Pen-y-bryn Lodge is a beautifully-preserved Victorian hotel that sits atop a hill in one of Oamaru’s most sought-after districts.
Hosted by the owners, James and James, the expansive single-story lodge has five guest rooms, an opulent dining room, full billiard table and beautiful gardens – the bounty of which is used as ingredients in the creative meals throughout your stay. Dining is a real highlight of Pen-y-Bryn, with hearty breakfasts, delicate pre-dinner canapés and exquisite three course fine dining served to your tastes each day.
Owner and chef James is inventive and creative with his cuisine, and is both a member of the Slow Food Movement and the Chaine des Rotisseurs.
Meals are served convivially on a shared dining table, but private tables can also be arranged if you prefer.
PEN-Y-BRYN LODGE LOCATION
Located on the central east coast of New Zealand’s South Island, the town of Oamaru holds fascinating Victorian history. With many streets still boasting beautifully-preserved structures, it’s no surprise that many movies have used Oamaru in their film sets. The ‘dinosaur egg’ Moeraki boulders are also nearby, which have set the scene of many a postcard and Pinterest board.
To get to Pen-y-bryn, it’s just a 1.5-hour drive from Dunedin or a 3-hour drive from Christchurch. If you’re coming from Queenstown, the drive will be 3.5 hours.
Pen-y-bryn has five rooms available to guests: The Garden, Nest, and Park Rooms in the annex and The Victoria and Elizabeth Rooms in the main house. The Elizabeth Room features an original Victorian pedestal tub and underfloor heating, The Garden Room was recently remodeled to be the largest in the house, and The Nest Room is popular with honeymooners thanks to its views of the Pacific Ocean and Kakanui Ranges. The remaining few are, of course, an equally excellent choice.
From the moment you arrive at Pen-y-bryn you’ll be greeted by your friendly hosts; offering to carry your bags to your room, inquiring about your culinary preferences and scheduling the best time for your pre-dinner canapes. Meals can be arranged to fit around your schedule, and tours to see the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony are best fitted in at dusk.
The Garden Room Located on the upstairs level of the annex building, the 515 square-foot Garden Room is the largest room at Pen-y-bryn Lodge. A California king bed can be converted into two singles if preferred, and a separate sitting area with satellite television overlooks the original Pen-y-bryn gardens. A spacious ensuite bathroom features heated floors and a separate oversized bath and walk-in glass shower.
The Nest Room At 485 square feet, the Nest Room is popular with honeymooners, located on the upstairs level of the annex building with views toward the Pacific Ocean and Kakanui Ranges. A super king or two twin beds can be arranged in the sunken bedroom, while an ensuite bathroom features heated tile floors and a separate oversized bath and walk-in shower. A sitting area with lounge furniture and a television round out the cozy, intimate space.
The Park Room The Park Room measures 495 square feet and is located on the upstairs level of the annex building. A super king bed can be converted into singles upon request, and enjoys views overlooking the pottage garden and Awamoa Park in the background. A lounge area comes with comfortable furniture and a satellite television for your entertainment, while the ensuite bathroom boasts a separate oversized bath and walk-in glass shower.
The Victoria Room Located opposite the Elizabeth Room in the main lodge building, the Victoria Room is characterized by antique oak furnishings. With views overlooking the Oamaru stone terrace and gardens, you can bask in the sun from your queen size bed or enjoy a beautiful ensuite bathroom with period-style tile floor. This room does not have a tub but is accessible for guests with limited mobility and offers a walk-in glass shower.
The Elizabeth Room Across the hall from the Victoria Room is the original bedroom from one of the house’s family members. The Elizabeth Room features a queen size bed and has French doors leading out to the private courtyard garden. It enjoys an ensuite with beautiful tile floors, an original large porcelain pedestal bath with Victorian brass fittings, and underfloor heating to keep you comfortable throughout your stay.
- Full breakfast daily
- Pre-dinner drinks and canapes