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

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,850 sq. ft.
Property type house


About the property

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

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

More Details

Property Manager
Janet Groth
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2017

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.


Marathon House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1850 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
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 ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • 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.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(45 traveler reviews)

McGonagill House ~ King beds ~ Alt. Ph. #432-395-2454
average rating of 4.911111 based on 45 reviews
San Antonio, TX

Awesome visit to Big Bend Country

  • 5 of 5

Four men took a road trip in classic sports cars and stayed at the McGonagill House. We took a queen size blow-up with us which made the house perfect for us. The location is about as good as you can get. It was an easy drive to tour Alpine, Fort Davis and the McDonald Observatory on day one and then Big Bend National Park on day two. This is the first VRBO that I have rented that had some basic necessities such as condiments, cooking oil and coffee. The house is spacious, clean and well situated. We did not meet the owners, but they were responsive and polite. I definitely recommend the McGonagill House.

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Big Bend is a great place to visit and we hope to see you (in person!) on the rebound. Thank you for the review and for treating our home kindly. We are in the process of purchasing a cot and/or an inflatable bed for situations like yours. Thanks for the suggestion!
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Oasis in West Texas

  • 5 of 5

And again, Janet was great to work with. We stayed three nights to adventure into the Big Bend area - our third trip and second time at this house. We love the town of Marathon and what makes it special is this house that allows us to explore the Big Bend area with a central location to access all of the fun.

The house itself is a retreat from the everyday. Beds are very comfortable, bathrooms/showers are great and the living room is fun for conversation and games.

The addition of WiFi from our previous visit and the 4G LTE from Verizon signal enhanced the visit very well. Business or pleasure the broadband was great.

Janet is wonderful to work with and I very much endorse this VRBO as a place we will stay at again.


  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice home!

  • 4 of 5

This is a very nice home with super soft beds. It's on the main road and a great location to visit Big Bend.

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Older Home

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at the McGonagill house. It was everything we hoped for, wonderful beds, fully stocked kitchen, washer/dryer and comfortable beds. It is like renting your grandfathers home. Loved Loved Loved our stay.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very comfortable spacious historic home

  • 5 of 5

Property owner was very nice to meet and work with. Loved the home will stay again when we return to the Big Bend area.

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5


  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

Rental Basis:
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1 night minimum stay

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

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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