What began over 85 years ago as a 400 acre working ranch, and later a guest ranch and gentleman’s retreat, is now one of the Monterey Peninsula’s best kept secrets for small corporate hideaways, weddings, yoga retreats and other special events. The peaceful and romantic setting overlooking tranquil vineyards creates a truly holistic experience for guests.
A focal point is the hacienda structure built in 1928, which was originally a gentleman’s refuge, boasting such celebrities as Charlie Chaplin and Vincent Price. Much of The Great Room has been kept as it was from the beginning, from the floors, the wood on ceiling beams and the mantel piece.
See the Hall of History with photos of past guests Clark Gable, Marlon Brando, Joan Crawford and Marlon Brando. Charlie Chaplin claimed his favorite bedroom. Today, most guest bedrooms are themed with posters of the movie stars who stayed at the ranch. A modern ecological touch is the inclusion of a stainless steel logo canteen in each room, provided as a gift to use throughout the stay and to take home.
A conference room with all modern amenities is available. In recent days, through advertising and word of mouth, small corporate retreats for executives have included clients like Bill Gates and Al Gore.
A wedding venue both historic and romantic
There are 20 olive trees dotted around facility and a larger grove on the site. With its breathtaking views and natural beauty surrounding guests from all vistas, Holman Ranch is an ideal setting for weddings. Spaces on the property lend themselves for different aspects of the event, including a carriage house for dancing and a chapel for the use of clients who want to invite their own minister to perform the service.
All-inclusive micro-wedding packages are available for those not wishing to deal with the details and expense of a large wedding, but still want the magic, memories and traditions of an intimate, private and special day.
Joanne Cecchettini, owner Bridal Veil Fashions in Capitola, California, and daughter Lisa, have provided gowns for about a dozen brides planning a ceremony at Holman Ranch. “The venue is not only beautiful, but well equipped and the team is consistent and professional,” she said.
Holman Ranch Vineyards
Hunter Lowder, Director of Hospitality at Holman Ranch says that their wines are 100% estate-grown. They do not sell grapes or buy other grapes, and as of this year are making wine and bottling on site.
Lowder said, “Our main focus is sustainability and being good stewards of the land, so we are excited about reducing our carbon footprint further. Our olive oil is also estate and hand harvested, cold pressed through an organic mill and extra virgin certified. It is a labor of love more than profit and we only sell it direct through our tasting room and website.”
For shipping information see the Holman Ranch website or call 831-659-2640.
By June Smith