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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 Riverhouse Comment - We enjoyed staying away from towns and heavy tourist areas. River Estate offers an area of mountains, beautiful beaches and rivers. The Riverhouse is exactly as depicted on the website. Meticulously clean with no signs of wear/tear indoors or out. Dogs bark and roosters crow whenever they want but just welcome it, they are easy to tune out! It did not matter to us. Roosters are everywhere and seem to own the island anyway!!!! The guest house is just a few yards away but completely out of site. You can see the river quite well from the River House, but you can hear it from the Guest House. The owner takes great pride in this home. It truly shows! Mattress in the master is wonderful! A/C in the master is great. We used it only when we retired at night. The house is very comfortable all day with just the fan on in the living area. This area of Kauai is great, the people are very kind and helpful. All your needs and most of your wants are just down the road, a few miles. Reserve and go, you will not regret it! 
The Keiger Party, Bakersfield, Ca (6/19/14)



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

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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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Review submitted: June 20, 2014   Date of arrival: June 11, 2014

We enjoyed staying away from towns and heavy tourist areas. River Estate offers an area of mountains, beautiful beaches and rivers. The River House is exactly as depicted on the website. Meticulously clean with no signs of wear/tear indoors or out. Dogs bark and roosters crow whenever they want but just welcome it, they are easy to tune out! It did not matter to us. Roosters are everywhere and seem to own the island anyway!!!! The only thing I do not recollect seeing on the website was a green house right next door to the red River House. The neighbor was very quiet as were we, so no one bothered each other at all! The guest house is just a few yards away but completely out of site. You can see the river quite well from River House, but you can hear it from the Guest House. The owner takes great pride in this home. It truly shows! Mattress in the master is wonderful! A/C in the master is great. We used it only when we retired at night. The house is very comfortable all day with just the fan on in the living area. This area of Kauai is great, the people are very kind and helpful. All your needs and most of your wants are just down the road, a few miles. There are mosquito's around so we were thankful for all of the screens and screened in lanai. Reserve and go, you will not regret it!

Recommended for: age 55+, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 2 / 2

 

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: An important lesson I learned a while back is that along with expectations comes dissappointment which in turn fosters unhappiness. The one thing I have always done for my guests is be available for them and provided my help when needed. I leave paperwork in the homes that explain much of the workings of the home and invites them to contact me 24/7 for anything. I worked for 20 years as a master craftsman and built the Guest House myself out of the best materials available with a very good budget and then remodeled it 10 years after it was built. The homes are air conditioned which is run every time there's a turnover as a dehumidifier. One of the reasons I installed air conditioning to dehumidify the homes so there is no mold formed and the electronics in the homes stay in working condition much longer. In 20 years in this business I’ve replaced very few electronic items because of this common sense solution. As a musician with fine instruments to care for that are very sensitive to moisture and a house full of fine antique wood furniture I learned a long time ago that air conditioning is the key to the longevity of everything effected by moisture. It was there for their use too. The screens are all in perfect working order. The property is indeed safe and a deadbolt is not needed here. Same with a secure network. I never bothered because there is only one other network near enough to be picked up by any device in the home and they are my friends so whats the point? I’m completely perplexed by most of this review. However with the word expectations being used I understand to a degree. I'm truly sorry that their hard earned money didn't get them the vacation they expected. I'll take what I need from this quest’s review and use it to improve my business as it's an ongoing process. Thank you for taking the time to bring it all to my attention.

Helpful votes: 3 / 7

 

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