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Barbara Bell

Member since: 1998
Call Owner
Speaks: english, Just enough French to have a funny conversation.

Private & Serene Artsy Oceanfront Home; Pool & Spa; Bikes; WiFi; 1/2 Acre; FUN

88 Reviews
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights

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Overview

Hawaiian Paradise Park House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Guests often comment that our home exceeded their expectations. It's probably because of all the local materials and the attention to detail. There are local hard-wood floors throughout (even the bathrooms and kitchen), custom stained glass windows, granite counter tops, and lots of original artwork. There's also an outdoor shower, two beach cruiser bikes and two mountain bikes, Instant access Netflix Movies and unlimited music from Pandora on the TV, purified (by reverse osmosis) drinking water, your own water well with whole house ultra violet filtration system (no worries about running out of water or other problems association with 'catchment systems' that are common in our area), solar-heated hot water, various board games, some good Hawaiiana books, various floaty pool toys, and plenty of etc.

MASTER BEDROOM (UPSTAIRS)

A comfortable king sized bed with soft cotton sheets, vintage rattan reading chairs, vintage mango wood dresser, ceiling fan, and 2 bed side tables both with reading lamps. The direct ocean view from the bedroom also allows for great breezes. The wide balcony is directly in front of both upstairs bedrooms.

2ND BEDROOM (UPSTAIRS)

A comfortable queen sized bed also with soft cotton sheets, writing desk and chair that faces the ocean, 2 bed-side tables with reading lamps, ceiling fan, and a dresser make this a fully functional room with that same huge ocean view.

BATHROOM (UPSTAIRS)

The bathroom is accessed by both bedrooms. It has a tub/shower and sink/vanity in one room, and a separate room for the toilet. Shampoo, hair conditioner, hand soap, TP, and plenty of towels are all provided.

3RD BEDROOM (DOWNSTAIRS)

A comfortable queen sized bed, with good cotton sheets, a small closet with shelf for luggage, ceiling fan, chair, luggage stand, a free-form mango-wood built-in table and 2 reading lights. This room is set back from the front of the house but still has an incredible ocean view. It also has 2 intriguing stained glass windows -- 1 depicting Kilauea Volcano, the other a humpback whale breaching. Breathtaking when the light hits it just right.

BATHROOM (DOWNSTAIRS)

Tub/shower, vanity and sink, toilet, and incredible large stained glass window depicting a Polynesian voyaging canoe and a variety of wildlife. Again, shampoo, hair conditioner, hand soap, and TP are all provided.

LIVING SPACE AND KITCHEN (DOWNSTAIRS)

The living room is decorated with a vintage Hawaiian comfort, yet with modern updates -- DISH TV, Pandora, Wi-Fi. There is also quite a bit of original artwork. There's a full sized dining table with 6 chairs, as well as 4 bar chairs. The kitchen is fully stocked -- espresso machine, regular coffee maker, toaster, blender, microwave, and plenty of dishes, silverware, cookware, and all things needed for cooking your healthy meals at home. The Barbecue (propane) is just outside--Fresh Fish is always good from the BBQ.

STAIRS: The upstairs is accessed via stairs which start near the front door and are on the outside of the house. We like this because we see the ocean and the stars at night. It also keeps the upstairs bedrooms more private.

HEALTH ISSUES

The triple filtered drinking water is a big bonus. Many houses in our area use 'catchment' systems, catching water off their roof. There are good filter systems, and there are less-than-good filter systems. We have an excellent reverse osmosis system that actually purifies your drinking water. FYI, wherever you decide to stay in East Hawaii you should ask about their water system.

HUMPBACK WHALES -- WOW, THEY CAN BE CLOSE.

In front of our home, the ocean gets deep quickly. Because of this, their birthing and mating months (December - April) are excellent times for hearing humpback whales at night, and of course seeing them by day. Their tail slapping can wake you up--no kidding.

IN CONCLUSION

Our home is fully functional, clean, comfortable, AND in a great location. In short, it is 'homey'. You will be only 25-30 minutes from Hilo Airport, a few minutes more to Downtown, Bayfront or Richardson's Beach and 20 minutes from Pahoa, a Great/Funky Restaurant town. You will be 30 minutes from the warm ponds at Ahalanui and the Marine Sanctuary where you can snorkel with tame good-sized schools of fish! You're also 45 minutes to Volcanoes National Park (location of the historical Kilauea Caldera, and home of Pele the fire goddess) and 45 minutes away, in the other direction, from the Ocean Entry for Flowing Lava. This is subject to change of course, but has been amazingly steady of late.

If you're looking for a comfortable, spacious, truly OCEANFRONT home, retreat, and a base of operations, this is it. This is the house that Jack built, in 1998. First camping out in the would-be garage, then creating an artistic retreat/bachelor pad, and ultimately a great family home. We happily lived there for many years.

The ocean is mesmerizing by day, lulling to deep sleep at night. The ocean-side deck with spa and swimming pool will become your outdoor living room. The neighborhood is nice and friendly and you can walk or ride bikes for miles along the coast in either direction. Or you can hang out. You just might not want to leave.

CANCELLATION POLICY: If we receive notice of your cancellation:

• Within 90 days: You will receive your deposit, minus $100 service fee, and less any credit card fees. (When booking with VRBO online there are no credit card fees.)

• Less than 90 days: You will forfeit your deposit. However, we will always work to re-book. If we can re-book, we will refund based on 80% of the nightly rate for the nights we have re-booked, less $100 cancellation fee and less any credit card fees.

• Thank you for understanding.

Also: To be in compliance with Hawaii State Law (Act 204 Session Laws Hawaii State Legislature, 2015) our Hawaii Transient Accommodations Tax I. D. No. is TA-116-308-1728-01.

Keywords: Oceanfront Home; single-family house

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Barbara Bell (Owner)
Member since: 1998
Call Owner
Speaks: english, Just enough French to have a funny conversation.

About Barbara Bell

Here we are checking out the lava flow. We have lived in East Hawai`i for over 30 years, so we obviously love Hawai`i. Jack is a 3rd generation Hardwood Flooring Contractor and Barbara is a jaquette of all trades, most recently working for the County of Hawai`i.

Barbara Bell purchased this house in 1998

Why Barbara Bell chose Hawaii

East Hawaii is varied, and exciting; the volcano never ceases to inspire and thrill. Madame Pele gives her unique energy to the whole of East Hawaii, and especially the Puna District. We have lived in East Hawaii for so long, and this house was our home, until we moved to the Big City of Hilo. Jack built this home in 1998, after living a few blocks away for about 15 years. We have completed a major re-fresh in Fall, 2013, and seem to always be cleaning, upgrading, or doing maintenance on something. The house is definitely in good order.

What makes this house unique

Because our home is almost at the end of a quiet dead-end street, it is very restful and private. We like to find new spots, via bicycle, or hiking boots, or swimming fins. There are so many incredible places to explore and we never get tired of adventuring. We like to walk or bike the coastline--for miles. To the south, we go to some tidepools about 1 1/2 miles away. To the north, we bike, then hike the last bit to a white sand beach that's about 5 miles away. We also spend many hours lounging back and forth between the hot tub, the solar heated pool (90-95 degrees F), and lazing around on the deck. It's so private and quiet--we love it.

Reviews

4.9
based on 88 traveler reviews

Private & Serene Artsy Oceanfront Home; Pool & Spa; Bikes; WiFi; 1/2 Acre; FUN
average rating of 4.943182 based on 88 reviews
5

Healing Atmosphere

  • 5 of 5

4 of us planned to have a week of celebration, for ourselves and for the church I had started in Hawai'i 30 years ago. Unfortunately, my ex-husband (the current pastor of the church) died the week before we arrived, so not only were we there to celebrate the church, but to celebrate his life. With emotions overflowing for me, this home was perfect. I was surrounded by my friends, the artistry of the home and the beauty of nature. It was a haven of peace in between the busyness of helping arrange a memorial and taking care of his affairs. We spent a lot of time in the pool and hot tub every day, enjoyed cooking our meals instead of going out, and felt the Aloha Spirit everywhere!

Thank you Jack and Barbara!!

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Magnificent Vacation Getaway

  • 5 of 5

The Love Shack was the perfect island get-away for our family and friends. Located on a fairly remote road, we had privacy, but still were only 15 or 20 minutes from Hilo. The house is magnificent, easily sleeping the six adults in our party, plus a pack n play for our granddaughter. A futon made it easy for our friend's two grandchildren to stay some of the time. The absolute best part of this house is being able to lie in bed and watch the sun rise, see the waves crashing on the lava rock and hear the melodic sound of the ocean. The pool and hot tub provided much relaxation after a day of hiking or sight-seeing. I would have been content to sit by the pool with a book the entire week and never leave the house! Having an 18 month old with us, we were pleased to find a booster seat, strollers, and water floats and toys. While we didn't get a chance to use them, there were bikes available for our use. The house was well stocked with kitchen supplies. Our family stayed on the second level over-looking the deck and pool and straight in to the ocean. Having arrived right after the hurricane we were afraid of what we would find, but it was beyond our wildest dreams. We would definitely book this house again if we make it back to the beautiful island of Hawaii! The Emans/Balmer families

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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5

Beautiful, serene and artsy - just as advertised.

  • 5 of 5

This was a beautiful vacation home that lived up to it's very complete description in the ad. We used the pool and hot tub daily, and reveled in the view and the sound of the ocean both night and day. The beautiful art work, decor and stained glass just added to the experience. The house was fully stocked with everything needed, and more.

The peacefulness of this property is it's "remote" location (about 30 miles from Hilo and further to other attractions). So, if you are looking for a place to "get away from it all" and don't mind driving to see this beautiful island, then this is the place for you. Some highlights for us, when we weren't lounging by the pool included the farmers/arts/crafts market in Hilo, a wonderful helicopter ride over the flowing lava (out of the Hilo airport), the botanical garden, a visit to the Parker Ranch, and a luau on the Kona side. It was a wonderful 2 week experience!

Richard and Carole Scott, New Braunfels, Texas

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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5

magical, relaxing, amazing, inspiring, comfortable

  • 5 of 5

This place is as magical and beautiful as it looks - exceeded every expectation. We swam each night (the pool and hot tubs are amazing - the pool is solar heated, and was a gorgeous temperature whether at the end of a hot or cool day), ate on the deck, and soaked in the sounds of the ocean crashing against the lava rock. I had to record the sounds of the ocean and coqui frogs to take home because I knew I was going to miss them! The home is well stocked, and while you cook you get to look out the huge picture windows to the pool and the ocean. The owners are wonderful - we had an issue when we arrived with housekeeping and the owners addressed the issue immediately. The home is perfectly situated - an easy drive all the east side has to offer, including the volcano, to the Hilo area, and Waipio valley. We truly could not have been happier and only wish our stay could have been longer OR it was easier to get from Massachusetts to Hawaii so we could return next year!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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5

100% Recommended

  • 5 of 5

This was an absolutely beautiful place to spend a week and we highly recommend it. First I will say what I am always looking for in these reviews: the house was clean, the linens and towels were very nice, the beds were comfortable. Easily accommodated our family of five. I don't think this house would have worked as well when my kids were younger (they are 12, 14, 16 now) for two reasons: the house is situated on a lava rock cliff right on the ocean and I am a worry wart and would've been scared about little people wandering off, and two, the upstairs two bedrooms are accessed by an outside staircase. We stuck the teenagers up there and they loved it.

That said, I will say the view and the sound of the waves was just breathtaking. The kids loved the pool and I loved sitting on the deck enjoying the view while they enjoyed the pool. The house is totally stocked with everything you'll need. We took bike rides around the neighborhood. We used the beach towels provided. Everyday we packed sandwiches and drinks in one of the three coolers in the garage, threw the four beach chairs provided in the car, and set off for a day's adventure around the island. We were so thankful to have the coolers and chairs available. It really made our lives so much easier. We would have liked to have a laundry basket to use, but obviously that was not a big deal.

Another bit of advice: Barbara's suggestions on what to explore are great! Very helpful.

Definitely purchase your own masks and snorkels before you come. The fins in the house were not very useful because some were broken but most were too small. One pair worked for my 14 year old (size 13 feet). The water everywhere we snorkeled was so buoyant that fins were not even necessary. We couldn't have sunk if we tried. We could float on the top of the water as easily as lying in bed. Amazing!

We wished we could have stayed forever. What a fantastic escape for our family. We took a billion pictures and just had a wonderful time. Thank you Barbara and Jack for sharing your house with us.

My kids told me to add that the Wi-Fi was fantastic! They all had their devices connected at one time with no issues.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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4

Beautiful exquisite view.

  • 4 of 5

Home was superbly equipped. Fantastic views, comfy furniture, great beds. Only wish was for more box fans to help with cooling. Very warm during the day to be inside. Pool was amazing. House was very clean and tidy.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Map

Nearest Airport
19 Miles
Hilo
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Luquin's Mexican Food
Nearest Golf
16 Miles
Hilo Municipal
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Hawaii Belt Road
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Pahoa--Kaleo's, Ning's, Paulo's, and Luquin's
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Mauna Kea, in the winter
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Shipman Beach
Car: necessary

All the relaxing or adventurous activities you can dream of, Volcano viewing, warm pond soaking, sea-life viewing/hearing and every once in a while smelling, Especially wonderful for mind-clearing, adventuring, bike riding, walking, and a close-by great Sunday Farmer's Market -- Maku`u Market.

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Rates & Availability

Hawaiian Paradise Park House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Holidays, 2016
Dec 16 2016 - Jan 3 2017
6 night minimum stay
$350
$2,250
$8,800
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter, 2017
Jan 4 2017 - Mar 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
$300
$1,950
$7,500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$275
$1,775
$7,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.41%

Rates for 4 people. 3 night minimum, 6 nights at Holidays
5th and 6th person $25/nt/person
Cleaning Fee = $150 (any stay); Tax = 13.41%
50% deposit to book; Balance due 14 days before arrival
Security deposit $500 via hold on credit card
Cancellation fee $100
For planning purposes--Summer/Winter are higher priced than Spring/Fall
RATE MAY BE DIFFERENT FROM VRBO BOOKING/GET A QUOTE OPTIONS. SORRY

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Amenities

Hawaiian Paradise Park House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3 - outdoor shower , Out by the pool, very convenient.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , UPSTAIRS. Shared between 2 bedrooms. Separate toilet room.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , DOWNSTAIRS. Wonderful stained glass too.
  • The upstairs bathroom is accessed by both bedrooms. There is a separate 'toilet room'.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , UPSTAIRS. Sitting area. 2 reading lights. LARGE
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 queen , DOWNSTAIRS. Comfortable futon & topper. Big Ocean View!
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , UPSTAIRS - Ocean View, 2 reading lights, desk, dresser, fan.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , DOWNSTAIRS: Ocean View Bedroom; Ceiling Fan, Reading Lights
  • 1 King size bed in the Master Bedroom. This one is called 'the pink cloud'. We make sure to have comfortable beds--we come to visit too! 2 Queen size Beds. One is in the other upstairs bedroom and the other one is in the downstairs bedroom. Both are comfortable as friends and family wouldn't be very happy with us if the beds weren't comfortable. There is also queen-sized futon bed in the living room that is always open. The futon has a mattress topper which makes it very comfortable and it doubles as a day bed, called a Punee in Hawaiian. The Punee is a long-standing tradition in Hawaiian homes. You never know when you might need a little nap, especially when on vacation.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • jetted tub ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • luaus
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
TWO BEACH CRUISER BICYCLES (one speed, aluminum, easy and fun.) and TWO GEARED BICYCLES, DISH TV, all cotton (soft) linens, iron, ironing board, hair dryer, stainless cookware, all utensils, Gas BBQ, garage parking, some pool toys, small DVD collection, Hawaiiana and other books, and Humuhumunukunukuapua`a (Present State fish of Hawai`i, could lose its status soon) go swimming by, Sorry no pets or smoking inside allowed. SUPPLIES: You can count on Shampoo, Conditioner, and Hand Soap in the bathrooms as well as Household Soaps, where needed, for: Laundry, Dishwasher, and Dishes.

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