White River Lodge | Casterbridge Hollow Boutique Hotel

Our Story

The Story Behind Our Lowveld Accommodation.

The story of Casterbridge Hollow Hotel dates back to 1995 when Jack Brotherton (founder of the Hollow Hotels) opened the doors of Hippo Hollow Hotel on the banks of the Sabie River in Hazyview. After this hotel proved to be a great success, Jack went on to his next hotel venture and opened Knysna Hollow in 1998.

A few years later, Jack spread the Hollow Hotel wings and branched out into Cape Town, opening Cape Town Hollow Hotel in 2003 and Hollow on the Square in 2006. That same year Perry’s Bridge Hollow in Hazyview opened its doors.


Great central place to stay away from hustle and bustle of the town

“The entrance from the road hides this gem of a place. The rooms are spacious and clean! Staff are exceptional and even called me to say I left some thing in my room on checkout. Buffet breakfast was great. Magnolia restaurant food was fabulous. Make sure to book to avoid disappointment. All in all a lovely place to stay!”

Nix, (August 2019)

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Casterbridge Hollow Boutique Hotel, the latest feather in the Hollow Hotel’s cap, is a collaboration between Louis van der Merwe, Jack and Seasons in Africa. Louis, the owner of Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre, had the vision of a hotel to further add to the facilities of at Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre. Our White River lodge was opened in 2009, and is another great success in the Hollow Hotel family.

The Hollow Hotels are all marketed and managed by Seasons in Africa, a premier tourism marketing and management company, comprising of luxury game lodges, hotels and adventures throughout Southern Africa. Each of the properties within the group not only offers all the facilities one expects, but also warm, friendly and personalised service.

First Green Hotel in Mpumalanga

The Casterbridge Hollow Hotel in White River is the first green hotel in Mpumalanga. This is a significant first for Mpumalanga and the Hotel is the green benchmark against which all others will be measured.

To mark the occasion of this stand out White River lodge, Mr JL Mahlangu, MEC for Economic Development, Environment and Tourism, was there to cut the ribbon, and applaud those involved for their deep commitment to green principles. Mr Mahlangu honoured the hotel as the newest development to support government initiatives to reduce dependence on coal-generated energy and promote the use of sustainable and green energy. He referred to this initiative as a clear sign of commitment to saving the environment, and a certain hope that the people of the province saw green energy as the future.