Tara Cottage is a handcrafted redwood and cedar octagon on secluded, beautifully landscaped property in Kona coffee country, overlooking Kealakekua Bay and the South Kona coastline.The Bay with its unparalleled fine swimming snorkeling and kayaking and the 'Place of Refuge' National Park are both just 10 minutes away. Two lovely sandy beaches are within a 15 minute drive.
Tara Cottage is within minutes of restaurants, health food stores, produce markets, shops and theater in the villages of Captain Cook, Kealakekua and Kainaliu. The resort town of Kailua-Kona with its array of fine options for dining, shopping and entertainment is 30 minutes drive north.
Tara Cottage was carefully sited to take full advantage of prevailing day and nighttime breezes and is comfortable year round at its 950 ft elevation. It is a remarkable tropical destination for adults desiring a peaceful setting with few distractions--perfect for honeymoons, anniversaries, contemplation and creative endeavors.
Cottage Interior Features: Tara Cottage features a dramatic 300 sq. ft octagonal Great Room with its 15 ft apex and skylight. Furnishings include a platform queen bed with a firm and comfortable mattress, an Art Deco armoire, writing desk and a sitting area facing an enclosed cabinet with cable TV/DVD.There is a fine stereo system with both CD player and iPod/MP3 accessibility as well as high speed wifi and a private land line with free long distance.
The cottage is beautifully appointed with original artwork, fine furniture, Indonesian wood carvings and fabrics, and excellent libraries featuring a diverse collection of fine books, CDs and DVDs.
Wrap-around extensions off the Great Room provide a well equipped kitchen with its door to the service porch and parking; a dining area with a 9-foot bank of windows framing a beautiful view of the coastline; a large 'water closet' designed for wheelchair accessibility; and the bedroom alcove with its twin bed and door out to the lovely bromeliad/ bamboo garden.
Outdoor features: One showers outdoors within the enclosed bromeliad and bamboo garden, in a dramatic rock grotto equipped with Grohe fixtures and side jets. Privacy is assured by the landscaping and the surrounding lush Thai bamboo.
Guests park in a level space adjacent to the 'service porch' and enter the cottage through a door into the kitchen--there are no stairs. The service porch features a Bosch washer and dryer, gas grill and a recycling center.
On the ocean side of the cottage is a bi-level lanai (deck) with breathtaking views of Kealakekua Bay and the coastline south. The upper lanai has a table and chairs for outdoor dining; and the connecting lower lanai offers two comfortable chaise lounges for relaxing and sunning. The spacious lawn area with its profusion of Hawaiian ti plants and bougainvillea along with the unobstructed views of the coastline and Kealakekua Bay provide a tranquil 15-acre oasis of tropical beauty. Tara Cottage is truly a 'Haven for Relaxation and Renewal.'
I was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in suburban Maryland, moving to California following college. I lived and worked for many years in San Francisco as an audiologist before moving to the island of Kauai in 1991. There I hosted a B&B for 3 years, moving to the Big Island in 1994. I then hosted another B&B at beautiful Kealakekua Bay in South Kona for another 3 years while developing my coffee farm upslope at the 1000 ft elevation.
In 1998 I moved to my property full-time after building the Tara Cottage vacation residence and my own small 'Greenhouse' cottage and Yurt lateral to Tara Cottage (and well removed and out of its sightline).
Here I and Tara Cottage guests are nestled on 15 acres of secluded and beautifully landscaped grounds with magnificent views of the marine preserve of Kealakekua Bay south to the sacred Place of Refuge National Park.
In 2007 I purchased a small condo in Waikiki, Honolulu (also a vacation rental) where I live part-time during the spring, summer and fall. Yes, 'island fever' is a realty for many of us after island living for many years; and Honolulu provides the urban 'fix' I occasionally need after living so many years in Washington, D.C. and then San Francisco!