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The Terlingua House on Long Draw'Be our guest at the finest house west of Terlingua creek! Enjoy the unparalleled adobe* craftsmanship that is a unique combination of wetback-rigged and jerryriggery.We supply every one of your needs, oh, except toilet paper, paper towels, cold water and other superfluous items. Who needs to take a cold shower in the desert or wipe their butt anyway? As they say, "When in Terlingua, do as the Terlingweenies do"Should a need arise, and you better hope it doesn't, call our list of disconnected phone numbers for help. If that doesn't totally frustrate you, call our 'on-site' care-taker. He couldn't care less! So what if you had to crow-bar your way in to your room late last night? He'll be sure to leave a "tally-ho and cheerio, all is well" sort of note and crawl back into the bottle, wishing you well, you're on your own Bloke. The no-signal excuse is a good one in this part of Texas, you know. The phrase, "call me if you need anything' means something else entirely at the 'Terlingua House'All joking aside, I will not stay here again. My younger son accidentally locked the keys our room one night and the 3 local caretakers listed on the info sheets all had phone numbers which had been disconnected. The guy who was supposed to be the caretaker was very difficult to find (even though he knew we were trying to find him) and we had to get into the room that night by breaking the doorknob. The owner was not much help-giving us the one option of waiting until the next morning (?) until a locksmith could come from Alpine. Long story short, we had to break the doorknob to get in and now the homeowner (the Johnsons out of Bronte, texas) are charging us for 20 hours of labor, $87 for parts and $350 for 2 separate trips to Alpine to buy a doorknob and 2 pieces of cedar. We are being unfairly gouged (I don't agree with the 20 hours of labor and I don't think 2 trips to Alpine were necessary) and the homeowners will not compromise. I would never stay here again. Two of the rooms (kitchen and master bed/bath) are unbearably hot and if you are not familiar with the area and you have a serious problem, there would be no one available locally to help you, which is misleading since their information sheet is out of date. *stacked cinderblocks smeared w/plaster is not adobe as any real local will tell you. To claim otherwise is, well, simply a lie. Besides the cracks that show the cinderblocks underneath, if the house was real adobe, the walls would be thicker and the house would stay much cooler.
I looked at their website and kind of thought it was probably BS myself - but did enjoy the unusual "geology" section of the website which was interesting and unexpected. Seems like someone should have been able to find a doorknob and some 2x4's or 1x4's somewhere in South Brewster. Why make two trips - forget to buy bolts and screws?Plastered cinder blocks are NOT adobe and the rare imported Mexican wood was probably just "recycled" from someplace nearby. Kind of reminds me of those common internet land sales of West Texas creosote scrub which have pictures of grassy meadows with flowing streams and horses. I think if I was the house-renting type I would just go to Terlingua Ranch instead and rent one of their cabins... TWWG
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