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Janet Groth

Member since: 2011
Call Manager
Speaks: english

McGonagill House ~ King beds ~ Alt. Ph. #432-395-2454

34 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house

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Marathon House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 2-6)

New: We have recently added WiFi, a TV, a DVD player and a small DVD library.

The home was built as a 'town house' for a local ranching family and constructed with native rock from the Apple Ranch in the Glass Mountains. Completed in the 1940s, it includes 'Victory V's' in the exterior rock faces, intended to memorialize the Allied victory during WWII.

This home is a quaint mixture of original furnishings along with updated bathrooms and a full kitchen. Porches on the front of the home allow visitors to relax and enjoy those great, wide-open West Texas skies. We put up hummingbird feeders during hummer season. Birders welcome! (Ask about our AARP discount.)

A short stroll will take you to the heart of Marathon where you can enjoy breakfast or lunch at Johnny B's or the Marathon Cafe. Heading down the street, enjoy shopping at the bookstore, dress shop, or one of the numerous art galleries. You may enjoy an evening drink at the White Buffalo Bar.

Above all, Marathon is a place to unwind and relax. Leave your worries at the county line, grab a massage at the spa, or sit outside at and engage in conversation with the locals. It's all good in Marathon.

Keywords: Large shaded yard, quiet, country living, multifamily, parking, peaceful, library

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Janet Groth (Property Manager)
Member since: 2011
Call Manager
Speaks: english

About Janet Groth

We are the great-grandchildren of the original owner and builder JA McGonagill and ate many Sunday 'after church' meals here with family and friends. We walked to French's store and charged candy bars and cokes to our parents after school when we were kids. We played games in the yard. This home and this town are dear to our hearts and an integral part of our family history.

Janet Groth purchased this house in 1940

Why Janet Groth chose Big Bend

This home has been in my family for four generations. Although we don't live in the area, we love Marathon for its one-of-a-kind atmosphere and visit several times a year. We support the Marathon Baptist Church and enjoy meals at the restaurants in Marathon. The Fourth of July Dance at the Post, local roping and horsemanship events, and nostalgia call us back to Marathon.

What makes this house unique

Short walk to downtown Marathon; tranquility and large parking area; family ties to Marathon; read about our ranching family and how and why the house was constructed in Marathon.


based on 34 traveler reviews

McGonagill House ~ King beds ~ Alt. Ph. #432-395-2454
average rating of 4.9411764 based on 34 reviews

Great location, comfortable

  • 4 of 5

The house is within walking distance to the main places in Marathon. Very comfortable & mainly quiet. Janet met us & gave us the tour & history of the house. She also gave recommendations of where to eat.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We had an awesome stay at the McGonagil home in Marathon, TX. We have a 7 year old and a 4 year old and they loved playing in the house and outside in the big yard. We stayed for 6 nights and loved it. The house has great wifi and we were about to stream movies for the kids. The home is very clean and the beds are very comfortable. We definitely plan on a return trip to Marathon and staying here again!

  • Submitted: May 18, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: TJ, you and your sweet family were so much fun! We hope you will return to Marathon soon. Your adventures in Big Bend National Park with the boys sounded like memories made for a lifetime.
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Comfortable and Cozy

  • 5 of 5

Very nice, super clean and maintained home, with older furnishings made it feel like my grandmother's home. Nice, updated bathrooms with everything you need including plenty of towels. Kitchen had coffee maker, with coffee, cream, etc in the cabinet. Large rooms with ceiling fans, and the beds are all king size and very soft and comfy. The house has a history on the coffee table that is a must read (hint: find the V's!). The only thing I would do if this was my home is clean all the windows so when the curtains are open you have a nice view of the outdoors. But not that important if you just need a place to sleep, or if you would rather hang out on the patio instead of inside. I wouldn't bring rowdy children here because there are some delicate furnishings and decor. The house is walking distance to the main part of town which was really nice. We only stayed one night but this would be a nice place for an extended stay too.

  • Submitted: May 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay and hope you will consider McGonagill House on your next trip to West Texas. Correction and note to future guests: 1) There are two king beds and one double bed. 2) At the request of those who stay, we have and will move the breakable antiques out of the reach of children. The house has been blessed with children of all ages and not suffered a "furnishings casualty" to this point. 3) The windows are on the cleaning list. We had some high winds that blew the sprinkler water onto the windows and clouded them. We were watering the lawn and the pecan trees which, by the way, really greened up.
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Very nice place to stay in Marathon. House is comfortable and well-managed.

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed meeting Janet, house stay was great, two thumbs up. Kids liked the goats penned up on the property just behind the house. Everything worked fine, very comfortable.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Anthony. Ah, life in a small town has its perks. Honestly, I never imagined the scope of the entertainment that the animals provide :-). Thank you for taking great care of our home-it is appreciated. And loved the knock, knock jokes....smiles! Good to know you returned safely; see you on the next go round!
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Great location for exploring Big Bend

  • 5 of 5

The house is as advertised; very clean and with all the things necessary for a pleasant stay. The owner was prompt in responses and very friendly, even sending us an item that we had left behind. If you want a comfortable place near Big Bend, this is it.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Marathon is strategically located to serve as a base camp for excursions to Big Bend, McDonald Obsevatory, the Museum of the Big Bend in Alpine, or the fort at Fort Davis. Glad you had a great stay and a safe trip home. See you the next time.
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More than Expected

  • 5 of 5

We rented this home so we could explore the Big Bend area. We were greeted by Janet who very kindly gave us a tour of the beautiful home and made sure we were settled in. We had everything we needed from comfortable beds to fully stocked kitchen for cooking. The house is ideal for making it your home base for the big bend area. It has some great views, and friendly backyard neighbors! If we come back we would defiantly make this our go to stay in the area.

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Marathon is a great jumping off point to visit Alpine, Big Bend National Park, McDonald's Observatory at Fort Davis, the fort at Fort Davis and many other wonders of West Texas. Glad you enjoyed clear skies and a worry-free vacation. Hope to see you again!
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Nearest Airport
31 Miles
Nearest Train
31 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
250 Metres
Johnny B's; Marathon Coffee Shop; Famous Burro

Big Bend National Park, Rock hunting, camping, backpacking, scenic drives, birding, jeep tours, mountain biking, wildlife viewing, rafting, Ghost town viewing and shopping

Very quiet and peaceful.....


Rates & Availability

Marathon House Rental Rates

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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee (less than 6 days) $100
Tax Rate 13.0%

Monthly and weekly rates vary depending on the season. Please call for a quote.

Rate is based on a 3 bedroom/2 bath rental and the cleaning fee is based on a 3 night rental. Different (lower) rates apply for 1 bedroom/1 bath and 2 bedroom/2 bath.

The cleaning fee is lower for a one bedroom/1 bathroom rental or more for a 3 bedroom rental. Please call 432-935-9755 or if no answer call 432-395-2454

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Marathon House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1850 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Built in vanity
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Antique Blue - 1 king , Dresser, vanity, rocker
    Front Bedroom - 1 double , Dresser, vanity, rocker
    Master - 1 king , Two antique dressers
  • King size beds (2) One king bed in master bedroom, one California King in the blue bedroom, Double Beds (1) 1 Double bed in the third bedroom
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
Large shaded yard, wildlife viewing and birding opportunities, easy access to Big Bend, easy walk to downtown Marathon, porches to view sunrises and sunsets.

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