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Volcano Country Cottages
Ranked #9 of 32 Volcano B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 27 February 2012

We spent two nights in the Artist's Cottage in mid-February. Garrett was a fine host and, as many others have reported, went out of his way to provide spot-on advice that allowed us to make the most of our visit to the national park -- the entrance to which is just a couple of miles down the road. The grounds are a tropical splendor, full of twittering birds, curling vines and dripping vegetation (we had a lot of rain).

The Artist's Cottage was spacious and worked very well for our family of four, though it was a bit on the drab and dated side. We didn't come expecting romantic frou-frou or a fussy B&B-type atmosphere, but there was nothing particularly appealing or welcoming about the hodge podge of furnishings and the lackluster decor. It was all basic and serviceable, but could seem a touch depressing.

Breakfast is the same every morning: fresh-baked banana, zucchini (or similar) bread, eggs you can boil or scramble yourself, some packets of instant oatmeal, and a plate of papaya and bananas. It was fine for us for the 2 days were were there, but had we stayed a third, I would have started feeling bored with the offerings. I would have REALLY appreciated a few additional touches: some half and half for the coffee, a couple of boxes of cereal, fewer bananas and other more interesting fruits...

But these are quibbles. Volcano Country Cottages is in a great location, with friendly hosts, and offers an affordable base for exploring the Hilo side of the island.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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Sandy_Garret, Owner at Volcano Country Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2012

Aloha kerepesi34!

I want to thank you for your review back in February. I am very happy you enjoyed your stay with us. We take a lot of pride in our location. There is plenty to do, and Garret and I like to offer suggestions so you can maximize your time on the island.

We provide a breakfast that we believe will be satisfying and filling - a good start to the day. Most guests aren't able to get the fresh local fruit we provide. The Artist's House comes with a full kitchen, and we find many guests like to pick up additional items to do some cooking on their own. We try to provide the basice and not burden anyone by giving them too much.

Thanks again for your review and recommendation. I hope you got to check off everything on your list!

Best,
Garret and Sandy
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

We stayed in the artists house for five nights and loved it. My wife and I brought our one yr old and one of our parents and had plenty of room. They didn't have a crib but arranged to borrow one which was setup perfect when we arrived. We loved the banana bread and fruits brought every morning plus eggs juice milk and ground coffee.
Sandy and Garret are super friendly and gave us several terrific recommendations for activities with our one yr old which all turned out great.
We would happily stay there again for amazing access to the volcano natl park as well as pahoa/hilo.

  • Stayed: February 2012
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Reviewed 23 January 2012

Volcano Country Cottages is a gem. Garrett and Sandy work hard to mke sure every guest's stay is memorable and it shows.
The cottage is a very short drive to the Volcano National Park. Garrett is extremely knowledgeable and made sure we have the best experience in the 2 days we were staying there- where to hike,what routes to take, where to eat, what to do and what not to do. My wife and I were celebrating our 10th anniversary there and I wouldn't hesitate to come back again...

Oh yes, the botanical garden that they have is amazing- my wife just loved it.

  • Stayed: January 2012
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Reviewed 16 January 2012

We spent 2 nights in the Ohelo Berry Cottage while we explored the volcano national park. Sandy and Garrett were great hosts, with excellent knowledge about the park and helped us make the most of the short time we had there. Cottage was clean and the grounds were well maintained. We were thinking of staying in Hilo, but glad we saved the time driving back and forth!

Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
Thank Mike M
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Reviewed 10 January 2012

Aloha!!

We didn't expect a place like this. Not only Lehua Blossom, a cottage in the middle of a rainforest garden is awesome, it's the whole property. Birds singing who wake up you, tropical flowers, the other houses, the spa... you must see them.

Garret and sandy are the perfect hosts. They are always prepared to help you any time, their advices and knowledge about what to do in the area, hiking, dinning, highlights are superb. Last advice, if you go, don't forget to take a bath in the spa......the best moment to relax after a journey.

Mahalo !!!

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Krafla
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Reviewed 8 January 2012

My family and I stayed for three nights over Christmas holidays at the Artists Cottage. I would highly recommend this great location to anyone visiting Volcano National Park. Our cottage was a beautiful 2 bedroom cottage complete with wood stove (needed on those chilly Volcano mornings) modern bath and kitchen. We couldn't have asked for anything more. The place was very clean and comfortable and after coming from the Marriott the previous days it was so nice to be greeted by the friendly and helpful owners offering tips on every thing from restauarant reco's to itinerary planning. Garrett and Sandy were there when we needed them and helped us organize our days so we could make the most of our time there. The warm robes and jacuzzi were added features that we weren't expecting and came in very handy.

Room Tip: Artists cottage is perfect for families.
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 January 2012

We stayed in the Ohelo Berry Cottage for 2 nights in early January. Prior to our stay Sandy had given great advice on a couple of places to stop upon our arrival where she thought our luggage would be safe in the car. Great advice! Upon our arrival we found a very friendly Garret eager share the beautiful surroundings, restaurant tips, and Volcano Must-Sees. The Thai-Thai restaurant next door was so good that we went there both nights! Our room was chilly, but we elected not to use the space heater, instead layering up with the extra blanket provided. Breakfast was very simple, a yummy homemade banana (or other) bread and a plate with some papaya, apple-bananas, and pineapple. Other reviewers mentioned eggs, but perhaps they've discontinued them? Anyway, what was provided was tasty and sufficient. Also juice, milk, and coffee. Truly the only complaints I can come up with is the mold in the shower area and the bed being to soft--but the fleece sheets were heavenly. We would happily return, if the airfare didn't make it unlikely.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Susie S
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Sandy_Garret, Owner at Volcano Country Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2012

Aloha, we are happy to say the bathroom in the Ohelo Berry Cottage has been cleaned and repainted. New light fixtures, all looks great!

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Address: P.O. Box 545, Volcano, Island of Hawaii, HI 96785-0545
Region: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Volcano
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Volcano
Price Range: $95 - $152 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Volcano Country Cottages make paradise feel like home. The tranquil surroundings and cosy cottages help you relax and leave your world behind. We have several cottages to meet your needs, complete with a private bath, wireless internet access, hot tub access and usually a kitchen, living, and dining room. Breakfast is included and will be brought to your cottage. Our one-bedroom studio Ohelo Berry Cottage, sleeps one or two comfortably. Our two bedroom Artist's House will sleep up to four. The one bedroom Lehua Blossom Cottage and Ohia Forest Cottage will sleep four guests with a futon couch in the living room. Volcano Country Cottages sits on three breathtaking acres with hapu'u ferns, beautiful Ohia lehua trees and century old tsugi cedar trees. We are an excellent base for exploring the south east side of the island. You will be close to hiking trails in Volcanoes National Park and within walking distance of several wonderful restaurants in Volcano Village. Visit Hilo, Akaka Falls, and Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens. ... more   less 
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