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“My very first Minsu stay in Taiwan”
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Timing House
Ranked #4 of 659 Nantou County B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Singapore, Singapore
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“My very first Minsu stay in Taiwan”
Reviewed 25 December 2012

My family and I took up all the 3 rooms and stayed in this Minus for a day in end Nov'12. Their interior design is good, as per what have been described. The toilet of each room is clean, with some free basic essentials provided, the room is spacious and cozy and the owners are very friendly. Overall, I've enjoyed my stay except for I'm not used with hard bed and the sudden dripping of water from the air-condition in the ceiling, throughout the night that wetted my towel and blanket. I guess it is just my luck, for the dripping water. I've already informed the owner so it should be fine now. Travellers should consider staying in this minsu, as it is really a good experience :)

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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GregDORISHOME, 業者 at Timing House, responded to this review, 14 November 2014
Hi Jess180912,

Thank you very much for your patient advise.
Now we have changed a new bed and it's softer for visitors who is not used to a hard one.
And the dropping water from the ceiling, we are really sorry about the situation.
It happened sometimes cause it's a old building and we are trying our best to maintain it.
Now we are planing a new guest house and hope we could receive you in the new one soon.
That will be great if you have a better experience this time. ^_^
Thank you so much.

Greg Yu
DORIS HOME
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Singapore, Singapore
Level 4 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2012

The Minsu (B&B) is located right in the centre of the little town, next to the ferry pier. There are nearby eateries, a starbucks and 7-11. The rooms are clean, very well decorated, comfortable and large enough although there are no cupboards (which did not bother me as i stayed only 1 night). I had 2 rooms and one of the rooms (Garfield if i remember correctly) toilet door is see-through glass. You can't use a towel to get some modesty.

The breakfast was homemade and delicious. Tea and coffee (expresso machine using coffee beans) are available all day in the dining area.

Greg is very hospitable and provided us with alot of info. If you intend to take the ferry ride, you can purchase the tickets from him which is heavily discounted. The retail price is NTD300 (which you can bargain to NTD200~250) but i got them from Greg at NTD100. When we first arrived, he had already prepared guava (local fruit) for us. On our last day, before we left, he brought preserved dried flower which was made by his relative, for us to eat after our lunch. Both he and his mum saw us off the taxi. I thought both were very nice gestures from our host. Kudos to Greg and his family !

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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GregDORISHOME, 業者 at Timing House, responded to this review, 14 November 2014
Hi Spikey1848,

Thank you very much for your great review.
I'm really sorry about the transparent glass of the restroom.
It was designed for a brighter environment.
Now we have put some frosted sticker on the glass so that you won't see though all of it.
Hope it could bring more comfortable experience to the visitors.
Thank you for your advise and we wish to see you in DORIS HOME again. ^_^

Greg Yu
DORIS HOME
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Singapore, Singapore
Level 4 Contributor
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Reviewed 22 November 2012

I was staying 3D2N at Doris Home. It was not that difficult to find it but just that you have to bear in mind that it is inside a pharmacy. I was staying in the kitty room on the first night and I like the room decoration alot. Travelers who are traveling with their friends might like to take into consideration that the toilet is glass enclosed so it might be more suitable for couples. Overall, the whole place is very clean and neat. We have free breakfast every morning and the breakfast was yummy especially the potato salad. There was free fruits given to us too. Lastly, I really like to compliment the service of the owner, Greg. He was very patient in answering my questions. He also spent time reviewing our plans on the night we arrived. He has a very good and positive attitude who will go extra mile for us. His parents are very friendly people too. Highly recommend for travelers who will be going Sun Moon Lake.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank LooneyStar
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GregDORISHOME, 業者 at Timing House, responded to this review, 14 November 2014
Hi LooneyStar,

Thank you so much and we are happy that you like our rooms and breakfast.
About the transparent glass, we are sorry the inconvenience caused.
We have put some frosted sticker on the glass so that you won't see through it totally.
Hope it could make visitors more comfortable.
We thank you for your recommendation and wish to see you again. ^_^

Greg Yu
DORIS HOME
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St. Louis, MO
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Reviewed 9 November 2012

We stayed here for two nights during our visit to Sun Moon Lake. Doris Home is what we in the US might think of as a B&B. There are only three rooms, two of which appear to have no windows to the outside (we didn't get to see in the third room, but from the layout, I'm pretty sure there was no way to get a view out). We stayed in the Garfield room, a room with no windows and no storage of any kind for our clothes. Even with a window, it would have been difficult to see the lake given the location of the place. This may sound like a negative review, but just the opposite. Despite these drawbacks, there are more than enough positives to make right the above downsides.

Foremost in importance is the helpful attitude of Greg and his family. Greg met us and spent time carefully reviewing our plans for the coming days. He gave thoughtful and honest assessments of the area (such as the best places to avoid crowds). He also provided us with free passes to take the ferry around the lake (three stops) and let us use their two bikes at no charge. Greg is a genuine guy who will one day make a great father and husband. In the meantime, he makes a terrific host.

Side note about biking at SML: if you're planning more than a casual ride, use the bike rental service in the parking lot north of Doris Home to get bikes better suited for a longer ride. Most of the "bike trails" are asphalt, pavers, or wooden planks and are shared with pedestrians. The bike trails often take sharp corners and sometimes suddenly terminate. The road around the lake is easily done for the average cyclist, though the roads are narrow.

Back to Doris Home...it is located on the Zhongshan Road just down from the bus station and Shueishe visitor center. There are two entrances: through the pharmacy on Zhongshan (yes, true, and it's not hard to find), and on the street behind across from the big parking lot. Greg's mom cooks the breakfast each morning, though we were able to make tea and coffee on demand. We were provided fresh fruit in the fridge, too.

We visited SML when there wasn't much going on. There were quite a few tourists on the ferry circuit, shopping, and visiting a few of the temples. When we ventured only a little way off the busiest routes, we were alone for the most part, and enjoyed it that way.

Kudos to Greg and his family for the kind hospitality and fantastic service. Doris Home does not have the flash of the lake facing hotels. It does have the familiar comfort and personal service, though, that those hotels lack.

PS. As another reviewer mentioned, there is only an unfrosted glass door between the bathroom and the bedroom. They may be onto something...Frank Lloyd Wright didn't even put in a glass door.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank n2history
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GregDORISHOME, 業者 at Timing House, responded to this review, 14 November 2014
Hi n2history,

Thank you so much for your review and your advise.
We are glad that you like our service and we are doing our best to fix those drawbacks.
And the transparent restroom, now we have frosted glass sticker on it.
You won' see through it now! haha
And we are planing a new guest house in the future and hope it could make a better stay for the visitors.
Hope to see you two again. That time, hope I could be a good father like you said, and like you.

Greg Yu
DORIS HOME
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Cologne, Germany
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Reviewed 5 November 2012

We stayed for three nights at Doris' Home in October 2011.
Our room was called "Garfield" and it has modern furnishings and a great bathroom. The only downside: it doesn't have windows. Also, the international TV channels weren't working that well.
There are altogether three guest rooms.

The hosts are very friendly and although they don't speak very much English, they were always very helpful and considerate. If there were any questions they couldn't answer, they called their son and he translated everything. It worked perfectly.

I liked breakfast very much although it was the same every morning. If you want to have breakfast, you just go upstairs to the hosts' pharmacy and ask them. In about 15 minutes you get a very tasteful, fresh breakfast. On our first day we also got a packed lunch and we got fresh fruits on arrival.

Finding the real entrance to the inn isn't that easy, so I think most guests use the pharmacy on arrival. From the bus station you just walk down the road leading to the lake. After a short walk, there's the pharmacy on the right. The hosts will show you the real entrance afterwards.

Wifi works best in the kitchen. There are also some folding bicycles, which can be used free of charge.

For three nights including tickets for the boat trips, we payed around 7500 NTD.

For those who don't like cats or are allergic to them: During our stay they were only in the pharmacy. I've never seen them in the kitchen, garden or near the guest rooms.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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GregDORISHOME, 業者 at Timing House, responded to this review, 14 November 2014
Hi DoK_11,

Thank you very much for leaving us a good review.
I'm sorry about the inconvenience caused when you stayed here.
I'm their son, Greg, who spoke to you on the phone.
Now I'm back to assist my parents and receive visitors from everywhere.
I'm glad that you like our rooms and our breakfast.
Hope there is one day you could visit us again and that time we'll receiving you in the new building!
^_^

Greg Yu
DORIS HOME
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Reviewed 29 October 2012 via mobile

My short stay at Doris Home was pleasant and comfortable. I stayed at Giraffe room for a night.

Greg, the owner was extremely hospitable to my friend and I. He gave us an introduction to the minsu, surrounding area and things we could do while visiting Sun Moon Lake. We also borrowed their bicycles instead of renting one from the bicycle shops.

The room is clean and it was what we had expected from the photos on their website. Travelers who are traveling with their friends might like to take into consideration that the toilet is glass enclosed hence it might be uncomfortable for some.

Other than that, great place!

  • Stayed October 2012
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1 Thank lyrabrown
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GregDORISHOME, 業者 at Timing House, responded to this review, 14 November 2014
Hi lyrabrown,

Thank you so much!
We feel very happy that you had a comfortable stay in Sun Moon Lake.
Now the restroom glass is with a frosted sticker on it.
So that it won't see through the restroom any more.
Hope it could make visitors more cozy here.
Thank you for your review, and we wish to see you again. ^_^

Greg Yu
DORIS HOME
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Singapore
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Reviewed 18 October 2012 via mobile

Wonderful 迷你的民宿 and a simple but great breakfast! All our family like it very much. Great Transport arrangement from Taichung and to CingJing.
主人真的很用心在经营,佈置 早餐 房间摆设 我们都很满意,下次还会想来!您一定不会失望的。谢谢你们的照顾, 加油!

  • Stayed October 2012
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GregDORISHOME, 業者 at Timing House, responded to this review, 15 November 2014
Hi Ken300777,

Thank you very much for your great review.
We are also glad that your family all like our rooms, breakfast and the transport arrangement.
We look forward to seeing you and your family again in the future. ^_^

小游
DORIS HOME
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Property: Timing House
Address: No.123 Zhongshan Road, Sun Moon Lake, Yuchih Township, Nantou County 555, Taiwan (Formerly Doris Home)
Region: Taiwan > Nantou County
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites
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Ranked #4 of 659 B&Bs / Inns in Nantou County
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 3
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Timing House is located in Sun Moon Lake next to the Shuishe Pier. Shopping, dining, biking, transportation is very convenient. Walking distance to Shueishe Visitor Center, same as the bus station, is about 2 minutes. The design is simple and comfortable and it will bring you a great memory in Sun Moon Lake. ... more   less 
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