About the property
- Cottage570 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 - 4 nights
Private Cottage on estate property/ private bath, kitchenette and covered lanai
Our country estate is in Onomea, 6 miles north of Hilo, on 5 tropical acres with garden and ocean views. Onomea Guest Suite is a private cottage with garden views of flowering royal Poinciana trees, sweeping monkey pod trees, mango, lychee, mountain apple and coconut trees, and many other varieties of palms. The most repeated description by our guests is 'peaceful'. The suite has a studio layout... bedroom, living room and kitchenette all in one ample main space, and a lovely stone-tiled bath with high ceilings and gorgeous light. Guests love the shower which feels like its outdoors because of all the high windows above the shower space. The covered lanai is enjoyable rain or shine for dining or relaxing. Our royal palm-lined road is one of the loveliest in all of Hawaii. Artists frequently come to paint it! Within walking distance is the old donkey trail to Onomea Bay, a breathtaking bay along the old Scenic Highway. You can also walk to the Hawaii Botanic Gardens and What's Shakin' Smoothie Stand (fresh fruit smoothies, wraps, sandwiches, coffee, tea.....)and by car, we are equi-distant to Volcano National Park, Waipio Valley and Mauna Kea Visitors Center, just of many other attractions in the area. (see more below at 'Things to Do'.
A queen bed, plus a twin bed provides a comfortable sleeping for up to three. The kitchenette has enough cooking appliances that you won't miss the stovetop or oven. You'll find the barbecue on your lanai and many kitchen appliances on the countertop or in the cabinets.
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A few notes about our guest suite....and us! .......
Our guest space was completed in March 2011, a project lovingly created over two years. The bathroom and shower are wheelchair accessible and there are no steps between parking and entry to suite. My wife and I live in the main house which is an entirely separate building attached by a breezeway and a central courtyard with a fishpond and burbling fountain. I am usually available to help you with directions, dining suggestions or simply to come up with extra pillows!
By car, within 10 minutes, are the magnificent 419 foot high Akaka Falls, the charming village of Honomu; and the nearby city of Hilo, center of commerce on the east slope of Mauna Kea and home to the renowned Hilo Farmers Market.
Some other activities we recommend you think about during your stay, here on the east side of the Island of Hawaii......
Horseback riding in Kohala or Waipio Valley; a zipline adventure; several nearby beach parks, snorkeling, Champaign Ponds, photography, hiking; bird watching; a visit to the 13,980 foot summit of Mauna Kea where 7 international telescopes are redefining our understanding of the heavens (a visitor center is open daily at the 9,000 foot level); Alahanui Park - Hot Spring Pond; the Lyman Museum, the Tsunami Museum, the Hilo zoo, Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut farm and factory; and.... Volcano National Park. There is a clickable calendar at this site. Please check the calendar for availability and contact us about any questions. FOR INITIAL INQUIRIES, EMAIL IS GREATLY PREFERRED OVER TELEPHONE. Mahalo!
GE Tax Number: W00358152-01
Randall Duryea - Manager
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- within one hour
- Calendar last updated:
- May 20, 2018
About Randall Duryea - Manager
Together my wife and I have many stories to tell... about location scouting for film and Tv, performing in Tv and theater, photo assignments, llama farming, life in New York City, LA, Montana, growing up in the territory of Hawaii, the band, our kids. If you come and see us and care to share some stories....as we say in Hawaii... we can Talk Story together.
Randall Duryea - Manager purchased this Cottage in 2003
Why Randall Duryea - Manager chose Island of Hawaiʻi
This is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in all of Hawaii. It is gorgeous here, and we'd love to share it with you! Our place is peaceful... We are on the green and lush side of the island. It's never hot here, never cold, though it might get chilly enough to grab a cotton sweater or flannel shirt early in the morning. The air is soft and full of the smell of flowers. The rivers and waterfalls speak to the rain, the rain responds and the birds and crickets and tree frogs provide the chorus of life all around.
What makes this Cottage unique
THINGS TO DO! LOTS of things to do! Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden and the GORGEOUS Scenic Hwy is walkable from our place along with some eating stops, What's Shakin' and the the 100 year old Low Store. About 10 miles away is the 400+ foot high Akaka Falls and several zipline venues. Hilo itself with its old downtown district is 6 miles to the south. The Hilo Farmers Market is open every day. Rainbow Falls is just outside of downtown. Honolii Beach Park is just this side of Hilo and there are many more coastal swim parks to the far side of Hilo. You can swim with big sea turtles at several of them. Volcano National Park is to the south of Hilo, about 40 miles. There's currently a live lava flow to the ocean with a viewing site about 4 miles from the end of Highway 130. Near by to that there's the Waiopae Tide Pools and the warm ponds at Ahalanui Park. To the north about 40 miles is the remote Waipio Valley, inhabited for a thousand years and best toured on horseback with fantastic local guides. Mauna Kea Visitors Center on the mountain at 9000 feet is still 5000 feet short of the top of the mountain. The Vistors Center is an intro to the astronomy taking place from the 13 international telescopes that are the the top (If you have 4x4 you can tour the Keck Observatory at the top). Powerful optical telescopes are provided for public viewing by knowledgeable docents 365 days a year. If Saturn is above the horizon, it's particularly stunning to see it through one of them. Then... there's the Lyman Museum, the Tsunami Museum, Imiloa planetarium/museum, MokMokupapapa (museum of the other thousand atolls that make up the rest of the Hawaiian archipelgo, the Plantation Museum, the Hamakua Rail museum..... I could go on.....!
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 3:30 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Peaceful getaway with top notch hospitality
Without exaggeration, this is an awesome place to stay! If you are looking for a peaceful, laid back environment that has all the comforts of home for a more than reasonable price, your search should stop right here.
Randall and Donna are exactly what you want in a property owner/manager. They are there when you need them with a vast knowledge of Island info, yet they are incredibly respectful of your privacy. Donna gave us a bunch of Apple Bananas that were just to die for and Randall was very patient in answering all of our questions and understanding our constant mispronounced Hawaiian names.
The suite was clean, sleek, homey and well stocked with everything we needed for our stay. The grounds are beautiful and very well manicured. My only regret is that I wish that I would've brought a frisbee!
We would not hesitate to come back and stay with Randall and Donna! Diane and I feel as though we made new friends while here! You will too!
Kevin and Diane
The only negative point: we stayed only for two nights.
It is a very cozy and romantic place. The bathroom is pretty awesome and we loved eating breakfast out on the lanai.
Randall is a great host with a lot of recommendations for activities and restaurants.
We definitely recommend this Cottage.
Peaceful, comfortable cottage on a country property, nicely landscaped with trees and gardens.
Randall is a gracious and helpful host who resides on the property. He has good advice for local sightseeing activities. The area has many spots to explore from local walks to the beach, the botanical gardens, as well as more distant hiking into the Waipio Valley, Volcano National Park, and snorkelling spots near Hilo and further south. Randall's cottage provided a safe and comfortable base for our activities.
Great for two!
Unfortunately a feral rooster was running around the property when we visited, so we woke up bright and early every morning. Randall said his neighbor was coming by to take care of it as we left, so hopefully it won't be a problem for anyone else!
The cottage itself was wonderful: very cozy and romantic. I loved the shower with the slate walls and river rock floor. The kitchen area was small, but had everything we needed and is certainly better than what you'd find at a hotel. My wife and I loved eating breakfast out on the lanai and seeing the chickens and wild birds come by. Randall was great with recommendations for restaurants and groceries. We definitely recommend the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden if you visit, its less than 5 minutes away by car and absolutely beautiful!
Truly a tropical paradise!
Randall is a wonderful host and a great resource for any information about the area. The room is wonderfully appointed with all one would need for an extended stay. If one wants privacy and peace it really is so much nicer than a "luxury hotel." This lovely estate surrounded by equally beautiful properties is a just a mile from "Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden." Simply the best!
Beautiful Lanai & Great Hosts
Lovely area, about 6 miles drive to downtown Hilo, yet feeling a world away with countryside beauty. Easy access to Onomea Bay and our hosts were gracious and helpful. I appreciated the fact the accommodations were equipped with what I consider "essentials": coffee and bug juice. We hope to return!
In all of Hawaii, there is no place quite like Onomea. Along the famed Hamakua coast, Old Onomea Road and the Old Mamalahoa Highway winding past Onomea Bay, are quiet treasures worth savoring. Take a walk down our little country lane. Too narrow for cars to pass, we stop and visit instead! When our home was part of a larger estate, it was planted with royal palms that now tower alongside the road nearly all the way to the ocean. Nearby, the old donkey trail leads downhill to Onomea Bay where a little river enters the sea. You can imagine the ships of old, anchored in the bay, receiving bales of cane sugar hoisted aloft on zip lines tethered ashore. Nearby, too, is the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, a charming smoothie stand and the 100 year old Low's Store; nearby by car.... the 442 foot high Akaka Falls, the little village of Honomu, many beach parks and Hilo's renowned farmers market; We are about equi-distant from Volcano Park to the south and Waipio Valley to the north... two stops you won't want to miss!
! Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden and the GORGEOUS Scenic Hwy is walkable from our place along with some eating stops, What's Shakin' and the the 100 year old Low Store. About 10 miles away is the 400+ foot high Akaka Falls and several zipline venues. Hilo itself with its old downtown district is 6 miles to the south. The Hilo Farmers Market is open every day. Rainbow Falls is just outside of downtown. Honolii Beach Park is just this side of Hilo and there are many more coastal swim parks to the far side of Hilo. You can swim with big sea turtles at several of them. Volcano National Park is to the south of Hilo, about 40 miles. There's currently a live lava flow to the ocean with a viewing site about 4 miles from the end of Highway 130. Near by to that there's the Waiopae Tide Pools and the warm ponds at Ahalanui Park. To the north about 40 miles is the remote Waipio Valley, inhabited for a thousand years and best toured on horseback with fantastic local guides. Mauna Kea Visitors Center on the mountain at 9000 feet is still 5000 feet short of the top of the mountain. The Vistors Center is an intro to the astronomy taking place from the 13 international telescopes that are the the top (If you have 4x4 you can tour the Keck Observatory at the top). Powerful optical telescopes are provided for public viewing by very knowledgeable docents 365 days a year. If Saturn is above the horizon, it's partiularly stunning to see it through one of them. Then... there's the Lyman Museum, the Tsunami Museum, Imiloa planetarium/museum, Mokupapapa (museum of the other thousand atolls that make up the rest of the Hawaiian archipelgo, the Plantation Museum, the Hamakua Rail museum..... I could go on.....!
And yes..... We do laundry for you. Our laundry is in our private quarters, so it's not self service but we are happy to do a quick load for you and deliver back for you to fold. :-)
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Quoted Rates are for double occupancy. Third guest is additional $25/night. Cancellation Policy is for full refund if cancelled by 10 weeks prior to arrival date. Refunds after that threshold are also made but only as we are able to rebook the canceled dates.