We were looking for accommodation in Lumut but with limited hotels and resorts available, nothing impressed us. The reviews we read were all nothing but negative.
My wife suggested that we should try out homestay. With some luck, she found an interesting homestay via Google. She passed me the contact details and I immediately called up to inquire. The moment I spoke to the owner I already liked the place (or him?) and we placed booking within 30 minutes. He didnâ€™t even collect a deposit from me. Everything was based on trust. All I did was to tell him when I would be coming and for how long.
The prices are reasonable too. For bedrooms with attached bathrooms, it is RM120 per night. RM30 for each extra bed. While bedrooms without attached bathrooms, the fee is RM90 per night. There are two bedrooms with attached bathrooms and three without attached bathrooms.
The 100-year old bungalow was built by a foreigner who was an ex-navy officer and also a navigator. It is located in a quite, natural environment of Teluk Muroh.
After driving for 50 minutes from Teluk Intan, we arrived in Lumut. I phoned Wang Tao, the owner of the homestay, for directions. Mulberry Historical Homestay is right in front of TLDM (Naval base) hostels, before the turning to Teluk Batik beach.
When arrived, Wang Tao greeted us in his gardening outfits as he was attending to his herbal garden before we came. He explained to us the history and story behind Mulberry Historical Homestay (also known as Mulberry Peaceland). We had a very nice chat with the Chinese poet who happens to have a diversified background. He is also involved in planting and selling Mulberry tea, which he treated us as â€œwelcome drink.â€
We stayed in a room called Shakespeare. Wang Tao is very helpful, friendly and very chatty too. He is easy going as profit is not his top agenda.
The ex-journalist also acts as our tour guide by providing some insider tips on how to best tour Lumut, Seri Manjung, and Sitiawan. We have got some food tips from him which I will share later.
Mulberry Historical Homestay
Telephone: 012-523 9897 (Wang Tao)