About this listing
You will love my serene, cozy, very private house in a fabulous location surrounded by rice paddies. Perfect mix of Bali village life and an up-market neighbourhood full of great restaurants, art galleries, cafe's, yoga studios and spas. Perfect for yoga practice AND for business nomads: reliable high speed fiber optic internet connection and quiet .
Watch the sunset, have a massage, sip coconut water from freshly cut organic coconuts, listen to a nightly frog concert...
•GREAT location, close to everything, 15 minutes walk to downtown Ubud and if you don't feel like walking there are two taxi stands at the end of the path
•Free fiber optic Wi-Fi
•5 min walk to great café’s, health food restaurant, bakery, local warungs, supermarket as well as Ubud’s best restaurants: Bridges, Blanco, Mozaic
•Yoga studio just two ricefields over - 2 min walk
•Rice field views
•Pampering by friendly English speaking staff
•Open living room / kitchen equipped with all necessities
•Palatial bathroom with glass roof - shower under the rising moon!
•Large upstairs bedroom has queen-size canopy bed and a balcony
•Library full of books and dvd’s
•Private and secure
•Airport pickup available (extra USD$30)
•Car rental, bike rental, car and driver can be arranged at short notice
Location, location, location!
My lovely home is set in the rice paddies of Penestanan, our artist's village on the edge of Ubud that has no car access or car sounds (but many sounds of geckos, roosters, frogs and birds) and still just minutes away from the centre of Ubud.
You can practice yoga overlooking the rice field in the large bedroom that opens up onto a balcony.
Penestanan now has its very own yoga studio, meditation center, two 5-star restaurants, raw food restaurant, fresh organic juice bar, Japanese health food, authentic Balinese and Javanese warungs (restaurants), several cafe's and a bakery so you don't even have to go to Ubud centre, which is only 15 minutes walk anyway.
It's a perfect location to make day trips to various temples, Batur Volcano, rice terraces, woodcarvers village, museums and galleries.
My friendly housekeeper will come every morning and make you a delicious breakfast. She will also make the bed and clean the house daily. She is a treasure trove of local information and can help arrange a car and driver to take you sightseeing, and/or car or motorbike rental.
There is a swimming pool at a small quaint hotel down the path that can be used for a small daily charge.
The entire house.
This is an authentic, lived in house, not a "made for Airbnb" guest house.
There is a lovely swimming pool in a gorgeous garden setting - just down the path at Melati Cottages which can be used for a very small fee of about $2 a day. You can have lunch while you're by the pool or at a pool-side restaurant.
Interaction with guests
The housekeeper comes every morning (except Sundays and religious holidays) to clean the house and prepare breakfast (you will purchase your own food - there is a supermarket within 15 min walk through the rice paddies.)
Penestanan is one of the most friendly and beautiful neighbourhoods of Ubud. I love all the great cafes and restaurants, nearby yoga studios, spas, and art galleries.
There are many great restaurants just across the rice paddy – Lala Lily and Ibu Putu Warung, Made’s Warung down the path from Lala Lily. Ubud Haven next door. Yellow Flower Café (along the path on the other side of the big stairs- follow the signs to Indo-French Bungalow) has delicious café latté and organic food. Vespa Cafe on the other side of the river. All are within 5 minutes walk!
If you turn right on the path (in the direction of Melati Cottages) – the path ends on Penestanan Road – you will find a very popular Alchemy (raw food restaurant), a Japanese health food warung, Warung Mendez – delicious Javanese food, Sharaswati – vegetarian Indian food, Kue Bakery and Café, Wayan Coconut has amazing fresh juices, Sari Organic is famous for their delicious organic food – all great options. Plus other local warungs with delicious Balinese food. Too many to list them all!
Down the big stairs turn right to find highly acclaimed Bridges Restaurant and Rondji Restaurant at Antonio Blanco. On the other side of the old bridge the famous Murni’s Warung has a great bar full of antique Indonesian art treasures.
You can order take out at many of them if you prefer to eat at home. Some will even deliver! (Made’s Warung). You can also order pizza from Pizza Bagus and they'll bring it to the house.
Follow the path past Yellow Flower Café all the way to Bintang Supermarket (about 10 min walk). Or walk down the Tjampuan Steps to the main road and turn left. Either way it’s about 10 minutes.
SPAS and YOGA
There are several wonderful spas in the neighbourhood. Eve Spa is just down the path. You can also arrange to have a masseur(or masseuse) come to the house. We have a massage table in house.
Local taxi stand is at the end of the path, but we are within walking distance to Ubud centre.
There is an 'uber-like' app that you can download for a motorcycle taxi service. It's called Go-Jek.
We can arrange a car rental, motorbike rental or a car and driver for daytrips around Bali. Almost anything of interest is within a couple of hours drive. Most within one hour: Famous temples, volcanoes, Bird Park, Elephant Safari, White Water Kayaking, beaches and more.
Other things to note
We have a yoga mat, yoga blocks, and hand weights for your use. The hardwood floor upstairs is perfect for yoga practice, with the wonderful view of the greenery of rice paddies.
We have a massage table and will even give you a number for an amazing masseurs who can come to the house..
We are amongst the rice paddies, 5 minute walk from the main road. There is no direct car access. There are two ways to the main road - one to the Penestanan Road and all the cafes, restaurants and spas plus some cool little shops . The other way is to the main Ubud Road via the famous Tjampuan Steps - but involves a long flight of stone steps. The stairs and the paths leading to the house from the roads are lit with street lamps, but they are not always on***
*** The street lights are manually turned on by the first person to pass by at dusk. If it's you - just flick the switch on the pole. You can't miss it.
1. How far are the shops and restaurants?
Before you book that dream vacation home - make sure it is not many kilometers away from shops and restaurants.
We are in a perfect location - quiet and serene, yet few minutes walk to about 16 restaurants, a supermarket and many shops and cafes.
2. Is it safe? For single women travellers?
Yes and yes.
We have single female guests regularly. Too many to count. Please see the reviews - a lot of them are from female guests traveling alone.
That said, unfortunately, Bali, despite being known as The Island Of The Gods, has its share of property crime. It’s insignificant compared to most other tourist destinations, nonetheless, it exists and in order to protect yourself, you must be aware of it.
Once in a while we hear of a purse snatching, house break-in, hotel room theft, and wallets and valuables being stolen from purses left unattended. We have never had a break in and the house is surrounded by a wall with a locked gate.
Our neighbourhood has it's own security night patrol ran by the village council.
3. Would we need our own car or just use cabs?
A. You can walk from my house to the centre of town in 15 minutes. There are fabulous restaurants, museums and art galleries within 5 minute walk. Local taxi service is available at two locations short walk from the house.
If you want to make trips around the island it’s best to get a car and driver, the cost is very reasonable around US $45 per day. If you want to rent a car we can recommend a reasonable and reliable car and motorbike rental.
4. Is there a swimming pool?
A. We don't have a swimming pool.
However hotels in the area charge a small fee for non-guests’ use of their pool.
The closest one is Melati Cottages, just 250 m down the path, with gorgeous gardens and a restaurant. You can pay daily (about $2) or negotiate a better rate for your entire stay.
5. Is it quiet?
A. Yes. We are in the middle of rice paddies, away from any
road noise. You will hear birds, frogs, crickets, roosters and geckos, and
occasionally humans walking by. If you like to sleep in - you may want to bring
earplugs, as the birds start early in the morning..
6. Can I rent it long term for 1 or 2 years?
A. Unfortunately long term is not possible. Maximum rental is 6 months, depending on other bookings and my own use of the house.
7. Can we cook our own meals?
A. Yes, the kitchen comes with fridge, small gas stove, pots and pans, dishes and utensils. There is a fully stocked supermarket within 10 minutes walk. There are many wonderful little local restaurants that will deliver full meals to the house (they're within 5 minutes walk from the house). There is also a pizza delivery service - Pizza Bagus (and their pizza is delicious).
Please don't smoke in the house, but it's ok to smoke on the porch if you like. Also be very careful with candles and incense, especially upstairs, which has hardwood floors and bamboo roofing.
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.
I live in Penestanan, Ubud, which is one of the most beautiful villages in Bali.
Over the years I have met and made many international friends. I look forward to meeting you!