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♥River Estate Riverhouse♥Peaceful*Private*Romantic Location*Split A/C*Hot Tub♥

Hanalei, HI, USA
  • House1525 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 - 5 nights

*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 original 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 LISTING #249 for information on the Guest House 2bed/2bath romantic home on the same River Estate grounds.” Permit TVNCU 1279

♥ 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 2 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 RIVERHOUSE details…

Recessed and and Lamp Lighting

Fine Vintage Solid Wood Furniture from the 30's and 40's

Authentic Vintage Hawaiiana From The 1930's to 50's

Authentic Hawaiian Themed Fine Art and Collectors Pieces

Quality Persian Rugs in Each Bedroom and Dining Room

2 Person Hot Tub on Screened Main Lanai

Separate Lanais For Each Bedroom.

Chinese Textured Tile floors in Kitchen and Bath Areas

Large Master Suite with Flat Screen TV and Walk in Closet

Three Bedrooms. 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....



Member Since 1996
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english, ♥Hawaiian Pidgin English♥
Calendar last updated:
Apr 20, 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 Wainiha

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.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king, Master Suite
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 3
        1 queen
      • One California King Master Suite, one river view queen room and one queen mountain view room Each bedroom has it's own lanai. Persian carpers, Cherry wood floor and stone tile kitchen and bathrooms.


      • 2 Bathrooms
        • Each home has quality bath amenities and fixtures. All tile, glass enclosures and quality cabinets and counter tops. The Riverhouse has two bathrooms. Each bathroom has a shower tub combination. All enclosures are tile with glass doors. The countertops are synthetic granite (high end) Bathroom floors are tile. We're on a solar hot water system so there is no shortage of hot water.

        Location Type

          • Mountain View
            Beautiful mountain views up the valley from the property.
          • Near The Ocean
            Two blocks to the beach. 10 minutes paddling to and from the house on the river.
          • Rural
            Removed yet close to everything. Absolute privacy and quiet and a couple blocks to a secluded beach
          • Water View
            The river is viewable from all bedrooms and living area. It's just steps away so you'll hear the sound of the water flowing over the stones in the river.
          • Waterfront
            This is a riverfront property within walking distance of the beach. The lanai looks over a pristine stream and botanical gardens with mountains above. Float down the river and back from the house!


              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Romantic
              • Spa
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Linens Provided
                        Hotel grade towels, 400 count sheets, pillow cases and bedding. Beach towels.
                      • Air Conditioning
                        New Split system throughout the home.
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                        Yes it sometimes gets cold enough for heat and the air conditioning unit also can be used to heat the home.
                      • Internet
                        High speed WiFi throughout.
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Living Room
                        Well furnished with quality furniture. Entertainment center includes flat screen tv, CD player, iPod dock and DVD player with a movie library.
                      • Parking
                        Covered parking in the carport downstairs with dry access to the entry.
                      • Telephone
                        Hard line phone and cell reception.
                      • Towels Provided
                        Bath and Beach towels.
                      • Washing Machine
                        Full sized washer with laundry soap provided.


                          • Coffee Maker
                            Coffee maker and grinder.
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                            Top quality eating utensils and cooking supplies. More than in most rentals.
                          • Dishwasher
                            Standard sized electric dishwasher.
                          • Kitchen
                            Fully equipped gourmet kitchen with many amenities and attention to detail. New appliances. Stone tile floor. River view.
                          • Microwave
                            Counter top full sized model
                          • Oven
                          • Pantry Items
                            Plenty of seasonings and condiments.
                          • Refrigerator
                            Full sized with ice maker and filtered water dispenser.
                          • Stove
                            Full electric stove.
                          • Toaster
                            4 slice toaster.


                              • Child's Highchair
                              • Dining
                                Dining area seats 6. Lanai dining area seats 4.
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 6 people


                                  • Books
                                    Guide books, novels and recent magazines.
                                  • DVD Player
                                    In the living room media center.
                                  • Games
                                    Misc. Board games and cards.
                                  • Music Library
                                    There is a nice selection of all types of music. I have a very big music collection and will take requests so you have the music you like in the house when you arrive. Any kind of music and any artist
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                    Cabletv in living room and master bedroom.
                                  • Stereo
                                    Stereo with iPod dock.
                                  • Television
                                    Flat screen in living room and master bedroom.
                                  • Toys
                                    Some toys.
                                  • Video Games
                                  • Video Library
                                    Large selection of movies filmed on Kauai, old classics, newer releases and Hawaii themed videos and documentaries.


                                      • Balcony
                                        Each bedroom has it's own private balcony with two chairs.
                                      • Bicycles
                                        Can rent in Hanalei, 2 miles away.
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        Screened deck with dining area.
                                      • Golf
                                        Princeville Resort. 5 miles.
                                      • Kayak / Canoe
                                        Rentable in Hanalei or delivered.
                                      • Lanai / Gazebo
                                        There is a screened in lanai with dining furniture, a hot tub and BBQ.
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        The grounds consist of 2 acres of botanical gardens with many mature fruit trees and tropical flowers and vegetation.
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        On the lanai.
                                      • Tennis
                                        The Princeville tennis club is 5 miles from the property.
                                      • Water Sports Gear
                                        Snorkel, Boogie Boards, beach gear and beach chairs. B


                                          • wheelchair inaccessible

                                            Pool / Spa

                                              • Hot Tub
                                                Two person hot tub on the covered lanai.

                                                Onsite Services

                                                  • Car Available
                                                  • Concierge
                                                  • Massage
                                                  • Private Chef
                                                  • Staff


                                                      • marina
                                                      • botanical garden
                                                      • cinemas
                                                      • festivals
                                                      • health/beauty spa
                                                      • library
                                                      • churches
                                                      • museums
                                                      • playground
                                                      • recreation center
                                                      • restaurants
                                                      • water parks

                                                        Leisure Activities

                                                          • paddle boating
                                                          • beachcombing
                                                          • boating
                                                          • eco tourism
                                                          • horseback riding
                                                          • horseshoes
                                                          • luaus
                                                          • miniature golf
                                                          • bird watching
                                                          • photography
                                                          • scenic drives
                                                          • shelling
                                                          • shopping
                                                          • sight seeing
                                                          • walking
                                                          • whale watching
                                                          • wildlife viewing

                                                            Local Services & Businesses

                                                              • ATM/bank
                                                              • Babysitter
                                                              • fitness center
                                                              • groceries
                                                              • hospital
                                                              • laundromat
                                                              • massage therapist
                                                              • medical services

                                                                Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                  • rafting
                                                                  • basketball court
                                                                  • deepsea fishing
                                                                  • equestrian events
                                                                  • fishing
                                                                  • freshwater fishing
                                                                  • golf
                                                                  • golf privileges optional
                                                                  • hiking
                                                                  • hunting
                                                                  • kayaking
                                                                  • mountain biking
                                                                  • pier fishing
                                                                  • cycling
                                                                  • sailing
                                                                  • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                                  • snorkeling
                                                                  • snorkeling/diving
                                                                  • sound/bay fishing
                                                                  • surf fishing
                                                                  • surfing
                                                                  • swimming
                                                                  • tennis
                                                                  • water skiing
                                                                  • water tubing
                                                                  • wind-surfing


                                                                      • “I have lived on Kauai for 48 years now, owned and managed River Estate for the past 21 of them. I provide complimentary concierge services to all my guests from the moment they book until they leave on a 24/7 basis. 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. River Estate has been in business since 1995. We created one of the very the first online vacation rental websites here on Kauai and have been in business since 1996. Come visit the Guest House River Estate and find out what old Hawaii feels like…"

                                                                        House Rules

                                                                        Check-in: 3:30 PM

                                                                        Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                                        Cancellation Policy

                                                                        100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                        22 Reviews


                                                                        Latest reviews

                                                                        Restore your world weary soul at this lovely retre

                                                                        Kathy T.

                                                                        Tucked away to the west of Hanalei, this estate with its beautiful sub tropical vegetation, mostly quietly flowing river and backdrop of green ridged mountains was such a treat for us snowbirds. The Riverhouse itself, beautifully fitted out, in tip top shape, very spacious and comfortable with very well equipped kitchen, provided everything that our family group of four could possibly need for a successful vacation. Our host Mark was very welcoming and helpful in every way. We would certainly recommend this property and would return if another trip to the island was possible. Thanks For everything Mark.

                                                                        Beautiful Kauai escape

                                                                        Willow's dadLos Angeles, CA

                                                                        First of all, the north side of Kauai is the place to be -- it’s green and lush, not as developed as other parts of the island, with gorgeous beaches and scenic vistas around every curve. Meanwhile, the Riverhouse is fantastic. The house itself is clean and roomy (there was plenty of space for five of us), with a really well-equipped kitchen, comfortable beds and furniture, and a lovely hot tub. It’s also private and peaceful; we could look out the window at a river that leads right to a virtually exclusive beach that’s a five-minute walk away. Mark is a great host, very communicative and responsive. If you’re looking to get away, this is the place to go. We hated to leave and can’t wait to come back!

                                                                        Beautiful and comfortable house. Wonderful location.

                                                                        Anne G.San Francisco

                                                                        Worked beautifully for our family of 6 adults and one toddler. The sights and sounds from the house (roosters, many types of birds, rainfall) will be lasting and lovely memories. Paddling to the beach and back from the river on the property was fun and not too difficult (although getting on the boards was somewhat of an adventure). Absolutely love the village of Hanalei, and this island generally. Hope to return some day.

                                                                        Great locale, beautiful house

                                                                        THOMAS M.

                                                                        This place was great. It's close (5-10 minute drive) to the nicest (and usually safest) beaches on the island for swimming or snorkeling. There's a very large and nice yard (good for kids to play catch and even skateboard on the driveway) and the stream that runs along the back is great for a dip. The house is as nice as it looks in the photos; it's large and spacious and there was more than enough room for us and our 3 children (ages 6-12). The kitchen had everything we needed and there were plenty of beach chairs/towels/boogey board. A beautiful vacation house.

                                                                        Owner's Response:

                                                                        Mahalo for describing the immediate area in detail. Not many reviews mention these aspects of the property. Remember if you return your first and all following visits will be discounted as a way to encourage more return visits from past customers. I appreciate you taking the time to add your comments and hope you'll return some day.



                                                                        Would like to live there

                                                                        Lori B.

                                                                        I don't usually write reviews but, I was inspired to write this one. I traveled with my childhood friend and my son so, I was looking for a property that we would be comfortable each in our own bedrooms, also without breaking the bank to do it. Riverhouse fit the bill perfectly. The house and setting were so very Beautiful!! The house was also so well appointed and clean. I was very glad and impressed for this. Mark was the consummate host, I talked to him numerous times about the planning of our activities. He really helped me a lot and relieved a lot of stress for me by just booking what we wanted to do. Hanalei was just down the road and we spent a lot of fun time there. If you want to stay somewhere that's quiet and clean and gorgeous, I wholeheartedly recommend this place.

                                                                        Owner's Response:

                                                                        My guests have always been the absolute best. Don't ask me why. In 20 years maybe 2 real problem visitors have stayed here out of maybe 1750 of them overall.

                                                                        Lori goes past the point of being one of the best to a point where we are now friends. It seems like the longer I do this work the better I get to know my clients and the more friends I'm making. Helping people is important to me so it works out well overall. It makes all the difference in the world to them and is satisfying to me.

                                                                        I believe the ability to have a human connection in this business is still the most important part of it. Just enough connection to help them get their bearings, plan their activities and supply local information and tips. Then I'm available if I'm needed. Thank you Lori for such a heartfelt review. I appreciate it very much.

                                                                        Aloha Nui Loa,

                                                                        Mark Barbanell

                                                                        River Estate

                                                                        The River House, The Perfect Getaway

                                                                        Linda P.

                                                                        My boyfriend and I are a flight crew and picked the RiverHouse for our stay in Hanalei for the peace and tranquility that you cannot find at a hotel. I was a little nervous at first because I had never used VRBO. The house lives up to all of the wonderful reviews and more! It is wonderfully secluded but only a 15 minute drive to Hanalei in one direction and 15 minutes to Ke'e Beach and the Kalalau Trail. The house itself has beautiful furnishings and a fully equipped kitchen. Mark provides a great music and movie selection as well as games, books , beach towels and chairs. Waking up to the roosters every morning makes a great start to a day in paradise. You will hear some dogs barking as well, but that is part of the local flavor. You are living near locals, not a generic touristy resort. We have traveled the world in our line of work and this house is the ABSOLUTE BEST!

                                                                        Owner's Response:

                                                                        Ok I have to respond to this. Your comment stopped me in my tracks as I randomly looked over my reviews. Admittedly I haven't read it until now. Please excuse that. The "Absolute Best" might be stretching it a bit but it sure sounds good to me. Thank you so much for the kind words. It's great to know that what we do here elicits responses like your's. And therein lies our reward. You're the best as well.

                                                                        Mahalo Nui Loa...

                                                                        Mark Barbanell

                                                                        River Estate


                                                                        Hanalei, HI, USA

                                                                        Top quality riverfront accommodations. Split System air conditioning. A completely unique central north Kauai location. Tastefully furnished throughout with quality furniture. A romantic and spiritually rejuvenating experience. Ultra privacy in a completely private natural setting on two acres of pristine riverfront botanical gardens. Comfortable living space with many deluxe amenities. Allergy free zone. Float to beach and back from the property easily. This home is on a very private estate 3 blocks from the beach. The surrounding area is lush and pristine.

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