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You'll Absolutely Love the Breathtaking Views at Our West Texas Mountain Home

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Last updated: 05/06/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Lovely Little Ranch House on 20 Acres; 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Come stay at our lovely home in Calamity Creek at an elevation of nearly a mile high on the most beautiful land on earth.

While relaxing in the swings and hammocks on our wraparound porch, enjoy breathtaking views of Cathedral Mountain, McIntyre Peak and Mount Ord. Located just 15 minutes south of Alpine, 45 minutes from both Marfa's Chianti Foundation and the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute of Fort Davis, an hour's drive from McDonald Observatory and under two hours from Big Bend National Park and the Rio Grande, there's plenty of West Texas exploring for guests of all ages. Or, stay put at the ranch and enjoy the fresh breeze, sunny skies and starlit nights.

Our home, which is located a half mile from the highway by way of a well-maintained dirt road, is both pleasingly remote without a neighbor in view, and still just 15 minutes from the nearest grocery store and other town amenities. Best of all, our home is situated on 20 acres with several trails for long, meandering walks. We pride ourselves on our cool and refreshing well water -- straight from the lush and natural West Texas igneous aquifers.

During your visit at our ranch home, you can sit back and take in our truly magnificent sunsets and catch sight of wildlife from antelope, mule deer and jack rabbits to javelina and a plethora of birds. Depending on the season, the landscape is also full of butterflies, lizards, crickets and wildflowers. And if you’re lucky, you might even see the Marfa Lights from the swing on the front porch. Really, we’ve seen them!

The house itself has two bedrooms downstairs -- one with a full-size bed in a cheery room with a hand-painted mural of an apple tree, the other is a periwinkle-painted room with a queen bed, oriental rug and a vintage dresser. Upstairs is a bright lofted bedroom with a stunning view of Cathedral Mountain, a contemporary queen bed, and a long, two-person writing/work space. All of the beds are made up with crisp, white, cotton linens and soft, down pillows and duvets. There is a full bath on the first floor fully stocked with the fresh linens and local, handmade soaps. The kitchen will satisfy all of you're cooking needs with a gas stove and oven, microwave, coffee maker and a brand new refrigerator. The cupboards are stocked with spices and oils, paper towels, dishtowels, and all of the kitchen basics you might need. The great room, which sits under vaulted ceilings and has windows all around to take in the mountain views, has plenty of comfortable seating and a dresser full of games for the whole family. The dining area boasts a well-worn, heirloom table that is set for six, but has extensions to seat up to ten. Just behind the main house is a separate casita with an additional bathroom with sink, toilet, shower and laundry facilities.

We are sure that you, like many before, will thoroughly enjoy our vacation home and won't want to leave. It truly provides an affordable, quiet and beautiful respite like none other.
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Member since: 2012

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 05/06/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1100 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Master Bedroom: 1 queen


  • Loft Bedroom with Studio/Office: 1 queen

    This bedroom is on the second floor in an semi-open loft....moreless

  • Bedroom with Apple Tree Mural: 1 double


  • Downstairs bedrooms: 1 queen size bed, 1 full size bed Loft/upstairs bedroom: 1 queen size bed...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, tub

    This bathroom has doors to the master bedroom and to kitchen...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    This bathroom is behind main house in casita with laundry....moreless


  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Toys


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Local Services & Businesses

  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Rafting


  • Dining:

    Table comes with extensions and can seat up to ten....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    We add window units for the few months of the year when the weather gets hot. Most of the year, even in the spring, summer & fall, air-conditioning is not required in our breezy, high-desert climate....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • 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
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


from 16 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$2,065 $5,990
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Cleaning Fee $100
  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Tax Rate 13%

Owner's cancellation policy:

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

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Last updated: 05/06/2017
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Marfa is just 45 minutes away and one of the most beautiful drives in the country. Marfa is the home of Chinati Foundation, Ballroom Marfa and many other contemporary art galleries and instituions. There are several natural hot springs in the area Chinati Hot Springs and the Hot Springs along the Rio Grande in Big Bend National Park. Far west Texas has some of the darkest skies in the U.S. McDonald Observatory is the place to go to view the stars.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2003

About the owner: Katherine Shaughnessy is an author and artist living and working in Boise, Idaho. You can find her crewel embroidery company at and her art at Her husband, Tom Michael, is the general manager of Boise State Public Radio. They lived in this house with their two children for five years. Later, they lived, worked and went to school in neighboring Marfa where Tom ran Marfa Public Radio, 93.5 FM -- the community radio station that he founded in 2006. Even though Katherine & Tom and their children currently live in Idaho, they all dearly love and miss West Texas and come to visit often.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 05/06/2017

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VRBO #402290

This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Thursday, May 18, 2017

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