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The Star Gazer's Inn is a Four Bedroom Two Bathroom Ranch House.

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The ranch road leading to the house.


Last updated: 03/08/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:10
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths (Sleeps 10)

The Star Gazer's Inn is a 150 year old adobe hacienda. The house has four bedrooms and two bathrooms. It also has a library, dining room, living room and two beautiful screened in porches.The house sits on an acre of land and one porch faces a huge lawn. Cathedral Mountain adds to the majesty of the fauna and flora. Nestled in the rolling hills far from any street lights the night sky is great for all star observers. The water that supplies the house comes from an underground spring and is drinkable plus it makes all coffee and teas great tasting. However, there are some draw backs to a 135 year old house. We don't have central heating or air conditioning. But the nights are typically pretty cool. The temperature during the summer months usually runs between 90 during the day and 60's at night. And we do provide lots of fans. The winter months temperature usually runs between 50's during the day and 30's at night. And we do have gas and electrical heaters throughout the house. Plus we also have four great fire places. It can be very romantic if your up for that? Some people love to be completely out in the country and this is the perfect place for that. We sometimes have power outages and then you must light candles and tell stories like I use to do when I was little Some people might find it annoying to be without the comforts of the modern world and some may love it. That you will have to decide. But besides all that the house in my opinion is very comfortable with plenty of room for big groups of people. That house loves people. Because the house is old relatively speaking and because it's way out in the country again relatively speaking (I happen to think it's a perfect distance and a perfect house) I do not refund people's money. I can't predict things like power outages, spiders, mice, lightening and many more of the things that can and do happen when your not close to a city. I will try my best to make it as comfortable as I can but as the old saying goes "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" and I feel it's an extremely a unique experience to be there. I'm willing to say your not going to find many house, if any, like mine.


Member since: 2012

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 03/08/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 5000 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 10
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    I will not rent to minors....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Great house for kids....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    I will allow dogs as long as they are well behaved....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Private Chef


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Limited Accessibility:

    There is a hand rail that leads to the house. ...moreless

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • Star gazing and barbecues


  • Books


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    The house sits north of Cathedral Mountain....moreless


  • Dining:

    There are several dining areas. One in the dining room and both porches have dining room tables....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:


  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Dishes, pots and pans and silverware are included. I also have a built in dish washer....moreless

  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    Gas stove with big oven....moreless

  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill


Write a review 4.2
from 11 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$2,400 $9,600
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $99
  • Cleaning $220


There is a 5% discount if paid in cash or cashier's check. Cleaning fee is half price for parties of two guest only.

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 03/08/2017
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Car: Necessary

Stargazing at night and having barbecues during the day time.

Big Bend National Park 60 miles south.

McDonald's Observatory in Ft. Davis about 24 miles north.

Marfa Lights about 20 miles west.

Two great restaurants. One in Marfa, and one in Marathon. About 24 miles from ranch house.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1880

About the owner: My father was an actor and my mother was a ballet dancer. They met at Carnegie Hall in New York City. So I actually grew up in "L.A." Los Angeles. But every summer my mom would take us to Alpine and to the ranch so we could appreciate country life. Later on, when I was 16 years old my parents decided to move to Alpine. My dad would commute back and forth every time they called him for a job. I was happy to move to Alpine although it was a complete culture shock. Later, I attended Sul Ross State University and got my teaching certificate so I had to leave Alpine and came to El Paso to learn Spanish and teach. I hated El Paso at first and now i've been here so long that now I feel it's my second home. But I still love the old ranch house and who knows I may go back to live there someday. Eventually I would like it to become a monastery for the Traditional Catholic Priest, brothers and monks.

Why the Owner Chose Alpine, TX, USA:
This house is and always will be a part of who I am. My mother was born in this house. The house has a very good comfortable feeling and it really enjoys guest. My grandmother use to have parties out there during Prohibition years and she said the parties would last for days. This house has survived two world wars, prohibition and the Great Depression, 6 children, 7 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and numerous guest and it keeps on being a place of complete happiness and harmony.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The skies are absolutely breath taking day or night. Plenty of room to barbecue while in a bird's paradise.

Contact us

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 03/08/2017

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  • The ranch road leading to the house.

    The ranch road leading to the house.

  • Picturesque view of Cathedral Mountain on the road to the house.

    Picturesque view of Cathedral Mountain on the road to the house.

  • Ranch house in the snow

    Ranch house in the snow

  • 4th bedroom

    4th bedroom

VRBO #624951

This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Thursday, April 27, 2017

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