Brickyard Retreat at Mutianyu Great Wall

Sitting approximately 45 minutes from Beijing's city centre, in the small village of Beigou, Brickyard is an extraordinary boutique retreat with just 34 rooms and private houses. It was once a factory producing glazed tiles and is full of character.

Mutianyu, Great Wall, China
Brickyard Retreat at Mutianyu Great Wall
  • A unique and historic boutique hotel that has been lovingly restored

  • Offers authentic village experiences, less than an hour from Beijing

  • The property offers fantastic activities that suit both couples and families. Choose from cycling, hiking, visits to local families, walks through the kitchen garden and even the Great Wall

  • Its location means easy access to a quieter part of the Great Wall

Owned and run by Jim and Liang, Brickyard offers the perfect opportunity to experience authentic village life and The Great Wall, just 45 minutes from the centre of Beijing.

The property is completely unique; it was once a glazed tile factory and schoolhouse that has been completely restored and transformed. Jim and Liang only discovered the property in 2006 and ever since they have been painstakingly resorting it to what is now an incredibly special boutique hotel. The design is very natural and blends brilliantly into the surroundings and it has an exceptionally cosy and authentic feel.

The property features 25 rooms in the main house and nine 'houses' that are scattered throughout the village, perfect for families and small groups travelling together.

The rooms are wonderful with glassy double height windows, exposed brick, crisp linens and open bathrooms. Some have private terraces and views over the Great Wall.

The Brickyard Lodge is at the heart of the hotel, offering locally sourced and hearty country style cuisine that's served all day long. Don't expect fine dining cuisine here, but do expect comforting food such as pork dumplings, pan fried steak, and grilled trout. Food is normally served in the dining area, lounge or out on the terrace.

For those who want to relax there are two spa treatment rooms, an outdoor Jacuzzi and yoga platform. However, most come for the village experiences. These very non-commercial activities run by the hotel, offer the chance to meet local families and learn the very traditional way of life. There are also numerous hikes, biking trips and visits to the Great Wall at Mutianyu. This section of the wall is far less crowded than nearby Badaling or Juyongguan.

Brickyard is a fantastic option for those who enjoy truly unique accommodation and want to experience a more traditional side of China.

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Mutianyu, Great Wall, China

The Brickyard is located approximately 1 hour northeast of central Beijing and is just 1.3km from the Mutianyu entrance to the Great Wall. The hotel is located in the wonderful village of Beigou, whereas The Schoolhouse is in nearby Mutianyu Village.

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