Japanese Forest House

House - Entire home/apt · Highway, Nehalem, OR 97131, United States
Your host, Ginger
76 Reviews
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a few hours

The Space

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 infinately 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.

Farm fresh vegetables and eggs are available for purchase for your cooking needs. 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, cooking farm fresh food, 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 winter season 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 cooking.

Please note that we do not allow pets or smoking in the Japanese Forest House. Thank you and see you on the coast!

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 0.5
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Moderate
Overall Guest Satisfaction
Check In
  • The house was cozy for myself, my husband and one year old daughter. Beautiful details were noticed in and outside the home. Impressive! Using the outhouse wasn't an issue at all though prior to staying here I thought it might be. It was clean and quite honestly gave me a much more
    Impressive view than my home toilet does! We
    Purchased a dinner basket which included enough veggies for one big hearty veggie meal plus some. It was tricky getting in touch with someone to get the basket before dinner because of my daughters early bedtime but we had it for breakfast and it was delish! Thanks Ginger for a lovely stay!

    July 2014
  • Ginger's Japanese Forest House is phenomenal. The sheer beauty of it takes your breath away especially when you hear a little about how it came to be. This place is definitely a must try, it gives you a camping feeling with the luxury of a bed. I am a city girl, enjoy a bathroom and a shower, and even though the forest house had no shower and a composting toilet I had an amazing time. The beauty of Ginger's airbnb was well worth it.

    July 2014
  • This was a very unique place and a special experience. The farm associated with this house is totally off the grid - they get their power from solar panels and the nearby creek, and the building materials for the house were primarily sourced from the surrounding woods. As mentioned in the listing, they also use a composting toilet. Very self-sustaining and low-impact on the environment. My husband and I had a good talk with Ginger when we arrived and learned a little more about their farm activities and their commitment to self-sustaining living.

    We stayed in the house on a rainy day, so we did not have any hot water, but we got the wood stove working and had a nice cozy place to stay (and heated up our own warm water if we needed it). It's a beautiful place in a lovely location. We bought a basket of veggies and eggs (all of which came from the farm) to eat for breakfast in the morning, which was really delicious. A very special experience!

    June 2014
  • This place is pure magic! The house is gorgeous and cozy in a beautiful setting among the trees and ferns. Everything about this place is wonderful, from the wood fire stove to the very comfortable bed to the woven Japanese mat with the redwood table. Lots of windows mean you can lay in bed and see/hear the trees rustling. Ginger is very kind and hospitable. Make sure you get one of her fresh veggie and egg baskets (the basil is so good!).

    June 2014
  • I had the most amazing night in Nehalem on Ginger's farm! A friend was visiting from the east coast and I wanted to show her the coast. We had such a lovely time in the forest house - it was quiet and serene with the most comfortable bed I've ever been on. We honestly felt like we were sleeping on a cloud. I emailed Ginger early in the day that I'd like some ice packs in a cooler during our stay, and those were brought to me soon after we arrived. Everything was perfectly appointed and we didn't want for anything. Everyone on the farm was helpful and courteous, but also left us alone to do what we wanted. All the animals we interacted with were very sweet and fun. I can't wait to go back!

    June 2014
  • This place is a living breathing work of art. The house is a work of passion and ideals, and it shows in every detail. Ginger is amazing and your stay will be a memorable one. There were no hardships of any kind. Forget what you think about composting toilets and etc This place is CLEAN! It is functional, well thought out, and has all the conveniences you need and none of the things that rob you of a deeper more relaxing experience. Why use a flashlight when you can see just as well by the light of the moon? Is eating by candle light not more romantic than fluorescent? Allow yourself to smell the roses feel the earth under your feet and look up and see the stars in the inky night.. Rent this place you will have no disappointments:))

    June 2014
  • After a busy 4 days in Seattle and Portland, this was a great place to be quiet and still. Absolutely beautiful spot in an incredible stretch of farmlands. Grab some Tillamook cheese to make grilled cheeses on the wood burning stove. Bring a flashlight. Have cash on hand for a fresh breakfast basket. Ginger was very welcoming. Definitely worth a visit.

    June 2014
  • The house is beautiful and everyone who lives on the farm was very warm and friendly (though our interactions were actually quite minimal and we felt like we really had our own space which was nice). A couple things to note - the property is quite small (the main farm is apparently elsewhere) and there aren't really any trails/paths to walk/hike directly from the farm without first driving - it's untouched forest surrounding the farm and then the highway, which you definitely don't want to walk along. Also, if you plan on doing the hot bath and want to use any soaps/bath products - they have to be biodegradable which we didn't realize until we were already there. Aside from those points which we wish we had known, it was a wonderful stay. We loved cooking on the wood stove and looking out at the amazing trees.

    June 2014
  • This little house is something special, and it's all setup for you to easily get settled in. With clear instructions and wood ready to go we had a fire going in the stove and tea brewing right away.

    Ginger recommended a great restaurant in Wheeler, Rising Star. We had a delicious meal there featuring some produce from the organic farm.

    May 2014
  • The forest treehouse and bath were simply magnificent, as was the hospitality. Ginger was so flexible and accommodating when we arrived later than planned! We would recommend this quite get away to anyone.

    May 2014
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