House, 3 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)
Our group of five thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Frank Lloyd Wright house near Waimea — what a treat to spend several days living in a space designed by the master instead of just visiting a FLW house or museum for a couple hours. So much fun detail to absorb and what a wonderful view out over the valley both day and night — turn out all the lights and the stars just glow with beautiful framing by the crescent roof. It’s a magical spot.
South Kohala were excellent hosts as well — very responsive to my emails, friendly and helpful at all times, and the check-in and check-out processes were easy and quick.
I highly recommend this experience and hope to return someday.
The Frank Lloyd Wright property is truly magical and having an experience as you have is what we strive for. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience and we look forward to welcoming you back to the island. Mahalo!
A singular experience
This house is the real deal. We loved our stay, and woke up every morning to take photos of the sunrise over Mauna Kea. Amazing.
The magic of the Frank Lloyd Wright home is incredible! We are happy to know that you enjoyed the splendor of this home and it's amazing views! Mahalo!
Exceeded Our Expectations!
I can't say enough about this incredibly unique home - the history, architecture, setting - all exceeded expectations. How fortunate we are that the owners welcome others into their home! It is in a very private setting with beautiful views of the area. All three of my boys said they would much rather return to the house at the end of the day and play football in the backyard, as opposed to a hotel or a house on the beach. We have rented a number of homes in the past for our vacations and this one is at the top of our list! Make sure to review the entire owner's manual on arrival to learn how to maximize your enjoyment of the home and area. Jennifer was great in making arrangements for us. If we ever return to the Big Island, I hope this home is still an option.
Thank you for your review and for taking the time to share this with others. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay and that this home worked wonders for your family. We look forward in welcoming you back in the future! Mahalo, South Kohala Management
A Gem on the Northern slope of the Big Island
We booked this property for a family vacation in November 2014, and the home was magnificent. Set just west of Waimea, it is about 2500 feet above sea level. The late afternoon breezes from the East would roll in with a pleasant mist, and climate-wise it was similar to that of Northern California. On our arrival through a driveway lined by towering foliage, we were greeted by five wild turkeys bouncing about the lawn and even bounding onto the roof. Alas we were unable to catch the slowest one for Thanksgiving dinner.
Entry into the home via the garage's entrance, one is embraced by the structure, almost claustrophobically as was one of Wright's features in his Taliesen homes -- he wanted guests to be welcomed and enwrapped on arrival. From there through the dining area, the layout opened up to reveal the large expanse of the living area with Wright furnishings including barrel chairs, origami chairs, and classic mission style furniture and thoughtful lighting. The lawn was putting green worthy and stepping toward the Eastern edge of the house, one finds a welcome hot tub. The bedrooms on the upper level were classic Wright, and decking from the master lent southerly views. This home is quite private with the front of the home facing the Keanuoimanu stream which can be heard trickling toward the sea. It is within 10-15 minutes' drive to beautiful beaches on the Kohala Coast, and travelling to Hilo and Volcanoes' National Park were picturesque jaunts over the Saddle road or along the Mamalahoa Highway. On a trip to Mauna Kea Observatory Visitor center where astronomy enthusiasts set up telescopes at nightfall and are generous in sharing their copes and knowledge of the night skies we took the Saddle Road and witnessed a five minute+ sheep stampede crossing from North to South, so do be careful with driving here at night [unless you want mutton]. We did not spot any donkeys, however, caution signs notwithstanding. Merriman's restaurant in Waimea was a great spot to wind down our visit the last night on the island and is but 10 minutes away. Excellent meal and stellar service.
The house is well appointed:fully stocked cookware, dishes, washer/dryer units, and linens. Property management were always available, prompt and courteous. [She came out to check out a brush fire on the hillside in front of the house which was addressed by the local volunteer fire department. not a common occurrence rest assured.] A Wright afficianados dream.