About This Listing
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
Bungalow 4: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/5827961
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 broad 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
This is the largest of the other three bungalows. Suitable for a family of two or three children or travelers in group of 4 people (could fits 5 people with an extra bed). This two stories bungalow made of old recycled traditional Javanese house, reclaimed Kalimantan iron woods as the upstair deck, and marvelous marble ceramic on the first floor.
The indoor area includes a kitchen, sitting area, private bedroom for children with two mattresses in beautiful wooden bed frames and a beautiful old teak wood four poster bed upstairs for the adults, sitting area in the balcony and a writing desk.
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, surrounded with a very unique masonry wall painted with natural red color from the old brick stone and recycled glass bottles as the light ornament.
To ensure the comfort of all guests, we ask that visitors smoke outside on the generous verandah's we have built for your convenience.
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 ogs are not usual in these villages, though any other pet may be considered on application.
Our stay at Yabbiekayu was incredible. From the moment we arrived, Bakti, Babun and the staff at Yabbiekayu were so attentive and helpful with anything we needed. They made suggestions for activities during our 5 days in jogja and ended up planning basically our entire stay. We did a cooking class with the ladies in the Yabbiekayu kitchen which was wonderful, participated in a yoga class, and did day trips to Prambanan and Borobudor which they organized. The attention to detail was great- they really go above and beyond. They even Invited us to a housewarming party for one of their staff. It was so much fun!! The accommodation and grounds are simply beautiful. I can't wait to come back to jogja and stay with my Yabbiekayu family again!!
Hai Dave, knowing nothing about Yabbiekayu except from your description about it on Airbnb was making me wondering about what was waiting for me in one villa in Tembi Village.
I am now happy to share here that what i experienced meets my expectation when i read your description, and saw your photos, on the web; with all the very friendly and helpful staffs you have there.
I have decided to plan to come again even before my taxi, kindly arranged by Mbak Bakti a night before, left your villa.
That's such great news Bona, super pleased that we met your expectations and that we will have you back again soon. I'm only sorry that I was away and missed you on this trip, though again and as always so happy to hear that the staff at Yabbiekayu had looked after you well.
See you soon
Deciding to stay in Yabbiekayu was one of the best decisions we made in taking our long weekend in Jogja. Everything was so simple, so easy, and exactly what we needed—a nice respite from the city and everything else that goes with it: traffic, noise, and pollution.
Right form the start, Dave and his staff responded promptly; gave good advice, and offered to make certain arrangements like transportation and tickets, at no extra (service) charge. When we arrived, Dave was away, but the manager Bakti welcomed us warmly. We were then included in a Whatsapp group, which included Dave and the rest of the staff, so that any of our requests and questions could be addressed promptly. We really felt well taken care of by friends throughout the duration of our stay.
The bungalow and the surrounding areas look exactly like they do in the photos— with the added bonus of butterflies and geckos. We stayed in bungalow 1, and we loved the little veranda overlooking the rice fields. The room was just right for a couple; the bed was a good size and equipped with mosquito nets —although we didn’t really have much of a need for them despite having most windows and some doors left open, the sheets and towels were fresh and clean, and the outdoor bathroom had a large enough tub to fit two very tired people after a full day of walking up and down, and all around the temples.
Evenings were such a treat for us as we just enjoyed the fresh air and the sounds of the rain, some frogs, and some gamelan playing in the distance. It was nice not to have to sleep with an AC running. It was cool and breezy enough, and the neighborhood was quiet enough for this. This is definitely a luxury for city dwellers.
We will remember Jogja not just for the temples and the other sights, but also for our wonderful stay at Yabbiekayu. The place was beautiful, and you get so much more than a clean bed, a nice breakfast, and keys to someone’s place.
It was a wonderful experience for us, and we would highly recommend this place to our friends. We will most likely be back, if only to check out the other bungalows, and to have more of their lovely ginger-lemongrass iced tea!
Thanks Pascal for such a glowing review, it makes me so pleased and proud when I read ho much guests enjoy staying at Yabbiekayu. The staff rally do go out of there way to try and ensure that all your needs are met and feel very much rewarded by this great feedback.
As a traveler and workaholic myself, I have tried to design Yabbiekayu to be exactly what you say, a place to rest and relax where your needs are taken care of and you feel like you have come home to rest. Being on the road with work right now, reviews like yours make me home sick haha.
I do hope you manage to get a break and come back again soon and next time we can sit together and share a glass of wine or a whisky on the deck and watch the fireflies and the hours drift past.
Had a really wonderful stay in bungalow one. The staff are incredibly welcoming and helpful, and always contactable via whatsapp. Dave chatted to us about how the bungalows are built, gave us great tips on local food and batik, and showed us around his new building under construction. We ate beautiful breakfasts and homegrown produce. The focus on sustainable building, energy efficiency, and permaculture is really exciting to see.
I cannot speak highly enough of YabbieKayu! It was simply outstanding. Dave, Bakti and the rest of the staff are absolutely outstanding in their customer service. The bungalows are great and the outdoor bathrooms are fantastic. This is truly the place to relax for as long as necessary!
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
Time spent at Yabbiekayu was nothing but splendid for me. The place offers a sense of peace and tranquility that are hardly to find nowadays. The service is amazing, staffs are awesome, I mean, I got invited into a whatsapp group that was very helpful. And not only that it sourrounded by cool ambiance of Desa Wisata Tembi, Yabbiekayu also complemented with list of available restaurants and nature attraction. I've spent the best Anniversary and New Year's Eve here, even my girlfriend was so excited to come back. A must check list for your itinerary in Jogja.
Wah thanks for the beautiful review
It was such a pleasure to host you both and we really do look forward to your next visit. It's so nice when people really enjoy the sense of village lifestyle and family welcome that we try so hard to supply
Hope to see you again soon
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About the Host, Dave
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.