Ongoing, upcoming and gently twirling community-house project in Petulu village, Ubud. Stay with a global family in an art house close to center but far enough to be quiet and non touristic. Our neighbours are temple and jungle. We share kitchen, many hangout areas and big backyard.
What we are up to here,
is creating a harmonious place for living in community spirit and freedom of creativity of all kinds. We now have managed to turn an 7 years empty family compound of an special artist and friend of ours into an instrument of free spirits. The goal is to manifest a place, that people can meet up, live together, stay for few nights, learn, teach, share, care and co-create.
We have a community kitchen, warm water in the showers, laundry, drinking water, batik and recycle art workshops even WIFI etc, but use of all of those comes from contributions of the people. We have 2 big rooms, 1 small and a dormitory space available in a huge arthouse standing on a plot of 1000m2 land next to a jungle. Dormitory space is a wide room with 10 bunkbeds.
Access to all parts of the house such as; community kitchen, living room, 2 shared bathrooms with hot water, dining room, workshop area, pizza oven, front yard, big backyard with hangout areas, fireplace...
Im usually around and I go around with guests when I have time.
I help you, you help me, we help us.
We also share any info that you might need in your trip, we´re connected to many places and spaces. Local hangout places? Good food? Cheap ticket to Gili? Mountain hiking in Batur? Cheap night in Candidasa? .. Many things, just ask :)
The house is located in beautiful village of white heron birds, called PETULU, just 2-3km from Ubud center. We are close to center yet still far enough to be in a quiet non-touristic area. We live next to the jungle and have pathways here and there, from jungle to the rice fields to the sacred showering place.
The White Herons of Petulu, Petulu. Every evening between 15,000 and 20,000 cattle egrets, known colloquially as white herons and in Balinese, kokokan, roost in the village of Petulu just ten minutes north of Ubud. It is quite a spectacle as these large, elegant white and rusty orange birds arrive in countless groups and tussle for the prime roosting spots. Each morning at dawn they leave en-masse to find feeding spots around the island. Some also breed in the area and nests can be seen in the roadside trees. The cattle egrets are joined by smaller numbers of little egrets and Javan pond herons. According to local legend, the egrets first appeared here in such large numbers after one of the worst massacres of suspected communists during the troubles of 1965. This led local villagers to believe that these birds are the souls of the slaughtered, and ceremonies to that effect are still held today. The village of Petulu is reached by heading east from Ubud town centre on Jl Raya Ubud until you meet the obvious junction with Jl Raya Andong. Turn left, and go up the hill for about 2 km until you see the sign posted left turning on Jalan Kintamani to Petulu village.
HOW TO GET HERE
There are regular public bemos from Denpasar’s Batubulan terminal to Ubud which cost Rp 8,000, and take about an hour. Most bemos run in the early morning, and you will not find any after 4PM. In the opposite direction, bemos depart every morning from the central market (northern entrance) in Ubud. Foreigners are likely to be asked much more (bargain!) or even to charter the whole vehicle – there’s really no need, as they will pick up passengers on the way.
To get to Batubulan from South Bali, one previously had to have 1-2 bemo connections in Denpasar. Now, with Trans Sarbagita (see the main Bali article for details) government bus service, this way can be far more comfortable (air-conditioned bus) and even cheaper (Rp 3,500) for those going from/to Nusa Dua, Kuta, Sanur or all the places between.
If you want to take a taxi to Ubud from South Bali, it is best to charter the vehicle for a return trip, otherwise, you’ll be hit with a 30% fee for going out-of-town. Metered fares, one-way and not including surcharge, are around Rp 150,000 from Denpasar, Rp 200,000 from Airport and Rp 200,000 from Kuta.
Currently, there’s no public bus service to Ubud (there are bemos however, see below), but tourist bus services are abundant.
Perama offers daily direct transfers to Ubud from Ngurah Rai International Airport, Sanur, Lovina, Kuta, Bedugul, Candidasa, and Padang Bai. These are convenient and inexpensive; e.g. four times per day from the airport for Rp 50,000. Rather less conveniently, the Perama terminal is not located in the centre of Ubud, but about two km south in Padang Tegal, on Jl Hanoman just south of the intersection with Jl Monkey Forest.
In Ubud, it’s easy to find alternate bus/minivan services to other destinations around Bali, you will not miss numerous travel agencies advertising these services (for example, on Jl Raya Ubud). Fares are similar or slightly higher than Perama (e.g. Rp (phone number hidden) Kuta), the higher price may or may not be due to the nicer bus/minivan – enquire (and better check yourself if you have time) locally.
Central Ubud can be covered on foot, but you will need some form of transport to explore the extended vicinity.
Ubud is generally a little quieter, and the streets calmer than the more urbanised parts of Bali. So whilst traffic is slower than in downtown Kuta for example. If you can drive a motorbike, that´s the best option to go around, otherwise many of us have been creative with hitchiking, bicycling, sharing bikerides, taxis etc and there are guys on motorbikes who will also offer bike rides (ojek) and are about half the price of those in a car.
As elsewhere in Bali, motorbike rental is widely available, and you will not be short of options. Expect to pay between Rp 30,000 and 80,000 per day for a late model motorbike in good condition. Look for rental agencies on all the main streets, or ask us to organise for you.
You can rent bicycles for about Rp (phone number hidden) per day. There is a large selection available at the corner of the football field on Jl Monkey Forest. Beware though: Ubud is very hilly, so cycling can be hard, sweaty work. Traffic on the main roads is heavy and drivers rarely pay heed to cyclists.
It is a community house, not just a random hostel-guesthouse, so we are a family – a tribe of all colours. We have a community kitchen, big living room, dining room, hangout areas, warm water in the showers, drinking water, WIFI, laundry, motorbike rental, transport etc, but use of all of those comes from contributions of the community.
Drinking water, WIFI, laundry are with donations/contributions – they are not included in the bed price as some of use don´t use internet at all and some work in the net.
All donations go for the house and upcoming projects.
I help you, you help me, we help us.
First of all, Petra's house a really far from the centre of Ubud. It is even not Ubud city. By motobike it takes about 15 minutes, so by walk I think minimum 40 minutes. But you should go, because there is no any restaurants or shops near, so if you are hungry it is really problem) I read about location, so I knew about it, but I didn't think that it so far, even from airport prepaid taxi takes 350000 rupies to drop there, it 100000 rupies more than in Ubud. So if you not drive a motobike, better to find something closer. The house is not clean, but about this I read too) There're many people to stay there, in dormitory room, and only 1 toilet and bathroom for all, be ready to wait in morning) For me it was really not problems, even with for my 3 years old son okay) But I was really sad, that Petra looks unhappy to see us, looks like she don't wait any guests. And even didn't say goodbye, when we're leaving. Then I don't understand for what all this, why they rent the room on airbnb... And one more. It is not cheap place. For this money later I found a great house in baliness family in the center of Ubud and moved there after two days. And many suggestions with this cost in Ubud, with very friendly local people and free brakfast include. Well, so it was interesting expirience, but definitely not pleasant)))
The place looked nice in pictures, but is is not like that in reality. I knew i was going to a an artist house, NOT a 5 star hotel... how ever artist never means unclean.
I never got to meet petra and even though she respnded to all my inquieres in a fast and very friendly way when I got to the place the rooom was not even clean, door had no lock but they said the will take (website hidden) that day late and next morning at day light got into the bathrooom, kitchen and comun areas where it was so messy that i left the place and went to a guest house.
The place has lot of potential but they need to clean it and put some love to it.
The arthouse is a very nice place! I realy enjoyed the time there...petra and all the other people around are absolutely friendly! Staying there is like living in a sharing community and i felt more than welcome there!!! Thank you petra and pet for such great nights :)
Very interesting and quiet house with so many nice people around. It is about houre walk to the city, but if you have a motorbike or bike it is ok. Thank you.
What an amazing place! A great community space with really interesting people passing through. Petra has created an inspiring house that is very different to the usual Bali accommodation.
this is a very unusual and interesting place, bright and colorful!
Petra seems like a really nice person, she was very welcoming and helpful. While we were out she drew a map and wrote us a message inviting us to dinner, this was really sweet and personal. The location is good if you are happy to hire a motorbike, only a couple of km to the centre. (preta will arange bike hire for you) Her home is placed in a really friendly and welcoming village which was very traditional. This house has an amazing feel to it, very colourful and creative but unfortunaly we felt it needed to be cleaner. We would have much rather stayed in the dorm room which was very spacious, cheap and close to the bathroom, we would recommend this dorm to any traveler. All in all an interesting, recomendable stay.
Cooles Haus, viele, nette Leute, ca 5 min zu Ubud City, kein Wasser bei der Dusche, sonnst alles super:-)
This is the final rate, including any fees from the host and Airbnb.