'The Kekaha Plantation' house was featured in the book 'the Hawaiian House now', and was one of only two houses from Kauai in the book published in 2007. 'Hawaii still lives in Kekaha' said Gail Miller of the sleepy West Kauai town she lived in since 1998, when this publicized and well known designer purchased this Plantation Manager's home. Originally built in 1931 by the Kekaha Sugar Plantation, it was purchased by Miller after she first saw this beachside plantation structure that was in desperate need of repair. It was it's original features, many of which were preserved during the extension renovation in 1998, that attracted her to this house. Rich Douglas fir floors, gracious archways, ceilings fabricated from sugar cane, and large rooms that opened onto the outdoors provided the ingredients to create and preserve a piece of rich Hawaiian plantation heritage. 'Neutral colors have been used to highlight the beauty of the outdoor ocean setting,' she said in describing the interior finishes. 'Surfers and tourists line the shore to watch the sun drop into the western horizon at an hour that used to bustle with workers returning from the fields to their plantation homes.'
The OCEANFRONT ESTATE SIZE LOT offers privacy and a front row seat to the surfers at Davidson's Surf Break and the AMAZING SUNSETS each night over the mysterious island of Ni'ihau in the distance.
NEW in 2012 is a 14x28 HEATED PRIVATE POOL! This is not shared with anyone and it is situated in the privacy of the large rear yard. The covered back lanai has easy access to the pool area. Overlooking the pool is a new exercise room for those who would like to keep up their healthy lifestyle while on vacation.
You will find that you will have to force yourself to go out and explore the beauty of the island. It will be tempting to just stay and vacation at your house with the pool, the covered outdoor lanai areas, and awesome views of the sunset over the ocean.
There are two oceanfront master bedrooms with king four poster mahogany beds, and french doors opening onto one of the four covered lanais. 'It's just gracious and very relaxing with the sound of the waves pounding away, lulling you to sleep with the perfume of plumeria wafting in the windows.' There are two additional guest bedrooms, sharing a bath, offering sleeping for up to 8 guests comfortably in style. The kitchen is just what the cook ordered..... making it a pleasure to prepare for an impromptu beach party or an evening of dining on your own lanai or in the formal dining room. There is an airy butler's pantry offering an air of elegance.
This is not just a vacation home, but it is a VACATION EXPERIENCE. Here you will feel the Old Hawaii of years past, and live a period of history that has gradually disappeared. Through her determination to keep the architectural tradition alive, Miller created a beachside masterpiece, complete with the modern amenities one expects today without sacrificing it's character and charm. It can be summed up by saying that this is an example of 'BEACH HOUSE CHIC'.
This unique home can be experienced for days or weeks, and you will always feel that there just wasn't enough time!
NEW PRIVATE SWIMMING POOL
TWO OCEANFRONT MASTER BEDROOMS WITH KING POSTER BEDS
TWO ADDITIONAL GUEST BEDROOMS WITH SHARED BATH
THREE COVERED LANAIS...ALL WITH OCEAN VIEWS
OCEANFRONT ESTATE SIZED LOT OFFERING PRIVACY
GRACIOUS PLANTATION STYLE
SWIM,SURF AND WALK MILES OF WILD BEACH
COOK'S KITCHEN with PANTRY
MINUTES TO THE WAIMEA CANYON (Grand Canyon of the Pacific)
CLOSE TO GROCERY STORES
NEAR THE FAMOUS POLIHALE SAND DUNES AND BEACH
BLUE SKIES IN THE MORNING AND SUNNY DRY DAYS
EASY ACCESS TO NA PALI COAST BOAT TOURS
County of Kauai Vacation Rental License # TVNC 1099
State of Hawaii Business Registration # W 76955647-01
24 hr guest contact: Sarah Grossmann @ 808-639-0772 (guest emergencies only) Please do not call this # to book reservations
Keywords: House, Kekaha, Oceanfront, Historic Plantation home
Our stay in Kauai was magical. The house was tranquil and beautiful. There was no detail or comfort that had not been considered. We would absolutely consider coming back to the house again if ever we decided to come back to Kauai. Sarah was a great contact and responded immediately to our calls. In fact, we were so enamoured with the house, my husband has suggested we build one here just like it! How is that for high praise?
The problem? You need to make sure you book excursions and outings well in advance of your arrival or you will NEVER LEAVE THIS HOUSE. It's comfortable, spacious, well furnished, thoroughly updated ... you feel like you're in Kauai back in the 30's when sugar was king, but still have all the amenities of the 21st century.
When you book a year in advance there's a lot of time to worry about details. But by the time our family and an aunt arrived all the worries fell away one by one:
* Isn't it a long way away from Lihue and the north shore attractions? Yes, but the island is small enough that we could make several excursions to the north and east sides and come back with plenty of time for swimming and reading at the house.
* No A/C? Yes, but the front doors open to the ocean breeze and every room and lanai has one or two huge Hunter fans. It was breezy and cool every day and I had to use a blanket at night. On the day of our arrival it was humid and still, but very day afterwards we had perfect sea breezes.
* Right by a highway? Yes, but with the surf running all day and night you hardly notice. You're also pretty close to the end of the road, so traffic is limited enough that we never waited more than 5 seconds before crossing over to the beach.
* Can you even see the sun set into the ocean with Niihau in the way? Nope, not in July ... but the colors are so incredible and the surf so harmonious it doesn't matter. We thought about driving around to Polihale for a better view, but every night's sunset from the upper veranda or down on the rocks was perfect.
* Doesn't it rain a lot in Kauai? Yes -- 450 inches a year on Mt Waialeale just a few miles away. But down in Kekaha we barely had two small showers in 11 days, and perfect weather all other times.
In short, everything I worried about came to nothing. The kids had a blast naming all the geckos (Two-Tail Timmy was a favorite), my 70+ year old Aunt had no problem navigating the broad stairs and getting in our out of the pool. There was room for all of us to be together, claim a quiet hammock, or do "coffee and guitar" on a veranda.
Highly recommend Sunrise Helicopter tour, Na Pali coast our with Capt Andy, a kayak/hike up the Wailea river to Secret Falls, & Koloa Zipline was an awesome experience. All made better by the fact we'd be coming back to this gracious house when done.
We looked at a lot of Kauai houses: so glad we picked this one.
Four friends have visited Hawaii several times and two of the women have been visiting the islands for years. This was all of our first time staying on the southwest side of Kauai. We had a wonderful time and loved the house! The lanais front and back, side, upper and lower were all wonderful! The pool is a huge plus and is the perfect size. We had a great 2 weeks and would highly recommend this home. The view of the ocean is breathtaking and mesmerizing, particularly from the upper balcony. A great house!
This place is exquisite and loved by all 9 of us. You could not ask for more. Furnishings are unique, grandkids loved the pool. Pool cleaning people came twice while we were there and gardener once. Grounds are lovely and so close to doing neat things on west side of island. Had no rain here and you can enjoy lanais day and night. Huge kitchen with butlers pantry and plenty of outside tables a huge dining room that seats 10, if you choose to be fancy.
Spectacular views and sunsets. Can leave upstairs bedroom outside doors open at night and listen to the waves. At times the highway out front can be just a bit noisy. Sur enjoyed th coconut palms,banana trees, and flowers. Certainly would love to return. We were celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary with our family.
In reflecting on our Davidson Point House rental experience it is difficult to add to the previous, very positive reviews. The house is beautiful yet comfortable, and maximizes the setting, with the ocean views and back yard pool. Our family members, which included a toddler, serious cyclists, and a grandparent, were equally thrilled with our experience of easy access to a beautiful beach, relatively uncontested cycling venues, almost unparalleled scenery, and the beautiful house with all the lanais and the heated pool. Access to casual restaurants and grocery stores was also good, considering that the house is located in as sparsely populated area. (As vacationers it was great not to have to deal with crowds.) We definitely plan to return to Davidson Point House.
This home was beyond our expectations. It is beautiful inside and out. There are so many great things on the property - the pool, relaxing lanais with hammocks, fully stocked kitchen, super comfortable beds, and the beautiful ocean just across the street. Waimea Canyon is an easy drive, Hanapepe Friday Night Artwalk is super fun, and Polihale Beach is someplace everyone should experience. There are mango trees, a banana tree, palms with coconuts, an avocado tree and cute little geckos hanging out on the property. This is without a doubt the most magnificent property we have ever rented on VRBO. You will not be disappointed!!
I hesitate to be honest because I really don't want this property to be booked to the point that we never get to stay there again. I read reviews where people said they didn't want to go see the Island because they didn't want to leave the house. Now I totally get that. Words cannot adequately describe the way this house created such a calming atmosphere for my family. We traveled with our 3 adult children and their spouses and there were so many spaces to relax that everyone felt like they had their own space to get away. We absolutely love this side of the island. We liked traveling to see the other areas of Kauai but always looked forward to getting back to the house. Waimea was our favorite town. This little town has great restaurants and is so close to several nice beaches that are more secluded. Salt Pond beach was our favorite. Our home was very peaceful and quiet. The view of the ocean from the master bedrooms was amazing. The sunsets were incredible. The house is extremely well equipped. We LOVED the lanais and stayed on them throughout our visit. They were so well furnished and had enough seating for all 8 of us. We enjoyed the home so much that we never even turned the TV on. I have rented properties from VRBO for years and this is by far the best place we have ever stayed in.
Between mile marker 25 and 26 from the Lihue Airport.
The house is the second house after the corner of Aukuu Rd.
Other Activities: Boating, Shelling.