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Upscale Guest Cottage with Swimming Pool in Historic Estate

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2 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
4 guests
4 nights 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. In the guest house all original moldings and doors and most of the original handmade windows are still preserved. The .two bedrooms are privately to either side of the living room and have each their own separate entry and ensuite bathrooms. The property: The buildings are surrounded by about ten acres of luscious botanical gardens, meadows, orchards, and tropical rain forests, preserving its unique ambiance. Three aspects make this property unique: Location,...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. In the guest house all original moldings and doors and most of the original handmade windows are still preserved. The .two bedrooms are privately to either side of the living room and have each their own separate entry and ensuite bathrooms. The property: The buildings are surrounded by about ten acres of luscious botanical gardens, meadows, orchards, and tropical rain forests, preserving its unique ambiance. 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 enthusiasts 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 not advisable for children and people who are afraid of the dark or 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
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Reviewed 13 January 2018

This unique property is the guest cottage on a large, century old Hawaiian estate. The property is over a century old, but has been attractively updated. On either side of the ohana are two large bedrooms, each with a generously sized bathroom with walk-in closets....More

Date of stay: January 2018
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Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: No
DVD Player
Refrigerator
Porch
Washer
Outdoor Dining Area
Towels Provided
Private Garden
Cycling Trips
Ceiling Fans
TV
Rural/Countryside Retreats
City Getaway
Linens Provided
Secure Parking
Internet Access
Toaster
Cooker
Grill
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Blender
Dryer
Dishwasher
Freezer
Cable/satellite TV
Stereo System
Hiking Trips
Microwave
Balcony
Mountain Views
Private Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Terrace
Patio
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About the neighbourhood
Keaau, was formally called Oha, in the days when it was the biggest sugar plantation on the Island. Now the remaining residence is an oasis of peace and quiet within modern day conveniences.
How to get there
Coming from the Hilo Airport drive all the way through to the big intersection with Hwy 11 (Kanoelehua Ave). Turn left onto Hwy 11 towards Keaau/Pahoa. After about 4 miles you arrive at the first intersection to Keaau and Pahoa (bypass road). Skip it and turn left at the second intersection. You are on Keaau-Pahoa Rd with the shopping center to your right and Longs to your left.. One mile down the roady to your right you will see the main 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 school, and you will see the house and the gate. If you get disoriented, do not leave the school area. Driving around it, you will see the house.
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