DRAMATIC SECLUDED LUXURY VILLA ESTATE IN TRANQUIL SETTING NEAR UBUD

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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
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Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 8 nights

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DRAMATIC SECLUDED LUXURY VILLA ESTATE IN TRANQUIL SETTING NEAR UBUD

Tumbak Bayuh Villa Rental Photos and Description

Villa, 2 Bedrooms + Sleeping Porch, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

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.

NOTE: access.

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.

Keywords: Bali, villa, vacation, quiet, secluded, rain-forest, rice-field, hideaway, peaceful, luxurious, rental, family, natural, clothing-optional, swimming, Ubud, yoga, retreat, wedding

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Suitability:
  • smoking allowed
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
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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.

The Owner 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.

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.

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 8 nights
Contact the owner directly to confirm reservation details and pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer), to protect your payment up to $1,000.
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4.8
based on 12 traveler reviews

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Dramatic Secluded Luxury Villa Estate in Tranquil Setting Near Ubud
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 12 reviews
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Dramatic Secluded Luxury Villa Estate in Tranquil Setting Near Ubud
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p401099vb
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Tumbak Bayuh Bali
Quebec City
3

DID NOT REALLY WORK FOR US

  • 3 of 5
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
  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I suppose that it was bound to happen, as “you can’t please all the people all the time” - our first less-than-five-star review. Please have a look at the other reviews, all of which rated Rumah Cahaya five-star: [“the daily breakfasts were delicious”, “almost total quiet, spotless, great breakfast”, “The setting is ideal; quiet, away from the bustle of Ubud but close enough to walk to everything (or a quick taxi ride if someone's complaining)”, “The staff came each morning to cook breakfast and kept it spotlessly clean”….and so on..]
In answer to these complaints: I live in the United States and respond immediately to any correspondence from my guests. Had I been notified of any disturbance or complaint it would have been immediately taken care of.
The same goes for any cleanliness issue. One mention from me to the staff andefforts to satisfy these difficult-to-please guests would have been redoubled. I spend each winter at the villa, though, and am cared for by the same staff. I have yet to find anything in their work or presentation to complain about, and my standards for the property and its condition are very exacting.
The housekeeper arrives daily at 8:00AM, and there are instructions in the house information book (did they even read it?) for arranging an earlier time, contacting the owner in the event of any dissatisfaction, etc.
Lastly, in the winter months I spend each year at Rumah Cahaya I’ve not had any difficulty with the internet. It is DSL complete with a wireless modem and has only two drawbacks: the slow transmission of bulky data files (such as photographs) inherent in Third World internet services and the fact that the modem wireless transmission can’t be received throughout the house due to the heavy usage of steel. A ‘tower’ office is provided, complete with dektop computer and seating for two.
In reviewing my correspondence with this party I see that we exchanged 24 emails prior to their arrival, in which I answered many questions and described in detail the sleeping arrangements; availability, selection, and competence of drivers; walking distance to town; ease of taxi hiring, etc.
Obviously, I am disappointed to see that such a unenthusiastic and, to me, disturbing report was submitted but can assure you that, should you choose Rumah Cahaya for your trip to Bali, every effort will be made to see that you will depart feeling that you’ve had a very special, fully enjoyable and completely satisfying experience.
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Dramatic Secluded Luxury Villa Estate in Tranquil Setting Near Ubud
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p401099vb
(415) 250-7868
Tumbak Bayuh Bali
SoCAl
5

FABULOUS VILLA; FABULOUS LOCATION AND VIBE

  • 5 of 5
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
  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Dramatic Secluded Luxury Villa Estate in Tranquil Setting Near Ubud
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p401099vb
(415) 250-7868
Tumbak Bayuh Bali
Victoria, Texas
5

BEST YET (DON'T LET THE "WALK-IN" FOOL YA)

Best Yet (Don't let the "walk-in" fool ya)
  • 5 of 5
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.
  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Dramatic Secluded Luxury Villa Estate in Tranquil Setting Near Ubud
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p401099vb
(415) 250-7868
Tumbak Bayuh Bali
5

A PIECE OF BALINESE PARADISE

  • 5 of 5
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.
  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2012
  • Stayed: Nov 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Dramatic Secluded Luxury Villa Estate in Tranquil Setting Near Ubud
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p401099vb
(415) 250-7868
Tumbak Bayuh Bali
Adelaide, South Australia
5

EVEN BETTER THAN THE PICTURES - PERFECT!

  • 5 of 5
My wife and I booked Rumah Cahaya for 8 nights for a family holiday with our 3 children (7,5 & 4 years old respectively) in August 2012.

We looked forward to arriving, having seen the beautiful pictures of the villa on the website. However on arrival we realised that this amazing residence was even better than the pictures! (a pleasant surprise for us seasoned and sometimes cynical travellers).

The location is perfect - yes, it is a 5 minute walk and 5 minute taxi to central Ubud - but that is what makes it so great. You have your own peaceful retreat away from the busy main tourist drag, but close enough to pop into town a couple of times a day should you wish.

The local supremarket stocks everything at local prices, and we never had to wait for a taxi for the $3 trip into town. Not that there turned out to be many of these - our children loved exploring the house, gardens and playing in either of the two pools.

Walks around the local village of Penestanan offer up wonderful little restaurants at excellent prices - some even do home delivery to Rumah Cahaya.

But the highlight for us grownups was waking up on the 3rd floor master bedroom watching the sun rise over rice fields. It really felt like our own piece of paradise for those 8 days.

The staff were farm and friendly, the daily breakfasts were delicious and Bruce the owner was always contactable throughout the booking process, our stay and also after our return.

I cannot recommend this accommodation highly enough, and we are already thinking about when we will return.

Thank you Bruce!
  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Dramatic Secluded Luxury Villa Estate in Tranquil Setting Near Ubud
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(415) 250-7868
Tumbak Bayuh Bali
California
5

A MOST SPECIAL PLACE

  • 5 of 5
Our family just returned from ten happy ten days at Rumah Cahaya. It's a spectacular villa, full of beautiful details and in a really special spot. The setting is ideal; quiet, away from the bustle of Ubud but close enough to walk to everything (or a quick taxi ride if someone's complaining). You have to be willing to be a bit off the beaten path, which we liked. Our kids loved walking through the rice fields and the back alleys to get around and we ended up spending more time than I expected exploring the village of Penestanan.

Did I mention rice fields?

On one side the house faces a river gorge and on the other side are rice paddies. Breakfast is served facing the river, so you eat, Last Supper style in a semicircle all on one side, facing this gorgeous wild view with the sounds of jungle as accompaniment. (You might want to keep an eye out for Javan kingfishers, which are gaudy beyond belief.) It's a pretty good way to start the day. Pancakes, french toast, fruit, omelettes, coffee, juice..

The house is full of beautiful artwork and careful attention to detail. The pool is great. The staff is wonderful; kind and competent. It's easy to arrange for meals at the house, for laundry, and so on. The house comes with a mobile phone, which is a nice touch.

The house is not good for infants and toddlers; our 7 and 10 year olds were very happy.
  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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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.

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Tumbak Bayuh Villa Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Single couple only
May 1 2014 - Oct 31 2014
8 night minimum stay
$200
$5,000
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$250
$1,600
$6,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit 500
Property Damage Protection 49
$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.
Notes SPECIAL RATES FOR COUPLES! Until this notice is removed, we are offering Rumah Cahaya at discount rate of $200./night for stays of longer than seven days., and $5000. monthly.
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Amenities

Tumbak Bayuh Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Linens Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Computer Available
  • Mobile Phone
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Catering Available
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , bidet , outdoor shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , outdoor shower
  • 2
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Sleeping Porch - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single , High-quality 'rollaway' single can be located in any room
  • King size beds (3) There is a king bed in each of the two areas of the master suite: a full king in the bedroom and another king mattress on the 'sleeping porch' off the master bedroom, within partial view of the other., Double Beds (1) On the main living level, the coffee table, fitted with its own foam mattress and positioned in the 'L' of the living room seating group, forms a double bed. There is also a full bath on this level, with open-air shower., Twin or Single Beds (1) A very high-quality 'Springbed Romance' single rollaway can be placed on any level in the house.
Entertainment:
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Video Library ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Balcony
  • Lanai / Gazebo
Suitability:
  • smoking allowed ...
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • alternative lifestyle
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • theme parks
  • zoo
  • museums
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
  • nude beach
  • health/beauty spa
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • shopping
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • mountain biking
  • snorkeling/diving
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • rafting
  • cycling
Notes:
Large secluded serene property with landscaping, view of tropical rain forest and rice fields, completely walled compound with alert-sensor equipped gates for security and privacy, lap swimming pool and separate children's wading pool, ornate lighted Balinese temple, expansive lounge/play area adjacent to pool with available badminton equipment, separate food-preparation area for staff, two-level interior waterfall, two of the bathrooms are indoor/outdoor featuring open-air showers and tropical gardens, main bedroom features 23' ceiling and massage/yoga deck overlooking the valley, meditation area with open-air king bed off the bedroom deck, wall-sized accordion glass doors on living and bedroom levels, massage table and on-call in-house masseuse, 100-meter causeway through the rice fields to nearby market, sacred community fresh-water springs in the river valley nearby.
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