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Our Home in Ubud, Bali

For three weeks in April 2013, we lived in a wonderful detached house in Penestanan, in the suburbs around Ubud in Bali. Located down a quiet road in a local area, away from the hussle and bussle of central Ubud, we found ourselves surrounded by peace and tranquility and were able to relax from the rigours of travel, get some work done and enjoy an authentic Balinese lifestyle.

The house we ended up renting was owned by a family who owned a small grocery shop. They had little or no idea about how to market the house, so it was a stroke of luck that they saw us wandering up and down the road and invited us to see their brand new property – we were the first guests to stay there!

Click here to read our tips on finding a house to rent in Ubud.

Street view, Penestanan
Street view, Penestanan

After negotiating the price down to 6,000,000 (six million) Rupiah for three weeks (£302, US$497, €365) and organising some essential but basic (and slow) wi-fi via a dongle, we settled into our beautiful new home and set about becoming one with our surroundings.

We loved the indoor / outdoor life
We loved the indoor / outdoor life
Bedroom
Bedroom
Kitchen & Living room
Kitchen & Living room
Bathroom, with open air shower
Bathroom, with open air shower

Each day we woke early with the Cockerels, ate mango and papaya from the garden for breakfast, went shopping in the local markets, and when we weren’t too busy working, toured the local area by motorbike (rented from a neighbour for about US$2 per day) or relaxed in one of the splendid cafes, far away from the tourist centre of Ubud.

The entrance to our simple compound
The entrance to our simple compound
Riding the bike to Gunung Agung, Bali
Riding the bike to Gunung Agung, Bali
Visiting a temple with our landlord and her family
Visiting a temple with our landlord and her family

One of the things we liked most, apart from our amazing, super friendly hosts, was the size of the house and the privacy that we enjoyed, along with the indoor / outdoor living space that the house offered. We were able to sit and work on our laptops in the living room, yet still enjoy the fresh air. That really was something unique that we’d ever experienced before, being from Europe!

Being able to travel long term, & slowly has allowed us to get real insights to different parts of the world, to live like locals, to get to know them and see how they live day-today, which for us, helps us to understand the world that little bit more.

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