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CREEKSIDE COTTAGE: PEACE, PRIVACY, OCEAN VIEW

Tom and Marcy Luebben

Advertiser since: 2011
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Speaks: english
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights

Tom and Marcy Luebben

Advertiser since: 2011
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
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CREEKSIDE COTTAGE: PEACE, PRIVACY, OCEAN VIEW

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights

Overview

Pepeekeo House Rental Photos and Description

Sweet new 1-bedroom cottage immersed in nature and beauty on 20 acres.

Perched above a spring-fed babbling brook on 20 private landscaped acres, the Creekside Cottage offers the peace, serenity, privacy and nature that will dissolve your city stress. Ten miles (15 minutes) from downtown Hilo, on the lush and scenic Hamakua Coast with ocean views.

Perfect for a single or couple seeking a quiet and romantic getaway. In addition to the bedroom upstairs, there's a sofa bed in the living room, so it can accommodate up to 4 guests.

1 full bathroom plus 1 half-bath.

Fully equipped kitchen.

Screened-in lanai.

There are no city lights to dim the night sky, and no traffic noise. A eucalyptus forest blocks the view of the road.

East Hawaii, the Hilo side, is the beautiful side of the island, where you'll want to spend your time when visiting the Big Island. And the Creekside Cottage is perfectly located for the most convenient access to all the spectacular sights and adventures Hawaii is famous for. (The west or Kona side is barren desert, and a 2-3 hour drive to the natural wonders.) The Creekside Cottage is just a few minutes from beautiful swimming and surfing beaches, spectacular waterfalls and botanical gardens. The most pristine snorkeling reefs and tide pools in the Pacific ocean are close by, on the easternmost point of the island. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - with the active volcano, fascinating lava tubes, and hundreds of miles of hiking trails - is also on the East side and 45 minutes from the Cottage. Stunning Akaka Falls is 5 miles away. World-famous Waipio Falls is 1 hour to the north.

Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Tom and Marcy Luebben (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2011
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Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
January 26, 2015

About Tom and Marcy Luebben

We're in our 60's, and this is intended to be our retirement home. Until then we're making it available for others to enjoy. Most of the time we live in the Sandia Mountains in New Mexico, and we spend as much time as possible in Hawaii. Our wonderful Hawaiian property manager Kealani lives near the Cottage - she will be the one to greet you when you arrive and make sure you have everything you need to feel at home during your stay.

Tom is a lawyer and law professor specializing in the needs of Native Americans and indigenous peoples. Marcy is a musician/songwriter and church music director, and retired psychotherapist. We're active outdoor adventurers and love wilderness backpacking.

Though the rental income on the Hawaii property doesn't cover all the expenses on it, it helps a lot - so we thank you for renting it and helping us make our retirement dream come true!

Tom and Marcy Luebben purchased this house in 2011

Why Tom and Marcy Luebben chose Pepeekeo

We've been visiting Hawaii 2 or 3 times a year for many years. We love all the islands, but the Big Island is our favorite because it provides so much variety - from high mountain tops to snorkel reefs, to wilderness hikes, to the active volcano. On every vacation, we always spent a couple of days looking at real estate, until our broker was like family. When we first saw this property in Dec 2010, we were riveted by its beauty. When we stood gazing at the lush green valley and sparkling ocean, we both knew this was the place we'd been searching for.

What makes this house unique

Having spent most of our lives in the southwestern desert, two streams and our own private waterfall is nothing short of heaven. And where else can we pick our own oranges, papayas, and pineapples for breakfast, and avocados for our salad? The serenity and peace, the openness of the landscape, the out-in-the-country feeling, are soothing to the heart and soul.

What's really unique about this property is it's ideal location - 15 minutes from downtown Hilo with all all the shops and restaurants and medical facilities, yet in such a quiet, undeveloped, rural setting. The Hamakua Coast is as beautiful as Hawaii can get, and we're so close to the spectacular waterfalls and the botanical gardens, as well as the live volcano.

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights
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Reviews

5
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average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews
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Pepeekeo Hilo District
Santa Fe, New Mexico
5

Sweet house, magical setting, lovingly cared for

  • 5 of 5
We lucked out finding this gracious, lovely home. Very roomy, equipped with every comfort, we were quite surprised to find it provided so much, at such a low rate.
During this same vacation we spent a few nights in Volcano town in a tiny room with only a bed and a bathroom, no kitchen, no view, no laundry facilities, not even a chair, yet the rate was $20 higher than the Creekside Cottage. On previous vacations, we spent $300/night for rentals barely half as nice as the Creekside Cottage. Truly.
It has everything you could desire to feel at home. Lovely furnishings, thoughtfully decorated, attractive dishes and kitchenware (even a blender & a citrus juicer), CD player & Hawaiian CD's, very comfortable bed, lots of extra towels & blankets. The internet was fast, though we hardly used it. There was no cable TV service, just a monitor and DVD’s - but who goes to paradise to watch TV? No A/C either, but not needed with those pleasant breezes. On Hawaii you won’t find A/C in homes anyway, only in hotels.
We felt touched by the thoughtful way it had been prepared for our stay - many little details, like a bouquet of flowers gathered from the property, and fresh picked fruit, also from the property.
The cottage is cradled in the peaceful and profoundly beautiful Kapehu valley that flows in undulating waves of lush green pastures down to the silver sea. Captivating. When we first arrived and saw this valley, I instantly felt at home, though it was more beautiful than any home I ever lived in. I wanted nothing more than to forget my agendas, inhale the pure air, and slip into present time in this magical setting.
The caretaker extraordinaire, Kealani, who greeted us when we arrived, is a warm, big-hearted native Hawaiian lady. It’s obvious she deeply loves this property and puts her whole heart and soul into maintaining its beauty. We learned a great deal from her, because she took the time to answer all our questions, not just about the best places to snorkel, etc., but also about Hawaiian language, culture, history. Her full name contains the words Mai Kahiki, which means “from Tahiti” which is where her ancestors originated. Actually, we could have enjoyed spending our whole vacation hanging out with Kealani and talking story. She’s the embodiment of aloha. If we had stayed in a resort, we’d have missed all that - we’d have just been tourists. But at the Creekside Cottage, we experienced the true aloha spirit of Hawaii. We will certainly return.
  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Pepeekeo Hilo District
Midwest USA
5

Excellent Place

  • 5 of 5
About 10 miles North of Hilo, this place is located in a wonderful natural environment. There is a waterfall on the property, fruit trees. and an ocean view. It's utterly peaceful, and conveniently located for all East Island sites, including Volcanoes Park.

The kitchen is complete, and includes such extras as microwave and blender. If you want, you can stay in the cottage as a getaway, without touring the sights. Either way, you won't be disappointed by this bargain rental.

The owners are generally not available in person, although they are accessible by phone. They were exceptionally generous in not charging us for some damage that we inadvertently did.

The manager of the property is a woman named Kealani. She is completely attentive to one's needs (she quickly supplied us with a needed radio-alarm), as well as fully informative regarding sightseeing, shopping, and dining. Additionally, she is a source of information regarding Hawaiian history, and a fascinating person with whom to converse.

Since the information supplied on this website regarding this property is completely accurate, I only want to add that this place is the bargain rental it appears to be.
  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Pepeekeo Hilo District
Ontario
5

Best ever

  • 5 of 5
We had 9 days, so we first spent 4 nights on the Kona side, then 5 nights on the Hilo side at the Creekside Cottage. If we ever return to Big Island, we'll stay on the Hilo side for the whole trip, and hopefully at the Creekside for the whole time, too.
[Kona is overrated and overpriced, and a very long way from the volcano, waterfalls and other sights. Plus, due to the prevailing winds, Kona was socked in with vog when we were there, and we both had serious allergy reactions.]
So we were relieved to get to the Creekside Cottage with the fresh air and natural beauty all around. The cottage turned out to be far nicer than we expected, and nicer anything we'd seen on the island so far. The grounds are unusually beautiful - very large, open, and beautifully landscaped open area to roam, with a path down to a waterfall. We picked lillikoi fruits on the property (tip: sprinkle a little lilikoi juice on your ice cream for a taste sensation) and papayas and a pineapple, and the caretaker cut some bananas for us. The eucalyptus forest along one side of the cottage provided a dense privacy screen from any roads or headlights, and it smelled good, too. We even got to see some native Hawaiian birds in those trees. We recommend bringing binoculars.
The cottage itself is beautiful. Stone tile floors (marble tiles in the downstairs bathroom), granite counters, elegant pillars and trim, lots of windows with great views, screened-in lanai. The second bathroom just off the bedroom upstairs was an extra convenience for someone who tends to get up often in the night. The cottage is very spacious, bigger than the 2 of us really needed. It's beautifully furnished, and well supplied with cookware and dishes, microwave, gas range, toaster, coffeemaker, even a blender. And it was squeky clean and well-maintained.
The owner Marcy was just great in supplying us with information about sights to see (and the Creekside is centrally located for all the sights on the island). The caretaker, Kealani, met us at the property when we arrived. She's a for-real Hawaiian local, very warm and gracious, as well as knowledgeable about the island.
We can't think of anything that could be improved on, actually. We highly, highly recommend this place.
  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Pepeekeo Hilo District
Phoenix, AZ
5

A real find

  • 5 of 5
To be honest, before we arrived we had serious doubts about what we might get for only $99/night. We first went to Maui for 5 days before hopping over to the big island, and on Maui we rented a nice cabin for $220/night. Then when we got to the big island and checked into the Creek Side Cottage, we were surprised - no, shocked would be more accurate - to discover that this cottage was just as nice as the cabin on Maui, for less than half the price. You hear about everything on Hawaii being overly expensive, and you sort of brace yourself for each hit to your credit card, and then you find this really great place for a surprisingly low price, and it just makes you smile. That Maui cabin was only a block from the ocean, but there were so many other houses crowded all around it that we felt a bit closed in there. This Creek Side cottage, though, felt very free and open - with all that acreage around it and no neighbors nearby, just the cows on the hillside. It was very relaxing to come back to this peaceful place in the evenings after a long day of adventures. Sure, it's not within walking distance of any beach, but it's just a few minutes drive to a number of nice, uncrowded beaches. In fact, the location of this cottage was great for us, because we wanted to see every big waterfall there was to see, do the zip lines and the lava-watching boat tour, as well as explore different parts of the volcano national park on different days - and this cottage is close to every one of those things.
The cottage was super clean, the landscaping very nicely maintained, and the property was full of awesome little surprises - like wading ponds in the streams that run through the property, and a private swimming hole below their waterfall. The owner was friendly and easy to work with, and promptly answered all our zillion questions. We really liked the caretaker too - a very cool Hawaiian woman who met us at the cottage when we arrived and made us feel welcome. We highly recommend this place, and if we get a chance to return to Hawaii some day, we know where we want to stay.
  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We agree, it's truly a wonderful place (that's why we purchased the property), and the location is perfect for all the sights and adventures on the Big Island. And yes, our property manager Kealani is an awesome Hawaiian lady, isn't she? We really love her. Looking forward to seeing you again some day. Ahui hou!
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Pepeekeo Hilo District
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
5

Idyllic serenity

  • 5 of 5
This adorable cottage, with its privacy and idyllic peace & quiet and ocean views, is a great example of "real" Hawaii. The Hilo side of the island, in general, is real Hawaii — far more inviting than the "kitsch of Kona" (my husband and I joked that Kona is a fake Disney-esque replica of Hawaii). We spent the first 5 days of our 10-day vacation on the Kona side, and the other 5 days on the Hilo side in the Creekside Cottage. If we had known in advance what a sweet place this is, we’d have spent our whole vacation here, and wouldn't have wasted a moment in Kona. Good thing the Kona part of our trip was at the beginning when we didn’t know any better, because if we’d gone to Kona after spending 5 days at the Creekside Cottage, it would have been such a let-down it might have spoiled our whole trip.

We became quite fond of funky Hilo town (especially the farmers market!), yet we loved coming "home" to this quiet rural valley 10 miles outside of Hilo, surrounded by nature and beauty.

The place is nicer in real life than in the pictures. I guess you can’t capture magic in a camera. We found it meticulously clean, carefully maintained, nicely furnished, cozy and romantic. The owner made the booking process easy.

The location was perfect for us, as we divided our time between the volcano to the south and the ziplines and spectacular waterfalls just north of the property. There’s also a must-see botanical garden just a few minutes away in Onomea.

The property manager, Kealani, is a native Hawaiian and member of the Kingdom of Hawaii — we learned a lot about the island and about Hawaiian culture and language talking to her. And we had a great time wandering the grounds and picking citrus fruits, avocados, lilikoi, bananas. One day we walked down to the waterfall at the bottom end of the property with a cooler, and had a delightful private picnic there. We saw crawdads in the Kapehu stream — planned on catching some for dinner one evening, but ran out of time. (Next time . . .)

The listing doesn’t mention internet, and the owner didn’t guarantee it, but there is WiFi. What they have is satellite internet at their other vacation rental some distance away, with a signal booster to a router bridge at the cottage. It’s not speedy: if you have to work during your stay and you depend on high-speed internet, you’ll find it frustrating. But we found it adequate for email and such.

We highly recommend this rental.
  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
Creekside cottage: peace, privacy, ocean view
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p470257vb
-15056882000
Pepeekeo Hilo District
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
5

Surrounded by nature and beauty

  • 5 of 5
This adorable cottage, with its privacy and idyllic peace & quiet and ocean views, is a great example of “real” Hawaii. The Hilo side of the island, in general, is real Hawaii — far more inviting than the “kitsch of Kona” (my husband and I joked that Kona is a fake Disney-esque replica of Hawaii). We spent the first 5 days of our 10-day vacation on the Kona side, and the other 5 days on the Hilo side in the Creekside Cottage. If we had known in advance what a sweet place this is, we’d have spent our whole vacation here, and wouldn't have wasted a moment in Kona. Good thing the Kona part of our trip was at the beginning when we didn’t know any better, because if we’d gone to Kona after spending 5 days at the Creekside Cottage, it would have been such a let-down it might have spoiled our whole trip.

We became quite fond of funky Hilo town (especially the farmers market!), yet we loved coming “home” to this quiet rural valley 10 miles outside of Hilo, surrounded by nature and beauty. The place is nicer in real life than in the pictures. I guess you can’t capture magic in a camera. We found it meticulously clean, carefully maintained, nicely furnished, cozy and romantic. It just felt good to be there. The owner made the booking process easy.

The location was perfect for us, as we divided our time between the volcano to the south and the ziplines & spectacular waterfalls just north of the property. There’s also a must-see botanical garden a few minutes away in Onomea.

The property manager, Kealani, is a native Hawaiian and member of the Kingdom of Hawaii — we learned a lot about the island and about Hawaiian culture and language talking to her. And we had a great time wandering the grounds and picking citrus fruits, avocados, lilikoi, bananas. One day we walked down to the waterfall at the bottom end of the property with a cooler, and had a delightful private picnic there. We saw crawdads in the Kapehu stream — planned on catching some for dinner one evening, but ran out of time. (Next time . . .)

The listing doesn’t mention internet, and the owner didn’t guarantee it, but there is WiFi. What they have is satellite internet at their other vacation rental some distance away, with a signal booster to a router bridge at the cottage. It’s not speedy: if you have to work during your stay and you depend on high-speed internet, you’ll find it frustrating. But we found it adequate for email and such.

We highly recommend this rental.
  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Very glad you enjoyed your stay!
Yes, Kealani is an awesome and lovely Hawaiian lady, and the best property manager we could ever ask for.

Map

Nearest Airport
13 Miles
Hilo
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
in Hilo
Nearest Motorway
1.7 Miles
Mamalahoa Hwy/ HI 19
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
in Hilo
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Kolekole Beach Park. (7 more beaches within 12 mi)
Car: necessary

smoking, flowing, glowing live volcano!

ziplines 5 minutes away

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Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee varies $80
Tax Rate 13.42%
Notes Rate, 1-2 guests: $115/night
3 guests: $125/night
4 guests: $135/night
5-night minimum stay is waived if the calendar is so full that only shorter periods of availability remain.
Cleaning fee variable, $40-80. Balance of $80 cleaning deposit is returned after checkout.
If you book directly with the owner, we require 20% deposit to hold the reservation, with balance due 2 days before check-in.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

Amenities

Pepeekeo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Rural
  • Water View
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Main bathroom is on landing between 1st and 2nd floors.
    Bathroom 2 - Half-bath with sink and toilet, adjoining the bedroom.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming

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