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Creekside cottage: peace, privacy, ocean view

Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Space 750 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Sweet 1-bedroom cottage immersed in nature and beauty on 20 acres w/ ocean views

Perched above a spring-fed babbling brook on 20 private landscaped acres, the Creekside Cottage offers the peace, serenity, privacy and nature that will melt away your stress. Ten miles (15-20 minutes) from downtown Hilo, on the lush and scenic Hamakua Coast with ocean views.

Perfect for a couple seeking a romantic getaway. Escape from the tourist traps and the hustle-bustle of city life, and relax in the vibrant natural environment of authentic Hawaii.

Enjoy your own private waterfall and the private swimming hole below it.

No city lights to dim the night sky: great star-gazing!

Utter peace and quiet - no traffic noise, no city sounds, no nearby neighbors.

Utter privacy: between you and the nearest road is a eucalyptus forest.

In addition to the loft bedroom with queen sized bed, there's a sofa bed in the living room that will sleep an additional person or two - up to 4 guests total.

1 full bathroom plus 1 half-bath.

Fully equipped kitchen.

Screened-in lanai.

East Hawaii, the Hilo side, is the lush beautiful side of the Big Island. And the Creekside Cottage is perfectly located for the most convenient access to all the spectacular sights and adventures Hawaii is famous for. (The west or Kona side is barren desert, and a 2+ hour drive to any of the natural wonders.) All the waterfalls and river canyons the Big Island has to offer, are located along the Hamakua Coast, and the Creekside Cottage is in the midst of them - nestled in a beautiful river valley in the Hamakua Coast district. Stunning 400-ft Akaka Falls is located in the next river valley up the coast, 5 miles away. World-famous Waipio Falls, with a double 1,000-ft waterfall, is a little farther up the coast to the north. The most pristine snorkeling reefs and tide pools in the Pacific ocean are close by, on the easternmost point of the island. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - with the active volcano, fascinating lava tubes, and hundreds of miles of hiking trails - is less than an hour to the south. (If you were to stay on the other side of the island, in touristy Kona, you'd have to drive more than 2 hours to get to the Volcanoes Nat'l Park.)

Within 15 minutes of the Creekside Cottage are 3 beautiful botanical gardens and 2 thrilling zip lines. The owners have zip-lined in numerous parts of the world, including in Costa Rica where zip-lining was first invented, and we can testify that the zip line at Akaka Falls is one of the most thrilling in the world.

More Details

Tom and Marcy
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 9, 2017

About Tom and Marcy

We are 68 and 73, and this is intended to be our retirement home. Until then we're making it available for others to enjoy. Most of the time we live in the Sandia Mountains in New Mexico, and we spend as much time as possible in Hawaii. Our property manager Nick lives near the Cottage - he will be the one to greet you when you arrive and make sure you have everything you need to feel at home during your stay.

Tom is a lawyer and law professor specializing in the needs of Native Americans and indigenous peoples. Marcy is a retired psychotherapist and a musician/songwriter and church music director. We're active outdoor adventurers and love wilderness backpacking.

Though the rental income on the Hawaii property doesn't cover all the expenses on it, it helps a lot - so we thank you for renting it and helping us make our retirement dream come true!

Tom and Marcy purchased this house in 2011

Why Tom and Marcy chose Hilo District

We've been visiting Hawaii 2 or 3 times a year for many years. The Big Island is our favorite island because it provides so much variety - from high mountain tops to snorkel reefs, to wilderness hikes, to the active volcano. On every vacation, we always spent a couple of days looking at real estate, until our broker was like family. When we first saw this property in Dec 2010, we were riveted by its beauty. When we stood gazing at the lush green valley and sparkling ocean, we both knew this was the place we'd been searching for.

What makes this house unique

Having spent most of our lives in the southwestern desert, to have two streams and our own private waterfall and private swimming hole is nothing short of heaven. And where else can we pick our own oranges, papayas, bananas, pineapples avocados to complement every meal? The serenity and peace, the openness of the landscape, the out-in-the-country feeling, are soothing to the heart and soul.

What's really unique about this property is it's ideal location. Even though it's only 15 or 20 minutes from downtown Hilo with all all the shops and restaurants and medical facilities, when you're at the Creekside Cottage you feel completely immersed in nature and beauty. And even though it's secluded, there's a wonderful spacious feeling to the wide open green valley.


Pepeekeo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Main bathroom is on landing between 1st and 2nd floors.
    Bathroom 2 - Half-bath with sink and toilet, adjoining the bedroom.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • loft bedroom has an adjoining half bath
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)

Creekside cottage: peace, privacy, ocean view
average rating of 4.928571 based on 14 reviews

Beautiful house and property in a secluded area

  • 5 of 5

We were there in March and the breeze kept the cottage at a pleasant temperature without heat or AC. Showers were hot, dishes in kitchen were sufficient. You can see the ocean and Mauna Kea summit on a clear day. Beautiful flowers around the cottage. The driveway is gravel, so make sure your vehicle can handle that. We didn't interact much with the owners, but Marcy was polite and helpful. Would definitely recommend this place.

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at the cottage for four nights while we explored the east side of the island. We loved it! It was such a peaceful place to stay - secluded, but also close enough to enjoy the nearby sights. Early risers will love watching the sun come up over the property in the morning - large windows let in tons of light and there's a nice little nook with a futon to relax on with your cup of coffee. There is a lot to explore nearby: waterfalls, the botanical gardens, beaches, the cool town of Hilo, and adventures like zip lining. Such a lovely place!

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A beautiful view and location!

  • 4 of 5

This is very private and beautiful cottage just north of Hilo. It is convenient to Akaka Falls and the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden.

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

The property and grounds are well maintained, and it's obvious there's a huge amount of care that goes into making the place beautiful. It's secluded, tucked away from everything but a short drive away from town and services. I would absolutely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Time Excellent Vacation Property

  • 5 of 5

My Husband and I enjoyed ourselves so much on this property. A very nice, clean,comfortable property in the country. Close to many attractions. We had 1 week at the cottage and the second at a resort in Kona. We hated to leave this peaceful paradise. Highly recommended if you are seeking an adventure that includes beauty, fun, serenity, romance and very helpful owners and property manager!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful cottage in the rainforest

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I were in Hawaii for the 10 days. Half the time we spent on Hilo side staying in this wonderful cottage. I can't say enough good things about it! So beautiful and spacious. Kealani was so nice and helpful and welcoming. We are hoping to come back to the great spot next year :)

  • Submitted: May 14, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for capturing the essence of the place! I do hope you'll return. Next year, though, our property manager Kealani will be living in the cottage; it won't be available to rent. Since you love the area as we do, you might consider staying in our big luxury home across the creek, the Kapehu Retreat House (also on VRBO), and since it's more expensive you could come with another couple and split the cost. Mahalo. Marcy
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Nearest Airport
13 Miles
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
in Hilo
Nearest Motorway
1.7 Miles
Mamalahoa Hwy/ HI 19
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
in Hilo
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Kolekole Beach Park. (7 more beaches within 12 mi)
Car: necessary

Private waterfall on the property with a private swimming hole.

50 minutes to the steaming, glowing, live volcano!

15 minuter to 2 ziplines.


Rates & Availability

Pepeekeo House Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $40
Refundable damage deposit $60
Tax Rate 13.42%

Rate, 1-2 guests: $115/night
3 guests: $130/night
4 guests: $145/night
3-night minimum stay is waived if the calendar is so full that only 2 consecutive nights availability remain.
The cleaning fee is variable and based on the time it takes the cleaning crew. Most of the time when it's just 2 people using one bed, it's $40, but if the cleaning takes them longer (eg., with additional linens adn towels to launder) the remainder of the cleaning fee will be deducted from the security deposit before the deposit is refunded.
You can book directly with the owner and avoid the booking fees charged by these vacation rental websites. Contact the owner for details.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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