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Private & Serene Artsy Oceanfront Home; Pool & Spa; Bikes; WiFi; 1/2 Acre; FUN

Barbara Bell

Member since: 1998
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Speaks: english, Just enough French to have a funny conversation.
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights

Barbara Bell

Member since: 1998
Speaks: english, Just enough French to have a funny conversation.
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 5, 2015
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Private & Serene Artsy Oceanfront Home; Pool & Spa; Bikes; WiFi; 1/2 Acre; FUN

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights

Overview

Hilo House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Guests often comment that our home exceeded their expectations. It's probably because of all the local materials and the attention to detail. There are local hard-wood floors throughout (even the bathrooms and kitchen), custom stained glass windows, granite counter tops, and lots of original artwork. There's also an outdoor shower, two beach cruiser bikes and two mountain bikes, Instant access Netflix Movies and unlimited music from Pandora on the TV, purified (by reverse osmosis) drinking water, your own water well with whole house ultra violet filtration system (no worries about running out of water or other problems association with 'catchment systems' that are common in our area), solar-heated hot water, various board games, some good Hawaiiana books, various floaty pool toys, and plenty of etc.

MASTER BEDROOM (UPSTAIRS)

A comfortable king sized bed with soft cotton sheets, vintage rattan reading chairs, vintage mango wood dresser, ceiling fan, and 2 bed side tables both with reading lamps. The direct ocean view from the bedroom also allows for great breezes. The wide balcony is directly in front of both upstairs bedrooms.

2ND BEDROOM (UPSTAIRS)

A comfortable queen sized bed also with soft cotton sheets, writing desk and chair that faces the ocean, 2 bed-side tables with reading lamps, ceiling fan, and a dresser make this a fully functional room with that same huge ocean view.

BATHROOM (UPSTAIRS)

The bathroom is accessed by both bedrooms. It has a tub/shower and sink/vanity in one room, and a separate room for the toilet. Shampoo, hair conditioner, hand soap, TP, and plenty of towels are all provided.

3RD BEDROOM (DOWNSTAIRS)

A comfortable queen sized bed, with good cotton sheets, a small closet with shelf for luggage, ceiling fan, chair, luggage stand, a free-form mango-wood built-in table and 2 reading lights. This room is set back from the front of the house but still has an incredible ocean view. It also has 2 intriguing stained glass windows -- 1 depicting Kilauea Volcano, the other a humpback whale breaching. Breathtaking when the light hits it just right.

BATHROOM (DOWNSTAIRS)

Tub/shower, vanity and sink, toilet, and incredible large stained glass window depicting a Polynesian voyaging canoe and a variety of wildlife. Again, shampoo, hair conditioner, hand soap, and TP are all provided.

LIVING SPACE AND KITCHEN (DOWNSTAIRS)

The living room is decorated with a vintage Hawaiian comfort, yet with modern updates -- DISH TV, Pandora, Wi-Fi. There is also quite a bit of original artwork. There's a full sized dining table with 6 chairs, as well as 4 bar chairs. The kitchen is fully stocked -- espresso machine, regular coffee maker, toaster, blender, microwave, and plenty of dishes, silverware, cookware, and all things needed for cooking your healthy meals at home. The Barbecue (propane) is just outside--Fresh Fish is always good from the BBQ.

STAIRS: The upstairs is accessed via stairs which start near the front door and are on the outside of the house. We like this because we see the ocean and the stars at night. It also keeps the upstairs bedrooms more private.

HEALTH ISSUES

The triple filtered drinking water is a big bonus. Many houses in our area use 'catchment' systems, catching water off their roof. There are good filter systems, and there are less-than-good filter systems. We have an excellent reverse osmosis system that actually purifies your drinking water. FYI, wherever you decide to stay in East Hawaii you should ask about their water system.

HUMPBACK WHALES -- WOW, THEY CAN BE CLOSE.

In front of our home, the ocean gets deep quickly. Because of this, their birthing and mating months (December - April) are excellent times for hearing humpback whales at night, and of course seeing them by day. Their tail slapping can wake you up--no kidding.

IN CONCLUSION

Our home is fully functional, clean, comfortable, AND in a great location. In short, it is 'homey'. You will be only 25-30 minutes from Hilo Airport, a few minutes more to Downtown, Bayfront or Richardson's Beach and 20 minutes from Pahoa, a Great/Funky Restaurant town. You will be 30 minutes from the warm ponds at Ahalanui and the Marine Sanctuary where you can snorkel with tame good-sized schools of fish! You're also 45 minutes to Volcanoes National Park (location of the historical Kilauea Caldera, and home of Pele the fire goddess) and 45 minutes away, in the other direction, from the Ocean Entry for Flowing Lava. This is subject to change of course, but has been amazingly steady of late.

If you're looking for a comfortable, spacious, truly OCEANFRONT home, retreat, and a base of operations, this is it. This is the house that Jack built, in 1998. First camping out in the would-be garage, then creating an artistic retreat/bachelor pad, and ultimately a great family home. We happily lived there for many years.

The ocean is mesmerizing by day, lulling to deep sleep at night. The ocean-side deck with spa and swimming pool will become your outdoor living room. The neighborhood is nice and friendly and you can walk or ride bikes for miles along the coast in either direction. Or you can hang out. You just might not want to leave.

CANCELLATION POLICY: If we receive notice of your cancellation:

• Within 90 days: You will receive your deposit, minus $100 service fee, and less any credit card fees. (When booking with VRBO online there are no credit card fees.)

• Less than 90 days: You will forfeit your deposit. However, we will always work to re-book. If we can re-book, we will refund based on 80% of the nightly rate for the nights we have re-booked, less $100 cancellation fee and less any credit card fees.

• Thank you for understanding.

Keywords: Oceanfront Home; single-family house

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Barbara Bell (Owner)
Member since: 1998
Call Owner
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Speaks: english, Just enough French to have a funny conversation.
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 5, 2015

About Barbara Bell

Here we are checking out the lava flow. We have lived in East Hawai`i for over 30 years, so we obviously love Hawai`i. Jack is a 3rd generation Hardwood Flooring Contractor and Barbara is a jaquette of all trades, most recently working for the County of Hawai`i.

Barbara Bell purchased this house in 1998

Why Barbara Bell chose Hilo

East Hawaii is varied, and exciting; the volcano never ceases to inspire and thrill. Madame Pele gives her unique energy to the whole of East Hawaii, and especially the Puna District. We have lived in East Hawaii for so long, and this house was our home, until we moved to the Big City of Hilo. Jack built this home in 1998, after living a few blocks away for about 15 years. We have completed a major re-fresh in Fall, 2013, and seem to always be cleaning, upgrading, or doing maintenance on something. The house is definitely in good order.

What makes this house unique

Because our home is almost at the end of a quiet dead-end street, it is very restful and private. We like to find new spots, via bicycle, or hiking boots, or swimming fins. There are so many incredible places to explore and we never get tired of adventuring. We like to walk or bike the coastline--for miles. To the south, we go to some tidepools about 1 1/2 miles away. To the north, we bike, then hike the last bit to a white sand beach that's about 5 miles away. We also spend many hours lounging back and forth between the hot tub, the super heated pool (90-95 degrees F), and lazing around on the deck. It's so private and quiet--we love it.

Why HomeAway

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights
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Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
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Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
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Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.

Reviews

5
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Private & Serene Artsy Oceanfront Home; Pool & Spa; Bikes; WiFi; 1/2 Acre; FUN
average rating of 4.983051 based on 59 reviews
Santa Rosa, California
5

Relax and unwind

  • 5 of 5

We wanted to spend some time on the Hilo side of the Big Island and had no idea what to expect. After arriving to this house, we were so happy we made this decision. We experienced the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure. This house was perfect for relaxing. We thoroughly enjoyed the hot tub, the pool and the beautiful views. Barbara provided a binder with lots of information regarding places to visit, restaurants, etc. There are many places and things to explore in the area. We also very much appreciated that there were supplies for us to use while in the home too. We stayed four nights before heading to another place on the Kona side. We wished we had booked a few more nights; it was so pleasant.

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Judsonia, AR
5

This is THE PLACE to stay!!!

  • 5 of 5

Why spend your Hawaii vacation in a cramped up hotel room and fighting the crowds, when you can take your whole family and spend your time at a private home with lots of room right on the ocean? This is the place to stay! We so much enjoyed our time and our stay here. The home has everything you need to feel at home. You can't beat having ocean front views from all of the bedrooms and letting the waves put you to sleep. And it is so nice to be able to swim in the pool or lounge in the hottub with the ocean just feet away. Even though it was the end of the whale season, we were able see one as he/she jumped out of the water. The location of the house allows you to be only 12 miles from Hilo, and not far drives north of Hilo to the waterfalls and scenic drives, and also a short drive to Volcanos National Park. While in the Puna district, you can drive the coastline for breathtaking views of the coast and beaches while you drive through the tropical forest. For something closer to the house, there are several bicycles that you can use and take a nice ride to the local shoreline parks and beaches. This house is really amazing and I promise you will love it too. Barbara and Jack will make sure you are right at home! Thank you Barbara and Jack for our wonderful stay. We will definitely be coming back here to stay!

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

Supercalafragilistic Expealadocious!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay in your wonderful home was the highlight of our vacation. Your home exceeded our expectations. It is in a somewhat private and isolated part of the island, but it is so easy to get to all the places of interest (green sand beach, volcano, scenic parks and beaches, even the Kona side, which in our opinion is crowded and somewhat touristy). We were so pleased with the accommodations and working with Barbara was so fun. The sights and sounds from the home are spectacular. We hiked up and down the coastline, watched the whales from the hot tub, rode the bikes, cooked meals and packed lunches for the day and slept listening to the waves lap the coastline every night. Her suggestions on restaurants, grocery stores, things to do were spot on! We couldn't have asked for a better place to spend our vacation. We will definitely be back. Thank you for providing such a relaxing, splendid, accommodating, welcoming place to call home for our time in Hawaii. This was such a blessing to our family. We are so grateful for this experience.

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Hawaiian Paradise Park
5

Excellent

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a great place with privacy right on the ocean with your own pool and spa this is the place. We consider it the best place available in this area which is why we rent this for our grand kids and family when they come to visit us here in Hawaii. They really love the place. From the amazing hardwood floors to the beautiful furnishings everything is 1st class. When you compare what you get here compared to a hotel or most vacation rentals it is a real bargain. Keep up the good work Jack and Barbara.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Reno, Nevada
5

Great place for relaxing and whale watching

  • 5 of 5

Location is great, easy to get to the volcano, shopping and dinning. The house is beautiful with great views. It has fantastic hardwood floors, walls and benches throughout. We were there at the first of February and were able to watch whales play right in front of the house every day and even at night. They would slap their tails on the water and jump and roll non-stop. I'd call this place a whale playground! Owners are great and very quick to respond to your every question. We would absolutely go back.

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Kwajalein, Marshall Islands
5

Wonderful home on the Big Island

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here over the Christmas holiday, and it was a perfect place for our family of four. This is our second trip to the Big Island, and the last time we stayed north of Hilo. The location here is excellent, with privacy and spectacular ocean views, but still close enough to Hilo, Volcano, and other area attractions. The photos reflect the property quite well--well-maintained, spacious, clean, and charming. The pool and hot tub are a nice bonus, and the sound of waves crashing against the lava cliffs is amazing. Two full baths make this a perfect family getaway. We chose to put the kids upstairs and use the downstairs bedroom ourselves. The full kitchen was well-stocked with all the cookware, flatware, and service items necessary to make this your home away from home. I would highly recommend this house to anyone wanting a peaceful retreat on the Hilo side of the Big Island. Note that access to the house is north of the current lava flow making its way toward Pahoa, so there is no imminent danger of losing access via Hwy 130. The Railroad Ave bypass is convenient to the house as well, providing access to the southeastern part of the island should 130 close near Pahoa.

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Map

Nearest Airport
19 Miles
Hilo
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Luquin's Mexican Food
Nearest Golf
16 Miles
Hilo Municipal
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Hawaii Belt Road
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Pahoa--Kaleo's, Ning's, Paulo's, and Luquin's
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Mauna Kea, in the winter
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Shipman Beach
Car: necessary

All the relaxing or adventurous activities you can dream of, Volcano viewing, warm pond soaking, sea-life viewing/hearing and every once in a while smelling, Especially wonderful for mind-clearing, adventuring, bike riding, walking, and a close-by great Sunday Farmer's Market -- Maku`u Market.

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Rates & Availability

From $275 Per night

Hilo House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer 2015
Jun 12 2015 - Sep 7 2015
3 night minimum stay
$300
$1,950
$7,500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Holidays 2015
Dec 15 2015 - Jan 4 2016
6 night minimum stay
$325
$2,100
$8,400
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter 2016
Jan 5 2016 - Mar 12 2016
3 night minimum stay
$300
$1,950
$7,500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Summer 2016
Jun 15 2016 - Sep 6 2016
3 night minimum stay
$300
$1,950
$7,500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Holidays, 2016
Dec 16 2016 - Jan 3 2017
6 night minimum stay
$350
$2,250
$8,800
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$275
$1,775
$7,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $150 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 13.41%
Notes Rates for 4 people. 3 night minimum, 6 nights at Holidays
5th and 6th person $25/nt/person
Cleaning Fee = $150 (any stay); Tax = 13.41%
50% deposit to book; Balance due 14 days before arrival
Security deposit $500 via hold on credit card
Cancellation fee $100
For planning purposes--Summer/Winter are higher priced than Spring/Fall
RATE MAY BE DIFFERENT FROM VRBO BOOKING/GET A QUOTE OPTIONS. SORRY

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Amenities

Hilo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3 - outdoor shower , Out by the pool, very convenient.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , UPSTAIRS. Shared between 2 bedrooms. Separate toilet room.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , DOWNSTAIRS. Wonderful stained glass too.
  • The upstairs bathroom is accessed by both bedrooms. There is a separate 'toilet room'.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , UPSTAIRS. Sitting area. 2 reading lights. LARGE
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 queen , DOWNSTAIRS. Comfortable futon & topper. Big Ocean View!
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , UPSTAIRS - Ocean View, 2 reading lights, desk, dresser, fan.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , DOWNSTAIRS: Ocean View; 2 stained glass windows; Ceiling Fan
  • 1 King size bed in the Master Bedroom. This one is called 'the pink cloud'. We make sure to have comfortable beds--we come to visit too! 2 Queen size Beds. One is in the other upstairs bedroom and the other one is in the downstairs bedroom. Both are comfortable as friends and family wouldn't be very happy with us if the beds weren't comfortable. There is also queen-sized futon bed in the living room that is always open. The futon has a mattress topper which makes it very comfortable and it doubles as a day bed, called a Punee in Hawaiian. The Punee is a long-standing tradition in Hawaiian homes. You never know when you might need a little nap, especially when on vacation.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • jetted tub ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • luaus
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
TWO BEACH CRUISER BICYCLES (one speed, aluminum, easy and fun.) and TWO GEARED BICYCLES, DISH TV, all cotton (soft) linens, iron, ironing board, hair dryer, stainless cookware, all utensils, Gas BBQ, garage parking, some pool toys, small DVD collection, Hawaiiana and other books, and Humuhumunukunukuapua`a (Present State fish of Hawai`i, could lose its status soon) go swimming by, Sorry no pets or smoking inside allowed. SUPPLIES: You can count on Shampoo, Conditioner, and Hand Soap in the bathrooms as well as Household Soaps, where needed, for: Laundry, Dishwasher, and Dishes.

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