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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:
Bungalow 2:
Bungalow 3:
Bungalow 4 :

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

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.

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
-Laundry services
-Tailoring services
-Traditional Massage

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.

All of our bungalows offer unique differences so please choose the bungalow that best suits your needs.

Bungalow 1
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

Bungalow 2
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

Bungalow 3
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

Bungalow 4
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.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 2PM
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Room type: Private room


House Rules
Check in is anytime after 2PM

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.



Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.

1 night minimum stay

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Shannon User Profile
February 2017
Beautiful accommodation that is complemented by staff who are truly attentive and warm. The only downside is that the township features several mosques that have competing prayer times at sunrise and throughout the day, but the resort thoughtfully provides ear plugs in case you want to sleep in. Be prepared to hire a driver as there are no major attractions nearby, and enjoy a massage as they are fantastic. Would definitely stay again.
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Response from Yabbiekayu:
Thanks Shannon, It was lovely having you with us here in Tembi and it's great to know that you will come again. Rearding the mosques, yes there can be no doubt Jogjakarta is a predominantly Islamic city and hence has the call to prayer. Personally I find this as somthing quite special and something to expect if you visit an islamic area anywhere in the world. Yabbiekayu is located at the very edge of the village as far from a mosque as possible in every direction. I myself sleep there regularly and unfortunately never get woken by the all to prayer, even though I quite like it. We do know that light sleeping guests who are not used to te all to prayer may be disturbed so we do provide an endless supply of the best quality and most comfortable ear plugs, but to be honest my advice is to get up and watch the sun rise across the rice paddies as the fireflies disappear for the day in the mist and the call echoes across the fields :) So glad you enjoyed the massages, the eldely women we use in teh village are amazing having massaged for decades. Next time please let us show you the local batik gallery, art gallery, museum, cultural centre, restaurants, spa and other local attractions.
February 2017

Nisley User Profile
January 2017
Yabbiekayu stuffs are so friendly and humourous. Initially I wanted to decorate the room for an event and they went an extra mile to look up for ideas. The villa is in the residence so if you're into the kampung feels this is the place for you!

Katherine User Profile
January 2017
Yabbiekayu is the best place to stay in Jogja! It is a tranquil retreat from the hectic city. The bungalows are spectacular and the staff are incredibly helpful and friendly.

Janice User Profile
December 2016
Great hospitality, great view. Enjoyed it so much.

Dion User Profile
October 2016
Dave and all his staffs are amazing, they are very friendly and helpful. And the guesthouse is just fantastic. If you look for serenity and peaceful you should stay in yabbiekayu.
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Response from Yabbiekayu:
Ah Dion such nice things to say. Thanks so much for choosing us and for leaving such a nice review. It was a pleasure to host you.
October 2016

Chloe User Profile
September 2016
We stayed in Bungalow 3 and absolutely love it. Yabbiekayu team was very welcoming and friendly.
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Response from Yabbiekayu:
Thanks Chloe for the sweet review glad we could help make your stay in Indonesia an enjoyable one, come again soon.
September 2016

Katriona User Profile
August 2016
This was my third time staying at Yabbiekayu... I keep coming back because it is honestly THAT good. Incredible service from the friendliest staff; prompt, warm and clear communication through to the end of our stay; beautiful facilities (just as the photos and blurb describe; crisp clean sheets, the romantic outdoor bathtub - with bubble bath and candles ready to go - to name a few); and delicious food. Not to mention the cultural gem of a village it is situated in. I would recommend Yabbiekayu to anyone coming to Jogja - it was another very memorable holiday.

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Yabbiekayu is managed by a small team of dedicated staff including;
The amazing Bakti the Guests Relations Manager who will probably email you and welcome you to join the online phone group to assist you with all your needs.
The truly awesome Babun our senior guest relations officer who will quite likely welcome you on arrival. and the charming and delightful Christy and Astina our guest relations officers who will probably meet you and assist during your stay.
All speak perfect English, have travelled overseas, and have extensive experience in assisting foreigners and Indonesians travelling through Yogya. Between them we are confident that they will be able to ensure you have a magnificent stay.

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 the prior experience of the founder of Yabbiekayu running an internet publishing company in Australia where he was known as the bigyabbie. This combined with his lifelong obsession with timber, mixed with the feeling of joy of the expression "yippieayu!" lead to our unique name. In many ways the name sums up the experience of a foreigner living in a small village (pond) with a love for buildings made from natural local materials

Yabbiekayu was always intended as communal and friendly homestay, a place to meet like minded people, to relax and to act as a base for exploring the exciting range of activities that the lovely village of Tembi and the nearby city of Yogya have to offer.

At Yabbiekayu 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 in sustainably built and managed bungalows. We offer a distinct Javanese style of highly personalised service and as such are here to assist you in any way to ensure your holiday is as perfect as possible, We can help out with requests from hiring motorbikes, masseurs or babysitters to finding a good optometrist, a secluded temple or an exciting art exhibition.

Our dream for Yabbiekayu is to be small, friendly, adaptable and flexible to your needs and wishes. we look forward to your visit.

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