About this listing
Large quiet beautiful hand-crafted favorite with young couples or long-term solo travelers. Queen bed, attached bathroom, washing room, writing desk and storage cabinets. Relax, watch rice fields & mt view from terrace or gazebo above shared kitchen.
It is suitable for traveling families, writers, yoga, artists, biking or trekking enthusiasts who want a longer term place to create and relax in the peace and quiet of the "REAL" Bali.
Guests can relax while watching the surrounding daily life in the rice fields and mountain views from various lounging areas and patios. One of these lookouts is the tall Gazebo or “Bale" in Balinese. It sits above the shared separated exterior kitchen which is fully equipped with cooking facilities but we recommend you to taste our traditional meals offered twice daily. Another is the Lotus Pond terrace – a perfect area to read at night and watch the fireflies.
The Swallow Guesthouse is designed with Balinese tradition in mind. All the building, wood carving and furnishings are made by hand by local craftsmen. Guests can feel the warmth and passion that has been given to make this dream home come true.
There is a short 300m paved walking or bike path that leads away from the main road. Guests enjoy as it's extremely peaceful and quiet. The short walk brings you alongside the rice and water stream allowing you to leave all your stresses behind. If you want to rent a motorbike, or bicycle for the time you are with us, please ask Wayan to help you.
Your Guest Service hosts Wayan and Putri, are there to assist you in accommodating you to your new home. Please discuss (anything) with Wayan. He has a wealth of information which he thoroughly enjoys sharing and is eager to answer any questions. It's their pleasure to make your stay comfortable and stress-free. Don't be surprised if they dress you up in the traditional clothing and whisk you off to a temple ceremony or family feast.
Wayan, a 15 year experienced English speaking tour guide and driver, would like to guide you to experience the REAL culture of Bali where you can explore ancient monuments, sacred temples, and the family compound witnessing the Bali of Ancient times still alive today without all the tourists.
If you desire assistance in airport or hotel pick-up, travel excursions for pleasure or business, he can help you arrange the details. For the EXPATS doing business or relocating to Bali, Wayan can assist exporters in their business affairs; connect with building suppliers and contractors; manage home building projects in the area. Internet with SIM USB stick is available for use. Charges may apply to activate. If you have your own SIM card or internet phone, reception is good for most internet activity.
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. Please order 1 day in advance so she can buy the fresh produce in the morning market. If you want to join her and take a cooking lesson, don't hesitate to ask!
Specialty items like bread, cheese or yogurt can be purchased in Ubud and stored in your refrigerator.
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You can use the kitchen with all cooking needs. Coffee and tea is on us. Please be aware of the gass and water consumption. We have a drilled water well 75m deep so the water is fresh and drinkable but we do suggest to boil first. Above the kitchen is the Bale or gazebo to watch the activities of the farmers. A good place to relax and write a book!
Interaction with Guests
Wayan and Putri live just a short distance away and regularly come to assist you with your needs. Made, the security and general helper, keeps an eye on things while guests are away. Suzan is available for questions or concerns via email.
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!
Other Things to Note
We are a GREEN GUESTHOUSE and hope you can share in respecting the environment too.
Ask Putri about our 'Karma Yoga' program to help the community protect the “Sawa" from the plastic in the waterways.
If you are doing your own cooking, organic waste can be added to the garden under the large fruit trees. Put your non-organic waste into the blue bin or take to the organic farm called "Simantri", a Balinese government sponsored project for organic farming.
Swallow Guesthouse is trying to educate the locals about the harmful effects of plastic in the environment and is working with Bali Recycling, a NGO who provides non-organic waste removal from rural villages in Bali. If you would like to assist, please put your non-organic waste into the red metal bins found in the Simantri or by the warung (small food shop) in the village.
We also distribute clothing and school supplies to rural communities in Bali. One such community is Munduk where we are assisting Rainbowbend Yayasan (local NGO (website hidden)) Supplies are greatly appreciated!
If you wish to visit the local schools in Pejeng and meet the children, please ask Wayan to arrange a visit.
We truly aim to assist in community sustainability and environmental stewardship.
•Swallow Guesthouse advises to purchase travel and health insurance as we do not take any responsibility for injury or loss of goods.
•Some water ways are located along the side of the house, please be careful.
•We reserve the right to charge guests upon departure for any broken or misplaced Swallow Guesthouse possessions. If you break it - please buy another or talk to Wayan about repair.
•Don't feed the dogs, geckos, ducks or chickens that roam freely in the fields around the house. They are a part of the community ecosystem and not our pets.
•Keep all food and sweet smelling soaps and lotions in the refrigerator as they attract the ants. If you see an "army", please tell Made or Putri.
•We have mosquito nets on most beds and night repellant plug in devices for your use. They are not usually a problem because of the duck, swallow, bat, and frog diets!
•Made is our assistant and security man who turns on the lights at night and keeps an eye on things when nobody is around. For peace of mind, and discouraging local animals, please keep your windows and doors locked when you leave the house and any electronics stored in their case or away from view. We are surrounded by a lovely group of villagers who also care and watch out for you. There has been absolutely no foul play in the 10 years of operation.
•We are a GREEN guesthouse and ask you to please respect the environment in which you live in. To help our village reduce plastic, leave plastic packaging at home where possible and be considerate of your use of gas, laundry soap and toilet paper. We use well water (75m deep) and it is considered safe for local consumption, but we suggest boiling it first. Bottled water to refill your water bottle is supplied. Please turn off shower water when soaping as the hot water tank is limited. Do not put any harmful material into the water system and use organic soap when possible.
•Putri will help in accommodating you to your new home. As the housekeeper, please let her know if anything needs extra cleaning or you would like more towels. Fresh towels and sheets are changed every four days.
Welcome to your home in the REAL Bali!!