Location: Located in provincial Yunnan, this courtyard house places guests in the foothills of the Himalayas.
History: The Linden Centre is a converted courtyard mansion where guests can take part in a wide array of local cultural pursuits, guided by the ethnic Bai community of Dali.
Service: This property accommodates only 28 people, so service is personalized, with activities crafted to fit the individual’s needs.
Immerse yourself in Chinese culture at the Linden Centre, located in Xizhou, a pristine village just outside of Dali City. Set in a fully-restored Chinese residence, the Linden Centre features four courtyards, lush, well-manicured gardens, and tasteful rooms and suites that feature locally built furniture, comfortable, plush mattresses, clean bathrooms, and Wi-Fi access. There are two restaurants at the Linden Centre, one serving Chinese cuisine and the other serving Western dishes. Amenities include a library, movie room, exercise facility, a small museum, and a series of gardens with sweeping views of the nearby countryside. The Linden Centre is located about a half-hour’s drive from Dali’s Old Town.
The entire property has been restored faithful to its heritage and includes many artefacts, ethnic furnishings and artworks. All restoration was done within the guidelines of Feng Shui, and all include comfortable Western bedding, Western-style bathrooms and WiFi.
Two family suites are available for larger parties, creating a comfortably luxurious home away from home in a traditional Chinese setting.
Providing accommodation for two people, these traditionally styled rooms are furnished with a king bed, a modern Western-style bathroom, handcrafted wooden desk, wardrobe and dressing table, local artefacts and artworks, and views of the courtyard and gardens.
These cozy traditionally styled rooms offer accommodation for two people, with modern Western bathroom, beautiful locally handcrafted furniture, ethnic artworks, and windows that look out onto the courtyard and the gardens.
The Linden Centre offers a wide range of cultural activities, including artisanal tie-dye lessons with local Bai villagers, martial arts classes, tai chi, calligraphy and Chinese ink painting. Guests can also enjoy a Dongjing musical performance by Xizhou's local performance troupe. For gourmands, there are cooking classes and a tea ceremony where visitors can sample Yunnan teas.
The property has several different public rooms for guests to explore. There’s a small library where guests can read up on local history and culture, a movie room, a games room, and a museum that details local architecture. There’s also a compact fitness room with free weights and exercise equipment and a meditation room.
A beautifully restored cafe and wine bar offers a wide selection of imported wine and spirits, plus local Yunnan coffee and tea.
A spacious light-filled dining room offers international dishes in a casual setting, open all day. Dishes can be made to order, there are vegan and vegetarian options and meals can be enjoyed indoors or in the picturesque garden courtyard.