WOW- we loved the Kebun!!
We stayed for a total of 6 nights in Olivias bungalow- April this year. We are an Australian family of 4- kids ages 10 and 12 yrs.
The bungalows- The Kebun offers 2 beautiful bungalows nestled away amoungst beautiful surroundings, there is also a longhouse that Adrian has built himself, which would be fun to stay in if you had extra family or friends. Olivias bungalow was very spacious with 2 separate b/rooms, kitchen, lounge room, bathroom/toilet and 2 veranda front and back. The back veranda overlooks a lovely creek. We found the airconditioning an extra bonus. There is a tv with plently of videos to watch as well, although we found ourselves at night reminscing over the great times we had had dueing our days (great family time). there is a washing machine for your use, were you can wash your own clothes or get them washed for you. We would always come home after big days out to have our clothes neatly folded ready to be put away THANKYOU :)
Around the farm- Each morning we were spoilt to the best fresh farm eggs we had ever eaten! and Adrians honey from his own bees on freshly baked bread (delivered to your bungalow each day). our bungalow also had a tank of fresh cooled water. In the evenings we were delivered beautiful meals to our bungalow, cooked from Olivias famous kichen! Adrian has a very well run farm with goats, ducks, geese, turkeys, (just to name a few). We were very impressed by how spotlessly clean everything was, a lot of work is put into this farm, it was very nice to just roam around and have a look at.
Our days- Well you can do as much or as little as you like while staying at the Kebun. We are a very active family and wanted to do sooo much! Adrian helped us organise the best days ever! Adrian organised a driver called "Raffie" who drove us wherever we wanted to go for that day. Raffie was a highlight of our 3 weeks in Borneo, our family still reminisce and laugh over the great days spent with Raffie. Raffie was our personal local tour guide- pointing out things of interest along the way. We learnt a lot about Raffies culture- he took us to his local fishing village where he grew up - he called himself the "village Boss" everyone stopped to talk to him, we felt like celebrities next to him! his favourite saying being "don't worry be happy" WE MISS YOU RAFFIE :)
Adrian and Olivia were fantastic hosts- making us feel part of there family. We went out to the most amazing place for dinner one evening- places you would not go to on your own (as you would not even know they exisited). Adrian is a local so knows lots of contacts. He is freinds with local rangers and was able to organise a tour to see the amazing rafflesia flower. It also worked out much much cheaper to to day trips from the Kebun to palces like the culture village and oragutangs as you are not paying extra to go through tour companies. Adrian goes out of his way to make the most out of your time at the Kebun. Adrian was helpful even before we arrived to Borneo- helping me organise accomadation at Bako np, suggestions on what to pack ect- THANKYOU ADRIAN. :)
Our homestay at the Kebun was the highlight of our trip. WE WILL RETURN! We will be telling all our freinds and family to stay here. Kuching is a beautiful place to visit, with the freindliest people you will ever come across.
Thankyou "The Kebun" for fantastic memories :)
- 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