|Minimum Stay||5 - 6 nights|
Luxurious tropical estate! Enter via a gated Royal Palm lined drive to a dramatic custom home with open beam ceilings, private lanai showcases an incredible ocean and coastal view.
There is complete privacy, with a lava rock wall and electric gate, surrounding the property, making it ideal for family reunions, health and company retreats, small weddings and other events.
Beautiful, elegantly furnished with antiques and open beam ceilings, on a 1 acre gated estate, with koi pond, waterfall, fountain, chlorine-free pool and hot tub, and 180 degree ocean-view lanai, orchards with hundreds of fruit trees.
Fully furnished and equipped 2 bedroom 2 bath guest house, with open beam ceilings in the living room, is over 1000 square feet with a 280 square foot covered lanai, with panoramic views.
Two full bedrooms and baths are in the guest house, with its' own separate entrance and parking. The guest house has a full kitchen and living room and dining area.
TV, Internet access, electricity, water and trash pick-up included. Laundry facility available on the property, in the main house.
The estate is located at a 1000 foot elevation, which is perfect weather. No air conditioning needed. The property is 10 minutes from downtown Kona, 10 minutes from the airport, and near beaches, restaurants and 3 minutes from Costco. NO SMOKERS. If there is a function with a smoker in attendance, they must smoke outside the gates of the property. Small housebroken pets considered.
Call Karen at number listed.
The following are video tours of the property.
This is the outside grounds of the 'Turtle House'
This is a video tour of the main house, though the updates have not been included in the video either. The office has a screens which can cover the large office entrance. There are room for two queen size aerobeds.
The gym has room for one aerobed and music room has a double bed, and room for another aerobed.
This is the upstairs of the main house
Tour of the inside of the guest house (the master bedroom has now been updated from a double bed to a king size bed, but we didn't update the video)
Vacationers can choose to rent either the main house, or the guest house separately. If the main house is selected, then Karen and Tim (the owners) will move from the main house, to the guest house, along with their pets. There are different rates, depending on which portion of the property you rent. The main house, alone, is $600 a night. The guest house is $180-$200 a night, depending on the time of year.
Everything vacationers need for a wonderful vacation is included. We do everything in our power to make sure our guests have a wonderful time.
Since the guest house is off Hina Lani, a main 2 lane road, there is some traffic noise.
I am a gerontologist and holistic health counselor. Born in Columbus Ohio...went to Kent State for B.A. and Ohio State for my Masters Degree; and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition/Columbia University for post grad work in holistic health. Completed additional post graduate work to become a Certified Natural Healthcare Professional. Love music, nature, dance, art, health and people. I now live in Kailua Kona, HI with my fiancee, Dr. Tim Hendlin, who is a holistic physician and chiropractor. We have 5 'fur children' and an Amazon parrot.
Karen Russell purchased this estate in 2010
It's a safe, beautiful, private place, that is close to town, the airport, beaches, attractions, restaurants and shopping. We are very accommodating and caring for our guests. We have beautiful landscaping and wonderful fruit trees throughout the property.
It's so wonderful to be able to look out and see the ocean from throughout the property. The sunsets are magnificent and if a visitor wants on site chiropractic services, massage, far infrared sauna, nutritional and holistic health guidance or organic meals, they are available, at an extra charge.
We have spent three weeks in summer of 2014 in the Karen’s and Tim’s Turtle guest house in Kona, Hawaii. What a wonderful vacation we have had there! The great experience started long before our arrival – Karen was incredibly helpful with all kind of practical information and inspiration, writing us long mails for about half a year before our arrival. We felt as we knew her very well when we came! She and Tim have also made us feel very welcome by buying some food for us for the first night and waiting for our late arrival nearly at midnight.
During our stay, we were always welcome to ask any questions, to get any advice, to use all the facilities, and our three teenage kids truly enjoyed the swimming pool and the jacuzzi. In general, expect for the location close to a traffic road, this comfortable house is perfectly situated high above the sea providing enjoyable air temperature and breeze all day long, with a very nice lanai facing the ocean with beautiful palm trees in the garden. We spent a lot of time there relaxing, playing games (given to us by our hosts) with kids, and appreciating our summer vacation.
We covered about 1700 miles in 3 weeks visiting all parts of the Big Island and enjoying the contrasts between beaches and mountains, rain and sun, desert and forest.
Our departure from the island was delayed by the flight cancellation, and our hosts were very kind and flexible, allowing us to spend an additional night even though next guests were arriving very soon.
All in all, it was one of the best vacations we had, a big part of our delightful experience we owed to our host couple. Thank you, Karen and Tim.
Anastassia, Jesper and kids
Upon arrival we were met by the owners who graciously showed us everything in the guest house rental unit. It was exactly as pictured in the listing. We had a lovely bedroom with a very comfortable king size bed and bath accessible from the bedroom. The second bedroom has twin beds with a bathroom accessible both from the bedroom and the hall. Everything was spotlessly clean and well-maintained.
Our hosts provided a book on things to do on the Big Island of Hawaii and we found it very helpful. We stayed for 78 days and went somewhere almost every day. They were very knowledgeable about interesting places to visit on the island. We went to museums, beaches, farmers' markets, hotels and concerts. We joined the VFW while we were there and made many friends there plus having dinners and dances to attend. This VFW is open to everyone; you do not need to be a veteran of a foreign war or, in fact, a veteran at all.
On the 3rd Sunday of the month, the village in Kailua-Kona closes the street to vehicular traffic in the afternoon so many booths can be set up by vendors selling a variety of merchandise. One booth is maintained by an organization called, "Friends of Bluegrass" who have several bluegrass bands playing throughout the afternoon. Many folks just stay there to listen. The abundance of free parking in Kailua-Kona is a plus.
The best restaurant we went to was Huggo's. We were there for Christmas dinner and I had the best mahi mahi ever. If you go on a Wednesday, you get a discount. This is good because they are a little pricy.
As our hosts suggested, we joined Costco and bought some groceries there. Mainly we used their gas station as the gas was substantially cheaper than elsewhere.
The only drawback to this property is that is next to a main highway from Hilo and the noise of the trucks going up and down the hill is annoying.
If you are staying for an extended period of time, I would strongly suggest having an interim cleaning done.
We would highly recommend this property to all our friends and relatives.
We have a chiropractor and holistic physician, as well as a nutritionist and holistic health counselor, and massage services and a far infrared sauna available (for extra charges). It is easy to get to attractions and points of interest from our home, as we are just off a main two lane road, called Hina Lani, which links to the two main highways on the Big Island.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Nov 7 2014 - Apr 30 2015
6 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
|Cleaning Fee||$175 + Tax|
|Refundable damage deposit||$250|
The guest house rents for between $180 and $200 a night. Special events, ie weddings or family reunions may have additional charges, depending on the number of guests. The state of HI charges a mandatory 13.42% in taxes.
Payment in full when the reservation is made. When one is booking 6 months or more, in advance, we can split the payment into two payments, if necessary.
Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website: