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MAILE TREEHOUSE ' Hands down, the best part of our Vacation'

Bedrooms 1
Space 980 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • non smoking only
  • Fireplace


About the property

Full Studio Upstairs/ Separate entrance-bd-bath-lanai downstairs / 1-4 Occupancy

CLIPPED COMMENTS--- If I was to design a dream vacation home, I would copy the Maile Tree House down to the smallest detail // Unforgettable stay // WOW! Absolutely spectacular // Couldn't have picked a more Magical place to stay.. decor remarkably creative, the bedding & furniture very cozy, and the garden was beautiful with hidden surprises through-out. // Words can't express it // The pictures will never do it justice // After your place the other one we rented on the beach in Oahu couldn't compete!.. truly don't know how you can rent it to strangers // The house is just perfect, down to every last detail // Warm wood tones, cushy furniture, modern ammenities.. with whimsical touches..a place to truly relax // My husband asked what the best part of our trip was, I said the tree house, he said, 'That's exactly what I was going to say!'..quite a statement for him.. I miss it already // I continue to think/ daydream about the house // Fantastic experience, exceeded all our.....

There is an option of another 2 person Suite downstairs that does not have ALL the amenities of the Treehouse, but is a charming, bright and lovely alternative. Please view our personal web site for details. Aloha, and enjoy your holiday, wherever you go!!

MORE CLIPPED GUEST COMMENTS: We found the attention to detail in every nook and cranny of the house warm, inviting and cozy. // The most personable accommodation we have ever enjoyed // Most memorable one yet (15th anniv.) // Slice of Heaven // Our new favorite place // First time I've stayed at a Bed and Breakfast and my back hasn't hurt in the morning // I still sigh every time I think about our wonderful time there // Amazing bed // Architects spend careers trying to create what we call “sense of place”.. you have created a powerful sense of place // If this were my house, I would never be able to rent it out-wondering if you have a background in hospitality..maybe the Four Seasons..everything is so thought out // An inspiring place // Wonderful Gardens!.. Mysterious places to discover // Very romantic // Amazing job // Warm and beautiful // A wonderful vision // Unique house with distinct touches. Clever design // What creativity // Scenery gorgeous- the layout perfect // Magical, beautiful, peaceful & perfec

HOUSE DESCRIPTION: The upstairs Studio, Maile Treehouse--was custom built to bring the Rainforest in with it's abundance of large windows. There is a view from every room and in all directions, wood construction throughout and custom everything! The built in fireplace is two sided with a rotating flat screen above so that you can view both TV and fireplace from the living room, bedroom, and the lava rock surrounded jacuzzi tub. The tub is set in a bay window just steps away from the cozy Select Comfort Bed, with cozier still-- heated mattress pads. These are among the many touches we have added to make your stay as luxurious and delightful as possible. Tall ceilings, rich Brazilian cherry floors, built in bookcases and cabinetry, skylights..., built with our hearts as well as our hands--for the purpose of passing on a feeling and experience of Volcano that will be as warm and memorable for you, as it is to us.

Me ke Aloha Pumehana,

Leslie and Michael Hess

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Leslie Hess
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 26, 2017

About Leslie Hess

ALOHA! We hope you'll enjoy our home.

Leslie Hess purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Leslie Hess chose Volcano

Having lived here over 30 years, Volcano remains our favorite getaway.. so finally in 2003 after searching to buy a getaway that we could also use as a vacation rental.. it became clear we needed to build what we wanted. We spent 4 years of weekends driving up from Waimea, to hand clear and hand build our labor of love. We finished July of 2007! Everyone who has stayed has felt the care and enthusiasm that we have put into our version of the perfect getway.

Guestbook comments from the owner

08/ 26

Fabulous place, stunningly beautiful, loved it all. What a perfect way to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary!

Your home is perfect.  The attention to detail is wonderful.  Sure got a kick out of the different 'finds' during our stay. This home was part of making our second Honeymoon remarkable.

Golden, Colorado


This was truly one of the nicest experiences in our life. Being able to 'truly get away' along side all the lovely touches you have thought about made this a truly amazing and fantastic stay. We will be back next year!

Paula and Ruchi

San Francisco, Ca
Aug 2013
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Volcano Village Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 980 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Custom Sink-Shower-Jacuzzi in Bedroom--Seperate from WC
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Both Showers have big windows opening out to the Trees, Upstairs Tub sits in a Bay Window. Bedroom has Artist made vessel Sink / wall mount Hairdryer and magnifying Mirror / Two person jacuzzi tub with pass through to Shower. Separate WC accessible from main living area and/or bedroom.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Select Comfort Bed with Heating
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , Can be EITHER King or two Twins--Seperate Entrance bd/ba
  • Upstairs is Maile Treehouse - A Full Luxury Studio with a Queen Bed SELECT COMFORT BED------------------------- Downstairs is an optional 2nd bedroom -- the Garden Suite, separate entrance bedroom, see our webpage. This second bedroom is not suitable for children as it is actually separate.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • Whirlpool
  • jetted tub ...
  • caves
  • coin laundry
  • live theater
  • museums
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • snorkeling
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
Smart TV, Espresso Machine, robes, washer/dryer/detergent, campfire pit, guitar, flashlight, warm jackets, umbrella, garden shoes, beautiful chess/cribbage and other games, coffee-hot chocolate-tea-popcorn, Eruption DVD, Hawaiian music and other, Hawaiian history-stories-interest Books and other, Guest book with hiking and extensive area and current happenings.

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


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(215 traveler reviews)

MAILE TREEHOUSE ' Hands down, the best part of our Vacation'
average rating of 4.9860463 based on 246 reviews
Sydney Australia

Highlight of our Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a trip to the Hawaiian Islands and by far the highlight of our vacation was our time spent at Maile Tree House. Since returning, we have raved about this beautiful, warm and cosy home to anyone who will listen.

We were thrilled to discover something new about the house each day and loved uncovering all the little 'surprises'. The vases of fresh flowers in every room were an especially nice touch.

Although the pictures on the website are lovely, they cannot possibly capture the uniqueness of this perfect piece of paradise. It has to be seen to be believed!

Thank you so much Leslie and Michael for not only your warm hospitality but for the wonderful lasting memories from our time at Maile Tree House.

-P & A, Sydney, Australia

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2008
  • Stayed: Sep 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming, cozy, one of a kind place

  • 5 of 5

We loved it! It was so close to Volcano national park, literally just a few minutes away. It had all of the comforts of home with all the warmth of a cozy blanket.

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming, cozy, romantic and peaceful. Who could ask for more?

  • 5 of 5

The Maile Treehouse was our favorite place to stay while visiting three different islands on our trip to Hawaii.

The Treehouse, located in the quaint Volcano Village community is so elegant and tastefully decorated, yet cozy and charming and I learned some tips to use for my own home while there. You really feel as if you are living in the treetops of the rainforest with lush greenery all around and the birds singing to you every day. I loved sitting out on the lanai a and enjoying nature's music. There is a pretty garden area out back to enjoy as well. So peaceful! We chuckled and marvelled at all the little whimsical surprises all around, I found myself looking out for them.

We received a special aloha welcome from our hosts which immediately made us feel at home, as well as a special celebratory gift for our anniversary. Mahalo! Everything we needed was provided, the kitchen and bath area very well equipped, and a washer and dryer to use.

The location was excellent for visiting Volcano National Park, just a few minutes drive from there. We went there at night to view the orange glow from the Kilauea Cauldron as well as going during the day on the Chain of Craters road (go all the way to the end to see the arch, the view is amazing), the lava tube and the Volcano House (they have a really nice gift shop and a restaurant that overlooks the lava, just make reservations weeks ahead of time). It was also convenient and easy to get to Hilo where we went to meet up with Arnott's Lodge to go on a summit and stars tour on Mauna Kea (highly recommend!). It is a bit further drive to the Kaihlua-Kona area but still easy to navigate.

There are multiple restaurants and cafes in the area, the guestbook has a map and listings with good tips. Make reservations for the fine restaurants, they fill up quickly.

We highly recommend the Maile Treehouse for couples (very romantic), families (they have an additional guest area on the bottom floor), and singles, too, especially if you want a peaceful haven to enjoy in the "treetops" of the rainforest (by the way, it doesn't rain all the time there like you may think). Our only regret, that we couldn't stay longer. This will be our go to place if we are blessed enough to get to go back. Mahalo to our hosts for giving us a home away from home that will stay in our memories, forever.

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy, cheerful, well-appointed and good location

  • 5 of 5

Highly recommend this lovely VRBO. It's obvious the hosts put lots of thought into ensuring a comfortable stay. They provide lots of extras such as flashlights, rain gear, jackets, bath salts and coffee. The lanai and garden seating areas are charming and were mosquito free. The bed is comfortable and the shower feels almost like you're showering outdoors in the forest when you open the windows. The house guide book contains lots of recommendations for restaurants, hikes, private guides etc. Even the light switches are helpfully labeled.

We had a delicious dinner at the Ohelo Cafe and a wonderful lunch at Ono Cafe in their peaceful garden.

We spent four days in the park and were impressed with the passionate rangers and volunteers, great hikes, the awe inspiring Chain of Craters road and, best of all, a boat ride to watch lava pour into the ocean. Once in a lifetime opportunity. Don't miss it.

And the Treehouse is conveniently located to all of these wonderful experiences. We had good weather but it's also a great place to read by the fire on a cool, rainy day.

Thanks for a wonderful stay Leslie and Michael.

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and cozy place!

  • 5 of 5

The Maile Treehouse was a perfect place to spend a few days exploring the Volcano area. The house is close to the Volcano Village shops and restaurants, but far enough away to feel very secluded and private. The National Park entrance is just a couple of miles away. The house is super cozy and truly does feel like a (luxurious) 'treehouse' as it's on the second floor and is surrounded by trees on all sides. The kitchen is convenient and well stocked with everything we needed. We definitely recommend staying here and hope to be back one day!

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect way to spend our 25th Anniversary!

  • 5 of 5

WOW! Everything about the Treehouse is a WOW!! Will hit the highlights. We went and spent 4 nights to celebrate our 25th anniversary and was really nice to see a bottle of Champagne waiting for us. The house was beautifully decorated for Christmas. The layout is perfect. A lot of house in a limited area. What is really cool is that you are in the trees and it is lush and green. Since it is fully surrounded by windows, you might as well plan on waking up with the sun or use the eye masks that is provided. Leslie has really thought how she can make your stay a pleasant one. It has the little extras that made the difference. Beach towels, sun tan lotion, (it rained a lot of our stay so did not need)umbrellas, coats, games, books, movies, etc. What is also great is the location to the Volcano National park. We would keep our ipad on with the webcams and when the volcano was active , we would jump in the car and be there in 5 minutes. We also liked the shower and big jacuzzi tub. The shower is like being in an outdoor shower but indoors and the tub was awesome. All very cool. Great place to stay!

  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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Rates & Availability

Volcano Village Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $83
Refundable damage deposit $250
booking fee (refunded for personal or echeck pymnt $25
Tax Rate 13.42%

$185nt for 1-2 Adults
plus $80 cleaning fee and taxes

$225nt for 2-4 Adults w/ additional downstairs Garden Suite (king or twins bedroom/bathroom/lanai )
plus $120 cleaning fee and taxes

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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MAP MARKER INCORRECTLY INDICATES ACTUAL HOUSE LOCATION ... SO IS NOT SHOWN Nestled in the Ohia trees of Volcano Village one mile outside of Volcano National Park, recently announced #1 visitor attraction in Hawaii offering hiking trails, visitor center, museums, talks, cultural and informational events. 6 restaurants in the Village from Fine to Down Home local style-occasionally with music. Local theater performances including musicals and professional concerts as well. Artist Galleries and events. Renown Sunday Farmers Market. Local Golf and Winery. Beaches 30 min. each direction. The oceanfront town of Hilo is 30 minutes with all a town has to offer.

Other Activities: Volcano National Park and Park Activities, Museums, Hiking, Artist Galleries and Events, Sunday Farmers Market, Oceanfront city of Hilo 35 min away


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