In the past we’ve reviewed several places offering a relaxing retreat in the confines of nature, but the problem with those places is that they were all located well outside of town. Now, escaping the city is just a short drive to tea country, where over a small bridge and babbling brook you’ll find a country home offering up a much needed respite from the hustle and bustle of Hangzhou. UHouse gets its name from the interior design, where modern meets rustic in the soft clutches of lush tea fields and giant poodles.
There are 6 rooms available: the attic studio (288RMB), 4 bungalows (468RMB), and a 2-balcony suite (628). Each and every room was designed to be chic as well as snuggly. The focal point of each room is the Heavenly Bed by Westin. If you can’t relax on one of those, then you may need a backeotomy. You’ll also find flatscreen TVs, iPod docks, and wireless Internet access in every room. The bathroom facilities are equally impressive, sporting modern TOTO-brand taps and fixtures, replete with soothing rainfall showerheads.
It’d be easy to hole up in your warm, cozy room the whole time, but you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t check out the lovely patio area on the 1st floor. The day we went was a cool, crisp, Autumn one. The sky was a ceiling-less blue, and the sun warmed away the whip of the wind as we warmed ourselves with a cup of Pu’er Coffee (48RMB). This unique treat hails from Yunnan and combines the fragrance of fine Pu’er tea with the robustness of coffee. It’s not quite coffee and it’s not quite tea; it’s coftea. For those of you preferring something a little less adventuresome, UHouse also offers up a nice selection of imported coffee, teas, and petit fours.
So if you’re looking for a quiet place to enjoy afternoon tea – starting at a scant 30RMB – or a weekend refuge away from the sounds and stresses of the city, UHouse maybe just what you are looking for. Be sure to book at least 10 days in advance for overnight stays as the place fills ups quick.
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