Originally built in 1898 as a summer home by the Spencer Gregg family, the Webster house was purchased by John Webster in 1917 and remained in his family for three generations. Even today, it still has the original fireplaces and wood floors. The spacious bedrooms, high ceilings, and over-the-door transoms give the house an open, welcoming feeling, and it can easily accommodate a large family or group of fellow travelers. You can relax on the front porch under century-old pines, or enjoy desert plantings of sage, agave, and ocotillo in the garden while sitting on the bench looking over Sleeping Lion Mountain. Explore the Davis Mountains State Park, just down the road from the Fort Davis Historical Site, and on the way to the amazing McDonald Observatory where the views are great, the skies are dark, and the stars are stunning. Fine dining and interesting shops are all within a 2-block stroll of the house, and the nearby towns of Marfa and Alpine are each only a 20-minute drive away.
- Separate WCs0
- Min. Stay2 nights
4 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, Sleeps 8
- Calendar last updated:
- 23 Sep 2018
Pool / Spa
100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
Loved this house, it was perfect.
Quiet little town, lovely old home
This was a large home. We found it fairly clean. The beds were fairly comfortable. (However be advised that some beds are soft, some firm). Fort Davis is a peaceful little town. We wanted a break from the wind, humidity and heat of the Texas coast as well as a break from the noise pollution of the city. This place was a poultice for our souls.
Not necessarily as advertised
We were very excited to stay in what we thought would be a cool, creaky, Historic older home! I will start out by saying the positives....bedding was nice, all beds were super comfy, towels were nice and A/C worked great! Upon first glance, everything was okay. But once we were in and unloaded, we started noticing how dirty the entire home was. We've NEVER experienced this in other VRBO's and we are regulars, so this truly caught us off guard. There was lots of animal hair on all of the rugs, heavy dust on furniture and in the large beautiful window sills, dead bugs everywhere, blinds didn't work on several windows, old, worn out furniture (not antiques...truly worn out!) easily seen cobwebs, and just an overall feeling of an unkept property. The front porch had a glass table with broken up pine cones and it had clearly not been wiped down in months and a nasty pkg. of partially smoked cigarettes on the table as well (we do not smoke). It truly ruined the mood for our group of 6. I did contact the owner, and in her defense, she offered to have the housekeeper come and clean. But once you are moved in and have your things all out, it doesn't feel like the time to clean, and besides, if that was the best she had done prior to our visit, I didn't think it would be am improvement if she came back. This should have already been done. There were several excuses as to why this happened, but honestly, this house had not been truly cleaned in a long time and it was obvious. On the last night, we came home to find a mouse run across the entry floor straight into a guest bedroom! We never found him although 3 of us saw him and we looked a long time. It made for a restless night of sleep for all. And as the ladies waited outside during the mouse hunt, it was at this time we also saw a large pile of mouse droppings on the front porch. This home could be lovely, it just needs some tender loving care. We always write glowing remarks on nice VRBO's. I was glad that the owner agreed to refund a small portion of our rent, but I would not feel right not letting the future renters know of our personal experience. I truly hope the owner took my lengthy email detailing everything to heart and has cleaned this place up. It could be a true showplace!
Thank you so much for your email. I have taken it to heart and have since had the house deep-cleaned and brought in a pest control expert to ensure that it is fully sealed. We are also looking at options for new custom blinds to fit the windows.
Please accept my apologies and appreciation of your feedback.
Thank you again,
Lovely historic home in Fort Davis
Lovely home, very comfortable, equipped with everything a family needs for a stay in the mountains and a visit to a star party!
Great Historic Fort Davis Home
This home worked great for visiting family in Fort Davis. We truly enjoyed it's historic character. There were 6 of us staying in the home and we had plenty of room. Really enjoyed the front porch and sitting outside to relax.
Wonderful historic home with modern amenities
My husband and I stayed here with our two boys. There was plenty of room for all of us. The kitchen was well stocked with everything you could need. The air conditioning worked well, which is important when it’s almost 100 outside. Previous reviews mentioned an overwhelming mothball smell. We caught a whiff of it when we first walked in but never noticed it again.
FORT DAVIS AREA ATTRACTIONS:
Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Gardens - hiking trails down into canyon- just 2 miles from Ft. Davis on Hwy 118 to Alpine.
Balmorhea State Park -CCC built fresh water spring fed pool. A true Oasis in the desert
Fort Davis National Historic Site- fascinating area history
McDonald Observatory- offers programs during day and night,
snack bar on site. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED FOR STAR PARTY. Book as far in advance as you can. https://mcdonaldobservatory.org/visitors/book
Davis Mountains Scenic Loop Drive - 80 miles - lovely drive
Marfa Mystery Lights - 9 mi out of Marfa on Highway 90 towards Alpine. Viewing area on right.
The Chinati Foundation is a contemporary art museum in Marfa, Texas based upon the ideas of its founder, Donald Judd
Museum of the Big Bend - Alpine- Sul Ross University
Prada Marfa is a permanently installed sculpture by artists Elmgreen and Dragset, situated 1.4 miles northwest of Valentine, Texas, just off U.S. Highway 90. Iconic
Big Bend National & State Park. 2 hr drive. Bucket List visit.
Go to Terlingua ghost town on the way to Big Bend. Check out the Starlight grill for live music and good grub
Reserve float trips on the Rio Grande bigbendfarflung.com
FORT DAVIS GROCERIES:
Porters Grocery- closes at 8pm - North end of town
Uncles Bucks - wine beer liquor
Stone Village - grocery store & deli ( great sandwiches and soups) closes 7p
Dollar Store- basic needs- 2 blocks away- closes 9p - South end of town
Bistro @ Hotel Limpia- closes 9p- upscale with good food - Closed Wed.
Drugstore (across from Hotel Limpia) - great breakfast place- closes 7:30pm but serves all meals until then
Cueva de Leon- Mexican- outdoor patio- usually live music on Thur nights
Lupitas- next to stone village- Mexican - breakfast and lunch only
Pocos- Mexican- lunch only- hamburgers, enchiladas, and chile rellenos
NEARBY RESTAURANTS IN ALPINE
Reata Restaurant-Alpine- reservations needed- outdoor patio
La Trattoria - Alpine- Italian
La Casita- Alpine- Mexican
Guzzi Up- Alpine- across from Holland Hotel- pizza/pasta
Century Bar & Grill-Alpine @ Holland Hotel-Alpine