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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 an hour
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Calendar last updated:
October 23, 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.


Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Keohola - Kona Airport


Kailua-Kona House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
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


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(68 traveler reviews)

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Architect's Kona Coffee Farm House
average rating of 4.7647057 based on 68 reviews

Masterful architecture, gorgeous views

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay here, and we loved it again completely. Just 3 miles up the hill from Kona but it feels like a different world--quiet, private, beautiful in every sense. The covered lanai is a wonderful place to enjoy breakfast, reading, napping, dinner, moon gazing... And if you need to stretch you can jump in the perfect little pool and cool off. The house has screens to keep bugs to a minimum in the bedroom, but they can't do much to block out the incessant nighttime singing of the coqui frogs and the early morning roosters so bring your ear plugs.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A beautiful farmhouse with all amenities. Was really nice having a "home" to return to each day.

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for sharing your spectacular farmhouse, we loved every moment spent there. We used all aspects of house. From having breakfast each morning on the lanai, to a daily dip in the pool. The local wildlife was enjoyable, the directions and helpful advice were spot on; couldn't have been easier. We had no other people on property....completely serene; I would definitely rent this place again ....PE

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This cottage was very unique. We loved staying up the hill with the cooler breezes and afternoon rains. Our friends rented the back cottage. This cottage would be perfect for a small group of travelers.

The place was clean and the fridge had condiments - quite unusual for a rental. A nice breeze came through when we opened both the front sliding door and the glass door leading to the lanai. There were enough towels so that we didn't have to wash them everyday. Beach chairs were available.

Overall, we would rent this place again due to it's unique architecture and location.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Authentic Island living

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful thoughtfully designed home.

The indoor/outdoor rooms helped us fully enjoy the feel of the island. The home was fully equipped with everything we needed. The pool was a huge plus. It was almost painful to have to leave this place. This was the perfect getaway for rest and relaxation. We hope to be back soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Olympia, WA

Wonderful rental house

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Snell's house: beautiful, functional design flowing into the large lanai and pool area. Always cool since it is up high and the view is expansive and lovely, both day and night. The art is also wonderful and we liked it so much we bought six pieces from the same artists up in Holualoa! Our only suggestion is a minor one and that would be to allow more drawer space for guests. Even though there were fourteen drawers in the bedroom, only four small drawers are empty for guests and we ended up leaving much of our clothing laying out. But this is a minor quibble. It truly is a wonderful place to stay--mahalo!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: aloha, Thank you for visiting my farm! I will take your suggestion and open up more drawers for guests' use. Please visit again!
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Dana Point, California

Comfortable! Beautiful! Fun! Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

Unfortunately we are leaving this morning for the Mainland and leaving a truely tropical paradise. We didn't get much water activities in because the sun didn't quite warm up the pool, but plenty of reading, touring and enjoying the location and atmosphere of this Kona Coffee Farm. We will be looking forward to returning soon!

Don't miss the restaurant Holuakoa in Holualoa, what a treat!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100
Cleaning Fee $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 14.75%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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