Bali, Indonesia – Sanctuary, Our House in Ubud

[ 3 ] May 19, 2012 |

After our beach week we were ready to head to our long awaited destination of Ubud, Bali.

We spent a great deal of time researching, comparing and hunting for the perfect rental house in Ubud to plant ourselves for a month. We used airbnb, flipkey, kayak, agoda, and booking to make sure we covered all options. We ended up renting the perfect house through airbnb.

The house’s name was an exact description- “Sanctuary.”


When we walked through the front door our jaws dropped. We had seen a few photos online but didn’t have any perspective to realize just how amazing this place was.  The house was outside and inside and connected and separate. What a great place to feel welcomed home to.

Our goal of renting a house was to feel settled for a month while Pat studied. We wanted to create a routine of some sort and have no daily planning to consider. We got all that and more. As soon as we arrived, our homes’ caretaker Wayan greeted us with fresh made juice and gave us the grand tour.

When the groceries were unloaded and the luggage put away, all we had to do was stare at the rice fields and soak it all in.

Details of the house:

  • 2 bedrooms (with AC)
  • 2 studios (1 tree house with balcony and full bath, 1 glass art studio with additional wooden room)
  • 3 full baths (1 master outdoor bath)
  • 1 ½ bath (living room)
  • 1 living/dining room (with floor length glass windows opening to front and side views)
  • 1 western kitchen with breakfast bar area
  • 1 giant waterfall (3 levels)
  • 5 fishponds
  • Pool next door
  • Motorbike parking space under tree house
  • Housekeeper (handled breakfast and one other meal a day, grocery shopping, laundry delivery, and daily cleaning)
  • Gardener
  • Security guard at night
  • Handyman on call
  • Management available next door
  • 74 geckos

front door

entrance pond

welcome home view

entering from the front door

path to front door from livingroom

living area

view of the yard from living room


bridge connecting living room and bedrooms

connecting porches

master bedroom porch

master bedroom

master bedroom

study area

outdoor master bath

outdoor bathtub

outdoor bath

view of rice fields from bedroom porches

authentic roofs

small temple in front yard of house

Guest bedroom porch

guest bedroom

guest bedroom bath

glass studio

inside out glass studio

wooden studio (treehouse) with balcony

massage table in the treehouse

entrance to pool


Our Wheels

Wayan, caretaker (housekeeper, cook)

Nengah, driver

smiley gardener


old lady making daily offerings at the house

daily offerings







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  1. Heather Neary says:

    That accommodation is nice but doesn’t quite compare to the tents that Henry gave us on our African Trails adventure! Good to see you guys are doing well. any plans to come visit or work in UK again? You’ve always got a place to stay!
    Heather and Mark

  2. What a gorgeous place! Do you guys mind saying how much you paid for a month? Bali’s looking more and more inviting…

  3. Tommy says:

    Love it!

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