• 20

    Dec

    2015 Gingerbread House Unveiled!

    [caption id="attachment_1218" align="alignleft" width="600"] Gingerbread Waitaki District Council[/caption] Every year since 1997 we have created a gingerbread house as part of our holiday decorations, generally modelled on an architectural marvel that we visited during the year during our own holidays. Since this year we did not…
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  • 06

    Oct

    Pen-y-bryn’s Sous Chef Competes in Young Chef Competition

    Ashley Baty, since early 2014 the sous chef at Pen-y-bryn, has just competed against young chefs from all over New Zealand in the Jeunes Chefs Rôtisseurs competition held annually by the New Zealand bailliage of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. This august group, with 25,000 members…
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  • 22

    Sep

    Oamaru and Pen-y-bryn in the News

    There has been a sudden spurt in reporting on interesting things in the Oamaru area, including a few articles about Pen-y-bryn Lodge itself. New Zealand's Life and Leisure magazine for September/October 2015 has no fewer than three pieces about Oamaru. The first one is about…
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  • 26

    Aug

    Pen-y-bryn Annex Expansion Shaping Up!

    In mid-2014 we began the process of planning for the expansion of our three guest rooms in the Oamaru stone "Annex" building (the Nest, Park and Garden Rooms) by challenging Timaru-based architect Desmond Prisk, who had been involved in the original conversion of the Annex building…
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  • 07

    Jun

    Pen-y-bryn Sous Chef Takes Bronze!

    Ashley Baty, sous chef at Pen-y-bryn, participated in the 2015 New Zealand National Final of the Hans Bueschke World Chef's Challenge, held in Christchurch at the weekend. The competitors were given the challenge of preparing a menu using a selection of ingredients provided by the…
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  • 04

    Jun

    Centurion Magazine Features Pen-y-bryn Lodge

    Centurion, the travel and lifestyle magazine for American Express premium card-holders, has a special feature on "48 places to spend 48 hours", recommending Pen-y-bryn Lodge as a great place for a visit. The photo they chose to use is a photo from the one time…
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  • 08

    May

    Traveller Video of a Visit to Oamaru

    Still trying to decide if Oamaru is right for you? This video, posted recently by a visitor to the Tourism New Zealand site, shows a sample of what you can expect from a visit to New Zealand's "coolest" town. Enjoy! [embed width="123" height="456"]http://genero.tv/watch-video/39633[/embed]
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  • 31

    Mar

    Big News in our Annex Rooms!

    As a Category One historic property, the main lodge building of Pen-y-bryn is protected by Heritage NZ, preventing us from doing anything to change the appearance of any of its rooms, or to the appearance of the interior or exterior of the building. As a result,…
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  • 28

    Feb

    Pen-y-bryn Featured in Heritage NZ Magazine

    The Autumn 2015 (#136) issue of Heritage, the magazine of Heritage New Zealand, has been released, and one of the main articles is about Pen-y-bryn Lodge and the work we have undertaken to restore this 1889 mansion to its current state. Work continues to enhance the…
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  • 03

    Nov

    Oamaru is New Zealand’s “Coolest Town”

    With every new edition of the Lonely Planet guide to New Zealand in recent years we have noticed the number of pages devoted to Oamaru and the surrounding area has grown progressively larger. Gone are the days when Oamaru merited a mere two pages and…
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