"Most people venturing into the Big Bend need simply a "launching pad" to go see all sights. Why settle for just a hotel room or plain house when you can rent this cozy cottage (on acreage) with expansive day-and-night views? A porch wraps around all four sides of the house. There is plenty of seating indoors and out (including rocking chairs, a swing and hammock), a fully equipped kitchen, outdoor grill, luxury linens, comfortable beds, large dining table, and a loft with a "picture window" that perfectly frames the daytime mountain view and allows for star-gazing from indoors. There are books and games for all ages. The kitchen was easy to use, stocked with oil, spices, condiments and all the necessary tools. With the groceries we picked up in town, we often cooked at the house. When my husband and I visited in April, the desert was in full bloom. The quiet here in the still of the night is unforgettable. If you have binoculars or a telescope, bring them to better gaze at the wildlife, mountains and stars, even though the views from either inside the cottage or from the porch are remarkable enough to leave you content. This is a wonderful place for reflection, introspection and recharging your spirit, so you may not want to go anywhere else on your trip! The internet allowed us to check our email, listen to Sirius radio while we watched the stars and watch a Neftlix movie. There is no cell phone service, but it is possible to keep in touch via email with your laptop or tablet. There is no TV because this is a place intended to connect you with the majesty of the outdoors. Be forewarned: it will be hard to leave this beautiful little piece of Texas. The owners live in a nearby town and are responsive if you have a question, either before or during your stay. They provided plenty of sightseeing books and brochures, as well as a list of dining places. The house is not wheelchair accessible but the only real obstacle I saw was the front porch steps, which have a handrail on one side. Two sturdy walking sticks were provided for outdoor walks. The road to the house might be a challenge for a subcompact car, but we had no trouble in our regular-size pickup."
Date of Stay: April 2015
Review Submitted: May 5, 2015