"Bottle House" DTown Alpine, Marfa


Entire home hosted by Liz

  1. 6 guests
  2. 2 bedrooms
  3. 4 beds
  4. 1 bath
Dedicated workspace
A common area with wifi that’s well-suited for working.
Self check-in
Check yourself in with the lockbox.
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The downtown (1920's) Historic "Bottling House" is all yours - complete privacy. The child/pet friendly/luxurious/spacious/fully renovated/modern 1,300 sq. ft. home has 2 bedrooms (master: Queen, guest: Full) and 2 Twins/daybed in the HUGE front living room social area, with privacy door. 1 bath/full Kitchen/Laundry/HVAC/Internet. Shaded Outdoor Dining/Stargazing/huge enclosed backyard. Park/walk everywhere downtown.
2 night min. bookings are required.

The space
The "Bottle House" is located in downtown Alpine, within walking distance of everything. The home is located across the street from the railroad tracks/Amtrak so there is train noise. I provide individually wrapped earplugs for sensitive sleepers, as does the Holland Hotel 1 block away (the "nicest" hotel in town:) The home is "all yours" - a spacious (1,300 square feet) with 2 private front entrances and 1 back door leading out to the back yard with an outdoor dining table/6 deck chairs for stargazing. It's a 4 bed home - plz note the front bedroom is a large communal living space also - see photos - and has a day bed that converts to 2 twin beds ...there is a queen bed in the private master and a full in the second bedroom off the master. There is 1 bathroom with a shower. The kitchen is fully stocked (gas range/ full fridge/microwave/dishwasher/full laundry). As you enter the living room in front, there is a dining room table and chocolate leather sofa and chair and a day bed/sofa with 2 twin beds (one pulls out easily from beneath the top mattress) - across from the seating area. Down the hall to the left - across from the full kitchen and the bath (with shower) - is the master bedroom with a queen sized bed. In the next room off the master is a bedroom with it's own side entrance/exit and queen bed and large closet. All beds have soft sheets, down pillows and light down comforters (nights are chilly in the high desert). It is very pet/child friendly. There is a $20 per stay/per pet fee. Honor system: pop your fee/cash/check in the wonder woman lunch box on top of the microwave. High Speed internet and a large flat screen Roku TV with DVD player and loads of movies. No Cable. There is a central AC/heat unit, with supplemental heaters for the occasional chilly day/night. Please smoke outdoors ( and remember we're in the beautiful tinder box of the mountainous Chihuahuan desert :)
Huge fenced back yard with ramada/shaded structure over outside dining room table and 4 chairs.
The Bottle house is located next door to the Alpine Studio Mercantile & Flower Shop and Le Petit Bijou airstream food truck.. and 2 doors down from several fun shops and galleries : Tom Curry Art Gallery and Desert Rose Provisios is on the corner of "your block." Enjoy the Saturday Farmer's Marke. The Bottle House is incredibly well located for exploring on foot.
Holland Street is one block north of Murphy Street and it is the "other" main street (on the north side of the "tracks": Amtrak)
Holland Street boasts: The Holland Hotel (1 block) with a great bar and restaurant. Across from the Holland is a fab restaurant/bar with gluten free (if you wish) pizza: Guzzi Up. The Reata restaurant (upscale: 4 blocks), the world famous Railroad Blues honkytonk pub/music venue (4 blocks),the Rangra movie theatre (1 block), several art galleries/fabulous shops (Ivey's, Kiowa Gallery, Gallery on the Square) and locally owned Front Street Books/PLAINE coffee shop (wonderful homemade pastries/cappucinos) with the best West Texas "Cow Dogs" next door (including vegan:) Huge tourist spot!
Sul Ross State University is about 8 blocks east on Holland. Sul Ross has a great Museum of the Big Bend and a huge indoor pool that is open to the public and costs $2. There are also some great hiking trails behind the university that give you an amazing 360 view of the country (15-20 minutes up). There is a "desk" on the top of Sul Ross Hill that has a notebook in it to record your ruminations - fun activity! Look for the "bike tree!"
Also check the Sul Ross University page for awesome outdoor theatre under the stars in the Summer and fab theatre year round. Kokernot Baseball Park has "throw back to the 50's baseball games all summer long" also.
Alpine is located at "the hub of the wheel" and the neighboring communities of Marfa (West/huge minimalist art scene:Donald Judd), Marathon (East/Gage Hotel), Fort Davis (North: McDonald's Observatory/Historic Fort) are approx. 20 minutes away in any given direction.
The Bottle House is 1/2 block south of the Amtrak station (there is some train noise so I supply individually wrapped earplugs for sensitive sleepers:). The Holland Hotel is 2 blocks away (nicest hotel in town) and they provide the same for their hotel guests. Murphy Street was Alpine's main street in some of it's earliest years as "Murphyville."
Family Friendly activities : a llama and burro ranch 10 mins from alpine in beautiful Sunny Glen : Wasserman Wranch
Indoor swimming pool at Sul Ross University is $2.00
Great hiking trail behind Sul Ross University (look for the desk at the top of the mountain and the bicycle art hanging in a tree - HINT - both are on the eastern side of Sul Ross hill looking over a house with domes in the distance :)
The skies in our country are unfathomably clear and beautiful so make sure to schedule a Star Gazing party at McDonald's Observatory in Fort Davis about 45 minutes away. Our backyard is also a great spot for a more relaxed experience of star gazing:) The Fort in Fort Davis is also a lovely spot.
Balmorhea boasts the largest spring fed public pool in the state, with amazing cottage rentals..check them out! (via Texas State Parks website)
Big Bend National Park/the Mexican border are about 45 minutes south. (Terlingua Ghost Town boasts the Starlight Theatre/Restuarant, Desert Sports runs river trips/biking trips: great folk)
Big Bend Ranch State Park tends not to be as busy as BBNP and has a wonderful (and cheap) bunkhouse for accommodations OR the old adobe ranch headquarters that is dreamy. Great camping, hiking, biking etc..The Solitario region is awesome and one of our fave spots.
Blue Water Grocery Store for organic food on Hwy 118 south.
Saturdays: Farmer's Market from 9 -10:30 am is 1 block away on Murphy Street (be still my heart:)
"Neighbor Nancy" at Murphy Street Mercado 3 doors down is available to answer daytime questions.
Call/email me with any questions.

Art work in the Bottle House is Ann Eckley, Alpine
Thread painting (sewing machine)
Gallery on the Square 115 W Holland (1 block away)

Tom Curry Painting and Sculpture Gallery located behind us
Liz Sibley, Alpine Mosaics Galeria Sibley 103 West Holland
Rachel Sibley, Austin/Alpine
Woody Farris, Fredericksburg (website hidden)
Butch Hancock, Austin/Terlingua Butch Hancock is a country/folk music legend. Hancock is a member of The Flatlanders along with Joe Ely and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, but he principally performs solo or with his son.
Saul Steinberg, New York :years of covers/drawings for The New Yorker. View of the World from 9th Avenue is one of his most famous works.
Charles Bragg Charles Bragg is an American sculptor, painter, artist and author known best for his satirical artwork
Jessica Lutz, Marfa
Diane Bailey, Alpine Assemblages
Jake McClure, Austin “Blackbird” Charcoal on paper affixed to wood
Suzanne Germond, Austin Mosaics

Please check out by 11 am unless you have made other arrangements with us.
Special reduced rate for week reservations can only utilize one weekend ie no Sat to Sat booking please

The Alpine Bottling Works* was founded in the early 1920‘s by Basil Matthew’s father and uncle, Walter Matthews. It was the original Alpine bottling plant, “...next door to Thain’s Studio, a little garden and then the bottlin’ plant alongside it....the plant was about 60 feet wide and maybe about 100 feet long. It had a porch with a loadin’ dock out on the north side...facin’ the depot, the railroad tracks...there was no sign...people just knew. There was no street signs in Alpine and everybody knew everybody..”*

This original plant, The Bottling Works, was the hand bottling kind that used to be called a foot stomper - the machine that has no electricty, no power. The power is all in your feet and in your hands...the bottles had to be taken off the bottle (washing) machine, put on crates and carried over to the bottlin’ machine. We’d have a stack of clean bottles here and then (we’d) bottle them. It was just a one man operation....well, (URL HIDDEN) man runnin’ the washing machine and one doin’ the bottles.. our trucks couldn’t carry but about 50 cases in them, those ol’ Model T trucks..just me, my dad and my brother...of course, one of us would be there all the time...but we didn’t run the bottlin’ process every day...about 2 days a week, you’d bottle up enough for that week .....Basil Matthews p.22 -24

“..we ordered extract from these extract companies..and we’ld mix it with sugar and (URL HIDDEN) of our biggest expenses was the sugar..the extracts were strawberry, lemon, lime, vanilla and Delaware Punch...and at times we’ld run Orange Crush...but it didn’t take much carbonation and we had trouble with the yeast forming in (URL HIDDEN) not having the carbonation, it tended to get bad and formed this (URL HIDDEN) made sort of a wave, it looked like a piece of paper floating in there...”

“(In (URL HIDDEN) mother drank some Dr. Pepper up there in Waco and she just insisted on it...we just hounded the Dr. Pepper company to start it here..they finally sent a man out here...and he told me, ‘Well, now you’ve got to put Dr. Peeper signs on your trucks and you gotta git a new bottlin’ machine.’ We was using a foot stomper. Used to be, you did a bottle of beer with it (laughing)...The Coca Cola plant was in Marfa...Coca Cola was the leadin’ drink then and eventually Pepsi-Cola caught up with it...we made the first Dr. Pepper ever in West Texas here!...the first wood barrel of (Dr. Pepper) syrup came to Alpine...we mixed our own syrup on everythin’ else..

At that time, we didn’t have refrigerated water system. So I took a barrel and put a copper coil in it and put a 50 lb block of ice in there to cool the water that was goin’ to the machine. Because the gas will not mix unless you’ve got cold (URL HIDDEN) was a one man job..we’d set a case of empty bottles down there and just pick one bottle at a time. ...*Oral History, Basil Matthews , SRSU Archives

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed
Living room
1 single bed, 1 sofa bed

What this place offers

Desert view
Dedicated workspace
Free parking on premises
Pets allowed
Free washer – In unit
Free dryer – In unit
Central air conditioning

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Where you’ll be

Alpine, Texas, United States

Murphy Street is artsy and funky and folks are super friendly. Parking on the street by the front door is easy and super safe - as is all of Alpine. Dog and family friendly neighborhood.

Hosted by Liz

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I'm a bit of a Heinz 57: raised in England, Capetown and the Virgin Islands. Travelling is part of my DNA. I'm a mosaic artist and make my home in Alpine, West Texas and Austin. My motto is "leave it better than you found it." I have 2 vacation rental properties in Alpine: "The Alpine Studio" and "The Bottle House" (next door) along with a Gallery one block away: "The Galeria Sibley."
I'm a bit of a Heinz 57: raised in England, Capetown and the Virgin Islands. Travelling is part of my DNA. I'm a mosaic artist and make my home in Alpine, West Texas and Austin. My…

During your stay

I do not live on site (I live 10 minutes away) but am an excellent communicator by email, text, phone. Neighbor Nancy in the Alpine Studio - next door - is generally avail. if needed to answer any questions/lend a hand if needed...also my husband Hiram or assistant Jessica is avail.
I do not live on site (I live 10 minutes away) but am an excellent communicator by email, text, phone. Neighbor Nancy in the Alpine Studio - next door - is generally avail. if need…

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Check-in: After 4:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
Self check-in with lockbox
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed

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