|Minimum Stay||3 - 5 nights|
Current Notes for Fall/2014: [Please note that media information about he current eruption and lava flow and its impact on life on the Big Island is apt to be overblown, to say it mildly. These flows happen every dozen years or so in an area that is far south of our property. Due to the topography of the island, this flow, should it continue, will flow to the ocean somewhere in the Puna District. The specific volcano that is upslope from our area north of Hilo has been dormant for 4500 years.
Add'l Note: Two night stays are sometimes possible, especially once our calendar is nearly full. Please inquire with your specific dates.]
Our country estate is in Onomea, 6 miles north of Hilo, on 5 tropical acres with garden and ocean views. Onomea Guest Suite is a private cottage with garden views of flowering royal Poinciana trees, sweeping monkey pod trees, mango, lychee, mountain apple and coconut trees, and many other varieties of palms. The most repeated description by our guests is 'peaceful'. The suite has a studio layout... bedroom, living room and kitchenette all in one ample main space, and a lovely stone-tiled bath with very high ceilings and gorgeous light. The covered lanai is enjoyable rain or shine for dining or relaxing. Our road is one of the loveliest in all of Hawaii. Artists frequently come to paint it! Within walking distance is the old donkey trail to Onomea Bay, a breathtaking bay along the old Scenic Highway. You can also walk to the Hawaii Botanic Gardens, and by car, we are equi-distant from Volcano National Park to the south and Waipio Valley to the north.... Just 2 of many other attractions in the area.
Queen bed, plus a twin size day bed provides a comfortable accommodation for up to three. Kitchenette has enough cooking appliances that you won't miss the stovetop or oven. You'll find the barbecue on your lanai and many kitchen appliances on the countertop or in the cabinets.
A few notes about our guest suite....and us!
(Don't forget to READ OUR REVIEWS!!)
Our guest space was completed in March 2011, a project lovingly created over two years.
The bathroom and shower are wheelchair accessible and there are no steps between parking and entry to suite.
There are three separate buildings on the property (the main house and two cottages) all adjoined by covered breezeways. My wife and I occupy our own private cottage. We work from home and are usually available to help you with directions, dining suggestions or simply to come up with extra pillows!
The suite is the smaller of two guest accommodations on the property. If you need space for a larger group, the main house (HomeAway # 974771) sleeps 4 to 6.
Should you be interested in being married in Hawaii, our property is a beautiful setting for a ceremony. I am a lifelong photographer (formerly a film location scout) and can provide photos .... and my wife is certified to perform legal marriages!
By car, within 10 minutes, are the magnificent 419 foot high Akaka Falls, the charming village of Honomu; and the nearby city of Hilo, center of commerce on the east slope of Mauna Kea and home to the renowned Hilo Farmers Market.
Some other activities we recommend you think about during your stay, here on the east side of the Island of Hawaii......
Horseback riding in Kohala or Waipio Valley; a zipline adventure; several nearby beach parks, snorkeling, Champaign Ponds, photography, hiking; bird watching; a visit to the 13,980 foot summit of Mauna Kea where 7 international telescopes are redefining our understanding of the heavens (a visitor center is open daily at the 9,000 foot level); Alahanui Park - Hot Spring Pond; the Lyman Museum, the Tsunami Museum, the Hilo zoo, Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut farm and factory; and.... Volcano National Park. There is a clickable calendar at this site. Please check the calendar for availability and contact us about any questions. FOR INITIAL INQUIRIES, EMAIL IS GREATLY PREFERRED OVER TELEPHONE. Mahalo!
GE Tax Number: W00358152-01
Together we have many stories to tell... about location scouting for film and Tv, performing in Tv and theater, photo assignments, llama farming, life in New York City, LA, Montana, growing up in the territory of Hawaii, the band, our kids. If you come and see us and care to share some stories....as we say in Hawaii... we can Talk Story together.
Randall Duryea purchased this studio in 2003
This is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in all of Hawaii. It is gorgeous here, and we'd love to share it with you.
Our place is peaceful... We are on the green and lush side of the island. It's never hot here, never cold, though it might get chilly enough to grab a cotton sweater or flannel shirt early in the morning. The air is soft and full of the smell of flowers. The rivers and waterfalls speak to the rain, the rain responds and the birds and crickets and tree frogs provide the chorus of life all around.
Without exaggeration, this is an awesome place to stay! If you are looking for a peaceful, laid back environment that has all the comforts of home for a more than reasonable price, your search should stop right here.
Randall and Donna are exactly what you want in a property owner/manager. They are there when you need them with a vast knowledge of Island info, yet they are incredibly respectful of your privacy. Donna gave us a bunch of Apple Bananas that were just to die for and Randall was very patient in answering all of our questions and understanding our constant mispronounced Hawaiian names.
The suite was clean, sleek, homey and well stocked with everything we needed for our stay. The grounds are beautiful and very well manicured. My only regret is that I wish that I would've brought a frisbee!
We would not hesitate to come back and stay with Randall and Donna! Diane and I feel as though we made new friends while here! You will too!
Kevin and Diane
A piece of heaven in a tropical paradise, with nightly serenades from the coqui frogs, Amazing!
The property was perfect clean, stylish, spacious and homey. Lots of room for our 3 year old daughter to run around.
Randall was very helpful and friendly.
The Botanical gardens at the end of the road are incredible if you get a chance.
We would highly recommend the property to anyone and would love to stay here again.
We stayed here 3 nights in November 2014 and it was the best of the 4 places we stayed on that trip. Randall was so friendly and communicative. It's one huge room and a bathroom. There is a bar sink, full size fridge, hot plate, barbecue on the lanai, blender, rice cooker, a very well equipped kitchen for a guest house. We cooked basic meals here and found nothing lacking. Pictures are accurate. The room looks out on a spacious lawn with mature trees. Hilo is an easy short drive away. A very comfortable, high quality place. We'd love to stay here again!
A truly fine property and host. We have been traveling now for a little over five months now, using both AIRBNB and VRBO. This property and guest are included in our top three. The property is absolutely gorgeous and Randal could not be more gracious and welcoming. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED !
I know we are a little late with our review ;-) we stayed at the Garden Cottage for 4 days from april 12th 2013 ;-)
But we had such a wonderful stay that I cannot miss to write a review.
The location of this property was perfect and just as described. A little garden cottage in a beautiful garden!
We just loved this little paradise!
And a enormous MERCI to Randall.
He always had some great suggestion on places to go closeby. Thanks so much for your hospitality and whenever you come to France, please contact us!
Tina + Eric from Paris
What a wonderful stay! The property was so beautiful! Pictures can't really show, you must see first hand. The location is ideal and set amongst a private oasis. Holidays is a short drive down the highway with some great restuarants and up the coast you will find hikes and beach parks via jungle and streams where fresh water meets the ocean. Privacy is accomplished by a great design of the property, having the sliding doors and lanai facing the large front yard. Talk a walk down the private road a view true Hawaii.... The road ends at one of the "must sees" on the island: A scenery loop that goes by the Botanical Gardens with a public trail beside it, that leads to the Onomea Bay. It was exquisite! You must stay here if you get the chance! Randall and Donna were perfect host. So friendly helpful, knowledgeable and respectful of privacy.... Highly recommend a stay whether it be extended or short. Many amenities and beautifully decorated to accomdate.
In all of Hawaii, there is no place quite like Onomea. Along the famed Hamakua coast, Old Onomea Road and the Old Mamalahoa Highway winding past Onomea Bay, are quiet treasures worth savoring. Take a walk down our little country lane. Too narrow for cars to pass, we stop and visit instead! When our home was part of a larger estate, it was planted with royal palms that now tower alongside the road nearly all the way to the ocean. Nearby, the old donkey trail leads downhill to Onomea Bay where a little river enters the sea. You can imagine the ships of old, anchored in the bay, receiving bales of cane sugar hoisted aloft on zip lines tethered ashore. Nearby, too, is the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, a charming smoothie stand and the 100 year old Low's Store; nearby by car.... the 442 foot high Akaka Falls, the little village of Honomu, many beach parks and Hilo's renowned farmers market; We are about equi-distant from Volcano Park to the south and Waipio Valley to the north... Two day-trips you won't want to miss!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Dec 24 2015 - Jan 2 2016
4 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest|
Jan 4 2016 - Mar 26 2016
5 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest|
|Cleaning Fee||$50.00 + Tax|
Two night stays are sometimes possible. Inquire for rate and availability.
Quoted Rates are for double occupancy. Third guest is additional $15/night. Cancellation Policy is for full refund if cancelled by 10 weeks prior to arrival date.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.