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Sublime Forest Cottage just outside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
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
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
February 22, 2018

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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Amenities

Ohia Estates Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
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:
  • 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
  • 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 , 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:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • 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.

Reviews

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Sublime Forest Cottage just outside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
average rating of 4.8444443 based on 58 reviews
5

Serenity, beauty, location and comfort in one amazing cottage! Thanks Bill for being a terrific host

  • 5 of 5

I am so glad I found the cottage!! I arrived in the dark and was glad I had located it on google maps satellite before I left home since the cottage is not visible from the road, the driveway doesn't look like much, and the road is very dark. The location was perfect! The cottage was exceptionally clean with beautiful large covered lanai. Everything I needed to start a fire in the stove was ready to go, and there was tons of space and privacy. I stayed for two nights and could have stayed longer in the cottage but was happy to be moving on from the rain and overcast skies that come with the January weather and elevation. The first night was a bit chilly, the wood stove, portable heaters, and hot soak in the gorgeous tub did the trick. There was lots of hot water for the tub and I love the quirky touches throughout the cottage. It is a bit tight getting up to the loft with the spiral staircase but the owners have made it as safe as possible with lighting and a good handrail. The loft bed was very comfortable and the bedding was perfect for the climate. I was thankful to have the use of an umbrella and I found a jacket in the closet. Waking in the morning to the sound of rain and surrounded on all sounds by an amazing view of the jungle was spectacular! I even loved looking at the interesting structure of the ceiling! It was hard to get out of the cottage in the mornings because I just wanted to curl up with a coffee, a blanket, and a book and enjoy the seclusion. I also loved the assortment of minidiscs of music and many many books. I did not use the kitchen except to store food in the fridge, but it appeared to be well appointed. I would only improve on the bathroom lighting since dim light is excellent for a tub soak but it is not a good all-purpose lighting. I really loved this cottage and am inspired to build something very similar for retirement.

I booked this cabin as part of a long-planned romantic vacation for myself and my man, but he had to return home unexpectedly. The the airline mixed up our luggage and sent him home with my bag, so I found myself alone and without by belongings. It was easy for me here to make the best of a bad situation and take advantage of the seclusion and serenity for inward reflection. Communication with Bill was easy and he had great advice for me for organizing our first trip to the Island of Hawaii. I would definitely book this cottage again if I am every back in Volcano and hopefully one day I will be.

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Sharon, Mahalo nui loa (thank you very much) for taking the time to write this detailed description of our Kipuka Cottage. We're happy you enjoyed it so much -- but so sorry you didn't get to share it with your man because he was called away. Obviously, you'll BOTH have to come back! A Hui Hou (Until Next Time) Bill
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5

Cute and quirky

  • 5 of 5

Lovely little cottage, literally tucked away out of sight in a rainforest just outside Volcano. Wake up to a lush setting outside the many windows. Lots of fun little touches here and there. Well-equipped.

The cottage doesn’t have heat. Two space heaters and a wood stove warm up the cottage pretty quickly if you are willing to wake up to a bit of chill. No problem for us.

Would return. And just might.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Great escape

  • 5 of 5

Loved the serene home. Waking up to sunlight and birds was great. It was difficult to find lighting, however.

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha John, We're happy you loved our quiet light-filled nest in the rainforest. Sorry you had trouble finding some light switches. You probably mean the ones under the bar in the kitchen. We should probably add a mention about that in our welcome letter. Thanks for the tip! A Hui Hou (Until Next Time), Bill and the Kipuka Cottage 'ohana
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4

Quiet forest retreat

  • 4 of 5

This rustic cabin in the rain forest is like waking up in a treehouse. It it decorated in a fun and quirky way and had everything we needed for our 3 night stay. The best thing is the location which is minutes from the volcano and also a great location for exploring the southeast and west sides of the island.

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Lynn, Mahalo for taking the time to write this nice review. We're so glad you enjoyed our little nest, and we hope to have you with us again one day. 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.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: 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!!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Stayed: 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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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.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

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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