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“Beautiful estate, bad wine”

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Holden Manz Country House
Ranked #4 of 64 Franschhoek B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 23, 2014

We had a wine tasting here as part of our ticket on the winetram. The estate is beautiful and grand. Nice buidlings and a sense of history can still be felt in some aspects and areas. We were however disappointed with the wines. We tasted quite a few in the complimentary tasting, but to us they tasted too acidy. The best thing we tasted was the port we got against the cold and rain outside. We received a completely different experience at the other complimentary estate, dieu donné and that was after we visited Holden Manz.

Sorry, but we won't be buying your wines.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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HoldenManz, Manager at Holden Manz Country House, responded to this reviewResponded December 5, 2014

Dear Doron D,

Thank you for visiting our estate on the Franschhoek Wine Tram. We are most delighted to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed our Good sPort as it is the perfect partner on a cold and rainy day here in the beautiful Western Cape.

Best regards,

Eneil Viljoen

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Reviewed April 12, 2014

We loved it here. Super welcome from the staff and owners. Amazing location – the vineyard is set between mountains in Franschhoek. We had lots of great wines and ate outstanding food at the restaurant (highly recommended). Very stylish interior, open fires in each room - and probably the most comfortable bed of our two-week trip! PS. Loved the Africology shower gel – just trying to find out where to buy this in the UK.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 26, 2014

What a place! Luxurious, stylish, characterful and with charming hosts - set the tone for a very relaxing 5-day stay in Franschhoek.

Staying there is like being a guest in a large county house - you are made to feel very much a guest rather than a customer. All the staff are engaging and obliging, Lameck, Daniel and Colette looking after us very well indeed.

Dining in the restaurant was a similar experience with excellent service and great food, complemented by a great selection of their own wines.

Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 25, 2014

There's no better feeling on a trip than the one you get when you finally arrive at your chosen accommodation, knowing in an instant that this is exactly the right place for you. It's mostly relief, mixed with (if I'm honest!) a little smugness at how well you chose. That's exactly how we felt pulling up to Holden Manz Wine Estate. The location is stunning and combined with the warm welcome we received, we knew this would be a very special experience. The house itself is so beautifully and tastefully decorated. You feel priviledged to have the chance to enjoy it and yet feel absolutely at home. Being able to wander so close to the vineyards was a real treat and we were lucky that harvest had just begun so we were able to learn more about the whole process - facinating! Special thanks to Colette, Daniel and, of course, Lameck, for ensuring our stay was so memorable. If you're reading these reviews then you're already considering a stay here. My advice? Book your room now before someone else snaps it up! you won't regret it.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 7, 2014

It was our first visit to this wonderful estate, but hopefully not the last. I can only echo other ratings: The estate is beautiful, all rooms have great art work to view (visit also the Holden Manz Gallery in Franschhoek). The service was impeccable, and the hosts very friendly and welcoming. Lovely breakfast on the veranda and afternoon high tea. The restaurant is a relaxing ten minutes walk away through the vineyards. Food was excellent, so was the wine.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 2, 2014

I loved everything about this place. It felt like home not a hotel but with service! Nothing was too much trouble. I have no hesitation in recommending Holden manz and the restaurant was superb as is their wine - love big g

  • Stayed: February 2014
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Reviewed February 16, 2014

Wine tasting was very nice, the building is very special. One can see the wine barrels. Mostly red wines, very good quality. The restaurant is upstairs from the winery, quite a large room, beautifully decorated with open kitchen. There is a large balcony but unfortuatley we couldn't dine outside as it was too windy. Good food, but not fine dining.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Holden Manz Country House

Address: 3 Green Valley Road, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Franschhoek
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #4 of 64 B&Bs / Inns in Franschhoek
Price Range: $219 - $390 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Holden Manz Country House 5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful Cape style accommodation located in a stunning vineyard close to the tranquil town of Franschhoek. Great restaurant and spa complete the package for a relaxing stay. ... more   less 
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