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The Onion House- Vacation in a work of art!

Vacation in a work of art!
Built for the McCormick Spice family overlooking the Kona coast...
46 reviews
Vacation in a work of art!
Built for the McCormick Spice family overlooking the Kona coast...
Chosen by the Travel Channel 'Best Deals' and 'Amazing Vacation Homes.'
Dramatic sunsets light up the Kona skies.
Privacy in which to swim and sunbathe
Global Architecture Magazine did a 50 page retrospective of Kellogg's work
View from the master bedroom to the sea
Warm climate and a delightful view.
HGTV chose this as one of the 10 most romantic bedrooms in the world.
The Onion House is a wonderful setting for a honeymoon or romantic getaway.
Helicopter over the erupting volcano while you're on Hawaii Island.
A natural skylight illuminates the sink in the main bathroom.
Landmark example of Organic Architecture
Relish the bounty of tropical fruits in this Hawaiian kitchen.
Year round near-perfect weather
Candle light dinners or mid-morning brunches on the terrace are a delight.
The estate is just under an acre, centrally located near beaches and restaurants.
Enjoy sailing, snorkeling with dolphins, diving with manta rays, and whale watching.
Translucent roof panels let the sunlight filter into the interiors.
Artist/owner Beth McCormick creates feather work, sculpture, and oil paintings.
This villa is 5 minutes from town and beaches, yet in its own world.
Central fireplace and concrete arches form this unique structure.
Interior walls are lava rock, while exterior walls are screen or stained glass.
Famed artist James Hubbell created the mosaic dining room table and stained glass throughout.
Interiors are fully integrated with surrounding gardens, pool, and fishpond.
The 70 ft turquoise pool wraps around the home.
Tropical architecture emphasizes living with nature.
Dramatic lighting at night
The master bedroom is a separate structure with bath and private walled garden.
Awaken to the sound of birds.
Master bath
Master bath opens up to garden and pond.
Master bedroom structure framed by African tulip tree.
This artist's home is graced by the stained glass of James Hubbell.
The Onion House is the perfect base camp for exploring & photographing Hawaii's dramatic landscape.
Permaculture plantings provide an edible landscape.
This unusual architecture is an example of Kendrick Kellogg's remarkable body of work.
This compound affords ample privacy around the pool and gardens.
Many varieties of citrus, mango, avocado, and dragon fruit are planted.
A covered walkway links the two structures.
Architectural details delight the eye.
Translucent roof panels invite the light
The carport structure greets your arrival at the Onion House.
Cast concrete arches, redwood and cedar form the carport structure.
Even the carport design is one-of-a-kind.
Entry steps lead up onto the raised terrace platform.
Lava rock walls form the terrace platform.
Entry steps
Madagascar Gold Dust Day Gecko
The entryway takes you to a different realm
Lava walls echo the form of the Hawaiian 'heiau' or sacred temple structures.
Living immersed in nature is a treat for the senses
One writer's description:  'The Sydney Opera House Meets Stonehenge!'
Covered walkway passes between the fishpond and the 70' turquoise swimming pool.
A covered walkway seems to float between the detached master suite and the main structure.
The influence of Frank Lloyd Wright is seen in the wrought iron spires and gate.
Visit nearby farmer's markets to sample unusual tropical fruit, such as mangosteen, cherimoya, etc.
With an emphasis on sustainable living, the gardens are planted with fruit trees.
Small guest bedroom has its own lanai opening onto the lily pond.
Each bedroom has a doorway to the gardens.
Each door is individually crafted into a unique shape.
Each bedroom has a door leading to a different part of the garden.
The estate accommodates six guests.
This villa faces the sunsets off the Kona Coast... and sometimes, you'll see 'the green flash.'
An adventurous vacation awaits your discovery.
James Hubbell's stained glass work is world-famous.
Unique patterns and details characterize Ken Kellogg's architecture.
Some endangered Hawaiian plant species are featured in the gardens.
An eco-tourist mecca, the Big Island has many unique spots for you to explore.
Sustainable living in harmony with the natural environment.
Inspired by nature, this home invites you to relax.
'Amazing Vacation Homes' showcased the Onion House.
Hawai'i Island is a photographer's delight.
The covered walkway connects these two remarkable structures.
This island villa is a perfect base camp for your adventures on the Big Island of Hawaii.
'An architecture so full of life it breathes!'
Signature style of architect Kendrick Bangs Kellogg.
One of nine homes across the US chosen for 'Wild Houses' by the Learning Channel.
A short getaway or a more relaxed vacation, you're sure to enjoy the pace of life in the islands.
Some water lilies bloom in the day; others, at night.
Landmark residence with authentic Hawaiian heritage.
Featured in Hawaiian Island Homes Magazine, Architectural Digest, Global Architecture, etc.
'Offbeat America' featured the Onion House on HGTV.
See the onionhousehawaii.com art gallery for more of owner Beth McCormick's artwork.
Lava rock walls echo the forms of Hawaiian sacred sites, or heiau.
Round stainless steel sinks were an original part of Kellogg's design.
Whimsical stained glass designed and created by James Hubbell.
The pool overlooks the west Or lee side of the Big Island, which typically gets little rainfall.
Translucent roof panels
Architectural details delight the eye
The curves of a leaf form inspired details throughout the house.
Warm sunlight and balmy afternoon weather... and a translucent roof.
Your vacation can be either adventurous or relaxed, according to your taste and preference.
Hoping for a 'green flash' sunset.
Whether you want to helicopter over an erupting volcano, or just relax, this is your base camp.
Illuminated architecture.
'The house of light and stone.'
Samantha Brown featured the Onion House on 'Girl Meets Hawaii: Best Deals, Best Values.'
Guest bedroom in the main structure
Spectacular sunsets are a nightly celebration.
Lounge and swim in privacy.
The master bedroom has views of the 70 ft. pool and the Kona coast.
The master bedroom is a separate structure, with private walled meditation garden and bath.
The water garden features a fountain, lily pond, and stone bench for viewing sunsets.
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms , Sleeps 6
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
The historic 'Onion House,' built by the McCormick spice family, is a unique architectural treasure, with stunning visual aesthetics.

With walls of screen and stained glass, light dances throughout the interior. At night, the translucent roof panels glow like twin Japanese lanterns. Two arched structures lie surrounded by pool, fishponds, and gardens, perched on a lava rock terrace overlooking the Kona Coast. This unique home was hand-built by the famed architect Kendrick Bangs Kellogg, an innovator of Organic Architecture. James Hubbell created the stained glass and mosaic dining table. The home, owned by artist Beth McCormick, has received international acclaim due to its innovative architecture and beauty.

The Onion House has been featured by:
*The Travel Channel
*Architectural Digest
*The Learning Channel
*The Fine Li...
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About the Owner, Terri W
Languages spoken: English
Response Rate: 88 %
Response Time: Within a few hours
Calendar Updated: 1 day ago
Listed since : Sep 2011
Overall rating: 5.0 / 5.0
Based on 46 reviews and 1 property
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West Sacramento, California
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Reviewed 4 February 2018 for a stay in January 2018

If you’re looking for an authentic Hawaiian experience, The Onion House is perfect. Surrounded by lush, tropical gardens. Fully stocked with most everything you’ll need. Great, quiet neighborhood (non-subdivision feel). Comfy bed in the separate wing. There are stairs to get up to the house. You may hear traffic if the trade winds aren’t blowing, but it was only on...

Calgary, Canada
1 review
Reviewed 10 January 2018 for a stay in January 2018

This beautiful home blends the indoors and outdoors. Wake up with the birds and the outstanding scenery. Dive into the pool in the morning and BBQ when you return in the evening. We had a truly wonderful time in the warm and welcoming paradise.

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
2 reviews
Reviewed 11 October 2017 for a stay in August 2017

The Onion House is a work of art and the pool and the grounds are like having your own retreat right above Kailua Kona. Really a great get away for a couple or really good friends. Perfect for a Honeymoon or anniversary. It was hot and muggy in town and this place is cool and quiet, it is really an...

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  • Alarm Clock
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Blender
  • Books
  • Cable/satellite TV
  • Cooker
  • Dishwasher
  • Dryer
  • DVD Player
  • Fireplace
  • Freezer
  • Full Baths (2)
  • Grill
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet Access
  • Iron
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Guides/Maps
  • Microwave
  • Mountain Views
  • Outdoor Dining Area
  • Paper Towels Provided
  • Parking
  • Patio
  • Private Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
  • Refrigerator
  • Safe
  • Shared Garden
  • Stereo System
  • Telephone
  • Toaster
  • Towels Provided
  • TV
  • VCR
  • Washer
  • Waterfront
  • Water Views
House rules
    Not kid-friendly
    Pets not allowed
    Smoking not allowed
Due to stairs, nonstandard construction, untempered glass and numerous construction features that are not kid friendly, we do not accept children under the age of 12. Smoking is...
    2 Full baths
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Rates are calculated based on the latest information provided. Please contact the manager/owner to confirm actual rates for your requested dates.

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Dates Min stay Per night Per week
Default 3 nights
R 4 925
2 Jan 2018 -
30 Apr 2018
Winter, Spring 2018
3 nights
R 4 925
R 33 634
US$2 800
1 May 2018 -
31 Aug 2018
Summer, 2018
3 nights
R 4 505
R 30 691
US$2 555
1 Sep 2018 -
30 Sep 2018
Summer, 2018
3 nights
R 4 204
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Please note: rates may have been converted from the original local currency to South African Rand and are approximate rates that may change due to exchange rate fluctuation. Please contact the manager to confirm actual rates for your requested dates.
  • Damage Deposit: R 6 006 / stay - Deposit
  • Cleaning fee: R 4 505 / stay - Fee
Additional Rate and Availability Information
A refundable security deposit of $500 is needed to secure your reservation.

Deposits are fully refunded if a cancellation occurs more than 90 days prior to the arrival date. 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
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About the neighbourhood
On the Big Island:
* See flowing volcanic lava up close and personal
* Night dive with manta rays
* Swim respectfully with wild dolphins
* View telescopes at Mauna Kea observatory
* Photograph the varied landscapes and underwater vistas of the Big Island.
* Fly above the erupting volcano
* Zipline through the treetops
* Explore Native Hawaiian sacred sites
* Learn about Tropical Permaculture
* See humpback whales breach.
* Sail, snorkel, dive, and surf

Hawaii Island is a mini-continent with almost every climate on the planet, featuring beaches, plunging waterfalls, tropical forests, snow-capped mountains, and some of the most unique species in the world.
Car recommended
How to get there
Airport: Keahole: 19.0 km
Activities nearby
Nearest Beach: 3.2 km.
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