High atop the sunny hills of Carmel Valley rests Holman Ranch and Vineyard, a historic private residence available for your one-of-a-kind event. Blessed with a treasure chest of scenic jewels, the ranch has a rich legacy of hosting society’s elite. Originally built in 1928 as a gentlemen’s retreat, the secluded location was a favorite hideaway for Old Hollywood celebrities like Charlie Chaplin. When the Holmans purchased the property in 1943, their improvements helped make the ranch the center of the Carmel Valley social scene. Recently, the 392-acre spread was adopted by the Lowder family, who’ve completed a loving restoration that retains the ranch’s Old World character while adding up-to-the-minute luxuries. This 21st-century renaissance features enhanced interiors and lavish outdoor spaces that make the most of the spectacular view-filled grounds.
A private road climbs to the ranch’s pond and stables, where golf carts shuttle guests to the hilltop entrance. Arriving at the Main Plaza, visitors get a captivating first impression: a mélange of red-tile roofs, landscaped walkways, shade trees and glimpses of grapevines against a mountainous panorama. Finally eyes rest on the Hacienda itself, an architectural gem crafted of Carmel stone and oak, with tile and metal details. This easy blend of grand Spanish style and relaxed Western attitude evokes an aura of rustic elegance.
Both varied and flexible, Holman Ranch holds so many possibilities…so why not stage each phase of your event in a different spot? Ceremonies are gorgeous on the Hacienda Lawn, which sweeps to the edge of a hillside studded with pinot noir grapevines. Wedding guests have an endless view of the Carmel Valley, alive with chaparral, oak trees and hawks soaring overhead. As the sunset burnishes the Santa Lucia Mountains, the scene becomes even more postcard-perfect. Against this breathtaking backdrop, couples say their vows atop the Ceremony Veranda, a demilune stone platform that seems suspended above the valley floor.
After “I dos,” serve cocktails on the nearby Stone Terrace, which is ringed with olive trees. Everyone is free to relax in the adjoining Great Room, where a vaulted ceiling, fireplace and player piano contribute to a comfortable, homey ambiance.
Receptions bask in the warm valley twilight out on the Rose Patio, dressed with rose bushes and potted citrus trees. Family-style rehearsal dinners might prefer the Arbor, a magnificent wooden promenade at the Plaza’s center, where olive trees and young grapevines lend a Mediterranean flair. Afterwards, move the party to the barn-style Carriage House, where an explosion of twinkle lights along whitewashed rafters creates the illusion dancing beneath a star-filled sky.
And let yourself think outside the wedding: Host a casual welcome dinner or barbecue that includes bocce ball, croquet or trail rides, so the families can get acquainted before the main event. You can even throw a pool party, complete with umbrella drinks and beach balls. From refined entertainment to laid-back fun, Holman Ranch and Vineyard can arrange it all, and oh so well.
Holman Ranch is also proud to be one of Carmel Valley's premier bottlers of Estate Grown Wines and Olive Oil. Located at the northern most end of the Carmel Valley Appellation, our ranch resides approximately 12 miles inland from the Pacific Coast. Our wine varietals are unfined and unfiltered to protect the true varietal of the grape from harvest to bottle. We grow on approximately 19 acres of undulating terrain. Our "Tuscan" Olive Trees produce a savory oil, with a hint of spice which is perfect for dipping, on salads or in any of your favorite recipes. Wine and Olive Oil Tastings are available 7 days a week. Please visit www.holmanranch.com for more details.
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Holman Ranch Vineyards and Winery is a wedding venue from Carmel Valley California. We service weddings throughout the local area, including Monterey, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Holman Ranch Vineyards and Winery is a professional wedding venue that has been part of the Monterey Bay wedding industry for 85 years. We specialize in Elegant Ranch & Vineyard Weddings.