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!”
This room is attached with a private bathroom and hot shower. The wifi is available in the living area. You can see Sibayak Volcano from the room window. It's a quiet place. The guest also can go to the roof top of the house to see the view of both volcanoes, plantation, sunrise, sunset and Berastagi surroundings.
“Mery was a genuinely fantastic host. Great communication before we arrived, Mery helped to arrange a taxi to pick us up from the airport (our driver was excellent and the price very reasonable). On arrival Mery gave us lots of very helpful information about the local area, including a map to help us navigate, prices to pay on local buses, and where to eat. The homestay is spotlessly clean and the view of Sinabung volcano from the roof is stunning. From Berastaggi we went to Katembe then on to the Banyak Islands, returning to Berastaggi and Mery's place for one night before travelling back to the UK. Mery was very accommodating with our late arrival (1:30am) and kept in touch with our driver to keep track of our progress. There was a bit of drama the following morning when we found out that our flight had been brought forward giving us 2hours to get to the airport! Mery was brilliant, quickly contacting our taxi driver and getting him to pick us up 5 minutes later. Again, our driver was excellent, managing to get us to the airport in time so we didn't miss our flight. Mery kept us updated with information about the changed flight departure time via whatsap. Without all of this quick thinking we would have missed the flight. Also the best banana pancakes we had whilst in Indonesia! Thanks to everyone at the homestay, especially Mery, for making our visit such a pleasant one!”
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!”