Extraordinary Upcountry Estate

House - Entire home/apt · Piiholo Road, Makawao, HI 96768, United States
Your host, Neesa
15 Reviews
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a few hours

The Space

Maui Ranch is a unique and rarely seen Hawaiian country home in Upcountry Makawao, Olinda, Maui. This wonderful ranch house is located a few miles above the historic town of Makawao. The area is tranquil and embraces the nature of Maui.

The 2000 Square Foot restored historic home is at a perfect elevation. The climate is temperate with temperature usually in the 70's/80's during the day and 60's/50's at night. This is ideal climate for a relaxing sojourn, a perfect romantic retreat, a serene space for writing, meditation, and artistic endeavors. It also lends itself to a fun family gathering.

The location is up a meandering country road that captures the fragrance of eucalyptus that line the lane. Here you will experience the real upcountry Maui away from the bustle of the tourist scene. This quaint and private retreat is only 12/15 minutes to restaurants, shops, pubs, galleries, yoga and massage spa, and a general store.

This private country estate begins down the quaint driveway as you breath in the scent of fresh clean air. Serenity and peace will engulf you as you approach the manicured lawns and organic orchard of lemons, plums, rose apples, macadamia nut, cherimoya, peaches and Chinese cherry. Birds of Paradise and a few sentinels of Koa, redwood, and pine can be found scattered around the 2000 square feet of tastefully restored 1940’s Hawaiian Ranch style home.

At night the sky fills with an abundance of twinkling stars. Sometimes you might get lucky and see a shooting star or moonbow.

The charming living room has new wood floors and an inviting lava rock fireplace. The many large windows look out onto the many gardens. This living room is decorated with art from local artists. There is a mix of Bali, leather, and a contemporary futon which offers an air of welcoming charm. The essence is a casual feel of relaxation.

Truth be known, when folks visit, they do not want to leave. The energy here at Maui Ranch is very positive and relaxing on the soul.

The living room encompasses a dinning area that can seat 6 easily at the table if you choose not to eat in the kitchen or outside on the back lanai/deck. The table has 4 dinning chairs and we have 3 fold out chairs for more folks.

There is also a new TV where you can choose from a few DVD's to watch. (We do not have cable TV)

The kitchen is lovely and nice if you wish to engage in some cooking. The basic utensils, some pots and pans, cookie sheets are present.

The kitchen is complimented with granite counter tops, wood floors, and cherry wood cabinets and all basic appliances you would need like a toaster & coffee maker.

The bathroom off the living room has terracotta tile and a Japanese Style shower with sunken tub. It is complimented with cotton lush towels. There are also beach towels for your use.

The master bedroom has big views of the gardens and ocean in the distance. Pillows are new. Sheets are 100% cotton and of very good quality. The master bedroom features a queen size bed and new excellent mattress and comforter. The romantic and cozy stone fireplace adds to the charm and ambiance of this very large master room with new wood floors. Logs and easy fire starter log pieces are provided for your use during your stay. The French doors leading out to the back lanai/deck to the hot tub and fire pit is a convenient passage. To TOP it all off is a large Sauna cottage and gazebo with a sitting swing bench! Delightful!

The washer and dryer tucked away in the master bathroom alcove is also a great convenience. The master bathroom has brand new travertine stone flooring and a vanity. The shower is large and separate from the tub.

The 2nd bedroom has a full size bed and a new wood floor.
The mattress, pad, sheets, pillows, are also cotton and of good quality.

There is a cute 3rd room that is a small office with wifi and a built in desk with shelves and storage.

The 3 acres includes a gazebo with swing, a backyard fire pit, (SMORES!), barbecue, hot tub and sauna. The grounds have many aromatic plants, an orchard, gardens, herbs, and a small pond.

We are located in close proximity to many attractions. The Historic Makawao town is 12 minutes down our mountain road where there are many choices of restaurants, shops, pubs, galleries, yoga, massage spa, and general store. Very Close by is Piiholo Ziplines and horseback riding. Forest Bike trails are 12 minutes away.

The neighborhood is great for walking the road and there are fantastic hiking trails just 1/2 mile away.
Only 17 minutes to the wonderful Saturday Upcountry Farmer's Market where you can buy everything from local organic vegetables to homemade ravioli to freshly cooked Indian Food. Only 17 minutes to Pukalani where you can find the 24-hour Foodland supermarket, and many fast food eatery's.

For more culinary delights we love is Bev Gannon's Hali'imaile General Store restaurant which is only a 20 minute drive.

It is 25/35 minutes to Paia beaches. The famous Spreckelsville Kid Friendly beaches, Ho'okipa Windsurfing beach and Jaws big surf site are only a 25/39 minute drive.

On the way you will also find the famous Mama's Fish House for that special occasion dinner or lunch. It is fantastic!

Only 45/55 minutes to Kihei/Wailea and the gorgeous South Side beaches with historic Lahaina only a 1 hour drive.

Only 45 minutes to Haleakala Crater to watch the sunrise or set. :)

You might like to try a Farm tour like the ones offered at Alii Kula Lavender Farm or a hike at Polipoli Park. There is great produce at Kula Farm and Market too. A great day can be spent driving to Ulupalakua and visiting Tedeschi Vineyards and having lunch at the Ulupalakua Ranch Store & Grill.

Kahului airport is 35 minutes away as is Costco and Whole Foods Market.

We also have surf boards, boogie boards, beach chairs, a couple of bikes, and lawn games for your use.

We enjoy sharing our love and knowledge of Maui and will help you with advice on attractions, beaches, hiking, and diving if you need some guidance.

Upon arrival you will be met by us to greet and show you around.

Short-Term Rental Home Permit Pending

We appreciate respectful and responsible people. We cherish our peaceful, happy environment and know you will too.
Please, no smoking in the house but outside is okay.

PLEASE NOTE there is a small pond off the lanai, so parents should be aware of this fact in regard to very young children.

Though we are in a very private location, we do like to respect our distant neighbors. We turn music on low after 9pm. However, Laughter and Merriment is encouraged to continue until the wee hours. :)

On our adjacent 2 acres have two cute goats and chickens that you are welcome to pet. (No Roosters)

All fees INCLUDE the 13.41% HI State Taxes. 4.14% GET and 9.25% TAT— Transient Accommodations Tax.
The only other fee is the Cleaning Fee.

Permit Number: pending

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 5
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 2
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Security Deposit: $500
Cleaning Fee: $175
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • This property falls short in one area, the kitchen. Needs updated fixtures and attention to detail with utensils, clean drawers, etc. Otherwise--this property is amazing! The setting is stunning. Secluded, quiet, private. Enjoyed!

    July 2014
    Response from Neesa:

    Aloha EO EO,
    Thank you so much for choosing Maui Ranch to visit for three nights. We are grateful for your advice and will be adding more utensils. We are currently searching for historic fixtures as well. Great suggestion! We will definitely look in those drawers too. YIKES! Scrub a dub dub in there!
    The sink is the original Farm Sink, so we rather like it, but will fix the side corner with a little rust on it. Otherwise the sink is very clean and nice. (Well we like it. :) We also steam clean and deep clean every inch of the house for every client.
    We do hope you found the peace you needed to complete your business plan.
    Thank you so much for staying at our home. We are very thankful.
    Warm Aloha and Mahalo,
    The Maui Ranch Ohana

    July 2014
  • The beautiful atmosphere of Neesa's upcountry estate allows you to experience Maui from a different perspective than staying at the large resorts. The house was comfortable, private, and equipped for all needs. Each morning waking up in the master bedroom is like waking up in the clouds due to the beautiful view from the large open windows. You also can't beat the view from the hot tub. Thank you, Neesa! We had a lovely honeymoon!

    June 2014
  • This place is magical and super relaxing. We loved sitting out back and listening to the frogs in their little pool by the deck and the birds singing in the trees. Also, visiting the goats in their neighboring pen. The landscape is lush and green all around, and there's so much beautiful scenery to feast your eyes on. It was amazing to wake up every morning and see the view from the bedroom with its huge windows. The view from the extra-deep bathtub was also wonderful.

    The hosts also provided fresh eggs -- which were delicious -- and lemons from their tree. I never knew lemons could taste that good. We cut them up and put them in Cokes and ice water.

    I'm so glad we stayed here instead of some overpriced cookie cutter hotel in a tourist area. It was a unique experience.

    May 2014
  • We didn't get the chance to meet Neesa but she was very polite, responded to all questions promptly and her husband David was a very gracious, kind, and affable host. The place, admittedly, was so great that I don't want to share our experiences for fear that the NEXT time we go back (and we'd like to), that the place will be booked. It was a slice a heaven: gorgeous, rustic, spacious, clean, and everything that we wanted. Can't wait to return.

    May 2014
  • This place was a wonderful home to stay in. Neesa & Dave were very accommodating hosts, easily accessible, and even checked in to make sure we had enough beer! Farm fresh eggs and organic coffee were a delight as well. This property's also backed onto a beautiful forest reserve and it's only just over 30mins to Paia! (hip lil surf town with amazing food)

    MAHALO : )

    April 2014
  • What a fantastic way to discover the beauty of Maui....by staying in Upcountry at this unforgettable home. It was away from the tourist hustle and bustle, but close enough to everything and a perfect base camp from which to explore the island. We stayed for two weeks with our 15 month old daughter and will have lifelong memories of our first (but definitely not last) visit to Maui. The gardens, the chickens, the goats, and the chameleons all became part of our daily routine....not to mention the hot tub! An evening fire was the perfect way to end our days. Our hosts left us alone, but provided everything we needed - and then some! If you want to see Maui at your own pace - start here... you wont be disappointed. Thank you Neesa and David for such a beautiful holiday.

    April 2014
  • Neesa and her family were great hosts - very accommodating and the house was lovely. It's very private and quiet. The draw back is that it is quite a bit cooler at the house. This isn't a problem when the weather is great but when its wet or overcast, I would have rather that it be 75 than 61. Also when the weather isn't great, to get to makena, it takes more than 45 minutes. All said, you won't get more house for the money and the reason is that it is a little out of the way.

    April 2014
    Response from Neesa:

    Aloha Leif! Thank you so much for your review. We are so happy your family enjoyed the time at Maui Ranch. We appreciate that you took the unexpected rain and cold spell in stride during your sojourn. All of Maui was engulfed in clouds and rain. Though we can get this kind of weather on occasion, for the most part it is beautiful on Maui and especially Maui Ranch. We are grateful you did enjoy the well stocked wood for the 2 fireplaces and historic wood stove for warmth and ambiance. The hot tub and sauna cottage work great to take the chill off too. :) In addition, though Makena Beach is a longer drive, Sprecklesville Baby Beach, Baldwin Beach, and the Famous Windsurfing Beach Hookipa are all 20 to 25 minute drive. Mahalo for visiting our unique, off the beaten path, piece of paradise! Warm Aloha to you and all your girls!

    April 2014
  • Wonderful piece of heaven, truly a relaxing place to wake up and restful sleep. The grounds were full of flowers and the host pointed out a chameleon. Having a romantic dinner by the roaring fireplace was an enchanting finish to the end of a sunfilled day.
    Don't hesitate on this property, extremely outfitted with all amenities.

    March 2014
    Response from Neesa:

    Thank you so much for the great review! We are so happy you enjoyed the beauty, peace and serenity of Maui Ranch. Mahalo and Warm Aloha!

    March 2014
  • We stayed for 3 nights and really enjoyed this property. The drive up to it is a very unique long winding road with beautiful huge trees- well worth it as the house and yard are really outstanding!! The house was very clean and we really enjoyed using the hot tub and the fireplaces. The basketball hoop was great for our kids. It would have been wonderful to have had more time to just stay around the property and enjoy being there but we spent our days out driving the Hana Highway and exploring Paia (which was great to do from this location-we took a little shortcut to the Hana Highway which prevented us from being caught in the traffic one always hears about) David was very nice and showed us around (too bad we didn't meet you as well, Neesa, maybe next time!) We had complete privacy which was great but knew that if we needed anything the owners lived on the neighbouring property. I would recommend this place and would love to visit again one day if we are lucky enough to travel to Maui in the future.

    March 2014
    Response from Neesa:

    Mahalo! We look forward to seeing you again in the future!

    March 2014
  • The house was beautiful. Everything was perfect. Really quiet place in the upcountry of Maui, with a nice view from the room. It is even better than what the pictures show!
    Neesa being abroad, David welcomed us with some fruits, wine and beers. He was really helpful and always available for us.

    Thanks to Neesa and David for making our stay so memorable.

    February 2014
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