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OCEAN VIEWS Epic! - COZY Country Cottage on PRIVATE ranch, majestic ocean views!

Bedrooms Studio
Property type cottage



About the property

Cozy, peaceful, comfortable country cottage on 13 private acres.

ALOHA! VRBO Calendar is sometimes wrong! SO please send me a message with your request even if it shows the dates are reserved. Thank you!

1-2 night stays IMPORTANT NOTE We welcome 1-2 night stays if booked 30 days out and available. Sorry. It is impossible to have both in VRBO settings.


VRBO guests don't typically leave reviews! We have about 135 great reviews on ANOTHER vacation rental website that VRBO won't allow me to mention. Please contact me and we can go from there - thanks.

CLEANING Fee: A CASH cleaning fee is due before checking out and NOT included in VRBO payment.

1-2 nights $40.00

3-5 nights - $50.00

6 OR MORE - $75.00

Please confirm that you know about it and agree to it when you make your request. Otherwise I will not confirm. Thanks.

MAUI - if staying in Maui please inquire about our 2 bedroom West Maui condo located across from Sands of Kahana Beach.


Located in the ultimate country setting, this comfortably rustic OCEAN VIEW cottage is situated on a private gated property with breathtaking VIEWS of ranch land and a 60 mile unobstructed VIEW of coastline. Tranquil and quiet, only those that appreciate magnificent sweeping VIEWS, wide open spaces and starry nights need inquire.

The cottage is ideally set between Hawi and Kamuela (Waimea) on the drier part of beautifully scenic Kohala Mountain Road (hwy 250). Return to the comfort and coziness of the cottage after a day of exploration. The cool elevation is refreshing and the expansive OCEAN VIEWS are unforgettable. A great place to reflect over the days journeys; plan tomorrows adventures or simply write, paint, meditate, yoga or indulge in a great book.

Perfect for low-impact, less is more type of traveler.

Cottage MAXIMUM capacity is 2 persons (a child at any age is a person, again maximum capacity is 2).

Cottage size: 236 sq feet under roof PLUS 345 sq foot lanai.

Cottage is on a slope and the large lanai (deck) is 20 feet high off the ground. Makes for amazing VIEWS- but not suitable for guests with height issues or problems climbing up and down stairs. see photos.

Clean, cozy, and prepped for simplicity, efficiency, and comfort.


- Assorted toiletries

- Beach and bath towels

- Electric studio fridge

- Propane stove/oven

- Rice cooker

- Coffee maker/coffee grinder

- Blender

- Microwave

- Toaster

- Utensils, cups, plates, etc.

- Hair dryer

- Portable electric heater

- BBQ ( at hosts home)

- Wireless broadband internet(slow, but works)

- Satellite TV

*home phone not available

*Sink located on large lanai

*Shower only

PRIVACY. We are the only ones here.


Beach equipment (beach chairs, boogie boards, umbrella, cooler, NO snorkel gear) available for use.

LOCATION: easy access to world class beaches, hiking, restaurants, golf, spa and anywhere else you would love to discover! Vehicle required to explore the Island.

DRIVING DISTANCES: 1 hour North from Kona airport, 1.5 hours from Hilo airport.

-15 minutes to thriving Waimea town for shopping, restaurants, hospital, banking

- 25 minutes to world class beaches, golf, spa and resorts

- 30 minutes to local country towns of Hawi and Kapaa

- 3 hours from Volcano

- Hiking, both near and far

- Need a car. 4 WHEEL drive not necessary


- $40.00 - $75.00 Cleaning fee is NOT included in rental rate and due before checking out. Please ask host for payment options.

- Cottage MAXIMUM capacity is 2 persons (a child at any age is a person).

- Located at 3500 ft elevation, temperature ranges around 55 degrees during winter months to mid 80's most of year. It can be cool and like most of the Island, the tradewinds can be stiff. Although we are on the drier part of the Island, it does rain from time to time. Very refreshing, cozy and beautiful!

- Cottage is on water catchment and DELICIOUS for drinking right out of the tap. It is triple filtered, recently tested and exceeds the county standards.

- Smoking is allowed outside -- not in cottage. Located in drier environment, must be fire conscious and water conservative (but comfortable!)

Welcome to the Big Island - you will love exploring here!

Incredible Ocean Views in a private neighborhood, quiet setting. Peace, Quiet, Privacy and Tranquility.

Interaction with Guests

Sometimes we meet guests, sometimes we don't. The cottage is all yours so settle in and make it home.

Other Things to Note: Animals on property.

More Details

Maile Guss
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 26, 2017

About Maile Guss


I am a professional concierge/ travel director and event coordinator/manager. I grew up on the Big Island and recently returned after 15 years on Maui. Its great to be home!

Our 'Ohana (Hawaiian for family) enjoys meeting new friends, exploring the great outdoors, adventure, travel and more! We deeply appreciate the peace and tranquility of our home and look forward to sharing it and our knowledge of the Islands with you.

With gratitude, Maile and 'Ohana

What makes this cottage unique


1. Light, Water Faucets, and Propane stove are turned off.

2. Food & trash are contained and or stored in a plastic container or refrigerator. The plastic cooler is very useful for storage. (ie. Loaf of bread, cereal etc). Prevents critters from making themselves at home.

3. Items left on lanai are secure to prevent objects from flying away.

4. If the space heater was used, please unplug.


1. Honor system - I don’t require a deposit, but should these items be missing it costs $5.00 for key and $50.00 for gate opener payable to Maile. I will contact you to return them or pay for replacement. If anything missing or broken, I will let you know as well. (-;

2. We will do the laundry for you as well as take care of any perishables.

3. All of the above under “when leaving for the day”.


We start you off with a few items but the rest of your stay is up to you, including ice. If you need something immediately and too troublesome to get to the store, just ask– we just might have it at our house (-;


1. Smoking allowed on Lanai, please make sure the fire is out as we are in a volatile fire area.

2. No BAD drugs.

3. BBQ located at the main house.

4. Washer and Dryer, Beach Gear located in the main house – use the back lanai door to enter.

INTERNET - POMAI (no password) LOCKBOX for front door is same as the gate code.

NIGHTIME: Please take a flashlight with you if returning late at night. Helps light up the path on your return

Tip -Take a shower with the lanai door open if you can handle the ocean views and extra chill.

We hope that you enjoy your stay. Please do not hesitate to ask us for advice or anything. We are here for you.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Maile's cottage blew us away! We prefer quiet, remote spots, and this has become our favorite. The cottage is quaint, welcoming, clean, and very comfortable. The deck has spectacular views. We had some memorable meals out there, with the great ambiance Maile has created with thoughtfully placed lighting and furniture. The cottage was very well equipped with everything we needed. The semi-outdoor shower is great, and the bed is soooo comfortable, we had our coffee and morning reading in bed. Maile was very attentive and quick to respond when we had questions. Her goal truly is to make her guests feel right at home and provide a memorable experience. Her beautiful family was a joy to meet! They afforded is total privacy but were available whenever needed. We can't say enough about this place. We hope to be back.
May 2016
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Waimea Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 520 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower , Shower outside but under roof see photos
  • Hot shower, no bathtub
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
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
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(17 traveler reviews)

OCEAN VIEWS Epic! - COZY Country Cottage on PRIVATE ranch, majestic ocean views!
average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews


  • 5 of 5

If quiet and rustic is your style Maile's cottage is your happy place. Hosts were fantastic. We really did not see them much. We stayed 5 nights and explored the North end of the Island all the way to Hilo from here. Loved being away from the congestion that is the Kailua Kona area. The view down the coast from the lanai is beautiful. Seeing the horses on the driveway in and out was nice, too. The altitude makes it quite a bit cooler than down below, but except for the high winds of the final day, we were completely comfortable even when using the outdoor shower. The place itself is cozy and serene. Cottage was well stocked with necessary toiletries and kitchen essentials for those traveling light. Do yourself a kindness and stay more than one night.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy, private, spectacular views

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the cottage for two nights in early January of 2017. We loved the cottage from the moment we arrived. The large lanai provides plenty of room to stretch out and enjoy the view of the Kohala Coast. Inside, the cottage is perfect for a couple who like coziness and a quaint experience. It is well lit, with a comfortable bed and a small kitchen. It is fine for making breakfast and lunch and simple dinners but it's probably wise not to plan a complicated dinner due to limited counter space. We found it romantic, private, secluded yet also convenient. The Kohala Mountain Road is a spectacular sight-seeing road, though its best to let the driver concentrate on the curves. We loved doing the short drive down to Waimea to get groceries and supplies. Maile is a well organized property owner who left good directions and provided plenty of information on the area. We felt welcome and she respected our privacy. We had a nice chat with her son about some of the local ecology and efforts to restore the old dry land forest that once existed in the area prior to the rise of the ranching industry. We would highly recommend this cottage for couples who enjoy adventure, romance and are not expecting a VRBO to be a hotel. It was a terrific stay.

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet country Guest House

  • 5 of 5

Very nice and quiet place to stay. Enjoyed the view - even the moon rising! You need to be ready for it to be cooler than elsewhere on the island but it was delightful and we used guest quarters as a base to explore northern side of island and to enjoy several of the beaches nearby. Would readily recommend to others.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful little cottage

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful little place with a superb view and almost everything that you will need for a short stay. We had one issue with the house that was dealt with promptly and professionally, and all the members of the family who we met were all super friendly without being too over the top. My only other comment was that the internet was very slow and only really worked out on the lanai. Still, not the end of the world but if you need a connection then you might want to organise something else instead of relying on what is available at the cottage.

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kona, Hawaii, USA

Perfect Weekend Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Maile and Jason's hospitality and this cottage made for nothing short of a perfect weekend getaway from Kona and Hilo. My friend and I stayed here for one night; our only regret is not staying longer! It was so difficult to leave!

The kitchen is well-equipped to make whatever you'd like. The studio apartment made us feel we had found a second home. The air is clean. There are views of fields all the way down to the ocean and the stargazing from the porch was incredible.

If you're coming to the Big Island and want to explore the northern region, stay here! You won't regret it. I'm sure we'll be staying there again soon!

Mahalo Maile and Jason!

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Upstate New York

Perfect Casual Getaway

  • 5 of 5

As others have described, this cottage is for those who are looking for a laid back and unassuming true Kohala Mauka experience. The views are tremendous and the hospitality is second to none. Love the ability to feel right at home and explore on your own terms. Gets cool at night and will feel the trade winds blow at times but no better way to experience the Island of Hawaii. Mahalo Maile and Jason for the epic time.

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
6 Miles
Car: necessary


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Waimea Cottage Rental Rates

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SERVICE FEE - this is a fee charged by HOMEAWAY if you use their online booking and payment system. I copied the following explaining the fee, we can avoid this if you pay me directly and NOT book using their online system: Travelers pay the service fee by credit card when paying through the secure HomeAway checkout process. The service fee is only charged to the card once the booking has been accepted by the property owner or manager. The service fee is, on average, approximately 6% of the rental amount, excluding refundable deposit or taxes. This fee is lower than other travel websites that charge a similar fee.
CANCELLATION: 45 day cancellation policy. I will try to fill dates - you are responsible for dates I could not book. I accept online payments thru Homeaway - HOWEVER if you would like to save on FEES they charge, there are other options such as check, Pay Pal for international guests, VENMO etc...we can discuss fee free payment options directly. Thank you!

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