About this listing
Walking distance to Ubud , but worlds away, this charming 2 storey Balinese bungalow with swimming pool is set high on the ridge in the village of Penestanan.
This recently renovated house has Western amenities while retaining Balinese charm.
Upstairs is a spacious and airy master bedroom with a queen size four poster bed and mosquito net. The room opens onto a large balcony with views to Mount Agung and the rice fields. There is an ensuite bathroom off this main bedroom.
Downstairs is a sitting area with a television and DVD player. This rooms opens onto the pool area and also opens to a large covered outdoor living space with table and chairs and Balinese benches for relaxation.
There is a second bedroom downstairs is set up as a study and this has a double bed with innerspring mattress and base.This could easily accommodate another person.
There is a new kitchen (compact) with gas cooking and a small electric oven.
Outside the kitchen is a small service area with a washing machine.
Also downstairs is a new and lovely indoor/outdoor bathroom with a bath and tropical plants.
Wake to the sounds of nature with roosters in a distant village, and go to sleep with the song of the frogs and sometimes the sound of an ancient temple gong.
Airport pickup and drop off can be arranged as well as sightseeing tours around the island.
This is an idyllic corner of paradise for serious rest and relaxation and a wonderful base to explore the bali.
The rental price includes cleaning and garden and pool maintenance.
If you require further help with washing or would like breakfast prepared this can be arranged.
My 2 cats also live here and their food will be provided.
The village of Penestanan is set up on a ridge 15 minutes walk from the bustle of Ubud township and has long been known as the artists village. The main road to Ubud is 300 metres away,via a pathway and steps - 20 minutes walk to Ubud or 4 minutes in a taxi from the bottom of the steps. We are on a quiet walking path surrounded by ricefields and local and expat community life.. Nearby is an organic cafe, local warungs (casual eateries) and western restaurants, art galleries, a yoga studio and local supermarket. It is a SAFE area for women travelling alone.
In the other direction from the main road are the main venues for the Ubud Writers Festival, the Bintang Supermarket, galleries and designer shops.
Interaction with Guests
To help you enjoy the area I have prepared information on local eateries and spas and my drivers and local housekeeper are available to assist you during your stay.
Other Things to Note
Within 4 minutes walk is a yoga studio with daily classes and just 2 minutes away is an organic cafe.
There are more than 10-12 places to eat delicious and inexpensive food all within 15 minutes walking.
The Supermarket also is close by.
Thank you so much Ruth, for a lovely holiday at your house, we all felt very relaxed and secure in your little piece of paradise. The beds were very comfortable, as were the daybeds, which saw a lot of use with reading and naps! My mother, sister and I all enjoyed having your cats about, and felt special when our lap was chosen.
Looking forward to coming back next year!
Cheers, Jenny Mackenzie
We have been lucky to have just spent a month in Ruth ' s beautiful home in Penestanan. The house and garden are lovely, the pool is perfect size and all are completely private. The area in Penestanan is wonderful, lovely walkways with only foot traffic, and very easy access to great little restaurants, yoga, massage and the big Bintang supermarket. Ubud is an easy 15 minute walk away and then you can come back to this perfect little oasis. Ruth is delightful, as are Made and Nyomen. We were more than happy to have the company of Ruth ' s cats, friendly little beings. We can thoroughly recommend Ruth as a host and her beautiful home, we hope to visit again next year.
I stayed at Ruth's villa for 2 weeks in December and was absolutely thrilled with both the house and the location. Ruth's house is ideally situated in a beautiful lush neighbourhood and has many excellent inexpensive eateries just down the path. I did not need to shop or cook for my entire visit as the local food was so delicious and affordable. Ruth's balcony and garden are just perfect - the balcony has a wonderful lush tropical view with numerous butterflies drifting by and the garden is full of stunning tropical plants and flowers. The pool was also ideal and it was a joy to come home to this little paradise after a hard days exploring. The house itself is charming, clean and comfortable with the added bonus of 3 lovely cats whose company I really enjoyed. Ruth has provided many thoughtful touches for her guests with linen and towels changed regularly and an excellent selection of DVDS plus her knowledge of the local area and Balinese culture were invaluable. I found Ruth's housekeeper Kadek to be a delightful and helpful person and her breakfasts were absolutely delicious. Ruth's driver Nick was also very friendly, punctual and reliable. I was lucky to be able to meet Ruth herself in the last part of my stay and found her to be a lovely generous and kind person who really went out of her way to make my stay a memorable and unique experience. Many thanks for our conversations and your wonderful hospitality Ruth and I hope to come back to Ubud some day very soon.
Ruth is a fine host who was very considerate during our stay. She provided plenty of information to get us started in our discovery of Ubud but also the space to really relax with no worries. The house is very lovely and situated in a calm and beautiful area, about 15-20 minutes from the center of Ubud. She proved very understanding and attentive when there were concerns, and it was a pleasure to share a lunchtime meeting with her, during an important day of ceremony in Ubud. Overall, we would recommend staying with Ruth whether your first or fiftieth time visiting Ubud.
A comfortable 2 storied home in quiet, safe Penestanan location, 20 min walk into Ubud Centre. I was fortunate to have the whole house as the host was travelling herself. Several cafes, restaurants and shops close by and accessible by lovely walking tracks.
Good WiFi. Loved sitting on upper verandah working online or reading a book! Lovely little garden and pool. Friendly, welcoming neighbours.
Ruth's place 'Above The Palm Trees' was magical. We loved sitting out on the daybed each morning and just reading and listening to nature. It really was like a refuge and so safe and surrounded by a few beautiful cafe's and spas within walking distance. The neighborhood would have to be one of the best in Ubud...not too busy and not too quiet. It was just right. Ruth as a host was fantastic. Really made our stay and gave us detailed notes and recommendations to ensure we had everything we needed. I would highly recommend staying here.
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About the Host, Ruth
I’m a permanent resident originally from Australia (actually born in England but lived most of my life in Aus) with a love of Bali, its people and its culture. I love good food and In Sydney some years ago I had a cafe.
I enjoy having guests in my home and helping them get the most out of their stay, but I also respect people's privacy.
I’m into yoga and meditation and being healthy (as much as I can with such a love of food) . I’m passionate about colour and design, love travel, love sharing the things I know about and work towards balance in my life.
Here I am fascinated by the culture - continually learning more about the ceremonies, special occasions, and temple decorations. I love the gentleness of the Balinese people and how they are always smiling and willing to talk and help people. I am also grateful for the peace and tranquility living here offers - it really is a magical place.