Umajati hosts two Javanese wooden homes, named after the villages where they were found, Wates Bangbau and Bugoharjo. Together they are capable of sleeping 9 guests. Traditional passive solar design creates naturally cool and breezy living spaces. Wastewater gardens safely filter all grey and black water. LED lighting offers a low carbon-footprint by significantly reducing energy usage. All organic waste is composted on site and reused in the garden. Material that is not compostable is recycled. Wifi is available in each house, connecting all this local thinking to the global context.
Connecting with our community and environment means there are no enclosing walls around the property. With folding doors and large windows, each house maintains a direct relationship with picturesque neighboring rice fields, gardens and woodlands. Ventilation and security are maintained with elegant ironwork that lets breezes enter windows while keeping belongings safe. A traditional right of way for the rice farmers has been preserved along the watercourse through the heart of the estate. A quarter of the land, from the woodland down to the river, has been set aside as a natural wildlife and plant reserve.