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Madrigal Guest House-Your Home Away from Home

Bill van Eck

Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english, german, dutch
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Bill van Eck

Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, german, dutch
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Calendar last updated:
April 3, 2010
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Madrigal Guest House-Your Home Away from Home

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Ubud House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-7)

Madrigal guest house is ideally situated for a relaxing long term holiday, away from the stress of modern living.

Some of my guests come for just a week...and stay for a month or two, and there are some that never leave,they are the ones that found paradise.

It is situated in the middle of verdant green rice fields with palm trees and mountains in the distance as your backdrop.And on the top floor balcony there are spectacular views of Bali's vulcanoes. The house and furniture is 'tempo doeloe' style, rustic and comfortable. The theme is one of a stress free, layback holiday, there is no traffic noise and your wake up call comes from the birds.

Madrigal house is ideal for hiking and exploring the breathtaking beautiful local countryside, yet you are never too far away from a warung {local restaurant} to quench your thirst,or for a bite to eat,sampling the local food,nasi goreng or nasi campur,sate etc.

We have excellent relations with our warungs in the neighbourhood and they will deliver lunch or dinner at your doorstep should you so wish.

I particular recomment 'WARUNG BUBU' that lady is a superb cook,always freshly cooked for you.

However,should you like to make a day trip at Rp.400.000 for the full day,we do have our very reliable driver Wayan Sukia ,polite,neat,knowledgeable and available 24/7

Wayan will pick you up from the airport for the standard fee of Rp.250.000 and will always help you with your luggage,delivered at the doorstep...that is not always the case with other 'taxi drivers'

Ibu Made,our housekeeper will look after you in any way possible,she's a excellent cook and our breakfast includes a variety of pancakes,omelettes,telur ayam kampung rebus, smoothies plus if you are very good to her,she will even make you black rice pudding.

In fact,she is that well known that sometimes she is asked to cook breakfast in neighbouring guest houses for guests that have been staying with us on previous occasions

Madrigal house, your home away from home. Come and enjoy...

Should you like a somewhat smaller unit,please contact us for details,we are here to please...

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Bill van Eck (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Call Owner
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Speaks: english, german, dutch
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 3, 2010

About Bill van Eck

My 'love' for Indonesia started at an early age,at primary school in Holland were one of my teachers was a born story teller,that this man was born in Indonesia in the central Java city of bandung came as a bonus.

Master Williams could conjure up the most facinating stories about kite flying,a national sport in indonesia,roaming through the tea and coffee plantations in central Java.

Riding buffalos to the kali after the day's work in the fields.

The stories were endless and me as a young boy was smittten and never forgotten.

It was as a young man in 1964 that I set sail to Australia,the country that became my home for 45 years.

Perth,a then small city on the west coast became my new world and there was a lot of growing up to do.

In 2006,the year that I retired,Perth had grown into a triving metropolital city with over 2 million people.

As a coach driver for 30 years I was part of that growing up both on a personal level and city level.

Over the years I had the privilege to travel to Bali for many years on vacation and the love affair with Indonesia and in particular Bali was rekindled.

I also have had the luck of working for a cruise line for a number of years and that job took me around the world,you may call it on a working holiday.

When I told my friends that I was retiring to Bali they called me a few unkind words but after almost 10 years they have retracted those and they are now regular guests in my house here.

Bill van Eck purchased this house in 2006

Why Bill van Eck chose Ubud

During my working life I had the good fortune to travel a great deal,by no means did I see all there is to see but 3 locations stood out,Mexico,Malang,a city in east Java-Indonesia and then came Bali...and the rest is history...

Bali is and will always be an Island full of culture,art in all it's forms.

But what stands out in Bali are the Balinese people and their religion,a unique blend of Hinduism only to be experienced and seen in Bali...

You are never too far away from a ceremony,there are soo many of them.

Even just walking into Ubud you might encounter some kind of ceremony.

What makes this house unique

First and foremost it is the possibility to meet people from all walks of life,having sundowners on the varandah is just cheer bliss and the culmination of yet another day in paradise.

But there is much more to Bali for me at least,here,culture and religion are very much intertwined,they go together,separate them and the Balinese would be lost.

It is this uniqueness that sets Bali and the Balinese people apart from the rest of the world as we know it and to be part of that world I feel truly blessed.

Why HomeAway

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
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based on 8 traveler reviews

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Madrigal Guest House-Your Home Away from Home
average rating of 4.875 based on 8 reviews
Medford Oregon, United States

Magically Wonderful Place!

  • 5 of 5

My good fried Ann and I spent 3 weeks at Madrigal Guest House and we could not have asked for a more peaceful place. We loved the open floor plan and spent a lot of our time on the beautiful veranda (we stayed on the lower floor). Wonderful decor and fabulous garden, very clean and well maintained. I loved all the tile floors and large windows with large glass doors opening up to the wonderful wrap around porch. As two younger women traveling abroad we felt very safe here.

Madrigal is perfectly located, far enough away from the main street to be peaceful and yet as close as a 5 minute walk to the market, 2 minutes to Warungs (restaurants) and about 15 minutes to Ubud (taxi to Ubud $3-$5 USD). We took a long walk up through the rice fields above Ubud but also enjoyed the sun coming up over the rice field off our veranda every morning w/our coffee.

Bill was fabulous, welcoming us and making us feel part of the family. Ann had gotten bit by something on the eye and he went to the market to get medicine for her and coils for us to burn on the veranda. Made' was such a great cook, always asking us what we wanted for breakfast, remembering what fruits we liked best and always having it on the ready. I had gotten sick right before arriving and had a bad cough, Made' made me fresh watermelon juice every day insisting it would help...and it did! We met her daughter Kadek and we all had some laughs visiting and getting to know each others cultures.

Wsukia, is Bill's driver and was just a text away if we needed him. He is a busy guy, so when we wanted an all day adventure we made plans ahead to make sure he was available. We took 3 separate trips to different parts of Bali and he was very knowledgeable and funny. He also set up transport for us to go Gili Meno and on a cycling tour. It was very helpful and affordable.

I try to be objective with reviews and coming up w/ something I didn't like is a tough one here. Air conditioning on a few days would have been nice but this was really not a bother with the open air windows and ceiling fans (which the ceiling was beautiful to!) We did have a couple of geckos that hung around on the walls, they were startling at first but became our friends.

We miss you Bill, Ari, Made', Kadek and Wsukia! It was a life changing trip for me and Madrigal made it even better. We will be back! Barbara & Annie

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Buenos Aires


  • 5 of 5

I was looking for a real home for our holidays at Ubud,and Madrigal exceeds my expectations.The property is much more beautiful than the photos published,is really cozy,new,good taste everywhere.Bill and Made took care of us for the 4 nights of stay,as we got Bali belly since we arrived,and they did everything to make us feel better,even provide us traditional and natural medicine.Don't hesitate to stay at Madrigal.

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Vilnius, Lithuania

We miss you

  • 5 of 5

We came to Bill's house and felt in love still being on the way to it. Our plan at first was to stay here for a week, though we have occupied the house for almost a month.

If you are still searching for a place to stay in Ubud, stop right here, you won't find better, cozier place with more than excellent breakfast and the most friendly person around.

We and our parents miss you and Pasha very very much. Thinking of you very often :)

Erika and Andrius

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2011
  • Stayed: Apr 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
San Francisco

Best nights of Sleep

  • 4 of 5

What a great few nights in the rice fields. Best sleep I had during a three week vacation. Feels remote but surrounds by tons of cafes, restaurants, galleries and activities. Fantastic host and staff. Private, peaceful and genuinely serene.

Thanks for sharing your home, Bill.

  • Submitted: May 12, 2011
  • Stayed: Apr 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Calgary Alberta Canada

My heart is still singing Madrigal's song

  • 5 of 5

I feel a sense of duty to Bill, Made & Wayan, as well as prospective renters to relay my interpretation of this property, however I find myself at a loss for words that can adequately describe the experience of staying at Madrigal.

My husband & I rented the lower apartment for 8 days between Feb-March 2011, and that first impression nearly brought me to tears of pure joy. I have travelled to many countries, and stayed in several other VRBO properties, but this one far exceeded any expectations I had prior to my arrival. The apartment itself is the stuff of "Destinations" reading material, a magical blend of quaint & classy with beautiful furnishings & decorations and the most unique open air bathroom area (you can lay in your soaker tub at night with the warm, tropical breezes and the stars to keep you company). The photo's included on this website don't do it justice. And if you should feel the need to come back to reality during your stay, Bill has included all the modern conveniences as well; a flatscreen TV and large selection of DVD's and WiFi access for your laptop. Made and her sweet daughter Kade keep the area impeccably clean, in addition to preparing and serving you a lovely breakfast every morning complete with lots of smiles & laughter. Make sure you ask Made to make you her banana pancakes....they are to die for! Bill has created beautiful gardens and fish ponds all around the property, which then extend directly into the rice fields. I miss starting my mornings sitting on the veranda surrounded by the flowers & lush greenery, sipping Made's fresh coffee and watching the birds and the local farmers busily working in the adjacent fields.

Should you decide to venture away, the guest house is located within easy walking distance from several local warangs (restaurants). I would recommend Bubu's, Made's Warung and Lolo & Lili's......all very good food. You can also easily walk to the local supermarked (Bintang), Ubud centre and the starting point to several stunning rice field walks (highly recommended). If you want to see even more, then I would strongly suggest hiring Wayan as your driver and guide. He is incredibly knowledgeable, and will design tours specific to your needs and prepared for a full day!! We especially enjoyed our East island tour, which took us to the Elephant Cave and Stoney Temples as well as lunch overlooking Lake/Mount Batur (still active volcano).

Thank you Bill, Made, Kade, Wayan & Pasha..

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2011
  • Stayed: Feb 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is now my turn to shed a tear,thank you from the bottom of my heart,both of you for the wonderful review. Guests like yourself are my best ambassadors,not only for Madrigal house but ultimately for Bali. As you know,I came to Bali to spend my retirement here and it is people like you that make me realize I did make the right desision. Thank you Michelle & Gerrie and do come back one fine day with your children Bill & the team
California, USA

Friendly Beautiful House in the Rice Fields

  • 5 of 5

This was my third trip to Bali, I've now spent almost 3 months on this island paradise and love it more each day. You can pay a lot more money to stay somewhere on Bali but why would you? We had everything we needed here and it''s been my experience that the more you pay the less friendly the staff and the less 'Balinese' the experience. We didn't come all this way to stay in a walled off resort. My Son Brook and I stayed in the top two floors of Bill's beautiful guest house for a great month in January and February. I was a little worried coming this time of year because it's the 'rainy season', but was not bad at all, every morning was beautiful only raining for an hour or two in the late afternoon or night maybe 4 days of the week. (Admittedly one night the thunder did keep me awake for a couple hours, it was like canon fire, but I enjoyed it.) Lots of room and beautiful views of the volcanos the house is situated in the rice fields in the friendly village of Penestanan. Downtown Ubud only about 5 minutes away on my rented motor-scooter. Bill's house-keeper Ebu Made would take care of us 6 days a week making us whatever we wanted for breakfast and helping me with my Bahasa Indonesia and I with her Bahasa English. She's a great cook and so friendly, always smiling and laughing, but that's not surprising for Orang Bali probably the friendliest people on Earth. She also kept the place clean for us, made our beds and did our laundry.

Our host Bill was very friendly and helpful living in his own house right next door. I miss sitting on the porch enjoying an Arak and soda with him or some great food delivered from one of the local Warungs. He's been coming to Bali for over 20 years and living there for several years, very informative about the local area and people + great stories of his life before moving to Bali. He's a Dutchman who spent most of his life in Australia so, of course, his English is probably better than my American version. Hopefully I'll be back this summer - don't worry Bill I won't forget that bottle of Bourbon I promised you and I'll bring a bottle of great California wine as a bonus.

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2010
  • Stayed: Jan 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
ROUND BAR AT D'OMA hotel 100meters
Nearest Ferry
45 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
restaurant ELEMENT,Jl.Raya penestanan
Nearest Beach
35 Kilometres
SANUR BEACH 35km. away
Car: recommended

from the top balcony there are spectacular views of ALL the vulcanos in Bali,specially in the early mornings the view can be breathtaking...

Gunung Agung being the 'grandlady' of bali is to your right and from there looking left they are all lined up for you,mount Abang,mount Batur with it's spectacular lake site temple at Bedugul, spectacular...indeed.

Madrigal is very well suited for those people that like taking hikes through the rice fields and the nearby villages,there are numerous walking paths with small painting galleries and warungs along the way.

In fact Ubud and it surrounding banjars are full of pleasant surprises for those of you that take the time and have the energie for a good hike or take a trip on a bike.



Rates & Availability

From $45 Per night

Ubud House Rental Rates

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Feb 6 2015 - Dec 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
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Jan 1 2016 - Dec 31 2016
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Notes rental rates are for double occupancy,any additional person is charged U$20 per night.
please take note of the fact that additional guest/s are charged U$20 p.p.per night,I have received complains from potential customers because V.R.B.O quotes are for double occupanc
full breakfast,Indonesian or western,is included in these rates.
for long term rental ie.6 months or more,please contact the owner.
payment in full within 3 days of arrival,prices quoted above are for double occupancy,any additional guests are charged U$15.00 per night extra.
For staying longer than 1 month please ask for a quote by E.mail
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Ubud House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet , outdoor shower , this is a balinese 'open' bathroom
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , there is a foldingbed available
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single
  • King size beds (3) our king size beds are 200+200cm. big enough for a party, Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
We now have an 'in house' masseur available to pamper our guests at a cost of Rp.150.000 for a 1 hour Balinese massage. It will rejuvenate you after a busy day exploring Ubud or the Bali country side.

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