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Due to the 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' and rent them 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 manage 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 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 congenial house manager who will take care of the transportation of your luggage to and from the house..
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
Rumah Cahaya is a virtual playground for children with its adult and children's pools and practical badminton court; however, very young children and infants are not recommended unless the upper floor balcony is kept locked because of the danger of falling from heights....moreless
Pets Not Allowed
Smoking allowed in the ample outdoor areas only, please....moreless
High-quality 'rollaway' single can be located in any room...moreless
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....moreless
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....moreless
Many books (in English) are available to read while at the villa, including guide books to the area....moreless
DVD player is located in the 'master' bedroom, complete with surround sound and large flat-screen television....moreless
Satellite / Cable:
Basic satellite television reception is provided...moreless
Surround-sound stereo systems are located on each of the three main levels....moreless
A large flat-screen television is suspended against a fabric backdrop in the master bedroom...moreless
An extensive library of over 150 DVDs is provided for your viewing pleasure in the bedroom where a large-format flat-screen High Definition television and DVD player is located....moreless
Away From It All
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Lower level bedroom is climate controlled (dehumidified); adjustment of settings is not available for guests....moreless
Fitness Room / Equipment:
Multi-function weight machine is available in the climate-controlled basement level...moreless
Just about everything the cook could desire is supplied in this magnificently appointed kitchen with marble bar top and polished stone countertops: microwave, toaster, toaster oven, blender, rice cooker, electric kettle, and French press coffeemaker compliment the electric-ignition four burner gas cooktop....moreless
Lanai / Gazebo
Lawn / Garden:
Extensive landscaped grounds with tropical plantings. Large lawn area adjacent to pool....moreless
Pool / Spa
The setting for the swimming pool overlooks the river valley with its nearly 180-degree view, yet within its high walls is very private. Average yearly temperature of the pool is 84-degrees....moreless
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
Additional information about rental rates
Refundable Damage Deposit$500
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.
STANDARD RATE is for four persons. An additional charge of $15. per person per night, or US$85. per person per week applies year-round.
$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.
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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.
Year Purchased: 2012
About the owner: 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.
Why the Owner Chose Penestanan: 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.
The Unique Benefits at this Villa: 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.