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

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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

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Property Manager
Janet Groth
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 18, 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.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(40 traveler reviews)

McGonagill House ~ King beds ~ Alt. Ph. #432-395-2454
average rating of 4.925 based on 40 reviews


  • 5 of 5


  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice quaint historic house in Marathon

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Dec 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This was a spacious and comfortable house walking distance from all Marathon has to offer

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your nice review. Marathon has many quaint attractions within walking distance. I would just like to remind the readers of this review/reply that multiple generations of children have grown up in this house with these exact furnishing. Additionally, numerous families with children of all ages, including toddlers, have enjoyed their time at McGonagill House. There are age appropriate toys in the dining room buffet sideboard and age appropriate videos in the video library - for children of all ages. In the house description and in previous reviews/replies it is stated that all furnishings are "movable" and that I will move items prior to arrival, if requested, and that guests are free to rearrange furniture to their liking. I understand that not all children behave the same way; however, we have never had problems with children. We have happily cleaned chocolate fingerprints from the windows and smiled at fond memories while we were doing it. We have been and will continue to be very family oriented. For clarification, the rental property only includes the house and the large yard...not the "overgrown" pasture land that surrounds the yard. We do own that property also, but again, it is not part of the rental as it is utilized as grazing land for goats.....not unusual for Marathon, which is steeped in ranching/livestock tradition. Marathon is a "no train whistle" town. Unfortunately, engineers occasionally ignore that fact. I am sorry it happened during your trip and hopefully that issue is corrected. The house is normally very quiet (see previous reviews). We are grateful that you utilized white noise to overcome the issue. We are very happy that overall your experience in Marathon and the Big Bend area was positive and hopefully any discrepancies or misinterpretation of the rental property are cleared up for future guests through your review and this reply. We strive to be very responsive to our guests needs and questions. Again, thank you, for helping us to clarify our policy concerning children and what area is included in the rental property boundaries. Janet, McGonagill House manager
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Very nice, spacious house

  • 4 of 5

Nice, clean, and plenty of space. Very close (walkable) to town.

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely home!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Gary, it was great meeting you and your party. We work hard to make sure the house is inviting and pleasant for every stay and it is rewarding to get the right kind of feedback. The Big Bend region is well, just different on so many levels. Glad to be a small part of a memorable time in the area.
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Comfortable and inviting

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Karen. Our family strives to make all of our guests ' stay at McGonagill House comfortable. We were all very happy to hear the wedding was a memorable event; glad to play a minor roll. Come see us for fun next time!
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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

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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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