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Riverbank House

Situated directly on the West bank of the Nile opposite the Winter Palace hotel, the villa is within a gated garden.  As you enter the house, the main kitchen is on the left and there is a comfortable seating area on the right. The spacious hallway leads to the two ground-floor bedrooms each with their own bathroom and a side door leads out to the marble and granite staircase to the upper floors.

 

On the first floor is a magnificent twin-domed room extending across the entire width of the front of the villa, with large windows overlooking the Nile. At one end there are seats around a low table, whilst the other end houses a most beautiful long dining table easily seating 10 persons. The two en suite bedrooms on this floor have windows with a view of the river and balconies with fine views. 

 

The roof terrace contains a 5th bedroom and separate bathroom. There is domed eating area with two large tables and a small kitchen. There are sun beds and plenty of comfortable seating. The views of the Nile are extensive.

 

Directly behind the villa is a private walled garden, which contains the 12 metre long swimming pool, with a separate play area for small children. Changing factilites with showers & WC.

Accommodation details and facilities

Meals:   A full Egyptian breakfast can be provided daily at very reasonable cost. Other meals can be provided by arrangement with our own cook.  Self catering is also possible.  There are some local restaurants and small shops nearby.

General:  Bed linen & towels provided, Air-conditioning in all bedrooms. Ceiling fans throughout. Clothes dryer, hair dryer, heating, iron and ironing board.  Washing machine.

Kitchen:  Coffee makers, blender, dishes & utensils, electric oven, gas hob,  large fridge freezer.

Dining: Roof terrace, with seating for 10 people. Plenty of seating inside.

 

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, all with own bathrooms. Sleeps 10.

Bedroom 1 - Ground floor.  Spacious L-shaped room with double bed.  Ample storage space. Ensuite bathroom: bath with shower.

Bedroom 2 - Ground floor. 2 Single beds, Ample cupboard space. Bathroom: bath with shower.

Bedroom 3 - First floor. Spacious L-shaped room. Large double bed. Ample storage space. Nile view. 2 balconies. Ensuite bathroom, bath with shower.

Bedroom 4 - First floor. 2 single beds, ample cupboard space.  Nile view.  Balcony.  Bathroom: bath with shower.

Bedroom 5 - Second floor. 2 single beds. Ample storage.  Separate bathroom with shower.  Magnificent river views.

Entertainment:  Wi-Fi, satellite television, CD player, guide books and maps.

 

Outside: Surrounding gated gardern. Private walled garden with swimming pool and changing  facilities.  Veranda,  roof terrace, sun beds, balconies.  Parking space.

Suitability: Children welcome,  no smoking inside villa ,  pets not allowed.

Onsite Services: Cooking and cleaning whenever required.  Travel services provided by private taxi (Rates can be agreed in advance), minibus or motor launch.

Riverbank House - Rental Rates

 

Weekly rates vary according to season from as low as £840 and up to £1,500 in the peak seasons.

 

This provides exclusive use of the villa for up to 10 people. For longer stays, discounts are available.  We require a minimum stay of 3 nights, for which the rental is half the weekly rates.

 

If you wish to use a debit or credit card, you can book through HomeAway or its portals such as VRBO or Abritel. See Homeaway.co.uk/p1300984.  These will charge a small additional service fee. Or you can book directly with us by bank transfer or cheque. Confirmation requires an initial 25% deposit. The balance is due 60 days before the start of your stay.  

What a amazing experience!!

 

5/5 Stayed Jul 2017

Farook S.Leicester, UK

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.

Submitted 25 Aug 2017

Owner's Response:

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

A beautiful Egyptian style house on the Nile with a swimming pool and close to all Luxor sites

 

5/5 Stayed Dec 2017

Chris M.

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!

Submitted 10 Jan 2018

Wonderful place to stay in Luxor!

 

5/5 Stayed Dec 2017

Sophie C.

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.

Submitted 8 Jan 2018

A memorable and outstanding holiday

 

5/5 Stayed Sep 2016

Stephanie R.

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.

Submitted 13 Nov 2016

Owner's Response:

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.

Wonderful stay for family

 

5/5 Stayed Oct 2016

Sanjai N.Chatham, il

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.

Submitted 12 Nov 2016

 

A jewel by the Nile

 

5/5 Stayed Apr 2015

I P.Kent

This house in Luxor is absolutely amazing and we have enjoyed every moment of being around the house, in the surrounding village, and popping to the main city over the Nile!

The staff looked after us so well, with good humour and care; such nice people. We asked for daily meals, and what a treat they were; better could not be found outside - this is a must and quite inexpensive.

The local manager knows everyone and everything that is going on; from politics to pharaohs and was able to produce an academic, a tailor, a boat, some camels and everything we needed - we settled in and got to know the area within hours, making friends and being made to feel just so welcome.

And to be in that location, with the village behind and fields next door..gazing over to the Old Winter Palace hotel on the banks of the Nile....wow.

Naturally we did the usual things from a tomb and temple point of view, and of course these are wonders to behold - but I really think that just mixing with the locals and taking a stroll along the tracks, nipping to the shop, taking a donkey ride and motorcycle ride (we managed to borrow these for a couple of hours) was a high point for us all.

We will certainly want to go back, hopefully often. The kids were in great form and had one of the best trips ever. Not a moment of boredom for them. We plan to return with friends and family as soon as possible.

Being slightly security aware, particularly in that general region, I have to say that I felt completely at ease everywhere.

Submitted 20 Apr 2015

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