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Fixed up Ruin in a Dusty Ghost Town

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Baxter helping me welcome a guest, with Terlingua Ghost Town in background.

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Last updated: 06/30/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Villa Terlingua is a privately owned, lovingly refurbished 90 year old limestone ruin within the Terlingua Ghost Town, offering short term rentals by the room or the entire house.

The house was bought as a dilapidated ruin and painstakingly brought back to life over 16 years. Furnished with antiques, books and collectables picked up while traveling around the world, the home is part Mayan, part Malaysian and wholly Terlingua. I hope you will find its character as appealing as it is different, and the rooms as comfortable as those in an urban setting.

The only home rental in the Terlingua Ghost Town, is within 5 minutes of the infamous Ghost Town Porch and the acclaimed Starlight Theater Restaurant, yet it remains serenely quiet. From its hillside location to the north of the Ghost Town, it offers incomparable views of the rising and setting sun over the Chisos Mountains. How can this happen? Come and find out!

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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Suitability

  • Children Welcome
  • Limited Accessibility
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 6-12

  • Bedroom 1

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  • Bedroom 2

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  • Bedroom 3

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  • Loft

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  • Queen size Beds (1) The Queen bed is in the Green Room, handicap friendly,
 with its own door to the outside and its own door to the bathroom, Double Beds (1) The Master bedroom has a full sized bed. In the summer there is also a full sized bed outside on the porch (otherwise its a futon/couch)., Twin or Single Beds (2) The Fishroom has 2 single beds; comfortable for most people although perfect for children., Child Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) There is a futon in each loft (there are 2 lofts), and there is a futon/couch outside on the porch during the winter, which can also be a perfect bedroom (weather permitting)....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Entertainment

  • DVD Player
  • VCR

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    The house looks out over the Chisos Mountains of Big Bend National Park, similar to the view one gets from the Ghost Town Porch, which is a quarter of a mile away, just without 'the scene.' Here you can view the Park over a quiet cup of coffee for sunrise or over dinner that you made yourself. You can go to sleep staring at it, and wake up staring at it. Its pretty glorious....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Whitewater Rafting

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    Some rooms have air conditioning, most have fans, and the house is built to have fresh air move through the same way it was done back in the day (all windows and doors in alignment)....moreless

  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace

Kitchen

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen

Outside

  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
 

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Base Rate
2 night min stay
$325
$2,100

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Pet Fee $25 + tax
  • Tax Rate 13%

Notes:

In the off season, I rent by the room, so its a lot cheaper. Yes, I haggle. And also there is a guest cottage for smaller groups.


Cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.


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Last updated: 06/30/2015
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Location

240 Miles
Nearest Airport
Midland International Airport, Midland, TX
0.25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
The Starlight Theater
12 Miles
Nearest Golf
Lajitas Golf Resort and Spa, Lajitas, TX
80 Miles
Nearest Train
Amtrak, Alpine, TX
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
from Alpine take 118 South to FM 170, go right
0.25 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
The Starlight Theater

Car: Necessary

Twelve miles to the east is the west entrance to the Big Bend National Park. Twelve miles to the southwest is the Rio Grande river, and the largest state park in Texas, Big Bend Ranch State Park. The Chihuahuan desert is well represented here and so are many outdoor activities. This area is famous for river trips on the Rio Grande river, horsepack trips through 40 million year old geology and over 1500 years of human history. The hiking, birding and botany are superb.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1996

About the owner: I have been a river guide here on and off for 10 years, still do Elderhostel (Road Scholar) trips on occasion, and am the historian of the Ghost Town. I am a member of the Terlingua community and I celebrate this lifestyle everyday.

Why the Owner Chose Terlingua:
The house is a 90-year-old limestone rock ruin with 18 inch thick walls. It housed five Mexican miner families during the mercury mining boom here (1903 through 1943) with two outdoor great rooms where they cooked and slept in the summer. I put in a 14-foot-ceiling so the air would flow better and so there could be loft space. The replacement rocks all came from my property. The rock mason, a Comanche/Mexican artisan, napped everything with my geology rock-hammer – not an electric saw. The walls are exquisite and belong in a church, hence the old name for my house, “Our Lady of Perpetual Construction.”

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The house was bought as a dilapidated ruin and painstakingly brought back to life over 16 years. Furnished with antiques, books and collectables picked up while traveling around the world, the home is part Mayan, part Malaysian and wholly Terlingua. I hope you will find its character as appealing as it is different, and the rooms as comfortable as those in an urban setting. The only home rental in the Terlingua Ghost Town, is within 5 minutes of the infamous Ghost Town Porch and the acclaimed Starlight Theater Restaurant, yet it remains serenely quiet. From its hillside location to the north of the Ghost Town, it offers incomparable views of the rising and setting sun over the Chisos Mountains. How can this happen? Come and find out! Inside, the kitchen and dining area are the center of everything, with all three bedrooms attached from this central point. Each bedroom has beautiful rock walls, big windows and wondrous bedding. Adjacent to the master bedroom is the den, with tons of books and a Rumford fireplace. There is one large bathroom with claw-foot tub and shower, flush toilet and its very own private flower garden. The house has a fully open floor plan with decorative rugs separating the rooms; the only interior doors are to the bathroom. The largest room in this house is actually outside; it’s the porch, which is used for much of the year; and there are sitting areas in various places around the house because sometimes the views are where you’d least expect them. WiFi runs throughout the premises, both inside and out. Also, when you rent this place you also get me; I have been a long-time guide here and know this country intimately. I live next door and am always available, if needed, to help you plan your vacation, show sustainable building techniques or to help you find out which desert plants make the best tea.


Contact us

Speaks: english

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Photos

  • Baxter helping me welcome a guest, with Terlingua Ghost Town in background.

    Baxter helping me welcome a guest, with Terlingua Ghost Town in background.

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  • The Fishroom: 2 single beds and lovely kiva fireplace.

    The Fishroom: 2 single beds and lovely kiva fireplace.

  • The Green Room: Queen sized bed with its own entrance and connected to bathroom.

    The Green Room: Queen sized bed with its own entrance and connected to bathroom.

  • The private flower garden outside bathroom

    The private flower garden outside bathroom

  • Master Bedroom. Full sized bed with great morning views.

    Master Bedroom. Full sized bed with great morning views.

  • Kitchen photo #2; 2 fridges, large stove, double sink (Mexican copper)

    Kitchen photo #2; 2 fridges, large stove, double sink (Mexican copper)

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  • "Our Lady of Perpetual Construction" 's rockwork.

    "Our Lady of Perpetual Construction" 's rockwork.

  • Sunrise from the porch over Cigar Mountain, with the Chisos of BBNP behind

    Sunrise from the porch over Cigar Mountain, with the Chisos of BBNP behind

  • Outdoor bed and dining area on East side of porch.

    Outdoor bed and dining area on East side of porch.

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  • Front steps leading to the porch and front door.

    Front steps leading to the porch and front door.

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    Bathroom tub.

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  • Big Kitchen so everyone can cook together.

    Big Kitchen so everyone can cook together.

  • Cozy dining area in kitchen.

    Cozy dining area in kitchen.

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  • Bedrooms
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  • Bathrooms
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  • Property type
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Owner
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
  • Response time Within a few days
  • Response rate 30%
  • Calendar last updated 06/30/2015
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