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Architect's Kona Coffee Farm House

Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2 adults)

Snell Kona Coffee Farm is located on the historic Mamalahoa Highway in the Kona Coffee Belt area.

The half-acre coffee orchard of four hundred trees surrounds two beautiful custom designed and built homes; the farm house and a cottage. The cottage is not for rent, so the farm house is very private.

The farm is 1200 feet above sea-level on the slopes of Hualalai Volcano (dormant) with breath-taking views of Kona and the vast Pacific Ocean. The farm house has a spacious covered lanai and sliding glass doors that open completely onto the lanai with unobstructed 180 degree views of the Pacific Ocean. A 4 foot deep lap pool adjoins the lanai.

The property is terraced with lava rock, landscaped with a variety of tropical plants and very private.

The homes were designed by renown Seattle architect, Chris Snell. The architecture mimics traditional Hawaiian hale (homes) and Japanese farm houses.

The building materials are unique to the Kona-area. He incorporated lava rock walls, hand milled Ohia trees for framing and paneling. The homes are constructed by the best carpenters and craftsmen on island.

The farm house is built of hand milled Ohia wood. The slider doors are teak. The kitchen cabinets are bamboo with black granite counters. The roof is galvanized metal and exposed on the interior of the home. The roof replicates the corrugated tin roofs seen on old coffee shacks. The home is exquisite in every detail. The bed room looks over the lap pool into the coffee orchard.

This a working farm and during coffee harvest from September to December, you can watch coffee picking and processing on the farm.

Snell Kona Coffee Farm is only a ten minute drive down the mountain to Kona Town for shopping, and beautiful white sand beaches for swimming and snorkeling. Holualoa is a quaint town located 3 miles south of the farm.

The town is an artist-community and home to numerous art galleries. Mamalahoa Highway is a historic road, the High Road, and runs through the heart of Kona Coffee Belt with many fascinating towns, galleries, farms and historical sites.

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Mo Snell
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
May 26, 2017

About Mo Snell

I enjoy farming Kona Coffee, swimming in the ocean and learning about 'old Hawaii.'

Mo Snell purchased this house in 1998

Why Mo Snell chose Kona Coast

The farm is a 15 minute drive down the mountain to Kailua-Kona for shopping and beautiful white sand beaches for swimming and snorkeling. Holualoa is a quaint town located 3 miles south of the farm. It is an artists' community and features numerous art galleries. Mamalahoa Highway is an historice road and runs through the heart of the Kona Coffee Belt with many fascinating towns, galleries, farms and historical sites.

What makes this house unique

The farm house is surrounded by coffee trees, palm trees, avocado and other fruit trees for privacy. The quiet beauty of the surrounding jungle, the tropical song birds and the verdant coffee orchard imbue health and serenity.


Kailua-Kona House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Large soaking tub, shower with view of coast line.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(59 traveler reviews)

Architect's Kona Coffee Farm House
average rating of 4.7288136 based on 59 reviews

Beautiful House, Privacy Issues

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I just returned to the mainland after spending five nights here for honeymoon. As the pictures and other reviewers have indicated, this is a beautifully situated property with a unique outdoors/indoors concept and a stunning design. We both loved seeing the views and viewing all the critters associated with this place

However, I have to agree with previous reviews regarding the issues regarding privacy when staying here. There is another "cottage" on this property in VERY close proximity to the farm house (~100-200 ft away). As I recall, when I initially made the booking for this property that fact was not clearly disclosed in the property description and it was certainly not captured in the photos. I learned of the fact that the other house would be rented at the same time as we were there based on reading the other reviews/responses. When we arrived, we were disappointed to find the other renters parked in such a manner that we could not park in front of the house. This continued to happen several times during the course of our visit as the renters frequently had guests over, so there would be up to 3 other cars parked in a very narrow parking area that was difficult to navigate out of to begin with. Furthermore, there is a window in the bedroom of the farm house by which the occupants of the farm house can see the other house and vice versa. This window is only covered by a bamboo shade that is practically see through. I was quite disappointed in the fact that although we chose this property for rest and relaxation, we were both awoken more than once by conversations that were occurring on the deck of the other house (that is how close the two houses are).

Although the owner was responsive and pleasant, I think that marketing this property as "private" when the other cottage is rented is a bit disingenuous. A lava rock wall was not sufficient enough to block sound, sight, and interactions with the other renters. Normally, I have no problems interacting with the outside world, but on this particular trip, I was disappointed at not having the privacy I thought I was getting when I selected this property. I would encourage other renters looking for privacy to verify that the other house on property will not be rented during their stay.

  • Submitted: May 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful views in a unique floor plan.

  • 5 of 5

Outstanding place to stay to just relax and enjoy the views. Everything opens up and you feel like your outdoors, very relaxing especially in the morning with a cup of coffee. Hope to be back again!

  • Submitted: May 10, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful accommodations

  • 5 of 5

Great place to stay. Happy to return again.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Unique getaway above Kona

  • 4 of 5

Very eclectic farmhouse revealing the personal quirks and design esthetic of the owner/architect. Can tell design inspiration was an old coffee farmhouse, but softened and modernized with teak, bamboo, and concrete flooring. He must've loved copper tubing. Pictures are accurate. Truly a couple's retreat. Perched on the side of a terraced hill above small plot of coffee plants the view is fantastic. Time spent on the covered Lani will surely decompress. We tended to eat all meals outside. Small Weber grill was nice to have. Kitchen is well equipped but architectural lighting makes it a bit difficult to work after dark.

As others mentioned, feral roosters will "serenade" every morning so be prepared. No heat or AC and designed to be VERY open to the outside. Almost entire back of house can be opened. We enjoyed picking fresh fruit (tangerines, lemons, avocado) from trees on-property. Holualoa is interesting small artist colony and well worth a day to explore. As are the many working coffee farms along the road (Holualoa and Hulu Daddy personal favorites). Multiple "curvy two lane" ways to get down the hill to Kona and beaches. About 15-20 minutes depending on traffic.

Ohana cottage is located behind the farmhouse and shares driveway. Longer term cottage renter present during our stay but unobtrusive, quiet and kept to themselves. Accordingly, claiming "private" is a little bit of a stretch. Only TV located in bedroom and can only view from bed. Wifi speed ok but unsecured network. Pool would be perfect during hotter months but water a bit cool (72-76) during our stay. We simply enjoyed the many birds stopping by for a quick splash and drink every day.

We were looking for a place to live like a local and away from crowds in the beach towns. We were very happy with this property, the cleanliness, unique experience and would return. Thank you Mo for sharing your personal slice of Kona.

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful setting and architecture. Relaxing. You are on 'Kona time' by the end of your stay.

  • 5 of 5

Fabulous property. Much different from the usual hotel scene in a very good way. The pool is very relaxing.

Don't forget to play with the ukulele while watching the ocean even if you have never touched one before. Makes me want to learn and move to Hawaii!

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property.....but a few issues

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful and truly unique property. Gorgeous views. Well appointed and extremely clean. Well advised of the rooster, frog, and other noises. Excellent information from owner on local attractions/restuarants/activities. Excellent and timely communications from the caretaker.

A couple of points that would have been nice to know prior to renting. The pool is not heated and a bit chilly for our January visit, the cabin is open air to the outside (leading to wide temperature swings), and the location/privacy of the property.

The first two issues were completely understandable and easy to deal with (just would have been nice to know beforehand). The third issue is the reason for my 4 star rating.

From the photos and the description of the coffee plantation setting/presence of a caretaker house we were under the impression that we would be in a bit more private setting. In deciding to book, privacy was an acceptable tradeoff for being away from the ocean. As it turns out, it was pretty tight quarters with the caretaker cabin. Tight turn from the main road into the access road with a youth hostile property located in close proximity to the house. Not being snobby, just wasn't expecting the presence of the youth hostile. The caretaker cabin is literally next door to the residence and shares the parking area with a big 4 wheel drive truck. It is also necessary to close the blinds in the bedroom as the caretaker cabin porch is easily visible and literally 60 feet from the bed.

We had an awesome stay in Kona. Seeing the lava flow into the ocean on the Hilo side of the island and snorkeling with the giant manta rays were definitely in my top 10 things that I have done/experienced in my life. However the privacy issues above would definitely have influenced my decision to rent this property and is the reason I cannot give this property my highest rating.

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear guests, thank you for the review. To clarify, the youth hostel that you mention is an air BnB in my neighbor's home. It is one small bedroom. Also the caretaker's cottage on my farm is my private cottage and normally not occupied. I have rented it to a French couple for 6 months ending in May. The cottage and house are in close proximity but separated by a garden, coffee trees and the house has a rock wall facing the cottage which offers privacy. I mention in the description that the pool is heated by solar. It does not warm up when it's cloudy. It's usually about the same temperature as the ocean. Mahalo for visiting.
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Keohola - Kona Airport


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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Nov 15 2017 - Jan 15 2018
3 night minimum stay
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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100
Cleaning Fee $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.41%

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100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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