Located on an expansive 24-hectare plot of land in Shoufeng Township, Villa Home is a privately owned ecological farm cum homestay opened since July 2010. Its owners decided to retire in 2006 & started searching for scenic farmlands in Taiwan that matched their ideal dream home image. They realised that this ecological area (equivalent to 33.6 soccer fields) in Hualien was exactly what they were looking for, & so bought the land the following year.
Close to 20 varieties of palm trees, seasonal flowering plants, lush green field, feather pine forest & a large manmade lake can be found in the ecological farm. A visit to Villa Home feels like entering a tranquil lakeside forest in the European countryside.
Villa Home’s owners seek to create a South European atmosphere throughout the entire area, so that you would feel like you are strolling by the picturesque lake in an European forest. Its buildings are fitted with the classic European-style red-tiled roof & its facade painted in white. Even the selection of colours used was deliberately chosen to be as natural & neutral as possible, so as to blend into its breathtaking surroundings.
When Villa Home was first opened, it was considered one of the secret scenic attractions of Hualien County that only locals knew. However, after mind-blowing photos of its feather pine forest & the breathtaking lake reflections went viral on social media, it became one of the hot Hualien tourist spots that welcomes throngs of tourists every day. Indeed, there was quite a crowd when we visited the place on a Saturday afternoon, be it locals or foreigners. Guess everyone wanted to enjoy the idyllic setting with the unique out-of-Taiwan vibes. 😉
The above cafe by the lake was just a stone’s throw from the main entrance. Boasting a superb location by the dreamy lake in the centre of the compounds, the spot used to be crowded with visitors hoping to snap picture-perfect shots. However, according to Jing Jie, because the cafe owner implemented a minimum spending restriction to deter “free riders”, it has since lost its glam. It was a Saturday but yet we hardly saw anyone inside the uniquely designed cafe, what a pity. We all thought its owner should have been receptive though… 😔
Then, we continued down the pedestrian path & found another beautiful minsu with an adorable name & decor.
Soon, we reached the highlight of the tour in Villa Home compounds – the truly Instagrammable lakeside with the feather pine forest on its left side, just steps ahead of Bear Forest homestay. Although it wasn’t the season to catch the mesmerizing golden brown coloured feather pine foliage, the tranquil lake views were already a sight to behold.
There is a stone-brick path built across the lake, that everyone was queuing to cross. Or rather, everyone was queuing to be on the path so that s/he could ask someone to snap a “I’ve been here” pic. 😅 Many visitors like us were trying to capture the mini waterfall view backed by the towering feather pine forest on the banks of the dreamy lake too. It was also amazing how serene the lake was that day, with picturesque reflections of its beautiful surroundings. Just a little pity that the clouds weren’t as fluffy & sky not as clear blue as we wished. 😛
After visiting Villa Home, I can now better appreciate the beauty of its Chinese name, which can be literally translated as “clouds, mountain & water”. With an idyllic location situated in the scenic East Rift Valley (aka Huatung Valley), the entire place looks exactly like a picturesque painting of these 3 natural elements isn’t it? 😉
拜访了雲山水后，更能体会她那极富意境的名字了。一整片让人超有度假 FEEL 的园区就处于山明水秀的花東纵谷里，一路上有云、山与水相伴，怎能不叫人陶醉？😍
Visit Villa Home to immerse in the unique vibes of Europe right in Hualien’s Shoufeng Township, without leaving Taiwan. But please be considerate & not create too much noise as there are local residents living on this dreamy piece of land too. Enjoy! 🙂