This is a hard review to write because there are many wonderful things about this beautiful Hawaiian style cottage and the gorgeous area where it is located. The setting is very quiet, private and landscaped beautifully. The chickens and geckos all add to its country charm. Unfortunately, negative reviews of this property from this and other rental sites are all absolutely true. Broken blinds, lights not working, dirty and dusty fans, broken window cranks are all part of the problem. And yes, the upstairs is extremely hot with little air flow (and low ceilings). That might not be a problem at other times of the year, but during the summer it was quite uncomfortable. The shoreline view is really pretty but no lingering is allowed and that is apparent - the two chairs there are rusted and broken. Too bad because it is so beautiful! Another thing that was disappointing was the lack of beach equipment. The umbrella was broken and held together with tape and there were no beach chairs (or boogie boards). We bought a couple of inexpensive chairs for our stay and made do with the broken umbrella. However, it seems that those items are a necessity in Hawaii and as a courtesy to guests they could easily be provided without being a huge expense for the owner. We have stayed many times in Hawaii on different islands and this is the only rental we have ever had issues with, and also never stayed anywhere with air conditioning.
All that being said, it is really a sweet cottage built with craftsmanship, in a super pretty location and I would still rather stay here than most any hotel in Waikiki.
The cottage just needs a little respect and TLC.
We had a great time, didn't want to leave. Love staying on that side of the island to get away from the commercialized Hawaii. Loved the view and waking up in he morning to see an amazing sun rise with China mans hat in the background . Family friendly spot! Highly recommend
When I rented this place in Kaneohe, my family and I wanted to be close to the water. I enjoyed getting up each morning and watching the sun rise and feel the breezes. The pictures do not do the view justice. It is gorgeous and breathtaking.
Hawaii in July, it is quite warm and humid. When I say rustic, there is no air conditioning. There is a breeze, but not enough to cool the house and the fans circulate the warm air. That being said, I remember as a child, being at my grandmother's house in the Philippines and remembering the openness of her home, the high ceilings and the vegetation, the plants and the fruit trees, the chickens running around the yard. The house has modern conveniences: clean beds, towels, kitchen appliances, pots and pans with kitschy Hawaiian furniture and the occasional small lizard on the ceilings. Not to worry, they eat the mosquitoes and that worked for us. This Kaneohe Bayside Retreat reminded me of my childhood and my family enjoyed our time here.
Beautiful Country Side Home. I rented the home June 14-June 19 with the goal of avoiding yet another resort experience and this cottage for excellent for that purpose! It was our first time in Hawaii so adjusting to the weather, insects (particularly geckos) was challenging for this city girl like me, but after a few day's I grew to appreciate the experience. The home is beautiful and well equipped with everything you will need. Dian (the owner) was responsive to questions I had and provided prompt answers. One issue I had which had nothing to do with the house is my cell phone service (which was sketchy) so I missed several calls and text for the duration of my stay; which in the end served me well as I found myself more in tuned to the beauty of the cottage and beautiful scenery of the Hawaii County Side (25-30 minutes mesmerising drive to Waikiki). Lastly, as a social/environmental advocate, I appreciated the signs posted throughout the county side that read "No development! Please Let keep our land natural and beautiful!". Enjoyed the stay and will visit again.
Upstairs bedroom was stuffy, poor air flow. The house needs to have a/c. Gets hot during the day because the vegetation around the house blocks the ocean breeze from coming through. The bay we found to be a collection of ocean debris. The geckos in the house,while cute, made a terrible racket in the middle of each night we were there.
We loved staying in this beautiful cottage with two teenagers. To have the sun rise in front of the cottage over the ocean is a sight not easily forgotten. You can walk up to the shoreline to get magnificent views of the Pacific. Cottage is on two floors, spacious and reasonably well equipped. The cleanliness is acceptable and communication from owners very clear and timely. There are no doors to bedrooms, two queen beds are located on either side of the staircase with no direct line of sight. The WiFi works well, cell reception was not too bad. Neighborhood is good and safe, you have perfect privacy all around. This helped us get true Hawaiian experience, not the commercialized beach city experience of Waikiki. Only downside was the heat and no air conditioning but it is for short periods and there are many fans to help. July is hotter period in general for the island. North of island is home to some beautiful, secluded, white sand beaches and these are within reasonable distance from Kaneohe than the South. There are shops and supermarkets within 10-15 of driving distance, including food options. There are local eateries and a popular road truck within few mins of driving distance. A rental car is essential to get around the area and island. Overall, this property is recommended for smaller families or groups of four who prefer to be away from crowds and relax in truly Hawaiian style.
Beautiful, relaxing cottage.... more like a peaceful home. Feels like the real Hawaii, with chickens, roosters, & a couple of geese roaming the grounds. The roosters start their crowing just before sun up and it's a pleasant wake up call to the morning to view the beautiful sunrise over the ocean. The home is complete with everything but air conditioning, which isn't necessary due to the breeze off the ocean & numerous fans provided, and there is no dishwasher for those who don't do dishes by hand. We enjoyed the hammock and large deck, which provided a beautiful view of the nights starry skies.
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