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We came across Jen's listing as we needed a relaxing getaway after 4 days in busy Tokyo. We were more than happy to be received by Jens ans his wife Maruki at their beutifully decorated hilltop cottage in Kamakura. The view is spectacular, and the artisan craftsmanship of the cottage itself is amazing. The entire house is a fusion of both Danish carpentry and Japanese decor, reflective of Jen's and Maruchi's heritage.
The room itself was very comfortable and made for a great night's sleep on our first tatami floor.
The Jensen family went above and beyond, always available for a nice chat over one of Maruki's custom Japanese teas. The town is is walking distance, but Jens offered on several occasions to take us to the station/ sightseeing spots. Terrific!
Me and my fiancée thought our stay at Jen's was fantastic! Jens and Mariko are great hosts that would go the extra mile any given day to make your life easier. They offered to pick us up at the station, lent their bikes to ride around, gave us small sweet treats etc.
The room (and in general the house) looks gorgeous in the photographs, but it's even better in person. I would definitely come back if I found myself in Kamakura again. Our only regret was being so busy visiting the temples that we didn't spend much time with the hosts and their lovely kids!
This is a gorgeous house on the top of a hill, with nice wood furnitures, balcony with fantastic views and sunny garden(with two white chicken). The Tatami room is a sunny room in Japanese style, which is also warm and clean.
Jens and Mariko let me borrow their bicycle and gave me a lot advices about traveling around Kamakura, we had Mariko's handmade coffee dessert at "high-tea time", and watched movies together at night. One of the important thing is, they have two boys at their 4 and 7, which are really cute! The boys are shy at first, but very polite, friendly and brave!
Other than the excellent house, Jens and Mariko made me realize a natural and fresh lifestyle. I do recommended their room and I will absolutely come back!
We stayed with Jens and Mariko for 2 nights. They made us most welcome, we felt very comfortable, the large room, futon and quilts were lovely. It was really nice to experience a Tatami room. Their house is at the top of a hill but the walk down and up was fine. Kamakura is a great place to visit, interesting little streets, manicured gardens, hidden away shrines, great food and important temples and shrines to visit. We would thoroughly recommend a stay with them, lovely hosts. Mariko drove us to the station to catch the train which was very kind, such a nice change after impersonal hotels.
Jens and Mariko were excellent hosts. Their cozy home was just as advertised, and the room was very comfortable. Jens picked me up from the station, let me use his bicycle to ride around Kamakura, and dropped me off at the station when my visit was over. Mariko's homemade Japanese treats were icing on the cake. My only regret is not having more time to explore the area and visit with Jens and Mariko.
We spent 3 nights at Jens and Mariko's. They drove the 4 of us (we have a 2 and a half year old son and a 3 months baby) from Kamakura station to their home when we came and from there to Zushi station when we left. They gave us a map and useful advice to enjoy our stay. Very nice people indeed who are receptive but never intrusive. The guest room is on par with that feeling : inside the house but at one end so that you can really call it *your* place.
This house alone is worth a stay in my opinion and could easily find a place in one of those lavish home lifestyle magazines : wood everywhere, elegant furniture and a view like you stand on the top of a hill among the trees.
Well in fact the house *is* on top of a hill and the slope to climb up there is very steep. Not a problem for teens or adults but a bit forbidding when you carry around two young kids. So we were grateful to find out there is a taxi station just at the foot of the hill !
Another good surprise : the two boys of the family, aged 4 and 6, who are welcoming, cheerful but very well brought up. They played with our son at once, shared their toys and were a great part of the family vibe we felt at Jens and Mariko'(website hidden): thanks for the desserts and for the beers !
Open and relaxed guests, the whole family was very humble and fun to have around.