The Wansbeck which has all the stunning architecture of a historic home is warm and comfortable and suitable for 21st century living.
The house is set high on Wansbeck Street on a large section with panoramic views over Oamaru and out to sea. The house gives a very welcoming impression as you walk up the path. The Wansbeck as a majestic villa has weathered the decades extraordinary well. Nevertheless, there is always something in the beautiful old wooden home that requires attention and we are making repairs where a board is showing wear and tear. The bathrooms which were in sore need of renovation now provide for our guests a very comfortable service.
The front door leads through a tiled entrance porch into the central hallway, where you find polished Rimu floors and gorgeous doors fitted with art nouveaux push plates. Downstairs there are lovely rooms which have been in the past the formal sitting room and dining room which leads through lead light doors to the efficient kitchen. The downstairs hall way provides access to the living room and the downstairs bathroom where guest can enjoy a bath if they wish.
All guest rooms have Queen Beds with plush bedding, hardwood floors and lush rugs and amazing views over Oamaru and the Pacific Ocean. The Monterey Room, our premier guest room provides your own fridge stocked with local delights, your own TV and coffee maker. The modern bathroom provides a shower with plenty of hot water for tired travellers to enjoy luxury living in a historic setting.
The history of “The Wansbeck” at 24 Wansbeck Street goes back to the early history of Oamaru.
Built in 1911 by Susanna Brown, the Brown family lived in the home for over 50 years through the period of two world wars. Susanna Brown’s husband Robert Jnr a Draper in Oamaru was the brother of Donald Brown VC a famous son of Otago. A photo taken from St Luke’s Anglican Church built around 1865 in the English Gothic Revival style shows the house in Wansbeck Street as it was in 1912.