About the property
- House1850 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum StayNone
House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 2-6)
New: We accept payment by check, PayPal, and cashier's check in addition to credit card payment through VRBO/Homeaway. Additionally, we have recently added WiFi, a TV, a DVD player and a small DVD library and updated the master bath. There is new outdoor furniture for visiting and relaxing.
What makes McGonagill House different? It is one of the largest vacation rentals in Marathon and includes a very large lawn that is surrounded by mature pecan trees. Additionally, the home was built as a 'town house' for a local ranching family and constructed with native rock from the family ranch, the Apple Ranch, in the nearby Glass Mountains. Completed in the 1940s, it includes 'Victory V's' in the exterior rock faces, intended to memorialize the Allied victory during WWII. The McGonagill's son, Eldon, was a medic on active duty in the Pacific Theatre at the time. The rental property includes the bottom floor of the house (3br/2b), the large yard, and parking in the roomy driveway.
This home is a quaint mixture of original furnishings along with updated bathrooms and a full kitchen. Porches on the front of the home allow visitors to relax and enjoy those great, wide-open West Texas skies. We put up hummingbird feeders during hummer season. Birders welcome! (Ask about our AARP discount.) All furnishings can be moved to accommodate the guests preferences. If custom locations for furniture are requested prior to arrival we will accommodate those requests.
A short stroll will take you to the heart of Marathon where you can enjoy breakfast or lunch at the Oasis, the V6, or Big Bend Pizza. Heading down the street, enjoy shopping a San Rosendo Crossing, or one of the numerous art galleries and small gift shops/boutiques. You may enjoy an evening drink at the White Buffalo Bar.
Above all, Marathon is a place to unwind and relax. Leave your worries at the county line, grab a massage at the spa, or sit outside at and engage in conversation with the locals. It's all good in Marathon.
Keywords: Large shaded yard, quiet, country living, multifamily, parking, peaceful, library
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within a few hours
- Calendar last updated:
- May 25, 2018
About Janet Groth
We are the great-grandchildren of the original owner and builders JA and Maggie McGonagill and ate many Sunday 'after church' meals here with family and friends. We walked to the French Grocery store and charged candy bars and cokes to our parents after school when we were kids. We played games in the yard. This home and this town are dear to our hearts and an integral part of our family history.
Janet Groth purchased this House in 1940
Why Janet Groth chose Marathon
This home has been in my family for four generations. Although we don't live in the area, we love Marathon for its one-of-a-kind atmosphere and visit several times a year. We support the Marathon Baptist Church and enjoy meals at the restaurants in Marathon. The Fourth of July Dance at the Post, local roping and horsemanship events, and nostalgia call us back to Marathon numerous times every year.
What makes this House unique
Short walk to downtown Marathon; tranquility and large parking area; family ties to Marathon; read about our ranching family and how and why the house was constructed in Marathon.
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Comfortable and well maintained
We recently stayed here as part of our Big Bend trip. The house worked great for the 5 of us. Clean and comfortable. Would stay here again.
This property is an exceptional place to stay in West Texas. The little town of Marathon has a comfortable, quiet home to stay at while visiting the town or the Big Bend Park and area. We found the home to be extremely quiet and comfortable. It's very clean and well stocked with linens and the kitchen had everything we needed to cook our meals. We used the washer and dryer (new models) to launder clothes after days spent in Big Bend to go home with clean laundry. It's definitely a great place for family to stay and you will be out of the Park for a shorter trip home. Will book this one again.
House was very clean, quiet, well stocked for guests, and the beds were very comfortable.
It is truly historic and has been owned by a local ranching family for 4 generations. Love the history! Very roomy and overall the best house we have stayed at in Marathon. Janet communicated in a timely manner. Great place to stay as a home base for exploring the Big Bend area. The house rules and checkout procedure were very clear. Love, love, love it! We will definitely be back!!!
Thank you! You and your family/guests were fabulous guests. We love to host people of all ages...hope to see you again!
Welcoming house with everything you need. Caring hosts. Comfortable and well maintained. Great location to start to start many adventures from.
Glad you got some great rides in despite the wind. Hope to see you on the next trip.
A great stay in an historic home
We were heading back to Houston from Big Bend and wanted to break up the trip with a stay in Marathon. 5 adults had plenty of space and great beds. We enjoyed reading about the history of the home. Thanks!
Y'all were the perfect guests at the perfect time. I cannot express my gratitude for the way you took care of our family home, appreciated the historical significance, and the kindness your party shared. Truly hope to see you soon.
Just what we were looking for!
The McGonagill House in Marathon was the perfect find for our motorcycle trip out through West Texas and onto Big Bend. The location, amenities, cleanliness, comfort, and overall atmosphere of the house were outstanding! Also, Janet is an incredible host--clearly communicating with us from start to finish! Should we find ourselves out that way again, we'll definitely book the house again!
The motorcycle trip sounds like so much fun! Glad the weather cooperated and the house was a perfect fit for your party. Sorry that family obligations keep me from meeting you face to face..hopefully that will change next time! Hope to see you on a return trip.
Big Bend National Park, Rock hunting, camping, backpacking, scenic drives, birding, jeep tours, mountain biking, wildlife viewing, rafting, Ghost town viewing and shopping
Very quiet and peaceful.....
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Monthly and weekly rates vary depending on the season. Rate is based on a 3 bedroom/2 bath rental and the cleaning fee is based on a 3 night rental. Different (lower) rates apply for 1 bedroom/1 bath. The cleaning fee is lower for a one bedroom/1 bathroom rental.