Carmel Valley Wedding Venue
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Carmel Valley, California 93924
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High atop the sunny hills of Carmel Valley rests Holman Ranch and Vineyard, a historic private estate 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. In 1928, the secluded location became a favorite gentlemen’s retreat for 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 400-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 and sleek winery caves. 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 guests park and are shuttled 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 a myriad of 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.
Afterwards, serve cocktails on the nearby Stone Terrace, which is ringed with olive trees. Or serve appetizers along with a special tasting of Holman Ranch’s unique estate-produced olive oils and wines—oenophiles will especially appreciate that the vintages maintain the grape’s integrity from vine to bottle. 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. Then, move the party to the barn-style Carriage House, where an explosion of twinkle lights along whitewashed rafters creates the illusion of dancing beneath a star-filled sky.
When it’s time to cut the wedding cake, gather friends and loved ones in the Hacienda’s Inner Courtyard. Here high stone walls surround an enclave built of moss-fringed tiles and graced with an old oak tree at the center. Some couples hang paper lanterns or fairy lights from its spreading boughs, while the cake is showcased beneath a white gauze canopy.
And let yourself think outside the wedding: Host a casual welcome dinner or barbecue that includes bocce ball or horseshoes so the families can get acquainted before the main event. You can even throw a pool party, complete with umbrella drinks and beach balls. Weekend event packages include use of 10 recently restored guest rooms, including a 2-bedroom/2-bath private house with its own cozy kitchen. Altogether, the ranch can accommodate up to 38 overnight guests. The inviting home-away-from-home experience comes with a deluxe Continental-plus breakfast and the ranch’s recreation facilities. From refined entertainment to laid-back fun, Holman Ranch Vineyard & Winery can arrange it all, and oh so well.
Holman Ranch is shown by appointment only. Please call to schedule a visit.
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The site can accommodate 200+ seated guests.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: Outdoors, the Rose Patio holds 200 seated and the Main Plaza holds 200+ seated. Indoors, the Carriage House holds 150 seated guests.
MEETING CAPACITY: The Conference Room holds 10 seated around a boardroom table with executive chairs, the Carriage House holds 200 seated.
A nonrefundable deposit of one third of the site and room rental fees is required to reserve your date. A second nonrefundable deposit totaling 50% of the balance is due 6 months before the event. The remaining balance is due 1 month prior. The site rental fee ranges $1,000–30,000 depending on the time of year, day of the week and hours of usage. Rental of the 10 guest rooms, which is required for weekend events during high season (April 15–November 15), starts at $7,500 plus tax for a 3-day/2-night package and includes daily breakfast and access to the pool and fitness center
Special Events, Parties
Catering: select from preferred list or BYO, licensed
Kitchen Facilities: prep only for caterer use, full kitchen for overnight guests
Tables & Chairs: provided for up to 150 guests
Linens, Silver, etc.: through caterer
Restrooms: 5 are wheelchair accessible, 6 total
Dance Floor: provided
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: some provided
Parking: large lot, limited to 100 cars
Accommodations: 10 guest rooms
Telephone: in guest & conference rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: provided
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: caterer or rental
Cleanup: caterer and renter
View: vineyards, panoramic views of Carmel
Valley and the Santa Lucia Mountains
Other: player piano, A/V equipment, pool, vineyard tours, heaters and market umbrellas; estate-grown wine and olive oil available
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: BYO, served through licensed caterer or bartending service
Smoking: designated areas only
Music: amplified OK with restrictions
Wheelchair Access: yes
Choose From List
Year-round, anytime. Off-season rates apply November 15–April 15.
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