Located in the central of handicraft area, this community run FrogStay is surrounded by art communities. Suitable for travellers who want to experience Indonesian simple village living, to immerse with local people, culture, and to involve in local activities.
Nestled 7km away from the city, it offers back-to-nature settlement in a secluded village on the riverside. Travellers who love nature, peace, and contentment hopefully will find joy in our place :) Om.
The carved timber bungalows were built by hands by family craftsmen in Jepara. The finishings were done by us and our artisan. All was done with local knowledge and material giving it full experience of Javanese culture.
The Ensuite bathroom and outdoor shower gives privacy and closeness to nature.
Wulan Room is our private room with ensuite. Perfect for guests who would like to have private space.
WITHIN THE COMPOUND
O Shared bathroom with another room (Please let me know if you need shampoo, soap, and towel)
O Common area with tea and coffee making area
O Common area for yoga and hammock
O FrogHouse community area where sometimes there are events, performances, etc
O FrogHouse production area. Our community provides space for young people to be creative and productive. At the moment there is a bamboo/timber workshop where Viga and Maul are producing bamboo sunglasses, and also batik workshop where Bagus, Yohana, Novi, ans Bu Pon are producing batik.
O OMA curated shop. We have a small shop full of handmade products produced by our friends. Please have a look!
AROUND THE VILLAGE
Our village is very special because almost every household is making some crafts. There are people making bamboo basket, traditional caps, ceramics, and many more. You can find them making in front of their house. It is okay to come and watch how they make.
We will provide you a map from here to the main street.
Relax Happy Yoga
You can join Yohana's yoga class at 8am from Monday to Saturday at the riverside platform. It offers easy postures to relax the body, calm breathing practice to soothe the mind, and full relaxation to refresh the body and mind.
FEE: donation. Feel free to put any amount on the bamboo ‘box' provided at the back of the platform.
DURATION: 1.5 hours
AVAILABILITY: Based on Yohana's schedule
Feel Like Local Trip
You can also join us for a trip to 'not yet famous' destinations such as waterfalls, caves, and small beaches. We will also take you to our favorite eating places.
You can learn traditional wax on fabric drawing with Bagus. During the workshop you will make your own scarf!
DURATION: ideally 2 days if you are staying for few days, but we can also speed it up to 3hours
AVAILABILITY: Based on Bagus or Novi's schedule
FEE: IDR 100,000
Общение с гостями
We love to meet and make new friends! So, let me introduce you to Frog House community members who are running this homestay.
Bagus is the founder of the community, an artist specialised in Batik. He can tell you everything about batik and give a contemporary batik workshop.
Yohana is the co-founder of the homestay, an architect, yoga practitioner and instructor, who can make you fall asleep at the end of yoga session.
Malve is the manager. He will take care of your stay, arranging your transport and anything you need.
Viga is the trip guide who can drive you to the famous temples and to not-yet-famous destinations.
Novi is the breakfast manager who will prepare you delicous breakfast.
Mba Sam is the cleaner lady who cleans and prepares the room for you.
The community space itself is located 3 houses away along the river, to the North of FrogStay. It is a similar bamboo/timber complex. You are welcome to come there, whether you just want to hang around or you need some help from one of us. The community space is open for public, so please do not hesitate to pay a visit!
Другие важные подробности
Dry season (April-September) in Yogyakarta is very pleasant but can get very hot in the afternoon. It is the best time to travel.
Wet season (October-March) is very special as you will get misty morning and relatively cooler temperature. However, it can get very humid and there will be some problem to keep everything dry.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING RAMADHAN
From 27th of May to 25th of June 2017 is the Ramadhan period. The muslims will do fasting during this time. It could be an interesting experience, but there are some things that might be good to know beforehand.
The start of fasting is at 4am and they break the fast at 6pm.
Every morning around 2am, the mosque will make announcement with loudspeaker to remind everyone to start fasting. Then sometimes the children will play firecrackers.
Also during the evening around this period, the children love to play firecrackers.
During the day, some of eating places are open but some also closed, especially in more remote areas. And it is considered polite to not eat and drink in public.
It is a good idea to bring earplugs if you have trouble with noise during sleeping.
At the end of Ramadhan, the Eid celebration, there will be extremely crazy traffic around Yogyakarta. Travel time could be 5x usual. It is a good idea to avoid Java in general around 1 week before Eid and 1 week after. It is better to travel outside Java during this period.
Please try to arrange your arrival time between 6am (early check in) - 11pm. If urgently needed, out of hour check in is possible by using our out of hour pick up service. If arriving by your own transport during out of hour check in time, you might find it difficult to find and contact us as all of us love to sleep :)
Our place is located in a secluded village and very close to nature, so for guests coming from completely different culture, please be open to any new experience you might have here :) It might not be suitable for guests with allergics especially to insects, and also for guests who look for comfort city living. We don't have hot water, and wifi is working but not as fast as in the city area.
On the other hand the space allows you to go deep into your very basic nature and appreciate any extras that you are able to have :)
Please do not eat inside the room as this will attract ants
Please keep the noise low after 10pm
Most of the time, most of us go to bed at 9-10pm. So if you need to arrange anything with us please do it beforehand.
Please be open and able to adapt to village living condition. We are aware that our homestay is back to nature and don't have standard western living, and it is the value that we offer. So please be ready to experience alternative way of living.
Please understand our description fully so that you understand how our community works.
We are Frog House community consists of architect/yoga practitioner, artists, musicians, photographers, running a simple homestay in Gesik Village, Yogyakarta.
The reason why we decide to run a homestay is because we believe that travellers, in this case we'd like to focus on budget travellers, carry an important role on their shoulders. They move from city to city around the world, carrying their culture, personality, skills, and knowledge with them which then they share with the people they meet along the way. They also give opportunity to local people to get to know the other side of the world and to share their local wisdom. This is where real acculturation happen (not in vague political level) enriching each other, creating healthier minds.
So we are very pleased to be able to provide them shelters, food, transport, and would try to help as much as we can.
It is also very nice feeling to share our experience of simple lifestyle to guests from bigger cities in Indonesia and overseas. Living in this village makes us feel that pleasurable experience doesn't need to be expensive and
Here we will outline briefly who we are and our interests:
Bagus is a batik artist, designer, and carver. He can share his deep knowledge about Java and its culture.
Yohana is an architect, yoga practitioner and teacher, who has experience in living overseas for 8 years. She can help to communicate with locals and understands cross-cultural issues.
Malve is a musician and a cook who can prepare you delicous simple Indonesian meals.
Viga is a photographer also trip advisor. He can bring you around to various adventurous destination.
Looking forward to meeting you all!