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The Hilo House | An Exclusive Reeds Island Grand Historic Home

Sleeps14
Bedrooms 7
Bathrooms6
Half Baths1
Space 6,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

Overview

About the property

Grand Victorian Historic Property, 7 Bedrooms/6 1/2 Baths

This grand Victorian is located on prestigious Reeds Island -- a hidden jewel of Hawaii's Big Island! Situated on the Wailuku River, Reed's Island was once home to royal Hawaiian families and is only minutes from Hilo's historic downtown.

Built in 1916 by the British banker Thomas Guard, the property is grand and elegant, and on the National Registry for Historic Places. The gracious living room has large sliding picture windows framing the magnificent canopy of nature across the river. A spacious dining room and family room are perfect for family gatherings. The enclosed veranda has large French windows and doors with a desk area and dining table, perfect for creative work and relaxing. The house has 7 spacious bedrooms and an open balcony on the second floor which faces the waterfalls and downtown Hilo Bay. The kitchen is large and updated as well as the washer and dryer in the roomy basement level.

The refined landscape garden ground has been meticulously cared for by our gardeners. Every direction offers lush green and tropical colors.

With the Wailuku River flowing in the backyard and the tropical rain forest setting covering the grounds, the Hilo House is a beautiful place for relaxation and tranquility!

3 minutes to historic downtown with authentic fine dining and famous Hilo Farmers’ Market; 8 minutes to the Coconut Island and Japanese Garden; 15 minutes to Hilo Airport; 15 minutes to the Akaka Falls; 4 minutes to the Rainbow Falls; 45 minutes to National Volcano Park; walking distance to Waianuenue Avenue where local museums, churches, shops and a library.

For additional guests over 2 people there is a $30. fee per person per night. The cleaning fee is $375.

More Details

Property Manager
Charlotte Dewar
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 27, 2017

About Charlotte Dewar

I was born and raised in Beijing, China. Graduated from Peking University in 1983 with a degree in English Literature. Upon graduation I became an English teacher at university. I met my American husband on campus. We have been living in US for 29 years. This exquisite property surrounded by natural wonders is our sanctuary. Tranquility, beauty and pure air calm the body and mind and uplift the soul...

Charlotte Dewar purchased this house in 2006

Why Charlotte Dewar chose Hilo District

This is one of the most beautiful homes in Hilo. If you love beauty, elegance and tranquility, this is the place!

What makes this house unique

Reeds Island where the house locates is an exclusive community between two volcano rivers. Beautiful homes and fine neighbors are embracing and loving. Tropical rain forests and wildlife lie in every direction. A walk on the island is a step into natural beauty. It's ten minutes walk to historic Hilo downtown where boutique shops, galleries, restaurants and Farmers Market line the streets. Beeches, parks and Japanese garden are minutes away.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Our Hilo House experience was awesome. We loved the atmosphere of old houses and architecture. Fantastic bedrooms, you could hear the waterfall and birds at night. What it made fantastic were the details: fresh flowers in all rooms, the garden is maintained, the wooden floors, the marble baths, ... and as a passionate cook I highly appreciated good solingen knives (which is normally a deficit in most rented places), so I could cook breadfruit, taro and seafood from the local markets. As a party of three we enjoyed sitting on the terrace, plenty of room for all (would house parties up to 12-14 people, too)
Mar 2014
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Amenities

Hilo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 6000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Room 1: River Suite - toilet , tub , shower
    Room 2: Gorgeous Suite - toilet , tub , shower
    Room 3: Deluxe Orchid Room - toilet , tub , shower
    Room 4: Deluxe Ocean Room - toilet , tub , shower
    Room 5: Deluxe Palm Room - toilet , shower
    Rooms 6 & 7: Aloha Room 1 & 2 - toilet , shower , Ohana Room in basment
    Half Bath -- Main Level - toilet
  • All 5 bedrooms have sizable full bath with tub, shower, toilet, sink, marble floors. The two Aloha Rooms has a shared shower and a separate bathroom in between.
Bedrooms:
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Room 6: Aloha Room 1 - 1 queen , Garden-level
    Room 1: Deluxe Palm Room - 1 queen
    Room 3: Deluxe Orchid Room - 1 queen
    Room 4: Gorgeous Suite - 1 queen , Suite next to river
    Room 5: Deluxe Ocean Room - 1 queen
    Room 2: River Suite - 1 king
    Room 7: Aloha Room 2 - 2 double , Garden-level
  • ~ Four spacious room on the top level - two suites and two deluxe rooms, all ensuite ~One studio room on main level, ensuite ~Two basement/garden level rooms, shared bathroom
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(39 traveler reviews)

The Hilo House | An Exclusive Reeds Island Grand Historic Home
average rating of 4.820513 based on 46 reviews
5

Beautiful Home!

  • 5 of 5

All in all it was a great place to stay and I wish we had a couple more days there.

I will say though that it wasn't completely perfect. To start there was an issue with payment. The owner was insistent that I did not pay in full, which I did. There was an apparent mix-up with VRBO but be sure you have all your ducks in a row just in case. The owner will INSIST you call- even though there's not much you can do on your end. It was extremely frustrating... thankfully VRBO was helpful despite the hour long hold time. Probably the reason the owner didn't want to deal with it herself.

Aside from that, the house was gorgeous. It's over 100 years old and still in great shape! There is a lot of natural light in the house and the surroundings are gorgeous! I will also note that two of the bedrooms are in the basement. They weren't as nice as the bedrooms upstairs but still comfortable. Just expect it to be a little musty and stuffy because there is not as much ventilation for it. (no ac in the house and only 1 small window downstairs).

All in all, it was perfect for our group. We were there for a wedding and it accommodated all 9 of us extremely comfortably! Plus it was literally on the same street as where the wedding took place so it wasn't a far drive at all. Oh and the master bedroom's bed was sooooo comfortable! It made it hard to come home.

Thank you Charlotte for your hospitality and opening up your home to us. We greatly appreciate it!

  • Submitted: May 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Veronica, Thank you for your kind words. I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay! I apologize for the mistake of accounting error on the site. I had to call in twice to talk to the credit payment department where things got straightened out. I am sorry you had to spend time on this on your end. Thank you again for appreciating my beautiful home! Aloha Charlotte
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5

A bit of Heaven in Hilo

  • 5 of 5

Upon entering our group was stunned at how beautiful and luxurious this home is. The views in every direction of lush jungle, river and flowers were amazing. Cozy reflective spots to take in nature were scattered throughout inside and on the verandas. A feel of old historic Hawaii. The home was clean, well cared for and had all the amenities as described. Thanks for a wonderful stay and great memories Charlotte.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Jim, I and my house keeper Maiva are very moved by your review. Nothing makes us happier than having appreciative guests like you. This house has such special and beautiful energy. I know people like you would feel it and enjoy the ambiance of the beautiful nature of the Reeds Island, Hilo and our island. You have been so gracious and respectful. It's an honor and blessing to have you and your families at my house. Mahalo! Charlotte
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5

Old World Hawaii...Beautiful Property

  • 5 of 5

When I was looking for a property in Hilo, I knew I wanted to get a feel for Hawaii the way it used to be...A premier estate bringing old world charm and interior design...Expansive open rooms with bright windows throughout...Sit with a view the waterfall from the living room. Very quiet and peaceful..

A large property with plenty of room for people to still have their quiet places.

Very convenient easy walk to downtown, and a simple drive to see Rainbow Falls...

Hilo is also the place to book if you want to be able to reach Mauna Kea and view the stars, watch the lava flow into the ocean on the south side, or view one of the largest waterfalls located on the north-east side of the island.

Very pleasant stay & Charlotte was a pleasure to converse with....

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Eric, You are the most gracious and caring guests! Not only you appreciated and enjoyed my home, you left it clean, dish washed, laundry folded. As a home owner, I can't ask for better guests. I am pleased you explored the beauty of our side of the island. It made me so happy when you told me you were doing yoga on the lanai, a blissful experience in the magical place... Mahalo and hope you will return in the near future! Charlotte
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5

The best place to stay on the Big Island!!!

  • 5 of 5

We are a group from San Diego Zoo Wildlife Tours seeing the wild birds on the Big Island. We had the best time in this grand and gracious house sitting by the Wailuku River and surrounded by lush tropical wildlife and gardens. The owner, Charlotte Dewar, hosted us and made everything so smooth and beautiful for our stay. The rooms are spacious with Ohia hardwood floor from 100 years ago. We roam around the house in large living room, garden lanai and the enjoyed two house banquet catered by a local company. Chef Dean Shigeoka cooked the best 5 course dinner for us. Call him if you need someone to come to the house and cook for you. 808-217-6401 or ajsonscaterning@gmail.com

We had such a wonderful time that many of us are planning to return with families and friends in the near future!

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Tours participants

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Reeds Island Hilo House

  • 5 of 5

The Hilo House on Reed Island is a 100 year historical home nestled in a quiet neighborhood minutes from town. The inside of the home has an older feel that the online pictures don't capture that brings you back a century in time. Outside, there is no way to capture the beauty of the surrounding plants, trees, river, etc. The fast flowing river along with the waterfall (approximately a 1000 feet away) provides a nice backdrop for sleeping at night. The biggest surprise is the Coqui frogs who are group at first thought were chirping birds. The house was clean and the only thing to note is the white towels in the home. The owner requests using cleaning wipes (provided) for removing soil, makeup, etc.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZUOiZG84c0

The town center has many things to offer including a farmer's / swap market where I'm sure one vendor was sad to see one of the women in our party leave :) Nearby beaches provide stunning views of sea turtles. KTA store provides reasonable prices and great service. Pineapples restaurant (http://www.pineappleshilo.com/) was the group's favorite restaurant with Hilo Bay Cafe (http://hilobaycafe.com/) coming a close second. Rainbow Falls (http://www.gohawaii.com/big-island/regions-neighborhoods/hilo/wailuku-state-park/) along with Boiling Pots (https://www.hawaii.com/big-island/attractions/boiling-pots-of-wailuku/) are a few minutes drive away and well worth investigation. If you are musically inclined, visit Hilo Guitars and Ukuleles ((http://www.hiloguitars.com/) which has fair prices and great service.

Consensus among the group is we would return to the Hilo House when vacationing on the big island. Abundant space, stunning views, friendly staff, etc. make Hilo House the place to stay.

Other things of interest:

Lava Hike (http://www.unrealhawaii.com/2013/01/hawaii-lava-hike/). Great views. It's a 8 mile round trip hike so recommend paying the $25 to rent a bike. Bring an extra light as the bike lights are not very powerful

Black Sand Beach (http://www.lovebigisland.com/big-island-beaches/punaluu/) - Black sands along with sea turtles. Ensure you walk to the concession stand as there is a picturesque pond behind it

Umauma Falls Ziplining (https://umaumaexperience.com/) - Fantsatic staff and nine ziplines (one 250 feet over the river and another almost a half mile long)

Spoonful Cafe in Keauu (https://www.facebook.com/Spoonful-Cafe-446946445381774/) - great food at reasonable prices

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are thrilled to receive a thorough and very nice review on my house. Sounds like you truly picked up the spirit of the lovely Hilo town and the natural wonders of the Big Island. I am grateful you had such a good time to explore so much and took the time to share with me and other potential guests. I do hope you will return to my house with your families and friends in the near future. There is so much Aloha in our area from the lovely neighbors to the beautiful natural beings... Aloha! Charlotte
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5

Excellent historic home!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home in a great location in Hilo that offers a unique experience. The grounds are well maintained and offer a nice getaway while still very close to the conveniences of downtown Hilo.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was so lovely to know that you and your family had such a wonderful time at my house. It is truly a sanctuary and paradise for my family and friends! We hope you will come back in the near future! Charlotte
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Map

Nearest Airport
2 Miles
Hilo International Airport (ITO)
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Hilo Bay Cafe
Nearest Golf
0.4 Miles
Coconut Island Golf
Nearest Motorway
0.4 Miles
Highway 11
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
downtown Hilo restaurants
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Coconut Island, Richardson Beach
Car: recommended

This grand Victorian house is located by the historic Hilo downtown on the Reeds Island, a hidden jewel of Hawaii Big Island. In the old time, royal families occupied the prestigious island with Wailuku River running at the back yard and tropical rain forest covering the grounds. Surrounded by the natural beauty and wild lives, this beautiful house is placed on the National Registry for Historic Places.

Built by the British banker Thomas Guard in 1916, the property is all grandeur, elegance, and tranquility. The gracious living room has large sliding picture window framing the magnificent canopy of nature across the River. Spacious dining room and family/TV room are always inviting. The enclosed Lanai has large French windows and door, ideal for office and creative work. Four spacious bedrooms and open balcony on the second floor face the waterfalls and downtown Hilo Bay. Kitchen is updated as well as the washer and dryer in the roomy basement.

Enjoy your breakfast and lunch out on the front lanai is a treat!--a precious time watching native birds and tropical plants.

The refined landscape garden ground has been meticulously cared for by our gardeners. Every direction offers lush green and tropical colors.

If you are seeking for beauty, relaxation and tranquility, this is the right place!

3 minutes to historic downtown with authentic fine dining and famous Hilo Farmers’ Market; 8 minutes to the Coconut Island and Japanese Garden; 15 minutes to Hilo Airport; 15 minutes to the Akaka Falls; 4 minutes to the Rainbow Falls; 30 minutes to National Volcano Park; walking distance to Waianuenue Avenue where local schools, churches, shops and library reside…

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Rates & Availability

Hilo House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Special Offer
May 1 2017 - May 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
$350
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
 
Summer
Jun 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
$395
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 23 2017 - Nov 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
$450
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
 
Holiday
Dec 1 2017 - Jan 31 2018
3 night minimum stay
$450
 
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
 
Merrie Monarch Festival
Apr 1 2018 - Apr 7 2018
5 night minimum stay
$690
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$375
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $375 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.42%

The rates quoted are for 1-2 guests. For 3 or more guests, an additional $30 is charged per person per night.
Total tax of 13.416% includes GET of 4.166% & TAT of 9.25%
Cleaning fee is $375.00
State Tax ID W43717092-01

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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