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♥River Estate Guest House♥AC♥Riverfront Near Beach♥Private♥Peaceful♥TVNC 5132
1 of 26Peace and privacy on the river a block from the beach.
5 nights minimum
Holiday Rental House
♥ A personal message to my potential guests.... 'I have lived on Kauai for 45 years now, owned and managed River Estate since 1996. River Estate is one of the first Kauai vacation properties on the internet and we are still here. I provide complimentary concierge services to all my guests from the moment you book. 45 years here helps in that regard. So 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
♥ 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) The images here reflect them both and each home's images are grouped together. Please google River Estate to see all the details for both homes on the Rive...♥ A personal message to my potential guests.... 'I have lived on Kauai for 45 years now, owned and managed River Estate since 1996. River Estate is one of the first Kauai vacation properties on the internet and we are still here. I provide complimentary concierge services to all my guests from the moment you book. 45 years here helps in that regard. So 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
♥ 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) The images here reflect them both and each home's images are grouped together. Please google River Estate to see all the details for both homes on the River Estate website. Both homes are on the estate grounds next to the river in the same proximity to the water yet far apart. The property location is centrally located in the middle of the prime North shore area. You'll feel comfortable and relaxed the moment you arrive. Privacy and peace.
♥ On February, 10th, 2011 River Estate was named as one of 12 Romantic Getaways across the US in a Lonely Planet 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 all the major review platforms online. Check your favorite review site to see for yourself. River Estate has a long history of providing impeccable service and comfortable accommodations. 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 Comment...
♥ Fifteen years ago my husband and I, after a long time together, decided to get married. We were living in California at the time and were frequent visitors to Kauai. We had seen River Estate many times on our travels and always said “If we ever get married it should be here”. So one day after our engagement I called Mark at River Estate, I told him about my plan to rent the entire property (There were 3 homes then) and having my wedding on the property. I have family from the east coast and my husband from Illinois. So people were coming from everywhere. We had some elderly people that couldn't make a beach wedding so we thought the grounds of the estate would be better! So Mark and I worked literally for over a year. He let me put a deposit to hold the dates and make payments! He told me about the local post office and how I should send all the decorations instead of flying with them. He even picked up my packages for me!!! We decorated the estate and had a little luau for our reception. Words can't describe the magic of our day. Mark even came to my wedding. I never had anyone except for family and friends help me so much from so far away. He did this out of kindness. That's the type of person Mark is.That was 15 years ago this June. We are coming back in October to renew our vows with our children. A lot has happened in 15 years ago and I contacted Mark just last week to see what was available for our week. He is just as amazing now as he was then. Sooo here we go again! I can't wait. Mahalo Mark. See you soon!!!
Tara Ruggerio-Popov, Las Vegas, NV (4/24/15)
♥ 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....
On Site Staff and Owner Available 24/7
Top Quality Accommodations Affordably Priced
A Completely Unique Central North Kauai Location
Tastefully Furnished Homes.
Air Conditioning. Each Room Controlled Individually
A Romantic and Spiritually Rejuvenating Experience
Ultra Privacy in a Completely Unique Natural Setting
Two Acres of Pristine Riverfront Botanical Gardens
Comfortable Living Spaces With Many Deluxe Amenities
Allergy Free Zones. No Mold or Mildew Inside or Out
Very Close to World Famous Beaches and Landmarks
Float to Beach and Back From the Property Easily
Fully Equipped Large Kitchens With New Appliances
In House Travel Agency. Multi Island Vacation Packages
Complimentary Beach Gear and Quality Beach Towels
Hotel Grade Bath Towels, Hand Towels, Wash Cloths
Quality Bedding, Mattresses. High Thread Count Sheets
Tile or Chinese Slate Floors in Kitchen and Bathrooms
Quality Brazilian Cherry Hardwood Floors (Living Areas)
Well Ventilated Homes Cooled By the Trade Winds
Flat Panel TVs, DVD Players, Cd Players With iPod Docks
Large Master Bedroom Suites with Flat Panel TV's
Free Long Distance, WiFi Internet, Wireless Phones
Large Collection of DVD's and CD's in each Home
Washer/Dryer, Gas BBQ, Quality Lanai Furniture
Selection of Kauai Guidebooks and Books on Hawaii
♥ My favorite comment to date - For this Hawaii-raised girl, this place was a dream come true! For twenty-eight years I had wanted to show my husband Kauai, and I could not have asked for a better location, accommodation, or host. From the day I called Mark to make reservations, through the actual stay, the entire experience was a first-class treat! Mark's attention to comfort, style, and details was phenomenal. He has thought of and provided everything for a perfect and relaxing vacation. And I mean everything! All you need are a swimming suit, a change of clothes and a few groceries. This is old Hawaii, plantation-style living at its finest and just exactly what I wanted my husband and boys to experience. You can't beat it for romance and setting. We were lulled to sleep by soft rain, and we awakened every morning to the soothing sounds of the river. The large property, extensive surrounding gardens and lush, tropical landscaping offer tranquility and complete privacy. The interior design is upscale, tropical, and comfortable. Mark hasn't missed any detail in decorating either! You can't help but relax and move naturally into 'Hawaiian time' mode. The property is located on the north end of the island within ten minutes of the famous Napali Coast and its challenging and breathtaking hiking trail, as well as one of the calmest and best snorkeling locations on the island. Within minutes the other direction, you have Hanalei Bay, Hanalei Valley and Princeville. Water sports and other activities abound in this locale. But every night we had the privilege of returning to the best vacation retreat house on the island, if not in the state! Honestly, it was difficult making a decision on whether to just 'hang out' there or be busy tourists. The accommodations were only surpassed by Mark's graciousness as a host. He was responsive, attentive and patient to all of our needs and questions. Thank you, Mark, for extending perfect 'aloha' to your guests! If you're looking for a unique and authentic 'real Hawaii' experience, this is your place. For the price, it's a real bargain! If you're looking for just another predictable upscale hotel, and a vacation spent with hundreds of other travelers, go to Princeville or Poipu. But I highly recommend that you skip the ridiculously pricey St. Regis and stay at River Estate. You can go enjoy a delicious lunch or some Plantation Iced Tea on the St. Regis balcony to say you've been there. I could write volumes on River Estate. My husband fell in love with the island and now has a particular affection for this place. He's trying to figure out how he can get transferred there for his work! If we had to live in Lihue, we'd still rent Mark's Guest House on the weekends! My starving college student son thought he had died and gone to heaven. My sixteen-year old son (who has a very critical eye and strong opinions) now uses River Estate as a measuring rod by which all other accommodations are evaluated. To date, none have measured up! And we're already making plans for a return trip next year. Again, thank you Mark, for helping an ex-patriot fulfill her dream. You really know how to spoil your guests and provide them much-needed rest and rejuvenation. You also know how to show them Hawaii living at its finest. Remembering your place and your hospitality gives us precious memories and something to look forward to. Mahalo!!
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As we drove along the winding road, west of Hanalei, with its one lane bridges and glimpses of the turquoise sea, beaches and lush vegetation, I had fingers crossed that the Guest House I had booked for two weeks would be as good as it...More
This place is magical and Mark was extremely accommodating. The sound of the river to send you to sleep was great. Beautiful property and we can’t wait to come back! Definitely stay here if you want to get away from people and have a quite...More
Due to the devastating landslides, we were unable to stay at the Riverhouse. We found other accommodations but Mark still helped us book our trip. We made priceless memories following the itinerary he and I worked on together. Mark, thank you for being so easy...More
My wife and I stayed here for a second honeymoon. We absolutely loved it! The location is secluded and low-key. The house was great for us and had everything we needed, including a hot tub, which was very relaxing. There is so much to see...More
Date of stay: January 2017
Thank Joe R
mbeqd, VR Owner at ♥River Estate Guest House♥AC♥Riverfront Near Beach♥Private♥Peaceful♥TVNC 5132, responded to this reviewResponded 10 March 2017
Mahalo Joe for choosing my property for your second honeymoon and for taking the time to write a review. Don't forget the free night when you come back as payment for writing it........Just kidding. The main thing I want to express is my gratitude to...More
River Estate was just what we needed after 10 days in New York. The tranquil setting on the river was a lovely place to unwind and relax. The house itself is well equipped with a great kitchen and living spaces, comfortable bed and furniture. I...More
Date of stay: October 2016
Thank Megan M
mbeqd, VR Owner at ♥River Estate Guest House♥AC♥Riverfront Near Beach♥Private♥Peaceful♥TVNC 5132, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2016
Every comment like this means the world to me. To have put so many years into what I do and have my guests be so pleased is all the reward I need now. All else is icing on the cake. Without you and my other...More
We stayed at the River House in August 2016 with two teenage boys and had an absolutely terrific stay! The north end of Hanalei is the place to be, and while the house is secluded in the perfect way for "non-touristy" types, it's accessible to...More
Date of stay: August 2016
Thank Phebe K
mbeqd, VR Owner at ♥River Estate Guest House♥AC♥Riverfront Near Beach♥Private♥Peaceful♥TVNC 5132, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2016
Thank you so much for your kind words Phebe. Your review means a lot to me. It validates that I'm doing a good job and connecting with my guests. It took 20 years but I think I have the hang of it now. Remember first...More
We have been to Kauai several times and usually stay on the more Southern end of the island. This year we decided to try something different and selected the River Estate for our vacation. At first I was a little nervous because we had never...More
Date of stay: January 2016
Thank linda h
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Walnut Creek, California
Reviewed 4 April 2015
A FlipKey verified reviewer Walnut Creek, California
We arrived on the tail end of an extensive, active, cool, wet weather period on the island with our fingers crossed to find reason for optimism for the next 10 days. Neither the house nor, true to form, Kauai, disappointed. The setting was exactly as...More
River Estate offers quality accommodations that are meticulously maintained and very user friendly. The homes are eclectic, comfortable and above all extremely peaceful and private. Our prime location is central to all the great North Kauai attractions. The whole area from Hanalei town, with it's restaurants and shopping, to Ke'e beach and the Napali Coast trail at the end of the road, and all the beaches and activities between them, is within a 10 minute drive in either direction of the property.