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The Kebun
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Reviewed 19 April 2012

My son and I spent 3 nights at the Kebun in one of the longhouse rooms and loved it. It was just how you imagine a Longhouse would be with loads of authentic artifacts,a relaxing hammock and a log fire which was lit each evening to deter the bugs and smoke the heads hanging above it! Our room was clean and comfortable with mosquito nets over the beds and a small washbasin. The shared showers and toilets, again kept very clean, were just a few steps away. Breakfast was served every morning at low tables on the veranda whilst lunch and dinner were taken at a large communal table near the main house. The food was delicious with generous portions and plenty of choice. Adrian, Olivia and their daughter were charming hosts who made us most welcome. Adrian has an amazing store of anecdotes and stories which he is happy to share. He personally picked us up from Bako, dropped us at the airport and also took us to the hot springs (slightly disappointing, the creek at the Kebun is just as nice) and Annah Rais longhouse, he also arranged a driver to take us the Orang Utans nearby, the cost of which we able to share with other guests. There is plenty to do in the area but do check on the driving times/distances as some attractions would be better visited from Kuching.

Room Tip: Go for the longhouse if you enjoy glamping, if you need more facilities check out the bungalows
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 April 2012

We stayed here for 4 nights in february and looved the quiet and homely setting. Adrian really got out of his way to make sure we had a good time, the food was fresh and awesome (we still dream of the pickles). We figuered we stayed in the bungalow of the movie "the sleeping dictionary" and thought the longhouse on the premises is better than any in the nearby cultural village. Borrowed their motorcylcle and cruised around. Just great, highly recommended!

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank NiccOnTheRoad
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thekebun, Owner at The Kebun, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2012

Hello NicoleA,

Your compliment on our longhouse brought smiles as with the compliments on our meals. It was such a breeze histing such easy going guests and your preference to explore the area on motorcycles made hosting you even easier.

Thank you NicoleA for taking time to write your review.

Cheers, Adrian

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Reviewed 13 April 2012

The Kebun was recommended by a friend. This place has to be one of the best places that I have ever stayed. It is by no means 5 star in the respect that top city hotels are, but... it is 5 star in all other aspects - Adrian and Olivia along with Nafezah are just beautiful, they make you feel like you are part of the family and nothing is too much trouble. There are two beautiful turn of the century (umm, thats going into the 1900's to be clear) that are gorgeous. We stayed in the Longhouse, this place has character with a capital "C". The rooms are comfortable and the setting is unique. We loved sitting back listening to the sounds of nature - no traffic noise here! This place is about as relaxing as you can get! We won't hesitate to go back and will not hesitate to recommend The Kebun to others. Simply a great stay!

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank Lifeinsingaporeis
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thekebun, Owner at The Kebun, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2012

Hello Lifeinsingaporeis,

it was very refreshing to see that all of you took the opportunity to just mostly sit back, relax and chill on the farm in particular the longhouse. We look forward to welcoming you back.

And Thank You for making time to give your review. Much appreciated.

Cheers, Adrian

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Reviewed 8 April 2012

We stayed two nights in "Adrian's bungalow" - a 20's style wooden colonial bungalow with big verandah, very close to the river, and loved it. The beds are comfy and the mosquito nets work just fine. The bungalow has a TV, DVD player etc but we never got round to using them. There's a kayak too, to use on the river. It has fans but no air-con, being built in an older style. The food is great - dinner delivered at 7pm every evening, including bread for the next day's breakfast. Being a working farm, there are duck eggs as well as hen's eggs in the fridge - yum yum. The kids also liked the animals - ducks, geese, turkeys, goats, guinea fowl

We really liked the personal touch which you get when staying at the Kebun. Adrian picked us up from our guesthouse in Kuching and he or his daughter took us to various local attractions during our stay with them - Semanggoh orang-utan sanctuary, Kubah national park, the Fairy cave. We also really liked spending time with Adrian - he is a dynamic character and has a lot of interesting stories and ideas. We especially look forward to the river boat service.

It was lovely being out of the city and enjoying the peace and tranquility - listening to the sounds of the forest and river at night. We'd recommend this to anyone who wants something a bit different and a bit special.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank debnickfaymiles
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thekebun, Owner at The Kebun, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2012

Thank You debnickfaymiles for taking the time to make your review.

We are happy that you and the family were pleased with your stay with us on the farm. We look forward too in updating you on the planned river boat service.

Once again, Thank You for your review.

Cheers, Adrian

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Reviewed 26 March 2012

We stayed for 3 nights in the longhouse, prior to a trip to Bako. The accommodation in the longhouse was, as expected, simple and clean. The beds are of the platform mattress type, with good quality mosquito nets. We used our own silk liners, and the fan for a few hours, and slept well. The longhouse has a lovely atmosphere, especially at night when smoldering logs are placed in the centrepiece, to ward off the mozzies. With a glass of Adrians rice wine, perfect.
During the day there was always a welcome supply of flasks with hot & cold water for coffee/tea.
Olivia's cooking was freshly prepared, and very tasty. We got to try a couple of new foods, and some we hadn't had for a number of years (sago!).
The personal touch was amazing, Adrian can only be described as a one man tourist industry. When booking via email, he personally contacted Bako, to help secure our booking. Once we arrived everything was organsised for us. From pickup at the airport, drop off at Gading with a guide to locate a recently flowering , fresh coconut milk drinks at Pandan beach, hikes at Kubah, visits to Matang & Semengogh, Benuk longhouse, a dip in the hot springs at Panchor, and dropoff at Bako.
I can't say enough good things about our hosts. If you go with a rough idea of what you want to do, and have a flexible approach, then you'll have a great stay.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank tcee_12
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thekebun, Owner at The Kebun, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2012

Dear tcee_12,

We are extremely pleased that you found your experience with staying in the longhouse excellent as with many of our other well traveled guest's who were looking for a unique accommodation in a purposely built traditional setting. Each following guest in the future can only look forward to a better experience each time with the very useful suggestions that everyone has made while staying in the longhouse.

Also another Thank You for posting the photographs. Each and every photograph posted by our guests only helps to give everyone a better idea of what there is on offer at The Kebun.

We look forward to the possibility of welcoming you back to The Kebun in the future.

Sincerely, from all of us.

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