Tranquil Life in a Secluded Alley
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Tranquil Life in a Secluded Alley
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On a balmy afternoon, you set aside your busy life and take a leisurely stroll across the Luodong Sports Park. In the quiet alleys behind the park, among the many rows of residential houses, you see the elegant Chinese characters of the Shire Guesthouse sign. You need not go far to find your ideal lifestyle after all, for it now appears right before your eyes.
The leisure to be found within a secluded residence
The term “Shire” comes from Ｔhe Lord of the Rings and is the place where the Hobbits live. Shire Guesthouse is precisely like the Shire we know from the movies; a warm, leisurely, peaceful life amid the natural beauty of the land. In this place, your hosts Ivan and his wife Ivy have realized their ideal lifestyle. The moment you set foot in Shire Guesthouse, you are greeted by genial sunlight spilling across a soft carpet through large French windows with warm wooden furniture everywhere you look. The design of Shire Guesthouse has a simple beauty which is not showy. The red brick flooring throughout the ground level makes for a cozy living room, extending under the dining table and into the kitchen. The pastiche stone walls stealthily absorb the humidity of the Yilan air, making for ideal temperatures all year round. Even staying indoors, it is easy to find a spot to sit or lounge or flip through a book and enjoy a leisurely time.
Ivan, who began learning landscape design when in university, has unique tastes and specialties. He worked with many important construction companies after graduation. The Luodong Sports Park is one of his works of which he is particularly fond. Later on, he fell in love with Ivy, after which time they worked together to realize their aspirations to build a guesthouse. Before retreating into their Shire lifestyle, Ivy who was born in Yilan was working in Taipei as a clothing assistant. Though the bustling city has its charms, Ivy longed to return to her familiar hometown. As such, when Ivan proposed returning to Yilan to open a guesthouse, Ivy threw herself into the project without hesitation in order to create a beautiful life with her lover.
A beautiful evening with the Beatles
Following the pastiche stone walls upstairs, the unadorned whitewall design evokes the simple life, alleviating your everyday exhaustion. Walking into the shower to wash away your fatigue, the multi-colored porcelain wall tiles add a splash of excitement to life. Continuing the solid-wood theme of the Shire, the bedroom’s wooden pillars were handpicked by Ivan himself. The unpreserved Taiwanese cypress shows the vestiges of time, like the process of the beautification of life itself.
In the quiet of the evening, you are accompanied by the Beatles singing “A Hard Day’s Night” as you recline on the retro leather sofa reading a book until the vinyl record clock on the wall points to 11 o’clock. Even nighttime at the Shire is full of vitality. If you are lucky enough, you may have the pleasure of engaging in deep conversation with Ivan and Ivy, which may be the start of a secret adult meeting. Make an appointment on a whim, chatting happily over some drinks from their private red wine collection - tonight you feel just as content as if meeting with intimate friends for the first time in ages.
The courage to face your ideal life
As the first rays of sunlight spill into the room, you feel prepared to meet a new day. As your footsteps on the stairs signal your descent to the ground floor, Ivy starts to cook a hot breakfast and the delicious aromas fill the air - the Shire menu changes in accordance with the seasons. Yet one thing always stays the same: the courtesy and consideration extended to all travelling guests. The daily menu and ingredients are flexible, so that even the picky traveler can eat their fill. If you haven’t eaten enough, there is no need to feel awkward - Ivy will happily cook another portion for you! “You need a full belly to be able to head out to have fun!” Ivy’s warm, impassioned laugh and your full belly fill you afresh with energy.
The appearance of the ideal life may be a little journey with your sisters, a delightful trip with your sweetheart, or perhaps running off bravely on your own adventure. As such, Ivan and Ivy have the consideration to offer a special package for independent travelers, as a way to assist you in setting off on a new life. If it is in your destiny, perhaps Ivy can even accompany you in exploring parts of Yilan you’ve never seen.
“In fact, Ivy always says that I’m just like a hobbit, which is why this place is called the Shire.” Ivan smilingly jokes about Ivy. From time to time, the sound of their quarrels and laughter fills the whole house. The Shire feels like a simple, ordinary space, yet it is filled with an indescribable energy that brings warmth and happiness to all who stay there. In this place, the easy atmosphere and genuine ideal lifestyle are shared with you.
Shire 2-Person Balcony Suite
NTD 2,700 ~ 3,900/room
Breakfast not included, On the 2nd floor, Indoor 25 m2, In-room bathroom, Separate bathroom and toilet, 1 queen-size bed, Extra person is not allowed (more)
Shire 2-Person Sofa Suite
NTD 2,700 ~ 3,900/room
Breakfast not included, On the 2nd floor, Indoor 25 m2, In-room bathroom, Separate bathroom and toilet, 1 queen-size bed, Up to 1 extra person (with extra bed) (more)
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