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“Lovely stay on 20 July 2012”
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Timing House
Ranked #4 of 656 Nantou County B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Singapore
Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Lovely stay on 20 July 2012”
Reviewed July 5, 2013

Stayed in Doris & Garfield Room for 1 night.
Love the concept of the place and we love the cats too. The rooms were really spacious and we love the dining area on the ground floor.
Location is great too. It was a pity that we arrived in the late afternoon and had to leave early the next morning.
Owners & their son Greg were very helpful and prompt. We had a situation whereby we needed a Taiwan bank account for a refund from a driver and Greg responded and extended the favor to us. Thankful for that!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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GregDORISHOME, 業者 at Timing House, responded to this review, September 21, 2014
Hi AdeLovetoTravel,

Thank you for giving us an encouragement.
I'm happy to do those things which can help your trip more easier.
Everyone loves a cozy, comfortable vacation without any trouble, aren't we!
Hope to see you next time and you can stay more days to enjoy the lake area and play with the cats!!

Best Regards,
Greg
DORIS HOME
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English first
Singapore, Singapore
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed June 8, 2013

THE BAD
Walls of the rooms are incredibly thin, not even minimally soundproofed for an average B&B.. footsteps and noises from the rooms beside us can be heard easily. And they probably can hear us next door too since the walls have ears with the other occupants on the block. No window. Bed was hard and solid like a rock. Footwear must be removed upon entering the rooms which is a little of a hassle if you are in a hurry to catch a bus.

THE GOOD
Clean and tidy place.. probably saved by its modern and zen-like interiors which can be easily maintained. Convenient location to get around Sun Moon Lake and Shueishe. Kind and meticulous explanations by Xiaoyou the pharmacy keeper.

BUT THEN AGAIN....
I would not highly recommend this place unless you really have no other accommodations to put up with in Sun Moon Lake. Try the hotel around the corner if you are on a honeymoon and require decent privacy.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank Cherryoranges
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GregDORISHOME, 業者 at Timing House, responded to this review, September 15, 2014
Hi Cherryoranges,

Thank you very much for the comment and we appreciate your sharing.
I'm really sorry that the soundproofing is not that good.
Our guest house is an old building and we have tried our best to make it most comfortable for our guests.

About the bed, yes we chose a harder bed for Taiwanese guests because more Taiwanese are used to a hard one in Taiwan.
Now we change a new bed. It will be softer, but not too soft.
I think it will satisfied different guests from different country.

About the shoes need to be moved, I'm sorry that our rooms are with wood ground.
We hope it can give you a comfortable feeling from the bottom of the feet.
I'm sorry if it brought you the inconvenience.

We are preparing a new guest house and we hope it can solve some bad you mentioned.
Wish to provide our new rooms to you in the future. ^_^
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Taichung, Taiwan
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Reviewed May 14, 2013

Loved this place. Was in search of an escape from hectic Asian cities and impersonal hotels, and this guest-house ticked all the boxes. While Sun Moon Lake can be a bit of a tourist trap, Doris Home provides all the character and quirky style you need. There are only three rooms, so it feels like a boutique B&B, with a great kitchen space downstairs for breakfast and all-day tea and coffee. The main draws: location and service. It's only a couple of hundred metres from the bus-stop from Taichung/Puli, downstairs from the family-run pharmacy, and only the same distance again from the lakeside and pier. Even better for anyone wanting to escape the crowds, it's very close to a beautiful walking trail through tea plantations and forest; and for the foodies, there's a friendly restaurant next door which serves delicious aboriginal food - fresh mountain vegetables, wild pork and sticky bamboo-steamed rice. As for the service, I find it hard to imagine a warmer welcome in Asia :) Greg, the English-speaking son of the owners, was on hand to give travel advice, great conversation, a mini tour to see the fireflies in the local forest, and a fabulous breakfast (with proper DeLonghi coffee.... another unexpected bonus). All in all, it's the very best place you can get, especially considering that the price (around $3500 TWD) is less than half the price of the average room in SML. I'd go back in a heart-beat, for the ease, the welcome and the great night's sleep. I'd say it's a 'home away from home', but in fact it's significantly more stylish than that!

Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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GregDORISHOME, 業者 at Timing House, responded to this review, September 21, 2014
Hi theChaiGirl,

Thank you so much for all the details sharing about your experience here.
I am glad that you had this small escape to Sun Moon Lake.
We had some great conversation which I barely have and... I really appreciate your visiting.
Although I don't know which country you are roaming now, I give you all me best wish.
And hope one day, you could come to Taiwan again.
Let's head to see the fireflies!!

Best Regards,
Greg
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Singapore, Singapore
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed April 21, 2013

Deliberated before writing this review, because as much as i dearly love this place, i wish it would remain a secret! But it's too good to be kept a secret.

The location of this minsu is really convenient, just barely 2 minutes from the bus stop you drop off if you take the nantou bus from taichung. it is also 1 min from a convenience store and 5 minutes from the ferry terminal where you take the ferry across sun moon lake (SML).
We stayed in the first room from the corridor (Doris) with a small balcony and sitting area near the stairway and it was lovely. Room was clean and very immaculately decorated.
Breakfast was very nice and prepared by hand by小游,the minsu owner's son (and who is now running the place).

Everything, from their prompt and polite email replies, to the great customer service (explaining clearly the facilities in the minsu, the room, giving us a map and telling us the attractions nearby, offering cheap ferry tickets etc), wonderful and homely decor (i love cats and this place is a cat lover's paradise!) really won me over. But what is that extra touch that most places are missing that this place has is the 人情味. We had taken a late bus from nantou and arrived after 9pm, and were walking around trying to find the minsu when someone called my name. 小游,the minsu owner's son (and who is now running the place) waited for us at entrance at the pharmacy (back entrance) until late just to make sure we would not get lost! He was also very helpful and helped me with some administrative stuff from my previous stay with another minsu.

I love the vibes Doris home gives me, because it is a small, quaint, intimate place, and you can tell it's owners have put lots of love and care into all the small details when creating and maintaining this place. This is what makes this place so special.

Doris home left a fond memory in both me and my friend's hearts and i wouldn't hesitate to stay here again should i travel to SML in future.

Room Tip: Doris has a balcony which is nice if you like to sit outdoors and enjoy a bit of sun!
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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GregDORISHOME, 業者 at Timing House, responded to this review, September 29, 2014
Hi scrabbyknees,

Thank you for giving us so many great feedback.
We are really glad that you had a warm experience in Sun Moon Lake.
Hope you have the chance to visit your secret home here again and wish to see you two soon. ^_^

小游
DORIS HOME
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Singapore, Singapore
Level 4 Contributor
19 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed March 17, 2013

Visit Doris Home during my last trip in Dec 2010, and I love this place alot! The owners were really nice and friendly, and they provided really sumptuous breakfast for us every morning. Even explained to us the places of interest to visit in Sun Moon Lake, so that we can make our trip worth it.

Besides that, the rooms provided were really nice and comfy, and we also had a chance to rest outside the little make-do balcony during the winter enjoying the colddd breeze!

Will definitely visit the lovely elderly couple again should I visit Sun Moon Lake once more!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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1 Thank iBaby63
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GregDORISHOME, 業者 at Timing House, responded to this review, September 29, 2014
Hi iBaby63,

Thank you very much for your review.
We feel warm when you said you want to visit us again.
My parents (the elderly couple you mentioned) are happy that they could share the great memory with you in Sun Moon Lake.
Wish to see you again. ^_^

Greg Yu
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Ipoh, Malaysia
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

Lovely B&B , very friendly couples who runs a pharmacy. Not to mention the superb breakfast they prepared for us !! There is only 3 rooms available, very cozy for family trip. We were a group of 6 and we cater all 3 rooms in Dorris home.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank MayrolynYi
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GregDORISHOME, 業者 at Timing House, responded to this review, September 29, 2014
Hi MayrolynYi,

Thank you very much.
It's our pleasure to receive your family.
We look forward to your visiting again and we definitely will prepare the "supreb" breakfast for you. (Although I don't know what it means, haha)
Thank you again. ^_^

Greg Yu
DORIS HOME
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singapore
Level 3 Contributor
6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed February 16, 2013

Decided to stay 1 night at Doris Home.. (1 day is more than enough for Sun Moon Lake - it's the minsu that made me wanna stay longer!)

The host family was exceptionally gracious and friendly, chatting with us and understanding our needs. We had 2 harvesacks with us (65-litre each) and they were concerned that it was heavy and insisted we put it down before we continued our conversation.

We were shown to our rooms, which was beautiful in its own way! The toilet was very well-designed, modern and sleek (Even inspired us to model our future toilet to theirs). It was clean, and well-maintained. The bed was comfortable, and of course, the TV has many channels.

They also provided discounted tickets for boat ride around Sun Moon Lake, and offered advices on bus timings back to Taichung HSR station. When we first reached, we took out the two bikes from the minsu and went to cycle on the bike path around SML, only to return when it started to rain. That definitely saved us some cost from renting the bikes!

The breakfast provided was incredible - the homemade soy bean milk is a definite must-try. It's more fragrant than the usual soy bean milk as it contains peanuts.

I was also pleasantly surprised when they sent an e-greeting for Chinese New Year almost two months after our visit! Makes me feel like going back there again. Will definitely recommend Doris Home to any one who visits SML.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank June T
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GregDORISHOME, 業者 at Timing House, responded to this review, September 29, 2014
Hi June T,

Thank you very much for your experience sharing.
We are happy that we could had the chance to provide our guest house to you.
When you miss the home-made soy milk, please come to Sun Moon Lake. ^_^
We look forward to seeing you again.

Greg Yu
DORIS HOME
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Property: Timing House
Address: No.123 Zhongshan Road, Sun Moon Lake, Yuchih Township, Nantou County 555, Taiwan (Formerly Doris Home)
Location: Taiwan > Nantou County
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites
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Ranked #4 of 656 B&Bs / Inns in Nantou County
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Timing House is located in Sun Moon Lake next to the Shuishe Pier. Shopping, dining, biking, transportation is very convenient. Walking distance to Shueishe Visitor Center, same as the bus station, is about 2 minutes. The design is simple and comfortable and it will bring you a great memory in Sun Moon Lake. ... more   less 
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