Private Hill Country House w/ Screen Porch & Views
Bella Green is a beautiful 2 bedroom, 2 bath eco-sensitive hilltop B&B;/Spa that sits on nearly ten acres and caters to couples looking for a quiet getaway, friends wanting to reconnect, adventurers who want to explore the hill country, and solo journeyers craving downtime or creative inspiration! We also offer a delicious ARTISAN breakfast each morning (served between 8am-10am) and one can often expect some sort of snack in the evening as well. Special diets (gluten free, vegan, allergies) are not a problem with advance notice.
Built in 2011, this beautiful private hill country Guest House is 1900 feet up on the side of a hill with outstanding views (as seen in Houzz magazine 2/14) and breathtaking sunsets. The guest bedrooms are moderate in size (we call them European-style) but because of the long views, one feels nicely tucked in, but not tight. Both rooms have lovely amenities including Comphey (TM) sheets, organic bamboo mattress pads on queen-sized beds, on-demand (unlimited) hot water heaters, armoires and robes, bamboo flooring, and our favorite, a large screen porch area off the bedrooms that allow the fresh breeze and views in. Each room has a ceiling fan, individualized Mitsubishi split AC/heat with personal thermostat, and a private bath (The Pacifico room has a 1932 claw foot tub; the Fleure room has a walk-in shower - please specify your preference when you book). Both rooms are identical in size, and we designed the bedrooms at opposite sides of the guest house with bathrooms in the middle, to maximize privacy. Bella Green is a stand alone guest house, attached to the main house only by a 12 foot wood deck. The screened-in common area has a mini-fridge and Keurig coffee bar area, ample writing/table area with free wifi hookup, a love seat at one end, and a comfortable bench and leather chair at the other, so two couples can be comfortable here. Please let us know in advance if you are interested in using the outdoor grill (remember to bring charcoal) and/or the hot tub, as we only give access to one couple per stay.
In addition to the guest house, guests have access to the raised deck that overlooks the hilltop view and it is where you will normally eat breakfast al fresco, the outside fire pit area (with plenty of cut firewood) that looks out to the hills and has two sets of comfortable chairs, our Bella Green wellness area with "shake" vibrational exercise machine, infrared sauna (extra fees apply) and wellness library. When it is too cold or too rainy to enjoy the outdoors &/or the screened porch area, guests may have have access to our Art Studio which has two comfortable club chairs and plenty of art tables to "play."
FEES: A one night's stay is $135+tax for rental of a single bedroom/bathroom (1-2 persons) or $270+tax for access to the whole house (2 bedrooms/2 baths). We have guests that do not need two bedrooms but who want full privacy (no sharing of common area) and we are happy to not book the 2nd room for an extra $75 if the 2nd bedroom has not yet been reserved.
SPA/WELLNESS OPTIONS: Your host Karen is a licensed massage therapist/Certified Wellness Practitioner and as time allows, guests may opt to schedule an integrative on-site massage ($70), life coaching session ($70 for 90 minutes) or utilize the infrared sauna (fits 1-2) with an self-applied aromatherapy scrub to help soften skin and detox the body ($35 for 1/$45 for 2). The hot tub under the stars is also available (for an extra $50. It is commercial chemically-free, cleaned, scrubbed and refilled between guests) and we only give access to one couple or individual per day, so if you want this option, please reserve it up front..
Bella Green is a wonderful place to make your home base as you explore some of Hill Country's finest cities and sites because we are only 15-18 minutes away from the popular cities of Boerne, Bandera, and Helotes/Grey Forest (each in a different direction) and 45 minutes or so from San Antonio's airport, the world famous San Antonio Riverwalk, Seaworld, Fiesta Texas, and historic downtown SA.
Top favorite TO DO's In or near Boerne:
1. Explore the Caves - Cave Without A Name and Cascade Caverns are really cool to tour!
2. 2nd Saturday Art & Wine trolley strolls - FREE during July and August from 4-8 pm
3. Cibolo Nature Center - 100 acres of Hill trails and wilderness plus concerts under the huge oaks
4. Open Outdoor Sculpture Garden - A unique outside art venue on River Road
5. Enchanted Springs Ranch - An "Oprah's best Pick" old west theme park
6. Hot Rod Nights (at Soda Pops) – A bi-monthly event reminiscent of Old Fashioned Street Parties
7. Walk the HILL COUNTRY MILE along historic Main St. & the River.
8. Old No. 9 Wildlife/Bat Viewing area - during the months of May through October.
9. Boerne Wine Company - a unique way to taste wine!
10. Boutique, Niche & Antique Shops - Too many to name, but very fun!
++Favorite Eateries: Cypress Grille, Dodging Duck, The Creek, Bear Moon Bakery
BONUS (other close by favorites):
Wine-tasting – Sisterdale's Sister Creek Vineyards (in a historic 1885 cotton gin) and Bending Branch Vineyard in Comfort.
Guadalupe River State Park - Swimming, fishing, tubing, kayaking & canoeing (weather permitting)
Top Favortie TO DO's in or near Bandera/Pipe Creek:
1. Horseback Riding - Cross T Ranch offers professionally-guided horseback riding on the 5000+ acre Northrup Ranch. Or want something different? Try a Camel ride at BR Lightning Ranch
2. Music and Dancing - 11th Street Cowboy Bar is our favorite, but on the weekends there are multiple options to choose from!
3. Antiquing at "Love's Antiques and Collectables" and "Country Accents"; Clothes shopping at "Gunslinger's"
3. Water Fun - Rent a tube from the Medina River Company & float the river (May 1st-Aug. 31) or spend the day at the Lone Star Lagoon Waterpark
4. Hill Country State Natural Area - 5400 scenic acres to explore either by horseback or by foot
5. Cowboys on Main - Enjoy the "gunfighter reenactments" at noon & 2 pm at City Plaza across from the Bandera County Court House on most Saturday
6. Watch a Rodeo or Barrel Racing - BIG competitions on Labor Day weekend and Memorial Day weekend, and smaller ones most weekends throughout the year
7. Take the Bandera Walking Tour - Grab a map from your hosts & enjoy the "old" buildings & their history. We LOVE the library and the way the "cowboy" town is laid out
8. Enjoy ANNUAL Events - Cowboy Mardi-Gras (Feb), Wild Hog Explosion (Mar), Mayhem on the Medina (Apr), Funtier Days (May), Riverfest (Jun), Pet Parade (Jul), Celebrate Bandera (Aug), Lakehills Cajun Festival (Sep)
9. Flying L Chuck Wagon Dinner - Saturday nights: Bar-B-Q, Wagon Rides & other cowboy fun
10. Bandera Market Days - Arts and crafts vendors on the Courthouse lawn
11. The Frontier Times Museum - An interesting and ecclectic mix of history and artifacts
++Favorite Eateries in Pipe Creek/Bandera: Backyard Bistro, Brick's River Cafe, China Bowl, Dogleg Coffeehouse, OST (for pie & coffee), Mulberry's Wine Bar/Bistro, Sid's BBQTripAdvisor property ID 2979555...Read more
Private Hill Country House w/ Screen Porch & Views Pipe Creek, Texas
Additional Location Information
We are in the very quiet and beautiful Pipe Creek area, 2.5 miles up a hill with outstanding valley views!
~15-18 minutes to Boerne, Bandera, and Helotes/GreyForest (all in different directions) - where you can find a variety of fine and casual dining, live country music, one-of-a-kind shopping, art galleries, caves to explore, trails to walk, horses to ride, wine bars, micro-breweries, market days, Boerne Lake, Cibolo Nature Center, Medina River and Cowboys in Bandera.
~ 30 to 40 minutes to Comfort (and its wineries!) Sisterdale (and its winery), Medina, Camp Verde, Waring, and NW San Antonio including Seaworld, UTSA, and Fiesta Texas.
~45 to 60 minutes to downtown San Antonio, the airport, The Riverwalk, our historical mission areas, The Alamo, Museums, Historicic "Pearl", nd the cities of Kerrville, Vanderpoole, Luckenbach, Hondo, Castroville, Ingram, Bulverde
~75 minutes to New Braunfels/Gruene, Fredericksburg, San Marcos, blanco, Canyon Lake, Utopia
~90 to 120 minutes ... Austin, Wimberly, Dripping Springs, Lakeway, Round Rock, Bastrop, Johnson City, llano, Marble Falls
Bandera, Tx is the Cowboy Capital of the World and is known for live music, horseback riding, the Medina River and Hill Country Natural Area (where hiking and horseback riding are highly encouraged).
Boerne, TX is known for it's upscale eclectic shops, inspiring art galleries, and awesome dining options, cool caves (which you can explore), a unique wine bar, local brewery, Cibolo Nature Center, Boerne Lake, Market Days, Ducks who you can feed by the rive, and more!
More About This Location
Mountain nearby, Rural retreats
Nearest airport: San Antonio International, 36 miles Car is essential
Please note: these rates exclude taxes and fees and may vary depending on the length of your stay. Rates are also subject to change at the [owner/manager]’s discretion.
Tax rate | 12% of rent | tax rate
Additional notes from the owner
Flipkey will reserve your choice of a single bedroom reservation only. Your choice of either the Fleur room (with shower in its private bathroom) or the Pacifico room (with antique claw-foot tub) based upon availability.. Bedrooms are the same size, and each comes with queen-sized bed, luxury sheets, an armoire with bathrobes, towels, private bath with organic BeeKind soap/shampoo bar PLUS access to to our delightful screen porch area, fire-pit area, creativity/exercise studio, and outdoor observation/dining deck for $135/night (per room) plus tax. If you want to be our only guests, we can charge an extra $75 to not rent out the 2nd bedroom). Spa services, outdoor hot tub rental, creativity classes, and/or personal coaching is not included in this rate, and payable by cash upon arrival. Extended stays are discounted to $650/week or $1950 for the month (and this includes full artisan breakfasts on Friday, Saturday Sunday morning only and your choice of continental breakfast OR tapas snacks the other days.
Spa services, including the hot tub, massage, infrared sauna and more, are an additional fee (outdoor hot tube has a fee because it is cleaned and refilled after each guest and uses fresh water only - no harsh chemicals) - see the Bella-Green website for pricing and options . Payment for add-on services are due upon arrival (no tipping necessary) and cash payment preferred.
Left on 11/11/2014 for a stay in November 2014 | Wendy WReviewed Nov 11, 2014Stayed Nov 2014
Mike and Karen were great host. They were there to greet us when we arrived and make sure that we had everything we needed. Karen took the time to show us the property and amenities as we got to watch a great sunset from the porch. I can not brag enough about the gourmet breakfast Mike and Karen prepare! The meat pie Mike makes melts in your mouth, and the way it is presented on the plate makes you think you are sitting in true 5 star restaurant. The views at night from the hot tub are well worth the extra money. You can see the lights of Bandera in the distance and tons of stars in the Texas sky. We will stay here again as Karen and Mike truly made us feel at ease and comfortable.
Left on 04/03/2014 for a stay in March 2014 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Apr 3, 2014Stayed Mar 2014
Biker rally. March 2014. No place was available You or so sweet with your response to my email. The two of you are so warm and friendly when we got there. The water melon and blue cheese was amazing and such a nice thought... The shower was wonderful the bed was extremely comfortable slept like a rock. And the night was spectacular I have not seen the Milky Way since I was a child. The view in the morning was even more breathtaking. I envy you since you get to look at that every morning. Thank you so much for sharing your time and your space with us. Thank you for making it easy. And we will see you again
“Great place for R&R;! So glad we chose to stay here!!”
Left on 03/21/2014 for a stay in March 2014 | KikiReviewed Mar 21, 2014Stayed Mar 2014
You never know what you'll get when you choose a B&B.; Bella Green is just a jewel of a spot to "hide" away. Reminiscent of a quaint Italian getaway, its views from the lovely hilltop took my breath away - especially sunset! They had super comphey beds, an awesome screen porch with wifi, 5-star breakfasts, unexpected tapas or sweets at night, and we were indeed, Wow'd. Karen and Mike were wonderful hosts, giving us our space, while still making us feel welcomed. We appreciated its postion as a "home-base" too, as one day we explored Boerne/Sisterdale (did a cave exploration and vineyard tour), the next day, we drove scenic Hwy 16 into Medina, and then enjoyed live country music and "Cowboys" in Bandera. Day three, was saved for the beautiful Riverwalk! It was a perfect trip, with perfect accomodations -- and we only wish we had more time to do the on-site massages and nearby horseback riding in the hills. Next time... : )
Left on 03/21/2014 for a stay in February 2014 | WilliamReviewed Mar 21, 2014Stayed Feb 2014
My girlfriend and I recently stayed a couple of nights at Bella Green and it couldn't have been a nicer experience. This is a small, private, and exceptional place to stay if you need to get away - from stress, kids, work, family, whatever, and it has sort of a Texas Tuscan feel. The breakfasts are signature and superb (and big!) and the views are absolutely amazing. I've never seen so many starts at night and experiencing the Milky Way after the fabulous sunset was just about as good as it gets. We'll definitely be back. Thanks Karen and Mike. See you soon!
Left on 03/06/2014 for a stay in September 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Mar 6, 2014Stayed Sep 2013
The drive was great hwy 16 is one of the best roads in texas to travel.
Getting to the house was so much fun curving up the high hill.
The view was amazing from the house you can see for miles.
Hot tub, walking paths, massages, yoga, a sauna, and prepared meals customized to you.
Karen is so friendly, shes like Mary Poppins.
Will definitly come back.
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