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Stunningly beautiful luxury home, 20 private acres, ocean views, waterfall

People10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Space 3,400 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 4 nights

Overview

About the property

Elegant, spacious 4 bdrm home with 2 streams and gorgeous views, ideal location

Experience the beauty: Expansive views of the beautiful Hamakua coast and the ocean from the spacious veranda.

Experience elegance: Grand, architect-designed home, with marble and hardwood floors, wainscoting and fine details.

Experience nature: 2 streams and a private waterfall, fruit trees, 20 lush landscaped acres.

Experience serenity: No city lights or noise - only the gentle music of the flowing waters and the gentle trade winds in the palms.

Experience unparalleled privacy: no neighbors in sight.

Experience relaxation: soak in the hot tub: bathing suits option with no one around to see you. Or our property manager can schedule you with a visiting massage therapist for a nominal fee.

Breathe the fresh air: Vog is very rare in this particular spot in East Hawaii, because the volcano is south-west of Kapehu, and the wind usually blows in off the ocean from the north-east. (Vog is the volcanic smoke and sulfuric acid fumes that plague the Kona side of Hawaii.)

Ideal location: 'Out in the country' feeling, yet only 10 miles from downtown Hilo and 20 minutes from the Hilo airport.

All the stunning waterfalls and scenic canyons that the Big Island is famous for are a short drive to the north (for example, Akaka Falls is just 5 miles away). A short drive to the south brings you to the Volcanoes National Park, with the live volcano, lava tubes, petroglyphs, and many miles of wilderness hiking trails. Just a few minutes away are several black sand beaches for swimming or surfing, and the most pristine snorkeling reefs on the island. Also within a few minutes are several gorgeous botanical gardens and zip lines.

The climate at Kapehu Retreat House is perfect. Situated at 900 feet elevation, the air is cooler than at the beach or in Hilo town: upper 70's F to low 80's during the day, and upper 60's F at nigh most of the year. In the winter it can get down to 60 at night with a daytime high in the low 70's.

Despite being on the rainy side of the island, mosquitoes are rare at Kapehu Retreat House, because the eucalyptus groves on either side of the property emit a fragrance that is a natural mosquito repellent.

Amenities provided: The spacious home is beautifully furnished. The fully equipped kitchen has ocean views, granite counters, gas range, large refrigerator with ice maker and cold water, microwave, blender, toaster, coffee maker - everything you need to cook your gourmet meals. The indoor dining room has a beautiful mango wood table and 8 mango wood chairs, and the large outdoor dining table on the roomy lanai has 8 chairs. The living room has a fireplace for those rare chilly evenings. The marble-floored laundry room is equipped with a front-loading washer and dryer. You can park two cars on the carport to keep out of the sun and rain.

The large house has 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms and a half-bath, plus an outdoor shower, and sleeps up to 10 maximum.

NO EVENTS: Because of zoning restrictions (the house is located on a 1-lane farm road), the owners are not allowed to authorize any events, receptions, commercial activities, or large gatherings on the property. Maximum number of people using the house: 10. Maximum number of vehicles at the house: 3.

More Details

Owner
Marcy Matasick
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
22 September, 2017

About Marcy Matasick

Most of the time we live in New Mexico at 7,000 feet in the mountains, though we spend as much time in Hawaii as possible. Our wonderful local Hawaiian caretaker, Kealani, will be the one to greet you and see that you have everything you need to feel at home when staying in our house.

Our plan is to retire to the Big Island, and we purchased the Kapehu Retreat to be our retirement home. But even though we're 66 and 70, we can't afford to retire yet. Nor can we afford to keep both the Kapehu home AND our New Mexico home and pay 2 mortgages. So we're renting out the Kapehu home to help us afford to keep it. The expenses are far higher than we imagined, and the rental income does not cover them. But it does help keep us out of foreclosure until we reach our retirement goal. So, thank you! May you be blessed by your visit to our slice of paradise.

Marcy Matasick purchased this estate in 2011

Why Marcy Matasick chose Hilo District

We chose to purchase property in this area is because the Hamakua Coast area is as beautiful as Hawaii gets, and this particular location is ideal for it's close proximity to the volcano, the snorkeling tide pools, the spectacular waterfalls and canyons, and all the other things we love to do and see. We also greatly prefer the authentically Hawaiian Hilo side over the touristy Kona side. We've been vacationing in Hawaii for decades, and when we saw this estate we fell head over heals for it:

We love the flowing waters.

We love the lush beauty of nature all around.

We love the privacy. (No need for curtains on the windows!)

We love the quiet (we dislike traffic noise).

We love the enormous sweeping views from every room in the house.

We love being able to grow papayas, pineapples, lilikoi, bananas, citrus trees, etc.

We love the moisture (being from the desert of New Mexico).

We love being so close to our favorite snorkel reefs and hiking trails.

We love everything Hawaiian.

What makes this estate unique

What is so unique about this place is that it's only 15 minutes from downtown Hilo and all the shops and restaurants museums, etc., yet it's so quiet and rural you feel like you're far out in the boondocks.

Location

Nearest Airport
13 Miles
Hilo International Airport
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
in Hilo town
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Mamalahoa Hwy
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
in Hilo town
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
8 beautiful black sand beaches within 12 mi.
Car: necessary

The setting is utterly private. (In fact, in our hot tub, bathing suits are optional because no one is around to see you.) No city noises, just the sound of flowing waters, breezes through the trees, and bird songs. No roads or city lights are visible from the house, and the house is not visible from the roads, because there is a eucalyptus forest between the house and the nearest road. The scenery is gorgeous in all directions, especially the lush green valley sloping down to the ocean. It's located on the beautiful Hamakua Coast, which is filled with canyons, waterfalls, rivers, beaches, and botanical gardens. There are 2 thrilling zip line tours within a few minutes drive.

Hilo town is only 15 minutes away. There are several beautiful clear-blue swimming beaches right near downtown Hilo: Keaukaha Beach Park, Kealoha Beach Park, Richardson Ocean Park, Onekahakaha Beach Park, Leleiwi Beach Park, Lehia Beach Park - to name a few. Huge (people-sized) friendly sea turtles will swim with you at these beaches.

Other Activities: Volcano viewing, adventure sightseeing, Zip lining, diving, snorkeling, surfing, swimming, hiking, backpacking - everything you can ask for in a tropical vacation, plus a live volcano, is close by. In fact, the Kapehu Retreat House is located in the absolute most convenient spot on the island for accessing all the sights.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, of course, is a must-see. It's a good reason to stay on the east or Hilo side: the volcano and all the amazing sights in the National Park are much easier to get to from the Hilo side. (From the Kona side it's more than two hours to the volcano). In addition to spending several days sightseeing within the National Park, you'll definitely want to visit the Park at night to see the Hale MauMau crater glowing!

If you are an outdoor adventurer, the National Park is filled with wonderful hikes: short hikes, day-hikes, and overnight trips. One of our favorite hikes is a 3-day/2-night wilderness backpack trip to Halape Beach (with ruins and totems from an old Hawaiian fishing village, snorkel reefs and pristine sandy beaches) for the 1st night, and Keauhou Point for the second night, for pristine snorkeling pools and beaches. You'll need a permit from the Park Service, and they will provide directions and maps.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday estate in the Pepeekeo in the Hawaii County

Property Type:
  • estate
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View ...
  • river ...
  • rural ...
  • Water View
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Carport
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Solar Hot Water
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • All the bathrooms are beautiful and luxurious, with marble tiles and elegant fixtures. There is an additional outdoor shower - a real treat on a hot afternoon.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Pua (flower) - 1 Large Double Bed
    Studio - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , 1 twin bed, 1 full bed, and 1 full size futon bed
    Wailele (waterfall) - 1 Large Double Bed
  • The soothing sounds of the Kapehu Stream and its waterfalls can be heard from every bedroom window in the large house. The 'Wailele' bedroom is closest to the stream. There is a beautiful marble bathroom between the Wailele bedroom and the Pua bedroom. The Master bedroom has an adjoining marble bathroom with marble sunken shower, sunken tub and 2 sinks. Just outside the sliding glass door of the master bedroom is the hot tub. The 'studio' bedroom is separated from the rest of the house by the carport and has its own separate entrance, though it's under the same roof as the rest of the house. We call it the studio bedroom because it's as big as a studio apartment. It contains a bunk bed that has a twin on top and full on the bottom, as well as a full-size futon bed, and an adjoining full bathroom.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace
  • Gated Community
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Conservatory
  • veranda
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • volcano
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • luaus
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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Stunningly beautiful luxury home, 20 private acres, ocean views, waterfall
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5

Magical - we highly recommend

  • 5 of 5

Unusually beautiful home - we were surprised to find such elegance in a vacation rental. Well-maintained, great attention to detail. Open floor-plan felt very spacious. Beautiful furnishings. Gorgeous all around, inside and out. We especially loved the private waterfall on the property with the pool at the base of it - we dove in and discovered a cave behind the waterfall. Also enjoyed the hot tub on a rainy night, very romantic.

Owner responded promptly to all our questions. Property manager was thoughtful and helpful too. Best experience ever in a vacation rental home. We'll definitely come back.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Phoenix, AZ
5

exceptionally beautiful

  • 5 of 5

We loved it. Fabulous place - we had stayed at this exact property on a previous Big Island trip and we were happy to get to stay there again - and hope to return to it, too. We own a VRBO rental on the mainland ourselves, so we looked closely. We're very impressed with the way the Kapehu owners take care of every detail. Gorgeous home lovingly cared for, beautiful grounds meticulously maintained, unusually private ad quiet location yet very convenient within 15-25 min of every service, restaurant, shopping, etc. Both the owner and the property manager were friendly. pleasant, and responsive. Exceptional all around. We'd recommend it highly!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo, Duke. Hana hou!
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4

Wonderful secluded house in beautiful setting

  • 4 of 5

Main drawback was that the fourth bedroom was in a separate building from the main house. We didn't realize that and didn't feel comfortable having children out there. Frogs could be quite loud after a rain (which happens fairly often) but it was a neat sound. Otherwise a great place!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pepeekeo
5

Heavenly - far beyond our expectations

  • 5 of 5

What an awesome place - we sure lucked out in finding it. This place seemed as far from noise and cars as the deepest wilderness, with luxury to rival a high-end hotel. Yet it was just a short drive down a beautiful highway to Hilo. We have never in our lives experienced such privacy. The property manager was very friendly and said he lives only 7 minutes away if we needed anything, but the house provided everything we could possibly need. The large kitchen provided all the essentials for cooking our own meals, and we loved having dinner on that gorgeous lanai with the beautiful views of the valley and ocean. The house and the landscaping are impecably maintained and lovingly cared for. The location is central for exploring the main sights and adventures on the island, and we packed a lot in, from zip-lining to snorkeling to a boat tour to see the lava flowing into the ocean. We've been to Hawaii before but this was our first time staying on the East side, and we discovered we like the East side of the island so much better than kitschy Kona. Now we're hooked on East Hawaii and can't wait to go back! But next time we'll bring the grandparents and treat them to the Kapehu Retreat - it's big enough for all our extended family.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

BEAUTIFUL & SPACIOUS HOME ON PEACEFUL & WELL-MANICURED PROPERTY

  • 5 of 5

The owner of this property was extremely prompt in responding to our messages and needs from the time of inquiry to post-rental as well.

The home was spacious, comfortable, clean, and gorgeous inside and out. The kitchen and bathrooms had modern, state-of-the-art appliances and fixtures and the large washer and dryer were top-notch, too. We loved how big and roomy the houses were, loved the grounds and how well-manicured they were, and found the lanai as a good gathering spot to sit and drink coffee and watch the sun rise. The sound of the nearby stream was so pleasant and calming and the windows all around the home let in natural light into the home. There were lots of interesting books related to Hawaii, hiking, fishing, etc. to read. It was especially nice to have the studio with 3 beds right off of the main house. It was close enough but far enough and also had a beautiful, modern bathroom. We enjoyed the hot tub as a few afternoons were very cool up there.

This was such a beautiful and peaceful place to stay away from the hustle and bustle of town. It was always nice to come home at the end of the day.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Little Slice of Heaven

  • 5 of 5

This place is like Heaven on earth. The grounds and home are spectacular. Felt very fortunate to stay here and would return in a heartbeat. We rent in Hawaii yearly and this is the biggest and least expensive place we have rented thus far. Can't go wrong with this one!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday estate in the Pepeekeo, Big Island Hawaii

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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4 night minimum stay
£1,080
for 4 nights
From
£248
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £29 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £88.9
Additional Guest Fee £25.93 per person per night
Damage Deposit £74.08

The cleaning fee varies widely because we have various sizes of groups for various lengths of stay. The average cleaning fee is $105, and it can vary from $70 to $200. If you leave the house immaculate and the cleaning fee is $70, the balance of your $120 cleaning fee will be refunded along with your security deposit. If yours is a large group and the cleaning fee is, say $150, the balance above the security deposit will be deducted from your damage deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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