About This Listing
The Japanese Forest House is a confluence of a love of small spaces, a passion for local materials, and a fascination with tradtional Japanese architecture. Oversized beams, live edge slabs, natural timbers, real plaster walls, and minimal decoration, all encourage a deep sense of calm.
Almost every piece of this tiny house was salvaged, most of it from within ten miles of where the house sits. Small details and decorations were created by local artists, even going so far that the paper in the Japanese lanterns was hand made seven miles from here. We milled most of the timber on-site. Whether or not one believes that turning a log from beside the house into the house itself imbues it with some mystical qualities, it is undeniable that the pursuit of local materials connects more deeply to your landscapes, your neighbors and yourself. The simple act of searching adds richness to our lives. It takes more time, but that is also time you are not working to pay for it, and actually enjoying yourself, building something infinitely more attractive than yet another plywood and sheetrock box.
The Japanese Forest house lives on a small organic permaculture farm. It is powered by renewable energy from the sun and from our creek and warmed by a wood stove.
The beautiful coastal rainforest of Oregon surrounds the space. The Pacific Ocean and Manzanita beach are a 15 minute drive west.
This is an ideal retreat space for artists, writers, and busy folks who just want to relax and enjoy a simpler life. Also perfect for a romantic retreat for the folks who want to explore the Oregon coast from a small off the grid farm. Building fires, reading books, hiking coastal trails. This is a truly unique stay in a hand crafted eco-home!
Please note: We are unable to offer our bath house for this stay during the Oregon coast rainy season (October- March) as it is a solar design. The house does not have hot water or a shower/indoor toilet. We have a composting toilet that is located 15 feet or so up a short trail from the front door of the house. There is kitchen sink with cold potable water for washing dishes, teeth brushing, and making tea or coffee.
Please note that we do not allow pets or smoking in the Japanese Forest House.
Thank you and hope to see you on the coast!
Guests are welcome to wander the farm and see our herb gardens, farm hoop houses and visit our ducks and chickens. The main farm house is private but we are happy to answer questions about our off grid living style to those who want to know more.
Interaction with Guests
We always try to greet our guests on arrival or shortly after to welcome you to the farm and introduce the space. We then try to respect our guests privacy by retreating to our side of the land and leaving the house and surrounding woods for our guests to enjoy. Because we are working farmers we often do not see our guests in the morning when they check out. We trust folks understand and know that they leave with our thanks and gratitude.
We live in a gorgeous coastal river valley about 15 minutes drive from the Pacific Ocean. Our little farmstead is quiet, peaceful and lush with surrounding mature forests. The north fork of the Nehalem river is across the street from us and has great fishing year round.
The farm is accessed by car or bicycle. We have no public transit to our land but the Tillamook Wave bus from Portland does drop off in nearby Manzanita and from there it is a 45 minute scenic bike ride to the farm.
Other Things to Note
Our farm is off the grid meaning that all the electricity used on the property is generated on site through solar and micro hydro. We heat with wood and also use wood to cook. This stay might seem rustic to some but for us it is an everyday luxury to feel so connected to our land and our have our basic needs met from the sun and water passing through the property.
We have a composting toilet available for use with the Japanese Forest House. It is located a few steps away from the front door within the forest. As of now there is no shower or hot water available. There is a wood stove for heating and the renewable energy powered kitchen is equipped with an electric tea pot and hot plate and cooking utensils.
Staying here was a perfect weekend getaway - would definitely recommend to friends. It was my wife and I, along with our 3.5 mo son. Enjoyed using the woodburning stove,long lazy mornings, and short drive to the coast.
We loved staying at Brigham and Ginger's Japanese forest house. Beautiful spot for exploring the coast and forest, easy to get to and very cosy! Make sure you bring supplies, ie; water, snacks, soup (dinner) to enjoy during your stay.
this place is so beautiful. as other reviewers have said, the houses details are incredible. my husband and i were on our honeymoon driving up the west coast and were so happy we chose to stay here for the night. we adored the architecture. ginger helped us build a fire in the wood stove which was our first time dong, and it was a cool thing to learn. the place is so cozy and the bed was comfortable. it was nice to feel a little secluded for the evening without any cell service and just enjoying each others company. highly recommended!
Ginger was perfectly polite and informative. The house was lovely - built and maintained exactly as we'd imagined from the description and pictures. Clean and simply elegant. The surrounding forest is gorgeous and contributed greatly to our sense of solace - which gave us the break away from our busy lives that we sought.
Only a short jaunt to the beautiful town of Manzanita where we were treated with excellence by everyone we met.
One great feature is that the total lack of phone service (for us at least) meant that our leashes back to society were completely severed. Remember when there weren't any cell phones?
I would wholeheartedly recommend this place to anyone.
The Japanese forest house was awesome! It was a great experience. We spent 2 nights at the house. The house was clean, and very well taken care of. They provided firewood for the stove which was great for heating the house. The out house was a surprisingly cool part of the experience of the forest house. We definitely will be back when we come back to this part of the country. Highly recommended!
Ginger and Brigham were super nice and more then accommodating to my girlfriend and I. The Japanese Forrest House was everything that it said it was and more. Ginger and Brigham provided everything we needed for the night and walked us through the workings of the house.
Location was easy to find and is nestled in the beautiful country side, surrounded by nature and Ginger and Brigham's amazing garden.
I highly recommend this House for anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday or just to get away and relax.
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About the Host, Ginger And Brigham
We are an organic farmer and herbalist living on an off grid homestead on the north Oregon coast. We grow vegetables and fresh herbs for our local CSA and community markets. We also teach young farmers and run an educational center for sustainable living.
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