Big Guesthouse

Welcome to your own rustic guesthouse in the middle of a small durian orchard. Overlooking Kiulu Valley, simple open design allowing the sounds and coolness of the surrounding secondary jungle, and it gets cold at night!

We have chosen to live and share our place as authentic rural Sabah setting. Its very quiet at night here, no city lights and noisy distractions. Our rustic setting is comfortable, and we intentionally don’t have air-conditioning or satellite tv!

Big Guesthouse Access Around The Property

Our guests are free to wander around our property except for our gated house area. There are paths around, and beautiful views down to Tamparuli and out to the South China Sea. The downstairs sleeping area is your private space, but we do prefer to access upstairs when you stay with us to provide board games, cleaning etc. Upstairs remains unlocked when you are with us.

We have provided board games, books and different areas to relax in, but please tell us if you need anything specific prior to arrival and we will do our best to accommodate. Perhaps you like a good game of mahjong? We have a table and set for your use and are happy to setup.

Suitable For Events

The Big Guesthouse can accommodate a gathering of 25 or more event attendees

Free Parking On Premises

We have plenty of spaces for car park

Toilet & Shower

There is a semi open shower and toilet (squat) block attached to the downstairs area, while private the separate cubicles give you an open view of the hill above the house.

The shower here is cold water from the rain water tank above. 20 meters away from the guesthouse is another block with a toilet (Western) and shower (separate rooms). This shower is fully enclosed and has a hot water pump system.

Family/Kid friendly

The Big Guesthouse is family and children friendly


Space where guests can cook their own meals


DVD player only, no TV channels

Smoking Allowed

You can smoke at our property

Safety Features

First aid kit, fire blanket, fire extinguisher

Available Beds

Downstairs we have three bedrooms with bunk-beds to accommodate 12 guests, please let us know if you have a larger group planning to stay with us.

Book your stay with us this season.

Frequently Asked Questions

We are happy to help with information and chats, as we live on site we are always here. In saying that the place is big enough for everyone’s privacy and we would like you to enjoy your own time when you choose to. On arriving we will show you around a bit and then you may (or may not wish) to see us until the next day. We provide you with our phone number if the need arises.

If you are planning a walk sturdy shoes, long light clothing and a hat is suggested too.

No WiFi, 3G mobile reception is available. For our international visitors, our sockets are similar to those used in UK, electricity supply is 230/240 at 50 hertz, however we do experience frequent blackouts here in the rural area.

Shower and toilets are outdoors, body wash is available, please bring your own towel and personal toiletries.

There are three bedrooms with single bunk beds, each room sleeps 4 guests. Each room has a fan and there is no air conditioning in the bedrooms as the air cools down nicely in the evening. Bed linen and blankets provided.

The Big Guesthouse can accommodate a gathering of 25 or more event attendees

Borneo Orchard House is a self-catering holiday home rental, the Big Guesthouse rental rate includes tea and coffee and drinking water only.

The Big Guesthouse has a refrigerator, two gas cooktop and free outdoor BBQ (bring your own charcoal). There is no need to bring cooking oil and sauces, we have light, dark soy sauce, tomato and chili sauce. Sugar, salt and pepper. In the kitchen you will find a kettle, pots and pans, large rice cooker, toaster, plates, bowls and utensils for all guests.

No pets allowed

Located 10m from the Big Guesthouse, there is an outdoor natural spring water plunge pool surrounded by a small deck, the pool is unfenced; children must be closely supervised by adults.

During the day it is warm and hot like KK city, it normally rains in the late afternoon. In the evening, the place cools down considerably and during raining season the early morning temperature drops down to around 20 degree celsius

There is a TV and DVD player with a selection of DVD movies for your viewing pleasure. We don’t have a Karaoke machine, you can bring your own.

Our holiday homes are at situated at the edge of the jungle, there are critters and creatures around the property

There are some mosquitoes around at dawn and dusk, the bedroom windows in the Big Guesthouse have mosquito nets and the bed at +JuJu Cabin has a mosquito net as well. We provide mosquito coils in our holiday homes, you may prefer to bring your personal insect repellent.

Check in is anytime after 3pm and check out at 11am.

Once payment has been made, the holiday home is confirmed, if guest cancels for whatever reason (including weather and medical related) there will be no refund, however the deposit will be held for 12 months from original date of booking which can be used towards booking a stay with us within the 12 months (subject to availability).

Guest Reviews

Big Guesthouse

Very nice home, cozy, quiet & a peaceful place to just spend your gateway. You get an awesome view, close to nature, beautiful sound of friendly insects at night. The house is clean & a well equipped kitchen. You get plenty of books to read, board games or just walk around the orchard.

Benny Chong

Big Guesthouse

Had a lovely time, woke up to insect sounds and wonderful, clean, fresh air. Have to brave the cold water for shower though, and make sure to bathe early before sundown. Rustic, relaxed surroundings. Good luck Daniel, Tina, gardener and Bruno. I definitely recommend Borneo Orchard to others.

Rita Kisil

Big Guesthouse

Chilled place, awesome environment! Our kind host, Daniel even gave us pineapples from the orchard. Beautiful stars at night (: not far from Tamparuli town.

Chloe Aida