The only problem with the view from Sudarmi's place is that, if anything, it is too green. The panorama from Lovina to Singaraja, the volcano of Java in the distance, and jungle, orchards and rice terraces covering the slope to the north coast is only broken by a few tall trees in front of the house. Seriously, though, this house is in a stunning location. The price you pay for that is that it isn't easy to get to. Once you figure it out, the route between here and Singaraja isn't that difficult to find, and the winding roads are pleasant to drive. The last km, however, is a steep and narrow potholed hill, which, especially in bad weather, could be a challenge. Be careful! Not having a vehicle is out of the question, as there are no real services nearby. Even though the road gets worse continuing up hill, there is a village with enough residents to keep traffic fairly steady, which can be heard clearly from the house.
This is a lot of house for the price. A large, well appointed kitchen ( with hot running water!) and dining room is on the ground floor, with a nook for lounging, or possibly sleeping another party. There is also a large 3 piece bathroom with a washing machine, a storage room with a safe, and a balcony with wicker furniture. Upstairs is the only real bedroom, with a huge ensuite bathroom with hot shower and bathtub, and a balcony. Another large room with an office desk and swivel chair separate the bedroom from the main balcony. Everything is new and clean, if a little character-free. Sudarmi is a friendly and charming host who speaks English well, and provided us with a flat screen tv to watch DVDs, and a phone with a SIM card for (not great) wifi. Our data didn't work too well either.
Kembar waterfall is nearby, fine dining can be had at Shanti retreat, but we usually just went for groceries in Singaraja (about 20 minutes) and cooked at home, dining on the balcony with one of the better views in Bali.
A really great place for those who are self-sufficient, and it was a pleasure to get to know Sudarmi and her family, who, although she lives in another village, is always available to help.