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Laughing Horse Retreat: 3bdr Home W/ Horse Corral on 217acres

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Detached Unit, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-10)

Laughing Horse Retreat is where y’all want to be. Bring the whole crew and your dogs and horses too, or just bring yourselves! Come on out to West Texas for relaxation or adventure. The house sits on 217 acres with a horse corrals, and 20 acres fenced for horses. Laughing Horse is conveniently located along Texas Highway 118 in the scenic Christmas Mountains, just 10 miles north of historic Terlingua and Study Butte. The modern kitchen, relaxing porches, three bedrooms, four comfortable beds, stunning views, abundant wildlife, desert plants, expansive acreage, and private location combine to provide a truly unique vacation experience.

Spend your time around the ranch or enjoying all that the Big Bend has to offer. Then sleep well and wake up relaxed. Go for hike through the scenic mountains and desert. Ride your horse around the 217 acres. Walk to our quiet spring and watch the birds. Hang out in the Terlingua Ghost Town. Enjoy the most scenic drives in Texas. Raft down the wild and scenic Rio Grande River. Explore Big Bend National Park. Ride your mountain bike through Big Bend Ranch State Park. Enjoy dinner, drinks and live music in Terlingua. Take a guided jeep tour to some of the area’s most scenic locations. Enjoy a guided horseback ride with excellent guides and well trained horses. Seek all the adventure you can handle. Or, just sit in a comfortable chair on a breezy porch and enjoy the views or a good book. If you don’t have time to do it all, come back again!

Bring your horses! They’ll love the tack room, corral and 20 fenced acres. You can ride your horses around the 217 acres, along Terlingua Ranch roads, and on selected trails in Big Bend Ranch State Park and Big Bend National Park.

Keywords: house, ranch, acreage, horses, corral, RV hook-up, mountains, desert, retreat, Big Bend

More Details

Property Manager
Janet Eby
Member since: 2007
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 15, 2017

About Janet Eby

Judy and Seth Burgess love the Big Bend. Seth is originally from Rhode Island and Judy is a native Texan. Seth is a retired from Equimax, USA, Inc., a company he started in 1986 to get jobs and horse people together all across the USA. Judy is an ordained Episcopal Priest. We currently care for three dogs, four horses and a donkey.

Why Janet Eby chose Terlingua

We lived in this location for 15 years until moving to the Ruidoso, New Mexico area when Judy was called to a new church. We chose this area because Judy wanted to get back to living in Texas and Seth wanted to live in the mountains. You won't find a wilder more remote place in Texas. The Big Bend area is truly the ultimate getaway spot.

What makes this house unique

Judy always said she wanted 'land lots of land.' On 217 acres, you can ride your horse, hike, and explore the wonders the desert fauna and flora without evening leaving the property. During your stay, you may see mule deer, aoudad sheep, coyotes, mountain lions (pretty rare), and of course all sorts of birds and small animals.


Terlingua House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Large Garden Tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Guest House - toilet , Available with rental of optional guest house.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
    Optional Guest House - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , The guest house is available for an additional $50 nightly.
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Horse corrals, tack room, and 20 acres fenced with high tension smooth wire fencing for horses. Miles of hiking/riding trails. Full RV hook-up, 30 amp. 3G Cell phone service is available. Land line and broadband WiFi. Call for details.


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Laughing Horse Retreat: 3bdr Home W/ Horse Corral on 217acres
average rating of 4.84 based on 50 reviews

Simply fabulous

  • 5 of 5

This rental is simply fabulous. It's close to the park, has plenty of room for your guests, has an awesome back porch and you simply cannot beat the night sky! Janet is a pleasure to work with and we can't wait to go back, we will definitely be staying at the Laughing Horse Retreat AGAIN!

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fort Valley, VA

A Wonderfully Quiet and Relaxing Please

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at Laughing Horse Retreat very much. It was just as described. There aren't a lot of activities close by, but if you're looking for peace - you'll find it here. We really loved the back deck and spent a good bit of time on it. The beds were comfortable and everything worked well in the house. Be sure to do your shopping before you go. The nearest full grocery store is about 70 miles away!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Place !

  • 5 of 5

Had a Great time ! We will be back in October. This place is in a great location!

Very comfortable bed and loved the back patio to watch the stars at night!

Easy check in and directions were perfect.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome stay & views

  • 5 of 5

We visited with another family so there were 9 of us in all. It was perfect - size, location, and views. We loved it!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great hiking and retreat

  • 5 of 5

Property was very clean and perfect for our group. We all enjoyed hiking, and visiting Terlingua and Big Bend. Will definitely book again when we come back to visit. Great views of mountains and sunsets from the porch. Thanks for a splendid trip.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to get away from it all

  • 4 of 5

The property was very nice. We stayed in April with our four teenage children. The property is very private with only one road nearby. It was very quiet. It was clean and very comfortable. There are three private bedrooms and two baths. The kitchen is fully equipped. So many people heeded the advice to shop before arriving that many items are already stocked. I think there are at least three bags of sugar.

The views of the dessert are fantastic. Terlingua/Study Butte are a short drive away. Big bend is just a half hour drive away. Hiking, horseback riding and canoeing are all nearby.

If you are looking to get away from the chaos in life, I highly recommend staying here.

  • Submitted: May 17, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
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Nearest Airport
230 Miles
Midland International Airport
Nearest Barpub
18 Miles
High Sierra Bar and Grill
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Texas State Highway 118
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Chili Pepper Cafe

Bird watching, Big Bend National Park, Big Bend Ranch State Park, Terlingua Ghost Town, Scenic Drives, Plane Rides, Jeep Tours, Canoeing, Terlingua Chili Cook-Off, Four Wheeling

NO HUNTING or TARGET PRACTICE. NO ATVs except on the roads.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $99 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%

Our cancellation policy is if you cancel before 30 days of your stay, then we will refund 100% minus a $50 cancellation fee and any processing fees. If you cancel within 30 days of your stay, then a refund will depend on us being able to re-rent that time. This supersedes the cancellation policy that VRBO has on it's drop down box.

Rates are subject to change until payment has been received.

When there is more than 6 people, the guest house must be rented also. The fee is $50 per night. There is also a cleaning fee of $50.

Want to bring some horses. The cost is $16 per night per horse. There is also an additional cleaning fee of $35.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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