TARA COTTAGE: A HAVEN FOR RELAXATION AND RENEWAL

Michael Sisk

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Sleeps3
Bedrooms 1
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Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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TARA COTTAGE: A HAVEN FOR RELAXATION AND RENEWAL

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Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 3)

Tara Cottage is a handcrafted redwood and cedar octagon on secluded and beautifully landscaped property in Kona coffee country, overlooking Kealakekua Bay and the South Kona coastline. Kealakekua Bay, with its unparalleled fine swimming, snorkeling and kayaking, and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau (the Place of Refuge in Honaunau) National Park are both less than 10 minutes away.

Three lovely beaches are within a 15 minute drive. Tara Cottage is within minutes of fine restaurants, health food stores, produce markets, shops and theater in the villages of Captain Cook, Kealakekua and Kainaliu. The bustling resort town of Kailua-Kona with its array of fine options for dining, shopping and entertainment is 30 minutes drive north.

The cottage features a dramatic 300 sq. ft octagonal main room with a 15 ft apex and skylight. Furnishings include: a raised platform bed with an excellent queen mattress, Art Deco armoire, writing desk and a sitting area with an enclosed cabinet for cable TV and DVD. There is a fine stereo system with both CD player and iPod/MP3 dock and high speed wireless internet.

Tara Cottage is beautifully appointed with original artwork, fine furniture and Indonesian wood carvings and fabrics. You will also enjoy the excellent libraries of fine books, CDs and DVDs.

Surrounding the octagonal main room are: the kitchen with its door to the service porch with washer and dryer and recycling center; the dining area with a 9 foot bank of windows framing a stunning view of Kealakekua Bay, and the door to the lanai; a large 'water closet'; and an intimate day room with its twin bed, window to the garden and its birdbath, and the back door opening to the shower area in a gorgeous bamboo and bromeliad garden. One showers outdoors in a dramatic lava rock grotto within this garden. The shower is equipped with Grohe fixtures and side jets, for a sensual, satisfying shower/massage. The shower is the most complimented amenity of the cottage... Guests love this waterfall shower! Complete privacy is provided by the landscaping and the surrounding lush Thai bamboo.

On the ocean side of the cottage is a bi-level lanai with superb unobstructed views of Kealakekua Bay and the coastline, featuring a dining table and chairs and chaise lounges for sunning and relaxation. The spacious lawn area with its profusion of Hawaiian ti plants and bougainvillaea provides a truly park-like setting-- ideal for special occasions and small wedding/ commitment/ recommitment ceremonies.

Tara Cottage was carefully sited to take full advantage of prevailing day and nighttime breezes and is comfortable year round at its 900 ft elevation. It is a truly remarkable destination for adults desiring a peaceful environment with few distractions--perfect for honeymoons, special anniversaries, contemplation and preparation for life changes, and creative endeavors.

(For larger parties please inquire about additional B&B accommodations nearby.)

Hawaii Tax ID #: W21736723-01

Keywords: Cottage, seclusion, Kealakekua Bay, spinner dolphins, Kona coffee, Place of Refuge National Park.

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Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Events Allowed
Guestbook comments from the owner
"The Perfect Place to Reload Your Batteries"

You can read all about the attractions and the beauty of the Big Island in appropriate travel guides. So, let's concentrate on Tara Cottage, the cottage surroundings and the host Michael.

We arrived at night after a long trip and did not take much notice of anything and went to sleep in the very big and comfortabel bed. When we woke up the next morning, we could admire the sheer beauty of it all: the view over the Pacific Ocean and Kealakekua Bay, the very tastefully furnished cottage, the exquisit choce of classical music CDs, the vast assortment of books on the shelves, the welcoming basket of treats that waited for us (including delicious coffee from the farm Tara Cottage is located on). To make a long story short: we had the feeling, we had arrived in paradise and this cannot get any better... but then we met Michael, our host. He is the most charming man you can imagine: warm, friendly, very willing to share his knowledge, considerate and always observing our privacy.

The whole atmosphere in and around Tara Cottage is the perfect place to relax and reload your batteries or for a romantic time-out with your significant other.

We decided and promised to come back and can hardly wait to do so.

It is a pity that I only have the possibility to assign 5 stars here. I would like to add a PLUS!

Recommended for: Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Jan 2010
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Michael Sisk

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My name is Michael Sisk and I have been living above Kealakekua Bay on the Kona Coast of Hawaii's Big Island since 1994, when I moved here from the island of Kauai. I live on land that I developed and named Tara Farm--a 15 acre Kona coffee and gourmet white pineapple farm,also the site of beautiful Tara Cottage.

I was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, moving to San Francisco to take a job as the Audiologist for Alameda County in 1978. After 13 years in the Bay Area I moved to Kauai in 1991 and managed a B&B there for 3 years. The move to the Big Island followed in 1994 where I managed another beautiful B&B at Kealakekua Bay while developing my farm upslope at the 950 ft elevation. I moved onto the farm full-time in 1997 and have been privileged to live there ever since.

Michael Sisk purchased this cottage in 1994

While rebuilding my home and business on Kauai following Hurricane Iniki in 1992, I would periodically visit the Big Island for relief from the physical and emotional stress associated with recovery from that truly devastating (Level 4) hurricane. Instinctively I was drawn to Kealakekua Bay and the Place of Refuge National Park area of South Kona-- though I had previously visited there only once before during my years of exploring the Hawaiian islands beginning in 1981. In this area that I later learned was and is sacred to the Hawaiian people, I experienced what I can only describe as profound healing energy. This healing allowed me to return to Kauai again and again over the next two years -- each time invigorated, energized and able to engage in the demanding hurricane recovery efforts.

My love for the beauty and the healing that I found in the Kealakekua Bay and Place of Refuge area was so remarkable that I was literally compelled to move here. This I did in late 1994 after selling my property on Kauai. And after months of careful searching I finally was led to the land that I have developed over the years into Tara Cottage and Farm.

I believe that this land that I now call Tara-- and that I am privileged to caretake-- is imbued with the sacred healing energy so often associated with the Big Island in general--and this region of South Kona in particular. This belief has been shared and reinforced by native intuitives/healers from both Hawaii and other cultures who have visited this property over the years.

But please-- don't take my word for it! Come and see if you too find here some of that connection that ultimately led me to move here and make this place of beauty my permanent home.

Tara Cottage is ideally located between Kealakekua Bay and the beautiful Place of Refuge National Park--both less than a 10 minute drive way. The Bay--the site of the demise of famous explorer Captain Cook in 1779--is a marine preserve that is truly the best place on the island to swim, snorkel, kayak and scuba dive-- while enjoying the infinite varieties of reef fish, sea turtles and the famous spinner dolphins that come closer to shore here than anywhere else in the world.

The Place of Refuge National Park, sacred to the Hawaiian people, is another wonderful place to explore, with educational exhibits on the life of the Hawaiian people, a superb picnic area, and wonderful hiking trails along this historic coast. There are three lovely beaches within 15 minutes of Tara Cottage. Also the villages of Captain Cook, Kealakekua and Kainaliu are within a 5-15 minute drive and offer an array of fine restaurants, shops with local arts and crafts, and markets and produce stands featured the organic fruits and vegetables for which this area is well known.

Sleeps3
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Contact the owner directly to confirm reservation details and pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer), to protect your payment up to $1,000.
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Captain Cook Kona Coast
Heidelberg, Germany
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THE PERFECT PLACE TO RELOAD YOUR BATTERIES

  • 5 of 5
You can read all about the attractions and the beauty of Big Island in appropriate travel guides. So, let's concentrate on Tara Cottage, the cottage surroundings and the host Michael.
We arrived at night after a long trip and did not take much notice of anything and went to sleep in the very big and comfortable bed. When we woke up the next morning, we could admire the sheer beauty of it all: the view over the Pacific Ocean and Kealakekua Bay, the very tastefully furnished cottage, the exquisite choice of classical music CDs, the vast assortment of books on the shelves, the welcoming basket of treats that waited for us (including delicious coffee from the farm Tara Cottage is located on). To make a long story short: we had the feeling, we had arrived in paradise and this cannot get any better... but then we met Michael, our host. He is the most charming man you can imagine: warm, friendly, very willing to share his knowledge, considerate and always observing our privacy.
The whole atmosphere in and around Tara Cottage is the perfect place to relax and reload your batteries or for a romantic time-out with your significant other.
We decided and promised to come back and can hardly wait to do so.
It is a pity that I only have the possibility to assign 5 stars here. I would like to add a PLUS.
  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2010
  • Stayed: Nov 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Tara Cottage: a Haven for Relaxation and Renewal
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Captain Cook Kona Coast
5

AMAZING RELAXATION AND BOTH CLOSE AND FAR ENOUGH AWAY FROM KAILUA

  • 5 of 5
Tara Cottage is a great escape in the Captain Cook area. Views of the Captain Cook Monument and Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park from your front deck. Well outfitted kitchen and great mattress on the bed. You will find relaxation..if you can stop drinking the excellent Tara Cottage coffee all day.
  • Submitted: May 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Captain Cook Kona Coast
Seattle WA
5

PEACEFUL PARADISE

  • 5 of 5
Tara Cottage is a fabulous place to relax and unwind from the cares of the world. This was our first trip to Tara and hopefully not our last! Michael was a wonderful host, spoiling us with fruit, nuts, granola and carrot bread. The outdoor shower is awesome! Breakfast on the deck with my gecko friends was daily delight! The view is spectacular. If you want to avoid the hustle bustle of a resort, Tara Cottage is a must.
And the estate coffee shouldn't be missed!
  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Captain Cook Kona Coast
Toronto, Ontario Canada
5

A MAGICAL RETREAT IN PARADISE

  • 5 of 5
This was our first visit to Tara cottage but it will definitely not be our last!
Nestled into a peaceful corner of Coffee County, our host Michael has created an outdoor space that frames the breath-taking views of the ocean and coast with a magical landscape design. He has artistically integrated the paradise outdoors through the décor and floor plan of the cottage. Each corner of the cottage provides a new place for rejuvenation and reflection. The outdoor shower is heavenly and made private by beautiful bamboo, a sloping rock garden and strategically placed pottery. We loved it so much that we rarely left the property. Michael's own home is on the property but is not easily seen from the cottage and he is very respectful of his guests’ privacy.
The magical accommodations and breath-taking views are an expression of Michael's aesthetic and of his generous personality. We were greeted by him and given a quick tour. To make us feel welcome, he made several floral arrangements for us using plants from the property as well as assembled an amazing welcome basket that included wonderful coffee from his farm, macadamia nuts grown nearby, home grown granola, fruit and more! Michael has anticipated and provided for his guests every need. The kitchen is well-equipped. There are lots of beach towels, chairs and coolers which are perfect for picnicking while visiting "Two-Step" for snorkeling or "The City of Refuge" which are a 10 minute drive from Tara cottage. Our 16 year old loved the excellent Wi-Fi!
Tara is a magical place! We can't wait to go back!
  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Captain Cook Kona Coast
Seattle
5

TARA COTTAGE

  • 5 of 5
It is easy to imagine your self tucked away in the secluded corner of a grand Hawaiian estate, the guest of an owner who prides himself in giving his closest friends a retreat with all the amenities, privacy and elegance that one could want. Well, Michael is the owner and you can be the guest. We would feel privledged to return any time.
  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Captain Cook Kona Coast
San Francisco, CA
5

A PLACE OF PEACE AND SERENITY

  • 5 of 5
If you want a place to relax and unwind this is it. The cottage is beautifully furnished and the landscaping outside is lovely. Michael is an very considerate and friendly person who goes out of his way to make you feel welcome at his property. It's difficult to put into to words just how pleasant this place is; the view of the bay overlooking Captain Cook's Monument, the backround noise of the birds and wildlife, the warm air, the vibe inside the cottage in the afternoon while relaxing in the reading nook, the sunsets, morning Kona coffee on the patio, the geckos, the sound system and the selection of music provided, the library of books, the outdoor solar shower, the list just goes on and on... Go and treat yourself to some quality downtime, you'll have no regrets.
  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Map

The Painted Church, St. Benedict Roman Catholic Church
Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park
Kealakekua Bay Historical Park
Amy BH Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden
Ho'Okena Beach Park
Kona Coast
Kilauea Volcano
"Kilauea Volcano in Volcanoes National Park is the most active volcano in the world, with a c..."
Nearest Airport
22 Miles
Keahole Airport (Kailua-Kona/KOA)
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Mamalahoa (Hwy 11)
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Manini Beach at Kealakekua Bay
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
The Corner Pocket in Kealakekua
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Keauhou Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Mi's Italian in Captain Cook
Nearest Point of Interest
Painted Church
Nearest Point of Interest
Pu'uhonua O Honaunau (Place of Refuge in Honaunau) National
Nearest Point of Interest
Paleaku Peace Gardens
Nearest Point of Interest
Kealakekua Bay Marine Life Conservation District
Nearest Point of Interest
Ho'okena Beach Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Honaunau Bay (Two-Step snorkeling/diving spot)
Nearest Point of Interest
Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden
Car: necessary

The district of South Kona hugs the southwestern coastal slopes of the huge 13,679 ft. Mauna Loa volcano. This region's one main road, Hwy. 11, passes through an upslope rather than coastal area dotted with small villages. It is a rural agricultural region of undulating green hillsides, colorful tropical foliage and panoramic oceanviews, renowned for its Kona coffee fields, macadamia nut orchards and organic fruit and vegetable farms. Its most popular coastal region is lovely Kealakekua Bay, famous for its unparalleled fine snorkeling, kayaking and scuba diving, and as the site of the demise of explorer Captain James Cook. Another remarkable coastal area is beautiful Puuhonua O Honaunau National Park, the ancient Hawaiian Place of Refuge.

Both the marine preserve of Kealakekua Bay and the Place of Refuge National Park are within a 10-15 minute drive of Tara Cottage. Just north of the boundary of the Place of Refuge Park is the popular 'Two-Step' snorkel/dive spot, with easy entry into the water for swimming/snorkeling surrounded by colorful reef fish, sea turtles and spinner dolphins.

Even closer is beautiful Paleaku Peace Gardens, offering strolls through manicured gardens as well as ongoing yoga classes and various scheduled events; and the popular Painted Church.

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Captain Cook Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
SUMMER VALUE Season
Jun 1 2014 - Sep 20 2014
3 night minimum stay
$159
$980
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
 
FALL Season
Sep 21 2014 - Dec 16 2014
4 night minimum stay
$169
$1,085
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
 
HOLIDAY Season
Dec 17 2014 - Jan 4 2015
7 night minimum stay
$199
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
 
WINTER PEAK Season
Jan 5 2015 - Mar 31 2015
5 night minimum stay
$189
$1,225
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
$169
$1,050
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Out cleaning Fee $110.00
A 50% Deposit is due within 10 days of the reservation.
Payment by personal check or PayPal.
The Balance Payment due date varies from 30-90 days prior to the arrival date, depending on the time of year and length of stay.
Tax Rate 13.42%
Notes Quoted rates are for 2 adults. For a 3rd adult/older child add $15/night.
There is a required Mid Cleaning Fee of $80 for stays of 3 weeks or more.
Rates are subject to change at any time until the reservation has been confirmed.
Ask about discounts for longer stays.
Tax !D# W21736723-01
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Amenities

Captain Cook Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural
  • Village ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Mountain View
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Romantic
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Secure Parking
  • Solar Panels
  • Solar Hot Water
  • Living Area
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Pantry Items
  • Grill
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Freezer
  • Stove ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Kitchen ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Large 'Water Closet' inside with toilet and large vanity. The outdoor 'waterfall' shower is in a very private garden and lava rock setting with Grohe fixtures and side jets. A very special Hawaiian experience!
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Queen size Bed (1). Firm and remarkably comfortable Serta 'Perfect Day' mattress. Twin Bed (1) In the adjacent bedroom with Spring Air pillowtop mattress.
Entertainment:
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • CD Player
  • Video Library ...
  • Books ...
  • Piano
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Large Cooler
  • Small Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Events Allowed
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • library
  • playground
  • ruins
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • live theater
  • museums
  • arboretum
  • caves
  • forests
  • rain forests
  • water parks
  • coin laundry
  • reefs
  • volcano
  • festivals
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
  • horseback riding
  • antiquing
  • shelling
  • boating
  • luaus
  • paddle boating
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • photography
  • shopping
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • mountain climbing
  • deepsea fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • tennis
  • sailing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • swimming
  • snorkeling/diving
  • fishing
  • cycling
  • surfing
  • parasailing
Notes:
Outdoor shower equipped with Grohe fixtures and side jets, skylight over bed, Kona coffee and fresh fruit grown on the property
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