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Upscale Guest Cottage with Swimming Pool in Historic Estate

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Overview
2 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
4 guests
1 night minimum
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The former directors cottage is now the guest house. Enter the magnificent Royal Palm lined drive and experience Big Island history in the former Ola’a Sugar Plantation estate. The buildings are authentic Victorian and about 130 years old. They have been tastefully restored to their old glory and equipped with all modern amenities. They are surrounded by about ten acres of luscious botanical gardens, meadows, orchards, and tropical rain forests, preserving its unique ambiance. The property: Three aspects make this property unique: Location, ambiance and history. There are no similar places on the Island to compare it to. Location: We are conveniently urban, yet secluded within our privacy. We are on safe county water and dependable grid electricity and WiFi. We are always on paved ro...The former directors cottage is now the guest house. Enter the magnificent Royal Palm lined drive and experience Big Island history in the former Ola’a Sugar Plantation estate. The buildings are authentic Victorian and about 130 years old. They have been tastefully restored to their old glory and equipped with all modern amenities. They are surrounded by about ten acres of luscious botanical gardens, meadows, orchards, and tropical rain forests, preserving its unique ambiance. The property: Three aspects make this property unique: Location, ambiance and history. There are no similar places on the Island to compare it to. Location: We are conveniently urban, yet secluded within our privacy. We are on safe county water and dependable grid electricity and WiFi. We are always on paved roads and only a minute away from the next supermarket and restaurants in Keaau shopping center. We are 10 to 15 minutes from downtown Hilo and central to all visitor sites, most of them less than an hour away. Ambiance: In the midst of our botanical exuberance and wildlife you connect with the charm of a simpler life, as it used to be on the Island a century ago . A rare opportunity to experience country living as its best. Glamping enthusiast can be one with nature without the hassle of generators, catchment water, and miles and miles of distance to the next grocery store. History: The first manager of the Ola sugar plantation planted the banyan tree near the cottage in 1902. It is now considered the biggest on the Island. The Main House, nineteenth century Queen Anne architecture, has been used in many photography sessions for movies, recordings, magazines, books and commercials. A 1950’s photo is shown in the book “The Hawaiians”. At times it was also the home of Herbert Shipman, who was known to have saved the nene bird from extinction (Hawaii's State bird). He also played an important role in bringing the orchid Industry to Hawaii. His passion for exotic plants is still noticeable to the present day, as there are shrubs and trees and grasses on the property, not seen anywhere else. His orchard planting shed is still admired by botanical experts. Herbert also used to hold parties for all the prominent people of his time, who came visit the Island. The Roosevelt's, Rockefeller, movie stars, and the legendary Amelia Earhart are known to have graced the residence with their presence. (Ref. Emmett Cahill 'The Shipmans of East Hawaii') After the plantation closed and sold the residence in the early 1980’s, it fell in disrepair until the present owners acquired it and worked for several years to restore it to its original beauty. But the history dates back beyond the plantation era to ancient Hawaiian legends and fairytales. The most known is of the Hawaiian Princess La'ieikawaii, hiding in the place known as Paliuli. The Hawaiian movie Choreographer Henry Pa, recounts in an interview: 'When I was involved in the movie, 'Bird of Paradise,' my grandmother Grace Kealiiaua Pa told me to go to the island of Hawaiʻi, to Olaʻa, at Keʻeau. I was to sit beneath a certain tree, which was the birthplace of my grandfather and his former home. There I was to gaze out at the water and look for two stones, one of which was Hiʻiaka-ika-poli-o-Pele, and the other was Lohiau. I was to meditate on the task before me. By doing this, I would receive the strength and inspiration that I needed to choreograph the dance scene for this movie.' Suitability: The property is not well suited for toddlers and small children. The nearness of the pool and the old brick walkway to the cottage which is uneven and slippery when wet, are of danger. It is also not ideal for people who are sensitive to the night noises (tree frogs, roosters, screeching owls etc). Since it sits in the middle of a rainforest with no fencing around, wildlife is roaming it freely. It is also not ideal for people and children who are afraid of the dark and dislike other aspects of open country. Tourist License / Licencia de turismo N °: 99-0358268More
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About the Owner
Gisella C
Languages spoken:German, English, Italian
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:November 2014
Interaction with guests
We are always present and available for any questions or assistance, but respect the privacy of our guests.
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Reviewed 28 June 2018

We had a really nice stay here. Giselle is the sweetest. the grounds are stunning. We loved the sounds of nature, and all the wild chickens and pigs. The Plantation on the property is really neat and historic. We really enjoyed our stay here. Thank...More

Date of stay: June 2018
Thank Dianemjobe
Reviewed 10 June 2017 via mobile

We stayed at the Guesthouse at Olaliuli historic estate and couldn't have been more pleased with our stay. The house has two large bedrooms and bathrooms- plenty of room. Upon arriving, we were greeted with a beautiful flower arrangement. The guesthouse is surrounded by trees...More

Date of stay: June 2017
1  Thank foodie3400
Gisella C, VR Owner at Upscale Guest Cottage with Swimming Pool in Historic Estate, responded to this reviewResponded 10 June 2017

Thanks Allison, it would be great to see you back one day.

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Reviewed 4 March 2017

We stayed here at the end of Feb and loved our time here. The two master bedrooms are large and accommodating, each with it's own full bath. The guest house is a bit removed from the road and the 10 acre property is lovely to...More

Date of stay: February 2017
1  Thank aessedai1969
Reviewed 9 June 2016

This is a beautiful historic property surrounded by nature, rain forest, amazing flowers, quiet and calming, but also close to shopping and restaurants. The guesthouse is renovated and lovely decorated. When we came, Gisella had put beautiful flower arrangements from her own yard on the...More

Date of stay: May 2016
4  Thank Henry Van den B
Management response:Responded 10 June 2016

Dear Henry, Thank you so much for your review. Aloha, Gisella

Reviewed 26 January 2015

There are not enough superlatives to describe this great place! We two retired couples enjoyed a week's stay in Jan. '15 immensely. This property is the best value on the Big Island. Lots of space, inside and out. Very conveniently located for exploring Volcanoes NP,...More

Date of stay: January 2015
8  Thank LadderTruck7
Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: Ask
Kid Friendly: No
DVD Player
Refrigerator
Porch
Washer
Outdoor Dining Area
Towels Provided
Paper Towels Provided
Private Garden
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Cycling Trips
Books
Ceiling Fans
Hairdryer
TV
Shared Garden
Rural/Countryside Retreats
City Getaway
Linens Provided
Secure Parking
Internet Access
Toaster
Cooker
Grill
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Local Guides/Maps
Blender
Dryer
Dishwasher
Freezer
Cable/satellite TV
Soap/Shampoo Provided
Iron
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Stereo System
Hiking Trips
Microwave
Balcony
Private Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Terrace
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About the neighbourhood
Keaau, meaning the area of the water springs. Formerly it was called Oha, in the days when it was the biggest sugar plantation on the Island. Now the remaining residence it is an oasis of peace and quiet within modern day conveniences.
How to get there
Directions arriving from Hilo Airport: At the first intersection with Hwy 11 (Kanoelehua Ave) turn left towards Keaau. After about 7 miles you arrive at the first intersection to Keaau and Pahoa (bypass road). Skip it and proceed to the second intersection, on which you turn left. You are on Keaau-Pahoa Rd., between the shopping center to your right and Longs Drugs to your left. One mile down the road you will see the house behind the wall with the gate next to the barricade. Should you be on the bypass road instead, turn to your right at the third traffic light around the high school, and you will see the house and the gate. We are right across the school.
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