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Creekside cottage: peace, privacy, ocean view

Pepeekeo, HI, USA
  • House750 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths1
  • Mininum Stay4 nights

Sweet 1-bedroom cottage immersed in nature and beauty on 20 acres w/ ocean views

Perched above a spring-fed babbling brook on 20 private landscaped acres, the Creekside Cottage offers the peace, serenity, privacy and nature that will melt away your stress. Nine miles (20 minutes) from downtown Hilo, on the lush and scenic Hamakua Coast with ocean views.

Perfect for a couple seeking a romantic getaway. Escape from the tourist traps and the hustle-bustle of city life, and relax in the vibrant natural environment of authentic Hawaii.

Enjoy your own private waterfall and the private swimming hole below it.

No city lights to dim the night sky: great star-gazing!

Utter peace and quiet - no traffic noise, no city sounds, no nearby neighbors.

Utter privacy: between you and the nearest road is a eucalyptus forest.

The cottage is ideally suited to two people. But in addition to the queen sized bed in the upstairs bedroom, there's an inflatable twin-sized bed in the living room that will sleep an additional person. You just plug it into the wall socket, turn it on, and in less than 2 minutes you have a comfortable airbed on 8 legs. And if you're traveling with small children, there are 2 child-sized foldout floor mattresses in the living room.

1 full bathroom plus 1 half-bath.

Fully equipped kitchen.

Screened-in lanai.

East Hawaii, the Hilo side, is the lush beautiful side of the Big Island. And the Creekside Cottage is perfectly located for the most convenient access to all the spectacular sights and adventures Hawaii is famous for. (The west or Kona side is barren desert, and a 2+ hour drive to any of the natural wonders.) All the waterfalls and river canyons the Big Island has to offer, are located along the Hamakua Coast, and the Creekside Cottage is in the midst of them - nestled in a beautiful river valley in the Hamakua Coast district. Stunning 400-ft Akaka Falls is located in the next river valley up the coast, 5 miles away. World-famous Waipio Falls, with a double 1,000-ft waterfall, is a little farther up the coast to the north. The most pristine snorkeling reefs and tide pools in the Pacific ocean are close by, on the easternmost point of the island. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - with the active volcano, fascinating lava tubes, and hundreds of miles of hiking trails - is less than an hour to the south. (If you were to stay on the other side of the island, in touristy Kona, you'd have to drive more than 2 hours to get to the Volcanoes Nat'l Park.)

Within 15 minutes of the Creekside Cottage are 3 beautiful botanical gardens and 2 thrilling zip lines. The owners have zip-lined in numerous parts of the world, including in Costa Rica where zip-lining was first invented, and we can testify that the zip line at Akaka Falls is one of the most thrilling in the world.

NOTE: Even though this property is only 9 miles from downtown Hilo, it's really very rural. This means there are no city lights or sounds, only the sounds of nature. But it also means no city water or gas or cable TV or telephone land line. The water supply is a rainwater catchment system, purified with filtration and UV light (perfectly safe - we've been drinking it for 7 years). The stove and water heater are fueled by propane: if you discover the stove won't light & the water won't heat it means the propane tank is empty, so you'll call the property manager and he'll come and switch from the empty propane tank to the full one. There is no cable TV available in this location, and satellite is not an option at the Creekside Cottage because it's bordered by a forest of tall trees that block the signal. The cottage does have a TV monitor and a Netflix-enabled DVD player, so if you have your own Netflix account you can download movies through the WiFi to the DVD player. And yes, there is WiFi: though there's no cable in the area, we do have satellite internet at the Kapehu house, and we've installed a wireless bridge to bounce the signal to the cottage. This slows the signal down, so if you require very high-speed internet while on vacation, you'd be better off renting a different place. There is no air conditioning. It doesn't get hot (at 900 feet elevation) but it's always humid, and if humidity is a problem for you, you may have to rent an air conditioned hotel room. Homes in Hawaii typically don't have air conditioning. There is also no heat in the cottage, but there are extra blankets for the occasional cool winter night.


Tom and Marcy

Member Since 2011
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About Tom and Marcy

We are 68 and 73, and this is intended to be our retirement home. Until then, we're making it available for others to enjoy. Most of the time we live in the Sandia Mountains in New Mexico, and we spend as much time as possible in Hawaii. Our property manager Nick lives near the Cottage - he will be the one to greet you when you arrive and make sure you have everything you need to feel at home during your stay. Tom is a lawyer and law professor specializing in the needs of Native Americans and indigenous peoples. Marcy is a retired psychotherapist and a musician/songwriter and church music director. We're active outdoor adventurers and love wilderness backpacking. Though the rental income on the Hawaii property doesn't cover all the expenses on it, it helps a lot - so we thank you for renting it and helping us make our retirement dream come true!

Tom and Marcy purchased this House in 2011

Why Tom and Marcy chose Island of Hawaiʻi

We've been visiting Hawaii 2 or 3 times a year for many years. The Big Island is our favorite island because it provides so much variety - from high mountain tops to snorkel reefs, to wilderness hikes, to the active volcano. On every vacation, we always spent a couple of days looking at real estate, until our broker was like family. When we first saw this property in Dec 2010, we were riveted by its beauty. When we stood gazing at the lush green valley and sparkling ocean, we both knew this was the place we'd been searching for.

What makes this House unique

Having spent most of our lives in the southwestern desert, to have two streams and our own private waterfall and private swimming hole is nothing short of heaven. And where else can we pick our own oranges, papayas, bananas, pineapples avocados to complement every meal? The serenity and peace, the openness of the landscape, the out-in-the-country feeling, are soothing to the heart and soul. What's really unique about this property is it's ideal location. Even though it's only 15 or 20 minutes from downtown Hilo with all all the shops and restaurants and medical facilities, when you're at the Creekside Cottage you feel completely immersed in nature and beauty. And even though it's secluded, there's a wonderful spacious feeling to the wide open green valley.


    • Internet
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • loft bedroom has an adjoining half bath


      • 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bath
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, Main bathroom is on landing between 1st and 2nd floors.
      • Bathroom 2
        Half-bath with sink and toilet, adjoining the bedroom.

        Location Type

          • Mountain View
          • Near The Ocean
          • Ocean View
          • Rural
          • Water View


              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Budget
              • Family
              • Romantic
              • Tourist Attractions


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Internet
                        The cottage has satellite internet & WiFi.
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Living Room
                      • Parking
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine


                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                            Everything a gourmet cook could desire. Just bring in your groceries and start cooking.
                          • Kitchen
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Pantry Items
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 4 people


                                  • DVD Player
                                    We can't get cable at this location, and the tall trees would block a satellite signal. The cottage does have a TV monitor and a Netflix-enabled DVD player. You'll need your own Netflix account.
                                  • Music Library
                                    Hawaiian music CD's
                                  • Stereo


                                      • Lanai / Gazebo
                                        screened in lanai with table and 4 chairs
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        There's a small charcoal grill. You can supply your own charcoal and lighter fluid.


                                          • wheelchair inaccessible
                                            bedroom is on the second floor


                                              • arboretum
                                              • botanical garden
                                              • churches
                                              • library
                                              • marina
                                              • museums
                                              • restaurants
                                              • winery tours
                                              • zoo

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • photography
                                                  • beachcombing
                                                  • boating
                                                  • eco tourism
                                                  • horseback riding
                                                  • luaus
                                                  • bird watching
                                                  • scenic drives
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • walking
                                                  • whale watching
                                                  • wildlife viewing

                                                    Local Services & Businesses

                                                      • ATM/bank
                                                      • groceries
                                                      • hospital
                                                      • medical services

                                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                          • mountaineering
                                                          • cycling
                                                          • fishing
                                                          • golf
                                                          • hiking
                                                          • kayaking
                                                          • mountain biking
                                                          • deepsea fishing
                                                          • pier fishing
                                                          • snorkeling
                                                          • snorkeling/diving
                                                          • surf fishing
                                                          • surfing
                                                          • swimming

                                                            House Rules

                                                            Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                            Check-out: Noon

                                                            Cancellation Policy

                                                            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.

                                                            23 Reviews


                                                            Latest reviews

                                                            Beautiful property

                                                            Silvino O.

                                                            Wonderful property, great views, loved the waterfall at the end of the property.

                                                            Sure could use a new mattress and a proper lock on the door.

                                                            Owner's Response:

                                                            It would be helpful to say what kind of mattress you prefer. It is not helpful say it could "use a good mattress." It's a $1000 mattress, so if it's not "good," what is? Originally we had a fancy pillow-top mattress in the cottage. Someone complained it was too soft for their bad back, they needed firm support and they said they slept on the floor. We listened and we moved the cushy mattress out of the cottage and into our other house, and bought a new firm mattress for the cottage. Then someone complained the new mattress was too hard, so we bought a memory-foam mattress topper for it. I've slept on it and found it ideal -- firm enough for good support, soft enough for an old lady's bones like mine. We try very hard to please everyone, but saying we need a "good" mattress while providing no specifics makes it impossible to please you.

                                                            As for the doors, they do lock. You get a key which locks it from the outside. On the inside, you can lock it with the locking clips in the sliding door tracks, and our property manager should have shown you how to do that. I'll remind him to make sure he points out the locking mechanisms to all guests at check-in. But since it's an exceptionally safe and peaceful location, we find no need for further locks. As owners, we never lock anything there. In the 7 1/2 years we've owned the property, we have never heard of any break-ins in the area. We never lock the cottage when it's vacant, or when we stay there ourselves. We never lock the doors of our luxury home when it's vacant or when we stay there ourselves. I have stayed there alone for weeks at a time, at night listening to the wind in the trees and the rain, and I've always felt perfectly safe with all the doors and windows wide open.

                                                            From the road, the house is completely hidden by eucalyptus forest, and someone driving by who hasn't visited would never have any idea there was a building on the property. If they wanted to explore, they would be stopped by our locked outer gate. If they climbed over the gate or fence, they'd have to walk in 1/3 mile to the other side of the forest before finding the cottage. So it's ridiculous to consider adding more locks.

                                                            The perfect peaceful getaway

                                                            Happy TravelerSanta Fe, New Mexico

                                                            The cottage has a homey feel, nice layout, plenty of room. All the comforts of home are provided including washer/dryer and laundry detergent. The satellite WiFi cut out during stormy weather, but we had 4G on our phones. There's no TV service at the cottage, but we didn't go to Hawaii to watch TV. In fact, we drove up to see the glowing volcano most every evening. The location is perfect for being close to the sights and botanical gardens. It's out in the country with no city lights or sounds, yet it's a short drive to Hilo, with grocery stores, shopping malls, U of H, museums, astronomy center, etc. We picked some avocados on the property (biggest avocados I ever saw) and made mass quantities of guacamole. There's a sweet little private waterfall and natural pool on the property and it sure looked inviting, but the weather was too chilly during our week there to take a dip. We hope to come back in a warmer time of year and try out that swimming hole. The week before coming to the Creekside Cottage we had rented a cottage near the tide pools in Puna that was slightly more expensive but it was less that half the square footage and it had no cell signal, no internet, no washer/dryer (we had to haul our wet swimsuits to a laundry-mat), no fridge - the Creekside Cottage seemed like a palace, and a bargain, after that.

                                                            Definitely Peaceful!!!

                                                            Becky W.Kalama, Washington

                                                            The cottage is as described, a very peaceful, beautiful setting. The kitchen was well stocked. We had everything we needed. The internet is slow and absent at times, which was disclosed on the paperwork so I cannot fault the owners for that. I just want to make others aware of this fact if there is the need to work while on vacation. (Sad, but true some of us do.) I gave it a 4 out of 5 just because there are a couple things that show the wear of the house. Also, the washer and dryer are not located inside the house. One has to go outside and around the back to do laundry. However, these small details are not major issues. It is more about letting others know the full details. Would I stay here again?? Absolutely!

                                                            The perfect secluded getaway

                                                            Peter O.

                                                            A very comfortable, cheerful place. Clean and beautiful and well-maintained with great views. Glad to have the washer/dryer for our wet swim suits. And the place is totally, totally private. It felt like being in the wilderness, yet the location is conveniently close to Hilo. During our visit, there were people staying in the other house on the property, the Kapehu house, but we never saw or heard them because there's a considerable distance between the two houses, not to mention plenty of foliage and a creek between them.

                                                            We were forewarned that East Hawaii is the rainy side of the island (that's why it's lush & green), and winter is the rainy season besides. But we had sunshine every day of our 2 week December stay. It did rain several times, but it cleared up in an hour and the sun returned. It rained really hard at night a couple of times, causing flash flood alerts to appear on our phones. But we found the sound of the rain on the roof at night to be a romantic plus.

                                                            The owner was very easy to communicate with and the property manager was instantly available when we had a question.

                                                            Our recommendations:

                                                            1. Stay at least a couple of weeks, because there is so much to do in East Hawaii. Two weeks there wasn't quite enough for us.

                                                            2. Visit the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens, less than 2 miles from the cottage. Awesome variety of tropical flowers from around the world. It will be at the top of our list when we return to Hawaii.

                                                            3. Snorkel at the Kapoho tide pools in Puna, but go on a weekday to beat the crowds. You'll see a wide variety of colorful fish and corals.

                                                            4. Hike the Kilauea Iki trail in HI Volcanoes Nat Park.

                                                            5. Check out the Waipio valley. The overlook sight is spectacular, but we then walked down the steep road to the beautiful beach below. On our way back up, we were offered a ride by a surfer in a 4wd truck.

                                                            5. Get some fresh-caught mahi mahi at the Suisan fish market in Hilo, and sear it lightly for your dinner. Fresh-caught ahi is excellent, too.

                                                            6. Whenyou visit the nearby Akaka Falls you'll go through the tiny town of Honomu. Stop in at Mr. Ed's bakery there for some unusual tasty treats.

                                                            We highly recommend East Hawai and the Creekside Cottage!

                                                            nice quiet accommodation

                                                            Thomas L.

                                                            My wife and I spent five beautiful days here in September 2017. The tranquility and seclusion is really very pleasant. In the house everything was as promised.

                                                            The housekeeper was on time for the handing over of the house and also very nice.

                                                            Therefore a recommended accommodation

                                                            Each morning it felt like I woke up in heaven

                                                            Peter O.

                                                            Beautiful little house, beautifully maintained inside and out, gorgeous views. Peaceful, private. Wish we could have stayed forever. Owner was responsive and promptly answered our questions. Caretaker was thoughtful and seemed genuinely interested in us and making sure we had everything we needed. Perfect location. Couldn't ask for more. If we ever get back to Hawaii we'll come back here. Recommend it highly.


                                                            Pepeekeo, HI, USA

                                                            Private waterfall on the property with a private swimming hole. Fruit trees you can pick: oranges, lemons, figs, lilikoi, three varieties of bananas, two varieties of avocados, star fruit, chocolate sapote. 50 minutes south to the steaming, glowing, live volcano! 1 hour north to the 1,000-ft twin waterfalls at Waipio. 10 minutes to 400-ft Akaka Falls. 15 minutes to 2 ziplines. 5 minutes to the awesome must-see HI Tropical Botanical Gardens. 1 hour SE to the most pristine snorkeling reefs. 20-25 minutes to five public black sand beaches in Hilo Bay.

                                                            Rates & Availability

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                                                            During the holidays of Christmas, New Year, Thanksgiving, and the Merrie Monarch hula festival, the minimum length of stay is 6 nights. Rate for 1-2 guests: $115/night 3 guests: $130/night 4 guests: $145/night 3-night minimum stay is waived if the calendar is so full that only 2 consecutive nights availability remain. The cleaning fee is variable and based on the time it takes the cleaning crew. Most of the time when it's just 2 people using one bed, it's $40, but if the cleaning takes them longer (eg., with additional linens adn towels to launder) the remainder of the cleaning fee will be deducted from the security deposit before the deposit is refunded. You can book directly with the owner and avoid the booking fees charged by these vacation rental websites. Contact the owner for details.

                                                            23 Reviews
                                                            Excellent 4.7/5
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