Volcano Teapot Cottage
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More than lived up to all our expectations
We could not have found a more charming accomodation than this little gem in Volcano. The gracious hosts of "Teapot Cottage", Antoinette and Bill, are two of the most generous and friendly individuals we have ever had the pleasure to meet. Their visits to check on our well-being and excellent advice on area attractions added a personal dimension to our stay. Antoinette has carefully planned every detail of the cottage and its grounds to provide maximum comfort and pleasure for her guests. Attractive decor include a mermaid collection in the bathroom, tea sets everywhere, Hawaian crafts and art, flower arrangements from the garden, fine books, videos and DVDs, music, a cozy stove, quilts, etc. all arranged beautifully. Guests are welcomed with gorgeous pastries baked by a friend and displayed on a tiered pastry plate. If you should go away for the day, a new supply of goodies will appear. The refrigerator is stocked with everything you could possibly desire to make a lovely breakfast: including sausage, eggs, tropical fruits, juices and yogurts, and of course, Hawaiian coffees. There was more than enough to use for a lunch and supper too. As if this were not enough, the gardens invite guests to follow paths through two acres of plantings and natural beauty. The "Fairy Circle", the secluded hot tub, and the benches for quiet reading are magical spots to soothe the soul. At every turn, Antoinette has hidden teapot treasures. Every minute detail is perfection. Because this is a cottage on its own separate property, it offers more privacy than the traditional Bed and Breakfast. This is a little piece of paradise which we felt was balm for the eyes, ear, and soul! -a place we wish we could return to frequently to escape our hectic "real" life. We cannot thank our hosts adequately for this special experience.
Enchanting...so warm and cozy..We LOVED it!!!!!!!
Enchanting......what more can I say. My husband and I came to Hawaii to celebrate my 50th birthday. We stayed at 4 places on the Big Island. This was our absolute favorate. Bill and Antoinette welcomed us with a warm hawaiian welcome. All details of comfort were given to us by our hosts. They shared great advise and wonderful breakfasts and TEAS. I wish this B & B was closer to home. I would return often. Thank you Bill and Antoinette...we will forever remember this cozy, warm cottage. Aloha!
A Very Special Place
My wife and I first came upon the Volcano Teapot about 7 years ago while vacationing in Volcano. We love the area and get over to the Big Island from Oahu 2 or 3 times a year. We were taken with the charm of the place and decided to stay there on our next trip to Volcano. In May of that year we attended a friend's wedding on the Big Island and spent two days at the Teapot. That trip turned into many. It has been our family tradition to spend Thanksgiving in Volcano and we returned to the Teapot with our two grown children. They loved it as much as we did. We have stayed at the Teapot a total of 14 times anywhere to 2 days to a week at a time and always 4 or 5 days at Thanksgiving.
The cottage has been described very well in other reviews on this site so I won't repeat. Suffice it to say that the attention to detail is absolute. The postcards available in the desk already have a stamp affixed. The baked goods provided are delicious and the cut flowers on the dining room table are always fresh and beautiful. My wife and I spent out 30th anniversary at the Teapot. It was the first time we'd stayed there in December and we found to our delight a beautifully decorated Christmas tree in the living room.
We have gotten to know the owners, Bill and Antoinette Bullough, very well and find them to be most genial hosts. We always look forward to seeing them and appreciate the fact that they continually put money back into the Teapot. On each visit we have found changes, some minor and some (like to hot tub) major but all of them improvements.
I lost my wife 18 months ago but my children and I return every Thanksgiving to her favorite place, "an enchanted cottage" she called it. If you ever have a chance to stay at the Teapot, don't pass it up. Aloha.
A Haven of Rest, Healing, and Rejuvenation
Mention the Volcano Teapot Cottage, and I can be ready to go in an instant! As a matter of fact, I been there 4 times in the past 4 ½ years. Can't believe it took me over 25 years of vacationing in Hawaii to find it. Each time there-whether traveling with my husband (twice), an ill friend recovering from chemo and radiation treatments, or my 18 year old daughter-I have found the cottage to be as cozy and inviting as my morning cup of coffee and crossword.
The owners, Bill and Antoinette, have appointed the cottage with loving care. One can spend several days exploring the nooks and crannies of the bungalow to discover yet another amenity placed there for the guests' delight. While travelers are out sightseeing or hiking each day, the innkeepers stop by with a delivery of freshly baked breakfast fare and fruit. Their attention to the safety, comfort, and privacy of those staying at the cottage is beyond compare.
In addition to the impeccable cleanliness of the cottage, the grounds are equally as well maintained. The verdant gardens and maze of mini-trails in the forested area of the property are delightful-with amusing garden art tucked here, there, and yonder. The combined ambience of the garden pond and relaxing atmosphere of the gazebo spa will soothe not only tired soles but tired souls as well.
Having stayed at literally dozens and dozens of hotels, motels, B&Bs, lodges, and inns over the years-even a castle in Ireland-I have found nothing that can compare to the uniqueness of the Volcano Teapot Cottage. A placard on the wall of the cottage reads, "I do not understand how anyone can live without one small place of enchantment to turn to." Indeed.
Old Hawaii at its best!
A group of us jouneyed down from Waimea ( on the north end of the island) to Hilo for the annual Merrie Monarch Hula Festival. What an additional suprise awaited us at the Volcano Teapot! It was truly stepping back in time Hawaiian style to this lovely original cottage right in Vocano village. The cottage was immaculate and furnished in a charming turn of the century style. Everything from maps, books, DVD's, and a fireplace to a full kitchen and heaters for those cold Volcano nights was there. The entire house and grounds were beautifully kept up and very clean. The hot tub housed on its own pavilion in the privacy of the garden was an unexpected treat! Everything was as we had planned for and all of us, although we live here on the island would definitly plan another trip down to Volcano, if only to stay here in this enchanting get-away!
Our favorite place to stay in Hawaii!
Aloha from the Big Island! We live at the north tip of Hawaii Island and come annually to Volcano for the cool air and the National Park but most of all to stay at the Teapot Cottage. If you want to experience real Hawaiian charm at a fair price this is for you. It really is a little piece of Heaven. The cottage and its grounds are always clean and inviting. The breakfast foods are scrumptious. Most of all it is a wonderful place to return to after a day of hiking at the park (or for just snuggling in when it rains!)
The owners by the way, try to conserve electricity as we all do here on the Big Island. That is why one is asked to turn off the hot tub lights at night. Our experience has always been nothing less than 5 stars there!
Adorable Teapot Cottage
My husband and I first visited the Teapot Cottage for a weeks stay as part of a world trip. The strain of travel immediately disappeared on seeing this delightful wooden cottage and its beautiful garden. Inside the cottage were all the comforts of home from the slippers provided to the tea varieties in the kitchen. In the garden the hot tub beckoned our weary bones! All in all I cannot fault this cottage, I just wish I could transport it to Europe!
We were so pleased with the Teapot that we had no hesitation in recommending it to friends (who took our recommendation and had a great time on their visit).
We returned to the Teapot this May (2004) this time for two weeks and found the gardens even more beautiful.
A word of caution, don't rent the cottage if you are trying to lose weight! Antoinette's breakfasts are toothsome from bagels, cakes, quiches, papaya, pineapple ....... need I say more.
Last, but by no means least, are the owners of this cottage, Bill and Antoinette. I cannot say enough about their friendliness, thoughtfulness and kindness to us. I had been in email contact with them for some time before our first visit and when we arrived they went out of their way to make our holiday memorable. The same was the case during our second visit. We took 3 flights to get to the Volcano Teapot Cottage and it was worth every minute of the journey. Go there, you won't regret it!
The Teapot is Hawaiian Paradise
You will not find a more perfect place to call home in the Volcano Park area. The Teapot is a charming and cozy vintage cottage that is furnished not only with everything you need to be comfortable while exploring the area, but everything you could ever want as well. Lush robes to wear in the steamy relaxing Jacuzzi outside in the garden teahouse. A fully, and I mean fully equipped kitchen, complete with an endless variety of gourmet teas and coffees for you to enjoy. The living room features a koa wood rocker and a cozy couch to stretch out on, as well as a working gas fireplace for those occasional deliciously chilly Hawaiian nights. There is even a wonderful Victorian claw foot tub for solitary soaking. You are surrounded by a private garden of native tree ferns, palms, and exotic camellia bushes. The treats, breakfast breads, and fruit that appear each morning for your delight are the very best quality. No skimping here on anything at the Teapot Cottage. We have visited the Teapot twice now and we stayed for five nights on our last visit. It was booked or we would have stayed much longer. It is a place that we never wanted to leave, and we still visit it in our dreams. Don't be fooled by other so called "cottages" to rent in the area that say they are comfortable, cozy, and well equipped. Pictures posted on the web can be very deceiving. Nothing we have found has even come close to the Teapot. We have been very disappointed in the poor quality of other cottages we have rented in the Volcano Park area. Bill and Antoinette are the perfect hosts; they are very accommodating and thoughtful, always working to make sure the property looks its best for your stay. They couldn't be more kind, generous, and helpful. Anyone that does not have the best of times at the Teapot is simply living in an alternative universe.
Peeping Tom Cottage (Beware)
Traveler Beware,Back in Nov. 02 my wife and I had the misfortune of staying at the tea pot cottage on the big island.We caught the owner peeking in our bedroom window at 1:00am.At the time we did not know that it was him, but had a good idea that it was him as I heard him mumble my first name. Needless to say we were very frightened, and upset as this was our honeymoon. At this point I started looking through the cottage for hidden cameras as he said they lived down the road. Just 30 minutes earlier my wife and I were in the hot tub doing what all honeymooners do and we kept hearin sounds coming from the trees on the side of the hot tub building. Now I think I know what those sounds were?! Before we went to the bed room I turned on the back poarch light for comfort reasons. The on and off button is located inside the house in the back utility room. The first indication that somthing was wrong was just as I was about to fall asleep, Inoticed that the light was now off. Then I heard foot steps outside our window. I then stood up on the bed and looked outside, I could not see a thing but knew someone was there as I saw a shadow pass on the wall in the bedroom of someone walking passed the walk way lights that light the pathway outside the bedroom. I stood up on the bed and looked out in fear to see a human form knelt down at the foot of our window at the bottom of the steps. I yelled at this person, and at this point he stood up,mumbled my name and ran away. He had to of come into the house with a key to turn off the back light!!! Lucky for him I did not have my hand gun!!! The next morning I called him to explain his behavior, and he began to yell so loud about his power bill, that my wife could hear him 5 ft. away through the phone. He said he was on his way home at 1:00am and thought he come in and turn our lights out for us because the power bill is so expensive.Good for us that we were not having sex when he invited himself at 1:00am to come inside and do us this favor. He was mad at us, can you believe it, and his wife was just as uncaring about the situation as he was,and neither one gave us a appology about the situation. They were not even going to refund our last nights money until I had to threaten to call the police. Needless to say they ruined our honeymoon that we saved so long for, and so many plans to do.
The Volcano Teapot Cottage is a great find. The cottage is cute, clean, and well-equiped. The owners have thought of everything to make your stay as pleasant as possible. They had things like and extensive library of books and movies to enjoy and flashlights for using when viewing the lava at night in the Volcano National Park down the road. Wonderful pastries and fruits were left daily for breakfast. I can't say enough about the amazing tea supplies and the private outdoor hot tub after a day of hiking in the park. Great for a family as there are two bedrooms. I would love to go back.
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