About This Listing
Love to be surrounded by nature - just a few miles from an active volcano? Our cozy, peaceful, rain forest guest cottage offers privacy, comfort and a one of a kind stay. Lush and relaxing and perfectly located in paradise.
This charming and private bedroom/bathroom studio cottage sits 60 feet from the main house on our 3 acres of beautiful rain forest.
The studio cottage includes a very comfortable queen bed, fan, UV filtered rain water, and hot showers. If your vacation plans include cooking your own meals, kitchen privileges at the "big" house are available at no extra cost. If you enjoy doing laundry on your vacation - we have state of the art washer and dryer available (and bio-degradable laundry detergent). Our temperatures are cool at night and pleasant during the day. The rain forest includes fresh clean air, lots of lush tropical foliage, beautiful anthuriums, hapu`u ferns, birds, crickets, and coqui frog - we enjoy their singing - and they are not too numerous. Star filled nights are also a bonus.
Must love dogs goes without saying when staying at our house. They are our fur kids and family. Our pack has grown to include 6 dogs and 2 cats. They roam our property freely as do our guests. We have two very friendly mixed black labs, Miles and Ranger. We found them wandering near our home in fall of 2011 when they were 8 weeks old. We also have two cats, Xyla (2yrs) and Bruce (4yrs)- Xyla we found on the rain forest trail and Bruce, our last cottage tenants brought from Honolulu. In February of 2014 we added a new member to our pack, Lavender. A 2 yr old whippet/pit mix. She's a sweetheart. We adopted her from Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary. In June 2014 - we added Hank, a 1yr lab/shepherd mix. Brian would see him occasionally when he took the country road to work. After seeing the abandoned dog on and off for about 6 weeks - Brian was finally able to make that special connection. Hank got close enough to be pet, and has wanted to be pet ever since! In July, 2014 we added one more dog. Pua was adopted from Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary (she and Lavender used to share a kennel at RFAS). Pua is a terrier mix. She is 5 years old - she spent her young years malnourished so she has part skin and part fur. In February of 2015, we adopted Cole Boy from Rainbow Friends. He is a sweet boy and we are happy to have him as part of our pack.
Lazy Acres Golf, Grog, & Sliders Club (as we affectionately refer to our oasis) has no neighbors on the right side of us for 3 lots and none on the left side of us for 3 lots. Very private. Very quiet and peaceful. We are located 10 miles from Volcanoes National Park, historic Volcano Village, Volcano Arts Gallery, and Thai Thai restaurant. We are 23 miles from Hilo, about a 75 minute drive to Mauna Kea's summit and a 2 hour drive to the beautiful Kohala Coast. We believe the best type of vacation to the big island involves staying on both sides to avoid lots of driving. We spend a lot of time hiking at the Volcanoes Park. We know this area very well and have maps, pictures, stories, etc to help you get the most out of your stay.
Nearby public transit is 3 miles down our country road. We do not use public transit on the Big Island but several people do.
Our home is a joy in progress. Our water supply is from our 12,000 gallon catchment tank. We use propane fuel to heat our water and for our oven. Our current projects include clearing a driveway on our recently purchased 3 acre lot, deconstructing and reconstructing a yurt on this new property, finishing construction of our new carport, remodeling our bathroom, new counter top in our kitchen, constant maintenance, and yard work.
We are geo-cachers and adventurers. We thrive in the rain forest where we do things pono, embracing nature and the aloha spirit.
Guests have access to the decks on the main house, A`a Casbah, kitchen, our lovely and always heated spa, and are free to roam the property.
Interaction with Guests
We are as available to our guests as they want us to be. We respect one another's privacy and also enjoy each other's company.
Our neighborhood is quiet and peaceful. We enjoy the remoteness the Fern Forest offers and the eclectic group of people living here. We are 13 miles from the nearest restaurant. Our guests have been raving about Thai Thai restaurant in Volcano. We love it, too. We also enjoy a glass of wine at Volcano House in the park. We go when it's dark and enjoy a glass of Meomi while admiring Halema`uma`u's glow. We recently had breakfast at Kilauea Lodge and found it delicious and delightful. We also dined there for Brian's birthday - their prices make it special occasion for dinner for our budget, but they never disappoint. Restaurants close early around here and hours fluctuate. Be sure to be thinking about getting dinner between 6 and 8pm. The military camp at VNP also has dining options. Cafeteria and Bowling aisle style. The Lava Rock cafe located in Volcano Village is also an option if you're looking for a place to eat. Just remember, don't put off eating for too long, otherwise your best option will be a frozen pizza that we will bake for you :).
Public transportation is 3 miles from our house. Not particularly convenient. This is not the place to stay if you are relying on public transportation.
Other Things to Note
As part of our "pay it forward" practices, we donate $5.00 of every night's stay to Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary. This is a beautiful "no kill" animal shelter in Kurtistown, HI. (about 7 miles from us). We adopted Lavender and Pua our two females from these fabulous folks. We donated $665.00 in 2014. Yay!
Spring is here! The nights are cool and the stars bright. This is the time of year when rainfall picks up a bit. Be sure and pack your rain gear when heading our way.
There is no smoking allowed on the property. While you are free to arrive late, we are generally not available to receive/entertain after 8pm due to our early "farm" routine - early to bed, early to rise.
Use of deck on main house is allowed from 7am until 8:00pm - or later if we're still awake. :) And if we're up this late, it's probably because we're talking story with you on the deck. Our one touch coffee maker is on the deck - so make yourself at home.
We had an amazing stay at Lily and Brians place. The house is very close to volcanoes national park and is easy to locate. Lily and Brian are excellent hosts and made us feel completely at home. We relished on awesome coffeecake prepared by Lily. They provided us with suggestions on hiking trails and places to visit and eat. :)
I do not really know how to begin this review except to say that it felt like FAMILY. No, wait. Let me correct that. BETTER than family!! The accommodations at the Chateau Kilauea were perfect, with a very comfortable bed and lovely bedspread, pillowcases and extra pillows (thanks for thinking of my bad back, as I had to use them to 'prop' myself up to a reclining position in bed.) The bathroom was decked out with great natural and organic amenities. The shower was lusciously hot, the toilet flushed well. I never thought catchment water would be so...NORMAL! lol
Sitting on the porch in the morning was one of the highlights of each day, with luscious organic coffee on demand with chocolate filled croissants, chocolate chocolate chip muffins and coffee cake every morning! Just sitting there, listening to the wind chimes, birds and feeling the refreshing rain made you feel ALIVE. This is the way to live. There is no other life I could want. The animals were sweet, especially Ranger, the big mush lol. We were EXTREMELY sad to go. We stayed at 2 other B+Bs from AirBNB on this trip and did not have this, how should I say, SPIRITUAL experience of being really ALIVE and completely atuned to our environment and the earth, wind, rain and forest. The only thing I regret is not getting a chance to enjoy the hot tub! Next time, though...and next time you will be the ONLY B+B we stay with!! I want to give Chateau Kilauea at Lazy Acres 6 stars, but I don't want the secret to get out! lol Was that a good enough review? M-A-H-A-L-O and we will be there sooner rather than later. The plan is in the works. Love you both...so much aloha on your property...Anne Marie and Gaetano
Unfortunately, we couldn't spend so much time with Lily & Brian, but they are So nice and gave us all information we need when we get their house. Chateau is very cozy and clean. They even leave water server in a room. In spite of they are both very busy, we've got served homemade breakfast every day. Dogs are all well-trained and cute, but you definitely have to be a dog friendly person as there are many of them. If you want to spend a couple of days in Volcanoes national park, it is a perfect place to stay.
Brian et Lily ont été des hôtes très sympas. Ils nous ont fait faire le tour du propriétaire et nous nous sommes senties de suite à l'aise. Notre "cottage" (j'aime bien ce mot pour décrire l'endroit) était calme, très confortable, douillet et nous n'avons manqué de rien. En plus, les produits de toilettes étaient bio. On a adoré. Ils ont six charmants et remuants chiens qui ont mis de l'ambiance à notre séjour. Le petit déjeuner du matin était super. On a aussi aimé la machine expresso pour le café !
About the Host, Lily & Brian
We enjoy gardening, adventures, and people. We love our rescue pets, each other and our simplified lifestyle. The motto for Lily's life is, "love has never failed me". At lazy acres - we embrace relaxation. We give 3 big parties a year - our fall Chili Party, Our New Year's Day Brunch Party, and our St. Paddy's Day Party. Brian loves home projects, his big scooter, and sharing his adventurous spirit with others. Lily loves cooking, writing, reading,and hiking. Together we celebrate our life after kids - and are thankful we found each other. We are laid back and easy going. We look forward to meeting each new guest and hope to make their stay as pleasant as possible.
Fine dining. Breakfast is reasonable. Dinner is special occasion budget - delicious!
Local beef burgers. Yum.
Great Thai food for dinner. Remember to go early, as everything pretty much closes at 9pm.
Great place to stop and enjoy some local artwork. Also a good vegetarian/vegan cafe (lunch only) .
Bar, Cafeteria style food, bowling alley, general store - all open to the public. Good eats and cheap.
Must see! Nothing like it in the world.