Secluded Elegantly Furnished Cottage with Panoramic Views of Kealakekua Bay
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- Minimum stay:3-10 nights
- Property type:Cottage
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
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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Member since: 2004
- 700 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Optional
- Events Allowed
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
- Not Suitable For Children:
- Pets Not Allowed
- Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, Beds for 3
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Music Library:
- Satellite / Cable:
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Botanical Garden
- Coin Laundry
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Rain Forests
- Water Parks
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Whale Watching
- Wildlife Viewing
- Monument View:
- Mountain View
- Near The Ocean:
- Ocean View:
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Deepsea Fishing
- Equestrian Events
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Surf Fishing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 6 people
- Activities Guide
- Alarm Clock
- Basic Soaps
- Ceiling Fans
- Clothes Dryer:
- Filtered Water
- Free Long Distance:
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Laundry Soap
- Linens Provided:
- Living Area
- Living Room:
- Local Activities Guide
- Local Maps
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Paper Towels
- 2 Ring Stove
- Coffee Grinder
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Dishes & Utensils
- Ice Maker
- Beach Chairs
- Beach Towels
- Lanai / Gazebo:
- Large Cooler
- Lawn / Garden:
- Outdoor Grill
- Outdoor Grill Gas
- Small Cooler
- Unscreened Porch / Veranda
- Housekeeper Optional
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
FALL Season 2016
Sep 22 - Dec 15, 2016
4 night min stay
Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Dec 16 - Jan 2, 2017
10 night min stay
Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Jan 3 - Mar 31, 2017
5 night min stay
Apr 1 - May 31, 2017
4 night min stay
SUMMER Season 2017
Jun 1 - Sep 21, 2017
3 night min stay
FALL season 2017
Sep 22 - Dec 15, 2017
4 night min stay
HOLIDAY season 2017
Dec 16 - Jan 2, 2018
8 night min stay
My Standard Rate
4 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Out cleaning Fee $110
- Tax Rate 13.416%
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
Owner's cancellation policy:
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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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.
Year Purchased: 1994
About the owner: 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!
Why the Owner Chose Captain Cook, HI, USA:
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.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
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.
- Primary: +1 (808) 938-3454
- Secondary: +1 (808) 328-9607
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Enjoy breathtaking views of Kealakekua Bay from Tara Cottage's lanai & grounds
The cottage's bi-level lanai: Upper for dining, lower for relaxation and sunning
You enter the property down this beautifully landscaped driveway
Circling the cottage this path leads to bamboo gate opening to the Shower Grotto
The octagonal Great Rm with 15 ft apex & skylight is the 'heart' of Tara Cottage
The entry to the twin bedroom: note beautiful furnishings,artwork and many books
Great Room looks to Dining area left with 9-ft bank of windows; kitchen to right
The Kitchen offers all you need for meal preparation including an outdoor grill
Tara seen from a distance, nestled in its 15-acre oasis of beauty and serenity
Another remarkable view of Kealakekua Bay from Tara Cottage's lanai & grounds
Nearby Manini Beach is a great place to enter the Bay for swimming & snorkeling
Unforgettable Sunset Views like this are a frequent occurrence at Tara Cottage
Tara Cottage bathed in light from the setting sun
Lower lanai view past the manicured grounds to Kealakekua Bay
Your first view of Tara Cottage framed by Thai bamboo and a lush tropical garden
The luxurious, very private Lava Rock Shower with Grohe fixtures and side jets
Beautiful new addition above the bed: Handmade Hawaiian quilt framed in koa wood
The cozy Twin Bedroom:great for reading,napping & watching birds in the birdbath
You view the Bay & coastline thru these windows,recycled from San Fran Victorian
Outdoors again with this beautiful Lanai view of the grounds and Kealakekua Bay
Your host lives in the green cottage lateral to Tara--well out of its sightline!
This view across Kealakekua Bay to Manini Beach is a 10-minute drive from Tara!
This stunning view from the Place of Refuge National Park: just 10-minutes away!
Another remarkable Sunset at Tara Cottage...The colors can be breathtaking!
This listing was first published here in 2004.
Date last modified - Thursday, December 01, 2016
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