The upper of two comfortable, furnished self-contained apartments, this home is big enough for up to six people, in three separate areas.
This is an "open plan" design, with a queen bed and a double day bed on the main level in separate areas, and a "larger than single" bed in the loft. All with draped mosquito netting.
It is the owner's own two bedroom (+ extra daybed) home, with all of her own individual style and nicknacks. It is Western-style living, tucked away in a traditional Balinese village and surrounded by lush tropical gardens.
You can only rent this space for your exclusive use when our semi-permanent guest ibu Jen is away. She travels for work, often at a moment's notice, so there are no set "available" dates; it's best just to inquire.
[Couples or single travellers can SHARE the space with ibu Jen: see the listings "An Ubud Sleep-Over" https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/285583, and "Your Private Ubud Loft" https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/860007 for separate rentals.]
The relaxed, open plan home includes:
* three beds, mosquito netted (one a private loft, the owner's queen sized bed and another double netted day bed in an open plan space,
* a well equipped, open plan, light-filled kitchen;
* bathroom with hot bath, shower and garden view;
* spacious entertaining/ dance/ yoga/ space,
* completely open to the palm trees/ tropical garden on two sides;
* a desk that you can't work at, because the view is too lovely.
Unlike the separate apartment below, the home's openness means more sounds from the village - roosters, dogs, motorbikes, crickets, geckos, children at play. Ibu Jen is completely used to it; you can use ear plugs if you like, lol. And of course you can often hear the sound of musicians, who practice their traditional instruments in the nearby Balinese temple.
NEIGHBOURS: You have complete privacy, both from the actual "next-door" neighbours - a Swedish/ Bali couple with two lovely kids - and the person renting the lower, self-contained apartment beneath you. You are actually part of a traditional village, so no late night noise please!
NEARBY ACTIVITY: Keep Monday night free because the men of the local village perform a spectacular Kecak (Monkey) dance at the temple, literally next door. An ashram with free daily yoga classes is also nearby.
FOOD: There are two local warungs (Bali cafes) within close walking distance. The nearest supermarket is ten minutes away by car in Ubud, but most cafes and restaurants will do home delivery free of charge (and know us very well!) Ibu Jen and ibu Gusti are also excellent cooks - Gusti used to cook for a great Ubud restaurant - and they is happy to cook an evening meal from you, by prior arrangement and paying a small fee.
TOURIST PLACES: We are on the outskirts of the town of Ubud, just 10 minutes by car or motor bike. Becoming known internationally as Bali’s “yoga centre”, Ubud has many top quality restaurants, galleries and museums, places to dance and sing, the famous Monkey Forest, traditional healers and much more.
We are less than 30 minutes from whitewater rafting, Bali's famous rice terraces, Safari Adventure Park, Bali Bird Park, Bali Elephant park, Goa Gajah (Elephant Caves) and many inspiring Hindu temples.
THINGS TO DO:
You can try your hand at wooden mask carving, take private salsa lessons, join famous and beginner artists at Pranoto's Life Drawing Classes, and be taken on a personal journey by a young Balinese priest with a delightful sense of humour to cleanse your mind and body in a famous water temple.
CONCIERGE SERVICE: Ibu Jen has lived in this village for five years and been visiting Bali for more than 20, so she is also happy to share her experiences and suggestions with you.
If you'd like her professional help to arrange your schedule and make bookings, we'll charge a reasonable concierge fee for that service.
DRIVERS: We have local friends who are professional guides, available to take you on a tour or to visit special places; they speak good English, they will go at your pace, and take you places you'd never find on your own. These are hard-working village men, so sometimes they are committed to temple or community events, but otherwise they are happy to escort you around the island.
TRANSPORT FROM AIRPORT/ PREVIOUS STAY:
Unless you already have a car and driver organised, WE DO NOT recommend you book a taxi from the airport or other part of the island.
We will book one of these Ubud drivers for you - someone who we trust, who knows where we live and will bring you straight to the door. If you choose NOT to do this, we will NOT come out to find you on a motor bike, when your cheaper airport taxi driver drops you off miles away, leaving you next to a ricefield in the rain. (Sorry but this has happened too many times to be polite about any more :-)
WE CAN INCLUDE THIS EXTRA 350,000RP/ $35US FOR THE DRIVER IN THE RENTAL PRICE, if you like.
Our guys are also a great help when you want to do any touring or site seeing around Ubud, as opposed to the airport taxi guy who you'll never see again.
RENT INCLUDES: Breakfast, cleaner 2 mornings/ week, gardener).
WIFI: Reasonable Bali-speed wifi connection available.
LAUNDRY: There's a good and inexpensive laundry 100 meters away.
Please be aware that power blackouts happen on a regular basis in Bali, due to the rapid development. If power goes out, it is usually on again in a few hours, but in rare instances, may be off overnight. The wifi will be unavailable if the power goes out.
|Room type:||Entire home/apt|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Extra people:||$11 / night after 2 guests|
|Minimum Stay:||5 nights|
|Monthly Price:||$1023 /month|
|Check In:||1:00 PM|
|Check Out:||11:00 AM|
Ubud is an amazing place to get to know in Bali. The house looks wonderful and stays around 10 minutes drive from the city centre.
Me, my partner and a friend of ours we stayed here around 8 days.
Actually, despite of the small warning on the presentation text, we were surprised to see that the house is completely open to all the elements, no closed walls. You can expect spiders, lizards, insects and all the natural elements to live together with you while your stay! ;-)
Other issue is related with all the roosters volery that the neighbors have, what made almost impossible to sleep without earplugs. As I sad before, a real experience with Nature ;-)
Despite from that, everything was really nice, Jen is a nice host and Ubud is just the perfect place to stay at least for 2 weeks to enjoy this amazing cultural and spiritual hub.
We spent a month in Jen's house. Jen so far is the best host we ever had! She stayed downstairs, so we interacted a lot. She is a sociable, positive person who is always eager to help, and she did help us a lot. We ate a couple of diners she cooked, and they were very delicious. Breakfast is also very good. As for the house, it is just amazing. It's very different from where we've stayed before. It's an open house, full of light, fresh air, noises and different creatures, and that last part was very entertaining. Don't expect the house to be crystal clean, wind might bring some sand, or some insects occasionally start building their house somewhere and leave dirt behind. But it's cozy, the bed is great, and there was everything there we needed. We really enjoyed it, and we recommend this place to everyone.
Actually we stayed in "Space to Breathe" which is the downstairs apartment. If we had it to do again, we would stay in this one, Jen's own apartment called, "An Ubud Dream" as it has more air and light and less damp, and is more in keeping with the Balinese style.
We very much enjoyed Jen, our many conversations and her wonderful hospitality. She was incredibly helpful providing a driver/guide for us to explore the area, and giving us tips on what to do and where to go. In our 8 days staying in Indonesia she was behind our favorite experience: Paon Bali Cooking Class near Ubud.
We would recommend staying here!
Jen is a lovely person, she was very helpful from the beginning answering all our quires, giving us a lot of tips about Bali and how things go around here. It was a shame she was in holiday throughout our stay in her house as we would've both liked to meet her in person.
Her house is in a village near main town Ubud, a very peaceful area. Located near the village temple, almost every evening we would hear traditional music coming from there which we enjoyed a lot. I personally, had to get use to the noise during the night made by the multitude of animals leaving outdoors, as the house has a few open walls. My partner was sleeping like a baby though!
Near the end of our stay in Jen's house there have been some issues with the electricity and water, we had to pay for fixing as Jen wasn't in town but she promised to reimburse us the money.