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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
    • romantic
    • adventure
    • family
    • historic
    • sports & activities
    • tourist attractions
  • General
    • garage
      • Carport
    • sofa bed
    • alarm clock
    • carport
    • living area
    • towels provided
    • safe
    • iron & board
    • filtered water
    • hair dryer
    • laundry soap
    • local maps
    • paper towels
    • local restaurant guide
    • security system
    • toilet paper
    • parking
    • clothes dryer
    • telephone
    • linens provided
    • washing machine
    • fireplace
    • internet
    • wireless internet
    • local activities guide
    • basic soaps
  • Kitchen
    • kitchen
    • stove
    • dishes & utensils
    • toaster
    • blender
    • coffee grinder
    • pantry items
    • stove
    • refrigerator
    • oven
    • coffee maker
    • microwave
    • cooking utensils
    • dishwasher
    • freezer
    • ice maker
    • grill
  • Dining
    • dining area
    • dining
  • Pool / Spa
    • private pool
    • outdoor 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
    • satellite / cable
    • dvd player
    • television
    • cd player
    • stereo
    • vcr
    • books
    • radio
  • Outside
    • beach chairs
    • beach towels
    • small cooler
    • outdoor grill gas
    • porch / veranda
    • terrace
    • lawn / garden
    • patio
    • outdoor entertainment area
    • outdoor grill
    • deck / patio
  • Suitability
    • wheelchair inaccessible
    • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
    • pets not allowed
    • non smoking only
  • Onsite Services
    • massage
    • concierge
  • 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
    • cinemas
    • library
    • live theater
    • water parks
    • bay/sound
    • marina
    • museums
    • pond
    • rain forests
    • reefs
    • restaurants
    • ruins
    • volcano
    • waterfalls
    • botanical garden
    • caves
    • churches
    • forests
  • Leisure Activities
    • paddle boating
    • photography
    • horseback riding
    • walking
    • whale watching
    • luaus
    • scenic drives
    • sight seeing
    • beachcombing
    • bird watching
    • eco tourism
  • Sports & Adventure Activities
    • hunting
    • wind-surfing
    • paragliding
    • mountain climbing
    • pier fishing
    • deepsea fishing
    • hiking
    • hunting small game
    • jet skiing
    • snorkeling
    • sound/bay fishing
    • spelunking
    • surf fishing
    • roller blading
    • sailing
    • scuba diving or snorkeling
    • surfing
    • swimming
    • tennis
    • cycling
    • fishing
    • golf

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vacation rental rates

Rental Basis:
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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:
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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6 months later... the Onion House is with me

Review submitted: April 5, 2014   Date of arrival: November 29, 2013

Aloha Beth,

I just wanted to thank you again for the opportunity for staying at the Onion House. That was the great experience that has really stayed with me. Its been almost 6 months and the wallpaper on my computer is a pic I took at night of the Onion House and I look at it every day and it brings me happiness. I hope the remodel went well and I hope to revisit in the future. Again, thank you so much and hope life is wonderful, and please tell Jeanne hello from us and she was awesome

Helpful votes: 0 / 0


Best Vacation Home Ever!!!!

Review submitted: April 1, 2014   Date of arrival: March 13, 2014

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!!!!

Helpful votes: 0 / 0


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Beth McCormick

Holualoa vacation rental

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