Lakeside tranquility overlooking a volcano

I had this large lumbung* all to myself.

The pretty 3 storey Lumbung, nestling in the mountainside

The pretty 3 storey lumbung, nestling in the mountainside

Built from local wood, bamboo and alang alang (thatch) this lumbung, full of rustic charm, can sleep a family of 6, or a group of friends.

It’s in the most perfect location – in fact the whole area is full of outstanding natural beauty.

The lumbung overlooks the stillness of Lake Batur and directly opposite, the imposing volcano, Mount Batur, looms large – a truly wonderful sight, especially when you first wake up in the morning and see it basking in sunlight through your window.

Mount Batur - looming large on the far side of the lake

Mount Batur – looming large on the far side of the lake

In all directions the views are simply stunning.  You are deep inside a gigantic and ancient super volcano – it’s so big that the lake inside it stretches to some 9 to 16 kilos long – depending who you ask! – either way it is a pretty big lake.

Lakeside views

On all the edges of this immense and ancient volcano rise a circular parade of mountains that dip up and down like jagged teeth.  The most impressive ‘tooth’ is the volcano, Mount Batur, with it’s own gaping mouth sucking in the clouds.

Mount Batur - eating the clouds

Mount Batur – eating the clouds

The lumbung is actually sandwiched neatly between Mount Batur and Mount Abang – which is the 2nd biggest ‘tooth’.

Mount Abang is a mountain, not a volcano, but Mount Batur is a volcano and it is active – if only slightly.

Hollowed out trees become fishermen's canoes

Hollowed out trees become fishermen’s canoes

It is a little cooler up here in the mountains over 1,000 meters above sea level, but the spices in the local food will soon warm you up, not to mention the warmth of the hospitality from Nyoman and his family who will look after you.

Because of the temperature and rich volcanic soil this area excels in growing onions, chilli’s and cabbages etc.

Red Hot Chilli Peppers - no, not the band!

Red Hot Chilli Peppers – no, not the band!

There are also fish farms on the lake providing fresh and very tasty fish to many restaurants around Bali – and one found its way to my plate too.

Mount Batur - eating the clouds
View of Mount Batur from the lumbung

There is so much more I could tell you about what you can do in this area, but I’ll save the details of the hot springs, climbing the volcano for sunrise, trekking to the waterfall, the fascinating stories about the temples, the boat trip and the ancient traditional village of Trunyan with it’s highly unusual funeral arrangements, for another post… so keep reading my blog.

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* ‘Lumbung’ is the name used to describe a style of building that was originally used as a rice barn.  Some more pics of the lumbung are below:

Wake up to the sight of Mount Batur beyond your four poster bed

Wake up to the sight of Mount Batur beyond your four poster bamboo bed

Climb down the stairs to the living area - and an abundance of bamboo

Climb down the stairs to the living area – and an abundance of bamboo

 

Bamboo dining table and chairs for six people

Interestingly designed bamboo dining table and chairs for six people

This unique and rustic house, with one of the most impressive views you are ever likely to see, is sometimes available for rent – so let me know your dates.  Alternatively, you could always stay at Rumah Jepun, Ubud and we can arrange a day trip for you to visit the area.

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  1. kim

     /  03/03/2014

    hi, can you tell me the name of this place? i want to visit for some inspiration for a new place i am building. thanks

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  2. Breathtaking…I love Batur eating the clouds!

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