Clyde’s Historic Accommodation Dunstan House had its origins dating back to 1863 when the original Dunstan Hotel known then as "The Dunstan" was erected on this site. Built from weatherboard with arched windows and wooden quoins on the corners, it included a dining, drawing and smoking room as well as a theatre for Saturday night entertainment complete with brass band and dancing girls!! It also functioned as the booking office for Cobb & Co’s horse drawn coaches laden with passengers. Accommodation, stabling and meals were provided for the 3 day trip to Dunedin or the tough journey up to Arrowtown or Queenstown.
The present Dunstan House Clyde was rebuilt on the original site in 1900 as the new Dunstan Hotel. The contractor stone mason Thomas Wilkinson used schist stone quarried from the gorge end of Clyde and Albert Fountain staircase builder and joiner, sourced native hardwood timber from the Upper Wanaka region for the beautiful central stairway. The imposing Georgian style 2 story building was the first of it's kind in Central Otago and continued it’s important role as a social gathering point for the thousands of miners and early settlers working and frequenting the new Clyde district.
Accommodation, meals, refreshments and entertainment were provided until the doors of the Hotel closed in 1937. The numbers of patrons had dwindled, the gold rush was over!!
The building went through a period of neglect until purchased by Fleur Sullivan in 1968 who partially restored it and used it for a back packers and antique store.
It has continued on and been further restored to it’s present state providing wonderful heritage accommodation with an ambiance of yesteryear but now including central heating and all the comforts for today’s traveller.
John and Maree Davidson purchased Dunstan House in 2005 and they continue to enjoy hosting and sharing their property with the thousands of guests and visitors annually. Born and bred locally they are well placed to share their knowledge, interest in local history and love of the outdoors.