About This Listing
This lovely second story room overlooks giant ferns and faces lots of green and the only sounds you will hear are the birds outside. You will enjoy a full kitchen, huge shower (fun for couples) that also has a view to the forest and cloud-like bed.
UPGRADE OFFER! For stays of more than one night and no more than 3 people, we will gladly upgrade you for the whole house (see listing for Ginger Hale, numb(phone number hidden) its listed price and waive the cleaning fee. Just mention this offer when you go book it and we will send you a special offer (or refund you if you Instant Book). Subject to availability due to those pesky laws of physics.
Located only 2.5 miles from the entrance of the Hawaii Volcanos National Park, in the village of Volcano (not in Mountain View, and not in the community across the road from Volcano - this is the real thing). One mile each way from the Cooper Center and Volcano Art Center.
Escape to a secluded rainforest paradise, where the only noises are raindrops on the many skylights and birds in the morning. Located in the cozy little village of Volcano, you are only about a mile away from the entrance to the Hawaii Volcanos National Park, making this the your perfect home base to explore the park and spend evenings by the fire. We are only 45 minutes from Hilo and the Hamakua coast, and about an hour away from South Point and the wonders of its wild beaches (including the famous Green Sands Beach).
You will have a private room with a queen size bed in a fully equipped home with kitchen, wireless broadband, free laundry facilities, a warm fire stove, a beautiful and sunny covered lanai (outside porch), verdant gardens, board games and a shower room to die for. The only place in the house without a view to beautiful greenery is probably underneath your bed. After a visit to Madam Pele, you will come home to a cozy spot where the stars are so bright it looks like you could touch them. The pictures do not come close to doing this beautiful place justice
Come enjoy the cool mountain climate of Volcano, visit its arts center, drive down Chain of Craters Road, wander outside amongst the giant tree ferns or just retreat for a couple of quiet days to relax and recharge your batteries.
Guests have access to all house facilities and all linens and towels are provided. There is ample off street parking (uncovered) and we also have a laundry room with washer, dryer and detergent (though you are welcome to bring your own too). Bedrooms have individual keys for privacy, all else is shared, but the house consistently attracts pleasant, considerate people who are great to meet and are conscientious about the shared spaces.
Fully stocked kitchen- toaster, blender, slow cooker, salad spinner, all cooking utensils, etc.
Books, movies, & games in common areas for down time.
Extra towels, sheets and blankets in laundry room.
Interaction with Guests
Melissa, the caretaker, is not always present at the property but is just a phone call, text or email away. When she does reside at the house, she tries to provide a friendly balance of hospitality and privacy.
Volcano is a quiet, green community that is the home of artists, professors, and retirees. What really defines it and sets it apart is the fact that the majority of residents try to preserve the forest around their houses and keep it pristine. It is secluded, but once you get on the highway you are right at the Volcanoes national park – be boundary to the park is Volcano itself. We are high up on the mountain (4,000 ft. / 1,000 m), so the climate is cool, with chilly nights made for fireplace times and we get almost daily rain showers together with clear blue skies. We do recommend shopping for groceries in Kona or Hilo if you are staying for longer periods, as you will have greater selection and better prices.
Public transportation is not really adequate and stops far from the house. We recommend a rental car. The last stretch of road is not paved, but it is passable even for a compact car.
Please no smoking or parties. We love a good, lively home, but try to keep our voices down after 10 pm.
Hmm... how do I begin. This was the most beautiful of homes Ive stayed at yet but the most remote and strange. The "onsite manager" is really not available, I tried to reach her multiple times. I never saw or heard from anyone the whole time. Then checkout was awkward. There was miscommunication and I felt unpleasant. Beautiful home like I said. Also, you will need a car.
I understand Samantha had trouble reaching Brandy, the resident manager. We do have a back-up number (mine) and when she called I answered promptly and was able to connect to Brandy. The reason why the check out was “awkward” was because we had mutually agreed that it would happen at noon, but she wanted to change it the night before to 2 PM because her ride would not be able to pick her up until then. Ordinarily, we are able to accommodate that but we had new guests arriving and needed to come in at least to clean. Yes, a car is needed, as it is in the entire island since buses are infrequent. We do our best to try to accommodate our guests, but we do need flexibility on both sides (in this case, maybe taking the bus, which makes scheduled stops nearby, or not objecting to cleaning when the check out is delayed).
Staying in the Canopy Room and enjoying use of the whole house, in Volcano, Hawai'i, was perfectly wonderful! Our off-island host, Alex, and our on-island host, Brandy, were exceptionally responsive and helpful in every respect. The house is gorgeous and a pleasure to live in. We had everything we needed, plus, the wi-fi is fast and reliable. Another couple stayed in the house for a couple of days while we were there and we enjoyed their company each evening. The goal of our visit to The Big Island was to explore different hiking areas in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. Alex's house in Volcano is perfectly located to allow quick and easy access to the park. With the bonus, that it gives you the opportunity to experience a true rainforest, with flowers and birds and lots of rain! (pack a good rain coat). The Village of Volcano is very close, with a post office and a half-dozen places to eat. We couldn't have found a nicer place to stay in Hawai'i and are VERY grateful to Alex for availing his lovely home for our use. Mahalo!
About the place: It is a wonderful house with modern wood work. I packed some food from the city, so it was easy with resourceful kitchen. The surroundings are wet and lush green. I could spot a "wild" birds that looked like Turkey to me.
Reaching: Google Maps took me right to the spot (around 8pm darkness). However, a passing neighbor helped me point at the house. It would be nice to have a retro-reflector sign board so that you can easily see name or number. I had 4x4 Jeep that was easy, but the road is a bit rough for small cars.
Brandy was always in touch and responded instantly!!
The photos and description were very accurate. House is totally surrounded by forest and private. Kitchen was well stocked and there was bread butter jam coffee and tea provided for guests as well as fresh flowers. No host resides on premises but communication with local contact worked well.
Beautiful house. Room was simple and a bit cold but we had everything we needed. Great location. We enjoyed our one night stay at volcano.
Had a pleasant stay in the Canopy room. We were welcomed by Brandy (house keeper) and she showed us where everything was and made us feel very welcome.
The real log fire made the cottage feel very cosy.
Other guests arrived late at night and departed early in the morning, I think they must have thought they were the only people staying!
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About the Host, Alex
I am Brazilian, originally from Recife, and have lived all over the world in the past few years. I used to live in Atlanta, then London, Rio and now in Hong Kong. I am an AirBnB host in Hawaii, where my houses are managed by my good friend Melissa, the hospitality queen. I have stayed in several AirBnB listings in my trips around the world, and traditional hotels are virtually dead for me.