The cottage is a rustic traditional thatched roof cottage. It is cavernous and would be able to sleep 10 people comfortably. Built during the Edo period and more than 150 years old, this cottage has been modernized with a modern kitchen and plumbing and WiFi!
We were housed in a tatami room next to the entrance. It fit us comfortably.
By the time it was bed time (8pm! Because we just flew in that morning) the bed was so cold. Jumping in and under thick quilt, it took sometime to warm up using our body heat. I saw some bed heaters, but was too lazy to put in on.
I usually sleep in shorts and T-shirt, but this time, I slept in long PJ pants and a long-sleeve T-shirt.
I slept well but the accumulated heat gave me nightmares.
Our host showed me how to secure the front door with wood panels that have latches that slide up and another latch to hold the vertical latch securely. If not for the wood panels, the front door is just shoji, made up of paper and wood.
We went upstairs to check out the other sleeping areas. The high roof line certainly affords great attic rooms, though there are limited windows.
In one word: Cold.
We had to turn on the gas heater electronically, and let it heat up. Then, strip and step into the cold shower area. I turned up the heater to 43 degrees Celsius to really get warm and fill the cold bathroom with steam.
A bath tub is also in the bathroom, if one needs to soak.
Outside the shower area, a sink with some amenities, including toothbrush, facial cotton, and Q-tips.
There’s another sink next to the toilet. Toilet has its own stall. Thank goodness for warm toilet seats.
On duty that day was Yaya, who cooked and hosted us. She spoke good English having spent some years in Australia.
Her cooking was delicious and the smells of cooking wafted into our room.
We ate by the hearth. It was really too much food, but it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The food was o incredibly tasty – we had wild boar, deer, chicken, and fish, mostly cooked in the kitchen and then left over the glowing charcoal to heat, while we slowly relished the dishes. The fish was skewered raw and left by the charcoal to cook.
A really lovely experience. Although we were very cold, we really enjoyed our stay here. This rustic country cottage is an experience not to be missed. Yaya’s cooking and hospitality is also not to be missed!
Stayed at Miyama Futon & Breakfast, Kyoto.