Traditional Character Guesthouse

House - Private room · Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia

Our antique, teak-wood 'Gladak' is a blend of rich history and modern comforts. Private terrace, outdoor bathroom with rain shower, massive king size bed, kitchenette and designer finishings. Have a swim in our infinity pool overlooking the valley!

The Space

Our guesthouse is a traditional "gladak" imported from Suluwesi. It is furnished with unique pieces from all across the Indonesian archipelago, and has been restored with all the modern comforts: air conditioning, fridge, coffee and tea making, fast WIFI and open-air bathroom full of giant trees! It has a king size, hypo-allergenic, four-poster bed as well as a sofa that can be used as a bed for 2 small children.

As a guest, you will enjoy a home-made, organic breakfast on the large terrace. You can also use our infinity pool off the main house which overlooks the gorge and rice terraces (we just ask that you respect our family's privacy once we return home from work/school).

The gladak is a 50sqm/500sqf stand-alone building with complete privacy, including terrace and bathroom.

On the property we also have a trampoline (built into the ground), a fire pit for camp-fires, huge beautiful trees and a bamboo grove.

There is lots of parking right outside our door. We are located 100m off the village road down a private driveway, so there is no traffic noise at all!

Our compound is located 1.4km from the main road of Ubud, in the village of Kutuh Kaja, where you will find an abundance of restaurants, spas, studios and shops. The Ubud Botanical Gardens is 500m further up our street, and the only gym in Ubud is 700m from our house.

During your stay with us, we're happy to suggest things to do, places to see, and interesting people to meet-- but you will find it all in our "welcome book' anyway, which we can send you by email before you arrive so you can plan your trip. Some of our favorite things in Ubud are yoga classes, mountain biking, visiting alternative healers, and visits to some of Bali's incredible temples. The book also has contact info for local driver, and scooter/bike rental places.

Guest Access

Besides the room and the large private terrace, you are welcome to come have a swim in our infinity pool if we are not around (after that, we ask that you respect our family time, of which we seem to have precious little these days!). If you have kids, feel free to bounce on our in-ground trampoline or swing on our massive bamboo swing set!

Interaction with Guests

We love hosting people and will definitely welcome you. We also respect guests' privacy, so besides offering help where requested, we will leave you to enjoy your stay in peace. We try to keep our kitchen and living areas private, to ensure that hosting people remains a pleasure for our family and gives guests the chance to do what they came to Bali for-- to rest deeply and enjoy the magic of Ubud. That said, the kids are always up for playing with new friends, so don't be too shy!

The Neighborhood

Kutuh Kaja is a quiet, tree-lined village surrounded by rice-fields and river gorges. Our house is just 1.5 kilometres north of the main rd in Ubud, where you will find an abundance of restaurants, shops and activities.

Getting around

Ubud has no public transport or registered taxi service, although there are a number of private drivers on call. Your 'welcome pack' has the telephone numbers of 4-5 that we have worked with for a long time and can recommend.

Renting a scooter is by far the most convenient way to get around Ubud, and a lot of fun! We can have a scooter delivered from the rental place, at around $4-5 a day.

Other Things to Note

We have two pets, a gloden-doodle dog named Luna (security) and a cat named Boots (our resident critter-controller). Both are very friendly and, if you like animals, will likely come up for a pet or a lap-stroke while you are on the terrace! They are both great with kids.

Bali is Bali.... so as much as we would like to ensure that you have the perfect experience while you are with us, the elements don't always agree with us. Wacky weather and poorly managed civic services mean that power-outages and minor dysfunctions of the house do happen on occasion-- it's all part of living in the tropics. We do our best to solve problems as soon as they occur, and pray for your grace and good humour while we get things back on track!

There are no telephone lines or TV available to you in the room, so best if you bring a mobile phone with you to use (sim cards are cheap and easy to get in Bali, and we have an extra one if you need it). WIFI is available, but not especially fast, so if you need to download a lot its best to go to HUBUD.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $10 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $340 /week
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • We stayed in the teakhouse for a week and we enjoyed every minute of it. We did not have the chance to talk to the owners very much as we respected each others privacy. Room was spacious and clean, musquito net was appreciated as there where lots of musquitos and red ants! The pool was great! Staff was very helpful and super friendly, and Luna and Boots just made my days!

    April 2014
  • It was our first stay in Bali and we couldnt ask for more. The architecture, the garden, the decoration make us feel in a dream. Steeve an Renee are so attentive, helpfull and all staff's kindness is absolutely awesome.

    March 2014
  • We enjoyed our time in the absolutly wonderful Bungalow so much. The architecture is awesome, we never had a homestay like this before! Very romantic! Steve and Renee werde so kind. Also the staff was very friendly and made us such a good breakfast (the pancakes were so delicious!! ;-))
    We were also allowed to swim in the pool...great!!!

    March 2014
  • Our stay was so nice.
    We loved the house, the pool, the staff, the breakfast, Ubud itself...and of course the cute pets!

    Thank you very much.

    March 2014
  • Steve and Renee have a lovely home/guesthouse. The grounds are well kept and filled with lush greenery. I'll start of with the staff. Gusti,Made,Ibu were all very amazing, helped and answered every little query i had. Steve loved our lil chat and will most deff look into those places when i visit Taiwan. I love that the family has taken into consideration ever little factor for their guests. They provide a very detailed handbook on places to go,things to do, and useful tidbits. Also the cellphone provided was an added touch that came in handy for food delivery.Overall an amazing time spent in Ubud with the Monroe family. It's a lovely guesthouse that is very well maintained.

    Ohhh and i cannot forget Boots and Luna. Luna being my friendly nightly watchdog. and Boots the cat kept me company on the rainy days tucked inside.

    Will be back again for sure.

    February 2014
  • Steve guest house a little piece of heaven. The whole villa was very nice and well kept. I was impressed with the industrial aesthetic of the place. You can tell that he spent time and effort decorating this place. They made us amazing organic pancakes for breakfast. Steve even provided a cellphone with their contact numbers and some restaurants and massage places.

    My favorite about Steve's place is Luna the dog and boots the cricket controller, they were both sweet and entertaining.

    Will definitely want to stay at Steve place again when I go back to bali.

    February 2014
  • This guesthouse is one of my favorite places to stay in Ubud! Love the style of the room, with the most comfortable bed, private porch/veranda, outside rain shower among the trees, the quiet location, the infinity pool over looking a river gorge and mostly the hospitality of the family who owns this lovely place and makes the most wonderful granola for breakfast. The staff are friendly like most Balinese. Gusti is a cool dude and will help you with info like renting a scooter and getting around Ubud. And I can't forget the most lovable dog Luna and cat (sorry it didn't tell me it's name). I'm already looking forward to my return to this special place.

    January 2014
  • We had a wonderful stay for 7 days. Extremely comfortable beds, good ventilation, gorgeous outdoor tropical bathroom (the bugs didn't bother us at all as we are from Queensland Australia). A lovely traditional Joglo that had everything we wanted.

    Breakfast was lovely from the staff, especially Made's homemade granola. Even though I have spent time in Ubud in the past, Steve was extremely helpful with local knowledge, drivers and moped hire and family friendly things to do. A short drive to centre of Ubud (fun with 3 on our moped!) and a very lovely area especially if you continue up the road further past the Botanical gardens. Very beautiful!

    Oh, I think I may have left my bikini top hanging in the bathroom???

    Thank you for having us :) You have created a wonderful slice of heaven.

    January 2014
  • Guesthoust part of unbelievably beautiful compound with epic kichen/dining/infinity pool/view -- as well as delightful local staff who greet you in the morning and make you a lovely breakfast. So if you're looking to experience local Bali living in a traditional neighborhood setting.

    And since it is outside of city center, best to arrange either a driver (which is incredibly economical in Bali) or a scooter (super efficient for the adventurous).

    January 2014
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A. Y. Jackson Secondary School, Okanagan University College, UBC Okanagan, Carleton University, European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratization
We are from Canada, and have been working our way around the world... first with the UN and now in social enterprise. We have two 'third culture kids' who attend the Green School because we believe in sustainability, global leadership and community. We love fresh food, fresh air and fresh perspectives; so there is nothing better than a dinner party with a healthy debate about ideas that can change the world. Our style of hosting is simple: we set you up with everything you need in our "Welcome Pack' (local phone numbers, activities, restaurant suggestions) and hope you will enjoy the adventure of getting to know Bali on your own... which is sometimes smooth as silver.... and other times, a little rocky. Ubud is a magical place with lots of opportunity to eat, live and learn well. But it helps to expect some Bali belly, an occasional power-outage and some road rash if you get too daring riding your motorcycle-- so that when they don't happen, you've enjoyed your trip even more! It's all part of the fun, and we are always here to help if you need it. We especially welcome guests from exotic places and families with small children who like to play. We only ask that you respect the privacy of our main residence. The guesthouse should have everything you need, and you can use the poolside whenever we are at school/work.
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