The Peggydale tourism site, 3km south of Balclutha, from
the air. Photo supplied.
One of South Otago's oldest tourist ventures is for sale
after almost 40 years of family ownership.
The Peggydale tearooms, function centre, and
souvenir/giftware shop, just south of Balclutha, was started
in 1975 by paraplegic entrepreneur Bill Jones and his wife
Following Mr Jones' death in 1997, it was taken over by his
son Mervyn, and his wife Alison.
Bayleys Dunedin salesman Miles Rapley said Peggydale's land,
buildings and business were being marketed for sale by
While Peggydale's ''bread and butter'' business would
continue to come from the busloads of tourists stopping for
refreshments and souvenirs, seven days a week, its potential
lay in becoming a function venue for the surrounding rural
townships of Milton, Clinton, Gore, Owaka and Balclutha, he
Peggydale is on a landscaped 9.93ha block, containing the
main hospitality and retail buildings, with an adjacent
four-bedroom owner/operator's home.
The 340sq m cafe seats up to 100 and has a fully-equipped
kitchen and commercial-grade cookers, hobs, chillers and
freezers, employing nine staff.
Peggydale's neighbouring souvenir and gift shop, covering
587sq m, is laid out in a retail format and employs five
staff. Mr Rapley said the owners' luxury 274sq m four-bedroom
residence was reconfigured in 2011 so it could potentially
operate as a B&B.