Beautiful, elegantly furnished and fully-equipped 2 bedroom, two bath guest house, with antiques and open beam ceiling, on a 1 acre gated estate, with koi pond, waterfall, fountain, chlorine-free pool and hot tub, and 180 degree ocean-view lanai. Fully furnished and equipped guest house is over 1000 square feet with a 280 square foot lanai. TV, Internet access, electricity, water and trash pick-up included. Laundry facility available on the property for an additional charge. The estate is located at a 1000 foot elevation, which is perfect weather. No air conditioning needed. The property is 10 minutes from downtown Kona, 5 minutes from the airport, and near beaches, restaurants and 3 minutes from Costco. NO SMOKERS; small housebroken pets considered. Organic home cooked meals available at an extra charge. Holistic physician and chiropractor available, on site, for extra charge. Call Karen at (phone number hidden). There are 14% Hawaii taxes. We charge a $150 cleaning fee ($175 if there are 3 or more people), and there is a $250 refundable security deposit. Our home is located on the corner of a two lane road which is a 3 minute drive to Costco and 1/4 mile from the upper Highway, Mama La Hoa Highway.
|Room type:||Entire home/apt|
|Extra people:||$25 / night after 4 guests|
|Minimum Stay:||3 nights|
|Check Out:||11:00 AM|
My wife, In-laws and I spent a lovely week on the Big Island at Turtle House Estate. The guest house is detached from the main house and located over the garage. We found the accommodations to be spacious, clean and nicely appointed. The one thing this place has in spades is location, location, location! Convenient to everywhere in Kona. Ten minutes from the airport, three minutes to Costco, five minutes to the marina and easy access to Alii Drive. The one negative is the house is located next to a road that gets busy and loud during commute times. I assumed the paid washer/dryer listed in amenities would be coin operated not $15 per load done by our hostess. Laundry would have been convenient but it wasn't a deal breaker more of a communication issue with the listing. Our hosts Karen and Tim were lovely, warm and helpful hosts with good suggestions for activities and tips for local restaurants. I would not hesitate to recommend Turrtle House Estate to anyone considering this listing.
Karen was very gracious in letting us into the house a couple of hours earlier than we had initially planned for! I had messed up time zones and unfortunately my husband and son both got sick on the plane over and were feeling absolutely miserable, so hanging out in town for a couple of hours until it was actually time to check in would have been terrible for them. Thank you!
The property is nice and so is the house. It's quite kid friendly in that Karen has lots of toys and beach stuff for kids and kids are definitely made welcome, but we did have to put some smaller pieces of furniture and some trinkets out of the way, cause we didn't entirly trust our son to not tip them over or break them by accident. The kitchen was well equipped, and the beds were comfortable.
The only thing we really missed was a washing machine and a dryer. I had assumed that there would be a coin operated, shared laundry facility on site, but if you need to do laundry, Karen has to do it for you for $15. Given the rate for the place, I feel that the use of a washer and dryer should be included in the price. Maybe we just got unlucky with sick people and the rainy weather which made everything humid and / or wet, but I find it hard to imagine not needing to do laundry for an entire week in a climate like in Hawai'i.
We always appreciate feedback, and the reason we use glass cutting boards is for health and sanitary reasons. Wooden cutting boards put people at risk for bacteria...but we have wooden cutting boards and thanks to this feedback, I will offer them for those who prefer them in the future. Also we used to include laundry at no additional charge, but with the exorbitant costs of electricity in Hawaii, we chose to lower the rates for our rental, since we find most guests don't use the washer and dryer during their stay and we felt it would be better for all to have lower rates. I did offer to do some laundry for Joke, if they wanted, as my treat, since I could see that not having laundry services seemed to distress them, and we want everyone to be totally happy at all times...but in fairness, we felt it best to make it an on demand service. Since I do the laundry, with organic detergents and fabric softener, wash and fold and deliver, $15 per large load does not even cover my costs. It seemed fair to me, but I am happy to make the rental fee higher and include laundry, if anyone prefers in the future. It was unfortunate as it is usually always sunny in HI, and these guests happened to visit during a rainy time, which was unfortunate. We do have plenty of knives, but I will definitely see about getting more, if needed. No one has ever mentioned that before. So we are always appreciative of anything that can make our guest's stay more enjoyable. :)
Jason and I booked this stay based upon all of the very positive reviews from Airbnb and I can certainly add to that list. This place was everything that was advertised. Spotless, quite, and perfectly located to the town of Kailua-Kona. The views were breathtaking and Karen and Tim were very gracious hosts. If you are looking for a wonderful place to stay in this region of the Big Island, look no further. It was perfect. We could not have found a more lovely place for our week in paradise. If I could give them 6 stars, I would. We will be back.
I'm happy to agree with the sentiments already expressed by previous guests: this is a great place to stay. As others have said, the location is conveniently central to the island, but don't expect a pedestrian's paradise--it's also at least a five minute drive to any of the (many) places we ended up going. That's not a drawback exactly--it's just the other side of staying in a secluded location.
We spent a week here with our two kids and on most days we left the house for only a few hours, because it was so relaxing.
Karen and Tim were faultless hosts; friendly, thoughtful and helpful throughout.
We stayed with Karen and Tim for nearly three weeks. They are such lovely, generous people. The home was amazing. Very large and really nice, with everything you need. Although it may not be designed for this: we had plenty of room for our four boys and father who joined us. The location was very good: central, but away from the bustle of the tourist areas. It is also an incredible value. It was my first time using airbnb and I don't know if I'll go back to hotel vacations after this. Thanks Karen and Tim for making our vacation unforgettable.
Karen and Tim were very warm and welcoming to me and my family! The house is very clean, comfortable, spacious, and has a wonderful balcony with a peaceful and beautiful view! All the amenities needed are present, including beach toys for my one year old son. Karen was extremely thoughtful, and purchased toddler-friendly toys and eating utensils and plates - when she didn't have to!
The house is in a very nice centralized area - close to the town for shopping and restaurants; no more than 10 minutes to the airport! It made it worth it to rent a car, and feel like a local! There are great beaches close by, making their house a great place to stay!
I plan to make a trip back to Kona, and I would definitely stay here again!
If you are looking for a good alternative to the "elbow to elbow" experience of the resorts and condos this is a great choice. Karen and Tim where both super nice and easy going. The "Turtle House" itself was very nice: private, unique. clean and accommodating. A big plus is having two full (email hidden)ally helps when getting ready for the day's outings. The hot tub and pool are a great bonus. Little things like having a clothesline to hang your bathing suits and (provided) beach towels really help to make your stay easy and enjoyable. My wife and I where glad that we chose this property for our visit to this side of the island.
lovely property. Karen was an excellent and helpful host.
Had a great time will definitely be back . Very welcoming and loved the beautiful grounds with all the wonderful fruit trees. If you want a peaceful retreat this is the place. Thanks Karen and Tim you will be hearing from us soon.
Karen and Tim are great hosts and the property is an absolute jewel.
One of many highlights is waking up and picking our own oranges and lemons for morning juice. The house itself is spacious, well positioned and balcony is just hard to leave, with stunning views and even massage chair. Hosts were very communicative and helpful at all times. Overall, great experience , would definitely recommend this property, and hope to be back there myself:)
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