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1 / 131 Vacation in a work of art! Built for the McCormick Spice family overlooking the Kona coast...

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Description from owner

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Bedrooms 3 / Bathrooms 2 / Sleeps 6 / House
Bedrooms: 3  Bathrooms: 2  Sleeps: 6  Type: House
The Onion House- Vacation in a work of art!
TripAdvisor property ID 2379387

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Book this 3 bedroom house in Kailua-Kona today! A total of 6 people can sleep here comfortably.

Guests can enjoy a pool, parking space, and internet access among other amenities offered by this rental.

Travelers are sharing their opinions on this property. It has an overall rating of 5/5 thanks to an average of 43 reviews.

Costs vary, with the average weekly rate as low as $2275 to as high as $4200, depending on travel dates.

The owner responds to 100% of inquiries and last updated the property’s calendar Jul 20, 2017.

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About the owner

About the owner

Elizabeth M.

Tourist License: Hawaii Tax license # W01181490

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Calendar last updated:
20 Jul 2017
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Languages spoken: English



Proximity to TripAdvisor's Top Kailua-kona Attractions




  • Clothes dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron
  • Linen provided
  • Safe
  • Towels provided
  • Washing machine

Phone / Internet

  • Internet access
  • Telephone

Pool / Spa

  • Private outdoor pool (unheated)

Property Features

  • Mountain Views
  • Parking
  • Waterfront


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • CD player
  • DVD player
  • Satellite TV
  • TV
  • Video player


  • Balcony or terrace
  • Grill
  • Patio
  • Shared garden


  • Children
  • Pets
  • Smoking allowed


Reviews (43)

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“Wonderful Experience”

Reviewed 29 Mar 2014

I was lucky enough to share the beautiful Onion House with five of my best girlfriends to celebrate four very "special" birthdays. I never tired of the view toward the ocean through the stained glass windows. It is a very special place that I felt at peace in. Thank you for sharing it with us Beth.

Response from the owner Mahalo nui loa... glad you could come and relax at the Onion House.

“Vacation Comfort, Romance, and Joy in architectural Sculpture”

Reviewed 3 Sep 2013

I do this for a living. I'm a copywriter... And yet our experience at the Onion House eludes an easy precipitation into mere words. At first blush, some may mistake the design as eccentricity for eccentricity's sake. Not so. It's the architectural analogy to "wearable art." Perfectly, artfully, seamlessly mated to the environs, the Onion is a sheer joy and comfort to live in--hour to hour, day to day. Bonus: The Master Suite is situated for romance and privacy. Bring kids; bring friends. You still get a delicious feeling of isolation...

“Art House in Paradise”

Reviewed 30 Jul 2013

After reading about and seeing the Onion House on TV for years, it was a wonderful experience to stay in such a remarkable home. Sitting on the side of a hill made it very peaceful and quiet. The sunsets from the pool were fantastic. With six adults in the party there was more than enough room for all. It was just a short drive to alii Dr. and Kailua-Kona to do some sightseeing and rent paddle boards and kayaks from Kona Boys. Beaches are close for snorkeling, there are fins and masks at the house. The full kitchen came in handy when we wanted to stay in and cook. It's such a relaxing home that the ten days we were there time seems to disappear with a rejuvenating energy.

“Memories of a Lifetime made here...”

Reviewed 3 Feb 2013

From the minute I opened the gate to the Onion House, I was left speechless. My husband immediately began shooting a video while I, on the otherhand, was walking around taking in every walkway, room, lanai, body of water, etc. and when he would put the camera on me, I couldn't find words to explain the amazement I was feeling. The architecture of the home is better described as a piece of art. The way the outside is brought into the inside and vice versa is magnificent. The beauty just envelopes you. It made me feel like a small child again on Christmas morning. There is much literature provided on the table for you at the Onion House and we enjoyed that extra surprise very much. My husband read aloud to me during our sunning sessions about the history, the family and people behind the building as well as all sorts of good nuggets of info. regarding the area. It was a real treat hearing about it all. The location of the home is convenient as it was in walking distance to the fabulous "La Bourgogne" french restaurant, as well as a small convenience mart that had last minute items we needed. Beth was so easy to work with. Her attention to detail and directions , and her quick responses to emails was superb and professional during our first inquiry, our booking, and then as follow-up emails to ask us about our stay. Mahalo and Much aloha, Laura from Indiana

“Our time at the Onion House was perfection.”

Reviewed 10 Jan 2013

This is what a vacation is supposed to be like. We stayed on Waikiki for three nights before coming to the Big Island, and I can tell you there is no comparison. The Onion House was the key to the whole experience. The crew makes your stay so easy. The first thing I noticed was that I did not have to stand in line for 45 minutes to register like at the Sheraton Waikiki. We walked in, unpacked, and were sitting next to one of the most beautiful swimming pools, with one of the most beautiful views, sipping a wonderful red wine, which was a welcome gift from the crew, within 15 minutes of arrival. We didn't have to worry about unruly kids splashing us from the pool, or hotel employees bugging us every five minutes to see if we wanted another watered down Mai Tai. If you like the tourist aspect of Hawaii, you are less than 10 minutes from Kailua-Kona. If you like the small town aspect of Hawaii, you are less than 10 minutes from Kainiliu, Kealekekua, and Captain Cook, with their coffee plantations and local restaurants. Annie is very responsive to any needs that may arise. One of the sinks was draining a little slowly, and with one call to annie, she had ari there and the problem was fixed wiki wiki. In addition ari, while there, pointed out some great snorkeling spots, and gave perfect directions to those places. You have to see this place to believe it. The architecture is impressive. The location is perfect. It is private and secluded. I felt like I was at home within moments of arrival and was able to relax and enjoy my vacation immediately. This place is awesome.

“A serene utopia to escape the "Rat Race" .”

Reviewed 9 Jan 2013

The architecture of the "Onion House" captures the minds idea of what a south seas island home should be . All of the modern convieniences of home have been added in a subtle manner. Frank Loyd Write would envy how the architect blended the structure to the site. The setting while among other homes is completely encased by tropical folage leaving only the ocean view to enjoy. The manager annie met us on site with fruit, a bottle of wine and a aloha. (a nice touch) We also had the pleasure of spending some time with Beth the owner who is also a multi faceted artist and extremely nice person. I am amazed at value for what the rent is. After staying here I think it was a steal ! If we ever come back this way we will for sure stay here again.

“Peace and tranquility abounding”

Reviewed 20 Nov 2012

For nature lovers the Onion House is a natural. We felt like we were in a rainforest. The lushness of the surrounding create a sense of peace and tranquility. The house is an architectural wonder. You feel like you are living in the outdoors. Accomadations were spotless and comfortable. Even though we were on the big island with all its attractions it was wonderful to spend much time enjoying the house, its wonderful surroundings, and the great pool.

“Unique Historic accomodation with all the Modern amenities You C”

Reviewed 3 Nov 2012

We stayed at the Onion House with 4 friends for 2 weeks. Not only enjoyed we the serene athmosphere with all the surrounding nature and a beautiful view we also appreciated the proximity to alii Drive (Kona Downtown so to say) and to grocery shopping (Safeway). Be prepared to wake up by the sounds of nature (toads, birds, geckos) and the rising sun. We found that our night-day rythm shifted to an earlier time (=wake up by 6.30 - 7 am and go to bed between 9 and 10 pm) to make best use of the daylight. The only (neglectable) downside was that the house is relatively close to the main street on that side of the island and we heard ambulances and police quite frequently. But other than that there is nothing to complain about. All amenities were working and annie (the care taker) is just precious. Always available and always helpful.

“What a Stay”

Reviewed 2 Jun 2012

my wife and I and our friends just returned from two weeks at the Onion House and we all think this was one of the best vacations we have ever taken. The house is better than the pictures and the area around the house makes it feel as if you are alone. We look forward to returning again in the future.

“Heaven in Paradise”

Reviewed 24 Apr 2012

We waited more than 20 years to stay at the Onion House and all I can say is "wow." Although located in a residential area, the moment you enter the archway of trees in the driveway, it's as if you entered your own private world. The architecture is stunning, the vegetation lush and the sounds of the birds and frogs a serenade to the senses. With no conventional walls, but rather simply stained glass doors and screening, you feel as if you are living with nature. My wife, who studied architecture in college, couldn't stop taking pictures, while marveling at the incredible and unique design. Everything you need is provided and you, like us, might be tempted to never even leave to explore the wonders of the Big Island. And, at the end of the day, I highly recommend opening a bottle of wine and sitting by the pool to watch the sun as it sets right in front of you, accompanied by the sound of birds singing all around you. If you like cookie cutter resorts, than the Onion House is not for you. However, if you want, even for a short time, your own piece of heaven in paradise, than this is the place for you. We waited 20 years to see it, but we won't wait that long again.

Response from the owner It's a joy to share my experience of Hawaii with guests like yourself, who appreciate the unique heritage and architectural inspiration of the Onion House. The place seems to call just the right people to it. Your family was a delight. We'd love to have you come back any time.

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