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Pen-y-bryn Lodge

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41 Towey Street, Oamaru 9401, New Zealand
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Newcastle, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

From the moment we pulled up to this incredible home we were hooked. It is certainly a charming building with colourful gardens (despite that lack of rain) and quiet areas to sit and reflect. But the secret to Pen-y-bryn is the hospitality. We were greeted at the door so warmly by James and then given our own tour of the... More 

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James G, Owner at Pen-y-bryn Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review! We're so happy that we were able to make this part of your visit to New Zealand something memorable! More 

New Zealand
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I don't ever remember staying somewhere where the owners are so attentive and thoughtful. Not only were we provided with memorable and comfortable accommodation in a grand historic house, James and James prepared and served us a superb dinner with a menu specifically designed to satisfy preferences of their guests. After dinner conversation was fascinating; sleep was restful; breakfast was... More 

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James G, Owner at Pen-y-bryn Lodge, responded to this review

It was a pleasure to have you stay with us, and we're so happy that you enjoyed your visit! If you're ever in the area again, we'd love to have you back so we can show you all the changes that we have in store for the three "annex" rooms this year--we hope it will really knock our guests' socks... More 

La Canada Flintridge, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We stayed at Pen y Bryn one night. We were looking for a special place to stay and wanted to see Oamaru and the blue penguins. The Lodge is a delight. James and James take special pride in making all guests at home. The Lodge is an elegant old Victorian house that has been updated but retains its old world... More 

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James G, Owner at Pen-y-bryn Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of your stay with us! While we also are very fond of the two rooms in the main lodge building (the Victoria and Elizabeth Rooms), the three rooms in the annex (Park, Nest and Garden Rooms) are about to undergo a huge expansion and renovation that will make them by far our largest rooms. Perhaps... More 

Miami, Florida
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5 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Leafing through the memories of my last year trip to New Zealand one word comes to mind remembering our stay at Pen-y-bryn Lodge - REMARKABLE. We arrived to Pen-y-bryn pretty late at night. The time of the day did not sop our hosts, James Glucksman and James Boussy, from greeting us at the door, showing around and making sure that... More 

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James G, Owner at Pen-y-bryn Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for such a lovely review! We are really proud of our little piece of New Zealand history, and love nothing more than to share it with our wonderful guests. We're also really pleased that you enjoyed the Steampunk events that were going on while you were here; while it may not be everyone's cup of tea,... More 

New York City
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Our hosts, James Glucksman and James Boussy, greeted us at the door upon our arrival. This very personal touch set the tone for the remainder of our stay. The lodge itself has many luxurious public rooms including a billiard room, library, and drawing room. There are beautiful gardens (thanks to James B), terraces and a verandah to enjoy. James G,... More 

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James G, Owner at Pen-y-bryn Lodge, responded to this review

It was a pleasure to have you two spend part of your New Zealand holiday with us, and to see you really delve into all the little pleasures that our corner of the country has to offer! The kombucha that you refer to is a new thing we started doing this season, so we're really pleased you enjoyed it! More 

Invercargill, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I was lucky enough to spend the night at this wonderful place, (which was a short notice booking may I add) and from the moment I arrived I was greeted at the door with such warm & welcome hospitalty, both James & James have really made this place so special, I really have no words to describe how beautiful this... More 

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James G, Owner at Pen-y-bryn Lodge, responded to this review

We're so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us, and hope that we'll have a chance to welcome you back sometime soon! More 

Brisbane, Australia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

The house is a huge victorian heritage listed building, tastefully renovated, one feels privileged by being able to walk through it. Our bathroom showcased the original tub! If you want to feel like a lord for a few days, this is the right place. The gardens are beautiful, full of flowers, such a pleasure walking through them. You MUST have... More 

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James_Glucksman, Owner at Pen-y-bryn Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your stay with us, and for your lovely comments about your dinner here--we're glad you enjoyed it! We hope we can look forward to another visit from you sometime in the not-too-distant future! More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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97 reviews 97 reviews
27 hotel reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

We stayed for only one night, unfortunately, as it was such a memorable stay that we would have loved to be able to extend, but were on a tight schedule as we travelled through New Zealand. Upon arrival, we were immediately greeted warmly by James and James into their beautiful 1889 Victorian mansion. This historical house is located amid beautiful... More 

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James_Glucksman, Owner at Pen-y-bryn Lodge, responded to this review

It was a pleasure to have you and your family stay with us, and we're so happy that you all enjoyed your short time with us. We hope that if your travels take you to this part of the world again that we can look forward to another visit with you! More 

Hamburg, Germany
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

...at least that is how you will feel after your stay in this beautiful Victorian mansion built 1889. We booked the Park room in the annex for our honeymoon and have not been disappointed. James & James have renovated and refurbished the mansion but stayed true to its historical charm. If you are looking for a design hotel with minimalistic... More 

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James_Glucksman, Owner at Pen-y-bryn Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of your stay with us, and for your comments about Oamaru and the surrounding area as a place to visit. We are glad you were able to make such good use of your time here and explore the area. The room you were in (and the two others in the Annex building) should be expanded... More 

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

The three nights that we had at Pen-y-bryn were a highlight of our honeymoon in New Zealand. The house and surrounding gardens are beautifully maintained and it is the perfect base from which you can explore Oamaru and the surrounds. The hosts, James and James, are wonderful and are what made the stay so enjoyable. They suggested great day trips,... More 

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James_Glucksman, Owner at Pen-y-bryn Lodge, responded to this review

It was our great pleasure to play a small role in making your honeymoon in New Zealand so enjoyable! You were such wonderful guests, and we were very honoured to be able to enjoy your company as you celebrated your new lives together. We wish you all the very very best, and hope we can look forward to welcoming you... More 

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