About this listing
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!
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, delicious 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.
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!
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.
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 2-3 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, but we have a local mobile phone which you can use while you stay with us. WIFI is available, but not especially fast, so if you need to download a lot its best to go to HUBUD.
We are grateful if you:
Please don't smoke inside the room, (you can smoke on the large terrace) of the gladak).
Please respect our privacy by restricting your access to the main house and pool to times when our family is not at home.
It was perfect =) We loved the house, the house helpers were lovely and the recommended driver was also great and helped us out a lot (Mr. Badras).
The house booklet is super helpful and saves you time when looking for special activities to do, places to visit and the company for the bike tour (great activity/company/people) etc. We even hired one of the helpers (Mrs. Made?) to make dinner for us our last night and could not have been more satisfied. Delicious! She was one of the reasons our stay felt even more special.
Overall, we were extremely happy with our experience and wish/hope to visit again someday.
Thanks a lot to everyone. Rosa and Jorge
We had an incredible time saying in the Guesthouse. It was located in a beautiful setting and really had such a charm about it! The pool and outlook were beyond amazing. Very peaceful. Steves staff were all very helpful, friendly & professional. We highly recommend.
What an absolute pleasure it was to stay in this hidden oasis. We were fortunate enough to meet Steve, who was an incredibly interesting friendly and engaging person with great knowledge about the local area. Every recommendation he made was right on point - we went back to several of the restaurants he recommended more than once!
The Villa itself is gorgeous and is even more beautiful than the pictures. The bed is supper comfortable and the outdoor bathroom - WOW! To be able to shower and look up into the lush green tree canopy was amazing. The breakfast provided is delicious and fresh and all of the staff who work for Steve and Renee are incredibly helpful and friendly :)
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We had a great time at Steve & Renees guesthouse. Super location just some minutes away from Ubud center or the outskirts in case you also rent a scooter. Traffic might be a bit scary but just go with the flow. Bring some earplugs, the water pump might be a bit disturbing and the roosters in the area start around 3-4 am an won't stop until 7-8. Highly recommended.
Our stay with Steve and Renee was lovely. We found the guest house to be clean, safe, and adorable! Our only word of caution is to watch for durian fruit falling from the tree while in the shower. The staff was beyond helpful, and breakfast was delicious every morning. Badra was our driver (recommended by Steve) and they arranged pickup from the airport. I highly recommend Badra as a driver. I found my communication with Steve to be quick and clear. Ajeng (house manager) took over at one point, and I found her equally pleasant to work with. The house is about a 20 minute walk from the main road, and there is a great couple of restaurants within a 5 minute walk. Just watch for stray dogs... We didn't find any to be aggressive but they could be a little unsettling. The neighborhood felt safe and secure. Everyone was friendly. Highly recommend the guest house! We hope to stay again soon.
The concept of this is nice, but it is not value for money. you are very confined to the cottage, and not very private. Hard to know if the family are actually out for the day and if you can use the pool; also too that after you've been exploring and come home that's also the time when they return from work/school, obviously. lovely 25min walk into town, very nice staff, comfy bed, but all you can do at the cottage is enjoy the view. the one time we were able to use the pool (for just an hour) it was gorgeous.
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About the Host, Steve
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.
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.
We especially welcome guests from exotic places and families with small children who like to play!