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Stunningly Colorful, Spacious, Artistic Bali House for Short Term Rent

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Living room, & stairs leading to guest bedrooms at far end


Last updated: 10/14/2016
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  • Minimum stay:1-6 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:3
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

To book this house, please send me (Anni) a message through VRBO/HOMEAWAY with your reservation request along with any questions you have about the house or property. I will then send you our contract, payment instructions and I will book the house for you for your dates.

This tropical Bali dream house, located in Padanggalak, 3 miles north of Sanur, is what my husband Mel and I like to call our 'third child' (we also have 2 boys). Building on our cross-cultural marriage, we chose to blend the open-air feel and tropical materials of Mel's native Java with the exposed wood, open floor plan, and cathedral ceilings of the old barns of my native rural Massachusetts.

Before building, we'd spent years living in rented houses in Bali, so we were very clear what we did not want. We wanted to avoid the sort of villa you see all over the island that is built to look romantic - open-air, no doors, thatched roofed - but is in fact very impractical. Coming from New England where the winters are so rough, I'd always thought of the tropics as gentle, but those houses taught me that a tropical climate has its own hazards: bugs, dust, mosquitoes, ants, mold, gecko's, smoke from burning fields, and a very fast pace of decay. In the open houses, we couldn't keep nature out because there was no way to close in the space. Mosquitoes were abundant, the thatch would shed and smell, and the geckos living in the thatch would contribute their own fall-out. We'd essentially spent a good part of each day just sweeping up!

Armed with a concept and a list of things to avoid, we chose Balinese architect Ketut Arthana. Internationally recognized, Ketut has a reputation for optimizing and managing space. He instantly understood what we wanted. He set the ceilings high, like a barn's, but added variety to the roof-line by slightly lowering the kitchen roof and using the typically Balinese cross-hatched exposed rafters. He wasn't afraid to recommend tile over thatch for its strength, quality and ease of maintenance, and we found that by lining the under-side of the tile with basket-colored woven rattan, we were able to achieve the same soft, natural effect from inside as you get with thatch, but without the problems. Ketut placed giant sliding glass doors and windows around the perimeters of the entire house, offering light and an open-air feel during the day, but with the option of shutting out the bugs, wind, water and dust at night and during storms. Above these doors, Ketut added a ring of slim rectangular windows for ventilation and style.

Once complete, Ketut handed the drawings over and we took charge. Mel oversaw the building process, and I made interior design decisions. Rather than focusing on making the house fit into a category (rustic, modern, contemporary…), I just did what I found beautiful. The result is a mix of many influences, including primitive and modern, old and new, raw and finished. I brought my love of Mexican color into my paint choices, and my appreciation for Shaker simplicity into my choice of old, strong, and simple wood furniture. I was very relieved when, in the end, it did in fact all come together.

Color is a major theme. The main living space has a soft cream terrazzo floor contrasting with two bold papaya-orange walls and another sailor blue wall. The ventilation windows hold circular coins of colored glass framed in teak, giving a warmth and funky flare to the entire space.The kitchen and bedroom floors are richly colored in traditional Dutch-style cement tiles. More color flows through the deep-set, vertical red, blue, green and yellow stained-glass windows along the stairs.

In contrast to the bright colors, raw materials ground the house in the natural and neutral, creating what architect Yew Kwan famously described as 'high-style primitive.' Raw teak trees frame the kitchen space and serve as pillars on the terrace; Y-shaped stripped coffee balusters and teak banisters form the railings along the stairs and balcony; large slate plates ringed with marble stones to form a mosaic on the master bathroom wall; and worn gray river stones provide drainage where house meets land. A whimsical stone mosaic of tropical animals skirts the verandah.

Outside, the property is ringed with a mustard-yellow fence overflowing with pink, purple and yellow bougainvillea. Verdant gardens border the walls. A rice-terraced-shaped pool fills one corner, while lush mango, palm and Frangipani trees create umbrellas against the sun. Ocean breezes blow in from the east, cooling the land and house, even in the hottest season.

And you can see the ocean from the house! That third floor room wasn't in the drawings, but one day, Mel was up on the rafters and he realized that from up there we could see the sea. We learned that it wouldn't cost much to raise up the roof and add an extra room, so we just did it. That room is a retreat, way up high, for meditation, yoga or writing - a place to be alone, or for young kids to play.

In 2006, Mel and I made the decision to move back to the US after living in our house for only a few years. We were at a cross-roads professionally, and we wanted our kids to be educated in the US. We have been renting the house out since then, but we return every year with our boys for a month to repair and spruce up the house and, of course, to enjoy it ourselves.

One renter described the house this way: "This house has a warmth and grace and artistry to it, but it is also a very livable house, peaceful and soothing, also fabulous for entertaining, and very convenient to Sanur, Denpasar and Ubud. 'Many happy memories were made in that house and we want to return again if we can."

Keywords: Convenient, close to beach, close to Sanur & Denpasar & Ubud, maid and gardener included, breakfast and one meal cooked daily, wi-fi internet connection, convenient 24-hr taxi service, artistic, soul-filling, spacious, breezy, cool, practical, oasis, fully equipped house, warm, open, kid-friendly, comfortable
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Member since: 2011

Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time: Within 2 days
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 10/14/2016

Property Type

  • House
  • 3800 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Staff


  • Events Allowed
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Children Welcome:

    This house is fabulous for kids. They love the openness of the main room & there are plenty of places for them to discover and explore. The pool is visible from the veranda so adults can sit and enjoy the cool shade while keeping an eye on the kids. A temporary safety fence can be installed around the pool upon request. The pool has steps and a perfect shallow area for kids to play. A shower room is accessible from the outside so kids can wash and dry off from the pool before entering the main house. The wall surrounding the property offers privacy, and safety as well as emotional intimacy....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Smoking Allowed:

    We accept smokers with the caveat that you smoke ONLY out on the verandah or on the balconies....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Master Bedroom: 1 king

    Private indoor/outoor bathroom. Private veranda w/ chairs. ...moreless

  • Third/Kids' Bedroom: 2 twin/ single, 2 baby crib

    Full bath nearby (off main room). Baby crib(s) optional....moreless

  • Upstairs Bedroom: 1 king

    Private bathroom. Private balcony w/ chairs overlooking pool...moreless

  • Hand-crafted teak king-sized beds in both the master and upstairs bedrooms. Full mosquito netting on both beds. Two painted white mahogany twin beds in kids' room, both with full mosquito netting. One of the twin beds can be made into a toddler's bed by inserting a wooden rail (provided) on one side of the bed to prevent the child from falling out of the bed. Two lovely wooden baby cots/cribs available to be placed in either downstairs room on request. All three rooms have AC and can be fully closed. Two single floor mattresses are also included in the rental and can be used as extra bedding. Bedding includes high thread-count linens, hypo-allergenic pillows and duvet, and light weight blankets and duvets for cooler temps....moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • Public Bathroom: toilet, shower

    Close to kids' room. Also conveniently exits to garden/pool....moreless

  • Master bathroom: toilet, shower, outdoor shower

    Lovely bathroom garden. Private entrance to pool....moreless

  • Upstairs Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Private bathroom w/ terazzo tub/shower and dutch tile floor....moreless

  • Each bathroom has its own character. The Master bedroom is the most spacious, with plants circling its interior/exterior and a real tropical garden to enjoy as you take your outdoor (but covered) shower. A private door leads out through the garden to the pool, so you do not need to go through the house before or after swimming. The upstairs bathroom is vibrant, private and lovely, with a bath/shower, and a separate closet with dresser. The public bathroom is fully tiled with white marble, and can be accessed both from the main room and the outdoors, making it easy to shower before or after swimming without first entering the house. This bathroom is just around the corner from the kids' room. A copper sink sits just outside the public bathroom for easy hand washing....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Private caretaker. Separate/private helper's quarters and entrance with bedroom and bathroom (note: they use bedroom to rest, but do not sleep there at night). Separate office building with AC & double bed with mosquito net (option to use as emergency bedroom). Cathedral ceiling in main living space. Large sliding glass doors and/or windows in every room offer open-air option during the day and wind and bug protection at night. Open-air master bathroom. 3rd floor cupola room with writing table, two chairs and view to ocean. Lovely shaded lawn and garden. Dead-end quiet street with plenty of parking. Convenient to Sanur with its stores, restaurants, banks and beaches. Convenient to Ubud with its cultural riches. Convenient to Denpasar with its travel agencies, department stores and government offices. Convenient to big road headed to east Bali (adventures!). Only 30 - 45 min.(depending on traffic) to airport....moreless


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books:

    The bookshelf is filled with novels, non-fiction & children's books, mostly in English, but also Dutch, Swedish, German & French. We work on the honor system, so if you take a book, leave one behind....moreless

  • Books For Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    Located in loft....moreless

  • Games:

    Basketball hoop in parking area. Ping pong table with rackets and balls in garage. Blow-up toys for swimming pool. Cards and a few board games available....moreless

  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo:

    Located, along with speakers in the bookshelf in the main room....moreless

  • Television:

    Large screen TV, speakers and DVD player are located in loft. ...moreless

  • Toys:

    6 Balinese prayer boxes can be found in the main room, filled with practical items such as toys (cards, drawing pencils, a few games), first aid (band-aids, antibiotic cream, etc.), sewing kit, etc....moreless

  • Video Library:

    We have a large collection of DVD movies for your enjoyment....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Reefs
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Parks
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View:

    If you go up to the third floor you can see the ocean. The feeling of the ocean is very much in the air at the house....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Jet Skiing
  • Paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning:

    All bedrooms have AC & mosquito netting. Kids room is fully screened....moreless

  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer:

    All clothes are hung in semi-sun to dry. If you have special washing instructions for your clothes, please just let Wati know (excluding ironing.) Wati is very careful with her work. ...moreless

  • Covered Parking:

    2 car covered garage with 2 additional parking spaces inside gate....moreless

  • Filtered Water
  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    Two yoga mats available. Ping pong table with rackets and balls in garage. Basketball hoop in parking area. Pool floaties and noodles....moreless

  • Garage:

    Two-car covered garage....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided:

    500 thread count linens, microfiber hypoallergenic duvet & pillows, light-weight blankets, bath towels. Bring your own beach towels....moreless

  • Living Area
  • Living Room:

    The living area is the heart of this house, characterized by very high ceilings, lovely white terrazzo floor, comfortable furniture, color, space & beauty. ...moreless

  • Local Maps
  • Parking:

    2 car covered garage with 2 additional parking spaces inside gate....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Plenty available. Gang Sekar Pole is a dead-end quiet street with lots of parking and privacy, while also being at the end of an exceptionally wide alley by Bali standards....moreless

  • Parking On Street
  • Secure Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    We have a washing machine and Wati will do your laundry for you. Laundry is line-dried. Wati is not permitted to iron. However, we have an iron so if you wish, just ask Wati and she will set you up....moreless

  • Water Tank
  • Wireless Internet:

    Good for checking email and surfing web. Slow streaming possible....moreless


  • Blender
  • Catering Available:

    Coffee & tea on arrival. Breakfast prepared every AM. Lunch OR dinner (not both) prepared for small additional fee (pd directly to Wati). All food costs are at tenants' expense. ...moreless

  • Coffee Maker:

    We do not provide a coffee maker but we do have a french press....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    The kitchen is complete with a full selection of cutlery, pots and pans and kitchen tools for preparing meals. Juicer and blender available. Accessory for stovetop barbecue available....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    10 complete sets of classy Marks & Spencer dinnerware (lg. dinner plate, salad plate, lg. soup bowl, smaller bowl, mugs.) Plenty of water glasses, wine glasses, beer mugs. Plastic bowls for kids....moreless

  • Freezer
  • Kitchen:

    Large fridge, gas stove & oven, knives, cookware, kitchen tools, toaster oven, microwave, blender, rice cooker, juicer, 10 complete dinnerware sets, coffee & tea ware, cloth napkins, tablecloths....moreless

  • Microwave:

    We have a microwave as well as a large toaster oven that can be used to toast, reheat, broil or bake....moreless


  • Balcony:

    The second floor bedroom has a private veranda/ balcony with two chairs that look out over the pool and garden....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Wide veranda w/ sofa, 4 chairs, coffee table & hammock. Clear line of vision to pool....moreless

  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lawn / Garden:

    The lawn is ringed with a lush garden & shaded by mango, frangipani, jack-fruit & palm trees. Thick bouganville climbs up walls surrounding the property. Slate stones create paths from house to pool....moreless

  • Porch / Veranda:

    The master bedroom has a private veranda with two comfortable chairs and coffee table, looking at the pool....moreless

  • Terrace
  • Water Sports Gear:

    Two beginner surf boards....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • In Ground Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool:

    Infinity-edged shaded pool w/ shallow area for kids, deeper area for adults & diving. Size approx 30' x 10'....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


Write a review 4.9
from 15 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Low Season
Jan 16 - Jun 30, 2017
3 night min stay
$1,120 $4,200
High Season
Jul 1 - Aug 31, 2017
6 night min stay
$1,260 $4,800
Low Season
Sep 1 - Nov 1, 2017
3 night min stay
$1,120 $4,200
High Season
Dec 1 - Jan 15, 2018
6 night min stay
$1,260 $4,800
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • Taxes Not included


Our process: After we have responded to your inquiry and we have agreed on dates, we will email you a contract which you must sign and email back (scan, or photo and send jpg). Once we receive your signed contract, we will email you a paypal money request, which you can will pay by credit card in two installments. The first is 50% of rental fee plus your $200 security deposit. The second will be due 10 days before the start of your contract (we will send you a second paypal request). Your security deposit will be returned the day after your contract ends, assuming there is no damage beyond normal wear and tear.

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Last updated: 10/14/2016
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  • A

    Sanur beach View on map

    Sanur beach is about 2 miles white sand beach. You could rent bicycle, and ride a long the beach. Very beautiful.

  • B

    Bali Safari and Marine Park View on map

    The Bali Safari and Marine Park combines Balinese cultural ambience with African Savannah.

  • C

    Kecak Dance View on map

    Of all the dances seen on Bali today, the Kecak dance is perhaps the most dramatic. Taken from the Hindu epic Ramayana, the dance tells the story of Prince Rama and his rescue of Princess Sita, who has been kidnapped by the evil King of Lanka. Unlike other dances, there is no gamelan orchestra accompanying it. Instead, a troupe of over 150 bare-chested men serve as the chorus, making a wondrous cacophany of synchronized "chak-achak-achak" clicking sounds while swaying their bodies and waving their hands.

15 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Ngurah Rai
3 Miles
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Padang Bai
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Nearest Beach

Car: Necessary

Nestled away from the buzz of traffic and activity, this serene house is welcoming for families, couples or individuals seeking to surround themselves with beauty, comfort, privacy, artistic design and exceptional service. The house is conveniently located only minutes drive from Sanur (a well-established family friendly resort area with shopping and restaurants), only a half-hour drive from Ubud (the cultural center of Bali), and far enough but not too far from the heart of Denpasar (Bali's capital city with its travel agencies, banks, department stores and government offices). Sanur offers a large number of international standard restaurants, entertainment, great shopping and white sand beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see. Also, the house is very close to Padang Galak beach, a black sand beach offering surfers excellent waves. The airport is 35 min drive, depending on traffic.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2004

About the owner: Mel grew up in east Java. I grew up in western Massachusetts. We met when I was teaching ESL as a volunteer at an Academy of Foreign Languages in Jember, east Java, and Mel was my student. I was 24 and Mel was 21. We have lived together in Boston, Bali and now the Berkshires in western MA. We have two boys, Zephyr and Kaylo. We make our living selling silver jewelry that Anni designs, all made in Bali.

Why the Owner Chose Denpasar City, Denpasar City, Bali, Republic of Indonesia:
As I mentioned in the description, we built this house for ourselves. We never intended to rent it while we were building it. We chose the area because it is so convenient, while still quiet, and because the 'banjar' system in this village is not so strong, which makes it friendlier (less obligations, rules and restrictions) to non-Balinese, and as Mel is Javanese and I am American, this suits us.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Wati, our lovely friend & maid, lives nearby & works full-time at the house. Wati will do your laundry (no ironing), make your beds every day, wash towels & linens once/week, & keep the house clean. She is available to prepare breakfast every morning: coffee, tea, fruit, toast, pancakes, yogurt, fried bananas &/or French toast. Wati is also an excellent Javanese cook. She is available to cook EITHER lunch or dinner for you for a small additional cooking fee (paid directly to Wati) & all food costs at tenants' expense. Food shopping is tenants' responsibility. Our policy is that Wati is not permitted to cook more than 1 main meal/day so as not to take her away from her other responsibilities. IF for some reason you wish to hire Wati to cook after her working hours (5 pm Monday - Sat), this is fine so long as Wati agrees & you pay her independently for her additional time & service. Sis, our gardener & grounds keeper, is Wati's brother. He is a wonderful man and also very kind. He also lives nearby & works full time at the house. Sis cleans the pool & tends to the gardens, lawn, buildings & property.

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Response time: Within 2 days
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 10/14/2016

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  • Living room, & stairs leading to guest bedrooms at far end

    Living room, & stairs leading to guest bedrooms at far end

  • Stained glass windows behind staircase with coffee-tree banister.

    Stained glass windows behind staircase with coffee-tree banister.

  • Large master bathroom w/ mosaic slate wall. Outdoor shower not shown.

    Large master bathroom w/ mosaic slate wall. Outdoor shower not shown.

  • Upstairs bathroom.  Terrazzo floors, full bathtub and shower not shown.

    Upstairs bathroom. Terrazzo floors, full bathtub and shower not shown.

  • One of two single beds in 'Kids' Room' downstairs.

    One of two single beds in 'Kids' Room' downstairs.

  • Veranda with view out to garden and pool

    Veranda with view out to garden and pool

  • View of yard and house from entrance.

    View of yard and house from entrance.

  • View of mango tree and rice-terrace-shaped infinity pool from upstairs balcony.

    View of mango tree and rice-terrace-shaped infinity pool from upstairs balcony.

  • View of yard and pool from external office.

    View of yard and pool from external office.

  • View of dining table with kitchen behind.

    View of dining table with kitchen behind.

  • King-sized teak bed in master bedroom. Glass doors open to pool & garden.

    King-sized teak bed in master bedroom. Glass doors open to pool & garden.

  • King-sized bed in upstairs bedroom with high thread-count sheets and comforter.

    King-sized bed in upstairs bedroom with high thread-count sheets and comforter.

  • Standard size single beds in 'Kids' Room downstairs.

    Standard size single beds in 'Kids' Room downstairs.

  • View of public copper sink and bathroom from main living space.

    View of public copper sink and bathroom from main living space.

  • View of master bedroom from infinity pool.

    View of master bedroom from infinity pool.

  • Pool and Master Bedroom verandah

    Pool and Master Bedroom verandah

  • Pool


  • Frog Fountain

    Frog Fountain

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This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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