We are Wim & Phillip, a Dutch/Indonesian male couple 69/46, we love to meet interesting people from around the world. Wim is a retired tv journalist, (email hidden) chef & fashion designer.
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We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Sawah. The place meets all expectations and more. The host and their extended family are very friendly and helpful.
They knew a great driver, the best places to shop and eat. They shared with us some, much appreciated, inside information about the country. The house is beautiful, the neighbourhood is near the Ceramic village (woth a visit) of Kasongan on the outskirts of Yogyar.
We highly recommend this place and will deffenately return here on our next visit to Indonesia.
We had a very nice stay at the Sawah. Wim & Philip are great hosts. The house and its surroundings are very pleasant and gives you a different experience. Food served was amazing, got to try some very nice Indonesian dishes. Interesting conversations shared with our hosts, highly recommend to stay at this place. Thanks for everything!
Had a fab stay at the Sawah. It's a truly home in Jogja!
Wim, Phillip and the whole family (Mbak Yayuk, Erwan & Agus) are a great host & helpful! They are welcoming people, treating the guests as family. I could always explore the well-designed/decorated house, browse hundreds of interesting books & v/cds at the media corner, see how my meals were prepared at the kitchen and chat with the 5 star chef Mbak Yayuk.
No problem with the transportation, even though the Sawah isn't located in the downtown Jogja. Erwan was happy to help call a taxi whenever I needed.
Here's really a place to have a great rest, quiet time and very tasty home-cooked meals.
Response from Wim:
Thanks for your very positive review, Sandra. Welcome back whenever you want!
Wim and Phillippe are fantastic host. They gave us all the information we needed before our arrival. They manage us a driver to visit borobudur and Prambanan. The villa is situated in middle of rice field. It is very quiet and be on the terrace for the breakfast or the dinner is wonderful. In addition, Philippe can prepare amazing dinner if you want. It is clealy one of the best place to enjoy yogyakarta. We highly recommend to stay here if you stay in Yogyakarta.
Had a very nice stay at the Sawah. Wim & Philip are great hosts, and the house is very well taken care of. Breakfast was also excellent! One good example of the hosts caring was when the water heater broke on December 31st and they managed to have it fixed by the morning of January 1st - that's not an easy task in a country like Indonesia! Very much appreciated all their efforts!
Wim and Phillip are perfect hosts and made my holiday absolutely enriched. I am happy to come in this hospitable paradise again. Perfect setting, great service all around. Thank you, thank you, greetings from Berlin Ulrich
Beautiful house in a lovely surrounding...... Wim and Philip were great hosts who provided us with lots of information and suggestions. We even enjoyed a "octoberfest" in Jogja hahha!
The breakfast and dinner was really excellent and the room was that as wel.
Response from Wim:
Thanks, richard and Riska for your visit and your review.
Quite in the end of our world trip we found one of the most special and above all most delicious places you can image – the home of Wim and Philipp. We don’t exaggerate that we ate there one of our best dishes during our travels, but for sure the best food in Indonesia. You can enjoy a free and fully satisfying breakfast (Western or Indonesian) and also place a order for other meals, because the place called “The Sawah” is a kind of restaurant on demand, first-rated on Tripadvisor. The whole house is gorgeous and our room with extra bathroom was perfect and lovely designed, but it would be nothing without the great kindness of Wim and Philipp and all the other family members in the house who will answer your wishes. It was great sharing some stories and it was wonderful to have Wim, who is an open-minded man, for organizing our days. He managed all our tours with a good driver or having a massage at home. Remember that the Sawah is away from other restaurants or shops so you always need a driver to go to town. But you can go for a walk or enjoy the silence, the nature and the house area as well, when you don’t plan a day trip to your hot spots. For Yogya Wim also has a selfmade map for you to explore the city on your own. Although we are dog lovers, one of the two dogs was sometimes a little bit annoying because he isn’t castrated but I think Wim will teach him day by day. Thanks again for all the hospitality! Cathy and Thorsten
Response from Wim:
Thanks, Cathy and Thorsten, for the wonderful review. As to Hero: he is recovering from castration last week and already is much more calm :-)
theSawah is AWESOME!!! Love the decor and settings and the peaceful stay.. Not forgetting Hero & Pingu who never fail to welcome us whenever we're 'home'.. They're the residence dogs :) Wim & Phillip are awesome hosts too.. Welcomed us with open arms and suggesting us places to go to kill our time on the last day before the flight.. Ohhhh we love their Asian breakfast too!!! Pak Sutarman, the driver and guide whom Wim recommended was indeed a Superman and we enjoyed having him during our entire journey. Punctual, patient and a joker, and this makes our road trips not a bore. If you want the local food, just ask him and you'll be blown by the super yummy food that he suggested. I miss the magelangan already :'( I definitely recommend theSawah to everyone and will surely come back to theSawah when I decided to come to Yogya in the near future. Thank you Wim, Phillip & Pak Sutarman!!
Response from Wim:
Thanks for your impressive response, Ferlynne. We are glad we could make your trip more than worthwhile. And we will tell Pak Sutarman that he is a Superman. He will love it. Thanks!
My cousin and I stayed in the guest bedroom at the Sawah for three nights. Our trip was really quite lovely! Although Wim and Philippe were only in town for the first night, we enjoyed their company and stories. I especially appreciated Wim's efforts to entertain and converse with us despite being quite under the weather! The other two nights we were under the excellent care of the Sawah's staff/family members. Erwan was very helpful--going as far as to get us take-out for dinner one night on his motorcycle and calling taxis for us.
The amenities at the Sawah were great. The AC was cool and the shower was excellent. Another important point is that the breakfast really was delicious. I would also recommend having dinner here at least once! Finally, as I had come to the Sawah to get some work done, I have to note that the WiFi was fast and reliable. A side note would be to bring some insect repellent if you are planning to spend a lot of time on the beautiful patio. As the Sawah is located in the rice paddies, there are obviously some mosquitos (like all places in Indonesia)--but this is easily remedied and we were not bothered in our rooms at night.
Thanks Wim and Philippe for the great stay! I will definitely come again when I come back to Jogja.
Response from Wim:
Thanks for the wonderful review, Jessica! Impressed.
Btw: just back from lung specialist, I have serious bronchitus, but medication already started 2 days ago and helps well. Ciao!
Wim & Phillip are sweet, friendly and open minded couple who own very nice accommodation and resto in the South of Jogjakarta called The Sawah. famous for the delicious home-cooked cuisine it's always a great place to hang out and spend your vacation in Yogyakarta with the local wisdoms from this couple