About the property
- Cottage700 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 - 10 nights
Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 3)
Tara Cottage is a handcrafted redwood and cedar octagon on secluded and beautifully landscaped property in Kona coffee country, overlooking Kealakekua Bay and the South Kona coastline. Kealakekua Bay, with its unparalleled fine swimming, snorkeling and kayaking, and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau (the Place of Refuge in Honaunau) National Park are both less than 10 minutes away.
Three lovely beaches are within a 15 minute drive. Tara Cottage is within minutes of fine restaurants, health food stores, produce markets, shops and theater in the villages of Captain Cook, Kealakekua and Kainaliu. The bustling resort town of Kailua-Kona with its array of fine options for dining, shopping and entertainment is 30 minutes drive north.
The cottage features a dramatic 300 sq. ft octagonal main room with a 15 ft apex and skylight. Furnishings include: a raised platform bed with an excellent queen mattress, Art Deco armoire, writing desk and a sitting area with an enclosed cabinet for cable TV and DVD. There is a fine stereo system with both CD player and iPod/MP3 dock and high speed wireless internet.
Tara Cottage is beautifully appointed with original artwork, fine furniture and Indonesian wood carvings and fabrics. You will also enjoy the excellent libraries of fine books, CDs and DVDs.
Surrounding the octagonal main room are: the kitchen with its door to the service porch with washer and dryer and recycling center; the dining area with a 9 foot bank of windows framing a stunning view of Kealakekua Bay, and the door to the lanai; a large 'water closet'; and an intimate day room with its twin bed, window to the garden and its birdbath, and the back door opening to the shower area in a gorgeous bamboo and bromeliad garden. One showers outdoors in a dramatic lava rock grotto within this garden. The shower is equipped with Grohe fixtures and side jets, for a sensual, satisfying shower/massage. The shower is the most complimented amenity of the cottage... Guests love this waterfall shower! Complete privacy is provided by the landscaping and the surrounding lush Thai bamboo.
On the ocean side of the cottage is a bi-level lanai with superb unobstructed views of Kealakekua Bay and the coastline, featuring a dining table and chairs and chaise lounges for sunning and relaxation. The spacious lawn area with its profusion of Hawaiian ti plants and bougainvillaea provides a truly park-like setting-- ideal for special occasions and small wedding/ commitment/ recommitment ceremonies.
Tara Cottage was carefully sited to take full advantage of prevailing day and nighttime breezes and is comfortable year round at its 900 ft elevation. It is a truly remarkable destination for adults desiring a peaceful environment with few distractions--perfect for honeymoons, special anniversaries, contemplation and preparation for life changes, and creative endeavors.
(For larger parties please inquire about additional B&B accommodations nearby.)
Hawaii Tax ID #: W21736723-01
Keywords: Cottage, seclusion, Kealakekua Bay, spinner dolphins, Kona coffee, Place of Refuge National Park.
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About Michael Sisk
My name is Michael Sisk and I have been living above Kealakekua Bay on the Kona Coast of Hawaii's Big Island since 1994, when I moved here from the island of Kauai. I live on land that I developed and named Tara Farm--a 15-acre Kona coffee and white pineapple farm--also the site of beautiful Tara Cottage. I was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, moving to San Francisco to take a job as the Audiologist for Alameda County in 1978. After 13 years in the Bay Area I moved to Kauai in 1991 and hosted a B&B there for 3 years. The move to the Big Island followed in 1994 where I hosted another beautiful B&B at Kealakekua Bay while developing my farm upslope at the 950 ft elevation. I moved onto the farm full-time in 1997 and have been privileged to live there ever since. My interests include swimming, snorkeling, playing the piano and film festivals!
Michael Sisk purchased this Cottage in 1994
Why Michael Sisk chose Honaunau-Napoopoo
While rebuilding my home and business on Kauai following Hurricane Iniki in 1992, I would periodically visit the Big Island for relief from the physical and emotional stress associated with recovery from that truly devastating (Level 4) hurricane. Instinctively I was drawn to Kealakekua Bay and the Place of Refuge National Park area of South Kona-- though I had previously visited there only once before during my years of exploring the Hawaiian islands beginning in 1981. In this area that I later learned is sacred to the Hawaiian people, I experienced what I can only describe as profound healing energy. This healing allowed me to return to Kauai again and again over the next two years -- each time invigorated, energized and able to engage in the demanding hurricane recovery efforts. My love for the beauty and the healing that I found in the Kealakekua Bay and Place of Refuge area was so remarkable that I was literally compelled to move here. This I did in late 1994 after selling my property on Kauai. And after months of careful searching I finally was led to the land that I have developed over the years into Tara Cottage and Farm. I believe that this land that I now call Tara-- and that I am privileged to caretake-- is imbued with the healing energy so often associated with the Big Island in general--and this region of South Kona in particular. This belief has been shared and reinforced by native intuitives/healers from both Hawaii and other cultures who have visited this property over the years. But please-- don't take my word for it! Visit yourselves and see if you too feel a sense of peace and calm once you have explored this beautiful island retreat.
What makes this Cottage unique
Tara Cottage is ideally located between Kealakekua Bay and the beautiful Place of Refuge National Park--both less than a 10 minute drive way. The Bay--the site of the demise of famous explorer Captain Cook in 1779--is a marine preserve that is truly the best place on the island to swim, snorkel, kayak and scuba dive-- while enjoying the infinite varieties of reef fish, sea turtles and the famous spinner dolphins that come closer to shore here than anywhere else in the world. The Place of Refuge National Park, sacred to the Hawaiian people, is another wonderful place to explore, with educational exhibits on the life of the Hawaiian people, a superb picnic area, and wonderful hiking trails along this historic coast. There are three lovely beaches within 15 minutes of Tara Cottage. Also the villages of Captain Cook, Kealakekua and Kainaliu are within a 10-20 minute drive and offer an array of fine restaurants, shops with local arts and crafts, and markets and produce stands featured the organic fruits and vegetables for which this area is well known.
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Perfect stay in super cozy cottage
We (2 persons) had a perfect stay (5 nights) in Michael`s very nice cottage. We liked the special atmosphere in this plantation like estate. The cottage has all necessary aminities. The view to Kalekuala Bay was breathtaking. No street noise just nature around us. The host and owner of the estate, Michael, was very kind and helpful. We would higly recommend that cottage and it`s owner.
Beautiful property exceeded expectations!
My husband and I were thrilled with Tara Cottage. The cottage is beautiful inside - a refreshing change from places outfitted by IKEA - and the grounds spectacular. We enjoyed Michael’s hospitality, the perfect balance of happy to chat and answer questions, as well as leaving us be. He left some edible goodies as a welcome, which we readily consumed, including some small batch coffee grown down the slope from the cottage. The cottage is well located, with easy access to the restaurants and market in the town of Captain Cook, as well as South Point, Place of Refuge and more. Well-appointed kitchen, beautiful lanai with friendly geckos to greet us while we had breakfast each morning. Our time away came to a close and I was not ready to leave. Tara Cottage is a gem and we would stay there again. Very comfortable place and enjoyed many lazy mornings there!
Renewing and Tranquil Retreat
Our experience at Tara was perfect. The cottage and property are simply beautiful, and offer a stunning view of the coastline. We enjoyed spending time on the lanai, doing nothing but listening to the birds and viewing the beautiful landscape. The totally private outdoor shower was amazing! It was one or our favorite features....and to think we had some reservations about it seems ridiculous now. Tara is decorated with exquisite and unique antiques and furnishings. From the hardwood floor to the gorgeous ceiling beams, Tara affords charm and comfort. The location is rural and tranquil, but it's an easy drive to town or the beach. We drove to Volcanoes National park in about 2 hours on the south route. The host, Michael, is knowledgeable and helpful if you need recommendations or directions. This is no cookie-cutter accommodation!
Wonderful big island getaway location
Tara cottage is a wonderful getaway location, where my wife and I just spent the past week. Michael (owner) and Gloria (caretaker) were both fantastic to work with - great communication and their recommendations are very helpful. The coffee they provide from the property is the best we’ve ever had, and we are big coffee people. Roosters roam all over this part of the kona coast, so be prepared to hear them in the early morning, but we did not find this to be a negative, since our jet lag had us up by six every morning anyways. The views from the picture window in the cottage and the awesome porch are incredible - direct view of the Hawaiian sunset dead center. Finally, I absolutely loved the outdoor rock shower - super refreshing and a wonderful break from the ordinary. So if you are looking for a getaway location with a lot of privacy and character, Tara cottage may be the perfect option for you. We would stay there again the next time we visit the big island.
Down to Earth Elegance
Tara Cottage is elegant, but approachable. Sophisticated, yet simple. The bed is comfy. The outdoor shower is fabulous. The WiFi is fast and reliable, so I was able to get all my work done. Everything was exactly as advertised on the HomeAway site! Michael even left us a goodie basket as an intro Thank You gift, which was delicious and so appreciated.
For us it was in the perfect location! We adore the funky neighborhoods north of Kona. This residential area is minutes away from Captain Cook and Two Step, without all the noise and mayhem of Kona, or the stuffiness of Kohala. Lots of great restaurants and stores nearby made this location incredibly convenient.
One thing that the HomeAway website does not do justice to is the killer view. Each morning we woke to see the sun rise over the Captain Cook monument in the distance. It was so peaceful and tranquil. Absolute paradise!
Michael was incredibly easy and efficient to work with during the entire booking process, which meant we could relax and feel confident that there would be no issues with our accommodations.
I can't imagine staying anywhere else on the big island!
Relaxed, private elegance in a tropical setting
We had a fantastic 5-night stay in this unique and private cottage - Tara. There was a wonderful view from the front deck and inside dining area, a very private outdoor shower surrounded by a tropical garden, a comfortable bed to dive into after the day's adventures and listening to nature's nighttime sounds, a welcoming and charming host - Michael - who answers all your questions and is very knowledgeable about the island. This is the perfect location to stay at for some R&R and also active relaxing, like us, who enjoy the outdoor playground!
Ruth and Martin
The district of South Kona hugs the southwestern coastal slopes of the huge 13,679 ft. Mauna Loa volcano. This region's one main road, Hwy. 11, passes through an upslope rather than coastal area dotted with small villages. It is a rural agricultural region of undulating green hillsides, colorful tropical foliage and panoramic oceanviews, renowned for its Kona coffee fields, macadamia nut orchards and organic fruit and vegetable farms. Its most popular coastal region is lovely Kealakekua Bay, famous for its unparalleled fine snorkeling, kayaking and scuba diving, and as the site of the demise of explorer Captain James Cook. Another remarkable coastal area is beautiful Puuhonua O Honaunau National Park, the ancient Hawaiian Place of Refuge.
Both the marine preserve of Kealakekua Bay and the Place of Refuge National Park are within a 10-15 minute drive of Tara Cottage. Just north of the boundary of the Place of Refuge Park is the popular 'Two-Step' snorkel/dive spot, with easy entry into the water for swimming/snorkeling surrounded by colorful reef fish, sea turtles and spinner dolphins.
Even closer is beautiful Paleaku Peace Gardens, offering strolls through manicured gardens as well as ongoing yoga classes and various scheduled events; and the popular Painted Church.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Quoted rates are for 2 adults. For a 3rd adult/older child add $15/night. There is a required Mid Cleaning Fee of $80 for stays of 3 weeks or more. Rates are subject to change at any time until the reservation has been confirmed. Ask about discounts for longer stays. Tax !D# W21736723-01