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

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vacation rental description

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

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house rental amenities

  • Property Type
    • house
  • Meals
    • guests provide their own meals
  • Location Type
    • near the ocean
      • Options to swim and snorkel abound along the Kona Coast.
    • town
      • Three miles from downtown Kailua-Kona, this location feels private, yet is close to everything.
    • ocean view
      • Expansive views of the ocean grace the interiors as well as the pool and terrace.
    • water view
      • The 70 foot pool is set on a terrace overlooking the sea.
    • mountain view
      • Mount Hualalai is the backdrop for the scenery of the Kona Coast.
  • Theme
    • family
    • historic
    • sports & activities
    • tourist attractions
    • adventure
    • romantic
  • General
    • garage
      • Carport
    • clothes dryer
    • towels provided
    • safe
    • parking
    • linens provided
    • washing machine
    • fireplace
    • telephone
    • iron & board
    • filtered water
    • hair dryer
    • laundry soap
    • local maps
    • paper towels
    • local restaurant guide
    • security system
    • toilet paper
    • sofa bed
    • alarm clock
    • carport
    • living area
    • local activities guide
    • basic soaps
    • internet
    • wireless internet
  • Kitchen
    • kitchen
    • stove
    • dishes & utensils
    • toaster
    • blender
    • coffee grinder
    • pantry items
    • stove
    • refrigerator
    • oven
    • dishwasher
    • microwave
    • cooking utensils
    • coffee maker
    • freezer
    • ice maker
    • grill
  • Dining
    • dining area
    • dining
  • Pool / Spa
    • outdoor pool
    • private pool
  • Bathrooms
    • 2 bathrooms
    • master bathroom: toilet, shower
    • main bathroom: toilet, shower
    • outdoor feeling: outdoor shower
  • Bedrooms
    • 3 bedrooms, sleeps 6, beds for 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.
  • Entertainment
    • television
    • dvd player
    • vcr
    • cd player
    • stereo
    • satellite / cable
    • books
    • radio
  • Outside
    • outdoor grill
    • deck / patio
    • outdoor entertainment area
    • patio
    • lawn / garden
    • terrace
    • beach chairs
    • beach towels
    • small cooler
    • outdoor grill gas
    • porch / veranda
  • Suitability
    • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
    • wheelchair inaccessible
    • pets not allowed
    • non smoking only
  • Onsite Services
    • concierge
    • massage
  • 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.

activities and attractions in Holualoa The Big Island

  • Attractions
    • marina
    • museums
    • pond
    • rain forests
    • bay/sound
    • reefs
    • restaurants
    • ruins
    • volcano
    • waterfalls
    • botanical garden
    • caves
    • churches
    • forests
    • cinemas
    • library
    • live theater
    • water parks
  • Leisure Activities
    • horseback riding
    • beachcombing
    • bird watching
    • scenic drives
    • eco tourism
    • luaus
    • sight seeing
    • walking
    • whale watching
    • paddle boating
    • photography
  • Sports & Adventure Activities
    • hunting
    • snorkeling
    • sound/bay fishing
    • spelunking
    • surf fishing
    • mountain climbing
    • pier fishing
    • deepsea fishing
    • hiking
    • hunting small game
    • jet skiing
    • roller blading
    • sailing
    • scuba diving or snorkeling
    • surfing
    • swimming
    • tennis
    • cycling
    • fishing
    • golf
    • wind-surfing
    • paragliding

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vacation rental rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
Rental rates quoted in:

Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekend Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
Summer 2014
Jun 1 2014 - Aug 31 2014
4 nights
Fall 2014
Sep 1 2014 - Dec 14 2014
4 nights
Winter 2014
Dec 15 2014 - Dec 24 2014
4 nights
Dec 25 2014 - Jan 1 2015
4 nights
Winter 2015
Jan 2 2015 - Mar 31 2015
4 nights
Spring 2015
Apr 1 2015 - May 31 2015
4 nights
Summer 2015
Jun 1 2015 - Aug 31 2015
4 nights
Fall 2015
Sep 1 2015 - Dec 14 2015
4 nights
Dec 2015
Dec 15 2015 - Dec 23 2015
4 nights
Holiday, 2015
Dec 24 2015 - Jan 1 2016
4 nights
Winter 2016
Jan 2 2016 - Mar 31 2016
4 nights
My Standard Rate
4 nights

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $365
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:
Hawaii State Tax ID #- WO-1181490-01
Tax Rate 13.42%

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traveler reviews for this holualoa house rental

I wish I could live there

Review submitted: February 18, 2007   Date of arrival: January 1, 2007

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!

Helpful votes: 25 / 50

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Only place I wanted to stay in Hawaii

Review submitted: June 23, 2014   Date of arrival: June 21, 2014

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.

Helpful votes: 0 / 0


A Work of Art

Review submitted: May 27, 2014   Date of arrival: May 19, 2014

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.

Helpful votes: 0 / 0


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Holualoa vacation rental

This vacation rental has been listed since 08/31/2004.