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Cute, Relaxing, Adobe In The Heart Of Marfa.

3 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday home in Marfa - The Watermelon House

2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom , Sleeps 6

This adobe is a great place to spend your time in Marfa. In a town where nothing is more than a 10 minute walk away from everything else, this house is very conveniently located a few blocks from all the restaurants, coffee shops and bars in downtown Marfa. It's been lovingly refurbished by the owners over the years as a place to escape to from the hassle and stress of real life.

There are two futon couches and a couch with a pullout bed that each can accommodate 2 people, and there's a regular sofa where you can put one more person. The fully functioning kitchen has a gas 4 burner stove and oven, microwave and refrigerator, as well as a full complement of cooking utensils, pots, pans, skillets, and baking sheets. There's no dishwasher, but there's a nice big sink.

If you are there during the summer months, the house does stay pretty cool during the day, but there are also portable A/C units just in case it gets warm. And if you're there during the winter, there are several gas heaters to keep you comfortable.

The house is fully stocked with towels, linens and blankets, so no need to bring any of that.

We have a washing machine, but only the washing machine. The dryer is on the way. That being said, there is a laundromat just a few blocks away.

There's no TV, and currently we don't have wifi set up in the house, so bring a book. There is wifi down at Frama (the local coffee shop) as well as most of the other bars and restaurants in town, in case you need to get your fix. And there's really good cell phone reception for most carriers, so you're never really out of touch unless you choose to be.

The interior layout is a little funky in that there's a big living room, a kitchen, and in between them is a room that serves the function of being a lounge/dining room/bar/reading room/guest room. There's no real bedroom in the house, but you barely notice it.

If you like sitting on screened in patios and sipping wine while watching the sun go down, then we've got you covered. If you get cold, feel free to start a fire in the wood burning stove that we have out there.

As far as finding the house when you come into town, it's at the corner of Lincoln and Neville Sts. Both the city of Marfa and Google Maps are confused as to what the exact address is, so we have jokingly put the house number as "211 or 216". All you need to know to find it is, it's the only house in Marfa painted in a deep pink with blue trim and a gigantic cedar tree by the front door. It's been called "The Watermelon House", and once you see it, you'll know why.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Daniel Williams
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
13 June, 2016

About Daniel Williams

Hello there. My name is Daniel and thanks for checking out the Watermelon House. In all honesty, I didn't name it that. Like all good nicknames, it was given to us because of the pinkish color of the paint job. And I didn't pick the color. Ok, here's the story. My parents purchased this house back in 2003 after visiting Marfa and falling for the place. Over the years they've used it as a vacation and getaway house, and have spent that time slowly refurbishing and rehabilitating the old adobe to get it to the nice and cozy state it's in today.

Daniel Williams purchased this house in 2003


based on 3 holidaymaker reviews

Cute, Relaxing, Adobe In The Heart Of Marfa.
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Memorial Day Getaway

  • 5 of 5

I booked this location for weekend as a base camp for adventures in Big Bend. The house was well kept and served us well. We used the kitchen to cook for the group several times and thoroughly enjoyed spending time on the screened in patio. Marfa itself is also worth visiting. The house is easily within walking distance of anything you want to do in the town. If you need anything at all, Dawn is very accommodating.

  • Review Submitted: May 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful location in Marfa! Walk most places!

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect location for our family Spring Break trip to Marfa! We could walk to many restaurants! The home was very clean and had everything we needed. The manager, Dawn, was very helpful in communicating places to eat on certain days when not a lot was open.

Even though the home doesn't have any traditional bedrooms, it felt private enough with the design of the layout. My favorite part of the home, aside from the terrific location, was the screened-in patio. We spent the evenings there playing games, enjoying the peace, wine, and sunset.

We would definitely stay at this charming home again.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Marfa magic

  • 5 of 5

thank you sooooo much! we had a wonderful time. the house was lovely and we used the porch woodstove so much. the sunny backyard was a perfect spot to sit and relax. excellent water pressure in the shower!! many thanks from NC.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hey Carley! We're so glad you enjoyed your stay! I must say, we are also fans of the shower and the water pressure. It's quite delightful. Thanks for taking such good care of the place. Please come back and stay with us again!
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Nearest Airport
190 Miles
El Paso Int'l Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Lost Horse Saloon
Nearest Train
26 Miles
Alpine Amtrak Station
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
Jett's Grill in the Hotel Paisano
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Marfa, Big Bend

Rental Basis:
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3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £164
Property Damage Protection £48
Tax Rate 13.0%

Thanks for booking with us! Your point person in Marfa is going to be Dawn. She's the best. She's also our eyes and ears out in Marfa and really looks after our property and our guests for us when we aren't there. She'll meet you at the house and get you all settle in, and then she'll be there when you leave to see how you left the place. If there's any damage or a mess that goes beyond the bounds of normal use, be sure to let her know before you check out. Her word is final when it comes to returning security and cleaning deposits, so check with her before you go.

Dawn is also an amazing personal chef, who you can book to come over and create amazing culinary experiences for you, and makes one hell of a pink jalapeno margarita. Be sure to ask her about all of that.

Thanks again for booking with us. We hope you enjoy it, and please be sure to let us know if we can make any improvements.

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Marfa in Texas

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The bathroom is pretty spacious. There's a closet in there as well. It is fully stocked with towels and washcloths, and there is usually a bottle each of shampoo and body wash. The toilet is just to the right of the sink, tucked behind the shower. It's a little tight there, but and I don't know how accessible it would be for someone in a wheelchair. I can send you pictures of it if needed.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • There are two sleeping areas. One is the living room which has a futon and a fold-out couch, both that turn into full-sized beds. There is a sofa that doesn't fold out, but could accommodate one person for sleeping. The other is the dining area. It has futon that folds down into a queen sized bed.
  • Books
  • Stereo ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking

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