Dongshan, Yilan

Riverside House

Painting a Leisurely Life between Mountains and the River


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  • The building composed of geometric squares and surrounded by water
  • Handcrafted artful furniture
  • Aromatherapy spa makes you pleased
  • Located by the bank of the Annong River

Our Stay

Discover the wonder of the lodging.

Painting a Leisurely Life between Mountains and the River

Coming out from the Hsuehshan Tunnel, the green fields and cascading mountains unfold before your eyes. The flowing scenery reflects your exhilarating mood that can’t wait to start the journey. Getting off the interchange, you enter the suburbs of Luodong. The banks along the Annong River are adorned with green grass and yellow flowers, while a building composed of geometric squares and glasses leans against the water’s edge, welcoming your arrival under the vast sky. This is Yilan Riverside House, the leisurely lodging serves as the canvas for light and shadow, nestled between mountains and water.



The square building as the playground for light and shadow

Entering Yilan Riverside House along the white cement trail, you find a pool where the fish swim freely in the water and the turtles stretch their neck to enjoy the warm sunlight of Yilan on the rock. A gentle breeze wrinkles the water surface, turning it into a naughty ballad. Time seems to stop here. The bar seats by the pool are the premium rest spot for you to watch the sunshine playing with the water, creating dreamlike reflections on the fair-faced cement walls. You pass by the studio of the host KK’s, as the hostess Ivy just rolls up her hair and concentrates on preparing the meal at the café with a smile on her face. “You’re here! Welcome!” She washes her hands and walks out from the half-closed door to greet you.


The Chinese name of the lodging, “Huashui (畫水),” literally means “painting on the water,” comes from the idiom “painting on the water and carving on the ice.” KK says: “The water in Yilan is a gift from nature. And we built Yilan Riverside House to retain and admire this gift.” This is how the Riverside House was born. KK’s ingenuity and creativity are the pen and ink that paint and build the house with an indomitable yet gentle character. He works his magic on the land of an irregular shape and viola – here is the house in the industrial style yet still bears a sense of warmth. The geometrical edges and corners are coupled with the softness of water, while the industrial metal elements match with the warm texture of wood. The different styles clash and generate the unique cosy space with an attitude.


The magic of floor-to-ceiling windows and water

The fair-faced cement stairs are flanked by the black walls, while the sunlight pours through the transparent glass ceiling. Stepping up and entering the rooms, you’d find the magic of floor-to-ceiling windows in the “Water Watching” and “Water Viewing” room. The fair-faced walls along with the wooden floor create a relaxing atmosphere, while the distant mountains and the surrounding Annong River make you feel like embraced by the water and pacify the turmoil in your soul.


Take another set of stairs made of thick iron chains and planks and push open the glass door, a space for you to chill and enjoy daydreaming is expecting your visit. The narrow space is charmingly planned and doesn’t make you feel crowded. You may select a cake of your favorite flavor at the café to go with the butterfly pea lemonade. The violet gradation and refreshing lemon aroma add an extra laid-back ambiance to the lazy long afternoon.


Behind the wooden door of the “Beautiful Water” room, the mountains and the Annong River form a landscape painting, revealing a little world in peace for you. Here you can relax and release all the burdens in several ways. First, soak in the bathtub filled with water and wash away the exhaustion. Then you may enjoy a session in the wooden infrared therapy box sitting inside the room. Close your eyes and feel the heat making your pores open and breathe again, while the negative energy dissipates as well. Or you may lie face down on the massage bed, while the aroma/massage therapist helps soothe the tension of your body, kneading along the muscle textures and tap dancing with fingers on your skin, any hidden spots of soreness won’t be missed. The massage bed is like a canoe, carrying your mind drifting in the surrounding scenic beauty.


Join hands with nature and draw a painting named life

As the morning sunlight streams in through the window, you squint your eyes and feel the warmth left by the sun on your cheeks, feeling like sleeping in for a little longer. After a good night’s sleep, a hearty breakfast at the café is waiting for you. Chicken club sandwich, soups, and salads served with side dishes like sweet potatoes and boiled eggs, along with fresh lemon juice or coffee, a good meal brings you the energy for a brand new day. Ivy insists on delivering a healthy breakfast to the guests, always spending a lot of time and effort to work on the menu. If you stay at Yilan Riverside House for a couple of days, you might have the chance to taste the breakfast in Chinese style like congee and stir-fried vegetables made by Ivy, who promises travellers the balanced nutrition and healthy diet.


Riding the bike provided by the lodging, you may admire the scenery of Annong River, which is like a landscape painting created by nature’s fine and subtle strokes. Sometimes, you pass by with other travelling bike-riders, exchanging big smiles brings you closer to each other. The lodging also provides barbecue equipment, so you may hold a barbecue party and enjoy some quality time with friends or family. Sitting at the bar seats by the pool, you savor the leisurely moment hard to come by while watching the children play in the sand or feed fish by the pool. The laughter here and there, just like the water splashed by the fish, is sparkling under the bright sun.


While sunlight glitters on the pool water, time seems to pass slowly here. Not in a hurry, you savor breakfast or afternoon tea, sit by the floor-to-ceiling window and watch the chasing of light and shadow, as the laughter of children is heard from time to time. The bustle and hustle of the city are left behind, all you take in is the clouds strolling through the distant mountains, and green grass and yellow flowers swaying by the Annong River. This is how life should look like. At Yilan Riverside House, don’t be chased by time, but halt your step and look at the trail left by time.


Story of the Host

Meet the moving story of the host.

KK and Ivy・Live Hand in Hand with Nature by the River and Mountain

“I just think I should keep going, if I stop, that’s the time I get old.” The host KK says in an uninhibited way. He has a wide forehead and curved eyebrows, and the silver-rimmed glasses can’t hide the sparkles in his eyes. Hostess Ivy doesn’t talk much but loves to laugh. Her smile is like a crescent moon while her eyes are full of the warm greeting. When KK vividly explained the process of building Yilan Riverside House with his body language, Ivy just smiled by his side like she knew what he was going to say. Looking at the couple is like looking at the river nestling against the mountains. Let’s hear the story of how they join hands to build a beautiful life.



From a realtor to a house designer

Not coming from a wealthy family, KK worked as a realtor on his first job. During his military service, he met a master sergeant who bought a house for NT$1 million when he just enlisted. Upon finishing his service, the house of the master sergeant already valued at NT$3 million! The real case of “one bucket of gold rolled into three barrels of gold” lit up a new path for KK, and he decided to work as a real estate agent.


Yet the agent job wasn’t as simple as just selling houses. Living by the motto “Do it yourself,” KK always put himself in the shoes of construction companies and clients and helped them in many ways. For example, he would plan the interior space of pre-sale houses for the builders, not only aim for a big win on sales, but also allow his clients to buy the largest space with the least amount of money. Once, a client complained that the house was leaking water and there were cracks in the walls. KK, without any design or construction background, even tried to fix the problems on his own! To him, learning how to build a house was like playing video games, that one would have to keep practicing to level up. As a challenger beating one level after another, KK gradually won his reputation in the field that became his lifelong vocation.


Design different lifestyles through architecture

Walking into his studio, the drafts for building design were seen everywhere, compiling into some of KK’s best works. From a realtor who never drew an architectural design plan, now KK has been able to make hand-crafted architectural models. When taking a closer look, the faint pencil lines and delicate cutting of the model parts demonstrated a fine craftsmanship that would be admired by professional architects. Browsing through the cutting-edge design magazines from abroad in the studio, one could imagine how diligent KK was about his work. To accumulate aesthetics of design, one can’t only draw inspiration from life, but also have to try and experiment constantly. KK pointed at the chairs we were sitting on and proudly said: “These are designed by me. I first tried it with cardboard, figured out the structural and mechanical issue, and then went to the factory to find craftsmen to help me with it.” Speaking of the process of designing a house, KK was like a command tower at the construction site, which always made works in each field can cooperate smoothly.


Today, KK is no longer just a realtor, he is also an architectural designer. He embraces the idea of adapting to local conditions and designs different lifestyles in accordance with the needs of clients. KK is good at employing diverse design styles, from Japanese traditional architecture, fair-faced concrete buildings, to industrial design, nothing seems to be impossible for him. Like one of his design projects – the house of “North Zart,” whose wooden structure and material allow for natural ventilation and the fresh air is thus brought into the guesthouse. Yilan Riverside House is also designed by KK and originally was for sale, but because of Ivy’s words, the couple’s life has undergone a brand-new transformation.


A beautiful life as a gift

“In fact, opening the lodging is really an accident,” says Ivy with a smile. Just before selling the Riverside House, she casually walked by the “Beautiful Water” room and saw the view from the floor-to-ceiling window, that the Annong River flows through the greenery spreading from the distant mountains along the blue sky, she couldn’t help but exclaim in her heart: “This is the kind of scenery that can’t be bought with money!”


“This beautiful scenery is like a gift from nature. We should share this with others!” Deeply moved by the picturesque scene, Ivy shared the idea with KK and they started the life of running the lodging ever after. KK meticulously designs every corner of the building. The vegetable garden on the terrace of the second floor is the place where he and Ivy practice life. KK’s dream of growing vegetables and flowers has come true, while Ivy picks up ingredients here for preparing healthy breakfast for travellers. The large floor-to-ceiling windows in the rooms frame the naturally scenic paintings with the sound of water playing in the light music of nature. The bike trails by the banks of the Annong River that at every turn you make, a vast scenery would greet you. This is the life that the couple would love to share with travellers.


“I hope that we can have our retirement life here as well!” Ivy says with a smile, while KK also smiles and nods his head. Today, KK hands over the operation of the guesthouse to Ivy. While looking at Ivy bustling in and out of the house from time to time, his crescent-moon-like eyes are full of happiness. Everything here is not just gift bestowed by nature, but also a gift from KK to Ivy. Yilan Riverside House embodies the combination of KK’s strong shoulders and tender heart. Through the architectural design, the couple live hand in hand with nature, painting a beautiful life by the river and mountains.


Room Type and Price

Room Type


Beautiful Water Double Room
Guests: 2 people

NTD 4,200 ~ 6,400/room


Breakfast included, On the 2nd floor, In-room bathroom, Separate bathroom and toilet, Bathtub for Two, Sauna, LCD TV (more)

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Water Viewing Double Room
Guests: 2 people

NTD 3,800 ~ 5,900/room


Breakfast included, In-room bathroom, Separate bathroom and toilet, LCD TV (more)

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Water Surrounding Double Room
Guests: 2 people

NTD 3,800 ~ 5,900/room


Breakfast included, On the first floor, In-room bathroom, Separate bathroom and toilet, Balcony with view, LCD TV (more)

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Embracing Water Quad Room
Guests: 4 people

NTD 4,800 ~ 6,900/room


Breakfast included, On the first floor, In-room bathroom, Separate bathroom and toilet, LCD TV (more)

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Water Watching Quad Room
Guests: 4 people

NTD 4,500 ~ 6,900/room


Breakfast included, On the 2nd floor, In-room bathroom, Separate bathroom and toilet, LCD TV (more)

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Water View 8-person Program
Guests: 8 people

NTD 12,000 ~ 15,000/building


Breakfast included, Rooftop (more)

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Above Water 10-person Program
Guests: 10 people

NTD 13,000 ~ 16,000/floor


Breakfast included (more)

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Yilan Riverside House
Guests: 18 people

NTD 25,000 ~ 38,000/building


Breakfast included (more)

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Booking Info

  • Breakfast included: Western style (adjusted with seasonal ingredients), afternoon tea
  • Regular days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
  • Holidays: Saturday and National Holidays
  • Extra person with extra bed: single mattress, pillow, cover, personal toiletries and breakfast included, Extra person rate: NTD800 per person on regular days, Holidays: NTD1,000 per person, Chinese New Year: NTD1,200 per person
  • Travelers with large luggage or disabilities please note that the lodging is not equipped with an elevator.
  • Accessible room(s) on the ground floor suitable for travelers with large luggage or disbilities.
  • 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.
  • 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

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Public transportation

  • Distance between lodging and nearby transportation spots:
      • 松山機場: 67.7 km. For timetable and fare, please visit 台北松山機場.
      • 羅東 Train Station: 3.9 km. For timetable and fare, please visit 台灣鐵路管理局.
      • 羅東轉運站: 5.5 km. For timetable and fare, please visit 國光客運, 首都客運, 葛瑪蘭客運.
      • 羅東運動公園 Bus Stop: 1.5 km. For timetable and fare, please visit 首都客運.
      • It is recommended to transfer from 羅東火車站 by taxi: about 15 minutes, NTD170 (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.

No. 389, Annong Rd., Dongshan Township, Yilan County, Taiwan

Facilities and Services

Shared facilities

  • Indoor Space:Common room, Dining room
  • Other Amenities:WiFi, Bicycles
  • Outdoors:Parking lot, Pond, Rooftop


  • Taxi booking
  • Travel information
  • Foreign language service including: English
  • Ancillary Café ; Opening hours: 09:00 ~ 17:00
  • Outdoor parking lot

House Rules

  • Check-in time: 15:00 ~ 22:00. As you are required to schedule your check-in time in advance, please arrange with the lodging 1 day(s) beforehand. please inform the lodging for late check-in time upon booking
  • Check-out time: before 11:00. Please follow the check-out time stated in the house rules
  • Breakfast time:08:30 ~ 10:00
  • Afternoon tea time:15:00 ~ 17:00
  • Luggage storage service is available without time limit, while the lodging is not responsible for any loss (please make arrangement with the lodging beforehand).
  • Ancillary Café ; Opening hours: 09:00 ~ 17:00
  • 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 and Toothpaste
  • Guests are not permitted to use the kitchen facilities
  • Due to Pond, guests are advised to exercise caution regarding the safety of children and the elderly.
  • 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.
  • Please do not move, destroy, or remove the equipment in the room. In the event of damaged or lost property, the lodging may take the following action(s): Ask for full monetary compensation for any damaged or lost property
  • Smoking is not allowed indoor; please go to outdoor areas for smoking.
  • The following activities are not allowed: chewing betel nuts and cooking.
  • 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

No. 389, Annong Rd., Dongshan Township, Yilan County, Taiwan

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