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Guest house on gated acre estate, Sleeps up to 7; Great for Events, too

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,300 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

2 bedroom, two full bath guest house; owners live on property in separate home

Luxurious tropical estate! Enter via a gated Royal Palm lined drive to a dramatic custom home with open beam ceilings, private lanai showcases an incredible ocean and coastal view.

There is complete privacy, with a lava rock wall and electric gate, surrounding the property, making it ideal for family reunions, health and company retreats, small weddings and other events.

Beautiful, elegantly furnished with antiques and open beam ceilings, on a 1 acre gated estate, with koi pond, waterfall, fountain, chlorine-free pool and hot tub, and 180 degree ocean-view lanai, orchards with hundreds of fruit trees.

Fully furnished and equipped 2 bedroom 2 bath guest house, with open beam ceilings in the living room, is over 1000 square feet with a 280 square foot covered lanai, with panoramic views.

Two full bedrooms and baths are in the guest house, with its' own separate entrance and parking. The guest house has a full kitchen and living room and dining area.

TV, Internet access, electricity, water and trash pick-up included. Laundry facility available on the property, in the main house.

The estate is located at a 1000 foot elevation, which is perfect weather. No air conditioning needed. The property is 10 minutes from downtown Kona, 10 minutes from the airport, and near beaches, restaurants and 3 minutes from Costco. NO SMOKERS. If there is a function with a smoker in attendance, they must smoke outside the gates of the property. Small housebroken pets considered.

Call Karen at number listed.

Everything vacationers need for a wonderful vacation is included. We do everything in our power to make sure our guests have a wonderful time.

Since the guest house is off Hina Lani, a main 2 lane road, there is some traffic noise.

More Details

Karen Russell
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 4, 2018

About Karen Russell

I am a gerontologist and holistic health counselor. Born in Columbus Ohio...went to Kent State for B.A. and Ohio State for my Masters Degree; and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition/Columbia University for post grad work in holistic health. Completed additional post graduate work to become a Certified Natural Healthcare Professional. Love music, nature, dance, art, health and people. I now live in Kailua Kona, HI with my fiancee, Dr. Tim Hendlin, who is a holistic physician and chiropractor. We have 5 'fur children' and an Amazon parrot.

Karen Russell purchased this estate in 2010

Why Karen Russell chose Kailua-Kona

It's a safe, beautiful, private place, that is close to town, the airport, beaches, attractions, restaurants and shopping. We are very accommodating and caring for our guests. We have beautiful landscaping and wonderful fruit trees throughout the property.

What makes this estate unique

It's so wonderful to be able to look out and see the ocean from throughout the property. The sunsets are magnificent and if a visitor wants on site chiropractic services, massage, far infrared sauna, nutritional and holistic health guidance or organic meals, they are available, at an extra charge.


Kailua-Kona Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking On Street
  • Printer
  • Scanner
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • fax
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Tile floor, vanity and sink
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Tile floor, vanity and sink
  • The guest house (ohana) has two full bathrooms, with toilets, sinks, vanities, bathtubs with showers.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , This bedroom is in the guest house
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , room for porta crib
  • The guest house was designed to sleep 4...two in the master bedroom and two in the twin beds in the second bedroom. The couch in the living room is VERY comfortable and easily sleeps an additional person. We also have a queen inflatable Aerobed bed that's available, for the guest house living room, if desired, which can sleep two additional guests.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • DVR
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Piano
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Deck Furniture
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear
  • Yard
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • luaus
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
There are there steps from the driveway to get into the guest house, so it could be possible to put up a wheelchair ramp, if guests rent one. There aren't grab bars, in the bathrooms, but we do have a shower chair available for handicapped individuals. Arrangements can be made, for an additional charge, for durable medical equipment, such as a toilet seat, with arms, etc.


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Guest house on gated acre estate, Sleeps up to 7; Great for Events, too
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

Everything you could ask for in a property is higher up and a little cooler than down at the ocean which was nice. Orchard right out the door pick fresh oranges for fresh squeezed orange juice. Road next door to property was quite busy at times. Tim and Karen are very gracious hosts

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We really enjoyed our guests from Canada...They were fun and interesting and terrific in every way. And furthermore, our fur family gave them 5 paws up! :) We really enjoyed having them stay with us.
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Boca Raton, Florida

We could not have been happier!

  • 5 of 5

Our visit to this guesthouse was even better than we had expected. The home was clean, spacious and well-appointed. The grounds are lovely and the entire estate was meticulously maintained. The location is perfect...just close enough to town to be convenient but just far enough to be able to retreat from the hustle-bustle of Kona. Beaches and hiking trails were nearby, too. The elevation provided just enough of a temperature change to keep the August heat at bay. No A/C needed! We had everything we needed to enjoy the west side of Hawaii, PLUS the most gracious hosts that we have encountered over all of our years of staying in vacation rental homes. Karen and Tim are phenomenal people and really made the whole time we were there a true pleasure. We cannot say enough about the positive experience we enjoyed while at this property.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your warm words...and we couldn't have been happier to have had you as our guests...SO delightful and fun to have around. We feel like you became family! You are truly special people. Love and aloha, Karen and Tim
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Fantastic, loving, place to be!

  • 5 of 5

Such a great place to start our Hawaiian adventure. We selected this place to use as we established our Hawaiian residency. Karen and Tim were extremely helpful providing us with, in addition to a fantastic place to stay, lots of local resources for both fun and entertainment, as well as establishing ourselves on the island. We're eternally grateful for there help and advice and, now, consider them friends. Mahalo!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. You all are wonderful, and it's especially nice to have you move to the Big Island. Hawaii is lucky to have you, and so are we! :)
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Kansas City, Missouri

Haven in Kona

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful spacious , clean and pretty place to

Pretend to be a local. My hosts are highly involved in various health and wellness pursuits and that was an additional educational plus.

  • Submitted: May 20, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful vacation in Turtle house

  • 5 of 5

We have spent three weeks in summer of 2014 in the Karen’s and Tim’s Turtle guest house in Kona, Hawaii. What a wonderful vacation we have had there! The great experience started long before our arrival – Karen was incredibly helpful with all kind of practical information and inspiration, writing us long mails for about half a year before our arrival. We felt as we knew her very well when we came! She and Tim have also made us feel very welcome by buying some food for us for the first night and waiting for our late arrival nearly at midnight.

During our stay, we were always welcome to ask any questions, to get any advice, to use all the facilities, and our three teenage kids truly enjoyed the swimming pool and the jacuzzi. In general, expect for the location close to a traffic road, this comfortable house is perfectly situated high above the sea providing enjoyable air temperature and breeze all day long, with a very nice lanai facing the ocean with beautiful palm trees in the garden. We spent a lot of time there relaxing, playing games (given to us by our hosts) with kids, and appreciating our summer vacation.

We covered about 1700 miles in 3 weeks visiting all parts of the Big Island and enjoying the contrasts between beaches and mountains, rain and sun, desert and forest.

Our departure from the island was delayed by the flight cancellation, and our hosts were very kind and flexible, allowing us to spend an additional night even though next guests were arriving very soon.

All in all, it was one of the best vacations we had, a big part of our delightful experience we owed to our host couple. Thank you, Karen and Tim.

Best regards

Anastassia, Jesper and kids


August 2014

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Delightful Place To Stay

  • 5 of 5

Upon arrival we were met by the owners who graciously showed us everything in the guest house rental unit. It was exactly as pictured in the listing. We had a lovely bedroom with a very comfortable king size bed and bath accessible from the bedroom. The second bedroom has twin beds with a bathroom accessible both from the bedroom and the hall. Everything was spotlessly clean and well-maintained.

Our hosts provided a book on things to do on the Big Island of Hawaii and we found it very helpful. We stayed for 78 days and went somewhere almost every day. They were very knowledgeable about interesting places to visit on the island. We went to museums, beaches, farmers' markets, hotels and concerts. We joined the VFW while we were there and made many friends there plus having dinners and dances to attend. This VFW is open to everyone; you do not need to be a veteran of a foreign war or, in fact, a veteran at all.

On the 3rd Sunday of the month, the village in Kailua-Kona closes the street to vehicular traffic in the afternoon so many booths can be set up by vendors selling a variety of merchandise. One booth is maintained by an organization called, "Friends of Bluegrass" who have several bluegrass bands playing throughout the afternoon. Many folks just stay there to listen. The abundance of free parking in Kailua-Kona is a plus.

The best restaurant we went to was Huggo's. We were there for Christmas dinner and I had the best mahi mahi ever. If you go on a Wednesday, you get a discount. This is good because they are a little pricy.

As our hosts suggested, we joined Costco and bought some groceries there. Mainly we used their gas station as the gas was substantially cheaper than elsewhere.

The only drawback to this property is that is next to a main highway from Hilo and the noise of the trucks going up and down the hill is annoying.

If you are staying for an extended period of time, I would strongly suggest having an interim cleaning done.

We would highly recommend this property to all our friends and relatives.

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2014
  • Stayed: December 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Kona Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
Makalai Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Mama La Hoa
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Lotus Cafe (great organic food)
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Kona State Park, Pine Trees
Car: recommended

We have a chiropractor and holistic physician, as well as a nutritionist and holistic health counselor, and massage services and a far infrared sauna available (for extra charges). It is easy to get to attractions and points of interest from our home, as we are just off a main two lane road, called Hina Lani, which links to the two main highways on the Big Island.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $175
Pet Fee $250
Damage Deposit $250

The guest house rents for between $180 and $200 a night. Special events, ie weddings or family reunions may have additional charges, depending on the number of guests. The state of HI charges a mandatory 13.42% in taxes.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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