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Terlingua House (Big Bend Area's Original Guesthouse)

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • children welcome

Overview

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 13+ 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 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.

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

More Details

Owner
Cara or Bud
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
March 30, 2017

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.

Amenities

Terlingua House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 10
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (4), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
Separate sleeping quarters makes this like a small resort. Set on 15 acres

Reviews

Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(30 traveler reviews)

Terlingua House (Big Bend Area's Original Guesthouse)
average rating of 4.4666667 based on 30 reviews
5

Desert Paradise

  • 5 of 5

This was my 2nd time staying at Terlingua House. It is the perfect retreat. You can see bighorn sheep up in the canyon in the morning, hear coyotes, look at stars and be in a comfortable setting where you can cook, do laundry after a day of hiking or adventuring in Big Bend and are 2 minutes drive or a short walk to the ghost town. Thanks so much. We love love love it here.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great place to stay in Big Bend area

  • 5 of 5

We have been going to the Big Bend foe several years and have stayed in several places. We love Terlingua House for several reasons. First, the location is perfect for dividing your time between the national park and the state park. The whole house is well taken care of and though it is right off the road you can hardly tell. The kitchen is well appointed for making your own meals and we eat like kings! The bedrooms are well maintained and private with plenty of room to spread out. There is good internet connectivity so you don't have to feel disconnected if you don't want to. I look forward to next year!

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

The property was inviting and cozy. Location was great.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at Terlingua House. Nice, clean, and relaxing atmosphere. Plenty of room for multiple families. Really liked the location as it was close to town and an easy drive to Big Bend and to the scenic drive to Presidio. Enjoyed dinner at the Starlight Theater and the pizza at The Long Draw Pizza place was excellent. Highly recommend the hike to The Window in Big Bend.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Find us here every February

  • 5 of 5

This is our 8th Feb visit here and we consider it our home away from home - we love it!!

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Absolutely Amazing!!!

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing place to stay while visiting Big Bend. Was an amazing setup that added to the adventure. Loved the evening camp fire while watching the stars. Loved the sunrise and sunsets in this amazing venue, the crows nest was great for drinking a morning coffee to an evening glass of wine. Can't wait to get back to Terlingua House soon!!!

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Basic but all you need

  • 4 of 5

We had all we needed, maybe a few more bugs than necessary but we lived with them. First trip to Big Bend Park area and hope to return soon. Watched a family of sheep on bluff above upper deck; 8 hour float trip through Santa Elena canyon WOW!! Big Bend River Tours 1-800-545-4240 James and Andy were great, they know the river, the plants and the wildlife. Hwy 170 Lajitas to Presidio was more beautiful on return(west to east). Had a wonderful lunch at a small dive The Bean in Presidio. All restaurants were small, casual and the food was good. I will make every effort to book Terlingua House for future visits. Lots of linens, beds were comfortable, kitchen was rustic but every thing necessary was there. FYI we never located a hairdryer

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Map

Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Lajitas
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Longdraw Pizza adjoining property
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Lajitas
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
170
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)

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Rates & Availability

Terlingua House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Early Summer 2017
May 1 2017 - Jul 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
$250
 
 
Late Summer 2017
Aug 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
$188
 
 
Early Fall 2017
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
$250
 
 
Post TG Early December 2017
Nov 26 2017 - Dec 14 2017
4 night minimum stay
$188
 
 
Early Spring 2018
Jan 7 2018 - Feb 28 2018
3 night minimum stay
$250
 
 
Early Summer 2018
May 1 2018 - Jul 31 2018
3 night minimum stay
$250
 
 
Late Summer 2018
Aug 1 2018 - Aug 31 2018
4 night minimum stay
$188
 
 
Early Fall 2018
Sep 1 2018 - Sep 30 2018
3 night minimum stay
$250
 
 
Post TG, Early December 2018
Nov 25 2018 - Dec 14 2018
4 night minimum stay
$186
 
 
Early Spring 2019
Jan 6 2019 - Feb 28 2019
3 night minimum stay
$250
 
 
Early Summer 2019
May 1 2019 - Jul 31 2019
3 night minimum stay
$250
 
 
Late Summer 2019
Aug 1 2019 - Aug 31 2019
4 night minimum stay
$188
 
 
Early Fall 2019
Sep 1 2019 - Sep 30 2019
3 night minimum stay
$250
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$375
 

Additional information about rental rates

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

$375/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.

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