A sprawling villa situated along a serene country lane amid lush flora and fauna, Bella Vista on the boulevard provides an idyllic setting perfect for your corporate, civic, social or personal event. From breathtaking weddings, unforgettable proms or relaxing retreats, if you invite the guests, we'll provide the exquisitely beautiful location and courteous service.
Look at photos of our beautifully treed 11 acre estate and gorgeous facilities. As indicates the name Bella Vista, there's a beautiful view anywhere you look!
Architect Robert Vahlberg was commissioned in 1967 to design a home northwest of Durant for Drs. Robert and Phyllis Engles. The architect, highly influenced by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, designed a sprawling villa that became a part of the land itself.
The villa's great windowed expanse and gabled roof lines join with the natural flagstone exterior to nestle into the side of the high hill topped with Pines, Oaks, Birch, Sweet gum, Pecan and Walnut trees. An ivy garden and a flagstone courtyard make the transition from indoors to outdoors seamless. The construction was a three-year endeavor that included excavating the side of the hill and sinking two-foot diameter peers 30 feet down into the bedrock. The fortress-like construction included steel I-beams which were painted with military grade paint and encased in concrete to form the bridge girders. These girders support the elevated portion of the split-level design. Wood, stone and breathtaking views give the impression that you remain outdoors while enjoying the comfort of indoors. The stout construction continues to reside without blemish after 40 years.
Over 6000 square feet of nature-inspired beauty stands stately on the mature grounds as a monument to the quality of the construction. Even though the estate had been neglected for three plus years when purchased in 2001, the structure remained mighty and unshaken. Trimming the 100's of trees, redesigning the function of the kitchen, updating the interior and exterior lighting, replacing the brick courtyard with one of flagstone and manicuring the grounds was an additional two-year project, but we can say it has been a transformation worthy of this gorgeous facility, which rewards us with its beauty daily. As you enter the property, take in the beautiful views, and you will see why they inspired the name ...
The Bella Sera Courtyard is partially covered for protection from the elements and still allows your event to be outdoors while enjoying the advantages of indoors. The Bistro drink area joins the courtyard reminding you of an Italian Street Cafe. The 2400 square foot courtyard and Bistro join the 2400 square foot Starlight Ballroom and the Moonlight Reception area. An Intimate get together in the Bella Sera Courtyard or joining of the three areas offers a comfortable setting for everyone in your large group, its adaptable.
The Starlight Ballroom is complete with fantastic views, an intimate fireplace and music of the grand piano, big band sounds or jazz ensemble. Spacious and versatile the Starlight Ballroom can provide a professional, upscale meeting location, a relaxing ambiance for an intimate dinner, reception or Christmas Party. The perfect setting for dinners, showers, parties and meetings the Starlight Ballroom adds a touch of class in a comfortable setting.
The Copa Cabana at Bella Escapio is an exquisite way to relax outdoors and yet the perfect tropical island party place or a relaxing mountain retreat right in our own backyard! A rehearsal dinner cookout, a luau, or any celebration can be enjoyable in this setting. Imagine the sound of the waterfalls in perfect harmony with an intimate wedding ceremony as the sunset rays peak through the pines and reflects on the Caribbean blue water. It's truly "a beautiful escape".
This area is available for the DIY (do-it-yourself) wedding for smaller groups. Look at our "Bella Escapio Package" to see what's included.
Businesses have discovered the casual and comfortable retreat for employee appreciation get togethers. Call to discuss the possibilities!