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Volcano Country Cottages

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P.O. Box 545, Volcano, Island of Hawaii, HI 96785
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Hawi, Hawaii
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is an older but very well maintained property. Super clean. Nice towels, comfy beds. Friendly owners. Great location in town, close to the national park. And unlike many places in this part of the island, it didn't have that musty/moldy smell. We would come back.

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Thank YangandYin
Sandy_Garret, Owner at Volcano Country Cottages, responded to this review

Aloha! Glad you found us to be clean and comfy. The house you stayed in dates into the early 1940's, the Ohelo Berry Cottage is 1915, our home is 1901. The two houses in the back of the property date to the 2006, 7 age. We run, and ask our guests to run the dehumidifiers to help keep the houses... More 

Toronto, Canada
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104 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are so many reasons that this special place is a top rated accommodation by TripAdvisor members, that I will only cover a couple. Proximity to the Volcano National Park is certainly one of them but far more important are the owners Sandy & Garret Gooding. Their mission in life seems to be making their guests the most welcome visitors... More 

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Sandy_Garret, Owner at Volcano Country Cottages, responded to this review

Aloha and mahalo nui (thanks much) for your wonderfully kind words. It always makes us happy to know we have fulfilled our "mission" to make our guests feel welcome and that the advice we gave they find spot on. . . Looks like we were successful! We enjoy sharing the park with our guests and the island in general (sorry... More 

Toronto, Canada
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I didn't actually stay here but I sure wish I had! We happened to meet Garret & Sandy at a local restaurant and they struck up a conversation. They are so knowledgeable about the area and generous with sharing it. Even though we weren't staying with them, Garret proceeded to map out recommendations for our stay in Volcano and the... More 

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Sandy_Garret, Owner at Volcano Country Cottages, responded to this review

Aloha! So glad we were able to help with your vacation. . . we do love to share the island and hope to help all those who stay here enjoy it to its fullest, whether they stay with us not. . . this is an amazing island! We trust you made it home safely and enjoy the stay on the... More 

Las Cruces, New Mexico
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263 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Volcano cottages are a great jumping off point to explore this side of the island. the cottages are cozy and quaint. They are clean and not damp at all. The owners are so hospitable and will help you plan all of the details of your trip. we really enjoyed snorkeling at the tide pools. the homemade breads are a nice... More 

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Thank TravelingFool88005
Sandy_Garret, Owner at Volcano Country Cottages, responded to this review

Aloha and mahalo for taking the time to write a review. We do our best to make your stay an enjoyable one giving tips on things to see and do (based on your wishes.) There's plenty to do and it helps to have someone with local knowledge sort it out. Take care and mahalo for your kind words, enjoy this... More 

Greater Newcastle, Australia
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9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

We stayed at the country cottages for two nights in December. Garret is the best host! On arrival he mapped out a schedule that would best use our time and ensure maximum benefit from the gorgeous surroundings. The room was incredibly quiet and everything you need - breakfast loaves were absolutely something to look forward to.

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Thank Alexandra L
Sandy_Garret, Owner at Volcano Country Cottages, responded to this review

Aloha! Mahalo for writing such a kind review, we are always happy to get feedback from our guests. Having visited the island for about 20 years before moving here Garret is set to share the ins and outs of the island. As you mentioned, helping to make the most of your stay, always trying to tailor it to your wishes.... More 

Honolulu, Hawaii
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128 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

Our 5th visit in 9 years. It starts with the hosts, one of a kind. Sandy, a real doll, you want her around with her warm, captivating smile all the time. And Garret knows everything. If you enjoy talking history, you’ll be enthralled. The place is ideally located in the middle of Volcano Village. Can walk to two well-stocked and... More 

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Sandy_Garret, Owner at Volcano Country Cottages, responded to this review

Aloha, and as always, good to have had you back! Garret enjoys sharing his knowledge of the island and other things as well. . . he's looking forward to your next visit and the next chapter! We are happy to continue to provide a comfortable and well situated set of cottages for anyone wishing to visit this area. Not many... More 

Freising, Germany
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015 via mobile

We stayed in the Artist House for three nights and it was a great experience. Driving off the Old Volcano Road you are entering a real jungle on your way to the office and the Artist house. There is a parking lot right beneath the first floor and a few steps lead you to the entrance. You have a very... More 

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Sandy_Garret, Owner at Volcano Country Cottages, responded to this review

Aloha and many mahalo for your wonderful review. We are always pleased to hear when our guests have enjoyed their visit. Garret enjoys keeping the yard in shape so others have a view to enjoy. Having breakfast in the house makes it easier to plan your time as you wish, not waiting around (or getting up too early) to have... More 

Westlake, Ohio, United States
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I enjoyed our stay a lot- it is quiet and peaceful. The cottage is very specious and lacks nothing. The grounds are spectacular. Very highly recommend. The host knows a lot of information about hiking trails, volcano, and snorkeling in Big Island.

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Thank Julia F
Sandy_Garret, Owner at Volcano Country Cottages, responded to this review

Aloha and mahalo for such a kind review! We are pleased you enjoyed your stay and Garret's advice on hiking and snorkeling. . . Mahalo for the recommendation as well, we always appreciate it when our guests are willing to send others our way. Mahalo and a hui hou! More 

San Antonio
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31 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

Stayed here for two nights, the entry drive looks like a drive into a tropical garden. Tall ferns, flowers, moss everywhere. Sandy brings breakfast to your door. Quiet, peaceful, & serene. Garrett recommended the best places to eat. The couple is such a pleasure to visit with. When visiting Volcano National Park, this is the place to stay.

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Thank Sherry H
Sandy_Garret, Owner at Volcano Country Cottages, responded to this review

Mahalo for your wonderful review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay and found the property to be so peaceful and serene. We enjoy visiting with our guests and helping with any advice they need for sharing the island. We trust the rest of your trip went well. Hopefully we will see you again! A hui hou! More 

Bay Area, California
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18 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

When Garret told us he knew more than the people at the Visitors Center, I took that hyperbole with a grain of salt. Well. maybe a couple of grains. But Garret's plentiful advice, on everything from where to eat and type of food to when and what to visit in the national park were dead on. Thanks to his advice,... More 

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Thank mcwriterman
Sandy_Garret, Owner at Volcano Country Cottages, responded to this review

Aloha! It's good to hear you felt at home in the Artist's House. It is a good one for a family, allowing for some privacy when sleeping. As always we are pleased to hear that you found Garret's advice to be dead on. He tries his best to tailor the advice to the abilities and wants of those involved. He... More 

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