A Franschhoek country hotel like no other, the Holden Manz country house is located on a small, verdant estate at the edge of the quaint Boland town of Franschhoek. The property was transformed into a wine estate in 1999. The Holden Manz wine estate is no exception and an abundance of trees line the estate, generating a six-star feel to a thriving five-star wine estate. The grounds are kept as natural as possible, avoiding over-landscaping and merely bringing out what was already there, retaining the estate’s tranquil ambience.
Each of our guest rooms contains either an extra length king-size bed or twin three-quarter beds and a large en-suite bathroom with a bath, shower, toilet and double basin. The rooms each have their own private terrace and an open fireplace. Extra-large bed pillows invite you to drift into a calm sleep after a day filled with new experiences in the Western Cape Winelands. The fresh flowers and jug of lemon and mint infused water on your bedside table are only a few little extras that allow you to relax and rejuvenate.
Franschhoek Kitchen’s standards are based on the best international cuisine but our heart lies in the simplicity and pureness of each and every ingredient. High dining is for others, we prefer to see our guests enjoy a home-made dish, inspired by the country we live in and the farm we work on.
One of the more delicious experiences, guaranteed to make anyone weak at the knees, is the smell of freshly baked bread that infuses the main building of our guest house. The blue-gum honey is harvested from multiple fixed-frame beehives that the estate shares with their neighbours. As you drive along the winding country roads on your way into the estate, you can catch a glimpse of the beehives, abuzz with activity, nestled among the fruit trees.
Both the country house and wellness Spa are in the quiet corner of the estate where two rivers meet, a perfect setting to escape your daily worries and relax into a world of calm tranquillity. The Spa has three treatment rooms, each with a terrace opening out onto the vineyards with exceptionally beautiful mountain views. A glass of rejuvenating iced tea or cold lemon water awaits you here after your treatment. A beautiful swimming pool is situated close to the guestrooms where the Franschhoek and Stony Brook Rivers meet.
Adjacent to the spa is a large yoga and Pilates studio that opens out to our vineyard with views of the surrounding mountains through a vast sliding glass façade. This is also ideal for private gym practice. Hotel gardens and orchard with picnic areas along rivers.
Nearby attractions include: Franschhoek Motor Museum, Franschhoek Wine Route, Huguenot Memorial, Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve, Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve, Helshoogte Pass, Du Toitskloof Pass, Afrikaans Taalmuseum and Butterfly world. The French corner of the Cape, Franschhoek lies in one of the most beautiful wine valleys in the world, just 45 minutes from Cape Town and within half an hour of the Stellenbosch, Paarl, Wellington and Somerset West wine routes.