|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Secluded Ohana (1/1 Cottage) with Superb Ocean Views on Gorgeous Hamakua Coast Estate – The Garden House Hideaway
Constructed of Indonesian hardwoods, this fully furnished Studio Ohana sits on the beautifully landscaped grounds of an estate overlooking the beautiful Hamakua Coast. Just 25 minutes from Hilo, the property enjoys sweeping views across fields and trees down to the ocean with spectacular sunrises. A variety of organic fruits, vegetables and exotic plantings fill this 3-½ acre property, and a small flock of sheep resides, picturesquely, in the pasture. A relaxing, aesthetic & truly Hawaiian experience, perfect for anyone seeking privacy & nature.
This is a rare opportunity to enjoy the splendor of one of the Big Islands premier – and most sought after – locations. . The estate is completely off-grid but with all amenities available for a luxurious ‘living green’ experience.
Windy and her twin six year olds stayed for two weeks at the end of summer.. The children loved the animals, the swing in the old mango tree, and the many plants. They even got to do a bit of gardening of their own. One of the twins suggested the name "Garden House" for this cottage. Windy commented that she and the twins had the best time. They had great fun at the Big Island beaches and the Garden House Hideaway was the perfect spot to spend their vacation. She and the twins are planning to return in the Fall for another extended stay.
Mary's Garden House Hideaway is one of the best, quiet and peaceful hideaways that you will enjoy in the Big Island. It is located in the off-the-grid area of the rural north, 20-25 minutes from Hilo. At first getting there was a trek, but once you get there you will see a beautiful vista, lovely facility, exotic plant life, fun animals and a wonderful host.
One key points into making your stay special is to make sure to have enough time to see whatever you need to see (which you really need time for. You can drive the entire island in 4 or so hours. We did not have this luxury because there's many stops to see, which will take your time); feel the beauty of the area (which is no doubt amazing and spectacular everywhere. Mary's hideaway is a jewel!); and be in the presence of something beautiful (which is really ineffable. You will know and realize it once you are there).
+First, if you want to enjoy your stay in the Big Island, relinquish your urban city perspective. It's more beautiful this way.
+When planing to decide on where to to stay, consider Mary's facility...beautiful, peaceful and homey.
+After you decide to stay with Mary's facility, plan an itinerary. She has many information about the island in her cottage.
+In your initial itinerary, before you head to the island - first, we would suggest to rent an SUV or off road vehicle, just in case. The hideaway is off-grid and out in the rural areas of the upper north. Smaller vehicles is ok, but has less engine power and traction to go up hill and off the beaten path (you will go through unpaved stretch road. The road is new)
+Second, make sure to spend some time getting to know your host. This was a missed opportunity for us since we only stayed there a very short time. She's a very nice and beautiful host. Also, enjoy her pets: Bonnie (she looks like a polar bear), Copper (he may look like Koojo, but is friendly and energetic young dog) and little Trouble (such an adorable cat!) Also, there's one cow and few sheep.
+Last tip... JUST enjoy your stay!
Unfortunately, we did not have a good experience during our stay at this property and left after just 10 hours. While clean and cozy, there were some aspects that we found to be badly misrepresented:
There is no air conditioning, but only a single ceiling fan, and all doors and windows need to be open for there to be any air circulation.
In addition to the shower, the toilet and sink are also located outside and are alternately surrounded by bamboo stalks and a shower curtain.
Given that the property is solar powered and derives water from rainfall, there are significant restrictions on both electricity and water usage - the house rules limit showers and microwave use to 2-3 minutes, for instance.
The property is not private and is directly adjacent to the owners home.
There is no Internet or cell phone reception.
This property is aptly described as off the grid and refers not to just a secluded getaway, but one where you need to be comfortable with an experience lacking modern conveniences.
A few miscellaneous items to note: there are two large dogs and a cat that roam free and enter the property. The dogs are not trained. The road leading up to the property is unpaved and its use may be prohibited by the car rental agreement.
Finally, it's worth noting that our attempts to reach a resolution with the property manager did not go well and we were forced into protracted conversations with the Home Away complaints department to obtain any sort of relief. Buyer beware...
We spent a week at Garden House Hideaway and greatly enjoyed our stay. It is definitely off grid with solar power, filtered sterilized rainwater, an outside shower, and spotty cellphone coverage. However it is also enchanting with great ocean and sunrise views, a pleasant property with pastured sheep and a cow, onsite fruit including coffee, starfruit, tangerines, lemons, limes, grapefruit, papaya, coconut, pineapple, and maybe some that I have forgotten. There is a great little tea house that we enjoyed eating breakfast in while watching the sunrise. The owner is a very thoughtful woman who respects vacationers' privacy but is also immediately available for any concerns. She is also very pleasant. The property is close (abot 30 mins) to Hilo which is a small city. There are nearby hiking trails, falls, and botanical gardens. We felt the property was within reasonable driving distance to waimea (30 mins), Hawi (1h with awesome views), kona (1.5 h), volcano park (1-1.5h), and south point (2h). Many scenic points are nearby. Due to the location on the island it is evidently quite rainy in the winter. Would definitely go again!
This is the perfect place for some peace and quiet. The cottage is a beautiful work of wood and bamboo. This truly is a "hide away". Aside from Mary, the owner, we didn't encounter another soul. Yet, we were never alone--the place is bursting with life! We encountered lizards, frogs, birds, cows, chickens, and all kinds of awesome insects. There were much more we never saw, but which made their presence known at night with their urgent calls. There's also an utterly adorable cat that wanders around outside. It's far enough from the city that the stars all come out at night.
Mary greeted us on arrival, and was very helpful. The place has very limited cell/internet reception. That was actually great for shutting out the world, but is something to be aware of. It's about a 30 minute drive to Hilo, which is where the nearest food/groceries/drug/stores are.
Overall, this a great place to comfortably get away from the outside world. We would definitely go back, and recommend this!
This is a very unique property! Mary has built a wonderful place up in the hills above the ocean, using solar energy and rainwater catchment to sustain a home and guest house with all the modern conveniences. If conservation is important to you, this place is a great find. The property is beautiful, with many flowering and fruit trees, spacious lawns and a field with sheep and a cow. A friendly cat and two big dogs share the place, as well. Mary was a very thoughtful hostess and provided whole bean coffee grown right on the property. The shower and toilet are outside but private and the water was plenty hot. The cottage is cozy and nice for a couple. Two-burner gas cooktop and a microwave available for cooking. She has plenty of beach stuff available for use, and nice items like rain ponchos, umbrella and jackets. I would have liked a more comfortable piece of furniture of reading at night; when the sun goes down there is not much else to do! The sharing library was a nice feature but mostly full of pulpy paperbacks - as a book-lover I was a bit disappointed in the choices, but then again I didn't expect a little library anyway!
There is a small general store/cafe a few miles down the road that had a bit of everything you might need, and serves meals until 6:30 p.m. I enjoy not having TV available; it was a bit hard to adjust to lack of cell phone service but I was able to get signal just a bit down the road. There is no Wi-Fi as far as I know. There is a lovely separate structure called the "Tea Room" for taking in the sunrise. She has kept a notebook for guests to write in recommendations of things to see and do which was really nice and fun to read through, to get ideas and real people perspective on what to see and do. We were very happy to be away from the noise of Hilo and loved falling asleep to cocqui frogs and rain on the roof. For people who don't like to be too close to the natural world, this may not be the first pick, but it was right up our alley and judging by the guest book, it's been idyllic for many many people before us!
The property was over 3 acres of lush, green tropical plants. The variety of vegetation was huge. In addition to the coffee bean orchard, there were banana trees, papaya, mango, lemon, Norfolk Island Pines, Bamboo and too many kinds of floral displays to name. The cottage itself was a delight with open beams and woven ceilings. The Asian wood and bamboos created a rich interior. Having the shower and the rest of the facilities outside was so natural. The bed was comfy and the kitchen was well stocked. We thoroughly enjoyed visits from the resident dogs and cat.
Mary is a great host. We would definitely stay at Garden Hide Away again.
Nearby: Akaka Falls; Tropical Gardens; swimming, surfing & snorkeling. Hilo, 19 miles away, offers golfing, museums, theaters, shopping, a variety of fine cuisines, kayaking, Japanese gardens, beaches, university, the Macadamia nut factory, a rainforest zoo, and a coffee mill. Kilauea volcano is close-by & well worth a tour - especially at night when the red-hot lava flows into the ocean.
Other Activities: shopping, kayaking, boating, wildlife viewing
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Cleaning fee||$50 + Tax|
|Refundable damage deposit||$100|
There is a $50 cleaning fee.
Please request and return rental contract before making payment.