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.
- 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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