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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.
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
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 skies are absolutely breath taking day or night. Plenty of room to barbecue while in a bird's paradise.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
Our family spent Christmas 2015 at the Hacienda in West Texas. We had a wonderful time and even had a snow storm to really make it feel like Christmas!
The house is an authentic adobe in a beautiful setting. We enjoyed the feeling of being back in time, with fires burning in the fireplace, playing games, grilling outside, strumming the guitar and reading. Christmas dinner in the dining room under candlelight was special. The large front lawn was like a park where we set out a blanket and watched our 7 month old grandson play with the dogs. And although remote and isolated, we appreciated the WiFi access to have contact with the outside world and keep an eye on the winter storm that came through.
The house is a bit cluttered and could use some "freshening up". We were able to stay warm enough, but had to be vigilant to keep fires going, gas heaters and electric space heaters on. This house is probably not for everyone, but if you are up for an adventure and don't mind some minor inconveniences, it is a very fun and comfortable place to stay. I would rent this house again to explore the Big Bend area or kick back for some peace and quiet.
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.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event Price|
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£82|
|Property Damage Protection||£48|
There is a 5% discount if paid in cash or cashier's check. Cleaning fee is half price for parties of two guest only.
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.