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Fixed up Ruin for 2 in a Dusty Ghost Town

Bedrooms 1
Space 200 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

1 bedroom, 1 bath, 3 courtyards with great views of Big Bend National Park

The Guest House has 3 courtyards. The first separates the Guest House from the driveway and has a hammock and a yoga mat and is rimmed with flowers and cactus. The second courtyard is the main living area: there is a fireplace, an outdoor shower, a large kitchen counter with kitchen sink, a round dining area, and a small porch with twin bed. The 3rd courtyard has an arbor with a bed and another seating area. Then there is the garden before the bathroom.

Cynta de Narvaez
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 7, 2017

About Cynta de Narvaez

I came to Terlingua for the first time in 1991 to row the Rio Grande for Far Flung Adventures. After that first season, I knew I needed to live here. I left to go to graduate school, but as soon as I got my Masters in 1996, I returned. Almost immediately a ruin came up for sale and I bought it; $2,500 for 5 acres and the largest 7 room ruin in the Ghost Town. I have been fixing up the houses since then.

Cynta de Narvaez purchased this cottage in 1996

Why Cynta de Narvaez chose Terlingua

I loved this property originally because it is beautiful and quiet. Once the houses started being built, I got addicted to dressing them up and then making them more off-grid and practical. Now the Guest House has a silent propane refrigerator and a solar water pump as well as a 3,000 gallon rainwater catchment system. So its beautiful and quiet now in a different way.

What makes this cottage unique

It is very private here; we are the northernmost ruin in the Ghost Town, so its very quiet. Then its just 1/4 miles walk through the Ghost Town ruins to The Starlight Theater and the "colorful" and musical side of Terlingua. Also, the house has a full sized kitchen so one doesn't need to go to restaurants all the time. Guests can make their own coffee and relax as the sun rises.


Terlingua Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , outdoor shower
  • The bathroom is a separate building with a sink, toilet, and bath tub. One must walk through a flower garden to get there. Also, outside shower with hot water. All water is collected from rain.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • There is one room which has the bed, the kitchen, and the breakfast area. The bed is a Queen-sized bed with sheets and a quilt.
  • Books
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • whitewater rafting


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Nearest Airport
240 Miles
Midland/Odessa (MAF)
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
The Starlight Theater
Nearest Golf
11 Miles
Lajitas Golf Resort
Nearest Train
83 Miles
Alpine, Texas
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
118 to FM 170
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
The Starlight Theater
Car: necessary

Villa Terlingua Guest House is located just north of the Terlingua Ghost Town and just between Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park. We are 11 miles from the Rio Grande where river trips are possible. We are located where the east and west flyways meet, so there are around 452 species of birds Spring and Fall. We are in the middle of the beautiful Chihuahua desert where the temperatures are mostly warm and the days are clear and sunny.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 13.0%

50% at the time of reservation and then the rest during stay.

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