Pen-y-bryn Lodge was built as a private residence in 1889 by the famed architectural firm of Forrester & Lemon for local businessman John Bulleid and his wife, Fanny. Pen-y-bryn is Welsh for “Top of the Hill” and indeed the house sits atop South Hill, one of Oamaru’s most sought-after districts. Reputed to be the largest single-storey timber dwelling in Australasia, the house has kept true to its Victorian heritage and today offers discerning guests the perfect combination of old world elegance and modern amenities.
James Glucksman and James Boussy (aka “the Jameses”) are your hosts, and have owned Pen-y-bryn since August 2010. Born in the United States, the Jameses have lived and traveled all over the world but have decided to make their home in Oamaru and are eager to show off their adopted home town to their guests.
James Glucksman had a career in international management consulting and healthcare for more than 20 years, living and working in more than forty countries all over the world. Fluent in Russian and Chinese, and with a very good knowledge of French, Spanish and German (as well as some limited Japanese and Hungarian), James’ first love was always fine food and wine. He is a member of the Slow Food movement (the international organisation that promotes local and sustainable foods) and is an Officier Maître Hôtelier in the Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the Paris-based gourmet society, in the Bailliage of Christchurch.
James Boussy was trained as a dentist, and practiced in the US state of Virginia for 15 years before moving his practice to Beijing. James is also a highly skilled baker, gardener and home renovator, and has made a name for himself among his friends for the exquisite gingerbread houses that he creates as the centrepiece of the Jameses’ annual Christmas party.
James and James were long renowned for the regular dinner parties they would host at their homes around the world, showcasing recipes and wines they picked up during their travels. Having lived and worked in China for many years, Chinese cuisine is one of their strengths, in particular the spicy cuisines of Sichuan (Szechuan) and Hunan, though less spicy dishes are also part of the repertoire. If you are interested in sampling authentic Chinese cuisine using the finest New Zealand ingredients, or if you’d like to try the cuisines of Brazil, Morocco, Turkey, India, or something more familiar like the classical dishes of France or Italy, you need just let them know and they will be happy to cater to your every whim.