We stayed here in April with another family - 4 adults, 4 children total. Stayed in the largest house - Persimmon Court. As advertised it was an older (not sure how old) brick village structure with traditional Chinese tile roof that had been renovated inside to create a condo hotel style unit. The house provided plenty of sleeping accommodations for all of us. Beds were a bit firm Asian style, but comfortable enough for westerners. The weather was a bit cool and the primary heating source was in-floor heating, which worked well in some rooms, but not in others. We were told to be careful about not taking long hot showers/not too many people at once, but did not encounter any problems. Only TV was in a "family room" type room on one of the lower levels - which we actually liked (but alas mobile phone signal was good). Kitchen was large with european style oven, American style fridge. So here are the lessons learned:
* the great wall view is nice, but it's only from the roof-top deck, only visible in good weather, and off in the distance - you're not right at base of mountain. You are about 15-20 minute walk from entrance to the popular chair lifts up to the wall.
* there is only one tiny store in the village and the owner only speaks Chinese - but with the large kitchen, this place would work best if you came prepared with food/supplies from the city for the time you will stay
* the "canteen" (restaurant) at the main building had a very limited menu, very limited hours, and food tended towards western. Quality was very good - just very limited service.
We would do this again - but I'm also told by our Beijing friends that there are many renovated vacation homes in the mountains in the area, so if you have local connections you may want to look around at the options.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Brickyard is a lush and private eco-retreat that incorporates the kilns and other buildings of a traditional glazed tile factory in a design which is "green" from the ground up. The 16 queen rooms all have private terraces and story-and-a-half window walls with spectacular views of the Great Wall. Wireless internet but no TVs. Complimentary breakfast buffet and coffee, soft drinks, and homemade cookies all day the Lodge, where casual meals and bar service are also offered. The Activity Center is fully-equipped for conferences. The Brickyard Spa is set in our four-season garden with lotus pond and yoga platform. Enjoy complimentary use of the Exercise Room and the Outdoor Jacuzzi (available May). Try a Chinese massage or relax in the Spa's Gold Suite with Great Wall view sauna, private bath, treatment room, and courtyard with outdoor shower and cold plunge. ... more less
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