About Holden Manz Country House
Holden Manz Country House is like no other and is located on a small, verdant estate at the edge of the internationally renowned Boland town of Franschhoek. The property was transformed into a working wine estate in 1999.
Holden Manz Country House is designed in the Cape Dutch style but is only just over ten years old. Luckily for our guests this means that the spaces you would normally find in a Cape Dutch building are vastly more comfortable and grand in layout - clean line architecture of the Dutch historic influence with all the mod-cons of the 21st century, from underfloor heating to iPod docking stations and flat-screen TV’s.
The beautifully restrained architecture, with its exposed thatched roof, allows the eye to flow freely through the large spaces. All suites have perfectly appointed modern bathrooms with ample space for a near spa-experience indulgence.
The mute variations of different grey tones on the wall surfaces allow the changing light of the seasons and day times to play joyfully with the warm interior finishes. 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.
A modern art collection can be found throughout the buildings - every suite has contemporary African art on show and even the books and magazines on display in the country house are of exceptional quality and calibre.
During warmer days the four guest suites, three of which have their own terraces, invite you to enjoy a private garden tea experience. Should it get a bit colder in the evening, then you can enjoy sundowners in your suite in front of a crackling log fire, ideally with a glass of our superb red wine.
Guest Suite Facilities
• Extra king size bed or two three quarter beds, which can be made up into one
• Oliphant Mountain suite has possibility to sleep four adults
• Open fire place, underfloor heating and air conditioning
• Own private terrace for all suites except ‘Oliphant Mountain’ suite
• Large en-suite bathroom with bath, shower, WC and double basin
• Tea and coffee making facilities
• Flat screen TV
• iPod and iPhone player and charger
• WiFi throughout the Estate
We serve breakfast between 08h00 and 10h00. This includes a selection of fresh fruits in season from our garden, cereals, yoghurts and local cheeses as well as a full English breakfast.
The spa and studios
A beautiful swimming pool is situated close to the guestrooms where the Franschhoek and Stony Brook Rivers meet. The health and wellness Spa is fully equipped with three treatment rooms, each overlooking the vineyard. 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.
Your wedding at Holden Manz is a romantic affair. Welcome your guests to the cool shade under the ancient oak trees and share your vows at the convergence of the Franschhoek and Stony Brook rivers. Legend has it that tying the knot where two rivers meet blesses the union with abundant happiness and prosperity.
After the wedding, retire to the gardens of the country house where you sip on champagne and tempt your taste buds with chef Cheyne’s delicious canapés. From there it is a short stroll along the river, or through the vineyards, to the sensational Franschhoek Kitchen, our estate restaurant, and yours for this special night. Guests who require our personal shuttle transfer will of course arrive before you do. Dance the night away and relish the fact that there is no better way to start married life.
food and produce
Although not a rigorously organic estate, the Holden Manz team takes great care in growing their produce with a focus on natural processes. In keeping with their green and holistic approach, they recycle waste, save electricity where they can and use water sparingly on indigenous foliage in order to achieve their goal of being as close to carbon-neutral as possible.
When summer rolls around many of the vegetables and fruit served at The Franschhoek Kitchen come from their abundant gardens. Herbs (such as basil, chives and coriander), seasoning, jams, juices, chickens, eggs, blue-gum honey and even the mustard is produced on the estate.
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 Holden Manz country 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.
The Holden Manz wine estate truly presents a unique version of paradise. One only needs to take a long stroll around the well-loved garden surrounding the wine estate and boutique country house to see all the work that has gone into its creation.
Any proud owner of a Franschhoek wine estate would undoubtedly want the finest of gardens to complement their version of a private Eden. 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.
Instead of adding entirely new features, the land was extensively cleaned and that which was hidden in the overgrown bushes was revealed. Three hundred year old yellowwoods and oaks were given room to breathe and grow once more. After many months of effort, the rivers were unblocked and the clean spring water began to flow again, giving both guests and visitors access to a riverside walkway. This is the perfect place for a leisurely afternoon stroll, accompanied by a glass of Holden Manz’s finest wine in your hand.