Tranquility in the Rice Fields
Tranquility in the Rice Fields


Entire home/apt

4 Guests

2 Bedrooms

2 Beds

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About this listing

Serene traffic-free spot: quiet, lush, alive with nature. 13 coconut trees (1 in the bathroom), plunge pool, pond, sunken tub, many lovely spots for relaxing. 2 large beds and hammock. Completely private and secure, but close to all amenities. Rental does not include breakfast or any meals, there is however a fully equipped kitchen for the use of tenants and many restaurants close by that deliver.

The space

Beautiful, tranquil home in lush garden setting, 2 sleeping areas, garden bathroom, shower and sunken tub.

The house has its own completely private outdoor, volcanic rock and natural stonework saltwater plunge (3m x 4m) pool.

The house itself is a 'dream come true' renovation, created with love and appreciation for the beauty that is Bali. Filled with personal touches, every aspect of it reflects the craftsmanship of the local builders combined with the vision of the owner.

The Garden is a living masterpiece, ever evolving, surrounding a glorious lotus/lily/koi pond. Full grown coconut and bananas trees... even in the bathroom! Flowers, butterflies and birds abound.

The house comes with a manager, housekeeper and gardener.

Please note: checkout is at 12:00 pm and check in at 2:00 pm, we are usually fully booked, and we always need a full 2 hours of cleaning to prepare for our next guests. Our staff all have family, temple and community obligations which are impacted if they have to work late, plus any late check outs will mean the potential loss of a night's rental. We will happily hold your bags in a safe place for you, but please book an extra night if you need to stay on the premises later than noon.

Hi speed Wi-Fi Internet included (bring your own lap-top or tablet).

PLEASE NOTE, THIS PROPERTY IS ON THE EDGE OF LIVING, WORKING RICE FIELDS, AND THERE ARE CREATURES AROUND. THE PROPERTY IS THOROUGHLY CLEANED DAILY, EXCEPT FOR ON SUNDAY, (INCLUDING THE BEDS STRIPPED AND SWEPT), BUT THE ODD ANT, FROG, LIZARD OR ANY OTHER LOCAL CREATURE MAY ENCROACH ON OCCASION. IF YOU ARE SQUEAMISH, SENSITIVE OR HAVE ANY KIND OF AVERSION TO SUCH A POSSIBILITY, THEN WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU CHOOSE ANOTHER OF THE BALI LOCATIONS THAT IS NOT SO MUCH A PART OF THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT. WE DO NOT HAVE AC (NOR DO WE WANT IT), AND CHOOSE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE NATURAL BREEZES, FLOOR AND CEILING FANS. AC ACCOMMODATIONS ARE FAR LESS LIKELY TO HAVE ANY IMPACT FROM THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT, AS THEY ARE GENERALLY AIRTIGHT AND FULLY CLOSED OFF.

Central to everything that Bali has to offer, yet far from the madding crowds, Penestanan is a lovely rice field village, which is also the centre for 'Young Artists' in Bali, and many other handicrafts. It is a comfortable 1.5 km stroll from central Ubud (one steep hill), a one hour drive from the airport, several beaches and the volcano in central Ubud. The rice fields themselves are car-free, although there is motorbike access, it is serene and filled with natural beauty, and much flora, fauna and wild-life. It is close to all the activities, yet in a unique and tranquil setting. Higher and towards the foothills of the volcano, still tropical but not as hot as the beach areas. This is the cultural centre of Bali, and besides the local artists there are several art galleries and museums, plus every evening there are traditional dance performances, besides local temple ceremonies, where visitors are always welcome. There are countless wonderful restaurants for all budgets, great night-life, yoga studios and access to every healing modality imaginable.

The house has a manager, housekeeper and gardener. Laundry and cooking can be done for an additional fee, dependent on the availability of our staff, please enquire before your arrival. Also most local restaurants deliver to the house, menus are provided.

The house has a low wall on the deck upstairs, plus a fairly steep, unguarded drop to the pond, therefore, with their safety in mind, we do not consider families with children under 12 years of age.

Guest access

There is a 5 minute walk into the property from the main road, on a well maintained path. The property is gated, with a well established living wall completely surrounding it. Private plunge pool.

Interaction with guests

There is daily cleaning (except for Sundays which everyone has off), pool maintenance and gardening included, and Ilhu the manager will come by daily to see if there is anything you need. Our "grandmother" also comes by daily to make offerings at the house. Should you want complete privacy at any time, then we will fully respect that, just please let us know. The latest time for the staff to come is 11 am, (they need 2 full hours to clean the house), otherwise they will come the following day, or whenever is convenient for you.

Other things to note

Check in is any time after 2:00 pm.

For arrivals at the house at or after 9:00 pm there is a late check-in fee of Rp 150,000. This late fee will not apply if you use one of our drivers to bring you to the house, as they will also be able to walk you and your bags into the house and complete the check in process for you. They are all either family members or completely familiar with our property. The manager will then see you the following morning.


The space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 2
Check In: Anytime after 2PM
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Room type: Entire home/apt

Amenities

Prices
Cleaning Fee: $21
Security Deposit: $103
Weekly Discount: 4%
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House Rules
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 2PM

We welcome you and ask that you agree to these few requests before sharing our home.

The rental includes Ilhu as a manager/owner, there is a pembantu (helper) and gardener, and the houses are equipped with many of the family's personal belongings.

1. Before you use anything in the house e.g. juicer, towels, we ask that you be willing to replace anything that is damaged or lost. Everything will be in full working order when you rent the house, and we ask that it be that way when you leave. Any and all damages will be deducted from the security deposit.

2. We require you to bring a photocopy of your passport, it is the law that all visitors be registered, and you can have a copy made at many local places should you forget to bring one with you.

3. Please feel free to read our books, but please let them stay when you leave!

4. There is unlimited, high speed Internet access included. We ask that you not share the password with anyone who should ask for it.

5. This is a safe area, however we are not responsible for any valuables left in the house. Please keep your travel documents, money and any valuables in the safe provided.

6. No drug use, Indonesian laws regarding drug use are very strict, and this is not the country to visit if you cannot abstain for the time you are here.

7. Please no smoking in the house or on or near any of our furnishings. We have had 2 holes burned into brand new couches, and we will charge for any burns or damage.

8. We may be in the tropics, but energy and water conservation are still an important issue, consequently you will be provided with one large towel, plus a pool towel, per person per stay/week, if you require extras we will be happy to provide them for the posted laundry rates.

9. Check in is any time after 2:00 pm.

For arrivals at the house at or after 9:00 pm there is a late check-in fee of Rp 150,000. This late fee will not apply if you use one of our drivers to bring you to the house, as they will also be able to walk you and your bags into the house and complete the check in process for you. They are all either family members or completely familiar with our property. The manager will then see you the following morning.

10. The staff are of course the most important consideration, and we ask that you treat them with kindness and respect. Their duties are specific and include : Cleaning the house and maintaining the garden Shopping for household requirements.

The staff will be available at the house for approximately 2 hours per day, in the morning, unless prior arrangements are made in advance. All the staff have families and commitments to the temple and community. If it is not convenient that they clean during their usual hours, then they will come the following day.

The staff are not paid or obligated to do anything beyond this, so kindly reimburse them financially for anything additional you ask them to do, and that they agree to, such as staying late, changing their hours, cooking meals, washing or mending your clothes, driving you anywhere on their motor-bikes, or running errands unrelated to the required shopping.

If you require laundry service, they can do this for you, or there is a local place with the same rates that they charge ... and fast service, there is a sheet with itemised prices in the house.

Please make any and all arrangements for additional services through Ilhu.

If you require any food shopping in advance of your arrival, please let Ilhu know; a detailed accounting will be provided for you, and you can pay for this at check-in.

The staff has every Sunday off, and please be respectful if they on occasion need time off for ceremonies, these are a very important part of village life.

We have access to motor-bikes/scooters that can be rented for 60,000 ($5 +) rupiah a day.

If you would like anyone to take you around the local area on their motor-bikes, the cost is 50,000 ($4+) rupiah per hour (min 50,000 rupiah).

Also if you require any personal errands run: the charge is 50,000 rupiah per hour ( 1 hr minimum)

Please do not play music that can be heard beyond the bungalow; the rice fields are quiet and serene; noise carries deceptively far, and we like to be considerate of our neighbours ... then they are far more likely to do the same for us! Also no practising or playing of musical instruments please. Headsets work best, and great for watching movies etc.

We are in the middle of the working rice fields and, occasionally usually for brief amounts of time, there can be issues with the electricity, internet or water. Please be be patient and understanding when this happens, it is a small price to pay for being in such a magical spot.
Also, the area is teeming with birds and wild-life, occasionally these critters might "trespass" ... they have no idea of what man-made boundaries mean. The staff cleans thoroughly daily, so be assured we move them on and there are no actual "residents".

Please let us know if you need airport pick-up.

Here are our set prices for transportation:

AIRPORT PICK UP & DROP OFF (DAY TIME) Rp350.000
AIRPORT PICK UP & DROP OFF (AT NIGHT) Rp400.000
KUTA,SEMINYAK Rp350.000
PADANG BAI Rp400.000
CANDI DASA Rp450.000
AMED Rp600.000
TULAMBEN Rp600.000
LOVINA Rp650.000
PEMUTERAN Rp700.000
MUNDUK Rp500.000
JIMBARAN Rp(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)LANGAN BEACH Rp400.000
NUSA DUA Rp500.000
PANDAWA BEACH Rp550.000
PADANG -PADANG BEACH Rp(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)UR Rp300.000
DENPASAR Rp300.000
CANGGU Rp400.000

Also we have plenty of referrals for other reliable drivers, car or motorbike rentals, and excellent reasonably priced massage therapists, manicurists etc. who can be scheduled at the house.

Check in is any time after 2:00 pm.

For arrivals at the house at or after 9:00 pm there is a late check-in fee of Rp 150,000. This late fee will not apply if you use one of our drivers to bring you to the house, as they will also be able to walk you and your bags into the house and complete the check in process for you. They are all either family members or completely familiar with our property. The manager will then see you the following morning.


Cancellations

Strict

Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.


Availability
2 nights minimum stay

143 Reviews


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Laura User Profile
June 2017
This a very beautiful, quiet, relaxing place, in an excellent location. Away from the incessant drone of scooters that plagues Ubud, but close to yoga studios, and organic cafes. The space is perfect for a small young family (which was us) or a couple seeking an escape and is very good value. We will definitely be back - hopefully by then they will have a plug for the beautiful outdoor bath. Access necessitates a short walk along a narrow alleyway, but that is part of the charm and stops the scooters!

Milena User Profile
June 2017
I stayed here for most of my trip to Bali. Here are the pros and cons I experienced: PROS: -the village is very cute, with back pathways to take you to other parts of the main roadways. It was very easy to get to Bintang Supermarket, to Ubud Center (which actually followed one of the main roads), and to other parts of the village (be sure to wander to Vespa Cafe). -the place itself is set pretty far back with some other bungalows, but feels comfortable and somewhat secluded -for those that are into yoga, there is a yoga studio just a few minutes walk away -the upper deck is a really nice area just to hang out and relax -pool was cold (too cold for me so I never went in) -large outdoor bathroom (but lots of ants and mosquitos) -the kitchen was great! CONS: -I didn't really find much in the way of good food places within short walking distances. Vespa Cafe and The Elephant were the two best ones but both were longer walking distances -the ants were an issue, constantly getting into my bag, and occasionally crawling on me when I was sleeping (even with the mosquito net). There were also spiders and mosquitos. The spiders didn't really bother me, but the mosquitos ate me up like crazy -the biggest issue was the neighbor that kept coughing all night and day every night and day, and kept spitting. This was definitely disturbing and sometimes woke me up. Please note, however, that there is a lot of general noise from nature which can be quite loud, but that was somewhat peaceful to me. I think that's it from me. Overall it was okay. Loly was kind enough to bring my clothes to be laundered one day, so that was definitely a bonus.

Travis User Profile
June 2017
If you are looking for a beautiful, private and relaxing holiday, stay here. Iluh and Balon are remarkable hosts and have truly made this property feel like a home away from home. Look no further!

Alexandra User Profile
May 2017
Iluh's house was absolutely amazing. We had such an amazing stay in her beautiful house, perfect location short walk to town and Iluh and her husband were so helpful with whatever we needed. Definitely recommend this house to all!!

Jennifer User Profile
May 2017
Loved my stay here for mother's day - the staff kindly arranged flowers for the perfect surprise! ❤️

Jessica User Profile
May 2017
Once you get to know the paths around the home, it's easy to get places. Iluh is very sweet. Wifi is amazing. Thanks for everything

Eva User Profile
May 2017
Such a peaceful and beautiful place, even nicer than the photos! The location is so quiet on a path where there are no scooters so you only hear the noises from animals at night. It is really convenient, close to Alchemy and really lovely back paths to walk on and a great way to get to the Bintang supermarket without going on the busy roads. The villa itself has everything you need for a comfortable stay, great places to sit around and relax and the plunge pool is refreshing after a day out. Just like previous reviews and also Iluh's detailed and accurate description, this place is great if you want to be near nature (which we wanted). Communication with Iluh and Loly was great. Wi-fi worked well. Great value compared to other places, we will definitely return!

Ubud, Indonesia · Joined in June 2011
Iluh User Profile

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I am a property owner and manager, mother, wife, Hindu. I love my country very much, and I love to share it with travellers from other lands.

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