This is a completely different hotel design but it doesn’t mean that it is not stunning! Willow House was founded by Lauren Werner and it has a lot to offer!
Architectural Digest talked with her and now you know everything about this contemporary design secret paradise.
Willow House is a twelve casita desert retreat on over 250 acres of private land. With unobstructed views of the Chisos Mountain Range, it is the perfect location to relax and unwind in Far West Texas.
Its close proximity to Big Bend National Park allows guests easy access to the Rio Grande River, Chisos Basin hikes, and everything else the area has to offer. If you are not much of a chef, there are several restaurants within a 3-mile radius that are open for dinner 7 days a week.
If you enjoy cooking, the communal Main House has a fully equipped gourmet kitchen. Whatever your style while traveling, they built the space to be versatile. You can take a sunset cruise around the property, stargaze around the fire at night, mix a cocktail, and hopefully meet a few new friends along the way. The hotel design is well suited for entire group events as well- serving as a serene setting for a wedding, milestone birthday or company retreat.
For its proprietor, Lauren Werner, the pull of the Chisos Mountains and love for the land is as fervent as her fiery red hair, something that is apparent in the care and effort she has put into every detail on the property.
The California native came to Texas five years ago by way of Dallas’s Southern Methodist University and quickly became inspired by the magic of Big Bend National Park. She fell in love and immediately began looking for land on which to build. “Terlingua is the closest access point to the national park, but there wasn’t anywhere cool to stay that took the landscape into account,” she recalls.
During the initial building stages, it was truly her respect for the land which drove all construction and interior design decisions. She chose natural concrete as “light-colored buildings pop to the eye,” in an effort to preserve the view for her neighbors. She also “re-homed” the ocotillo and rocks moved during construction.
Another important element for Werner was the weather. West Texas summers are notoriously brutal and often surpass 100 degrees with intense UV exposure, while at other times 70 or 80 mile-per-hour winds and sweeping desert storms are the norms. Thus, the darkly colored casitas have been dutifully insulated and feature slits on the covered patios to allow for comfortable airflow. There are also built-in exterior benches so guests can enjoy a cocktail with friends or head off to sleep under the stars.
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