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

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Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights


Volcano Village Cottage Rental Photos and Description

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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  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Leslie Hess
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
December 6, 2016
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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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MAILE TREEHOUSE ' Hands down, the best part of our Vacation'
average rating of 4.9857144 based on 241 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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San Diego, California

Tranquil treehouse

  • 5 of 5

What a truly magical stay! The treehouse was so special and inviting. Leslie and Michael took so much care with every detail, making sure we felt happy there. They have such a great book, movie and game selection for cozy evenings at home. And oh wow! The jacuzzi tub was so welcome after a day hiking at the Volcano. Really lovely.

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sioux City, IA

Homey Slice of Heaven in the Jungle -- On a Volcano!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent three nights at the "treehouse" and it was the nicest experience we had in our two weeks at Hawaii. The home is very comfortable, well-kept, and very nicely furnished. The bed was quite comfortable (slept 10 hours each night!) and the gas fireplace really warmed the place up when needed. Really appreciated the well-equiped and stocked kitchen: could probably cook Thanksgiving dinner there if we wanted (didn't want to!) and there were plenty of spices, oils, etc for small-scale cooking. The grounds around the house are interesting, the area quiet. We were really glad that we got there in the daylight - the short drive down Maile street was like being in the jungle. Overall, very cool place, and remarkably located adjacent to the incredible Volcano National Park. Thanks for everything, Leslie!

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location, Location, Location

  • 5 of 5

Extremely convenient to Volcanoes National Park. Quiet, relaxing, and such a better climate at 3500+ ft vs staying at sea level. Much of the attraction of the park for us involved activity in the a.m. and p.m. Lava is best viewed at night and this cozy option was an easy 10min drive which made our experience more enjoyable knowing we didn't have a long drive ahead of us. Being surrounded by trees seemed to offer a cooler place to relax during the heat of the day. Outdoor living space is fantastic and a perfect spot to wait out a tropical mist, or enjoy some coffee in the a.m. The kitchen is very well equipped. Owners are very responsive. Wish we would have stayed longer! Thank You

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I've used VRBO for many years and this was by far the best rental experience I've ever had! The moment you walk into the Maile Treehouse you are surrounded by lush rainforest and complete privacy. The home is adorable! My daughters and I loved all the little personal touches in the home, including the fresh flower arrangements and books, games and DVD's. The home was spotless and included everything you could possibly need if you wanted to prepare a meal, tons of blankets for chilly nights and even rain jackets! The fireplace was awesome, and provided all the warmth we needed in the evenings and early mornings. Leslie was very responsive and so easy to work with, and had books filled with ideas for places to visit and restaurants to try. If you are visiting the Big Island, don't miss out on the opportunity to stay here a few nights and explore the Volcano region!

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Private, comfortable, well-equipped, and minutes from the Volcano National Park

  • 5 of 5

The Maile Treehouse was a great find for our stay in Volcano. As part of a big milestone birthday celebration, my partner and I wanted to spend several days seeing and learning about the volcano at Hawaii Volcano National Park. The "treehouse" (actually a second level flat but truly with windows all around looking at the trees) was completely private and comfortable. There is a great whimsy to the home decor that is very charming without being too precious or fussy. And the place is warm, cozy, well-equipped, and totally relaxing - a welcome respite after long day of hiking around.

We used the fireplace to stay warm in the cool mountain evenings, as well as had a good soak in the terrific jacuzzi tub. I loved that the kitchen was really well equipped (with good knives, thank you!) and we prepared and ate all our meals at the house.

Leslie's recommendation guide was also very helpful and instrumental in our having a really special visit at the volcano as we used the Friends of HVNP guide she suggests.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Maile Treehouse to friends or family planning to visit Volcano - and I'll be back next time we're in the area!

  • Submitted: May 21, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

Rates & Availability

Volcano Village Cottage Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

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

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Volcano Village Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 980 sq. ft.
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
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • 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.

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