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This property allows you to book online with a credit card. After submitting a reservation request, the owner or manager has 24 hours to accept, at which time your card will be charged and you will receive an email confirmation
"We had a great holiday weekend relaxing in Marathon. The house is wonderful. Great location because it's tucked away and remote,but only a five minute walk to town. It was a good jumping off point for days in Big Bend. We loved that it is dog friendly. The only thing that would make the stay even better is if the kitchen had a few more cooking utensils to make it easier. But really no complaints. And the view was fantastic four morning coffee or evening woke!"
Guest: Kimberly S.Date of Stay: July 2015Review Submitted: July 17, 2015
"We loved each and every minute at beautiful La Esmeralda where our days here were measured by sunrises and sunsets; reading and napping on the glider; the soft rustle of the breeze through the Cottonwood; candlelit dinners on the screened porch; relaxing in the comfy living chairs each evening with a glass of wine, listening to great CDs by candlelight with the cool spring breeze dancing between the front and back screened doors; sitting in awe under the vast starry night skies and crescent moons; the sounds of silence only interrupted by the song of the birds and the gentle rumble and whistle of the train.
We enjoyed the friendly, sleepy town of Marathon, and a four hour hike in nearby Big Bend National Park, but we were so happy to return to this beautiful home where we rested and breathed deep! We thank the owner for sharing her home with us, her warm hospitality, and making our stay so wonderful - much love, peace and the good things of life reside at your La Esmeralda. We are under her spell. It was hard to leave, but we are already planning to return to this lovely, peaceful retreat next spring."
Guest: Mike & Patty S.Date of Stay: April 2015Review Submitted: May 1, 2015
"We visit west Texas frequently, usually staying in Fort Davis and Marathon. This time we had only a few days, but a great need for peace and quiet. The McGonagill house gave us that. Although just off the highway, it was mostly very quiet and private. My wife grew up in a house by a railroad tracks, so the occasional train was an enjoyable reminder of childhood. The shady porch, off a large yard with mature trees and shrubs, was lovely place to sip tea and read or watch the birds flitting through the sprinklers. The AC-cooled interior was welcome in the heat of the July afternoon. In cooler seasons, the screened doors and windows could be opened for good ventilation. The kitchen provided the basics we needed to prepare meals (we brought our own blender for smoothies), and we could watch the hummingbirds at the feeder outside the kitchen window while we ate. We used the master bedroom, which has a comfortable king bed. Showers worked well in both bathrooms.
In the cool of the morning and evening we rode our bicycles around town, stopping to take in the wide mountain/desert vistas from the high points on Avenue D. At night the stars blazed against the dark sky; Scorpio was particularly beautiful.
Thanks to Janet for her friendliness and concern for our comfort, and for sharing her lovely home."
Guest: Walt and FranDate of Stay: July 2015Review Submitted: August 8, 2015
"We very much enjoyed our stay here. The inside of the house is well decorated, and the kitchen is large and well-stocked for cooking a nice meal. The tub, extra large shower, and outdoor shower were welcome additions after we returned from hiking the South Rim Trail in Big Bend. The huge back patio provided an excellent vantage point for the spectacular sunsets and the the dark, star-filled nights."
Guest: Kurt K.Date of Stay: August 2015Review Submitted: August 16, 2015