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Live the luxury of village life- The Pavilion is at once the oldest home in an historic village, and the embodiment of modern design, blending ancient and modern into an ultra-premium village getaway. Built in the shadow of the Great Wall only an hour from central Beijing, The Pavilion provides historic, culture, and comfort with a relaxing fresh air break. Sit on a secluded private terrace with spectacular Great Wall views, or share an intimate evening around a sunk fireplace in this foot access village hideaway.
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The Pavilion at Mutianyu Great Wall
Beijing, Beijing Region, China
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What Past Guests Are Saying
Hong Kong, China
Tranquility is the Luxury
I stayed one night in this nice property in Mutianyu by the end of October last year which I would still love to recall for now. This property lives well up to my expectation with the tranquility of a local Chinese village while embracing the comforts of a modern apartment to western standards. It is actually a renovated old house with traces of the old structures. It comes with a cozy fireplace in the centre of the living room which makes the focus of a hearty family gathering in cold days. It is located in an alley just off the main road which I think is good to the charm of village lives, while still within walking distances to all available "conveniences" in the town centre under the Great Wall entrance - a market store, restaurants, the Schoolhouse main premises, and of course the Great Wall entrance itself.
If you come to expect the comfort and luxury of paying the same price in Beijing downtown you will certainly be disappointed. However, the tranquility of spending a night here and, as some others said, experiencing the less touristy morning and late-day hours of the Mutianyu countryside is well worth it. For this price I think is very reasonable providing that you have enough members to share the rental cost, noting that true qualified luxury is rather not cheap in China nowadays.
Having your own car is this best way to tour around Mutianyu though I didn't drive for this trip, yet the Pavillion is still conveniently located in Mutianyu. I would really like to come back again for other of their more remote houses with a rental car next time.
Some tips: 1. No TV set in the apartment 2. Don't forget having a piece of brownie from the Schoolhouse restaurant before you leave.
Taiwan and Oakland
awesome space and beautiful view
we stayed at this place for two night with our baby and parents, it's perfect for the whole family. The people are kind and helpful, and the Pavillion is just gorgeous. (although the kitchen cabinet needs some work done, mostly on the drawers.)
It's a short walk to the Wall and schoolhouse itself. The location is quiet but convenient. the fireplace in the center of the living room is very nice. all in all we love it and definitely will go back again!
Not worth the money.
For a price tag of over $400 a night, we expected more.
The actual physical property was acceptable. The Pavilion is a beautiful compound, though it is already showing some wear and tear. It would have been nice if the bathroom mirrors hadn't been set up for people under four feet tall.
Check-in at 3:00 pm isn't great. We were only in Mutianyu for a day, so we ended up leaving our luggage in the office while we toured the Great Wall. We found check-in chaotic and check-out and settling of the bill disorganized.
We had a lovely evening around the fire. The setting was quiet and beautiful. However, as soon as we retired for the night at around 10:00 pm, we were disturbed by the barking of the immediate neighbour's dog. It started at 10:00 pm and went well after 1:00 am. It was loud and constant and sounded like the dog was in the building with us. We called the office to complain at around midnight. We were told there was nowhere else to move us to and that they had had problems with this dog before. In fact, they have had an ongoing dispute with this neighbour and have been unable to resolve the issue. We were then told that you had to expect this kind of thing when you came to the country. Not at $400 a night, you don't. Besides, I don't consider Mutianyu the country. This isn't a farm setting, it is a village. If they cannot offer a good night's sleep to their well paying customers, they should offer partial refunds for the inconvenience. They should warn at the time of booking that such a possibility exists. They should do more to earn their $400 price tag. I would not recommend a stay at the Pavilion unless you are an extremely heavy sleeper.
Response from Schoolhouse Homes - 03/16/2012
I am very sorry that the neighbor's dog interrupted your sleep. We rarely have issues with neighbors or their pets disturbing our guests (in fact, it's more common for city folk to disturb our neighbors). We are not a hotel and we are not able in the middle of the night to arrange alternative accommodations for guests who have rented a home. We do try to help and we always offer some kind of token to reflect our concern. Most of our guests are understanding and certainly not abusive to our staff. Since our experience with you we have already updated our on-line FAQ and instructed our team to advise guests:
"The Schoolhouse Homes is not a hotel and we would like our guests realize before they come that we're not offering hotel-style service. We hope that guests will make themselves literally "at home" and enjoy the experience of staying in a safe and comfortable house right in a Chinese village.
Nearly all of our guests seem to appreciate becoming part of our village even if only as short-term visitors. We are in a very quiet community though dogs do bark, cocks do crow, donkeys do bray, and neighbors do sometimes have a family argument. Please be tolerant of the sounds of village life which we have no power or right to control."
Wishing you safe travels, Jim Spear, Partner, The Schoolhouse
Memorable and wonderful holiday
We spent two wonderful nights at The Pavilion at Mutianyu with my family who were visiting from Scotland. The house itself is beautiful, both complimentary to the culture and history of the old house and modern and cosy. The scenery was spectacular, especially since it had been snowing and we really enjoyed the adventurous hikes suggested by the staff at the Schoolhouse.
The breakfast that is included is delicious and we also ate at The Schoolhouse on Saturday night which was lovely, again the service was exemplary!
I would thoroughly recommend anyone visiting the wall to stay at The Pavilion, it is a truly special place.
Wonderful stay at the Pavilion Mutianyu
The Schoolhouse staff is wonderful! We spent a very memorable Chinese New Year staying at the Pavilion and participating in the New Year festivities and loved it. It was about a 15 minute walk from the Pavilion to the Great Wall. The view from the Pavilion's living room of the Wall is wonderful! The breakfasts at the Schoolhouse were fabulous! Our 3 young boys loved the first weekend visiting the wall and so did we. Many thanks!
Luxury by the Great Wall
This is definitely a great place for spending one night by the Great Wall. Trekking and enjoying a week-end in a "still" preserved chinese village is what the Shool House Homes can offer you. We staid at The Pavilion, in winter time, and so could enjoy the chimney with such as great view on the Wall. The breakfast at School House was perfect. Made of fresh products, "slow food concept", it makes such a difference with those so generci breakfast buffets you can have usually. Finally, the Service was really nice and always available to answer our questions. We definitely recommend to stay there. We will do it again, definitely.
Chapel Hill, NC, USA
the best part of our trip to Beijing!
I decided to bring my visiting family members to stay at the schoolhouse as part of their trip to Beijing. We stayed in the Pavillion for one night. After a great visit to the wall and a ride down the slide at the end we had a yummy seasonal dinner at the Schoolhouse. The house was so cozy! The glass roof and huge windows made the rainy night such a nice experience. We also built a huge fire in the sunken fire place, it was quite a lovely atmosphere. We woke up refreshed to make fresh coffee before walking down the hill to have a delicious breakfast at the Schoolhouse restaurant. Thanks so much for such a lovely experience!
New York, NY
A (literal) breath of fresh air in the shadow of the Great Wall
A few friends and I had the opportunity to stay in The Pavilion during a recent month-long trip through China, and our day and night in Mutianyu was unanimously the highlight of our trip. Having spent most of our time in the hustle and bustle of the big cities, it was wonderful to be able to stay somewhere with clean air, quiet nights, and gorgeous surroundings. The home itself was beautiful--lying around the living room playing board games, drinking wine and watching/listening to the rain pounding on the huge glass windows was the perfect way to spend a rainy evening. The next day, after our complimentary breakfast at the Schoolhouse restaurant, the staff gave us a map and directions for a 30 minute hike through the woods to the Great Wall, which we spent the next few hours exploring. The entire process couldn't have been easier, with Schoolhouse Homes arranging our travel to and from Beijing, offering advice for things to do around Mutianyu (including demonstrations at the glass-blowing studio!), and otherwise making the experience completely hassle-free. I don't know when I'll have the opportunity to head back to China, but whenever I do, I know what my one can't-miss stop will be.
Probably the best way to enjoy the Great Wall at Mutianyu
Staying overnight at Mutianyu allows you to tour the Wall in the evening or at sunrise when there's nobody around. I would definitely recommend this arrangement.
The schoolhouse is perfect for a family or group.
Unforgettable and delightful
Many thanks to Lauren and the team at Mutianyu. We had an amazing stay, and were very impressed by how helpful everyone was before our arrival, the quality of service and attentiveness during our stay, and the fabulous mix of old/new in the architecture and design of The Pavilion. We loved our stay and it was a highlight of our whole China trip. Thank you!
Your Own Private Great Wall Experience
We stayed in Mutianyu at a wonderful village house, The Pavilion, number
101, run by The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu.
The Schoolhouse is like a poster child for sustainable eco-tourism - they
have helped turn the village into a destination in its own right with a
restaurant, lodgings, a glass-blowing studio, community projects, and a
series of traditional village houses which have been carefully restored to
protect the original footprint, but now have energy-saving bonuses like
double-glazing and under-floor heating.
The main house has a large bedroom with its own bathroom, a well-
equipped modern kitchen, and a stunning sunken fire-pit with a central
enclosed glass-box fireplace. Perfect for a glass of red wine after that
taxing walk up the Wall.
Across a private courtyard is the pavilion itself, housing the main bedroom,
again with its own bathroom. The original brickwork and lattice is now
cleverly protected by double-glazed windows and doors.
Outside, village life goes on as usual amidst groves of gnarled chestnut
trees and orchards of peach and apricot. Little pathways wind up and down
over the hillsides and between the stone houses. Firewood is collected,
gardens are tended and children take the bus to school. Higher up the
hillsides still, the Great Wall watches silently and protectively over the
village, as it has always done.
You can read my full report with pictures at:
Serenity, Serenity, Serenity
This is the third house we have stayed in at the SchoolHouse. That being said, "Pavillion" has the most unusual layout; a huge living room and open kitchen flanked by two bedrooms on both ends. The master bedroom is a separate small building accessed by stepping out of the kitchen and walking through a courtyard. The fireplace in "Pavillion" sits in the middle of a sunken enclave. It is a highlight, providing both warmth and relaxing spectacle while enjoying wine and conversation.
The courtyard mentioned above was a wonderful place to enjoy dinner. In addition, there is a second courtyard behind the master bedroom where we relaxed with beers in hand after a bicycle ride. Both yards have an unobstructed view of the Great Wall.
Spending quality family time with a limited time budget is a priority for us. Minimizing travel time in the car (especially with a 6 year old) thus becomes important when considering where to go. Mutianyu is perfect since it takes only about 45 minutes from Beijing Shunyi suburbs.
On all three occasions, we brought food to prepare for dinner. We cherish the bonding time with our daughter when making dinner together. Before check-out around noon time, we go to SchoolHouse restaurant for a hearty breakfast before heading home.
A rejuvenating and relaxing time!
Jennifer, Bruce & Nanda
Overnight in the shadow of the Wall
Excellent accommodation- converted village property with a sustainable 5-
star twist. We visited in March, snow still on the ground but house was toasty
warm. Friendly, helpful staff. Delicious home-cooked food at the
Schoolhouse Canteen and above all - stunning Great Wall views.
Would highly recommend it !
At this price, customer service must be at a higher level
The setting is incredible at Mutianyu, and Schoolhouse painstakingly and beautifully remodelled the old village house and courtyard.
However, at $400 a night, I expect a level of service well beyond the friendly family approach at the Schoolhouse. The 3 p.m. check-in was chaotic, with the chef doing his best to do the paperwork. I waited patiently for Lauren to take a couple of calls and see if the room was ready and talk with several staff, then a quick once-over of the quarters. The gracious welcoming drink that was promised on the website was forgotten, and there was no patient rundown of hikes and other activities was forgotten as well. (Also, the hike maps are awful: hand-drawn and not to scale and with poor labeling).
After living in Beijing for a while, I am very pleased to come across expat-level facilities. But at $400 a night, they need to give almost white-glove attention and service to merit a thumbs-up for me.
Ditto with the food. 82RMB for a small bowl of pasta - yes it is delicious - but it was small, without bread, and served in a cafeteria-like setting with in-and-out wait service. It should have been half the price.
I'm no snob but if I shell out extremely high prices, I want the service to go with it.
Jasmine, Yamini, Daley & Egan
Toowoomba Queensland Australia
Highlight of our trip to China
The service we recieved was A+++ staff were very hospitable and showed how proud they were to work in such a fantastic place. The home we rented was undescribalbe the views of the Great Wall of China from just about every spot in the house. Total peace, no music, no TV although there was access to the internet which we did use to book our return plane seats from Beijing to Brisbane. Although there was plenty of snow outside, inside was toasty warm. We were showed how to make dumblings and then we ate them with our hotpot dinner - yummy! What we liked best - the atmosphere and the welcoming attitude of all the staff. What we liked least- not enough Chinese food on the menu! Fantastic experience!
Perfect place for a romantic weekend
I stayed here with my girlfriend (now fiancee) for a very special weekend when I popped the all important question while on the Great Wall. The cottage was stunning - the sunken fireplace especially. All mod cons are provided and the support and service from the staff was excellent. Although the price is high, it was well worth every penny.
Although I enjoyed the stay and I found the staff very friendly and helpful, I do think that the overall cost of the room (pavillion) was exceeding the quality delivered.
We had difficult in sleeping overnight as the heating was directly blowing on the bed, very noisy and difficult to regulate. Either it was too hot or too cold.
Although the Pavillion was nice and charming, things like a television are expected when you pay so much compared to other hotels in China. I have been to the Commune at Great Wall and I paid almost half with more services. It is of course a different style and environment than this, that is more cosy, but as I said for 2800 RMB you would expect a bit higher standard.
Similarly the breakfast was good
A beijing family
We had a wonderful time at The Pavilion during the last October holiday. It
was one of the most relaxing breaks we have had in China. The house itself
was comfortable, warm and private. Plenty of room for 2 young children to
play and very safe. We took our own food and cooked on several occasions
as well as dining at the delicious School House restaurant. The glass design
made the Greatwall easy to see and it was easy to loose time hanging out in
the living area reading and relaxing. The bathrooms were gorgeous and
beds comfortable. We were able to do laundry as well.
The service was friendly and helpful. Staff were willing to help whenever
possible and would always say hello when they saw you. They also helped
with our transport to and from Mutianyu.
The only disadvantage with the house was the sleeping arrangements. The
separate master bedroom (the pavilion) made it difficult for us as we have 2
very young children. We did not feel comfortable with them sleeping in the
house alone. However, if I had other guests accompanying us, it would be a
perfect arrangement as they would have complete privacy when sleeping
We loved it and look forward to our next stay.
Megan and Don
total relaxation in a secluded yet very special part of the worl
We loved stying in the beautifully renovated "Pavillion". Loved the open design and took advantage of the sunken fireplace with the great wall backdrop and a full moon. Very romantic.
I wish I could be rich enough to be able to live there all year
The main drawback of the rental is the price. I wish -I could be the owner of such a house in such a location - I would have been able to stay at least 2 days, all the week end long for such a price. It's good to enjoy cooler and less polluted air and countryside when you leave in Beijing all year round or in summer.
Service was good, we just experienced leaks from the roof during heavy rain and couldn't close the door properly when leaving the property, just things that need to be fixed but this didn't prevent us to enjoy our stay.
A Treasure found...
Absolutely delighted to have found such an enclave in this serene and rustic
setting... So modern and comfortable on the inside, yet every bit a part of the
surroundings. Great beds, best fireplace design we have encountered, lots of
windows to take in all the magic of the Great Wall outside... Wish it wasnt that
costly that we can do this at least once a month!!!!!!!!!
Will check out other properties the next time... A massive improvement for
accommodation choice from the Commune.