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Spectacular traditional SAMOAN FALE hidden in the Highlands above Apia

People7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview


Details
Property
house
People
7
Bedrooms
3
Bathrooms
2
Minimum Stay
3 nights

Description

Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Tuamasaga - Samoan Highland Hideaway- Fale

Master bedroom with ensuite, loft sleeping 3, 2 single bedrooms

The Samoan Fale (home) is nothing short of spectacular. Thisnew but traditional Fale will enable you to experience all the uniqueness of this very old Samoan design especially extremely effective ventilation. We are semi-off-grid with solar power (battery and mains back-up), rainwater tanks, and our own plantation. The ancient design has been unique only to the Samoan Islands. The oval shape is covered with by an extremely high and domed roof enhancing the fale's coolness. The interior is intricately hand finished with local materials bathing you in timeless Samoan tradition.

This old design is outfitted with a modern Canadian kitchen and furnishings. The fully open layout of the main floor integrates the kitchen, dining and lounge areas open onto a shaded deck overlooking the entire secluded valley. Meshed louvers encircle the main level. The spacious master bedroom boasts and en-suite with full bath tub. The main entrance is via a spacious covered patio with adjacent laundry/restroom. A loft gives you a second bedroom. Downstairs is another bathroom and carport.

The location is incredible: just 12 kilometers for downtown Apia and here’s what you get:

- Uniquely located away from the traditional beach resorts.

- Located in the highlands west of Apia, more than 700 feet above sea level, where the temperature is 2 degrees cooler than the coast, beautifully breezy.

- The entire home is yours (open fale including kitchen, living and lounge rooms opening onto beautiful shaded deck, master bedroom with full ensuite, loft , laundry & ½ bathroom, full bathroom and carport access downstairs, sleeps 4 comfortably).

- Fully mosquito proofed yet magnificently naturally ventilated at the same time.

- No village busyness.

- Secure community- semi-gated, fenced and guard presence for your peace of mind.

- Centrally located for easy access to most of Upolu’s beautiful beaches located on the south coast, Aggie Grey’s 5 star beach resort, the airport and ferry to Savaii all on the northwest coast.

The location is incredible: just 12 kilometers for downtown Apia and here’s what you get:

- Uniquely located away from the traditional beach resorts,

- Located in the highlands west of Apia, more than 700 feet above sea level, where the temperature is 2 degrees cooler than the coast, beautifully breezy

- The entire home is yours (open fale including kitchen, living and lounge rooms opening onto beautiful shaded deck, master bedroom with full ensuite, loft , laundry & ½ bathroom, full bathroom and carport access downstairs, sleeps 4 comfortably)

- Fully mosquito proofed yet magnificently naturally ventilated at the same time

- No village busyness

- Secure community- semi-gated, fenced and guard presence for your peace of mind

- Centrally located for easy access to most of Upolu’s beautiful beaches located on the south coast, Aggie Grey’s 5 star beach resort, the airport and ferry to Savaii all on the northwest coast.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Owner
TIm & Maria Walkden-Brown
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, Saoman
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
15 August, 2016

About TIm & Maria Walkden-Brown

Tim and Maria Walkden-Brown are now seeing their vision of providing a place for travelers to appreciate serenity and quietness in a beautiful and uncomplicated hideaway come true. Why, because that is what we ourselves seek…. how much more for us to be share it with like-minded soles….. the Samoan Highland Hideaway.

Our quest seeded in the early 1970’s when Tim arrived in Samoa from Australia on his way to Canada. He met his wife Maria and now 38 years later after sojourns in and between Samoa, Canada, Australia and New Zealand we are entering into our dream. No wonder the iconic writer Robert Louis Stevenson had a similar dream. Our family is settled in Australia and Canada and sometimes Bosnia but they all adore the purity of the beauty, culture and simplicity of Samoa. So can you.

Tim has spent a lifetime in heavy engineering in many remote locations from the Canadian Arctic to the windswept Sub-Antarctic. Maria’s time away from Samoa saw her putting her heart into what she loves; serving people. She had the ongoing privilege of working alongside people from Africa and Asia while meeting premiers and Canadian hockey stars. Above all she loves her garden so where better than Samoa. As you can see we are a multicultural family, love meeting like-minded folk from all countries.

We built our present house in this beautiful and quietly remote highland region of Aleisa on the cross island road to Paradise Beach in the early 2000’s. Since then the grounds have developed and much of our sustenance matured. We completed building a traditional Samoan fale adjacent to the main house in 2010. We can’t wait to share this with our guests.

TIm & Maria Walkden-Brown purchased this house in 1992

Why TIm & Maria Walkden-Brown chose Samoa Islands

We originally chose this remote and wild piece of land because it was distant for everyday Samoa. It has transformed to what you see today. We developed the land for our retirement home and then it took on the expansion into our present vacation property.

Reviews

4.4/5 -
(5 traveller reviews)

Spectacular traditional SAMOAN FALE hidden in the Highlands above Apia
average rating of 4.4 based on 5 reviews
3

Beautiful Property with lush gardens and idealic quite environment

  • 3 of 5

The onsite caretakers Sita and Tupo were excellent hosts, were obliging with everything.

We found it easy and a scenic drive into Apia.

The ability to be able to cook our meals with fresh produce and fish from the markets made it really enjoyable.

We loved Sita's home made coconut cream it was the best over our fresh Red Snapper!!

Easy to trip around the island from here too.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: A great pleasure to have Colin and party stay at our Fale. Glad they enjoyed the produce of the plantation and helpfulness of Sita and Tupo. Recommend them as guests anytime. Cheers, Samoan Highland Hideaway
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5

Fantastic stay!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and our 5 children, and for two nights, my in-laws stayed at the main house. All I can say is that it handled my family very well - if you are looking for space and a house that can handle a large group, this is the right one for you. From the house itself, to driving down the long driveway surrounded by Teuilas... this spot is just perfect. Thanks to Tepora and Lena for being the ever graceful hosts. Just remember you really will benefit having a 4WD - the driveway from the road is a little bumpy, but once you turn into the property all that is forgotten and all you see and feel is relaxed - fantastic property, hosts are great and owners always make it easy to book and confirm details...

Hope you enjoy it as much as we did....

  • Review Submitted: Feb 6, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Amazing Stay in Tropical Paradise

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing three weeks in Samoa! We stayed in the traditional fale with our two daughters, who are 10 and 9. The girls had an amazing time exploring the grounds and picking fruit from the trees. We had fresh pineapples, limes, papayas and bananas. The caretakers Lena and Teporah were friendly and assisted us with whatever we needed. Teporah's daughter Tehillah was instantly inseparable from our girls. The girls loved to spend time at the , Williamo (groundskeeper) and Feva's house. They absolutely adored Benjamin!

Tim and Maria's property is about 15 minutes from Apia so you will need to hire a car if you are planning to stay there. The accommodations and grounds were better than described! The fale was spacious and the kitchen was well equipped for our needs. The bathroom was modern and had a decent supply of hot water. The fale did not have air conditioning but we found that it stayed pretty cool with the fans and the outside breeze.

Tim was amazing from the first time we made contact and gave us good advice about what to see in Upolu and Savaii. We found it easy to take day trips from the fale to the sites on the island and always looked forward to getting back to our home away from home. Thanks Tim, Maria, Lena, Teporah, Tehillah, Williamo, Feva, Benji and of course Excel and Mandy for such a great experience!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 20, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dab and Keren, What a wonderful review. Just as good as your stay. Thank you so much. We look forward to seeing your pictures etc when you return to Edmonton. Hope the rest of your trip is going as well. Cheers, Tim and Maria
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4

Very peaceful and comfortable

  • 4 of 5

The fale was comfortable, cool and surround by lovely gardens that were perfect for sunset walks with a glass of wine. It was great being able to have some space and the opportunity to self cater ( a trip to the local fish markets to get fresh tuna is a must). The staff were really helpful and friendly and we also enjoyed the company of 2 lovely dogs and a cat ( not allowed inside and able to be kept a away if you don't want their company). The verandah was also a great spot to watch the sunset. You will need a car to get to and from the fale but one is really needed to see Upolu in any case. We would definitely stay again!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 2, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Great month in Samoa

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Maria and Tim’s Samoan Fale for one month and loved it. The traditional structure and the decoration of the Fale are so unique and beautiful . It is very quiet, very convenient and had everything we needed. We were initially worried about the lack of A/C, but it turned out to be a non-issue - the location, the fans and the super high ceiling do their job well (it was even chilly some nights!). The gardens around the house, and the views of the valley from the terrace are lovely and relaxing. Maria and Teporah were amazingly gracious hostesses, and we had tons of fun together. Samoa has to be one of the most beautiful and wonderful places we visited, we miss it!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 2, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

Namua Island Resort
"Fabulous to visit and overnight at this secluded and beautiful beach fale resort"
Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey's Resort
"Get away for lunch and a swim in their pool and bar"
Car: necessary

South coast beaches are spectacular and so close, only 30 - 40 minutes away. Downtown Apia is just 12 km while Robert Louis Stevenson Museum is situated overlooking Apia. A trip to Savaii will take you back in time. Don't miss out on a beach fale experience.

The Main House is alternate accomodation (2100 sq. ft. upstairs, 900 sq.ft downstairs) for larger families or groups; accomodates up to 8+ people.

Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Tuamasaga, Polynesia

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£347
for 3 nights
From
£116
£652
£1,956
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £12 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £199
Cleaning £0

Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (US Dollar) unless otherwise arranged.
The rates below are broken out for comparison:

1 week $US835
2 weeks $US1,460 (equivalent weekly rate = $730)
Monthly $US2,500 (equivalent weekly rate = $585)
6 months $US1,760 monthly (equivalent weekly rate = $440)

Please contact the Homeowner for payment options and further information regarding cleaning, internet, land line, etc.

The above rates apply for the Main House.
Also please contact the Homeowner for details regarding the:

- Short Term Rental Agreement
- Reservation/Security Deposit

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Tuamasaga, Polynesia

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • mountain
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Ensuite - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Main level
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Downstairs
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Combined with laundry
  • 2 1/2 bathrooms all have hot water (solar) complete with towels etc. The ensuite, the main bathroom, is spacious, bright and fitted out with modern imported decore. Ample closets etc. Downstairs full bathroom can be used by other guests and visitors. Toilet, large counter space, shower & storage. The half bathroom is located adjacent to the laundry in the main entrance covered patio.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , with ensuite
    Loft - 3 Single Bed , Open with Samoan ceiling
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed , Private entrance
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Single Bed , Private entrance.
  • Master bedroom, spacious and private, with luxurious ensuite with bath, is semi-circular in shape with plentiful full length louvers for wonderful breeze. Features tiled floors, ceiling fan and antique hardwood furniture. Downstairs features 2 single bedrooms with their own entrances. They are also bright with the floor the ceiling windows (mesh enclosed) and ceiling fans. The Loft is above the master bedroom accessed by stairs from the open living area of the fale. Wonderful exposure to the intricacy of the traditional Samoan decoration and roof design. 2 or 3 single beds. Ceiling fan. Open atmosphere. All linen is provided.
Entertainment:
  • Books
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • rain forests
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • luaus
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
The Samoan Fale is fully furnished and fully equipped with all necessities for your comfort and convenience. This timeless design is outfitted with a modern Canadian kitchen and furnishings. The fully open layout of the main floor integrates the kitchen, dining and lounge areas opening onto a shaded deck overlooking the entire secluded valley. Meshed louvers encircle the main level. The spacious master bedroom boasts and en-suite with full shower and bathtub enclosure. The main entrance is via a spacious covered patio with adjacent laundry/half bathroom. A loft gives you a second bedroom. Downstairs is another bathroom and carport. (Wi-Fi) internet is optionally available but locally purchased internet dongle is recommended. Land Line phone connection is optional available by prior arrangement. Power cost in Samoa is amongst the highest in the world. Efficient and considerate usage is encouraged. TV can be arranged if needed. Signal from local stations is only mediocre.

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