Situated right on the Nile river bank, directly opposite the Winter Palace Hotel
Christopher and Pamela Morgan
- english, french, german
About Christopher and Pamela Morgan
It was in December 2003 that we had a chance meeting with Khyry on the corniche by the Nile. He had just returned from military service in the north of Egypt to his West Bank village, where his family have a sugar plantation and a small farm. Within a short time a bond of friendship and trust was formed between us and when an opportunity arose, we were able to purchase some land in a wonderful position by the Nile. This was the foundation of a collaboration to build our two beautiful large villas, employing only local labour and craftsmanship. We had together studied some of the designs of Hassan Fahty, the Egyptian architect famed for his domed buildings and we were able to engage the son of one of his team, who had learned the craft from his father. We also visited a number of older local buildings for inspiration on internal floor patterns and other features. Most of the brickwork, all the ornamental ironwork and the woodwork, including doors and furniture were made locally. Khyry has a wealth of local knowledge and contacts, and this joint enterprise could never have been achieved without him. The association between us has extended to members of our families and this has been an interesting and very rewarding meeting of cultures. Together, we now have a team which excels in providing an individualised and memorable holiday experience. Delicious and healthy breakfasts and other meals can be provided by an excellent cook.
Christopher and Pamela Morgan purchased this Villa in 2013
Why Christopher and Pamela Morgan chose Luxor
Riverbank House, completed in 2013, is a beautiful and distinctive property, situated on a quiet stretch of the West Bank, directly opposite the Old Winter Palace hotel. The villa has unparalleled views of the Nile, both from its large roof terrace and from the magnificent long room overlooking the river on its first floor. The Nile can also be glimpsed from the bedrooms. In addition to the small gated garden surrounding the villa and the large walled garden, there is our privately owned land leading right to the water's edge.
What makes this Villa unique
Khyry will be there to meet you at the airport and he and his team will ensure that you are looked after throughout your stay. They will offer you a full Egyptian breakfast your first morning, during which you can discuss how you might want to spend your time. The choices are wide: there is so much to see in this unique World Heritage Site, said to be the greatest open-air museum in the World. As well as the Valleys of the Kings, Queens and Nobles, (all easily reached by road from your villa) our motor launch can take you to the East Bank to the stupendous temple at Karnak, with an English, French or German speaking guide if you wish, perhaps stopping off on the way back at the exquisite Luxor Museum or Luxor Temple. You will also have opportunities to visit local villages (by donkey, camel, car or on foot) and see something of life unchanged for centuries and to experience sunsets from the desert or from a felucca on the Nile; visit the house of Howard Carter, who discovered the tomb of Tutenkamun, as well as other monuments off the beaten track, where discoveries are still being made today. After an active day there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy a meal at a number of local restaurants. You may, of course, just want to relax in the sunshine and gaze at the views from the roof terrace, and perhaps end the day with a barbecue under the stars. You can even hire the luxurious two-masted Dahabya, Queen Tiy, for an overnight stay at its mooring on the West Bank or a five-day sail along the Nile. Whatever you decide, we promise you an unforgettable time free from the constraints of a package tour.
Please consider the following guidelines when booking this property:
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
One of the best available in Luxor; not nearly the best by Western standards
Pros: 5 rooms, 5 baths, 3 stories. Beautiful roof top deck to take advantage of the view of the Nile, especially in the evening. Private swimming pool in an enclosed courtyard, with chairs and tables complete with umbrellas. Area around the pool has bathrooms, a small "garden" and nice lighting. A guide is available for trips to Valley of the Kings and other places; Khyry (guide) speaks English quite well and tries hard to make the excursions interesting. Comfortable bed (the room we stayed in is all I can vouch for), air conditioning, ceiling fans, seating area out front. Location on the West Bank of the Nile, pretty much right on the river. Option to have meals provided for a fairly nominal amount of money. We took advantage of the dinner on day 1 of our stay and it was well prepared and presented. The owners were always responsive (they are not in Egypt) and willing to assist in all requests. It was a pleasure doing business with them.
CONS: The only air conditioning on the lowest level is in the two bedrooms; the kitchen and living area do not have air conditioning. If you want to prepare your own food, the kitchen can be uncomfortably hot. The only TV is on the lowest level in the living room. If you want to watch TV in comfort you're pretty much out of luck; Luxor is hot most of the year, and the lack of air conditioning makes it uncomfortable. I'm not even sure the TV or cable works. The cooking utensils, pots and pans are not the best, and by the 4th day of our stay we were fighting ants that were invading the kitchen. The owners arranged to have someone available to clean dishes and maintain the kitchen, but the dishes often had to be washed again. We used one room and bath; there were only two bath towels--no hand towels or wash cloths--in our bedroom/bath combination. Upon searching all the bedrooms I found a washcloth and hand towel in one of the downstairs bedrooms. The sink in our bathroom did not have a functional stopper; a minor inconvenience for most but I wear contact lenses and need to close the sink drain to insert and remove contacts so I don't lose them. The faucets on the sink were lose; the towel rack was barely attached to the wall. The shelf over the bathroom sink was drooping down and could easily fall at any moment. Overall quality of workmanship was poor throughout the house; maintenance was not the best either.
I recommend it as a good place to stay on the West Bank, but don't expect 4+ star quality.
We much appreciate these comments following a stay in our villa on a self- catering basis. This is of course a house and not a hotel, and does not aspire to be rated on the same basis as a western hotel, but on its many special features; its position on Luxor's West Bank; and, above all, the service provided by our local manager, Khyry, which this review acknowledges.
We will be visiting the villa ourselves before the next guests arrive and will ensure that the matters noted are attended to. We can investigate the feasibility of air conditioning in the kitchen, though normally we will have staff working there, who seem to find the existing fans and windows adequate and have not remarked about a need for it. We propose moving the new TV to the end of the large second floor living room, which is fully air-conditioned, and we will provide clear operating instructions in English.
Pamela and Christopher
A beautiful Egyptian style house on the Nile with a swimming pool and close to all Luxor sites
I am a seasoned traveller but Egypt had so far remained outside my radar so it was with great excitement I accepted an invitation to spend a week at Riverbank House in Luxor. It turned out to be a truly memorable trip in every way...The house is very beautiful with domed brick ceilings, gorgeous carved wooden doors, lovely floor tiles, spacious high ceilinged ensuite rooms with ceiling fans, latticed arched wooden windows in traditional Egyptian style, exquisite dining room furniture in wood and mother pearl , everything in the house has been designed with taste and refinement. The roof terrace where we had our breakfast in the sun every morning, has a wonderful view of the Nile and its feluccas, dahabyas, small colourful boats and huge steam ships ... The Valley of the Kings and the balloons that hang over it can be seen from the back windows. The Eastern bank with the Winter Palace , Luxor and Karnak temples is just a short and very pleasant boat ride away... And there is Khyry. Khyry , the Egyptian friend of Pamela and Christopher who with his good humour and intelligence will resolve any problems, organize your outings, camel rides, tomb visits - where he can be your knowledgeable guide - , take you to the nicest restaurants, protect you from persistent touts... he really is your key to Luxor! And opposite the house there is a beautiful , secluded swimming pool with a small garden , an oasis of calm and sunshine...
I was forgetting to mention the food, the heavenly food cooked by Mahmoud... Guava or strawberry and banana juices, wonderful falafels, delicious tahina, fish from the Nile , stuffed pidgeons... Real feasts at breakfast and dinner!
As I was invited by one of Pamela's sisters, I had the luck of meeting her and Christopher, two of the best hosts I have ever met as well as two of the nicest. To have built two houses as gorgeous as River Bank and Villa Rosamund from scratch is amazing, I really admire their passion for Egypt, for Luxor and for making the stay of whoever rents their beautiful houses a unique experience... one that I was lucky to have been able to enjoy and
I would love to share some day with my family... maybe renting the house for a few days and then sailing down the Nile from Luxor to Aswan on their dahabiya, stopping at villages on the way , watching sunsets and full moons on the river... I truly can not think of many more enjoyable ways of spending a week in Egypt away from the crowds...This is the one!
Wonderful place to stay in Luxor!
This is a beautiful house in a wonderful location - you will enjoy sitting on the roof and listening to the sounds of the muezzin calling to prayer as the sun sets, and watching the life on the river. Khyry is a real 'fixer' and made all aspects of our stay very easy. He arranged for our trips to the tombs, organised a morning of camel riding, and even horse and carriage rides around Luxor. As much or as little as you want, he will facilitate and advise.
What a amazing experience!!
Our family of 5 have had a wonderful stay in this most gloriously designed and well facilitated property. Riverbank is a subtle icon in its own right, located right on the bank of the Nile (opposite King Farook's Winter Palace and the Ancient Luxor Temple itself). The views from the roof terrace and the first floor of the Nile are wonderful, we spent most mornings from 5am onwards watching the sun rise, the early fishermen in their little rowboats and the hot air balloons rising above this calm arterial river. Turn around to look to the rear of The Riverbank and you see the stunning views of the desert mountains, Valley of the Queens, the village, the banana plantations. So much greenery met by the dry desert mountains in the distance. Really Stunning!
Everything was perfect during our 4 week stay, I realise that this is a 'statement' but Khyry who takes care of the guests was waiting at Luxor airport with an a/c vehicle and a meal waiting for us at the villa. Khyry understands hospitality, but he offers this naturally and genuinely. He is now a friend, whom I would l hope to keep in touch with.
Highly recommended are the optional meals that were offered to us purely as an additional service for our convenience. Mehmood is an excellent chef with lots of experience and culinary ideas and Saeed his assistant was always on the ready to help, accommodating in every way.
Overall a great trip in a great villa which is superbly placed to explore Luxor and enjoy its greatest asset the Nile.
Oh and I can't forget the new swimming pool in its own grounds and facilities also the local stables for very affordable horse riding. The Dahabiyah cruise, which is also available is out of this world, tranquil, mystical sailing from Luxor to Aswan with historic temple and site stops at Esna, Edfu, Kom Ombo, Silsila Island ending in Aswan.
I could go on.... :-)
Thank you Christopher, Pamela, Khyry and his team.
We are indeed grateful for this report in highlighting just how special this place is: Luxor, the World Heritage site on this unique stretch of the Nile; the Villa itself and its situation on the West Bank; and, above all, how Khyry and his team look after our guests to ensure an unforgettable holiday.
Pamela and Christopher
Wonderful stay for family
Our family had a wonderful stay at the Riverbank House in Luxor. The house is modern, clean and secure. The staff were warm and caring and catered to all our needs. They made our stay especially memorable by making arrangements to celebrate my wife's birthday. I wholeheartedly recommend this homestay to families and large groups who want to have a memorable time in Luxor.
A memorable and outstanding holiday
Forget cruising on the Nile - if you really want to see Egypt in all its many facets, stay at Riverbank House. It's a most beautiful home, light and airy, with a simplicity and faithfulness to its Egyptian design and detail, with fantastic views across the Nile to the Temple at Luxor and the Winter Palace to the front, and the mountain at the back. It is so peaceful, and with Mahdi and Sayid preparing wonderful meals, and Khyry organising all our excursions, wherever we wanted to go, nothing could be more relaxing. Partly because he accompanied us, and also because the local people are so warm and welcoming, we felt entirely safe.
We adored the trip up the Nile in the dahabiya, and the richness of the bird life in the shallow waters of the banks is a joy for anyone interested in ornithology. Visiting the temple at Esna was a bonus - it was fascinating to see how the Greeks and Romans adapted their own religion to incorporate Egyptian gods and goddesses.
More locally, there is plenty to do. We enjoyed swimming in the hotel outdoor pool, set in pleasant gardens, just a short walk away, and it was interesting walking through the village and along the paths by the banks of the Nile, seeing how the local people make use of the fertile soil to grow crops and feed cattle, a little glimpse into true Egyptian life.
Of course, if you want to visit Egyptian tombs and the Valley of the Kings, these are right on your doorstep.
Altogether, I cannot think of a more lovely place to stay, looked after by such attentive people, and with such varied and interesting things to do and see: a perfect and memorable holiday.
Thank you for taking the trouble to record your experiences of staying in Riverbank House. We
are very glad that your holiday was so enjoyable.
Luxor (ancient Thebes) is a World Heritage Site and is unrivalled in its wealth of monuments from ancient Egypt. Amongst the most famous are undoubtedly the tombs in the Valley of the Kings and the stupendous Temple at Karnak, but the variety of wonders easily reached within 15 minutes from our villa includes so much more.