Batukaru Mountain Farmstay - Small
Batukaru Mountain Farmstay - Small


Entire home/apt

2 guests

1 bedroom

1 bed


Entire home/apt

2 guests

1 bedroom

1 bed

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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.


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

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Description

The space

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 neighbourhood

The area is still untouched by large-scale tourism and is still very traditional with little English spoken and life still very much driven by tradition and community. Ceremonies are frequent and guests are welcome to join any of the many local ceremonies ranging from funerals and weddings through to temple odalans, home odalans, three month baby ceremonies, tooth filings etc. English speaking guides are available, if wanted, to explain what it going on and a contribution is given to the banjar for all guests which covers donations to ceremonies or temples.

To the north of the village is protected rainforest which runs up to the summit of Mount Batukaru. Treks to the summit are available to those with a good level of fitness and a shorter trip to Jatiluwih temple in the middle of the forest offers the chance to experience the rainforest first hand.

Getting around

The area is remote, hard to find and the roads in the area are frequently broken. It is highly recommended to use one of the drivers available from the village who are experienced driving on what can be dangerous roads. Pick-ups, drop offs and shorter trips are all available – please enquire for price.


Cancellations

Moderate

Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.


Availability
1 night minimum stay

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Pippa User Profile
May 2017
We had a wonderful stay in Banjar Anjar in May 2017. The lovely bamboo cabin catered to all our needs and I fell in love with the little pagoda next to it where we ate all our meals overlooking the pond below. All of the staff were extraordinarily friendly and the food was incredibly varied and delicious. I couldn't believe how many different dishes they made for us, despite us being the only guests at that moment. We took a guided walk to the local Temple where we participated in a fascinating ritual and we also did the wood carving class. We felt like we caught a glimpse of life in 'real Bali', and we loved it! One pro tpi: since there is no wifi on site, if you're improvising your trip as you go, I'd advise booking your next destination before you arrive.

Devon User Profile
April 2017
I found this place from a recommendation from a friend. I am so glad I did! My husband and I stayed for 2 nights and loved it. The property is stunning. We felt so unplugged, refreshed and relaxed wandering around the property or just relaxing and admiring the greenery from our patio. Simon is an amazing host and through conversations gave us such great insight into the daily lives/culture of the local Balinese that we would have never known otherwise! The food is delicious- I miss it already and such a great value for all the food that you get! The staff who prepare it are very gracious and one of the staff took us on a walk to a nearby temple and village and explained local religion, culture, etc. I definitely recommend staying here!

Lauren User Profile
April 2017
We had a great time at the farmstay and ended up staying longer than expected. The cabin was rustic and as described, and the food was wonderful. Beautiful location in the mountains and very friendly staff.

Cody User Profile
March 2017
Location is fair from any big city but that's what's best about it. Very quiet spot with not many people around. Food was great and is also my favourite place i stayed in Bali.

Elinor User Profile
March 2017
Want to thank Simon so much for having us. It was an experience like no other, after travelling places in Bali like Kuta, Gilli Islands, Seminyak, Ubud, Simon's place and the village he lives in stood out as something special. If you are looking for a real experience of local Bali definitely stay here. We did the wood work classes and cooking classes which were great, we learned lots about Indonesian cooking and will definitely be trying it at home! Also if you have a chance the walk through the jungle was beautiful, even if I did get a leech on my foot! The outside shower was lush.. and hot! If we ever come back to Bali we will definitely be back to visit.

Janine User Profile
March 2017
We had an amazing stay at Simon's place! It's perfect for escaping the busy cities in south Bali and getting to know more about the actual Balinese culture. The food was amazing and everyone was very friendly and made us feel really welcome! Definitely the best experience in Bali so far !

Jennifer User Profile
February 2017
The cabin we stayed in had a beautiful view down the mountain where we could watch the clouds roll in. The smells and sounds of the rain were just beautiful! When our plane came in there was a miscommunication regarding the dates on the airbnb booking however luckily Simon was in town and able to get us up the mountain despite this. I learned a lot about the culture from my discussions with Simon as well, he's quite friendly and willing to help. Our massages were quite pleasant with tge sounds of the forest to help relax us. The pricing of the food was very reasonable and the helpers were more than happy to run in to town for extra requests we had. However, there were a few bumps in the road. We didn't have soap in the bathroom until 2 days before we left which was disappointing. Also, there was a flood in the bathroom where the toilet backed up into the shower. Simon allowed us to switch cabins however our last night there we had to move back which was inconvenient and I didn't feel the shower was properly cleaned following the flood. There were also holes in the bug net along with stains and multiple dead bugs on the net when we arrived. When we were switched back to that cabin it appeared much cleaner than when we had first arrived. Finally, the roof leaks on to the bed when it rains. I would recommend this place to someone who is looking for a nice secluded destination, despite its quirks I overall enjoyed my time in Tabanan.

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Tabanan, Indonesia · Joined 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.

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