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Holden Manz Country House
Ranked #5 of 63 Franschhoek B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Glasgow, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Short but Sweet”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2013

I stayed with a friend here for 2 nights as part of our visit to South Africa. The time from the moment we arrived was special with great service, stunning accommodation and surroundings to make you want to stay a lot longer. The food was great and the Holden Manz wines delicious. Everything that we asked for was catered for and they arranged a tour guide for the areas other vineyards which was great too. The village and the surrounding estates are all great and I only wish we had booked for longer here.

Thanks to all the staff at Holden Manz I remember my stay fondly and hope to be back one day.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2013

After an overnight flight and the usual long wait at the car hire desk we were probably not in the best of form arriving at Holden Manz but we could not have asked for a more perfect antidote. The country house hits all the right notes from the spacious rooms to the uncrowded feel to the wonderful artwork all around you. The internal beauty is matched by the stunning Franschhoek valley outside and pretty quickly all the stresses of travel are forgotten. We spent two nights there and while not the cheapest it delivers value. We tried the restaurant which was also good and the service standard from the first email exchange until we were waved away as we left was excellent. Only problem is that after staying here we compared everywhere else to it and nothing quite matched up

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2013 via mobile

We stayed here in December on honeymoon and loved it! The location is beautiful, staff are amazing, and the wine is fantastic. We'll be back and would recommend it to anyone looking for a great inn. The location close to the restaurant is great and it's a lovely walk through vineyards to dinner!

  • Stayed December 2012
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2013

If you need time out and want to spend it in a low-key paradise, then this could be the place for you. From the cool, roomy, welcoming suites with their high thatched ceilings and shuttered windows you can stroll past the koi pond with its jewel-like fish into the grand living areas of the estate, which open onto a large terrace on which breakfast and high teas are served al fresco. Don't want to leave for lunch or dinner? No problem! A short walk away is the estate's superb restaurant, where you can dine like royalty at very reasonable prices. Or you may wish, after a few hours spent spoiling yourself with treatments in the spa or just lazing by the pool, to make your way into Franschoek proper, with its plethora of restaurants, shops and wonderful galleries (including that owned by Holden Manz). How ever you decide to spend your hours at this fabulous property, your hosts Migo and Gerard, ably assisted by Collette, Lemak and the rest of the estate's discreet and unobtrusive staff, will ensure that your stay is sublime. This was our third visit in two years and we will be back!

Room Tip: We prefer the Stoney Brooke suite, with its own private terrace...you awaken to birdsong and the zep...
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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London
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2013

I recently stayed 1 night with my partner at Holden Manz in Franschoek, and although it is undeniably a lovely place to stay, I found it to be overpriced. The facilities are good, lovely rooms, and an attractive communal art gallery area. We didn't dine in the restaurant towards the top of the property but did have a wander and it looks very suitably stylish.

Incidentally, this is the first ever review I've posted, sadly to voice my overall disappointment, but the problem I have with HM is that, and what visitors to SA and specifically to Franschoek must appreciate, is that almost all places in SA/Franschoek offer very good quality accommodation, and to a high standard - HM is no exception here, its just unfortunate however that they charge a premium rate but don't deliver a complete product for the money just yet. The staff do appear a little inexperienced, the quality of the breakfast and the service we received was poor (with the exception of Lameck).

I have stayed in several other places in the Franschoek area over the years and consider places such as Plumwood, Akademie, and Franschoek Country House to be every bit as nice and a fraction of the price - a third to be exact in the case of Plumwood.

Unfortunately, as much as I liked the place, I couldn't help but feel a nagging disappointed and a sense of being ripped off, which was most apparent at breakfast. I would return to Franschoek in a heartbeat but wouldn't consider staying at HM again.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Berrynarbor, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2013

We recently spent 1 night here and agree with other reviews as to how beautiful & stylish this place is. When we were there there was only 1 other couple staying and we had more interaction with them than anyone else (except Georgina, as I will explain). The owners did not seem to be there which is a pity as that is what it seemed to be lacking, they are entitled to time off though of course. Also, although our room was beautiful, some basic things were quite frustrating e.g. not enough light in the bathroom to shave/ put on make up etc (bulbs were out but positioned in such a way I don't think it would have made a difference) and there was a shaving mirror but it was at waist height and did not seem to move. Also, there was a hair dryer but nowhere to plug it in near a mirror. I need all the help I can get, so these things are important to me! (Comments re shaving are from my husband).
The restaurant was excellent though, and we would definitely go back there. Again, only one other couple was having dinner, but the staff were very welcoming and we were mostly served by Georgina, who was delightfull, very knowledgable about the food and wines & a joy to talk to. When the bill was presented there was a comment about reviewing on Tripadvisor with it, we said something and she said she thought Tripadvisor was only about bad things, we assured it wasn't and that we would mention how helpful she had been. If you go there, please tell her we have done so!

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2013

I did not stay there as a guest but a fabulous eating experience and so reasonably priced! Food was absolutely great - every meal was wonderful, wait staff attentive and helpful, ambience lovely and spectacular surroundings. A wonderful and memorable evening!

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Holden Manz Country House
Address: 3 Green Valley Road, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Franschhoek
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 63 B&Bs / Inns in Franschhoek
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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