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Casa La Vista, Baby!

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights


Marathon Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-6)

3 minutes from the heart of Marathon, Texas, there's a retreat that's unforgettable. From sunrise to sunset, the landscape is alive with wildlife and a peaceful quiet that will calm your mind and sooth your soul. Walk out onto the covered patio to observe birds, butterflies, geckos, turtles and frogs in your own private preserve. Unwind to a view that goes on forever.

Big Bend National Park is only 60 miles away. Alpine and Arga offer shopping just a few miles to the west. Hiking, biking, shopping, restaurants and friendly folks make your stay at Casa La Vista your west Texas getaway for keeps.

Arrive at Casa La Vista and be impressed by a rustic exterior. Inside all the comforts of home await you!.

Keywords: Sweet 2 bedroom casita, with one full bath, full and stocked kitchen, fireplace. Pond outside fantastic bird and wildlife watching. A peaceful quiet that will calm your mind and sooth your soul.

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Wilma Schindeler
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
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Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
November 29, 2016
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Why Wilma Schindeler chose Big Bend

I purchased this rental because it was contiguous with property I already owned. I had lived in Marathon for 6 years and knew this would be a worthwhile invest for me and an opporunity for travelers to enjoy a very unique experience in West Texas


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(25 traveler reviews)

Casa La Vista, Baby!
average rating of 4.72 based on 25 reviews

Absolutely Beautiful Views

  • 4 of 5

Really nice location on the edge of town with great vistas of the mountains. Nice yard too with a little pond and outdoor sitting area. (You can still hear the Marathon train, but that's true anywhere in this town.) Great working fireplace and all the necessary amenities. Love the Mexican style bathroom. Some of the furniture and comforters could use some sprucing up - just a bit on the rough side - and the kitchen could use some more items to make cooking easier, but all very nice. Very nice hosts too.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 2 of 5

My husband and I spent 3 nights at this rental and disagree with the other reviews. We found it to be overpriced for what you get. The patio was an important feature to us. The view from the patio is fantastic, but you better bring your own chairs. There is an old wooden bench on the patio but it is not comfortable and is difficult to move. There is also a chiminea on the patio but the chimney part of it is broken and laying in pieces right next to it. The patio itself has broken stones and had tall weeds growing out of it during our stay. There was an electrical outlet hanging out of the wall in the kitchen. The linens on the king-size bed were old and covered in "pills." We like a little noise from our ceiling fan, but the ceiling fan in the master bedroom is way too noisy and moves around a lot. You are much closer to the road and train tracks than you might think from the pictures provided. We were hoping to escape the sound of traffic, but you can easily hear the cars on the main road through Marathon. Of course, there is not a constant string of cars, but it was more traffic than we wanted to hear. Trains go through town several times each day and the whistle is loud enough to make you jump. We enjoyed watching a storm build across the mountains during our visit but when it got to us, we lost both electric and water utilities. When the sun went down, it got dark--the "can't see your hand in front of face" kind of dark. We searched for flashlights, candles, battery-powered lantern, or anything else to help us light our way but found nothing. A quick call to the caretaker confirmed that there were no supplies available to guests during a power loss. Fortunately, we had a small flashlight in our car. We let the owners know about our disappointment in the property and hope they make some changes before your visit.

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Were a young family of 6 and it was a perfect place for the kids to explore and for my husband and I to sit back and enjoy the view of Gods creation. The house had everything we needed. We are so glad we visited Casa La Vista while exploring Big Bend National Park!

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fun, relaxing getaway

  • 5 of 5

The house is exactly as described and reviewed. It's not the Ritz, but give me a break - you're in the middle of nowhere, which is exactly the point. My family of 4 (including a 3 year and 1 year old) had a ball. There is a long covered porch for soaking in the views. There is a little pond with turtles in it (there probably isn't water in it always, but it was full when we were there). The beds are comfortable. The house is relatively clean all things considered. Lots of windows. There is a serviceable kitchen, but you are on vacation and the Gage Hotel down the street has one of the best restaurants in Texas - no exaggeration! Do yourself a favor a go spend a couple of days in Marathon. It's delightful.

I do recommend this place for families - like I said, our family had a great time. Our 3 year old loved everything about it - especially the fact that from the porch you can see the freight trains passing through town. But it does pay to be vigilant. It's West Texas, so there are spiders, scorpions and snakes. There are also a bunch a happy, floppy eared rabbits running around.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Remote, yet so close to town!

  • 5 of 5

Fun place. Beautiful views and comfortable accommodations.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Desert Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed here last weekend and had a wonderful time! The house was perfect for our family of four. Comfortable beds, fully outfitted kitchen, tv and wifi. Even our dog loved chasing around the jack rabbit (never getting close of course). Big Bend was amazing. We had a great meal of rabbit and deer at the 12 Gage Hotel. Can't wait to come back.......maybe when the weather cools down ;)

  • Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Marathon Cottage Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $65
Property Damage Protection $59
Pet Fee $10 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Marathon Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • rafting
Open Vaulted Ceilings, Fabulous Views, Covered Back Patio for Bird Watching and Nature Loving.

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