the bedroom opens on to this private gardenhere's the view of the house from the street.

Private room

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1 bedroom

1 bed
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About this listing

This is the main bedroom, upstairs. Its a very large room with a king size bed, opening onto a private garden. There's an ensuite bathroom, shared with one other bedroom (that's usually empty).

The space

Open, airy, spacious, quiet, cool, shady, with views of river and forest. Our guests can't believe they're in the middle of a city of ten million people...

Guest access

Natural Swimming Pond. We've built a eco-pool on the river bank, below the verandah. The pool water is filtered through the sand and gravel below the spiral staircase and by the climbing plants - the ones you can see on the verandah upstairs and outside the windows of the rooms upstairs. There are fish in the pool, but they hide away whenever anyone goes near the water.

There's a shower next to the pool, with hot (solar) and cold water. Please don't use any soap or shampoo at the pool shower, as the shower water mixes with the pool water.

Wifi. There's wifi in the house.

Bicycle. There's a men's bike you can borrow, fun to take up to the shopping mall.

Filtered water. All water for the house comes from a well. We filter this water for drinking through Pureit, a four stage filter that cleans the water to World Health Organisation standard.

Interaction with guests

My partner or I stay in the house for a few days each month. Our house manager, Mbak Isem stays in the house every night, and will be there to greet you, to make you breakfast etc. Her English is very limited, but somehow it works out.

Other things to note

Like most places in Jakarta, Sabruna is only a few hundred meters from several mosques. The first call to prayer is at 4.30 AM, when it is still dark outside. You will definitely hear it, but, unless you want to get up and pray, the best thing to do is to lie there and enjoy the sound of the different calls, which only last five minutes, and then go back to sleep.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Room type: Private room


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House Rules

No pets please. We like the place to be welcoming to all the native birds and animals.
Smoking is allowed on the verandas, not inside.
No loud music after 10 pm, or our neighbours will be upset.



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Tom User Profile
February 2017
Wonderful place! A unique, beautiful and lovingly built sanctuary that made me immediately feel as though i had escaped the generic urban sprawl of Jakarta and gone somewhere magic. I ate hearty delicious authentic food from Mbak Isem the housekeeper (who is totally delightful) overlooking the trees and the river for just few extra dollars per day (plus a nice tip) and swam in the ingenious natural pool every day amongst a beautiful diversity of wildlife i really did not expect to see in the city. Its the perfect balance of welcoming comfort, quirkiness, authenticity, convenience and natural beauty. Highest recommendation.

Saskia User Profile
April 2016
An amazing place to stay in Jakarta! Wonderfully located on the banks of the Ciliwung river, with views that make you forget you're in the big city. From the veranda you can spot kingfishers, fruit bats and monitor lizards. Mbak Isem was very welcoming to us and made super breakfasts. The big bedroom is comfortable and airy. If you don't mind the early morning mosque prayers, then we definitely recommend a stay here!

O'Mara User Profile
March 2016
Wonderful spot. A complete oasis in South Jakarta surrounded by bamboo trees and right over the Ciliwung river-- at night you can even hear crickets! Bu Isme is very welcoming and keeps the house clean and inviting. Patrick is a great host and goes out of his way to make sure the accommodation fits your needs, regardless of whether or not he is town. Highly recommended!

Suzanne User Profile
September 2014
What a wonderful place to stay in Jakarta. Patrick and Avi's home is a green, spacious and very relaxing place, beautifully laid out along the Ciliwung river. The house itself is located in a local residential area that is part of a bustling neighbourhood with local markets, roadside food stalls, malls and good transportation connections to the rest of Jakarta. Patrick and Avi were away during my stay, but I very much enjoyed the hospitality of their friendly house manager mbak Isem. Highly recommended!

Wilco User Profile
July 2014
What a great oasis of peace and quiet in the middle of this metropole. The pool, the rooms, the space, the always smiling service of the lady helping the family(plus her simple but great meals), we enjoyed it completely. A nice spot in an ordinary local area in Jakarta, exactly what we liked! Patrick a his family were out during our stay. But it turned out very easy to get in touch with them by phone. And they are most helpful!

Sjoert User Profile
June 2014
It was very great to recover from our jetlags in Patrick's relaxing home. The room was enormous and spotless, as was the private bathroom. The natural pool (with view on the river!) is a huge plus and helps to cool down after a day browsing through Jakarta. The neighborhood is also great with lots of small roadside restaurants and the big shopping mall nearby for more advanced consumer needs. Patrick was super helpful communicating with us via (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) and making sure everything was alright, and Mbak Isem was very friendly and caring.

Alfonsus User Profile
April 2014
I have a pleasant stay on Sabruna house. It's amazing to see this kind of house in the middle of Jakarta. I enjoy the natural pond and swim there in the morning. Mba Isem & Patrick's wife are so welcome and nice. There are a lot of interesting books there too in the room. It's a refreshing place in Jakarta.

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Patrick User Profile

Hi, I'm Patrick. I own and live part time at Sabruna, Rawajati, Kalibata, Jakarta. I've tried to create an oasis of green and quiet in the middle of Jakarta.

Languages: Bahasa Indonesia, English
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