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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:
June 19, 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
  • 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


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Architect's Kona Coffee Farm House
average rating of 4.7419353 based on 62 reviews

Great vacation.

  • 5 of 5

Amazing home.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Breathtaking Views/Completely Secluded

  • 5 of 5

This home is one of a kind. From the stunning balcony views to the picturesque bedroom/bathroom overlook, you can't beat the tranquility of this immaculately maintained architectural masterpiece. Upon arrival, we found a spotless home with everything just as promised; washer and dryer, clean towels, snorkeling gear, propane barbecue grill, etc. The overwhelming privacy was more than we asked for (no one was staying in the adjacent cottage). We thoroughly enjoyed our time here and took full advantage of the easy access to other parts of the island through connecting roads and highways. You simply cannot beat the value. Thanks Mo for sharing your piece of paradise with us.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Victoria, B.C.

Wonderful Private Getaway

  • 5 of 5

This is a complete change from the hustle of the tourist track, tucked amidst the coffee farms above Kona. The house is wonderful "old Hawaii" with all it's wood and lava rock, and the large sliding doors opening to the amazing deck, effectively turning "indoors" "outdoors". If you want to experience Hawaii without the heat and the crowds, but still be a short drive to beaches and restaurants, this is the place to be. We didn't use the lap pool as it was still a little cool, but the photo ops with the birds taking their morning baths were stellar.

The roosters and frogs are certainly a presence, but essentially an element of the farm's ambiance.

We would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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
Owner's Response: Aloha, The cottage is vacant most of the year. However during your stay a French surfing coach and his wife were renting the cottage. They have moved on. Parking should not be a problem moving forward. Thank you for your review.
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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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Los Angeles, California

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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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Keohola - Kona Airport


Rates & Availability

Kailua-Kona House Rental Rates

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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

Additional information about rental rates

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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