Annandale Distillery, an independent operation located in the Scottish Lowlands, is offering Airbnb vacationers a one-of-a-kind opportunity. Four fortunate couples will go behind the scenes and shadow an expert distillery team, become a distiller for the day, spend two nights at cottages next to the site, and leave with a bottle of single malt Scotch.
Guests are invited to participate in the entire process, from “meeting the malt delivery, to milling and mashing the barley, fermentation, firing up the stills, and filling the casks.” The listing describes the accommodations as a two-bedroom, two-bath, “spacious stable conversion” on the distillery’s grounds.
In addition, a whisky tasting and fine meal at the historic Globe Inn are included with the stay. Established in 1610, the restaurant is fronted by two chefs with Michelin Star experience.
Recognized as one of the earliest legal whisky distilleries in Scotland, Annandale was established in 1836 by George Donald. The operation was purchased by Johnnie Walker in 1893 but was shut down in 1918, only to be re-born in 2014 after professor David Tomson and Teresa Church purchased the distillery in 2007.
Opportunities are extremely limited, as only four bookable dates have been released for 2021, including June 8-10, June 22-24, August 4-6, and August 17-19. The window to book reservations opens May 17. Act fast, as these dates are expected to sell out quickly.
While the exclusive experience is only open to U.K. residents that have a history of positive Airbnb reviews, Annandale Distillery ships its premium single malt, single cask Scotch Whisky around the globe for those not lucky enough to get their reservations secured.