About This Listing
Our light and airy guest house is a sweet get away that is still close to Ubud. Walking and biking distance to the great food and conveniences of Ubud. Live in one of the most vibrant communities of artists in the world - Pengosekan.
PLEASE NOTE: At times there are music rehearsals happening at our neighbor's house. It is gamelan and good musicianship but it is clearly audible from the room. If you are light sleeper, it will probably be too much of a good thing! The rehearsals end at about 11pm! So if you are a gamelan lover, it's a GREAT fit for you!
This self contained unit is on the Cudamani Pondok compound. The cottage feels is surrounded by trees and beautiful garden. It is located next to the family home of Dewa Berata and Emiko Susilo, internationally recognized leaders of Gamelan (website hidden) Set off the street, you will feel a part of the Balinese community- which includes roosters, neighboring cows. If you like the sounds of frogs, crickets, Balinese lizards, occasional gamelan and dance rehearsals, then this is the place for you.
The ground floor has simple cooking facilities as well as a quiet sitting area. Upstairs the bedroom has one queen bed, dresser armory and a three sided veranda. Bathroom facilities located on the ground floor include a shower with warm water. The facility is clean with basic housekeeping support. However, we seek self-sufficient guests who can manage your own daily activities and who respect the lives of the Balinese families that surround this cottage. Breakfast and WIFI are not included.
Our village of Pengosekan is directly south of Ubud (walking distance of 15 minutes to the south edge of Ubud). An abundance of restaurants (local and for tourist) are readily available.
Interaction with Guests
We are off island now, so it is nice and quiet. Our family lives just down the private road that leads to our house and just next door, so you have people close by should anything urgent come up. Our cousins and nieces are super sweet and will help you if you need anything, but basically you will have a guest house to yourself.
Pengosekan is renowned for its arts. It is a hub of artistic activities. Internationally acclaimed musicians, dancers and composers are just walking around the streets! I love the paintings, baskets and gamelan that surround us here.
Easy to walk or bike to Ubud. We have a fabulous transport person who can help you get anywhere. I can give you his contact info once we confirm our booking!
Other Things to Note
We love our home and would love to have kind, open hearted people there. Our garden is full of big big trees, ferns, birds, butterflies. When you walk off the street into the compound, the cool air from the shade of the trees always makes me think "I'm so glad this is my home." This is not a hermetically sealed 5 star hotel, it's a real home. If you want the Four Seasons, this isn't the place for you. But if you want to feel what it's like to be in Bali, you're in the right place.
We seek guests who will feel comfortable living in BALI. This is not a party house, and are we are not tourist business. The house is great for a couple seeking a place to be together or single person who is visiting Bali to write, do yoga, or to get to know this beautiful island. This guest house is clean and safe and has core housekeeping support (by family members). Cudamani has supported the gamelan and dance education of hundreds of youth in Pengosekan village.
Windows or doors on all sides of the room, designed with the breeze in mind. No AC needed, better for you and better for Bali :-)
My boyfriend and I had an overall good experience at Dewa and Emiko's place! Despite being in a different country, Emiko was VERY communicative and we felt we could trust her. Ida and her husband who are the current caretakers were warm, welcoming and responsive to any of our doubts and questions. Ida speaks English quite well, and she was always enthusiastic to share the Balinese culture. The home is beautiful, with plenty of space and light. A perfect size for a couple, with large wrap-around verandas overlooking the greenery, a nice kitchen and a large patio area, and asp acidosis bathroom. The location was suitable for us, a 20 minute walk to the south end of Hanuman street. There are also convenience stores and fruit markets within a 5 minute walk. The home is set away from the main roads, although you can still hear the drone of motorbikes and cars in the distance. The only downside was having a gamelan rehearsal site just a literal stone's throw from the guesthouse, and to our ears the music was strong and disturbing, with unexpected late-night sessions. Although it was nice to hear the gamelan for cultural immersion and the rehearsals were not consistent day to day (some days off, some short, some long...) it did affect the comfort of our stay. Emiko was understanding and was able to accommodate our discomfort. All in all, we loved just about everything (minus the musical detail) and recommend this warm home to anyone!
nice and quiet place, best location. very friendly and very helpful family. everyone is eager to help with everything you may need!
The Cudamani guest house is a nice oasis away from the busy streets of Ubud. It was great to have a western bathroom and shower as well as a cozy bed with a mosquito net. Comfortable and spacious, with a nice porch. Bonus: Travel books there to help you out during your visit.
About the Host, Dewa
Dewa Putu Berata and Emiko Susilo are owners of this property. Directors of Gamelan Cudamani, for fifteen years, recently they have also served as Musical Director and Director of the Berkeley, California based Gamelan Sekar Jaya. Their home serves not only the needs of their family of four, musicians and dancers frequent this home as part of their active performing arts program. Their work has been dedicated to the development and education of traditional gamelan and dance within the Pengosekan community.