|Space||2,000 sq. ft.|
|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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.
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
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.
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.
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
This home is gorgeous and well worth the money to stay in the get away bungalow. The owners have out done themselves insuring positive customer stays. The home has everything one needs including privacy. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home for others to enjoy their Hawaii stay! God Bless! Larry & Teresa/Illinois
We loved this house and the gardens around it. The house itself is beautifully designed and decorated with two comparable bedrooms and bathrooms. The gardens lead you through hidden areas along meandering paths to Sherron's house next door, where the hot tub is located. It's very peaceful with a private and secluded patio in the back and a screened-in lanai in front. You can be in Hilo in a couple of minutes by car, so it's a perfect base for exploring the area. I highly recommend this house!
The owner's have done everything right with this Bungalow. The attention to detail for guests is remarkable in a rental unit. Super clean and lovingly cared for, it has all the little things that make a stay pleasant......from night lights to gorgeous grounds to a fully equipped kitchen. We could not think of any one thing that would improve this property. It deserves the highest rating we can give. Excellent customer service.
Elegant, high-end, clean, conveniently located, beautiful grounds, well worth the money. Mahalo to Sherron for making us feel welcome.
I have stayed in many vacation rentals and have not described one as perfect in the past. This one really was. No detail was missed and it avoided all the major pitfalls of past rentals. Beds were comfortable, kitchen was large and actually had knives that cut, and there were enough supplies for the entire stay. The house, gardens and neighborhood were beautiful and the stay was peaceful and felt private. I love the enclosed lanai and the spa was another bonus. Smooth check in and check out and minimal (that's a good thing) but pleasant interactions with owners. Really can't think of anything to improve. Hope to be back again soon.
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.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable damage deposit||$300|
|Cleaning||$150 + Tax|
Hawaii ID# W01612284-01
3 Night Minimum
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 'Luxury Zen Bamboo Bungalow, Japanese-Tropical Gardens, Spa, Pond and Waterfall'.