Built in 2005 by Balinese architect Ir. Ida Bagus Wiadnyana, the style is calming and under-stated, ensuring that nothing detracts from the extraordinary view. The restful decor comprises unique pieces of antique furniture from Bali, Java and Lombok, local artwork, traditional weavings, carvings, statues and antique shadow puppets.
Integrated into the natural contours of the steep-sided river gorge, the house is cooled by ceiling fans and cross breezes from the river. The three-storey building is entered on the top floor.
There are 5 bedrooms; three on the upper floor and two on the middle floor. All are accessed by antique Javanese doors and are fan-cooled as you will have no need for air-conditioning in these refreshingly cool highland climes. One bedroom on the middle-level is air-conditioned for heat sensitive guests.
The delightfully spacious, high-roofed master bedroom on the upper floor is furnished with a queen-sized bed crafted from old teakwood, as well as an antique Javanese batik table and a glass-fronted cabinet of books. The ensuite marble bathroom is accessed via a walk-through dressing room and is fitted with a luxurious terrazzo corner soaking tub for two. A door opens to a open-air shower deck, bordered by walls that are high enough for privacy yet low enough at the front to enjoy the view. One wall is decorated with a hand-carved frieze depicting Dewi Sri, the rice goddess, while carved panels in the front wall showcase lotus flower motifs and allow a glimpse of the rainforest . Glass doors at the front of the bedroom open onto the terrace where there is a cushioned daybed for relaxing. This is a serene spot for enjoying the glorious valley view.
The second bedroom on the upper floor is furnished with an antique Javanese queen-sized bed, while the third bedroom contains a pair of twin beds. A large marble bathroom with a deep terrazzo soaking tub, an outdoor shower and a double vanity is shared between these two bedrooms and accessible from both. The semi-circular marble shower deck is bounded by high walls for privacy, with a rainshower open to the sky. The queen room is fitted with glass doors that open to the terrace and the river gorge at the front.
The middle level presents two more bedrooms, positioned on either side of the main dining area. Both are furnished with queen beds and wardrobes. One bedroom has sliding glass doors that open to the terrace and an ensuite indoor bathroom with a terrazzo bathtub and handheld shower. The other bedroom has a window overlooking the view and an ensuite bathroom with a corner soaking tub, as well as a big open-air shower deck with bathing goddesses carved into a stone panel.
Main Living Area
A traditional gateway protected by stone guardians heralds the entrance to the villa. A garden path leads through tranquil lotus and water-lily filled fish ponds to an open porch furnished with two carved sofas. A pair of huge, antique Javanese doors opens onto the upper level and main living area, which is characterised by a soaring ‘alang-alang’ roof hung with pendulous fish-trap lanterns, and an open terrace at the front. The living space is furnished with Dutch colonial-style rattan chairs and a sofa, and equipped with a satellite-channel TV with a VCR and DVD player. In the corner is a desk and laptop computer for guest use with free WiFi internet access. Antique furnishings include a kartini sofa, and a gerobok chest originally used for storing rice. The terrace, which is sheltered by the eaves of the roof and bounded by a paras stone balustrade wall provides an breath-taking vista of the forest. This is accompanied by an abundance of fresh air, natural light, and the constant swirl of the Petanu River as it carves its way through the valley below.
From the upper floor, a staircase curves down to the middle floor, presenting a large dining area with an integrated terrace, open at the front to the view. In the centre of the room is a dining table, constructed from sections of an antique Javanese house. The table can comfortably seat up to 10 guests, and is lit by two glass hanging lanterns, while the back wall is furnished with a carved sideboard and embellished with softly-lit alcoves showcasing woodcarvings of Balinese goddesses. The room is equipped with a sound system incorporating a CD player and speakers.
The spectacular open-air terrace serves the two bedrooms on this level. Sheltered by a roof and furnished with a small circular table with two low chairs, Dutch-colonial-styled seating for four, and a cushioned daybed, it is a lovely area for relaxing.
A small kitchen is situated next to the dining area where the staff prepare breakfast. It is fitted with terrazzo worktops, a four-burner gas hob, modern appliances and utensils. There is a full-size fridge for guests to store their own food and drinks along with tea and coffee making facilities. The main kitchen is located in the separate staff service building.
Swimming Pool & Sun Deck
On the lowest level, accessed by a stone stairway, is a freeform, infinity-edge swimming pool, which appears to overflow into the jungle below and offers stunning views of the tropical forest and the rush of the river. To one side of the pool is a terracotta tiled sundeck with four sunbeds.