Storybook 1 bedroom 1.5 bath ocean view cottage on 20-acre gated estate.
- english, spanish
About Robert Tag
I've worked in the hospitality industry for years on the marketing side and worked shoulder to shoulder with some of the greatest general managers and operations professionals in the world. I've had the honor of serving The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. and their 250+ amazing independent properties. I have also worked with Four Seasons, Fairmont, Mandarin and Intercontinental, as well as some fine cruise lines, sailing vacations and global destinations. It has been a thrill learning from operational geniuses. While I don't pretend to be in that same league, I have always wanted to find a property that defines the best of the area, history and culture that surrounds it and share it with fellow travelers who have the same passion for experiencing a genuine "sense of place." I have found "it" in on the windward side of Hawaii, on the Hamakua Coast just 7 miles north of Hilo. And I would love to share this piece of paradise with people who appreciate authentic experiences.
Robert Tag purchased this House in 2018
Why Robert Tag chose Pepeekeo
Kapehu Falls is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. (And I've been to some pretty amazing places.) It incorporates the natural beauty of the land, its history as a portion of the old Metcalf Sugar Cane Plantation – and its even earlier history as forest land – and combines it with the stunning design of the fanciful Plantation-era architecture of the late 1800s into a modern-day Hawaiian paradise. The 20+ acre estate has breathtaking ocean views, 15 acres of replanted forest, nearly a mile of private roads, waterfalls, streams, gardens, an orchard, huge main house, storybook creekside cottage and a natural pool beneath the falls. Kinda amazing. This magical place was created by visionary designer Ronald Hubbard who honored the land, streams and history of the property. And the area. The 2 gorgeous buildings compliment nature's bounty and recall a bygone era. It is like a more sophisticated Hawaiian version of Disney's "Mainstreet USA." And it is all surrounded by famous waterfalls, botanical gardens and other nature-focused attractions scenic byways and trails. Previous owners and remarkable stewards,Tom and Marcy, spent the better part of a decade transforming this idyllic paradise into a comfortable, reliable vacation rental with plenty of 5-star reviews. They took me under their wing and showed me all the special details that make this such a remarkable vacation retreat. This combination of cultural enthusiasts, and operational and design visionaries made this spectacular property worth sharing. In the end I asked myself, "Is this place worth flying 20 hours in a middle seat for?" So I tried it. With good company and paradise at the end of the journey, the hours fly by. This place is completely worth your hard-earned vacation time. You can leave the pressures of the real world at the front gate and enjoy life.
What makes this House unique
The majesty of this place is greater than the sum of its parts, and yet the parts are pretty remarkable all by themselves. As fellow travelers and I can attest, there are times when this place is so beautiful that you can just sit on the lanai and watch the ocean and the sky change colors while the birds and butterflies stop by. The choir of songbirds harmonizes with the sounds of the streams and waterfalls to provide a soothing soundtrack to the scenic wonderland. You will forget to get up to explore. But when you do, here's what awaits: The cottage itself was built by a very talented designer. He used this cottage to get to know the land. It was created as half barn/workshop, half charming cottage with all kinds of rustic touches and contemporary comforts. It is a romantic vision of life in a Hawaiian cottage. - There are over 20 acres of pristine, gated paradise. - 15 acres of private eucalyptus forest with private roads. - Uninterrupted views of the ocean framed by the forest and streams. - 2 gorgeous streams and waterfalls. - A picnic shelter past the grove filled with fresh fruit and avocados. - The larger waterfall has created its own natural pool or swimming hole that looks like it was built for a movie set. - You feel far from everything, yet you are surrounded by attractions, natural beauty and the conveniences of the Islands largest city. It feels impossible. And yet here is this perfect balance. Perfect for a romantic getaway or a base for a small family to explore the Island. I hope you'll love it as much as we do! Aloha!
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Lovely, rural cottage
Chilly in morning, but there was Record-Breaking cold during our stay.
Very gracious and helpful owner as well as caretaker.
Rainy warm delight
What a gorgeous place. Secluded and private get away. Unfortunately we were there a week if incredible rain but had a great time despite the weather. The cottage was everything promised. Jack was a gracious host and responsive to our needs. The setting is spectacular. We felt like we were in our own secluded hideaway!
If you like the bar and party scene, this place is NOT for you! If you are looking for somewhere to get away from it all, look no further. Set back in the hills of east Hawaii, it is very secluded and private. nature abounds. From the lanai, we listened to the symphony of coqui frogs and bugs-n-birds. There is a mongoose who has a little hidey-hole outside left of the dining area. The air is so fresh and smell wonderful. There really is a waterfall with a swimming hole, just be sure to have water shoes because the rock in the swimming hole are slippery. Avocado trees, lemon trees, which we used. Decent wi-fi reception. We didn't attempt to use the ROKU tv, because we like to read or play card games. Very close to Zip-line, Akaka Falls, Honomu Town, Hawaiian Botainical Garden and the ever yummy Low Store. The bed was very comfortable. Kitchen has the basics; gas stove and oven, full size refrigerator, drip coffeee maker, microwave, toaster. You will have to do dishes the old fashioned way. The rain starts every evening around 7, otherwise you have picture perfect days. Washer and dryer are convenient and appreciated. You won't need to bring sunscreen, there are over a dozen left over bottle in the bathroom. Jack the property manager will welcome you when you arrive, and give you a run down of the property. He is easily accessible via text and give you ample notice if he will be on site. Will not only stay here again, but will tell all my friends about it, too.
Best way to see the east side of the big island
We could not believe how beautiful the whole property was when we pulled through the gate - sweeping views of an absolutely massive garden, the ocean off in the distance and all sorts of trees. 15 minutes from Hilo but a million miles away from anything resembling hustle bustle, renting this massive property was the highlight of our two weeks in Hawaii. We can’t wait to come back! The host and manager were fantastic and everything was as adversitied.
Peaceful setting and great views
The cottage is next to a small eucalyptus tree forest with nice landscape and great view. Very peaceful settings, and the waterfall is fun to dip in. The cottage is clean, and the property manager was very responsive and helpful.
A little piece of heaven
The beauty is indescribable and if you want to “unplug” this is the place
There are hundreds of beautiful waterfalls on the Big Island, and nearly all of them are located near the Kapehu Falls Creekside Cottage. Hawaii Island's waterfalls and scenic river valleys are exclusive to this NE District. This is the real Hawaii, and an ideal base for seeing the whole island.
- 'Out in the country' feeling, yet only 8 miles or 20 minutes from all the services of historic Hilo.
- A short drive to Volcanoes National Park, yet a VERY safe distance from the volcanic drama.
- A few minutes away are several black sand beaches for swimming or surfing, several gorgeous botanical gardens, and 2 zip lines.
- The climate at Kapehu Fall Creekside Cottage is perfect year round. Situated at 900 feet elevation, the air is cooler than at the beach or in Hilo: upper 70's F to low 80's during the day, and upper 60's F at night most of the year. In the winter it can get down to the low 60's at night with a daytime high in the low to mid-70's.