one bedroom private and cozy retreat cottage surrounded by greenery
Candice & Richard
- english, Cantonese
About Candice & Richard
Candice and Richard are the hosts of two vacation rentals, Volcano Mountain Haven in Volcano and Rainbow Bee Farm Cottage in Ahualoa near Honokaa, Candice born in Hong Kong and a Canadian citizen has been a CPA and a business manager. Richard born in New Jersey has been a lawyer, mediator and creator of an award winning gourmet honey. Candice loves hiking and dancing and is passionate about health and diet. Richard loves writing, hiking and wood working and is passionate about helping to make this world a better place. In our recent past we were the creators and owners of a small artisan apiary in Hawaii and produced award winning gourmet organic honey, Rare Hawaiian Organic White Honey. For many years, we brought sweetness into the lives of people through this delicious and healthful gourmet honey that we produced. We have recently passed the honey business to new owners. Now our goal is to bring sweetness, serenity and beauty to people who visit the Big Island of Hawaii through sharing our two beautiful cottages, in Volcano and Ahualoa. We want to offer an elevating, serene, bucolic experience to people who visit the Big Island of Hawaii by sharing our two beautiful cottages, in Volcano and Ahualoa. We love Volcano. Volcano was our retreat place whenever we needed a break from the hectic life of running our honey business. We love the mountain air and the tranquility in Volcano. Hiking up Mauna Loa is one of our favorite hikes in Hawaii. After we sold the business, we put our energy in finding a cottage in Volcano so that we could have our own retreat place. Now we are sharing our retreat cottage with our special visitors We love our cottage very much. The original owner did a fabulous job in creating this beautiful cottage and keeping it in pristine condition. We did some minor improvements to make it even more comfortable and beautiful. We feel very fortunate to have been able to find such a gem. We treasure it and enjoy it. We hope y
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Why Candice & Richard chose Volcano
We love Volcano. Volcano was our retreat place whenever we needed a break from the hectic life of running our honey business. We love the mountain air and the tranquility in Volcano. Hiking up Mauna Loa is one of our favorite hikes in Hawaii.
Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 11:00 am
Children not allowed
~ Check in time is 3 pm and check out time is 11am. ~ This is a smoke free property. No smoking is allowed. ~ No pets are allowed. ~ This cottage is strictly for two people. No additional guests allowed. ~ Please remove shoes before coming into the cottage. ~ Please clean dirty dishes after meal so as not to attract ants or other insects.
100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Great place amongst the lava tree ferns.
If you are looking for a place away from people yet 30 minutes from hilo and 3 from volcano national park this place is perfect for two people. You will be welcomed by the sound of native birds singing in the forest. The house is spotless and everything is well labeled. Communication was top notch. Candice and Richard went out of their way to make sure were happy. We will be returning at some point and will definately rent this property again.
Perfect Volcano get away!! We are already planning our next trip!! The meticulous detail with which she takes care of her guests is unbeatable!! The home is so beautiful and convenient.
So glad that you enjoyed your stay at the cottage. Thank you for taking such good care of our cottage while staying there. We look forward to having you back again.
A beautiful and inspiring writer's retreat
I have stayed in Volcano village many times over the past years, in both homes and picturesque "lodges." Wherever you are in this special place in the world, you can feel its spiritual power ("mana" in Hawaiian), being so near Kilauea crater, the home of "Madame Pele."
That being said, Volcano Mountain Haven, so beautifully tended by Candice and Richard, is by far the most beautifully-situated, peaceful and condusive to creativity (I was there 5 days on a personal writer's retreat) of all the homes I have stayed in over the years. (And would no doubt have been among the most romantic if I had shared that time with a spouse or partner. :). I recommend it enthusiastically and with absolutely no reservation, and will undoubtedly return there again, if Candice and Richard permit :). I should also share that when I was not writing, I enjoyed reading ALL the guest entries in their guestbook over the past 4-5 years, and can attest that there is not a single entry with a critical or "formative" comment or suggestion. It appears that everyone' s expectations for their stay at the Haven were completely met and almost always surpassed. And the themes that appeared over and over again in the guest entries were ones with which I completely agreed:
First, although you are part of a small neighborhood near the village center and just 2-3 miles from the national park entrance, the Haven is completely surrounded by hapu'u tree ferns and blossoming 'ohia trees and no other homes are visible, only greenery and flowers. And the silence is amazing. The songs of the birds wakening in the morning only underscore the peacefulness all around.
When you arrive and enter the Haven (great detailed instructions are provided--nothing is left to guesswork) you are struck by all the thoughtful and welcoming touches left for you by Candice and Richard -- the macadamia chocolates, local coffee (before I arrived, Candice texted, "Would you prefer beans or ground?"!), a jar of rare white honey produced by bees raised by Richard up the Hamakua Coast, the beautiful stones set on windowsills around the home -- each one I'm sure with its own story, and so many practical items anticipating my needs around cooking, hiking, touring around the island, community events etc. I wanted for nothing -- but if there had been anything I needed, I knew Candice would be immediately available to provide guidance.
For my needs, the Haven was ideal in every way.
Perfect Forested Hideaway
Can't say enough great things about our stay here. The home is perfectly appointed with more than we could've used during our stay: kitchen staples, headlamps, ample books on local birds and flowers, and DVDs. My 2 favourite things though were the windows on all sides of the home that made us feel like we were right in the middle of a beautiful forest and the cosy fireplace at night. Relaxing after a day of hiking around Volcano with a fireplace and the views was just delightful.
Amazing accommodation and hosts!
This spot was the highlight of our trip! It's conveniently located minutes away from town and Volcano National Park. The home is extremely private providing 360 degree views of nature and no sign of other dwellings. It was a real treat and the hosts (Candice and Richard) were superb at communicating and providing advice for different activities and things to see that are a little off the beaten trail. There's an excellent book outlining some of their favourite restaurants, locations and sights along with all of the major activities, hikes and things to see in the area. The home is thoughtfully designed and impeccably clean. We'll definitely be back! ~ Jack
A wonderful, peaceful rainforest escape
Delightful hospitality and a beautifully designed, sustainable and comfortable building. We would love to return one day.
Volcano is a beautiful lush green area and is a nature lovers' heaven. You will hear lots of beautiful melodies of Hawaiian native birds in the cottage and in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. There are also a lot of nature walking trails and hiking trails in and around Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.