Was so impressed with this place last year, doubled our stay time this year. Clean, cute & cozy. A lot of bang for the buck.
We recently stayed on the Big Island, and since our only purpose for being there was to see lava up close and personal for my 50th birthday, I thought a rental in Volcano would be better than trying to hump it from Hilo or Kona. I was right. This rental is tucked well off the beaten path down a narrow set of roads and is very quiet and peaceful. While it is two units on one property, we never heard our neighbors during the entire three nights we stayed.
Leslie provided everything we needed in a clean and comfortable rental unit. There were only two minor negative items. First, if you aren't staying 4 days or more you do not have access to the washer/dryer which normally I don't see as a problem. However, it rains quite frequently in the Volcano area and I think the dryer should be available to all renters whatever their length of stay.
Secondly, the shower was horrible. I realize that Hawaii needs to conserve water, but the nozzle on the shower was ridiculous. It sent out a fine mist which made it nearly impossible to get wet, by the time it reached my legs it never managed to do more than make little dewdrops on my hair. I had to physically cup my hands and capture enough water to wash my legs. Normally I'm out of the shower in 5 minutes but it took 3 times as long to shower this way. Since there are other low flow nozzles on the market that that do a good job of wetting the person while conserving water I would highly suggest that the proprietors change out that nozzle.
Except for those two minor inconveniences, we had a wonderful stay. Leslie was very communicative and always available by text. Also, her housekeeper came by on Sunday and gave us more towels and lots of good advice about the area, (very sweet lady).
I would definitely recommend this particular rental.
p.s. We stayed in the front house.
Perfect location to go to Volcano Park. 15 mins and you are at the crater! We stayed 2 nights. Unfortunately for us it rained a lot but it is the rain forest so rain is expected. Due to the rain and excessive low lying clouds volcano viewing in the evening was not ideal.
Leslie's place is very comfortable and clean with a beautiful yard. I just wish we had somewhere to hang our damp towels from the beach. I did not realize we wouldn't have use of the washer/dryer due to our short stay, but that wasn't an issue. I don't think they ever dried out since the temps were cool and it rained quite a bit during our two days. I would definitely come back again in the future. Be sure to pick up any food needed back in town as Volcano doesn't really have any grocery stores. We really enjoyed our stay.
Thanks for having the informational binder for guests. It has a lot of helpful information it.
Experiencing Volcanos National Park is a must on the Big Island and it is so much easier if you base your stay nearby. This was our second stay at the Menehune Mansion. It is very conveniently located next to the park to take a late night run to view the crater at the Jagger Museum. A great place to begin some early morning hikes. It's a beautiful place in the rain forest that is clean, comfy and cozy. We loved having a kitchen to make breakfast and lunch to bring on the road. Very nice place to return after a long day of adventures. Leslie is very timely in her responses and very accommodating. She also provides a wonderful guide to help you plan your stay. Thanks Leslie, hope to return again some day!
Spent two nights here in the midst of a nine-day trip to the Big Island. We used it as a jumping off point to Volcanoes NP - unbelievably convenient to it - and also to Puna/Hilo. This cottage is the rear of two cottages on the property; the front cottage was vacant during our stay (we really liked it that way), and very much enjoyed the cool air, esp. after some warm, non A/C nights in Kona.
Bed was large and comfortable - I slept like a baby here. There's a small grocery store/gas station and a few restaurants nearby, and the owners are highly attentive and gave great directions/recommendations.
Brought my mom to HI for her 85th birthday. This cottage was perfect in every way. Tastefully decorated, spotlessly clean with thoughtful touches everywhere; from the nightlights to the groomed view out each window. Highly recommend it!