Jana Schoeman: “Our guest’s home away from home.”
In 1995 Jack Brotherton opened the first Hollow Hotel on the banks of the Sabie River in Hazyview. Encouraged by the success of Hippo Hollow, Jack spread the Hollow Hotel wings and opened two Hollow Hotels in Cape Town and another one in Hazyview.
A collaboration between Jack, Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre owner Louis van der Merwe and Seasons in Africa led to the opening of Casterbridge Hollow hotel in 2009, Mpumalanga’s first ‘green’ hotel. The charming concept evolved using the simplest and most basic materials, achieving a rustic look reminiscent of the Tuscan countryside. Contemporary styling is enhanced with rich textures and designer fabrics featuring proteas and antelope proudly proclaim the hotel’s South African roots. Local artisans made the wire-work baskets, hand-crafted tiles and decorative light fittings and the look pulled together is natural sophistication.
Casterbridge Hollow’s Green credentials have made it the benchmark against which other hotels are measured.
What can guests expect from this stylish hotel? The hotel specialises in weddings, while being located close to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport and the delights of the Panorama Route and Kruger National Park puts it right at the top of the pops for both tourists and business travellers. The peaceful environment is conducive to productive and creative thinking and the hotel’s state-of-the-art conference centre is equipped with all the modern amenities required to deliver successful meetings, product launches or conferences, and there is WiFi throughout the hotel.
Although there isn’t a restaurant on site, both Magnolia Café and Magnolia Restaurant are just a few steps across from the hotel entrance and serve scrumptious breakfast, lunches and dinners. Not to forget the creative cocktails!
But if a bit of Lowveld peace is what you are looking for, the beautiful gardens and pool deliver just that and there is absolutely no pressure to head off to the adjacent gym, although a trip to the Wellness Centre may be on your agenda. Staying in the heart of Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre means shops, art galleries, restaurants and even a cinema are a gentle stroll away.
Casterbridge Hollow, Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre, R40 White River
South: -25° 18’ 26.247”
East: 31° 1’ 49.8684”
Tel: 013 751 3088 / 087 940 7759
Lowveld Hollows Reservations:
Tel: 013 737 7752 / 072 752 0952
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