The ongoing restoration of original buildings in Clyde continues to place the historic town on the New Zealand heritage map and the recent opening of The Lord Clyde reinforces its significance.
The Lord Clyde is a new accommodation option in Clyde’s main centre and has been authentically restored by the owners of the landmark Olivers complex, David and Andrea Ritchie, together with Andrea’s sister Victoria Hansen.
“When we looked around the building, which is located over the road from Olivers, we immediately appreciated the lovely feel it had with its very good bones,” says David. “It was the perfect location and fitted with our vision of bringing another old building back to life.”
Andrea was responsible for the interior design and the property has nine elegant, light, comfortable and graciously decorated en-suite rooms which opened to visitors in January this year.
“The 120-year-old building had been pretty underutilised in many respects so hopefully it has now been moved to a different level and is helping to create more energy in the town,” she says. “In the spirit of celebrating Clyde’s rich heritage we have named the rooms after early residents of Clyde, all of whom lived fascinating lives and contributed to the development of the town and the surrounding area. This adds to the charm of The Lord Clyde and we have already had positive feedback from guests that they enjoy staying in quality accommodation with such charm and character. “
The Lord Clyde breakfast served each morning in the guest lounge is memorable for visitors.
“We have a high percentage of international visitors, predominantly from Australia, North America, Europe and the UK,” says David. “Breakfast is a time they enjoy where they get to meet each other and share stories. There is always at least one party from New Zealand staying who generally love to share information about our slice of the world.”
While Andrea and David remain the hosts at Olivers Victoria is the face of The Lord Clyde, living on site.
One of her roles is to help guests plan and facilitate their itinerary of activities while staying in Clyde.
“Guests choose to do a variety of things around the area from wine tasting, cycling the numerous trails, the Clutha River cruise or just enjoying the atmosphere of Clyde and the town the locals are so proud of,” says David. “And after a busy day exploring the area are able to enjoy a wine in the private garden overlooking the Clutha River and sun-baked hills and then dine at Olivers or one of the other great restaurants in town”.