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Huffman Pond Cabin - Secluded Solar Mountain Home on 88 Acres.

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Last updated: 08/25/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Huffman Pond Cabin is without a doubt the most remote and secluded vacation rental in the Terlingua area. This is THE place to be if you truly wish to escape the trappings and stresses of “civilization”. This is NOT a typical vacation rental home. It is an off-grid home powered by solar electricity and relies on a “passive cooling” design instead of modern air conditioning.

The remote location may scare off some tourists, but true outdoorsmen and nature lovers that aren’t deterred by a rough road and lack of modern AC will be richly rewarded. Bonuses for the rugged adventurers include unparalleled seclusion, amazing views, diverse wildlife and plant life, stunning night skies, rugged hiking, a spectacular canyon, several bluffs, impressive and varied geologic features, a large private pond (currently dry due to extended drought). Guest will also enjoy access to miles upon miles of rarely traveled desert roads for driving, ATVs, biking, or walking. You will also have access to the pool (a small fee is required) at the Terlingua Ranch lodge and the Christmas Mountains hiking trail.

When you’re done exploring and enjoying the natural wonders of the Huffman Pond property and surrounding area, you can retreat into the cabin. The cabin is built with stone and steel and designed for comfort, convenience, and relaxation. The original stone cabin and the flagstone floor for the entire house was built in the 70’s. The current owner expanded the original stone cabin by adding a modern living area and kitchen on what had been the large flagstone patio.

The original stone cabin was converted into a very comfortable and spacious bedroom and bathroom. Because it is all built with thick stone and shaded by the living room addition, it remains surprisingly cool on even the hottest summer days and warm on the coldest winter days. Large windows on the south and east walls of the bedroom provide excellent views of Dynamite Bluff, Little Sombrero Peak, and panoramic desert scenery.

The modern living area was added in 2010 and features an open floor plan living room, dining and kitchen. The most impressive thing about the living area is the amazing views through the many large windows. No need for wall art here. The desert provides ever changing and inspiring beauty. Less noticed, but very important are the awning windows on the northern wall, above the stone wall of the bedroom. During the summer, these windows allow hot air to escape and create a cooling convection current when one or two lower windows are opened on the shaded sides of the house. If you’re addicted to modern AC, this is not the place for you during the summer, but most people attracted to this type of property and the Big Bend will enjoy it year round.

A little history about Huffman Pond Cabin: The original owner, Ben Huffman, started building the stone cabin in 1971. He also built a stone shed just behind the small hill beside the cabin. The stone shed was behind the hill because it was used for storing dynamite. That’s right, dynamite! The rather eccentric Mr. Huffman was determined to create a pond in the valley below the cabin. He tried, and tried, and tried to accomplish this by blowing up and collapsing the bluff at the end of the valley. His hope was that it would form a natural dam. Despite his repeated efforts, the bluff, now named “Dynamite Bluff” did not yield. He ultimately hired a bulldozer to dig out the current pond and create an earthen dam. Ben had quite a reputation in the area and could often be seen riding around the ranch roads or cross country on a small motorcycle with a rifle strapped to the handlebars and dynamite strapped behind the seat. All the dynamite has been safely removed or long since detonated. However, walk out onto “Echo Ridge” that overlooks the valley, the pond and Dynamite Bluff and you may just hear the low rumble of explosions long past. If not, just shout or clap and listen for the response.

Please call or email us with any questions about a visit the Huffman Pond Cabin.
Janet & Daryl Eby 855-224-4236.

Keywords: Cabin, casita, off grid, solar, rock house, Big Bend, mountain home, secluded

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Property Type

  • Cabin

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    At least one guest must be 21....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    The terrain is rough, wild and potentially dangerous. Parents are responsible for judging the suitability of this rental for their children....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    No smoking inside. Smoking outside is permitted but please dispose of your ashes and butts properly....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    There is no fence and the terrain is rough and wild. Pets are welcome inside and outside. Guests are responsible for judging the suitability of this rental for their pets....moreless

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Hiking, birding, herping, exploring and more on 88 acres of private land in the rugged Chihuahua Desert. Rugged terrain ranges from pond, valleys, arroyos, bluffs, canyons, and wide variety geologic features. The pond is dry right now due to a record drought. This is VERY unusual and we hope it will refill again soon....moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Swimming
  • Whitewater Rafting

Dining

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people

General

  • Gas Fireplace:

    Propane fire places in the living room, bathroom and bedroom....moreless

  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Large, open floor plan with living room, dining area, and kitchen. Huge windows for the breezes and the views....moreless

  • Mobile Phone:

    3G cell service is available. Single strength varies but is usually strong outside or in the bedroom....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Everything out here is 'off street'...moreless

  • Telephone:

    Satellite phone for local calls only....moreless

  • Towels Provided

Kitchen

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen:

    Small kitchen, stocked with the basics....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    gas...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    A few basics. The nearest store is 45 minutes away. Bring what you need....moreless

Outside

  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    All guests have access to Terlingua Ranch Pool. Approximately 25 minutes drive from the cabin and right next to the Bad Rabbit Cafe and near the Christmas Mountains Hike trail head....moreless

 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Low Season
Jun 1 - Aug 31, 2016
2 night min stay
$99
$599
Labor Day
Sep 1 - Sep 5, 2016
3 night min stay
$139
Regular
Sep 6 - Nov 2, 2016
2 night min stay
$119
$719
Chilli Cook Off
Nov 3 - Nov 6, 2016
3 night min stay
$139
Regular
Nov 7 - Nov 18, 2016
2 night min stay
$119
$719
Thanksgiving
Nov 19 - Nov 27, 2016
3 night min stay
$139
Regular
Nov 28 - Dec 15, 2016
2 night min stay
$119
$719
Christmas & New Years
Dec 16 - Jan 3, 2017
3 night min stay
$139
Regular
Jan 4 - Feb 28, 2017
2 night min stay
$119
$719
Early Spring
Mar 1 - Mar 2, 2017
2 night min stay
$129
$779
Spring Break
Mar 3 - Mar 19, 2017
3 night min stay
$139
Spring
Mar 20 - Apr 30, 2017
2 night min stay
$129
$779
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$119
$719

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Pet Fee $50 + tax
  • Cleaning Fee $75 + tax
  • Tax Rate 13%

Notes:

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 if we are able to re-rent that time.


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Location

230 Miles
Nearest Airport
Midland International Airport
33 Miles
Nearest Barpub
High Sierra Bar and Grill
16 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Texas State Highway 118
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Bad Rabbitt Cafe

Just a short drive from Terlingua Ranch headquarters where you have access to a pool, private aviation airstrip, the Bad Rabbit cafe and the Christmas Mountains trail head through the remote, pristine, and rarely visited Christmas Mountains.

 

Manager info

Big Bend Vacation Rentals

Year Purchased: 1993

About: We don't own Huffman Pond Cabin, but we wish we did. Janet and I run Big Bend Vacation Rentals and manage eleven vacation rentals -all listed on VRBO. Janet takes care of all the reservations and customer inquiries. Daryl handles maintenance, websites, and facebook pages for all our properties. We both handle the cleaning and often have help from our sons, Josh and Zack and the companionship of our little dog Riley. If someone drives up to the house while you are here, it will most likely be us. If you have questions or concerns while you are here or while planning your trip, we'd be glad to help. We truly love our business and enjoy helping our guests.

Why Terlingua, TX, USA:
We moved to Terlingua Ranch in 2004 in order the escape the rat race of the big city (Dallas). Daryl had loved this region for many years and managed to drag Janet out on a few trips. She was reluctant to leave the city but the solitude and rugged beauty of the desert and mountains finally won out. We've had some rough times since moving here, but have NEVER regretted the move. We love the land, the serenity and even the isolation. Sharing the area with visitors is our enduring pleasure. We hope to add more rentals and services in the future, but cannot imagine ever moving away.

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
Huffman Pond Cabin is our newest offering and we are very proud to manage it. We believe it will have a very special appeal for visitors that want to enjoy a more intense connection with the desert. This cabin is not for everyone, but those that like it will truly LOVE it.


Contact us

Speaks: english

 

Photos

  • Huffman Pond Cabin

    Huffman Pond Cabin

  • Living room.  Stone wall to the bedroom and awning windows for passive cooling.

    Living room. Stone wall to the bedroom and awning windows for passive cooling.

  • Bedroom

    Bedroom

  • Large, custom built stone and tile shower.  Enjoy it, but please conserve water.

    Large, custom built stone and tile shower. Enjoy it, but please conserve water.

  • Solar shed with six 200W solar panels and true sine inverter provide electricity

    Solar shed with six 200W solar panels and true sine inverter provide electricity

  • View out of the 'window' from Blind Canyon.  Fantastic, short hike.

    View out of the 'window' from Blind Canyon. Fantastic, short hike.

  • Huffman Pond Cabin and Little Sombrero Peak.

    Huffman Pond Cabin and Little Sombrero Peak.

  • Huffman Pond Cabin and solar shed.  Hilltop location provides great views.

    Huffman Pond Cabin and solar shed. Hilltop location provides great views.

  • The Desert blooms with a little rain.

    The Desert blooms with a little rain.

  • View from the Cabin

    View from the Cabin

  • Huffman Pond

    Huffman Pond

  • Entrance to Huffman Pond Cabin

    Entrance to Huffman Pond Cabin

  • Window with a view!  There are lots of large windows for incredible views.

    Window with a view! There are lots of large windows for incredible views.

  • Slate & steel vanity with modern sink.

    Slate & steel vanity with modern sink.

  • East side of cabin, showing the original stone bedroom and modern living area.

    East side of cabin, showing the original stone bedroom and modern living area.

  • Fledgling doves. This property is full of desert wildlife, including many birds.

    Fledgling doves. This property is full of desert wildlife, including many birds.

  • Lots of lizards will keep you entertained.  This is a female SW Earless Lizard.

    Lots of lizards will keep you entertained. This is a female SW Earless Lizard.

  • Rainbow Cactus

    Rainbow Cactus

  • The Huffman Pond

    The Huffman Pond

  • A storm in the distance.

    A storm in the distance.

  • View from the Cabin

    View from the Cabin

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This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Friday, August 26, 2016

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