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Thank Your Lucky Stars You're in West Texas

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,100 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Authentic, adobe West Texas ranch style with all the modern conveniences

Welcome to Terrazas Adobe and Big Bend country!

House features:

100-yr old adobe house with 12 in thick walls and traditional metal roof. Authentic West Texas style interior, featuring plaster walls, re-purposed barn wood and corrugated metal ceiling, barbed wire and string light fixture in dining room, colorful Mexican tile throughout.

Hexagonal saltillo tile and rustic wood floors throughout.

Open floor plan, perfect for entertaining.

1 bedroom, 1 bath, sleeps 4.

Well equipped kitchen and outdoor propane gas grill

Laundry facilities.

1 large, private bedroom with rustic wood floors, king size bed with woven leather headboard, upholstered storage bench, down comforter with custom duvet cover, antique Mexican armoire, and sandstone and metal end tables.

Living room features built-in bookshelves and a leather sofa that folds out to a full bed. PLEASE NOTE: the house is unplugged (no wifi or tv) -- cell service is good.

Beautiful kitchen with vintage Mexican tile counter-tops, hexagonal saltillo tile floor, gas stove-top and oven, microwave, Keurig coffee maker, full size refrigerator/freezer, blender, small food processor, toaster, dishes and silverware for 8, talavera serving bowl and platter, vintage Mexican pottery mixing/serving bowls. Large island with seating for 4 on modern industrial style bar stools- perfect for entertaining. Kitchen leads out to the covered porch and gas grill.

Gracious dining room with 8 ft table, six chairs and wide, sturdy bench. The rustic Mexican buffet/hutch features a bar area, wine rack and glassware, as well as colorful plates and bowls for 8.

Cheerful bathroom features hexagonal saltillo tile floor and colorful Mexican tile walls and shower.

Beautiful outdoor space landscaped with regional desert plants and a fountain, covered patio, patio dining area with seating for 6 with 2 antique Mexican benches, 2 zero-gravity lounge chairs, and gas grill. Relax and unwind while listening to the sounds of the fountain and watching the many birds that visit the property. On chilly nights, while stargazing, enjoy a cozy fire in the antique cast iron fireplace, brought to the house from Colorado.

The house is naturally energy efficient due to the 12-inch thick traditional adobe walls. Stay cool in the summer with 2 window air conditioning units and ceiling fans in every room. During the winter months, house is kept cozy by propane heaters in the living room and dining room. The bathroom is heated and vented by an overhead fixture.


HAVE FUN and enjoy our adobe home! We want your stay with us to become a special and memorable experience for you and your friends.

MI CASA ES SU CASA-- In the spirit of traditional Mexican hospitality, please feel at home here and treat our home as you would your own.

NO SMOKING in the house! If you smoke outdoors, please extinguish your smokes safely in the round pot on the cast iron stove on the patio.

PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL of our neighbor's rights and privacy.

IF YOU HAVE A DOG, please bring a crate for them to stay in if you leave them unattended at the house. Please make sure you pick up after your dog, and dispose of poop properly in the trash. Please contact property manager if you have further questions.

PLEASE RECYCLE! There is a bin outside the back door for recyclables. Help us help the environment!

Booking policy: Rates vary between $120 and $160/night; 2 night minimum stay. Please check calendar for rates during your stay. $65 cleaning fee. $75 cleaning fee if you bring a dog. Ask about weekly or monthly rental rates, if you are interested in an extended stay!

Local attractions & amenities:

Gage Hotel

Gage Gardens

"Blackest skies in North America"--go out back or out in front and just look up! Also, see Marathon Motel website for stargazing information. A fun smartphone app for identifying celestial happenings is: SkyView Free

Post Park (5 miles south of town on Post Road/Ave D)

French Co. Market a little bit of everything at Marathon's only mercantile


12 Gage Restaurant formal, elegant dining at its best at the Gage Hotel, of course

White Buffalo Bar part of the famed Gage Hotel, full Gage menu or appetizer menu served in a casual atmosphere; open til 8 pm

J & G Cafe inside the Alon gas station delicious homemade Mexican food, hamburgers and the BEST onion rings anywhere! Open for breakfast and lunch. Closed Sundays

The Oasis delicious burgers, chicken enchiladas and much more! Open for breakfast and lunch. Closed Mondays

Area attractions:

Big Bend National Park (40 miles south on hwy 385S)

Big Bend Ranch State Park

Alpine 32 miles west on hwy 90 Sul Ross State University; grocery and other service stores; highest golf course in Texas; lively art community and Farmers Market every Saturday morning; historic Holland Hotel

Marfa 60 miles west of Marathon on hwy 90 Enjoy the famed Marfa lights, booming art community, historic Paisano Hotel

Fort Davis 55 miles northwest historic military fort, Chihuahuan desert nature center

MacDonald Observatory 70 miles northwest of Marathon, and north of Fort Davis. World-class observatory sponsored by University of Texas, University of Pennsylvania, and others. Public tours and "Star Parties" throughout the year.

More Details

Property Manager
Tom Lehr
Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 June, 2018

About Tom Lehr

Liz and Kirk:

I am a native Texan (Houston) and my husband is a native of Colorado. We have lived in Colorado for many years. We fell in love with Big Bend country last year, while visiting the National Park. Who knew there were gorgeous mountains in Texas?? We love the climate, wide open spaces, West Texas culture and the super friendly people out here. I am a graphic designer and Kirk is an artisan and stone engraver. We love the artistic culture and gorgeous landscapes, but most of all, the stargazing!

Tom Lehr purchased this house in 2016

Why Tom Lehr chose Marathon

We fell in love with Terrazas Adobe because of its history, and the regional feel of the house and grounds. It is just so much fun to be at the house! We want to be stewards of the history of the house, and the neighborhood in south Marathon.

What makes this house unique

Location! The house is within walking distance of all the attractions in Marathon, plus close proximity to Big Bend National Park! The Amtrak "Sunset Limited" line (New Orleans to LA) stops in Alpine, just 30 miles away! Some of our friends in LA and Phoenix are already planning train travel to come out and see us.

Marathon is centrally located in Big Bend area-- close to Marfa, Alpine/Sul Ross University, Terlingua, MacDonald Observatory, a world-class scientific reasearch center.

There is so much to do and see in the Marathon area, your stay will be fun-filled and memorable!

Guestbook comments from the manager

We had an amazing time . This is an excellent place that is tastefully decorated while being very comfortable .
Dec 2016
  • 1 of 1


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

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom features hexagonal saltillo tile floor and colorful Mexican tile walls and shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Private bedroom with king size bed, woven leather headboard and sandstone and metal side tables. Antique Mexican armoire for hanging clothes, and chest of drawers.
  • Books ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Weekly rate $850 for 2 guests; $100 each additional for 3rd and 4th guest. Monthly rate $2,000 for 2 guests; $200 each additional for 3rd and 4th guest.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Thank Your Lucky Stars You're in West Texas
average rating of 4.888889 based on 19 reviews

An Abiding Abode

  • 5 of 5

The hosts have thought of everything: basic comforts, nice dishes, accessible cleaning supplies, yard chairs, plug-in stations, even a set of little jars and plastic containers to pack up lunch! Clean, pleasant, NICE inside without disrupting the West Texas feel.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Terri, for taking time to write this review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us, and found the house to have all the necessities for a pleasant stay in Big Bend country.
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Quaint and convenient stay

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay here . Very comfortable accommodations. Nice back patio and close to everything going on with the event we were there for. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: 07-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great for people and pups. Fenced in yard plus two large off leash play areas nearby.

  • 5 of 5

Terrazas Adobe is everything you hope for in a vacation rental. It’s clean and smartly decorated. The bed is a dream. All the cookware, dishes and untensils are quality. The patio is great hang out spot. The owners thought everything through. But the best part is for dog lovers. The yard is fenced in and plenty spacious for my two herding dogs. Four blocks away is a fenced in 18 acre play area and five miles outside of town is Post Park, another fenced in play area and a great picnic spot. Watch out for the jackrabbits and deer if you have dogs that chase. Only a couple of minor notes. Marathon has really hard water. A washer and dryer would be a welcome addition since you get so dusty in the park and you have to fill up your suitcase with cold weather and warm weather clothes. We will be back and we happily recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Terrazas Adobe completely deserves its high marks! What a special place.

  • 5 of 5

My family of three enjoyed everything about Terrazas Adobe. It is perfectly well-appointed, clean, comfortable, and charming. My husband loved playing his guitar under the stars, my son enjoyed looking at the different artifacts around the back, and I loved the extremely comfortable bed after a long day of hiking at Big Bend! We stayed in multiple places around our visit to West Texas—everything from boutique hotels in Marfa to little cabins in Fort Davis. I would have happily stayed here the entire duration of our trip because of the comfort, character, and privacy. Thank you Tom and Klemie for creating such a special place!

  • Review Submitted: 17-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this review! So kind of you to take the time, and we are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us -- please come back any time you are in the Marathon/Big Bend area! Liz Q, owner
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  • 5 of 5

Great place loved it. Tank our dog loved the backyard it was perfect. Tom thanks for the Big Bend coffee it was wonderful.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review-- we are happy you enjoyed your stay with us, and hope you come visit the Big Bend area again soon. Liz Q, owner
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2nd Great Stay in 6 Months

  • 5 of 5

I must really like this place because this was my second stay in six months.

Why it's so great:

* I had friends staying at other rentals in Marathon that are not on the house sharing sites (Air bnb, etc.). Those houses were more on the edge of town and "too busy" inside. This one is closer to town (walking distance) and while it's 100 years old, the inside is great with a wide open, modern feel.

* This place is the most professionally-managed place that I stay in around the Big Bend region. I also stayed at a rental in Marfa on this trip. While the Marfa rental was nice and very "artsy," I showed up and the owner didn't realize that we were coming that day. That would never happen with this rental in Marathon - it's so professional.

Sorry to see that it's already booked for part of spring break 2018. But I hope to get back here really soon. Beautiful place.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: When I saw your name on our upcoming reservation list for New Year's, I was so thrilled that you chose to stay at Terrazas again! Thank you so much, and you and your family are MOST welcome to call our house your home away from home in the Big Bend area! We hope you can visit us again soon very soon.
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Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £49.35
Pet Fee £7.59
Damage Deposit £75.92

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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