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Why did we hand pick Flycatcher Castle?

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  • Fairytale castle with beautifully manicured gardens
  • Magnificent works of art abound in this unique setting
  • Excellent location for exploring the beautiful Panorama Route

Flycatcher Castle

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Graskop


-24.9245, 30.8458


Artist Manie Connoway undertook a mammoth task when he set out to build Flycatcher Castle, using picture research of castles in Europe and Britain before creating a clay model of his vision. Manie handed over the model to a gifted draughtsman, and in only three years a highly authentic, mammoth castle was built on the rolling hills outside Graskop, and immaculately decorated with period furniture, relics, artwork and fittings.

Named after 19th century composers, the four Deluxe Suites are individually decorated: Strauss in frivolous pink, Gounod in striking Art Deco, Puccini in creamy yellow, and Verdi in cool greens and soft purples. All the suites feature rare antique furniture, generous free-standing bathtubs and spacious showers. 

Situated on the opposite side of the castle to the Deluxe Suites, and decorated in red velvet and gilded wallpaper, the Mozart Royal Suite is ideal for honeymooners, housing a gargantuan bed which could comfortably sleep four people.

The provocative Ruby Royal is a fantastical suite which houses a solar-heated plunge pool, a 4m high mirrored ceiling and an indoor garden, with interiors adorned with chandeliers, mirrors and rubies.

Food and drinks from the kitchen can be served through a service hatch. The pool is available to Castle guests when Ruby Royal is not occupied, and free Wi-Fi is available in the lounge and reading room. 

The castle showcases a bronze art gallery, while similarly, creative talent, love and gusto is put into creating superb mouth-watering four course meals served by candlelight in the the grand Art Deco Restaurant. No corkage is charged for bringing your own liquor, which may be stored in the office fridge. Sundowners can be enjoyed on one of the castle’s turrets, overlooking the garden with its small wetland and wild flowers, and onwards to the rolling hills. 

Castle Nuovou in Italy was the inspiration to create the grand baroque entrance façade that offers a strong contrast to the authentic weathered look of the rest of the castle, while a visit to the chapel, with its starry ceiling comprising an arsenal of twinkling lights, is a must. The hospitable management team will direct you to some of the area’s best attractions, which include the Panorama Route’s spectacular waterfalls, canyons and views.

Rates & Summary

4 Suites

Each sleeps 2 in King/double bed
Free-standing bath and spacious shower
Features rare antique furniture

Mozart Royal Suite

Gigantic antique bed
Couple-sized bath

Ruby Royal Suite

Arabian themed bedroom tower
4m high mirrored ceiling
King bed, en-suite spacious shower
Indoor heated plunge pool
Indoor garden
Service hatch for food and drinks


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Breakfast and dinner included


Children of all ages are welcome.

  • 0 - 5: stay for free on camping beds in suites
  • 6 - 11yrs: R 600 pp DB&B in Bear Suite, a dedicated children's bedroom with wall-to-wall teddy bears, 14 stairs up from the first floor Verdi Suite.

Why Stay Here?

Flycatcher Castle is situated on the outskirts of Graskop on the doorstep of Mpumalanga’s Panorama Route. The castle was built using hand-picked relics and works of art to create a masterpiece set in one of the most beautiful areas of the country. Constructed in the style of a huge 17th century Italian castle, and set in beautifully manicured gardens, Flycatcher Castle provides a fairytale experience in a building filled with antique furniture, opulent rooms, and extraordinary artwork. 


  • Fairytale castle with beautifully manicured gardens
  • Magnificent works of art abound in this unique setting
  • Excellent location for exploring the beautiful Panorama Route


Mozart Royal is very private, and Ruby Royal offers the greatest privacy. 

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, binoculars for bird watching and seeing the sights on the Panorama Route.

Road Conditions

The roads in Graskop are tarred but are often potholed, so careful driving is advised.

Activities & Attractions

  • Spa with Jacuzzi and ozone sauna
  • Chapel
  • Bronze art gallery
  • Bird watching
  • Wild flowers, chameleons and frogs


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Covered verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Heater included
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast & dinner
  • Restaurant
  • Not licensed


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Heated swimming pool
  • No television
  • Library
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Limited cell phone reception
  • Conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Limited wheelchair friendliness
  • Child friendly
  • Pets welcome
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Personal safe




Panorama & Lowveld



The Lowveld-Legogote region is the urban hub of Mpumalanga. It is home to the dynamic capital city Mbombela/Nelspruit and KaNyamazane township. It also contains the towns of White River and Hazyview, known for their arts & crafts, their good living and bonhomie.

All roads round here lead to the Kruger National Park (KNP) which is the region’s border and its biggest attraction. Another big attraction is the amazing Sudwala caves - the world’s oldest dolomite caves and the geological highlight of the Lowveld.

To the west of Mbombela/Nelspruit is the Blyde (Motlatse) River Canyon, the third-largest green canyon in the world and highlight of the Panorama Route. This is a scenic route along the escarpment edge, taking in the mountain towns of Graskop, Sabie, Pilgrim’s Rest and Lydenburg. To the east of Mbombela/Nelspruit lies the region dubbed the Wild Frontier. It is known for its lively gold rush history and mysterious stone ruins left by early indigenous people.

The Lowveld-Legogote region has strong ties with neighbouring Mozambique and Swaziland, offering an intriguing mix of culture, language and style. 

The Lowveld is sometimes referred to as the ‘Slowveld’ –and it’s not hard to see why. It’s hot, subtropical, laid-back and friendly. This is a region that has always worked alongside the rhythms of the wild.

The word ‘legogote’ means ‘place of the skins’ and refers to the leather makers who once lived here in the Legogote Mountains. They were known for their skill in crafting leather thongs supplied to early ox-wagon travellers.

The Lowveld has long been a trade route and trading post. Explored by early hunters and pioneers, it developed on the back of the discovery of gold. From old Delagoa Bay (present-day Maputo) to Mbombela/Nelspruit and on to the Panorama Route, you will encounter colourful tales of early adventurers, prospectors, bootleggers, gamblers, traders, chiefs, kings and shysters.

Mbombela/Nelspruit is a big, busy city that includes historic Nelspruit, ever-growing residential developments, and the vibrant, sprawling township of Kanyamazane. Cutting right through the centre of the city is the Lowveld Botanical Garden. Popular among residents and tourists, the garden is set on the banks of the Nels River and is a delight of indigenous greenery. It has a large cycad collection and an African rainforest.

Mbombela/Nelspruit was a host city for the 2010 FIFA World CupTM. Its beautiful stadium is an icon of the city’s progress - along with the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, with an innovative design reflecting a modern African spirit. In Mbombela/Nelspruit you’ll find excellent hotels, restaurants and shopping malls. It is home to a mix of peoples and cultures, with an Afro-chic flavour. From Mbombela/Nelspruit you can do artists’ routes and township tours, visit casinos, nightclubs, and artistic and historical spots. And yet within a short time you can be right in the middle of the KNP gazing out onto the ancient African wilderness.

Incredible mountain scenery and excellent outdoor action - that’s the spirit of Mpumalanga’s Panorama Route. From Mbombela/Nelspruit the route heads east through subtropical foothills and farmlands, into the mountains of the Blyde (Motlatse) River Canyon. The route takes you along a series of historic mountain passes to the towns of Pilgrim’s Rest, Sabie, Graskop, Mashishing/Lydenburg and Orighstad. Scenic highlights include God’s Window, the Three Rondavels and the Bourke’s Luck Potholes. The Blyde River Canyon Reserve is also there - home to plenty of wildlife and birdlife and some of the best views in South Africa.

Pilgrim’s Rest is where gold was first discovered and is a heritage town. Graskop and Sabie are timber centres, and renowned for their adventure activities. There is a wide choice of things to do here, from gorge swinging, rock climbing, abseiling, and hot air ballooning, to river rafting, bungee jumping, quad biking, fishing, sailing and 4x4-ing.

Look out for

The Kruger National Park - Flagship of Mpumalanga, the Kruger National Park has good infrastructure and services, with routes, game drives, guides, camps, watering holes and other animal viewing spots. Your chances of a lion sighting are the highest in the central Kruger Park, where nutritious grasslands support a diversity of creatures. There are great spots for humans too, from luxury lodges to remote camping hideouts.

Mbombela/Nelspruit - Mpumalanga’s capital city is a friendly and fast-moving mix of cultures. These include Tsonga, Pedi, Swazi, Mozambican, Afrikaans, English, Dutch, German and French. The city is a central place from which to access the Lowveld and Panorama regions. You can take a cultural tour of Kanyamazane township, and visit arts & craft centres, traditional healers and shebeens. You can see an excellent collection of South African art at the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature buildings, or spend a quiet hour or two in the Lowveld Botanical Garden in the heart of the city.

Sudwala caves - The world’s oldest known cave system, said to be nearly 3 billion years old, the Sudwala Caves are completely surreal. In the heart of the Mankelekele mountains lies this vast subterranean city of passages, tunnels, caverns and chambers. There are timeless dripstone formations and eerie bottomless lakes. The highlight is the Crystal Tour – a five-hour 2km hike into the heart of the caves culminating in a cavern containing incredible stalactites and stalagmites.

Outdoor action - Sabie is the adventure capital of the Lowveld and Panorama, offering just about everything you can think of in an incredible canyon and mountain setting. Experience the adrenalin rush of the world's highest cable gorge swing with a 68m (18-storey) freefall. You’ll go from 0-160km/h in 2.3 seconds! The hiking is exceptional, and there are excellent rock climbing, paragliding, and abseiling opportunities.

The Artists Route - The beautiful setting and laidback lifestyle of the Lowveld has long attracted artists and creative souls. In the White River/Hazyview area you can visit the studios and showrooms of some of the country’s foremost artists. These include potters, weavers, candle makers, glass-blowers, sculptors and even taxidermists. Both these towns are hip and happening, offering charming eating spots and great rural retail therapy. For good shopping head for Casterbridge Centre on the edge of White River, and Perry’s Bridge in Hazyview.

Kaapsehoop village - Explore the misty heights of this historic gold mining village. It is popular for its quaint coffee shops, pubs, bistros and more than a hundred wild horses.

Innibos Cultural Festival - A music and arts festival held in the Nelspruit/White River area in June and July. This is a cultural ‘must-do’. For 14 days the Lowveld rocks. This arts festival is held at over 60 theatre and music spots across the province and features everything from big stage concerts to assorted theatre and cultural activities. There are also more than 400 craft stalls to explore.

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