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Lauren Meader

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english

La Mistica: Gorgeous Upscale House in Town- Spacious, Big Private Compound

22 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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House, Open plan, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-6)

The coolest upscale rental in Marfa by far. This gorgeous home was built by 'Garza Design + Build' from the ground up. It was incredibly thought out to be magical and open. The natural light floods in the orange casement windows making it airy and bright. The vaulted steel and pecan ceilings make this home spacious and inspirational. Perfect for a personal retreat or a get away with friends and family. This property is enclosed by an 8 foot adobe wall creating a private, secluded compound. Enjoy the built-in outdoor bbq, xeriscape landscaping, indoor wood burning fireplace, central air conditioning and heat, sleep in loft, huge deep soaking tub and rain shower, tankless water heater. The kitchen has state of the art appliances including all of the dishes and utensils you need. It also has a new washer/dryer, large 15 foot in home theater dvd projector system for movie nights and a portable Bose ipod dock. It has a large antique dining table for intimate dinner parties. It’s family friendly (not childproofed), pets are allowed with deposit. All premium towels and linens are provided as well as down comforters. Store your items in the walk in closet. It sleeps 4-6 (can include queen size blow up mattress for additional people and couch bed sleeps one). It’s conveniently located in town on the main thoroughfare. A perfect landing for film or photography crews as well. Come have an incredible experience in Marfa where sweet dreams await you. Lounge on the screened in porch, outside in the peaceful garden or inside this beautiful home. Make it your own.

Keywords: Upscale, private, located on main thoroughfare, conveniently located in town.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Lauren Meader (Property Manager)
Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english


based on 22 traveler reviews

La Mistica: Gorgeous Upscale House in Town- Spacious, Big Private Compound
average rating of 4.7272725 based on 22 reviews
san antonio, texas

Second stay, Still great

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at La Mistica and it was great. The space is open, light and very comfortable. We stayed both times with our 18 year old son who loves the loft. The owner/manager is easy to deal with and very nice.

As mentioned in a previous review, the bathtub/shower is a bit kluge, but did not deter us from coming back, and we plan to do so again.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stunning base for a lovely weekend

  • 5 of 5

This place was perfect for our stay. We are four friends, all interested in art, and were looking for a nice place to celebrate a birthday. The place was immaculate and well designed. The layout of the house really encourages socialization. We were comfortable enjoying conversations on the patio, cooking dinner together, and lounging about. The location was great as well. Other reviews have mentioned trouble with the shower; once you figure it out, it really is not a problem at all. (And the problem is just that the water pressure is too high, which is better than the alternative.) Couldn't recommend this place more.

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful stay!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at La Mistica for New Year's and had wonderful time. It's a beautiful home, especially for those that enjoy a clean, minimalist environment. The space is large, especially with the very secure garden. We had our dog with us and we were very comfortable letting him explore and enjoy himself. The house was stocked with everything we needed and the owner was attentive throughout the process. We would definitely stay here again (and we look forward to it). The house is as described, but note that there is one queen sized bed on the main floor. There is another bed on the loft, which is accessible by a ladder. The wireless internet connection worked great, but there is no cable or satellite TV. There is a projection system for showing DVD's. We enjoyed watching Casablanca on the giant. white wall!

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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san antonio, texas

really great property, we would stay again

  • 4 of 5

super cool, very marfa. well appointed with a fireplace and beautiful spaces. the loft space is for grown ups only in that there is no railing. so definitely not for young children. my only reason for the 4 stars and not 5 is that the shower is not practical and sprays outside the tub/shower space. so a bath or spritz bath is a must.

otherwise it is a 5 star property and we would definitely stay again. the manager is great and easy to work with. the kitchen is good and with good appliances.

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Funky house

  • 3 of 5

La Mistica is a cool house on the outskirts of Marfa but do not book expecting a luxuriously appointed property. It is basic in design and amenities, there is not enough comfortable seating for lounging and enjoying the fireplace and what little furniture there is has seen better days. The kitchen could be a dream to use but lacks even a basic microwave and beware the bathroom - the rain head shower covers more of the bathroom floor and walls than anyone stood underneath it, although this is not a major problem as the entire room is practically finished in stylish concrete. However, as the temperature struggled to reach 25f at night while we were there and there is no heating vent in this room, you do not want to hang around!

The grounds are great, the location quiet and for a 2 or 3 night stay, suited our needs. We were 4 adults visiting Marfa from Dallas for the first time and were more disappointed in the town than we were the actual house. Do not go like we did, expecting a bustling, trendy, eclectic community. Marfa is a bit of a dead end town - remote with hardly anywhere to shop or eat. Beware the often mentioned Cochineal restaurant. We tried to book over the phone on 3 occasions and on each was met with a 'you must be joking' kind of response and on the night we were told to go for a space at the bar, was greeted with chaotic, rude staff that even if they could have offered us a table we wouldn't have taken it. All we can say is thank goodness for the local grocery store!

We would actually stay at Alpine should we ever go back again only because there was marginally more going on.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for leaving a review. The showered had been replaced over Thanksgiving, and I would have been happy to have it serviced had we been notified during your stay. I inspected it after reading your review to ensure that it was working correctly. The house has Central HVAC, which I also confirmed was working today as it was 24 degrees outside and the house was 70. Marfa is a town of 1,891 people that gets stretched to the max on holidays and event weekends. With the new hotel opening in March, 3 more restaurants on the way, and 2 others with plans to reopen, the crowding issues should be alleviated.
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Austin, TX

Lovely space with flaws

  • 3 of 5

The house and grounds are really beautiful, but the amenities and furnishings are lacking. This vacation rental is pure Marfa -- with all the good and bad that implies. It is spacious, open and light-filled. It is also sparely equipped and challenging. The most significant flaws are the lack of a functional shower and the absence of basic kitchen implements. Although the big, open tub has a shower head, IT DOES NOT WORK. If you turn the shower knob, high pressure water sprays out of the shower head against the wall and soaks half of the bathroom -- including all of your toiletries, towels and clothing. We were unable to shower (baths only) during our stay. In the kitchen, there is no microwave and nothing suitable for cooking in the oven aside from a giant dutch oven. There was only one pot for stovetop cooking. Since Marfa is not a dine out for three meals a day kind of town, it is important that the kitchen be equipped for basic cooking. This one is not. The downstairs bed was comfortable; the one in the loft was not. The fireplace was lovely for the cool fall nights. The seating looks much better than it sits. The couch and Garza chair are not welcoming, but especially beware the dining chairs. The seats are split and can pinch; also, the nail heads can scrape. The house was clean, the appliances are up-to-date, and the grounds are really enjoyable. If the bathroom and kitchen issues are addressed, we would consider staying at La Mistica for a future visit.

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for leaving a review. I am sorry to hear the shower head had problems. I would have been happy to come and change it out, which was done after your stay. More pots have been added along with new linens, towels, and glassware. I am glad to provide you with more information on the upgrades should you return to Marfa.
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Nearest Airport
227 Miles
Midland International/El Paso International
Nearest Barpub
0.8 Miles
Nearest Golf
3.8 Miles
Marfa Municipal Gold Course
Nearest Train
27 Miles
Amtrak Alpine Station
Nearest Motorway
0.01 Miles
HWY 90/San Antonio Street
Nearest Restaurant
0.07 Miles
Car: recommended

Become a real Marfan. Spend time visiting galleries such as the famed Chinati Foundation and The Ballroom. Enjoy incredible food at Cochineal, Maiya's, Food Shark, Pizza Foundation, Austin café and the Little Rooster. Have a drink at Padre’s Bar or the Lost Horse Saloon. Be sure not to miss the Marfa Mystery Lights. Visit the amazing El Cosmico for the Trans-Pecos Festival of Love and Music held annually onsite. Go rafting on the Rio Grande, visit the McDonald Observatory for a star party. Drive to the world famous Prada Marfa, enjoy hiking, Sul Ross University, Big Bend National Park, Ft. Davis Historic Site, Glider rides, golfing, the farmers market, boutiques, live Music and cultural festivals throughout the year.


Rates & Availability

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Memorial Weekend
May 27 2016 - May 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Marfa Film Festival
Jul 14 2016 - Jul 18 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Labor Day
Sep 1 2016 - Sep 5 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Trans Pecos Festival
Sep 22 2016 - Sep 26 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Chinati Open House
Oct 6 2016 - Oct 10 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Thanksgiving 2014
Nov 20 2016 - Nov 27 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Winter Holidays
Dec 18 2016 - Jan 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $40 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $75 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 13.0%

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Big Bend House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Large soaking tub with ceiling mounted rain shower.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , upstairs loft bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , opn to living and dining area
  • 1 queen bed in loft, 1 queen futon and single futon sleeper couch downstairs, 1 queen blow up mattress upon request.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
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