Right at the foot of the Chisos Mountains in West Texas is a small, self-governing, unincorporated town called Terlingua. The town has a population of about 300 full-time residents and is filled with art galleries, motels, and trailer parks. Nearby is Big Bend National Park, the Rio Grande River, and the US-Mexico border.
This little town is a place to go and get lost from the world, and in the new Willow House, you can do so in quiet luxury.
Willow House is a boutique hotel set on 287 acres in the Big Bend National Park basin opposite Willow Mountain. The hotel consists of 12 “casitas”—little houses—that provide not only luxurious furnishings but also curated art. But the interior pales to the incredible views of the area.
The idea for Willow House came from Lauren Werner, who fell in love with Terlingua some five years ago.
“Terlingua is the closest access point to the national park,” states Werner, “but there wasn’t anywhere cool to stay that took the landscape into account.” Werner was able to find an old ranch that had buildable land and amazing views. “I knew when I stepped on that ranch that I wanted every casita to have a view of the mountain range, and every bedroom and patio to perfectly frame that view.”
Using Georgia O’Keefe as inspiration, Werner built the homes out of natural concrete, as its light colour wouldn’t detract from the view of nearby neighbors. Ocotillo and rocks were “rehomed” during the construction process to maintain the land even more. Because West Texas can get hot—often going above 100 degrees Fahrenheit—and due to winds that sometime exceed 70 to 80 miles per hour, the casitas are also insulated and well ventilated.
The main house measures 1,500 square feet, while each of the 12 casitas come in at between 250 to 600 square feet. These quaint and quiet houses are the perfect place to hide away in a land that you can get lost in.