|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
The Japanese House is in the heart of Big Sur and is located on 7 1/2 acres. It is close to fine restaurants and hiking trails. The house is furnished with Japanese antiques and the environment is one of zen serenity.
This Home is light, bright and airy, giving one a view of the forest. It is located on Sycamore canyon road, which is the road to Pfeiffer State Beach, less than a mile walk from the house.
The house has a stone fireplace, wood is furnished. There are decks off the Living room and Master bedroom. Master bedroom is generously sized with a queen bed. Bath has extra long and deep tub. 2nd bedroom has a double sized bed. The house has a DVD, but no television reception. Patio is great for dining or lounging.
In the 1940's a forest ranger found the most sunny location in the canyon and built upon this spot.
This home is in a lovely location just a mile from Pfeiffer beach. It is comfortably furnished and artfully decorated in a Japanese style. It has some nice touches such as plush robes and soft sheets on comfy beds. However, for the price it has some drawbacks. Number one is the fact that the only entrance to the house is through the master bathroom which also has no shower, just a tub. The layout is very open which made it hard for one of my teenage sons who was sleeping on the living room couch as the second bedroom only has a double bed. Though the kitchen is mostly well equipped it had some odd lacks such as only four plates. Lastly, the owner wasn't as helpful to out-of-towners as she might have been. She initially mixed up our reservation dates, was slow to respond to email and neglected to mention that the closest supermarket is 30 miles away in Carmel. All in all, we enjoyed our time but for the money would consider other options.
Our family stayed here for 5 peaceful days. We were very pleasantly surprised with how thoughtfully the house and surrounding landscape was arranged. Everything we needed was provided and well maintained. The house itself is like a tree house -- many windows have gorgeous views through the trees and are filled with a lovely golden afternoon light. We found it restful and convenient to many places in Big Sur that we wanted to visit. It is a pleasant walk down to Pfeiffer Beach, a wonderful destination in and of itself. It is also close to some of Big Sur's more interesting restaurants. So glad we stayed here!
This is the sweetest cabin-like yet tasetful upscale retreat space. Its so close to the beach, close to town, tucked away in the trees, and very cozy. We loved the decor and thoughtfulness that went into making it a beautiful space. We loved the fireplace with wood stacked and ready to be burned (we were there during a winter storm). We loved the bath tub. And it had everything we could have needed. But most of all, the owner of the property went above and beyond to make sure that we were happy and satisfied with our stay there. She is so friendly and welcoming (over the phone). We will definitely stay there again when we return to Big Sur.
This was a beautiful house we had the pleasure to stay at. You walk into the garden and know this can be a place to relax for a few days. Once you enter the house, you see how much work has been done to make you feel at home.
There were two couples that stayed here which worked out great as the bedrooms are on separate ends of the house with two separate bathrooms. The master is a large beautiful bedroom with the second a bit smaller but no worries as you don't do much but sleep there anyway.
The gardens and balconies are amazing. Very relaxing and secluded area to enjoy each others company. We were able to cook all meals at the location which gave us more time to enjoy.
The house is situated near all of the parks, beaches, and attractions in Big Sur. Very easy drive to anywhere you wanted to go.
I highly recommend the house and enjoyed the peace and quite it gave us.
We stayed at the Japanese House over Labor Day weekend and would like to post our findings.
Pros: A very private one in a wooded setting. Wonderful outdoor living areas. Within a mile of one of the nicest Big Sur beaches. Large master suite and very nice soaking tub. Very nice owner who made renting easy with a property caretaker to answer questions locally.
Cons: very steep, single-lane driveway is a little scary although only two houses on it and only one encounter with another vehicle over 4 days. Kitchen pots and pans are old and few in number. Utensils (serving spoons, spatulas, scrapers, peelers) are very limited. Serious cooks should bring their own, or eat out. Cool evenings would have welcomed a few warmer blankets for beds. Entering the house through the master bath is inconvenient and awkward. There is a front door but it has been screwed shut. There are no accessible trash/recycle cans. With 4 adults needed to empty bins before end of stay. Caretaker took away but no where to put dog poop. Not a huge deal, just annoying
All in all, a restful, quiet stay.
This home is a very nice find. Here are some of our inputs...
The house was clean and ready upon arrival
The location, quality, and outside living areas.
The close proximity to one of the nicest beaches in Big Sur.
The house is centrally located to all the amenities one might need during your stay.
Lots of personal touches lend warmth and a homey feel.
The large master bedroom.
The front door entering thru the master bath is weird and detracts from the livability.
The kitchen lacks some basic utensils (serving spoons, rubber scrapers, etc) and the pots and pans are few in number and largely old and worn. If you plan on really cooking, I would suggest bringing what you need.
We couldn't find garbage or recycle cans outside. With four adults living in the house we generated garbage and recycling and had no where to put it. We had to call the property caretaker to come get it as leaving it outside in the woods did not seem wise.
The house could use several more blankets for the beds as the ones provided are thin and light.
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|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Cleaning fee||$50.00 + Tax|
|Notes||1 night deposit to reserve the dates. Balance two weeks before the arrival date.|
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.