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Beautiful Vistas and Starry Skies - from $129/Night for 2

13 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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

Casa Mano Prieto, a 1350 square foot home, is nestled beneath the Puertacitas and Mano Prieto Mountains with long range views of Blue Mountain and Mount Livermore.

The enchanting setting is perfect for any getaway plans - exploring, birding, hiking or just watching the jackrabbits, quail and deer. Peace and quiet are the norm. Near by are the McDonald Observatory, Davis Mountains State Park, Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center and Fort Davis National Historic Site. Views outside all windows display the vastness and beauty of West Texas. The lighting changes the views all day long. Night brings the darkest, brightest, starry skies for the star gazer in you. It is a perfect spot to set up your own telescope.

Keywords: Vacation Rental Near Fort Davis, Star Gazing, quiet

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Tex Harrison
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 15, 2016
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About Tex Harrison

The amazing beauty and peacefulness brought Tom and Tex Harrison to this particular spot in West Texas from western North Carolina. They lived in this casa while they built their home and observatory.

Tex Harrison purchased this house in 2006

Why Tex Harrison chose Big Bend

After their home was finished, they decided to share this beautiful spot with others and opened Casa Mano Prieto in January 2010.

What makes this house unique

Every day offers different looks of the desert. It is ever changing and always peaceful and beautiful.


based on 13 traveler reviews

Beautiful Vistas and Starry Skies - from $129/Night for 2
average rating of 4.769231 based on 13 reviews

Wonderful weekend with friends!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much Harrisons for a great place to stay! Our party of 4 had plenty of room to relax and enjoy a weekend far away from the city. Perfect location near Marfa, we drove in for a music festival and loved coming back to our secluded house each night to enjoy time under the amazing West TX sky! We will be back!

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love to have people fall in love with our beautiful countryside and casa. Please do come back!
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful lil house and beautiful country

Love big bend country

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you loved our mountains! Please come back.
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charming getaway

  • 5 of 5

The house is clean, quiet and comfortable. It is the perfect low key weekend getaway destination. It is a great value for the price and we can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: May 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and hope you will return soon!
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Beautiful Sunrises and Desert/Mountain Views

  • 3 of 5

We loved the views from the house, and enjoyed the peacefulness of the setting. The house itself is old and needs a lot of renovation. The bed is comfortable and the kitchen provided all of the essentials to make our meals. The road to the house is primarily dirt which becomes mud when it rains which takes days to dry creating a mess on vehicles.

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We always hope everyone has a delightful stay. Our Casa was built in the late 1990's and was originally just an artist studio. The bedrooms and breakfast room were added by the second owner. Our road is a ranch road since this property was part of a much larger ranch originally. We are in the high mountain desert and usually do not get much rain. This year has been a bit different. We just call it "West Texas"!
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Fort Worth, Texas

Fantastic Home and Views!

  • 5 of 5

Everything at this property was perfect for a long relaxing weekend.

The common areas are large airy and bright. With many large windows and sliding doors to show off the beautiful scenery. We took full use of a fantastic kitchen and prepared breakfasts and a dinner. The kitchen is clean, modern and user-friendly with some gourmet appliances.

The bedrooms are smaller but cozy. We only used the queen bed, which not only has marvelous views but also opened onto their serene backyard with sculptures, flowering vines and water features. The second bedroom has one full bed and one twin bed, fyi.

The location is just perfect for all sorts of activities. Ft Davis, McDonald Observatory (a must!), Marfa, Alpine and still a good launching pad for Big Bend. I highly recommend Davis Mtns State Park's hikes and viewpoints, the 70mile driving loop around the Davis Mtns and the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center, both its botanical gardens and the Canyon hike.

This is an area of Texas that all true Texans should experience and see for themselves at some point. The views and night skies are staggering, the people and towns are quintessential Texan...only a mile up in elevation!

We are excited to return to this rental as the price is reasonable, has great views and it's simply cozy and comfortable. Thank you so much Tex and Tom! Loved every minute.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Austin, TX

Great private location, Nice owners, spacious living area, bedrooms/kitchen/bath fair

  • 4 of 5

For the price relative to other properties, this is a good value. The owners were super nice and friendly on arrival. My wife and I stayed in the room with the queen bed. This is not an upscale rental, but the pricing does reflect that. This property is clean and well kept. It does have the basics covered and nearby Ft Davis (8 miles). The views are great.

The pros: great location, quiet, lots of windows, outdoor patios, easy communication with owners, nice cookware, nice dining table/living area, games to play. The cons: bed is squeaky so you may find yourself waking when you or your partner turn over, the house obviously grew organically and has a bit of a cobbled feel. That said, it was clean and we were not lacking in any necessities.

Unlike others I would not rate it a 5 star property. I'm not overly picky but I reserve 5 stars for more luxurious accommodations. If I could give it a 3.5 I think that's probably the right number.

If you don't mind mix and match furnishings and looking for a value option near Marfa/Ft Davis, this is a good choice.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were quite embarrassed to learn that there was a squeaky bed. As of today, we have replaced the Queen Size Bed with a brand new Euro Model. We hope others will let us know such problems during their stay. Vacation time should always be stress free!
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Fort Davis House Rental Rates

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Three to Four People
Jan 1 2016 - Dec 30 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 13.0%

Cancellations accepted 14 days prior to first night for full refund. Cancellation notice less than 14 days will result in forfeiture of total deposit.

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Fort Davis House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)and Double Bed (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Games ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • botanical garden
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
Casa Mano Prieto is a place to relax, regroup and enjoy the surrounding nature.

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