Quiet Cottage Set in Zen Garden

Bed & Breakfast - Entire home/apt · Mamalahoa Highway, Hōlualoa, HI 96725, United States

The Space

Aloha Folks, My Partner and I are offering our Cottage set on the grounds of beautiful quiet maintained jungle gardens..The Cottage has a Queen Bed as well as a Twin Bed. There is a Fully stocked partially screened in Kitchen with a garden view that has everything you need to prepare a meal...This space has a private (email hidden)d 3 outdoor sitting areas to relax in..This is all set on very special historical grounds in Holualoa just 12-15 minutes above Kailua-Kona Town and our famous beaches and only 20 min from the airport... Holualoa is a quiet Art Gallery Village and at 1200 foot elevation is noted for the cooler relaxed atmosphere much appreciated after a hot day down at the beach...We offer you snorkel gear,boogie boards beach towels, ice coolers and advise as to where and what to see..We are surrounded by Kona Coffee Plantation so the space feels very private. If your idea of a vacation is to relax and take in the "Old Hawaii Feeling" with a twist of Zen this just may be what you are looking for. We also offer another Private Room with a Full Bed for an additional charge...a great option for two couples traveling together.. Folks we are not Baby or Children under 7 safe as there are stairs and uneven grounds..Thank You for your understanding.. Let us know if we can answer any question you might have...
Please put us on your Wish List... Mahalo and Aloha,Ted and David

Interaction with Guests

Aloha Folks,
Although we live on the same grounds as the Cottage we go out of our way to make you feel at home yet respect your privacy..You are always welcome to ask questions or express any concerns you might have..We truly wish for you to feel relaxed and at home... We hope you will enjoy the peaceful Zen Gardens..And leave us with a sense of what the true meaning of Aloha is here in the Islands...

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 4 nights
Cleaning Fee: $50
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Truly a relaxing getaway @ the Zen Garden. The accommodations were lovely enhanced with artistic furnishings from Bali. I especially enjoyed morning yoga in the outdoor gazebo. Everything you need, including an informative generous honest, for a wonderful vacation rental!

    April 2014
    Response from Ted:

    Mahalo Janis, It was our Pleasure! Our best to you and Allen...We look forward to your return..!

  • We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Ted's cottage! So beautiful, both the cottage and the gorgeous garden! Ted was a great host, we arrived to a basket of fresh Island fruits, his cottage had everything we could have possibly needed, as well he had lots of great suggestions as far as the "best" places to go on the island for snorkelling, boogie boarding, turtle watching, restaurants! We loved being away from the chaos of Kona when we were done for the day, and could retreat just a short drive up the hill to our nice cool cottage. Thanks for making our first visit to the Big Island so wonderful, we just got home, and already want to come back! Mahalo!

    April 2014
    Response from Ted:

    Aloha Kerry, It was our pleasure to Host you and your Family. Glad you made it home safe..Looking forward to your return.
    Warm Alohas,

  • I had the pleasure to spénd 4 nights in a piece of Paradise in this cottage. I have enjoyed Ted and David hospitality and kindness and all they provide ( food, fruits , boogy boards., etc ) for free .

    I highly recommend to spénd Time in this cottage and its beautiful garden . So awesome place.

    Hope to Côme back as soon as i Can in this cottage .

    March 2014
    Response from Ted:

    Aloha Sylvain, Thank You for the thoughtful review...We are looking forward to your return...! Keep having a Great Time here on The Big Island...

  • I couldn't have asked for a better place! If you want to be next to nature in a beautiful garden, enjoy the calmness of a most peaceful place and experience the generous hospitality of two hosts who have thought of everything you might need even before you had yourself, you might be lucky if Ted and David's Zen Cottage ist still vakant. I recommend it to everybody who feels like awhile in paradise (without a snake).
    Monika, Zen Cottage, March 2014

    March 2014
    Response from Ted:

    Thank You Monika..It was our pleasure to Host you...And yes it is wonderful that Hawaii has no snakes...lol ..Warm Alohas sent your way...!

  • If you are planning a Hawaiian getaway on the Big Island, and you are looking for a place located in a private Zen garden, then you must stay here. Ted is a wonderful host and the guest cottage is remarkable with all the amenities of a full kitchen, wi-fi, TV and DVD player. It is airy and comfortable, with several private garden areas just for you. You can see the bananas growing from the screened in kitchen and enjoy the peace and quiet of this beautiful oasis just a few minutes above the hustle and bustle of the Kilo tourist area. Ted was friendly, helpful and informative and made us feel like family friends. If we are ever able to return to the Big Island, we will definitely stay here and plan on recommending it to all our friends!

    March 2014
    Response from Ted:

    Thank you Linda..It was our pleasure.Warm Alohas sent your way..!

  • We loved our stay at the Zen Garden. The roomy indoor/outdoor areas are many, pleasantly decorated w/ Hawaiian art and artifacts, casual and conducive to relaxation and meditation (if you do that sort of thing). The garden is lush and begs to be photographed. The coquis (little frogs) filled our nights w/ music. Our hosts were generous (fruit & flowers galore), informative and available without intruding on our privacy. We will be back!

    February 2014
  • Ted and David are gracious hosts with an excellent zen cottage. It was a very private area with several outdoor lanais, lots of fruit trees and other plants, as well as some outdoor creatures that make the place such a relaxing place! They welcome guests with fresh fruits and coffee, as well as bath and beach towels, sunscreen, aloe vera, etc. It is in Holualoa Village, where the coffee plantations and art galleries are. We will definitely book this place when we return to Kona.

    February 2014
    Response from Ted:

    We are looking forward to your return...Aloha!

  • What a wonderful week we had at the Zen Garden! Flowers, fruit, wonderful accommodations (inside and outside), and the Best hosts ever. Ted and David were extremely warm and helpful, there with us when we needed them, not there when we didn't. Perfect. We are definitely going back next year!

    January 2014
    Response from Ted:

    Aloha Sharon...We sure enjoyed you and Peter as Guest...Looking forward to next time...!!

  • Ted and Dave's was our first experience using airbnb, and it worked out quite well for us. Being upcountry, we liked how temperatures cooled off at night. The cottage is decorated with a tasteful collection of tropical hardwood and woven furniture. Numerous carvings, figurines and soothing waterfalls accent cottage and grounds. Ted works to keep his own version of a tropical garden going, which adds to the peaceful setting. Kamala liked hanging out under the gazebo out back, drinking her morning coffee and reading.

    The kitchen, although screened-in, has an outdoor feel to it, which we appreciated after a long day in the sun. After sunset, the kitchen and lanai area grew cool at night, whereas the living area stayed comfortably warm from the days solar rays. During the late night the room would slowly cool off (we slept under a bedspread and blanket), and as soon as the sun rose, the kitchen/lanai area would warm up all over again. The transition from indoors to outdoors felt seamless.

    Ted and Dave are cordial hosts who respect your privacy, but are happy to converse with you as well, sharing the days events, making suggestions to your itinerary if want them.

    The Zen Garden has what I guess one might a call a "good funk" feel to it, which I'm thinking is the theme to many of these airbnb rentals. You are staying at someone's home, or, in Ted and Dave's case, in the cottage behind their home. The appliances are a bit worn, but work fine (enjoyed cooking with a gas range again), and make sure you duck your head as you walk under the little causeway along the narrow, winding path up to your cottage. It's padded, just in case. Ted gave our a little tour of the temple itself our last morning there, which is, I think he said 120 years old. Om Buddha.

    Four stars to Ted and Dave... I'd give them five, but then they'd have to work extra hard to maintain an inflated reputation, which can become a curse. Mahalo, Chris

    January 2014
    Response from Ted:

    Was our pleasure Chris...Our best to you and Kamala...Warm Alohas sent your way....

  • We had a VERY pleasant stay at Ted and Dave's cottage. They are gracious hosts and most thoughtful. A basket of tropical fruits was waiting for us on arrival, and a birthday cake and flowers!!! (it was my birthday when I arrived). Their joy in sharing the island's fruits and culinary delights continued throughout our stay, which was a highlight of our trip, tasting all flavors of papayas, star fruits bananas, ...
    They made available to us snorkeling gear (there is enough for a whole family). Their garden has a clementine tree, which we helped ourselves to (delicious!). Plenty of fluffy towels and beach towels. Locations is up on a hill so it's a nice escape from the heat of the seaside area.
    I was pleasantly surprised by the sense of safety there, coming from the mainland, where locks and alarms and safes are the norm. It took only a few days, but we felt much more safe at Ted&Dave's without any locks, than we would in a fenced and gated hotel with security guard outside, and our valuables in a closet safe. Seeing people (men and women) walking alone or jogging at all times of day and night, in city or outside, reinforced that sense.
    Finally, our hosts, Ted and Dave, make themselves very available to us, and at the same time very discreet so we would take our time getting to know the island and things we wanted to do, which we appreciated very much. Mahalo Ted & Dave!

    January 2014
    Response from Ted:

    Your most welcome Ali...It was our pleasure...and Thank You and your Mom again for leaving the Cottage so clean and tidy...Our Best to Both of you...Aloha...!

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My name is Ted and I am an avid gardener and member of the Big Island Orchid Club. My back ground includes Jewelry Design, Artist, Horse Training and Importer of Beautiful Furniture and Handicrafts from Bali Indonesia which we have on our grounds and walk ways here..We travel a lot to South East Asia, you will notice this as it is reflected in our life and home...we love a laid back Zen Lifestyle with an appreciation for nature's beauty..I feel very Blessed to live this lifestyle..and love to share this with others.. My partner David has been in the Hospitality Business for over 30 years...specializing in culinary arts...and catering... David is very creative in landscaping and has a love for hosting....
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