Take the blue MRT line to Fuzhong station(府中站) and take exit 1. Go behind exit 1 and walk left down the road, (you'll see exit 2 on the other side of the road). At the big junction, go through the market gate, down Fuzhong Road(府中路）. Take the second right at Wenyuan street （文員街） and walk a few metres before you will see the wall of the mansion on your left, walk along the wall until you reach the entrance.
Lin family Mansion(林本源園邸)
The Lin Family Mansion is an oasis of beauty and tranquility in the hustle and bustle of the modern city. Built in the 19th century by a merchant family, this stately home is surrounded by Alice in Wonderland gardens, ponds and small bridges. There are tall palm trees and lawns and you will quickly forget that Taipei is literally a stone's throw away.
At sunset it's particularly beautiful and you can easily spend over an hour wandering the twisty paths and exploring the different buildings and pavillions. You might even spot some peacocks.
And on top of all this, it's free to get in!!!!