Batukaru Mountain Farmstay - Small

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Sustainable cabin for ideal for couple/single. Set in active Balinese farmland, experience traditional Balinese community, lifestyle and food far from the tourist scene. Visit temples or trek in jungle and rice paddies.

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Set in Banjar Anyar, a small village on the slopes of mount Batukaru, experience traditional Balinese village life on the edge of the rainforest. Set in active farmland, and staffed entirely from the village, this is an opportunity to experience traditional balinese culture, temples and extraordinary nature while giving back to your host community.

The local area offers a wide variety of activities from visiting the neighbouring Pura Muncak Sari or Pura Batukaru (both part of the UNESCO protected Catur Angga Batukaru), trekking in the jungle or a more sedate walk through the small villages, expansive rice paddies and protected rainforest. A wide variety of hot springs are available in the area ranging from a large commercial operation with swimming pool through to a couple of pools by a remote temple.

For those already trekked out, we also offer lessons in Bahasa Indonesia/Basa Bali by the local school's English teacher, a carving workshop with a local carver, a local priest with car also offers a half day introduction to Balinese Hinduism (visiting home, village and regional temples, explaining their function and place in Balinese life), and the staff can teach offering making and give cooking lessons. A variety of massage is also available on request.

At the hut, the surrounding grounds have a large amount of coffee planted and a wide variety of other fruits, vegetables and local crops. The land is still actively farmed providing organic meals and snacks for the cabin and continued income from the land for the local farmer. It's also a great opportunity to learn about the local crops from coffee, bananas and rice through to local delicacies such as bongkot and ferntip. We also raise rabbits, ducks and a number of types of edible fish.

Food is usually prepared by staff from the village who cook at the huts using ingredients from the surrounding organic gardens. The guys are there from 8am through to 7pm either cooking, gardening or offering locally grown coffee and snacks for Rp150.000 per person per day all inclusive. Three meals a day are made up of local dishes and usually include a chicken dish, a tempeh or tofu dish, a couple of vegetable dishes and sambals all prepared using what is currently in the garden. It's a great way to try some new food with dishes featuring ingredients like banana flower, heart of palm, banana stem, coffee leaves and wide number of local ingredients.

Electricity and hot showers included.

Can be booked in combination with Open Air Bamboo House in Rural Bali with food served together or separately as required.

Guest access

Guests have access to the entire surrounding area of land, bale by the pond and are welcome to watch the guys cooking in the old 'farmhouse'. For those interested, someone can be organised to explain what all the plants are and their use either as food, medicine or in ceremonies. The surrounding area also offers some nice walks and views with the local temple and start of the rainforest 300m to the north of the huts.

People in the village are very welcoming and although little English is spoken, guests are strongly encouraged to take a trip into the village to visit either the temples, take a walk around the area or have a coffee at one of the warungs.


The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Room type: Entire home/apt

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Noah User Profile
September 2017
This is a stunningly beautiful place, surrounded by a working farm filled with coffee, bananas, coconuts - really all the tropical fruits you can imagine. If you conjure up an image of a tropical paradise, this is basically it. Simon is utterly charming, and you really would have to search hard to find a westerner with a better understanding of Balinese culture. We learned a ton just talking with him, not to mention the all-night village-wide ceremony that we were graciously invited to attend. If you want peace and nature and a real taste of Balinese culture, I couldn't recommend Simon's rentals highly enough. Also, the food is outrageously good.

Sebastian User Profile
September 2017
Simon was an excellent host and the whole experience was unforgettable. If you are looking for "real" Bali you'll find it here.

Tina User Profile
September 2017
Don't let the secluded location of this place scare you! This is the best way to experience Bali: beautiful nature, delicious local food, friendly dogs and hospitable people. If you have any questions about Balinese people, their religion and traditions, Simon is there to help. As he is originally from England, he makes a great mediator between the locals and the visitors. There are also some activities you can do for little extra money- our favourite thing was praying with the locals in Pura Luhur Muncaksari. We also did some woodcarving and visited Jatiluwih rice terraces. We were pleasantly surprised to hear that the tap-water up here is drinkable. This place was the highlight of our trip to Bali and we will almost definitely visit it again!

Krista User Profile
September 2017
As people who love camping, we enjoyed our time at the farmstay! It is a beautiful property and the staff is so kind and welcoming. Guests should know it is very isolated in the mountains. Bring a good book and ask Simon about different tours the staff can take you on to see the temples and meet the locals. We felt privileged to learn about the isolated but happy life the people lead. We stayed four nights, but I think three would have been better for us as we got a little antsy! Thanks again Simon, Arta, and Anom!

Llio User Profile
August 2017
Simon's place is great to see the Bali outside of the busy towns and cities. It's located just outside of a tiny village right in the rainforest. The guys who work there were so helpful, coming to collect us from the Muncak Sari temple nearby (as the houses themselves afe quite difficult to find!). Once we were there we were given a delicious dinner of local food, and we didn't go hungry for 3 days- breakfast, lunch and dinner were all amazing! Simon gave us a little hand drawn map to go on a walk through the rainforest to see numerous local temples, and his two dogs kindly showed us the way and made sure we didn't get lost. We also had a woodcarving lesson from the village woodcarver, who was beyond skilled. It was independence day during our stay and we were invited along to the village's celebrations, and everyone was so kind to us even though we obviously had no idea what was going on sometimes! Then a driver from the village took us on our way to Ubud to our next destination. All in all, a fantastic stay and I couldn't reccommend it more. Thank you all for a wonderful time!

Wojtek User Profile
July 2017
Simon is an excellent host. He wants his guests feel safe and comfortable. He communicates clearly and promptly, is very knowledgeable about the surrounding attractions, culture and customs. He speaks several languages, including Balinese and Indonesian... The place is secluded and quiet, you will hear occasionally some noise coming from the nearby farm, but only during the day. Nothing to bother. You will experience lush forest, loads of green around you, very soothing. My recommendation is to go all inclusive with food, worth every penny.

Kathryn User Profile
July 2017
We travelled around Bali for 10 days and this mountain stay was without a doubt, the highlight of our trip. If you want a culturally rich experience, unreal views and the freshest most delicious food, Simons place is perfect! Simon is the ideal host, we will definitely be returning !!

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Tabanan, IndonesiaJoined in November 2012
Simon User ProfileSimon is a superhost.

I was raised in England and lived in London for over a decade working as a software architect. As I approached 30 I started to wonder what else there was out there. Before I knew it I was living in a bamboo house in a remote village on the border of the Balinese rainforest with two dogs, a cat and a monkey. I have not looked back. Love music of all varieties, nature, peace, learning about Balinese culture, teaching English and IT in the village, beef rendang, nangka goreng and organic gardening.

Languages: Bahasa Indonesia, English
Response rate: 97%
Response time: within an hour

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