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“The best of Kuching without the price tag” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Kebun

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The Kebun
Melbourne
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“The best of Kuching without the price tag”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2012

I stayed in Adrian's bungalow for 4 nights with a friend and then stayed on after she went home.
Adrian and his family are generous, good humoured and friendly hosts. They went out of their way to make sure we got the best out of Kuching without having to go through the tour companies. Being guided by locals with inside knowledge (and foodie tips) was so much better than a one size fits all package deal and a lot less damaging to my bank balance. Staying 40 mins drive out of town was not an issue as there was always somebody needing to go somewhere and it was easy to just jump in the car and go along for the ride. Perhaps to see Orangutans, or Proboscis monkeys at Bako or just to wander around town.
This is a working farm homestay and not a resort so come with realistic expectations and you will have a fantastic time in Kuching.
The bungalow was regularly cleaned and serviced, with food restocked and clothes collected for washing as often as needed. Adrian's bungalow is open to the insects. Mosquito nets and coils are provided. There is no air conditioning but the fans were perfectly adequate.
Meals were either delivered to the bungalow set down by the river or at the main table with the family +/- other guests. There was a selection of popular books, dvd's and a comfy hammock on the deck for taking it easy. Plenty of time was spent here just unwinding as my holiday drew to a close, while other days were packed wth activities.
Don't expect a quiet night of sleep though. This is a working farm with turkeys, roosters, geese, etc.
The longhouse is charmingly fitted out and I was fortunate enough to be there for a blessing ceremony.
The other guests who came through were all social and it was great to meet people with similar interests from different backgrounds, especially when I reverted to a solo guest.
It is worth visiting the orangutans on multiple days as each day is different.

Room Tip: Choose Adrian's for seclusion, Olivia's for air conditioning and less insects, or the long h...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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242 reviews
58 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hamburg, Germany
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159 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 231 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank NiccOnTheRoad
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thekebun, Owner at The Kebun, responded to this review, 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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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Lifeinsingaporeis
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thekebun, Owner at The Kebun, responded to this review, 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank debnickfaymiles
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thekebun, Owner at The Kebun, responded to this review, 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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Additional Information about The Kebun

Property: The Kebun
Address: 20 - 25 Jalan Kampungtabuan Melayu | Jalan Hidupan Liar, Kuching 93050, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Sarawak > Kuching
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 69 Speciality Lodging in Kuching
Price range (per night): ₹ 1,964 - ₹ 11,130
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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The Kebun Kuching, Sarawak

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