check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr

Bill Harby

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french

Sublime Forest Cottage just outside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

23 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage

Pay with confidence

When you book through the HomeAway checkout, your booking is backed by our Book with Confidence Guarantee™ offering comprehensive payment protection.

Learn more

Overview

Ohia Estates 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.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:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
Bill Harby (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french

About Bill Harby

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.

Why Bill Harby chose Volcano

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.

What makes this cottage unique

Custom architecture and interior design. Secluded, but Volcano village and Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park are just minutes up the road.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Bonjour

on part dans quelques instants, on voulait vous remercier de nous avoir donner la possibilité de decouvrir ce petit paradis. On a vraiment apprecier cet endroit unique. Maintenant on a une bonne idee de la maison de nos reves.

merci beaucoup

a tres bientot
Dec 2013
  • 1 of 13

Reviews

4.9
based on 23 traveler reviews

Sublime Forest Cottage just outside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
average rating of 4.9130435 based on 36 reviews
4

Lovely hideaway cottage 5 minutes from the National Park.

  • 4 of 5

My wife and i enjoyed our 3-night stay in Volcano; the house was modern, clean, and comfortable. We enjoyed the quiet and solitude, and easy access to the village of Volcano, which has a grocery store and a few good restaurants and cafes, and to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. The kitchen was great, the bed was comfortable, and the bathroom and shower were fine. The owner left explicit directions and instructions, which were very clear and helpful. We will recommend this spot to friends and family.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha and mahalo for taking the time to share your experience at Kipuka Cottage. We're happy you found our little nest to your liking. A Hui Hou (Until Next Time) Bill
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Redmond, Washington
5

Beautiful Retreat in the Forest!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Kipuka Cottage for 2 nights at the beginning of our honeymoon while we explored Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Hilo. It was an absolute dream to stay here -- the cottage and surrounding area is phenomenally beautiful, and it is conveniently located less than 10 minutes from the park. We were able to hike the Kilauea Iki trail, come back to the cabin, shower, change and then head to a black sand beach all within a day! It was a wonderful stay and I would highly recommend it to my friends. Only drawback is that the internet was very slow, but we did not have much of a need to use the internet while we were there anyway, so it was not a huge problem.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha, We're delighted you found Kipuka Cottage so to your liking. Sorry about the wi-fi that was slower than what you're use to. We've just gotten a new router, so we're hoping it's speedier now. Hope to have you come stay at Kipuka again one day! A Hui Hou (Until Next Time) Bill
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
4

Cozy cottage in the perfect location!

  • 4 of 5

The cottage was exactly as described with all amenities thoughtfully provided. The bathtub had a great view with soft, hot water and plenty of water pressure despite being on catchment. Listening to the birds in the morning and the forest critters at night was soothing. The floor-to-vaulted-ceiling windows provided fantastic views, and the architecture was beautiful and relaxing. The location is great--very close to Volcanoes National Park and just a 40 min drive to Hilo. Although there was a minor oversight with arrival time, the caretakers were very generous in making up for it and were very hospitable. The cottage was clean and well-maintained with plenty of towels for baths & showers and blankets/heaters for chilly evenings. The wifi seemed to more easily handle browsing and got overloaded when we tried to stream (despite reset attempts), but honestly it didn't bother us much as we spent more of our time there sleeping or preparing to head out for a day of adventures in Volcano. I would recommend this place to others and stay here again if in Volcano.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Shannon, We're happy you enjoyed Kipuka Cottage so much, and we welcome you if and when you wish to return. So sorry about the check-in glitch, and thanks for your understanding and flexibility. A Hui Hou (Until Next Time) Bill Harby
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
5

Outstanding house!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful house in a rainforest. Pretty comfortable and unique - lots of light and air. The terrace is a perfect place for breakfasts! The house has everything you may need - from towels to drinking water, which you do not have to buy. Perfect place to spend time for a couple of a small group of friends.

  • Submitted: May 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Anon, We're happy you're happy! Glad you enjoyed your stay at Kipuka Cottage. Mahalo nui loa (thanks very much) for taking the time to share your experience. Hope to have you with us again one day! A Hui Hou (Until Next Time) Bill
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
5

Beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

Well stocked and gorgeous. My only concern was the heating. We have a baby and we just couldn't keep the place warm enough for him. He had to sleep with us in our bed. Not a huge deal.

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Jennifer, and mahalo for your kind words. Yes, it's been chilly up in Volcano! If you stay with us again we recommend using the wood stove, which is pretty easy to get going. A Hui Hou (Until next time) Bill Harby
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
5

Unique and wonderful experience

  • 5 of 5

We loved this place, it had everything you need and more. The setting is just beautiful, right in the forest so you can birdwatch from your bed!

The Thai restaurant in the village does great food including take out so you can enjoy it back in the cottage.

Great book and music collections too.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha, Anon, We're happy you fell a little in love with Kipuka Cottage and our books and CDs -- and that you discovered the Thai restaurant in the village. Hope to see you again one day. Meanwhile, happy trails! Bill & Marie-France
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0

Map

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

Photos

Rates & Availability

Ohia Estates Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
$165
$1,015
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 13.42%

Ask about one-night stays.
Do we charge for children? Yes. Children often put more wear and tear on the cottage than adults. Also, they use towels, linens, water and electricity like every guest.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Enter dates to see total
Send a Message
Available arrival
Available stay (no arrival)
Unavailable

Amenities

Ohia Estates Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
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:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo
Outside:
  • Golf
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • caves
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • roller blading
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
Notes:
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is only minutes away by car. Here you'll find an erupting volcano, miles of hiking trails ranging from easy 10-minute loops through native forest to back-country treks, an excellent visitors center and amazing art gallery.

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

Partner Offers

You might like these similar properties