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Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed 2 days ago NEWvia mobile

We have read the reviews and decided to made the reservation without hesitation. We went on late Nov and stayed for 2 nights. There is no plans on what to do. We reached HSR station and Jimmy (Kuni"s son in law) offered to fetch us to their place. When we reached, Kuni was already waiting to greet us. Jimmy bought...

Thank ongboon18
Stony Brook, NY
Reviewed 11 June 2016

We stayed over a weekend while visiting family in Taiwan. The property is gorgeous, with an amazing array of animals. There's turkeys, a mini-horse (not sure what that's called), parrots, chickens, rabbits, peacocks and much much more to see. It's situated over a river, which runs thru the property. Professor Fan and his family are amazing hosts--fruit at breakfast was...

Thank PolarBearII
Reviewed 9 May 2016

Thumbs Up is not a just a B&B, it is a destination! Thank you Kuni and Lei Lei for sharing your beautiful paradise-it truly inspirational and delightful! This gentleman’s farm is a beautiful blend of eastern and western cultures. It is not a zoo, it is an ecosystem-everything is in harmony with it’s surroundings. Choosing a favorite highlight of the...

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san francisco
Reviewed 17 March 2016 via mobile

We first read about Thumb Up on tripadvisor but our first trip there was not optimal as we only stayed one night and hardly had time to explore the property and the local area. This time we stayed 2 nights n did not plan anything. Prof Fan and Mrs Fan were great hosts. They brought us out to some wonderful...

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Reviewed 5 January 2016

The only hiccup we had was when the taxi-driver could not find the place as there was no sign-board. After driving a couple rounds past the B&B we finally spotted Prof Fan waiting in front of the gate. That was the only negative thing about our trip, everything else was very pleasant. We stayed there for about a week and...

Thank Mngtby
Reviewed 4 January 2016

I visited Thumb-up B&B with my wife and in-laws for 2 nights on 19-20 Dec.. Having read so many wonderful reviews on Tripadvisor prior to our stay, I was looking forward to the experience yet feeling a bit sceptical about how good the place really was. My wife was wondering what we could do for 2 nights at Hsinchu and...

Thank Ivh83
Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed 31 December 2015

We visited Thumb-up B&B in early Dec 2015 and stayed there for a night. Before that we were worried about getting there on our own. However it was not that difficult to find this wonderful place via taxi with Google Map Navigation. Soon after arrival, Professor Fann brought us around introducing the place. There are many animals (Birds, Dog, Horses,...

Thank Leong89
Reviewed 22 December 2015

Our most anticipated Thumb-up B&B 拇指园民宿 for this taiwan trip. We are here for the 3rd time & last 2 nights of our 11-days trip. My boy's smiles, his unusual chatty mood and his eagerness to take photos showed how much he loves this mini zoo, farm and botanic garden. We parents are simply relaxed as he roamed, played and...

Thank BeeWah
Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 30 September 2015

One of our best taiwanese b&b aka minsu experiences: Prof fann and his wife were extremely hospitable, genuine and kind. We could feel the love and effort they have put into their home - a stream, a pond, the myriad variety of trees bearing all kinds of fruits that we could pick and eat while touring their land, the great...

Thank sg_stef
Hong Kong, China
Reviewed 29 June 2015

We spent two wonderful nights with Professor Fann who proved to be an amazing host. he spent a great deal of time with us explaning about his slice of paradise and sharing some of the insight that has brought him to follow the philosophy of Laozi. He was amazingly kind to our children and even managed to magic up a...

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  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Parking
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair access
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Family Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Free Breakfast
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Free Parking
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
This secluded retreat with only 2 guest rooms is filled with first class travel amenities and warm personalized hospitality. Perfect choice for a romantic getaway or weekend retreat. It is ranked No.1 among 43 B&B's in Hsinchu County by Tripadvisor and the winner of 2015 "Traveller's Choice Award". The host is the internationally known Wittgenstein and Laozi scholar K. T. Fann. After retiring in 1995 from teaching philosophy in York University in Toronto, he returned to his native village and turned an abandoned 1 hectre ancestral farm into an organic retirement paradise. He designed and built a unique six-sided home flanked by two guest rooms, all with large windows allowing full views of the seasonal changes of the picturesque scenery outside. He planted many century-old trees; more than 100 kinds of fruit trees and flowering plants. He keeps and breeds all kinds of rare parrots and some of them are flying free and will land on guests' shoulders. There are chickens, ducks, geese, fowls, peacocks, rabbits, etc. running free. He also keeps honeybees and collects his own honey and pollen. The property is surrounded on three sides by a river and shaped like a thumb, thus named Thumb-up retreat. On one side there is a glass pagoda and on the other side a scenic washroom with an open view to the river. There is a lily pond and a fish pond on the premise. In addition, there is a treehouse where guests are invited to have special fresh cinnamon leaf tea. Recently, a wood-firing pizza and bread oven and a ceramic kiln were built. He does everything by hand and is completely self-sufficient in food. All in all he has created his own Taoist paradise and lives a life of simplicity in harmony with nature. You are welcomed to come experience it yourself. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Taiwan Thumb-up B&B

Address: No.58-6 Shanglin Li, Kuanhsi Town, Hsinchu County 306, Taiwan
Region: Taiwan > Hsinchu County
Price Range: £148 - £246 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 2
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“Beds are super comfortable!”
 of 5 bubbles Y4929ZTlisat, 9 May 2016 | Read review
“There's only 2 rooms, they will choose the best to suit your numbers.”
 of 5 bubbles Mngtby, 5 Jan 2016 | Read review
“Only two rooms, one has a firemans pole from the sleeping loft to the bedroom. Great for the kids however it is quite high and If you are nervous about your kids using this maybe ask for the other room as the temptation to use it will be too much for most kids.”
 of 5 bubbles carriec225, 29 Jun 2015 | Read review
“Rooms come with an upper level penthouse that can sleep at least 4 persons. The lower level is fitted with a King Sized bed. The rooms are fitting with air conditioning (for hot days) and also heater (for Winter).”
 of 5 bubbles G_Cliffy, 30 Dec 2014 | Read review
“Make sure you have the right address in your GPS - or their telephone number. We had neither - but the local police gave us a flashing lights/VIP escort to the house once we told them we were staying at the Professor's house, which was hilarious.”
 of 5 bubbles RichardS146, 15 Oct 2012 | Read review
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