About this listing
Welcome to Yabbiekayu 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 braod 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, carved bed nook with a comfy queen sized matress, 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 at 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 verandah of the bungalow.
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 dogs are not usual in these villages, though any other pet may be considered on application.
The best service team ever. Much better than any other "big" hotel. Very relaxing environment. But, what I missed the most is the mangut lele, sate klathak, brongkos, and mie lethek. High quality breakfast as well. No AirCon but not hot at all. I was a bit worried at first but I found it refreshing sleeping and waking up in the morning without the AirCon. Natural alarm clock every morning (ayam jago berkokok). And my wife said the only way to turn off the alarm is to fry the chicken and make fried chicken. Just kidding!!! Will be back again in the future for more Yabbiekayu experience AND mangut lele, sate Pak Pong....OMG all I can think about is food!!!
Ha ha... Thank you so much for your lovely and funny review Sir... We enjoyed so much for the time spent with your family. It was one of the greatest experience for us for being a host for the past 4 years. You and your family gave us so much positive meaning of everything we do. Just a sweet reminding to us about why we love what we do. We hope you could visit Jogja again and stay with us, and experience more of the local culinary. Love to all of your family member from Yabbiekayu family.
What an awesome peaceful place! I would highly recommend it to everyone. The staff are very friendly and so helpful with everything! Thanks for an awesome experience.
I had an amazing stay at Dave's!!! All the people working around the property were super friendly and helpful. The property itself was fantastic! I would highly recommend staying here ! Thank you for a great stay!
Very unforgettable experience. The host is very kind and help us plan the whole 3days schedule. The breakfast is very good. And ijo took us go around the city like we are friends not guest. And the last day we stay here our credit card can not take out from ATM machine and ijo help us connect the bank officer and not sleep until take the card back at 3 o'clock am next morning. They help us a lot and let us feel we are a family not just guests. I must go there again.
Lovely place, truly home away from home and perfect service. Breakfast is really good as well and it's a 'special place' amid the rice fields. Highly recommended.
My three days at Yabbiakayu were fantastic. I was so warmly welcomed after a long day of travel by Bakti (who was also supremely helpful back when I was booking my time in Indonesia), and was immediately infatuated with my room. Dave's villas on his property in Yogya are so unique, and so beautiful, so natural and so comfortable. When I wasn't walking through the city of Yogya (a quick cab ride away) or touring the temples of Borobodur or Prambanan, I was nestled comfortably on the patio of Bungalow 2. Dave and his staff's attention to detail is superb, from the fully stocked snackbar and minibar in the room, to cookies, ear plugs, shampoo etc., one gets the sense that so much thought went into the setup. The villas themselves are just gorgeous in their construction and the setting, so lush alongside a rice paddy, is so peaceful. And, as a female traveling alone, I felt completely safe and taken care of at Yabbiekayu. My only regret is that I couldn't stay longer. I very much look forward to going back. xo
We had a wonderful, relaxing experience at Dave's place – the perfect getaway from the hustle & bustle of Yogya. The bungalow is private, charmingly rustic, yet luxurious, set on a lush, idyllic property. Babun, Bakti, and the rest of the staff were extremely gracious and welcoming, and helped us feel at home. Our only regret is that we didn't get to meet the legendary Dave.
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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.