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Homeaway's Top 10 Romantic Properties In The World - The Falls at Reed's Island

Jack Stevenson

Member since: 2000
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Speaks: english
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights

Jack Stevenson

Member since: 2000
Speaks: english
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Within a few hours
Response rate:
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Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2015
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Homeaway's Top 10 Romantic Properties In The World - The Falls at Reed's Island

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights

Overview

Hilo House Rental Photos and Description

3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, sleeps 6

The Falls at Reed's Island located in Hilo's upscale enclave, Reed's Island, a mile from downtown Hilo. Perched at eye level to one of Hawaii's most beautiful waterfalls, and is flanked by the Wailuku River and rain forest. The Falls at Reed's Island features private bathrooms, hot-and-cold soaking tubs and views from every window.

Selected by Frommer’s as one of the 15 top picks, on the planet - properties with a view. Homeaway's top 10 romantic properties in the world, Concierge magazine Editors Pick. The Falls at Reed's Island, was also one of four properties featured in The New York Times - 'Secluded Retreats on the Big Island' and was featured on the TV special - 'Around the World in 80 Homes' produced by the Fine Living Channel.

Historically home for the Hawaiians was not on the beach, they lived in the valleys where the weather was appealing, inspirational, serene. Legend has it that Reed’s Island, (original name “Koloiki”) was the play ground of the Alii. Imagine staying in what seems to be deep in a rain forest, but just a mile up river of Hilo Bay, where a Hawaiian King spent his time.

Guest comments from Honolulu - “Thank you, thank you, thank you! We have loved the experience of this magical place. The soothing cascades of the waterfalls, the falling rain, the calls of birds, the black rocks and so many colors of green just overload the senses and provide an unimagined tranquility. Steve told us of this paradise - but even he could not prepare us for this setting. From dawn to dark we have been captive and can only speak in low voices as if not to break the spell. Thank you for sharing this all with us. We leave with memories and feelings that will last forever. Much aloha”

Reed's Island is a Hilo neighborhood where the wealthy built their homes in a bygone era, and it still holds that reputation today. The two and a quarter acre estate is located at the very end of the island's only road, giving it the most prestigious and secluded setting on the island - “feels like being on a private island”.

The Falls at Reed's Island is about 1 mile from old historic Hilo town and Hilo Bay “The Beautiful Bayside City”. The land is more vertical than horizontal, a sliver with about 700' of frontage on the Wailuku River, the largest river in the State. It is protected by a fragment of State land on its side away from the river, and the land across the river is protected by a conservation easement. When on the property, it seems deep in the rain forest, although it is really in downtown Hilo.

Amenities: Phone, wifi, cable TV, DVD, VCR, CD player, hot and cold soaking tubs, full kitchen, sub zero refrigerator, ice maker, kitchen aid range, dishwasher, two sinks, cooking utensils, all linens including beach towels, iron and ironing board, hair dryers, washer and dryer, Weber Gas BBQ.

Activities: Active volcano, hiking, biking, golfing, fitness center, horseshoes, fishing, horseback riding, shopping, restaurants, cinemas, museums, sightseeing, swimming, snorkeling & diving, boating, surfing.

Area: Located 10 min from the Hilo International Airport and 30 min from Volcanoes National Park.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Jack Stevenson (Owner)
Member since: 2000
Call Owner
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Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2015

About Jack Stevenson

Owners are Jack and Jane Stevenson. Jack is a fourth generation Hawaii resident. His great grandparents came from Germany in 1882, straight to Kauai. Jane has lived in Hawaii 56 years. They grew up on Oahu and spent 14 years on Kauai before moving to the Big Island when they purchased the property and created “The Falls at Reed's Island”. They have fallen in love with Hilo in the last ten years. Think that Hilo feels like Honolulu did in the fifties. They love the verdant green side of the Island and all the beautiful rivers and streams. They live in an historic house just five minutes from The Falls. Jack is very active in the Rotary Club of South Hilo. Jane spends time on historic preservation. Jack is an avid scuba diver, who only recently sold his dive boat.

Jack Stevenson purchased this house in 2000

Why Jack Stevenson chose Hilo

The property was a private vacation home designed and built by two Architects, from San Francisco. Upon the death of one the property was put on the market. We purchased the property because of its simplistic beauty, and by the way it has a 25' waterfall right in the yard. Jane and I converted it to a vacation rental.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have had the most wonderful stay at this very special place. We are grateful to both of you for keeping the integrity of the house as Tom and David made it. It has been a poignant visit, thinking of our friends as they envisioned this place and the enormous amount of work it took to create this vision.

We did go out and about to Volcano which is truly amazing, the botanical garden and other explorations but what I really wanted to do was stay here and soak up this place. My husband was writing a good portion of this stay and the house and the outdoors provided a calming and perfect refuge. We’ve taken advantage of trying out many different places to eat while we visited this side of the Island: Miyo’s (great home style Japanese cooking), Sombat’s Thai, Kaleo’s Bar & Grill – Yum, Pahoa, Café Ono-Volcano, Naung Mai Thai Kitchen , Hilo – All of these places served really good food. Make sure to visit the Farmer’s Market in Hilo – we were able to buy white pineapples and other wonderful tropical fruits. Thank you so much.
Apr 2013
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Reviews

5
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Homeaway's Top 10 Romantic Properties In The World - The Falls at Reed's Island
average rating of 5.0 based on 64 reviews
5

Breathtaking and Exotic

  • 5 of 5

We were here for 5 days last September and were blown away. What an amazing place. From the moment you enter the gate you will feel like you are a world away. The gardens and waterfall is simply like no other and you become immersed in them. Every room has an amazing view of the lush trees and jungle. The river runs through the property so you it's almost all you hear except at night when you hear the frogs singing everywhere.

The kitchen is spacious and you can almost get lost walking inside the house. I think this was the first time we did not turn on the TV while on vacation. The Jacuzzi over looks the river and there is literally no one else a round.

The view of Reeds fall is breathtaking - and its all yours while you are there.

Very difficult to describe this place - other than Wow!!

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

Extraordinary Beauty, Total Privacy

  • 5 of 5

This property literally could not exist anywhere else on earth, so thoroughly is it integrated into its spectacular physical setting. Perched high on a volcanic flow along the Wailuku River, the house and its garden are a perfect exemplar of the Japanese garden concept of "shakkei", or borrowed scenery -- the nearby waterfall and surrounding cliffs are as much a part of the house as the manmade elements; the property's garden seamlessly fuses with the vegetation of the protected state and conservation property that adjoins it.

The house is luxurious in a subtle, non-showy, and highly functional way that totally suits how you will want to live during your Hawai'i stay. Another Japanese term comes to mind: "shibui", the aesthetic of simple, subtle, and unobtrusive beauty.

And though you have complete privacy here (not a single other house is in sight), you are still effectively in the heart of Hilo and its wonderful non-touristy vibe, and it is equally easy to eat out at nearby restaurants or shop at the Farmer's Market and cook at home. It also offers fairly easy access to such stellar sites as Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Richardson's Ocean Park, Waipi'o Valley, the Mana Kea Visitor's Center and its nightly stargazing event, and much more.

The owners are attentive to every detail, terrific to deal with, and make everything easy.

Highly recommended, and kudos to the owners for all the work and heart that goes into preserving this truly special place.

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
5

4 days in Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Stayed at this incredible place for 4 days with my 74 year old parents, my wife, sister and brother-in-law and their 2 kids, ages 11 and 9. The kids were asleep when they came in at night, but it was worth it just to see the looks on their faces in the morning when the sun came up and they looked out the window...precious! In fact, we all carried the same look on our faces as we walked from room to room enjoying the design, the layout, the construction which all works together to help you derive maximum enjoyment of the surroundings. On a private road with lots of houses - once you pass through the gates at the falls you are isolated from the rest of the world as the rain forest engulfs you. It's so loud at night! The waterfall sounds like rainstorm and the birds at night...! It turns out there are no birds at night! Those are frogs pretending to be birds! My wife needs silence to sleep at night, but she slept like a baby here. These are the sounds that we are meant to hear as we sleep. Jack and Jane - thank you so much for sharing your private paradise with us! If I owned such a house I would have a hard time renting it out to strangers....so thank you for this wonderful gift!

  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Beautiful, perfect, can't wait to come back

  • 5 of 5

Everything you have read about this amazing property is true. The view is amazing. We enjoyed the privacy of our own estate with the convenience of downtown Hilo only a few minutes away. Once you enter the gates, you are in your own little world. We just got back and are already plotting our return. Thank you, this was a wonderful vacation!

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Savannah GA
5

This home is truly AMAZING!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Everything was truly amazing here! The home was perfect for my husband, another couple with a toddler and me! Everything was clean and well maintained. The Big Island is amazing too. Just be sure to plan your day out as most sites are a good hour away!

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Brownstown, MI
5

Today's Garden of Eden

  • 5 of 5

WOW! My husband and a agree, this place is spectacular. You are secluded and yet so close to Hilo. I am an "oceanfront" person, but I enjoyed this home so much, that it did not matter, at all, that we did not have any ocean views. The house itself is like the canvas to a beautiful painting. The home is so beautiful in its design simplicity. We had everything we needed and more. The views were magnificent...and to have your own waterfall, that was the best. As far as I'm concerned, there is absolutely nothing to complain about. The property was just as wonderful as the description and pictures portray. Jack was very easy to work with, and very attentive to details. I'd give it 6 stars if I could.

It is in a great location to explore this section of the Big Island. We basically covered the Hamakua Coast, down to the town of Na'alehu. Visiting the Volcanoes Park is a must. Also one of the few tours we took (this is our 4th trip to the Big Island) was the Waipio Valley Shuttle with Doug as our guide. If you're not hikers, this is a great way to see the valley; better than the donkey tour to the Valley. We have been to the islands 12 times and this is the first time I got tears of pure joy while looking out the window towards the waterfall; I thank God for finding this place.

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Map

Nearest Airport
6 Miles
Hilo International Airport
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Hilo Municipal Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Cafe Pesto
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Coconut Island
Car: recommended

East side of the Big Island, Hawaii. Great location for visits to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

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Rates & Availability

From $355 Per night

Hilo House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Rate thru 18 months
Apr 18 2015 - Sep 30 2016
4 night minimum stay
$355
$2,415
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $39 per night, per additional guest
 
Oct Nov 2016
Oct 1 2016 - Nov 30 2016
5 night minimum stay
$355
$2,415
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $39 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $225 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.42%
Notes 7 nights or more $345.00 per nt, single or double occ (plus)*
6 to 4 nights $355.00 per nt, single or double occ (plus)*

Happy to book 3 nights if they are open between two other bookings.
* Plus $39 for each additional occupant per night

Cleaning fee $225
Taxes totaling 13.416%: [GET of 4.166 & TAT 9.25]
State Tax ID W02658930-01

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Amenities

Hilo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • River ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Free Local Calls
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Printer
  • Scanner
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
  • Private bathroom in each bedroom.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , or two twins
  • Each bedroom has private bathroom. Great views from all bedrooms. Bedroom 3 (set as king or two twins).
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • DVR
  • MP3 Dock
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
Communication / Internet:
  • fax
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Golf
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • Yard
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Hot and cold soaking tubs in screen area. Free, direct dial, US Mainland, Canada and inter-island calls.

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