You'll love staying at Bella Green B&B's eco-sensitive, stand-alone "tucked under the trees" Guesthouse with breathtaking sunsets, organic artisan breakfasts, luxury amenities, firepit & optional on-site spa and retreat services (extra fees apply). With this $135 reservation, you get access to the screen-porch and 1 bedroom with a queen-size bed & private bathroom (Rm 1 w/antique clawfoot tub OR Rm 2 w/shower). The 2nd bedroom w/queen-size bed remains locked unless you opt to book for 3+ guests.
Bella Green B&B is a lovely compound on 9.75 acres in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, where weather temperatures average between 60-85 degrees, and it's often 3-5 degrees cooler than the stated area temperature due to the lovely breezes that roll up on the hill.
It is located in a quiet and private neighborhood, 2.5 miles up a hill, and is tucked behind a silver corrugated fence with a concrete driveway with private parking for guests.
Our guests tell us the Guest House rooms feel very European - not too large, tastefully decorated with warm colors, and with queen size beds that sleep very, very well. Everyone appreciates the ability to fully adjust the room temperature to his or her liking (or open the windows to feel the breeze) and we also have free wifi throughout. Choosing to be eco-sensitive, we use Comphey (TM) sheets in both the spa and guest bedrooms, organic bamboo mattress pads, on-demand hot water heaters, bamboo flooring in the Guesthouse, low-E windows (many with screens to allow a cross breeze), ceiling fans, and independent self-adjusting split-air AC/heaters.
The large screened porch area overlooks the view and runs the length of the building. Here guests can cuddle up on the loveseat, enjoy the soothing motion of the rocking chair, or sit/read/journal/eat/play on their computer at the extra-long (four-person) desk area which looks out to the view. Also on the screen porch is a mini-fridge, a microwave, a coffee/tea bar (feel free to bring your own blend if you'd like but we also provide this), fresh filtered water that has been pH balanced and optional milk (or mylk if requested) for coffee/tea.
Bella Green also offers amazing SOLO all-inclusive 3 & 5 day Retreats on a limited basis. Retreats include one daily premium service per day (such massage, charcoal mask, coaching session, creativity breakout) and are available Sunday-Thursday only. The 3-day packages start at $480 (cost AFTER room fees) five-day packages starts at $505 (cost AFTER room fees). Each is a customized experience which can be slanted to your unique needs. Past retreats have included Artist/Writer Retreats, Silent Retreats, Reclaiming Self Retreats, Grief/Loss Retreats, Abundant Rest Retreats, and/or Detox Retreat. Retreat fees are to be paid directly to hosts within 24 hours of making room reservations through Air. Note: There is a Strict cancellation policy on all retreats: 50% refund up until 1 week prior to arrival.
There are several buildings on the property - your hosts home (they live in the main house), the Bella Green Guest House, found to the right of the main house, the ESCAPE Tiny House found a short walk away, and THE STUDIO which is a combination Exercise Room (with rowing machine, ballet barre, mats)/Art Room and Massage area (open by appointment), and the WELCOME ROOM (open 24/7) which contains a wellness library, full body "shake" machine, Keurig coffee/tea bar, infra-red sauna* and quiet room rest area with TV (the only one!). There is also an outside YOGA DECK tucked under the trees where guests can come to do a sun salutation, rest/nap, read, journal or meditate. And, of course, our al fresco breakfast area on the shared outside deck under the trees which is attached to the main house. Breakfast is served between the hours of 8am-10am.
Other things to note:
- FIRE PIT AREA - Your private outdoor fire pit area comes with two lounge chairs and two upright chairs (that bounce/rock) plus free firewood, a long lighter to borrow and fire-starter corks.
- EXERCISE OPTIONS - There are plenty of hilly neighborhood streets to walk if you like, and/or our exercise room has a rowing machine, ballet barre, yoga mats and hand weights, should you want to use them (no extra fee).
- READING MATERIAL - Just outside our front gate is our "Little Free Library" box where you are invited to TAKE any book you like! Please note: The wellness library resource books are for borrowing only while on the property.
~ SPA SERVICES: Spa services are available on a limited basis and guests may choose between traditional integrative massage, energetic "chi" balance (fully clothed) with or without Tibetan bowl sound therapy, &/or charcoal mask with scalp and foot massage. Each are hour long services and the cost is $70/hour. Your host Karen has over 25+ years of experience. During the cooler months, the cedar infrared sauna is a great add-on ($35 for single/$45 for 2 guests) and helps one to relax and detox. Please schedule your services in advance, if possible.
- TINY HOUSE TOURS - We both sell and offer Tiny House overnight rentals as a part of our B&B. Should you have an interest in touring one on property, let us know. We are happy to show between the hours of Noon & 3pm and/or when the tiny house is not in active rental mode. We represent and sell several different Tiny House models and are happy to share our expertise with those who have an interest.
Interaction with guests
As hosts, we try to be available to greet guests and provide a brief property tour upon arrival. We may chat over coffee in the mornings to learn more about you and your hill country adventures, or at sunset, join you for a glass of tea or wine - your option. Otherwise, we make it our business to give you space to enjoy your special quiet time here as you like.
NOTE: We live on the property in a separate building should you need us for anything. We are happy to make recommendations should you request it.
Other things to note
Take time to explore our sister cities, the greater hill country area, or simply stay put and make it a STAY-cation as a writer's retreat, silent personal retreat (with or without spa added) or to get familiar with the concept of living tiny if you think you might want to do that. We feel it is very healthy to stay "tucked in," enjoying the spa services, the hills, the natural beauty, the peace and quiet, and of course, our often spectacular daily sunsets! NOTE: The hot tub is no longer an amenity here though some reviews may comment about it.
Our special artisan "al fresco" (outdoors on the patio) breakfasts are included in the price.
Check in is anytime after 3:00 pm, and we encourage you to get here before sunset as they are often spectacular! Check out time is Noon for all guests. We are happy to send a map for navigating our hill if you'd like, but auto or phone GPS generally does a fine job. If it suggests you drive down Bump Gate Road, CALL US. That route no longer works to get here.
Booking this one room gives you total guesthouse privacy (unless you opt to add the 2nd room with someone from YOUR party). Please note this change is effective 5/15/2017.
Try to arrive before sunset (just because this is so pretty here!) Also note that most GPS systems work great getting you here but if it takes you via Bump Gate road - you need to call. If GPS tells you that you are on Bailey Circle after turning on Timbercreek, that is perfectly fine as it becomes Timbercreek again. Check in is anytime after 3pm; checkout is Noon.
DO know that no outside guests are allowed UNLESS approved by hosts in advance and only when you book the entire property. This helps to keep to keep Bella Green a quiet, private, sanctuary-type of stay that we all enjoy.
DO limit your smoking to outdoors only. We try to keep life toxin-free.
DO enjoy the fire pit area, but please do not leave it unattended because fire is our only natural enemy here. You are welcome to sit outside as long as you like!
DO feel free to take advantage of our on-site spa services to enhance your experience. As availability allows, guests may opt for a stress-relieving massage ($70/hr) or an infra-red detox Sauna for 1 or 2 ($35 for 1, $45 for 2) which comes with aromatherapy scrub to be used afterwards. The full body vibration "shake" machine and the wellness library in the spa area are free to use! Life coaching comes as a part of the retreat package, or it is available for $50/hr or 3 hours (typically broken into 1.5 hour segments) for $120. Karen is a licensed massage therapist and a certified wellness practitioner with over 25 years of experience. Michael is a writer, former college English professor, and has a Master's in Creative Writing. Coaching by one or both is available as needed.
FINAL NOTE: Any items left on property will be held for one week and, if not claimed, will be donated to a local charity or discarded. We are happy to mail anything you forget - just let us know.
RELEASE TO HOLD HARMLESS: By booking through Air, you agree to hold harmless Bella Green B&B, its owners, contractors and any representatives, from any accidents, illness or pain and suffering that could occur. You understand and acknowledge that the fire pit area, walking path, ledges, side roads and hills may have rough terrain (rocks) should you opt to utilize those areas; note too that the decks connecting the guest house and main house are multi-level and not all steps have handrail. We are rural, so exposure to critters (including but not limited to deer, rabbits, roadrunners, lizards, spiders, scorpions, mosquitoes, etc.) may be a part of your experience. By accepting this reservation, you accept sole responsibility and hold us harmless for any falls, bug bites, or accidents that occur in, on, or around the property. We are not responsible for lost or stolen items. Furthermore, you acknowledge that you are aware that Karen and Mike Goins are not medical doctors and that their wellness and life coaching opinions and recommendations are strictly their own. Use of the hot tub (retreats only), the sauna, and the vibration machine are solely at your discretion. You are advised and expected to check with your physician or local practitioner prior to using these items.
Former Natural Awakenings "healthy living" magazine publishers, retired college professors, and most recently, Tiny House sales reps, Karen and Mike LOVE where they live, love what they do, and because they feel so blessed, now share the peace and beauty of the hills, and the concept of living well, wth more nature and consumables - with others.
"Doing absolutely nothing -- except enjoying the breeze, the views, the sights and sounds of nature, is an event worthy of anyone's time and something we encourage all our guests to do! The outside fire pit areas and the screened porch (for those staying at the guest house) are favorite places for our guests. Also, we are WiFi connected so they can still check in with work, or loved ones, as needed."
Mike is a fiction writer and a southern gentleman who loves rescue dogs, gardening, vegetarian eating, music of all kinds (he plays guitar and the Chapman Stick) , and contacting almost 40 years worth of friends worldwide with amateur radio. Karen is a "people-person" originally from the Chicago area who has found that living simply - amidst nature and away from the maddening crowd - a true delight! She loves meeting new people, has healing hands (i.e., she is also a licensed massage therapist who gives an awesome massage), loves being creative, whether in her cooking, sculpting, crafting, exercising, painting or coaching. Our breakfasts, while not yet legendary, are pretty darn nice!