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Jinning (Guningtou), Kinmen

Kinmen Guningtou Traditional Guesthouse

Revisit the Past in a Civil War-Era Official’s Residence

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  • Rare example of an intact three-courtyard official residence
  • Retro decor recaptures war-era memories
  • Rich and plentiful memories aroused by the experiential itinerary
  • Delicious and diverse flavors from the plentiful homemade local breakfast

Our Stay

Discover the wonder of the lodging.

Revisit the Past in a Civil War-Era Official’s Residence

A terracotta brick pathway brings you to the doors of Guningtou Traditional Guesthouse, a well-preserved three-unit courtyard mansion in the Beishan area of Kinmen Island. Situated in a quaint old village, this perfectly preserved historic building exhibits the style of a civil war-era official’s residence. Within the snug residence, displays of wartime-era relics convey a wealth of stories from across those years. These wartime elements, in such houses as these, have taken root and become a special part of Kinmen culture, leading travellers back in time to appreciate Kinmen’s unforgettable yesteryear.

 

 

Wartime revival in an official’s residence

Guningtou Traditional Guesthouse is one of only a few three-unit courtyard mansions in Kinmen. Swallow’s tail accents soar skyward from the rooftop and brightly colored cochin tiles vividly depict birds and flowers under the eaves. A dark green military water jar of hot tea awaits you in the vestibule where multiple cabinets house wartime relics. An old-school rotary phone on the table recalls the nostalgia of soldiers away from home. While preserving the original character of a Fujian-style residence, owner Jiarong has infused the space with her own interpretation of Kinmen. The vestibule borrows much of its inspiration from her grandmother’s house, once occupied by a company of KMT soldiers. All of these Kinmen antiques and classic ornaments combine into an enchanting atmosphere, leading travellers down memory lane.

 

The smell of Chinese cedar permeates the courtyard air. As you pass through engraved shutter doors, the pleasant voice of a legendary Taiwanese singer, Teresa Teng, fills the air with songs of both the joys and sorrows of old times. Every inch of the courtyard is full of Jiarong’s creativity and attention to detail where antiques take on new lives, teeming with the beauty of passing time.

 
 

Experience the Local Feeling of Kinmen

The seven rooms of Kinmen Guningtou Traditional Guesthouse are located off the vestibule, the main hall, and in the rear building. Transformation of the traditional design allows warm sunlight to enter, creating a cozy space. In keeping with the military theme of the vestibule, bullet-shaped ornaments and military towels may draw you back to the hardships of wartime. Jiarong even reimagined hairpins into the role of door bolts. As you bolt and lock the door, the tunnel between the ancient and the modern is activated at once. Or perhaps you rent the room in the left attached building. You’ll find yourself in even more spacious private quarters. The laneway outside was once filled with the sounds of laughing of children, much like the joyous laugher of you and your companions.

 

Guningtou Traditional Guesthouse doesn’t merely provide comfortable rooms; also prepares for visitors the most savory local dishes such as bowls of noodles bursting with the most luscious, fresh ingredients and stir-fried seasonal vegetables. These recipes all come from Jiarong’s mother, including that original recipe for pumpkin cake and those tangerines stuffed with sun-dried white radish and braised lean ground meat. Each cuisine, a product of time and delicate craftsmanship, is sure to delight the travelers’ adventurous appetite.

 
 

Proudly infusing her hometown with passion.

“It is my hope to evoke more young people’s willingness to return home.” Jiarong, who grew up on the island, suggests with a smile that she has Kinmen in her bones. She quit her stable job in Taiwan so as to fulfill a yearning to return to her hometown, where she works passionately for the benefit of this special island. She submitted her bid on an extremely costly traditional residence to the government, endured the unpleasant gossip and doubts of others, and overcame both sudden and unexpected difficulties to realize her ideal. It was her own efforts that made it all possible, breathing new life into this old edifice and infusing it with historic Kinmen. Visitors to Jiarong’s guesthouse find pleasant surprises in every corner which reveal the tremendous determination and strength present in her diminutive stature.

 

Furthermore, Jiarong is making her first attempt to use her guesthouse to create connections within the community by cooperating with nearby businesses and offering travelers the chance to experience local Kinmen culture by painting their own ceramic model of the protective spirit known as the Wind Lion God. Though she comes across as casual and even boisterous, all of these earnest efforts reveal Jiarong’s profound love of her homeland. As you walk through the doors of Guningtou Traditional Guesthouse, you’ll engage with both the past and present of a magnificent government residence, and experience the warm, authentic grace of Kinmen.

 

Room Type and Price

Room Type

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2-Person Room (Twin Beds)
Guests: 2 people

NTD 3,500 ~ 4,000/room

singleBedshower

Breakfast included, On the first floor, In-room bathroom, Separate bathroom and toilet, 2 張單人床, LCD TV, Up to 2 extra person (more)

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2-Person Room (Double Bed)
Guests: 2 people

NTD 3,000 ~ 3,600/room

doubleBedshower

Breakfast included, On the first floor, 室內 26 m2, In-room bathroom, Separate bathroom and toilet, 1 double bed, LCD TV, Up to 2 extra person (more)

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Double Room (Left Front)
Guests: 2 people

NTD 2,800 ~ 3,400/room

doubleBedshower

Breakfast included, On the first floor, 室內 20 m2, In-room bathroom, Separate bathroom and toilet, 1 double bed, LCD TV, Up to 1 extra person (with extra bed) (more)

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Double Room (Right Front)
Guests: 2 people

NTD 2,800 ~ 3,400/room

doubleBedshower

Breakfast included, On the first floor, 室內 20 m2, In-room bathroom, Separate bathroom and toilet, 1 double bed, LCD TV, Up to 1 extra person (with extra bed) (more)

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Double Room (Left Rear)
Guests: 2 people

NTD 2,800 ~ 3,400/room

doubleBedshower

Breakfast included, On the first floor, 室內 20 m2, In-room bathroom, Separate bathroom and toilet, 1 double bed, LCD TV, Up to 1 extra person (with extra bed) (more)

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Large Double Room (Right Rear)
Guests: 2 people

NTD 2,500 ~ 3,100/room

doubleBedshower

Breakfast included, On the first floor, 室內 20 m2, In-room bathroom, Separate bathroom and toilet, 1 double bed, LCD TV, Up to 2 extra person (more)

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Double Room (Right Rear)
Guests: 2 people

NTD 2,500 ~ 3,100/room

doubleBedshower

Breakfast included, On the first floor, 室內 17 m2, In-room bathroom, Separate bathroom and toilet, 1 double bed, LCD TV, Up to 2 extra person (more)

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Kinmen Guningtou Traditional Guesthouse
Max. guest: 18-23 people

NTD 14,000 ~ 16,000/building

singleBeddoubleBedoutdoorArea

Breakfast included, 1 層樓建築, 7 間 2 人房衛浴位於房內, 6 張雙人床, 2 張單人床, 衛浴 7 間, Yard, BBQ facilities, LCD TV, 包棟正常床位可入住 18 人,可加 5 人,最多可入住 23 人, [EN]包棟每日僅接待一組客人 (more)

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Price List

Booking Info

  • Breakfast included: Chinese style (adjusted with seasonal ingredients)
  • Regular days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
  • Holidays: Friday, Saturday and National Holidays
  • Extra person with extra bed: single mattress, sofa bed, pillow, cover, personal toiletries and breakfast included, Extra person rate: Regular days: NTD600 per adult, NTD500 per child under the age of 12, Holidays and National Holidays: NTD800 per adult, NTD500 per child under the age of 12; Each room can have 1 children under the age of 2 with no extra charge and no extra bed
  • Shuttle service to and from the 金門尚義機場 (by reservation)., (EN)一車可搭 4 人,單趟費用為 250 元、來回費用為 500 元; (EN)請於訂房時事先與旅宿預約時間
  • Shuttle service to and from the 水頭碼頭 (by reservation)., (EN)一車可搭 4 人,單趟費用為 250 元、來回費用為 500 元; (EN)請於訂房時事先與旅宿預約時間
  • 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:
    • 100% of the paid amount will be refunded for canceling 14 days prior to reservation date.
    • 70% of the paid amount will be refunded for canceling 10 ~ 13 days prior to reservation date.
    • 50% of the paid amount will be refunded for canceling 7 ~ 9 days prior to reservation date.
    • 40% of the paid amount will be refunded for canceling 4 ~ 6 days prior to reservation date.
    • 30% of the paid amount will be refunded for canceling 2 ~ 3 days prior to reservation date.
    • 20% of the paid amount will be refunded for canceling 1 days prior to reservation date.
    • 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 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 or a postponement in 3 months (the check-in day included) can be reserved for one instance.
  • 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

By car

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Public transportation

  • You may take flight from Taiwan to Kinmen.
  • Distance between lodging and nearby airports and docks:
  • Local transportation includes take bus, taxi, or rent Scooter, rental car.
      • bus: 古寧村公所 Bus Stop: 0.3 km. For timetable and fare, please visit 金門縣公共車船管理處.
      • taxi: It is recommended to transfer from Kinmen Airport by taxi: about 27 minutes, NTD290 (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.

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Facilities and Services

Shared facilities

  • Indoor Space:Kitchen/Kitchenette, Living room
  • Other Amenities:Books, WiFi, Seasoning, Cookware, Tableware, Magazines
  • Appliances:Projector, Projector screen, LCD TV, Induction hot plate, Refrigerator, Water dispenser, Coin-op dryer, Coin-op washer, Sauna
  • Outdoors:Yard, BBQ facilities

Services

  • (En)接駁服務
  • Taxi booking
  • Travel information
  • Guided tour
  • Leisure activities
  • Booking service for rental car, Scooter and Bicycles
  • Infant and toddler care essentials provided on site, such as: Baby bathtub, High chair, dishes and utensils (by reservation)
  • Foreign language service including: English

House Rules

  • Check-in time: 16:00 ~ 21:00. As you are required to schedule your check-in time in advance, please arrange with the lodging day(s) beforehand
  • Check-out time: before 10:00. Please follow the check-out time stated in the house rules
  • Breakfast time:08:30 ~ 10:00
  • For ensuring the quality of stay for all guests, pets are not allowed in the lodging.
  • For the energy saving and eco-friendly purpose, please bring your own Toothbrush, Toothpaste and Towel
  • Due to the age of the lodging, sound insulation is poor, please walk quietly and lower your voice.
  • The lodging is a historic residence. Please be mindful and use with care during your stay.
  • As the lodging is situated in the natural environment, your stay may be accompanied by some bug friends.
  • Please note that autumn and winter temperatures can be quite cold and dress appropriately.
  • Kitchen with gas range available. Please please help clean up after using.
  • 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.
  • Please keep your valuables safe as the lodging is not responsible for the loss of or damage to valuable items.
  • Smoking is not allowed both indoor and outdoor.
  • 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. 95, N. Hill, Jinning Township, Kinmen County, Taiwan

Mobile
+886-982-804-758
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Contact Hours
09:00 - 17:00

Official Website
http://green.homi.cc/

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/Kinmen.gnt/

LINE ID
chiajung626、@arv4944y

WeChat ID
KINMENGNT