"We just returned from a week in this beautiful home. It is even nicer than the pictures suggest! There have been upgrades to the bedding and other decor, and it is really nicely done. The house has just about everything you need. Kitchen is fully stocked, nice grill on the lanai, tons of kids games and beach toys as well as chairs and snorkel stuff. It is also very spacious and has more than adequate ventilation.
We have stayed on the north shore 4 times now. This house is in a FANTASTIC location and within easy walking distance to Tunnels and Kepuhi point. Worth mentioning are two factors that make this property noisier than others in the area: 1-it backs up to the mountain, and the chickens live and sleep in the forested area directly behind the house and they are loud (I own a dozen chickens and have roosters at home and actually love the noises they make, but they are considerably noisier here than at other properties we've stayed at just down the road; so just be prepared), and also 2-as another reviewer mentioned, there are 3 huge beautiful pines in front by the road, but not much else, so there is A LOT of road noise in the front bedrooms. The bed is super comfy, but a light sleeper might not do well in the front room.
Also, I'm not sure how I missed it based on the pictures and descriptions on here, but the outdoor shower off the master bedroom is not private. It is covered on two sides but also is connected to (and open to) the back lanai. Not an issue for us, but it might have been had we been traveling with another family as we often do. We found it to be awesome.
So here's the one issue that brought this property down to 4 from 5 stars for me: the correspondence from the owner was not good. Bad, in fact. 30 days out from our arrival I still had not gotten any emails from Judy. When I finally did, after emailing her twice, 3 weeks before our arrival she made a mistake and refunded me our deposit. I inquired about specific items being available, and her responses were abrupt, unfriendly and unwelcoming. Hopefully this was an isolated incident. I would have actually given this place a 3 star rating if it weren't for the on-island property manager, Beaux. She was amazing. Answered every single question I had, was super thorough describing a few nuances of the house, called to check on us before we left, and really exhibited the spirit of aloha which we have come to expect from Kauai! So, mahalo, Beaux! We had a wonderful trip."
Guest: laura h.
Date of Stay: June 2015
Review Submitted: June 14, 2015