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A unique property with a 3-bedroom New Zealand Lockwood chalet and private dining options situated on a half-acre of lush forest on the Pacific Coast of Chiba Prefecture's Bousou Peninsula, located just over an hour away from central Tokyo.
(Also be sure to check out the Forestarium, the Enclave's all-new luxury private annex: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/18452294?s=51)
A unique property and private dining experience in the coastal forests of Japan’s Pacific coast--The Enclave.
Nestled in an enchanting forest only an hour away from the heart of Tokyo, The Enclave is a unique property and private dining experience offering a sophisticated and intimate at-home setting on the eastern coast of Chiba Prefecture’s Bousou Peninsula. In addition to the accommodations, full-course menus created and prepared by the American owner-chef (me!) are available for an additional fee and change frequently to reflect seasonal specialties, and incorporate organically grown herbs and vegetables freshly harvested from the on-site herb garden. An extensive selection of wines and both classic and innovative cocktails are also available to complement guests’ culinary enjoyment.
The property is located within the heavily wooded confines of the Nakadaki Art Village community of artisans and craftsmen on the east coast of Chiba Prefecture only a 8-minute drive from the beach and is a very contemporary and spacious 230 square-meter wooden house constructed of New Zealand Lockwood timber with Australian eucalyptus flooring and New Zealand kauri wood facings throughout. The grounds feature a koi pond with a large illuminated fountain, fire pit, manicured herb gardens and landscaped chestnut, persimmon and orange trees, a covered gazebo complete with mosquito netting, a plunge pool and two-person Jacuzzi as well as high-end DEDON outdoor lounge furniture and day bed. Extensive solar-powered lighting and gas torches illuminate the grounds at night in a variety of beautiful colors and patterns, all contributing to an unparalleled Western-style atmosphere found nowhere else in Japan. There is also a fully-equipped home theater with Apple TV, Playstation VR, and just about every other conceivable form of audio-visual entertainment available for guests' entertainment.
Two separate bedrooms are available, one with a queen-sized bed and the other with a double. Both feature Sealy mattresses with Tempur mattress toppers to ensure guests enjoy the deepest, most relaxing sleep possible.
Food and Drink
The cuisine offered at The Enclave is an inventive blend of Asian, European and Latin American elements brought together using so-called modernist cooking methods. Ingredients are locally sourced whenever possible from nearby farms as well as the organic gardens on the premises that feature over 40 different varieties of herbs and vegetables. Conversely, all beef and lamb served at the restaurant are NEWZEE brand certified grass-fed organic from New Zealand and are the highest-quality meat available.
Likewise, the wine list features both bottles and wines by the glass from the US West Coast, France, South America and South Africa that have been specially selected with the food offerings in mind. A wide range of cocktails, from classics such as vodka martinis to refreshing new twists such as the Charred and Bloody (a bloody Mary cold-smoked with mesquite chips on the spot), are also offered to satisfy any kind of thirst one may have.
Jon Sheer is a 40 year-old American and 20-year permanent resident of Japan who studied cooking at the world-renown Culinary Institute of America and was previously executive chef at Kanon, a high-end wine bar in central Tokyo. Totally bilingual in English and Japanese, he is also an internationally recognized photographer whose work has appeared in numerous publications and exhibits both in Japan and abroad.
Additional guest services such as aromatherapy are also available upon prior arrangement—please inquire at the time of booking.
During the weekday (Monday-Thursday), guests have access to all areas on-premise except the kitchen area, which is off-limits.
Mountain bikes are also available for rent for 500 yen/day.
Unless I am away on other business, I am usually on-hand to greet and entertain guests as well as assist them with any issues or requests that they may have. As stated elsewhere, please note that I reside on the second floor.
Please note that although the listing is for the entire home (since the Airbnb system apparently does not allow one to indicate that more than one room is available), I reside on the second floor and therefore will be present unless a mutual arrangement is made beforehand. Also please note that in the event that guests choose the private dining option (which is required on weekends and national holidays), alcoholic beverages must be purchased through the restaurant during mealtime. Likewise, due to restaurant public health and sanitation regulations, guests are not allowed to use the kitchen unless I am present.
Furthermore, please note that the heating unit of the outdoor Jacuzzi is currently not working; while this is fairly irrelevant in the summer months, it does mean that it is, ahem, impractical to use it in winter, spring, or fall (unless you are a penguin or polar bear, of course ;)). The indoor Jacuzzi works perfectly, however :)
Also please note that the location is somewhat remote being a 30-minute walk from the nearest station (I will pick you up in my car if you let me know what time you will be arriving). As mentioned elsewhere, I do provide mountain bikes that will allow you to explore the area more easily in the event that you don't come by car.
Smoking is permitted only outside on the deck or in the garden, but drinking is not only allowed but fully encouraged :)
- No shoes in the house
I am an American professional photographer and chef who has lived in Japan for over 20 years and am currently running a private dining restaurant and B&B on the Pacific Coast of Chiba Prefecture's Bousou Peninsula, just over an hour away from downtown Tokyo. I also offer photo tours throughout Japan, so if you're interested in signing up for one in addition to your accommodation, just let me know! :)