Holman Ranch is a
one-of-a-kind event-hosting estate
tucked into Central California’s scenery-rich Carmel Valley.
Hundreds of rental estates sit in the section of the West Coast,
can match the history and ambiance of Holman.
History of Holman Ranch
The Ranch was built in the early years of the 20th Century.
It resembles a Spanish-style hacienda because of its stone walls, oak-beam ceilings, and terra-cotta roof.
The hundred-year history gives this estate its unmatched atmosphere.
A grove of oak trees partially obscures the main building from the outside world and gives the estate a strong sense of privacy.
This feeling of solitude earned the house the Spanish nickname Casa Escondida - the Hidden House.
During the early years of its story, the Holman Ranch was a retreat destination for silver screen luminaries like Charlie Chaplin, who came for a few days of solitude.
Events at Holman Ranch
But the Holman Ranch doesn’t rest on its bygone glory days.
With its rustic charm, amazing mountain views, natural gardens, and other special features, this estate is an attractive backdrop for a stylish-yet-classic wedding or a once-in-a-lifetime family event.
The spacious, well-manicured grounds of Holman allow event attendees to enjoy the nearly-perfect beauty of the Carmel Valley during the festivities.
Events can be punctuated by a full menu of special activities, from wine tasting and lawn games to picnics, massages, and even private cooking classes.
Holman Ranch Winery and Tasting Room
Speaking of wine tasting, in addition to its event hosting services, the Holman Ranch has a working winery and an on-property vineyard.
The estate makes its own wines, with Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Rosé of Pinot Noir among their specialties.
The vineyards, of course, add to the quality of the estate’s scenery and the wines can add a classy element to any type of event hosted on-site.
What better way to add a bit of class to your special day than to serve exclusive, high-quality wines.
If that wasn’t enough, the Ranch also produces its own olive oil.
The hand-picked olives (six different varieties) are blended, cold pressed and the resulting oil is bottled at the estate.
In short, Holman is not only a great place to host an event, it is a food and fine-wine lover’s dream destination.
Weddings and Special Offers at Holman Ranch
The Holman Ranch hosts events year-round.
With over 300 days of sunshine in Carmel Valley each year, there is never an inappropriate time to host a wedding or special event in this scenic section of California.
The estate even offers a 15% discount for wintertime weddings (that is to say, those that are scheduled between December and March).
Other discounts are available for weekday weddings and events.
Holman has a weekly special on Thursdays, offering discounts to guests who want to break tradition and host their nuptials during the week instead of on Saturday.
Another way that Holman accommodates people who want to have a non-traditional celebration is by offering its special elopement packages.
These packages include overnight accommodations, a wedding ceremony, and other special activities for groups of two to twenty people.
The estate even provides elopers with a wedding cake, bouquets, photography services, and a bottle of their best wine.
Of course, traditional weddings are also on Holman’s menu.
The estate’s grounds are spacious enough to comfortably host 250 guests.
The on-site accommodations can be used by the bride and groom (can you think of a more romantic place to spend the first night of a honeymoon than a classic Spanish-style hacienda nestled among mountains and vineyards of Central California?)
The Holman’s rooms can also be used by members of a corporate retreat or conference attendees.
When hosting such an event at Holman, there is no need to book rooms at a nearby hotel, as is required by most estates that host business meetings.
There is more…
The Holman Ranch is obviously a great place to host an event.
But is has some noteworthy non-event-related traits as well.
Aside from its wines and olive oil, Holman is a haven for horse-lovers.
The estate has a stable that allows visitors to house their horses while visiting the area.
The property has miles of ridable trails and can host up to 100 horses at once.
A large covered arena can be used for riding during inclement weather and western riding and show jumping spaces mean that you can have time in the saddle even if you do not want to hit the trails.
The Holman Ranch, quite literally, has it all.
However, it is not a collection of disparate features.
All the features, from the vineyards to the gardens to the hacienda, meld together to provide an unmatchable atmosphere and a wealth of possibilities for wedding and event hosts.
What do you think?
Want to host your next event here….let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
About the Author
Jamie is the Co-Founder and President of Estate Weddings and Events. Jamie and EWE have been featured in The New York Times, The Baltimore Sun, Grace Ormonde, Style Me Pretty, WE TV, Premier Homes, and many other publications. When Jamie is not managing Luxury Events at EWE, you can find her traveling the world. Her favorite destinations visited are Laos and the Maldives.You can follow her on Google+ here.