|Minimum Stay||4 - 9 nights|
Enjoy this hideaway in a tropical garden setting at the 1,000 foot elevation, where you will be surrounded by ocean views and Hawaii's exotic landscapes, but be minutes from beaches, shopping, golf, galleries, coffee farms, sea excursions and the Big Island's many other attractions. Please review the description of the cottage, below, as well as the “THINGS TO NOTE IN DECIDING TO STAY WITH US” that follows the description.
ALL WOOD AND TILE STUDIO COTTAGE
*Desirable upland Kona location - gardens, not lava fields
*Separate building and entrance
*Convenient & secure parking
*Ample storage for personal items
*Close to Holualoa's artists haven, coffee farms & tasting rooms
*5 minutes to Kona's most popular beach
*10 minutes to historic Kailua village & Keauhou shopping
*2 minutes to highway access, for trips to Waimea town, the Volcano, or the island's rainy side (Hilo and surrounds)
*Flat screen television with cable
*High-speed wireless internet
*Sufficient electrical outlets
*Ensuite bathroom (shower)
*Separate laundry facility
*Full size washer & dryer
*Iron and ironing board
*Wall mounted & hand mirrors
JUST BRING BATHING SUIT & FLIP-FLOPS
Shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, hand soap, paper goods, dish soap, sponges also supplied
# Apartment-sized refrigerator
# Large microwave
#Double Hot Plate
#Propane fueled barbecue with side burner
#French-press coffee pot
#Electric tea kettle
#Automatic coffee maker
#Good quality pots, pans and tools
#Storage containers, pitchers, serving pieces
#Dinnerware, flatware and glassware
Large, private, secluded lanai (covered porch) with a view to Kailua Bay (cruise ship, boat traffic and Ironman start) and the coastline of Kailua-Kona, furnished with a large futon couch, an 8' dining table and chairs, a hammock, and various accessories
FOR GUESTS' ENJOYMENT
*Beach chairs (Tommy Bahama)
THINGS TO NOTE IN DECIDING TO STAY WITH US
*We live next door to the cottage and we try to welcome guests personally and make ourselves available to share local insights and address questions as they arise, but otherwise we stay out of guests' way (we are happy to provide as much local information as you would like!).
*Our home, and the cottage, is in a residential area of owner-occupied homes. The cottage is therefore not suitable for more than two people, for parties or gatherings that produce noise above the level of ordinary conversation (“inside voices” at all times), or for amplified music of any kind (guests should plan on using IPod or similar personal listening devices).
*Although the weather in Hawaii may seem to be the same year-round (always about 82 degrees and sunny), it actually varies quite a bit. On the Kona side, the rainy season starts in about April or May, and continues until about October. Rain occurs mostly at night. But is is also quite humid during the rainy season, so July, August and sometimes September can seem quite a bit hotter than the thermometer reflects, especially in the afternoon and early evening. Similar to our house, the cottage is not air conditioned, but has large windows and a ceiling fan. You should consider whether the cottage is right for you during the warm, humid, summer months if you are particularly heat sensitive. Winter days are warm, but at night temperatures can occasionally drop into the high 50’s which, when accompanied by a breeze, can be quite cool. So guests at this time of year may need a sweater and long pants, especially after dark and in the morning.
*Like any subtropical locale, Kona has insects and reptiles. These include mosquitos (especially in rainy season), ants, spiders, moths, bees, and a large and ever-changing complement of other crawling and flying bugs, as well as geckos (on the bright side, Hawaii is snake-free, and all the critters we do have are non-poisonous). We try to keep our house and the cottage pest-free, but neither we nor anyone else in Hawaii has ever succeeded entirely in this endeavor.
*We are part of a small neighborhood music group that plays together weekly, on Fridays, rotating among the homes of the group’s members. We will therefore host the music group in our home, next door to the cottage, or our adjacent neighbor will host, about two weeks out of every six. The music begins about 6:30 and ends by 9:30
NO SMOKING ANYWHERE ON THE PROPERTY.
Hawaii Business excise tax i.d. no W0130071601
Frank and I are retired professionals and have lived in Hawaii full-time since about 2008. Before retiring, we lived and raised our family in Portland, Oregon. We have two children, a daughter (27) and a son (25), now both employed in Silicon Valley. We are quite sporty and love a challenging do-it-yourself project. Our yard/garden here in Hawaii has been our main retirement activity. We have tamed and terraced the garden by building rock walls, and we have added extensive concrete pathways and stairs. We swim in the ocean or ride our road bikes almost daily. I am a mosaic artist, and Frank plays guitar and ukulele.
Robin Parisi purchased this cottage in 2006
For years we escaped on vacation from Portland's gray winters to blue Hawaii and, after trying the other islands, kept coming back to the Big Island for its unparalleled ocean swimming, and to Kailua-Kona for its old-time, 'spirit of aloha' small-town atmosphere. We originally bought a sea-level condo, but found that it was too hot and too touristy for our tastes, so we started looking for alternatives.
The little estate of which the cottage is a part was built starting in the late 1970's. We found its all-wood post and beam construction, cedar interiors, cool location, garden setting and beautiful expansive views almost unique in Kona's home market, and fell in love with it the day we first saw it.
Dear Robin, I don't believe I've ever stayed in such a well
-supplied vacation rental, you thought of everything, thank you so much. This is a real treat. You made it very easy to relax here, tho we feel like we've hardly made a dent in the pleasures of this part of the big island.
Thank you, Katherine
We enjoyed our stay at this beautiful cottage on the Big Island. It's in a neighborhood up the hill from the water. It's well decorated and a lovely cottage. Thank you!
We really loved our stay at this 'treehouse' vacation home. Even though the view is amazing and looks like you are so far from the beach, you really aren't! It takes 5 min to get to the beach AND you get the views. It is a perfect place for a couple and has all the amenities you might need. We cooked in and even had a bbq on our beautiful lanai. My husband sat in the hammock and read his magazine while I planned our day. There was nothing we were short of (toiletries, kitchen stuff, beach stuff, etc). Robin and Frank were so friendly and gave us advice and suggestions.
It is an ideal location right by Kailua Kona area with shopping and restaurants. I really don't have any negatives about this one! It was super quiet and my favorite part was that you kept the windows open all night and could hear the bugs, birds, or rain. It was definitely a tropical paradise! We will definitely be staying here next time we come to the big island :).
My husband and I had a fabulous two week stay at the cottage. Tucked away in a private setting, it's surrounded by lush vegetation, with great views of the city and ocean below. It's fully equipped and tastefully decorated. The spacious lanai was our oasis. Robin and Frank are friendly, generous hosts. We highly recommend this vacation rental, and hope to return again ourselves.
We had a great stay at this wonderful condo and we definitly will come back. There was anything we needed.....and more. It seems that everything is decorated with love. We loved the huge lanai with fantastic overlook day and night.
Thank you Robin for these wonderful day's in paradise.
Fritz and Theresa
My wife and I loved this charming cottage on the hillside. The cottage is located down a lane, on a private circle with two other homes, one being the owners'. The enclosed living area was small but very functional and comfortable. The kitchen was well equipped and had a number of spices, coffee, sugar, etc. Don't let the two burner hob put you off. We cooked breakfasts and most dinners there and it was perfecly adequate. Nice microwave and toaster oven, French press coffee urns (2). Spotlessly clean.
The best part of the house was the outside area. It was very wide and deep with lots of furniture, including a dining table. Good wifi, lots of outlets, birds. Killer views of Kailua Bay and the cruise ships. I don't think the pictures adequately describe how livable it is. We were there starting January 3, and the house/lanai was always at a very comfortable temperature. No AC needed, just the fan. Nicely warm in the daytime fed by onshore breezes from down below, and cool at night with the breezes coming down off Hualalai. Perfect sleeping weather. We would highly recommend this venue for couples of any age if they can manage a half dozen stairs.
What a lovely and totally perfect place to stay for a quiet couple seeking a relaxing away from it all experience. While the cottage space is VERY small, it is very clean and well provisioned (thanks for the bag of coffee - a very nice touch!) and has everything you need for a week or more. And who wants to spend their time indoors whilst in Hawaii?
The lanai is awesome, a perfect place to hang out and read and enjoy the glorious vista!
And the location is just great - readily accessible to beaches and sights. The cafe-restaurant in the village just above is well worth a visit - best meal we had on the island.
Thanks for sharing this fabulous space, Robin. We certainly will be back.
The cottage is in the Holualoa area of Kailua-Kona. Kona is the heart of Hawaii Island's 'gold coast,' known for great weather. The cottage's mountain location means that you are removed from tourist traffic, noise and sea-level heat, and instead surrounded by tropical flora and fauna, and 'locals' who call the Big Island home. You can reach numerous beaches within 10 minutes, and many more within 20-30 minutes. The art colony of Holualoa, featuring artists' workshops and galleries, is less than a mile from the cottage. A working coffee farm and tasting room, one of many in South Kona, is less than a half mile. The groceries, farmers' markets, restaurants, boutiques and other attractions in Kailua-Kona and Keauhou are all within a 3-mile, 10-minute drive.
The Big Island is the home of an active volcano, renowned observatories on Mauna Kea's 13,000 foot (4,000 meter) peak, the most extensive coral reefs in the Hawaiian islands (great snorkeling and scuba), famous Kona coffee farms and tasting rooms, great surf breaks, world-class sport fishing, the annual Ironman World Championships, and numerous other attractions. Ocean sports here are some of the best in the world, including swimming, surfing/wave-boarding, stand-up paddling, kayaking, and outrigger canoeing. We frequently see (and swim or kayak) with manta rays, dolphins and humpback whales.
We recommend the guidebook Hawaii: The Big Island Revealed. This guide book covers the entire island and will answer almost any tourist question you have.
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|
|Nonrefundable Cleaning Fee||$125|
Check-in time 2:00 pm; Check-out time 11:00 am. Exceptions considered; please request as far in advance as possible.
50% deposit, refundable until 60 days before arrival, when balance is due & total is nonrefundable except to extent we get replacement booking(s).
At booking, tell us where traveling from, purpose of visit. Once booking request accepted, we will ask for cell phone #.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.