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Affordable, Charming Christmasberry Cottage. ocean view, space, private, secure

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Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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7 nights


Hōlualoa House Rental Photos and Description

Ocean View, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 6, 2 lanais, 2 stall garage

Christmasberry cottage was originally constructed in 1991. It was my mother’s home until 2006. We have repainted inside and out, added a beautiful gas fireplace, replaced refrigerator and range and decorated with Hawaiian artifacts, Pegge Hopper and Karen Spachner prints.

For your vacation, you have a whole 1250 square foot, three bedroom house. There is one full bathroom and one bathroom with shower. There are two lanais, a large one overlooking the ocean and a smaller tiled porch from which you can watch and listen to the birds while basking in the morning sun. You have exclusive use of the two stall garage for your vehicles and toys. Your washer and dryer are also located there.

Design and decor: Outside, the house has the look of a traditional country home: red hip roof and green siding.

Inside, the living and dining areas are airy and inviting. Flooring in the big living room is beautiful native Ohia hardwood. Each of the bedrooms is uniquely decorated. My Geisha room has two Japanese inspired platform futons, and oriental style fabrics. The Ukulele room has a fun retro feel. The sunny master bedroom invokes a fragrant flower lei motif. Every room has big windows bringing nature close. Six people are accommodated comfortably.

More Details
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

margie bernaski
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
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October 18, 2016


based on 5 traveler reviews

Affordable, Charming Christmasberry Cottage. ocean view, space, private, secure
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Christmasberry Cottage - Above the Tourist Logjam

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Christmasberry was from December 25-Jan 9th 2015. This cottage is nestled in the beautiful Kona coffee farms, at 2200 feet "up country" above Kona. It was a fabulous jumping-off point for our stay on the Big Island with our two grown sons. It is quiet and secluded, with the sounds only of birds and crickets to soothe you morning and night. The many amenities of the house include boogie boards, binoculars for birdwatching, many tourist guidebooks, and beach towels, in addition to what is listed in the VRBO listing. The owners, Margie and Bill, bent over backwards to be sure we were always comfortable, including greeting us with a large fruit basket as well as a jar of passionfruit jam made by Margie. The nearby town of Holualoa is a tiny enclave of very talented artists, great for an afternoon stroll. We felt like we were actually living with the Hawaiians rather than with the other tourists. I would highly recommend this to anyone seeking a peaceful retreat for their visit, and especially to anyone unfamiliar with this island, since Bill and Margie are a wealth of information! Jeannie and Terry and sons, San Diego, California

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. It was a pleasure to have you with us.
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  • 5 of 5

Without a doubt this was a wonderful home-base for our Big Island holiday. The cottage was as advertised, very clean and live-in ready after a stop at the grocery store. The view overlooking Kona and the ocean was awesome. Being farm people we were thrilled to have a quiet, safe location with an abundance of trees and birds to enjoy. The hospitality that Margie and Bill provided made our holiday extra special.

Steve & Treena

Saskatchewan, Canada

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to have you here!
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THousand Oaks, CA

Christmasberry Cottage

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I had a wonderful 10-day ( February 11-20) stay at the Christmasberry Cottage. The 3-bedroom and 2-bath house is located near Holualoa at about 2200 ft in a safe gated community. The nights were cool but with a few blankets and a gas fireplace heater, the house was very comfortable. Margie, the owner, is a wonderful host who provided a basket of fruit on our arrival. Margie lives close by, so any house concerns can be immediately resolved. The full kitchen allowed us to prepare the majority of our meals in the house. The outside lanai allows for a beautiful view of kona, day or night. The house is surrounded by coffee bean farms and sits near the top of a hill on 5-acres of private land. Access to Kona is only a 15 minute drive down Palani Street. There are a number of restaurants close by in Holualoa. Many of the coffee farms are located on nearby Mamalahoa Hwy. If you want to get away from the tourist traps and heat down in Kona, this is the place for you.

Bob and Doreen

Thousand Oaks, California

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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A holiday in paradise!

  • 5 of 5

:) Christmasberry Cottage was the absolute PERFECT

> choice for our holiday on the Big Island. We couldn't have imagined

> a more perfect place AND a more accomodating and personal host. We

> arrived to a basket of fresh fruit and a beautiful home to stay in!

> From the moment we arrived at the gate to the time we left we were

> taken care of and felt like it was our own home. It had everything

> and more than what we needed. The property was paradise in itself!

> The cottage was so spacious and perfect! It was so nice to be able

> to sleep up in the mountain at such a nice temperature at night and

> be away from all the business of the town. :) And it was the

> perfect distance from everything. We were treated to well and when

> we plan our next getaway to the Big Island it will most definatly

> include Christmasberry Cottage! Thank you again for a perfect

> holiday!

> Bill, Michelle, Lincoln, KarlyANDJohn, Annika, Kierstyn, Zaida

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2012
  • Stayed: Feb 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words and for taking the time to submit a review. It was a pleasure having you with us. Margie
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Amazing vacation

  • 5 of 5

We just recently stayed at Christmasberry Cottage for the month of January. It was our first family vacation to Hawaii and I was terribly nervous about booking a rental home online without knowing anything about the big island.

Our time here was so special, memorable and fun. The cottage is lovely. It had more then enough space for my large family of 6. My 4 young children had rooms to sleep in, a living room to relax in and more space outside to play and let their imaginations run wild. There were fruit trees all around the property that amazed us each day. So many different plants and flowers and room for my children to explore.

The owners Margie and Bill truly made our stay there so special. They were so kind and welcoming to us. When we were making plans online they were easy to deal with and answered any questions or concerns we had. While we were staying there if there was anything we needed or felt we were missing, they were prompt and saw to it that we had what we asked for. Margie would surprise us occasionally with gifts of fresh fruit which were gobbled up quickly by my family. Both Margie and Bill took time to help us when we had questions about beaches and maps. They provided plenty of books to help us plan out our days. There were also lovely books on the birds of Hawaii which you can see and hear so many right on your lanai.

We loved our time there and will treasure that vacation always. We most certainly recommend this property to you as a wonderful place to stay.

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2012
  • Stayed: Dec 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Keahole-Kona International Airport (KOA)
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Makalei Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Holuakoa Café
Nearest Beach
9 Miles
Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park
Car: necessary

Christmasberry Cottage is located above Kailua-Kona near historic Holualoa town. The newly redecorated house is set in an ohia- koa forest. It is an agricultural property with coffee, macadamia nut, citrus and banana trees. Situated up-country away from the hustle, bustle and heat of town, soft breezes, birdsong and an ocean view await you. Yet you are only 15-20 minutes from Kailua-Kona’s many amenities. Vacation here in this charming home and enjoy privacy, space and security in a gated community.

Nature lovers will find this an ideal locale. From November to April, humpback whales can be seen right from shore. Dolphins can be seen year-round. Birds abound on your own 5 acre property. Travel just a little farther afield for outstanding birding at the ocean shore and upcountry. There is a 1000ft deep lava tube cave on the property (experienced cavers only).


Rates & Availability

Hōlualoa House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
winter holidays
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
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7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 13.25%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Hōlualoa House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1250 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Gas Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Secure Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Both bathrooms are tiled.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 sleep sofa /futon , My Geisha
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double , Maile Lei
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Ukulele
  • Two additional guests (for a total of 8) could be accomodated utilizing the living room futon.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Gated Community
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Air conditioning is not needed at this comfortable elevation. If the evening is cool, you have a gas fireplace for ambience and comfort. The owner lives nearby and is available for information and assistance. A licensed massage therapist (Kristin Shaw) will treat you at her studio in Holualoa or at your vacation home. Smoking is not allowed in the house or on the lanais. Insense and candles are not allowed.

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