We exceeded our “stretched” accommodation budget at David’s House, BUT without any regrets. We got tonnes of fond memories that money can’t buy. David parents run this place, with David managing the communications via Airbnb app. If you’re non-Chinese speakers, don’t get put off by his parents’ lack of English proficiency. David is hands-on and it was a seamless communication between them.
Previous guests’ reviews already raved about the tea appreciation ceremony, porridge breakfast and aiyu jelly making, and I second that wholeheartedly.
What makes David’s House a standout is his AMAZING parents, Mr Chen and “Liu Ah Yi” (Aunty Liu)- their warm personality is like hot chocolate and marshmallows on a cold day. In a local Taiwanese-Alishan context, a hot tea and cloud sea on a cold weather! My bf and I experienced first-class Taiwanese hospitality, thanks to their genuine kind and warm-hearted soul.
I was asked to specific breakfast time - and I later found out that Liu Ah Yi only cook the dishes to order, for us to have piping hot dishes. She also took the trouble sending and picking-up guests to and fro nearby restaurants, all at the name of providing (free) service to her guests. Mr Chen also drove us to the second viewing point at Eryanping Trail around 9pm, because he got news that the sky is clear and we got a magnificent night view of the Chiayi City. He also took the time to point out the lookout points along his house to the trail.
Location-wise, David’s House is conveniently located: literally just right next to Xiding bus station at 55.5KM. We also managed to hop on a bus, sending us directly to Fenchihu, instead of transferring at Shizhuo - thanks to Liu Ah Yi for advising us, and ensuring we got onto the bus.
I would like to return to David’s House one day, to say hi to his parents again.