Carmel Valley, California 93924
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Last-Minute Wedding Discount
Time of the essence? Reserve Holman Ranch for your wedding within 6 months from today, and you’ll receive a 20% discount off of your site fee!
Weekday Wedding Discount
Book Holman Ranch for your weekday wedding retreat, and save $5000 off the weekend rate.
Discount rate applies to Monday through Thursday and new bookings only.
Holman Ranch supports our troops! Active members of the military will receive a 10% discount off of Holman’s site fee and room rental.
Hold your wedding at Holman Ranch November-April, and you’ll save $2000 of your wedding package!
All specials are for new bookings only. Please call or email for details, 831/659-2640, [email protected]
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Why We Like This Place
High atop the sunny hills of Carmel Valley rests Holman Ranch and Vineyard, a historic private estate blessed with a treasure chest of scenic jewels and a rich legacy of hosting society's elite that dates back to the 1920s. In 2006, the 400-acre spread was adopted by the Lowder family, who completed a loving restoration that retains the ranch's Old World character while adding up-to-the-minute luxuries, cool winery caves, and vineyards along with enhanced interiors and lavish outdoor spaces that make the most of the spectacular view-filled grounds.
An oak-lined 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 mountain 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 California attitude conveys a 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? While the bride and her attendants primp and prep in one of the suites, the groom and his pals gather in the handsome Game Room—complete with an antique bar and jukebox—to calm pre-wedding nerves over a game of pool or darts. 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 couple says their vows atop the Ceremony Veranda, a stone platform that seems suspended above the valley floor.
Afterwards, the social hour commences on the nearby Stone Terrace, which is ringed with olive trees. Many couples opt to 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, whose 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 lined by olive trees and young grapevines that lend it 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 cake, many couples prefer to stage this time-honored ritual back outside beneath the charming arbor, which also adds a lush frame for photos.
And let yourself think beyond the wedding: Host a casual welcome dinner down the hill at the Holman Tasting Patio. Or have a barbecue at the ranch 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 a refined, one-of-a-kind event 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.
- Max. Seated Indoors: 200
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 400
- Max. Seated Indoors: 150
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 400
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 200
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 400
- Max. Seated: 200
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The site can accommodate 400 seated guests.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: Outdoors, the Rose Patio holds 150 seated and the Main Plaza seats 400. 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 seats 200.
Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.
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 $500–20,000 depending on the time of year, day of the week, number of guests, type of package or event, and hours of rental. Rental of the 10 guest rooms, which is required for weekend events during high season (May–October), starts at $8,000 plus tax for a 3-day/2-night package and includes access to the pool, game room and fitness center.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: select from preferred list
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
Dressing Area: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: some provided
Parking: large lot, limited to 100 cars
Accommodations: 10 guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
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, pool, game room, vineyard tours, heaters and market umbrellas; estate-grown wine and olive oil available
Venue ViewsFountain/Water Feature
Venue TypeBanquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: BYO, served through licensed caterer or bartending service with minimum estate wine purchase
Smoking: designated areas only
Music: amplified OK with restrictions
Wheelchair Access: yes
Alternate Info: Holman Ranch and Vineyard