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Craftsman Garden Bungalow-Style Home, Asian-Inspired Tropical Gardens & Spa

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

2 Bedrooms, 2 Full Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom, Sleeps 4+

The CRAFTSMAN GARDEN BUNGALOW is a 2,000 sqft, 2 bed & 2 bath single-story vacation home furnished in comfort and elegance with vintage island decor, cozy built-in electric fireplace, natural stone, rich cherry wood cabinets and a 42-inch Plasma High Definition TV and home theater sound system. The bungalow is situated on nearly an acre of lush tropical and Japanese-inspired gardens located 2.5 miles from historic, downtown Hilo. The bungalow is more than a beautiful place to stay, it’s a lifestyle. You will experience charming “old Hawaii” where life is slow and easy. At the bungalow you can relax in style or pursue a variety of adventures at your doorstep. Amenities include a secluded outdoor garden spa equipped with jetted hot tub with UV light water purification, infrared sauna and outdoor shower. The beautifully landscaped grounds and naturalistic setting capture the tranquility and beauty of the islands where travelers can relax and experience the true Hawaii that the locals live.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Big Island of Hawaii. The CRAFTSMAN GARDEN BUNGALOW provides a private vacation retreat with all the comforts of home for visitors and travelers to the Big Island of Hawaii seeking an alternative to the 'resort' atmosphere, and where you will not feel like a tourist. Chef's kitchen is fully equipped and coffee bar is stocked with fresh, organic coffee. Your host, Sherron, resides on the neighboring property and personally greets you and handles key exchanges when you arrive. Your host answers questions, assists with any special needs and helps plan your stay... sharing tips on where to visit, how to get there, where to lunch and favorite local dining spots.

The Garden Bungalow property is located in East Hawaii in a picturesque area of Hilo and surrounded by streams, waterfalls and quiet cul-de-sacs perfect for walking or jogging. Spectacular views of landscaped terraces and partial ocean views of Hilo Bay can be easily enjoyed from the screened lanai. The bungalow is exquisitely designed with Shoji doors that open up to a garden oasis with pond, waterfall and fountains. Simply relax in the outdoor courtyard and covered lanai stocked with gas grill, dining and lounge furniture. In harmony with nature and with all the comforts of home, the Garden Bungalow will make your journey a most memorable experience. The bungalow is centrally located making it an ideal home base while exploring exotic points of interest on the island.

The Garden Bungalow is a 5 minute drive or a free bus ride to historic downtown Hilo and Hilo Bay. Hilo is known for its warm aloha spirit, relaxed lifestyle, unique shops, art galleries and restaurants with local regional cuisine. Local attractions include Lyman Museum, East Hawaii Cultural Center, historic Palace Theatre, Pacific Tsunami Museum, Imiloa Astronomy Center, UH Hilo Performing Arts Center and Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens. Hilo Farmer's Market is a favorite for fresh, local produce. Merrie Monarch Festival, Hilo's premier hula competition and cultural event, is held annually. Hilo's black sand beaches and freshwater pools are some of the best for snorkeling, diving, surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, swimming with turtles and tropical fish, or watching the whales off shore. Take a helicopter volcano tour or short scenic drive to active Kilauea volcano to view a lava flow, ride horses in Waipio Valley or tour the summit and view the night skies of Mauna Kea.

Large weddings, graduations, receptions and gatherings are not allowed. Small gatherings require owner's prior consent, and approval of all arrangements and services. Contact us in advance to discuss your special occasion and event fees.

The Garden Bungalow is a Non Smoking property. Hawaii State Law dictates that all public areas are designated as smoke free. The safety and comfort of all our guests is of utmost importance to us. As such we have a non smoking policy. Smoking is not allowed in any of our buildings or on the property grounds. Please inform your visitors of our non smoking policy. Your support and cooperation to maintain a smoke free environment at the Garden Bungalow is greatly appreciated.

Children are welcome at the Garden Bungalow, however, families with children of a certain age must be aware of safety concerns around the fishpond on the property.

Sorry, no pets are allowed.

The Garden is a fusion of Japanese-inspired naturalistic landscape and nearly an acre of lush tropical grounds. Blended with the natural surroundings, the garden courtyard features natural moss rock boulders with water gently falling creating a graceful stream flowing into the fishpond with delicate water lilies. The garden uses Japanese asymmetry and placement of boulders, rustic stone lanterns, stone water basins and fountains, bamboo fences and rustic benches.

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Amenities

Hilo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • As is customary in Hawaii no shoes are worn in the house.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Town ...
Theme:
  • Romantic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Alarm System
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Business Center
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Secure Parking
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • fax
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Wet Bar
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Main Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , Walk-in Shower
    Garden Bathroom - toilet , Bathroom is located at enclosed garage
  • Garden Bungalow has 2 bathrooms and 1 half bathroom outside next to the courtyard. The master bathroom is equipped with toilet and walk-in shower finished in natural stone. Main hall bathroom is equipped with a toilet and a combination tub/shower. The outside garden bathroom is equipped with toilet and sink and is accessed from the garage walkway. All bathrooms are finished in travertine tile. River rock pebbles cover the floor of the master bathroom walk-in shower which is wheelchair accessible with grab bars securely placed at the shower and toilet. Bathrooms feature high-end Kohler fixtures and rich cherry wood cabinets. Natural and organic shampoos and soaps are provided for guests during your stay. All linens including quality bath and beach towels, foot spa, hair dryer and makeup mirror are also provided.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Guest Bedroom - 1 queen
  • Master bedroom and guest bedroom are each furnished with a queen-sized bed. Floor foldout futon mattress is available in addition. Bedrooms are elegant and stylish with tasteful island decor. Master bedroom has inviting views of tropical landscaped terraces with a partial ocean view. The guest bedroom has a view of the garden courtyard with pond and waterfall. There is no need for air conditioning as the bungalow stays cool with pleasant ocean breezes during the day and cooler mountain breezes in the evening. Bedrooms have ceiling fans for increased air flow should you desire. Queen-size beds are plush with quality bed linens and nonallergenic alternative down comforters and pillows. Master suite features a private bath with walk-in shower, TV and DVD player for private viewing from our DVD library. Island-style 100% organic cotton robes are provided for guests during your stay. Iron and ironing board are provided.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Binoculars
  • Courtyard
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear
  • Yard
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Sauna ...
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • jetted tub ...
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Bungalow features a 42-inch Plasma HDTV with home theatre sound system, HD cable, Blu-ray DVD/CD player, wireless and hardwired broadband internet access, iPod connection, enclosed garage and automatic garage door opener with remote. Kitchen is fully equipped, plus instant hot/cold filtered water dispenser at kitchen sink. Screened lanai is equipped with wet bar. Covered lanai and outdoor courtyard are furnished with Jenn-Air gas grill and garden furniture for dining and relaxation. Built-in security system is provided for your peace of mind and safety. Central vacuum system and wood-grain laminate floors provide a low allergen environment. Full laundry room with washer, dryer, sink and supplies are provided. All natural, eco-friendly cleaners are used. Housekeeping is available. For longer stays house cleaning is provided at least every two weeks for a fee. In-house massage is available.

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
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Craftsman Garden Bungalow-Style Home, Asian-Inspired Tropical Gardens & Spa
average rating of 4.9714284 based on 72 reviews
5

THE BEST VACATION EVER!

  • 5 of 5

We have enjoyed this wonderful bungalow so very much! In our 46 years of marriage and traveling, we have NEVER experienced such a relaxed atmosphere! From the first night when we walked in, I was blown away with how clean and beautiful everything was! VERY well stocked with everything you could posssible need, and then some! We have felt completely relaxed and at home. SO MUCH better than even the best hotel! The Japanese Garden is magnificent with the relaxing sounds of the water features! If I could pack the whole thing up and take it with me, I certainly would! Thank you Sherron and David for sharing this most wonderful home with us! We WILL be back! I would recommend this to everyone! Kathy & Bill from Mississippi

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Kathy and Bill, Thank you for your stay at our Craftsman Garden Bungalow. We are thrilled that you love and appreciate our property and that you felt relaxed and right at home. We enjoyed having you as guests and look forward to your next visit to the Big Island. Mahalo nui loa, Sherron
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5

A wonderful bungalow, beautiful design and attention to detail. Wonderfully appointed.

  • 5 of 5

The perfect place to explore the sights surrounding Hilo. Well located, beautifully appointed a lovely garden. Great value.

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Gordon and Linda, Mahalo for your perfect 5-star review, and for recommending our Craftsman Garden Bungalow in Hilo to future travelers. It was a pleasure meeting you and hosting your stay on the Big Island. Hope to see you again for another stay! Mahalo nui loa, Sherron
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5

Beautiful and relaxing house and garden

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay at the Craftman Bungalow. What a pleasure it was to return to the bungalow after a wonderful day exploring the Big Island. The house is lovely, spacious, clean, well supplied. We enjoyed all our meals sitting outside in the lanai, enjoying the most beautiful garden, with the sounds of waterfalls and fountains. Really, it's a botanical garden , complete with bonsai, bromeliads, bamboo, azaleas!! The house is very well located, five minutes drive down the hill to old Hilo, including the farmer's market, the best place to buy fresh fruits and vegetables every day.

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Julie and Andre, Thank you for your wonderful review and for loving the beautiful bungalow and gardens! We are happy you found our bungalow property in Hilo to be a convenient home base to come home to after a day of exploring the island. We look forward to your return. Mahalo nui loa, Sherron
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5

Paradise in Hilo!

  • 5 of 5

This is certainly one of the most beautiful vacation rentals we have ever stayed in! The home is immaculate and very well supplied. It is evident that Sherron and David have put great thought into making this home a relaxing and welcoming paradise. The landscaping surrounding the home is lush and the Japanese garden with fountain out back is peaceful. We will definitely stay here again when vacationing in Hilo on the Big Island.

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Donna and Bernie, Thank you for your lovely review of our Craftsman Garden Bungalow, and for appreciating the love and care we have put into creating a beautiful environment for guests to relax and connect with nature. We hope to see you again for another stay. Mahalo nui loa, Sherron
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Truly a stay in a beautiful home in Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Being greeted by Sherron and shown all the amenities within this beautiful house was the beginning of the most wonderful three weeks of our whole year! This home and the surrounding gardens are immaculate, gorgeous, and show the "aloha" that Sherron and David have put into the upkeep of this lovely property. I enjoy cooking, and the kitchen had everything I could possibly need for our homemade meals. It was so relaxing to sit outside in the gardens reading and listening to the water rush over the rocks of the little waterfall. I even enjoyed the sound of the coqui frogs lulling me to sleep each night. If this bothers some people, a sound machine is at the bedside which is just an example of the thought that went into furnishing this home. I appreciated the bathrobes hanging in the good size closet. Really, Sherron and David thought of everything! And, downtown Hilo is just a short drive away. This location is GREAT! Mahalo for helping two tired innkeepers relax and get reenergized to travel back to the mainland to continue their small bed and breakfast business.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Bill and Bonnie, We are so pleased that you are enjoying a relaxing stay at our Craftsman Garden Bungalow in Hilo. Thank you for making yourself at home and taking time to appreciate the amenities and peaceful garden setting. And thank you for the lovely review. It means a lot coming from experienced innkeepers such as yourselves. We look forward to hosting you again on your future visits to the Big Island. Mahalo nui loa, Sherron
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5

Great Location in Hilo

  • 5 of 5

The house was conveniently located for day trips we took on the West side of the island which included Volcano National Park, Hawaii Tropical Gardens and Kapoho Tide Pools. The house was spotless and had everything we needed for our stay. Sherron was a gracious hostess and answered our questions in a timely manner. We enjoyed our stay in Hilo and had a lot of fun exploring the island. We recommend this house and would stay there again.

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Nancy and Larry, It was our pleasure to host your stay at our Craftsman Garden Bungalow during your visit on the Big Island. We are happy that you enjoyed exploring the island and that the home had everything you needed during your stay. Thanks for the 5-star review. It is much appreciated. Mahalo nui loa, Sherron
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Owner

Sherron Skeele
Member since: 2010
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
February 19, 2018

About Sherron Skeele

As owner/manager of Orchid Isle Bungalows in Hilo, Hawaii, I take great pride in offering quality accommodations and hospitality to travelers visiting the Big Island. My husband, David, and I have have lived in Hilo for 40 years where we started our family and raised our three children. We started a real estate and construction business in Hawaii in 1979. The property was acquired in 2003 and my husband and I designed and built the bungalows and landscaped the grounds, taking care to preserve and restore the Japanese gardens and ponds. The gardens continue to be beautified and lovingly cared for. We reside on the property neighboring the bungalows and I greet guests personally to welcome them, handle key exchanges and respond to renters' needs and questions. The bungalows are fully furnished and have all the amenities making this a perfect island 'home away from home'. It is my pleasure to share this amazing property, as an alternative to the 'resort' atmosphere, with travelers and visitors to the Big Island seeking a beautiful vacation retreat where you will not feel like a tourist.

Mahalo nui loa, Sherron

Sherron Skeele purchased this house in 2003

Why Sherron Skeele chose Hilo

The Orchid Isle Bungalows property was formerly a Japanese garden developed by a Hilo resident, educator and a founding father of bonsai in Hawaii. Dignitaries from Japan visited the gardens and tour buses regularly visited the garden showplace. The gardens and ponds were well-known on the island and several generations of residents fondly recall enjoying the gardens during their childhood. The gardens was one of the first places my husband and I would show our family and friends who came to visit the Big Island. Over the years, the property changed hands and was let go. As we lived on the neighboring property, I took the opportunity to acquire the property in 2003 and began the 'restoration' of the gardens. I made arrangements for the unrepairable existing structure to be burned down by the fire department as a training drill for cadets. My husband and I then embarked on the project of custom-designing and building the bungalows and restoring the existing Japanese gardens. I love to share the gardens and continue with ongoing efforts to beautify and landscape the grounds in keeping with the naturalistic setting that captures the tranquility and beauty of the islands.

Guestbook comments from the owner

My grandson and I were privileged to have enjoyed this comfortable, fully furnished, modern, one-story home away from home for a little over 7 ½ months. It is an upscale, well appointed new home that sits on a knoll at the beginning of a cul-de-sac. The home is beautifully designed and furnished with attention to detail and immaculately clean. The home is in a convenient location for our purposes, a mere 5 to 10 minute ride to schools K-12, the University of Hawaii – Hilo, to major shopping centers, and to medical facilities and services. The home was more than adequately supplied with the basic necessities for modern living. It also provided us with lovely landscaped surroundings to afford us the luxury of time and space for contemplation. Its spacious landscaped grounds offer strolling pathways that beckon one to explore hideaways for peaceful moments. Shoji privacy doors on one side of the home open up to a closed-in, private, open-air patio enhanced by a pond and old growth plantings. Easily accessible and ample parking round out its desirable location in a quiet neighborhood of Hilo. Thank you very much Sherron and David! With much aloha.
Mar 2010
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Car: recommended

The Craftsman Garden Bungalow is a 5 minute drive or free bus ride away from quaint downtown Hilo and Hilo Bay. Hilo is known for its warm aloha spirit, relaxed lifestyle, unique shops, art galleries and restaurants with local regional cuisine. Local attractions include Lyman Museum, East Hawaii Cultural Center, historic Palace Theatre, Pacific Tsunami Museum, Imiloa Astronomy Center, UH Hilo Performing Arts Center and Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens. Hilo Farmer's Market is a favorite for fresh, local produce. Merrie Monarch Festival, Hilo's premier hula competition and cultural event, is held annually. Hilo's black sand beaches and freshwater pools are some of the best for snorkeling, diving, surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, swimming with turtles and tropical fish, or watching the whales off shore. Take a helicopter volcano tour or short scenic drive to active Kilauea volcano to view a lava flow, ride horses in Waipio Valley or tour the summit and view the night skies of Mauna Kea.

Other Activities: Stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, outrigger canoeing and body boarding.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.42%

Hawaii ID# W01612284-01
3 Night Minimum
Standard rates*:
Single or Double Occupancy:
$190 - $225/night
7 or more nights $190 - $200/night
3 to 6 nights $200 - $225/night
Plus $25/night for each additional guest
Cleaning fee $150
Maximum 4 guests.
*Standard rates do not apply to Merrie Monarch.
Deposit due at booking with balance due 90 days prior to arrival.
Ask about accommodations for larger groups. A second bungalow on the property is listed separately as 'Zen Bamboo Bungalow GuestHome, Asian-Inspired Tropical Gardens & Spa'.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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