For travelers, finding a good place to rest is a constant dilemma. That's why we offer you this spacious home. Located in Taman Siswa, it is a perfect hub for you to explore Yogya. It's close to all major attractions in the city center and within walking distance to eateries, convenient/drug stores etc. Breakfast variety is offered at no extra charge. We'll also be available for questions about recommended places or help with your travel arrangements. What else are you looking for?
When we moved into the house, we, a couple with two toddlers, fell in love at first sight with this house for having big garden, being well-ventilated and its colonial style. To suit with our amateur mix and match style of interior design, we added the house with some recycled wooden wall decorations, batik and antique furniture. We even made some of the furniture and decorations ourselves.
Typical indies-colonial house, the house has many big windows which allow fresh air to breeze into the living room and bedrooms. Partly due to this, the house is NOT provided with air-cond/AC (also because we want to reduce the excess usage of electricity). Reviews by our guests show that these openings give comfortable air circulation and indoor temperature. Nevertheless, the fans are provided in all bedrooms and living room for more convenience.
For similar reason of reducing excess energy usage, we DO NOT have toaster nor hot/cold water dispenser.
But we have gas fueled hot shower, we provide purified drinking water, Javanese powdered coffee and tea bags during your stay. If you want to have hot beverages, all you need to do is to boil the water in the kitchen. If you have extra hot water and you want to consume it later, we have a thermal carafe to use in the kitchen.
Upon request, we will clean up the house during your stay (but only sweeping/mopping the floor and making up the bed). We would appreciate that you clean up/organize your personal belongings first before making the request, since our Javanese lady cleaner is worried of moving others' belongings that it would be more complicated for her to clean the house. And please ensure it is not on Sunday (it is her day off). On the fifth night, or any multiple thereof, we will give you clean linens and towels.
For breakfast, we have several choices for your group to choose from: rice, bread/pastry, or local snacks. Most of the times, the rice menu will be festive turmeric rice (served with some side dishes). For bread/pastry menu, they could be egg and toast cups, regular toast with fried egg, home made cinnamon rolls or croissants. For local snacks, a variety of popular and distinctive local snacks will be served (locals call it "jajan pasar") or fried banana. The breakfast will be served between 06.30 to 09.30 (you may also request specific time you want us to deliver the breakfast between those times). If you are not around around this time, please let us know so we can change your breakfast with light snacks. NOTE: during the fasting ramadan month (26 May-26 June), we regret that we will not be able to provide breakfast. For this reason, we have made some adjustment to the price.
If you want to cook your own food, our compact kitchen is the place to test your cooking skills. The basic cooking utensils we supply are a frying pan, a saucepan, a wooden frying spoon, a small wok, a kettle and rice cooker. If you need fresh produce at fraction of costs, make sure you wake up early and boost our free-to-use bikes to nearby traditional markets (most of the sellers will close their sale by 10am).
If you want to be free of cooking tests, walk into warung Pak Kelik right in front of our house (very very affordable price) or go to main street Taman Siswa where you can have variety of menus from street vendors as well as well-established restaurants.
Our distance to main tourist destinations in the city centre is only 3 km or less (Kraton, Taman Sari water castle, Alun-Alun Kidul, Pasar Ngasem, Pasar Beringharjo, Benteng Vredeburg, Taman Pintar dll) and similar distance to Kotagede, the old Mataram capital in the southeast. You can reach them with two complimentary bikes we have, or by renting a motor bike from us. If you travel in groups, we can arrange your city tour in mini-vans or family car available at reasonable rates. With regards to the car, we provide car rental services for IDR 550,000 for 12 hours (either with MPV mobilio or MPV Avanza, both with 6 person capacity), including driver and gasoline. If you like, we can add some extra cultural-political spices in the otherwise typically historical tour guide offers :-)
Although we don't have a washing machine, we can ease your headache by offering laundry service provided by our neighbor (at only IDR 12,500/kilo for one day service).
On regular days, we can say that our neighborhood is quite quiet. However, during the holiday season, noise may be experienced with buses stopping at the neighboring hotel typically accommodating school students. At every dawn, you will hear the morning prayer call from nearby mosques. This can be your audio-introduction to know better the local culture. However, if you want to skip this introduction, pleasure ensure you have earplugs ready. Currently, there is also a construction work next door. As construction working hours are from 8am to 4pm, this noise would likely disturb your stay during those time. While you are embedded in our local environment, our internet/wifi connection and cable tv will still enable you to stay connected with the wider world. While we are committed to provide the internet service, we cannot always guarantee the quality of the internet network because it depends more on the capacity of internet provider (TELKOM/speedy service) than on our own. Currently, our internet speed is 1 Mbps (which for some may not be fast enough for streaming or long enough for download/uploas). Unfortunately, we have to wait to have a faster connection until fiber optic is planted in our neighboring areas.
As our guests, you have the access to all two bedrooms in the house's main building, a twin bedroom (an annex to the main house) if you are a group of 6 or 7, dining area, kitchen, and additional bathroom located at the back of the house. Books (on travel guides and not-so about travel) and toys are also accessible (please put them back after use). You can also use our garage or carport to park your car.
Общение с гостями
Feel free to contact us any time before you plan your stay at our Bale Pandoem homestay, during your stay with us or on your departure. We will be more than happy to help you. It would be more convenient for both of us if you can have a local simcard/internet data package for message exchanges/cheaper local calls. If you need a local simcard, please let us know beforehand (tell us also about the size of simcard you need) so we can have it ready by the time you arrive at Bale Pandoem.
Другие важные подробности
We believe traveling is also about living the local culture. We expect you to be able to blend in the local customs and norms by keeping the noise minimum (particularly between 9pm to 7am) and respecting the locals and their norms. The locals will pay you back with their smiles and hospitality.
We kindly ask you to turn the front and veranda lights on in the evenings, so that the passers-by would pass the house's front and side alleys more comfortably. Your assistance to switch off the water pump when not in use would be very much appreciated.
We try to make our home a children friendly place, for us and for our guests. Please help us to keep our aspiration alive by not smoking inside the house (you can still smoke in the front garden though).
Kitchen supplies and equipments are free to use, but please clean up the mess after each use to prevent rats or flies from swarming. Bin will be provided.
Check in is at 14.00 and check out is at 12.00. If you have any concerns about your luggage and anything else, feel free to consult with us.
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With tremendous support from our two toddlers, Maryam and I run this Bale Pandoem homestay. We both didn't originally come from Jogja. Maryam came from East Java, while me from northern coast of Central Java. But we fell in love with this city, me at first (I finished my undergrad here) and later Maryam (who moved to Jogja after our marriage).
We both are graduates from Flinders University in Adelaide, with special interests in politics (in broader spectrum), gender and social work. We felt blessed to have the opportunities in the past to travel as family to several ASEAN countries, Australia and some part of Europe. Through this experience, we learned from the first hand how to treat travelers, how to make their stay comfortable, and their trip memorable.
Currently we are developing interests in interior design related matters, particularly those which is childrenproof and use local/recycled materials and diy.