About the property
- House3800 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 nights
House, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths (Sleeps 6)
OUR BOOKING PROCESS:
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 and 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. During the rainy season everything would get wet. And we'd essentially spent a good part of each day just cleaning 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 the drawings were done, Ketut handed them 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 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 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 red flowers. 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 did 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 recent years, Mel and I decided to move back to the US so our kids could get an education there. We have been renting the house out since then, but we return every year with our boys for a month to enjoy it ourselves and to repair and spruce up the house.
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,, 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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- Calendar last updated:
- May 21, 2018
About Anni Crofut
Mel grew up in east Java. I grew up in western Massachusetts. We met when I was teaching ESL as a volunteer at an university 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 hand made by artisans in Bali.
Anni Crofut purchased this House in 2004
Why Anni Crofut chose Kesiman
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.
What makes this House unique
Sis, our gardener & grounds keeper of 15 years, is a wonderful man and also very kind. He does not live at the house but he comes to the house daily to work. Sis cleans the pool, tends to the gardens, lawn, buildings & property. We do not have a maid/cook at the house, but a wonderful Balinese friend lives nearby who we can connect you with who can cook and clean for you. She is a very good cook, and can shop at local markets. She knows the house well and speaks some English. If you would like Kadek to work for you, we will connect you with her once you sign the rental contract. She will tell you her fees and would charge you independently.
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Incredible property with wonderful staff
I stayed here January of 2016 and thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience. The house is uniquely beautiful, with big, open rooms, unique artsy touches, and a lovely surrounding property. The pool is perfect for relaxation and the grounds are private and impeccably maintained. It's close to everything Bali offers- beaches, treks, culture, etc. Kasek and Sis are both amazing people, with big hearts and a genuine desire to ensure we enjoyed our stay. The day before my fight I awoke very sick and the wonderful Kadek never left my side- massaging my back, adjusting my pillows, rubbing my burning forehead, and literally spoon feeding me her delicious cooking. She later accompanied me to the hospital, directing the taxi driver and hospital staff, making sure I was comfortable the entire time. What would have been a miserable last day in Bali was significantly eased by her unbelievable kindness. I am so grateful to have enjoyed this delightful rental; thank you Anni and Mel xx
Beautiful relaxing oasis in Bali
We had a wonderful week at this beautiful Bali house in September. The house is beautifully designed with lots of open spaces where the wind can blow through easily. The garden is absolutely stunning, colorful and well maintained. The pool is very relaxing. The house is a great place to hang out with books and games as well.
The bedroom was very comfortable and the bed great for a good night sleep.
We also made several trips to the nearby beach by taxi and we went on an all day trip to Ubud. You need transportation to do things.
Kadek, the housekeeper is absolutely lovely and kind and prepared breakfast and several other special meals for us. She knew we love fruits, so she was able to get us all the in season local fruits. She also made the most delicious smoothies for us. Unfortunately her English is very limited, like with many people in Indonesia.
Relaxing with a lovely Balinese atmosphere
Good communications with the owner during the booking process. Stayed with our family consisting of two teenage children (aged 17 and 19). Met by Wati who is a very professional host. Wati is a great cook and we always enjoyed her meals at night time. The house is not far from Sanur, an easy taxi ride (which Wati always organized for us). We loved the house, its views from upstairs as well as the peace and quite around the garden/pool area. The house is very clean and tidy. A thoroughly enjoyable stay.
Rosemarie Visser and family
Mel and I so enjoy working with people to help them navigate the unknowns of visiting a new country, island, and house. Thank you Rosemarie!
Spacious, Amazing Chef, Lush Grounds, Centric
My wife and I have traveled the world a few times over and rented a lot of places in the middle east, asia, europe. And our stay in Bali was one of the best experiences. We stayed here (May/June 2015) and enjoyed every minute. From the beautiful pool, privacy, many artistic touches, and Wati, an amazing, kind hearted chef (which is a unique treasure of this rental). You'll enjoy the many local dishes Wati creates. We even hired her for some cooking classes. Grounds and rooms were kept pristine and the house had everything we could of asked for (except for being located directly on the beach). We used Blue Bird taxi to go everywhere and booked a driver for a longer excursions to temples on the other side of Bali. Location is terrifically centric and accessible to the airport, Ubud, beach clubs, and the dozens of other places to see on this enchanting island. You can even book a in-home massage if you wish. I highly recommend renting this home without hesitation.
We were two couple looking for some extra space for our stay in Bali. The house was lovely and there was lots of private space throughout the house. The garden was peaceful and we ended up having our private wedding ceremony there. It was a good alternative to a beach wedding. We also enjoyed the pool to cool down in and Wati the housekeeper was a lot of help with taxis and our all our questions.
Myself, husband and 3 children (15, 13 & 7) stayed at the house for 8 nights. It was nothing less than perfect. The house had all the space we required and more. Photos show exactly how inviting this home is. I call it 'home' because that is the feel you get from the moment you step inside the front gate. The grounds were meticulously manicured and the entire home was extremely clean. The staff where very accommodating and helpful. We had such a wonderful time at the home. Highly recommend this home to anyone travelling to Bali - all ages!
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 and artistic design. The house is conveniently located only 10 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 long white sand beaches. 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.
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Our process: After we have agreed on dates, we will approve of your booking and attach a contract which we kindly ask that you sign and photo (or scan) as a jpg, and and attach on VRBO back to us. We will also attach a Welcome Note with details about the house, and a list of Things to Do