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Flycatcher Castle
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Reviewed 1 October 2013

Thank you so much to Manie and Nolan for an amazing afternoon. Amazing!, Amazing Atmosphere, Amazing Lunch! Amazing Art! Amazing Experience!!!!!!
I can recommend this place of beauty to anyone! It was an absolute experience which will never be forgotten!

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank Petro D
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Reviewed 14 September 2013

We decided to stay here for one-night while travelling through Graskop and were completely amazed when we arrived. It was like we had stepped back into time surrounded by old castle walls, antiques and beautiful artwork. Manie and Nolan were friendly and accommodating and it felt like we were spending an evening with old friends. It was just the 2 of us that night, and we were fortunate to have a full guided tour of the entire castle. The food was amazing (prepared by Manie himself) - especially the '"seven sins" chocolate mousse. Our after-dinner delight was a special concert in the chapel surrounded by a constellation of stars. The decor and artwork can be a bit over-the-top but it adds to the old-world feeling which if you decide to stay here, is what you are actually after. We loved dogs around us (there are 7!) but I know they will happily put them away to accommodate you if this is not to your taste. We will definitely be back!

If you ever find yourself doing the Panorama Route or passing through Graskop, this place is a must-see!

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Samdb85
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Reviewed 5 June 2013

Stayed at the castle on the 25th of May and found it to be very interesting, definitely not an average getaway as there are many things to see and experience at the castle. The owner is a sculptor and the artwork on display is certainly inspired. Our room was comfortable and the food which is prepared by the owner himself was divine! Looking forward to making a return trip soon. Patricia and Joao Soares

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Patricia S
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Reviewed 12 November 2012

This is the worst place I have ever been in my life! I don't know where the other good reviews coming from and I am very disappointed because I based my decision to book this place on them. Trip Advisor should investigate because they sound fake. We feel cheated and ripped off by the owner of this horror house.
This property is not opulent or luxurious and it belongs in a horror movie and not a fairytale. There was no electricity or heating. There were dogs inside the hotel and cleaning products lying around. There is no service staff or cleaning staff. There isn't even a place to get a water or a coke, which luckily we took some with. The carpets were old, dirty and smelly, the furniture and ornaments dusty, the parket floor broken and loose, creating potential risk to the guests. There was dog poo outside, and dogs in the hotel and dining area while the guests (only the 2 of us) have dinner. there were unfixed leaks on the ceiling. The whole place was untidy in general and could not be considered luxurious by anyone.
Our room was dirty, smelly, damp, dark, cold and uncomfortable. It was cramped and could hardly open the door. The ceiling was unfinished and made of badly put together plywood. The airconditioning only made noise and did not heat or cool the room. The mattress was very uncomfortable, the bed too short for the average person. The bathroom area not cleaned properly, the bath drain was blocked and the water was warm and not hot and no pressure.
The artwork I know there are many tastes, but it is too harsh and scary for the average romantic weekend away, and it is not inviting or relaxing. Same in the rooms than in the lobby.
I had a slight cold but became very ill during the night, because of the cold and damp conditions of the room, which had no heating. We had no electricity through the night so there was no point in providing electric blankets. The duvet was too small for the bed and too thin for the cold nights.
There is not one single thing we can say about Flycatcher Castle. Notthing.
The only good thing was leaving the place.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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9  Thank Keli_SA
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Reviewed 17 August 2012

In a perfect location for some of Nature's most spectacular efforts nearby, Manie has built a dream castle and filled it with a bewildering assortment of his statues and artwork. Each room of the castle is staggering and the bedrooms extrordinary - we stayed in the Ruby Room complete with 6m high turret bedroom, jungle and spa with a giant penis tap. The food was personally and perfectly prepared by Manie & Wes and as good as any five star hotel - the interlude for 20 mins opera in the private chapel after main course was inspired. Breakfast was brilliant (forget a pancake at Harrie's). Get up early to grab a few moments with Manie in his workshop if you can. We had unequalled hospitality and a superb stay with hundreds of photos to delight back in the UK. Don't miss this place when in RSA.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank rdfTrip
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