Welcome to my website. I am Steve Castley and I write, read, blog, publish books, paint, travel, and look after my dogs. This website is devoted to my artistic pursuits.

I am also the manager of Private Ubud Villas in Bali. If you want information about the villas and holidaying in Bali, please click here.



If you love dogs and reading, then this book is for you. Rescued – The poodle’s story is actually Rina’s memoir. Here’s what she says about her book.

I’m Rina, the poodle and this is my story. I’d had three homes in six years and wanted what every dog wants: a forever-family. This plays with your head, makes you feel rejected and unloved. Dropped off to Steve and Bayu this was my chance. Can I suppress my fears, my doubts and my distrust of people who make promises only to break them. Maybe it will be my fourth time lucky. Come with me on our journey. I promise to hold nothing back. Let me share adventures, stories of love and hate, culinary experiences, travels, infidelity, drag queens, disasters and all our little secrets.

This book is packed with humor. From a dog’s perspective, it examines Bali and its culture and also the lives of the gay couple who adopt Rina. 

If you enjoyed The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein or Marley and Me by John Grogan, then you will love Rescued-The poodle’s story.