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Laughing Horse Retreat: 3bdr Home W/ Horse Corral on 217acres

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights

About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Detached Unit, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-10)

Laughing Horse Retreat is where y’all want to be. Bring the whole crew and your dogs and horses too, or just bring yourselves! Come on out to West Texas for relaxation or adventure. The house sits on 217 acres with a horse corrals, and 20 acres fenced for horses. Laughing Horse is conveniently located along Texas Highway 118 in the scenic Christmas Mountains, just 10 miles north of historic Terlingua and Study Butte. The modern kitchen, relaxing porches, three bedrooms, four comfortable beds, stunning views, abundant wildlife, desert plants, expansive acreage, and private location combine to provide a truly unique vacation experience.

Spend your time around the ranch or enjoying all that the Big Bend has to offer. Then sleep well and wake up relaxed. Go for hike through the scenic mountains and desert. Ride your horse around the 217 acres. Walk to our quiet spring and watch the birds. Hang out in the Terlingua Ghost Town. Enjoy the most scenic drives in Texas. Raft down the wild and scenic Rio Grande River. Explore Big Bend National Park. Ride your mountain bike through Big Bend Ranch State Park. Enjoy dinner, drinks and live music in Terlingua. Take a guided jeep tour to some of the area’s most scenic locations. Enjoy a guided horseback ride with excellent guides and well trained horses. Seek all the adventure you can handle. Or, just sit in a comfortable chair on a breezy porch and enjoy the views or a good book. If you don’t have time to do it all, come back again!

Bring your horses! They’ll love the tack room, corral and 20 fenced acres. You can ride your horses around the 217 acres, along Terlingua Ranch roads, and on selected trails in Big Bend Ranch State Park and Big Bend National Park.

Keywords: house, ranch, acreage, horses, corral, RV hook-up, mountains, desert, retreat, Big Bend

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Property Manager
Janet Eby
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 9, 2017

About Janet Eby

Judy and Seth Burgess love the Big Bend. Seth is originally from Rhode Island and Judy is a native Texan. Seth is a retired from Equimax, USA, Inc., a company he started in 1986 to get jobs and horse people together all across the USA. Judy is an ordained Episcopal Priest. We currently care for three dogs, four horses and a donkey.

Why Janet Eby chose Big Bend Country

We lived in this location for 15 years until moving to the Ruidoso, New Mexico area when Judy was called to a new church. We chose this area because Judy wanted to get back to living in Texas and Seth wanted to live in the mountains. You won't find a wilder more remote place in Texas. The Big Bend area is truly the ultimate getaway spot.

What makes this house unique

Judy always said she wanted 'land lots of land.' On 217 acres, you can ride your horse, hike, and explore the wonders the desert fauna and flora without evening leaving the property. During your stay, you may see mule deer, aoudad sheep, coyotes, mountain lions (pretty rare), and of course all sorts of birds and small animals.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(34 traveler reviews)

Laughing Horse Retreat: 3bdr Home W/ Horse Corral on 217acres
average rating of 4.8235292 based on 34 reviews

Best VRBO experience - amazing location, home, and owners

  • 5 of 5

We've been staying in VRBOs for years due to our large family, and this was our favorite ever. The managers Janet and Daryl truly care about their visitors having a great vacation experience. They were responsive to all our needs and questions both before and during our vacation, and keep the home well-stocked with a lot of attention to all the needs and comforts of visitors.

The home is comfortable, inviting, homey, perfectly located, and clean. All 9 of us were comfortably situated. Our group ranged in age from 8 to 75 (4 teens:), and every single one had a wonderful and memorable time - walking the property, enjoying coffee on the patio in the morning, watching stars at night (cannot compare to what you see in the city!), playing games and watching movies in the home, and venturing into Big Bend National Park.

We visited Big Bend almost every day and even though this was our second time to Big Bend, want to return again to hike the trails and see the sights we didn't have time for. We also went into the village of Boquillas, Mexico at Daryl's recommendation, which we all loved.

One more thing - the wifi in the house actually worked! (can't always say that for rentals) That allowed my husband to take care of business emergencies, and us to watch movies of our choice from netflix.

We hope to return to Big Bend in future years and Laughing Horse is the place we will choose to stay. Thank you Janet and Daryl!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: "What a great review! We're so glad you had a good time. Reviews like yours encourage us to do even better. "
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Houston, TX

Excellent View and Very Well Maintained But no communication from Owner

  • 4 of 5

Great View and beautiful place. Very well equipped with all the needs you need. Kitchen is very well equipped. Few things that need attentions is once you enter to the gate (especially when its dark) you need to make immediate left to get to the house. We went straight and had to turn back basically it is on the direction that the owner sends but who is going to look when cell phone signal is really weak. The owner needs to put a sign or something where to turn. Second we called the owner to get some information about stores and food no response. Called the owner 4 times 3 from the house phone and 1 form my personal number. I believe it should be a common courtesy to return the call back especially when a family is new to this place and have no idea. Other than this issues this place is great and good for families to stay. We might consider renting it again but lets see.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your positive review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and found the house to be scenic and well equipped. We take great pride in providing comfortable and enjoyable accommodations. Regarding your stated concerns, we are a little confused. After renting this house for five years, this is the first time anyone has indicated having any trouble finding the property. Regardless, we will look into adding some sort of sign or marker at the turn you mentioned. As for not returning your calls, we regret that we never received any calls or messages from you. We provide all of our guests with four numbers for reaching us. Our business, our home, and both of our cell phones. All four numbers have voice mail and call logs. We never received any messages and none of the four call logs show a record of any calls from you during your stay. We would certainly have been eager to assist you if we had known you had any questions or concerns. We do hope you return to the area and stay with us again in the future. Thanks, Janet and Daryl Eby, managers
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Definite 5 Stars!

  • 5 of 5

The Laughing Horse Retreat was more than we expected! The accommodations were excellent; everything we could possibly need was available. The retreat was clean, comfortable and very well stocked. Although we had a great time at Big Bend -hiking and exploring - we had just as much fun and relaxation on the Laughing Horse property. The view from the back patio was breathtaking. We are already planning and looking forward to our next stay.

  • Submitted: May 11, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Laughing horse is the best

  • 5 of 5

Great location, horse corrals, well water (in the desert), proximity to Study Butte and the parks yet seclusion from everyone else, great people managing the place (Janet and Daryl), what more could you want?! We keep coming back....

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pearland, Texas

Wonderful Escape and Great location for Big Bend!

  • 5 of 5

This was the best "stocked" rental we have ever stayed at! Everything we needed was there, soap, paper towels, laundry, huge selection of shelf stable spices and such. More towels than we could ever use, which is a nice change from most places that leave only a few. The property was very clean and well maintained. We spent most of our time in BBNP. We took a quick trip in Terlingua as well to the local bar/shop. The boys (7 & 10) greatly enjoyed exploring the property and after dark, they loved watching netflix. The only thing I would change is to make lighter or matches for BBQ grill easier to find. We couldn't get the starter to work and never did find any. We had a good laugh and sandwiches, but that was the one thing we forgot to pack! Thanks again for your wonderful hospitality! We hope to be back and would love to stay at your lovely home again.

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Corpus Christi, TX

Perfect first trip to Big Bend National Park

  • 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Big Bend National Park although we have lived in Texas for more than a dozen years. Our daughter from New York joined us for some hiking and sight seeing. The location of Laughing Horse Retreat to the park couldn't have been better. The property surrounding the retreat was beautiful and the house was comfortable and came with everything we could think of needing. We were treated to a blanket of snow our first night at the retreat and park, but the roads were passable in no time. Janet called to check-in with us to make sure we arrived safely and that we were warm and comfortable at the house. The views and landscape were beautiful, and the birds and wildlife were an added treat to our visit. We can't say enough about the star gazing either! Our last night was completely cloud-free and the stars were breathtaking! We can't wait to plan another trip to the Big Bend area and Laughing Horse Retreat is absolutely on our list of where to stay!

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
230 Miles
Midland International Airport
Nearest Barpub
18 Miles
High Sierra Bar and Grill
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Texas State Highway 118
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Chili Pepper Cafe

Bird watching, Big Bend National Park, Big Bend Ranch State Park, Terlingua Ghost Town, Scenic Drives, Plane Rides, Jeep Tours, Canoeing, Terlingua Chili Cook-Off, Four Wheeling

NO HUNTING or TARGET PRACTICE. NO ATVs except on the roads.


Rates & Availability

Terlingua House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jan 5 2017 - Feb 28 2017
2 night minimum stay
Spring season
Mar 1 2017 - Mar 2 2017
2 night minimum stay
Spring break
Mar 3 2017 - Mar 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
Mar 20 2017 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Regular Season
May 1 2017 - May 24 2017
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Day 2017
May 26 2017 - May 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
Regular Season
May 30 2017 - May 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Summer Season
Jun 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
July 4 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer Season
Jul 6 2017 - Aug 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Labor Day 2017
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Regular Season
Sep 5 2017 - Nov 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
Chili Cook-off 2017
Nov 2 2017 - Nov 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
Regular Season
Nov 6 2017 - Nov 17 2017
2 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
Regular Season
Nov 27 2017 - Dec 19 2017
2 night minimum stay
Christmas 2017 & NY 2018
Dec 20 2017 - Jan 4 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Horses- per horse/night $16 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $99 + Tax
Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel before 30 days of your stay, then we will refund 100% minus a $50 cancellation fee and any Paypal fees. If you cancel within 30 days of your stay then a refund will depend on us being able to re-rent that time.


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Terlingua House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Large Garden Tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Guest House - toilet , Available with rental of optional guest house.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
    Optional Guest House - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , The guest house is available for an addtional $45 nightly.
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Horse corrals, tack room, and 20 acres fenced with high tension smooth wire fencing for horses. Miles of hiking/riding trails. Full RV hook-up, 30 amp. 3G Cell phone service is available. Land line and broadband WiFi. Call for details.

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