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Private and comfortable cottage for family or small group

Bedrooms 1
Space 5,000 sq ft
Property type bed & breakfast
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

4 studio rooms and 1 deluxe four poster bedroom on 26 acres mountain.

Otters Cottage is one of the accomodation at Sinurambi Bed and Breakfast in Borneo. The Sabah Park Inobong Sub-station entrance is 200m away. Totally isolated yet just 30 minutes from the city center, the International airport, golf courses, jetty to the Marine Park and so on. Sinurambi is fully staffed with the host living in the main building. We have kids outdoor play area and trampoline, swimming pool, poolside gazebo, snooker room,, dart & Table Tennis room, massage room and gas BBQ for guests. Laundry service is included in your room rate.

Trips and tours in Borneo: Sinurambi is located in Penampang district. It is famous for its covered market on thursday and friday. The Cultural Village, Lok Kawi Wildlife Park, Spa Centre is only 20 minutes away from Sinurambi. Local recreation spots such as rivers are within 10 minutes drive.

With advance notice, you may hire a tour guide, a van and a vehicle. Otherwise we highly recommend renting a car due to our location.

More Details

Property Manager
Rose & Terry Mills
Member since: 2010
Speaks english, Bahasa Melayu
Response time
Within a few days
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
20 June, 2018

About Rose & Terry Mills

Rose is a native Sabahan who loves the countryside, enjoys tennis and travelling. Terry is a retired British businessman who loves travelling and motorsports,. Sinurambi is their home and they love meeting positive people who loves small things in life.

Rose & Terry Mills purchased this bed and breakfast in 2003

Why Rose & Terry Mills chose Kota Kinabalu

Sinurambi is for those who wish to find peace, tranquility and privacy within driving distance from the city center or International airport. This place is a pit stop to all the various attraction Sabah has to offer. The 360' view is stunning and it a great place to do absolutely nothing. Put your feet up and count your blessings!

What makes this bed and breakfast unique

It is home that has an amazing 360' views.

Its your home away from home and yet only 30 minutes from civilization. This is a special gateway for those who wish to get out of today's hectic life.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Rose, her family and everyone else we met there were a delight. We felt right at home from the moment she met us at the airport. They were happy to accommodate us in any way possible and to suggest appropriate activities for our family. The setting and the weather were amazing, we had a fantastic time, highly recommended!
Jan 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday bed and breakfast rental in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Property Type:
  • bed & breakfast
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 12:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 4:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • Quiet time in the main building is 11pm.
  • Please switch off lights, fans or AC when leaving a room.
  • No children in or around the Swimming pool without adult supervision.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • mini-fridge
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Basic bathroom amenities are: 1)Bath towels, hand towels, face towels and pool towels. 2)Toothbrush, shower cap, shampoos, disposable shaver, mouthwash mini soap is included. 3) Hairdryer is available.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Otters & Honeymoon Cottage : These are detached unit tucked away in the garden below the house. It has mini kitchen with basic cooking facilities, breakfast bar, fridge freezer, lounge area and en-suite bathroom. 'The Kinabalu Room' is located on the ground floor, next to the main house and share the spacious balcony with jungle, ocean and mountain views. 'Q's Room' is on the first floor with a four poster bed facing Mount Kinabalu.Most morning, one can see the amazing sunrise while still in bed. It has a dressing / writing table, small indoor sitting area and a balcony facing the hills and mountains. The Frangipani Apartment is located on the ground floor and next to the house private car park for easy access. It has a connecting room for families traveling with children. These rooms has prime view of the sunrise. Each room has a modern bathroom. A well equip kitchenette for basic cooking is in the main room. It can be rent as separately bedrooms.
  • Books ...
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • books - kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • games - kids
  • Pool Table ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony
  • deck chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • patio
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • wooden decking
  • 25 garden chairs
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Housekeeper
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Important note : 1) Our kitchen is non halal. 2) We are not mosquitoes or insects free. 3) We have many outdoor dogs and 2 cats. 4) The nearest village mini mart is 5km away. 5) No public transport in our area. WALKS: 2km : You can take the road up to the Ranger Station and descend. 5km : From the bottom of our drive up to the house. 7km : From the bottom of our driveway, up to the Ranger's Observation deck and back down to the house. 10km : Walk down from the house to the end of the road and back up to the house. MORE walking trails in the National Park. There is a river 10km down the road where you can swim with fresh water fishes. Bring picnic and toys. Kids may play on the sandy riverside, splash and play on the shallow area, swim to the rocks or just play balls on the lawn. This is a public recreation spot.


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Private and comfortable cottage for family or small group
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews

Wonderful Stay in the Mountains

  • 5 of 5

We had an absolutely marvelous, memorable time at Sinurambi over the course of five days. The hosts are a delightful couple with a charming young son, the location in the mountains is dreamy, the weather is delightful, the food wonderful, the conversation sparkling ... hard to know where to stop. Unreservedly recommended for travelers who would like to get away from the maddening crowds, which we experienced first-hand at the seaside resorts during the Lunar New Year. Sinurambi even comes with its own outdoor fitness track - the owners drop you off at the bottom of their 5km driveway at 7am and you have to hike your way back up! How could you ever go back to a fitness center treadmill after that!?! We dined most evenings at the property and were treated to a variety of cuisines - from spicy local to hearty old world; all were excellent.

My only suggestion might be for visitors to secure their own mode of transportation before arriving, just to provide an extra degree of freedom to explore the area.

  • Review Submitted: 23/02/2013
  • Date of Stay: February 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Its always a pleasure to meet interesting people like you. We hope to give our guests the privacy and peace they crave from today's hectic lifestyle. We are a pit stop for some and a retreat for most people. The mornings or evening walks is fantastic to work your appetite for the next meal. We have a yoga ball and mats for those who are that way incline. Just ask for it. The exercise bench and dumb bells are on its way! Or else just google some funky exercise on the trampoline. Its amazing exercise too. OR do absolutely nothing and laze around by the pool:)))
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Fantastic and exotic. A real home.

  • 5 of 5

Rose and Terry are excellent hosts. They open up their own home to us. The dialog with Rose before we arrived (e-mail) really made us look forward to our stay. It simplified our trip planning. We got a lot of tips/activities.

The facilities are beautiful, clean and everything you need is present. Excellent local food "at home". We automatically became a part of the family and their friends. Exotic surroundings. Opportunities to relax, exercise and experience local Sabah and KK. Sinurambi is an excellent place to stay. We travel with two kids, 13 and 15. We will highly recommend this place to others. We will be back!

  • Review Submitted: 03/02/2013
  • Date of Stay: January 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Nina! Thank you for the marvelous company and infectious laugh. What lovely children. See you next time! Warmest tropical wishes, The Mills
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Holiday in Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Have just returned from a wonderful holiday spent at Sinurambi. It really is a very special place, set in a beautiful location with breathtaking views over the rainforest, city and ocean.

The house is an architectural delight with well appointed, immaculate, pretty rooms and cabins, all with spectacular views. Helpful, friendly staff are always on hand.

Rose and Terry are the perfect hosts, warm and unobtrusive, always available to help with enquiries and arrangements or just for a friendly chat, they've created a welcoming, informal atmosphere.

Meals are served either in the dining room or terrace are always relaxed, fun and delicious, with a choice of local foods including fresh fish and mouthwatering local fruits.

I spent a lot of time with Bryan exploring and experiencing the local area and cuisine. Amazing bike ride through the mountains, trip to the tip of the island, visits to markets, rainforest waterfall to name but a few! All fascinating and interesting. No shortage of places to visit and all made better by having a guide to show me around.

Peaceful and tranquil with only the sounds of the rainforest, Sinurambi would be the perfect, romantic setting for a honeymoon, but equally a great family choice with facilities for children, infinity pool and play area.

I enjoyed every moment of my stay and despite the long journey from England, I'm already planning to return next year. Truly a holiday in paradise!

  • Review Submitted: 01/02/2013
  • Date of Stay: January 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Tina, Sabah is a special place to be. It has plenty to offer for all ages and type of travellers. However, it only as good as you make it. Thank you for choosing Sinurambi as your 'home' while in Borneo! See you next year! Rose & Terry Mills Dave & Bryan
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  • 5 of 5

I had seen photos of Sinurambi online before we went, but nothing quite prepares you for arriving in this stunning place. The house itself is fascinating, and it being a home makes it even more special because Rose and Terry are there to welcome you in, make you a cuppa, and share the story of their beloved house.

The little plunge pool is great for an afternoon dip and the view is just unparalled - the jungle just drops away below, and the sea glitters in the distance while nothing bu the hum of nature can be heard.

The rooms are very cosy and comfortable, with tea and coffee making facilities and plenty of clean linen and towels. Breakfast can be local or western, and we enjoyed museli, fresh fruit, yoghurts, and plenty of tea to set us up for the day, but more filling option are available for those who want something hot.

We didn't have time to properly explore the area but many people take their motorbikes and go off on rides, while Terry and Rose can organise amazing trips such as trekking through the forest to stay with a traditional village in the depths of the jungle. You can also be dropped off and picked up from KK or the airport depending on your movements. At the end of the day, gather in the dining room for a dinner with your hosts and your new friends - this is a place you just won't want to leave!

  • Review Submitted: 06/01/2013
  • Date of Stay: September 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Sarah, We love our home and glad to share it with you. The key is to make yourself at home. Best wishes, Rose & Terry Mills
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Beautiful Retreat and Lovely Hosts

  • 5 of 5

My family of 5 stayed at beautiful Sinurambi for 4 nights during a two week stay in Sabah and Sarawak.

I made the booking through Bryan who was extremely helpful and even arranged our climb of Mt Kinabalu at very short notice. Sinurambi is located on a ridge overlooking the coastal plain and being about 300+m above sea level is noticeably cooler than on the plain which in the tropical heat of Sabah is a great plus. The house is stunning and the room nicely appointed, air conditioned, clean and very comfortable. The outside entertaining areas featuring a great poolside deck are very pleasant and a sit on the "loo with a view" is a must!!! Rose and Terry and their staff are delightful hosts. There to help when needed but unobtrusive. Rose is always ready with a cool drink when we returned home after a day out. We even were treated to massages in a lovely private bale after returning from the grueling Mt Kinabalu climb...perfect! The meals are magnificent. An eclectic variety of local and western choices of food and the communal dinners with the "family" are entertaining and informative. My daughters are fussy eaters but couldn't get enough of the simple, elegant home cooking. A glass of wine or three with the evening meal is always welcome and freely flowing (not always easy to get in Malaysia).

Sinurambi is only 30-40 minutes by car to downtown KK and your hosts are happy to drop you there, however we hired a car and found the driving in Sabah very easy.

There is wifi in the main living areas and mobile reception throughout.

If your into biking Bryan's setup is first class (a serious biking trip is in the planning) but my wife and daughters have no interest in such things but found lots to do in the area and Sinurambi serves as a delightful upmarket B&B in its own right and the biking activities are unobtrusive to other guests. As Sinurambi borders the Crocker range national park there are excellent hiking options right on the doorstep.

Rose is passionate about dogs so if your not a fan of a pack of friendly canines roaming the grounds then this place would not be suitable.

What makes Sinurambi stand out however, is Rose's empathy with all her house guests making you feel a very special part of the extended "family".

We are already planning a return visit!

  • Review Submitted: 06/01/2013
  • Date of Stay: December 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Martin, We really enjoyed having you and your family too. People like you made it memorable and interesting .We are looking forward to see you again soon! Our very best wishes for the new year! Rose, Terry & Bryan.
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The most beautiful home in the clouds

  • 5 of 5

We had the most wonderful stay with Rose and all her staff at Sinurumbi. After being greeted at the airport, we were whisked away up a mountain and arrived at something you would see in the movies. We had the most delicious home cooked meals and our room was amazing. A comfortable king size bed, bathroom, air conditioning, fan, mini fridge stocked with drinks and balcony looking over the whole city of Kota Kinabalu. Our stay was unforgettable, we have had friends stay, and have returned a few times. I would recommend to stay here 100%

  • Review Submitted: 07/12/2012
  • Date of Stay: December 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Cynthia . We hope you will come to stay soon . The poolside gazebo is finished and we are going to build a pergola in January. Cheers! The Mills
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Nearest Airport
22 Kilometres
Kota Kinabalu International Airport
Nearest Barpub
10 Kilometres
FROG bar & Restaurant
Nearest Ferry
25 Kilometres
Jesselton Point
Nearest Golf
22 Kilometres
Sutera Harbour Golf Course
Nearest Train
25 Kilometres
Tanjung Aru Station
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Penampang bypass
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Mi sup Sibius
Nearest Beach
30 Kilometres
Tanjung Aru Beach
Car: recommended

SINURAMBI Bed and Breakfast is located 200m from the Crocker Range (Inobong Sub Station) National Park. The views are simply breathtaking, 60 miles to the South the Kuala Penyu Peninsular and ‘Survivor Island’ Pulau Tiga are clearly visible, the entire city of Kota Kinabalu spreads out below and to the North Mt. Kinabalu dominates the skyline. Their nearest neighbour, the forest rangers, are over a kilometer away, yet Sinurambi is only 30 minutes from the Kota Kinabalu International airport and the city center .

It has one en suite bedroom with a huge four poster bed, two beautiful studio cottages and two large studio rooms. Studios have kitchenettes where you can prepare light meals or lunch and dinner are available on request. All rooms enjoy stunning views and breathtaking sunsets.

Your home away from home has spacious balconies, a sunset deck, swimming pool, slide, children's play area, trampoline, bar-b-q, massage room, table tennis room, billiard room, music room with grand piano and library. There is no TV in the room but we have a TV lounge.

We are only 20km from the airport, city center, Sutera Harbour Marina, Jesselton Point, Cultural Village, Spas, Golf Courses, Steam Railway, State Museum, Likas Wetlands, Ethnic Markets and many more local attractions.

To ensure your privacy, our facilities are only available to in-house registered guests.

We highly recommend you checking out these days trips:

1) Boat trip to the nearby marine park.

2) Mari - Mari Cultural Village (35 min drive)

3) Wet land cruise (Klias or Garama River- 2 hour drive or get pick up)

4)River rafting at Kiulu river (1 hour drive)

5) A day at the National Park area where one can go to the Sabah tea garden or War Memorial park (3 hours drive).

7) Market visit - the famous one is Gaya sunday market 6am-12 midday or our thur/fri weekly market in our village.

8) Steam Train rides (weds & sats only 9am-2pm).

9) Island hopping at TARP

10) Around the city - Green connection, Sabah climbing centre, State Museum, Likas Wetland reserve and so on.


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit AU$247.69

Room charges must be paid to secure a reservation.
Refund is subject to 14 days notice.
Deposit via Paypal is highly recommended.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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