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“A jewel in the crown” 5 of 5 stars
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Dunstan House
29 Sunderland St. | Central Otago, Clyde, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Clyde
London
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“A jewel in the crown”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2011

We have stayed at Dunstan House twice now, once as a couple and a second time as a large family group of 10. Where to start? The welcome by Maree was second to none, making us feel completely at home. We had cycled the Central Otago Rail Trail and finished at Dunstan House (we would always recommend cycling the rail trall in this direction). A fantastic house, beautifully furnished and maintained and so comfortable. We had drinks watching the sunset on the upstairs veranda and set off for dinner at a lovely local restaurant, returning to very comfortable beds and electric blankets on a cool night - sheer bliss. We set off for Queenstown the next morning after a history lesson from John over breakfast, promising to return - and we will!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2011

What a gem. This is just divine. We were a group of 8 Rail Trail cyclists. We drove from Christchurch to Clyde to find this lovely old Hotel dressed in all its former glory.
All the rooms were special but ours was the dreamiest, and the grand room of them all.
The lounge with lovely open fire and a complimentary glass of port at the end of a long day added that extra touch. Do stay here it is full of character, beautifully restored, and wonderfully presented. Breakfast was also outstanding.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2011

Spent two very enjoyable nights here at the beginning and end of our Otago Rail Trail trip. John & Maree are wonderful hosts who not only looked after our travel needs without fault, but also told us all about the history of the hotel. It's a wonderful building which strikes the guest as a combination of country house and frontier saloon (but much more refined!) The building has been restored to a very high standard with many modern comforts and a wealth of period detail. Every room contains antiques and ephemera reminiscent of the region's gold-mining glory days, to help you appreciate Otago's interesting and colourful history. The huge veranda is great for relaxing and watching sleepy Clyde pass by. The deluge showers and claw-foot bathtubs are very welcome after a hard day in the saddle, and breakfast is a smorgasbord too tempting for the prospective cyclist. If you go to Clyde, or do the rail trail, and don't stay here, you'll be missing a wonderful experience.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2010

Excellent hotel, stayed in refurbished stables out the back which were lovely. Good breakfast and very welcoming and friendly. Highly recommend

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2009

John and Marie, the owners of Dunstan house, are absolutely great. The Breakfast is just lovely and you will keep on eating!
The house has its own history and each room has its own character.

Very lovely!

Stayed February 2009, traveled on business
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Nelson, New Zealand
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2008

If you enjoy going back in time, experience a fantastic historic house, yet still enjoy the luxuries of modern live, then Dunstan House is your place!
Maree and John are great hosts who have made the perfect choices in refurbishing this colonial house without losing the old character.
The continental style breakfast was lovely. Too much to chose from and I fully agree with the author of the former review. Please do read that review! All they have been writing, is true.

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2007

Having decided to nip off to Central Otago for a weekend break, we scoured the Net for accomodation in the quaint and historical little hamlet of Clyde. And struck gold with Dunstan House. Wowee .....this place has been lovingly restored to resemble in every facet, a colonial homestead. We stepped through the tiny front door into a grand wood panelled and a sweeping staircase, and a fantastically friendly welcome. We were shown up the stairs to our suite (we opted for that at a mere $180 per night including a wonderful breakast buffet but they have cheaper rooms). Going through the whole interior reminded me of visiting stately homes back in the UK! Anyway, the suite was breathtakingly "posh" and just like (I imagine) the interior of a Victorian home but with 50% less clutter and lighter, airier colours. Our "drawing room" even had a chaise-longue. And a good selection of up to date glossy magazines. It was quite a treat to step out from the room onto the balcony with a glass of port , a magazine and...just let time pass! The bedroom was amazing. A lace coverlet on a large canopied bed which I almost needed a set of steps to climb up into ! And two bathrobes. The ensuite was another lovely surprise. No "shrubs" here thank goodness. Just a shower head and a HUGE bath to stretch out in (and the hot water gushed at the first turn of the tap). The totally relaxing experience was assisted by the lack of TV, telephone and mini-fridge. Instead, there was a decanter of (gratis) port on a silver tray. Tea and coffee making facilities were on the landing (plus a tin of biscuits). Other rooms, some ensuite, some not, were also off the landing. I had a wee peek inside some and all were unique and quite beautifully appointed. One of the nice wee touches I noticed in a smaller room without ensuite, was a torch on the bedside table .....presumably to help guide your nightime path to the loo in case someone turns the landing lights off!
Downstairs was a grand lounge complete with piano and another decanter of port (you just help yourself!). And another small lounge contains a TV, a phone and a selection of games. The breakfast buffet table groaned with unusual delights of the cold cuts variety.. I won't make a list but it's not often you find copious amounts of smoked salmon and your fruit juice selection comes in individual bottles (Bengers - it's quite the best). I could rave about this place for ages but will simply say it's an absolute treasure and a luxurious retreat from the rat-race.

  • Liked — The beauty of it, the peace and the luxury
  • Disliked — Nothing actually. First place I have EVER stayed where I cannot find a fault !
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: 29 Sunderland St. | Central Otago, Clyde, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Clyde
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Clyde

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