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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Get on the Jingcheng Expressway 京承高速公路 towards Chengde 承德.
Take exit #13 for Beitailu 北台路 towards Kuangou 宽沟 and Qiaoz i桥梓.
Once paying and going through the toll booth, go through the first traffic light, and then turn left at the second 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. Turn left onto a wide road and remain driving for 0.7 kilometers through the Qiaozi Town 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.
After 2.8 kilometers, there will be a fork in the road. Bear left. Shortly afterwards, you will see a semi- dry riverbed. From here staying on the main the road about 2.7km, you'll see the Beijing Tourist Info Center on your left.
At this point, just wind around to the right following the main road. 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 kilometers past 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.
Shortly you will see a sign for Mutianyu 12 km. Keep winding up through the mountain valley. After about 8.1 kilometers, 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 past the buildings and parking entry for the park on your right and see the large rock with Chinese characters on it 长城国际文化村 and take that right, towards Xinying Village.
Go 1 kilometer through the village, bear right at the fork or “Y” (note big sign in Chinese and our Xiaolumian sign) toward Beigou Village. Once bearing right, travel on that narrow road for about 1 kilometer more to the Beigou Village center paved parking lot. Our noodle shop Xiaolumian is on the left.
Go past Xiaolumian toward the village hall and bear right down the hill about 0.4 kilometers through the village and past the gravel parking lot and fields on the right.
You are at the Brickyard 瓦厂 with our big logo sign on the water tower.
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
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
Brickyard GPS: 40.433, 116.556
Schoolhouse GPS: 40.425,116.558