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“Flycatcher Castle is a MUST!”
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Flycatcher Castle
Ranked #7 of 16 Graskop B&B and Inns
Reviewed 1 November 2013

There are four reasons why staying at the Flycatcher Castle is a MUST:

One: seven 5-star 19th century England-suites, spacious and full of
atmosphere. Added bonus: no TV.

Two: Manie, the owner-manager, is a first-rate chef. You'll drool over the
breakfasts, but the dinners are even better AND included in the rate! Manie
is also an artist, and every course isn't only superbly delicious but also
an exquisite work of art.

Three: the service, or better phrased, the attitude: warm and embracing
hospitality. Never before have I received a personal email, a day before
arrival, stating that the manager-chef is "waiting expectantly to spoil me"
(which of course turned out true)! When I had trouble recharging my camera
batteries, Manie insisted on lending me his camera. And it went on and on...

Fourth, the castle isn't just a hotel, it's actually a tourist site to be
visited even without staying there. Guests can enjoy both the castle-like
public spaces and private suites, as well as a wonderful
flowered-sculptured-fountained garden. They are also offered a tour of other
parts which include an Arab-themed erotic bridal suit, enclosed with its
own garden; an art gallery with Manie's beautiful and meaningful sculptures;
and a unique chapel, with a starry dark-night ceiling, a smiling Jesus (I have
never seen Jesus smile), and a set of priceless 14 medieval reliefs
depicting Jesus' journey.

I'm very well travelled and have stayed in literally hundreds of hotels.
Never have I encountered such standards and such gracious and warm
hospitality. Before leaving, I brought Manie a bouquet of flowers to
express my gratitude. Staying at the Flycatcher is a MUST.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled solo
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1  Thank 12is12
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Reviewed 27 October 2013

A must if you're in Graskop! An experience out of the ordinary and truly worth a stay. Manie and Nolan does their utmost to make you feel at home and they will treat you like royalty - literally. Thanks for a fantastic and memorable stay!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank johnachilles
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Reviewed 20 October 2013

Manie and Nolan turned our anniversary weekend away into an unforgettable experience. Their warm hospitality, fine cuisine, exceptional rooms and fine detail to surprise made us feel like royalty. After an exceptional dinner we were surprised in our room filled with rose petals, candles
and a bubble bath. After a scrumptious breakfast we were treated with a tour of the castle which is filled with modern art, sculptures and antiques full of history. The room we stayed in was very spacious and luxurious. We would recommend Flycatcher castle to anyone seeking an out of the ordinary romantic escape.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Frans P
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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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8  Thank Keli_SA
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Address: 4 Hugenote Street, Graskop 1270, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Mpumalanga > Graskop
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Ranked #7 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Graskop
Price Range: £135 - £159 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Flycatcher Castle 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
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