Open Air Bamboo House in Rural Bali
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1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
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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

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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.


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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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Mafer User Profile
September 2017
This is an awesome place to stay if you want a real balinese experience, if you want a nice and quiet place out of the turist area and hang with the local people, they are all very nice and happy to share all their traditions with you. The house is just like in the pictures. Simon is a great host! He was always taking care of us and arranging everything for us to get everywhere we wanted, he also recommended lots of things to do that we didn't knew about He explained everything we need to know about the balinese culture and answered all of our questiones(URL HIDDEN) The food was really good and always on time ! We had a great experience even better than what we expected!

Emily & Benji User Profile
September 2017
We are four Americans (2 adults in our 30s-40s and two teenage kids) on an epic Asian trip, wanting to experience something outside of mass tourism in Bali. We found our happy place there. It has been a few days since we checked out of Simon's place. Let's say that we STILL have a stupid grin on our faces from spending the loveliest of time there. On day one, we were picked up promptly by Simon's team at the airport and were transported to literally the middle of the forest up many bumpy windy dirt roads. :) We were so pleased with the bamboo house itself: clean, rustic, tasteful, open-air, spacious, expertly and gorgeously built..... Everyone on simon's hospitality team was smiley, helpful, and attentive (and good looking, haha). First night, we didn't sleep much. We stayed up giggling because the sounds of the forest was intoxicating. On subsequent mornings, we were kissed by the sun and serenaded by so many woodland creatures. Life's troubles seem so far away. We love it there. We went hiking for a couple of hours the next morning. Everyone in the family loved it. On subsequent days we partook in woodcarving, a sightseeing car-ride to the rice paddies, butterfly garden, temples, and forest trails. We spent a lot of time petting the dogs and looking for the cats, and chatting with the monkey. Not having reliable internet (no wifi for sure) makes it easy for us to chat more, read more, and connect more. Oh, we also witnessed a balinese wedding (day 4 & 5) and all of the colorful personalities in the village. It was so not a tourist show and I appreciated that the most. Simon is not a weird foreigner here; he is accepted and respected and loved here, as peer, as family, by those in his village. He speaks the language and is immersed in the culture as an insider (or die trying, haha). He is the real deal. I enjoyed hearing him speak at length about various aspects of his life there. He is sharp as a whip and funny as hell. Watching him interact with his team and others has been educational and entertaining. THE FOOD = AMAZING. Wonderful Balinese cuisine freshly prepared by on-site chefs. The menu is different every day and we did not find anything we don't like. :) Simon's freshly grown and roasted coffee is also exceptional; so smooth. Okay I am gonna end this review before this all sounds way too corny. I hope everyone is that kind of person who can have a fantastic time there. Because, why wouldn't EVERYONE feel this way? We can't wait to send all our friends there! We will be back.

Quentin User Profile
August 2017
Amazing night in the middle of the jungle with a great host, eager to share with you about the balinese culture. Super friendly staff. Not easy to access but really worth it. Thanks again Simon!

Mary-Ann User Profile
August 2017
Great place if you want a taste of remote rural Bali. Simon is the perfect host who makes you feel at home in his lovely bamboo house. He helped us planning our transport to and from the house and shared his knowledge of the area and its people and it was very nice talking with him. The staff is so sweet and they looked after us vey well and did some great cooking! The area offers rainforest trekking possibilites and temple vistits. Everything was perfect except maybe for the beds but surrounded by the great nightly noises of the jungle, this is a very minor detail!

Hilde Teigen User Profile
August 2017
Our stay at the cabin was a great experience from start to end. Simon was very helpful with information and transportation to, during and after our stay. Reccomend to ask Simon to at least arrange transportation to the cabin, the road is not that straight forward :) Simon regularly came by to check if we were ok and if we wanted to do activities as wood carving, temples, village tour, hot spring, and so on . We had never been in a rain forest before, and that was very exciting. The meals that the staff cooked for us was very tasty. It was nice to relaxe in the hammock and just listen to the sounds of nature. We stayed for 2 nights, but next time we will stay at least 3 nights, better time to relax and experience the rain forest and sorroundings.

Andrew User Profile
August 2017
This is our favorite place we stayed in Bali. Such a refreshing difference from the crowds of Ubud. The people are awesome--we loved talking to Simon and he arranged some great experiences for us, including a temple tour and wood-carving lesson. It is very remote so it's best to have Simon arrange transport with a taxi that knows the area, if possible. Also, the food is amazing. Wish we could have stayed longer!

Fabien User Profile
July 2017
Simon is a great guest, and the people he works with are so nice. The work he does with them is really a great experience, that can really be called responsible tourism and ecotourism. Here you will experience authentic Bali. The food is great. The view is amazing and breathtaking. The feeling of the wind all around the house is soothing. Simon's house is so unique.

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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
Response rate: 97%
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