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Terlingua House (Big Bend Area's Original Guesthouse)

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

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.

Bedroom layout:

Big Bend Room - Queen and Futon with its own bathroom

Fairfax Room - Queen and two full beds

Studio - Two Full Beds

Fairfax and Studio share a bathroom

We find this property most comfortable for 6 people - 3 bedrooms, 3 couples. We have arranged the bedding so that we can accommodate up to 12 in beds and 16 if you count the futon and day beds in the kitchen. Note that there is a price increase beginning at 7 or more guests age 10 or over.

Value - For two guests this entire property is about the price of a nice hotel room in the city, if you are not on a strictly tight budget, you will be happy you are here. Dining out is expensive in the area, If you make use of the kitchen at all, you will likely find this makes up the difference. For four or more people you will find this is by far the best value in the area. You are on 15 acres, great views, TV, Internet, fire pit, great upstairs deck, city water, direct access to TX 170 highway. You are NOT confined between the tents, trailers or pre-fab "cabins" that have popped up in the years since we began this project. As they say, location is everything - we have a great location, all the amenities and reasonable pricing.

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 14+ 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.

** 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 any inconvenience. The same applies for 'rent 2 get 2 free'. Also note that there is an additional per person charge for groups over 6.


When you make your reservation - 25% is non-refundable but can be held for a future stay. A 75% refund is available if reservations are canceled two weeks in advance. If something happens that you can’t make your trip, please contact us and we will make every effort to accommodate your needs. There is no refund of rent for late arrival or early departure.

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

More Details

Cara or Bud
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2018

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 Terlingua

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.


Terlingua House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
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 (2), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • 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


Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(43 traveler reviews)

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Terlingua House (Big Bend Area's Original Guesthouse)
average rating of 4.4651165 based on 43 reviews

Excellent location for exploring!

  • 5 of 5

TH was perfect for our group of eight adults! Comfy beds, private spaces, great patio views and a fully functioning kitchen. The 2 sets of w/d were nice and reduced the need to overpack clothes. The eclectic separation of bedrooms 2 & 3 and shared bath might not be for everyone but we found it interesting and it worked great. This is our second visit and we'll definitely return.

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Terlingua House is the best. Oozes charm and is so beautifully integrated with the landscape.

  • 5 of 5

I love this property. Would not change a thing. This was my third time renting it and won't be my last.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Functional, Comfortable & Convenient Location

  • 4 of 5

We have stayed here several times, and are return customers. Property Mgrs are “hands on” with management ...facilities are dependably clean and well supplied with kitchen supplies (with coffee) and washer/dryer (with detergent) are always a plus...I don’t go home with a lot of dirty clothes. We have never slept in any bed excepting the “Master” located across from kitchen....I would suggest to owner/mgmt to step up and get a new bed...that “Honeymoon” bed has seen its best days, and then some.

Overall, a positive experience and will plan to go back soon. Thank You Terlingua House !!!

  • Submitted: Dec 17, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very pleased

  • 5 of 5

The house was better then expected. The rooms were very clean. The kitchen had everything needed to cook our meals. I would highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had a great time! It was great finding a place that accommodated all ten of us. Rustic, charming and comfortable!

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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Great house, great location!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at Terlingua House. They house came fully stocked with everything you would need in the kitchen, bedrooms, and baths. Awesome views from the back patio of wildlife, stars, and the surrounding scenery. I would definitely recommend for a trip to see Big Bend and experience the area. 2 miles from the Startlight Theater and 10 minutes to Lajitas. Our host, Cara, was very responsive to any questions that we had throughout the trip. Enjoyed having Long Draw Pizza next door for a easy dinner at the house.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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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)




Additional information about rental rates

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

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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