Howie's HomeStay is an exclusive sanctuary of complete serenity, striking beauty and gracious service. Every day we wake up among the lush green foothills of the Himalayas outside Chiang Mai and appreciate living in these magnificent surroundings. Now we invite you to join us.
Howie's HomeStay is a stunningly beautiful Thai style luxury home conveniently located in the Mae Rim valley of Chiang Mai, Thailand. Just 30 minutes from Chiang Mai's International Airport and only 20 minutes from the City Center, this gated villa is on a quiet and private estate. Howie's Home Stay, built over seven years, is a luxurious home of traditional Royal Lanna Thai style designed around the historic concept of 7 pavilions and built to Western standards and specifications by renowned designer, Bill Bensley.
This unique and very special property is now available as the ultimate home stay experience. The interior and exterior of this Chiang Mai luxury villa rental is highlighted by an abundant use of golden teak wood and natural stone walls and walkways throughout.
As featured in Architectural Digest, this magnificent property is complemented by four acres of masterfully landscaped lush tropical gardens, open mountain views, a large infinity edge swimming pool and several ponds and fountains. This is a rare opportunity to experience a unique vacation while living in your own important and unique signature residence in northern Thailand.
Known as Thailand's 'Rose of the North', Chiang Mai maintains the allure it has held for travelers for centuries. Amidst lush hillsides, fertile valleys, terraced rice paddies and ancient temples, Howie's HomeStay is a hand crafted residence on four private and secure acres, surrounded by magnificent gardens with sweeping views of the Himalayan foothills. The serene refuge feels a lifetime away from Thailand's vibrant urban landscapes, yet Howie's HomeStay is located only a one hour flight from Bangkok and a 30-minute drive into the center of traditional, yet cosmopolitan Chiang Mai.
At home in Mae Rim, you have your own private enclave within one of the world's most acclaimed destinations. In 2010, Chiang Mai was voted #2 in the Top Cities in the World by Travel + Leisure magazine's World's Best Awards.
Neighboring the world-famous Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai, our house is a striking collection of seven residential pavilions tucked away among four acres of verdant tropical gardens, rippling streams and water gardens. A river meanders through, gently reminding us of the slower pace of Thai life here in the rural north. Our residence and your private sanctuary was designed around the breathtaking views of the lush Mae Rim Valley. Green forest and cerulean skies everywhere you look. Inside the residence, Lanna Thai traditions pervade every hand-crafted detail.
Howie's HomeStay is a handcrafted work of art that took eight years to complete. Seven private and unique golden teak pavilions comprise the estate. Most pavilions have vaulted 8-meter golden teak ceilings. Modern technology in each room includes state-of-the-art entertainment and communication systems. Custom crafted bronze details and Jim Thompson silks are used abundantly through out the property. Acclaimed architect Bill Bensley designed the estate to provide the ultimate in luxurious living.
The relaxed yet refined atmosphere complements Northern Thailand's rustic natural beauty with indulgent and modern comforts. Each structure was built with reclaimed and recycled teakwood. Natural light flows through walls of windows. Sloping roofs protect from the sunshine and gentle rain while recalling the splendor of the tranquil and elegant Lanna Thai era. Golden teakwood floors, handcrafted teak furniture and museum quality antiques from across Southeast Asia round out the interior design.
As our guests, we design your stay to include the best local activities or leave you to just relax by the sprawling swimming pool. We'll take you on guided trips via private car and driver to local markets, elephant excursions, guided cultural tours and shopping excursions for home decor, antiques and hill tribe artifacts.
The accommodation consists of the Grand Teak Guest Pavilion and a 3 Bedroom Family Suite Pavilion. You and your group are the only guests at Howie's HomeStay and any other rooms are only for your friends, family or staff.