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The Kebun
Reviewed August 11, 2013

The outstanding reviews for this place are spot on. I am so glad I booked 5 nights here on my trip to Kuching!

From the absolute first contact by Greg (the main helper at The Kebun) I knew that this stay was going to be great! We were greeted at the airport by a smiling and already helpful Greg. He took us back to The Kebun and just gave us the rundown of Kuching and what to see/avoid. Once we arrived we were presented with our longhouse (which was incredible!!), a car and a GPS system. Seriously so much thought has gone into this place by Adrian (the owner). It is perfectly manicured, but still gives that jungle feel. A GPS loaded with all the sights and hidden places is a fantastic way to give travellers the confidence to explore a bit further off the beaten trail.

The food was great too! I am a vegan and Adrian catered for me perfectly. We were staying with 'normal' eaters too and their food looked phenomenal! All local produce and different meals every day.

The beds in our longhouse were comfy and the mossie net was great. I did get bitten by mossies on the first night because I was stupid and forgot repellent. But a quick trip to the plaza and that issue was sorted. Adrian provides mossie coils for the rooms anyway.

The other staff are always smiling and seem to go out of their way to help. Adrian has definitely picked a great team and it just adds so much to the experience. The whole place leads itself to losing yourself in the jungle and relaxing. There are hammocks, a jetty, nature walks, local fruit plants, animals and so much to do at The Kebun.

All in all - The Kebun is perfect. Everything has been thought of and perfected, from the token things an accommodation needs, down to the tiny things that add so much to the experience. I can't recommend this place highly enough for anyone who wants something just a bit different from the usual hostel/hotel/resort stay whilst in Borneo.

Room Tip: - Buy some repellent, it's in the jungle, mozzies live there :) - Adrian is a fantastic cook...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

I think you'd be hard pressed to find better value for money and genuine hospitality anywhere in else in Borneo. The Kebun is the most welcoming at relaxing place to stay. Adrian is a fantastic host with a quirky sense of humour, so be prepared for some big belly laughs! He and his happy staff go out of their way to make you feel a part of the communal Kebun family. We opted to say in the longhouse, and couldn't have been happier with the lodging. A great place to get back to basics and connect with nature. Booked for 7 nights then extended to 12 - did not want to leave!! The longhouse is very basic with shared verandah and outdoor shower and toilet facilities. Clean and well maintained with beautiful views of the gardens and trickling stream. If you're looking for a little more privacy or luxury - check out the bungalows, but in my opinion the longhouse is the place to be. The longhouse is by no means a 5 star castle, so if you're a princess - pack up your hair dryer and heels and head elsewhere! There is no swimming pool, no mini bar, no Egyptian cotton sheets... But there is an abundance of flora, fauna, gardens, fresh air, tranquility and stories to share with fellow like minded travellers. Kick off your shoes, jump in a hammock and relax as this place seeps into your soul. The food is fresh, plentiful and delicious. We were a party of three, my daughter with food allergies and my friend a vegetarian - we were all well catered for and certainly did not go hungry. Having your own vehicle is such a convenience and allows you the freedom to get off the beaten track and explore the surrounds at leisure. Adrian is happy to share his expert knowledge of the local area, point out places of interest and inform you of traditions, culture and history of Sarawak. His advice was invaluable and he would even ring ahead to organise local guides or boatmen to ensure you were well looked after. Unbeatable service. If you want to go to Bako, ask Adrian for Sabbat's ( boatman # 5) number. He is an amazing man with genuine passion and pride for the park he is fortunate enough to call home. Will write a review under Bako to share the incredible experience we had with Sabbat. Overall, the Kebun is a chilled out, relaxed environment where you can fully immerse yourself in village style living. Far from the maddening crowds and unbelievably good value for money. We arrived as guests and left as friends, feeling privileged to have called the Kebun home if only for a short while. Am looking forward to returning on day soon. Thank you Adrian :)

Room Tip: We had longhouse # 5 which is the most private, separated by a hall way so doesn't share a wall...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

The Kebun is something special. Adrian and Olivia are generous hosts who have second guessed your holiday needs before you have even arrived.

The use of a car and GPS ultimately gave us the freedom and flexibility to explore the area that would not have been possible if we had relied on taxis etc. It definitely is the single most important factor in what made the holiday for us. I doubt we would have seen so much in our short stay without it. Usually holidaying with three children, between 6 and 10 in Asia, there is only a certain amount of scope to be able to get off the beaten track without tempers fraying or logistical issues with transport, meal times etc etc, so this was GREAT!

A review could not be written without mention of the glorious food that turned up each evening. After our long days out, having our evening meals provided for us eliminated the need to plan ahead, shop as well as prepare evening meals. This went a long way to making it a holiday for the grown ups too. Also it gave us the opportunity to indulge the family in real authentic home cooked food within a relaxed home environment. The girls are still talking about the prawn wontons even now!

I hope by now how you are getting a picture of how much thought and care Olivia and Adrian have gone to, in order to maximise your enjoyment whilst at The Kebun. I would warmly recommend this to families with children who want to enjoy some of the magic of Borneo. You couldn't be in better hands at The Kebun. Thank you so much to Adrian and Olivia for your hospitality, it was so much appreciated.

A note for light sleepers. Pack your ear plugs as the farm yard can get a little excitable if there is rain or stormy weather at night!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

My wife, my two young daughters, and I stayed with Adrian and his great staff for 3 nights in late June, 2013. We had a wonderful time and really appreciated the thoughtfulness and effort that Adrian has put into the place. Adrian's bungalow is spacious and luxurious in a basic sense. We spent a very carefree time there, kayaking lazily on the river, driving around to the local sights. The location is remote and peaceful and close enough to many of the parks so that easy day trips are possible, even to Gading. The whole of Sarawak experienced a black-out while we were there but Adrian showed up promptly with a big box of candles and we lit several kerosene lamps already in the house and the kids actually had a great time enjoying the alternative lighting, particularly the young one who discovered the joys of candle wax! Our only complaint would be the dampness and dankness of the bedding. It was raining a lot and very humid so it would be better to air out the sheets and pillows and then put them down right at bedtime.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 23, 2013

Our family stayed at The Kebun in March, and we had a great time. Adrian is a wonderful host - always available for information or advice or help. Having the use of the car with GPS and the mobile phone is extremely helpful. The food was great, and the property was a lot of fun to explore. Very close to Matang Nat Park as well as Kubah Nat Park. We stayed in the Longhouse - great for a family, but we did miss the aircon of the other bungalows. Recommended for a unique experience that you will never forget!

Room Tip: Aircon in the bungalows, but not in the longhouse. Bring your bug juice!
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

There is not a lot to add from the other posts. The place was perfect for our group of 7 (4 children aged from 3-12, plus 3 adults). Adrian's bungalow was a touch tight, but we made it work just fine. Adrian was an excellent host. Of course not everything works perfectly all the time, but Adrian was always available and ready to help deal with any problem. And it's Borneo, after all - yes the wi-fi is slow, and the cars aren't brand new, but overall (1) even the imperfect things were above par for Sarawak, (2) the things that mattered were spot on (like having a kayak to go exploring, having GPS to find your way driving, good food, beautiful setting, helpful hosts for planning your adventures), and (3) if there was any issue at all Adrian was only a phone call away (on the cell phone he provided us).

Probably the worst thing we can say is that we have had more comfy hammocks at other places. And if that's the worst you can say, that's a pretty good sign.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

Firstly I would like to thank daschick59 (Debb) for finding and booking this amazing place, I didn`t find it on Trip Advisor! This was our first ever trip to Borneo and my husband, myself and our two Aussie mates had the most amazing time. We stayed in Olivia`s Bungalow which is a quaint 2 bedroomed, air conditioned, wooden home with two large verandas,one with bbq,just in case you catch a "big" fish from Adrian`s ponds or the river and want to cook it?
The surroundings are beautiful and Adrian,Olivia and their staff have worked very hard to make the bungalows plus The Longhouse look like they were meant to be there, they fit perfectly in their surroundings. It`s a working farm so there are Goats,Geese,Guinea Fowl,Turkeys and Ducks in pens and vegetable plots planted up which all attract the moniter lizards who cause havoc.I have never seen so many different Butterflies and Drangonflies in one place before.
Adrian is the perfect host who is always there when you need him but is not in your face bothering you. The car plus Sat Nav and mobile phone proved invaluable we did get lost even with the Sat NAG! (follow highlighted route!) but Adrian was at the end of the phone and soon put us right.The Kebun is perfectly situated to get to all of the attraction and the roads are so easy to drive on(and in far better nick than the UK roads) yes the drivers cut in and out but no road rage just give and take. I now have a new saying when the husband drives round a roundabout and doesn`t indicate it`s called doing an Adrian( as he does sometimes forget when you are following him)
The food was amazing and delivered to our bungalow if we chose to eat back at The Kebun, which we did a lot of the time.
And finally The Dogs. Adrian has an amazing selections of waifs and strays who are the friendliest you will meet and I loved them,( but didn`t tell my two that)

Room Tip: Well Olivia`s has aircon but Adrians is shaded by the water so you take your choice.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Address: 20 - 25 Jalan Kampungtabuan Melayu | Jalan Hidupan Liar, Kuching 93050, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sarawak > Kuching
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 81 Specialty Lodging in Kuching
Price Range: $30 - $170 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Kebun was started 12 years ago as our plan for a retirement home in Sarawak, East Malaysia. Adrian’s Bungalow was put up after being disassembled from the movie set of The Sleeping Dictionery. Olivia’s was only put up only two years later when it was taken out of storage which was also disassembled from the same movie set. The farmstay side of the business only started in April 2010 after much encouragement from friends.The Kebun is not just accommodation, it is an experience. If you would like to get a taste for the basics of a simple lifestyle in a beautiful tropical setting, which is of fresh gardens of organic herbs & vegetables, picking your own tropical fruits, dining on fresh farm raised livestock, fishing for your own freshwater fish & simple accommodation with little impact to the environment, or even to help out with feeding all of the animals at the end of the day’s activities and again in the morning, then your are up for a unique Sarawakian adventure at The Kebun. ... more   less 
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