Secluded Cottage in Volcano Hawaii

Cabin - Entire home/apt · Nahelenani Street, Volcano, HI 96771, United States
Candice & Richard

This beautiful mountain cottage at 3300 feet altitude is just 5 miles away from the entrance to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. It's a perfect place to relax and enjoy the beauty of Hawaii. Lots of large picture windows. Quiet, secluded, simple and serene. Wake up to the songs of Hawaiian native birds. Retire at night watching the night sky from one of the five picture windows in the bedroom.

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This beautiful mountain cottage at 3300 feet altitude is just 5 miles away from the entrance to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. It's a perfect place to relax and enjoy the beauty of Hawaii. Lots of large picture windows. Quiet, secluded, simple and serene. Wake up to the songs of Hawaiian native birds. Retire at night watching the night sky from one of the five picture windows in the bedroom.

The Space

The cottage is built 6 feet above ground on the front side (with 14 stairs up to the front door) and at ground level on the back side. It is all wood and glass with open beam construction. It’s tucked into mostly native forest of Hawaiian Ohia and Hapuu (Hawaii Tree Fern) that is glorious in the mountain sun. This little cottage has ten large picture windows to give it a beautiful, expansive, tree-top view of the surrounding trees and vibrant plant life. It has one bedroom with a queen size bed, a sitting room with an expansive outdoor view and a small bathroom with a tub/shower. There is an open veranda part way around the cottage as well as a back deck to relax and enjoy the late afternoon sun. The entire cottage is about 850 sq. ft. Very comfortable and spacious for two people

Guest Access

There is a TV and blue ray/DVD player in the sitting room for you to enjoy movies in the evening after a day of exploring. There is also wireless & cable internet in the sitting room, and a gas fire stove in the sitting room for those cold mountain evenings. The kitchen is fully equipped with a propane stove top, toaster oven, microwave oven, small size fridge and all basic kitchen utensils & supplies.

The Neighborhood

There are lots of nature walking trails and hiking trails in and around Hawaii Volcanoes National Park with one to the summit of Mauna Loa Volcano at almost 14000 feet - a rigorous 3 day backpacking trip. When the volcano is active, you can hike to see lava flowing inland or into the ocean. When visiting you should be prepared for hot and cold and dry and wet.

If you are planning to visit other areas of the Big Island, we have another vacation rental at the North East side of the Big Island. It is a perfect spot to explore hidden gems on the Hamakua Coast of this island. Check out the listing at

We will be happy to answer any questions before and after your arrival. Feel free to contact us by phone or by email.

This is our own retreat cottage. We love it. We hope you'll enjoy it and care for it as we do. It is a place for quiet contemplation and meditative retreat with a feeling of serenity both inside and outside.

Whether you decide to visit with us or not,
we send you our Aloha,

Richard and Candice

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $840 /week
Monthly Price: $3200 /month
Security Deposit: $150
Cleaning Fee: $30
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Flexible
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • Words and photos cannot adequately describe how amazing this place is. When you are in this cottage, you feel as if you are completely surrounded by forest, but it's actually just a few minutes' drive from highway 11 so transportation is easy. Even though it's in a subdivision with plenty of other homes, you can leave all the blinds open to soak in all the greenery and yet still have complete privacy. The cottage is perfectly maintained (I loved the feel of the perfectly clean and fluffy carpet on my feet), and as you walk around the cottage to see what's available, you realize that the owners truly thought of everything. It's so peaceful in here, I could spend a couple of days just sitting in the cottage.

    But of course the real reason why you're here is Volcanoes National Park, which is just a few minutes away. No matter if it's in this cottage or at another place, do yourself a favor and stay in the area at least a couple of days (we stayed 4 nights), I don't understand how people can drive from Kona and spend only half a day here, there is so much to see on the east side of the island and it seems a shame to have to rush through it. If there are only two of you traveling, I can't imagine a better place to stay than here while exploring the east side of the island.

    July 2014
  • Best airbnb rental we got on our honeymoon to Hawaii! Beautiful location right next to volcano national park in the middle of a rainforest, gorgeous home.

    June 2014
  • Richard and Candice were fantastic hosts, and the house was absolutely wonderful, a perfect romantic hideaway for 2 people. The cottage is about a mile from the Volcanoes Park, making day outings extremely easy. The Hapu'u and O'hia in the yard are beautiful, and we enjoyed sitting in the living room at night with the outside lights illuminating the forest. Birdlife was active. One slight downside is that nearby eateries were few, and many were closed, so we had to eat at the Volcanoes House in the park, which was just OK and a bit spendy. And for some reason we kept missing the local Thai food truck, which was unfortunate. But, overall it was an A+ experience and we highly recommend it to any independent travelers visiting Volcanoes National Park. Also, take the road to the Mauna Loa outlook.

    June 2014
  • We spent 4 very enjoyable nights here. The cottage and beautiful gardens more than lived up to expectations and the location so close to the Volcanoes National Park is ideal. It was a real treat to stay in such a tranquil environment after 5 weeks on the road and the cottage was very comfortable and contained all the essentials and more. The owners honey and the Kona coffee were absolutely delicious. In short this place is a gem.

    June 2014
  • I LOVED my stay in this wonderful cottage! Everything was perfect, from the location to the delicious honey pot not to mention the garden which is illuminated at night. I also appreciated the hosts kindness and recommendations!

    I wish I could have stay longer. I highly recommend this place to anyone wishing to visit the Big Island. It's a must!!!

    May 2014
  • We had a very nice time at Richard and Candice's house in Volcano. It was very well set up, and the setting in the tree fern and ohia forest was beautiful (and secluded). The cottage was just a few minutes from the Hawaii Volcano National Park, where we enjoyed several great hikes.

    March 2014
  • We totally loved staying in this beautiful cottage. It’s a rain forest paradise! And so close to the national park. Candice and Richard were warm, welcoming and informative. They are lovely, interesting people. They’ve thought of everything to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. The cottage is tidy, spotless and well-appointed and the views from the large windows are sublime. It feels isolated and private even though it’s in a neighborhood. Everything about it is absolutely beautiful and perfect. We can’t say enough good things about it and we look forward to staying there again. Many thanks to Candice and Richard for sharing this Volcano gem!

    March 2014
  • Thank you! My parents couldn't stop talking about your amazing home and the hospitality that was given :) They are very thankful that you walked them through the house, answered all their questions, and you made sure they were okay. Thanks for everything, my parents had a memorable time in volcano and staying in your cozy home. Just got back to the mainland and I can't wait to see all my dad's pictures ! Thanks again, I am lucky to have found your place :)

    March 2014
  • Our stay in the Volcano cottage was wonderful! The house was the perfect size and in a great location for exploring the Volcanoes
    National Park, as well as some beaches and mountains. The rainforest setting of the house was magnificent and all of the windows made it feel like we were in a tree house. The owners are very nice and friendly. The cottage was in pristine condition, thoughtfully created and very comfortable. We only wished we had a few more days of vacation! The sitting areas outside and inside are very relaxing, and the kitchen was a perfect size for making some breakfast, lunches, and light dinners. The Volcano cottage was more beautiful than we expected!

    March 2014
  • This cottage in the rainforest is heaven on earth. Richard and Candice are the most perfect generous hosts you could ever find. We had an absolutely superb stay here, the garden is gorgeous and the cottage very comfortable and spotlessly clean. It is like your own private rainforest resort. Close to the active volcano and only half an hour to Hilo. There are a couple of general stores and restaurants within 5 minutes drive. Thank you very much for all of the extra touches; coffee, tea, honey, chocolates, torches, the list goes on and on, but most of all for your kindness with chatting to us about activities on the island and where to go for dinner. It was great meeting you both and if you ever visit Melbourne Australia please look us up.

    March 2014
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Candice and Richard are the hosts of two vacation rentals, Volcano Mountain Haven in Volcano and Pondside Suite in Ahualoa near Honokaa, Candice born in Hong Kong and a Canadian citizen has been a CPA and a business manager. Richard born in New Jersey has been a lawyer, mediator and creator of an award winning gourmet honey. Candice loves hiking and dancing and is passionate about health and diet. Richard loves writing, hiking and wood working and is passionate about helping to make this world a better place. In our recent past we were the creators and owners of a small artisan apiary in Hawaii and produced award winning gourmet organic honey, Rare Hawaiian Organic White Honey. For many years, we brought sweetness into the lives of people through this delicious and healthful gourmet honey that we produced. We have recently passed the honey business to new owners. Now our goal is to bring sweetness, serenity and beauty to people who visit the Big Island of Hawaii through sharing our two beautiful cottages, in Volcano and Ahualoa. We want to offer an elevating, serene, bucolic experience to people who visit the Big Island of Hawaii by sharing our two beautiful cottages, in Volcano and Ahualoa. We love Volcano. Volcano was our retreat place whenever we needed a break from the hectic life of running our honey business. We love the mountain air and the tranquility in Volcano. Hiking up Mauna Loa is one of our favorite hikes in Hawaii. After we sold the business, we put our energy in finding a cottage in Volcano so that we could have our own retreat place. Now we are sharing our retreat cottage with our special visitors We love our cottage very much. The original owner did a fabulous job in creating this beautiful cottage and keeping it in pristine condition. We did some minor improvements to make it even more comfortable and beautiful. We feel very fortunate to have been able to find such a gem. We treasure it and enjoy it. We hope you do too. Pondside Suite is located on our formerly active, 5 acre honey bee farm and is also where we live. After the business was sold, we converted the education / tour building to a guest suite. Ahualoa is an artisan farming community. It is off the beaten path but has lots of hidden gems to be explored. We live a holistic life style as much as possible. We meditate together and dance together. We grow our own vegetables, eat mostly natural and organic food, use natural non-toxic cleaning products, recycle what we can while practicing kindness towards ourselves and every living thing on earth. We love nature and try to be with nature as much as we can. We would love to meet you, have you experience the beauty of our cottages and perhaps, by way of introduction, take a moment to share our common passions or philosophies, in brief meaningful conversation. Much Aloha, Candice & Richard
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