|Space||1,200 sq. ft.|
|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Hawaii Transient Accommodation Registration #TA 128-212-5284-01
GRANDMAS HOUSE (with a few twists)
Intimate, eclectic, at times eccentric, romantic and whimsical Upcountry Volcano Village Mountain Cottage.
I treat my guests as I myself would hope to be treated while out in the world traveling.
This is Your vacation and Your special time.
As your host at the cottage I want to make you feel comfortable , well kept and at home while for the most part remaining invisible unless requested.
Nightly Rate is based on Double Occupancy
The cottage is Not a "pack them in like sardines" rental to produce a maximum rental income.
It has two bedrooms, a large living room, 1 1/2 bathrooms, a wonderful and well equipped kitchen and a private forest deck.
There is room to roam and you won't be stepping over futons, pull out couches or tripping over your luggage or one another.
The entire private cottage space is yours.
The cottage has a maximum capacity for Four guests.
A bit of a step back in time, the cottage is adorned with a beautiful and interesting blend of Early American Folk & Impressionist Art, 19th c. photography, fine vintage floral and avian embroidery compositions and a wealth of other worldly curiosities from times past.
After exploring the Volcanoes National Park you can, at your will and leisure, come home ... plug into our tech saturated world to your hearts content OR be Bold and dare to opt out for a while and just enjoy the simpler pleasures of life that the lush mountain rain forest and its chattering, happy native bird inhabitants provide. Clear star studded evenings and night time Volcano viewing offer easily attained additional pleasures just minutes from the cottage.
There is a cozy gas fireplace, nice thick Terri Cloth robes to insure comfortable evenings on the mountain. What else could one possibly want for ? ... Candlelight ? .... we got candle light! ..... Popcorn, music or a movie? .... we got that too!
The cottage fireplace is Propane fueled and provides very quick and easy romantic warm fires in mere moments at the flick of a switch for your evenings enjoyments.
There is no need to futz about with lighting logs and kindling trying to attain this vital mountain pleasure.
Propane fuel is provided for guests in the cottage rental price. You won't find yourself needing to go to the store to buy Presto Logs.
The cottage is well stocked with many quality Ravensburger Jig Saw puzzles as well as many family oriented word and card games for fun evenings at home around the fireplace.
There is also a large and diverse island oriented library of many books on Big Island, Hiking, Birds, Fishes, Shells and Tropical Flowers.
The Kitchen area is extremely well appointed and it is entirely possible to produce home cooked or baked gourmet dishes if one is inclined.
The Kitchen is equipped with a wonderful KitchenAid Mixer.
There is a complete diverse assortment of Corning Amber Vision cookware as well as the more traditional cast iron and ceramic ware.
If you know how to cook or bake well, this kitchen will live up to your needs and abilities.
There are fine Old English Bone China antique dishes, tea cups and such to serve your creations upon.
There are also a wealth of specialty cook books in the cottage for inspiration.
The ever ready & willing waffle maker with fixings & French Press coffee maker make easing into your Volcano mornings simple and pleasurable. Fresh whole coffee beans, a variety of teas, lots of fresh island spring / deep well water are always provided for guests.
For those inclined to go to the nearby sea level coastal areas for snorkeling adventures the cottage is equipped with snorkel masks and fins, over sized towels and beach chairs for up to four people.
If we don't have something we will try our sincere best to provide it for you.
A creative, private and unusual mountain haven. The cottage offers 1200 square feet of quiet, room to roam open space with a high vaulted open living room clear story ceiling. The second floor master bedroom offers a cozy Cal King memory foam topped bed individually heated on both sides with exceptional linens ( Pinzon 190 gram Heavy Flannel Sheets which are truly heavenly )and an over abundance of diverse specialty pillow types to replicate those pillows you had to leave at home.
There is an additional smaller, well lit and rain forest view bedroom upstairs with a nice cozy memory foam topped and heated, flannel sheeted full size bed.
Both bedrooms have their own internet connected televisions with Netflix and Amazon Movies.
There is also a small water closet upstairs for evening needs.
This is a 1/2 Bathroom with toilet and sink.
The cottage is equipped with a Graco Pack 'n Play On the Go Travel Playard, Go Green with mattress, sheets and waterproof mattress pad, safety gates & electrical plug covers.
INSIDE the cottage is a NON SMOKING environment. (smoking is not a problem on the OUTSIDE deck area) There is a light daily house cleaning with a changing of bed linens and towels if desired. Propane gas for the fireplace is provided. High Speed WiFi & Ethernet internet access are provided.
Both bedrooms and the Living Room have internet enabled televisions offering guests Netflix, Music & Web Access.( 3 total)
A private open air deck outfitted with Zero Gravity lounge chairs is nestled under the canopy of the secluded rainforest of Hapu'u Tree Ferns, Magnolia, Camellia and a host of other native plants amidst the sounds of songbirds and at times our Native I'o hawks soaring overhead.
The cottage is vintage 1940's Hawaii and has been endowed with an eclectic, creative blend of materials in a Victorian / Deco manner. Located in the original historic section of Volcano Village, the cottage is about one mile from the entry to Volcanoes National Park. One could easily spend two full days exploring this very large park and still not see it all.
To be clear, the cottage is listed as having Two bathrooms.
There are in reality 1 1/2 bathrooms
A full bath and shower downstairs and a handy 1/2 bathroom water closet (toilet and small sink) upstairs with the bedrooms for evening needs.
Hawaii State GET and TAT Taxes are collected and added to the rental rate charge.
Beyond Hawaii Tax:
There are NO Additional charges for Booking , Fuel, Internet or Cleaning Fees added to an by myself.
However, please be aware that VRBO does add a service charge when using their "Book Now" Payment process.
VolcanoHouse Vacation Rental is Not affiliated in Any ways with either the Volcano House Hotel or the Hawaii Volcano House Hotel or Volcano House Iceland or the California Volcano House.
Why this property?
I enjoy hosting guests from all over the world.
I try to treat folks as I would like to be treated while traveling.
In Volcano this means in part providing 'comfort' and a home like environment for folks that rivals their own homes conveniences and furnishings.
Warm heated beds, gas fireplace, heavy robes, flannel sheets, fresh coffee beans, waffles in the morning and such.
Volcano can get chilly (no cold) at times and building in these creature comforts for guests is a common sense pleasure to provide.
The cottage is creative,even a bit eccentric and filled with an interesting blend of antiques and worldly curiosities.
It is a cozy and fun cottage to spend time in after exploring and it does know how to provide an environment of privacy, intimacy and creature comforts.
I pride myself on good, even great linens.
The beds are heated and covered with heavy weight flannel sheets when the season dictates and of course wonderful high grade Kassatex towels and robes.
One must above all else in Volcano, be cozy and warm and well fed.
The cottage does this with ease and a smile.
This cute little cottage gave me the same feeling I used to have when staying at my Aunt and Uncle's cottage on the lake growing up! Having never rented a place like this, I was pleasantly surprised and would highly recommend this cottage over an impersonal hotel. Richard made things very easy and was very attentive to our needs. The ambiance was warm and inviting when we arrived with a fire burning, cozy lighting and the best fruit tray and waffle mix waiting. After instructions on how to operate the TVs, locks and fireplace, I rarely saw Richard, but he somehow knew just what we would like and had it there for us. I was working in Hilo for the week and he even texted me to let me know of a bad accident that had closed the road, suggesting I might want to have dinner in Hilo.
The cottage is clean, well kept, has great beds, has a well-equipped kitchen, and the feeling sitting on the deck in the middle of a rain forest is very relaxing. Between the environment and the small treats Richard left for me, I felt very spoiled.
I highly recommend this cottage for adults, but would be a little hesitant to take young children unless they are angels who never pick things up. There are many collectibles throughout the cottage. It is obvious that Richard has put a lot of thought into every detail and really cares about the people he rents to, doing all he can to make them very comfortable. The only problem for me is that this isn't located in my back yard.
Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:
This cottage is amazing! All of the art. antiques, photos and the best equipped kitchen. Richard the host shows you around, gives complete instructions and then is gone, not to be seen or heard from unless you need help. Very close to the park and several less used beaches. Two nights does not cut it. Next time it will be for a week. Thanks Richard.
Visually stimulating accommodations in a birdsong-filled tropical rain forest makes for a serene experience.
We felt right at home, thanks to our pleasant host's attention to our comfort.
A return visit is a must!
We wish we could have stayed longer than the two nights at Richard's rental in Volcano. He had so many interesting antiques, photos, books, puzzles, etc. that we just didn't have the time to enjoy. He was an excellent host, welcoming us when we arrived, and checking in on us during our stay. His house was very well equipped and comfortable with many thoughtful extra touches, such as battery powered lights on the staircase to light our way more completely. The fireplace gave a warm glow on a chilly evening. The proximity to the national park allowed us to see Pele's handiwork glowing after dark. I heartily recommend staying at Richard's property, and our family hopes to return on our next trip to the island.
Just reviewing the other posts about Volcano House... I can only echo each of the glowing reports! I will always remember standing at my bedroom window looking out into the tropical rainforest. The cottage itself is a delight, with nostalgic and whimsical objects everywhere! From binoculars to umbrellas to toothbrushes, virtually every thing is provided. In advance of our arrival, Richard walked us thru the entire check-in experience, offering helpful tips about grocery shopping and road travel. He was on hand to greet us and saw to it that we were comfortably settled in. We do plan to return!
It's definitely one of the more unique rentals you'll encounter. Eclectically furnished, it's great for people who don't want a cookie cutter type of lodging. Our host Richard was attentive and came by every day to straighten up and make sure things were clean and stocked. A few issues though:
1) The biggest issue: there was a very strong smell of mildew throughout the house the entire time we stayed there despite keeping the dehumidifiers running full blast. I realize that Volcano is in a rain forest, but the house is not well set up to handle the humidity, especially with all the little throw rugs and hangings. They trap moisture and exacerbate the problem.
2) The upstairs water closet door has cut-outs that detract from the privacy of the occupant. It was disconcerting.
3) Internet access was good but there's no TV service. We tried to access news, weather and sports info from the smart TV in the living room but the user interface was very challenging.
I really wanted to like my stay at this property but that mildew smell was a big issue and I doubt I'll return.
Richard is a great host!
Richard provided very detailed instructions and helpful hints prior to our arrival.He met us upon arrival, helped us unload luggage, and gave a detailed tour of the house. There were also numerous labels on light switches, instructions to use appliances etc. There were books and literature on local attractions.
The beds were comfortable. Richard also has a supply of helpful items; umbrellas, etc for guest use. The house was equipped for us to cook as well as relax.The house is eclectic and charming, surrounded by lush greenery.
Old Town Volcano Village is the original historic section of Volcano,
It is located about 5 minutes from the entrance to Volcanoes National Park.
I personally feel the Village is an ideal base to explore the entire island from.
I especially like to come back to the cooler mountain air after visiting some of the Hotter sea level areas of Hilo or Kona.
Volcano is at the 4000 foot elevation of Mauna Loa which rises 13, 500 above sea level.
From the Volcano area one can spend wonderful time exploring the National Park and night time volcano viewing is just a short drive. If one wants to go to the sea level beaches in Hilo or the Punalu'u and South Point areas these too are very easy, convenient and short drives.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest|
A FIRST NIGHTS deposit (tax included) will secure your reservation for the 3:00 check in (c.o. 11:00 a.m.)
Balances paid by cash receive the Paypal transaction fee savings of 3%.
All other balance payments are via Paypal or Travelers Checks at check in.
Payments by Paypal do not require joining Paypal and require only a major credit card.
Hawaii Transient Accommodation Registration #30015654-01
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.