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The Onion House 'Architecture so full of life it seems to breathe.'

The Onion House 'Architecture so full of life it seems to breathe.'

Overview

Property Details

Updated: Nov 25, 2014
3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 6

Home of the McCormick Spice family, the Onion House is a unique architectural treasure with stunning visual aesthetics. It has been featured on MTV, Travel Channel, Learning Channel, Fine Living Channel, HGTV, Global Architecture Magazine, and Architectural Digest.

Swim and sunbathe in privacy, enjoying the 70' pool, gardens, and lily ponds. The terrace faces sunsets and Kailua Bay, providing the ideal setting for candlelight dinners. The translucent roof and walls of stained glass allow filtered sunlight throughout. The detached master suite features a private walled garden. A covered outdoor walkway leading to the master bedroom structure is flanked by lily ponds and the turquoise pool overlooking the sea.

With grounds of nearly an acre, five minutes from town or beach, this is the perfect base camp for exploring the Big Island.

Guestbook:: Beth, Beth, how can we ever say thank you enough for the beautiful experience at the Onion House? Joe and I and my mother had the most relaxing and enjoyable time. I cannot think of anything that was missing. We did manage to get to a beach so Mom could put her feet in the ocean and one day we drove to Waimea so she could see the lava flows, We also managed to get to a coffee plantation. Other than that, the privacy and peacefulness at the house was the high point of the trip. The geckos, birds, flowers, fruits and plants along with the sound of water in the pool made for a paradise. We slept great, got up at dawn and just watched the place come alive. I cannot imagine ever going to a hotel again. Thank you again for being a part of this gift for my mom. Dawn

Hi Beth, Peter and I had a great time at the Onion House. It did so much for us as a couple and as hard working people. We have come back to Sonoma with new energy and vision as to how to enjoy life fully. We did alot of exploring this time on the big Island. We went out past Havi to the trail head that goes forever. We hiked down two mountains through two rivers and found bamboo forests and Jurassic Palms. We also went horse back riding near Waimea and had so much fun with the people and horses, it reminded me of being a child with my friends. We found a beautiful beach just north of the airport where we hiked along the lava flow and found fresh water spring fed pools in the lava to swim in after the ocean. We felt like Adam and Eve. The house was such a magical place to end our day and watch the sun go down. We loved swimming au natural in the pool and playing kids games. Thank you and your family and your Aunt's vision for creating a haven on earth.

Namaste, Michele & Peter

Dear Beth,

26 days in Hawaii and the Onion House was definitely one of the highlights of

our trip!

Thank you for letting us experience the Onion House for those two days. My

family never stopped grinning from ear to ear the entire time they were

staying there.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading about your Aunt and the history of the house. I

have been sharing the story and pictures of the house with my friends and

neighbors. Your Aunt is a character I won't soon forget.

The overwhelming feeling I had while staying there was one of thankfulness

that you restored the house and then let others experience it's unique charm.

Thank you, Beth, for everything.

Cindy Koziarz

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided

Recent Review

About the Owner

Beth McCormick is a largely self-taught artist who has spent her life exploring the expressions of spirit in a variety of media. As a child she fell in love with unusual architecture, and later had the opportunity to purchase and renovate the Onion House, part of her family’s legacy, which has become a widely acclaimed example of Organic Architecture. Beth McCormick’s artwork has been collected internationally, and ranges from the natural splendor of feathered masks and shields, to landscapes and figures rendered in pastels and oils. The artwork and home have been chronicled in many television and print features, and her artwork has been shown in over 90 galleries nationwide and abroad. Her work is in many private collections, including the Michael Rosenberg Collection in London, and the Chris Hemmeter Collection in Hawaii. She also works to establish sustainability of the natural world through the Permaculture Foundation of Hawaii, of which she is a founding member.

Speaks:: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

This is the only place I want to stay in hawaii. I wanted to for years and now that I can you're booked (for the rest of this year.) So sad. But I will make it one day. Thank you.
Jun 2014
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Reviews

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The Onion House 'Architecture so full of life it seems to breathe.'
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p103840
Kailua Kona Kona Coast
San Francisco, CA
5

I wish I could live there

  • 5 of 5
This place was amazing. Very peaceful, and very beautiful. If you have the chance, stay at the Onion House. My boyfriends father took seven of us around new years, there was plenty of room. I can't think of one thing that turned me off about this house. There are almost no real walls, its all beautiful stained glass and secure screens that seperate indoor from outdoor. Inside of course there are walls, it's private. My favorite thing, making breakfast in the morning and eating outside on the patio next to the pool. Having coffee and playing with the geckos, (they love scrambled eggs!). If you're going take me with you! To the owner: Thanking you for sharing such a great and special place! I'll remember it forever!
  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2007
  • Stayed: Dec 2006
  • Source: HomeAway
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The Onion House 'Architecture so full of life it seems to breathe.'
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p103840
Kailua Kona Kona Coast
San Leandro
5

Magic in the Islands

  • 5 of 5
This magical and spiritually charged home is the stuff dreams are made of. The imagination of Aunty Dofeen, the vision of Kendrick Bangs Kellogg and all the artisans have combined to create this impossibly wonderful mosaic of stone, glass, translucent panels, and nature into a most magical setting. The Onion House may not be for everybody. However, if you, like me, still believe in magic, you will find it here. Mahalo Nui Loa Beth. Without your love in preserving this incredible dream, the island would have lost a modern heiau. We are honored and humbled to be included in your ohana.
  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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The Onion House 'Architecture so full of life it seems to breathe.'
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p103840
Kailua Kona Kona Coast
Snellville, GA
4

A Work of Art

  • 4 of 5
We stayed 4 nights at the Onion House and enjoyed our time there. It was a very unique experience. We felt like we were camping in luxury. It rained every night while we were there and listening to the rain made for very nice sleeping. For a house that is 50 years old it does show aging that is not reflected on the website. We enjoyed our time there.
  • Submitted: May 27, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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The Onion House 'Architecture so full of life it seems to breathe.'
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p103840
Kailua Kona Kona Coast
McCall, Idaho
5

Best Vacation Home Ever!!!!

  • 5 of 5
The Onion House is the best vacation home ever!! I stayed with 5 other women and it was perfect for all of us. We felt like we were in paradise. It met all of our needs and coming home at night after a long day at the beach and having our own private pool was wonderful. Loved the architecture! Just can't say enough wonderful things about the Onion House. I will return!!!!
  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
business
The Onion House 'Architecture so full of life it seems to breathe.'
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p103840
Kailua Kona Kona Coast
5

Wonderful Experience

  • 5 of 5
The Onion House was a perfect place to celebrate four "special" birthdays with five of my girlfriends. I never tired of looking at the view towards the ocean through the beautiful stained glass windows. I felt I belonged there and was sorry when my stay came to an end. Thank you Beth for sharing your beautiful house with us.
  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
business
The Onion House 'Architecture so full of life it seems to breathe.'
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p103840
Kailua Kona Kona Coast
5

The magic of the Onion House!

  • 5 of 5
We made the Onion House our base from which to introduce my sister and brother-in-law to the the Big Island. Its energy refreshed and energized us all. Never before have we enjoyed such magic. We snorkeled with dolphins and manta rays, whales serenaded us while scuba-diving and entertained us while we enjoyed beautiful beaches, sunset and star-gazing - truly spectacular from the deck and from the summit of Mauna Kea (green flashes two days in a row). We will return to our Big Island as Friends of the Onion House.
  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Location

From the Owner

There's no place on earth like this.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : KOA- Keahole-Kona Airport at 10 Miles Nearest Barpub : Lulu's, Huggos at 3 Miles Nearest Golf : Keauhou Golf Course at 3 Miles Nearest Motorway : Kuakini and Queen Kaahumanu at 1 Miles Nearest Restaurant : La Bourgoyne French Restaurant, Kona Inn, Sam Choy at 1 Miles Nearest Beach : Magic Sands, Kahaluu Beach Park at 2 Miles Car: necessary

A mini-continent offering a taste of almost every climate on the planet, the Big Island of Hawaii is known for fountaining volcanoes, emerald cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and year-round sunny, warm beaches. Some of the best telescopes in the world are located on the snowy peak of Mauna Loa, while the reefs offer snorkeling, diving, whale-watching, and surfing in abundance. One of the most famous places in the world for swimming with wild dolphins, Kealakekua Bay and the City of Refuge offer a delightful introduction to the underwater realm. (Be respectful; let dolphins approach you if they want to interact.) The night dive with manta rays is one of the world's top-rated dives.

Other Activities: Swimming with wild dolphins, turtles, mantas. Exploring Hawaiian Sacred Sites

Availability

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Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Fall 2014
Sep 1 2014 - Dec 14 2014
4 night minimum stay
$330
$2,250
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter 2014
Dec 15 2014 - Dec 24 2014
4 night minimum stay
$360
$2,450
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Holiday
Dec 25 2014 - Jan 1 2015
3 night minimum stay
$450
$3,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter 2015
Jan 2 2015 - Apr 30 2015
3 night minimum stay
$360
$2,450
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Summer 2015
May 1 2015 - Aug 31 2015
4 night minimum stay
$330
$2,250
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Sept 2015
Sep 1 2015 - Sep 30 2015
3 night minimum stay
$295
$1,995
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Fall 2015
Oct 1 2015 - Nov 14 2015
3 night minimum stay
$330
$2,250
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Nov-Dec 2015
Nov 15 2015 - Dec 23 2015
3 night minimum stay
$360
$2,450
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Holiday, 2015
Dec 24 2015 - Jan 1 2016
4 night minimum stay
$450
$3,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter, 2016
Jan 2 2016 - Apr 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
$360
$2,450
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Summer, 2016
May 1 2016 - Aug 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
$330
$2,250
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Sept 2016
Sep 1 2016 - Sep 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
$295
$1,995
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Fall, 2016
Oct 1 2016 - Nov 14 2016
3 night minimum stay
$330
$2,250
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Nov-Dec 2016
Nov 15 2016 - Dec 23 2016
3 night minimum stay
$360
$2,450
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Holiday 2016
Dec 24 2016 - Jan 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
$450
$3,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter 2017
Jan 2 2017 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
$360
$2,450
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Summer, 2017
May 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
$330
$2,250
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Sept 2017
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
$295
$1,995
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Fall, 2017
Oct 1 2017 - Nov 14 2017
3 night minimum stay
$330
$2,250
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Nov- Dec 2017
Nov 15 2017 - Dec 23 2017
3 night minimum stay
$360
$2,450
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Holiday 2017
Dec 24 2017 - Jan 1 2018
3 night minimum stay
$450
$3,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$295
$1,995
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

  • Cleaning fee per week $350 + Tax
  • Tax Rate 13.42%

Payment options include a check, money order, or cashier’s check payable in US dollars, or a wire transfer. Details provided with rental agreement. A refundable security $500 deposit secures the reservation, and full payment is due 90 days prior to arrival.

Deposits are fully refundable if the guest cancels more than 90 days prior to arrival. For cancellations less than 90 days ahead, the amount of time that can be re-booked to another party will be refunded. More information, photos and video can be seen on the website: http://www.onionhousehawaii.com
Hawaii State Tax ID #- WO-1181490-01

Amenities

From the Owner

A unique part of Hawaiian history, the Onion House is a pivotal piece of my family's history, built by my favorite aunt, 'Auntie Dofeen.' I have the opportunity to share the home with guests from around the world, who bring friends and family to celebrate special moments in their lives.

Property Type

  • house

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

General

  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Carport
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet

Kitchen

  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Dining
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool

Onsite Services

  • Concierge
  • Massage

Suitability

  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Town
  • Water View

Attractions

  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • water parks
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting small game
  • jet skiing
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Bathrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet, shower
  • Main Bathroom - toilet, shower
  • Outdoor feeling - outdoor shower

Bedrooms

  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king, Detached master suite has meditation garden
  • Lilypond Bedroom - 1 double, 2 smaller bedrooms share a bath between
  • Mauka Bedroom - 1 double
  • HGTV selected this as one of the World's 'Most Romantic Bedrooms.' A covered outdoor walkway leads past the lily pond and swimming pool to the separate master bedroom structure. A separate walled meditation garden leads off the master bedroom suite. Two smaller bedrooms, with a bath between them, are in the main structure.

Outside

  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs

Meals

  • Guests provide their own meals

Notes:

  • The estate offers privacy for swimming and sunbathing. You enter the detached master suite through a covered walkway traversing between the fragrant lily pond and the 70 foot swimming pool, overlooking the coastline. This is an excellent place to view the sunset, practice yoga, or slip into the water.
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