the road. There's even a pizza place at the bottom of the road - an easy walk for dinner and drinks.

If you like Big bend I am confident you will like Terlingua House. We strive to keep it cool, fun, functional and clean. After 12 years we have many repeat customers, many recommendations and about once a year - a whiner! If you have never been to Big Bend, it is truly one of the most unique and fascinating areas in Texas and the country for that matter - hence the national and state parks. It is also one of the most vast and remote areas in the country. It is - an adventure. Whether you stay with us or one of the other lodging accommodations in the area, go with the understanding that you will be, and we are working in, an area that teeters between the 21st century and the 19th century. This is part of the fun, part of the adventure - part of the allure of Big Bend.

We would love to have you stay at Terlingua House. If you would like to rent please do the following in this order: (1) Check the calendar here on VRBO for availability during the time you want to go, if available then; (2) Go to our website and fill out the rental agreement form and finally; (3) Monday through Friday 8AM - 5PM please call the office at 325-473-4400 with a MC or Visa handy to pay and confirm your reservation. Note that the 25% deposit is non-refundable but can be used at a later date, the 75% balance is due and payable 10 days prior to your arrival.

** IMPORTANT NOTE: VRBO Instant quote does not calculate our specials correctly. A 'rent 2 get 3rd free' special means you have to rent two nights to get the third free. Unfortunately VRBO calculator will average the price across all nights and it results in a discrepancy. For a true quote please contact us directly. Thank you and sorry for the inconvenience. The same applies for 'rent 2 get 2 free'.

Thank you for considering Terlingua House for your Big Bend trip.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Cara or Bud (Owner)
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english

About Cara or Bud

Bud Johnson and Friends are the owners of Terlingua House.

Bud lives on a ranch just outside of Bronte, Texas (between San Angelo and Abilene). He is a geologist by trade and also dabbles as an entrepreneur.

Cara or Bud purchased this house in 2003

Why Cara or Bud chose Texas

I fell in love with the area and then the property back in the 80's and it has been a labor of love to get it to the high standard that it is today. There's something almost magical or spiritual when you watch the sunrise and sunset from here - not to mention the star gazing on a clear night. There's nothing like it. Terlingua House is a deluxe property on 15 acres with spectacular views, easy access, all the amenities and plenty of water. Both water and access can be an issue in the area. It's the perfect place to get away from it all and experience an amazing part of Texas that many don't even know exist. It's just minutes from shopping, dining and tour outfitters and easy access for day trips. Plus, you're fully connected to the outside world here with Internet and satellite TV.

What makes this house unique

Unique, lodge-like adobe style buildings house 3 separate sleeping quarters and kitchen/dining area. It's like renting a lodge or small resort for the same price as a decent hotel room. This allows you to socialize, dine and entertain as a group with the added benefit of retreating to your own space for some quiet time. Just minutes from shopping and dining, it's a perfect place to get away from it all but still be connected with wireless Internet, satellite TV other comforts of home. The sunsets/sunrises and star gazing are spectacular from this property.


Excellent! 4.3/5 -
(23 traveler reviews)
Terlingua House (Big Bend Area's Original Guesthouse)
average rating of 4.347826 based on 23 reviews

Beautiful property near Big Bend

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for four days in August and had a great time. The house is exactly as described and has lots of room - for us four it was hard to decide where to sleep first :-)

The little town of Terlingua has much more to offer than we first expected - no need to bring a lot of supplies unless you want to save money: the local grocery store is of course a bit more expensive than a big city supermarket.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Santa Fe, Texas

Rustic but comfortable

  • 4 of 5

This is the perfect spot to be close to Big Bend National Park. Nice area to explore. The house is well stocked for all you need to make for a comfortable stay. Unfortunately we had a couple of bad storms that swept through, the first knocked out the power grid in Ft. Stockton which put us in darkness from 7:00PM until 4:00AM in the morning. The second storm came the following day which brought marble sized hail hitting vehicles and windows, freaked us all out worrying about the damage to vehicles but appears we had no damage. Overall the stay was great. The house needs some attention, we couldn't get the main washer in kitchen to work, it cuts on but only goes for 3 minutes and then cuts off. Light bulbs were out in most of the lamps and ceiling fans. If there would have been bulbs available we would have changed them but known were to be found. The place needs candles in the event storms hit the area and knock out power. we used our flashlights we brought from home. The bathroom between bedrooms is completely HOT during our stay and only a fan to keep it cool. We ran out of toilet paper on our last day and had to resort to paper towels. Other than those basic lack of supplies available we did have plenty towels and linens. Kitchen was well equipped and roomy. We enjoyed our stay despite the little obstacles and would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Van Alstyne, Texas

50th Birthday Trip!

  • 5 of 5

Two years ago, in late January, we stayed at Terlingua House to celebrate my 50th birthday. We fell in love with Terlingua House and its rustic charm. We still dream about going back to visit! Terlingua House is perfectly situated for day trips to Terlingua, the Ghost Town, Big Bend National Park, Big Bend State Park, and Lajitas.

The sunrises at Terlingua House are amazing to behold. To sit with a warm cup of coffee and enjoy the beauty of nature in the morning is unforgettable. Then, to close out the day with an amazing sunset is the icing on the cake.

My son and husband climbed the cliff behind the house to check out the caves. They loved it!

Terlingua House is not like being at home. It's truly an adventure! We loved the little keys hanging in the kitchen to access each of the bedrooms, the roof top deck, and the delicious artisan pizza place with live music right next door. The little lounging area in the kitchen was perfect for the kids while we prepared meals and the bedrooms were spread out enough we didn't feel like we were on top of one another while there. Everyone had space to roam and play and explore. We enjoyed evenings by the fire pit, too.

Dreaming of coming back and cannot wait!

  • Submitted: May 13, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect location, great views, very rustic

  • 4 of 5

We stayed here over Spring Break with my parents and two boys. The house is located in a GREAT place in relation to the parks! One thing to note is that while it sits up on a hill, it is right on the highway. It was probably our misconception, but we thought it would be further off the highway. The house is divided into two areas, one has a bedroom and kitchen/gathering area divided by a courtyard area, the other building has two bedrooms with a bathroom, joined by a courtyard area. You should note that you do not have access to the second bathroom from the bedrooms, you have to walk outside onto the uncovered patio. This is not really a big deal unless it is raining...there is no cover at all. This style of house is very common in the area and we thought it was kind of fun, even though it was not what we had expected at all. For those with kids, you should also know that we did not feel comfortable letting our boys (age 7 and 11) sleep in the third bedroom (2 double beds) by themselves. There are two doors, one of which opens to the shared courtyard and one which leads out to an area with rocky terrain and a pretty steep drop off. We were worried they would wake up in the middle of the night, get confused, use the wrong door and have an accident. We were probably just being overly cautious, but we weren't comfortable with our original plan of letting them have that bedroom to themselves. It was not a problem, we chose to split up, but they could have also slept in the two twin beds in the second bedroom....lots of room! I would not recommend this property for families with small children! it was however great for our boys, they loved exploring the land behind the house. The outdoor patio/ firepit/ picnic table was awesome. We really enjoyed that in the evening after a day of exploring. We all agreed that this is a good property with a lot of potential. A few updates and a really good cleaning could make it GREAT! Things like a leaky toilet which made for a stinky bathroom, posters falling off the walls, pots/pans/kitchen items that weren't "quite" clean, missing blue glass tile out of the pretty window you see in the pictures, dirty blankets in the closets, among other petty things.....these were all little things that did not affect the enjoyment of our stay. If addressed, the property would be even better! Know that when you come to this area and this house, you should expect comfortable, but rustic, not the Ritz! :)

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Time

  • 5 of 5

We stayed 3 nights and we enjoyed every minute of it! It was very relaxing. The sunrises were breath taking and the nights were awesome....very dark but plenty of stars in the sky. We ziplined, golfed in nearby Lajitas and had an awesome time! We didn't go into Big Bend this time but plan to on our next trip! Too bad the next available date for this house is in late June. The house is big enough to accommodate all our family even thought this time around only 4 of us stayed due to unforeseen circumstances! The terlingua house is in the perfect location ....we are panning our return trip soon! Love the scenery an the local people. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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I'd stay here again

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay here. A few small issues like bulbs burned out & kitchen not quite as well stocked as they think it is. Sheets & towels were very nice. Showers adequate. Heating good. The walkway between the 2 bedrooms is where the second bathroom is located. Needs an overhang or roof of some kind. And a keyed lock on the door. But overall we enjoyed it.

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Longdraw Pizza adjoining property
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Pizza Place

Rio Grande Canyons River Rafting and Canoeing, Desert Jeep Tours, Spelunking (caves and quicksilver mines), horseback riding, airplane tours, Golf (beginning with the new course in '04 we understand), Live Theater (and other cultural events including the World Championship Chili Cookoff are occasional events throughout the year)


Rates & Availability

Lajitas House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Late Summer 2016
Aug 1 2016 - Sep 30 2016
4 night minimum stay
Early December 2016
Dec 1 2016 - Dec 15 2016
4 night minimum stay
Early 2017
Jan 2 2017 - Feb 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Summer 2017
May 1 2017 - Jul 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Late Summer 2017
Aug 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
Early December 2017
Dec 1 2017 - Dec 14 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

One time Cleaning Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%

$275/Night (2 night minimum) up to 6 guests. Additional charges apply for 7 or more guests. 1 night free and 2 night free specials available, See Website. Over occupancy, cleaning fees and taxes additional.

25% Non-refundable Deposit due at the time of reservation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Texas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (4), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Separate sleeping quarters makes this like a small resort. Set on 15 acres

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