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Big Island Hawaii, Farmers Market Managers for the Ho'oulu Community Farmers Market and Artisans Fair at the Keauhou Sheraton, Farming and Gardening projects ongoing. Pottery studio on site and we love to dive, swim and kayak with the dolphins.
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Dear Gail and Greg,
we really enjoyed our stay in your beautiful home. We loved the garden and the view from the lanai, the large living room...
Greetings from Berlin,
This is a great spot, feels like out on the country, clean, comfortable and only an hour's drive from Volcano National park and Kona. It is 4 star camping ie with a bed, lots of room.
Gail and Greg were very accomodating, putting us up in the larger yurt due to storm damage to the smaller one. It was roomy, comfortable and a very pleasant space and we felt welcomed. Yes, the roosters are close by, my husband slept through them, I was wakened periodically. All in all, a nice place to stay.
Les lieux sont impeccables , tres grand jardin bien tondu, logement très propre et confortable, cuisine commune très bien équipé. Très très bon séjour.
Generally our experience was very positive. Our hosts left the keys on the table and the doors open when we arrived. The house was clean and organized and well stocked. The garden was fantastic and the grounds were well kept. The deck and barbeque were great. Our hosts responded quickly to all questions within a couple of hours via email.
We didn't know about the hot water being solar heated but when we ran out of hot water and contacted Greg he was quick to tell us to turn on the electric hot water heater.
When we made the reservation we didn't know that there would be people living downstairs on the main floor. They turned out to be very quiet but we would like to have known we were above a rented main floor.
Another factor that is beyond the control of our hosts is the neighborhood dogs. They kept us awake for a couple of nights and when I mentioned it to Greg he dropped off some wax earplugs. That was thoughtful but having a neighbor right beside the house who raises wild pig hunting dogs was problematic and could be considered offensive if you were a dog owner. The dogs were kept in very marginal conditions and therefore they barked and howled and cried a lot. We have dogs ourselves and we have rescue dogs so we are sensitive to the living conditions of canines.
The location was beautiful on an acreage at about 2000 ft above the sea.
The highway along the west coast is very winding with speeds averaging about 40 mph. We arrived in Kona in the late afternoon and by 630 it was dark. It took us about 90 minutes to reach the house on a challenging drive after a long flight.
We loved the Island and plan to return but would look at someplace closer to Kona.
Gail greeted us as we arrived and made sure we got settled in. It was a nice change of pace to stay out in the country after being in more touristy areas- but make sure you grab dinner early or go to the grocery store, as the few nearby things close relatively early. The yurt itself was exactly what we expected and was very clean and well stocked. The location was not as close to the beach as I thought from looking at the pictures (which was my error), but there were some nearby. The posts about the noise were accurate but the earplugs provided helped a lot.
Gail and Greg were wonderful hosts. Not only did Gail & Greg's recommendations turn out to be the best things that we did on the Big Island, both around the Yurt and in other parts of the island, but they are two of the friendliest and most welcoming people that we've met. In addition to providing everything within the (very) well stocked Yurt, the two shared both snorkel gear and the freshest avocados that we've ever tasted. No matter the destination we set out for each day, they would recommend their favorite hikes and best (local) places to eat.
As for the Yurt itself, it's a very fun and unique way to explore the southern part of the big island. Even though its a bit of a drive to the closest city (Kona), the tranquility of the country side and stunning ocean views provide a highly relaxing option for accommodation. The Yurt was well stocked with a very comfy bed, sizable sitting area, and basic kitchen. We ate every breakfast at the Yurt and cooked most of our dinners there. While some of the other reviewers shared concerns about the noise levels of the neighbor's roosters, we didn't find them to be an issue and avoided using the (provided & very fancy) ear plugs.
All in all, we highly recommend the Yurt and hope to return one day. If the view and location don't sell you, Gail and Greg's hospitality will.
Greg and Gail are very welcoming and friendly hosts. We stayed for 12 nights over Christmas break and they were there to help us out by suggesting great snorkeling spots, lending us the snorkel gear and a guitar. We also visited their farm for some fresh organic veggies. The house is big yet quite cozy. The master bedroom bed is king-size and very comfortable too. Eating breakfast each morning out on the deck surrounded by the beautiful garden and all the birds and geckoes was a treat. Their are farm-workers who stay on the lower level. They were very quiet and also helpful when we locked ourselves on the deck. A lovely spot and a good location to base yourself from to visit some great beaches that aren't jam-packed with other tourists and a nice drive to the volcano park. Thanks Greg and Gail.
We had about an hour and a half drive before we got to the yurts, and we made a few stop offs along the way since we had a really early (5am) flight with our 10 month old daughter. Greg & Gail were very helpful in giving us some time to make our way over there. We were greeted by Gail and the puppies ^_^ they are too cute and super friendly. Loved to be pet. My daughter didnt know how to take them at first but she thought they were a hoot once she warmed up to them. The yurt was very clean so my daughter could roam, after so many hours being restricted Im sure she was delighted to crawl around and explore.
They have all the things you'd need while on vacation in their listing. Dishes, running water, utensils, tons of blankets and pillows, really nice tables/chairs, all the luxuries of being home while away from home. The bathroom & shower room was really nice and stocked fulla all the things you needed too.
They gave us great advice on places to check out and places to eat while we were out. They also didnt mind us coming and going at really weird hours since we wanted to travel all over the island 100 times over. Id highly recommend this place to anyone trying to get away from the city life for sure! Esp if youre a country person, the roosters are a great wake up call. I hardly noticed them since Im so use to hearing them being a farm girl, but my husband woke up a time or two lol Just another great perk of "home" for me =)
Very nice stay with Gail and Greg. When we first arrived, their two sheep dogs were there, but don't be frightened! They are very sweet! The yurt was clean, comfortable, and well furnished. The bathroom is separate, so be prepared to walk outside for a few feet to get to the toilet. Closest place to stay to see the South Point, which you shouldn't miss if you're in the area. The only drawback is the noise of the neighbors animals (roosters and dogs), but if you're a heavy sleeper, then this is the place for you!
Gail and Greg are a fun couple! They were also very helpful and easy going. We look forward to visiting them as soon as we are able.