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River Estate - Rated 1of10 Most Romantic Hawaii Properties! in Hanalei

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A personal message to my potential guests.... 'I have lived on Kauai for 43 years now, owned and managed River Estate for the past 18 of them and I provide complimentary concierge services to all my guests from the moment they book. Please feel free to ask me about all Kauai has to offer and let me help you make the most of your vacation time here.'
Mark Barbanell, Owner of River Estate (riverestate com)

There are two homes at River Estate (One 2 bedroom 2 bath called the Guest House and one 3 bedroom 2 bath called the Riverhouse) Both homes are on the estate grounds next to the river in the same proximity to the water yet far apart. Visit our official website (link at the bottom of the page) for links to our media reviews and to view both calendars . 

On February, 10th, 2011 River Estate was named as one of 12 Romantic Getaways across the US in a LonleyPlanet website article published for Valentine's Day by one of their staff writers. River Estate was also named as one of the 10 most romantic properties in Hawaii by the well known and prestigious Gayot Travel Guide in 2009 ('The Guide to the Good Life') which was established in 1981 by Andre Gayot who invented the term Nouvelle Cuisine and has been directing travelers to the world's best restaurants, hotels, shops, sightseeing and cultural attractions since well before he published his first guidebook. River Estate has been featured in National Geographic Adventure Magazine in Feb. 2006 and the L.A. Times Online Travel Magazine Blog as well as Fodor's and Lonely Planet's Kauai travel guides. River Estate has wonderful reviews on TripAdvisor, VRBO, Yahoo Travel, Virtual Tourist and FlipKey. We offer our guests the ultimate in comfort in our meticulously maintained accommodations, extreme privacy in the wonderful natural environment provided by our riverfront gardens and one of the best locations on Kauai. Bar none.

Recent Guest Book Comments..

Riverhouse - Thank you for a wonderful home base for our 10 year anniversary. Was great to be away from the everyday and relax in paradise. We had a lot of great adventures and every day as wonderful. Even when the Hanalei Bridge was flooded. Tunnels was empty for us for most of the morning. It's hard to pick our favorite of all the hikes, activities and relaxing we did. Oh gotta go see the slack key in Hanalei was wonderful.

Washington Party, Ca (10/7/13)

Riverhouse - What a lovely retreat! Thanks so much for everything. We echo our compatriots who ventured along with us. 
The Kessler Family, Kailua Kona, Hi (1/17/13)

Guest House - Aloha my name is Hailey. I live in Arizona. This is my first time going to Hawaii. I am 6 years old. I learned to boogie board today. It takes a long time to get to Hawaii. I love the shave ice in Hawaii….Mark, we had a wonderful week with our kids! Your home was a wonderful place to come back to and relax!

The St. Clair Family, Az (10/6/13)

**More reviews listed on our website (See link below)** 

Peace, privacy and comfort is what you'll find here at River Estate. Staying here just might be one of the finest vacation experiences you'll ever have. The idyllic riverfront gardens are perfectly complimented by the two charming homes. Our onsite staff as well as the owner will provide you with impeccable service before and during your stay. We offer our guests an experience so special a lot of our guests comment that they don't want to leave!

River Estate offers quality accommodations that are meticulously maintained and fairly priced. The homes are eclectic, comfortable and above all extremely peaceful and private. River Estate's prime location is central to all the great North Kauai attractions and activities and it offers a truly incomparable experience to those to make the journey here. 

Put in simple terms River Estate is truly a Hawaiian Paradise.... 

The Guest House is our honeymooner's paradise. The home sits at the upper end of the estate tucked around a corner all by itself on the river. You'll feel alone here with only the sound of the river gently flowing over river stones, the exotic birds and the sound of the wind blowing through the bamboo across the river. This house is perfect for honeymooners and people looking for the special spot to relax without the distractions of the "real" world beyond the River Estate entry. The experience will relax and revialize you in a tropical paradise.

The Riverhouse is uniquely eclectic. Quality furnishings and art give the home it's character. From the late 1800's dining table and hutch to the new Tommy Bahama living room set to the genuine 30's Hawaiian art it all blends to create a completely unique experience for our guests. Are you looking for peace and quiet? Is comfort important to you? How about privacy? You'll find all those things here.

Cook meals in and relax on the covered lanai with friends. Enjoy the hot tub after a long day exploring the island. Paddle down to the beach and back!

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Mark Barbanell (TVR Permits # TV-1169 * TVNC 1279) 808-826-5118

house rental amenities


  • 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, King-Master Suite, Queen-Bedroom 2
  • Air Conditioning - Each Room Has Seperate Controls
  • Ultra Privacy, No Road Noise, Relax To The River & Birds
  • Pristine Natural Environment and Botanical Gardens
  • Exceptional North Kauai Location Renowned in Hawaii
  • Deluxe Remodel in 2007. Immaculately Maintained Always
  • Allergy Free Zone. No Mold or Mildew Inside or Out.
  • Hardwood Floors (Living), Chinese Slate (Bath, Kitchen)
  • Ceiling Fans and Natural Trade Wind Ventilation
  • Close to Kauai's Best Activities and Fine/Local Dining
  • Short Walk to the Beach, Local Store and Take-Out Food
  • Paddle to Beach and Back (Floatation Devices Provided)
  • Complimentary Beach Gear and Quality Beach Towels
  • Hotel Grade Bath Towels, Hand Towels and Wash Cloths
  • New Quality Mattresses and Bedding, 400 Count Linnens
  • Flat Panel TVs, DVD Player, Cd Player With iPod Dock
  • CD Collection (Many Music Styles including Hawaiian)
  • DVD Collection (Including movies filmed on Kauai)
  • Wireless Broadband Internet Throughout the Home
  • Cook Meals in the Fully Equipped Gourmet Kitchen
  • Regular Pest Control. No Unwanted Critters Anywhere
  • New Appliances, Cooking Utensils and Serving Ware
  • High Quality Bali Furniture and Artwork Throughout
  • Washer/Dryer, Gas BBQ, Emergency Gear, First Aid Kit
  • Walk In Closets in Both Master and Second Bedroom
  • Free Local and Long Distance Calls. Wireless Phones
  • Selection of Kauai Guidebooks and Books on Hawaii
  • Tile Shower Enclosures, Quality Fixtures-Amenities
  • Complimentary Fruit From the Garden (Seasonally)
  • Your Host is Nearby 24/7 to Assist (Local 39 Years)


activities and attractions in Hanalei Kauai

Hiking, beach combing, snorkeling, horseback riding, kayaking,
fishing, surfing, boat tours, hang gliding, luaus, bike rentals,
spa, golf, tennis, scuba diving, helicopter tours, cultural tours,
movie tours, museums, cultural events.

vacation rental rates

Thanksgiving:Nov 20-30*Christmas:Dec 20-Jan 10

  The Standard Guest House Nightly Rate is $275(2) people a night for all dates except Christmas and Thanksgiving which are $300(2) Each additional person is $15 per night.

  The Standard Guest House Weekly Rate is $1875 (2) and $2075(3or4) Guest House Holiday Weekly Rates are $2075(2) and $2175(3or4).

  The Standard Riverhouse Nightly Rate is $295(2) per night for all dates but Christmas and Thanksgiving which are $325(2) Each additional guest is $15 per night.   

  The Standard Riverhouse Weekly Rates are $1975(2) $2075(3or4) $2175(5or6) Riverhouse Holiday Weekly Rates are $2175 (2) $2275 (3or4) $2375 (5or6).    

  Additional days more than a week but less than 2 weeks will be prorated at the daily rate.

  The Guest House out-cleaning fee is $250 for 2 and $275 for more than two people. The Riverhouse out-cleaning fee is $275(2), $300(3or4), $325(5or6).

  Additional cleaning during your stay can be provided at an additional cost. A mandatory mid clean is required for stays longer than 10 days (Cost varies according to how many bedrooms used) There is a $350 refundable security deposit for the Guest House and a $500 security deposit for the Riverhouse. Please add 13.42% tax. All deposits will be refunded within sixty days of your departure minus any damage or extra cleaning. Damage or extra cleaning will be assessed by our cleaning and maintenance staff and the owner. There is a $100 service fee for all bookings.

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Mark Barbanell (TVR Permits # TV-1169 * TVNC 1279) 808-826-5118

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A Bliss -ed, exotic, romantic, fun stay in paradise!

Review submitted: March 2, 2014   Date of arrival: February 7, 2014

In our imperfect world, we found our stay at River Estate to be a fulfilling, fun experience. The setting is romantic, the accommodations are modern and immaculate, very comfortable with peaceful sounds of the nearby river flowing by. The spirit of a place- important to any traveler or for those just pulling the plug on vacation- is blissful, you'll be surrounded with well attended beautifully landscaped gardens. A short drive to any number of wonderful beaches. You'll find yourself bliss-ed in exotic tropical settings that offer excellent value and privacy! Can't wait to return soon!

Recommended for: adventure seekers, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 1 / 1


The Guest House didn't meet our expectations.

Review submitted: February 10, 2014   Date of arrival: January 18, 2014

We stayed in the Guest House for 4 nights, after spending 10 nights at a wonderful beach house just down the road (that cost $35/night more). We expected to be in an idyllic garden setting that would give us a different (but still great) experience from the beach. The Guest House was generally tidy and reasonably well appointed. The bed was comfortable and the bedroom was pleasant. The appliances and equipment worked fine.

However, overall we were disappointed because the house and property didn't meet our expectations, particularly considering the rave reviews we'd read. While we were there, it was so humid the first night that everything inside the house was extremely wet the next morning...two of our laptops stopped working due to the excessive moisture in the house and they didn't dry out enough to work again until after we flew home several days later. The wifi access was unsecured. Kitchen cabinets wouldn't stay closed and there were other signs of poor quality materials and workmanship. One of the kitchen cabinets under the counter had not been cleaned out and contained spilled packages of food from a prior guest. The master bathtub was badly rusted out in one corner. There were screens on the windows but the bugs were relentless in coming in every time the door was open for a few seconds, and we couldn't be out on the deck in the evenings at all. (Although we recognize that weather is outside of the owner's control, we didn't have the bug and humidity problems during the prior 10 nights just down the road.) The house had a land line but no cell service, which was problematic for us as we needed to be accessible by cell/text for work and family reasons. This should be better communicated on the vrbo listing. The house did not have a dead bolt on the door and we did not feel that the property was secure, especially since someone stole the propane tank for the barbecue grill from just outside the door while we were there. In the evenings, we could hear the people in the neighboring property yelling obscenities and fighting.

We wanted to like the River Estate but there were just so many things that disappointed us. We regretted making the move from the beach house and would not recommend the River Estate to others.

Owners response: Thank's for the heads up…My top priority here is serving my guests. Most important to my guests is the home they stay in. Extremely well maintained homes and grounds are my stock in trade and I enjoy providing that and much more to my guests. Let me be clear on that. So let’s address the issues. The quality of construction and level of care these homes enjoy is beyond reproach. I built the Guest House myself and am a master craftsman. Humidity causing computer failure as soon as you got there? There’s air conditioning installed specifically to dehumidify the homes between guests during cleaning as well as guest comfort. It’s easy to close the windows and turn it on. We do right before you arrive. The hand out we leave explains all of this. Computers don’t die on the spot from moisture and staying on the beach for 10 days near here before arriving means they were exposed to onshore salt spray prior to your arrival in my home. I have expensive antiques in these homes. I’ve seen paintings, sofas, sheets mold elsewhere. Not in these homes ever. Air conditioning is run during every cleaning to dehumidify them. There was not a “humidity” problem and it could have easily been addressed with a call to me or by reading the hand out I provided. Hinges and rust? The 2 or so hinges you mention the springs had just failed and new ones were on my counter at home so they’ve already been replaced. That rust on the tub has been on my mind for a while. Not an easy fix. Now I’ll attend to it. Mosquitos in the house? The screens fit perfectly but if you leave a door open without closing it directly and lights on as the hand out explains some will come in for sure at times. Most of my guest's favorite spot in the Guest House is the Lanai. Thievery and feeling insecure? Both my biggest concern of your review. That was the first thievery in 20 years. That propane tank you asked about and I thought might have been taken? I found the responsible kid and the police were notified. Never had a break in here. It’s a very safe neighborhood. Dead bolt? Why ruin my favorite door? Don't need it. Wouldn't make a difference. Cell phone? Most people have asked before arrival and don't mind no service there but I will add a mention in my advertising now. Neighbors fighting? Can't help you there. It's life. I can only do so much for my guests. I encourage my guests to call me before and during their stay, give them a detailed fact sheet and am available 24/7 for them. The rest is up to them...

Helpful votes: 2 / 3


Home away from home

Review submitted: December 20, 2013   Date of arrival: October 21, 2013

Peace-filled, kind, comforting. Symphony of baritone frog, strident roosters, and quiet--no sound--surround you. The yard is very pleasant in the morning. Sit by the slow clear stream behind this home while birds feast on guava and java fruit (which sometimes plunk into the river), enjoy the flap of banana tree leaves across the road, or practice tai chi. The tall ti plants with purple leaf crowns are a constant comfort, graceful, beautiful, and strong. The leaves (luau) once wrapped goodies baked at the prime Hawaiian feast. We found ourselves getting up early and just listening on the lanai, keeping the doors and windows open. We didn’t want to busy up all our days. This is a clean, well maintained and elegantly presented home. Kitchen is well stocked, former guests keep the cupboards unbare. We added to the offerings. The master bedroom is gorgeous—spacious, very comfortable bed, hardwood floors (throughout home), lovely view out its sliding glass doors to its own deck. The two bedrooms on the other end of the house are lovely—with views, places to sit on small porches, tasteful furnishings. The owner, Mark, knows how to decorate with quality—antiques, solid furnishings. No bargain basement feeling here, whatsoever, lots of attention to detail. And oh so clean and fresh. Great water pressure in showers, amazing really. Lots of white towels in the linen closets and beach towels too. Washer and dryer in utility room that both work very well. So easy to feel right at home the very first day. We hung out here and felt happy, even blessed. Mark leaves all that you need at the beach—mats and chairs, boogie boards, handy cooler for packing drinks and lunches. Because the North Shore offers so much to its visitors, we stayed local—great restaurants and bars in Hanalei, many hikes and beaches, cute little places to shop in town. We were very impressed with how friendly and helpful the merchants were to us. But at day’s end, you’ll be glad to return to Riverhouse and its seclusion, its quiet, its beauty. Soak in the feel-so-good hottub on the lanai, open your pores to Aloha time and the peace this slice of paradise offers you. Mahalo Nui Loa, Mark, for this gem. We shall return to Riverhouse and practice Aloha in between.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 2 / 3


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