CHECK OUT – NANXUN BLOSSOM HILL BOUTIQUE HOTEL
A HERITAGE RETREAT IN HUZHOU, CHINA
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.
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.