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Craftsman Garden Bungalow & Gardens, Spa, Pond, & Waterfall in Hilo

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The Craftsman Garden Bungalow is an upscale 2,000 sqft, 2 bed & 2 bath single-story Craftsman-style vacation home situated on nearly an acre of Japanese-inspired and lush tropical gardens, 2.5 miles from historic, downtown Hilo and Hilo Bay. Amenities include a secluded outdoor garden spa equipped with jetted hot tub with UV light water purification, infrared sauna and outdoor shower. The beautifully landscaped grounds and naturalistic setting capture the tranquility and beauty of the islands where travelers can relax and experience the true Hawaii that the locals live.

The Craftsman Garden Bungalow provides a private vacation retreat with all the comforts of home for visitors and travelers to the Big Island of Hawaii seeking an alternative to the 'resort' atmosphere, and where you will not feel like a tourist.. The bungalow is exquisitely designed with Shoji doors that open to a garden oasis with pond, waterfall and fountains. Spacious interiors are furnished in elegant comfort with vintage island decor, rich woods, built-in electric fireplace, natural stone and a 42-inch Plasma HDTV with home theater sound system.

The bungalow is in a picturesque area of Hilo surrounded by streams, waterfalls and quiet cul-de-sacs perfect for walking or jogging. Scenic views of landscaped terraces and a partial ocean view of Hilo Bay can be enjoyed from the screened lanai. Simply relax in the outdoor courtyard and covered lanai equipped with gas grill, dining and lounge furniture. The garden bungalow retreat is perfect for a Hawaiian getaway or a home base to visit exotic points of interest on the island.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Big Island of Hawaii. In harmony with nature and with all the comforts of home, the Garden Bungalow will make your journey a most memorable experience. Chef's kitchen is fully equipped and coffee bar is stocked with fresh, organic coffee. Your hosts reside on the neighboring property and personally greet you and handle key exchanges when you arrive. . Your hosts can answer questions you may have, assist you with your needs and help you plan your stay, sharing tips on where to visit, how to get there, where to lunch and favorite local dining spots.

The Garden is a fusion of Japanese-inspired naturalistic landscape and nearly an acre of lush tropical grounds. The Japanese garden, a microcosm of nature, reflects the three elements of traditional Japanese garden design representing the Earth: Stone representing mountains and islands for strength and support, Water is the center representing purity, and Plants grace it with texture, color and growth trimmed to capture its pure and essential shape. Blended with the natural surroundings, the Garden courtyard features natural moss rock boulders with water gently falling creating a graceful stream flowing into the fishpond with delicate water lilies. The Garden uses Japanese asymmetry and placement of boulders, rustic stone lanterns, stone water basins and fountains, bamboo fences and rustic benches.

We offer Wedding and Honeymoon packages that include bungalow accommodations and wedding services. Weddings, graduations, receptions or gatherings may be allowed with owner's prior consent and only by arrangement with our event planning and management services.

Hawaii State Law dictates that all public areas are designated as smoke free. The safety and comfort of all our guests is of utmost importance to us. As such we have a non smoking policy. Smoking is not allowed in any of our buildings or on the property grounds. Please inform your visitors of our non smoking policy.

Children are welcome at the Garden Bungalow, however, families with children of a certain age must be aware of safety concerns around the fishpond on the property.  

Sorry, no pets are allowed.

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house rental amenities

The Craftsman Garden Bungalow features a 42-inch Plasma HDTV with home theatre sound system, HD cable, Blu-ray DVD/CD player, wireless and hardwired broadband internet access, iPod connection to speakers, telephone, FREE long distance to mainland, interisland, Canada and US territories, enclosed garage and automatic garage door opener with remote. Kitchen is fully equipped, plus instant hot/cold filtered water dispenser at kitchen sink. Screened lanai is equipped with wet bar. Covered lanai and outdoor courtyard are furnished with Jenn-Air gas grill and garden furniture for dining and relaxation. Jetted hot tub and infrared sauna situated at the otdoor garden spa is available for our gurests. Built-in security system with central station monitoring is provided for your peace of mind and safety. Central vacuum system and wood-grain laminate floors provide a low allergen environment. Full laundry room with washer, dryer, sink and supplies are provided. All natural, eco-friendly cleaners are used. Housekeeping is available. For longer stays house cleaning is provided at least every two weeks for a fee. In-house massage is available.

activities and attractions in Hilo The Big Island

The Garden Bungalow is a 5 minute drive or free bus ride away from quaint downtown Hilo and Hilo Bay. Hilo is known for its warm aloha spirit, relaxed lifestyle, unique shops, art galleries and restaurants with local regional cuisine. Local attractions include Lyman Museum, East Hawaii Cultural Center, historic Palace Theatre, Pacific Tsunami Museum, Imiloa Astronomy Center, UH Hilo Performing Arts Center and Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens. Hilo Farmer's Market is a favorite for fresh, local produce. Merrie Monarch Festival, Hilo's premier hula competition and cultural event, is held annually. Hilo's black sand beaches and freshwater pools are some of the best for snorkeling, diving, surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, swimming with turtles and tropical fish, or watching the whales off shore. Take a helicopter volcano tour or short scenic drive to active Kilauea volcano to view a lava flow, ride horses in Waipio Valley or tour the summit and view the night skies of Mauna Kea.

vacation rental rates

Hawaii ID# W01612284-01

Standard Rates*:  
3 Night Minimum
Single or Double Occupancy:
$200 - $225/night
7 or more nights $200/night
3 to 6 nights $225/night                                                                             Plus $25/night for each additional guest                                                     Cleaning fee $150                                                                               Maximum occupancy 4 guests.

Ask about accommodations for larger groups. A second bungalow on the property is listed separately as 'Zen Bamboo Bungalow - Gardens, Spa, Pond, Waterfall.'

*Standard rates do not apply to bookings that include the Merrie Monarch, Thanksgiving and holiday season between Dec 15th and Jan 15th.

Holiday Rates*:
Single or Double Occupancy:
$225 - $250/night
7 or more nights $225/night
3-6 nights $250/night
Plus $25/night for each additional guest
Cleaning fee $150
Maximum occupancy 4 guests.

Merrie Monarch Rates*:
5 Night Minimum
Single or Double Occupancy:
5 to 7 nights $300/night
Plus $25/night for each additional guest
Cleaning fee $150
Maximum occupancy 4 guests.

Rental fees are subject to Hawaii tax totaling 13.42%.
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.

Additional Rental Information:
A 50% rental deposit is due at the time of booking the reservation to hold dates and rate, with the balance payable 60 days prior to arrival, except 90 days prior for Merrie Monarch, Thanksgiving and holiday season between Dec 15th and Jan 15th. A refundable damage deposit is required. Payments may be made by check or credit card. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card and American Express.

Cancellation PolicyNotify us by email 60 or more days prior to your arrival date and deposit funds will be refunded, minus a 15% cancellation fee. After the 60 day cancellation period expires an 'in house' credit will be issued that you may apply towards the cost of one new reservaton, good for one year, again minus a 15% cancellation fee. Cancellations after the arrival date or early departure do not receive a credit. The cancellation period for Merrie Monarch, Thanksgiving and holiday season between Dec 15th and Jan 15th is 90 days.

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Top things to do in Hilo
  • Play in the ocean - surf, swim, kayak, snorkel, fishing
  • Relax at the beach, dip in the tidepools and watch the whales
  • Explore the volcano, see a lava flow or hike a nature trail
  • Tour the summit and view the night skies of Mauna Kea
  • Sightseeing - waterfalls, botanical gardens, tropical valleys
Top things to do on a budget
  • Relax at the beach and play in the ocean
  • Pack a picnic lunch and hike a nature trail at Bird Park
  • Visit Volcano winery and enjoy a free wine tasting
  • Gaze at the stars for free at the Mauna Kea Visitor's Center
  • Take a free stroll through the zoo and see the palm collection
Top things to do with a family
  • Enjoy water sports along Hilo Bay
  • See Waipio valley on horseback or ATV
  • Give the family a thrill and ride the zipline in Hamakua
  • Take a helicopter tour of the volcano
  • Visit Hilo's museums and astronomy center

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Most Luxurious and Amazing Rental Experience!

Review submitted: January 6, 2014   Date of arrival: December 30, 2013

About mid-way through our three-week vacation in the Hawaiian islands, our family (including our children aged 12 and 14) stayed at this wonderful find in the hillside outside of Hilo. We found the bungalow amidst a garden-lover's delight of tropical plants, pond and gorgeous walkways throughout the property.

The bungalow was pristine and immaculately ready for our base camp for four days on this side of the island. Every amenity has been well though out - down to 4 different types of hangers in each closet for hanging all types of garments! And love the luxurious robes too..

The kitchen was well-stocked with everything you need to feel at home while preparing meals. Abundant towels, sheets and bathroom products rounded out the offering. Not one single thing was missing - almost better than the write-up on-line.

Thanks Sherron and David for adding this lovely touch to our exploration of the Big Island. Would definitely stay again and highly recommend to others - you WILL NOT be disappointed.

Mahalo nui loa!

Owners response: Aloha Dawn, Claude, Adam and Dana, We would like to extend our appreciation to you for your wonderful review of our Craftsman Garden Bungalow in Hilo. We enjoyed meeting your family and look forward to your return stay on your next visit to the Big Island. May your family enjoy a happy and prosperous new year in 2014! Mahalo nui loa, Sherron

Helpful votes: 1 / 1


Can't Wait To Come Back!

Review submitted: November 22, 2013   Date of arrival: November 10, 2013

The Craftsman Bungalow is absolutely perfect in every way! Regrettably we stayed for only three nights and the weather was not very nice, but we were content to stay in our cozy, immaculate bungalow in front of the fireplace listening to the nice selection of Hawaiian music. Seriously, this is the nicest house we have rented and as mentioned before the gardens are spectacular.
The house is so well equipped and well maintained - the owners have thought of everything to make your stay comfortable and they are available if you need anything.
We hope to visit again and stay much longer next time!

Owners response: Aloha Margaret and Sam, It was a pleasure meeting you, Estill and Jill, and having you stay at our Craftsman Garden Bungalow in Hilo. We enjoyed our chats together during your stay and your enthusiasm and love for the gardens. We look forward to another visit from you. Thank you for being such gracious guests and for a lovely review that is much appreciated.
Mahalo nui loa, Sherron

Helpful votes: 1 / 1


Absolutely Perfect

Review submitted: June 20, 2013   Date of arrival: June 5, 2013

After much research and deliberation, we chose to stay at the Garden Bungalow the first three nights of our recent Big Island vacation. Even after reading the many wonderful reviews, we were still pleasantly surprised by just how lovely it was. The house is absolutely perfect in every way. It is located in a nice residential neighborhood just a couple minutes away from the heart of Hilo. The décor is stunning with beautiful art all around and very comfortable high quality furniture. Everything a guest could possibly need has been provided.

The pictures of the gardens do not begin to do them justice. The one-acre property rivals many commercial botanical gardens, and I was in awe of all the beautiful tropical flowers and plants. What an absolute pleasure it was to wander around this lovely property first thing in the morning and at the end of each of our busy days.

We travel a lot and have stayed in many vacation rentals over the years. Sherron and Dave’s gorgeous Garden Bungalow was the nicest so far, and it will be hard to beat.

Recommended for: age 55+, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Owners response: Aloha Kim, Thank you for a lovely review, and for expressing your appreciation for our Craftsman Garden Bungalow and gardens. We are so pleased that you took time to explore the gardens and experience the beauty during your stay. We hope to see you back again on your next visit to Hilo. Mahalo nui loa, Sherron.

Helpful votes: 2 / 2


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