Monday, 20 January 2014

Hurley House, Canggu

Hurley House is a lovely townhouse located in Canggu. We chose this villa for its great location and affordable price. The villa is located in a small gang (which might be a cul-de-sac) and has shared walls.

 The owner Michael has two other villas (Tamarind and Jacaranda) next door, so a great option for large families or groups. Tamarind seems to be a mirror image of Hurley House but with a third bedrooms instead of a billiards table.


Canggu is quite spread out and best explored on a scooter or with a driver however the location of Hurley House allows for the a bit of everything. The famous Echo Beach, along with the Echo Beach House is just 300m down the road (and home of the famous Echo Beach House) and in the other direction, about a kilometre away you will find some of Canggu's most well known eateries, such as: 
  • Betelnut Cafe 
  • Deus Cafe 
  • Roti Canai 
To see some of the food we ate, visit Bali food recap

Villa

1st floor: small garden, small pool, living area, kitchen - indoor ceiling fans and a beautiful sea breeze.

The garden is small but quaint and the pool is a decent size and leads into an open plan living area which can be closed off with sliding glass doors. 

The lounge cushions are looking a bit tired and showing signs of wear and tear (fraying etc) which was surprising as everything else in the house seems to be quite new. Despite this, the L-shaped lounge is comfortable and a perfect place to watch DVDs or read books on.

The kitchen table and benches are a focal point of the room and creates a rustic feel. 

Excuse the mess!
Excuse the mess!
2nd floor: two bedrooms with king beds and ensuite bathrooms. Both bedrooms have air conditioning.

One bedroom has a TV and DVD player. The beds were very comfortable and rooms were a good size (more spacious than they seem in the photos).

The bedroom doors are heavy wooden sliding doors which can be a little loud if pulled too enthusiastically. I mention this because the villa next door also has the same doors and from time to time you may hear the doors slamming. This did not bother me as it happened very infrequently and some noise is not unexpected given the shared walls between the villas.

Photo courtesy of Home Away

The bathroom in the master bedroom (with the TV) has a partially exposed open ceiling. This was troublesome when it rained (and boy did it rain!) as the toilet and much of the bathroom floor got wet. 

3rd floor: bar and full sized pool table, indoor water feature with fish - indoor ceiling fans 
To get between the second and third floor, you need to walk out a door and walk up a an outdoor tiled staircase. It rained every day we were at the villa and three stairs were extremely slippery. 
The room is huge (the photo below does not do the space justice) and a great place for family and friends to enjoy a game of pool. A wonderful addition to the villa.

Photo courtesy of Home Away
 The villa also has a BBQ which we didn't use but could be great for those who want a night in.
 

Staff/Owner

The owner Michael was away when we visited but contacted us via email to ensure everything was fine. When we had a problem, he was onto the security guard within minutes and the issue was resolved.

There were three housekeepers looking after the villa. They offer a basic and quick cleaning and maintenance services and are able to organise for washing to be done.

There is also a watchman who lives in a small hut outside the villas who was very helpful. He sells soft drinks and beer which is convenient.

Last words 

Aside from the few points I've mentioned, the villa was excellent and in my opinion represented great value for money. I wouldn't hesitate recommending it to family and friends and would certainly be interested in staying there again.

2 comments:

  1. What a lovely place to stay! And nice to know that the owner cares about your stay and actioned any issues :)

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    1. I was relieved.
      Michael only requested a 10% deposit and the villa was very cheap.
      It didn't feel like a scam ($50 is hardly a large sum of money) but I was worried we'd get there and the photos wouldn't be representative of the villa.

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