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“A very unexpected hidden gem” 5 of 5 stars
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Scottish Castle, Treaty Port Vineyards
Mulangou Village, Daxindian Town, Penglai 265612, China   |  
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Ranked #1 of 56 Penglai B&B and Inns
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Beijing, Beijing, China
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“A very unexpected hidden gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

I stumbled on a couple of mentions of this place online, and since we were in the area, we decided to drop by. The website was down, no one was answering the only phone number we could find, but luckily my friends were willing to take a chance, and so the driver we had booked for the day went searching for the Scottish castle in the Shandong countryside - not an easy task.

Through some sort of miracle, we found it, and it was amazing. We walked in and were greeted by Emma, a very friendly Taiwanese woman working there, who poured us generous portions of three of their wines and one of their whiskeys to taste, which were amazing (we ended up buying a few bottles to take home). Following that we were given a tour of the castle - and met the very friendly (notice a theme?) owner, who was up for the weekend. Finally we had an amazing 4-course lunch in the library, nicely paired with one of their wines.

We were staying in a hotel in Penglai, but the castle apparently has 6 guest rooms, and there are also cheaper rooms available in the nearby "Farmhouse", complete (we were told) with traditional kang beds. If you're going to stop by randomly, weekends are probably safest, and I believe the opening hour were 8am to 4pm. They're also closed for two months during the winter when the snow makes it difficult to reach the castle.

I could definitely see myself coming back to stay here for a relaxing weekend away. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

I have to say t felt slightly surreal as i was met by a London Taxi at the airport and then driven to the castle.

Id seen images on the web but nothing prepared me for this amazing experience.

THe castle is a real castle !! but 5* with satellite TV in the wonderful bedrooms, piping hot water...in fact i could have been at Gleneagles not Shandong China.

The food is great..interior of the castle amazing and the staffs attention to detail and service was of a wonderful standard for anywhere never mind China.

did i mentio the wineyards and whisky tastings

anyway words cant do it justice...go yourself you will not be disspointed in fact you will be wonderfully amazed !!

Room Tip: I stayed in the Barons room...havent slept that well in a long time
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2010

In a country full of weird and wonderful sights, Scottish Castle may well take the biscuit. Imagine Braveheart had moved to the Chinese countryside and built a lavishly-furnished granite castle in the middle of sleepy farming villages and vines...then you might have some idea of how different Scottish Castle is.
The hotel itself occupies a prime position on a mountainside in Shandong Province, which meant that there was no lack of sunshine in our room. My wife and I stayed in the 'Japanese Room' which was an attempt to recreate a traditional paper-walled Japanese bedroom within the castle...it seems that the ownership wasn't content with mixing Scottish styles into the Chinese scenery, but wanted more diversity! Having said that, everything in the room was comfortable, shiny-new and (rarely for China) fully functioning.
Exploring the rest of the castle itself is a bit of an experience, with the Scottish theme extending to a massive mural painted on the main staircase (the owner's pride and joy) and a restaurant serving Western food. The chefs appear to have little idea of what 'Western' food actually is, with the menu featuring some distinct highlights and lowlights. However, the maitre d assured us that training was ongoing and took the offending dishes off our bill. Customer service was excellent and very accommodating throughout our stay, all the front-of-house staff spoke decent English as a plus.
In conclusion, who would I recommend this hotel to? If you appreciate peace, beautiful scenery and (on occasion) the utterly absurd - and weren't afraid to spend a bit of money to get there - then this is absolutely the place for you. I'm looking forward to going back for some countryside R+R soon.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Mulangou Village, Daxindian Town, Penglai 265612, China
Location: China > Shandong > Penglai
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 56 B&Bs / Inns in Penglai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Scottish Castle at Treaty Port Vineyards is a boutique hotel in the hills of Shandong's beautiful countryside, and offers a totally unique fusion of East and West. Guests enjoy rooms furnished with hand-selected British antiques, chauffeur service in our genuine London Taxi, authentic European cuisine, expert bilingual guides and concierge, and, of course, Shandong's first all-organic fine wine and a selection of imported alcohol hand-picked by owner of the Scottish Castle, Chris Ruffle. ... more   less 
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