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Sublime Forest Cottage just outside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 92 m²
Property type cottage

Overview

About the property

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.

More Details

Owner
Bill Harby
Member since: 2010
Speaks english, french
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
100%
Calendar last updated:
13 December, 2017

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 Ohia Estates

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
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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.

Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Ohia Estates, Hawaii

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 92 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • soap
  • 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
  • Free Wifi
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 , bath with 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 large double bed , 1 double bed , 2 sofa bed/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
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • veranda
  • wooden decking
Suitability:
  • long term rentals available
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • caves
  • churches
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • roller blading
  • snorkeling/diving
  • caving
  • 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.

Reviews

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Sublime Forest Cottage just outside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
average rating of 4.8536587 based on 54 reviews
5

Lovely cottage in the jungle!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful quaint cottage in a lush rainforest setting. We were only there 2 nights but easily could stay for a week. The close proximity (10 min drive) to Volcano National Park was a huge bonus. We were able to drive in to see the crater late at night and at sunrise - seeing the park in different lights is beautiful and most people don't get to do it due to cross-Island travel. Volcano is a sleepy town, but we were early to rise due to all the hiking and biking we did in the park, so that didn't bother me. Farmers market in Volcano was a highlight. Very local and friendly. Also, Bill was very responsive and helpful with giving us tips and info during our stay.

  • Review Submitted: 24/04/2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Melissa, Thanks for taking the time to write. We're happy you enjoyed Kipuka. So glad you got to the farmer's market -- such a great way to meet the locals and enjoy good takeaway dishes. A Hui Hou (Until Next Time) Bill
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5

Fantastic

  • 5 of 5

Very unique home. Quiet jungle like surroundings. Comfortable home. Lots of windows that bring outside in.

  • Review Submitted: 27/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo, Don, for taking the time to write. We're glad you like our enormous windows. Hope to have you with us again one day. A Hui Hou (Until Next Time) Bill
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5

Awaking with birds singing sweet songs

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful cottage in the middle of big trees and ranking natur. You sleep in with stars watching throug the windwos in your bedroom and awake with birds singing sweet songs. What a relaxing stay!!!

The cottage is also the perfect place for trips to Hawaiì Volcanoes National Park, it`s only a few minutes by car. Thera are nice restaurants nearby in Volcano village and if you have some time left after the Volcano Park, please visit Volcano Garten Arts, a place with ambience, a nice arts galerie and a very romantic garden place, where you can enjoy your meal.

Thank you Bill for letting us stay in your wunderful Kipuka. I will recommend your place to my friends!!!!

  • Review Submitted: 13/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Christine, Thanks so much for taking the time to write. We're happy you enjoyed our little nest. We agree that Volcano Garden Arts is a great place to visit for art, souvenirs and a tasty vegetarian lunch. Hope to have you back at Kipuka Cottage one day! A Hui Hou (Until Next Time) Bill
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5

Enjoyed Our Stay at This Quaint Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We stayed one night at this lovely quaint cottage so that we could be close to Volcanoes National Park. It very comfortably sleeps 4. We loved the fact that it was surrounded by trees and ferns that could be viewed via the expanse of windows. The fireplace was a wonderful addition that we enjoyed during the evening and through night as the rain pounded on the roof. And we loved all the little quirky artifacts that were placed around the home and in the yard. Thanks for sharing your getaway home.

  • Review Submitted: 27/05/2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Marcy, Mahalo for taking the time to write. We're so happy you enjoyed our Kipuka Cottage in the rainforest, and that you loved our little wood stove. Hope to have you with us again one day! A Hui Hou (Until Next Time) Bill
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4

Retreat in the Rainforest

  • 4 of 5

Major disappointment was only having one night on a fairly tight schedule and not availing myself of the bath opening to the forest, that would have been magical. I was a little worried about the top railing of the stairs, it's a little loose but easily rectified I'm sure. I never worked out if I could turn the fairy lights off? I've read the other reviews about window coverings and I understand that a choice might be good if you have several people staying who have different light requirements but it's pretty special waking up to nature. I agree the mattresses could be updated a bit, particularly if staying longer but for one night hardly an issue for us. Didn't really need the woodfire but I love setting and lighting a fire when it's raining and cozying up and watching the flames. I think this would be the perfect retreat for a few days to turn off from the outside and not feel you have to go anywhere. Grab some supplies before you head up and disappear for awhile.

  • Review Submitted: 21/04/2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Peter, Thanks for taking the time to write. Yes, as you found, one night in Kipuka is not normally enough -- especially if you don't have time to enjoy our big bathtub! We hope you'll come back one day and stay longer. A Hui Hou (Until Next Time), Bill
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Awesome stay in an awesome place

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 4 stayed in this really unique cottage in the rainforest just outside of Volcano National Park. It is well appointed and had everything we needed to make our stay comfortable. The front porch is a plus and waking up to the sound of chirping birds and views of the rainforest through the enormous windows was lovely. Close to Hilo, VNP, and Pahoa + coast, made day trips exciting without being draining. Communication with the owner was timely and helpful. Recommend the farmer's market and the tacos for breakfast on Sunday! Keep in mind that you are in the rainforest so if you see a bug or two it is just par for the course! This did not detract from a most enjoyable stay! Thanks! ~Sue

  • Review Submitted: 19/04/2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Sue, Mahalo nui loa for taking the time to write. We're so happy you enjoyed our Kipuka Cottage and your time in Volcano. Hope to have your family at our little nest in the rainforest again one day! A Hui Hou (Until Next Time) Bill
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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in Ohia Estates, Hawaii

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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1 night minimum stay
AU$218
AU$1,343
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$33 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.
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