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(Isumi) The Governor's Retreat@The Enclave 〜「総督庵」〜

Superhostいすみ市, 千葉県, Japan
Entire chalet hosted by Jon
6 guests3 bedrooms3 beds1 bath
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Quite Possibly the Most Luxurious Cabin in the Woods You’ll Ever Stay At!
!!!FULLY LICENSED!!!

The space
The latest addition to The Enclave (https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/4218435)
’s high-end private accommodation offerings, The Governor’s Retreat was once the official weekend residence of the previous governor of Chiba Prefecture Akiko Domoto and has been completely remodeled from the ground up and furnished with the highest-quality fittings and artwork to create the ultimate rural vacation getaway only about an hour away from downtown Tokyo and 10 minutes from the nearest beach.

The 90m2 ranch house–an incredibly sturdy Lockwood kit home imported from New Zealand–is adjacent to The Enclave’s main house and annex (https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/18452294?s=51) and sits at the edge of the former’s half-acre wooded property. On the outside, it has its own private deck made from Australian eucalyptus hardwood and fenced-in yard equipped with a propane gas grill for barbequing and outdoor get-togethers with friends and family. A commercial insect zapper installed around the corner ensures bug-free evenings even in the middle of summer, and the expansive view of the neighboring rice paddies evokes images of Bali.

The interior, however, is where the true magic of the Governor’s Retreat resides. The first thing you’ll notice as you walk through the oversized sliding glass doors–besides the large collection of original North American Indian and Asian art throughout the house– is the open 30m2 living room, replete with stylish modernist shelves adorned with various ethnic objet d’arts and furnished with a large, comfortable sofa to relax on while you enjoy the fully-equipped home theater system with a pro-grade Epson 4K projector and DALI and Onkyo multichannel speaker setup.

Next, there’s the dining area, which features a stylish solid oak live-edge dining table and chair/bench set as well as luxury dinnerware and table settings. There’s even a bay window with comfortable cushions that you can lie down on and take a nap in the event you eat too much and can’t make it all the way to the couch. Speaking of which, let’s not forget the open kitchen: finished with Canadian bird’s eye maple cabinets, solid copper countertops and hand-beaten copper sink with matching copper pots and pans, and an AEG automatic dishwasher, it’s fully equipped to handle any conceivable meal you could possibly want to turn out and then some. It even has a huge US refrigerator complete with a built-in ice and water dispenser (a feature almost unheard of in Japan).

As you proceed toward the back of the house through the gallery-like hallway adorned with even more unique art, you pass by the Washlet-equipped western toilet and spacious bathroom with a large American-sized bathtub and shower, ideal for soaking in after a hard day of relaxing and reveling in Mother Nature. Next, you will notice that each of the three bedrooms boasts a different theme. The small bedroom on the left, known as the Aviary, has a semi-double bed that’s perfect for children or intimate adult couples and is replete with bird-themed wall art and sculptures as well as locally-sourced driftwood accents. Conversely, the spacious Lunarium master bedroom next door sports a massive full moon ceiling light and queen-sized bed with a Simmons mattress befitting the status of a family matriarch and/or patriarch. Lastly–but certainly not least–the Fairy’s Cove bedroom at the rear of the house features a bay window that has been converted into a rock garden with LED cherry blossom lamps and a driftwood ceiling with glowing LED leaves that will help relax your mind and body as they drift off to sleep in the queen-sized bed and Simmons mattress.

There is also a newly-constructed doghouse next door, which also doubles as a children’s playhouse and adult meditation room. Fully equipped with insulated walls and hardwood floors, a Dyson bladeless fan and heater, track lighting, wall art, iPad wall mount and JBL Bluetooth speaker, oversized dog bed and doggy door, as well as a skylight for natural lighting and comfortable viewing of the gorgeous night sky, it may very well be the most luxurious canine pad in all of Japan (just look at the photos!) to help facilitate an unforgettable bonding experience with your pet and/or kids :) A large enclosed dog run is also located next to the doghouse to allow your dog to roam freely in a safe, comfortable environment.


The Governor’s Retreat–fit for a governor and a perfect fit for you and yours.

Guest access
Guests have the entire villa to themselves with full use of the kitchen, outdoor deck and yard, as well as the Enclave plunge pool when not in use by Enclave guests (open from July 15th to September 30th).

Other things to note
--Although all amenities listed in Airbnb's amenity definition are provided, I do not provide toothbrushes out of consideration to the environment, so please don't forget to bring your own :)

--Please diligently observe the stated check-in time of 3-5pm (barring unforeseen circumstances such as involuntary transit delays et al.) since arrivals after that point will adversely impact dinner operations in the main house and potentially inconvenience guests staying at the other listings on the property.

--BBQing is allowed using the equipped gas grill ONLY–NO EXCEPTIONS. A nominal fee of 500 yen/person will be charged separately (payable upon check-out) to cover propane costs. Likewise, the grill is not available for use in inclement weather.

—72-hour advance notification is required in the event guests would like to use the outdoor jacuzzi and/or pool in order to allow for cleaning and for the former to heat up to an appropriate temperature. (Please note that the jacuzzi is only available from April to November; likewise, it is not possible to use in the event of inclement weather such as rain et al.)

—Dogs (up to 2) are allowed to stay in the living room (entry into other rooms including the bedrooms is not permitted —please inquire before booking.

—ABSOLUTELY NO FIREWORKS

Licence number
M120003282
Quite Possibly the Most Luxurious Cabin in the Woods You’ll Ever Stay At!
!!!FULLY LICENSED!!!

The space
The latest addition to The Enclave (https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/4218435)
’s high-end private accommodation offerings, The Governor’s Retreat was once the official weekend residence of the previous governor of Chiba Prefecture Akiko Domoto and has been completely remodeled from th…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
1 queen bed
Common spaces
1 couch

Amenities

Free parking on premises
Kitchen
Hot tub
Room-darkening shades
Washer
Laptop-friendly workspace
Fire extinguisher
Essentials
Carbon monoxide alarm
Hair dryer

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いすみ市, 千葉県, Japan

The utter tranquility of the beautiful Japanese forests and rice paddies along with pristine beaches in such close proximity to the hustle and bustle in Tokyo makes for a truly unparalleled experience.

Hosted by Jon

Joined in August 2014
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I am an American professional photographer and chef who has lived in Japan for over 25 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! :)
I am an American professional photographer and chef who has lived in Japan for over 25 years and am currently running a private dining restaurant and B&B on the Pacific Coast of Ch…
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Things to know

House rules
Check-in: 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Checkout: 10:00 a.m.
No parties or events
Pets are allowed
Smoking is allowed
Health & safety
Airbnb's social-distancing and other COVID-19-related guidelines apply
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm