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NOTE: PLEASE read this description carefully. The "4-bedroom, sleeps 10" notation is for BOTH the villa and the new Annex addition. 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.
PLEASE SEE THE SEPARATE LISTING FOR THE NEW 2 BEDROOM 2 BATH ANNEX, VRBO #702772, WHICH, EVEN THOUGH LOCATED ON THE SAME PROPERTY, IS ALSO COMPLETELY PRIVATE AND CAN BE RENTED SEPARATELY FROM OR TOGETHER WITH THE VILLA!
MAXIMUM persons in the villa is six, maximum in the annex is four.
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 this elegant and luxurious villa 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; two 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 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 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:
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 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 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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Rumah Cahaya is a virtual playground for children with its adult and children's pools, gardens, 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
The living room features comfortable seating around a glass-covered coffee table under which local maps are displayed - the perfect spot from which to plan your excursions throughout the island....moreless
Depending on the sensitivity of your computing equipment, the wireless signal may only be available in the tower office or on the bedroom level below, likely not from the living room or pool area....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, coffeemaker, and French presscompliment the electric-ignition four burner gas cooktop....moreless
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Main Villa Compound
Apr 1 - Sep 27, 2016
2 night min stay
Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Apr 1 - May 12, 2017
2 night min stay
Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Additional information about rental rates
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).
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The villa 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 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.
Why the Owner Chose Ubud:
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.
The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
What is primarily unique about this property 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.
The house from the north showing the waterfall-fed childrens' wading pool
Diagram of the villa (left) and the Annex (right 1/3)
View of the pool and tropical rain forest from the bedroom windows
Extensive hand-carved wood and stone entry. Note the polished living room floor.
Kitchen stove with waterfall in the background and carved back wall to the right
Floor plan of the bedroom level showing the location of the two king beds.
Seating area on the entry deck at sunset. The front entry is behind the viewer.
Bedroom yoga/massage deck, with its view of the river valley, at sunset.
Bedroom yoga/massage deck. Second king bed with valley overlook is to the left.
The living room with seating area left, kitchen right, and waterfall at center
Rumah Cahaya at the end of the rice field pathway, against the rain forest.
The hand-carved Balinese temple with the house and pool in the background
The pool area from the front entry deck
Living room seating area at dusk with the valley and pool in the background
Kitchen with marble counter, teak cabinets, and stairway upstairs in the back
Planting new rice in the terraced fields behind Rumah Cahaya
The house at night from the pool.
The living room seating area at dusk.
The garden path to the temple with rice fields beyond the wall, pool area below.
'Master' bath showing garden, commode and bidet, outdoor bathtub and shower.
The marble kitchen counter with carved rear wall and waterfall in the background
The bedroom level; seating area with TV in foreground, deck in the background.
Annex roof and the gate to the Annex in the villa perimeter wall (arrow).
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