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Barbara Bell

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

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

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

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Overview

Hawaii 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 Tax I. D. No. is W01660896-01.

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 83 traveler reviews

Private & Serene Artsy Oceanfront Home; Pool & Spa; Bikes; WiFi; 1/2 Acre; FUN
average rating of 4.9397593 based on 83 reviews
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
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Fabulous house, private and out of town

  • 4 of 5

This vacation home is fabulous. The beds are comfortable and the house is very well stocked with laundry detergent, shampoo, soap, dishwasher detergent, beach towels, beach toys and much more. If you are looking to get away and have a private and relaxing vacation while hearing the ocean crash against the lava rock, this house is for you. It is about 25 min from the Hilo grocery stores etc. There is much more action such as shopping, better beaches, restaurants, Luau's on the Kona side of the island. Zip lining and the Volcano National Park are closer to this vacation home. Bottom line, if the Hilo side with quiet is your choice, the house is an EXCELLENT choice, if you prefer the busy side of the island, the Kona side would be a better option. We can't say enough about how great this house is - we personally wished we could pick it up and move it to the Kona side as we drove the 2 hour one way trip 4 days for the activities offered over there...

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cocoa, Floida
5

Gorgeous!!!

  • 5 of 5

This house was the best house we have ever stayed! Beautiful house and beautiful views! The house was bigger than I expected. It was also nice having a full size washer and drier. When we go to Hawaii we usually stay two weeks so you need to wash, and it is such a pain in those little washer drier combo things that you can only fit in like 3 towels. Nice gas range. My husband wants gas in our house now. The views from the up stairs porch were amazing. I got to take some good sunrise pictures. It was nice having the pool and hot tub to take a dip in the evening. Loved the stained glass art and the floors! I left a little bit of my art on a coconut I painted one afternoon, while our daughter and her fiancé went to a beach by themselves. We did make good use of the fans because it was a little humid while we were there. The location was great! Not to far to the waterfalls or the volcano. If we come back to the big island I would definitely stay here again! Thanks for sharing your beautiful home.

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

Absolutely Amazing! Gorgeous View and Really Nice Property

  • 5 of 5

This property is perfect. We got in early and Barbara said it was ok to drop our stuff off and hang out if the cleaning crew was there. So nice! We arrived to dolphins giving us a show in our own backyard, it was magical. The house is very clean and well stocked, they've thought of everything for your convenience. If you can, stop by the house first to see what condiments are in the fridge before you buy groceries, when we went, there was everything from ketchup to soy sauce, so that was nice. The market on the way to Pahoa (maybe ten minutes away) has everything you'd need - pre-made food, meat, baked goods, etc. It's like a small Safeway. We loved the house so much we changed our plans and stayed an extra night because we didn't want to leave. Oh, and I want to mention that the wifi works perfectly and is super fast. The cable tv they have there had more channels than I could comprehend - I loved it! Lastly, Barbara was so helpful and responsive to my emails - she's is a professional and made us totally comfortable renting a VRBO (this house was our first time).

PS We also loved a restaurant just down the road on the way to Pahoa (on the left) called Carrisal Cuisine but the signage says Nevah's (old owners). These people couldn't be nicer and the food was obviously made with love and experience. We went for breakfast and for the BBQ at night. The portions are so big you can share. Don't be in a hurry if you go here, great food takes time. If you go, tell Peggy I say hi!

  • Submitted: May 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Spectacular ocean front home

  • 5 of 5

My two daughters and my son-in-law spent our vacation in this beautiful home April. 12-17, 2016. Every expectation was met from the awesome ocean views, the clean, and comfortable home with heated pool and jacuzzi which we used every night. The star gazing was amazing. The location was right in the middle of Hilo (for any kind of shopping or restaurants - Ken's Pancake House was the Best!) and the Volcano National Park and Botanical Gardens. Very safe and friendly neighborhood. Would love to stay again some day and would recommend to family and friends. Barbara and Jack were great - always available and responding to any and all questions immediately.

Cheryl P

Lincoln Park, MI

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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5

Excellent Rental

  • 5 of 5

This rental was perfect for what we wanted. My wife and I and another couple (ages 27-30) had an awesome time at this rental. It is beautifully maintained and in a secluded area. It is ocean side and has a beautiful view to look out on. The hot tub and the pool were perfect.

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 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

Hilo House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer 2016
Jun 15 2016 - Sep 6 2016
3 night minimum stay
$300
$1,950
$7,500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
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

Hawaii 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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