My grandfather, the king of Silimalombu, founded this village in a 500 year old mango forest on the beach of Lake Toba. I switched to sustainable permaculture. Now every day we have fresh fruits and vegetables from the garden, from which we also cook the food for you. We also have water buffalo, pigs, chickens, ducks, dogs and cats. You are invited to participate in all our activities. We strive for a sustainable lifestyle and are largely self-sufficient.
“Ecovillage at Similalombu We were looking for a rural hideaway, away from the city’s hussle and bustle and be disconnected. The Ecovillage at Silimalombu truly fits the description. The location The place is situated in the island of Samosir in the Lake Toba region. You take an hour boat ride from Ajibata harbour just as described in the listing and you arrive literally at the doorstep of the Ecovillage. The Farmstay/Ecovillage The accommodation and activity block is located in a traditional Batak wooden home, just by the Lake. Its location is private and serene, and is surrounded by luscious forest and farmland all around. The people Owners Ratnauli (local Batak-Toba origin) and Thomas (German) are very humble, friendly people who are passionate about promoting sustainable living and permaculture. Upon arrival at the farmstay, you get a warm welcome by them, showing you around the property, as well as a sharing of what they do at the Ecovillage. Activities The owners produce various organic products right at the property and guests to the farmstay are invited to participate in the many activities. You also get to swim in the freshwater lake of Lake Toba or take a stroll around the huge estate. Since it is a farmstay, be greeted by the roosters and ducks in the morning! Edibles The Ecovillage produces everything on their farm. Expect fresh fish from the lake, eggs from the chicken and duck, fresh fruit and vegetable from their organic farm. You get to try fruits such as passionfruit, mango and squash freshly plucked from the plants surrounding the estate. Final thoughts If you are looking for amenities like what you find in a hotel, this location is not for you. If you are looking to experience a truly unique farmstay, it is easy to know why they are rated so highly. The experience will definitely be a unique one and in our opinion, beats just visiting Lake Toba for the sights and scenery. A huge THANK YOU to Ratna & Thomas, and Mama Nina and the others living in the Ecovillage for providing us with such an amazing experience. In just three short days, we developed a new friendship with each other and had many stories to share with each other. They really treated us like family and even invited us to attend a Batak wedding which was an hour and a half’s drive away, just to see and experience the different culture. As we were about to leave, really felt gratitude for them to host us as we hugged each other goodbye. Will definitely recommend and will come back when we visit the lake again!”
It is the same, than the other Homestay, but we have around 10 rooms. Often one room with Airbnb is booked and than everything is blocked. for this we made here number 2. Everything is the same, than at the other one´s. You can make the booking here. At the one side we have a Batak farm runned by our mom at the other side we built a Guesthouse with a terrace Restaurant at our 500 year old Mango Forest. We invite you to our activities, like making Mango wine, Farming, etc or you enjoy the lake.
“The hosts, a lovely couple, were hostess of the mostess throughout our 2D 1N stay. My family and I had some trouble getting to the venue, but Ratna was quick and helpful to arrange transportation with the locals to her place. We had requested for food arrangements prior arriving and were not disappointed! Each meal was humble and delicious with local touches. The bedrooms were clean, the team at the stay friendly and warm, activities were organised for visitors (e.g. a morning walk to a nearby dusun, sauna sessions in the world’s first pizza oven-sauna). Ratna herself gave us a ride (at a small fee) to the ferry docks, but had on her own accord, gave us a tour of some parts of the island, shared with us her life & knowledge, brought us to Miken’s eatery, and to have some local durians at a roadside stall. We fell in love with the entire experience. Fingers crossed - we will be back!”
Located in the quite area of Tuk-Tuk, in the middle of Tuk-Tuk and Ambarita. Having stunning views both to the lake and mountains. You can relax in the garden with hammocks and sunbeds directly by the lake enjoying also swimming.
“Very peaceful place to stay right on Lake Toba. You can go for a swim and enjoy the beautiful view without any distractions. The place is a bit old and worn out but still good enough. The owners were super friendly and helpful with everything and giving tips on what to do and where to go. Motorbike is an essential to get around the island. The place is a bit out of the town of Tuk Tuk but only a few minutes away with the motorbike. Good place to stay for a cheap price!”