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, 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.
Our experience at Iluh's villa was great! The house is beautiful, and Iluh and her family made sure we were welcome and had everything we needed. They helped arrange motorbike rentals, transfers from our hotel in Kuta and to the airport, etc and even left us a local cell phone so we could get in touch with them. Loved the outdoor shower and decor, and the water filter made things easier as well. The Villa is about a 3-5 minute walk from the street, there's a great little breakfast/lunch spot right there, Alchemy, and it's very easy to get to downtown Ubud. Just be aware that this is basically in the middle of the rice fields, so there are bugs/lizards but nothing bothered us too much and it's part of the experience!
Wow! This place was perfect from beginning to end. Iluh was an ideal host, arranging transportation to and from the apartment, arranging for delicious food to be cooked for us, giving us recommendations for things to do in town. The setting itself is spectacular: peaceful, pretty and within 15 minutes walk of downtown. It's also on a 2 minute walk to great places for food and drink. I highly, highly recommend it.
Iluh was a fantastic host and our stay in her lovely house was amazing! It was a very relaxing space with its own private pool for cooling down after a day's wandering in Ubud and surrounds. The house has everything you'll ever need, including a great selection of books and a kitchen for those wanting to cook. Iluh arranged everything for us from an airport pick up to some local medicine (coconut water) for my girlfriend when she felt sick. We will visit again, thanks Iluh!
Accommodation was great and hosts were there when we needed them (i.e. they kept a low profile but helped us when we contacted them!).
The house is far enough from the central hub of Ubud that it's quiet, but close enough than you can walk into the heart of the town. Also there are some good eating places within 5 mins of the house so there isn't even the need to go into the busy centre of Ubud if you're not into crowded streets.
My favourite features of the house were the plunge pool, outside bathroom, upstairs fully cushioned terrace (shown in the photo) and downstairs outdoor seating area.
Couldn't recommend this place more. Perfect location, 10 min walk from town but so private with plenty restaurants even closer. Great pool and day beds. Easy access to everything.
Wir waren im Mai 2015 für 4 Tage in Iluh´s Unterkunft und haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt. Das Haus liegt sehr ruhig und ist trotzdem nah genug am Zentrum (5 min. mit dem Auto). Iluh und ihr Team waren sehr hilfsbereit, es hat alles reibungslos geklappt. Vielen Dank Iluh und vielleicht sieht man sich beim nächsten Mal wieder!
Two friends and I stayed at this amazing home for 3 nights while traveling through Bali. We absolutely loved the place and were very impressed by how kind and helpful the staff was. This home is beautiful, clean, and relaxing. The villa is in a quiet location but short walk from the popular restaurant Alchemy (which made it easy to be picked up and find our way home!). We received a mobile phone to use while there which was very helpful. Iluh's assistant Loly was very accessible to ask questions and make any arrangements. They set us up with a fantastic driver who was also able to take us to local temples and sites around Ubud. Highly recommend and we hope we can return some day!!
Thank you so much Nicole, you were a lovely guest and we so appreciated your warmth and kindness towards everyone, and how well you treated our home. We also had to smile at your appreciation of Iluh's assistant Loly, because he is actually her husband :) We hope very much that you will come back and see us again soon.