"By now, you've probably seen Bella Vista's video. It's excellent and enticing -- but the real thing is even better. This is no mere cottage. It's a thoroughly modern home with all the features of a luxurious city home, and it's beautifully decorated and maintained.
From the moment you enter the property and follow the winding driveway to the house, you appreciate the seclusion Bella Vista offers. The front yard is adorable and welcoming, and it even comes with the world's friendliest cat, Frida. (I'm not a cat guy, but Frida won me over in the first 60 seconds.)
As we entered the cottage itself, we were surprised at how spacious and contemporary it is. The kitchen has all the modern conveniences, and the appliances and cabinets are all top-of-the-line. Kevin and JoAnna put out a bottle of wine and chocolates, and breakfast was waiting in the fridge. There's also a home-theater setup, and wi-fi.
The kitchen and living areas set the bar high, and the bedrooms and bathrooms did not disappoint. Again, modern, stylish, and above all, comfortable. The master bed and bath are out of this world -- better than what you see in 99% of the houses out there.
And of course, there's the property itself. It offers a beautiful view of gently rolling hills. And because it's on 55 acres, it's quiet -- really quiet. At night, you can see the Milky Way, so bring your telescope if you have one. Oh, and the fragrance! I'm a city boy, so I don't know what it was -- sage? Whatever it was, it was all over the property and it put me in the best frame of mind.
We spent the day in Fredericksburg doing the Wine Passport thing (check it out at http://texaswinetrail.com/store/item/2016-texas-wine-month-trail). It's a beautiful drive of about 20 or 25 minutes. Oktoberfest was underway, so we had lots to do. That said, just staying at the cottage would have been enough.
My two days there were far too short. If you're looking to make a memory; if you want to experience the kind of serenity that you can only get in the country; but if you don't want to rough it, then by all means check out Bella Vista. I rarely use the word "amazing," but this place is amazing."
Guest: Rob C.
Date of Stay: October 2016
Review Submitted: October 5, 2016