- 3 bedrooms
- 4 bathrooms
- Sleeps 6
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A RIVER HOUSE: TVNC-1323: TAT#W-30263436-01Unusual, intimate and a little wild [and quite unique], A River House is situated in the Wainiha Valley, two acres are still primal jungle and one acre is gardened to include the flower- rimmed pools and a fresh river plunge. There is a profusion of edible fruits: coconut, avocado, orange, lychee, banana, papaya, lime, tangerine, starfruit, mountain apple, longan and eggfruit. From the lanai of the main building, two watercourses are immediately evident: a stream cascading melodically into three pools and a wider rock-strewn river roiling its way down to the nearby ocean. The property has three avai...lable buildings that are not rented separately. The main house includes the master bedroom and bath. The second building has the second bedroom and full bath, with another full outdoor bath below. The last bedroom, with half bath is in the Bird's Nest. $290 outclean. $500 deposit, sleeps 6.To verify rates and specific information with one of our Rental Agents Please Call: 1-800-715-7273 -ALL RATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
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A River House
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River House Paradise
The River House is incredible! The Swiss Family Robinson would be happy here. The garden is like a tropical botanical park. Exotic flowers are in bloom everywhere you look. The main house is very comfortable, and the veranda is the perfect place to relax while watching the birds work and listening to the stream's music. Bring insect repellant, as the mosquitoes were annoying for some at night.
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Shipshape and Beautiful
Reflecting their other life as operators of a fishing vessel in alaskan waters, the owners have maintained the home, cottage and 'bird's nest' with loving care. Well appointed kitchen with everything needed to prepare and enjoy meals. First quality utensils, electronics, etc., with everything in fine working order. The manicured and gorgeous grounds are like living in your own private preserve. Resident cat is well-mannered indoors or out.
Near to spectacular hiking on the Kalalau Trail and Ke'e beach. Enjoyed Hanalei town and our meal at Bar acuda. The roosters crow earlier than expected. It is an experience and a world away from the condo lifestyle in other areas of the island.
A River House
A River House is a spectacular and beautiful getaway set in lush tropical gardens and along a roaring river. A touch of real Hawaii as well, though close to more touristy venues, incredible beaches, and challenging hikes. Great privacy and peace. Owners take pride in property and obviously enjoy sharing it when they are not there.
Even in rainy season, a delight! Would recommend to anyone without reservation.
Betty and Todd Parnell, Springfield, MO
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
The River House is a beautiful rental property. My family stayed here in mid September 2013 for 2 weeks and all 4 of us were very pleased with the rental. It had a few downfalls of course as does every rental but all in all it was great. Our biggest complaint would have to do with the cleaner not the house. We arrived at 3 pm check in time but the cleaner was not ready for us which was quite annoying after travelling for 10 hours and having a car full of groceries. She claimed check in wasn't until 4 pm even though our contract stated 3 pm. She also claimed the people before us checked out late, not buying it! She still wasn't done at 4 pm so we just hung out until she left. The bedding on both the master bed and the cottage bed had an odor. We went to change the sheets but there were no spare sheets available so we washed the ones we had and everything was good. The dryer was broken but useable. The plug in the main bathroom sink was broken but a spoon held it up nicely. We showered in the dark as the light bulb above the shower was burnt out and we couldn't reach it to replace it. Very minor problems but after calling Na Pali Properties about these problems no one showed up to fix anything. I would definately return to the River House as the scenery and the house in itself outweighed any problems we encountered.
Photos can hardly do justice to this wonderful place.
Wow! Words cannot describe this setting, nor can the photos. Best advice I can give is, experience for yourself where your feelings and emotions will take you seeing the breath taking beauty for yourself. You may need to pinch yourself to believe you are really there and it's not just a dream. It's a dream come true! Mahola.
This is a wonderful property!
This is a really beautiful property. We stayed with our extended family which was great since there are three separate structures so you can be together but apart. The grounds are well kept and have three separate water streams running through it. It is close to the end of the road at near the Na Pali Coast which is a must see. There was a very nice Hawaiian woman at the beginning of the road selling Puakenikeni leis. If you like a great fragrance get one of these. The only stress was a lady at when we first arrived that was all stressed out because the house wasn't ready. No big deal for us but she needs to chill a bit and remember the aloha!
Our family of four stayed at "A River House" from May 29 thru June 6th, 2013. When we first arrived we were all taken back of the incredible beauty of the property. We were lucky to arrive dring the time the Jade plant was in bloom,entwined within the large mango tree in the back. It honesty looked like the "Tree of Life" from the movie avatar.
Chu-Chee the resident cat was part of the family. Lounging on my husbands lap every morning, welcoming us on our arrivals. We wanted to take her home, she was such a sweet layed back cat.
Management Property was very accomadating, the blender broke and they were able to give me a new one on the spot.
Accomadations were great. Everything you need and more.
Our two older daughters used the bed and bath next door. The first nite was a bit dramatic, when my daughter found a large cane spider in her room before going to bed. Needless to say she spent the nite with us, we did not see the spider the rest of the week. Cane spiders are big but are harmless.
Overall, we loved the place, and would return in a heart beat. Best rental we have had on Kauai in our years of visiting the island! Loved hangin in Hanalai, favorites include Farmer Market,Calypso,Tunnels beach,shaved ice, and paddle boating.
Mahalo and thank you for the great memories.
Beyond our greatest imaginings
The turn-in to the driveway takes your breath away at first with its steepness, as you glide down into an ancient fertile valley that engulfs all your senses. Four of us (2 couples) shared the estate and it worked out great. Privacy, and wonderful communal space to hang out and make meals. A magical place that embraces with a special energy, tucked in the valley of Wainiha river that starts on Mt. Waialeale. Gorgeous grounds--more than 2 acres beautifully gardened, flowers and fruit abound. Beautifully appointed with views from every room and a fabulous deck with a grill. Light the citronella candles and bugs leave you alone. The rushing water soothes so much that we invited a local masseuse to make a house call for a girls' spa day. The guys loved the place too. Art and artifacts in the home are treasures to delight in--noticing different ones each day. Breezes flowing through all the sliding screen doors, moon rising over the mountain crest across the river, light changing minute by minute, hour by hour makes you reluctant to leave. Wi Fi works great if you need your computer. Cell phone service comes and goes, but house phone is great for local calls to make reservations. Neighbors are friendly, the local pigs, roosters, chickens, and goats are a hoot and yes, you hear them in the middle of the night, but get used to it quickly and it becomes a lullabye. ChuChee the resident kitty knows who likes kitties and if she chooses to become your fast friend, it's a blessing. Sweet beyond words, quiet as can be, clean to a fault. She snuggles up once she gets to know you. Leaving her was as hard as leaving the house. Off the beaten path and full of heart and soul. Close to the spectacular Limahuli Gardens, Hanalei, Ke'e Beach, Tunnels Beach, Bali Hai, great boat tours leaving from the North Shore, spectacular ziplining at Princeville Ranch. We hope to be back sooner rather than later to this special retreat.
Beauty off the beaten path
If you are interested in something other than a resort hotel experience for your stay on Kauai, A River House is something for you to consider. It sits about 3/4 mile off the main road just outside of beautiful Hanalei town. The compound consists of the main house and guest house with full baths, and smaller guest house with a half-bath only. The kitchen is well equipped for those who enjoy cooking. On the grounds are numerous fruit trees, and there is a stream that runs by close enough that you can hear it at night as you fall asleep. The main house has an interesting collection of books, Cd's and Dvd's to entertain you when you are not out and about, but what we liked best was sitting out on the deck, feeling the breeze blowing, and watching the sunlight play on the nearby hills. All in all, it was a beautiful home that I would not hesitate to recommend.
Beautiful house, paradise-like setting and a cat!
It's like staying in a botanical garden. Every morning we'd walk the property and discover something new had bloomed. The grounds are simply breathtaking and so private & quiet.
The house was very comfortable (what are those sheets made of? So silky, but not in that cheesy rayon way.) It was always cool with excellent air circulation.
We loved sitting on the lanai having our morning coffee & watching the birds swoop among the treetops with the river roiling below.
Things to be aware of:
1) Don't plan to hang around the house on Fridays: the landscapers come & they make a lot of noise for about 4 hours. (Just from looking at the place, you know it's got to take a lot of manhours to keep it that nice.)
2) Chu-Chee is a great cat, but he may drag something rather unpleasant up on the porch if you're late one night getting home to feed him.
3) There are geckoes in the house. I don't mind them, but when you wake in the morning there will be gecko droppings everywhere. My son was driven from the bird's nest due to a family of 5 scampering across him nightly. I don't know how they get in (we never left the screens open), but I think they're just part of the experience of living in a tropical jungle. It's a small price to pay and it's probably true of any place in such a location. I mention so that you are not unduly dismayed thinking that they're rat droppings as I thought for the first 2 days (see note about Chu-Chee dragging unsavory things onto the porch, his previous night's dinner put the thought in my mind).
4) You'll save yourself some hassle if you put the outdoor garbage can up in the back of the truck to secure it. We had dogs get into the cans twice during our week stay and awoke to a yard strewn with garbage. Not a fun way to start the day.
It's truly an amazing place and we really enjoyed our stay there. My 4-star rating for cleanliness relates to the floors and rugs. They could use a good cleaning. Everything else was in great shape!
A relaxing retreat
I really loved how relaxing it was to be at the river house. There were six of us, so each group of two had their own house and privacy. The kitchen has pretty much all the tools you need and was great for cooking every night. ChuChee the cat made the place feel more like home because it was like we had our own pet.
Location was a bit remote... so on the days we traveled to other parts of the island, we had to get up a bit early. However, on the plus side, there were very few tourists in the area and little to no real world distractions (most of us didn't have cell reception... I thought that was great). The house now has wifi, which was helpful for everyone.
There was also pretty much everything you needed for the beach in the fun closet. There were chairs, beach mats, a cooler, toys... we really didn't need to bring anything for the beach because it was all there.
We did have one issue with ants. We were religiously cleaning the counters; however, if you left a spec of food out there would be ants on the counter. Wiping down the counters again usually made them go away, but it is something to be aware of.
Relaxing in a wonderful Hideout
We stayed in July together with a friend and it was perfect because the guest house provided absolute privacy for our friend. We enjoyed the wonderful garden and peace of the place. The house provides everything you need for your holiday and the housekeeper as well as the people of Na Pali took good care of us. Thank you!
Couldn't have asked for more
Perfect, 'nuf said. ...
Peaceful, beautiful, family oriented
We stayed a week here, and loved every minute. The gardens are beautiful, the accommodations clean and comfortable. We enjoyed the open porch areas, even with some rain.
Yes, it is as beautiful as it looks in the pictures! The only negative was that we had to leave, eventually. A River House didn't feel like a guest house, it felt like a home; from the lovingly tended tropical gardens to the beautifully decorated interiors and even a resident cat who is happy to adopt newcomers. There was a temptation to spend all of our time on Kauai lounging around the house and its grounds, but if you do venture out there are some great things to do in the area...snorkelling at nearby beaches and some great hiking trails. It was a little drive to the nearest town and beaches (a car is a must) but I would happily sacrifice the convenience of the southern beaches to stay in a place like this again.
Huntington Beach, CA
Amazing location, amazing landscaping, very open layout. It's on a residential street off the beaten path, which is exactly what we were looking for. The 3 houses are great to have to spread out. We had 8 people total, 4 adults and 4 kids. We were very comfortable. The property is just serene. Be ready for mosquitos at dawn and dusk. Other than that, no complaints. Oh, except we showed up at 3pm for check in, and it wasn't ready until 4pm. No big deal, just a heads up.
The River House is an absolutely beautiful property with the huge yard and rivers. We felt like we were staying in a tropical garden! If you went outside, though, it was best to wear bug spray. At night, the kids would go out and look for geckos and toads. The houses slept 8 of us comfortably. My son and I especially liked the screened in room. Chu Chee was adorable and all the kids loved her. She slept with my daughter in the bedroom in the main house. We spent our days at Tunnels Beach, and eating shave ice in Hanalei. Thanks for sharing your home! :)
Wonderful River House
We visited Kauai for two weeks, staying at the River House the second week after a week on anini Beach. It was far and away the better of the two houses, and I'd stay there again in a heartbeat. The house is beautiful, open, airy and clean, with a kitchen meant for people who like to cook. The beautifully landscaped property is designed for peace and relaxation, and unless the neighbors are running machinery, that's just what you get. We enjoyed limes, papayas and mountain apples that were ripe the first week in July. The views of the jagged, cloud-swept mountains is dramatic and always changing. The house cat, Chu-chee, is very sweet, and has his routine down. NaPali Properties was very helpful, and the owners, who live in alaska, seem like very interesting people. Being that it was just the two of us, we didn't much use the other buildings. There is a nice desk set-up in the larger guest house, which came in handy as I had to work part of every day. The internet connection is solid and fast, which was great. The house is a little over a mile off the main road, but the location is great for quick trips to Tunnels and Ke'e beaches. I highly recommend the River House and look forward to a return visit. If only it wasn't so far from Vermont...
Something like Eden
This was an amazing place. We stayed for a week with our 5 teenage and older kids. It was a bit of a squeeze, but we loved it. The grounds are like Eden--beautiful, lush, splashing streams, flowers, fruit trees. A view of the mountains up the valley from your deck. Nice big open main area for hanging out as a family. Tunnels and Ke'e and Hanalei really close. Away from the crowds and resorts. Isolated but close enough to town to get groceries or go out to dinner. One of our favorite places ever. Only drawbacks--in an amazingly well furnished kitchen, there is no dishwasher, which gets tiring if you eat all meals in as we do. Screens and screen doors could use a bit of upkeep. But, these minor blemishes were overwhelmed with the beauty and tranquility of staying at this home.
Debb & Howard
We loved 'The River House'! We know amanda (have only met Rocky) and this house and property exuded her 'earth mama', mellow, beauty. The grounds were extraordinary, and the house itself airy, comfortable and beautiful. We loved Chu-Chee the cat! However, I don't remember being asked if anyone in our party was allergic to cats. We are not, and have a cat at home, so this made it even more homier! However, you might want to have that as a question to prospective renters. And you might! I just don't remember being asked. The stereo was fantastic, as was the music selection. Plus we were able to plug in our own music. I don't think there was one thing we didn't like. The view off the Lanai, the grounds, the river flowing just outside the house, everything was wonderful. It was a good place to relax and just enjoy the beauty of nature. We actually enjoyed the ride up Old PowerHouse Rd. It reminded us of being 'in the country', and off the beaten path, which we can relate to. The only downside was that we weren't there long enough! We hope to share this wonderful respite with our family (children & spouses) in the future. What we'd actually like, is to buy a piece of property just like this!!! We're are checking your website!! Thank you for a great visit.
Debb & Howard Nusbaum
The peaceful exhilaration of being comfortably on edge.
You might be a character in an E.M. Foster novel -- so self-assured in the special security of your comfortable, privileged situation, and yet somehow feeling the need to be on the alert, not entirely certain, in these unfamiliar surroundings, of what to expect, again and again, in fact, surprised by unanticipated encounters and so kept suspended, always, in a slightly edgy state -- a state of obligatory heightened awareness. All here is manifestly arranged for your complete comfort and convenience. Everything is characterized by better quality; it works and it works well -- from the quiet overhead fans and the artfully aimed track lighting, to the well-fitting window screens and doors, the special soft bedsheets, the easy broadband connection, and the spotless outdoor washer/dryer. Everything you could possibly need has been thoughtfully -- tastefully -- provided. You want for nothing and so can at last simply sit back and listen to the astonishingly throaty sound of your river rushing by. But you have come a little further away from commerce and 'civilization' than you are accustomed to. The uphill road was longer and more enfolding with exotic foliage than you had expected. The night is darker, the moon and the stars are bigger, the sudden downpours are more violent, not all the birdcalls and the other forest sounds you hear are so readily identifiable, the fragrances of the flowers are headier, and the steep and jagged glistening green mountains up tight and all around you are wreathed in restless mists -- never content, it seems, to settle. Darting geckos compete to sun themselves on the warmest bolders in the garden and trees all around offer up prodigious quantities of fruits. You came for the peace and the quiet. But now you are at last alone here, and this is also an adventure.
Ruth & Family
Put it on your "Bucket List"!
For the true adventurer who wants a real experience on Kauai's north shore, I highly recommend a Riverhouse. It is an absolute paradise in the jungle. The landscaping is world class with natural water features, exotic plants and lots of fruit trees. The accommodations are so homey and comfortable, we couldn't wait to get back home after a day at the beach. Beautiful beaches and funky Hanalei town are nearby for some great food, shopping and fun. None of us were ready to leave...but we'll definitely be back!
This being my 4th vacation to Kauai, I've rented many other properties and Bed/Breakfasts. This tops all of them! First, the north side of the Island beats any other side of the Island hands down, but this house and the 3 acre grounds is like being in your own private botanical gardens surrounded by mountains and streams. This is as real as Kauai gets. The location may not be suitable for everyone, as it's about as close you can get to the end of the road, away from it all, but if you're looking for real adventure and are truly appreciative of nature, this is a very spiritual place to spend your vacation. You can't go wrong staying here. It is absolutely beautiful and the property is very well cared for. We did not lack anything. And actually, the photos do not do it justice. I particularly loved the Ice Cream Bananas. Never heard or had them before. Puts all other bananas to shame. This place has so much to offer.
Kathy and Bill Heran
The house and landscaping were absolutely fantastic.
This was the best place we ever stayed. The house was very comfortable and well stocked. We mostly enjoyed coffee in the morning on the deck. The flowers in the yard were incredible and I was able to pick flowers for my daughter's wedding bouquet. She got married at the Hanelei Colony resort where they stayed for three nights and the remainder of the week she and her husband stayed in the darling guest house on the property. My only suggestion is to have the address at hte house more visable (the foilage is covering up the address which made it very difficult to find in the dark. And perhaps more info about the cat. We are not particularily cat lovers although we did end up liking the cat but were not prepared when she broke through a screen and jumped on the bed in the middle of the night. But the cat is a sweetheart and didn't seem to mind being put outside,
We asked NaPali properties about a crib rental-they hooked us up with a company who set up the bed before we got there and picked it up when scheduled..
I was a bit apprehensive about mosquitoes--they weren't bad and a citronella candle was sufficient.
We loved the jungle experience--we were initially looking for a beach property but we are very happy we chose the Jungle Riverhouse instead. It felt more like true Kauai at its very best,
The house is in a nice quiet area, surrounded by mountains, and with two rivers in the backyard, which is landscaped. Perfect if you want to get away from it all, yet only 10 minutes to Hanalei. Everything in the house functioned as expected and we had a wonderful time.
Heather from Whistler
Whistler, British Columbia
A soothing Kauai retreat nestled in the mountains of Wainiha
We spent 7 wonderful days at the River House, enjoying all that the rain forest of Kauai had to offer: fresh fruit growing on the beautifully landscaped property, rivers and flowers all around the house, and native birds everywhere. As well, we made use of all of the elaborate amenities that this beautiful house had available: fully equipped gourmet kitchen, a variety of accommodations in out-buildings, optional outdoor shower, CD/DVD selection, beach/snorkel supplies, and much more. The breezes generally kept us cool enough, and we eventually got used to the roosters crowing in the mornings. Great neighbour next door, who provided much information about the area. And we were not far from the many beautiful beaches (we visited a new one each morning and afternoon). A very memorable vacation that we would highly recommend to others!
What a great property! Beautiful inside and out. Great ammenities, comfortable, unique. Best for the nature lover and adventure-type. The "bird house" is 3 sides of open screens- lets in all wind and animal sounds. My 12 year old loved it-especially watching the sun rise over the mountains each morning. The other homes have windows/walls. Off the beaten path.Quiet neighborhood, except for the roosters but they're all over Kauai. Highly recommend this house.
The Perfect Vacation in Hanalei
My vacation with my son was amazing in every way. We enjoyed breakfast early in the morning with the birds and the resident cat and enjoyed the evenings listening to the waterfalls and the utter silence. Enjoyed Tunnels early in the morning when no-one was there and my grandchildren who live on the island enjoyed the pond and the river. It was perfect in every way. I hope to come back soon and River House is the only place that I would stay.
If anyone is looking for a wedding cake, birthday cake or just delicious goodies, my son Patrick and his wife andrea own and run "icing on the Cake" out of Kapaa - try it , you will love it.
New Brunswick Canada
Little piece of heaven
Wonderful week stay at the River House. It was favourite house in our month long trip in Hawaii.
Amazing Property, highly recommended!
We just returned from staying at this beautiful property. The location was so private. The scenery was amazing with the two waterways running through the property and the abundant amount of plants and trees. The house was beautiful as well. It had everything you would need including a great range for cooking, a huge fridge, a microwave, a bbq, cd player and cd's, dvd play and dvd's. The bed was very comfortable, and we would always enjoy coming back to the house after being out and about during the day. I highly recommend this property.
The property was better than I hoped. The river sounds were enchanting
We only left for a few hours each day to snorkel at Tunnels or hike the Na
Pali trail. We ate in every day. The rest of the time we sat on the porch
talking, reading and drinking tea. We called the little house the love shack.
No explanation needed as to why. The sleeping quarters were heavenly.
Going from a hectic mainland lifestyle to the soothing comfort of the
rushing water and illusion we had no neighbors was fabulous. The owners
did a great job balancing a rather rustic style with every amenity we
needed, including a cappaccino machine. The home was very inviting unlike
other places we've stayed that feel so sterile because there are no spices,
salt, or common household items. We felt like we were truly guests of the
owners and were compelled to leave things in the pantry for others. It was
just a magical place.
My only complaint, and it's probably not something that can be fixed, is the
neighbors' kids got awfully noisy at times and there were lots of barking
dogs. We even watched a mother stroll her baby across the beautifully
manicured space between the rivers while walking her dog. At the same
time, the kids and dogs made us feel part of the neighborhood so I'm not
counting this as a big negative.
The neighbor from the top even came down to welcome us. I would go here
again for a romantic get away with my husband. I would not go here with
my kids as there is little to do unless you get in the car and drive to the
beaches. The place is so gorgeous we rarely left except to get fresh fish
from the back door of the Dolphin. We'll be back next year.