Pondok Yabbie is the newest of our four bungalows. It is a little smaller than the others and excellent value for money. As shown in the photos, it is constructed of recycled teak wooden wall. It is built on traditional handmade terracotta ceramic floor. At the front is a veranda with an outdoor table and chairs overlooking a lush garden offering a quiet shady spot to read your favourite book. The bathroom is located just 12 metres away in the adjacent magnificent villa. The room includes a queen size antique four poster bed, a bedside table, a small writing desk and chair, cupboard with mirror, minibar and snack bar and intimate mood lighting. Pondok Yabbie offers great privacy with maximum security around the clock. It’s definitely an affordable option.
Please look at out our other bungalows, prior to booking as they are slightly different and one may suit you better than the others.
Bungalow 1: http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/786192/
Bungalow 2: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/712356
Bungalow 3: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1522380
To ensure the comfort of all guests, we ask that visitors smoke outside on the verandah.
The room is located 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.
I definitely recommend staying at Yabbiekayu! it's close enough to Jogya to see the city and surrounding sites but also far enough that you don't have to always deal with its hectic pace. Everyone at Yabbiekayu was exceedingly helpful and went the extra mile to make our stay enjoyable. We had a quick look at the bungalows and would recommend them too, all of the accommodation is beautiful and is surrounded by paddy fields. Dave is a great host and made us feel really welcome.
Dave and Bakti made me feel welcomed from day 1. Bakti was ever so helpful with anything I needed. Very resourceful team Dave has. They will help you with anything! From opening my locked bag to getting me transportation w a good driver. They try to help with anything you need. Dave showed me ard all his home stays and those in the process of being built as well. If you have time, get to know him. A very interesting man with years of experience behind him. Totally loved my private and quiet stay there! No complaints. Dave thinks of everything down to a little fan inside the bed frame to keep me cool once the mosquito cloth nets are covered. Breakfast was simple and delightful and on time! Bakti thinks of your needs too! Felt like part of a small family in this quiet neighborhood village with ducks, chooks and buffalo waking me in the morning. Nice kampong feel! What I really needed to feel like I was back in truly back in Asia. ☺️ If you wana stay somewhere, choose Dave's home stays. You won't regret it. I only wish I had more days here.
The whole province was on an electricity black out but Dave's company seems to keep us cool and very welcomed. He was one of a kind.
The place is what a reflection of Yogyakarta would be. Gentle manner and friendliness were floating in the air. The shack is more naturally sustainable than most houses.
It is a classic interpretation of village travelling.
We had an awesome stay at Yabbiekayu! We just flew in the day we arrived from Lombok and had worked off a list of shabby homestays to get to this incredibly special, nicely designed and perfect pondok. Dave's house next to it was also quite something. The village itself is as special as the place, superfriendly people and a really nice environment, we wouldn't mind living there (as proof I got my own TEMBI tshirt). The staff was really cool and extremely helpful and we had a lot of fun talking to Bakti, Babun and also Dave who me met the day we left. If possible we would've stayed longer, we strongly recommend this place if you're around Yogjakarta!
Le personnel est très sympathique et serviable, mais les prestations entre chambre et bungalows (plus chers) très variables : bungalows tout confort, belle salle de bain en plein air, mais les chambres étaient beaucoup plus décevantes (une autre touriste anglaise partageait cet avis et était très mécontente).
Situation géographique très excentrée de Jogya, mieux vaut louer un scooter car le passage des bus est très aléatoire, et le personnel avait beaucoup de mal à faire venir des taxis jusqu ici.
Having stayed at many places that market themselves as sustainable, eco or green I am always curious as to how the place measures up to their descriptions. Happily, there is no ‘greenwashing’ here, and Yabbiekayu is one of the best accommodation models I have seen in the sustainable tourism industry, one which I hope others pay attention to. All aspects of their design and operational practices reflect their environmentally and socially responsible values while also taking into account what a traveller requires.
The sublime rescued teak bungalows are a beautiful display of Indonesian vernacular building styles and architecture. If, like me, you are a wood fan the bungalows will appeal to all of your senses – I found myself touching the grooves of the wood and imagining the journey the wood and house had been on. The bungalows are made of 100% recycled materials, the curved wall of the outdoor bathroom and courtyard being constructed out of crushed bricks.
The bungalows use natural ventilation techniques to assist with cooling instead of air conditioning. My bungalow had a high vented ceiling, handmade tile floors that utilised thermal mass to absorb some of the heat, multiple doors and windows to open and close to channel the cooling breeze and landscaping for shading. The biocycle toilets, LED lighting, organic, cruelty free locally made toiletries, filtered water in jugs (woo hoo…no plastic bottles!) and breakfast served on your balcony overlooking rice paddies all add to the appeal of Yabbiekayu.
The attention to detail is spectacular, with small but significant things taken into account in the design. A clothes drying line in the outdoor bathroom, a power outlet located on the bed for items such as a laptop, earplugs for those sensitive to noise, torches and mini bar snacks make sure every traveller is comfortable.
Like their website says, check the photo of each villa to decide which one is your style. I stayed in Villa 2 and Pondok Yabbie, both with their own beautiful features. Pondok Yabbie is suited to those comfortable with communal living as it shares a bathroom with other guests; whereas bungalow 1, 2 and 3 have their own beautiful outdoor bathrooms and courtyards.
The final factor that made the experience so memorable is something that so many places do not take into account but that can make or break an experience - human connection. From Dave and his friends inviting me to crash their fun filled dinner, laughing with Babun, Baktu’s cool style or discussions with Ikarini about living 3 streets away from each other, jogging past each other and doing similar volunteer work – the staff at Yabbiekayu have nailed the human connection factor. Even the location works in their favour, with many laughs with the neighbours as I wandered around and tried out my rusty broken Bahasa.
I look forward to seeing the progress Yabbiekayu makes over the next few years as the other bungalows are completed and additional elements are incorporated into the site.
Great to have you come and stay Mellissa and thanks so much for noticing that we really do mean it when we say we are trying to do the right thing ecologically.
We definitely aren't perfect, in fact i'm not sure there is a perfect solution, but we do take the challenge quite seriously, from the way we design, run, maintain our business is very much focused on these core values... green through and through haha
We look forward to you coming back and continuing to engage in Yabbiekayu as we continue to explore what sustainable tourism and social enterprise mean in this fascinating emerging nation.
What a lovely place! Bakti and Babun looked after us really well, and yhe room was gorgeous. Some of the nicest breakfast ever! It is a little hard to find the first time, but the cunning printed out instructions worked a treat. Thanks for a great weekend ;)
Thanks Susannah for your beautiful review.
I'm so glad you enjoyed the breakfasts and that the team looked after you so well.
It's kinda nice being tucked away and hard to find, it's what gives us that special village feel, so I'm glad the instructions were clear enough. Its slowly getting easier and easier as more and more taxi drivers get to know us, but I hope we never loose that hidden away feeling.
Hope we see you again soon
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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.