Featured in Southern Living Magazine - Marathon

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Last updated: 11/14/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

La Esmeralda is a 100 year old wood farm house, fully restored with hardwood floors, high ceilings, central air and heat. The two bedrooms have very comfortable queen size beds with down pillows and comforts if needed. The bathroom has a deep ball claw tub for soaking or taking a shower. Theres also an outdoor shower that everyone loves!

The house is professionally decorated in 'Cowboy Modern' style. Antique and modern furniture, art, 36 inch plasma TV, books, music, and a film library that includes Oscar winning and classic films. The book collection is a mix of architecure, design, photography, fiction and books on Marathon and Big Bend.

The screened in porch is the perfect place to eat, read and relax. You can watch the amazing sunrises from the porch with unobstructive views or the sunsets from the back porch.

We provide a kitchen with all the spices and things you need for cooking, coffee, tea and even a complimentary bottle of wine when you arrive. La Esmeralda is within walking distance of everything in Marathon and is the perfect place to unplug and enjoy the beauty of Big Bend.

Keywords: Charming 100 year old beautifully decorated farmhouse on six acres.


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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome:

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  • Pets Considered:

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  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Outdoor shower, fire pit, stone BBQ and screened in porch


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library:

    Bose Ipod dock and cd player with cd library...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Cable and Wifi...moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library:

    Over 100 current and classic movies...moreless


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rafting


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Central air and heat...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet:

    Marathon Cable and WiFI...moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Coffee Maker:

    Coffee maker and French press....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Everything you need from a French Press to a slow cooker!...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen:

    Stocked with spices, tea,and coffee for guest....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Spices and cooking oils....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill


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Last updated: 11/14/2015
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Car: Necessary

Marathon is 46 miles Big Bend, 26 miles to Alpine, one hour to Marfa and Fort Davis, Marathon basin is surrounded by the Glass and Del Norte Mountains, Beautiful views and spectacular sunrises and sunsets. Birders that have stayed at the house love the small fish pond for spotting unusual birds! La Esmeralda is a short walk to everything in Marathon.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2005

About the owner: I am a native Texan but now live in California. I have a background in magazine publishing and now own a retail shop that offers architecture and design books, home furnishings and gifts in Solana Beach Ca. named SoLo. I owned an independent bookstore in Del Mar Ca. for 13 years named Esmeralda, hence the name for my vacation home in Marathon.

Why the Owner Chose Marathon:
I fell in love with the high desert beauty and climate of the Big Bend area. You have the best of both worlds, beautiful mountains, amazing star gazing, clean air and Marathon is a great little ranching town with nice friendly people.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
La Esmeralda is a great old house with all the modern conveniences and comfort. The house is a lot of fun with great views and feels remote from neighbors. The front porch faces away from the street so it is very private. The landscaping if mostly natural grasses with agaves and cactus. I am in the design business so the house has been furnished with interesting art and furniture. I also love to cook so the kitchen has everything you need. La Esmeralda is not your typical rental. La Esmeralda is featured in Southern Living Magazine's January 2011 issue.

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  • Front of La Esmeralda

    Front of La Esmeralda

  • Screened in porch

    Screened in porch

  • Living room

    Living room

  • Guest bedroom

    Guest bedroom

  • Dining area

    Dining area

  • Outdoor shower

    Outdoor shower

  • Firepit and BBQ

    Firepit and BBQ

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Back of house faces street

    Back of house faces street

  • Living room

    Living room

  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

  • Kitchen


  • Eat in Kitchen

    Eat in Kitchen

  • Glider on porch

    Glider on porch

  • Fish pond

    Fish pond

  • Sunrise view from house

    Sunrise view from house

VRBO #145463

This listing was first published here in 2007.

Date last modified - Saturday, November 14, 2015

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