Taoye 桃野 is a boutique hotel that opened in 2020 in Songzhuang, a 100-person village that’s 600 years old.
If you’re looking for a getaway, Taoye has some excellent winter packages. Details below.
Introducing Taoye 桃野
Taoye is a 15-room boutique hotel located in Lishui, one of the most natural county’s in Zhejiang province. The county is known for its bamboo forests, rice terraces, and scenic mountain reserves.
Taoye was designed by Lü Xiao Hui (吕晓辉), one of the designers behind naked Castle in Moganshan. The rooms are terraced on the mountainside, and overlook the quaint village and bamboo forests.
Husband and wife owners Peidy and Jacky are from Shanghai and spend most of their time on the property. The idea of Taoye began in when Peidy visited Lishui in 2017 during peach season, stopping by orchards and nearly a dozen little villages. She fell in love with the peaches, and started helping the villagers sell them online. She soon started to find ways to extend her stay in this idyllic place. Taoye “桃野” translates to “wild peaches”.
In recent months, she’s also had a couple of food and drink events, inviting chefs and bartenders from Shanghai to host dinners. I visited in September over Mid-Autumn and ended up cooking Malaysian food for guests.
Taoye is a place to reset and relax. The tiny village is located in a lush valley with a babbling brook running through it. A leisurely walk of maybe 30 minutes will take you through the entire village. If you’re inclined, you can also wander off for hikes to other villages nearby.
When I was there, I was fully content to just stay on the property to enjoy the peace and quiet. The property has a common area/recreational room, a full bar, a dining room, an outdoor terrace alongside the water, and a kid’s area.
The rooms are spacious, modern, and immaculate. Their suite rooms are by far the most coveted. These are entire buildings with a private outdoor patio and first floor leisure space, and the second floor bedroom has a bathtub that overlooks the serene mountainscape.
In the spring and summer months, you pick loquats and peaches, and in fall and winter months, persimmon. These are wild fruit, and Taoye does not charge for the experience—just request it before you go!
You could also request to visit the vegetable plots that Taoye uses to see if you can help harvest some eggplants, cabbage, and cucumbers. They try to use as much as they can from these plots their cooking.
As for the food, it’s tasty, inexpensive home-style Chinese. Breakfast is a simple buffet, while lunch is a set of noodles or fried rice. For dinner, there’s options for a la carte Zhejiang cuisine or hotpot, both excellent.
How To Get To Taoye
There are multiple high-speed trains from Shanghai to Lishui (丽水) daily, tickets starting from about ¥180 for one-way.
You’ll need to hire a driver to transport you from Lishui Station to Taoye, which is about ¥250-¥280 one-way and a 1.5-2 hour drive depending on traffic. The easiest way to organize transportation is through Taoye.
There’s also free parking if you plan on driving. To find Taoye on the map, you can search for their Chinese name “桃野” or ask their customer service for exact directions.
Taoye has some excellent all-inclusive 3D2N packages for the winter season.
Package A | 3D2N | ¥2,399 (worth ¥3,800)
Rooms with king beds, garden view or village view.
Package B | 3D2N | ¥2,999 (worth ¥4,500)
Rooms with king beds, bathtub, mountain view and bamboo forest view.
Packages also include: Welcome drink and fruit, bottled drinking water, fruit basket and snacks, 2 sets of breakfast for two, 1 lunch set for two, and 1 hot pot dinner for two.
Terms & Conditions
- Packages valid through February 28, 2022; not applicable on December 31, January 1-2, and January 31-February 6.
- Weekend surcharge of ¥199 per night applies for check-ins on Fridays and Saturdays.
- Packages are non-refundable after purchase. If you cannot stay within the validity period due to force majeure, you can contact the hotel to apply for extension.
- Fees for additional beds apply.
- Pets are not allowed.
- Check-in is 3pm, check-out 12pm.
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