Turtle Mountain Ranch is available for small or large groups renting the whole ranch and either one house or two. The property is ideal for families or groups wanting for a luxurious home, or two, away from home in the Big Bend. Guests can rent the large stone house, or the stone house and the smaller cedar house together. The cedar house is only available to families or groups that are also renting the stone house. To assure privacy for all guests, the cedar house does not rent out separately. Guests have exclusive access to 143 private acres, including a massive bluff and the western half of Turtle Mountain, you’ll have ample seclusion and plenty of land to explore and enjoy.
The stone house sleeps up to five and the cedar house sleeps an additional four, for a maximum occupancy of nine. The base lodging fee is based on four guests. There is an additional charge for each guest over four. The cedar house is automatically included for groups of six to nine. It is also available as an option for smaller groups that want a bit more privacy, space, or an extra bathroom.
The large stone and glass house was custom built by a wealthy oil man as a private retreat and a place to host parties and entertain guests. It is now available as a vacation rental for visitors that are looking for someplace truly extraordinary. The main house sleeps five, with one king, one queen bed, and one twin bed. Every room has one or more sliding glass doors opening onto a wood deck or stone patio with breathtaking views. Spacious living areas, extensive stone masonry, fifteen sliding glass doors, vaulted ceilings, large porches, and southwest furnishings combine to create an elegant home base for your Big Bend adventures.
The smaller cedar house has two large bedrooms and a large bathroom. Each room has its own wood-burning stove, small fridge, coffee maker, and spacious closet. Clerestory windows and large glass doors provide wonderful natural light and great views. Exposed wooden beams, artisan tile floors, southwestern style wooden furniture, and high-quality bedding provide comfort and a welcoming atmosphere.
The stone house features a very large and open kitchen with plenty of room for cooking family meals or hosting parties. The dining room and living room surround a massive wood burning stone fireplace that opens to both rooms. The dining room has a massive table for shared meals or games. It also includes a large wet bar stocked with stemware and glasses (BYOB and mixers). The living room features a competition sized pool table that was handmade in Mexico and a large semi-circle leather sofa. The master bedroom has a king four poster bed and opens onto a large covered deck. The original library space has been converted into a separate sleeping area (second bedroom area) with a queen sleigh bed, twin day bed and access to a large covered deck. The second bedroom is an open space. The guests from the master bedroom will be walking through this area. There is one bathroom, with a large shower, extra large tub, and even a bidet. While it does sleep up to five, some groups of three, four, or five prefer to add the cedar house for extra space and an additional bathroom. Let us know if you would like to add the cedar house.
As extraordinary as the home (or homes) is, and “extraordinary” is no exaggeration, the real attractions are the land, the wildlife, the views, the solitude, and the wild and rugged Big Bend region. Adventurous guests will want to hike up onto Turtle Mountain and explore the canyons and hidden seep spring. Be warned though, the hike is challenging and some routes require rock climbing. Both mountain lions and black bears frequently inhabit and raise cubs near the base of the bluff up behind the house. They are rarely seen, but the mountain lions are often heard. The property is also home to mule deer, javelina, aoudads, coyote, foxes, bobcats, red-tailed hawks, peregrine falcons, quail, and many other species of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. No hunting or discharge of firearms is allowed.
The drive to Turtle Mountain Ranch includes about 2.2 miles of dirt/rock road. This road is normally passable by a typical passenger vehicle. However powerful rains can occasionally cause minor washouts that may make a high clearance vehicle such as a truck or SUV recommended. Contact us about driving conditions if you are uncertain or concerned. Drivers that have never been off the pavement may be a bit intimidated, but the drive is quite easy once you slow down and adjust to it.
With all there is to do on Turtle Mountain Ranch and in the area, you’ll have a hard time fitting it all in. That’s okay. We’d love for you to come back again and again.