A comfy rattan double-day bed in the middle of a fabulous tropical open plan home. Sounds of the village and music from the temple, the privacy of draped netting at night, shared bathroom, lovely open kitchen and new friends to share the experience.
Think of this as staying over at your friend's place or coming to visit a favorite aunt. You are only ten minutes by car from Ubud, in a peaceful "tree house" tropical atmosphere and with company when you feel like it.
You will share the owner's sunset-view bathroom, kitchen, living and dining spaces - all part of a spacious open plan apartment.
Your comfortable day bed is NOT a separate bedroom, but the spacious bed has elegantly draped mosquito netting around it for privacy.
"Sleep-Over" is available for one person (short term, 3 days minimum, one week maximum) and two people sometimes (short term negotiable).
Next door one one side is a virgin bamboo field with animals grazing and a dirt path to the temple, behind is a Balinese village, with all the sounds of local living.
The house is recycled - a traditionally shaped Indonesian "joglo" home, transported from Java and adapted to western use. It is a comfortable one bedroom home, with all of the owner's individual style and nick-nacks. Western-style living, tucked away in a traditional Balinese village and surrounded by lush tropical gardens.
The home includes a well equipped, open plan kitchen; bathroom with hot bath, shower and garden/ sunset view; spacious entertaining/ dance/ yoga/ space, completely open to the view of palm trees and tropical garden on two sides; and a work desk that you can't work at, because the view is too lovely.
Don't be surprised ... because this is OPEN plan living, you will hear the sounds from the village - roosters, dogs, motorbikes, crickets, geckos, children at play. The owner is completely used to the late night dog discussion and the early morning rooster challenge; you can use ear plugs if you like, lol.
The real treat is that you often hear the sound of traditional Balinese music/ instruments, from master musicians practising for performances in the nearby Balinese temple.
NEIGHBOURS: There's more garden and field around you than people.
Downstairs is a self-contained rental apartment (see Space to Breathe on airbnb.com). People often stay for a month or more, especially when on retreat or a yoga teacher training.
You are a bamboo plantation away from the local Balinese village on one side and the actual "next-door" neighbours - a Swedish/ Bali couple with two lovely kids.
Keep Monday night free! A because the men of the local village perform a spectacular Kecak (Monkey) dance at the temple next door.
There's an inexpensive laundry 100 meters south, an ashram with regular yoga and meditation classes, 250 meters to the north, and two delicious and cheap local warungs (cafes) even closer.
You are on the outskirts of Bali’s “yoga centre”, the town of Ubud, just 10 minutes by car or motor bike - or 30 minutes on a bicycle if you are fit - from many top quality restaurants, galleries and museums, places to dance and sing, the famous Monkey Forest, traditional healers and much more.
And then less than 30 minutes from whitewater rafting, Bali's famous rice terraces, Safari Adventure Park, Bali Bird Park, Bali Elephant park, Pranoto's famous Life Drawing Classes, Goa Gajah (Elephant Caves) and many inspiring Hindu temples.
CONCIERGE SERVICE: Our most permanent guest Ibu Jen has lived in this village for five years and been visiting Bali for more than 20, so when she is home she is also happy to share her experiences with you. If you'd like her professional help to arrange your schedule and make bookings, we will charge a reasonable concierge fee for that service.
We can recommend several local professional drivers/ guides, available to take you on a tour or transport you around Ubud; they speak good English, they will go at your pace, and take you places you'd never find on your own.
TRANSPORT FROM AIRPORT/ PREVIOUS STAY:
This is not included in the price. However, unless you already have a car and driver organised, WE RECOMMEND you book a local driver through us, NOT a taxi from the airport or other part of the island.
We will book 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 it any more :-)
WE CAN INCLUDE THIS EXTRA 350,000RP" $35US FOR THE DRIVER IN THE RENTAL PRICE, if you like. You can find a cheaper taxi driver, but he isn't a local and you won't get lots of great local info and ideas from him!
Our guys are 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.
PUBLIC/ OTHER TRANSPORT: No public bus; car and motor scooter cheap and simple to rent. One of our favorite local driver/ tour guides lives very close so as well as day trips, he is available for rides in and out of Ubud, at 25,000rp one way on a motor bike, or 50,000 one way in his car.
Rental Fee: includes breakfast, cleaner 2 mornings/ week, gardener.
WIFI: Reasonable Bali speed wifi connection available.
Home-cooked dinner - both Balinese and western cuisine - can be pre-ordered in the morning from Jen and Gusti's Best Recipes Menu.
Please be aware that power blackouts happen 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.
It's a really neat place with open spaces - really basking in with nature - roosters, cricket soundscape and all. We had ourselves a lovely host experience - both correspondence and stay. It was a pity that Jen was away but Liz & Gusti were really lovely people who took care of our needs. Jen has an amazing collection of books and a very thoughtful host - first aid rather fully equipped, fridge seems well stocked up too!
There is also an amazing collection of books to browse - it was a pity we couldn't get to meet Jen but till next time perhaps :)
The place is off central Ubud however and would definitely require a transport in and out of the place. Sometimes if you're lucky you'd get to mingle with other people staying put at the airbnb, too!
My stay at Jen's was rich in sensation. It reminded me of places Ive lived at in Maui. Very simple and close to nature. Jen was not there, but her friend Liz was there to welcome us. Liz is very friendly and helpful. She took us to a few places that were of interest to our purpose on Bali, and was very knowledgeable on many things. The breakfast was always good and prepared for us by her kind help. We also loved having her recommended driver, Kung, take us to places. He took us to some really great restaurants and knew of the best routes and places to see. This is a great place if you don't mind being close to nature or not being in walking distance to town.
Lovely home and great hosts! I felt at home away from home as Gusti and friends got me settled in to life in Ubud.
This place really is A-flipping-mazing!! Everything as described, Gusti does an amazing breakfast and the vibe of Ubud and Bali is perfectly reflected in this gem of a property!! I didn't have the pleasure of meeting Jen (she was off doing relief work in the Phillipines if i remember correctly.?!) i dealt with Liz and Gusti at the property - both absolutely wonderful people, really geared to helping with any requirements or concerns..!
I suggest you ask specifically for her driver Kung to collect you from the airport - he is informed , charming , respectful and highly entertaining if you want him to be, or completely silent if you prefer... He has lived in the area his whole life and really is a useful connection if you wanna see 'off the beaten track Bali'. He will normally beat any quote you can get for driving on the island too - and he has a few cheeky card tricks and magic tricks he likes to show the guests for your amusement (available free of charge upon request!!)
The only thing i would suggest , would be the same any place, but maybe take some earplugs and eyemask and the cockerels will start their dawn chorus from 3am until sunrise so if you are a light sleeper then earplugs and eyemask are helpful (available from a local pharmacy very cheap!)
this air bnb is amazing! the whole appartment is look like a big treehouse and you sleep under the moskitonet like a princess. ;)
the house was always very clean and the breakfast was perfect.
the really only thing is, you should be prepared for the farm animals around the hose, when not able to sleep under animal noise then you have to take some orapax with you. ;)
thank you very much for everything!
Awesome place in Ubud if you're adventurous and looking for a comfortable stay! Gusti is the sweetest host-- she and Komane took such good care of us, from cooking breakfast, finding us mosquito repellent, a scooter, directions to Ubud central (15 min by scooter), directing us to the local classical dance, and finally taking me to a local acoustic night for some Marley on Christmas! A warning that the marvelous place has no walls, only blinds, which resulted in a cat running through the room late at night-- you're super safe from critters in the mosquito net :) Hot showers, great food, picturesque views for a great price.
The day we arrived, Jen wasn't at home but she had organised that another traveller opened us the door. The house itself is really beautiful and gives you the impression to be somewhere in the wild nature as you can hear every sound from the outside. Especially the chickens of Jen's neighbour were a little bit annoying in the beginning but if you sleep with oropax, it's okay. A big plus is that Jen made us pancakes one morning :-) All other mornings, Jen's housekeeper prepared us a tasty breakfast. All in all, we were able to live a really independent life while we lived in Jen's house which I appreciated a lot. During our stay, we also got to know two other travellers who stayed at Jen's place which was also a gain.
To land at Jennifers home was a good start of my 2 months in Bali.
I was there 3 nights and she accomodate me in the room upstairs (not in the pictures) open to the space downstairs and with just room to jump into the bed.. but from where you could see the beautiful green outside of this amazing place where she lives.
I slept like a baby thanks that I love to get this open air, the bed is very comfy and also thanks to my earplugs!!
The house for me it was about 35 minutes walking from centre Ubud and as it was so much heat, I was taking transport most of the time. Jen was kind enough to give me a couple of lifts!
Jennifer is very active, happy, with a beautiful heart, and so estimulating person, even though she was very busy and we hadn´t share much time together, it happen to be good quality time, and I enjoyed a lot her company. Also she was very helpful and kind, giving me all kind of directions and introducing me to some of her friends. She knows so many interesting people to cover all your needs in Ubud! :-)
The house is very nice, comfy and with so beautiful surroundings.
Jen is an absolutely great host. A super positive lady who enjoys cooking and singing! She is so helpful, you can ask everything you need/want to know about Ubud.. She even offered me a couple of rides to town, and brought me out to a jazz bar, and I had a great time there. Though her house isn't really near to town, offers a really unbeatable rate consider that her house is really beautiful and unique. It was my first time staying in this kinda open house, and I love everything about it except the crowing of the roosters. But I guess it's kinda good in a way because it makes me sleep early and wake up early! Oh, and she also offers complimentary breakfast, make by a local lady who comes to do the cooking and cleaning. This comes as a pleasant surprise for me as I didn't expect it. Overall, this place is really worth the money!
This is the final rate, including any fees from the host and Airbnb.