Spent two nights in early March. Owner Richard Hamilton is exceptionally gracious, responsive and helpful. Booking via Trip Advisor was a snap. Messaging via the Trip Advisor rental in-box (first time for us) worked like a charm.
The cottage is secluded and quiet, really quiet. It is eclectic, with what we found were fascinating photos, artwork and artifacts. We loved looking at it all, and really enjoyed the overall ambiance.
The kitchen is very well equipped. Fully capable of accommodating most any cooking desire if one is interested. We did take out both nights for dinner, but cooked full breakfasts both mornings.
The beds were marvelous. Slept like babes. Heated mattress pads a dream. Substantial and most welcomed flannel sheets. And accompanied by a range of welcomed and surprising touches, e.g. plush bathrobes, slippers, full range of toiletries (including numerous things one is inclined to forget, like toothbrushes, bandages, etc.). Host Richard has clearly succeeded in anticipating his guests’ wants and needs.
Most certainly recommended. Well done Richard!
We stayed at this lovely cottage for 5 days and were so comfortable! The place was very charming with so many books, antiques, art. Nestled in the rain forest, it was a very relaxing place to return to after our days activities. It is minutes away from the National Park. Richard was a wonderful host--very helpful but also very mindful of our privacy. We would definitely recommend staying at this unique property.
We thoroughly enjoyed our 3 nights in Richard's delightfully quirky cottage. It looks like a lifetime of collecting has gone into the objets in the house.
Having come here from Honolulu, it was a joy to unwind to the sounds of birds and the pitter patter of rain (which lasted almost our entire stay!).
Richard greeted us on arrival with a thorough tour of the house having put the fire on for us so that immediately we felt at home.
The house is very well appointed; the kitchen in particular has every appliance one could want. The beds are extremely cosy, so we slept very well, although we didn't need the electric blankets that Richard said the "soft" people of Volcano require! Our kids slept in one bed by choice, but if they had been any older, the futon (which is set up in the living area) would have been required. As a result, the cottage would perhaps be too small with 2 teenage children.
The TVs (there are 3!) have all the entertainment required including Netflix. We loved doing the jigsaw puzzles.
The location is excellent, being only a short drive away from the Park etc and a walk away from the village centre including Cafe Ohelo (if it is not raining!).
Richard is a lovely host who, although he stays next door while visitors are staying, is completely unobtrusive even though he comes in each day to cosy the place up.
In truth, the difference between 4 and 5 in this review is minimal. The missing bits are minor; another arm or rocking chair so four people can comfortably watch television and a slightly better fridge are the only real quibbles.
Our friends booked this cottage for a two night stay and we were thrilled with the place. This warm and welcoming retreat in the rainforest is very quiet, clean and filled with some amazing antiques. We loved the heated beds!
Richard, the owner, was there to greet us when we arrived and to show us around the cottage. He is a lovely and warm host who went out of his way to make us feel welcome. He has an extraordinary knowledge of the area and made several suggestions about "must-do's" while in Volcano.
This home, set in a lush, tropical rain forest, offers comfort, serenity, and lovely gestures of welcome. Its location near Volcanoes National Park allowed me to explore nearby wonders with little travel time. The owner, Richard, was thoughtful and thorough in creating an inviting and delightful home away from home. I'm looking forward to returning to this special place.
This charming and cozy cottage is a perfect place for nature lovers,or folks who want a quiet getaway. The cottage is very convenient to Volcano National park if you are planning on visiting there several times (essential). The little village of Volcano has several nice restaurants, but the cottage is well-equipped for cooking in. Host Richard is a wealth of information about the area nearby and gave us tips about places we wouldn't have visited otherwise. This part of the island is well worth exploring in depth, and we were happy that we spent less time at the beaches!