‘Foodies’ and local personalities James Glucksman and James Boussy opened the doors as owners of the 5-star lodge two years ago this weekend (September 1) bringing with them a love of fine cuisine and a dedication to the luxurious Victorian mansion.
‘The Jameses’ — as the Pen-y-bryn hosts are locally known – will celebrate their milestone with a special accommodation package on offer until the end of November enabling guests to experience the luxury of the 123-year-old lodge.
The Celebratory Package includes accommodation for two people for two nights, an exquisite dinner for two and 20% discount on an evening viewing at Oamaru’s famed Blue Penguin Colony. To top it all off, it also includes a special gift from the Pen-y-bryn kitchen – two jars from its range of delectable homemade jams and preserves. The package is priced at $1200 per couple, representing a saving of 20% off the rack rate.
“A two night stay is the perfect length of time to give to this amazing region,” says Pen-y-bryn host James Glucksman. “Too often our guests regret not allowing more time to explore the sights of Oamaru, particularly the penguin colony.
“Guests staying with us on this package have access to the new premium seated viewing area at the Penguin Colony, which offers outstanding views of the penguins’ nightly return from the sea to their overnight nesting spots, and a full commentary.
“As part of this package, we encourage guests to sample one of Oamaru’s other gourmet restaurants on their second night. But of course, if they prefer to dine at Pen-y-bryn both nights, we’ll certainly look after them.”
The Jameses’ have immersed themselves in the Oamaru community since moving to the region in 2010. Originally from the United States, they both worked and travelled throughout the world in their previous careers, until falling in love with the hillside historic mansion overlooking Oamaru.
“The last two years have been incredible,” said Mr Glucksman. “Coming here has been one of our best career moves, because it’s a wonderfully rich community with so much to offer. We love helping our guests plan their itineraries so they fall in love with it as much as we have.”
Since moving to Pen-y-bryn Mr Glucksman has been able to indulge his love of fine food and wine and impress guests with his outstanding cooking.
“I’m dedicated to good food, particularly food that is locally sourced,” he said.
“This region really is a wealth of outstanding food and fantastic ingredients.”
The Pen-y-bryn Celebratory Package is available from 1 September to 30 November 2012 and is subject to availability. Reservations are essential by calling Pen-y-bryn Lodge or going online to www.penybryn.co.nz.