Hal & Donna's Boat House 
Rental Guest Reviews

Hi Hal,
My wife and family had the pleasure of staying in Hal and Donna's place over the Labor Day weekend. We've stayed in a lot of vacation homes over the years it's our favorite way to travel. All the comforts of home while away and not really any more than a comparable hotel. Located in a quiet neighborhood, right on the water this one is a jewel. Its always such a pleasure when a place is exactly as represented. The pictures on their site is what you're gonna get. No fancy pictures and then you get there and it's something different. Then speaking of jewels, you get the added pleasure of dealing with Hal. The guy is an  outstanding individual who is a good judge of people, forthright with information, and he is the owner. Its always great to be able to deal direct with the person who has the answers. Usually its an agency that you have to give your list of questions to and then wait while they get the answers. He is up front, and very thorough. He even asked us for any suggestions of anything else we thought should be there. The house was wonderful we had a great time. We plan to stay there any time we go to ClearLake. 

 Mark Bicha family

Hi Hal, 
We had such a great time at the boat haven. The kids and grandkids just loved it. We were on the lake every day. The dock made it so easy to come and go.They didn't want to stop fishing, they were having so much fun. We caught a bunch of blue gills from your dock and some nice size bass from the lake. My granddaughter was even having fun feeding the ducks from the dock and listening to the frogs.Thank you for the nice comments about my crochet projects. I love crocheting. John and I were wondering if you have any info or a link to your home in Tahoe. We might be interested in booking it sometime. Again, thank you so much for our memorable family vacation at Clearlake. 

Roxanne, John and the Garcia family 


Hi Hal,
Clean, comfortable, and convenient to the lake!  We took my kayak, and it was only a 4 minute paddle out to the main lake.  Everything worked, and the owner is responsive and pleasant.  The Chinese/Thai restaurant nearby is very good!  The best part was spending the afternoons on the shady back patio watching the birdlife.  Two thumbs up! Again, thanks for providing a comfortable vacation rental, and for working with us on the fire delay!

Just to let you know I posted a 5 star review on both Homeaway and Evolve on Friday, immediately upon our return.  Neither has shown up yet.  I don't know how long it takes for them to show up, but I did give your home a good review!!  Thanks again,

Jan Gates

Hi Jan,
Thank you again for giving us a 5 star rating. It feels good to know that others are enjoying our waterfront home as we do!

Hal Hester

A cozy and clean home with a sweet view

We enjoyed our stay for a few days of R&R and hiking in the wilderness, which was a short drive away. The home was very clean and relatively scent-free, which I am sensitive to. Our hosts were very helpful with the minor issues that we had, and we were able to resolve them fairly quickly. The warmth and quiet, combined with the bird-watching made for a very relaxing time. We hope to come back again when it's a little warmer and do some kayaking on the lake.

    Submitted: Jan 30, 2016 Stayed: Dec 2015 Source: VRBO, from HomeAway 

stephanie h.
Amazing & relaxing time away


We had a great time at this place in Clearlake Oaks. Growing up in Californian, I had never visited Clearlake and was happy to find this quite and comfortable place to stay. The property was clean and well appointed with a fun nautical theme. Hal was very friendly and helpful when I called prior to our trip and offered many helpful ideas on places to check out during our stay. We spent our days hiking and swimming in nearby Blue Lakes and enjoying the quiet evenings on the patio. I hope to return soon! :)

    Submitted: Jul 29, 2015 Stayed: Jul 2015 Source: HomeAway 

My P.
Bass Fishing Weekend

We planned a fishing weekend in Clearlake for the first time and we were not disappointed at all. Hal was a terrific host & very informative regarding the town of Clearlake. The property was beautiful & the dock in the back was breathtaking. The first thing we did was test out the dock and we caught two largemouth bass. The property décor is very unique, well kept & very clean. The bedrooms are very spacious and the beds are very comfortable. We couldn't find anything wrong with the property. It has everything we needed and more.

Hal also give us recommendation for wineries around the area & also gave us vouchers to Brassfield Winery. We love the winery & the wine so much that we join their wine club.

Hal was the best host & we couldn't thank you enough for his hospitality. We are looking forward to coming back to Clearlake again.

    Submitted: Jul 6, 2015 Stayed: Jun 2015 Source: VRBO, from HomeAway 

Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to review your trip! Glad to hear you had success with the Bass off of the dock so quickly! We look forward to having your group again next year when those fish have grown! Cheers, The Evolve Team!
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Holiday weekend bargain

I booked this property on fairly short notice for the holiday weekend. The house was in great working condition and the brand new large private dock was the most important feature for our party. The property owner was easily reachable via email for all my questions and even offered recommendations for local eateries and entertainment. All of this at a very reasonable price. I plan to book this property again later in the summer.

    Submitted: May 26, 2015 Stayed: May 2015 Source: VRBO, from HomeAway 

Apple Valley, CA
Perfect lake front getaway !

We stayed here for 6 full days and absolutely loved it. The house was adorable and very clean ! Gorgeous view from patio and own boat dock . Sat on the private dock every night and enjoyed the stars. Neighborhood was full of nice people. You wont find a better couple to rent a house from then Hal and Donna !! Many thanks and see you again soon . :)

    Submitted: May 22, 2015 Stayed: May 2015 Source: VRBO, from HomeAway 

San Ramon, ca

The house is very clean and cozy, with a full kitchen, comfortable bedding and beautiful view. You can fish right at the dock or just sit on the patio to enjoy the peace of dawn and dusk. On top of that, Hal is very friendly and reachable by phone and email for your questions. He even called me on the day of my arrival to tell me that I didnít have to wait for the 3 pm check-in time. If you stay for multiple days, prepare some groceries or plan for a BBQ, because there are not many places for good food nearby.

    Submitted: May 29, 2014 Stayed: May 2014 Source: VRBO, from HomeAway 

Owner's Response: Thank you for the great review. 



13198 Keys Blvd
Clearlake Oaks, CA 95422

Mailing Address:
Hal & Donna Hester
31 Somerset Lane
Mill Valley, CA 94941

Contact Hal Hester by phone at-  415-272-4279