|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Very quiet, secluded open-style home. End of a gravel road, 2-1/2 miles from the Volcano Highway. Two Master BR upstairs, open-style kitchen and living area on the ground floor, with a wood-fired stove and a good supply of firewood. One-car garage. Secluded wooden 'Chofu' hot tub. Spacious 3-acre property with no nearby neighbors. Not recommended for families with children younger than 8 years old.
Retired National Park Ranger, devoted to forest conservation. I am intimately familiar with the nearby national park, and with most other recreational and cultural features in Hawaii Island. I enjoy sharing my knowledge of Hawaii natural and cultural history with travelers, and am happy to lead adventurous folks to places off the beaten track, if they ask.
I speak a little bit of Mandarin Chinese (Putonghua), and I especially hope travelers from China and Taiwan will feel welcome here.
Dan Taylor purchased this house in 2007
This property is part of the mid-elevation rain forest of Hawaii, now being broken up by development. I built my house here because it is as close as I can get to the natural forest and still feel connected to it. The house is built with big windows that look into the nearby treetops during the day and into the stars at night. Hot water is heated by solar panels; electricity is powered by photo voltaic panels, with backup from the electric utility. The property is a dedicated Conservation Easement --the first of several in the community.
Most travelers think of Hawaii as a place for beaches and warm surf, a welcoming spirit, and glitter. A little known feature of Hawaii, equally important and not very extensive, is the native rain forest, which abounds with interesting plants and animals. There is no other tropical rain forest in the US. Here a traveler can step into the natural, wild forest just 40 feet from the front door, and can hear the calls of native birds and insects, while sipping a morning coffee on the lanai. There is no car traffic and no nearby neighbors to disturb the peace. There is nothing lovelier than soaking in the hot tub on a cool evening, during a full moon, in the nearly absolute silence of the forest night. This is the life I have chosen for myself, and I am pleased I can make it available to others.
This family were the perfect guests. They found peace and quiet, away from their urban environment, and enjoyed the space and seclusion they wanted. They enjoyed visiting the national park nearby, both during the day and especially at night, where they could see the glowing vent of Kilauea Volcano after dark. It is an amazing sight!
The three adults and two pre-teen boys had plenty of room. I look forward to a return visit.
This was our second long stay at this home, which has proven absolutely ideal for our family of four. The property is at the end of a long dirt road and immediately adjacent to a forest reserve, so privacy is guaranteed. We have never seen another person in the combined five or six weeks we have stayed there. My kids love roaming around property, and my wife and I love the birdsong and the sense of being absolutely ensconced in the Hawaiian rainforest. Plus, unlike so many of the sterile, corporate home rentals you find in Hawaii, this home is infused with the good taste and personality of its owner, reflecting a lifetime of travel in exotic lands and a deep, reverential knowledge of Hawaii.
Which brings me to what's most special about this home: Dan Taylor. Previous reviews have documented what an exceptional host Dan is but perhaps haven't fully conveyed how much better your trip will be with the benefit of Dan's expertise as a former Hawaii Volcanoes National Park ranger and as a long-time resident of the area. Simply put, you'll see things most other visitors won't. And Dan isn't ever invasive. He helps out just as much as you'd like and is perfectly willing to leave you alone if that's your preference. We stayed in Dan's home originally because we wanted the privacy of the deep ohia forest and the quick access to the National Park, but we came back because of Dan. He's charming, wise, humble and deeply connected to this place -- the best of Hawaii.
After 5 weeks we had a tough time leaving.It was not just hard to part with the lovely property[3 lush acres of forest]and the comfortable, interesting home,we also had a hard time saying goodbye to the owner. We felt welcome and at home from the first day we arrived.The owner was available,but always respecting our privacy , never pushy.We were confident that we could count on him if we had any concerns or questions. This is a vacation property that is,in my mind at least, as close to perfect as is practicallypossible.
This lovely home is just as described. We loved the solitude and location away from it all, yet close enough to enjoy Volcano. Dan is a great host and we enjoyed our visit as well as talking with Dan. We spent our first day on an artists' studio tour and returned to enjoy a fire in the Jotul that evening. It poured rain that night but we woke to a beautiful day to enjoy our surroundings.
We had such a nice time staying in this wonderfully furnished and comfortable home, and wished we could have stayed longer than just the 2 nights we had set aside for this location. Each of the two bedrooms has its own bath, so it was perfect for two couples...downstairs there are two large sitting areas, one with a wood burning stove and plenty of wood provided. The kitchen is well equipped, and the Dan, the owner, is wonderfully nice and very laid back, and there is even a wood heated hot tub in a little rock grotto outside. What's not to like? It WAS a little challenging finding the place the first time, but for quiet, seclusion, hospitality, price, and comfort, you are probably not going to beat it. A very good value, and only a few miles from Volcano National Park.
We loved it! It was a beautiful property out in nature, away from traffic, and very private which was just what we wanted. It was also very reasonably priced.
Thank you, Dan!
Volcano Village is well known for local graphic arts and handicrafts that are related to nearby volcanoes and Hawaiian culture. The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is nearby, with dozens of interesting trails, guided walks, and activities, such as hula performances and artist seminars. Active lava flows are accessible for adventurous travelers.
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£200|
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.