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Cottage -
2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Volcano, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii

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CA78
California Bay Area
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“Magical, whimsical, secluded, cozy”
Reviewed 24 August 2013 for a stay in August 2013

I could go on with the adjectives. We arrived around 5 p.m. under gray, drizzly skies, and were embraced by warm surroundings, peaceful music, and flickering candles (electric, no open flames). Richard, the owner, was there to greet us and give us the tour of his lovingly restored property. The place was clean, warm, and well-furnished. Everywhere your eye rests, there is something interesting to look at: all kinds of antiques and vintage art, and natural artifacts. Fresh flowers in vases, and little treats appeared over our two night stay.
In the kitchen, we were welcomed with an overflowing platter of tropical fruit that traveled with us over the next few days, there was so much. There was a French press coffee maker with coffee, a waffle maker with mix, a stick of butter in the fridge for our use, and and plenty of cookware and spices and lovely dishes for our every cooking whim. There is also a gas grill out back
The living room is warmed by a gas-powered stove that quickly heats the whole house. There is no local TV, but there is Google TV both downstairs and in the bedroom to enjoy surfing the Internet, check e-mail and watch movies on Netflix and Amazon, etc. We enjoyed the Pandora feature whenever we were in the house, listening to classical music while the rain dripped outside. There is also free Wi-fi with good speed.
The king size bed was very comfortable with individual heat controls for each side, and overhead lighting for reading in bed. Richard had the warmers on for us each night, and it was heavenly to crawl into a cozy bed after a long day of exploring Volcano National Park, which is just minutes away.
The main bathroom is downstairs, off the kitchen, and Richard supplies plush terry robes for the commute from bedroom to bath. There is a shower tub, pedestal sink, and shelving for toiletries. A hair dryer, Q-tips, soap and towels are provided. For night time, there is a cute little water closet at the end of the hall outside the bedroom so you don't have to hike downstairs.
Richard stays in a separate studio on premise when there are guests present, so there are no worries if you have any questions about the property, or if a bulb goes out, or any little thing. He had all kinds of insider advice on where to go, where to eat, places known only to insiders, and even places you won't find in the "blue book". He was fount of information, and advice if you asked for it, but he disappears when you are ready to be on your own, so his presence is unobtrusive.
There is a keyless entry, which is genius, so we didn't have to keep track of a key during our stay.
Before we arrived, he mailed us a packet of information for our Island stay, that covered the whole island, not just the rainy side. On the last day of our stay, the sun came out, lit everything up like a jewel box, and Richard sent us off with more great recommendations. I felt we had made a new friend.
Richard was wonderful in all communications, responding promptly to every inquiry, remaining professional, kind and courteous at every turn, and always warm and friendly, too. He offers a generous discount to repeat customers, so be sure to add yourself to that list.
Once we moved on to the next rental property, I sorely missed the privacy and quiet of this location. No shared walls, or footsteps overhead, or loud conversations to overhear. What a relief from the corporate ambience of the chain hotels.
It can be difficult to find at night, so we measured a 0.4 mile distance from the corner market to the street down which you turn to get to the property.
I offer my highest recommendation.

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Liked best: Seclusion, privacy, personal attention and courteous service
Liked least: Can be difficult to locate at night, unless you plan ahead and mark your odometer.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Texas
Reviewed 16 July 2013 for a stay in June 2013

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A romantic getaway
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JT84532
Moab, Utah
1 review
“Unique and comfortable with a great host”
Reviewed 28 June 2013 for a stay in June 2013

The Volcano Cottage was a unique and wonderful place to stay. We loved the feeling of being in the rain forest and found the cottage delightful. It was comfortable and cozy and the décor was beautiful. The cottage is very private and fully equiped to be able to live comfortably. A large arrangement of fresh fruit and a supply of excellent coffee, among other goodies, was waiting for us. The gas fireplace in the living room really keeps the cottage warm in the evening and the heated mattress pad on the King size bed upstairs ensures that you won’t be cold at night. There are so many special touches that made the cottage special. Fresh orchids and other flowers were placed in every room. Interesting artwork covers the walls. The Google TV was fun for checking the internet, listening to music and watching movies etc.

Richard was great! He sent a package of information to our home in Utah before we left. He was very welcoming when we arrived and gave us suggestions for interesting places to visit and things to do. He was an exceptional host, very interesting and helpful, but never intrusive.

We spent lots of time in Volcanoes National Park and really appreciated being able to stay so close. There were a number of restaurants nearby if you don’t want to cook. The local groceries were limited, but Richard had given us information on grocery stores, fresh fish markets and restaurants in Hilo, so we did some shopping before we drove to Volcano.

We highly recommend this cottage and we hope to return again soon.

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Liked best: The unique decor and private setting.
Liked least: We had no complaints
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Friends getaway Older travelers
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Management Response
27 Jun 2013
Hello Janine & Tim, Two of my favorite guests who showed a Host such as myself, that in Hawaii "Aloha" flows in both directions!
As with others, I also thank you for imbuing some of your good memories into this old and loved Volcano cottage. Somehow I really believe a house appreciates and somehow retains a bit of the memory of the people who spend time in it.
You are genuinely very nice people and I feel very blessed to have had you visit. There will always be the "returning friends" complimentary night, waiting for you here and hope to see you both much sooner than later.
Aloha and with my best regards.....Richard
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Hawaii
Reviewed 7 June 2013 for a stay in April 2013

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Birch Bay
Reviewed 22 April 2013 for a stay in March 2013

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