We spent three nights over Christmas at the Heart's Desire farmhouse. It was wonderfully relaxing, warm and very atmospheric. The wood and stone of the farmhouse made for a very pleasing setting. You could see the Great Wall from the farmhouse and it was inconspicuously situated within a functioning village. There are some terrific walks both to the Great Wall itself and surrounding villages. We were looking forward to experiencing a heated kang but were told on arrival that it did not work, however we enjoyed sitting by the fireplace instead. We thoroughly recommend the Schoolhouse/Brickyard experience and will certainly go again ourselves.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Brickyard Eco Retreat At Mutianyu Great Wall Hotel Beijing