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Upstairs at the Mansion
Indianapolis
1 review
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“unforgettable”
Reviewed June 18, 2009

Walk out your door on a clear night, look up and see the Milky Way. Open the windows and feel the desert night breeze blow across your bed. This one-room hotel in Terlingua Ghost Town just off the Rio Grande in west Texas is the most exquisitely unique lodging I've ever experienced in the US.

It's not just the setting - siting on the porch at sunset looking across the Chihuahua desert to the Chisos Mountains in the distance - it's the people. The folks at Desert Sports, La Kiva, and the Starlight Theater (a colorful restaurant just a few steps from the mansion) were all kind and friendly. Best of all is the mansion's proprietor, Kaci Fullwood, one of the friendliest, most hospitable and interesting people you'll ever meet. You'll leave calling her your friend.

And as if Miss Kaci, the mansion, and the town weren't enough, you've got the whole incredible Chihuahua Desert at your doorstep, with hiking at Big Bend National Park, mountain biking the Contrabando, and kayaking the Rio Grande.

Upstairs at the Mansion is the perfect spot to return to after a day of desert adventure. It's not fancy, but I found it unforgettable and can't wait to return.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled solo
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upstairsatthemansion, Owner at Upstairs at the Mansion, responded to this review, June 19, 2009
Thank you so much for your thoughtful and kind review, Sir!

Indeed it was a delight and pleasure to host your visit to our amazing corner of the Chihuahuan Desert. Visiting with you and learning about your life was very interesting as well!

Looking forward to the whole gang, next time!

Thank you!

Kaci
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Reviewed May 29, 2009

I was a little nervous renting a room out in a hundred-year-old mansion located in a ghost town on the internet. Miss Kaci, the hostess, laid all worries to rest. She's gracious and very knowledgeable about the area with lots of good tips. The library she maintains on the landing could've kept me reading for days. Terlingua is utterly peaceful and the mansion is perfectly situated, overlooking the town (you can stroll down to the Starlight for burgers and beer). There's not a lot of variety in food, but you can do as much (or as little) here as you like. Great hiking close by as you're located just twenty minutes away from the entrance to Big Bend National Park. The bed slept wonderfully and sharing the bathroom was certainly never a problem. Night lights were always left on.

I will return here again. The Mansion and Terlingua remind me of what Taos must have been like thirty years ago, before rampant commercialism destroyed the quirky uniqueness and untamed stark beauty this area still carries.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled solo
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Tucson, AZ
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Reviewed April 4, 2009

Upstairs at the Mansion captures the very best of colorful Terlingua: history, character, charm. Wonderful Kaci offers a cozy room on a hill above the ghost-town, with easy walking distance to bars and restaurants and a sense of quiet and peace at the same time. This is a special combination of warmth, friendliness, and the undeniably unique flavor of Terlingua. I'm delighted to offer my highest praise!

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with friends
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Idaho
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Reviewed April 3, 2009

Kaci is a wonderful host and staying at the Perry Mansion in the ghost town of Terlingua a unique experience. The room is very spacious, clean and comfortable and very quiet. It was also convenient for day trips to Big Bend National park and Big Bend State park. I would recommend "Upstairs at the Mansion" to anyone needing a relaxing, quiet vacation in a desert atmosphere.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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San Antonio
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Reviewed April 1, 2009

The Mansion is very interesting from an Architectural and Historic standpoint. The view is respectable of the mountains and tralingua. the walk to the Starlight is perfect in the morning but you may want to take a horse for the evening return. Pack light as there is no elevator and bring your toiletries!

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Oklahoma
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Reviewed March 31, 2009

I had three travel companions, two other adults and one small child, during my weeklong stay at the Perry Mansion. The room and accommodations were lovely, Miss Kaci was a gracious and knowledgeable host, and the grounds and scenery could not have been more relaxing. I plan to return to Terlingua/Big Bend again and wouldn't stay any other place!

  • Stayed March 2009
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Oregon
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Reviewed March 26, 2009

If you have the opportunity to visit this soooo different, intriquing area of Texas, with such a gracious hostess as Miss Kaci at the Mansion, you'll remember it always as one of those "always remember" times. I was hesitant about the shared bathroom, but it was not a problem at all. I'll surely go again.

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Upstairs at the Mansion
Address: 1 Perry Mansion Drive, Terlingua, TX 79852
Location: United States > Texas > Terlingua
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 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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