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The Onion House 'Architecture So Full of Life it Seems to Breathe.'

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Lava Rock walls create a high terrace overlooking the sea.

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Last updated: 07/01/2015
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  • Minimum stay:3-4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property 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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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Concierge
  • Massage

Suitability

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Master Bedroom: 1 king

    Detached master suite has meditation garden...moreless

  • Lilypond Bedroom: 1 double

    2 smaller bedrooms share a bath between...moreless

  • Mauka Bedroom: 1 double

    ...moreless

  • 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....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • 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....moreless

Entertainment

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

Theme

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

Attractions

  • Bay/Sound
  • Botanical Garden
  • Caves
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Pond
  • Rain Forests
  • Reefs
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Volcano
  • Water Parks
  • Waterfalls

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Luaus
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Mount Hualalai is the backdrop for the scenery of the Kona Coast....moreless

  • Near The Ocean:

    Options to swim and snorkel abound along the Kona Coast....moreless

  • Ocean View:

    Expansive views of the ocean grace the interiors as well as the pool and terrace....moreless

  • Town:

    Three miles from downtown Kailua-Kona, this location feels private, yet is close to everything. ...moreless

  • Water View:

    The 70 foot pool is set on a terrace overlooking the sea....moreless

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

Dining

  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Carport
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Garage:

    Carport...moreless

  • 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

Outside

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

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2015
May 1 - Aug 31, 2015
4 night min stay
$330
$2,250

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Sept 2015
Sep 1 - Sep 30, 2015
3 night min stay
$295
$1,995

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Fall 2015
Oct 1 - Nov 14, 2015
3 night min stay
$330
$2,250

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Nov-Dec 2015
Nov 15 - Dec 23, 2015
3 night min stay
$360
$2,450

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Holiday, 2015
Dec 24 - Jan 1, 2016
4 night min stay
$450
$3,000

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Winter, 2016
Jan 2 - Apr 30, 2016
3 night min stay
$360
$2,450

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Summer, 2016
May 1 - Aug 31, 2016
3 night min stay
$330
$2,250

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Sept 2016
Sep 1 - Sep 30, 2016
3 night min stay
$295
$1,995

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Fall, 2016
Oct 1 - Nov 14, 2016
3 night min stay
$330
$2,250

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Nov-Dec 2016
Nov 15 - Dec 23, 2016
3 night min stay
$360
$2,450

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Holiday 2016
Dec 24 - Jan 1, 2017
3 night min stay
$450
$3,000

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Winter 2017
Jan 2 - Apr 30, 2017
3 night min stay
$360
$2,450

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Summer, 2017
May 1 - Aug 31, 2017
3 night min stay
$330
$2,250

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Sept 2017
Sep 1 - Sep 30, 2017
3 night min stay
$295
$1,995

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Fall, 2017
Oct 1 - Nov 14, 2017
3 night min stay
$330
$2,250

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Nov- Dec 2017
Nov 15 - Dec 23, 2017
3 night min stay
$360
$2,450

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Holiday 2017
Dec 24 - Jan 1, 2018
3 night min stay
$450
$3,000

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$295
$1,995

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest


Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Cleaning fee per week $350 + tax
  • Tax Rate 13.416%

Notes:

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

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.


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Location

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

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

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1984

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.

Why the Owner Chose Private Homes:
There's no place on earth like this.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
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.


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Photos

  • Lava Rock walls create a high terrace overlooking the sea.

    Lava Rock walls create a high terrace overlooking the sea.

  • This unique structure was hand-built by celebrated architect Kendrick Kellogg.

    This unique structure was hand-built by celebrated architect Kendrick Kellogg.

  • The fanciful stained glass was crafted by famed artist James Hubbell.

    The fanciful stained glass was crafted by famed artist James Hubbell.

  • The Onion House was chosen by the Travel Channel 'Best Deals, Best Values.'

    The Onion House was chosen by the Travel Channel 'Best Deals, Best Values.'

  • This creative retreat offers privacy to enjoy the pool, terrace, and gardens.

    This creative retreat offers privacy to enjoy the pool, terrace, and gardens.

  • With no outer walls, only screens and stained glass separate indoors and out

    With no outer walls, only screens and stained glass separate indoors and out

  • Night diving (or snorkeling) with manta rays is 1 of the world's top-rated dives

    Night diving (or snorkeling) with manta rays is 1 of the world's top-rated dives

  • The Big Island is a mini-continent containing nearly every climate on earth.

    The Big Island is a mini-continent containing nearly every climate on earth.

  • "An architecture so full of life it seems to breathe."- Global Architecture

    "An architecture so full of life it seems to breathe."- Global Architecture

  • The master bedroom overlooks the 70 foot pool, and the delightful Kona coast.

    The master bedroom overlooks the 70 foot pool, and the delightful Kona coast.

  • Water garden with fountain, lily pond, and stone bench with view of the sunset.

    Water garden with fountain, lily pond, and stone bench with view of the sunset.

  • Lily ponds and a 70 foot turquoise pool wrap around the home.

    Lily ponds and a 70 foot turquoise pool wrap around the home.

  • Light filters through the stained glass walls and the translucent roof panels.

    Light filters through the stained glass walls and the translucent roof panels.

  • The terrace provides the ultimate setting for brunch, or candle light dinners.

    The terrace provides the ultimate setting for brunch, or candle light dinners.

  • The design encourages tropical living in harmony with the natural environment.

    The design encourages tropical living in harmony with the natural environment.

  • The perfect base camp for exploring the Island of Hawaii.

    The perfect base camp for exploring the Island of Hawaii.

  • Peel mangoes or arrange flowers in either the indoor or outdoor kitchen sinks.

    Peel mangoes or arrange flowers in either the indoor or outdoor kitchen sinks.

  • The island's best setting for a romantic dinner.

    The island's best setting for a romantic dinner.

  • Helicopter over an erupting volcano.

    Helicopter over an erupting volcano.

  • Kona temperatures are comfortable for year-round swimming and snorkeling.

    Kona temperatures are comfortable for year-round swimming and snorkeling.

  • HGTV named this one of the 'Ten Most Romantic Bedrooms in the World.'

    HGTV named this one of the 'Ten Most Romantic Bedrooms in the World.'

  • Sunsets are a nightly celebration.

    Sunsets are a nightly celebration.

  • The separate master suite has a private walled garden.

    The separate master suite has a private walled garden.

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Minimum stay: 3-4 nights
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Speaks: english
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