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Hopes Ranch Guest House

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Space 2,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Covered Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wireless Internet
  • Fireplace

Overview

About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Sleeping Porch, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Our favorite part of the ranch house is the screened porch. Our guests tell us they often head out to the porch with their coffee in the mornings and find they don't move again until lunch! The views are so broad, and the opportunities to see quail, deer and sheep keep things exciting.

We take pride in our comfortable beds in all 3 rooms. The spacious living/dining area are perfect not only for eating, but for visiting and playing games. And kids can run all over the grounds, finding 'treasures' on scavanger hunts.

Indoors, the extra dining tables are often used to set up jigsaw puzzles, and folks often use the basket of paperbacks to relax with a good book. Our goal is for our guests to relax completely, while putting them in close proximity to the favorite tourist attractions. We offer the best of both

History buffs: The Fort Davis National Historic Site features one of the nations' best preserved frontier forts. During special events, costumed reinactors perform live skits. This is a 'must see' for any visit to Fort Davis. Only 2 miles from Hopes Ranch.

Astronomers delight: Famous for the McDonald Observatory, Fort Davis features the darkest night skies in the lower 48 states. While staying at Hopes Ranch, you can set up lawn chairs and lie flat on your back to see a bejeweled sky. Only 18 miles away is the observatory, with a fabulous visitor center featuring both guided and self-guided tours. Twilight parties and Star Parties are featured 3 nights each week, with well-trained, highly educated docents to lead them. Don't miss this!

Gateway to Big Bend National Park: If you're on the way to Big Bend National Park, plan to spend a few days here in the Davis Mountains before you journey on. There is a lot to see and do in Fort Davis, and you can even make a quick day trip to Big Bend if your schedule is tight.

More Details

Property Manager
Steve & Carla Kennedy
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
May 28, 2017

About Steve & Carla Kennedy

Steve and Carla are life-long Texans, having grown up in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. We graduated from Baylor University before heading to Austin for 25 years in the industrial sector. We raised our family there, and founded a welding supply business. After we sold our business, we headed west to establish the Old Schoolhouse Bed and Breakfast in Fort Davis. In 2004 we opened Hopes Ranch to extend hospitality to the travelling public. Although the B&B is now closed after 15 years as innkeepers, we are still proud to offer Hopes Ranch. We love the simpler life style and wouldn't trade it for anything. We hope you feel refreshed after your visit.

Steve & Carla Kennedy purchased this house in 2004

Why Steve & Carla Kennedy chose Big Bend

We came to Fort Davis in 1999 to live more simply. As long-time owners of the Old Schoolhouse Bed and Breakfast in Fort Davis, we saw a need for an alternative accommodation here, and Hope Wilson was kind enough to sell us her ranch. We're pleased to offer it as a rental so others can enjoy our beautiful part of the state. The climate, the scenery, the people, and the hospitality all combine to make this a great place to visit and to live. Now that we have retired from the B&B, we can devote more time to our guests at Hopes Ranch.

What makes this house unique

Not every accommodation offers an authentic 'feel' of its setting, but Hopes Ranch absolutely belongs to the land. Sitting on the porch allows the guest to envision how the area might have been settled in the mid-1800s.

Amenities

Fort Davis House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Master en suite
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Just a little washroom on the porch with a sink.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 queen
  • There is a cot on the sleeping porch which is great in mild weather, particularly for power loafing! Also, we have a pac-n-play for infants.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
Notes:
Air Conditioning: In the dessert, we use evaporative coolers rather than traditional air conditioners. Cable/Satellite TV: Dish Network (no pay-per view). WiFi (Wireless Internet): free with no code. Smoking Not Allowed: For insurance purposes, candles and the fireplace are also not to be used.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(50 traveler reviews)

Hopes Ranch Guest House
average rating of 4.86 based on 50 reviews
5

Peace and quiet!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a wonderful time at Hopes Ranch relaxing and watching the wildlife. We saw multitudes of birds among the flowers in the yard and the surrounding fields had rabbits and a few deer. We had reserved a night at a star party at the McDonald Observatory and were amazed at the stars we could see! The house is well equipped with everything you need to relax and enjoy time together as a family. Very clean and a bit nostalgic of homes in my childhood. We hope to return sometime in the future.

  • Submitted: May 19, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are pleased the Hopes Ranch met your vacation needs. Please consider a return visit anytime you visit the Big Bend area.
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4

Had a fun trip!

  • 4 of 5

This was our second stay at Hope's Ranch. The home is nice but nothing fancy. The BBQ grill needs some work( the middle burner didn't work at all and the outside ones took a long time to cook steaks and no cleaning brush for grill). We love the peace and quiet outdoors! We also enjoy all of the wildlife and wild weeds and flowers! We hope to visit again!

  • Submitted: May 7, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tina, I am sorry the grill was not working correctly for you and that we were on vacation and unable to personally fix it during your visit. We will make it a priority to get it operating correctly as soon as we are home. I hope it did not spoil an otherwise good visit. We look forward to a third visit from you.
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Artesia, New Mexico, USA
4

House on cemetery road

  • 4 of 5

Enjoyed the visit, views were lovely, birds to watch, very comfortable.

  • Submitted: May 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad it suited you, and we hope you come for another visit sometime.
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5

Outstanding stay.

  • 5 of 5

Outstanding views and a warm, inviting house. Really enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you were able to visit. And thank you for spotting the hawk on the new platform. Maybe we will have a real nest there by your next visit.
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The Woodlands, Texas
5

Great stay and wonderful surroundings

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed our stay the house was very comfortable and great outdoor area. We saw all kinds of birds, finches, dove, quail, hummingbirds, Scott Orioles, bats and on our last night we saw a Great Horned Owl out back on the telephone pole. Also saw deer, cottontail and jackrabbits. Very private house set back several hundered yards from the gravel road.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you were able to take advantage of the wildlife viewing at the ranch. There's nothing quite like chillin' out on the porch. Thanks for being our guest, and please come back anytime.
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5

Beautiful, comfotable home with a lot of character

  • 5 of 5

Me and 4 other men made a trip to Fort Davis for the Hammerfest bike race. Staying in the Hopes Ranch Guest House made our stay even nicer and I received huge kudos from my buddies for picking such a great place to stay. The home sets near town on a very large grass lands lot away from everything - very quiet. There is a large carport for 2 cars which allows you to exit your car and into the house without getting wet if raining. You walk into a large, screened porch with tables and comfortable chairs. From the porch you walk into a well stock kitchen (including coffee beans and a grinder). Off the kitchen are the beautiful bedrooms/bathrooms - lots of pillows, great beds and decorated with quaint antiques. We all took showers around the same time and there was always plenty of hot water. Off the other end of the kitchen is a dinning area and large den - all is well decorated, huge beams in the high ceilings and was great place to sit/rest and visit. It was a pleasure working with Carla and she provided clear instructions. It was obvious that much thought was put into this house to make sure our stay was a perfect stay. Thank you Carla, We will definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your comments on Hopes Ranch. Even though the weather wasn't ideal for you bike race, we want to assure you that you're always welcome back at Hammerfest, or at any other time.
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Map

Nearest Airport
175 Miles
Midland/Odessa
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Alpine, TX
Car: necessary

Nearby Activities:

McDonald Observatory, Fort Davis National Historic Site, Chihuahuan Dessert Botanical Garden, Museum of the Big Bend (Alpine), Marfa Lights (Marfa). Gateway to Big Bend National Park.

Mountain View: The Davis Mountains are just west of Hopes Ranch

Other Activities: wildlife viewing, rock climbing

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Rates & Availability

Fort Davis House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Texas Star Party
May 21 2017 - May 28 2017
2 night minimum stay
$225
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Memorial Day
May 29 2017 - May 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
$225
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
July 4 Holiday
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 5 2017
2 night minimum stay
$225
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Hummingbird Festival
Aug 24 2017 - Aug 27 2017
2 night minimum stay
$225
 
 
Labor Day
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
2 night minimum stay
$225
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
CycleFest
Sep 15 2017 - Sep 17 2017
2 night minimum stay
$225
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Columbus Day/Chinati
Oct 6 2017 - Oct 9 2017
2 night minimum stay
$225
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 26 2017
2 night minimum stay
$225
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas/New Years
Dec 20 2017 - Jan 1 2018
3 night minimum stay
$225
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Spring break
Mar 9 2018 - Mar 19 2018
2 night minimum stay
$225
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Hammerfest Bike Ride
Apr 13 2018 - Apr 16 2018
2 night minimum stay
$225
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$195
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $60 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%

The base price applies to the first 2 guests. There is an extra charge for each additional guest. There is a cleaning charge for each visit. Holidays and special events have a different rate.
Cancellation: Full refund 60+ days before visit. Half refund 30-60 days before visit. No refund less than 30 days before visit.

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