About Us

 

Karen and Mike Goins, along with their rescue cockapoo, Sadie, welcome you to the “little piece of heaven” they lovingly call Bella (Beautiful in Italian) and Green (because of the green hills and because it is eco-friendly).

Karen is a “people person” who enjoys nurture, nature, and life.  She is a certified wellness practitioner, a licensed massage therapist, a former communications professor, magazine publisher and wellness director. Her passions include living creatively, finding joy and sacred in the simple things, and giving back. She is originally from the suburbs of Chicago — loves art, music, dancing, reading, nature, sculpture, living eco-consciously and cooking.

Mike is an introspective and creative author, a tiny house advocate and sales rep, a self-taught chef, and a former english professor, business consultant and real estate broker, who lives an eclectic mix of educating, writing, and hosting. He loves writing novels and has a historical fiction trilogy almost complete. A natural born Texan, he spends a large chunk of his time reading, writing, visiting guests, and occasionally watching cooking shows and the history channel.

Together, they moved to this beautiful 10-acre property to establish Natural Awakenings “healthy living” magazine wanting to educate the community on all things healthy, well, and green…and to connect readers to quality providers in the area. After selling the magazine in 2011, they opened their guest house to those wanting a warm, welcoming and peaceful get-away. They added a Tiny House to their rental options in 2016, and work with ESCAPE TRAVELER, builders of beautifully built RVIA-certified Tiny Houses on wheels, and allow a “try before you buy” option to Tiny House purchasers. 

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DIRECTIONS:

Bella Green is within a group of little independent acreage properties just off Highway 16 and about thirteen miles from Helotes, thirteen miles from Bandera, and thirteen miles from Boerne. We are about three miles from the closes convenience store and gas at 2508 Timbercreek Road. 

Coming from Austin:

We recommend picking up US 281 from Hwy 290 west. There’s a scenic little road (FM 165) and if you know it, you can pick this up around Henly and it lets you out again onto 281 at Blanco. Continue south on 281 and turn right (west) onto Hwy 46. Continue on 46 through Boerne where there’s an HEB if you need any last minute supplies. Cross over Interstate 10 and after a beautiful drive, you will come to a stop light at Highway 16. Turn left toward San Antonio (even though the sign says Pipe Creek to your right) Timbercreek Road is your next right – about 2.5 miles on the right. Going this way, you will pass a 100-foot tall steel cross on the left and you will be driving down a hill. A bit later, it goes up and curves to the left. At this point, put your right blinker on because as you crest the hill, Timbercreek Road is immediately on the right. It curves into Bailey Circle and then changes its name back into Timbercreek (at least this is what most GPS systems say). We are approximately 2.5 miles up the hill on the right-hand side, just past Valley View road, behind a silver corrugated fence. 

Coming from Houston:

There are several ways to get here, but we generally go I-10 to Loop 1604 NW, to EITHER Hwy 16 (follow the directions under Coming from San Antonio) or if you want to stop in Boerne first to dine, you can stay on I-10 and go all the way to Hwy 46.  The town of Boerne is to your right, and Pipe Creek is about 15 minutes to your left.  To reach us, take Hwy. 46 west until it nearly you reach the light at Hwy 16 (this stretch of 46 is a beautiful drive by the way) and turn LEFT at Hwy 46 (even though the signs say Pipe Creek to your right). Timbercreek Road is about 2.5 miles down and you will take a sharp right onto it.  It curves into Bailey Circle and then changes its name back into Timbercreek (at least this is what most GPS systems say). We are approximately 2.5 miles up the hill on the right-hand side, just past Valley View road, behind a silver corrugated fence. 

Coming from San Antonio:

Choose your favorite way to get to Helotes (we recommend I-10 to 1604 to Bandera Highway/Hwy 16) and drive out Hwy 16 (Bandera Highway) west toward Bandera. It’s a lot of divided four-lane road, but just after the park road that goes to Medina Lake, the highway skinnies down to a two-lane affair just as you are crossing the Medina County line. In two or three miles, you will cross the Bandera county line and that’s where you should start paying attention. After a couple of curves in the road, the highway straightens out and goes way down a hill and way up a hill again. Before the top of the hill, and about 1.5 miles after crossing the Bandera County line, you will see the indications for Timbercreek Road – first a sign that says Timber Ridge Winery, and then the sign for Timbercreek Road.  Take a sharp, hard left onto Timber Creek road. NOTE: If you see a big cross on the right instead, or hit the Hwy. 46 light, then turn back. You’ve gone too far and missed the turn. Timbercreek curves into Bailey Circle and then changes its name back into Timbercreek (at least this is what most GPS systems say). We are approximately 2.5 miles up the hill on the right-hand side, just past Valley View road, behind a silver corrugated fence. 

HERE IS A MAP FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOOD TO HELP YOU AS YOU DRIVE UP THE HILL…If lost or for more information, call 210-251-5766 or 210-317-1836.

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