SUBLIME FOREST COTTAGE JUST OUTSIDE HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK

Bill Harby

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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Bill Harby

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SUBLIME FOREST COTTAGE JUST OUTSIDE HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK

Volcano Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, studio + loft, 1 bath. Sleeps 1-4 on 2 beds (6 with 2 fold-away futons)

In the Hawaiian language, a kipuka is a kind of oasis. It can be an island of forest surrounded by lava fields, saved from volcano goddess Pele's embrace. Or a kipuka can be an opening within a forest, or even a dwelling, a home within the forest. This is our Kipuka -- a cottage, a vacation home for you here on Hawai'i Island (''the Big Island''). We look forward to sharing it with you, and we welcome your questions. And here's our new video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9icohy0gyqY

Kipuka Cottage is in a native Hawaiian rainforest just a 7-minute drive from amazing Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, where you can see the steaming glowing summit crater of Kilauea volcano. There are miles of hiking trails through lush forest and rocky volcanic landscapes. There are ancient historic sites, a volcano museum, art galleries, good restaurants, a wonderful community farmers market (don't miss the used-book store) -- and even a small bowling alley! A black-sand beach where turtles sunbathe is 30-minute drive in one direction. And 30 minutes in the other direction is the fun, funky, historic town of Hilo.

Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Events Allowed
Guestbook comments from the owner
We were recent visitors to your lovely cabin. It was an amazing stay in the rain forest. The ambiance was perfect for our first trip to the Volcano. The deck, the pocket door, the bathroom view, the loft bedroom was all wonderful. We even enjoyed a game of boggle. My boyfriend was very impressed with the construction of the cabin and is looking forward to building his own place soon. Your place gave us lots of ideas. What a treat is was to stay in Kipuka Cottage.
Apr 2014
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Bill Harby

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We are your hosts, husband and wife Bill Harby and Marie-France Robert. Bill is an American freelance travel writer, editor and photographer who has lived in Hawai‘i for 31 years. He is happy to answer your questions about Hawai‘i. Marie-France is Swiss-Canadian, and works as the senior health, safety, and environment specialist for a multi-national company. We met in 1975 in Neuchatel, Switzerland, Marie-France’s hometown. After two memorable days together, we lost track of each other for 32 years. Then, after several marvelous miracles, we married in 2009, and now call both Volcano and Montmollin, Switzerland home.

Bill designed and helped build this lovely (if he does say so himself) cottage because he fell in love with the Volcano area when he first visited it as a child. Years later, while living in Honolulu, he learned that this beautiful patch of secluded forest near Volcano village was available, so he bought it and began drawing plans for his dream home. Then he convinced his good friend Terence, a master carpenter to build it. Kipuka Cottage is the result. Bill lived there full-time for 7 years before getting married. He and his wife Marie-France now divide their time between Volcano and Switzerland. One day they will retire at Kipuka, but for now they are happy to share it with people who love custom architecture and interior design in a secluded dramatic natural setting.

Custom architecture and interior design. Secluded, but convenient to Volcano village. Quick access to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park.

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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Reviews

5
based on 10 traveler reviews

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Sublime Forest Cottage just outside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews
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Sublime Forest Cottage just outside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p923214
+41 78 876 10 51
Volcano Puna District
5

QUIRKY COTTAGE

  • 5 of 5
This place was great, we stayed for 2 nights at the beginning of our 3 week vacation. It's on the side of the island that gets a lot of rain, in an area that feels like a jungle. Two nights was perfect for us, as we went to the Kona side for the rest of our time there (sunny side of the island). It had all the comforts needed and we loved going to the volcano, lava tube and steam vents. The only thing I didn't like was that when you first arrive, the place smells old and wet, but you get used to it. I would still highly recommend it and we loved all the quirky items through out the house and yard.
  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Aloha, Robyn. Mahalo for taking the time to post this review. We're so glad you enjoyed your stay at Kipuka. Alas, humidity inside and out is a fact of life in a rainforest. We run our dehumidifier between each of our guests, but the forest will have its way!

A Hui Hou (Until Next Time)
Bill
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Sublime Forest Cottage just outside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p923214
+41 78 876 10 51
Volcano Puna District
Gurnee, IL
5

OUR FAVORITE PART OF OUR TRIP

  • 5 of 5
I am so late in writing this review, however I was looking back at pictures from our trip to Hawaii and fell in love with this cottage all over again. We spent 2 weeks in Hawaii - 4 days in Volcano, then took a cruise for 7 days, then the remaining few days on Oahu. When I told my husband about the Sublime Forest Cottage (in the middle of a rainforest, 1 bedroom, no TV) he was not very enthused about my decision. However after coming back from our trip, he informed me that our stay in Volcano was by far his favorite part of the trip and he wished we could stayed there longer.

This cottage is absolutely beautiful!!! I cannot say enough about the uniqueness of the design, the gorgeous surroundings and the peacefulness of the area. I took a bath every morning in the incredible tub...windows wide open, listening to the birds chirping. Absolutely paradise! In the evenings, we pulled out our laptop, found a cheesy movie on Netflix, cuddled up together with a glass of wine and had an extremely romantic time. Note: Volcano Winery is only a few miles away from Volcano National Park. We went for a wine tasting there then brought back a few bottles to enjoy during our stay.

As with other guests, we did get into Volcano earlier than the check-in time. The woman that cleans the home was there and was kind enough to let us dump off our bags and groceries and she suggested places to eat/ things to do for a couple hours while she finished cleaning (and she did a wonderful job cleaning - the place was spotless). Since we were there over the 4th of July, she also left us information regarding the following day's 4th of July parade and actiivities that took place in Volcano. We did go to the parade then the celebrations after. Soooo much fun!! We were so thankful for her letting us know about the July 4th activities. Btw, there is a little 'hole in the wall' Thai place in downtown Volcano that is phenominal! By far the best Thai food we've ever had.

As other reviewers mentioned, I do have to agree that the only thing I could possibly improve in this gorgeous home is the cushions. Also, the bed upstairs was a bit too firm for my husband so I ended up sleeping upstairs and my husband slept on the futon downstairs.

Overall, we loved, loved, loved this place!!! and can't wait to come back!
  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Laurie.

We're happy you fell in love with our bathtub -- and everything else! Hope to see you again!

~Bill
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Sublime Forest Cottage just outside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p923214
+41 78 876 10 51
Volcano Puna District
5

A DELIGHTFUL PRIVATE RETREAT IN THE RAINFOREST.

  • 5 of 5
This is a beautiful cottage, hidden in the rainforest. There are enormous windows all around and at first I thought there was no privacy when taking a shower or when going to bed. However, there is no need. The house is surrounded by jungle and far from any neighbors. It is the most private place you can think of. A car can be heard only once in every few hours. What an amazing place. This is at some elevation and the weather during the days was generally very pleasant and cool at night.

The mattress on the bed and the cushions in the chairs were a little less than ideal, but we got used to the bed. The porch is also beautiful. Believe the photo's; that's what it looks like.

Thank you for letting us stay here. We would love to have a home like this.
  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Aloha Michiel,

We're delighted you enjoyed Kipuka so much -- especially the seclusion. We agree with you that some of the chair cushions are past their prime, and will replace those soon. We hope you'll come visit us again soon.

A Hui Hou (Until Next Time)
Bill
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Sublime Forest Cottage just outside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p923214
+41 78 876 10 51
Volcano Puna District
New Jersey
5

SO NEAR...YET SO FAR

  • 5 of 5
Peaceful, quite, comfortable, serene. Stunning, awesome, beautiful. There are so many words that could be used to describe this one of a kind find in the middle of a rainforest. The cottage is clean very well maintained. there are a number of amenities including spices ,coffee ,tea ,shampoo, soap ,CD & mini CD player. The photos on this site accurately show the rental. I assure you WILL be more impressed in person. The property is in the rainforest secluded but yet only a few minutes drive to the town of Volcano as well as the National Park. IF you want to feel like you are really getting away from it all but yet still in proximity to what you came for, this is it. I can easily recommend this property to anyone. FYI, you may not want to leave. Enjoy it. Aloha.
  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Mahalo "Brett" for taking the time to write. We're delighted you enjoyed your stay at Kipuka Cottage. We look forward to your return one day.

A Hui Hou (Until Next Time)
Bill
business
Sublime Forest Cottage just outside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p923214
+41 78 876 10 51
Volcano Puna District
Georgetown, Suoth Carolina
5

LOVED THIS PLACE!!!

  • 5 of 5
We arrived early at the cottage knowing full well we would not be able to enter at that time (our flight was early)but we just wanted to have a look see. Arlene, was just arriving to ready the cottage for us and was quite accommodating and friendly.She allowed us to leave our bags and few groceries and gave us some ideas on places to visit for a few hours.
Arriving back at the cottage a few hours later it was spotless.We explored the house and the grounds for a few, all the time exclaiming how it was so much more than we expected!!! We settled on the porch with a nice glass of wine and began our vacation.
The Cottage is not far from the Volcanoes National Park. The Park is an amazing place to visit and we recommend you plan on a few days just to explore it. We came back after viewing the Lava glow that evening and lit a nice fire in the wood burning stove. Such Ambiance!!
The little Volcano Village has some GREAT restaurants with our favorite being the Kilauea Lodge. But you must remember to make reservations as they are quite small and popular.
The cottage is not far from Hilo which we found to be quaint and charming. We even rented kayaks from the local Hostel and went kayaking for a day in the Hilo Bay. We saw lots of sea turtles!
As the cottage is located in the rainforest we did experience quite a bit of rain but it was sporadic and mostly at night. We just lit the fire, filled up a glass of wine , turned on the music and enjoyed this little peace of paradise-(and yes...peace :-) for the evening.
One morning we were talking about how rock solid the house was as we had had gusty winds all through the night when suddenly the whole place shook. We experienced a 4.5 earthquake!!! How cool was that! Several nights were clear and the view while lying in the bedroom is awe inspiring. You feel like you can reach out and touch the stars.
My personal favorite was the bathroom.... It has a huge sliding glass window and a deep deep tub. I loved to fill it up, open the window, and relax with a glass of wine.
As you can see, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the cottage and it has given us many fond memories that we will cherish.
  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Aloha Mark and Mandy,

Glad you had a good time at Kipuka. And you even got to feel the planet shimmy and shake, you lucky guys. Mahalo nui for taking the time to write this sweet review.

A Hui Hou (Until Next Time)
Bill, Arlene and Paul
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Sublime Forest Cottage just outside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p923214
+41 78 876 10 51
Volcano Puna District
Arlington, Texas
5

AMAZING RAINFOREST VIEWS

  • 5 of 5
This is a fantastic rental with floor to ceiling windows in the middle of the rainforest. It was absolutely beautiful. Very well stocked. Only two to three miles from Volcano National Park. We stayed three nights and went to see the glow at the Jaggar museum each night we were there. It was a perfect place to stay for access to the park. We would not have seen as much of the park as we did if we had not stayed so close. The owners were great to deal with during the entire process. We had no problems on site. The pictures and descriptions on the web site are completely accurate and the cottage is even better in person. We stayed in September and enjoyed using the small stove for warmth. It rained a little each day, but the sun came out as well. The tub was wonderful and we had plenty of hot water to fill it. I would definitely recommend this rental to family and friends and will stay again myself if we go back to the Volcano area.
  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Aloha Cheryl and Mike.

We're delighted you enjoyed Kipuka so much. Nothing like a steaming hot bath with the rainforest just outside, right? We look forward to your next stay with us!

A Hui Hou (Until Next Time)
Bill
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Map

Nearest Airport
27 Miles
Hilo International Airport
Nearest Beach
18 Miles
Punalu'u black sand beach
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Lava Rock Café
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Volcano Golf and Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Lava Rock Café
Car: necessary

Kipuka Cottage is in a native Hawaiian rainforest just a 7-minute drive from amazing Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, where you can see the steaming glowing summit crater of Kilauea volcano. There are miles of hiking trails through lush forest and rocky volcanic landscapes. There are ancient historic sites, a volcano museum, art galleries, good restaurants, a wonderful community farmers market (don't miss the used-book store) -- and even a small bowling alley! A black-sand beach where turtles sunbathe is 30-minute drive in one direction. And 30 minutes in the other direction is the fun, funky, historic town of Hilo.

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Availability & Rates

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Volcano Cottage Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay
$155
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Additional information about rental rates

$165 per night single/double occupancy, 2-night minimum.
$155 per night for 3 nights or more.
$135 per night for 7 or more nights.
One-night stays occasionally available for additional $50.
Additional guests: $25 per person per night.
Rates subject to 13.42% taxes.
Full amount required to hold reservation.
Personal checks must be received within one week of confirmation.
VISA, Mastercard and Disc
Tax Rate 13.42%
Notes Do we charge for children? Our base rates are for up to two guests. We need to charge for additional guests, regardless of their ages. In fact, children often put more wear and tear on the cottage than adults. Also, they use towels, linens, water and electricity like every guest.
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Amenities

Volcano Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Village
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Mountain View
Theme:
  • Family
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Adventure
  • Romantic
General:
  • Heating
  • Parking
  • Living Room
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Area
  • Firewood
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Paper Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Broadband Access
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Telephone
  • Linens Provided
  • Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Cooking Utensils
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Pantry Items
  • Kitchen ...
  • Stove ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Full 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Our deep, extra-long tub with big windows opening onto the forest offers the perfect way to end a day of exploring. We recommend using our bubble bath -- and bringing a bottle of champagne.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 double , 2 sleep sofa /futon
  • Our loft is centered around one queen-size bed. Below in the main room, is a double-sized futon. We also have two fold-away foam futons that can be laid out on the living room floor or on the lanai in nice weather.
Entertainment:
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • Music Library
  • Books
Outside:
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Golf
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Wood Deck
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Porch / Veranda
Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Events Allowed
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • festivals
  • caves
  • forests
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • coin laundry
  • restaurants
  • churches
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • volcano
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • scenic drives
  • eco tourism
  • bird watching
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
  • photography
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • laundromat
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • roller blading
  • surfing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • basketball court
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • cycling
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:

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