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WHAT OUR GUESTS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT OUR HOTEL

HOTEL REVIEWS TAKEN DIRECTLY FROM TRIP ADVISOR


“SO BEAUTIFUL A MUST STAY HOTEL!!!!”    
I will recommend staying at Casterbridge Hollow Hotel and or any of the Hollow Hotels in the world any day. I have been making use of their hotel’s for years now and never had even the slightest let down. Every stay is an pleasant stay.


“THE PERFECT STOP OVER EN ROUTE TO THE KRUGER PARK”    
The second time my wife and I have stayed and it was as good as ever... we choose this hotel as its the perfect stopover for a night en route from Johannesburg to the Kruger Park. It’s connected to the Casterbridge Centre which is an upmarket and very chic shopping centre complete with great restaurants. Dinner and breakfast were enjoyed at the adjacent Magnolia restaurant where the food and service are both superb. Comfortable large rooms with great bathrooms, friendly staff and a welcoming attitude are the de facto standard here.


“OVERNIGHTING IN WHITE RIVER”    
The staff of Casterbridge make me feel like I am coming home each time I visit. The rooms are spacious, tastefully decorated, with comfy beds and crisp white linen (my best!). The setting is so stunning, it refreshes my soul each time I am here.


“CASTERBRIDGE HOLLOW”    
I stayed for a 2 night visit with my daughter. After a long flight from UK the staff were so friendly and made us most welcome. Would definitely come back again. We were welcomed like friends. The whole stay was pleasurable and highly recommended.


“BEST HOTEL IN THE LOWVELD”    
What a beautiful hotel. The staff are super Friendly, Magnolia serves the best breakfast, and the whole experience is super. With the convenience of all the beautiful little shops in Casterbridge on your doorstep especially Gumtreez Pub which serves the best Curry Bunny Chows!


“SPACIOUS, CLEAN AND COMFORTABLE!”    
We recently stayed at Casterbrige Hollow in White River. The rooms are spacious, clean and have all the amenities that one would want. Our room looked onto the pool and garden area which was very tranquil. The hotel is located close to restaurants, shops, gym and a spa and one can easily stroll around the premises. The staff are friendly and efficient.


“COOL @ CASTERBRIDGE”    
The facilities are really cool (including the pool in winter), but that is compensated by the warm and friendly staff. The gardens and the courtyard give Casterbridge Hollow a very natural feel.


“EXCELLENT HOTEL, GREAT STAFF”    
I stayed at this hotel for 5 nights on a business trip. The hotel is excellent, built on a large campus with lot of shops within the campus and two restaurants. The campus is absolutely calm, clean. Rooms are good overlooking swimming pool, well managed, clean. What surprised me most is the staff - they are very courteous.


“DESERVES TO BE 5 STAR!”    
Remarkable service, care and attention to detail! Love the style, the atmosphere - all of it! What a team you all are... I especially loved the crisp linen, the beautiful bathroom and the room view onto the courtyard with the pool... Compliments to ALL! Thank you!


“VERY NICE PLACE. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED”    
Had a business meeting here. The meeting room was fantastic (not huge but sufficient for our 14). The rooms are very large and comfortable. Attentive staff. Excellent restaurant too. The pool looks good and so does the Fitness Centre but didn’t have an opportunity to use them.


“AWESOME SERVICE, VALUE FOR MONEY”    
From the moment from when we entered through the front door, until we checked out, this was a good experience. The staff on duty were highly sufficient and friendly, without being unprofessional. The accommodation was great and the overall feel was that of “wow”.


“GREAT STAY AT CASTERBRIDGE”    
Clean, spacious rooms and bathrooms. Friendly staff. Great location, close to town, yet peaceful and quiet. Gym available. Excellent restaurant (Magnolia). Various, different, nice little shops nearby. Safe parking.


“ALWAYS SUPERB!”    
This was our third stay at Casterbridge Hollow. The same excellent standard of accommodation and staff was once again offered. The rooms are beautiful and spacious. Breakfast is severed in an annex restaurant, the quality of food is fantastic. We will be back.


“OUR HOME IN WHITE RIVER”    
Casterbridge is our home away from home in white river. We have stayed there over 30 nights in the past two years and the CB team always makes us feel welcome. GM Zandile has started calling us family and the feeling is mutual! 12 of us stayed last week and used the conference room which was perfect for our needs. Ending the meetings with a dip in the perfectly clear pool and great food at magnolias next door is highly recommended.


“SMALL VERY FRIENDLY HOTEL”    
Stayed in the hotel in January with a group of 18 people for two weeks. The hotel was excellent and all the staff could not do enough for you. The use of the Magnolia restaurant next door the hotel was excellent. Look forward to stay again.


“BLOOMING MARVELLOUS - AN OASIS IN WHITE RIVER”    
After a 3 week camping trip around Namibia and Botswana we decided to treat ourselves to a stay at the Casterbridge Hollow Boutique Hotel at the Casterbridge lifestyle shopping centre just outside White River. Having only ever stopped to savour the lovely shops we always wondered what the hotel was like.

Well, blooming marvellous! A wonderful welcome by the receptionist and security staff, cold drink and we were shown to a superb room overlooking the pool. Contemporary but African luxury with plenty of room.

The only downside was poor choice on the TV - limited to 9 stations comprising sport and news and little else.

The restaurant - Magnolia was brilliant. Set part from the hotel, they made sure it was integral by ensuring the hotel staff we present in the restaurant. The ‘receptionist’ welcomed us and we saw her serving guests. But the real ‘tour de force’ was the quality of the food. Superb pork belly and, frankly, the best chicken & prawn curry I have ever (and I mean ever) tasted. Succulent, fragrant and full of flavour.

We will now stop over every time we venture to nearby Nelspruit.


“FAMILY HOLIDAY”    
Great hotel with easy access to local tourist sites and Kruger Park. We booked a family room which comprised of a large king size bed and two single beds which are in there own open plan room adjoining the main bedroom. Thus plenty of space for everybody. Large bathroom with 2 separate basins, a bath, shower and private toilet. Hotel also has a great swimming pool. All in all a very clean hotel with good service and nice size rooms. We will be back.


“GOOD HOTEL VERY NEAR KRUGER”    
I stayed one night here on my way to Kruger, and this hotel was just perfect. The room was comfortable, and very large, the restaurant nearby was pretty good (both for dinner and for breakfast), the staff were very kind, and the location very nice.


“ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!”    
After searching high and low in South Africa for our perfect Wedding location, my wife and I finally found it! Casterbridge Hollow and adjacent Magnolia Café knocked us out of the park from the moment we found them. The hotel and restaurant combination are first class and are able to cater for big groups like weddings with ease. Situated a comfortable 3 hours from Gauteng, we filled the 30 rooms with our wedding guests, who all also complimented the large modern rooms, perfect location, scenic setting and exemplary service. The quality of the restaurant also rates among the best in the world I have experienced. To the folks at the hotel, all I can say is thanks for making our special day (and weekend) the best we could’ve hoped for! We will be back very soon! I can highly recommend Casterbridge Hollow and Magnolia Café!


WEDDING TESTIMONIALS


Hi All
Just to let you know that Nick and I are back at work after a short break. We just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who was involved in organizing our wedding. It was so much more than we could have imagined and every aspect that we planned for happened just the way it was meant to.
The church was great and a please pass on our thanks to the ladies that cleaned out all the décor after we had left. I was spoilt rotten with great assistance with nails and make up.
The service was perfect and everyone was commenting on how smoothly it went – we appreciated all the kind words of wisdom and your guidance.
The décor was amazing, a lot of effort went into hanging all those tiny little bottles and the flowers were spot on. I couldn’t have asked for a more fitting bouquet
There was not a single hungry person in the house, the service was slick and the food was more than we were expecting. The cake was exactly like the picture! That was amazing. The music was just right and kept people on the dance floor till the end.
The accommodation was just right and nice to know that there were very few people out on the road after the reception – thanks for your patience in all the last minute changes.
Being in this industry we know the amount of work that goes into co-ordinating and pulling off a function and we are grateful for all of the hard work, generosity and kindness of everyone we have had the pleasure of meeting during this important adventure of ours.
Can’t wait to see the pictures, they are on their way!
Kind Regards, Kerry Leuenberger


Morning Jamie,
Just wanted to thank you for an absolutely spectacular weekend and wedding!!! Everything was outstanding. Food, service, staff.... We had an absolute blast and guests have not stopped raving about everything.
Food was incredible... have had numerous compliments from everyone.
Thanks for all your efforts in making it such a memorable weekend. Quite depressed that its over.
However, going to be back next year for our anniversary with EVERYONE to celebrate again.
Many Thanks. Regards, Claire & Ross


Both our daughters got married in 2011 at Magnolia. One was a winter wedding and the other a spring wedding. We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful setting, excellent food and service! Well done Jamie and staff.
Jean and Dalena Roux


To Jamie and staff,
Thank you for making our wedding day special and unforgettable. We were in the best of hands!
Johan and Isabelle Horn.


To Jamie and all the Magnolia Staff,
I wish to take this opportunity to extend our greatest thanks for making one of the most special days of our lives! It started from the first moment that you invited us to consider Magnolia as a venue for our wedding, from this point it felt more like a friendship than a service we were receiving! Often we talk about the day and take great pride in telling people about how everything we could ever want was given to us with a smile and no reserve. We receive so many compliments on our wedding day, the décor, the service of the staff and the general experience had by all, not to mention the countless compliments on the food that was prepared for our guests. It was so refreshing to deal with yourself and all your staff, if there was any concern shown by us it was dealt with immediately and as if it was a pleasure to do so. One thing among the many that stand out in our minds is the fact that the staff seemed to enjoy the wedding as much as we and our guests did, which made it just that much more awesome! Which leads me to compliment the fact that the staff of your establishment enjoy their work, environment, and are obviously proud to be a part of the dream. Again, thank you for everything you did for us, we wish you nothing but the utmost success and have no doubt you will achieve it!
Sincerest regards, Mathew and Sandra Metcalf


Dear Jamie
It has been a week since the wedding,and what a depressive week it has been. All the planning,hype and excitement is now but a fleeting memory. BUT dare I say, a memory that is imprinted in everyone’s minds and certainly the talk of each and every guest at the wedding. They absolutely loved Magnolia and could not stop raving about the superb food that was served. We honestly do not have words to express our sincere gratitude & appreciation for everything that you & your staff have done to make Claire & Ross’s special day even more special than expected. Your dedication,commitment and passion has most certainly rubbed off onto your staff as well. They were all amazing and could not do enough for us. We will most definitely be recommending Magnolia & Jamie Watt.
Take Care & God Bless, Marlene & Ian Johnson


Hi Jamie,
Hope you are doing well and that you have had an amazing festive season!!
Apologies for the late response - but I’ve been waiting for our wedding photos to arrive before i sent this email:-)
I just want to thank you and your team at the hotel and the restaurant for making our day sooo special! Everything was PERFECT!!!
My family cant stop talking about the venue AND the menu!!!! :-)
Thank you for making it so much fun and stress free - you deserve golden awards for your hospitality, friendliness and quality of food and service!!!
Peace - thank you for your warm heart and all your attention to detail!!! the honeymoon suite was definitely a surprise when we returned late that evening!! thank you so much for the card and the flowers - it really added the cherry on the cake after such an amazing day!!!!
I have attached some photos for you to view - if you would like to use any of these in future - just let me know which ones and i will send it to you in high res!!! LOVE it!!!!
Good luck with all your events in future - may you grow from strength to strength!!!
Take care!!!! x
Kind Regards, Lyndie van Wyngaardt


“EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT!”    
We had our wedding reception at Magnolia Restaurant and were amazed with the service that we received from owners Jamie and Kelly. All promises were delivered and all our concerns were answered and attended to. Manager Krystal was very helpful and the pride that she takes in her work was evident. The service on the night was excellent and the food was fantastic. Compliments such as “best wedding food ever” was received from numerous guests. Definitely a venue to recommend. Thank you to the staff of Magnolia for making our night a memorable one.


“WEDDING”    
The restaurant was the location of our wedding. The food was excellent, and the portions were generous.

While we were taking wedding photos the restaurant arranged snacks for the guest to keep them entertained until the reception. Everyone loved the prawn tempura and mini pizza’s and were almost full before the dinner even started. The rest of dinner was just as good and well presented. The next morning everyone was full of complements about the quality of the food.

The staff was helpful and friendly both on the night and during the wedding preparations. An excellent venue for a wedding, romantic couples dinner or even a place to meet a group of friends. The personalised service and quality food makes this one of the better restaurants I have eaten at.


MAGNOLIA RESTAURANT TESTIMONIALS


“FANTASTIC DINNER!”    
We had a wonderful dinner at Magnolia last night. The service was great and the food was incredible - I had a Magnolia fillet which is superb and as for the Chocolate Fondant - Wow! Thank you to Alphius and Kenneth for looking after us so well!!


“ANOTHER WONDERFUL EVENING...”    
We are frequent visitors to Magnolia and the experience never disappoints! We celebrated my birthday here in May (yes, a long overdue feedback report but needless to say, the evening’s experience clearly needs to be shared!). Our waiter, Jacky was superb and the meal, from beginning to end was absolutely perfect. We look forward to seeing you all again very soon.


“FAMILY DINNER AT ITS BEST!”    
We have had a few family dinners at Magnolia, each experience has been amazing, the friendliness of the staff, the service the happy vibe in the restaurant is always great. The food selection was fantastic most of us were tempted to try each others food as it was all great.


“GREAT FOOD AND FRIENDLY SERVICE”    
I visited Magnolia’s twice when I visited White River in August 2013. I first had pizza while dining in the bottom section of the restaurant. The pizza’s were absolutely delicious - the toppings were unique and gourmet and really big so it was great value for money. On another occasion I had to dine alone and sat upstairs in the fine dining area. The staff were very friendly and efficient and I liked that the manager came to ask if everything was alright - something not every restaurant does and adds to the personalised service. The only problem was having to choose what to eat as there were so many great dishes on the menu. I’ll definitely be going again to take my fiancé there when I pass through town again!


“1993 REUNION HOERSKOOL NELSPRUIT”    
WOW! What a memorable occasion it was! Magnolia staff, (especially Isiah!!) ...Thank you from the bottom of our tummies for the amazing evening. The food was excellent value for money and the buffet was never ending! The drinks kept on flowing and the staff really helpful in sorting out the kids of all ages! It was a pleasure to have old friendships reunited under your roof! Glad you sorted out the change issue for us! We will be back in another 10 years!! Hahaha!


“PIZZA TO DIE FOR!”    
A really good Pizza is something to die for! You simply have to try the Pesto pizza with a lovely thin crisp base, pesto, feta, prosciutto, and walnuts.......Mmmmmm! Simple but awesome. The food, staff and service are amazing! If you can - make a dinner reservation and reserve some place for their signature Chocolate Fondant - My Favourite!!


“GREAT FAMILY DINNER”    
Had the most amazing family dinner, service was great, friendly personalized service from manager, food was the best I’ve ever had, wine was perfect.


“FRENCH FLAIR IN THE LOWVELD”    
“The best for a lazy day with friends, starting with a steaming hot freshly baked croissant with a cappuccino, going over into heavenly High tea, lingering longer for cocktails and sumptuous tappas, then digging into a delicious dinner with the best wines and ending the day on a sweet note with the absolutely sinful, chocolate fondant! All in a relaxed, but chic French atmosphere.”


“FINE DINING, FINE FOLKS AND MORE THAN A FINE EXPERIENCE!”    
You have not experienced Lowveld fine dining until you have been to Magnolia Restaurant and cocktail bar in White River. The beautifully designed interior and architecture of the restaurant perfectly compliments the beautifully presented food. You can see and taste the passion that chef Jamie puts into every single plate of food that leaves his kitchen.

The friendly and professional staff just adds to the richly fulfilling experience at Magnolia. Whenever I go there it feels like having dinner with family. The warm greetings at the door lays the perfect foundation to any restaurant experience. The best part of this is that you are able to leave the restaurant with all your limbs intact as the night out will not cost you an arm and a leg. It’s fine dining and so much more at a very fine price.

Jamie and the staff, I honour you for the way you strive to make every visit to Magnolia a memorable one. I thank you for your hearts and the atmosphere that you have created at Magnolia.


“COOL PLACE”    
Just in front of our hotel. Very beautiful place. Our waiter Phillip was kind and efficient. Food was lovely!!!


“ANOTHER FABULOUS FOOD & WINE PARING”    
Magnolias food and wine parings never disappoint and a not to be missed event. Great wines were accompanied with creative dishes. One very spoiled evening with friendly service from Sylvia and a visit from Bongani the chef. Love love loved it.


“GREAT DINNER”    
What an awesome dinner at Magnolia. The perfect end to a day. They make the best gourmet burgers I’ve had and it goes down well with a Jack Black ale. Their service is great and the ambiance in the Restaurant is fantastic. Well done Velly (the manager) and Queen (waitron). Will be back again whenever I’m in the area.


“MAGNOLIA RESTAURANT”    
Absolute yumminess! Gourmet burgers are frikkin fantastic Such a great place. Highly recommended. Thank you for the great service Velly and Queen!!!


“GREAT FOOD”    
We have been to Magnolia a couple of times, and have never been disappointed. Been there for breakfast as well as dinner and the food have been excellent.


“A MUST VISIT”    
A group of 20 of us had lunch at Magnolia and really enjoyed the experience! Great atmosphere, excellent variety of food and drink to choose from, food was delicious, and the service by Jabu superb! If you are travelling to or through White River, a visit to Magnolia is a must!


“EXCELLENT”    
Food and service absolutely outstanding. Have been here 2 nights in a row, maybe we will make it a third.


“A HIDDEN FOOD GEM”    
What a lovely surprise in such a remote area of the country. One of the best services, friendly and attentive. Thanks Phillip, was lovely chatting to you and you took great care of us! The food choices catered for such a variety that decision time had to be delayed in order to have more of the wonderful selection of wines. Had a full 3-course meal and all were some of the best meals we ever had. Steak was prepared to perfection with detail to presentation and we were wondering when head chef Thabo will get his Michelin Star. You just have to love Thabo’s sauces. Look forward to our next dinner.


“UNIQUE VENUE, LOVELY EXPERIENCE”    
My wife and I got married at Caster Bridge and the reception was held at Magnolia Restaurant. The owners, Jamie and Kelly, did everything they could to make it the best day of our lives. Every little detail was attended to and they had a solution to every problem. They were very approachable and we could have our day the way we wanted it. The catering was done professionally by them, the menu was unique and every morsel was divine. The owners’ passion for food was evident, from pre-snacks to desert, and compliments were plenty. Thank you*


“FABULOUS!”    
The ultra nice staff! The very nice food! And the good price, all together make a fabulous meal! Cosmopolitan space, due the decoration, simple but very nice!


“DELICIOUS FOOD, LOVELY ATMOSPHERE!”    
Had a lovely dinner and breakfast at Magnolia - the staff was attentive, giving us blankets to keep us warm. Fantastic food, ice cold wine and superb service! Will recommend the Kudu to anyone. Will definitely return!!!


“WHAT A PRETTY PLACE”    
This is my first time at Magnolia and I loved it. What stands out for me is the ambience and the service. Shoo, Queen, you were fabulous! I will definitely be back.


“EXCELLENT”    
Wonderful atmosphere and very good food! The breakfast was complete and we found one of the Best services ever!


“ALWAYS GOOD!”    
I frequent Magnolia about four times a month. The wait staff, Sylvia, Wendy, and Jabu are always friendly and remember my order. The manager, Vusi, always takes the time to come by the table and make sure that all if fine. If anything is not right, he is quick to fix it. The owner, Andre, is wonderful and also stops by to be sure that all is going well. The food and coffee is always excellent and prepared to order. This is a wonderful place to sit, do my work, and relax. Do yourself a favour, if you’re in White River, take the time and eat breakfast at this wonderful place.


“BEAUTIFUL BREAKFAST, LOVELY ATMOSPHERE & STAFF”    
I visited this cafe for breakfast with some friends yesterday and absolutely loved it. The location is lovely, the food was spot on exactly as asked for, the service was quick and friendly from Sylvia and was a great start to our day, thank you!! I would highly recommend this establishment. This is not my first visit here and have found that service and food is of a very good standard consistently!


“WORLD CLASS!”    
Great food, service and atmosphere. Our waiter, Jacky, was friendly and efficient. Really a gem in the Lowveld. Thanks!


“EXCELLENT FOOD AND VERY GOOD SERVICE!”    
At the end of a tiring day we arrived in White River and were advised to dine at Magnolia. All by all a perfect recommendation! The food was excellent, the atmosphere was very nice and the service by the waitresses (Jacky and his colleges) was very pleasant. In the end, manager Velly helped us planning our route for tomorrow!


“LOVE IT, YOU WILL TOO.”    
You simply cannot not go past here without stopping, eating and enjoying Magnolia. Love it, you will too. Jabu you were excellent.


“PERFECTION IN WHITE RIVER!!”    
On our drive back from Kruger Park we found Magnolia Restaurant and what a treasure this was! So pleased we found it at the far end of the shopping centre - also gave up but so happy we did not. Great service, outstanding food, well priced, beautifully presented and Jabu Sylvia and Vusi - not sure where you were trained but you were all AMAZING! A gem of an eating place in White River! Be sure to visit when you drive through White River next time - I certainly will!


“PERFECT PLACE TO EAT AND DRINK AFTER A BEAUTIFUL RIDE THROUGH THE MOUNTAINS.”    
Today we drove the Panorama Route. After a long long drive like that there’s no better place to end the day than at Magnolia in White River. The waiters are very nice (Velly (manager) and Josiah) and have great humour, which makes the diner one to not forget. Not even mentioned the food is even better. Best I’ve had in South Africa so far. Absolutely recommended.


“PERFECT RESTAURANT”    
Magnolia is really a very nice restaurant. Good food and Nice ambience. For sure I will come back. The waiters and manager are very helpful. A restaurant that you will not forget!


“BIRTHDAY PARTY”    
What a magic party the Magnolia team put on. Vusi and Kristel fulfilled my every wish for my birthday list of special treats. Cant recommend Magnolia enough for a party.


“PERFECT PLACE TO EAT AND RELAX!!”    
We had a wonderful stay at Magnolia, thanks to Jabu!! After the first time, he remembered us as the family from Holland. Thanks Jabu!!!


“GREAT FOOD, EXCELLENT SERVICE”    
Magnolia is lovely restaurant with deliciously prepared and nicely presented food, and excellent service. We stop here whenever we are in the area. A special thank you to Mary who took such good care of us on our recent visit!


“FANTASTIC FOOD, GOOD VIBES”    
Magnolias is an upmarket, gorgeous restaurant, value for money and most friendly staff. Breakfast is fantastic, dinner menu spectacular, catering for all tastes. Jabu is the breakfast waiter and is a huge asset to the restaurant.

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