Name: Gary, Paula, Silly, Millicent (Millie) and Baby
Location: Promontory Point, Seven Falls Ranch, Fredericksburg, TX
Size: (upstairs) 1,800 sq. ft., 2 bedrooms, 1 bath and (downstairs) 600 sq. ft., 1 bedroom, 1 bath
Accommodations: Main floor will sleep 2, upstairs will sleep 8
Nestled on 13 wooded acres in Stonewall, just a stones throw from Fredericksburg, TX, sits a new metal barn construction perched on a hill ~ “The Inn at Bella Vista.” Currently serving as home-base while the home owner’s stunning stone structure is constructed just up the hill, the “Inn” will be open for business in January of 2010.
Just past the main house, guests will find a welcoming common seating area downstairs (not pictured), and can stay in the bedroom downstairs or head up to the main quarters. The space is cozy and lofty and boasts a country cottage feel, with class. Above, the Hill Country view from the dining room.
Like all great B&Bs, this one will come fully stocked. Coffee pot and the fixin’s, wine and snacks… a homey feel with a modern sensibility (TV in every room and wi-fi).
All rooms feed off the main entry space. The vaulted ceilings give the cozy space more room. Above left, the living room with hidden media components opens off of the kitchen. Right, natural afternoon light glows from the Western-facing windows in the Master room.
A brass bed, common in the 1880s, welcomes visitors in the Master room and is flanked by two well-lit reading areas (below). The Master closet reminds Gadora of one I’d get lost in at my Grandmothers.
Pictured right, the homeowner’s antique wooden tool chest (yummy!) sits atop the laminate floors which are a dead-ringer for real wood, but über durable.
Off the main room sits the bathroom where a vintage dresser was outfitted with a shell-shaped sink. Another door leads to the second room.
Well-appointed with a stunning refurbished claw-foot, the bathroom is clean enough to get down and dirty (on the floor) to snap a close-up of the wonderfully inviting tub. Gadora is a BIG fan of bubble baths…
The second room, off the kitchen, is divided into two spaces, accommodating 6 ~ two in the bed, and four in the salvaged bunks across from it (below). This picture reminds me so much of Van Gogh’s The Bedroom in Arles, 1888, except this one contains a plush buffalo… guests can see the real thing at neighboring Lyndon B. Johnson State Park.
The homeowners’ 5 Grandsons often come to play. While there’s much room for outdoor activity, there’s also plenty to entertain the troops indoors, too. (Read: the Inn will be kid friendly). Bunk beds also serve to accommodate the Inn’s many potential hunters…
The closer Gadora drove to the Hill Country (an hour West of Austin), the bigger my grin became. It is immensely beautiful in this part of the world and The Inn at Bella Vista has a view of much of its expanse. Cyclists, bikers, hunters, antiquers and the like all know what gems this land holds.
Should a most intimate stay be requested, the space downstairs is tailor made with a private entrance off the main foyer. Once inside, the tiny kitchenette is a condensed version of the one upstairs. The reclaimed beadboard, from a 1902 Boerne, TX farmhouse, is simply… stunning. The four-poster bed is made with decadent linens and leads into right into the “Man-cave.”
Currently, the “Man-cave” houses wares the couple has gathered for the main house and kitties Silly (above), Millie and Baby. Once the couple moves into their private residence, the “Man-cave” will again be a manly sort of space. It’s a 20 x 30′ completely outfitted workshop! Cyclists can repair their bikes, motorists can park their Hogs out of the rain, shoppers can store their goods while they go out for more… and the daring can shower in the open-air shower just behind the barn… overlooking the Hill Country (I highly recommend!)
The sunset at The Inn at Bella Vista is breath-taking. On this night the sky was devoid of precipitation, but the expansive porch (with outdoor fireplace) at the main house promises more where this came from. Once the Inn is officially open, guests will be invited up for sips and snacks, and for a view of their own. So looking forward to it.