About this listing
New ECO addition to Ubud countryside, recycled wooden Garden Villa, 1.5 bedroom home with 8x3m pool. Self-cater or order healthy traditional meals. Walk the rice field and local villages. Experience REAL Bali charm & spirit with our Culture tours.
New addition to Ubud countryside, Swallow Garden provides a relaxing 1 bedroom home with den full of warmth in design. Self-cater or order healthy home cooked meals. Swim or walk the rice field and local village. Experience the REAL Bali charm and spirit!
Suitable for writers, artists, or people who want a longer term place to create and relax in the peace and quiet of Bali, Garden ECO Art villa is furnished with hand-crafted antique teak furnishings and fixtures supporting local artists. Guests can feel the warmth and passion that has been given to make this dream home come true.
For couples or family of 4 or 5 please refer to our other SUNSET SUITE listing at:
Kitchen, swimming pool, front entrance
Wayan and Putri, the guest service hosts, will make your stay memorable. Wayan, a 15 year experienced English speaking tour guide and driver, can accommodate your needs and questions. If you desire assistance in an island tour for pleasure or business, he can help you arrange the details. Putri, his wife, is our Indonesian cook. She creates very delicious dishes using fresh garden vegetables and local produce. Reasonable prices for meals and housekeeping are offered. If you want some cooking lessons, don’t hesitate to ask!
Interaction with Guests
Wayan and Putri your guest service hosts will assist you in your experiences around the village including booking of community hall for yoga, culture tours, humanitarian projects and cooking classes.
Any concerns regarding the house please ask Wayan or Putri to assist you.
I'm Suzan their sponsor, if you need further assistance or have a problem to report, please email me at swallowguesthouse email via Airbnb
Visitors are most welcome to join family events such as weddings and funerals, and all village temple or community ceremonies. It is a pleasure to have you join the spirit. To show your respect and gratitude, it is very important to wear a sarong and waist scarf when entering the temples at all times and during street processions. Photography is acceptable but, don’t walk in front of the sitting people during prayer time...keep yourself lower than the priest. Please ask Wayan if you are unsure. He can arrange a temple visit in his village and you can accompany him. If you want to give a small donation to the temple or family, that is up to you. There is no pressure to give. If you want to, do so...This is KARMA.
What else to do while you are there? Feel free to putter around in the garden and pick bananas and other fruit for your meals. Putri can teach you a recipe for a traditional dish so you can pick the herbs and ginger, turmeric and prepare them from scratch. During the day, walk through the fields along the waterways and see how the locals tend their crops. Wayan enjoys taking the guests on nature walks to see how chocolate, coffee, cinnamon and other plants are grown. Enjoy a massage, visit the little village schools, ride a bike around the neighbouring villages, or go for a swim at the river. During the evenings, swing in the hammock in the bale above the kitchen and read . We have a library full of interesting books and DVD's to watch on your computer or the TV. Don't worry, there is plenty to do. Or simply sit back and watch the rice grow!
ACTIVITY IN VILLAGE
Pesalakan village is a very traditional village and home to 200 friendly families. They are enjoying the interaction of our guests. Nightly volleyball is practiced in the central road and you will hear the sounds of the gamelan playing in the background. Feel free to walk around the back streets seeing how the locals live.
We are surrounded by rice fields in all directions. Set out and have long rice field walks. Join in the planting or harvesting, pick the ceremony flowers with the workers, take photos of the cute cows looking at you. Be careful it can get slippery in the fields during the rainy season so wear sturdy shoes that can get muddy. One guest from Italy soaked herself in the mud one day - that was quite the scene!!
There is a waterfall not too far away and small country roads to follow to the nearby towns making a loop from one town to another. If you would like a guide, just ask! Putri enjoys sharing where she used to climb down to the Kris river at Champuan (meeting of 3 rivers) to wash her clothes when she was living at her family’s home just a short distance away. There is also a very sacred bathing and a meditation chamber where the ancient Hindu king came to pray!
TRANSPORTATION - CAR
If you require Airport or Hotel pick-up service, please email your flight time of arrival and aircraft carrier's name, or hotel name, room number if available and phone number and we will come and meet you. Wayan will be the one with the big smile on his face and your names on a paper. Please have Airport Pick-up Fee 300,000IDR) available in Indonesian currency to give to Wayan upon your arrival. The airport money changers are good but COUNT YOUR MONEY! If you are arriving in the morning or early afternoon, you may want to organize a day tour prior to arriving at the Guesthouse. Our certified drivers from the community are from the Taxi Driver’s Association and charge standard rates.
TRANSPORTATION – SCOOTER (Directions to Swallow Guesthouse)
Although it is not within walking distance to Ubud, many guests go daily for yoga classes or meals out and say that it's always nice to return back from the crowded touristy streets.
Head straight through Arjana statue along the small road following the Ubud Villa signs to Pejeng market, turn right and you will be on Jalan Tampaksiring. Turn right at the top of the hill and the Ubud Villa will be on your left. Continue straight and then left at the T-intersection. Follow the road up the small hill and it will curve to the right at the top. This heads to Pesalakan Banjar. You will see our sign on your right just before the village and the Swallow Guesthouse (270m) on the right side, standing next to one other private villa in the rice fields tucked behind the tall coconut and banana trees alongside the river. Park your bike alongside the field and take a short walk to the house along the rice field path. You can ride your motorbike in but it’s fun to stroll and awaken your senses to the sights and sounds of the fields. Please ask Wayan to assist you in renting the bike with helmet. Rates are 50,000/day.
TRANSPORTATION - TOUR
We would like to offer your clients a taste of the "REAL BALI". Wayan is a 15 year experienced guide who loves sharing his unique culture to our guests and he has a wonderful karma about him. Please discuss with Wayan on your arrival your interests and he can organise a schedule to experience cultural and artist tours, trekking and biking, volcano and beach excursions, and of course Hindu temple experience. Terima kasih!
Swallow Guesthouse advises our customers who wish to stay with us to purchase their own travel and health insurance. We do not take any responsibility for injury or loss of goods. Some waterways are along the side of the house so please be careful. We further reserve the right to charge guests upon departure for any broken or misplaced Swallow Guesthouse possessions.
Other Things to Note
Putri, Wayan's lovely and very talented wife Putri, is our Indonesian chef extraordinaire. Guests continue to say: "This has been my best meal in Bali" and "I want to take her home!" Fortunately for you, she loves Bali and creates large delicious dishes using fresh garden vegetables from our organic garden and local produce bought early in the Pejeng market and organic vegetables and eggs grown in the Simentri farms. Please order 1 day in advance so she can buy the fresh produce in the morning market. Any food allergies or special requests, please tell Putri, your superb culinary chef.
If you want to join her and take a cooking lesson, don't hesitate to ask!
Small group Compound Cooking and Cultural classes are now available at the Family Compound located just a 7 minute drive away (or as the bird flies, a 35 minute walk through the rice fields). Help Ma-ma make the coconut oil or share the joy of making the ceremony offerings with the eldest member of the family, Auntie.
We ask you to respect the environment in which you live in. Please do not put any harmful material into the water system. We suggest to use organic soaps when possible. If you break it - please buy another replacement or talk to Wayan about repair.
We are a ECO friendly and responsible guesthouse in a natural environment. We look after the garbage and support the removal of plastic waste from the village. Please, when you buy items in town, leave the plastics behind if possible.
We have many fruit and vegetable trees in the garden and organic material is used as compost.
Blacky, the 1st shop keeper's dog loves walks with our guests. If you want to give him some food, please ask Putri. Please don't feed him at the table. There is now a little orange cat who can be fed by the front refrigerator.
He dreamed to build a birdhouse and cultivate the nests carefully as to not harm the eggs and to increase the population that is presently threatened around the world. Suzan dreamed to live part time in this paradise. They worked together to formulate their dreams.
The large birdhouse was never used for the birds as they had a natural home in a cave not too far away. Today, the Swallow Guest House is a home servicing international guests who learn closely with the gracious Balinese people, about giving and doing for the good of "Karma".
It is small international companies founded by individuals like Suzan, that financially and intellectually assist in helping the island of Bali survive the effects of world change and maintain the rich and ancient culture so many have come to love. "Travelite and leave a Positive Impact"!!
Now in 2015, two children are enrolled in senior highschool with dreams to work in the tourism industry. Wayan recovered from his stroke and Putri, his wife and very talented cook, remains popular with all who eats her delicious meals. Suzan left her teaching job in Korea and is now assisting others to travel compassionate with her new business venture - Gekotour org.
We are very grateful of all our guests reviews and returns and are looking forward to sharing the Balinese unique culture with you :)
Who is Suzan Badgley?
I was born in 1962 in North Vancouver, known to locals as “Lotus land”. As a young child, I respected all living things in mountain and ocean environments and, at the age of three when I began to travel, I learned about the diversities and similarities in different cultural settings. When I returned for schooling in Canada six years later, I felt the difficulties refugees faced in their own countries and why they escaped to enjoy the freedom and equality ethics found in Canada. Influenced by the First Nations People how to be one with the land and spirit, I began exploring the world on my own, volunteering my services in exchange for food and lodging: and later, after acquiring a Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism, and a BA degree in Adult Education, was employed in managerial and teaching positions both in Canada and Asia.
68 countries later, I‘m blessed with a broad perspective of the world we live in and the people we perceive we are. When asked "Which is your most favorite place you have traveled to?" India, a country full of vast diversities, changed my life at the age of 25. It opened and challenged my mind and body; stimulated my six senses like no other experience in the past. I further learned about ancient cultures, social and family responsibility, and Buddhist philosophy while working in South Korea and Japan over a 15 year period.
I spent many winters in Bali, feeling a sense of home, perhaps a place of past life reincarnation, feeling comforted by the ancient Balinese culture and karmic ways, remembering "the Ring of Fire" in middle school when my finger was drawn to this tiny equatorial island on my well-worn map.
It was this time that I met Wayan Tagel, a wonderful man who lives by karma and loves to share his culture and family ceremonies. He became my sponsor, and I his supporter. For the past eight years, my Canadian- based business, Swallow House Trading, has assisted in the marketing of the Swallow Guesthouse in the REAL Bali.
The most important goal of the Swallow House Trading is to share compassionate culture and ethnicity to all parts of the world, rich and poor.
Here in Bali, needs are put forth to the Gods, a ceremony is done and right action is continued. The Gods do listen... As a westerner staying here p/t, I’m still amazed at how things manifest when you put your dreams outwards. One needs to be a little observant on what they ask for!!
Now semi-retired, I'm closely learning from the locals, their ancient lifestyle preserved by a unique combination of spirit and community belief. Enjoying sharing this knowledge to assist in the betterment of our environment and the beings upon it is my passion.
We all look forward to share this amazing spirit with you at Swallow Guesthouse,
Wayan, Putri and Suzan