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The Star Gazer's Inn is a four bedroom two bathroom ranch house.

Bedrooms 4
Space 5,000 sq. ft.
Property type house


About the property

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.

Tracey Reider
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
September 23, 2017

About Tracey Reider

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.

Tracey Reider purchased this house in 1880

Why Tracey Reider chose Big Bend Country

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.

What makes this house unique

The skies are absolutely breath taking day or night. Plenty of room to barbecue while in a bird's paradise.


Fort Davis
McDonald Observatory Visitors Center
Big Bend National Park
Planet Marfa
Sul Ross State University
Marfa Lights Viewing Center
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.


Alpine House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 11:00 AM
  • /
  • Check-out: 3:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Children welcome ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Please no motorcycles allowed due to the livestock. Also you must drive carefully because of the conditions of the road and including livestock.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Hugh bathrooms that include tub and shower.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • We provide blankets and pillows.
  • Books
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Star gazing and barbecues


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The Star Gazer's Inn is a four bedroom two bathroom ranch house.
average rating of 4.181818 based on 11 reviews
San Antonio, Texas

Truly a Texas Treasure !

  • 5 of 5

Hacienda in West Texas was a perfect location for our time away. Because of its location (13 miles south of Alpine then 5 miles down a country "dirt" road), it afforded us the privacy we desired for reading and rest, but it was close enough to enjoy nearby recreation. We used the Hacienda as our home base from which we traveled to climb Guadalupe Peak, attend the "Star Party" at the McDonald Observatory, tour Fort Davis, visit the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center, and enjoy dinner and live music at the Gage Hotel in Marathon. Our experience at the Hacienda was just as wonderful as all the other things we got to see and do. It was like going back in time 50-100 years (without giving up modern appliances) as we sat on the huge screen porch, listened to the birds, and enjoyed the quiet (no highway sounds or other distracting noises). We also enjoyed the ranch history (provided by David, the caretaker), family photos and other items. We concluded most days by taking a long walk down the dirt road at sunset. This rustic, out-of-the-way place is truly a "TEXAS TREASURE" that we hope we may escape to again.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the great review. We can't wait to have you come back. Thanks again, Tracey
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Absolutely amazingly peaceful!

  • 5 of 5

If I had to describe La Hacienda in one word it would be HOME! For those who love history - the feeling of visiting Grandma's house - this is perfect. We loved the family photos, books, records & memorabilia. So much to discover! Exploring the yard with our hostess - Barn Cat as we called her- was a favorite afternoon activity. Morning coffee on the screened porch as the wild turkeys greeted the day - amazing! As home base to explore the parks & area it is a bit of a drive but so worth it! Kitchen is functional, big enough to cook together without stepping on toes. I suggest taking a crock pot, as we did, so meals are a breeze....who wants to spend to much time cooking on vacation? Bedrooms are huge - beds very comfortable. Bathrooms are big & well stocked. Loved the 14 ft ceilings!! With doors open we stayed comfortably cool with the breeze. Space heater in dining room was enough to take the chill off the morning. All in all, for us this was a perfect home away from home. Tracey is right - this house loves people! Happy atmosphere. Already dreaming of another stay next year!!

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Texas treasure

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at La Hacienda this weekend with 6 friends and it was unforgettable. I wasn't sure what to expect, but when we walked through the doors we were ecstatic. The pictures do not do it justice.

The adobe walls of the house add to the already quiet and serene environment. There was plenty of room for the 8 of us to spread out, but the house is very cozy and felt like a family home. It was interesting to see the family pictures and knick knacks.

The drive down the dirt road is beautiful. We saw horses, jackrabbits, and wild turkeys. The first night, we hiked up the hill behind the house for a breathtaking view of Cathedral Mountain. We spent a lot of time exploring the house and property with the cat. She was the best!

The kitchen was well stocked with dishes, pots and pans. I loved the old cast iron! The house was very clean, considering the location. It was nice to have a washer and dryer on a long trip.

We visited Marfa, Big Bend, Alpine, Marathon, and Terlingua. Though it was tempting to sit on the screened in porch in front of the fire and play board games the whole trip.

Tracey and Kent were very kind, accomodating, and attentive. You can tell they really care about their family home. It was truly an honor to make it our home for 3 days. We can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for that fantastic review. We really enjoyed having you out there, That house really loves people. And because you were such great guest, I would love to offer you a 5% discount on your next trip out there. Thanks, Tracey
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What a retreat!

  • 5 of 5

I was so blessed to find this gem at the last minute (literally while passing through Marathon on my way west), and I am so glad none of the other properties I had contacted had called me back! This quiet diamond in the rough is chocked full of history and TLC through generations. The smaller structure (Starry Night, I think) and the Hacienda truly take you back to a much simpler time, while still providing some modern conveniences (wi-fi, Netflix, gas appliances). The views of Cathedral Mountain and Pipe Organ Mountain are breathtaking, and the silent night-time conditions provided a sweet respite from the hustle and bustle, even of Big Bend NP! Our nights were crystal clear and the Milky Way was marvelous! The location is very convenient to BBNP, as well as restaurants in Alpine and a short drive over to the Marfa Lights observation spot on Hwy 90. We definitely have saved this location as a for-sure return in the future. Thanks to Tracey and Kent for making our stay feel like home!

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sad could be beautiful

  • 1 of 5

We stayed feb. 2015 it was a grand old house in the day! Now nothing has been updated! Very dirty! Washer didn't work right. We were told not to use heaters propane was low...yes lots of fire places but only green wood to use! No locks on doors. Well I don't lock mine a lot at home, but this is 90 miles from Mexico & there WAS border immigration issues while there!! We saw people w/guns looking for people! I wrote all this& more to owner & we were never offered any free nites or refunds!! It has taken me this long to write this review because I was fumming!! Believe me there is more to this story!

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so sorry you guys had such a bad time. I wish you had told me earlier about this. I had a horrible caretaker out there. I went to check on things last year in April and I know he was not doing his job and I had to let him go. We have up dated things quite a bit out there and I would be more than happy to let you have two free nights or some money back. Just let me know. Thanks, Tracey
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Step Back in Time

  • 5 of 5

This historic ranch house was perfect for our family as we loved the history that literally permeates throughout the house, the beautiful scenery, the quiet drive to the house, the solitude, lack of artificial sounds, the picturesque hike behind the house, and the clear star-filled skies. Oh, and the house has the best cat ever (and we are not pet people) that roams around the property and was literally our tour guide on the hike by showing the way on the best way to scale up the hill. It was fascinating signing a guest book that has decades of entries all the way back to 1927. Tracey was very attentive to our experience and helped educate our modern, city ways on how to use the gas heaters. The place does have a rustic feel, so keep in mind this is a place to step back in time, stretch your arms, and enjoy life in a relaxed state of mind.

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $160
Damage Insurance $99

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 if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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