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“Amazing space” 5 of 5 stars
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PO Box 1011, Volcano, Island of Hawaii, HI 96785   |  
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Ranked #5 of 30 Volcano B&B and Inns
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“Amazing space”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2011 via mobile

A home tucked up in the trees. We spent on rainy night here. We enjoyed the ambiance of the table top fireplace and candles. Everywhere you look around is a little touch of the outdoors inside. The walls of the house are full of huge windows and there were doors opening to look outs and lanai everywhere. The bedroom is on the top floor and you feel as if you are sleeping in the tree tops. Hawaiian bed and breakfast are a bit different than mainland, there is no hot breakfast prepared for you. Skye did leave us coffee and cream, fresh eggs, bagels butter and cream cheese for us to prepare ourselves. The cottage is built inside the forest and is very private. Try to stay here if you can.

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2011 via mobile

Skye Peterson has built one of the most incredible B&Bs 30 feet in the air nestled securely in the trees. Fashioned from mostly natural and recycled supplies, this secluded work of art offers almost every modern amenity including a natural stone fireplace! There are walkways suspended from the main treehouse that lead to birds-eye viewing stations with seating too. You really must see this place to believe it!!

  • Stayed December 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2011

We've stayed in a few wonderful unique places (including a beautifully restored railcar in New York Mills, MN) but Skye's Treehouse tops the charts! The labour of love that is Skye's Treehouse is truly amazing!

The treehouse was our third of four accommodations on our August trip to Hawaii and served as our base for the eastern side of the Big Island. Our family of four (two adults, two teens) spent four nights in the treehouse. All in all, we fit quite comfortably...the two adults in the queen bed way up in the master bedroom, our younger teen in the trundle bed underneath the queen bed and our older child on the futon in the living room downstairs.

Skye personally met us upon our arrival and gave us the grand tour. He explained some of the treehouse features as well as things to do in and around the area.

There are many words & phrases that can describe the treehouse:
- Windows, windows, everywhere!! The view of the lush green rainforest in every direction made it seem as if we were totally isolated from civilization...even though we knew we weren't. You won't find another washroom anywhere with quite the same view!
- Balconies/lanais that are 30 feet above the ground...what a great place to sit with a morning cup of coffee.
- Spacious interior; we never did get that crowded feeling.
- Attention to detail; it is easy to see that Skye put a lot of thought & care into the building of the treehouse.
- Comfortable; although the weather outside was almost always a constant misty drizzle, we were warm and cosy inside. We missed the pitter-patter sound on the roof the one night that it wasn't raining outside.

Location-wise, the treehouse was great! Only ten minutes from Volcanoes National Park, we travelled back and forth multiple times. Invariably, the drizzly weather at the treehouse was ONLY at the treehouse. Once at the park boundary, the rain tended to magically disappear. We also made a couple of daytrips in the other direction...once to Hilo and the other day to Puna...very manageable distances from the treehouse.

The one "heads up" that we would give others is relating to breakfasts. Although Skye's website indicates that the price includes breakfast fixings, this appears to only be for the first night. The treehouse kitchen had enough food for our first breakfast but it wasn't replenished by Skye for morning #'s 2-4...(and we didn't seek him out to ask about it).

All in all, though, we are so glad we had a chance to stay in Skye's Treehouse. Subsequent to us booking the treehouse for our vacation, one of our weekly Trip Advisor emails had a list of "Top 10 Most Unique Places to Stay in the World" and Skye's Treehouse was on the list! A well deserved honour!!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2011

Yes, it is in in the trees and the view into the trees is incredible. Skye knows how to build and has incredible artistic talent. Our only regret is that we had only planned to spend two nights there and had the day packed with things to do. We loved just sitting in the treehouse. Skye was very nice and informative. If you have a chance, stay there.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2011

This treehouse is truly a piece of art and Sky is a very great host. He really wants you to enjoy your stay. My biggest disappointment was that we were only there one night. This is a place you will never forget and will want to come back again.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2011

I had no luck finding satisfactory accommodations for our family near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park but was lucky enough to stumble on this gem. Staying in the treehouse was an experience we won't soon forget.

Owner and builder Skye Peterson has designed a unique home from mostly recycled and reclaimed materials. His 2-story treehouse (35 feet off the ground in the rainforest) has everything you could possibly need for your stay, from the big unexpected things for a treehouse, such as electricity and running water, to the small comforts -- cozy robes and a fully outfitted kitchen. The house is surprisingly spacious (sleeping loft upstairs, living area downstairs), thanks to Skye's thoughtful design full of built-ins and handy nooks. There's also a wonderful lanai and fantastic deck with a kind of canopy walk for when you need to spread out even more. The whole home is a work of art, with living trees growing up through the house, and railings made of curly tree limbs, all peeled and sanded smooth.

The house is very convenient to the park -- just a few miles down. The only caveat, if there is one, is that this just isn't the Marriott. Rainwater for showers and toilets is collected in a cistern so one has to be careful about water usage and there's only enough hot water for about 15 minutes of showers at a time (hot water is available within 20 minutes if you run out). But it's all part of the fun.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2011

My wife and I stayed here for two nights in Jan 2011, both of which were amazing. We got in pretty late the first night we were there, and Skye was nice enough to leave the tree house open and the walk way lit for us.

The tree house is an amazing place to stay both architecturally and its location in the rain forest. The tree house itself has all the comforts you would expect at your own home was actually quite large. We were amazed at how clean the place was and how warm and receptive Skye was. He was very knowledgeable about all the local dining, park attractions, and where to go and who to see to actual walk on the lava flows.

Oh, and there is an extra special cardinal that will wake you up every day at sunrise by flying into the windows by the fireplace and bathroom, repeatedly. It's quite entertaining (the little guy never hurts himself).

Definitely stay here if you're going to Volcano. I would highly recommend staying at least one night, doing a lava walk at dusk, then hitting the park the next day.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: PO Box 1011, Volcano, Island of Hawaii, HI 96785
Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Volcano
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Ranked #5 of 30 B&Bs / Inns in Volcano
Number of rooms: 1
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Treehouse Skye Volcano, Hawaii

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