just the experience we expected and hoped for
We found "Cottage in the Forest" via internet research. We did not want the crowded condo scene of the South Shore, but rather something secluded, romantic and secure. This property seemed like a great location, secluded yet easy access to North/South shores and airport (about 45 minutes to airport). The cottage sits on a large, green and lush property with a main house and the owner's studio nearby enough to ask questions if any, but still very private. The property has lots of wonderful wildlife, too - there are some amazing peacocks that perched and strutted right outside our window and we got some great pictures - as if it were a private show for us! Friendly family dogs, too! The view of the mountains, waterfall, and sunrise/sunset is nothing less than you'd expect from Hawaii. The cottage feels very spacious and is tastefully decorated. There was plenty of room to place your groceries (although we usually ended up eating out if we were out and about for the day) - no stove/oven but there were hot plates and a microwave if needed. Susan (the owner) also stocked beach chairs, picnic gear, etc., toiletries, and linens. The property is about 10 minutes down a residential road with other very nice properties. Not a lot of eating/refreshment establishments in the the *immediate* area, but not too far (about 10-15 minutes to Kilauea or Princeville). We got the nice feeling after a day out that we were "coming home and settling in for the night". The bathroom (tub with hand shower) and outdoor shower were very nice. The one issue I had was not specific to the property, but rather due to the lush, forest-like location and the wet season when we were on the North Shore - mosquitos! If you are not sensitive to mosquito bites or can casually swat them away without frustration, you will be fine... I just happen to be really sensitive and couldn't be outside too much, leave doors open, etc., which was a shame - and I took a bath in bug repellent practically every night! Again, not an issue with the property, but rather the North Shore in the wet winter.
We had a great time and would not hesitate to recommend this property. If you have wondered about renting a private cottage such as this vs. a larger condo complex, try this! We are so glad we did, and it made for a much more intimate experience of the beauty of Kauai.
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