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Seaside Zen Cottage - The Place To Get Away From It All

Kailua-Kona, HI, USA
  • Cottage2130 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay7 nights

3 Bedroom, 3 bathroom ocean-front cottage

This is an ideal place to relax with family and friends. The lagoon in front of the cottage is a great place for snorkeling, for teaching small children to swim and to rest in the healing waters.

When rental is combined with the Plantation Manager's Beach House (446099) the property is ideal for weddings, family reunions or gathering of good friends. Welcome to our old family home.


Property Manager

Valerie Ossipoff - (a lifelong family friend of owners)

Member Since 2012
Response rate:
Response time:
within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Apr 20, 2018
About Valerie Ossipoff - (a lifelong family friend of owners)

The Seaside Zen Cottage is one of the oldest beach homes on the Kona Coast. Sometime in the early 1900's Dr. Phillips purchased a 'surplus' teacher's cottage in Hilo. Dr. Phillips had the house dismantled, put on a truck and reassembled on his beachfront lot in Kona. Whether this occurred in the 1920's, '30s or '40s is unknown. Marjorie and Robbie Robertson started renting Dr. Phillips' oceanfront vacation rental in the very early 1940s it was one of the few homes on the Government Road (as Alii Drive was then known). The 7 mile long single lane unpaved road from Kailua to Keauhou was little traveled and sparsely populated. Marjorie and Robbie Robertson purchased the Seaside Zen Cottage in 1951. Since then The Cottage has been wired for electricity. There is a County water and 'wastewater' system. There are modern appliances and conveniences like wireless internet and cable TV, but we have strived to keep the Seaside Zen Cottage reminiscent of the time when it was known as 'The Phillips Place.' Emily Jagoda, a brilliant architect who studied in Japan re-imagined the stuffy Hilo teacher's cottage, opened it up to the ocean and mountain breezes and created its Zen like atmosphere.

Valerie Ossipoff - (a lifelong family friend of owners) purchased this Cottage in 1976

Why Valerie Ossipoff - (a lifelong family friend of owners) chose Hōlualoa

Here you will get the sense of the real Hawai'i....not a condo, not in a development -Peace and quiet by the ocean with plenty of party activity in town should you find you have withdrawal.

What makes this Cottage unique

The front lawn is a great place to sit on the deck chairs under the heliotrope trees. You can read, sleep, or watch the honu (green sea turtles) swimming in the lagoon or sunning themselves on the beach right in front of you. The lagoon is great for a dip at high tide, or if you like to snorkel, you can cruise around looking at the amazing variety of reef fish and sea creatures. Outside the lagoon, schools of porpoise go by just about every day. In the winter, humpback whales are often seen just past the rocks. It is fun to watch them spout, or if you are lucky, see them breach.


    • Internet
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 3
        1 queen
      • Ceiling fans in each bedroom and cross ventilation make these rooms cool and comfortable. The sound of the ocean is a nightly lullaby. The all bedrooms close off with shoji doors. *Rates quoted for 6. More than 6 guests will result in additional rental and cleaning fees


      • 3 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, On the ground floor - accessible from yard or in house
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower, Airy bathroom upstairs. Large shower with ledge.
      • Bathroom 3
        toilet, combination tub/shower, 2nd upstairs bathroom Accessed through the 3rd bedroom.
      • Two bathrooms upstairs and one downstairs. As is typical of beach homes, the downstairs bathroom is accessible from the outside as well as from inside the house permitting showering after being on the beach before going through the rest of the house.

      Location Type

        • Beachfront
          This house is located with a sandy beach as your front yard - a rarity in Kona!
        • Oceanfront
          Literally right across the grass (not across the street!)


            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Living Room
                      Both living room and lanai are available for comfortable living for 6-8
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Internet
                      free wi-fi
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                      600 thread count linens
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Parking
                      room for up to 3 cars
                    • Telephone
                      free long distance - US mainland and Canada
                    • Towels Provided
                      bath and beach towels provided
                    • Washing Machine
                    • Free Wifi


                        • Microwave
                        • Coffee Maker
                          and bean grinder
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Freezer
                          included in refrigerator
                        • Kitchen
                          Fully equipped kitchen -with easy access to indoor or outdoor dining.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          fully stocked Enough for 8+
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          This is tricky. We keep the basics but not always clear what guests have used and not replaced or purchased and left.
                        • Refrigerator
                          Loading the refrigerator with many warm items (e.g.. a case of sodas that have been sitting in car) will cause significant delay in chilling.
                        • Stove
                          Gas 4 burner
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              Living/dining room as well as outdoor lanai table and chairs. Booster seats for children but no high chair
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • Books
                                  large selection - feel free to take with you if you haven't finished the book you selected
                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Stereo
                                  iPod dock
                                • Television
                                  (2) flat screen upstairs and down
                                • Toys
                                  Again difficult to describe because we don't know what prior guests have decided to take with them or have destroyed or what they may have purchased and left behind.
                                • Video Library


                                    • Balcony
                                      There is a balcony the length of the house accessible through either of the ocean-side bedrooms.
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                    • Golf
                                      82 golf courses on the island. See our ebsite for more details
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      Can be rented in town
                                    • Lanai / Gazebo
                                      There is room to play games, write in your journal or have your meals on the lanai. Comfortable lounge chairs for reading & a day bed for napping. No need to ever leave!
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Lawn chairs and picnic table add to the comfort of the lawn. There is room for games to be set up as well.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Proprane is provided
                                    • Water Sports Gear
                                      Can be rented in town


                                        • limited accessibility
                                          All bedrooms on second floor

                                          Onsite Services

                                            • Massage
                                            • Staff


                                                • churches
                                                • cinemas
                                                • festivals
                                                • health/beauty spa
                                                • library
                                                • marina
                                                • museums
                                                • restaurants
                                                • ruins
                                                • synagogues

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • antiquing
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • boating
                                                    • luaus
                                                    • photography
                                                    • beachcombing
                                                    • shelling
                                                    • shopping
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • walking
                                                    • whale watching
                                                    • wildlife viewing

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • Babysitter
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital
                                                        • massage therapist
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • pier fishing
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • golf privileges optional
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • hunting
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • mountain climbing
                                                            • paragliding
                                                            • parasailing
                                                            • deepsea fishing
                                                            • rock climbing
                                                            • sailing
                                                            • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                            • snorkeling
                                                            • snorkeling/diving
                                                            • surf fishing
                                                            • surfing
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • tennis
                                                            • wind-surfing

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              1 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Beautiful Zen Cottage

                                                              We spent three weeks in the Hawiian islands and the Zen Cottage was the pick of the accomodation. I stayed with my wife, two teenage children and their grandmother. Then ambience of the cottage is perfect to relax in. We love snorkelling and found as many tropical fish directly in front of the cottage as any where else we went to, inluding many beautiful turtles. The entry into the water is from a lovely and safe small sand beach at the back gate. Sand beaches are rare here. Nearby Captain Cook monument Bay Area was full of Spinner Dolphins who come right up to snorkelets. We hired kayaks there and found ourselves immersed in their world. We left the Vegimite behind to complement the helpful items we found in the pantry. Below is the unsolicited response we sent to the site manager Val who then asks us to post a review. Ian and family from Sydney Australia.

                                                              "You have a magical spot, we were spoilt snorkeling out the front seeing many tropical fish and the green sea turtles. Tina was a great help with any questions. The house was well equipped. We had a lovely week and will recommend your house to friends."

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Mahalo, Ian and Pat! We loved having you stay with us and hope we can look forward to a return some day. You were ideal guests. (And thanks for the Vegimite!) Aloha, Valerie


                                                              Kailua-Kona, HI, USA

                                                              We are in a residential neighborhood about 2 miles from town where there is a full range of restaurants, bars, shops (big and small).


                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              Base rate for cleaning fee is $300/week. Increases with special requests & circumstances or additional guests There is a surcharge levied for occupancy by more than 8 guests. We do not charge "seasonal" rates but there is a surcharge for stays that include Ironman Triathlon, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. Transit Accommodation Tax Identification Number: 30448008-01

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                                                              For booking assistance, call 888-640-7927

                                                              Property # 446243