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Strategic Denpasar City Crash Pad

By hampshirehouse September 16, 2014 POSHLots

Strategic East Denpasar property on the main road into the city close to the by-pass making it easy to travel to all parts of the island from here.
This is Yok, Emily’s husband’s family home and he is on site to help in addition to the free wi-fi !


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Built in the early 1970’s by my husband’s father to accommodate his family of 10 this house would have been seen as the epitome of modern Indonesian architecture surrounded by verdant green rice fields on the main road into the city. Forty years on the location may not be so scenic as it is now Denpasar city central and the house has a distinct feeling of faded glory BUT it is still very well placed if you need easy access to Denpasar, Sanur, Seminyak and Ubud and you will definitely experience an authentic modern day Balinese family vibe.
My husband Yok will be your local host and on hand to give you his own unusual take on life in Bali after 10 years living in England!  I would particularly recommend it for someone looking for a safe place to stay whilst needing to be close to the city.

The property is now divided between the 3 sons and our third is to the rear, farthest away from the road. It is a simple open plan space consisting of a living room with kitchen area surrounded (email hidden) garden and the main double bedroom with large open air bathroom attached plus a second extra bedroom that sleeps three in a bunk and single bed.
In the living space there is a television and DVD player with a sofa and coffee table, a dining table with chairs, a desk and a basic kitchen with sink, fridge, double gas hob and toaster.
The main double bedroom has a large double bed with a cool kapok mattress, cotton sheets, a hanging rail for clothes and a powerful overhead fan combined with old fashioned wooden louvre windows for ventilation. The second bedroom (which is not photographed yet ) is slightly more basic with bunk beds and a large single bed but it also has a fan and louver windows for ventilation. This room is not quite so private but we thought we should offer it as an overspill room at an additional cost per person as we think it offers great value and we have had requests from families and larger student groups.
The large shared bathroom is built of stone and terrazzo with a nice hot shower and wash basin with a large mirror. Plenty of space for hand washing and drying towels and clothes.

Added bonus’s include :
2.The proximity of a very tasty little “Warung” run by my husband’s mother and sisters at the front of the property serving super fresh and very good value “nasi kuning” and “nasi bunkus” every morning, the perfect start to a working day or as a packed lunch.
3.The security provided by being part of a Balinese household and the location of the house at the back of the property.
4.Safe off road parking on site.
5. Yok’s local knowledge of Bali and Indonesia and the fact that he lived in England for 10 years so has an understanding of Western culture and speaks reasonable English.
6. Yok offers an airport transfer service and help with other transport issues.
7. Close to the public bus service operated on the by pass and bemo routes into Denpasar.

The down side is that Denpasar is a very noisy city. It is particularly noisy from about 7am – 9am during motorbike rush hour and many Balinese start work much earlier at 5am so this is not a good place for late risers. However it is quite relaxing during the day and a pleasant place to be in the evenings.This is not a tourist area so there is generally not late night music or drunken street noise.

Guest Access

Guests have a large open plan living space, kitchen and garden as well as the main bedroom and bathroom plus the extra bedroom if required. The only room you share with Yok, your host (my husband) is the bathroom if you are staying more than 3 days. There are alternative facilities in the compound but he prefers to use his own bathroom if possible. He is quick and clean! If you want complete privacy in the living areas that is fine but most guests so far have enjoyed talking with Yok.

Interaction with Guests

I have to be in England quite a lot for my work but my Balinese husband, Yok is your host and is happy to sit down and talk over coffee or respect your privacy. His unique take on Balinese life and his own experience in the west ( he lived in England for 10 years! ) means he is a useful source of information .

The Neighbourhood

The strategic location of the property on a main road into Denpasar city and on the East side close to the By-pass makes it easy to travel to all parts of the island from here. There is a convenience store opposite and various ‘local’ style supermarkets nearby as well as the traditional markets and food sellers all along the main road. There are local buses into the main Denpasar market and the night market and Yok may also be able to accompany you depending on his work schedule!
Yok can also provide local transport information and there is free Wi-Fi to help you too.

Getting around

You can get buses and taxis from here most of the time and it is a short walk down to the main by pass where there are public buses all the way down to Nusa Dua.


Lookout, Cromer, Norfolk

By hampshirehouse July 12, 2014 POSHLots

Historic WW2 building later used as a coastguard station with exceptional views of the North Norfolk coastline set in secluded woodland a short walk into town. Good for surfing, beach life, birdwatching, seafood, walking and dark sky stargazing.


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The Space

Built as a World War II Lookout in 1942 this simple building arguably has the best views on the North Norfolk coast and after the war it was used by the Cromer coastguard until the early 1990’s.

The main room has panoramic sea views on 3 sides and a door onto the new terrace with table and chairs and views west to Cromer pier. This room has a double bed which also converts to 2 singles, a table and stools for dining and two high stools to allow you to sit and enjoy the view. It opens into a small but fully equipped kitchen with an electric hob and oven as well as a fridge freezer, kettle and toaster. From here a short flight of stairs leads to a dressing room off a wet room with shower and WC and door through to a bedroom below the main room which has twin beds and space for 2 more roll up mattresses for additional children or a cot if required.There is heating and and free unlimited Wi Fi throughout.

The property is secluded and a short drive through a wood and there is private parking for a car.
There is also direct access onto the breathtakingly beautiful North North coastal path through the front garden gate with steps down to the pristine sandy beach just minutes away and to a woodland footpath through the back which leads to the lighthouse and the Royal Cromer Golf Course. It is a mere 10 minute walk into the centre of town along the promenade where there is everything you need including a great selection of cafes and pubs and plenty of places to try the world famous Cromer crab. The Rocket Cafe above the Lifeboat Museum is the first cafe you come to along the coastal path and perfect for a coffee in the morning. The Grove Hotel is a short walk through Warren Wood behind the property an old fashioned family hotel with good food and cream teas.
Cromer is a quintessential British seaside holiday town which boasted many famous visitors in its Victorian heyday when people traveled by train to enjoy the coastal scenery and take restorative dips in the sea whilst breathing in its famously clean air. Many of the historic buildings remain and it has a pier with an active lifeboat station and the Pavilion Theatre. The beautifully renovated sea front has been brought right up to date with the addition of the Glide Surf School & Cedar House Surf Shop and the North Norfolk Surf Lifesaving Club. It is a great place to learn to surf or try stand up paddle boarding ( SUP ) in flatter conditions plus you can watch the more experienced surfers surf the big North Sea swells all year round.

Guest Access

Guests have access to the whole property through the top or bottom door into the main building and a private terrace off the main room plus the front garden with beach view. If we happen to be around we stay in our caravan at the back and use a separate door into the new extension which acts as a service area allowing you complete privacy in your space.

Interaction with Guests

We are not always in residence as I often have to work away from home and my boys are at school during the week but when we are home we stay in our “guest caravan” parked just behind the building and use the service area in the side extension. When I am home I will be able to answer any questions and generally help out as required. When I am away Ben & Patricia at the Glide Surf School look after the building and can help with things that cannot be resolved by phone or email.

The Neighbourhood

In short : Beach frontage with breathtaking views of the coast, wonderful fresh air and food, big skies, birdsong and the sound of the sea, yet just a short walk away from historic Cromer town.

Getting around

There is a train from Norwich to Cromer, a good bus service including the excellent North Norfolk coast hopper service and friendly local taxis.

Other Things to Note

The area is famous for it’s dark sky and wonderful bird life so excellent for star gazing and bird watchers alike. It is also a very romantic place with a strong 1940’s Vintage vibe…..

Booking and Availability

Booking and availability are managed on the AirBnB website.

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