5.0
Excellent 103 Reviews
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What We Love

  • The Jetsetter rate includes all meals, nonalcoholic beverages and transfers to/from Chiang Mai Airport
  • The rarefied yet relaxing atmosphere
  • Beautiful decor, which has appeared in the pages of Architectural Digest
  • The food: Howie’s wife Jerri is a fantastic cook and creates a button-popping feast at every meal; don’t miss her famous crab omelet

What To Know

  • The Homestay is a good 30-minute drive from the city, temples and shops of Chiang Mai
  • The villa is surrounded by nature and all the sounds that come with it; if you’re a light sleeper you might want to pack some earplugs to drown out the nightly frog choir
  • This is a luxury stay at its most intimate; if you’re not comfortable with socializing with your hosts, this might not be for you

Amenities

  •  Free WiFi
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
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Overview

Architecturally stunning retreat in northern Thailand with antique-filled villas set on five acres of lush grounds

The Look

Homeowners and hosts Howie and Jerri have spent seven years and millions of dollars building a vision of Lanna loveliness in the northern Thai countryside. Expect grand peaked villas filled with artworks and antiques from across Asia, a large, luminous turquoise swimming pool topped with stone carvings, and rambling gardens overflowing with bamboo, ficus and fig trees.

Bed and Bath

Designed by acclaimed American architect Bill Bensley, the property is made up of four sections. Surrounding the swimming pool on three sides are a couple of grand open-air pavilions, with a dining area, kitchen and lounge, and Howie and Jerri’s home. Tucked away in the wings are a huge three-bedroom house — perfect for families and groups of friends — and a romantic stand-alone villa with an outdoor bathtub and lily pond views. All of the decor is impeccable, from the specially commissioned hand-carved doors to the Burmese antique beds dressed with 500-thread-count sheets.

Beyond

A big part of the experience at Howie’s is Howie himself. The Bostonian entrepreneur has been living in Thailand with his wife Jerri for more than 20 years, and he’s the most congenial of hosts, regaling guests with his extensive knowledge of art and antiques and tales and tips about the area. Meals are prepared by Jerri and her staff and are beautifully presented around a teak dining table (they can also be arranged in your villa if you prefer). The services of a driver and a masseuse are also available.

In the Area

For a change of pace, head to in-vogue Nimmanhaemin Road, where you’ll find leafy streets lined with coffee shops, cafés, wine bars and boutiques. Try Salad Concepts for an energy-boosting tamarind and sesame shot and a zingy low-cal lunch before fanning out into the streets behind to discover extravagant gold-topped temples, artisanal furniture shops, dinky modern art galleries and traditional Celadon ceramic-makers. Nearby Chinatown is perfect for fabrics, fans and street food. On the other side of the river, high-end shoppers can fill their Tumis with fine silks and hand-crafted candelabras at Vila Cini and Sopmoei.

How to Get There

Howie’s HomeStay
78/1 Moo 1, Ban Mai
Mae Rim, 50180 Thailand

Reviews

5.0 Excellent 103 Reviews
Best stay and experience ever
Reviewed 16 hours ago

We don't know how to start a review of this place as we fell too much in love with Howie and Jerri's house and whatever we try to pen down is not going to do justice to his lovely gem. We stayed here for two nights after our wedding and it was our much needed break and we had an absolutely wonderful time. This place is way more beautiful than in pictures and each and every detail is so well thought of. It's an all round experience as both Howie and Jerri try to help us to great extent with our stay and itinerary. Howie himself drove us around the city to give us a quick tour and was so considerate as we had to do a few hospital visits in between. Jerri cooks the best Thai food I've had and with so much love :) Together they make the best hosts and their place is truly the best you can find :)

Hoping to go back here one day to sit and count the elephant statues Howie has in his place :)

Great honeymoon experience
Reviewed 4 months ago

Howie's was exactly as advertised (so I'll let the website do the talking, which while not modern, Howie ;), has rich content and pictures).

We were scheduling our honeymoon and (fortunately) felt like we had the world to choose from. We chose Howie's in the heart of rainy season (I had sleepless nights before and after deciding this that proved to be totally unfounded) and it was the best decision we could have made. Howie was helpful for weeks leading up to the trip (actually making flight recommendations, suggestions around things to do and see, and then checking in periodically), from the second we landed (driver to get you after 30 hours of travel), all the way to the day we returned home. The smallest details were not overlooked and we got a truly customized 8-day experience (actually deciding to extend from 5 days to 8 halfway through it was that good) surrounded by Howie, Jerri, Adi (sp), Jan (sp), and the rest of the amazing staff.

I can't imagine having gone anywhere else.

Everything and more
Reviewed 5 months ago

All of the reviews are absolutely true. The property is even more amazing than the pictures and even more amazing than what you imagine. Every detail is meticulously designed for both function and viewing pleasure. There is whimsy every where you look, a feast for the eyes and a delight for the senses.

All that said, what really stands out is the energy. There is peace and tranquility that envelopes you the moment you walk in. While their home and everything in it is a work of art, Howie and Jerri are the artisans of hospitality. Each with their own strengths, together they make you feel like family, like you're coming home.

Howie is a consummate host and a concierge extraordinaire. He helped us plan the most incredible experiences that we will remember for a lifetime. In fact, he helped us with recommendations in other parts of Thailand as well. He really went above and beyond to take care of us. Checking in even after we had left.

It is clear Jerri loves through her food. Enjoying Jerri's cooking for every meal is an exquisite treat. She is incredibly talented and gave us a real flavor of Thai cooking during our stay. Her vivacious energy comes across in the meals she prepares; all made with love, a balance for all the senses. It comes from the heart and feeds the soul.

Howie's Homestay is a unique and personal experience that combines everything you'd want in a 5 star resort with the warmth that makes you feel like you're coming home.

If you have the opportunity to stay with Howie and Jerri, you will be delighted in every way.

Note: We are a family of 5, children 10, 7 and 1 travelling with my mom and found the accommodations perfect for our needs.

Zen and much more!
Reviewed 9 months ago

Howies Homestay.
When we first arrived we were greeted with a warm welcome by Howie at the front gate.
As we were being shown around H H I was in total awe of the place.
The gardens, the buildings, the furniture, everything was so beautiful. There is a true zen to this place. It’s magical, through and through.
The dinners all cooked by Howies wife Jerri, were outstanding! She is a gem and a fantastic cook. Jerri knows how to create a dish and to make it look like a piece of art. Gordon Ramsey would be so impressed!
Howie and Jerri have put together something so special and if your looking for a place that has total privacy and ambience, this is the place for you! 5*****!
We will be back! Thanks Howie and Jerri!

The best
Reviewed 10 months ago

If you happen to have the good fortune to arrive at this villa you will have reached a private oasis of sublime and serene bliss.
Howie was great fun and we loved our meals with him. He went out of his way to give us all his insider tips about Chiang Mai. We went to fun restaurants and shopped for beautiful antiques but honestly we simply wanted to return to the villa.
Jerri , his wife, is ,in my opinion, one of the best chefs in Thailand. Each night was a culinary treat worthy of an episode of Chef’s table.
The staff who work at the villa are like family and everything was perfect.
The landscape,the decor, and the hosts were superior to staying at an Aman Hotel and that is saying a lot in my book .
Have fun.