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. Our village is the center for Wayang Kulit figures (shadow puppets from leather). It is worth to explore this. There is also the center of ceramic in Kasongan, a village for wood painting, and there is a village for stone carving. We can give you advise of where to go and designed a map to give orientation of our surrounding.
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
The picture might make this already clear, but we want to make sure before you book: we are in the middle of tropical nature. So it means if you come, you should be not too scared of nature and its creatures. We do not have lots of mosquitos, but we have frogs, geckos and all kinds of small other creatures crawling around. We experienced that especially guests who are used to live in aircon spaces (Jakarta, Sinapore, Hongkong) and are usually sealed from nature, have trouble to cope with this in reality, while they like it from the pictures and book it. While people from Europe, US, Australia and other parts of Asia just enjoy being in nature. Please reflect on this by yourself before you book.
We do not promote our place as especially kid friendly as it might not be safe for children with the ponds on our land. Though, we used to have families, who really enjoyed staying in our place and families are welcome when they feel the place fits for them.
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 Internet is continuously 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 simple greeting is a nice gestures, while stepping through their farmlands.
As for house rules, we ask our guests to not use candles indoors, as our house construction consists solely of wood. Smoking is allowed outside, but please be cautious.