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, hammock, kitchen. Completely private and secure, but close to all amenities.
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.
10% service charge to be paid directly to the staff at check-in.
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 (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 (website hidden) 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. 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.
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, 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.
We are happy to arrange airport transfers, we will meet you with a sign, and be there even if your flight is delayed. We always charge the going rate; currently 300,000 rupiah during the day, 350,000 rupiah after dark. This is very roughly $28 - $33.
We welcome you and ask that you agree to these few requests before sharing our lovely house.
The rental includes Ilhu as a manager, 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.
2. We suggest you bring a photocopy of your passport, it is required by law that all visitors be registered, and this will eliminate the need for Ilhu to take your actual passport to the police station.
3. Please feel free to read our books, but please let them stay when you leave!
4. Ilhu will bill you for any provisions used up that were already in the house.
4. There is unlimited, high speed Internet access included.
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. 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.
You will be provided with one large towel per person per stay/week, if you require extras we will be happy to provide them for the posted laundry rates.
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 50,000 ($5 +) rupiah a day, 30,000 ($3 +) for any amount of time less than 4 hours, or 500,000 ($50 +) a month.
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; we have our own car and charge exactly the going taxi rate for this service.
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.
Everything went smooth. it was a nice chill spot
Very tranquil home in the middle of the rice fields. In the quiet area of ubud, penestanan. About 15-20 min walk to town centre. First night was a little scary because of the frogs, lizards and Mosquitos but we grew to like the home. Because of the close proximity to the rice fields, there are also a lot of bugs around. Ants, dragon flies, etc.
Outdoor shower and toilet was a new experience.
Overall experience was bury unite and enjoyable, but bugs were a problem for the whole trip.
If you are arriving after sunset, be aware that there is a difficult walk in the dark to get to the home. If you have bulky luggage, this is even trickier, but the hosts were an excellent help.
Hi George... it was pleasure to host your family. Being right in working rice fields, we are close to nature and a cost of peace and silence is having a bit of a walk from the main road. Luckily the path is paved all the way, which is a quite recent improvement. Also, there had been quite lot of rain prior to your arrival, so the wildlife was a little more prolific everywhere on the island, which is not such a problem for those who understand this is part of life in the tropics. We are so sorry the insect issue and the distance to the main road was hard for your mother, next time, for her comfort, we recommend a home without open plan features and with AC. Despite this you were all a pleasure to host and the staff send warmest greetings:)
Super séjour d'une semaine dans un magnifique écrin de verdure !! Maison légèrement excentrée d'Ubud, tranquillité assurée, prévoir un scooter pour les déplacements au centre. La maison est entièrement équipée (cuisine, linge de maison, coffre...) et la sale de bain extérieur est sublime.
Mise à disposition d'un téléphone portable par Iluh pour la joindre à tout moment. C'est une hôte charmante et disponible.
The description for this place is very true - the place is a perfect place to relax and unwind. It's located about a 15-20 minute walk from the center of Ubud. You'll find a few restaurants nearby (2 minutes away) and you'll have plenty of peace and quiet - apart from the sound of running water in the pool, the animals and insects of the area etc.
We loved it. Two big beds, mosquito nets that work well, awesome outdoor area both downstairs and upstairs (with a hammock!), small pool to cool down in, outdoor shower and even a little "bathtub" outdoors. Pleasantly surprised to find the warm water actually worked. As the listing says, this place has no air-condition - it does have ceiling and a standing fan which helps quite a lot.
Iluh was an excellent host. She met us when we arrived, helped us with the luggage and even provided a cell phone that allowed us to contact her any time we needed help or tips. She speaks very good English and was always attentive and answered all our questions straight away, and helped us arrange transportation to the airport for a pretty good price.
The cleaning staff did a great job each morning - the place was spotless every day of our stay. My only regret with this stay is that we didn't have more rupiah left over to leave a big tip for the staff. Would have booked this place again in a heartbeat.
We loved the Villa. Plenty of room for a family of four and the bugs were not a problem. We slept well. We had a few little hiccups like needing a gas bottle for the kitchen which took a day to arrive, and we did have a hot water shower issue one night but they were straight around that night to look at it. They could not fix it that night but it was fixed by the time we woke up the next morning. We did not get to meet our host the whole stay, but her husband was there when we arrived. We were however well looked after by Balon, the driver. He could not do enough for us. Carried our bags in, drove us everywhere. We spent time with his lovely family. He was wonderful. The location is superb, in rice paddies, surrounded by organic food and yoga. The yellow cafe 2 minutes walk is my favourite. And great views. The Ubud Market is great, and Balon took us all over the area to see all the sights. We did a silver jewellery making class with Chez Monique Silver Class.... This was the highlight of my trip. Laundry is done daily by the house keeper and is very cheap. Cost us approx $3 a day for a family of 4. We will stay again.
Hi Tamara... thank you for being such a wonderful guest. Iluh was really sorry not to see you also, she is usually at the house every day, but there was a combination of things going on that kept her away, primarily some ceremonies for her husband's family which she was very involved in making offerings for, and a sick 2 year old daughter. She really apologises, however Balon is also a member of her husband's family, every person we employ is part of an extended family, and everyone always supports everyone else in making sure the guests have what they need. Balon thought your family was wonderful. We hope to see you again, and next time for sure you will see Iluh :)
The days we spent in this place was amazing. The place is just out of Ubud. You can walk 15mins to get there. Near the place many nice restaurants. BUBU Restaurant was fantastic.
The host was very kind to us and very helpful. Everyday the staffs clean the house. In the night time, we enjoyed sound of night. Thank you so much for giving us such a wonderful experience!!
We had a lovely week in Iluh's house. We arrived during the night and the house is a few minutes walk from the main road. The next morning we saw the beautiful surroundings.
The house has two floors but we only used one, was enough for us. The bed downstairs is really comfty and big. If you wanna chill the terrace upstairs is perfect, such a quiet place looks imposible to find!! Amazing outdoor bathroom, you can take a shower or bath under the stairs! Our two years old daughter loved the house, specially the bath 'coz for her was like a warm little pool. The pool was great to take a cooling dip and has a really private corner to tan your skin. Close to the pool and the sofa is a lotus pond, full of fish, birds, frogs, tinny toads and balinese lizards taking bath when is sunny! If you don't love animals (including bugs) be away from this place maybe is too much for you!
Specially adored the daily early morning walks around the area to have breakfast, is a really gorgeous green and paceful neighborhood. We had everything we needed during our stay. The Staff was friendly and the driver that pick up us from the airport was really nice and bring us the dinner the first night 'coz we were a little bit lost in the middle of the darkness night.
Is good to rent a motorbike to go to Ubud, is only few minutes! anyway by walk is not far but when the weather is hot the bike is nice.
We met Loli & Iluh few minutes and they helped us with everything that we needed.
We had plenty privacy and tranquility and we really enjoyed our stay.
I would highly recommend it and special for Bali Lovers!!