My husband and I spent 3 amazing days at the cottage. It is clear the owners take great pride in the grounds and have an eye for detail. From a thoughtful welcome note and gift to homemade banana bread, your arrival is special. The location is private with the outdoor shower and hottub surrounded by amazing lush vegetation. A short 5 minute drive to the volcanoes made this a perfect vacation spot. We only wish we had more time to spend at this amazing cottage and would recommend it to anyone wanting to visit this part of the island!
This is our fourth time to stay at the Teapot cottage. It is a stand alone old plantation house that is stocked with breakfast items, teas, and coffees. There are several restaurants near by but it is limited. A great gazebo with jacuzzi is nestled in the rainforest. It is only 10 minutes to drive to Volcano National Park. Great hikes abound. Stay several days to get the full effect, even in bad weather it is wonderful.
Not exactly knowing what we could expect we booked this B&B for being our “central station” for our 2-week vacation on the Big Island. We were positively surprised!! As we arrived we found everything as described: the friendly inn-keeper Joan welcomed us, and showed us the little working farm first. The Paniolo Room was very cosy with sufficient space and an own bath. Everything was clean and in good shape. we immediately felt home. The house is not new by any means, but it is clean & comfortable. In the morning, you are welcomed by fresh coffee smell and a very good natural breakfast with fresh self-produced granola and yoghurt, fruits, freshly baked bread and self-made jam or marmalade. We enjoyed this family breakfast atmosphere with all the other guests around the table, good talks about the former and future activities. Joan was very happy to add additional tips. During the evenings, we enjoyed to sit in front of the chimney to read a book or to write the diary or just having a glass of wine in good company. The farm is located off the main road at a very quiet side street but very close to the Volcano National Park entrance. So, it is easy to visit the park at different times of the day or days so you can see the lava at day and night. Your ticket is valid for several days anyway. There is, however, a tiny minus to report. Although Hawaii is known for its awesome climate, there are some days of the year which might not be that pleasant by temperature. Just think about having some portable heaters available to kick the chilly air in the morning. Beside this: perfect for a short and longer stay!!! Joan, thank you very much for helping to make this vacation unforgettable!
Everything was quite perfect! Staff are beautiful, rooms super clean with the best comfy bed ever... the place is calm even with the roaster. Breakfast was excellent and different everyday! I completely recommend the place!
This is the second time we've been to the Volcano Teapot Cottage, and we can't wait to visit again. We feel nothing but relaxed in the coziness of this cottage and the beautiful grounds. The cottage is spotlessly clean (a big issue with me), quiet, and well stocked with items to make your stay easy and comfortable. Breakfast is bountiful, with the owners providing a variety of items from to-die-for homemade pastries to sausage and eggs, which you can prepare at your leisure. Even though the cottage is on a small road close to Volcano, it is surrounded by vegetation and very private. We didn’t see or hear a single neighbor while we were there. The owners were very thoughtful in remodeling the original home. Not only is the large front porch perfect for breakfast in the morning come rain or shine, but the bathroom has been nicely updated with quality fixtures and shower, a beautiful claw foot tub, and French doors that open out to the garden. As other reviewers have stated, the pictures really don't do the place justice! This year, we added an additional day to our stay, and we already decided that the next time we visit we will add another day still. It is so easy to tour the area from here and at the same time to truly relax.
A dream come true, There were no negatives only positives! Since it was January the weather was on the colder side, the fireplace and bed warmers were terrific. Peaceful, quiet, and incomparable! The owner is so knowledgeable and helpful with where to go, what to do, and where to eat. The kitchen is fully stocked and yummy treats were plentiful and delicious. The property is beautiful.
This is a beautifully-restored historic property, tucked away in a quiet and tranquil spot away from the road. The grounds are lovely, and at night the only noise is the gentle chirping of small frogs. Our hosts joined us in the AM for a delicious breakfast, featuring great fruits from their own property, and yummy baked goods. They provided excellent advice about activities, places to dine, etc. We had a wonderful time.
If you want a wonderful accomodation experience in Volcano close to the National Park, then Aloha Happy Place is it. While it is a working farm, it is quiet, friendly & quirky. Joan is very happy to answer questions & serves great breakfast in the main house dining area. We thoroughtly enjoyed our 3 night stay. While it is not new by any means, it is clean & comtfortable
As my husband said, "Someone has put a lot of thought and work into thinking of everything you could possibly need!" We had a lovely time in the cabin and exploring the volcanoes. A great respite from the big resorts!
For people who prefer to stay away from big chain hotels and want to see more of the amazing nature of Hawaii than you are able to on a day trip from the beach resorts this is the ideal B&B. Located in a lush garden with palm ferns and native trees surrounding the lovely cabin, it’s only a short hike to the edge of the crater. Prior to arrival we received detailed maps with directions to the cabin and could easily find it after dark. The place is a little paradise and romantic hideaway for nature lovers. Highly recommended! Make sure to bring warm, waterproof clothes and be prepared for muddy hikes to get most out of this spectacular part of the island.
Loved our stay at the Artist Cottage. We especially appreciated (since it got chilly in the evening) the heated bed mattress pad. The grounds are so lovely and Ira is quite personable. The distance to Volcanoes National Park is great. We also enjoyed having fruit and granola supplied in the cottage along with some milk etc. We wish we would have tried the hot tub but never made it out there so we'll save that for next time!
what better way to experience the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park then to come home (it really felt like our own slice of heaven) after hiking all day and soaking in your own hot tub off a beautiful trail outside your door?! I wish we had stayed longer. Bill and Antoinette really thought of everything you could possibly need. There are even trails on the property where they put out beautiful teal pots so you never feel lost! Bill sat down with us and answered all of our questions about the park and gave us great suggestions. He even went out of his way to mail us box some things that we had left, at no charge. They really stock the kitchen with some tasty home made treats and we loved eating breakfast on the porch looking at the beautiful garden every morning. We had the best time and hope to go back in the future!
Where do I begin! We had such a wonderful time at the Shipman House. We loved Hilo and enjoyed every moment of our stay.- there was so much to do and see! Gary made us feel welcome from the minute we arrived, and we loved chatting with both he and Barbara every morning. Their passion for the island is infectious, and they were so eager to share their knowledge, advice, and stories about the island with us. We miss the sounds of the coqui frogs every night and the amazing breakfast every morning. The delicious fresh fruit and baked goodies every day were such a treat! Thank you Gary and Barbara, we hope to be back some day! Mahalo, Rebecca and John (11/15-11/20)
I came back after 8 years and it is still one of the best places I stayed - and I travel more then 50 countries in the world. I would mention it together with boroka downs in down under and las cumbres in Uruguay. And for the onsite dining you only get 5 stars if you are happy with your own cooking expperience- there is a full equipted kitchen for self cooking.
This is the ideal spot for a romantic get-a-way. It was cool weather, remote isolation among the Ohia trees, yet with every convenience you may ever wish for. The unit was well stocked beyond our expectations. It also came with daily continental breakfast and two bikes to boot. The outdoor jacuzzi was just perfect after a long hike and the indoor/outdoor fire places were all too welcoming. Although it was missing an outdoor grill the kitchen was especially well stocked for full use. The only caveats on this place is that the indoor space does run tightly efficient, so for those who are tall or require more space, be ready for a few knocks. In all, it is a place we'd definitely return to.
Spent 3 nights at Shipman and was welcomed each morning with a taste of Hawaii food and hospitality. I felt very welcomed and cared for by the owners. I appreciate the history of their beautiful home. I would recommended and go back if I visit Hilo again.
The photos are great but you just can't relay the sounds, peace, serenity, solitude and calming sense that is actually experienced here. That was our experience. Every night, we enjoyed the private outdoor shower and hot tub. Hearing the rain gently tap as we soaked and the lighting was perfect. A couple nights under the Super Moon...I can't describe it, you just have to be there...as a couple, I definitely recommend this as a couple. This is not the place we want to bring our friends or kids, no, no, this is just for us! Inside the cottage, a note and little gifts like homemade banana bread and muffins. A stocked kitchen, coolers, rain gear, a backpack, towel warmers, spa robes (used daily), tons of shampoo/conditioner, conveniently placed outlets, 4 wine bottle openers, lol. Many more amenities were provided but check before going to the grocery store; there was more stocked than I expected. Off of the property, we explored daily. Every night, we stopped to look at the Kilauea crater on our way "home" because the the boiling lava level changed every time and it glowed (bring the binoculars from the cottage). The cottage provides helpful information about things to do and where to eat so I will only mention what wasn't in there. The Tuk Tuk Thai food truck - delicious and authentic, only a few minutes away from the cottage. Uncles Awa Bar and Farmers Market on Wednesday from 5-10pm - a variety of ethnic foods cooked onsite, local art and food items, live music. That was the best food we ate all week. We biked 4 miles to see the lava enter the ocean and biked against strong wind 4 miles back. We worked off the calories that we later put on at Uncles. Our favorite trip was to Waipi'o Valley with Ride the Rim - an atv tour that incorporates Hawaiian culture and history. There's more to say, but this will do for now. We can't wait to go back and call the Volcano Mist Cottage "home" again :) Mahalo for this exquisite experience.
We loved the Shipman House. It is simply beautiful, a restored piece of Hawaii history. The hosts are delightful and informative. Breakfast is memorable -- fresh fruits grown on the property, amazing pastries, delicious Kona coffee. We are particularly fond of the quiet Hilo side of Hawaii and this will be one of our favorite stops.
This November 2016 was our 4th or 5th stay at Teapot. Each time I wish we had planned even more days there. It is like a vacation within a vacation. The hot tub is great at the end of a day at the volcano. The cottage has all those little touches I rarely see at other places. Carol M
Mahalo for a wonderful stay at your Wahi Malie (place of calmness). We enjoyed hiking and other activities during the day and then retreated to the Volcano Mist Cottage in the evenings. We loved the secluded outdoor hot tub. We got takeout food from Thai Thai close by in Volcano Village and enjoyed it on the covered lanai while we listened to the peaceful sounds of the songbirds in the rain forest and warmed up with the outdoor fireplace. Volcano Mist Cottage is tucked away in complete seclusion. What a great way to renew, refresh, and "recharge." Highly recommended! Stayed October 2016, traveled as a couple
The cottage was very nicely decorated with the artist owner's work and well appointed with nearly anything you might need ( though a hairdryer would have been nice). The frig was well stocked and the dining table included a nice assortment of fresh fruit, tea, coffee and fresh fruit. Though the fireplace and heaters helped, the cottage was very damp and cold, and there was some mildew in the bathroom.