|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
PLEASE SEE THE SEPARATE LISTING FOR THE NEW RUMAH CAHAYA ANNEX, VRBO #702772, WHICH CAN BE RENTED SEPARATELY OR TOGETHER WITH THE VILLA!
Due to the recent popularity of the commission-based property rental sites, vacation rentals are appearing everywhere in Bali. Even local families are sacrificing a portion of their iconic rice fields to build small 'villas' to rent to tourists for added income.
These plentiful offerings cannot be compared with Rumah Cahaya, the House of Light, which 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 northeastern 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, built not as a rental property, but as the eventual retirement home of an American cinematographer. Featuring a majestic, remote, very private and peaceful setting; the finest in design, construction and materials; and luxurious amenities, it contains three full (two partially outdoor) baths; three king-sized beds; a two-story interior waterfall; a fully-equipped modern kitchen, and an optional climate-controlled video theater. You will find Egyptian cotton towels, high-thread count bed linens, hair dryers in every bathroom, bedside reading lamps, desktop computer, a complimentary cellular telephone, and a great many more amenities that are all too often overlooked in other offerings. 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 over 3000 square feet of landscaping, pool and lounge area: a two-level swimming pool (comparable in size to those of most local hotels), the lower level shallow for the safety of children, and in which they can play under the waterfall from the main pool above; 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.
Our staff consists of our young and enthusiastic house manager Juli who recently spent two years aboard a cruise ship to polish his language and tourist-relations skills - a rare feat for a young Balinese, the housekeeper/cook Maya, who comes each morning to prepare your breakfast and clean, and our groundskeeper and security watch Bapak ('father') Tekik who tends the rice fields behind the villa. They will attend to your every need, but do remain full-time at the villa. Unless you specify otherwise, they are requested to vacate the property by 11:00AM so that you might fully enjoy the tranquility and privacy of the site. Additionally, Juli will make the service of our guests a priority, if you are in need of a driver or guide while in residence, and if one of Bali's frequent ceremonies or processions is occurring during your stay, he can advise you on the required attire and arrange for you to attend.
A NOTE ABOUT ACCESS:
Rumah Cahaya 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. The setting is so quiet that guests are gently awakened by the songs and calls of the birds in the river valley, and the evenings so still that one feels quite alone in the natural world. As with all but one or two villas which are located on the outskirts of Penestanan, it is accessed only by motorbike or walking path (no automobiles), and the motorbike access ends at the property's location. Thus, there is no sound of passing motor vehicles - so common a disturbance in Bali - to detract from the peaceful ambiance. 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 pathway makes the short walk to the local market and main road into Ubud very quick and 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, but there is no problem with the transportation of your belongings. Upon arrival you'll be met by our house manager who will take care of the transportation of your luggage to and from the house..
In 2015 we have added a new 'annex' to the property, connected to the main compound by a small gate yet outside the main perimeter walls (it has it's own) to allow complete privacy in both the villa and the annex. This addition is an intimate two-bedroom, two-bath unit with living area, kitchen, and small pool. As in the villa, it is equipped with the finest in accoutrements including hand-carved teak furniture, quality linens and towels, top-end appliances, imported cookware, and complete entertainment system. Either the villa or annex can be booked separately, or you can reserve the entire property to accommodate as many as 12 persons.
In short, you may find small rental accommodations plentiful in Bali, but a trip to this enchanting destination deserves the finest experience you can imagine. The magnificent Rumah Cahaya and its friendly and dedicated staff will provide you with a unique and incomparable experience!
Keywords: Bali, villa, vacation, quiet, secluded, rain-forest, rice-field, hideaway, peaceful, luxurious, rental, family, natural, clothing-optional, swimming, Ubud, yoga, retreat, wedding
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 if 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.
Bruce McGregor purchased this villa in 2012
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, and I am pleased and honored to share it with discriminating guests as a base from which to discover their own reactions to the magic of the island.
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 extended family that built the house, maintains the property and cares for you during your stay. The family home is a short walk away, and if you avail yourself of the opportunity of spending time with them 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 coming back to see members of a new and extended family of their own.
You will truly enjoy a memorable stay.
I live in NYC. This place is Opposite Land. Rumah Cahaya will obliterate your stress. Need a creative sabbatical? Stay here for a month and explore the interior of Bali.
There's a rainforest on one side of the villa and rice paddies on the other. We woke to bird calls and luscious views, and fell asleep to gecko chirps and faint gamelan drumming--beautiful and hypnotic. On the second day, my niece said,"WHY are Maya's breakfast eggs so good?" And then we saw the chickens and hens running through the paths of our rice paddies. That curving path is like something out of National Geographic for Kids. My two young kids saw lizards, ducks, roosters, groundhogs, mice, frogs, butterflies and snakes (butterflies are bigger than the snakes). Note: Rumah Cahaya is not for the squeamish. They’re all here, creatures great and small. Everything is benign. There’s an ongoing symphony of chirping and burping and some of it comes from the corner of the living room.
The villa’s best features are the open air master bathroom and the eagle's nest, a tiny tower. Every night I’d bathe under the starriest skies—no light pollution here. After a really hot day, you bathe in the sultry perfume of frangipani. Upstairs, from the eagle's nest, you sit at an L-shaped desk while peering into a lush rainforest. The ordinary world falls away. I couldn’t stop taking panoramic shots of the rice paddies. At night if you leave the tower windows and doors wide open, a little bat might swoop in and out. My son loved that!
The staff: Maya makes amazing breakfasts but she’ll let you know (by being late) that she prefers 9am to earlier. Finally we just had her make us lunch instead. She’ll also take small parcels of laundry and return them next day. Juli, the informative driver and responsive house manager, aims to please. One day he took us to the market and I left a bag of caramel cakes somewhere. He saw my disappointment and the next day came with other caramel cakes, refusing compensation. (One day, though, Juli’s brother pinch hit and charged us an arm and a leg. So, substitute Juli at your own risk!)
The owner Bruce has tastefully created a luxurious home yet still in keeping with the local vernacular--wooden doors, transoms, cabinets, and wardrobe are carved with Balinese motifs, and altars and recessed nooks with Hindu statuary grace the property. My kids had so much fun exploring it all that they didn’t even realize they were learning. The same goes for me.
Stayed at beautiful Rumah Cahaya for a week in August and had the most amazing stay.
The location of the villa was absolutely perfect for our needs. Walking through the rice field on the villas private path enjoying the sights and sounds of Bali is an experience I will never forget. The Villa is isolated but still only a five minute walk to the Bintang market and one of our favorite restaurants The Yellow Flower Cafe. It was about a 15-20 minute walk to the center of Ubud but if you didn't feel up for the walk it was very easy to get a taxi.
Rumah Cahaya is a large house with the most beautiful grounds and a very large pool which we enjoyed immensely! The outdoor bathrooms were such an exotic treat, nothing like taking a bath enjoy the stars in the night sky. The owner Bruce has set the house up beautifully, thinking of small details such as flashlights and a cellphone for guest use.
But, truly what made our stay amazing was the wonderful staff. Juli the house manager was so kind and helpful. Our first night we arrived exhausted after traveling about 30 hours, just wanting a shower and light dinner. Juli was kind enough to order our dinner from a wonderful local warring, go pick it up so we could enjoy a beautiful meal without leaving the Villa. Juli also help us arrange tours and was always a phone call away if we needed anything.
Maya, the cook/housecleaner was a gem. She made us beautiful breakfasts each morning, nothing was to much trouble. Her banana pancakes were delicious!
And then there was Bapak the groundkeeper. An amazing man always with the biggest most welcoming smile.
Villa Rumah Cahaya is a truly magical place!
Thank you Bruce for sharing your home with us.
Group of guests: 3 adults (couple+single), mid-fifties to mid-sixties / lenght of stay: 2 weeks / requirements (duly agreed upon by owner): internet access, inclusion of breakfast, user-friendly kitchen. Great: staff cordiality, comfort of main bed, swimming pool&greenery; proximity to supermarket&bunch of swell little restaurants / Ok: breakfast; comfort of living room / Poor: overall cleanliness of kitchenware; comfort&cleanliness of outdoors dining chairs / Annoying: security man's barking dog —around 04:45 a.m. daily / Drawbacks: distance (by foot) to downtown; unavailability of house lady ± before 09:00 a.m. / Major drawbacks : internet reception, kitchen lighting; & morning coffee (ouch!) / Rumah Cahaya is a big house with reasonable personality, set in a pretty&quiet area; one might (arguably) find unfortunate, when on ground floor or in garden, not being able to take in the beauty of the rice paddies next to it; but how to understand a-50-some-years-old-guest may seriously be expected to sleep in the second upstairs ‹bed› for 2 weeks, repeat 2 weeks, with: no proper lamp to speak of, zero storage space, a thick plastic curtain (as it sits half outdoors) to cut off the rain but not quite the heat, + a mosquito net (much stained &) ill-fitting??? Said guest, by the way, ended up dragging mattress inside to room floor & had to do without... mosquito net or reading lamp! —with 3 computers, piles of travel documents&books&whatnot, we simply had to rule out using the living room as a second bedroom. One might, also, have to forgo walking to/fro downtown, considering: local temperatures and incline&lenght of unavoidable hill, condition of sidewalks, but mostly, mostly, the hallucinating Ubud motorized traffic&pollution! Last but not least: 1) if you really do need internet at the house, better be prepared to swear&suffer —A L O T... 2) your laundry will in fact be taken care of by the house lady, inexpensively if not remarquably, but hold on to your white clothes for the life of you! 3) the recommended chauffeur proved a truly nice young man&fine taxi driver, with very decent english; but having so little to say about balinese culture&history, he can hardly serve (for the time being?) as a resourceful tour guide. So. If your circumstances match ours, and taking into account the rental fees, you might want to lodge elsewhere. J, P, & Jacques
This was a spectacular stay, almost transformative. Being out in the rice fields, as opposed to in town, is what made Ubud so wonderful for us, and the people who met us and who cooked breakfast could not have been nicer or more welcoming. Bruce has made a magical place and next time we are coming for longer, BR
We arrived at the Bintang parking lot, met by 3 guys who are going to take our bags. Up a "rustic" stairs, down a path behind the grocery, then another path, then another...."what did we get into?" Last turn and you look across a rice field and find HEAVEN. Beautiful grounds, great pool, almost total quiet, spotless, great breakfast....yet you're still maybe 15 minutes total walk in to "downtown" Ubud or 10 minutes up the stream bed and turn up into Penestanan. I'm doubtful that you can match this for privacy yet proximity to Ubud shopping and sightseeing. Landlord was incredibly responsive to emails. Driver/Guide most helpful. This was, just simply, one of those place that you kind of want to denigrate a bit so it will be available the next time for us, because WE WILL RETURN. The pictures understate the beauty and you can't hear the quiet in a photo. This is one to not overlook if you like privacy and still like to see what Ubud has to see and do.
What a gem! The property is secluded yet within walking distance of shops and restaurants. The winding lane along the Blangsuh takes you to the villages of Penestanan and Sayan farther afield to the west or across the rice fields to Campuhan and Ubud to the east. The place has touches of luxury and charm, comfort and glitz. Lounge on the porch for breakfast, soak in the pool in the heat of the afternoon, or climb up the roost to see the moon at night, Villa Cahaya has it all.
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|
Main Villa Compound
Apr 1 2015 - Sep 27 2016
3 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$250|
ANNEX RATE OF $125./night is for 2-br/2-ba. ANNEX ONLY. The main villa house and compound only (without annex) is available for $250./night, $1600./week, or $6000./month. The entire property, both villa and annex, are available for larger groups by arrangement (please contact the owner for details).
$250. 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.