Welcome to Yabbiekayu bungalow homestay, built in a beautiful rice paddy location on the edge of the charming cultural, tourist village of Tembi, in Yogyakarta City. Experience relaxed afternoons on the veranda overlooking the rice paddies, and pleasant nights disturbed only by the sounds of frogs and crickets watching the fireflies float past. Relax in a private out door bathroom with a bath for two under the stars, before retiring to your large 4 poster bed for a relaxing nights sleep, prior to a luxury breakfast on the porch before setting off on your days adventure to explore the village and the enticing historical city of Yogyakarta.
Please look at out our other bungalows, prior to booking as they are slightly different and one may suit you better than the others.
See the detailed NOTE at end of this description or see the AirBnB listings
Bungalow 1: http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/786192/
Bungalow 2: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/712356
Bungalow 3: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1522380
Bungalow 4 : https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/5827961
ABOUT THE BUNGALOWS
Yabbikayu Bungalows are hand built from old solid teak houses brought down from the mountains above Yogya and reassembled to suit the needs of a modern traveller including:
-Large and unique antique four poster double beds
-Private outdoor living space
-Public deck or veranda
-Private outdoor bathroom with luxury bathtubs and showers
-Fully equipped Minibar and Snack bar
All bungalows are specifically designed to be:
- Culturally sensitive; traditional style buildings, local materials and labour, balancing privacy and connection to you and the village
-Environmentally friendly; made from 100% recycled and plantation timber and bamboo, low watt LED lighting, natural water filtration and biocycle toilets, organic non toxic shampoos and soaps
-Thermally comfortable; including lots of natural ventilation, tropics specific insulation, fans and mosquito nets
- ideally suited to couples, with Bungalow 3 perhaps better suited if you need to include an extra bed for a friend or children
ABOUT THE SURROUNDINGS
The well known village of Tembi is located just 6klms south of Yogyakarta city, a 15min ride by motorbike, taxi or car, or on public buses that pass the village every few minutes, all of which our friendly staff can assist you with.
Aside from visiting Yogyakarta and all it''s many attractions the village of Tembi and it's surrounds are a worthwhile destination in its own right. There is much to do in the area including visits to our local handicrafts factory, batik shops, the Tembi Cultural Centre, Museum, Restaurant and Art gallery, nearby Gabusan Art Markets, Waterbom water park and the nearby historical tourist destination of the "Graveyard of the Kings" in Imogiri. Explore one of the many temples, caves, beaches and handicrafts villages around the area, or simply dine at D' Omah restaurant and other nearby culinary attractions. Our staff are ready to advise and assist you in organising your own adventure.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
Your bungalow is supplied with luxury towels and bedding, and organic biodegradable soaps and shampoos, purified mineral water, tea and coffee facilities and comes with free hi speed WiFi and a Luxury breakfast
Your luxury breakfast includes a range of both western and Indonesian options such as muesli, fried rice, poached eggs on toast etc. including espresso coffee or tea, fresh home made juices or fruit salads, home made yoghurt, wholemeal or sourdough breads, jams etc
-Complete bar fridge and snack bar in room
-Local and International Tour guides
-Baby sitters, and cot
-Bicycle and Motorbike hire onsite
-Assistance to hire cars or Taxi's
-Assistance booking planes or trains
-A braod range of delicious extra breakfast options
-Delicious Indonesian drinks and meals by request
-Higher-speed Internet by request
-Business centre services, printing, scanning, etc
-Mobile phone hire
-Cooking classes or motorbike lessons
Just let our friendly staff know what your specific needs are and we will be more than happy to assist you in planning and organising your perfect holiday.
OUR OTHER BUNGALOWS:
All of our bungalows offer unique differences so please choose the bungalow that best suits your needs.
Is built on a raised polished recycled Ironwood floor with a back deck directly overlooking the rice paddies and a front deck facing into the homestay common areas. Bungalow 1’s outdoor bathroom includes gardens, fishpond, large luxury bathtub a seating area, toilet shower and sink surrounded by timber and stone walls. The internal area includes a queen size antique cotton reel soli oak four poster bed and bed side tables, a small writing desk and chair, minibar, snack bar and intimate lighting. Bungalow 1 has a new large outdoor private living area that will house an outdoor table & umbrella, gardens fishpond and outdoor daybed.
110m2 total including; Indoor living area 25m2– 20m2 Outdoor decks – 30m2 Outdoor bathroom – 35m2 Private Outdoor living area
Is slightly larger internally than Bungalow 1 and built with a beautiful and cooling traditional handmade tiled floor. Bungalow 2 is a little more private than the other bungalows tucked away under the shade of the bamboo by the creek.
The internal area includes a large and very unique, solid teak, antique, carved traditional Javanese four-poster bed which is slightly narrower though much longer than a standard queen sized bed, a small writing desk and chair, minibar, snack bar and adjustable intimate lighting
The outdoor bathroom is surrounded by curved masonry walls tucked in under the bamboo with a large egg shaped bathtub ample for two to share under the stars along with modern shower, sink and toilet.
The front deck of the bungalow is in amongst the bamboo looking onto the communal areas whilst the new out door living area surrounded by curved masonry walls with windows to the rice paddies and communal areas, provides space for an outdoor table and umbrella, fishpond and gardens
120m2 total including; Internal living area 36m2 – outdoor veranda 10m2 – outdoor bathroom 24m2 –outdoor private living area 24m2, outdoor open living areas, 26m2
Is slightly larger internally again than bungalow 2 or 1 with a separate closable bed nook and beautiful cooling marble floor. Bungalow 3 is a little more open and airy than the other bungalows with a breezeway through from the private out door living space to the south through the living area to the water feature and fishpond to the north. Bungalow 3 is innovatively designed to be cooled by the water falling down the water feature and circulating through the moat that surrounds the bungalow.
The bed nook encloses a very unique, solid teak, antique, carved and painted traditional Javanese four-poster bed which is slightly narrower though much longer than a standard double bed.
The internal living area includes lounge chairs, coffee table, small cupboards, suitcase holder and clothes rack along with a small writing desk and chair, minibar, snack bar and adjustable intimate lighting.
The outdoor bathroom is equipped with a very large egg shaped bathtub ample for two to share under the stars along with modern shower, sink and toilet.
The connected outdoor living areas and the bathroom are surrounded by curved masonry walls with closable wooden shutters over looking the rice paddies. The outdoor living area includes a table and umbrella set, private gardens and fish pond while the table and chairs on the front deck looks out to the communal areas
Total area 105m2 = Internal living area 30m2 + bed nook 10m2 + front veranda 10m2 + outdoor bathroom 20m2 + outdoor private living areas 35m2
This is the largest of the other three bungalows. Suitable for a family of two or three children or travelers in group of 4 people (could fits 5 people with an extra bed). This two stories bungalow made of old recycled traditional Javanese house, reclaimed Kalimantan iron woods as the upstair deck, and marvelous marble ceramic on the first floor.
The indoor area includes a kitchen, sitting area, private bedroom for children with two mattresses in beautiful wooden bed frames and a beautiful old teak wood four poster bed upstairs for the adults, sitting are in the balcony and a writing desk.
The outdoor bathroom is equipped with a very large egg shaped bathtub ample for two to share under the stars along with modern shower, sink and toilet, surrounded with a very unique masonry wall painted with natural red color from the old brick stone and recycled glass bottles as the light ornament.
To ensure the comfort of all guests, we ask that visitors smoke outside on the verandah of the bungalow.
The bungalows are located overlooking lush rice fields, on the edge of a small and very friendly traditional village. To support local tradition and culture we ask that guests dress politely when wandering around the village and point out that dogs are not usual in these villages, though any other pet may be considered on application.
We chose Yogya because we wanted to relax after a rather full-on trip to India/Nepal - and we have to say staying at Dave's place was the best choice.
We stayed in Bungalow 3 - with water feature surrounding the bungalow that was supposed to keep it cool. Bungalow 3 is perfect for us; very nice and welcoming reception/sitting room with cozy javanese furniture, nice and cool floor, awesome fish pond (we love fishies), comfy 4 poster bed and of course the outdoor oversized bath tub!!
The grounds where the bungalows are located are also equally stunning; very well maintained gardens and also our bungalow private garden is adjacent to the paddy field. We saw lizards, birds, geckos on the grounds which is awesome. And there were some fireflies where we had a bath one night too.. haven't seen one in ages.
The people who work there are great too; Babun is the go-to man and is very helpful and patient with our questions. Everyone who works there (the cooks, cleaners and the guards) are super friendly and efficient too. Unfortunately I didn't get to meet Bakti and Dave.
All in all, awesome place and will definitely stay here again when I go to Yogya next.
Thanks so much for the great review El Gary :)
I started out worried when I read that the water was "supposed to keep the bungalow cool"... worried that it hadn't, reading on though I was pleased to hear that you were in fat cool and comfortable. The idea of using waterfalls and moats or pipes to cool floors of buildings comes from studies of the way ancient Romans cooled their houses, so we thought we would try it in Yogya and it seemed to work well here too.
I'm also glad to hear you liked the gardens and I will pass on your comments to Adji and Pak Pri in the gardening team who really are in love with creating tropical edible gardens and safe spaces for the local wildlife. I for one love the shiny timid lizard that I sometimes see near the waterfall in the private garden of Bungalow 3, he has such a silken rainbow coat, and as you say fireflies drifting past are a common sight in the early evening much to everyone's delight.
Glad that Babun and the rest of the staff looked after you so well
Hope that next time we do manage to meet up
Great place - really well designed in a beautiful area.
Glad you enjoyed it !
We have spent a lot of time considering and planning the design and construction. As a building junkie that's the real fun of it for me :)
The beautiful area... we just got lucky.
Thanks again for the nice review
Hope to see you again soon
It's the most amazing place I have lived in Indonesia!The Description of bunglows really touched me at the (website hidden)'s not an ordinary introduction but also a poetry which need to consult dictionary!Dave and his team is professional.We can prepare nothing for Jogja,we arrive then the team will provide anything we want here.The Javanese bunglow has special aged wooden smell which recalls my childhood memories regarding to my grandpa's bunglow.I'd like to lay down on the ceramic floor,watching the rotating fan,hearing the silent night and do nothing.
Of course,I should write down some Chinese for Chinese vistors.
Increíble anfitrión. Fue muy ameno e interesante platicar con Dave, Bakti, Bantu y todo el equipo de Yabbiekayu. Es gente MUY inteligente e interesante. Desafortunadamente no tuvimos más tiempo para alargar las charlas como hubiéramos deseado.
Te hacen sentir en casa siendo auténticos y amigables. Siempre con sonrisas y recomendaciones. El bungalow es mucho mejor de lo que aparece en las fotos. Es la combinación del estilo tradicional javanés con técnicas de eco-sustentabilidad. Recomendable 100% si estás más de 3 días en Jogya.
We had a great time at Yabbiekayu and would definitely recommend it. Dave and his team were brilliant, the breakfast is delicious, and the setting itself is beautiful. We made use of their local knowledge for exploring the area and which restaurants to go to. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and hope to head back soon.
When we arrived at Yabbiekayu we were stunned by how beautiful, quiet and peaceful the place is. The wooden bungalows are in a garden surrounded by rice fields. We were pleasantly surprised as the place exceeded our expectations (everything was nicer than on the pictures). The bungalows are old typical local houses that allow total privacy. Breakfast is served on the terrace in front of the bungalow and that's just the perfect way to start the day! The staff was really friendly, ready to help for anything and Dave was a great host as he took the time to chat with us. We felt taken care of and liked the fact that it is a personalized experience. Bungalows were really clean, all amenities provided (very good soap :) ) and the location is right south of town, a few minutes away from the hassle of downtown.
Thanks so much Lys for the wonderful review. I'm so glad that we lived up to and even exceeded your expectations. Coming from a very experienced airbnb host that really means something to us. I will pass on your compliments to the rest of the team and hope to see you again either here or at your wonderful places in Bali.
Thanks again for all your input advice and sharing
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The main person behind Yabbiekayu Homestay Bungalows is Dave, an Aussie who's been based out of the small village of Tembi for almost 10 years, working regionally as a specialist in sustainable housing, emergency shelter and disaster coordination.
The bungalows are managed on a day to day basis by Bakti Widiarti who has been working with Dave since 2009 and has much experience hosting foreigners in Yogyakarta.
Yabbiekayu: A Yabbie is a small freshwater crustacean that lives in rivers in Australia, whilst Kayu is the Indonesian word for wood, hence the Wooden Yabbie. The name comes out of a crossover of Dave's prior experience running an internet publishing company called (website hidden), his lifelong obsession with timber, mixed with the feeling of joy of the expression "yippieayu!". In many ways the name sums up the experience of a foreigner living in a small village (pond) with a love for timber.
Yabbiekayu was always intended as communal and friendly homestay, a place to meet like minded people, to relax as a base, to potter around the village and experience Jogja.
Our goal is to be a model of ecologically sustainable tourism, creating quality employment for local people while sharing the remarkable experience of life in a small village in Java. Our staff are loyal, caring and honest. They have worked with foreigners for many many years, welcoming hundreds of visitors, showing people around Jogja and catering to their needs. They can help out with requests from hiring motorbikes, masseurs or babysitters to finding a good optometrist, a secluded temple or an exciting art exhibit.
Our dream is for Yabbiekayu to be small, friendly, adaptable and flexible to your needs and wishes. we look forward to your visit.