Rumah Cahaya, the House of Light, offers the visitor to Bali a unique and very special experience.
From across the rice fields as you approach, your first thought might be: “Could that be the place – OUR place?” By day it lies impressively expansive against the tall palms of the river valley, stretching across behind the rice fields and into the palm trees beyond. By night, the house glows at the end of its pathway, the lighted temple in the northeasternmost corner indicating the unusual size of this very special property.
Built on a bend of a small river valley and situated at the end of the “Path to the Sacred Spring' this truly astonishing villa is without question one of the most beautiful and tasteful accommodations in Bali, featuring a majestic, remote, very private and peaceful setting; the finest in design, construction and materials; and luxurious amenities. It contains two full partially outdoor baths; three king-sized beds; a two-story interior waterfall; and a fully-equipped modern kitchen. Marble, granite, and natural stone are used throughout, and over 25,000. man-hours have gone into to the hand-carved stone accents and intricately carved wooden doorways. Examples of many of Bali’s finest artistic endeavors are displayed.
Outside, the landscaped grounds boast a two-level swimming pool, large adjacent lounge/play area (with badminton court), intricately carved Balinese temple, stone sculptures, fountains, tropical landscaping, and an uninterrupted view of the river valley. Surrounded by a high wall, a feature of traditional Balinese architecture, the house and grounds are completely private and blissfully peaceful, yet are open to the near-180 degree view below.
The house is heaven on earth! As stated, the property is situated on the bend of a river, in a completely natural setting, and which many visitors have remarked is the quietest, most natural setting for a home they've seen here. As with all but one or two villas on the outskirts of Penestanan, it is accessed by motorbike or walking path (no automobiles). There are two pathways to the house: a motorbike access path runs along the small river past a number of villas and homes and ENDS at the front gate. From the back gate, we have built a cement walkway through the rice fields to the community path on the other side of Penestan (see photos). This path makes walking to the local market and main street into Ubud very convenient.
The walk to the house from the nearest automobile access is perhaps four or five minutes from the back gate and about five or six from the front. There is no problem with your belongings. Upon arrival you'll be met and your bags will be transported to the house for you.
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I was given my first camera at the age of five, a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye; I still have it. Since then, it has been as it the words of Frost's 'The Road Not Taken' were written to describe my life: I have enjoyed a fascinating and satisfying career traveling the world experiencing different cultures and filming sunrises and sunsets in some of the world's most remote and breathtakingly beautiful locations - several of which no human being had previously beheld, as I was taken there by helicopter.
I am presently devoting my time to documentary projects, attempting to use my experience to help illustrate problems and injustices in our world and communicate the need for change. I also enjoy being involved in projects which celebrate the joys of life, especially when they involve children.
My career in the motion picture industry specialized in filming in international locations. Of the 36 countries I was fortunate to experience Bali, which I first discovered while in my early 20s, stood out as extraordinary among them all for many reasons: its incredible beauty, captivating culture, perfect weather, extraordinary artistic heritage, and its gracious and welcoming people. After having been away from Bali for forty years, on my return I was immediately filled with the same conviction that I felt as a young man: this is the place I want to live. Rumah Cahaya was built as a place to which I can invite the many friends I've met throughout the world in my travels, a place to share, enjoy and reminisce. It will be my eventual retirement home.
What is primarily unique about Rumah Cahaya is its very special location. It has a dramatic 220-degree view to the front, where it overlooks the small river valley and the rice fields beyond, To the back, it has a 180-degree view of ascending rice terraces. The location was chosen for its beauty and extraordinary serenity. There are no traffic sounds, honking horns, beeping motorbikes; in fact, the only sounds one hears at Rumah Cahaya, day or night, are the natural ones: the sigh of breezes stirring the palms, the call of birds, the sound of running water in the river or cascading from the rice terraces.
In order to achiever this unique and very spirit-fulfilling serenity, a property was chosen that is removed from the busy and noisy roadways of Bali, and is in fact equidistant from them. To the front, the 'Path to the Sacred Spring' runs along the river and terminates at Rumah Cahaya's gate. To the rear, a meter-wide causeway was built through the rice-fields to allow convenient access to Ubud's main road, largest market, and convenient transportation.
The other considerable benefit of staying at Rumah Cahaya is the family that maintains the property and cares for you during your stay. You will not find a more remarkable Balinese family. Their warmth, generosity and hospitality not only has many travelers returning year after year, but doing so feeling as if they are truly members of an extended family.
You will truly enjoy a memorable stay.
Rumah Cahaya also has such amenities as a massage table with in-call masseuse. Beach areas are from 1/2 hour to an hour away (transportation is plentifully available and inexpensive), the city/town of Ubud with attractions such as shopping museums and restaurants is within walking distance, the Balinese village of Penestanan in which excellent painting and beadwork can be found is a short stroll from the house, Ubud is the perfectly located base for exploring all of Bali's offerings.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event||Minimum Stay|
|Property Damage Protection||$49.00|
|Refundable damage deposit||$500.00|
|$500. fully refundable security deposit is required in addition to the rental amount. Payment may be made by:
wire transfer, credit card via PayPal, or money order. Personal checks are accepted in the United States when the owner is 'in country' with sufficient advance to allow them to clear the bank.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay. Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.