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♥River Estate Guest House♥ Seclusion*Romance*Riverfront*Prime Location*A/C♥

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,275 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

*Private and Quiet Riverfront Home in a Tropical Paradise.*Paddle to the Beach*

♥ 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 was one of the first 2 Kauai vacation properties on the internet and we are still here. Our VRBO listing number is one of the top 5 oldest there is. #249 out of over 1,000,000 listings! Longevity in this business is based on quality of experience, fair pricing, dependability and now guest reviews. Please check out our Riverhouse LISTING #957015 for information on our 3bed/2bath family home on the same River Estate grounds.” Permit TVNCU 5132

♥ I also provide complimentary concierge services to all my guests from the moment you book. I've lived here for 48 years and am sure I can help you somehow. 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 air conditioned homes on the River Estate grounds out of sight from each other. One 3 bedroom 2 bath referred to as the RIVERHOUSE and one 2 bedroom 2 bath we refer to as the GUEST HOUSE. This listing is specifically for the RIVERHOUSE our 3 bedroom home. The property is just 3 blocks away and you can paddle to and back from the beach easily. Please Google RIVER ESTATE to see more details on the property. Both homes are on the estate grounds next to the river in the same proximity to the water yet far enough apart that you do not see the other home. The property location is centrally located in the middle of the prime North shore area 3 blocks from the beach. You’ll feel comfortable and relaxed the moment you arrive.

♥ The GUEST HOUSE details…

Extremely Private Location 3 Blocks to the Beach

Intimate Comfortable Relaxing Rejuvenating

Chinese Slate Floors in Kitchen and Bath

Custom Quality Balinese Furniture and Art

Large Master Suite Overlooks the River

Tiled Tub/Shower Enclosure in Master Suite

Deluxe Tile Shower in Second Bathroom

Large Open Covered Lanai With Stream View

Sound of River Flowing over Shallow Stones

Dimmable Lighting. Open Beamed Ceiling.

Two Bedroom. Two Bathrooms.


On Site Staff and Owner Available 24/7

Top Quality Accommodations Affordably Priced

A Completely Unique Central North Kauai Location

Tastefully Furnished Homes

Quality Furnishings and Amenities

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

♥ 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. There is no vacation rental here on the river that you can access the beach from the property via a pristine river. Put in simple terms River Estate is truly a Hawaiian Paradise....

More Details

Member since: 1996
Speaks: english, ♥Hawaiian Pidgin English♥
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2018

About Mark

Let me be your personal concierge. Whatever you need I'll arrange for you. Need good solid local information? My 43 years of local experience here can be put to good use anytime you want. I enjoy helping people. It's my job....

I visited Kauai in 1970 and stayed on and basically never left. The charming people of Kauai and the exquisite beauty enticed me from my very first days on the island and I'm grateful every day to be blessed to live in such a wonderful healthy environment amongst such wonderful people and such a vibrant culture. I enjoy helping people and I'm available to my guests on a 24/7 basis. It's an honor and a privilege to be able to serve my guests by providing my home to so many of them and helping them to discover the wonders of this magical place. Fortunately I'm able to say that this place is still the paradise I found so many years ago. Mahalo and Aloha.

Mark purchased this house in 1972

Why Mark chose Hanalei

River Estate is a completely unique experience. Where my property is on North Kauai is in arguably one of the nicest areas of the whole state and quite possibly the world. Because there had always been interest in short term renting here I decided to turn both homes into a vacation rentals. There are certain places on the island and in Hawaii that are so special that people from all over the world have heard about them and have a desire to visit them. Not only is Kauai so very special, I believe Hanalei and the surrounding area is the very best Kauai has to offer. Although I have lived here for 40 years I have not forgotten the feelings I first felt when I arrived here. These are the experiences that lock this place in peoples hearts and minds and keeps bringing them back. It isn't the things you do here but the actual island itself, it's charm and it's local people that bring visitors back time and time again.

What makes this house unique

Utmost is the seclusion and romance of the botanical gardens of the property and it's convenient location in the scheme of things here on the north shore of Kauai. It's very close to all the world famous beaches north Kauai is noted for and central between Hanalei and the end of the road at Ke'e Beach. The fact you can use the river to access the beach from the house and ocean is not offered any where else on Kauai as far as I know. The privacy and natural setting allow our guests to experience a truly relaxing and rewarding time away from their normal lives and leaves a lasting impression of what some consider to be true paradise. Not many rental homes in our price range are kept in the condition that the Guest House is kept in and our guests reflect that in their comments in our guest book. We're proud of that. It's our stock in trade so to speak.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We were able to book four wonderful nights at River Estate and could not have asked for a better place to stay while on Kauai. This is our first trip to Hawaii and we decided to spend the first part of our honeymoon on the north shore. River Estate is perfect! Romantic, private, comfortable and luxurious all in one place. So wonderfully secluded we felt like we were the only people on the island surrounded by jungle. Kauai is just gorgeous and the views from every part of the island will never get old. Cook your meals here. There is nothing more relaxing than being out on the lanai drinking local beers to the sound of the river. Thanks Mark for such an amazing start to our honeymoon. We can't wait to see what else Hawaii has to offer but we're also very sad to leave! We will never forget our time at River Estate and will definitely be bac
Jun 2010
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Hanalei House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1275 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • River ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Guest House #1
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Guest House #2
  • Each home has quality bath amenities and fixtures. All tile, glass enclosures and quality cabinets and counter tops. The Guest House and Riverhouse both have two bathrooms. Each master suite has a shower tub combination. All enclosures are tile. Riverhouse has glass shower doors. Guest House has curtains. All countertops are synthetic granite (high end) Bathroom floors are tile. We're on a solar hot water system in both homes now so there is no shortage of hot water.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Detached Unit - 1 king , 2 queen , The 3 bedroom Riverhouse is also available see our website.
  • Each home has a California King in the master suite. All other bedrooms in both homes have queen beds. Each bedroom has separate air conditioning or heat if needed, a phone, clock and side tables with lamps. Master bedrooms have walk in closets. Other bedrooms have spacious closets and a dresser of drawers in a mirror door closet.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gated Community
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Indoor Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Our stock in trade consists of our attention to the care and maintenance of the homes and grounds, the attention to detail in every aspect and my concierge services which have proven to be quite helpful to many of my guests. I have developed many relationships during my 44 years here and now have contracts with activity providers to help with those bookings and a travel agency which has proven to still be very viable since I can pass on some of my commission to you as a saving. I'll make sure you get all the information you need whenever you need or request it.


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♥River Estate Guest House♥ Seclusion*Romance*Riverfront*Prime Location*A/C♥
average rating of 4.857143 based on 38 reviews

The River House Estate is Second to None on the North Shore

  • 5 of 5

The River Estate Guest Homes are second to none when it comes to comfort, location, and privacy!

This was my second time staying at the River Estate (in February 2017 and my third time to Kauai), and my girlfriend and I couldn't have been happier with the return visit. Mark, the owner, quickly confirmed our online reservation via a follow-up email, and everything was set up perfectly once we got to the guest house in the back of the estate. The River that runs along the property is just below the wrap around porch, so we watched and listened to it's peaceful passing every morning over coffee and on most evenings before bed with tea or wine. The feel of the house is warm and modern, but also very private and secluded, even though it's 1 minute from the main road along the North Shore - living in the craziness of the Bay Area of San Francisco, the seclusion really appeals to my girlfriend and I. It's also very spacious and the kitchen area, which is stocked with every item you could need for preparing meals. Moreover, the kitchen flows very well into the living room / dining areas, as well as the outdoor porch area, which we used and enjoyed every single day of the trip.

We also used the folding beach chairs that were below the house when we visited nearby Hanalei Bay and Ke'e Beach, both of which are great for swimming & snorkeling and world class sunsets (some of the best I've ever seen). We love the laid back feeling of the North Shore of Kauai (and the Bay), so the location of the River Estate in between the Kalalau Trail / Na Pali Coast, the cute village of Hanalei (which has awesome restaurants, bars, cafes, and shops) and the small town of Princeville (for groceries and more substantial needs) couldn't be better!

Mark, the owner, also helped set us up with a snorkeling tour that appeared to be fully booked on the tour company's website. Since he's a local, he's friendly with a lot of the tour companies, which worked out very nicely for our schedule and was sincerely appreciated (and we even got 10% off the published rate!). As such, I can easily say that we felt well taken care of (and not like a number at all) in an extremely welcoming / natural environment. Aloha and Mahalo!

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I received notice of this review yesterday. My birthday actually. Thanks for the wonderful gift Scott! I'm sure my future guests will also will be happy to see your informational comments as well. See you next time..... Mahalo and Aloha, Mark
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Quiet, peaceful slice of paradise

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the River Estate Guest House was so relaxing. Mark checked in with us and made sure we got everything we needed, from booking tours to guiding us through an unexpected rise in the river due to high rains. The place was immaculate and had everything we needed. I highly recommend this place, and we will definitely come back next time we are on the island!

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet and beautiful

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful location and quiet because is it set back a couple houses from the main road (the Guesthouse). Being right on the river is amazing and you can hear the river from the living room. I appreciate that there is split A/C because I am sensitive to noise (neighbors doing yardwork) and vog (thankfully there was none during my stay). The a/c is great if it is hot of course. I am also sensitive to chemicals so I wish they didn't use regular Tide (maybe try the Tide free and clear?) on the towels and linens. But next time I will just bring my own natural laundry soap and wash everything when I get in. Having the laundry machine is very convienient. Overall an excellent stay!

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Delightful tropical retreat

  • 5 of 5

Lovely house near beaches and a short jaunt to Hanalei. Clean, convenient, everything we needed was there. Quiet and pretty. Really a nice property.

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Private, very tropical feel

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed here for 6 nights in December, 2017. My wife commented it was one of the best VRBO rentals we have stayed in and we have stayed in well over 20. The rental has a very tropical and private feel. It is surrounded by lush tropical foliage. You almost feel like you are in the jungle. The rental feels large and has a lot of space, especially for one couple staying. The kitchen is large and has everything you need to cook in if you desire. We enjoyed having coffee or drinking a glass of wine on the outside wrap around porch, which is very comfortable and has great views of the tropical foliage as well as the nearby stream. Lots of birds and chickens to watch. The two full baths in the rental were nice and the showers worked well. The location of the rental is about a 5-10 minute drive from Hanalei and about the same distance to Tunnels Beach and many other outstanding beaches on the north shore of Kauai. We would not hesitate to recommend staying at this rental. Enjoy.

  • Submitted: Dec 23, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Santa Cruz, Ca

A taste of paradise

  • 5 of 5

Celebrating a 65th birthday and 40 years of marriage at the River Estate Guest House was magical. Mark maintains a beautiful home and its location at the rear of the property insured our privacy. The murmur of the river and the wind rustling the bamboo made for a relaxing evening after a full day of exploring the North Coast of Kauai. The Hanalei Farmers Market is a must to see and enjoy and the Foodland Market has all you will need for preparing your meals. Beaches, hiking, sightseeing and recreational activities will keep you busy, but please give some time up for the beauty of the River Estate Guest House.

Mary and Michael

Santa Cruz

  • Submitted: Dec 15, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Mediterranean Gourmet
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Kuhio Hwy
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Mediterranean Gourmet (1 mile)
Nearest Beach
0.3 Miles
Nearest Point of Interest
Lumahai Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Wainiha General Store
Nearest Point of Interest
Ke'e Beach/Napali Coast Trailhead
Nearest Point of Interest
Tunnels Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Hanalei Town
Nearest Point of Interest
Miles of Uncrowded Beaches
Nearest Point of Interest
World Class Surfing
Nearest Point of Interest
Princeville Resort and Golf Course.
Nearest Point of Interest
Napali Coast State Park
Car: recommended

River Estate has been in business since 1995. We created the first online vacation rental website here on Kauai and have been on VRBO since 1996. We're not going anywhere. Come visit us and find out what old Hawaii feels like...

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.

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 that nestle themselves along the gently flowing river just up from the beach in one of Kauai's prime locations. Right here in the middle of the Kauai's North Shore with easy access to everything yet removed and completely private. We offer our guests an experience so special a lot of our guests comment that they either don't want to leave or are very sad to! Our repeat visitors can't get enough it seems.

Float to beach and back from house, surfing and surf lessons, Kite Boarding, Snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, hiking, horseback riding, zip line, waterfall hikes, Napali Coast trail, farmers markets, health food store, fine dining, grocery and fish markets, shopping, nightlife, bars, luaus, golf, tennis, health club, spa, national parks, river and boat cruises, coffee shop, library, internet cafe, shave ice stand, greasy burger joint, local craft fair, Hawaiian music performances, shell hunting, beach walks, body surfing, world famous beaches, natural wonders, verdant landscapes, art galleries, motorcycle and bike rentals, helicopter tours, Hawaiian cultural sites, hula lessons, yoga studio, juice and fruit stands and especially meeting and interacting with really friendly people.

River Estate was featured in Lonely Planet staff writer Andy Murdock's Valentines Day article "12 Romantic Getaways across the US"(#10 Romance for Island Lovers) Which was published on the Lonely Planet website. The Gayot Travel Guide to the good life was first published in 1961 by Andre Gayot. We were also featured in National Geographic Adventure Magazine in Feb.2006, as well as Fodor's and the Lonely Planet printed Kauai travel guides.


Extremely Private Location on the Estate

Intimate Comfortable Relaxing Rejuvenating

Chinese Slate Floors in Kitchen and Bath

Custom Quality Balinese Furniture and Art

Large Master Suite Overlooks the River

Tiled Tub/Shower Enclosure in Master Suite

Deluxe Tile Shower in Second Bathroom

Large Open Covered Lanai With Stream View

Sound of River Flowing over Shallow Stones

Dimmable Lighting. Open Beamed Ceiling.

Two Bedroom. Two Bathrooms.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $275 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $350
Service Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 14.41%

♥ 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) 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.
♥ Cancellation
Cancellation notice must be received no less than 30 days before check in (60 days before Christmas and Thanksgiving holidays) to receive a full refund of all monies paid to date minus a cancellation fee of 15% or $250 whichever amount is greater. For cancellations within 30 days of arrival (60 days for holiday dates) for which your dates can be re-booked your deposit may be refunded minus the cancellation fee at the sole discretion of the owner. If your dates cannot be rebooked we'll credit you for a future stay. Some guests like to purchase travel insurance to prevent any unforeseen problems spoiling their vacation. Sorry, no refunds for early departure.
Car Rentals, Activities & Travel Arrangements
I own a full service Hawaii based travel agency. We will be happy to give you a quote on all or any portion of your travel package needs including other accommodations, airline tickets, car rentals or activities on Kauai or any other islands in your itinerary. Please let us know if you would like us to provide a quote for you.

♥ Concierge Services
We offer our guests free concierge services. The owner takes a personal interest in making sure you make the most of your vacation time. We offer a wide range of services and lots of useful information.

♥ Discounts
Discounts available for stays longer than 10 days, any dates booked 12 months or more out from the date you make the booking or within 30 days of check-in. Specific deep discounted dates can be seen at th

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.