CHECK OUT – NANXUN BLOS­SOM HILL BOU­TIQUE HO­TEL

A HER­ITAGE RE­TREAT IN HUZHOU, CHINA

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A her­itage re­treat in Huzhou.

Those who yearn for an an­ti­dote to a hec­tic life will ap­pre­ci­ate Nanxun Blos­som Hill, a bou­tique her­itage ho­tel where ur­ban­ites can im­merse them­selves in na­ture and his­tory.

French de­signer Thomas Dariel cre­ated the per­fect bal­ance be­tween tra­di­tion and moder­nity in the re­stored an­cient villa where Nanxun Blos­som Hill is housed.

This idyl­lic 30,000sqf space, dot­ted with South Chi­nese gardens, is lo­cated in Nanxun, Huzhou – a town aptly known as Hid­den Book Town, named af­ter the im­pres­sive book col­lec­tion and in­tro­verted na­ture of the town’s rich­est res­i­dent, Liu Cheng­gan, who built a li­brary in the 1920s.

Long, wind­ing paths lead to the build­ing, where the orig­i­nal bricks, wood and en­grav­ings have been pre­served. Within, guests are in­tro­duced to Nanxun’s cul­ture through sub­tle and stylish hints of the town’s pop­u­lar in­dus­tries and recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties, such as fish­ing, gar­den­ing and silk production.

The restau­rant fea­tures geo­met­ric blue and red silk strips that hang across the ceil­ing, while the guest rooms are de­signed with ocean blue hues, lat­tice­work in the style of fish scales, as well as bam­boo weav­ings.

Quirky and play­ful el­e­ments, such as mint green and ocean blue Lazy Su­san cof­fee ta­bles, mod­ern ren­di­tions of sky lanterns, and fea­ture walls rem­i­nis­cent of tra­di­tional tea draw­ers, com­plete the look. Guests will also en­joy paint­ings that de­pict the town’s pas­toral life­style.

ABOVE Gardens are a cen­tral theme in Liu Cheng­gan’s story, as he was an in­tro­vert who en­joyed books and na­ture.

BE­LOW Wood­cut­ting and fish­ing are com­mon oc­cu­pa­tions in Chi­nese agri­cul­tural so­ci­ety, so Thomas in­cluded them in his de­signs.

TOP RIGHT Sim­ple, an­gu­lar lines bal­ance out the cul­tural ref­er­ences in Blos­som Hill’s interiors.

VISIT NANXUN BLOS­SOM HILL BOU­TIQUE HO­TEL AT NO. 109 NANXI STREET, HUZHOU, CHINA, WWW. BLOSSOMHILLINN. COM.

ABOVE These strips of raw silk are a ref­er­ence to one of Nanxun’s most pros­per­ous in­dus­tries.

FAR RIGHT Wave or scale pat­terns were used to cre­ate the sen­sa­tion of be­ing gen­tly em­braced by wa­ter.

RIGHT Thomas rep­re­sents his themes through colours: Orange for farm­ing, green for gar­den­ing and ocean blue for fish­ing.

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