|Space||600 sq. ft.|
Kauai License# TVR-1065
Tucked away on over an acre of lush paradise along the Wainiha Stream in an ancient grove of 100 ft. tall mango trees lies the Hale Wainiha (Wainiha Cottage). Offering privacy, rest and refreshment, this charming home sits on a bluff overlooking an expansive view of the entire river valley with neighboring taro farm and spectacular vistas of distant mountains. Relax and enjoy the amazing views from the deck or from your private pool and hot tub. Starry nights in the hot tub are truly magical. And the pool is cool and refreshing after a hot day at the beach. Or the perfect morning wake up. The large yard is like a botanical garden filled with exotic birds and flowers and fruit trees. Pick a Papaya or a Banana, cut some giant Heliconia flowers. The property meanders down to over 200' of private stream, feel free to take a refreshing dip. The sounds of the river and the croaking frogs will lull you to sleep. This lush valley is a serene retreat, nourishing the soul with natures greatest beauty while offering all the modern comforts of home, you almost won't want to leave the property. But when you do, it is ridiculously close to the best beaches on the island, Tunnels, Lumahai, Ke'e and Hanalei. Firstly, Lumaha'i, just 1 mile away, with its long deep stretches of soft sand broken by picturesque protrusions of lava rocks creating dramatic ocean breaks. Tunnels Beach has an amazing reef and offers the best snorkeling on the island, also surfing and the mountain backdrop creates amazing views. At the end of the road is the dramatic Ke'e beach. Besides its great snorkeling, and sunsets, this is the gateway to the amazing Napali Coast offering one of the worlds most spectacular hikes. The 2 mile hike to Hanakapia'i Beach with it's expansive ocean vistas is a 'must do', but if you can do the additional 2 miles to the Hanakapia'i Falls you're in for the treat of a lifetime. A large pool fed by a 300' waterfall, just spectacular!! Wainiha is surrounded by the best snorkeling, surfing, kayaking and hiking on all of the Hawaiian islands. You'll never have to leave this magical corner of the island.
Just 4 miles away is Hanalei Bay with its pristine 3 mile crescent beach of fine sand and perfect surf. The quaint town of Hanalei offers interesting shops, a market, and world class dining. My personal favorites are 'Tahiti Nui' (live music, good Mai Tais) and the 'Dolphin' (freshest sushi you've ever eaten). You can rent kayaks and paddle up the Hanalei river or out to the bay, paddle to Hideaways beach and snorkel, or just land at the St. Regis beach and have lunch at the poolside cafe, (sneak a dip in their beautiful pool). Also you can go Horseback Riding or Ziplining at the Princeville Ranch, or take the amazing Helicoptor ride from the Princeville Heliport. Or do it my way, just take a book and relax on a quiet beach. You'll have your private paradise waiting for your every day when you're ready to go home.
Aloha from Makua Beach (Tunnels) on the beautiful North Shore of Kauai. I am an architect based in Los Angeles. I have designed many high end resorts and casinos. I come to Kauai for inspiration and rejuvenation. I am happy to share my piece of paradise with others who appreciate beauty and the magic of nature's gifts.
Jeffrey Schneider purchased this house in 2006
I am a well traveled person and the Wainiha River Valley is the absolutely the most beautiful spot I've ever seen, About 20 years ago I fell in love with the north shore of Kauai and I decided to make it a permanent part of my life. I was incentivized to work hard so I could buy a piece of paradise, which I did in 2006. I love it here like no other place in the world and I'm happy to share this magical paradise with other beach lovers and "beauty of nature" enthusiasts!
This has been absolutely the best trip ever!! We love Kauai! We spent a week on Oahu before coming here and found it too commercial. Tunnels has been our favorite beach so far (inclufdign the caribbean)! The fish and reef there is amazing. My husband squeezed himself into a scuba session with Kauai down under Scuba. We also did the Kalalau trail and spent 2 nights on Kalalau. what a rewarding sight after the grueling 11 mile hike, When we got back we went straight to Hanalei Day Spa for a nice lomi lomi massage (awesome!). Our favorite restaurant in Hanalei was the Dolphin. their fish is really fresh. the waitress even took us for a tour of their fish locker. for cheaper eats we went to Bubba's Burgers and Hanalei Pizza ( the wild pig is the best pizza I've ever had). A great trip, great fun, awesome place and the perfect way to spend our 5 year anniversary. we can't wait to come back and try out the things we missed and to do a few things over.
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My husband & I had the opportunity to rent this gorgeous cottage during the first 2 weeks of April 2016.
Words & pictures cannot describe the beauty of the surroundings. If you love the jungle, this is the place for you.
We spent every morning in the hot tub watching the sun rise up over the mountain. After the rain, and it does
rain quite often in the area, it was a delight to see all the waterfalls. For anyone looking for peace & quiet, and
total privacy, you can't beat this cottage. There are neighbours nearby, but with all the lush foliage you don't see them.
Koko & Zhenya, the property managers that live close by, give you total privacy. They are there to answer any questions
or concerns, and it was a delight getting fresh fruit from them too. We also fell in love with the grey cat that liked to come visit.
The cottage itself is clean & has everything you need. I personally loved the shower with the windows looking at the view!
The location of the cottage couldn't have been any better. It was near all the beaches, trails, and our favourite town of Hanalei.
Jeffery really went out of his way to describe all the places to check out such as restaurants, beaches, trails, etc.
It was a real honour to be able to stay here, we hope to return again one day. Mahalo!
Very nice private place with beautiful grounds. Very comfortable for two people. Pool and hot tub was refreshing! Loved it and hope to see it again!
This was our favorite lodging during our two-week vacation in Hawaii. The grounds and surrounding mountains are gorgeous, lush and colorful. The cottage itself is simple but quite comfortable. We spent more time there than we had anticipated; it was so lovely that we couldn't think of anyplace else we would rather spend our evenings. We had the place for only four nights but would have stayed longer if we could.
Loved the hot tub, but didn't try the pool because it was a little chilly for swimming. We were happy to be able to use extras such as beach chairs, washer and dryer, beach towels, insect repellent. It made it easier to pack lightly.
Though there are neighbors fairly nearby, you cannot see them at all from the cottage. It feels like you are in the middle of nowhere. A young couple living nearby serve as unobtrusive caretakers.
Jeffrey was very easy to work with, a good communicator. Our security deposit was refunded quickly, with no prompting from us.
We can recommend the nearest restaurant, a takeout place called SushiGirl. Jeffrey provided several other food recommendations and also extensive information about the local beaches, scenic drives, etc.
Tip: bring a smallish vehicle, as the local roads and the driveway are rather narrow. We were stuck by our car rental company with a behemoth Armada, and it was challenging to park it, turn it around, etc.
Love this beautiful, serene cottage. The place is close to everything, hiking, idyllic beaches, kayaking, the cute town of Hanalei. We especially enjoyed the jacuzzi at night, some of the best stargazing. The gardens are the cottage are truly amazing. We didn't want to leave. Definitely will be coming back
If you are looking to experience Hawaii in its RAW beauty, this is the place for you!
My husband and I stayed two short nights here and didn’t want to leave! We wanted stay off the beaten path where the natives live, and Jeff’s cabin checked all the right boxes. It’s rural and private, yet Hanalei town is just a short drive down the road. The Napali trail head and beautiful beaches and caves are minutes away.
Our new definition of true PARADISE is this little cabin in the jungle. The cabin was clean, uncluttered and well stocked with pots, pans, linens, and pay if forward items left by previous guests.
My only call out would be to take care when entering the driveway to the property. There was some washout spots from recent rains and we bottomed out the first time we drove down it. There are plenty of parking spots across the road at the top of the driveway if you are uncomfortable maneuvering it will smaller vehicles. But to be honest, I’d park down the street and schlep my luggage behind me as long as I could stay at this house again. The view alone brought me to tears. BREATHTAKING!!! Every time I stepped out on the back deck, I was reminded just how lucky we were to have found this little piece of heaven.
Were there mosquitoes? Yep! Lots of them. But you are in the jungle where it rains often to keep everything so lush and green. In the summertime, we have mosquitos at home too, so combating them was no different than being at home. Use your repellant and citronellas faithfully and you will be no worse off than when sitting in your own back yard during the summer months. The only difference is, you will have a spectacular mountain and gorgeous foliage to stimulate your senses, and you will have a wonderful dipping pool and hot tub to relax in. It doesn’t get much better than this!
There is a friendly neighborhood cat and lots of cute little lizards scurrying around the grounds. Neither bothered us at all. They just added to the experience.
Jeff was gracious enough to allow my husband and I to renew our wedding vows on his property on our 30th wedding anniversary. It was just the two of us and the officiant, standing on the bluff in the backyard with the mountains and foliage all around us. I cannot tell you how intimate and special it was for us!!
Thank you Jeff! We WILL be back!
Mahalo nui iā ʻoe.
I could make a thousand travel mistakes and I still come out ahead after booking this cottage.
Breathtaking, magical, heavenly...all words to describe the views from the the back windows. If I could have one complaint it's that because it was so east to 'play house' (do laundry, clean, cook, grill, read, etc.) you feel like it's real life, and you happily forget that this isn't your cottage and you'll have to eventually go home and give up the keys.
I would certainly book this again, no question. We had an amazing time, almost never wanted to leave the property to go to the beach, visit the canyon, hike, etc. A few items to note:
-It's a steep driveway, so rent a car you feel comfortable driving up/down
-Bring a pen so you can sign the guestbook
-Book at least one extra day so you can play house around the cottage
Other Activities: hiking the famous Napali Coast
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$150|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.