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Steve & Carla Kennedy

Member since: 2010
Call Manager
Speaks: english, german

Hopes Ranch Guest House

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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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.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Steve & Carla Kennedy (Property Manager)
Member since: 2010
Call Manager
Speaks: english, german

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.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(34 traveler reviews)
Hopes Ranch Guest House
average rating of 4.970588 based on 34 reviews

Charming, quaint, remote but close - a visit to Grandma's house

  • 5 of 5

First impressions are always critical and we found the property to be very clean on arrival. For us, it was reminiscent of visiting grandma's house in the 60's. This is an old ranch house filled with appropriate antique dressers, etc. Nothing fancy - if you are looking for a "resort" than you are in the wrong part of Texas! But if you are in need of a large space that could sleep easily up to 8 and possibly more with a pad/blow up mattress, you found it. The only downside to a larger group would be you would need to be only 2 bathrooms. But high quality linens, good mattresses, "classic" table top fans, wood floors, farm sink, small kitchen, rockers on the porch, overstuffed sofa... Again, think going to grandma's house out in the country where everything is older but tidy, functional and in our view, charming. We were a single couple joined later by another couple so just the 4 of us for a week. With a large living room, a dining area, 3 bedrooms plus the screened in porch it is easy to either sit on the porch and play cards while the stars come out or else everyone can find their own nook to enjoy their own peace and quiet. Encountering a well stocked pantry with condiments, sundries, paper towels, T.P., etc. makes this hassle free. It is "out of town" which just means 1.5 miles to the nearest grocery. But it also means the dark skies of Ft. Davis are even more spectacular for star gazing. Under 10 minutes to the State Park. Maybe 25 minutes of gorgeous drive to McDonald Observatory. 30 minutes to Alpine or Marfa. This is a great location in a charming area that should be on everyone's Texas bucket list. We highly recommend Hope's Ranch and will be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to review us here. I think your impressions are spot-on. I wish you could have met Miss Hope Wilson, who built the house. She recently passed, but she embodied west Texas hospitality and comfort, and we have tried to preserve that in her home. We hope to see you again.
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This really is a great property. Perfect location for exploring Ft Davis.

  • 5 of 5

This really is a great property. Perfect location for exploring Ft Davis. The owners have thought of nearly everything you might need, and provided it. They were extremely helpful with planning, and were easily accessible. The house was in great shape, and handled our group of 8, without trouble. One of our children is in a wheelchair, and other than needing to lift him up the steps, he did fine in this house. Thanks so much to the owners for a wonderful stay!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased that everything worked out well during your visit. We are especially happy that access was relatively easy since this is an older property. Please come again any time.
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Great home for all ages!

  • 5 of 5

My family met up for a fantastic long weekend in this home and it was amazing! Scenic, clean and well kept not to mention spacious and comfortable are a few of the words I would use to describe Hope's Ranch.

We enjoyed most of our time on the screened in porch and it was quite pleasant. The ages of our group ranged from five to 75 and there was something for all of us to do and enjoy!

Our next trip to this area will be booked at Hope's Ranch! We look forward to coming back!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are really glad that our home worked so well as a central meeting place for your extended family. Thank you for your kind remarks and for taking good care of our facility. We look forward to welcoming you back.
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Hope's Ranch is spacious, comfortable, well equipped, and ideally situated for exploring the area.

  • 5 of 5

This most recent stay is my fifth or sixth at Hope's Ranch over several years. Steve and Carla are attentive but unintrusive hosts. An amateur astronomer, I always bring a couple of telescopes to enjoy the dark night skies of Jeff Davis County and spectacular views of the Milky Way and, on this occasion, Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter. Binoculars are on the table for those who don't bring their own--also excellent for watching the many species of birds who flit around--including, this time, quail and a mating pair of doves nested in the carport rafters. The kitchen is by far the best equipped I've ever encountered in a vacation rental, and I always enjoy working one of the jigsaw puzzles waiting for guests. Hope's Ranch is a half hour from Marfa, with its arts community, mysterious Marfa Lights, and excellent independent book store (and I always pick up a few nice items at Ft Davis's own used book store), and from Alpine, with well-stocked supermarkets and interesting restaurants. The major telescopes and well-thought-out visitor programs at McDonald Observatory are less than a half-hour's drive. There are many reasons why I keep returning to Hope's Ranch!

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We always enjoy welcoming you back. It seems that Hopes Ranch was custom made for you. We hope to see you next year again.
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Love Hopes Ranch

  • 5 of 5

We try to stay here once a year and will continue to do so. The view is spectacular and we always find the home to be comfortable and spacious enough to accommodate our family of four and additional family or friends!

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful retreat

  • 5 of 5

Hopes Ranch guest house is a peaceful retreat with great views. The house is close to Fort Davis, but just far enough away to hear nature at its best. The home is cozy, comfortable and beautifully decorated. The owners thought of everything. I will definitely stay here again and highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. Your gentle use of our property allows us to keep it a fun place for future guests, so we thank you for that as well! Please come again.
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Nearest Airport
175 Miles
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


Rates & Availability

Fort Davis House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Labor Day
Sep 1 2016 - Sep 5 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Sep 16 2016 - Sep 18 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Columbus Day/Chinati
Oct 8 2016 - Oct 10 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Nov 24 2016 - Nov 27 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Christmas/New Years
Dec 20 2016 - Jan 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Spring break
Mar 10 2017 - Mar 19 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Hammerfest Bike Ride
Apr 7 2017 - Apr 9 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Apr 14 2017 - Apr 16 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
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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Fort Davis House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • 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 ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • 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
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.

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