About This Listing
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.
The Sleep-Over bed is in the shared living area, but at night the mosquito netting comes down to offer privacy.
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.
Your comfortable day bed is NOT a separate bedroom, but the spacious bed has elegantly draped mosquito netting around it for privacy. In fact, even your host's "bedroom" isn't enclosed with a wall, it just seems private because of the netting around her bed and a floor to ceiling sarong/ curtain.
"Sleep-Over" is available for one or two (short term, 3 days minimum, one week maximum, usually but 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.
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 (website hidden)). 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 a wall away from a Javanese family on the other.
Rental Fee: includes delicious breakfast (cooked by Mas Putu, the host's young cook/ helper), cleaning 2 mornings/ week. You can also arrange a delicious traditional Balinese "Welcome Dinner" (Nasi Kuning), or a simpler dinner most nights while you are here, unless Putu has prior engagements in his village.
WIFI: Reasonable Bali speed wifi connection available.
Many cafes and restaurants that are featured in the brochures in the Guest Book will home deliver.
You will share the sunset-view bathroom, kitchen, living and dining spaces - all part of a spacious open plan (really one main room) apartment.
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.
Hmm, and there's a guitar to borrow, if you are feeling musical.
Interaction with Guests
Ibu Jen has lived in this village for more than eight years and been visiting Bali for more than 20, so she is also happy to share her experiences and suggestions with you, even when she's away working or playing in other cities or countries.
You'll find everything a lot easier after a simple chat over coffee, after you arrive - or over airbnb's messaging system, if Jen is out of the country.
If more than one guest is staying, the round rattan dining table often becomes the focus for some delicious shared meals (either home made or home delivered!) But it's all really flexible and no-one is obliged to be social over breakfast - some simply want to do their own thing.
Many guests arrange for Putu to cook a traditional Balines "Nasi Kuning" (Yellow Rice plus all the trimmings and side dishes( dinner for their first or last night in town - one night we had ten for dinner including 2 locals, and only 2 were from the same country - other times, it's just a quiet 2-3 people.
Either way, it's a delicous, relaxing, fun evening.
Keep Monday night free, because the men of the local village perform a spectacular Kecak (Monkey) dance at the temple next door.
The performance costs approx $8 and all the money goes into upkeep of the temple; one of our guests liked it so much, she made a $35 donation to buy a new costume for one of the dancers; that's always welcome - it's not a wealthy village.
There's an inexpensive laundry 100 meters south, an ashram with regular yoga and meditation classes, 250 meters to the north, and 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. You can take Paon Cooking School's wonderful cooking class - and learn so much about Bali/ Hindu customs, not just about cooking - and take private gamelan music lessons in the next village, with guru Mentik, a fine musician and teacher.
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 insist that you book a local Ubud driver through us, NOT a taxi from the airport or other part of the island. Or a driver from somewhere else, that an old friend knows very well. They may be lovely men, but they DON'T KNOW THIS AREA and will cause a lot of headache getting you here, especially at night, where they get spooked (they all believe in ghosts, seriously!) because compared with the bright lights of Sanur and Kuta, our village seems very dark to them.
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. In fact, we'd prefer you book with someone else. (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 MAY 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! And it means one more stranger knows where we live.
GREAT LOCAL DRIVERS: Our guys are also a great help when you want to do any touring or site seeing around Ubud.
Some of our favorite local drivers/ tour guides live very close so as well as day trips, they are available for rides in and out of Ubud, at 30,000rp one way on a motor bike, or 60,000 one way in a car.
PUBLIC/ OTHER TRANSPORT: No public bus; car and motor scooter cheap and simple to rent.
Other Things to Note
Please be aware that power blackouts sometimes 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.
THE BASICS: Sorry but you must speak some English or Indonesian. It is too difficult to share an open plan home, without a language in common. We love to help you here in Bali - can't be done properly with (website hidden) translate - we've tried :-(
No smoking inside the house (nor horrible butts left in the garden) and no pets. Definitely no drugs; you risk the death penalty for yourself and us!
WELCOME: We often invite friends for Sunday lunch and are very happy for you to join us. At night, you can join us for dinner for a small fee. We are good cooks and happy to discuss the menu/ make sure you will enjoy it, but this is "family" space - everyone eats the same
ID PLEASE: We are required to give a photocopy of your ID to our local Indonesian police, so please provide one on arrival.
SECURITY DEPOSIT/ DAMAGE: You have been asked for a basic security deposit of $150; this will be returned to you by airbnb if nothing is damaged. The house will be inspected before you leave, so please be warned that an accurate fee for ALL DAMAGES will be charged, exceeding the security deposit if appropriate.
DOs and DON'Ts (Temples):If you plan on going to a temple, make sure you bring or borrow a sarong and sash, and - if you are a woman - a blouse that at least covers your arms to the elbow. In some temples this is not compulsory, but in all cases, it will show your respect for our local Hindu people's beliefs and customs.
Jen's place is a gem on the outskirts of Ubud in Junjungan. Open plan living taken to a new level, I fell asleep to the chirp of surrounding crickets and the gentle arguing of nearby dogs.
This really is a sleep-over so be prepared to share the sleeping/living space with other guests. Week days were started with Putu arriving to make breakfast from whatever was available in the kitchen. A humble, respectful, lovely guy he really did everything to make Jen's as comfortable as possible.
Junjungan is aproximately ten minutes drive to Ubud, so have a look at getting a scooter and a roaming sim card to help with maps. If you aren't so brave I highly recommend asking Kung to drive you around the area. He's very willing to drive you wherever you may need to go and will bring you around the most interesting places around Ubud complete with history and information. Kung picked me up from the airport, waited for hours for me to finish activities, and dropped me off in Balangan on the other side of the island. If you need anything and he's not able to help he will do everything he can to get a friend or cousin to pick you up and leave you where you need.
My one regret from my stay in Junjungan was not getting to meet Jen in person. Over email she did everything to make sure that I got everything that I needed to have an exceptional stay in Junjungun, even helping me out when I found myself stranded in Lombok. I really couldn't have asked for anything from her.
Bursting full of personality, brimming full of friendly people, Jen's place was incredible.
I thoroughly recommend the coffee. :)
Jen's place is truly magical - but also typical.
This is not a western style resort with pool, just the jungle house of a wonderful woman who makes you feel home instantly.
I love that there are no walls per se - waking up to a sunset view without having to get out of bed is - in my opinion true luxury.
Jen can also arrange bike rentals, drivers and excursions in the whole island - very convenient if you're into spontanous travelling. She even organized a "family" diner with the other hosts while I was there.
Strongly recommends to anyone looking to get off the beaten path.
Jen's House is amazing. I felt truly homey when I arrived in Jen's Place. I was really impressed by decorations, the open air concept of the house and the cleaniness! Jen is a excellent cook as well!
And not to forget the driver, Pak Kung. A really helpful driver! Cheers!
Simply amazing. A house for those with adventure in their hearts. It is exactly as shown with a whole lot more "awesome" (I won't ever forget the fresh mint and lemongrass tea in the fridge at all times)! If you're looking for a unique and honest Bali experience, look no further. Just book it now and thank me later!
The house is set back on a side road, past a few barnyard animals tucked away and chickens scurrying about. Ibu Katut was around every morning to clean or make you breakfast, or even to bring you fresh coconuts if you asked. Jen is nothing less than brilliance. Not only was my airport trip arranged, a bicycle was waiting for me, Gamelan lessons were set up, a Kecak dance down the road was suggested (incredible), so many restaurants attended, Salsa dancing, karaoke at a local bar, a private trip on the back of a motorcycle to the Water Temple with a local Monk where we he explained the ceremony as we performed it... all of these things were arranged by Jen. On my first night I found myself on the back of her moped, completely lost within the monkey forest and laughing out loud as I realized that just the day before I was at work. Total cultural immersion! She is a beautiful person, a Gem of Ubud and all the right local connections, something a hotel just can't give you. Go to Jen's, rent a scooter, lose yourself in Balinese culture. Save your money by avoiding the expensive hotels or spas, spend your money within the community and bolster the local economy instead!
Jen and her house both get 5 stars; I can't imagine a more beautiful home, or a better host!
Jen's house is amazing ,everyone saw my picture of her house all love it! I stayed there for 3nights ,everything was comfortable and cozy. She can arrange a driver to pick you up in the airport(charge 320,000)
I was worried that it may be troublesome to get to town ,however,you can go to town either by bike or motorbike or ask her driver to take you,which doesn't cost that much.
Jen or her helper will make breakfast ,she even take me to her friend's house for dinner (on Chinese New Year eve) and a local jazz bar. The whole experience was great! Strongly recommend . I brought eye shades and ear plugs ,slept very well ~~
She and her house are amazing.
The stay at Jen's home was complete bliss! Her home is beautiful, the surroundings are just gourgeous, and my only regret is that I didn't have the time to just sit back and relax for a whole day at her house. Going salsa with her was heaps of fun, and becoming friends with the other guests was also one of the great things about staying here.
Jen is a wonderful host, she made me feel so at home, and I'm so glad that I could meet her in person.
Her driver Kung was such a nice guy too, always a call away whenever I needed him.
The "orchestra" of roosters at dawn was almost shocking on the first night, but I got used to it on the second night. I think I might even miss them；）
I also loved her homemade energy teas! They're just great!
I will definitely be back.
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About the Host, Wayan Jen
Your host Wayan Jen has lived in Ubud for almost ten years - she's our semi-permanent guest! She welcomes you and makes sure you are comfortable and content.
Jen is a traveling Aussie who lives mostly in Bali, which has part of her heart; another part in New Zealand, where she was born, and all of it wherever her two sons and her sisters are. It's great that she's often around to help with ideas for great travel around Indonesia. (Even when she's away, you can chat with her here, via airbnb).
Three years ago, Jen finished a 15 month stint as an Australian Volunteer International in Development (AVID) volunteer, helping an Indonesian non-profit expand one youth centre here in Bali, and set up another one in post-tsunami Aceh, at the western end of the country. In December 2013-January 2014 she volunteered in the Philippines, helping there after the horrific super-typhoon. Soon she's off again, to the Solomon Islands, to help their government develop a Disaster Communication Plan.
Here in Bali, if you want to try some Ubud nightlife, ask Jen. When she's in Bali, she loves dancing, especially partner dancing - Swing, Modern Jive, Salsa - and occasionally getting up with a local band to sing a song or two. There are many places to find good nightlife in Ubud.
For Jen, a stranger is a friend you haven't met yet.