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Homeaway's Top 10 Romantic Properties In The World - The Falls at Reed's Island

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Hot Tub
  • children welcome

Overview

About the property

3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, sleeps 6 [see full calendar link just above reviews]

The Falls at Reed's Island located in Hilo's upscale enclave, Reed's Island, a mile from downtown Hilo. Perched at eye level to one of Hawaii's most beautiful waterfalls, and is flanked by the Wailuku River and rain forest. The Falls at Reed's Island features private bathrooms, hot-and-cold soaking tubs and views from every window.

Selected by Frommer’s as one of the 15 top picks, on the planet - properties with a view. Homeaway's top 10 romantic properties in the world, Concierge magazine Editors Pick. The Falls at Reed's Island, was also one of four properties featured in The New York Times - 'Secluded Retreats on the Big Island' and was featured on the TV special - 'Around the World in 80 Homes' produced by the Fine Living Channel.

Historically home for the Hawaiians was not on the beach, they lived in the valleys where the weather was appealing, inspirational, serene. Legend has it that Reed’s Island, (original name “Koloiki”) was the play ground of the Alii. You will be staying in what seems to be deep in a rain forest, but just a mile up river of Hilo Bay, where a Hawaiian King spent his time.

Guest comments from Honolulu - “Thank you, thank you, thank you! We have loved the experience of this magical place. The soothing cascades of the waterfalls, the falling rain, the calls of birds, the black rocks and so many colors of green just overload the senses and provide an unimagined tranquility. Steve told us of this paradise - but even he could not prepare us for this setting. From dawn to dark we have been captive and can only speak in low voices as if not to break the spell. Thank you for sharing this all with us. We leave with memories and feelings that will last forever. Much aloha”

Reed's Island is a Hilo neighborhood where the wealthy built their homes in a bygone era, and it still holds that reputation today. You will enjoy a two and a quarter acre estate located at the very end of the island's only road, giving it the most prestigious and secluded setting on the island - “You will feel like being on a private island”.

The Falls at Reed's Island is about 1 mile from old historic Hilo town and Hilo Bay “The Beautiful Bayside City”. The land is more vertical than horizontal, a sliver with about 700' of frontage on the Wailuku River, the largest river in the State. It is protected by a fragment of State land on its side away from the river, and the land across the river is protected by a conservation easement. You will feel like you are deep in the rain forest, although just outside of downtown Hilo.

Amenities: Phone, wifi, cable TV, DVD, VCR, CD player, hot and cold soaking tubs, full kitchen, sub zero refrigerator, ice maker, kitchen aid range, dishwasher, two sinks, cooking utensils, all linens including beach towels, iron and ironing board, hair dryers, washer and dryer, Weber Gas BBQ.

Activities: Active volcano, hiking, biking, golfing, fitness center, horseshoes, fishing, horseback riding, shopping, restaurants, cinemas, museums, sightseeing, swimming, snorkeling & diving, boating, surfing.

Area: Located 10 min from the Hilo International Airport and 30 min from Volcanoes National Park.

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More Details

Owner
Jack Stevenson
Member since: 2000
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
March 24, 2017

About Jack Stevenson

Owners are Jack and Jane Stevenson. Jack is a fourth generation Hawaii resident. His great grandparents came from Germany in 1882, straight to Kauai. Jane has lived in Hawaii over 50 years. They grew up on Oahu and spent 14 years on Kauai before moving to the Big Island when they purchased the property and created “The Falls at Reed's Island”. They have fallen in love with Hilo in the last ten years. Think that Hilo feels like Honolulu did in the fifties. They love the verdant green side of the Island and all the beautiful rivers and streams. They live in an historic house just five minutes from The Falls. Jack is very active in the Rotary Club of South Hilo. Jane spends time on historic preservation. Jack is an avid scuba diver, who only recently sold his dive boat.

Jack Stevenson purchased this house in 2000

Why Jack Stevenson chose Hilo District

The property was a private vacation home designed and built by two Architects, from San Francisco. Upon the death of one the property was put on the market. We purchased the property because of its simplistic beauty, and by the way it has a 25' waterfall right in the yard. Jane and I converted it to a vacation rental.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have had the most wonderful stay at this very special place. We are grateful to both of you for keeping the integrity of the house as Tom and David made it. It has been a poignant visit, thinking of our friends as they envisioned this place and the enormous amount of work it took to create this vision.

We did go out and about to Volcano which is truly amazing, the botanical garden and other explorations but what I really wanted to do was stay here and soak up this place. My husband was writing a good portion of this stay and the house and the outdoors provided a calming and perfect refuge. We’ve taken advantage of trying out many different places to eat while we visited this side of the Island: Miyo’s (great home style Japanese cooking), Sombat’s Thai, Kaleo’s Bar & Grill – Yum, Pahoa, Café Ono-Volcano, Naung Mai Thai Kitchen , Hilo – All of these places served really good food. Make sure to visit the Farmer’s Market in Hilo – we were able to buy white pineapples and other wonderful tropical fruits. Thank you so much.
Apr 2013
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Amenities

Hilo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • River ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Free Local Calls
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Printer
  • Scanner
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • fax
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
  • Private bathroom in each bedroom.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , or two twins
  • Each bedroom has private bathroom. Great views from all bedrooms. Bedroom 3 (set as king or two twins).
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • DVR
  • MP3 Dock
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Golf
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • Yard
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Hot and cold soaking tubs in screen area. Security camera in public area.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(64 traveler reviews)

Homeaway's Top 10 Romantic Properties In The World - The Falls at Reed's Island
average rating of 5.0 based on 94 reviews
Brownstown, MI
5

Had to return to the Falls.

  • 5 of 5

We were here 3 years ago. After our first visit, we knew we had to come back. It is a place where you can find beauty, peace and of course the falls.

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Exceeded Expectations

  • 5 of 5

My body just got back from Reed's Island but my mind is still there, listening to the sounds of the waterfall and coqui frogs at twilight. The pictures are wonderful but you have to see it to truly appreciate how lovely and tranquil the house and property are. The house is laid out in a way that six people can easily move among each other without feeling the slightest bit cramped or on top of each other. And the grounds have a jungle feel to them, even though there were other houses not too far away.

But it wasn't just the house and grounds that were appreciated, it was the thoughtful little gestures that made such a difference to us during our stay; the welcome gifts and note when we arrived, the gorgeous fresh flowers left throughout the house, the earplugs just in case the sounds became too much, the snorkel and boogie board gear left for our use; the carefully laid out instructions; I could go on. We could immediately tell that our comfort was a top priority for Jack and Jane. They really made an effort to ensure their home was our home for the week.

I've only been home for two days but I've recommended Reed's Island to at least half a dozen people so far. Worth it.

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Amazing!!

  • 5 of 5

This house is so great. We didn't want to leave! Unfortunately it's ruined all future vacation houses for me, unless they happen to have a waterfall in the back yard as well.

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

First impression left us numb..truly unbelievable home

  • 5 of 5

We booked our getaway for 9 nights, wish it could have been longer. Hilo is true Hawaiian not so commercialized. A great place to stay and so much to do. Volcano National Park, beautiful Botanical gardens, waterfalls, rain forests & farms to visit. Hawaiian Vanilla Farm luncheon/tour such a treat. We did them all. Best part of each day was coming back to this house the end of the day. Our private Garden of Eden...if even for only 9 nights. Home is very private, secure and comfortable. The view of waterfall, river & grounds is stunning. Or should I repeat "BREATHTAKING"! So peaceful and relaxing we loved every minute. Previous reviews mentioned the frogs croaking at night. We did not find them an issue at all. The lulling sounds of the nightly rainforest are so soothing. We slept so well.

Jack & Jane made the booking process so smooth. We never had the privilege of meeting them, all functions of the house were flawless with helpful instructions to everything. Fresh flower bouquets & treats so appreciated!

Our hope is to return and bring our family who don't believe our photos. We will wait till grandchildren are older, this is not a place for toddlers.

A Hui Hou

Mark & Lori

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
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Montana, USA
5

Perfect

  • 5 of 5

Second time to stay here. We love it! Better than the pictures suggest.

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
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5

Wow!

  • 5 of 5

This was the most beautiful place we have ever seen! Sometimes pictures on line show only the best sides of properties. No pictures could do this place justice. It is absolutely the most beautiful place in Hawaii. Thank you so much for allowing us to stay in your beautiful home.

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
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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
 
Merrie Monarch
Apr 16 2017 - Apr 20 2017
5 night minimum stay
$465
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $41 per night, per additional guest
 
2017 (2 nt, 3 nt when open)
May 3 2017 - Dec 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
$365
$2,485
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $41 per night, per additional guest
 
Merrie Monarch
Apr 1 2018 - Apr 5 2018
5 night minimum stay
$465
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $41 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
$365
$2,485
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $41 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Cleaning $225 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.42%

Happy to book 2 or 3 nights if they are open between two other bookings. Does not include any open periods 4 nights or more.
* Plus $41 for each additional occupant (older than 2 years old on check in) per night. (Undeclared additional guest $60/nt). If child is 2 years or younger at time of visit do not list in the guest count just indicate in your email, affects Homeaway's service fee.

Cleaning fee $225
Taxes totaling 13.416%: [GET of 4.166 & TAT 9.25]
$1,000 refundable security deposit, $2000 for Event bookings

Booking for 8 or more nights and for Events (such as Weddings)
Payment is in four parts*;
1. $650 (plus Homeaway’s service fee) to reserve the dates,
2. 40% of the balance due 180 days prior to the check in date,
3. balance due 90 days prior to the check in date and
4. Security Deposit payable at 15 days prior to check in.

* This can be set up after if you book directly via Homeaway’s program.

State Tax ID TA-054-635-1104-01

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Map

Nearest Airport
6 Miles
Hilo International Airport
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Hilo Municipal Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Cafe Pesto
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Coconut Island
Car: recommended

East side of the Big Island, Hawaii. Great location for visits to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

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