Welcome to Yabbikayu 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
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
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.
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
Tempat ini seru abis. Jauh lebih keren dari fotonya. Cocok banget buat yang pengen kabur dari suasana perkotaan yang bising sama suara motor atau mobil. Begitu check-in langsung mager kemana-kemana. Bathtubnya seru abis karena kalo rebahan trus liat ke atas pas lagi berendem langsung liat langit. Pas deket-deket jam sunset bisa main-main ke tengah sawah trus liat sunset sambil tidur-tiduran di gazebo di tengah sawah -- priceless. Host-nya gak sediain menu makan malam, hanya breakfast aja. Tapi bisa delivery dari restoran deket bungalow. Host-nya juga ramah banget. Malem-malem nyamperin dan cerita tentang asal muasal Yabbiekayu dan arsitektur bangunannya yang ramah lingkungan, tahan gempa, tapi masih mengakomodir kebutuhan modern kaya wifi dan colokan listrik dimana-mana, jadi tetep bisa ngecas di sudut mana pun di bungalow (teras depan, kamar mandi, even di tempat tidur). Pas ngobrol beduaan ama pacar di teras depan bungalow ditemenin orkestra alam (suara tokek, kodok, dan jangkrik saut-sautan) kalo hoki bisa liat kunang-kunang. Mini bar-nya juga penuh sama macem-macem minuman dari soft drink sampe beralkohol dan cemilan -- ngerti banget kalo orang yang ke sini jadi males kemana-mana. Host-nya berdedikasi banget sama sustainable living, sampe sabun, shampoo, dan kondisionernya aja alamiah. Walaupun gak ada AC, dengan pake kipas aja udah adem banget karena kalo kata host-nya dia bangun bungalownya dengan arsitektur yang bikin bangunannya udah adem secara alami. Hadeeehhh...gila dah kerennya. Worth every goddamn penny. Sayang banget budget gue cuma cukup buat semalem, tapi next time gue ke yogya, definitely bakal nyediain budget lebih banyak biar bisa nginep paling nggak 2 malem deh di sini. Kekurangannya cuma satu, buat bayar mini bar gak bisa pake kartu kredit atau debit. Hahaha. Pilihannya either bayar cash atau transfer. Oiya, kalo bingung gimana caranya ke bungalow dari kota yogya atau sebaliknya, kita bisa minta diantar atau dijemput dengan hanya 4 USD aja. Kalo naik taksi bisa sampe Rp. 150rb. Di bungalow juga nyediain sewa motor dan sepeda. Oia, di bungalow gak ada TV, so if you're a TV slave, this ain't your place. Tapi di sini lo bisa nemu kedamaian seada-adanya.
Wow... Mas Acha!! Terimakasih atas review yang keren banget ini. Kami senang bisa kenal mas dan hosting mas walaupun hanya semalam saja (yang pastinya memang waktu yang amat sangat singkat untuk mengenal orang sekeren anda. True story!! ha ha). Suka banget dengan pernyataan tentang "Not a place for TV slave".. Yep. Di sini memang kolam ikan adalah televisi kami. Please make your way back to Yabbiekayu anytime you're in Jogja yaa!! Semoga kami sudah punya mesin gesek credit card saat mas bisa berhasil kembali ke sini :))
Fantastic place to stay! Me and my friends enjoyed the environment and the friendly hosts in the area. The place look simple but there are lot of consideration put into before building it. We are lucky to have met Dave and have a few chats sessions with him. He also showed us around with the in progress project with us. He definitely has the most interesting jobs and hobbies. If u staying here and he is around do chat with him, great guy!
Do have try out the local meals prepared by the chefs in Yabbiekayu, the food is prepared with organic vegetables planted around the area. The in house massage arranged by them ibu Untung is one of the best massage I have had so far. Highly recommended. We did not plan any itinerary before arriving to Yogyakarta, the Yabbiekayu team has help tp arranged the driver for pick up and suggested the places to visit. It does make our trip much more easier and enjoyable.
Such a pleasure to host you and your friends Zoe Thanks for choosing us I think that you and your friends win the award as our easiest and most amicable guests so far, and you have a lot of competition haha Really look forward to your next visit and I will pass on my compliments to the cooking staff who really do make some yummy meals and the gardening staff who are doing their best to keep us supplied in organic vegies
Thanks again Dave
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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.