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Holden Manz Country House
Ranked #5 of 64 Franschhoek B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 17 July 2013

Unsurpassed elegance, excelent service and a sustainable "green" alternative makes this a inspirational stay .... Excellent restaurant on site and the spa is simply to die for , secluded nature spot the ideal getaway

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Reviewed 12 July 2013

Truly a delightful place. Gorgeous mountain views with walks through the orchards and vineyards. We stayed for one night, and can't wait to return. The restaurant served up a feast and the wines were excellent. Loved all the artwork throughout the house, as well as the quiet spaces and the many books that were available. Thanks to Lameck for the great service.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 July 2013

Amazing mountain vistas, paired with crisp fresh air and blue skies – all of this in the middle of winter in the Cape. Hard to believe, but that’s what you would have experienced if you were in Franschhoek during the past week or so. I think that most people just block their social calendar from June till September as they fear the Cape Winter, but this need not be so.
After thirteen Cape Winters, I have worked out that yes, we do have a few wet (in fact very wet days and weekends), but there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the best of the Cape all year round and winter offers some amazing value for money deals across a the province.
Living in Cape Town makes accessing these so easy and a mere 45 minutes in any direction out of Cape Town offers one a variety of amazing experiences, food and accommodation.

We spent June 21, which of course is mid-winter, in fabulous Franschhoek at Holden Manz Wine Estate. The Country House offers five 5-star suites and is the perfect getaway for a romantic weekend or for a group of friends to spend a great weekend in a stunning manor house.
Each suite has a built in fire place and under-floor heating to ensure maximum comfort for their guests. As always, country properties offer the most spacious accommodation and Holden Manz uses their space tastefully.
No clutter and unnecessary pieces here; just luxury, comfort and warm country styled hospitality from the moment you walk through their doors.
As always, if there is a spa on any property that I stay in, I just have to get a bit of the rub and touch, or pampering as others would call it. Holden Manz has a beautifully appointed Spa that surprised me for a boutique estate. The facility and the treatments are really impressive and I have added them to my diary, as I definitely intend to return for a second visit.
Franschhoek has become known as the culinary capital of South Africa and rightfully so. The culinary expertise that can be found in this picture perfect town is not easy to challenge. The Franschhoek Kitchen situated at Holden Manz has definitely invested in keeping the flag flying high for the region.

Executive Chef Maryna Frederiksen is passionate about food and equally passionate about her dinner guests. Besides taking us to new highs with her culinary skills, she made regular visits to the restaurant to ensure her guests were happy. Using local produce is the mark of a good chef, as it really puts the emphasis on what’s seasonal and fresh. One such item on Chef Maryna’s menu, a lentil soup with local apples, really knocked me out.

I did not expect this combination to work, especially as it also mentioned as being spicy in the description. The soup did not disappoint at all and could easily be a hearty main meal with some good old fashioned farm style bread, but it was an excellent starter on a cold and wet winter’s night.
My main course was a perfectly presented Oak Plank Salmon Trout with a honey mustard glaze served on a parsnip and potato mash together with roasted vegetables. The fish was deliciously done with a hint of a smokey oak flavour yet not at all overpowering the overall taste of this dish.
The choice of desserts included Panna Cotta, coffee and doughnuts and a chocolate fondue that won my heart quite easily.
All in all, a really amazing overnight stay in one of the secrets gems in the Franschhoek Valley. It is definitely worth a visit.

* Visit www.holdenmanz.com for more information.

Room Tip: Book early as they only have 5 suites in the Country House.
  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 July 2013

Gorgeous rooms, view, super-friendly staff. They make you feel totally at home and cannot do enough for you. Dinner was superb and spa treatment to die for. Not to mention the wine! It was freezing so the underfloor heating was heaven-sent. Breakfast the next day also was a treat.

Room Tip: All the rooms are stunning. Similar lay-out around the koi pond. The family suite in the main buil...
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 June 2013

an amazing experience, delightful hosts, beautiful room and bathroom and private terrace garden with views of the mountains, , gorgeous bed, incredible setting peaceful and luxurious. Wonderful pool beautifully set amongst olive tree gardens , picnic areas along the river and vineyards. Great massage and amazing food and wine I would love to go back

Room Tip: all beautiful with private terrace gardens
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 18 May 2013

We have just ad a week staying here once again. We had high expectations after staying here last year.... We were not disappointed. We stayed in the Stony brook suite which was very comfortable. As ever, we were well looked after by Lameck and Collette and will be back again in Spring next year

Room Tip: We like the Stony Brook suite as catches the morning sun
  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 May 2013

We stayed at the room called `the Mountain Elephant`: a room near the entrance of the manor and accessible via stairs. The room itself consisted of four parts: the main bedroom with a kingsize bed and wood fire, the walk in closet, the bathroom with toilet, bath and rain shower and a second kingsize bed. The room looked out on the vineyards of the estate. The service was very inviting and friendly as were the people working in the nearby restaurant, where the food was magnificent. We recommend the (s)port wine and pudding as well as the calemares. We did not use the spa.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: 3 Green Valley Road, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
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Region: 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 #5 of 64 B&Bs / Inns in Franschhoek
Price Range: £134 - £304 (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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