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Holden Manz Country House
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Reviewed 22 April 2012

We came to South Africa for a wedding in KZN and also decided to visit the Western Cape. Franschhoek was brilliant, but what made the stay so enjoyable was discovering the Holden Manz wine-estate with it's guest-house and restaurant. We had such a wonderful and restful time there. It is the most comfortable, warm and welcoming place imaginable. This is a tranquil place, just right for relaxation and recharging ones batteries. Where ever you look, you discover beautifully arranged flowers, art work, objects. This is a labour of love from the owners, the attention to detail is astonishing. Beautiful bedrooms, extremely comfortable, tasteful and very cosy . The beds are like sleeping on a cloud (I haven't slept so well in a long time), the showers are fabulous (even my husband who hates showers loved them), the furnishings exquisite and nothing, but nothing is too much for the owners and their staff. The attention to detail as mentioned before is amazing, from the big bowl of bath-salts by the bath-tub to the candles in the bathroom, the individual fires in each bedroom (we stayed in two different ones), free drinking water and especially the staff, particularly Lameck, who is a true gem. He remembered any of our little quirks and tastes, we felt really looked after. It was hard to leave, but the wedding in the Midlands made up for it, however, our plan to stay in KZN longer was scrapped and we returned post haste to Franschhoek and the Holden Manz Estate, because no where else came close. Another week of bliss and then it was time to say Good Bye. I would love to go back right now if I could, it is a truly magical place, the owners and their staff make one feel one belongs. I would move in tomorrow. Best holiday ever! And the wine isn't half bad either. Look out for the Big G, simply delicious! The restaurant was fabulous too, look out for a separate review.

Room Tip: All rooms are fabulous, the Oliphant Mountain Suite has a great view. Every room very quiet and cosy with fire places, some with private terrace.
  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank muttmop
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Reviewed 19 April 2012

The setting is stunning as everyone else has said. The most amazing thing for us ( our 2nd visit but not our last ) is how much I feel like I am in my own house and can completely relax while I am on the estate . It is as if you have arrived at your second home ( fantastic estate ) in the country and everything is just the way you left it last time. The tranquility and sense of peace and nature are unrivaled . If you're looking for a busy place with lots of people running around and 200 staff , this is not the place. IF you want to enjoy the peace and beauty of the area while staying in a place that makes you feel as if you are in your own home .. THIS IS THE PLACE .
I have been to Franschoek 4 times in the past. I will always try to stay here when I return .

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Leo P
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Reviewed 16 April 2012

Great location, lovely grounds, fantastic staff. What more can one ask for?
We have visted Franschoek on and off for over 15 years and this is one of the best places we have found. The food and wine is fantastic and the enthusiasm of those that produce it is infectious.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled on business
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2  Thank Richard C
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Reviewed 9 April 2012

The guest house is set amongst the vines and the views are breathtaking! We had a suite with an amazing view out over the mountains! The bedrooms were fantastic with plenty of space to relax in! The surroundings are so peaceful with plenty of different places to relax - the bedrooms are situated around a beautiful fish pond which is very tranquil and lovely to sit by and read a book! Food is also fantastic - especially the home made bread and jams for breakfast! The decor is beautiful with some incredible artwork and the house itself is very spacious. Also highly recommend the restaurant which is just a short walk through the beautiful estate! Would love to return again soon!

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank Alexandra H
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Reviewed 9 April 2012

Crossing the little bridge we entered a private Eden, a little paradise. We had reached our destination, the Holden Manz Wine Estate outside Franschhoek. A session in the health and wellness spa, where all guests are treated as Royalty, was the perfect way to counteract the discomforts of a longhaul flight.

Stepping inside the cool, elegant interior of the beautiful Cape Dutch manor house we encountered the warm hospitality of the owners and the attentiveness of their staff. The beautiful architecture, visually striking interiors and tasteful furnishings are enahnced by a stunning collection of contemporary African art. An art lover's delight! Book lovers have a wealth of choice between fiction, history and biography as well as many exquisitely illustrated "coffee table" books.

The guest suites are luxuriously appointed and open onto the zen like pool containing huge koi carp.

Breakfasts were substantial, afternoon teas a feast! On one occasion afternoon tea was served as a picnic. We strolled through the gardens, past majestic ancient trees to a quiet corner of the Estate where two rivers meet and where a most memorable picnic was enjoyed.

Our stay was made really special by the attentiveness of Lameck who has the unique gift of anticipating one's every need. Perhaps it is significant that Lameck comes from Malawi, known as "the warm heart of Africa".

It was no surprise to learn that the manor house was angled by a feng shui consultant to ensure an uninhibited flow of chi, making this one of the most ideal places one could ever live.

I left with only one unanswered question. Why is this described as a "Guest House"? This is so much more than a 5 star guest house - a truly luxurious boutique hotel.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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