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Hopes Ranch Guest House

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview


Details
Property
house
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
3
Bathrooms
2
Half Baths
1
Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights

About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Sleeping Porch, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Our favorite part of the ranch house is the screened porch. Our guests tell us they often head out to the porch with their coffee in the mornings and find they don't move again until lunch! The views are so broad, and the opportunities to see quail, deer and sheep keep things exciting.

We take pride in our comfortable beds in all 3 rooms. The spacious living/dining area are perfect not only for eating, but for visiting and playing games. And kids can run all over the grounds, finding 'treasures' on scavanger hunts.

Indoors, the extra dining tables are often used to set up jigsaw puzzles, and folks often use the basket of paperbacks to relax with a good book. Our goal is for our guests to relax completely, while putting them in close proximity to the favorite tourist attractions. We offer the best of both

History buffs: The Fort Davis National Historic Site features one of the nations' best preserved frontier forts. During special events, costumed reinactors perform live skits. This is a 'must see' for any visit to Fort Davis. Only 2 miles from Hopes Ranch.

Astronomers delight: Famous for the McDonald Observatory, Fort Davis features the darkest night skies in the lower 48 states. While staying at Hopes Ranch, you can set up lawn chairs and lie flat on your back to see a bejeweled sky. Only 18 miles away is the observatory, with a fabulous visitor center featuring both guided and self-guided tours. Twilight parties and Star Parties are featured 3 nights each week, with well-trained, highly educated docents to lead them. Don't miss this!

Gateway to Big Bend National Park: If you're on the way to Big Bend National Park, plan to spend a few days here in the Davis Mountains before you journey on. There is a lot to see and do in Fort Davis, and you can even make a quick day trip to Big Bend if your schedule is tight.

More Details

Property Manager
Steve & Carla Kennedy
Member since: 2010
Speaks english, german
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
100%
Calendar last updated:
15 January, 2017

About Steve & Carla Kennedy

Steve and Carla are life-long Texans, having grown up in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. We graduated from Baylor University before heading to Austin for 25 years in the industrial sector. We raised our family there, and founded a welding supply business. After we sold our business, we headed west to establish the Old Schoolhouse Bed and Breakfast in Fort Davis. In 2004 we opened Hopes Ranch to extend hospitality to the travelling public. Although the B&B is now closed after 15 years as innkeepers, we are still proud to offer Hopes Ranch. We love the simpler life style and wouldn't trade it for anything. We hope you feel refreshed after your visit.

Steve & Carla Kennedy purchased this house in 2004

Why Steve & Carla Kennedy chose Big Bend

We came to Fort Davis in 1999 to live more simply. As long-time owners of the Old Schoolhouse Bed and Breakfast in Fort Davis, we saw a need for an alternative accommodation here, and Hope Wilson was kind enough to sell us her ranch. We're pleased to offer it as a rental so others can enjoy our beautiful part of the state. The climate, the scenery, the people, and the hospitality all combine to make this a great place to visit and to live. Now that we have retired from the B&B, we can devote more time to our guests at Hopes Ranch.

What makes this house unique

Not every accommodation offers an authentic 'feel' of its setting, but Hopes Ranch absolutely belongs to the land. Sitting on the porch allows the guest to envision how the area might have been settled in the mid-1800s.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(41 traveller reviews)

Hopes Ranch Guest House
average rating of 4.902439 based on 41 reviews
San Antonio
5

Gorgeous property, lovely home!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I absolutely loved our visit to Hope's Ranch! It's a lovely home on a gorgeous property. The bedrooms were spacious and had very comfortable beds making it easy to get a great nights sleep. The living room is beautiful with comfy couches and space for us to work on our puzzles and play board games.

Our absolute favorite part of the house was the screened porch!! The weather was mild enough to spend most of the day outside read, talking and even sneaking in a nap or two.

Our stay at Hope's Ranch made our winter getaway so perfect! We will definitely be making a return visit!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are really happy that Hopes Ranch seemed to be the perfect setting for your visit to Fort Davis. You were very kind to the property, leaving it in such good shape. That does not go un-noticed! We welcome you to come back anytime.
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4

Enjoyed the ranch house and the setting.

  • 4 of 5

Wish we had clear skies for star watching. Overcast and rain both days. WiIl be back to try again.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Family friendly and beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

The ranch house was perfect for our Thanksgiving holiday trip. The house is spacious yet very cozy and comfortable. The kids loved the open space to play outside. The location was beautiful and just five minutes from Ft. Davis. We would certainly love to stay ther again!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Brownwood , Texas
3

The house was fitting for the area! Native landscape with natural beauty.

  • 3 of 5

The house was cozy! Kitchen was small but if you don't cook a lot it was fine. Bed linens were clean and comfortable. Not enough storage for unpacking our clothes.

We really enjoyed our time there watching the stars at night and the great gathering places in the large family room and screened in back porch.

Very quiet and peaceful!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind comments; we hope you'll consider staying with us in the future. For future guests who may read this review, I'd just like to clarify that all 3 bedrooms have full closets with hangers, and 2 of the 3 have chests of drawers. We may need to look at a different piece of furniture in the 3rd bedroom since this has been brought to our attention. Always something to learn!
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5

Hopes Ranch Guest Ranch checked all the boxes.

  • 5 of 5

Hopes Ranch Guest House has it all - location, ample space, great views, very comfy beds, clean & comfortable, and place to tie your horse! Truly we enjoyed our time here and hope to return. We found the house had everything we needed and of course the screened porch had at least one of us relaxing there at any given time. Thank you for sharing your home with us.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

place of sighs

  • 5 of 5

Our 3rd visit to Hope's was cooler and wetter than the same time last year, but the screened porch is still the place to rock, read, talk, and watch the weather. It is so quiet and peaceful, muscles give in to gravity and one finds oneself sighing in contentment. Hummingbirds, rabbits, roadrunners, and hawks drop by, clouds, shadows, and rain drift over the mountains, the breeze stirs the trees and grasses...aaaahhhh.

This is a comfortable and private property, with a lovely view from every window, and a functional kitchen. Get your stuff put away and it's home.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: From the sound of it, you have found your home away from home. We so appreciate your repeat business, and we hope it will continue for many years.
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Map

Nearest Airport
175 Miles
Midland/Odessa
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Alpine, TX
Car: necessary

Nearby Activities:

McDonald Observatory, Fort Davis National Historic Site, Chihuahuan Dessert Botanical Garden, Museum of the Big Bend (Alpine), Marfa Lights (Marfa). Gateway to Big Bend National Park.

Mountain View: The Davis Mountains are just west of Hopes Ranch

Other Activities: wildlife viewing, rock climbing

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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Ft Davis, Texas

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Spring break
5 Mar 2017 - 19 Mar 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$301
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest
 
Hammerfest Bike Ride
1 Apr 2017 - 3 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$301
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest
 
Easter
14 Apr 2017 - 16 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$301
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest
 
Texas Star Party
21 May 2017 - 28 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$301
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest
 
Memorial Day
29 May 2017 - 30 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$301
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest
 
July 4 Holiday
30 Jun 2017 - 5 Jul 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$301
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest
 
Labor Day
1 Sep 2017 - 4 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$301
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest
 
CycleFest
15 Sep 2017 - 17 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$301
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest
 
Columbus Day/Chinati
6 Oct 2017 - 9 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$301
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest
 
Thanksgiving
22 Nov 2017 - 26 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$301
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas/New Years
20 Dec 2017 - 1 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
A$301
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
A$261
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$27 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee A$80 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%

The base price applies to the first 2 guests. There is an extra charge for each additional guest. There is a cleaning charge for each visit. Holidays and special events have a different rate.
Cancellation: Full refund 60+ days before visit. Half refund 30-60 days before visit. No refund less than 30 days before visit.

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Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Ft Davis, Texas

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure , Master en suite
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Just a little washroom on the porch with a sink.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 large double bed
  • There is a cot on the sleeping porch which is great in mild weather, particularly for power loafing! Also, we have a pac-n-play for infants.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • games - kids
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • patio
  • Veranda / Loggia ...
  • conservatory
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
Notes:
Air Conditioning: In the dessert, we use evaporative coolers rather than traditional air conditioners. Cable/Satellite TV: Dish Network (no pay-per view). WiFi (Wireless Internet): free with no code. Smoking Not Allowed: For insurance purposes, candles and the fireplace are also not to be used.