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Great wall in style!

Brickyard retreat is fabulous accommodation, with great service and great food. It is such an antidote to the sound and fury of Beijing. Its stylish and friendly and a great place to visit the wall from. Strongly recommend at least two nights so you can really enjoy the whole experience. Great staff !

Travelers’ Choice 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

Heritage hotel & spa at the Great Wall

Brickyard Retreat is a repurposed glazed tile factory. Our 25 rooms and suites all open to vistas of the Great Wall though story and a half window walls. We also offer 11 vacation homes nearby with 2 to 5 bedrooms that were created from village homes. Brickyard was founded by Jim Spear & Liang Tang, who live nearby and designed all of our facilities.

Our Spa offers an outdoor jacuzzi open year round with view of the Great Wall. The Gold Suite’s unique sauna features panoramic glass windows looking at the Great Wall. Every treatment suite has an en suite bath and is open to light and nature. The treatments are based on traditional Chinese practice and use all natural ingredients we compound. There is also an exercise area with Technogym equipment and a yoga platform in the garden next to our lotus pond.

Dining is all day from 07:00 to 21:30 in the Lodge. Everything we serve, from breads to ice cream, is homemade from scratch. A generous country breakfast is included for all guests staying in rooms in the retreat and at other times we offer an a la carte menu with comfort foods from China and around the world. We also help guests try local restaurants and farm stay dining experiences.

The Brickyard is an ideal venue for events such as weddings, celebrations, and meetings with indoor and outdoor facilities for up to 120 guests.

Our hotel offers other facilities for the enjoyment of our guests, including free wireless internet throughout. There is a cozy den with a wood-burning fireplace in the Lodge, an inviting place to curl up with a book from our collection and enjoy a coffee or a tipple from the bar. A separate card and cigar room with a Mahjong table has its own ventilation system and is the only indoor space where smoking is permitted.

We also have a video & game room with a large selection of movies, cartoons, and games. Next to our kitchen garden a sunken Petanque Terrain invites guests of all ages to have fun with this traditional French sport. There’s even a playground with swings and a sandbox in a far corner of our garden for the kids along for an experience in China’s countryside. And everyone just loves the quiet corners with comfortable chairs around the gardens as well as the fountains and the lush lawns that are perfect to go barefoot.

Reserve directly with us for the best deals

No one is authorized to offer rates that are lower than the ones published on our website. All of the rates here, including our own special offers, are packaged as Self-Guided Visits (not available from anywhere else) and include the choice of one of our guide books regularly offered for RMB 42 each.

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The Fine Print: One book per each stay in a room or home

 

We also offer a variety of year-round and seasonal special packages offering special experiences and deals to guests who book directly with us and pay in advance. Click on any of the boxes below to get details.

 

 

Throughout the year we offer activities that can be enjoyed by lodging and day visitors alike. These include yoga classes, live music, barbecues, farm-to-table dinners with our partners, and gala holiday meals for Spring Festival, Mother’s Day, American Thanksgiving, New Year’s Eve, and many more. Plan your visit to Mutianyu Great Wall to include a special activity at the Brickyard.

See Activity Calendar

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We are committed to sustainability

Brickyard Retreat is part of The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu family of enterprises started by Jim Spear & Liang Tang to provide jobs for their village neighbors and help to sustain the local community.

The concept of sustainability also extends to the design of our venues, the foods we serve, and our operating practices.

All of our venues are based on existing footprints, preserving whenever possible, employing used building materials, and adopting efficient design principles.

The food we serve in the lodge and our other dining venues is all homemade from scratch. We grow many of our own vegetables and fruits, and source about 80 per cent of our ingredients from local suppliers. Our coffee is grown and specially roasted for us in Yunnan.

Of course, we do import fine wines, cheeses, and olive oil so that we can offer a pleasant dining experience to our guests who hail from China and more than 100 other countries.

We compost our organic waste, recycle, and manage energy, water, and waste. We don’t use plastic bottled water and even our straws are made of paper.

All of our lodgings feature all-natural Shangrila Farms bath products and Kaimi organic soap.

Our hotel rooms have new handmade straw sandals for every guest, to take away as a souvenir or leave for us to shred into our compost pile.

Directions

Brickyard Retreat is located about 60-90 minutes from downtown Beijing or Capital Airport in Beigou Village just under Mutianyu Great Wall. It is easy to drive here yourself or take a taxi or public transportation. We also offer a painless private transfer service.

From downtown using The Beijing Jingcheng Expressway (takes approximately 100 minutes)
  1. Take the Beijing Jingcheng Expressway (京承高速公路) towards Chengde (承德). Take exit #13 off the Jingcheng Expressway. It is called Bei Tai Lu (北台路). (Towards KuanGou 宽沟 and QiaoZi桥梓)

  2. Once paying and going through the toll booth, go through the 1st traffic light, and then turn left at the 2nd traffic light. You will go over a small bridge. Once over this bridge, make an immediate right turn. Go about 300 meters, you will notice sign for Mutianyu (慕田峪) in Chinese.

  3. Turn left onto a wide road and remain driving for .7 kilometers through the QiaoZi Village Center until you reach a traffic light. Here you will see a brown sign which says Mutianyu (慕田峪) in Chinese. Make a right, following the narrow

  4. After 2.8km, there will be a fork in the road. Bear left. Shortly afterwards, you will see a semi­dry riverbed. From here, about 2.7 km, you'll see the Beijing Tourist Info Center on your left. At this point, just wind around to the right following the main road.

  5. When you see the Grecian columns, you will note this is RenJi Golf Hills (人济庄园). Pass by RenJi Golf as you will remain on the road going towards Mutianyu.About 3.2 km from the turn off for RenJi Golf Hills, you will come to an obvious T junction. At the T junction, turn LEFT towards Mutianyu written in Chinese & pinyin (be careful, here you must yield to traffic).

  6. Shortly you will see a sign for Mutinyu (12 km). Keep winding up the mountain. After about 8.1km, you will pass under the aqueduct. After passing under the aqueduct, you are at the Mutianyu Roundabout (慕田 峪环岛). Continue straight through the Mutianyu roundabout. Go about 200 meters, see the large rock with Chinese characters on it (长城国际文化村) and take that right (towards Xinying Village).

  7. Go 1 km, bear right at the fork or “Y” (note big sign in Chinese and our Xiaolumian logo sign). Once bearing right, travel on that narrow road (note fruit trees on your right­hand side) for about 1 km more.

  8. See a newly renovated village home on your left with a small Xiaolumian logo sign in Chinese 小庐面. From Xiaolumian, you will go 0 .3 km by taking a right across the bridge, by the town center, by the new Beiganla(n)r restaurant and down to a gravel road.

  9. Go 0 .1 km on the gravel road to reach the Brickyard (瓦厂)!

Option II: From Shunyi (River Garden/Lemon Lake/Capital Paradise,etc.) (takes approximately 50 minutes):
  1. Travel North(west) on TianBei Road until you arrive at the LuoMa Roundabout. Here, take the second right to continue going North on TianBei Road. About 2.7 km north you go under the Airport (North) Expressway, then take your immediate right to get on the Airport (North) Expressway 机场(北线)高速公路.

  2. Go about 3.2 km on the Airport (North) Expressway, then take your first exit to the right #1B (keep to the far right), off the Airport (North) Expressway to get onto the ‘Jing Cheng’ Expressway. Take the Jingcheng Expressway (京承高速公路) towards Chengde (承德). Go 20km and then take exit #13 off the Jingcheng Expressway. It is called Bei Tai Lu (北台路). (Towards KuanGou 宽沟andQiaoZi桥梓).

  3. Once paying and going through the toll booth, go through the 1st traffic light, and then turn left at the 2nd traffic light. You will go over a small bridge. Once over this bridge, make an immediate right turn. Go about 300 meters, you will notice sign for Mutianyu (慕田峪) in Chinese.

  4. Turn left onto a wide road and remain driving for .7 kilometers through the QiaoZi Village Center until you reach a traffic light. Here you will see a brown sign which says Mutianyu (慕田峪) in Chinese. Make a right, following the narrow road.

  5. After 2.8km, there will be a fork in the road. Bear left. Shortly afterwards, you will see a semi­dry riverbed. From here, about 2.7 km, you'll see the Beijing Tourist Info Center on your left. At this point, just wind around to the right following the main road.

  6. When you see the Grecian columns, you will note this is RenJi Golf Hills (人济庄园). Pass by RenJi Golf as you will remain on the road going towards Mutianyu.About 3.2 km from the turn off for RenJi Golf Hills, you will come to an obvious T junction. At the T junction, turn LEFT towards Mutianyu written in Chinese & pinyin (be careful, here you must yield to traffic).

  7. Shortly you will see a sign for Mutinyu (12 km). Keep winding up the mountain. After about 8.1km, you will pass under the aqueduct. After passing under the aqueduct, you are at the Mutianyu Roundabout (慕田 峪环岛). Continue straight through the Mutianyu roundabout. Go about 200 meters, see the large rock with Chinese characters on it (长城国际文化村) and take that right (towards Xinying Village).

  8. Go 200 meters, take your first right. Go 1 km, bear right at the fork or “Y” (note big sign in Chinese and our Xiaolumian logo sign). Once bearing right, travel on that narrow road (note fruit trees on your right­hand side) for about 1 km more.

  9. See a newly renovated village home on your left with a small Xiaolumian logo sign in Chinese 小庐面. From Xiaolumian, you will go 0 .3 km by taking a right across the bridge, by the town center, by the new Beiganla(n)r restaurant and down to a gravel road. Go 0 .1 km on the gravel road to reach the Brickyard (瓦 厂)!


BUS 916 to HUAIROU

Bus 916 to HuaiRou leaves from DongZhiMen every 10 to 15 minutes. Once you arrive in Huairou, ask to get out at BeiDaJie.

From Bei Da Jie you have 2 options:

  • Take a taxi to Mutianyu. Ask the driver to take you to Xiaoyuan (better to say Xiaoyuar with an r (慕田峪小园)). A one­way trip with a private taxi should cost no more than RMB 60

  • Cross the street and take bus 916 to DongTai which goes to the Mutianyu Roundabout . From there you will walk north up a hill to get to Mutianyu Great Wall. The Schoolhouse is on your right after approximately 2 kilometers

Private Transfers

To/From The Schoolhouse or Brickyard And Downtown Beijing Hotel/Residence, Railway Stations, or Capital Airport

Charged to Your Lodging Account

24 Hours Advance Booking Required

Travel Time is 60­-90 Minutes

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Coordinates

  • Brickyard GPS: 40.433, 116.556

  • Schoolhouse GPS: 40.425,116.558

  • Xiaolumian GPS: 40.437, 116.557

Getting around

Once you’ve arrived you can drive yourself, walk, or bicycle to enjoy the Great Wall and our whole area. It’s also easy to get around on our complimentary shuttle service offered only to our lodging guests.

We offer face value tickets for the Great Wall park and attractions such as cable car so as our guests you can skip the visitor center and its parking, lines, and controlled shuttle busses. Only our guests can hop in our van or drive themselves past the checkpoint and right up to the parking area near the Wall.

Of course there’s a lot more on offer besides the Great Wall and we invite you to go exploring and try experiences you’ll remember for a lifetime.