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Southampton, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Only a few days ago I wrote a review professing the Dock Bay Lodge in Te Anau as the finest place in New Zealand we have stayed! Well I spoke too soon! This place although different in every way to the DBL is just as amazing! What a remarkable place! Met by James and James the owners and wonderful hosts,...

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

Thank you so much for this wonderful review (though I hope that our friends at Dock Bay Lodge won't take it badly!). We're very glad you enjoyed your time here so much, and appreciate your taking the time to share your experience with others!

Godalming, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were staying at Pen-y-Bryn for our wedding when just 3 weeks before the big day our original reception venue fell through. We asked the two James' if they would also take on our reception and they proceeded to make sure that our weekend was perfect! From organising a marquee, fantastic food, amazing service to beautiful surroundings including the perfect...

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

Dear Rachel and Justin, first of all, we wish you many, many years of happiness and health together--you are a wonderful couple, and you and your family and friends were a delight to welcome to Pen-y-bryn for your big day! We're very sorry that your other venue did not work out, but their bad luck was our good fortune, since...

London
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

As we arrived in the rain we were greeted by our hosts with large umbrellas and a hand with our luggage swiftly followed by tea and home baked cookies. James and James have thought of everything a guest might need at this unique B&B. Their passion is clear from the beautifully restored house set in lush gardens and some of...

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

Thank you for the review, and glad you enjoyed your stay (despite the rain!). Hope the weather improved a bit for you!

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We travel through Oamaru annually but until now have never stopped overnight. This year we decided to stay at Pen-y-bryn Lodge and it couldn't have been a better experience. The Lodge is a beautifully renovated Victorian home. We stayed in the Elizabeth room which was full of original Victorian features and overlooked a lovely internal courtyard. Dinner at Pen-y-bryn was...

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

We're very glad you discovered us at last, and hope that you will visit us again if your travels bring you back to this part of New Zealand!

Norwich
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Greeted by affable hosts James and James at sympathetically restored spacious Victorian lodge. Wonderfully aromatic garden and close attention to detail, including great breakfast and dinner if required. A short drive to unmissable downtown seaside Oamaru with incredible Victorian classical architecture reflecting former trading glories, now housing galleries & Steam Punk museum.

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

Thank you for your review of Pen-y-bryn and Oamaru! We're glad you enjoyed your stay with us, and your visit to the town, which we also think is unmissable! All the best, and hope the rest of your visit to NZ was also with affable hosts!

South Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 14 January 2017

What an amazing stay with the James'. Organised at the last minute, we were welcomed to their gorgeous lodge. Dinner was so delicious, most of the ingredients picked straight from the garden. Do not pass this way without staying here. - Sarah & Steve

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

Thanks, Sarah and Steve, for your review! We try to make the most of our large vegetable garden, and are glad you enjoyed the meal we put together for you! All the best!

Esher, United Kingdom
Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

Stayed for one night on way from Christchurch to Dunedin. The two hosts - James and James - were very welcoming and the house is a very special location. Whatever you do, make sure you have dinner when you are there, it is an outstanding experience. We were quite lucky that we were one of only 2 couples that particular...

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

Thank you for your review, and glad you enjoyed your stay! For other guests reading this, note that there are TVs in three of our rooms--the Nest, Garden and Park Rooms--while there is none in the Elizabeth and Victoria Rooms, which are more in keeping with the Victorian theme of the main lodge building. All the best!

Christchurch, New Zealand
Reviewed 28 December 2016

From the time we arrived until we left the next day every step was perfectly choreographed. The room was luxurious and the food was perfection. We would stay again in a flash. Thank you James and James,

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

Aw, thank you so much for this lovely review! We're so glad you chose to spend your time away from home with us, and are thrilled that it met your expectations so well! We hope you'll return some day (maybe sooner than 23 years from now?!).

Christchurch, New Zealand
Reviewed 20 December 2016

Our group of 4 stayed last Saturday night for a special night away, and special it was! From the moment we were met in the carpark on our arrival, to taking the final photos of us all before we left, this was a memorable visit. Host James managed to be at our fingertips for anything we needed, attentive without being...

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

Thank you very much for your review! We're glad your little group found us, and that we made your time together something special! We hope you'll be back!

Reviewed 17 December 2016

We have traveled all over NZ, and were thrilled to find this gem. The lodge is a remarkable combination of original furnishings, and art and artifacts from the world travels of the hosts. One could spend a few days just savoring the art and history - and in great comfort. But even more incredible is the culinary expertise of James...

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

Dear Terre, I am so touched by your lovely review--what a wonderful gift to us during the Christmas season! I am very happy that you enjoyed your stay with us so much, and that you took the time to share your thoughts with other travellers. We look forward to welcoming you back sometime! All the best for the holidays!

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Laundry Service
  • Multilingual Staff
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. In October 2015 our three rooms in the Oamaru stone annex building (the Park, Nest and Garden Rooms) will reopen as much larger mini-suites, with satellite television, Nespresso machines and sitting area, as well as larger bathrooms with both shower and bathtubs in each. These rooms will also be equipped with splittable super-king beds that can be split into twin king singles upon request, and a sofabed should a third person wish to share the room (third person at an extra cost). ... more   less 

Additional Information about Pen-y-bryn Lodge

Address: 41 Towey Street, Oamaru 9401, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Oamaru
Price Range: $632 - $797 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Pen-y-bryn Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 5
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“All rooms are lovely. Victoria and Elizabeth rooms are smaller than the rooms in the lodge but not small.”
 of 5 bubbles 683justinr, 4 Feb 2017 | Read review
“The Garden Room is ideal!”
 of 5 bubbles 921molly, 13 Jan 2017 | Read review
“All the rooms looked marvellous.”
 of 5 bubbles zzrbell, 24 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Any room is great”
 of 5 bubbles T9017QWdavide, 26 Oct 2016 | Read review
“There are no disappointments unless you need a fitness centre or business centre. Why does Tripadvisor rate these so highly?”
 of 5 bubbles PaulJanet, 19 Sep 2016 | Read review
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