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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

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.

Tracey Reider
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 October, 2017

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 Big Bend

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 -
(12 traveller reviews)

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The Star Gazer's Inn is a four bedroom two bathroom ranch house.
average rating of 4.1666665 based on 12 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: Jun 16, 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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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: Oct 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Oct 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: Apr 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Texas treasure

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for that fantastic review. We really enjoyed having you out there, That house really loves people. And because you were such great guest, I would love to offer you a 5% discount on your next trip out there. Thanks, Tracey
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What a retreat!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sad could be beautiful

  • 1 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so sorry you guys had such a bad time. I wish you had told me earlier about this. I had a horrible caretaker out there. I went to check on things last year in April and I know he was not doing his job and I had to let him go. We have up dated things quite a bit out there and I would be more than happy to let you have two free nights or some money back. Just let me know. Thanks, Tracey
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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

Prices for this holiday house in Alpine, Texas

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Late Summer Early Fall
8 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £75.06
cleaning £60.66

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.
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