New: We accept payment by check and cashier's check in addtion to credit card payment through VRBO/Homeaway. Send an inquiry for more information. Please note that VRBO/Homeaway charges a "service fee" of about 10% to pay by credit card. Additionally, 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. The rental property includes the bottom floor of the house (3br/2b), the large yard, and parking in the driveway.
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.) All furnishings can be moved to accomodate the guests preferences. If custom locations for furniture are requested prior to arrival we will accomodate those requests.
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
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
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.
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.
We have stayed as a group of 4 in the McGonagill house for 4 days in early November. The house is great and has everything you need for your stay. The old house feeling is very nice and makes you feel at home in Marathon. The house is at walking distance from everything Marathon has to offer. Our stay was a working trip and the wifi was great for all of us. Do make sure you get the house history from Janet, who is always very helpful and accommodating. I cannot not recommend her more strongly.
This old home has a lot of character. The beds were comfortable and there was plenty of seating in the living and dining rooms for our family. We appreciated how responsive Janet was when questions arose. The appliances, including washer and dryer, are all new and work well. The house is an easy walk to the lovely Gage Gardens, restaurants, and shopping. Warning--if you are a light sleeper, there are train tracks immediately across from the house and a train goes by once or twice during the night. We found that using a white noise machine was sufficient to block out the sound. This is a perfect house for a family with school-age or older kids. There were a lot of breakable items that we moved to higher surfaces for the two-year-old in our party. The area behind the house was very tempting for the older children to explore but quite overgrown and mostly inaccessible. Overall, this home provided a spacious and comfortable home base for exploring the area.
Nice, clean, and plenty of space. Very close (walkable) to town.
My husband, sister and brother-in-law and I enjoyed a 2 night stay at your lovely home while we were in the area to visit Big Bend National Park. We lacked for nothing! We especially enjoyed your tour of the McGonagill House and a description of its history. We highly recommend this VRBO to anyone visiting in the area. Janet, you made us feel like family!
We reserved this house for three of our families who were rooming together during our wedding weekend. They were VERY happy with their stay and very comfortable at McGonagill house. They indicated the house worked out perfectly for them and gave everyone a little breathing room even while allowing them to come together during common times. Janet was fantastic with information and encouragement leading up to our weekend celebration and I personally didn't have to worry about our families finding their way. At the last minute she wasn't available to be at their arrival but she made sure there were alternate arrangements, communicated well and frequently and smoothed the way. I'd definitely recommend Janet as a hostess and her home to anyone looking to spend some time in Marathon.
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.....
|Cleaning fee (less than 6 days)||$100|
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
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.