"We stayed at Lyle's place for two weeks in January 2016. The house was nicer even than represented in the VRBO pics and description. The owner, Lyle, was very responsive but completely unobtrusive, and we enjoyed privacy the whole trip and really felt like we were in a home--not a rental. Very spacious layout and large living space with wrap-around windows. We all especially loved the the deck which wraps around from front around to the back with stairs leading into the back yard. Our little ones (5 yrs and 2yrs) really enjoyed the front and back lawn areas, as well as exploring the new tropical plants within the landscape (Fruiting bananas, ginger, coconut tree--and my 5 yr old especially loved the "sensitive plant" which moves in response to touch). The home itself is perfect as a home away from home, complete with stocked kitchen (I enjoyed the blenders for all the fresh fruit we got from the farmers markets), very nice linens (a touch that my wife and mother-in-law really appreciated), nice private bedrooms with plenty of space. Two bathrooms were great to have (even a bonus third one downstairs in the garage if you have more people staying). We were three adults and two small children, and we had tons of room to spare--this house would easily accommodate a bigger family and more sleepers (I think that the couches pull out in the living room and the master bedroom has a large sleeping chair that we used a few nights for the 2 year old to pass out on). The bedrooms are on the quietest side of the house, which was great to muffle the only noise issue; the next door neighbors have 5 or 6 bulldogs which choose late night to not only bark, but also snarl in a really strange and primal way (this might be an issue if you have people sleeping in the living room).
The house is an easy 5 minute drive (about 3 miles) from the ocean; close to Po'ipu beach--great kid beach, and good shopping in the more touristy Kukui ula shopping center [Longs Drugs, upscale retail shops, and fancy restaurants--we tried Merriman's one night, which was a very nice date night and delicious meal]. Close by still is the more rustic Koloa town with fun shopping and a more local feel. The only drawback to the house location is that as close as it is by car to everything, we couldn't really throw the kid in a stroller and walk anywhere from the house. All in all--We loved the house and felt completely at home here--we will definitely be repeat renters. Thanks Lyle!"
Guest: Jim M.
Date of Stay: January 2016
Review Submitted: January 31, 2016