Yabbiekayu Homestay, Bungalow 2

Villa - Private room · Jl Parangtritis, Yogyakarta, Special District of Yogyakarta 55143, Indonesia

The Space

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

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

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.

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
-Laundry services
-Tailoring services
-Traditional Massage

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.

All of our bungalows offer unique differences so please choose the bungalow that best suits your needs.

Bungalow 1
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

Bungalow 2
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

Bungalow 3
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

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • What a nice place to spend a few days! Bakti and the rest of the staf were very friendly and helpful. She arranged the pick up from the airport, a bicycle tour around the rice fields and a trip to Dieng and Borobudur for us.
    The bungolows are very nice, with a romantic outdoor bathroom and a comfortable porch with fan for a relaxing evening with a Bintang from the minibar! We would recommend it to anyone.

    April 2014
  • Dave's place was a delight. So much so that I extended my stay. Oh was I glad to find this little haven! After a week in the traffic snarls of Jakarta (my son is studying there) and then some more time in central Yogyakarta (in a slightly grotty hotel) this mountains girl just needed a little time to recoup in a quiet, peaceful, beautiful and spotlessly clean place. The deep bath, the outdoor bathroom and beautiful breakfasts were a treat as was the reprieve from the ubiquitous plastic water bottles (lovely glass jugs are replenished every day). But it is the staff here that make this place so special. Every one of them are just lovely and I felt so well taken care of in such a friendly and unobtrusive way. Thank you all! I'd recommend doing Tatung's bicycle tour of the villages. It is a great way to get your bearings and the money goes towards a waste management project in the village. The tour is through the back streets of the little villages and rice paddies and is flat. Tatung is really lovely and he used to work for Green Peace and in disaster management so he is interesting to talk to and he's happy to show you the waste management project. I hired a bike after that and just went for a wander. I inevitably got lost which was great because I met so many lovely people finding my way back. It is useful to know how to pronounce Tembi (pronounced with the T being somewhere between a t and a d and the emphasise being definitely on the bi (TemBI). Catching the small buses into Yogya is easy just walk to the main road and flag one down. Hop on and the locals will help you. So thanks Dave and sorry we didn't get to meet and compare notes on onsite water management systems as I have a system here too and I know it happens to be a favourite topic of yours... but maybe next time.

    March 2014
    Response from Dave:

    I have it before about how happy it makes me when we have guests who stay who really "get" what we are trying to do with Yabbiekayu. That is to create a small haven in amongst the hustle and bustle of life on the most crowded Island on earth. A small oasis where you can experience true Javanese hospitality, a village lifestyle in a sustainable manner.
    Thanks so much for getting it and thanks for the wonderful review, hope to meet you next time.

  • We enjoyed our stay at Yabbiekayu. The bungalows are located in a quiet "suburb" of Jogja which takes about 10-15minutes by taxi from the middle of town. The staff are friendly and eager, the room is comfy, the bathroom superb and the breakfast provided is very nice. There are many mosquitoes around, especially in the morning, but they don't ruin the overall experience.

    March 2014
    Response from Dave:

    Hey Ed,
    I'm sorry i missed you, but so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay. Mozzies get bad for a few days when they first floor the rice fields, annoying for that brief period but well worth it for the view and natural aircon.
    Hope to see you next time

  • We stayed 3 nights in the wonderful yabbiekayu homestay. Everything was perfect!!!!!!! beautifully decorated cottage with private garden and outside-bathroom with hotwater shower and views of the ricepaddies. Every morning a very delicious breakfast was served at our terrace. The homestay is a 20min drive from yogya by taxi (only 2-3€). The place is an oasis to go to after a long day in the city!
    The people from yabbiekayu helped us tremendously with the planning and organisatoren of our trip. They arranged a taxi that brought us to the borobodur sunrise (which was absolutely amazing!) and several other tempels, I would recommend this trip to everyone!
    Thanks everyone from yabbu for the amazing time we had !!!

    March 2014
  • We had a great time. Dave and staff were good hosts. We brought our 10 month old with us and they made sure we had a baby cot and found us a babysitter for one of the days. The bungalow was nice and clean and breakfast was great. I thought the price was a little high compared to other places in Yogyakarta but this was made up for by having a warm and friendly staff. They were always inviting us to events which made the place feel like home. Dave, Thanks for the hospitality and I look forward to seeing what will become of Yabbiekayu as you continue to make improvements.

    February 2014
  • The people at Yabbiekayu were nothing short of fantastic!
    Smiles in the morning, security staff who liked a chat and a very filling breakfast buffet. Room service during the afternoon was unobtrusive.
    They were really eager to help me out with my daily plans, recommending locations and restaurants.
    The location is a little while out of jogja.. about 20min by scooter but this is perfect for those who like to stay away from the hustle and bustle of a city but still be within proximity.
    The locals in the village are lovely. Lots of smiles and greetings.
    Definitely should have brushed up a lot more on my Bahasa so I could have talked more with the locals!
    I will definitely be going back to stay at Yabbiekayu next time I go to Java.
    Thanks so much guys ;)

    February 2014
  • The bungalows of Dave are so beautiful, perfect location and his staff is really helpful and friendly. If you want to get to know yogjakarta and its nature at the most beautiful and relaxing way, this is the place you're looking for. Amazing!

    January 2014
    Response from Dave:

    Thanks so much Hanne :)
    A pleasure having you here and so glad that you liked it so much.
    I've been hiding down here for ten years now and still love it as a base for exploring the region. Happy to share that experience with you

  • A one-night stay to remember! Went there for a quick getaway trip with my partner. Took a 30 mins cab ride from Malioboro. As we arrive we were greeted by Mas Babun, a very hospitable host as David was overseas at the time. The room (especially the open-air bath) is a sweet experience for those looking to rejuvenate their mind from the hustle and bustle of big city life. Oh, and breakfast was delicious. Definitely coming back in the future.

    January 2014
    Response from Dave:

    Thanks Vikra
    I'm so glad you enjoyed the stay no matter how brief
    Sorry I missed you on this trip, but very pleased to hear that the team looked after you so well.
    Hope to see you next time around

  • Dave and his delightful Indonesian staff created a special experience for both My husband and myself. I highly recomment staying with Dave! From the moment of booking right through to calling a taxi for our departure, our every enquiry was met with a thorough and attentive reply or genuinely friendly service. Dave's bungalows are gorgeous and quintessentially Indonesian. Set on the edge of fertile rice paddies, there was an abundance of flora and fauna to intrigue us. I'm sure I'm not the first to describe Yogyagarta as a garden of Eden. Dave's bungalows can be rightfully called an eco-tourism destination. His respect for the natural environment and desire to leave as small a foot print as possible is apparent in every building and infrastructure. Also his knowledge of Indonesia and the Yogyagarta region is enormous and he is happy to share this with his guests. We spent many fascinating hours listening to Dave's tales. Stuart and I wish you all possible success in your Yabbiekayu Homestay. You certainly deserve it! Excellent job!

    December 2013
  • Total value for money. Tembi may be located a little out of the 'main' district but what a lovely setting for a peaceful stay! It's wonderful what Dave has done to the area. We had a lovely time and hope to be back again at some point!

    December 2013
Per Month
Subtotal Total

This is the final rate, including any fees from the host and Airbnb.

Save this listing to review later.
Saved 113 times
Bahasa Indonesia, English
Australian National University, Australian National University, Australian National University
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.
View full profile
Response Rate
Response Time
within an hour
Calendar Updated

How does Airbnb promote safety?

Similar Listings