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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

This house is really appropriate for people that love camping out.

The Star Gazer's Inn is exactly what the name suggest. We provide a telescope but you are more than welcome to bring one of your own. The night sky is out of this world. We are located approximately 18 miles from Alpine. We are 5 miles off the highway on a rough dirt road. The house is a 137 year old Hacienda with beautiful adobe walls and 15 feet high ceilings.Although the ranch house is very unique and deserves to be viewed in its beauty itself, we do provide WiFi so just in case if you will be bringing over some of your younger children do not worry! We are surrounded by huge oak trees. There are two screened in porches. The house includes kitchen, dining room, living room, library, four bedrooms and two bathrooms . The house is full of antiques. That is why I have Security Cameras in the common areas only. These are set up for my protection as well as my guest. The main part of the house was built in 1880 , because of that, and also to preserve the uniqueness of the property everything is almost like it was in the 1880s. I do have electricity and running water but the living room and library are heated with fireplaces. The bedrooms have gas heaters for the winter and fans for the summer. The bathrooms do have showers and full baths. On occasion the electricity will go off because of the remoteness of the place. When the electricity goes off we have solar lanterns and gallon water jugs set up.

This home is an old beautiful historical place and needs to be preserved as such. I would really prefer guest that appreciate the singularity of my house. I welcome campers or people that don't mind a little ruggedness. Although to me, the house is like being in a little part of paradise.

More Details

Tracey Reider
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 January, 2018

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 Alpine

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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Alpine in Brewster County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 11:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 15:00
  • 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
  • Hob ...
  • 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 ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Star gazing and barbecues


Very Good! 4.2/5 -
(15 traveller reviews)

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The Star Gazer's Inn is a four bedroom two bathroom ranch house.
average rating of 4.2 based on 15 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.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: 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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  • 5 of 5

So cozy and charming. 2 foot thick walls, 16 foot ceilings, and long back sleeping porch with a large stone fireplace. It is a 20-25 min drive through large farmland to get there, but the beautiful drive was one of our favorite parts. We saw cows and horses of course, and lots of deer, javelinas and we heard lots of turkey sitting on the back porch in the morning. Somebody(s) through the years put a lot of loving design into building and adding on, and there are still pictures and furniture and artwork throughout to compliment. The owner and caretakers were very helpful and accommodating. If you love historic charming places look no further. If you require the most modern conveniences better move on. Remember that this house was built before electricity and indoor plumbing and it all had to be added. So the water pressure is less in one bathroom, one toilet might require 2 flushes, rooms are heated by gas heaters or the fireplace. WiFi was not the best, but sitting in the living room reading by the fire was so much better anyway. I can’t explain it but it was just such a comfortable inviting room. One of my favorite times on this vacation was just all of us hanging out in the backyard, with the old stone fence surrounding us, and the beautiful mountains in the background. Oh and we really liked going in the big stonewall basement under the house. Just neat to see how they built it back then.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Christmas 2017

  • 4 of 5

The family had a great time. Santa even found us there. Great old house!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A great getaway place for this family...we called it OUR HOME during the 5 mile gravel road drive.

  • 4 of 5

Our family of five for this getaway consisted of three sisters and two husbands. As we drove the gravel road with some rough spots, crossed cattle guards, we were glad to be in a high clearance SUV...and some wondered what we had gotten ourselves into. It didn't take long after we got to Star Gazer Inn for those concerns to be dismissed. We are all in our late 70's and early 80's. We had grown up on farms, homes heated with wood stoves or fireplaces, of course air conditioning not even invented yet, no indoor plumbing, yes we had outhouses! This house started out the same way and had been updated with modern conveniences. After we unloaded our luggage, etc we began a six day experience of exploring the 150 year old home. It must have been a grand old home in it's day. We just could only imagine the parties that were held in the home.... One guest register we saw dated back to one hundred years to 1917! The sisters enjoyed the many decorative items still in the home, old family picture albums, old dishes, paintings and the many books there.

Star Gazer Inn was our base for travel to Big Bend National Park on two different days. One a rafting trip on the Rio Grande, and the other just driving thru the park and lunch at BBNP Lodge, with spectacular views.

Trips to Marfa, Star Watch Party at McDonald Observatory, Fort Davis, Marathon and Alpine were reasonably convenient from this location.

The caretakers Maria and EZ who live on the property, actually next door were very helpful. We had Maria prepare us dinner three evenings of our stay. Good food and the fee she charges is very reasonable. EZ kept us supplied with firewood.

Bottom line......we enjoyed this 150 year old home.....and it's updates.

Bill N.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the great review. I really love the old house. To me it's like camping out in Paradise. Hopefully you'll be able to come back soon.
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San Marcos, Texas

A Nice Place for Traveling with Others

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I recently stayed with 2 other couples and 2 children. We all enjoyed the seclusion of the house and that it had 4 nice sized bedrooms to offer. The yard and surroundings are absolutely beautiful. Best to travel in a truck as the road and entrance to the house is rough. The furnishings of the home are old and could be updated but it did maintain a certain character. Very old family photos and religious symbols hang in every room and sometimes felt a little creepy but again...character. We were pleased overall but felt extremely uncomfortable with cameras that are situated in 3 of the living spaces, or at least that's all that we found. The owner does let you know of these in the "information" books that are in the house and it states that these are for "your protection and theirs". On this you must judge for yourself. Other things to note: There are cats that like to jump through holes in the screens to enter the home so you have to block these areas lest you wake with a cat snuggler. Also, the caretaker lives about 20 feet from the house and while comforting at times, you also hear them coming and going or playing music from time to time. Overall, we did really enjoy our stay and will keep it mind if traveling again with several folks.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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!!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £57.21
Damage Insurance £70.79

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 for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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