ABOUT THE FERN & THISTLE
The Fern & Thistle is Balclutha’s only luxury accommodation and features Lesmahagow, the magnificent villa built by sanitary ware ‘king pin’ Peter McSkimming in 1914.
Named after his wife’s home town in Scotland, Lesmahagow sits on 6,000m2 of private landscaped gardens and surveys the local surrounds of Benhar, which the McSkimming’s built as NZ’s first feudal town in the late 1800’s to service their extensive factory operations.
Lovingly restored and reopened to the public in 2020, the property is now equipped with many modern conveniences such as central heating, a commercial kitchen, WIFI, a quality coffee machine, sauna and a fresh water hot pool to relax in after a day exploring the Clutha area.
For those looking to escape from the world or host a special event, the grounds provide a perfect back drop for events such as parties, weddings, family gatherings and ample photo opportunities. With room rates starting at just $140 a night, why not book The Fern & Thistle for your next Balclutha getaway.
Enjoy complimentary drinks from our communal drinks fridge, including beer, cider and a range of softdrinks
Your room tariff includes access to a continental breakfast including homemade bread and jams, cereal, yoghurt and fruit
The property is equipped with Starlink internet- providing up to 256mb/s download speed uncapped
The property is equipped with a DeLonghi automatic coffee grinder as well as a large assortment of teas and instant coffee options
Relax in our new barrel sauna made from aromatic Canadian cedar wood that seats up to 6 people
Enjoy a long soak in our gas fired hot tub under the fairy lights and stars
The McSkimmings Suite
The historical master suite, this room provides optimal comfort and escapeView Details
The O’Malley Suite
A superior room situated overlooking the gardens, the O'Malley suite oozes charmView Details
Available for Events
Our beautiful grounds provide the perfect back drop for your next event. Whether you need a private space, a lot of space or just someone to take care of the food and drinks, our staff will make your next event a memorable one without breaking the budget