November 15th, 2012

A fairytale castle in Bavaria was the inspiration for two luxury lodge owners in Oamaru to craft a stunning Christmas gingerbread creation.

Every year Pen-y-bryn lodge owners James Glucksman and James Boussy – known as ‘the Jameses’ – create a gingerbread marvel in the lead up to Christmas.

Last year their replica of Christchurch Cathedral, created as a tribute to the 130-year-old icon following the devastating February 2011 earthquake, proved a huge drawcard for locals and visitors to the property.

This year, following a business and holiday trip to Germany in July, they were overwhelmed by the beauty of the castle that was also the inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty.

To be formally unveiled on December 1, Neuschwanstein Gingerbread Castle can be viewed by guests either staying or enjoying a meal at the five-star Pen-y-bryn Lodge. In keeping with the European theme, guests can opt for a three or four course ‘European Christmas’ dinner for Christmas functions.

The Gingerbread castle, however, will not be on the menu. But since the aroma of the gingerbread is so enticing, the Jameses also prepare gingerbread cookies that guests are welcome to enjoy to their hearts’ content.



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