PRIVATE GARDEN VILLA ABOVE THE RICE TERRACES IN BALI

Patrick Colvin

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Bedrooms 1
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Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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PRIVATE GARDEN VILLA ABOVE THE RICE TERRACES IN BALI

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Villa, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 2-4)

Ubud is often said to be the art and cultural capitol of Bali, a distinction that has continued throughout the long and fabulous history of this area. Our villa is nestled within a private walled garden in the Bali tradition of shaded open air with plenty of windows and doors that open for breeze and light. In the garden is the family temple, where incense and offerings are made every morning, and a luxurious roofed open air bale for reading, visiting and napping.

Our Bali home is on two floors, the upper being a single very large bedroom with a 360 view and private balcony. In one direction is Ubud, barely seen over the rice fields. In the other direction is the traditional village of Penestanan only a foot path away, a five minute walk to its ancient temples and family shops. The bedroom balcony looks directly at Mt. Agung the holy volcano of Bali.

Our villa is atop a ridge that gets the breeze. The ancient Bali irrigation system is everywhere, with small canals in front and behind the house feeding the rice fields. The old Penestanan footpath in front of our gate turns into a wide stairway and descends to the closest road a short block away. When you walk down the stairs thru a jungle-like canopy you emerge at the best of Ubud. Across the street is the old Hotel Tjampuhan with its fabulous spa, pools, and gardens. Owned by the Ubud royal family, the hotel is connected to their river temple by a bridge, where two rivers meet and the road into Ubud crosses the old bridge. This area figures prominently in the ancient origins of Ubud. From there, shops, cafes, and galleries line the streets into town, past the palace, the temples, the market, and Monkey Forest Road. The bridge and its restaurants are about 2 blocks down the road from the stairs. The best of Ubud is a ten minute walk away. You can easily catch a local taxi into town or back if you like.

Our villa was designed to create and honor a glimpse into the old Bali, the people and culture, with all the comforts of the new world. It was created to be a romantic get-away! We have purposely used local crafts people (many of whom have worked on local temples and palaces) and local building materials to retain the old customs and style. We do not have AC but fans and shade and breeze like the Balinese. We do not have TV so that you spend your time enjoying the view, the birds, the rain and the people. But we have luxurious furnishings and bathrooms with plenty of hot water and Wi-Fi access throughout the villa and garden! And the views are the best in the Ubud area!

Ibu Putu’s Warung (local restaurant) is located on the same property as the villa and operated by our Bali family that cares for the villa. Ibu’s place is well-known and very well-rated (aka Ibu Putih’s Warung). In the early days it was visited by the many celebrities who come and go from Bali, including members of the Rolling Stones when Mick was frequenting Ubud. Ibu’s place is open for breakfast, lunch and early dinner and provides you with breakfast as part of our rates. You can have meals served in your private villa anytime or interact with local people and life by eating in the Warung and watch locals and tourists walking by, up and down the stairs. Fabulous fresh fruit juices, salads and Balinese specialties. Don’t miss the spicy omelet for breakfast or the Bali smoked duck for a special dinner!

The mornings start early in Bali. At the first hints of light, the roosters start crowing, and there are many! Paths are being swept, offerings made, and the duck man brings in the ducks to glean the rice fields. Children are heading to school. This is no place for late risers! The family brings incense and offerings to the temple and the best part of the day begins. There are walks and hikes in every direction, best while the morning is still cool! Or take a yoga class mere steps away or a massage just down the footpath. There are pools and spas close in every direction.

Ubud is a 45 minute drive from the International Airport in Denpasar, the island's capitol. You can arrange to be picked up at the airport by our Bali brother Ketut or a member of his family. His car is always a pleasure and his English is very good. The drive thru villages and rice fields is well worth the cost (about US $50 one way depending on time of arrival).

Accommodations - Private Villa: Our Bali home is really built for two, though it can accommodate 2 more if desired. The house is not child proof. It includes one oversized luxurious bedroom upstairs with king bed and 360 degree views from the top of the ridge; spacious living/dining area downstairs with 8 foot couch beds that can sleep 2 more; balconies on both floors; an upper loft accessed by stairs outside the bedroom with full size futon in a 3rd floor tower. Downstairs is an artistic large bathroom opening onto a private garden with an indoor/outdoor hot water shower. Upstairs, the smaller bathroom has toilet and sink (no bath) and a window with amazing views! There is a small kitchen downstairs with gas burners, sink, cooking things and a refrigerator. Wi-Fi is available throughout the villa and gardens, fast enough for email but not for major media downloads.

If you need help with travel plans or shopping, the family is English-speaking and there is always a driver that can be arranged to take you anywhere you desire in an air conditioned car. You have the opportunity to enjoy the privacy and beauty of Bali with the guidance and hospitality of an established Balinese family. Or you may just want to stroll into Ubud and do your own thing! You can spend your days exploring all that Bali and Ubud have to offer but come home to your own Bali style villa where the cool breeze blows. Email or call us in the USA to reserve a piece of paradise.

Another option: If you need a full 2-bedroom house, our Bali family has opened a new home nearby, available starting September 2013 at very favorable rates. Ask about it and our new VRBO listing. Designed in a more modern Bali style, it has TV and Wi-Fi and is easily accessible by car or motorbike. Built on one level, it has an open air kitchen and living area with a pool surrounded by a small garden, two bedrooms each with a full bath and AC. It is very well located on holy temple land of the village of Penestanan. Breakfast is not included in the price but can be arranged separately with the family or you can eat in nearby cafes. This area of Penestanan has been growing with restaurants, bakeries, and cafes.

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Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only

Patrick Colvin

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2005
Speaks english
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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights
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4.7
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Private Garden Villa Above the Rice Terraces in Bali
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 9 reviews
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Private Garden Villa Above the Rice Terraces in Bali
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+ (505) 699-7066 (New Mexico, USA)
Ubud Bali
Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
5

A GREAT VILLA IN A GREAT LOCATION!

  • 5 of 5
We (couple) stayed in the villa for 5 nights in July. The villa provides very comfortable accommodation and is well placed to explore the areas around, including central Ubud, on foot, while being far enough removed to provide peace and tranquility. Plenty of good places to eat within walking distance. The villa is located high on a ridge with great views in all directions. Ibu Putu, Ketut, Wayan and family looked after us very well, including pick up and drop off at the airport, a day trip by car, and breakfast every morning. Not to mention carrying our bags up the stairs! All up, we can totally recommend the villa, its location, and the support given from the time you arrive at the airport until you leave.
  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Ubud Bali
Sacramento
4

MEMORABLE STAY IN BALI

  • 4 of 5
We are a couple who spent two weeks in the villa as first-timers in Bali. Overall impressions were positive. Booking experience was convenient. We highly recommend arranging an airport pickup to avoid hassles with taxis. Ibu Putu and family were delightful. The property is beautiful and nicely decorated. As others have noted, there are nearly 100 steps from the main road up to the villa; we were prepared for this, but other travelers with physical limitations would be advised to consider alternative accommodations. In our opinion the villa is best suited for a couple; the downstairs couch wouldn't make comfortable sleeping arrangements.

There were a couple of minor shortcomings with our experience that could easily be remedied. Supplies such as toilet paper and bar soap were not adequately stocked during our stay; we had to ask for extra TP more than once. The major drawback of the villa, as another reviewer has noted, is the darkness at night due to a lack of functional lighting. A floor lamp on each floor could easily solve that problem.

We had no issue with road noise, as another reviewer did. But those with sensitivity to smoke should take note: farmers regularly burn leaves and other plant matter in Bali and the smell of smoke occasionally carries into the villa due to its elevation and proximity to the rice fields of Penestanan.

During high season Ubud (and Bali in general) gets crowded, but it's lively and fun. We really enjoyed Bridges restaurant, especially the "Bridging Tables" dining experience on Saturday evenings where you get matched up with other groups for a dinner-party over a three-course dinner. Ubud is also close to many nearby villages, each with its own traditional specialty handicraft.

We would recommend this villa, but travelers should bear in mind some of the above considerations.
  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you George for you nice review and we enjoyed meeting you and your wife! We are always trying to improve our villa and are now getting ready for some big improvements to both bathrooms and kitchen this Fall. We hope you get the chance to see them next year! We'll look into floor lamps and already reminded everyone on the supplies. Incidentally, the smoke from the farmers is seasonal, one part in the rice planting cycle that allows 2 to 3 crops per year: plant, irrigate, grow, harvest, ducks-cleaning (my favorite), and burning! It only happens now and then and is part of an incredible rice-terrace agricultural system!
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Private Garden Villa Above the Rice Terraces in Bali
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Ubud Bali
5

GORGEOUS VILLA IN QUIET SUBURB

  • 5 of 5
Thank's Patrick and Ketut with his family for such great stay! The villa is gorgeous - 15min walk from Ubud centre, in a quiet suburb. It's very spacious, with amazing views from bedroom. Ketut was very helpful - great company, great advices, trips... the only thing we missed - we found out he is one of the best fisherman in Bali, unfortunately too late to taste freshly caught tuna :).
  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ubud Bali
Ft. Collins, Colorado
5

EXCEPTIONAL STAY!

  • 5 of 5
We spent a week at this villa in late April/early May. It is simply spectular! The villa is beautiful, spacious, clean and has unbelievable views. Ketut picked us up at the airport as arranged despite the fact that our plane was late. Ketut and his wife made cetain we had a great time. We enlisted Ketut to show us around the island and saw amazing scenery. His mom, Ibu, runs the warung by the villa. She is kind, sweet and an exceptional cook. We did manage to eat away from the warung but Ibu's satay cannot be beat!

Indeed, the villa sits at the top of what seems to be about a hundred steps. We used this as our exercise and never had a problem. Ketut's sister and neice carried our luggage up and down these steps with utter ease...on their heads! A previous post mentions the road noise. We had trouble hearing the road noise for all the birds and wildlife which was immeasureably entertaining. Night is quiet, peaceful and romantic. This is paradise and we were lucky enough to have it for a week. We hope to return!
  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: It is really nice to hear feedback from our clients, the people we have worked with to try and make their stay complete. Thank you. You can tell when somebody gets it: The beauty of the villa is the family who cares for the house and our guests. We try to provide a glimpse into old Bali, and how it still is, away from the hum of the big hotels. Through our home and our Bali family, you can immediately connect with the old village of Penestanan as well as the new things sprouting up in Penestanan today. Our take over the years is that this village on the edge of Ubud is quickly becoming a new spa, yoga, café and recreation center of considerable quality…which of course, Ubud has always been! Please come again!
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Ubud Bali
Rolling Hills, CA, USA
3

IF YOU AREW LOOKING FOR A QUIET ENVIRONMENT, THIS MAY NOT BE THE RIGHT VILLA...

  • 3 of 5
Well, the pictures look great but one important factor is missing... The villa is near a very busy road and you will hear traffic from 5:30am until 10pm NON-STOP. Unfortunately Ubud has become highly populated and is visited by many tourists. A big dissapointment as it is dificult to relax when hearing the sound of motorcycles, cars and trucks all day long.

Also, the villa is approxiamtely 100 steps from the road i.e. for those of you with physical challenges, you should consider the climb.

The staff was wonderful and the breakfast was great. The villa was nice yet very dark in the evening. A flashlight is required to go upstiars, it is difficult to read and do any work as it is so dark. The bathroom in the master bedroom is also very dark.

In terms of comfort, the master bedroom is good, the kitchen is functional and the main floor is comfortable. The sleeping arrangements on the main floor offer very little comfort.

So, if you don't mind road noise (the main issue), the place is ok. The lighting issue was mentioned to the staff.

PS THe center of Ubud is more than 10 minutes away by foot.
  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing
Owner's Response: So sorry the reviewer was disappointed about the noise. As owners, our experience is actually that the traffic noise is much better in the Ubud area now that mufflers have been improved so much. But, there is no denying that there is traffic noise in Ubud like any populated area on earth. I don’t think you will be able to avoid it in the entire Ubud area. But you stay in Ubud for the culture, food and convenience.
Our home has lights in every room including the stair well and all bathrooms so we don’t really understand the lighting issue. It is true that we have refused to install fluorescent ceiling lights like many Bali homes and villas preferring the ambiance of table lights and old Dutch glass ceiling lights. There are also reading lights at the bed and downstairs on the couches. It’s cooler and less attractive to night insects and much more aesthetic.
We prefer to rent to no more than 2 people as the downstairs sleeping area is designed as a luxurious lounging area and really only for overflow sleeping but we are asked many times to allow the extra guests.
We always explain about the sleeping arrangements as well as the stairs to the main road. Those stairs are one of our favorite elements. They take you AWAY from urban Bali to a location without street traffic. The traffic sounds you hear are over 100 yards away through a canopy of trees and jungle foliage. But it’s true that if you have walking issues our villa is not for you. However my 90 year old mother had no problem. The stairs are the modern transformation of the centuries old path that goes from Penanstanan to Ubud. That path is still used for ceremonies and village foot traffic.
We use the stairs all the time and really enjoy them. There is a village taxi stand at the bottom in case you need one. But the “10 minute walk” to the center of Ubud is a fantastic walk across the sacred river bridge, past the river temple, and along the charming shops, galleries, and restaurants. We usually save the taxi ride for the way back home, full of things from the shopping!
All in all our villa is our intent to retain as much of old Bali as possible while still offering modern conveniences like lots of hot water, beautiful furnishings, a simple modern kitchen and bathrooms as well as views to die for. If you want AC, drive up convenience, bright ceiling lights and the hush of the 4 star hotels instead of the chatter of local voices, our villa is not for you.
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Ubud Bali
San Luis Obispo, CA
5

A WONDERFUL STAY

  • 5 of 5
This villa is a great stay. For 12 wonderful nights we were captivated with both the structure and the views. This is a three storey villa. The ground floor has a large living-dining room (with two large sofas that can convert into beds) plus a fantastic indoor-outdoor bathroom and shower room, and a small kitchen. The stone circular stairway leads to the second floor, which is one very large bedroom with windows around and a balcony, plus second bathroom. The third and top floor is accessed via an outside stairway that leads to a small square room that has windows all around. My wife and I would get up each morning to climb to this top room to watch the tropical sunrises accent the volcanic silhouettes and cast morning rays of sunlight on the rice paddies below. The villa sets atop a high hill overlooking the valleys just outside of Ubud. The Villa was cleaned and was cleaned daily by the family that takes care of the place. A gated-walled garden surrounds the villa. Breakfast was included and was served a warung (small restaurant) just below the villa. A great stay!
  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2011
  • Stayed: May 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Bird Watching, Temple Ceremonies, Yoga center, spas, massage options next door, Monkey Forests, Excellent Shopping, Artisan Workshops, Art Galleries

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Notes Price includes breakfast and daily maid service. Transportation and other services paid on-site. Wi-fi is included.
Rates are for 1 or 2 persons. An additional fee of $25 per day will be charged for each additional person. Maximum occupancy is 4. Minimum stay of 1 week for Christmas, New Year's and Valentine's Day.

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Amenities

Ubud Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
General:
  • Linens Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Refrigerator
  • Catering Available
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1)
Outside:
  • Gazebo ...
  • Balcony ...
Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Attractions:
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • cycling
Notes:
Private Decks, Balconies, and a Beautiful Walled Garden, Master bedroon and tower Loft with 360 Degree Views of Rice Fields and Volcanoes, Some Cooking Utensils Provided, Wireless internet Access and Excellent Small Restaurant (Warung) nearby, Meals Can Be Served in the Villa, Daily or Weekly Maid Service Available, Transportation Arranged from Airport and for Touring, No Smoking Inside, No Pets
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