The Fern & Thistle Accommodation

Balclutha B&B/Guesthouse

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Open Hours: 7am-11pm

Luxury Boutique Accommodation


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, superior WIFI, cafe quality coffee and a fresh water hot pool to relax in after a day exploring the Clutha area.

Map & Directions

146 Benhar Road, RD2, Balclutha


The Fern & Thistle is located 2 minutes north of Balclutha on Benhar Road, just East of State Hwy 1. With convenient access to Balclutha and the Dunedin airport just 35minutes north.

Cancellation Policy

Please carefully read our cancellation policy.
If the guest cancels more than 2 days in advance, the total amount of the reservation will be refunded. If the guest cancels less than 2 days in advance, a 30% penalty will be charged.
In case of a “no-show”, the first night is non-refundable.

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