Pen-y-bryn Lodge sits atop South Hill, one of Oamaru’s most sought-after districts. This Victorian heritage lodge offers discerning guests the perfect combination of old-world elegance and modern amenities.
As part of Fine Travel’s promotion of New Zealand’s Boutique Hotels and Lodges, we share some insight into a property you may not have considered, but if you’re in the South Island and looking for somewhere different to visit, or planning a self drive itinerary away from the main centres, then Pen-y-bryn should be on your list. Be sure to read our tips for booking a luxury lodge too.
The Owners of Pen-y-bryn
James Glucksman and James Boussy (aka “the Jameses”) are your hosts, and have owned Pen-y-bryn since August 2010. Born in the United States, and New Zealand citizens as of September 2018, the Jameses have lived and traveled all over the world but have decided to make their home in Oamaru and are eager to show off their adopted home town to their guests planning a New Zealand holiday.
James and James were long renowned for the regular dinner parties they would host at their homes around the world, showcasing recipes and wines they picked up during their travels.
The magnificent entrance leads to an elegant Drawing room with its welcoming fireplace, and views over the gardens. A separate guest library, Billiard table and a Baby Grand a piano, together with extensive verandahs and outdoor terraces offer the perfect place to relax.
The Guest Rooms
Two Victorian style guest rooms in the main lodge feature Queen beds and ensuite bathrooms with heated floors. The Elizabeth Room has a bathtub and shower and the Victoria Room a walk -in shower. Elegant Butler’s Tray provide tea and coffee facilities.
Three additional rooms are located in the heritage stone annex. These spacious rooms feature split California-King beds, together with a convertible Queen sofa bed for a third guest. Ensuites with separate bath and walk-in showers, heated towel rails, underfloor heating and bathrobes.
Enjoy the luxury of a bygone age at a candlelit table, adorned with fresh flowers, sparkling crystal, crisp white linen and polished silver while enjoying fine cuisine prepared by the ‘Jameses’.
Having lived and worked in China for many years, Chinese cuisine is one of their strengths, in particular the spicy cuisines of Sichuan (Szechuan) and Hunan, though less spicy dishes are also part of the repertoire. If you are interested in sampling authentic Chinese cuisine using the finest New Zealand ingredients, or if you’d like to try the cuisines of Brazil, Morocco, Turkey, India, or something more familiar like the classical dishes of France or Italy, you need just let them know and they will be happy to cater to your every whim.
Much of the produce comes from the lodge gardens, or from local and sustainable farms. Dining is table d’hôte style and private dining is available for guests who prefer.
What to do in Oamaru
The Victorian Heritage township of Oamaru is interesting to explore. Visit the penguin colony to view korora -Little Blue Penguins, or nearby Moeraki to see the famous boulders and (hoiho) Yellow-Eyed Penguins Take a cycle or walking tour, visit the cheese factory and local wineries.