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Review 414: Grantham Resorts, House of the Cherished Seacoast
2bed/2bath house on the water in Poipu, Kauai, Hawaii
January 2001, 1 week
2 bedroom, 2 bathroom; in Poipu, the southern end of Kauai, Hawaii (1914 Hoone Road)
We rented this house for one week in February 2001. The house is too expensive for a long stay, but is great for a special treat. It works well for two couples - we stayed there with friends, another couple.
The house is on the small road that runs along the ocean near Poipu Park (a couple of blocks from the restaurant Breneckes). The house is on the inland side of the road, but there are no buildings on the ocean side, so the house looks directly out to the water. There is not enough traffic on the road to destroy the feeling of being right on the water and the sounds of the waves at night overrides any sounds from the occasional car going by. The house is slightly elevated (to avoid flooding in the rains) and has a big deck on the front. We saw whales breeching and turtles swimming in the ocean, right from our deck!!
The house is on two levels. The front door and the parking area are behind the house, off a small alley. The main floor has one bedroom and bathroom, a well equipped kitchen, a small den with one couch and a small TV (and a VCR that didn't work very well), and a large living/dining room that looks out through many windows to the ocean. Sliding glass doors open onto the front deck and onto a side deck with a table and chairs for eating outside. The front deck has one nice lounger and a rocking chair (it could use a few more loungers).
The master suite is upstairs. It has a king bed and a big bathroom (shower only). The room is beautiful with a wall of windows looking out to the ocean. There is a small deck. Our only disappointment with the master suite was the thick, dark blue carpeting (blue, like the sea, I guess). Downstairs is all tile floors - only the upstairs is carpeted. I do not understand why anyone would want carpeting in Hawaii. It just traps all the inevitable mold from such a moist environment. But, most people like carpeting, so this is just a problem for us. The house was spotlessly clean.
The house has good beach towels, 4 beach mats and 4 beach chairs. There is a barbeque in the back yard. They have an outdoor shower, but it is not private and is cold water only - just for removing sand.
This is a new modern house - this area was heavily damaged in the 1993 (?) hurricane, so many houses had to be rebuilt. It is nicely furnished, but not incredibly great quality - rattan chairs and a couch, a glass dining table and rattan chairs. The most annoying thing was an "antique" surfboard hung over the door with a sign saying "Do not touch" - what type of people do they think we are? Judging by the comments in the visitors book, most people love this house.
If you book this house, be sure to get good directions from the agency before you go. The directions that they give you when you pick up the keys are not that good; they did not tell us how to get to the parking for the house, and no lights were left on to help us find the house and its address in the dark (even though we had told them we would be arriving in the evening). When I complained about this to the agency, they responded "...we all anguish when things are less than what was expected". In other words, they don't really care.
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