The Artist Cottage

11-3956 Nahelenani Street , Volcano, HI 96785 USA (Show map)


The Artist Cottage is a perfect getaway nestled among the Big Island's native Ohia trees and lush Hapu'u ferns, only minutes from Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park and the summit of Mauna Loa where magic begins and the sky never ends. This charming vacation cottage features the art of Bonnie Layton, a local environmental painter whose studio and gallery are right across the street. Samples of her beautiful work can be found on every wall of the Artist Cottage, adding to the warmth and charm of this special place. You will fall peacefully to sleep as the rainforest embraces you and awaken refreshed to the sweet songs of our indigenous birds. Relax and enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast of local fruits, cereal, tea or fresh Kona coffee. Lounge on the lanai or journey out to see the sights. Discover the absolutely unsurpassed beauty and stunning geographical contrasts this wonderful island has to offer.



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  • Guest room4.5
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.5
  • Onsite Dining4.3

Nice cottage close to National Park

4.0 on April 12, 2015

We enjoyed our stay with Bob and Bonnie. Great location just outside the park entrance. The cottage had everything you needed. Bob and Bonnie are very gracious hosts providing a well stocked kitchen and refrigerator. Definitely would recommend staying with them if you are visiting The volcano.

Just Like Home

5 on May 26, 2014

We simply loved our stay - the Cottage was roomy - neat - clean - and well stocked. Bob and Bonnie were great and freely provided information and suggestions on where to eat and what to see. Highly recommend staying at "The Artist Cottage"


4.8 on February 21, 2014

Nice place. Liked having our own little house. It was equipped with everything you could want. Fully stocked refrigerator, all the needed kitchen utensils, comfortable bed, and located in a very quiet neighborhood. Slept with the windows open and didn't wake up once due to noise. Inn keepers were very friendly and available if we needed them. Definitely would stay here again.

Cozy cottage

4.2 on January 25, 2013

Nice cozy place. It was just like your home away from home. Bonnie and Bob were great! The kitchen had everything we needed. The fridge and pantry were well stocked. The fresh fruit was awesome.

Great place to explore Hilo

5 on November 15, 2012

We stayed 3 nights and enjoyed the location very much. Bob and Bonnie are great. We had last minute problems with our original travel dates and they gave us full credit on re-booking for later dates. No one else did that... Overall, a very convenient place to explore Hilo, Volcano and surroundings. Easy access. Easy to find. Quiet and private location. Best for singles or couples. Four adults will be crowded. As noted by one reviewer, the cottage is full of nick-knacks and such. That gives it a more personal feel but does border on cluttered. Definitely well stocked so don't shop until after you check in. Another reviewer said "no heat" but we had heat. Didn't really need it, but it was there. The cottage is 3500 ft above sea level and in the rain forest meaning it is damp and mornings are quite cool. My wife is sensitive to mold, but we had no problems in that sense. Bring a pair of long pants and a long-sleeve shirt and you'll be fine. Rain coats available at the cottage.

Like home, only better!

5 on August 25, 2012

The cottage is absolutely wonderful! My husband surprised me by booking it for our honeymoon and i couldnt be happier with his choice. I was so excited to be staying at such a charming place. The details that Bonnie and Bob cover make you feel so special too! Our names were written with a welcome note on the door, fresh towels when we came home from exploring the island (even little shells out on the towels too!), a full fridge for breakfast, and snacks ready to go! The cottage had everything and we couldnt have dreamed up more for a place to stay. If/when we go back to the big island we cant wait to stay there again!

Big house with very nice people

4.6 on May 21, 2012

We were delighted that someone suggested us this very nice place at the last minute. Very clean house and nice people that provided us with several good suggestions for activities to do around. We have to agree with all the positive comments. Many thanks to Bonnie and Bob.

Bob & Bonnie...You ROCK!!

4.8 on March 15, 2012

From the first phone call, asking for directions to the cottages, it felt like I was talking to a favorite Uncle and Aunt that I hadn't seen in a while. My husband and I have never felt so at home, when we weren't sleeping in our own bed. Every little detail, even down to having q-tips in the bathroom (c; made our stay comfortable and memorable. We can't wait to go back and stay longer! I don't know what else to say except: our stay at The Artist's Cottage was, far and away, the highlight of our visit to the big island. We love you both and missed you as soon as we left! Mahalo!!

Our Home in the Rainforest

4.8 on August 14, 2011

We were going to be arriving late in the evening, so Bob said he would leave the lights on. My husband and I entered the cottage quietly, so as not to disturb anyone else. It took us about half an hour, to realize that there was no one to disturb. This was OUR home. The kitchen cupboards and frig were fully stocked. Every amenity was available to us, right down to the fresh cut anthrium on the kitchen counter and on the lanai, as well as the much appreciated WiFi. Bonnie's paintings in all rooms, gave that added comfort to our stay. The lovely fireplace was a wonderful touch. The bathroom was a quaint spa, also fully loaded with all the luxuries. Both Bob and Bonnie were gracious and friendly. We spent 12 days in the islands and wished we could have spent more time here. Laying in bed that first night, listening to the light rain in the trees was so calming after 23 hours of travelling, we were easily lulled to sleep. The cottage is very well located, with wonderful restaurants nearby as well as the National Park and the town of Hilo. There is a basket on the kitchen counter, filled with pamphlets and brochures on different activites in the area, which was very helpful to us, as well as the suggestions by Bob and Bonnie. We cannot say enough about the cottage and the hospitality and only wish we could have spent more time here. A wonderful way to start out to celebrate our 40th anniversary. Thank you Bob and Bonnie. You have created a treasure to cherish and we did just that.

Accommodating host

3.8 on July 10, 2011

Easy access to the Volcano and surrounding area, kids thoroughly enjoyed the very lush setting. Will stay again if available.

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Rooms & Rates

Country Cottage

Tucked away within the Ohia trees and Hapu'u ferns, The Country Cottage offers all the comforts of home. Located just minutes from the entrance to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the summit of Mauna Loa where magic begins and the sky never ends. King size bed, Jacuzzi tub.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

The Artist Cottage

The Artist Cottage is lovingly decorated with deep greens and sunny yellows that balance nicely with the bamboo flooring and the fine art of Bonnie Layton in every room. You step through the front door into an open sitting room, dinning room, and a modern, well appointed kitchen with a wall of windows making the lush surroundings outside part of your enchanting indoor experience. Fresh flowers and fresh fruit await you.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Double

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Location Type

Rainforest, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Mountains, Tropical, Village


Hilo, Hawaii (Big) Island, HI (ITO) 30 miles

Directions to property:

From Kona we are after the Natl.park and just past Volcano village,You will be headed down hill towards Hilo,We are the next street after Jade St on your right side of Hwy 11,Turn right on Nahelenani St.There's a stop sign @ the old Volcano Rd.Go ahead after the stop sign and we are 3 houses on the left were the flag pole is.Green & White Cottage with red roof.11-3956 Nahelenani st.

Area Attractions

Art Galleries, Historical interests, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Volcano Village, Star Gazing, Mauna Kea Observatory Center, Hilo Town, Volcano Golf & Country Club, Picnic area, Religious Services, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Private Home Bed and Breakfast, Cottage

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Copier, Desk, Fax Machine, Telephone, Washer/dryer , coffee maker, toaster, bottled water, cooking utensils, coffee grinder, outdoor firepit

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, DVD Player, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Library, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, VCR, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bird watching, Golfing, Hiking trails, Star Gazing, Nature Walks, Park Ranger Programs, Scenic Drives, Artist Studios, Cultural Center and Events, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 3:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments Other, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 50% deposit due upon booking reservation.
  • Cancellations: Must cancel 60 days in advance of booking to receive a full refund.No refund if you cancel within 30 days of arrival date.



Bob & Bonnie

Languages spoken


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About the innkeepers

Gardening & Injoying Meeting New People from Around The World !

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self serve

  • Time Served: Self Serve
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area