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Pen-y-bryn Lodge

41 Towey Street Between Arun Street and Perth Street, Oamaru 9401 New Zealand
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This award-winning boutique hotel is in a hillside location, overlooking historic Oamaru with views of the sea and mountains. The property features extensive verandahs, outdoor terraces and peaceful gardens. Facilities at Pen-y-bryn Lodge Oamaru include a billiard room, fitness centre, guest library, and a shared lounge with open fireplace and bar. Free Wi-Fi is available in all public areas and guest rooms. Each room includes bathrobes, cotton bed linen, and feather and down pillows. There is also an iPod docking station, alarm clock radio, and a modern bathroom with hairdryer in every room. Pen-y-bryn Lodge is a 5-minute drive from Bushey Beach, home to endangered yellow-eyed penguins. Oamaru Botanic Gardens, Forrester Art Gallery and North Otago Museum are 5 minutes’ drive. Guests can enjoy tea, coffee, biscuits, chocolates and fresh fruit in the dining room with log fireplace. The entire house has been extensively renovated and redecorated, including the Drawing Room (where we serve pre-dinner drinks and canapés, and where guests often enjoy relaxing with a book or with their laptops with a drink) and the Dining Room (where we serve dinner and breakfast). All our guest rooms have new beds and feature in-room climate control (both heating and cooling), and some have in-room espresso machines, as well.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Beach
Billiards
Solarium
Baggage storage
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Self-serve laundry
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Blackout curtains
Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
Desk
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
Sofa bed
Bath / shower
Bathrobes
Fireplace
Housekeeping
Sofa
Telephone
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Iron
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Radio
iPod docking station
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Mountain view
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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Quaint
Languages Spoken
English, French, Russian, Spanish and 2 more
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Sarah W wrote a review 12 Feb
Crawley, United Kingdom17 contributions30 helpful votes
James & James are generous and welcoming guests and custodians of this amazing property. Think English stately home and you will not be far wrong. The history and charm of the house need to be seen to be believed. Great room with the best shower of our trip! Breakfast cooked to order and enjoyed with the other guests in the beautiful dining room. Great to meet Milo & George the resident dogs.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Joel K wrote a review Dec 2023
Vancouver, Canada3577 contributions826 helpful votes
We were the only guests for our nights stay. we went to the Blue Eyed Penguin observation and wandered around town. Very Steam Punk. The lodge was pretty awesome. Our room, Elizabeth, had a ensuite bathroom and very comfortable and seating for two. We had a dinner at the Lodge just for the 2 of us. A lovely night and following day breakfast. It had all the fixings. The public rooms were quite opulent and fun to see all the books, etc. The proprietor was very helpful in all counts. Helped with finding us a Doctor to go to and a fantastic driving route up to Mt Cook.
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Date of stay: May 2023
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Responded 4 weeks ago
Thank you very much Joel for your review! I hope you got everything taken care of and enjoyed the rest of your time in NZ!
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Pippa H wrote a review Nov 2023
London, United Kingdom76 contributions32 helpful votes
We had an absolutely wonderful stay with James and James at Pen y Bryn - I would recommend making this part of your stay for anyone visiting Oamaru. We were welcomed so warmly on arrival, and helped with our bags. They also upgraded our room which was a great bonus. There were delicious freshly made cookies and a great range of drinks waiting in our room. The modern bathroom (with underfloor heating) was huge, and the room felt very luxurious. James was so helpful in telling us where to go to get best views of penguins and lending us his binoculars. In the morning, breakfast was incredible, by far the best breakfast I have had in a hotel. Everything fresh and homemade including granola, jams and honey, followed by a spot on cooked breakfast. The room is also this gorgeous Victorian space. James was great to chat to and both were perfect hosts. Thanks so much for making our stay so special!
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Date of stay: October 2023
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David E wrote a review Nov 2023
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Great place to stay if visiting Omarua - trip back to Victorian times.We were met by James when we arrived & he couldn’t have been more helpful. Lovely room - we were in the annex in the ‘ nest’. End of the day we had a night cap in the lunge - very comfortable & relaxing. Breakfast included a lot of home grown produce and all well prepared. Overall thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Guido H wrote a review Oct 2023
Wunstorf, Germany5 contributions15 helpful votes
This was definitely the best hotel stay we have ever had. From the first moment we got out of the car and were greeted in the parking lot by one of the owners, to the tips on how to get into town, what to see, the binoculars given to us to see the penguins better, to advice on the holiday the next day and the efforts to book us a restaurant at our next stop in Dunedin, we realized that both owners want to provide excellent customer service and really do with their efforts. The three course dinner that evening was superbly put together and executed! If we ever come to New Zealand again, we will definitely plan our tour to stay at Pen-y-Bryn Lodge again for at least one night. It is recommended to book half board here as the food and service are really something special.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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Dinerdoll wrote a review Oct 2023
Norwich, United Kingdom52 contributions16 helpful votes
Very nice overall, older style property with quaint features. The room we choose was well equipped however rather small. The two James’ were very good hosts and catered for our needs. Excellent food cooked by the hosts made the experience quite special. Thanks P&S
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Very nice for a one night stay, the area isn’t as nice as the accommodation. The town appeared...
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Responded 4 weeks ago
Thank you for your stay and your review--we do have three larger rooms than the one you were in (in the Annex building across the courtyard from the main lodge building) if people want a bit more space. We're glad you enjoyed your stay and the meal I prepared for you!
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Caroline D wrote a review Apr 2023
Kenley, United Kingdom20 contributions4 helpful votes
Wonderful place to stay, the food was excellent and the James’ were fantastic hosts who went the extra mile to make our stay special. They were very flexible with us, extending our stay at short notice and delaying dinner at short notice. We even got a photography lesson thrown in.
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: It is a little out of the town which is nice if you want quiet.
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Dickie wrote a review Mar 2023
Poole, United Kingdom13 contributions
We stayed for two nights and was so impressed with the hospitality and quality of food. James is a superb chef and the food he creates is far better than most restaurants!!! Eat at the lodge as service and food was superb!! It was great to see hosts who really understand quality and who have a great sense of humour. Thank you James
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Ask for wine pairing suggestions with evening meal!!
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micksticks wrote a review Oct 2022
Brighton, sussex71 contributions24 helpful votes
We stayedfor one night in the Nest room which was in the annexe. Very spacious room and bathroom. Hosts were very welcoming and helpful with great travel suggestions. Breakfast was very good with an excellent selection, many items were homemade by James. The house itself is stunning.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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GrandTour11969915722 wrote a review May 2022
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The lodge , the food and the hospitality in general provided by James one and James two was first class. We had a brilliant stay and the guidance they provided to the sights and the delights of the Oamaru district was a real point of difference for us. We highly recommend this fine property and it’s wonderful hosts.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 3 Jul 2022
Thank you so much for your review! We hope we can look forward to your return sometime!
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$625 - $794 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
New ZealandSouth IslandOtago RegionOamaru
NUMBER OF ROOMS
5
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Frequently Asked Questions about Pen-y-bryn Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Pen-y-bryn Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Oamaru Public Gardens (0.9 km), Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail (1.2 km), and Grainstore Gallery (1.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Pen-y-bryn Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Pen-y-bryn Lodge?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Pen-y-bryn Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Pen-y-bryn Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Pen-y-bryn Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cucina, Scotts Brewing Co, and The Last Post Pub & Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Pen-y-bryn Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness centre during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Pen-y-bryn Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, Russian, and Chinese.
Are there any historical sites close to Pen-y-bryn Lodge?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Totara Estate (4.5 km).
Does Pen-y-bryn Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.