Lili House, Penestanan, Bali

Carved stoneOur original plan was to take the kids out of school for six months to drive around Australia. But since we were ticking off bucket list items and all, on a whim I suggested to Mark that we could also spend a couple of months in Bali. Steamy frangipani dreams being mine alone, I fully expected him to kybosh the idea. That’s how it is with us: I come up with a hair-brained scheme, he sensibly declines and we resume normal activity. Occasionally – very occasionally – he shows interest in a plan. And when that happens I know we are about to embark on a mighty adventure. This time he was apparently in adventure mode (or as he prefers to call it, enabler mode).

We booked our house in Penestanan, a little village in northern Ubud, on the advice of a friend. So when our driver deposited us, tropically-damp and dishevelled, in the middle of a country lane with no obvious sign of lodgings we were a little bewildered. Then suddenly a woman appeared, heaved our 30-kilo bag onto her head, and set off down a rambling lane, beckoning us to follow.

I could feel the smile pulling irresistibly at the corners of my mouth as we scampered behind, down into a little river valley and then up again along a narrow, cobbled pathway fringed by tropical overgrowth. Five minutes later our guide led us around a large lotus pond, through some heavy wooden doors and hopped across some stepping stones, where she deposited our bag at the foot of a life-sized statue of Buddha. Then with a smile she disappeared.

And suddenly, after all the build-up, here we were, standing on the front steps of our new, Bali-bucket-list home.

The pink lotus pond outside our front door

The pink lotus pond outside our front door

The house is gorgeously cocooned in a tapestry of frangipanis, lilies, hibiscus and coconut palms.

The house is gorgeously cocooned in a tapestry of frangipani, lili, hibiscus, bouganvillea and coconut palms.

We'll be doing our best to preserve the art of lounging; there are more daybeds and lounges than there are bodies.

We’ll be doing our best to preserve the art of lounging; there are more daybeds and lounges than there are bodies.

The lounging continues from the two bales (wall-less pavilions) beside the pool.

The lounging continues from the two bales (wall-less pavilions) beside the pool.

The two main bedrooms and kitchen are indoors...

The two main bedrooms and kitchen are indoors…

... while the bathrooms, extra beds and living areas are all outdoors.

… while the bathrooms, extra beds and living areas are all outdoors.

So this is home sweet home for a month. A slow, languid, incense-infused month. Thank you Mark for being my enabler x

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