The exquisitely manicured and maintained grounds are steeped richly in old California history dating back to the times of Spanish land grants and the Mission culture of Carmel and the Carmel Valley. As one approaches the recently restored and enchanting Carmel stone hacienda, an overwhelming sense of times long past sweeps over each guest.
Holman Ranch has been lovingly managed over the years since its founding in 1928. The hacienda, “Casa Escondida,” or “Hidden House,” sits in quiet reserve in the midst of a stand of mature oaks. The small vineyard next to the casa leads one to a splendid lawn that faces out toward majestic vistas. The grandeur of this setting provides a backdrop for weddings, retreats, and corporate events that will long be remembered as a one of a kind experience.
The property is an all-in-one resort offering each guest unique opportunities with each and every visit. Some previous visitors to the estate have included Charlie Chaplin, Theda Bara, Clark Gable, Vincent Price, Joan Crawford, and Marlon Brando, just to name a few. It was a center of social life in the Carmel Valley, and continues its heart warming and heart winning ways today.
There’s something available to meet every need a guest could imagine, from personal in-room spa treatments, a swimming pool (the first in Carmel Valley – updated and modernized), hiking trails, vineyard and winery tours of their unique winery-in-a-cave, and nearly 20 acres of vineyards. There are classes on shooting clay targets with shotguns, and quietly charming retreat-like recently remodeled guest rooms.
The Holman Ranch wines were recently named as one of the “World’s 10 Best Wines” in National Geographic’s “The 10 Best of Everything.” They feature award winning Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, and Rosé of Pinot Noir. Their handcrafted extra virgin olive oil is sought after by aficionados.
For more details on this amazing world class resort, here in our own backyard, the Holman Ranch website is rich with pictures and details. One can hardly sum it all up in one simple article. It must be experienced to believe it.
By Jerry Starr
Certified Sommelier and Sommelier Examiner
Santa Cruz Wine Examiner
West Coast Wine Examiner
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