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“The best place for "extreme porching" is the Mansion!” 5 of 5 stars
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1 Perry Mansion Drive, Terlingua, TX 79852   |  
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Gmunden, Austria
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“The best place for "extreme porching" is the Mansion!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2011

When wie arrived at Terlingua (Ghosttown) and we saw the "Upstairs at the Mansion" we were really surprised. We couldn't believe that there are rooms. But how much was then the surprise when we got an overview about the Mansion. Two clean and comfortable rooms, a kitchen which we could use for our purposes. A huge porch to relaxing - the Mansion is a great place to stay!
It was everything available for us what we needed for our stay. Even a WIFI connection has the Mansion!! Kaci gave us necessary hints for our tour to the Big Bend Nationalpark, to Hotsprings, etc. and made our stay to an adventure.
Below the Mansion - 3 min to walk - is the "Starlight Theatre" the best place for dinner (Steaks or handmade burger,...) and sometimes they have live music.
But the best way to find out everything for yourself is to spent some days there.
I will come back to the Mansion but than with hat, boots, etc.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2011 via mobile

The silence is deafening as you sit on the front patio and watch the mountains. Great place to decompress and rest.

  • Stayed May 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2011

Let's just be honest... This is NOT your run-of-the-mill hotel. The sheets on the beds don't match, the bathroom isn't laid out with marble, and there isn't a four star restaurant off of the lobby.

What you do get is a little window into a rustic way of life that most never get a chance to appreciate. Situated on top of a hillside overlooking the historic ghost town with views across the valley to the Chisos Range and Big Bend National Park, you get to stay in a building that is over 100 years old and looks every bit of it - but that's what gives it it's charm. Nicely decorated with a little bit of desert & southwestern kitsch, the rooms are clean and comfortable. Admittedly, the bathroom is not for the prissy, but you aren't in Big Bend Country to spend your day preening away in front of the mirror. The porch is awesome! - The perfect place to kick back after a day of hiking with a cold beer, chat with your friends, or to watch the stars come out.
Kaci, you ROCK!
The Starlight Theater was a short walk down the hillside. We were there on Monday night and the place was packed (I can only imagine how busy they are on the weekend) with locals and travelers enjoying live music, good food and ice cold beer. There's also a great gift shop next door if you need to pick something up for the folks back home.
The location was great too, only about a 10-15 minute drive to the western entrance of the park, it's a great home base for visiting the area.

All-in-all, Big Bend and the Mansion were a highlight on my family's trip across Texas and New Mexico and i would recommend it to all my friends.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2011

This is not a five-star hotel. If you expect little bottles of shampoo, look elsewhere.

These are rustic lodgings, but magical ones. The half-abandoned mansion looks over the Terlingua ghost town with a view of the Chisos mountains within Big Bend National Park. Beautiful sunsets and (if you can wake up for them) sunrises await. The locals spend their sunsets on the porch of the Starlight Theater, a restaurant/bar just down the hill (an easy 2-minute walk) where it's easy to make friends and enjoy a meal and a drink or three.

Inside, expect basic comforts: bed, sink, shared shower and toilet, swamp cooler, and wifi that works on the porch but maybe not in your room. (That's ok: it's incentive to enjoy the porch, which you should, at all hours.) Your host will be free with travel advice, stories, and hospitality, and you can lose yourself in the ample bookshelves or in the panoramas of hundred-mile-away mountains. If you're lucky enough to be traveling at a new moon, you'll see more stars than you dreamed possible at night -- and you might need a flashlight to find your way home from the Starlight.

In the morning, head down the hill (a short stroll) to have breakfast at Espresso y poco mas. I recommend you get the Burrito Mexicano -- fresh tastes await, especially their salsa -- and it was so good we went back the next day for another. Then lose yourself in Big Bend, or wherever else you'd like.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Austin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2011

The Mansion was a unique experience we'll never forget. The location is remote yet right in the middle of Terlingua life. The building has stories of its own to tell, and adds to the adventure. The room was comfortable and spacious, with room to relax in and read. The outdoor porch was the perfect place to unwind, eat and share drinks after a day hiking and sightseeing.

Kaci and the entire Terlingua Ghost Town were wonderful hosts and made us feel right at home. Can't wait to go back!!

Room Tip: Book early! There are only two rooms!
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Round Rock, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2011

What a wonderful place in a great location. The room was very nice, clean, and cold A/C. The Mansion sits on a hill next to the famous Starlight Theater. You won't stay in a place like this again! If you're going to Terlingua, and want to stay in the ghost town, this is place. it's reasonably priced and you'll love the front porch!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ruston, LA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2011

Hoping not to repeat information in previous reviews....if you are looking for unique accommodations in a unique setting, this is the place. Terlingua is not a 'regular' town. The eateries and shops have their own quirky appeal. The ghost town setting, especially the old adobes and the cemetery, create an experience unlike the typical vacation.

Upstairs is as interesting as the town. If finding someone else's leftovers in the fridge or sharing the bathroom turns you off, this is not the place for you. With only two guest rooms, you will essentially be by yourself most of the time. The porch is a great place to relax and watch rabbits and blue quail among the prickly pear cactus a few feet away. For a dry, treeless environment, the wildlife is abundant and very close.

Internet works great and there's a large library of books to peruse. The proprietor lives on premises so don't be surprised at laundry hanging on a line out back. Definitely different from the standard hotel and a memorable experience.

Room Tip: Downstairs closer to bath but both up/down fine
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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1 Perry Mansion Drive, Terlingua, TX 79852
Location: United States > Texas > Terlingua
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 8 Specialty Lodging in Terlingua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This unique one-room hotel, is found in the center-piece of the Terlingua Ghost Town. Built in 1909 out of rock and adobe, the mansion was home to the owner of the Chisos Mining Co., Howard E. Perry. Situated on a limestone hill overlooking the Ghost Town, with commanding views of the Chisos Mountains, the mansion has 22 inch walls downstairs, and 14 1/2 inch walls upstairs. The addition on the South side of the mansion, which your room is located, was built in 1912, and has been restored to it's original condition on the interior. The outside of the building is very rustic with original paint & patina. ... more   less 
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Upstairs At The Mansion Hotel Terlingua

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