|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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.
I enjoy farming Kona Coffee, swimming in the ocean and learning about 'old Hawaii.'
Mo Snell purchased this house in 1998
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
This property was amazing. The view was incredible. The house is beautiful and very clean. The sliding walls offered us a unique experience, great for outdoor/indoor experience. Loved the orange trees in the front, great for a snack!
Make sure to bring earplugs if you are a light sleeper- sounds of the Kona country side were welcomed however :) Also eye mask as there are no curtains/blinds.
This place is awesome. The architecture is amazing...let's you feel like you're totally outside while enjoying all the comforts of an indoor home. The views are spectacular, including the sunset. We loved being up the hill with the locals and just far enough away from the touristy hustle and bustle to get there quickly. Mo made coordination super easy and smooth.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Nov 15 2017 - Jan 15 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$100|
|Cleaning Fee||$150 + Tax|