Venue Spotlight: Holman Ranch
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As a historic Carmel Valley gem, the impressive property at Holman Ranch blends into the golden hillsides, absorbing the old-world charm and natural serenity of the surrounding valley. Under the warm California sun, mountains meet budding vines in the vineyards, and the olive orchard points to the magical, private estate atop a grassy hill. Here, the feeling of the “original ranch days” has never left. The tale of Holman Ranch officially began in 1928, with the Spanish-style Hacienda—nicknamed “Casa Escondido”—serving as an exclusive hideaway to the stars, including Charlie Chaplin. Since then, the Ranch has passed through many loving hands, preserved and restored over the years to meet the comforts of delighted celebrities, friends, and patrons. An integral piece in the soul of Carmel Valley, Holman Ranch continues to share its pristine charm and beauty with everyone who steps upon its grounds.
Bursting with quiet, romantic corners and a wondrous spread of native gardens, orchards, and vineyards, Holman Ranch is a scene out of a carefully unruffled rustic daydream. Tucked away in the hills, the estate greets its visitors with a look at the focal point of the ranch, the breathtaking Carmel stone hacienda. The panoramic views of the Santa Lucia Mountains from the hacienda, its lawn, and the Veranda offer an escape to a world away, where rays of sunshine are served sweet and glazed over mountaintops. In the Garden Courtyard, a lone oak tree provides shade between stone walls while a small fountain bubbles in the corner. Set amidst fragrant roses in a picturesque shell of adobe, stone, and wood, the Rose Patio is the ideal place for a vision of wooden tables, springtime blooms, wine glasses, and celebration. Here, classic mission elements build a sense of understated elegance and an intimate al fresco atmosphere. The ranch aspect of Holman Ranch is perhaps most expressed in the Carriage House, a rustic space complete with a lofty, open-beamed ceiling and wide entrances that welcome the aromatic breeze. Beyond its many spaces, the enchanting olive orchard and vineyards both offer indulgences that amuse the senses. Idyllic in every glance, Holman Ranch is the place for celebrations and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.