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All bamboo sustainable house in quiet rural Bali. Panoramic view from high on Mount Batukaru. Set in farmland, experience traditional Balinese community, lifestyle and food far from the tourist scene. Visit temples or trek in jungle and rice paddies

The space

Set in Banjar Anyar, a small village on the slopes of mount Batukaru, experience traditional Balinese village life on the edge of the rainforest. Ideal for nature lovers, the adventurous or those wanting to see a side of Bali hard to find in tourist areas.

The two storey bamboo house is surrounded by 2000m sq. of organic gardens and food forest and can accommodate up to four comfortably. Downstairs, the accommodation comprises of an open kitchen, bathroom and a seating/dining area, opening directly out into the gardens and ponds. Upstairs consists of a central sleeping area (with a large double bed), a partitioned second double bed and relaxation area, and can be completely opened up to provide a 360 degree view encompassing the rainforest to the North, Pura (Temple) Muncak Sari and Gunung Agung to the east, the lights of Kuta and Nusa Penida to the South and food forest stretching out to the West.

The local area offers a wide variety of activities from visiting the neighbouring Pura Muncak Sari or Pura Batukaru (both part of the UNESCO protected Catur Angga Batukaru), trekking in the jungle or a more sedate walk through the small villages, expansive rice paddies and protected rainforest. A wide variety of hot springs are available in the area ranging from a large commercial operation with swimming pool through to a couple of pools by a remote temple.

For those already trekked out, we also offer lessons in Bahasa Indonesia/Basa Bali by the local school's English teacher, a carving workshop with a local carver, a local priest with car also offers a half day introduction to Balinese Hinduism (visiting home, village and regional temples, explaining their function and place in Balinese life), and the staff can teach offering making and give cooking lessons. A variety of massage is also available on request.
The surrounding gardens produce a large amount of coffee and a wide variety of other fruits, vegetables and local crops. The land is still actively farmed providing organic meals and snacks for guests. It's also a great opportunity to learn about the local crops from coffee, bananas and rice through to local delicacies such as bongkot and ferntip. We also raise rabbits, ducks and a number of types of edible fish.

Food is usually prepared by staff from the village who cook at the house using ingredients from the surrounding organic gardens. The guys are on site from 8am through to 7pm either cooking, gardening or offering locally grown coffee and snacks for Rp150.000 per person per day all inclusive. Three meals a day are made up of local dishes and usually include a chicken dish, a tempeh or tofu dish, a couple of vegetable dishes and sambals all prepared using what is currently in the garden. It's a great way to try some new food with dishes featuring ingredients like banana flower, heart of palm, banana stem, coffee leaves and wide number of local ingredients.

Guest access

Guests have access to the entire surrounding land and house. For those interested, someone can be organised to explain what all the plants are and their use either as food, medicine or in ceremonies. The surrounding area also offers some nice walks and views with the local temple and start of the rainforest 100m to the north of the house.

People in the village are very welcoming and although little English is spoken, guests are strongly encouraged to take a trip into the village to visit either the temples, take a walk around the area or have a coffee at one of the warungs.


The space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Pet Owner: Some pet(s)
Room type: Entire home/apt

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House Rules

The house was built with sustainability in mind and I would like that to continue through the behaviour of guests. It's not too difficult: minimise your waste, don't throw it on the ground, don't trample plants, don't take things from the forest, don't kill things; respect nature. My local community are important to me and they too demand respect. My village is a traditional Balinese Hindu community, composed primarily of farmers living in multi-generational family compounds. Life here is punctuated by a flow of ceremonies of various sizes, ranging from offerings in family temples, through to odalan at Muncak Sari. You are more than welcome to attend any of these ceremonies - my village would, in fact, be delighted - however traditional dress must be worn. Appropriate clothing is available for free and the pembantu or I can help you dress correctly. Respectful behaviour is expected at all times in the village and the temples. Please note that very few people from Anyar understand any English but will happily spend time with you in the village - a few words of Bahasa Indonesia or Basa Bali will go a long way. If you would like some useful phrases before visiting, please let me know.


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Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.


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1 night minimum stay

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Sami User Profile
July 2017
Staying with Simon topped our stay in Bali! After staying in luxury villas, it provided a unique and authentic experience with the best foods during the trip, something that the whole family loved and will remember! Highly recommended for those preferring experiences vs. standardized tourist stuff.

Michael User Profile
June 2017
The space and location is truly an amazing experience - even considering this was my second time staying at Simon's house. The prepared food it's absolutely delicious, the trekking is beautiful, and the villagers that help around the property and with the optional actives are a delight. The memories of this place will be cherished.

Uranchimeg User Profile
June 2017
It was nice jungle-life experience :) Thanks to Simon host. All daily 3 meals were organic. :) And the fruit corner was nice.

Patrick User Profile
June 2017
Simon's place is unlike any we've ever stayed. His insight and integration with the local community makes for some fantastic stories. His staff who cooked and arranged transport were perfect - with some of the best food we've eaten in Indonesia! The location really can't be described and the photos do not do it justice. Be advised that the secluded location does make it a little harder to find and get there, but well worth the trip.

Lyndel Gale User Profile
June 2017
We only stayed for a night but this was the highlight of our Bali trip--no doubt. Wish we could stay longer. We brought our 2-year-old son along and Simon and his staff were very friendly with him. The food was the best. All the other places we went to in Bali couldn't compare to the food they cooked for us. And I loved that their drinking water comes straight from a nearby spring. In the late afternoon, the clouds rolled in so we were covered by clouds which was amazing. But by dawn, the clouds disappeared and we could see the sunrise and majestic Mt Agung in the horizon. The location is smack in the middle of the jungle so getting there, better hire a driver from Simon's village to avoid getting lost like us. We will definitely be back.

Natalie User Profile
June 2017
simon's place made our first two nights in bali so perfect that we had to console ourselves while leaving... hahaha. the villagers working in the house were friendly and warm, and prepared such sincere and delicious food that was truly difficult to find elsewhere. simon was very kind throughout our stay, and was always reachable. it was difficult to find at first, and we didn't have a local SIM card or 3G, but we managed to speak to some locals living near the temple pura luhur muncak sari, who helped us contact Komang. simon goes by "see-mon" in the area. the place itself overlooked a jungle that stretched out for as far as your eyes could see, no car sounds, only the welcoming wilderness. please stop hesitating, just book this place, it's perfect for a non-touristy getaway!

Juliet User Profile
May 2017
We really enjoyed our three night stay in Simon's rustic bamboo jungle hideaway. You can't beat waking up to birdsong and sunrise over the jungle from your open air bedroom! Simon is incredibly knowledgeable and well integrated into the local community and gave us an amazing insight into the day-to-day, cultural and religious life of the rural Balinese. He seems to truly have their interests at heart, and it shows, the staff could not have been more warm, friendly and helpful. The fantastic food that was cooked fresh was some of the best Balinese food we had throughout our whole three week holiday. Simon arranged a driver to for us in advance which was really helpful, as his place could be hard to find. We highly recommend staying here, pack a few good books to enjoy from the hammocks, soak up the sights, and try to catch a local ceremony if you can. Thanks Simon!

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Tabanan, IndonesiaJoined in November 2012
Simon User ProfileSimon is a superhost.

I was raised in England and lived in London for over a decade working as a software architect. As I approached 30 I started to wonder what else there was out there. Before I knew it I was living in a bamboo house in a remote village on the border of the Balinese rainforest with two dogs, a cat and a monkey. I have not looked back. Love music of all varieties, nature, peace, learning about Balinese culture, teaching English and IT in the village, beef rendang, nangka goreng and organic gardening.

Languages: Bahasa Indonesia, English
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