Isleton House Rental Photos and Description
Completely private, sleeps up to 2 couples, full kitchen, tea parlor Living room
There is nothing else like this! Enchanting and comfortable lodgings for up to 2 couples (separate rooms) full kitchen with all amenities, hardwood floors, gorgeous light, surrounded by swaying bamboo above the Historic Japanese Osento (private bath house) where you can soak in hot and cool tubs, take a delicious steam, with your choice of homemade salt scrubs, essential oils and aromatic flowers while sipping fresh hot ginger tea in the winter and a cool refreshments in the warmer months.
WEEK-END RATES FRI. SAT. & SUN. $259 2ND BED FEE APPLIES $35 (flat rate )
- not suitable for children
- pets not allowed
- non smoking only
- Events Allowed
- limited accessibility
About Montserrat Wassam
Eugene Phillips, builder, designer and artist, specializing in historic restorations and Montserrat Wassam, fine arts painter and installation artist, bought The Miyazaki bathhouse, an Historic landmark, as a virtual ruin. With their shared interest in water, history and the preservation of cultures, they devoted much of their time and love to the re creation of the Sento (bathhouse) as an expression of their mutual artistic vision, and as a vehicle to honor the customs of the Japanese culture and to introduce the love of the soaking ritual to Americans.
Eugene grew up in Atascadero Ca. and Montserrat grew up in Paris France. They split their time between their home in San Francisco and Walnut Grove, Ca.
Montserrat Wassam purchased this house in 2003
Why Montserrat Wassam chose Isleton
We stumbled upon The Miyazaki (built around the 1890's) as we took small back roads on our way home from 1 of our many excursions. We were very taken with the charming ghost town like quality of Walnut Grove and Locke and their haunting history.
We had fallen in love while soaking in wild hot springs and the thought of owning and restoring a genuine Sento on the historic registry where we could soak and stay in the old boarding house upstairs, was... well...rather irresistible.
Then we found out that there were once hundreds of these Japanese Bathhouses in the country, but after WWII they fell into disrepair and faded away.
We simply loved the challenge of breathing life back into it as it was once the very heart beat of this Japanese community.
Everyone thought we were nuts, and we were, but now we have a gem, and the community has blossomed around us, offering a ghost town with a burgeoning artist community. What a thrill!!
What makes this house unique
Where else can you stay that offers real comfort with such unique charm, in a restored Historic landmark of cultural significance, with the opportunity to use the private soaking hot & cool tubs and steam room of the Miyazaki Osento, while lounging in the tatami area with tea service?
Did I mention we can arrange for you to get an amazing massage by a certified licensed massage therapist during your stay?
Guestbook comments from the owner
Anne and her husband were so warm and friendly and were perfect guests!
Loved having them and would love to have them back.
I would recommend them very highly!