About Ananda House
The story behind the name “Ananda” is derived from the Sanskrit term for “pure bliss.”
This unequalled private residence is a tranquil bamboo paradise, the culmination of a journey that began centuries ago.
In the Balinese village of Bone (pronounced Bonar), craftspeople have developed unique skills and ingenuity in the creation of traditional bamboo homes and a diverse range of bamboo implements, tools, household goods and handicrafts.
This expertise has been handed down from generation to generation but has recently been undermined by the introduction of power tools and a plethora of other options. The construction of Ananda House (2014-2015) brought together the passion, dedication and skills of the artisans of Bone. We are delighted that this expertise has a new lease on life, and that the positive energy the villagers brought with them will stay in Ananda forever.
Using just two materials, black and blonde bamboo, Ananda House is a fine example of the synergistic relationship between our planet and human endeavour.No mechanical devices were used, and every single piece of construction material was carried by hand—and head—from the site office to the building plot, a distance of 400 metres.
Replacing the usual nailing methods, hundreds of thousands of bamboo pegs were whittled one-by-one on-site to join floor, wall and ceiling strips. Count how many there are in your bedroom alone!
During construction of Ananda House, we held a simple lunch for all those dedicated men and women who have made this dream a reality. In the kitchen, you will find a bamboo totem pole signed by everyone who played a part. This is our “energy post” and we are very honoured to retain the spirituality of the people of Bone and beyond.
To Elora Hardy, and to everyone who saw the vision and made it a reality, from the bottom of our hearts: Suksama.
Balinese tradition on your doorstep
Local culture is part of daily life at Ananda House. Each morning, “the offerings lady” sets out arrangements of bamboo, petals and incense. Accidentally stepping on an offering can happen but do not be too concerned. The Balinese believe that the gods swoop down and take each little tribute as soon as it is put in place. After that, it is not considered important.