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Meishan (Rueili, Ali Mountain), Chiayi

House of Ahan

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Enjoy the Mountian View and Alpine Tea in the Aroma of Taiwan Cypress

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  • Gorgeous view of verdant mountains and waterfalls
  • Tea-savoring space with the aroma of Taiwan cypress
  • Rooms with mountain view and Zen ambience
  • Close to the attraction spots of Ali Mountain

The Stay

Discover the wonder of the lodging.

Enjoy the Mountian View and Alpine Tea in the Aroma of Taiwan Cypress

Under the pleasant sunshine, the car wends its way along the winding county highway. Lowering the car window, the cool mountain breeze kisses your face, while rays of light stream through green leaves, turning into surging green waves from watching inside the running car. Situated by the mountain, the House of Ahan gradually comes into your view. The hosts have prepared fragrant tea and waited for your visit.

 

 

Let your mind wander in the gorgeous view of clouds and mists rolling over mountains

As soon as you step into House of Ahan, the aroma of Taiwan cypress calms your mind. In the tea-serving space on the ground floor, plain and elegant teaware and pinkish purple moth orchids on the cypress counter deliver an ambience of Zen. The wooden crafts before your eyes, whether the cypress long table or the bar counter made of stone bricks from old pig house and Taiwan incense cedar, are the works of the host Ahan. Given that Rueili didn’t have a tea-serving space dedicated to the famous tea of Ali Mountain, Ahan and Shujing thus built the House of Ahan to serve that purpose while also provide a comfy accommodation for travelers.

 

Slower the pace and look into the vast mountain view through the large floor-to-ceiling windows in the tea-savoring space where Ahan designed for travelers. In the afternoon, as the meandering mist and clouds gradually dissipate, the contour of the mountains becomes clearer with waterfalls cascading down the mountainside, you delight in the vista greeting your eyes. Taking up the tea bowl prepared by the tea house, you watch the tea leaves dancing at the bottom with white smoke rising. Sip the fragrant tea and immerse yourself in the cypress aroma, enjoying the peace and restfulness in the mountain.

 
 

Stay in the embrace of mountains

The three-story space encompasses nine rooms arranged in an alternating layout to offer views from different angles. You ascend by the stairs and push open the door handle made of cypress branch, the delightful scent of cypress welcomes your arrival. Composed of lavender blush and brown colors, the room embraces you with a relaxed atmosphere. The bathroom was built with old Taiwan yellow cedar and the wood delivers its unique fragrance when soaked in steam. The cypress bathing bucket on the side is the ingenious work of Ahan with leftover pieces of wood. Shujing also arranges Ahan’s works and collections beautifully: the designer lounge chairs with airplane-like wing shape, old cypress table from a former grocery store, and cypress bed platform, creating an elegant lifestyle while preserving the charm of cypress.

 

In the fragrance of sandalwood, some rooms come with a duplex design, offering spacious space for you and your family to enjoy the quality time together. In other rooms, you may appreciate the view at dusk by sitting on the chaise longue with royal blue velvet, while birds singing and insects chirping like an intimate love song dedicated to you. Either way, the large floor-to-ceiling windows in each room allow your mind to wander in the vast greenery. When the night falls, cuddle with your other half and fall into a deep sleep, as being embraced by the mountains.

 
 

Enjoy the mountain feast and savor the alpine tea with ease

When visiting House of Ahan, it is recommended to make a reservation for their distinctive meals made with tea. Along with the blithe atmosphere in the mountain, the lodging presents seasonal delicacies for travelers to experience various feasts for their every visit. If you come in the right season, you may even go watch fireflies along the nearby mountain paths after dinner. House of Ahan also offers leisure activities like experiencing from tea plucking to tea producing and tea-appreciating lectures. Over a cup of spirit-soothing tea, having a cheerful conversation with friends and hosts, you would definitely enjoy this laid-back and wonderful trip. Leaning against the mountains, House of Ahan awaits you with its breathtaking views and heart-warming tea.

 

Story of the Host

Meet the moving story of the host.

Ahan and Shujing.Embarking on Their Journey of Life Together and Sharing Each Cheerful Moments

After greeting us, the host Ahan adeptly introduced the lodging with a bright smile: “Japanese took the Taiwan red cypress and yellow cypress away, but also brought Yamaha, Suzuki (both scooter brands), and sashimi with wasabi to Taiwan.” As a natural humorist, Ahan spoke with funny punchlines at times and made everyone burst into laughter. On the side, the hostess Shujing was busy managing the chores of the lodging in a casual but organized way. Applying their own expertise, the couple built their ideal lodging in Rueili, Chiayi.

 

 

From city to forest, the couple build their life in the mountain

Entering the lodging, one would find one of Ahan’s wood sculpture works here and a piece of Shujing’s oil painting there, which just demonstrated the perfect teamwork of the couple, coming from the accumulation of time. When they were in high school, Shujing first met with Ahan, who lived on the nearby hilltop, in a hiking event that they both attended. When Shujing went to Taipei to work at Sunrise Department Store, the house she rented actually belonged to Ahan’s sister, and therefore the two had more opportunities to spend time together. “She just wanted to get hold of me by approaching me,” Ahan joked about it, but Shujing twitched her lips with disapproval, “I didn’t have a choice.” When asked how they found sparks in each other’s eyes, Shujing immediately said, “Cuz I’m nearsighted!” Ahan didn’t mind Shujing’s words and teased, “Yeah, when we were in school in the mountain, we usually read by the light of bagged fireflies, so we all got weak sights.” The lively conversation and humorous words just made everyone laughed out loud.

 

Once a salesperson at Les enphants, a child-and-mother care product store, Shujing gained experience in window display design there. She also had worked as a stylist for Lee Kunyi (former President Lee Teng-hui’s granddaughter) and picked up the aesthetic taste and flexibility at work. And Ahan was not only a tour guide who traveled around Taiwan but also a docent for several lodgings on Ali Mountain from time to time. After they got married, they decided to settle in Ahan’s hometown Rueili and combine their expertise to start a b&b business.

 
 

Start from zero with perseverance

“When we first started here, there was no one else.” Leaving the glamorous city life behind, Shujing single-handedly took over the housework, including using a wood-burning stove to cook and once almost burnt the house down. In order to let more people learn about the beauty of their hometown, though without a house plan nor a professional background in architecture, the couple started from scratch and built houses on their own. “We built houses by relying on intuition.” With the drafting skill he learned in high school, Ahan has built over ten houses. “Everyone thought that our rooms were incredible.” Instead of dividing the space into as many rooms as possible, the couple chose to leave ample space for guests. Shujing also brought the on-trend terrace design and decoration items that she collected from the city into their lodgings. All the details demonstrated their insistence on the quality accommodation and an ideal lifestyle.

 

When working on the interior decoration of the House of Ahan, Shujing once fought with Ahan over the painting job of a wall, “You have to make it perfect, instead of regretting afterward and being unhappy about it.” Persevering in what she believed was for the best, Shujing integrated her perfectionist character into the design of the space, giving each room its distinctive vibe. Ahan was in charge of construction work and equipment installation, the field where he could play with the wood material he loved. He even took carpentry class at Chiayi Community University to sharpen his skills. Incorporating the ideals into the lodging built by the two, all the efforts were to deliver the best to the travelers.

 
 

Treat travelers as friends

Being in the b&b business for over two decades, Ahan and Shujing have their own set of principles for serving the guests centering on sincerity. Every morning, Ahan collects fresh vegetables and Shujing turns the ingredients into delicious delicacies with genuine hospitality. Guests who have tasted Shujing’s dishes all heaped praises on her cooking, while many of them became good friends with the host couple as well. Knowing that Shujing was fond of bears, one of the guests even brought a Teddy bear into the mountain just to give it to Shujing as a present. Ahan would also take up his old trade in his free time, bringing travelers to watch fireflies in nearby areas. “We don’t treat travelers as guests, we treat them as our friends!” With sincere and honest attitude, they cherish every encounter with each traveler.

 

When we took a photo of them, Shujing took off her usual posture as a hostess and turned into a clingy little girl beside Ahan, with her eyes full of the deep affection lasting for nearly 30 years. As the two exchanging laughter and ordinary conversations, the past hardships seemed just faded away in the wind. The sincerity between the two and that between them and travelers, also deliver a heartwarming feeling for the travelers, just like a cup of good tea that lingers with a sweet aftertaste.

 

Room Type and Price

Room Type

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Cloud Watching
Max. guest: 2 people

NTD 5,300 ~ 7,300/room

doubleBedmountainViewbathtubbalcony

Breakfast included, On the 2nd floor, Mountain view, Separate bathroom and toilet, 1 double bed (more)

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+5

Fog Watching
Max. guest: 2 people

NTD 5,300 ~ 7,300/room

doubleBedmountainViewbathtubbalcony

Breakfast included, On the 2nd floor, Mountain view, Separate bathroom and toilet, 1 double bed (more)

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+4

Not Far
Max. guest: 2 people

NTD 4,800 ~ 6,800/room

doubleBedmountainViewbathtub

Breakfast included, On the 2nd floor, Mountain view, Separate bathroom and toilet, 1 double bed (more)

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High Mountains
Max. guest: 4 people

NTD 7,800 ~ 9,800/room

singleBeddoubleBedmountainViewbathtubbalcony

Breakfast included, Loft, Mountain view, Separate bathroom and toilet, 1 double bed (more)

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+5

Lush Greenery
Max. guest: 4 people

NTD 7,800 ~ 9,800/room

singleBeddoubleBedmountainViewbathtubbalcony

Breakfast included, Loft, Mountain view, Separate bathroom and toilet, 1 double bed (more)

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Booking Info

  • Stay with breakfast: Chinese style (adjusted with seasonal ingredients)
  • Regular days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
  • Holidays: Friday, Saturday, National Holidays, Consecutive Holidays, The day before national holiday and The day before consecutive holidays
  • Extra person with extra bed: single mattress, pillow, cover, personal toiletries and breakfast included, Extra person rate: NTD700 per person; Each room can have 1 children under the age of 2 with no extra charge and no extra bed
  • Travelers with large luggage or disabilities please note that the lodging is not equipped with an elevator.
  • Open for bookings up to 3 months in advance.
  • Paid lunch for reservation:Chinese style, Local ingredients, NTD300 per person (children and adults alike); please make reservation upon booking.
  • Paid dinner for reservation:Chinese style, Local ingredients, NTD300 per person (children and adults alike); please make reservation upon booking.
  • Paid afternoon tea for reservation:afternoon tea, prices are listed on menu; please make reservation upon booking.
  • The room types and rates are for reference only, for the most updated details, please refer to the lodging’s official website. It is recommended to check the rates and related info with the host before booking.

Cancellation and Postponement Policy

  • Refund for canceling your reservation due to personal reasons will be transferred according to the following rules:
    • 1.100% of the paid amount will be refunded for canceling 14 days prior to reservation date.
    • 2.70% of the paid amount will be refunded for canceling 10 ~ 13 days prior to reservation date.
    • 3.50% of the paid amount will be refunded for canceling 7 ~ 9 days prior to reservation date.
    • 4.40% of the paid amount will be refunded for canceling 4 ~ 6 days prior to reservation date.
    • 5.30% of the paid amount will be refunded for canceling 2 ~ 3 days prior to reservation date.
    • 6.20% of the paid amount will be refunded for canceling 1 days prior to reservation date.
    • 7.No refund will be made for canceling on reservation date or no show.
  • Postponement should be informed 7 days prior to the reservation date (not counting the check-in day).;The postponement will be reserved for 3 months. ;In the event of postponement, failing to inform the lodging 7 days (the check-in day included) prior to the reservation date, the deposit will be forfeited in proportion as stated in the cancellation policy above.
  • In case of natural disasters (such as earthquake, typhoon, etc.) and other circumstances of force majeure, when the local government announcing office and school closures,the full refund will be transferred
  • The room types and rates are for reference only, for the most updated details, please refer to the lodging’s official website. It is recommended to check the rates and related info with the host before booking.

Lodging Info

Location

  • 1.By car:Inaccuracy may occur when using Google Maps Navigation. Please enter 阿漢的家 for GPS location and contact the lodging when arriving.
  • 2.
    • It is recommended to transfer from 嘉義火車站 by taxi: about 90 minutes, NTD1200 (time and fare are for reference only).
    • Lodging provides shuttle service to and from transportation spot with reservation in advance. Please refer to the Booking Info section for details.
    • After booking is confirmed, please contact the host for transportation details.

Inaccuracy may occur when using Google Maps Navigation. Please enter 阿漢的家 for GPS location and contact the lodging when arriving.

Facility and Service

Shared facilities

  • Indoor Space:Lobby
  • Other Amenities:WiFi
  • Beverages and Refreshments:Tea, Snacks
  • Appliances:Air conditioner, Projector, Projector screen
  • Outdoors:Parking lot

Services

  • Taxi booking
  • Travel information
  • Ancillary Dining room; Opening hours: 11:00 ~ 14:00, 18:00 ~ 20:00; Closed on:No regular closure dates.
  • Ancillary Bar; Closed on:No regular closure dates.
  • Outdoor parking lot

House Rules

  • Guests can check in after 15:00. As you are required to schedule your check-in time in advance, please arrange with the lodging 1 day(s) beforehand
  • Check-out time: before 11:00. Please follow the check-out time stated in the house rules
  • Breakfast time:please make reservation upon checking in
  • Lunch time:please make reservation upon checking in
  • Afternoon tea time:please make reservation upon checking in
  • Dinner time:please make reservation upon checking in
  • Ancillary Dining room; Opening hours: 11:00 ~ 14:00, 18:00 ~ 20:00; Closed on:No regular closure dates.
  • Ancillary Bar; Closed on:No regular closure dates.
  • For ensuring the quality of stay for all guests, pets are not allowed in the lodging.
  • In order to maintain a quiet environment for all, please step lightly and lower your voice.
  • As the lodging is situated in the natural environment, your stay may be accompanied by some bug friends.
  • Daytime and nightly temperatures vary greatly during the summer. Please dress appropriately.
  • Due to the special design of stairs, guests are advised to exercise caution regarding the safety of children and the elderly.
  • In order to maintain a quiet environment for all, please do not let children run around or make loud noises unattened.
  • Please bring your personal ID or passport for check-in.
  • The lodging will not provide Taiwan Uniform Invoice (tax declared receipt).
  • Please keep your valuables safe as the lodging is not responsible for the loss of or damage to valuable items.
  • Please turn off the lights and appliancess when not in use.
  • NTD1,300 will be charged for key lost or damaged.
  • Please do not move, destroy, or remove the equipment in the room. In the event of anything damaged or lost, the lodging may take the following action(s): Ask for compensation as of the actual cost
  • Smoking is not allowed indoor; please go to outdoor areas for smoking.
  • The following behaviors are not allowed: Drug using, excessive drinking, gambling, making loud noises, causing disturbances, setting off firecrackers, and any illegal acts. The lodging reserves the right to cancel the accommodations, charge for anything damaged or lost, and report to the police in the event of a violation.

Contact Info

Address
No. 79, Youyelin, Meishan Township, Chiayi County, Taiwan

Mobile
+886-982-151-820
* Let the host know that you are a Dear b&b reader when booking, and you will get a limited postcard upon checking in!

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/阿漢的家民宿-857929094251880/

Email
jydwcqp6ez@gmail.com

LINE ID
7175626131

WeChat ID
a0982151820

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