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“Eco place between the rice paddies”

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Yabbiekayu Homestay Bungalows
Ranked #1 of 12 Bantul B&B and Inns
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“Eco place between the rice paddies”
Reviewed July 19, 2013

Great, great location. Although you need a 10 minute (10km) taxi to the city, but hey! Yogyakarta centre is not the interesting, it is about the places around Yogyakarta.

This place is lovely situated next to the rice fields. Bungalow 1 even got a nice portico overlooking the fields. Breakfast is superb (eco musli etc) and perfectly managed and is included in the price. The manager is really welcoming and can be asked for everything. The detailing of the bungalows is amazing, the best I've seen. Just take a look at the pictures and you'll see. All the nice touches are there, minibar / free thee & coffee / fan's and mini fan in the bed / great outside shower with privacy etc etc.

The place is new and still under construction so we could pick the place up for 40 euro's a night. When the place is finished and a total of 6 bungalows will be available, the price will go up (to 100 US Dollar) and you have to share the location with more people. Lets see how that develops.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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YabbiekayuManager, Manajer Umum at Yabbiekayu Homestay Bungalows, responded to this review, May 12, 2016

Dear Dennis,
We are all so glad you enjoyed your time at Yabbiekayu. It's always so nice when guests notice the detail and efforts that we do try to go to ensure you have a great time.

Please don't worry we won't build so many bungalows that the place gets too crowded, I promise
:-)
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Piqua, Ohio
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

Yabbiekayu Homestay is a beautiful and unique place. I highly recommend it. A lot of thought and attention to detail went into the design and construction. Bungalow 1 has a great view of rice fields from the back porch. Love the outdoor bathroom with big bathtub. It would be great for couples, although I was traveling alone. Maybe next time. Good service and breakfast too.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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YabbiekayuManager, Manajer at Yabbiekayu Homestay Bungalows, responded to this review, May 12, 2016

Hey David
It was a pleasure to be able to host you on your trip to Yogyakarta and we are so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us.
Its always a pleasure for me when our guests notice the attention to detail as you did, because we really do try as hard as we can to make your stay pleasurable.
I look forward to seeing you during your next visit
Yours
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Bogor, Indonesia
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

we stayed at Yabbiekayu which its recommended by tripadvizor and everything is perfect in this place! staying at the midst of rice fields and We like the open-air bathroom was sooo nice! To have a bath at night with the sound of the frogs looking at the stars is something....amazing. The breakfast is great, and it's served at the porch of your bungalow. We had a wonderful chatting upon our arrival with Dave,and he,,Bakti, Babboon made us feel absolutely at home. Babboon suggested excellent places to eat. Thx to tripadvisor and Yabbiekayu staffs and Dave. If we ever return to Yogya we will definitely stay at Yabbiekayu again

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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bigyabbie, Owner at Yabbiekayu Homestay Bungalows, responded to this review, July 8, 2013
Thanks so much for your beautiful review
It was so nice of you to choose Yabbiekayu for your trip to Yogya and a real pleasure to have you both here.
I'm so glad you liked our outdoor bathrooms, we firmly believe this is one of the great things about Hospitality in Bali that needs to migrate across to Java :)
Also glad you found the staff helpful and the breakfast enjoyable
Look forward to seeing you on your net trip
Yours
Dave
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

We had an excellent experience staying midst of rice fields in rural Yogyakarta.
Dave,Bakti, Babboon made us feel absolutely at home. We had a wonderful evening of chatting and exchanging experiences with Dave. He suggested excellent places to eat for vegetarian meals
as we are vegetarians.
Place is re-constructed from old Javanese Houses which were dismantled and brought at site.
Only 2 Cabins are ready and work on 3 more is going on but from Plans that Dave showed it is going to be a great experience to live in.
Dave was a great host. We would definitely want to do a return trip.
Only be ready to wake up at 4 AM with sound of muezzin from the village mosque but we consider that is part of experience of living in Ruraul Indonesia.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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YabbiekayuManager, Manajer at Yabbiekayu Homestay Bungalows, responded to this review, May 12, 2016

Dear Nayan
It was such a pleasure to host you both. I very much enjoyed our chats about Islam and Hinduism, Indian and Indonesian culture. I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay with us and very much in honesty look forward to your next visit.

As your review was our first review below 5 stars, I hope one day you can find the time to write and let us know how we can improve and better serve you and our other customers. Our aim is to be five stars in service, cleanliness, food quality, facilities, friendliness and comfort and we strive to continuously maintain and improve our service in all of these areas.

My apologies if you were disturbed by the morning call to prayer from the mosque, though as you say this is part of the delightful reality of life in a small village in Java and something you quickly get used to on your travels around Indonesia. Our bungalows are located on the edge of the village of Tembi facing towards a broad area of open rice fields, coincidentally at the furthest point from the local mosques hence the sound level is actually quite reasonable. Hence generally it's only very light sleepers that feel at all disturbed. Of course we supply earplugs for anyone who needs them. In fact in can be truly magical to wake up and sit out on the deck watching and listening as the mist rises off the rice fields and the call to prayer approaches slowly from far off villages closer to the rising sun, then climb back into our cozy four poster beds then to wake again a few hours later to poached eggs on sourdough bread with and an espresso and fresh fruit juice on the porch :)
Such is life in a small village by the ancient city of Yogyakarta.

Again thanks for your kind review and I really do look forward to your next visit!
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Valladolid, Spain
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

We stayed at Yabbiekayu three days in our honeymoon, and everything is perfect in this place! Our bungalow was beautifully decorated and it was homely and comfortable (and respectful with the environment). The open-air bathroom was sooo nice! To have a bath at night with the sound of the frogs looking at the stars is priceless! Also, the place is surrounded by beautiful rice fields.
The staff is nice and helpful, it feels like home. The breakfast is great, and it's served at the porch of your bungalow.
Tembi is a quiet and typical village, far of the noisy streets of Yogya, but near enough to be there in 20 minutes by car and go shopping or sightseeing.
Near the homestay there is a great Batik gallery, where you can meet Tatang, an amazing artist with a lot of interesting stories and awesome batik pictures that you can't find anywhere in Yogya.
It was perfect to stay at Yabbiekayu, I hope to be back someday.
Thanks to Dave, Babun, Bakti and the whole staff, you're great!

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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YabbiekayuManager, Manajer Umum at Yabbiekayu Homestay Bungalows, responded to this review, May 12, 2016

Dear Azahra
Thanks so much for your wonderful review
It was a pleasure hosting you.
Its so nice when visitors like you really "get" the experience that we are trying to share with you.
i.e the beauty of living in a small Muslim village on the edge of a rice field in Yogyakarta, with all the relaxation of a small village but all the luxuries of home plus some.
It makse me and my team proud that you enjoyed it so much.
I'm also glad you got to meet our neighbour Tatang, who runs a great little Batik business, this along with the local handicrafts factory, cultural centre, spa, swimming pools, restaurants and water park make the village of Tembi worthy of a visit in its own even if you don't stay with us !
Thanks again, and we look forward to your next visit!
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Linz, Austria
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Reviewed May 4, 2013

We stayed at the Yabbiekayu for several days in February and we had a wonderful time. The bungalows are amazing combination of traditional and modern architecture with lots of attention to the detail. Every piece of furniture and material is unique and having its own story. Thanks to his experience in building industry, Dave was able to create a place that is environmentally friendly but where the guest’s comfort is not compromised. The spacious open- air bathrooms could easily compete with any 5* hotel.

Everyone working at Yabbiekayu was extremely helpful and resourceful. They really put their heart in everything they do. As a result you feel more like visiting friends rather than being just another traveller. Breakfasts on the porch overlooking the rice fields while enjoying delicious nasi goreng were just priceless.

The location is very tranquil and away from all the stress, noise and pollution of Yogya but at the same time close enough not to miss any of the region’s must-sees. It is very relaxing to return to Tembi after the whole day of sightseeing and exchange the car honks for nothing but the frog croaks.

We would recommend this place for everyone who is not satisfied with anonymous hotel rooms and for those who like to stay at the places that not only offer all the comfort but also respect and support the local community. The only advice would be not to stay at Yabbiekayu at the beginning of your holidays because once you leave, it will be hard to find another place that can match the hospitality of Dave, Bakti, Tegu, Alex and others and the charm of the Tembi rice fields.

If we ever return to Yogya we will definitely stay at Yabbiekayu again.

Zuzana & David

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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YabbiekayuManager, Manajer at Yabbiekayu Homestay Bungalows, responded to this review, May 12, 2016

David and Suzana

It was so lovely to have you here as guests
Thanks for choosing Yabbiekayu for your holiday
and I was so pleased you appreciated the unique experience that we try so hard to offer to our guests.

I have passed on your comments to the other staff here, who also appreciate your kind words.
I look forward to you both returning and trying out our new bungalows as they come on line

Thanks again!
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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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Reviewed May 4, 2013

I booked these accommodations before my husband and I arrived in Asia. If I had waited until I had experienced the sweltering heat of Malaysia and Indonesia, I would never have booked a place with no A/C. Am I ever glad I didn't know how intense the heat can be because we would have missed out on a highlight of our trip so far.

The bungalows are fabulous - the photos are accurate and they are probably even better than depicted as progress is constantly being made at Yabbiekayu.

The setting is one of the highlights. If you like busy, touristy type restaurants and shops, then Yabbiekayu is not for you. The bungalows are in a real village where people get up at the crack of dawn or before to start working in the rice fields. They plow, they plant, they bring their sheep to feed, they flood the fields, they drain the fields. In our week at Yabbiekayu we saw the whole process of planting rice before our very eyes. It was constantly changing scenery.

As we walked through the village to go eat lunch or dinner, women washing clothes or tending their children greeted us. Grandpa holding his grandson practiced his English with us and proudly showed us the newest generation. Children hollered hello and good-bye to us from the school yard and waved until we were long past. We smiled alot and many smiles were returned. It felt like we were the only tourists in town.

There were a few very nice restaurants nearby where we had delicious Indonesian food at very reasonable prices. One meal complete with soup, main course and a shared dessert was under $7 US. The setting was a picturesque garden, the service attentive and the food authentic. We were able to use the pool at this guesthouse for just $1.80 US each which included a soft drink and towel. The pool was lovely and again overlooked rice fields.

Dave, the owner and brainchild behind Yabbiekayu was thankfully in town for most of our visit. He showed us what he has planned and his passion, enthusiasm and love for Indonesia and the village of Tembi was overwhelmingly apparent. Knowing what he had planned helped us to deal with the occasional construction noise or the lack of some amenities such as a pool and restaurant on site. We felt privileged to see the project in it's infancy and to hear of Dave's vision from himself personally.

Bakti, the office manager arranged a few trips for us. Our first driver didn't speak English which proved to be a bit of an issue as our Indonesian is limited to greetings and thank you. However, when I asked if an English driver was available she found one immediately and Sakir was fabulous. He added alot to our visit as well and we felt like we made a friend during our week.

My two biggest concerns before arriving at Yabbiekayu were: the location and the lack of a/c. The location proved to be an asset, not a detriment. One trip down Marlboro Street, the main drag in Yogyakarta was enough for me. We couldn't wait to get back to the peaceful, relaxed atmosphere of Tembi.

Secondly, the fact that there was no a/c was not an issue. Dave explained how he managed the heat situation when building the bungalows. My husband, a scientist was enthralled by the ingenuity of Dave's design. Honestly, after the first night, I asked for another blanket as one wasn't enough for the two of us. We left the windows open, the fan on and snuggled under the blankets. It was fabulous!

We are spending at least six months traveling through S.E. Asia so there will be many highlights of the trip. However, both my husband and I feel like our stay at Yabbiekayu will be one of the accommodations we talk about long after we return home. I am sure you will feel the same way if you have the privilege and opportunity to stay here.

Room Tip: Bungalow two has the wider bed and also the verandah off the back which overlooks the rice fields...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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YabbiekayuManager, Manajer Umum at Yabbiekayu Homestay Bungalows, responded to this review, May 12, 2016

David and Suzana

It was so lovely to have you here as guests
Thanks for choosing Yabbiekayu for your holiday
and I was so pleased you appreciated the unique experience that we try so hard to offer to our guests.

I have passed on your comments to the other staff here, who also appreciate your kind words.
I look forward to you both returning and trying out our new bungalows as they come on line

Thanks again :)
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Property: Yabbiekayu Homestay Bungalows
Address: Jl. Parangtritis Yogyakarta,, Bantul, Yogyakarta 55186, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Java > Yogyakarta > Bantul
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Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Bantul
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Number of rooms: 6
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Yabbiekayu homestay is located on the edge of the ricefields in the small village of Tembi, 15min south of Yogyakarta. The bungalows are designed to be environmentally friendly and culturally sensitive, constructed from 100% recycled timber uitlising traditional solid teak houses from the area, then enhanced with luxurious modern western facilities and old fashioned service. Yabbiekayu offers you a village lifestyle experience away from hassle and humbug of Yogya's main tourist zones, yet close enough for you to experience the wonders of Indonesia's most famous historical and artistic city.The name Yabbiekayu comes from an Australian colloquial word for a fresh water crayfish [yabbie] mixed with the Indonesian word for wood [Kayu] and is a reflection of the owner's personal background, fascination with ecology and timber, love of Indonesia and the desire to share this with visitors. Yabbiekayu offers real livelihoods to people within the village of Tembi and surrounds, and aims to help the village achieve it's goal as an eco-tourism village. The surrounding village has much to offer visitors including the Tembi Cultural Centre, museum, restaurant and pool, the nearby D'Omah Spa and Restaurant, batik gallery, handicrafts factory, Waterbom, Gabusan art and craft markets and much more.Our friendly loyal staff have extensive experience in assisting visitors to Indonesia and can help you hire a car, organise a tour, find a restaurant, massage or art gallery. One off traditional meals are available on special request for lunch or dinner, bicycles and motorbikes are available to hire.Accommodation includes a luxury breakfast of your choice of home made muesli and home made yoghurt with fresh seasonal tropical fruits, fried rice or eggs on toast to your liking, coffee tea. Guests have access to our free wi fi network, with even faster access available to those who need it for work.We look forward to your next visit to Yabbiekayu, your home beside the rice fields. ... more   less 

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