NOTE: If your party is large, and you desire more accommodation than the main villa can provide, please see our adjacent 2-bedroom unit described below and on VRBO/702772.
Due to the recent popularity of the commission-based property rental sites (e.g. AirBnB), 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. Most of these "backyard bungalows" would fit in the bedroom of this magnificent estate home!
These plentiful offerings cannot be compared with this elegant and luxurious villa which, built as the eventual retirement home of an American artist, offers the visitor to Bali a unique and very special experience. The home would be better described as an "estate" than a villa, and sits on 1400 sq. meters - more than six times the size of most local "villas".
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 traditional 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. Featuring a majestic, remote, very private and peaceful setting; the finest in design, construction and materials; and luxurious amenities, it contains two full (both partially outdoor) baths; two king-sized beds (as well as an additional double and single to accommodate larger families); a two-story interior waterfall; and a fully-equipped modern kitchen. You will find Egyptian cotton towels, high-thread count bed linens, hair dryers in each 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. One example of the thought and care that has gone into the preparation of this home is the mosquito netting (largely decorative, as the house is quite mosquito-fee) surrounding the king-size bed. Having become tangled in such netting after many trips to the tropics, the owner designed and built a hardwood frame, suspended from the ceiling, that allows the netting to hang to the floor approximately two feet from the bed. One can walk around the bed entirely within the curtain of the netting!) 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: painting, wood-carving, batik, stone-carving, etc. Most of the furnishings, including bathroom and kitchen cabinets, are locally made hand-carved teakwood.
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 a shallow pool for the safety of children and in which they can play under the waterfall from the main pool above); intricately carved Balinese temple; stone statuary, 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 of the rain-forested river valley below.
Our staff consists of our young and enthusiastic house manager who recently spent two years aboard a cruise ship to polish his language and tourist-relations skills - a rare feat for a young Balinese; our housekeeper/cook, who arrives each morning to prepare your breakfast and clean the house; and our groundskeeper and security watchman who tends the rice fields behind the villa. They will attend to your every need, but do NOT 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 complete privacy of the site. Additionally, our manager, who is a licensed tour driver, will make the service of our guests a priority; if you are in need of a driver or guide while in residence, you need only call him, 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:
This villa 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. It is so peaceful that guests are gently awakened by the songs and calls of the birds in the river valley, and the evenings are so still that one feels quite alone in the natural world. It is accessed only by motorbike or walking path (no automobiles), and the motorbike access ends at the property's front gate. 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 (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 three to four 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, Hidden River Paradise, 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. (see VRBO.com/702772). As in the villa, it is equipped with the finest in accouterments 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 10 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 home and its friendly and dedicated staff will provide you with a unique and incomparable experience!
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NOTE: PLEASE read this description carefully. We offer THREE separate, yet adjoining accommodations: (1) THE MAIN VILLA IS IDEAL FOR COUPLES (Honeymooners welcome!) OR SMALL FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN WHO DO NOT REQUIRE SEPARATE, PRIVATE BEDROOMS. MORE THAN TWO ADULTS WILL LIKELY NOT FIND THE PRIVACY HERE THAT THEY MAY REQUIRE. The current rental rate for this huge, 3300 sq. ft. luxury estate home is $185./nt on season, and $145./nt off season. These rates are for two persons only (additional costs for larger parties) and include breakfast each morning.
(2) The brand new "Annex", a two-bedroom two bath bungalow with pool (see VRBO listing #702772) can sleep up to four in two queen bedrooms. On season rate for the annex is $95./night, off season $65../night again for two persons and including breakfast.
(3) Our only neighbor, a delightful Australian gentlemen, is offering his three guest suites as "overflow" for larger parties requiring non-shared accommodations. His suites are just outside our back gate and feature ensuite queen accommodations, all of which include bath and kitchen and are completely private. Capacity of each is two persons in queen bedrooms. His rates are US$75./night per suite on season and US$65./night off-season.
EVEN THOUGH THE ESTATE HOUSE AND ANNEX ARE LOCATED ON THE SAME PROPERTY, AND THE NEIGHBORING SUITES ARE JUST NEXT DOOR, ALL ARE COMPLETELY PRIVATE AND CAN BE RENTED SEPARATELY FROM OR TOGETHER WITH THE VILLA! The two properties are at the END of an access pathway along a rain-forest river valley and, as such, are remote, extremely quiet, and undisturbed.
MAXIMUM persons in the villa is six, maximum in the annex is four; the three neighboring suites accommodate two each; this, we can accommodate up to 16 persons!.