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“The personal touch was amazing”
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The Kebun
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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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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Reviewed 19 March 2012

The Kebun is everything that the website promises and more. The bungalows are far above the standard of other accomodation that we looked at in Sarawak, being characterful and tastefully furnished with all mod cons such as air conditioning, good showers and a television and DVD player. The bungalows are also of a good size; we stayed in Olivia's bungalow and enjoyed two verandas at the front and back, a decent sized living room with two sofas, a fully fitted kitchen and two large bedrooms. An unexpected bonus was utterly delicious food cooked fresh for us every night and delivered to the bungalow, delicious packed lunches provided each day, fresh bread every day, lifts to the start of the various walks that we did, and lifts to and from Kuching airport. The owners did absolutely everything they could to make our stay as pleasant as possible; we were very well looked after indeed - this wasn't the sort of place to just hand you the key and take your money. The only slight downside for us was that, as keen walkers and having just got engaged, my fiancee and I were hoping to walk on trails in the nearby Kubah national park on our own and enjoy a romantic time together in the rainforest, but a guide was provided for us each day who walked at about half our usual speed, which was a little frustrating. I don't want to sign off on a negative note though, because our stay at The Kebun was very memorable and probably the highlight of our two week tour around Malaysia. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Rob M
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thekebun, Owner at The Kebun, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2012

Hello RobM77,

Thank you very much for your review. We would like to take this opportunity to apologize if the guide provided for you walked at a pace that was not to the speed you would have wanted. Presently we have begun to make sure that each and every guest who is provided with a guide is asked consistently if the walking pace is to their desired speed.

Further we are pleased that you found everything else to your liking and that your experience with us was pleasant enough.

Again we Thank You for highlighting this issue of the pace set by the guide provided as this will help us ensure that future experience will be better catered too.

Sincerely, from all of us at The Kebun

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Reviewed 19 March 2012

After spending a long weekend here with our two young kids in November, I really wanted to bring my 82 year (but fit!) mother to experience Borneo. I didn't hesitate to go back to the Kebun as I know Adrian and Olivia do their best to make sure their guests have a memorable trip. As with our first visit, they planned all our outings and brought us to new locations that we missed previously - all with kids/grandmothers in mind, which is not an easy task! We were able to visit the fairy caves, Bako national park with a very fun guide, shop at the border market, and best of all, Adrian planned a traditional longhouse blessing by local tribespeople at The Kebun for us and the other delightful guest. It truly was a unique experience that makes you appreciate even more the local culture. Every meal at the Kebun included a wide variety to suit everyone's tastes (and delicious!) - Olivia even packed us a lunch for our touring one day because she knew our kids loved her food! Also, our guide, James, was great at providing insight to Borneo living/travel. We left feeling like there's even more to experience in this area and I expect we'll be back to escape the city life and lounge on our patio in the evening listening to the jungle/farm sounds.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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thekebun, Owner at The Kebun, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2012

Hello cpmsmm,

Thank you for taking the time in giving your review and for uploading the photographs. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed everything we had planned for you.

You are right, your mother is very fit for her age. Her enthusiasm and stamina would put many much younger people to shame. It was a real pleasure having her and giving us the opportunity to meet her.

Till we meet again,

Sincerely,

Adrian Cornelius

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Reviewed 21 February 2012

We stayed in Adrian's Bungalow for 4 nights. The bungalow provides a superb level of privacy, and is located in a quiet corner of the farm near the river bank. The accommodation is (as described in other reviews) rustic. Don't expect resort-style luxury, but expect a large bungalow decorated with antiques which gives it a real 'colonial' feel.

While the bungalow is something unique, the service provided by Adrian and Olivia is even more unique. Adrian seems to know everything and everyone, and we were personally driven around to whatever place or activity we fancied (getting bored is impossible).

If you are in for a unique experience that will forever cure you of wanting to stay at large tourist resorts, this is the place to go!

This has been a stay we will never forget....
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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thekebun, Owner at The Kebun, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2012

Hello WeEnj0yTravelling,

Thank you for taking the time to post your review. We appreciate it very much as with the photo you added. It was a pleasure to be able to put some time aside for you in making the daily adventures.

We are also happy to note that you were happy with the large Bungalow and have implemented the suggestion you had made, an excellent one by the way.

We look forward to the possibility of hosting you and your family again one day.

Sincerely,

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Reviewed 10 February 2012

Adrian's Bungalow is one of my favorite memories of Sarawak. I had an excellent two-night stay. Adrian's family and staff's hospitality is incredible. Over just two days I kayaked on the river (right behind the Bungalow), visited a local Malaysian Chinese town, went to an island and took a motorboat ride on the river, biked in the vicinities of the Kebun, and visited Kubah national park, which had a tucked away waterfall that also served as a natural swimming pool.

The facilities are rustic but comfortable. Be prepared for insects attacking your food in the open-air dining area at night, and the occasional screeches of the ducks on the property; but that's a part of the charm. You will have everything you need, and all the folks at the Kebun are extremely accommodating. Adrian is also quite a hilarious host, watch out for his funny stories and sense of humor.

A tip for the readers- go out there with a sense of what you want to do. You'll have a pretty wide range of options, so it might be worth it to do some research beforehand.

Stayed: October 2011, travelled solo
1  Thank Rain B
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thekebun, Owner at The Kebun, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2012

Hello Rain B!

It was a very nice start to the day when receiving your review after all these time. Very much appreciated.

We are happy to see that you were very pleased with your short visit with us and managed to pack in all that you wanted and were able to do.

Cheers!

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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 #4 of 81 Speciality Lodging in Kuching
Price Range: RM127 - RM719 (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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