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Pen-y-bryn Lodge

5.0 of 5 Inn   |   41 Towey Street, Oamaru 9401, New Zealand
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Ranked #2 of 18 Oamaru B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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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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Dunedin, New Zealand
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We were there for a business retreat. We were well looked after without it being intrusive at all. The Lodge is beautiful and it was lovely and quiet there so we could concentrate on what we needed to get done.

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London, United Kingdom
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161 reviews 161 reviews
68 hotel reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014 via mobile

Our stay was all too brief in this marvellous testament and memorial to good living, good company and hospitality. Staying in the main house was definitely a step back into history. This should not be taken as implying any lack of luxury but rather the ambience of the period. The rooms had been restored with care and a fine eye... More

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

Wow, what a pleasure it was to read your review of your stay with us! We're so glad you had such a good time--we really enjoyed having you with us, and to see you enjoy your Sichuan-style meal so much! We hope that your onward journey was uneventful--the weather forecast did not look too promising, but we hope that all... More

New Zealand
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
12 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

The hosts were very friendly and gracious and the main house was beautiful and atmospheric. Bedrooms were small but comfortable and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. So no complaints from us about what we received, but having stayed in many many accommodations in NZ across all cost levels we felt that Pen-y-bryn was a bit overpriced, hence our overall rating... 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. We're very glad that you found your stay comfortable, though you found us to be somewhat expensive. We do not deny that there are other, less expensive, places to stay in Oamaru. But we would like to point out that if you compare our pricing with that of other Qualmark-rated "New Zealand... More

Shanghai, China
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014 via mobile

The atmosphere, sense of details, the amazing antique collection, beauty of the garden, or maybe the perfect diner, difficult to choose which one made us feel so good in that place. Thanks a lot "the James"

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

How nice to read your wonderful comments about your stay with us! We thoroughly enjoyed having you visit Pen-y-bryn, and were very complimented by your decision to dine with us a second night after enjoying your first dinner so much. We hope that your onward journey is pleasant, and that your homeward journey is uneventful! More

Auckland Central, New Zealand
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

My wife and I stayed at Pen-y-Bryn for 2 nights. We stayed in the Victoria room, which is in the main house. The house itself is absolutely stunning, just being able to enjoy its grandeur was a great experience - beautifully furnished in period style, and adorned with artwork from around the world. Our bedroom was small but comfortable with... More

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

Thanks very much for your review! We're thrilled you enjoyed your time with us, and look forward to your return to Oamaru sometime soon! More

Auckland Central, New Zealand
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

We had a wonderful wedding anniversary at Pen-y-bryn last week. The James's made us feel so at home we shared pre-dinner drinks & dinner with other guests, sat fireside and enjoyed the ambient surroundings of this stunning home. We were charmed, you will enjoy your stay!

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

It was so much fun to have you spend your anniversary with us, and to devise a special celebratory menu for you, so we are really happy to read your review and see that you enjoyed your time at Pen-y-bryn too! More

Bethesda, MD
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
32 hotel reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Stayed here one night on a trip up the East Coast of NZ South Island. The hosts - the two James', who are American ex-pats - were engaging, informative and helpful, arranging premium seating tickets for the penguin viewing. We did not schedule dinner (our mistake) but had canapés and a glass of wine with them before dinner. Breakfast -... More

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

Thank you for the review! Your comment about wishing you could stay longer with us is one we hear a lot, but more and more people are spending two or three nights here, giving them a chance not only to spend more time in our beautiful part of New Zealand, but also to dine with us once or twice, while... More

Marshfield, Wisconsin
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

We had two lovely nights at Pen-y-bryn Lodge. James and James were perfect hosts with a wealth of information and ideas for site seeing in the area. They were both very interesting and had traveled extensively themselves. The breakfast was superb, with home made jams, baked goods, smoked salmon and much more. The house has been beautifully refurbished and is... More

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

Thank you so much for your review, and complimentary comments! We're glad that you enjoyed the new heated floors we installed this year in the Victoria and Elizabeth Rooms' bathrooms, and that you enjoyed your breakfasts with us so much! Thanks to you, and all our other guests in 2013, for making this such a great year! We are looking... More

Christchurch, New Zealand
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

We had a wonderful stay at Pen-y-bryn last weekend. The hosts are charming, urbane and go the extra mile to make guests feel welcome. They both took time to talk about the house and garden and their varied life experiences. They were fun! The room was excellent and the attention to detail impressive. Small touches like replacing towels in the... More

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

We are so pleased you enjoyed your time with us, and took the time to write us a review! It gives us tremendous pleasure to share this incredible house with our guests, and it means a great deal to us when our guests leave feeling like they have made new friends. We hope you will have a chance to return... More

Cromwell, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

Two nights in Pen-y-bryn have created very happy and memorable experiences for us. The welcome, detailed information, letter of introduction and unparalleled attention to detail all added to the most generous hospitable service ever. A classy, comfortable room with its crisp, white, embroidered linen, tea tray, delicious truffles, crystal jar of sweets, practical bathroom which included custom lavender toiletries provided... More

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

We are so glad you were able to spend two nights with us and enjoy both the lodge and the surrounding area. If you should ever be coming this way again, we would love to have the chance to welcome you back! More

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Additional Information about Pen-y-bryn Lodge

Address: 41 Towey Street, Oamaru 9401, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Oamaru
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Oamaru
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Pen-y-bryn Lodge 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A heritage mansion built in 1889 and converted into a luxury lodge, Pen-y-bryn provides up to ten guests with the utmost in comfort and service, along with gourmet meals. Come enjoy our manicured gardens, vintage billiard room, and epicurean dining, all within view of the Pacific Ocean and the mountains. As of September 2013, our new Qualmark rating is "New Zealand Luxury Lodge", denoting the exceptional facilities and services that our guests can expect to enjoy while staying with us. ... more   less 
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