About this listing
This small, charming historical wooden house is situated with a beautiful view over rice fields. Located on the edge of a small village, it offers a perfect mix of living in tropical nature with fast access to the city center of Yogyakarta.
Rumah Gladak - this is how the house is historically named - has originally been used to store and dry rice grains. We placed this sweet little house in a nice spot of our land with a vast view over the rice fields. Our land is situated around 8 km South from the city of Yogyakarta.
Together with Rumah Gladak, we built an open- air, private bathroom integrated in a small tropical garden.
The house itself is furnished with a bamboo bed (140 x 200 cm), chair and hangers for cloths. It is perfect for one person or one couple.
Next to Rumah Gladak, under the shade of bamboo and banana trees is a comfortable wood-carved day bed with view to the fish pond - the perfect place for resting, reading, writing.
Interaction with Guests
Rumah Gladak is situated on our land together with the main house – a historical wooden house, which we build for our own living. Since we are travelling a lot, we will also offer this house occasionally for rent.
Breakfast will be prepared by Persiyem, who lives in the village and will also take care of the daily cleaning.
For breakfast, you can choose among a variety of Western and Indonesian meals: bread and eggs, muesli, oatmeal, rice porridge, Nasi Goreng (fried rice). Every breakfast is served with tea or coffee and a selection of tropical fruits.
There is a laundry service based on your needs.
In the process of building the properties on this land, we have been very aware to balance between privacy and connectedness to our surrounding.
We decided to not building fences or walls towards the rice fields to not block our view and also to not create boundaries between us and the farmers. We also share the land with the father of the landowner, who is guarding our houses by day and night.
Rumah Gladak is built in a way, that you can close the door, retreat into your house and small private garden if you need privacy.
While, when you open your front door to the small veranda, you have the opportunity to get a real feeling and sensation of the daily activities of the traditional rice farmers.
Our village and the surrounding villages are knows for its handicrafts. It is worth to explore this. There is the center of ceramic in Kasongan, there is a village for wood painting, and there is a village for stone carving and production. We can give you advise of where to go. We can also offer you to rent a mini train (with driver) for half day for a village tour. Sukarman, one of our staff, can introduce you to local crafts. This is a popular way in the villages to get around and a good way to have easy access to the craft people without any intention of selling anything. Its fun!
The city is around 8 km away (20 minutes) away, to Borobodur it takes around 60 minutes as well as to Prambanan.
From our land, you can directly start walking or jogging through the rice fields.
To explore the area further, we can offer you bicycles to rent (25.000 rp/day), a motorbike (Scoopy) for rent (60.000 rp/day) and we can as well organize a driver with a car. We can also help you organize a driver with a car to make day trips. During high season, it is advisable to let us know before your arrival if you need a driver, since we can not guarantee to find a driver available.
Also, we suggest to manage for you the pick-up service from the airport or train station, as our drivers already know the location of the land (150.000 rp/ pick-up from the airport and 100.000 rp/pick-up from the train station).
Other Things to Note
We offer limited Internet through a Internet flashdisk, which means it might not be stable. If you are coming and need Internet for work, it might be risky since we can not guarantee that it is working.
We are situated in the middle of a traditional village life. The people in the village are very friendly and welcoming while respecting privacy.
Please be sensitive as well and respect their customs. Don't make loud parties, involving lots of alcohol. Please dress appropriately - our area is not strictly islamic and quiet open-minded. But still, there are customs of women not been dressed too exposed. Please be aware of this.
When making walks through the rice fields, a friendly smile and simple greeting is a nice gestures, while stepping through their farmlands.
As for house rules, we ask our guests to absolutely avoid open fire, as our house construction consists solely of wood. Smoking is allowed outside, but please be cautious.
We stayed for two days in this lovely little place. Very relaxing and peaceful. Katia and Faozan thanks for sharing this slice of heaven.
We had a lovely stay at this wood house. Although it is surrounded by the jungle and the bathroom is open air, it is was very clean and pleasant. We stayed during Ramadhan and it was a bit noisy until midnight and after 4am, but it was an interesting experience and we still could sleep with ear plugs. Parsiyem (the housekeeper) was so kind and her breakfast are delicious. Joko (the driver) was very helpful, drove us around in the city and helped us with booking a cheap trip to Bromo and Ijen through his agency. We definitely recommend this place if you're looking for a peaceful and unique rest in beautiful ricefields.
Everything was perfect at Katia and Faozan's place. Very relaxing and comfortable, we felt it like home.
This is a great little place for any traveler looking something off the beaten path, which everyone seems to be looking for these days. The people who make your breakfast and pick you up from the airport really make this place special. Highly recommended.
Very chilled cool place , will stay again for sure and would highly recommend to anyone visiting Jogja. I especially liked the porridge and french coffee : -)
My bf and I had a truly amazing time in Yogya! I think one the main reasons because how much we love Katia's place! We have no complain at all. We love our gladak house especially the outdoor bathroom. Not to mentioned the staff, the most friendliest person, mbak Parsiyem and mas Joko who always stand by to take us wherever we wanna go.
We highly recommended this place for anyone who look for some peaceful and romantic time with their loved ones! :)
Many things set this private accommodation apart from others. First, it’s placed amongst a shaded forest with a magnificent view that overlooks a fish pond and expands through a natural clearing into a landscape of rice fields that are scattered with fruit trees. Second, it’s a former rice shed that has been lovingly transformed into a unique traditional-style cottage that respects and works with nature. Third, it’s owned a managed by people with a passion for simple living, cultural learning, and human ethics. Fourth, it’s serviced by professional, reliable, and friendly local staff. Fifth, this service includes a driver (Joko) who has a genuine thirst for knowledge and a willingness and ability to engage in thoughtful conversation about almost anything (at least in English, and I presume also Javanese and Bahasa). Sixth, it’s located within a pleasant short bike ride or longer walk of several quieter villages that excel in all of the handicrafts on offer in the busier tourist centre of Yogya. Seventh, it offers several *little things* that make staying in Indonesia that bit more convenient; unlimited clean water from a canister, a map of food in the area, a range of delicious breakfast options served when you’d like, an option to order in lunch and dinner, use of a mobile phone, wi-fi, push-bike hire, local advice, convenient access to the *main* attractions, nearby supermarket, etc. If you’d like to gain an insight into the real Jogya in a relaxing and peaceful environment, look no further than this accommodation! Oh, and did I mention the resident chameleon that greets you in the morning? Amazing!
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About the Host, Katia And Faozan
We are a German-Indonesian couple, working in the field of film, dance and visual art and based in Berlin, Jakarta and Yogyakarta. Our third base, Yogyakarta, is the newest one. When we saw historical Javanese houses been more and more exported to Bali and Hawai, we decided to buy two houses and build them on a strip of land in a village outside of the city of Yogyakarta. First thought as a refugium for us, to escape the pollution of Jakarta. But since we are traveling a lot for our work and we don't like empty houses, we decided to offer our houses to guests, who want to get closer to Indonesian culture and nature.