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Holden Manz Country House

3 Green Valley Road, Franschhoek 7690 South Africa
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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Updated 20/06/30 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 20/06/30 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#13 of 91 B&Bs / Inns in Franschhoek
Travellers' Choice
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.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Non-smoking hotel
Dry cleaning
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available
Laundry service
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Air conditioning
Private balcony
Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Riaan G wrote a review May 2021
11 contributions5 helpful votes
We stayed here end of April. I feel conflicted writing this review, as I'm not quite sure how to rate this property. I'll start with the good. The location is second to none. Down a quiet lane, beautiful old Cape Dutch buildings and exquisite views - just what you'd expect from an exclusive winelands getaway. The owners are obviously art-lovers/collectors and anyone interested in this, will find their collection impressive. The scrambled eggs were the best I've ever had. Despite another review, our fruit plate was fresh and lovely. When the sun peered through the clouds in the morning, the staff quickly set our table up outside on the stoep with views over the little lake - which was very special. We thought the owners and the staff were all friendly and helpful. I had to work in the lounge & piano den few times - shuffled their chairs and tables around to suit my needs and they had no issues with this. We got a complimentary bottle of (their) wine, which was a nice touch (and the wine was excellent). The towels were fresh and clean, and so was the (white) linen. Check in & out was easy with little fuss. Now the not so good. This property feels more like you are a guest in someone's house and less like a boutique hotel. I love dogs and kids - and these one's are particularly sweet - but they do not belong in the public area of a hotel or in the dining area. We retreated to a quiet nook one night to play backgammon over a glass of wine, when the entire family (including pets) surrounded us asking about the rules of the game. Weird. I know their intention was good, as I got upgraded to the suit in the main house, but I asked to be in a quiet room away from all public areas. As you can hear speaking & music from this room, I would rather prefer a small, but quiet room. The bed throws and cushions are filthy...not sure they ever get washed. The drawers were filled with books and diaries which presumably had no better place to be stored. The non-allergenic pillows were terrible. The bathroom is old and outdated. The bath products frankly awful (in broker plastic bottles). The gardens are pretty, but not kept as pristinely as one would expect from a boutique hotel. When all four rooms are full, breakfast is a noisy, chaotic affair (there are other spaces and people should be spread out for a more excusive feel). Basically kids goind to school, dogs barking and running around and noise coming from the kitchen (open door). PS. Please get rid of that 'covid' table with the gold sequence cloth and buddha in the main lobby, it's tacky and creates an unpleasant first impression. Generally, we had a really good experience. I do not think it deserves proper boutique status and definitely not 5 stars. It has stiff competition from very exclusive properties in town. I wish them all the best going forward.
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Date of stay: April 2021
Room Tip: The suite is enormous with a stunning view, but you can hear noises from the lobby.
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Response from Cynthia Barnard, General Manager at Holden Manz Country House
Responded 09 May 2021
Thank you for such a detailed review of your stay. We are grateful for the kind words regarding our beautiful Cape Dutch home amongst the vineyards, stylish interior, and our delicious breakfast and for mentioning our dedicated and friendly team at the Country House. Regarding your negative views raised, we do apologise that your entire stay was not perfect. The points addressed have all been shared with the entire team and the owners, and rest assured that we have taken your comments seriously where we feel it is applicable for our Country House and offerings. However, regarding your personal point of views, we do consider and present ourselves as a comfortable, relaxed five star Country Style home, not a boutique hotel - and with that comes the youthful enthusiasm of the two young children and two old dogs, who are away and out of sight for guests most of the time, but they all do enjoy greeting our guests and therefore creating the sense of “being home.” Our team is also particularly meticulous ensuring everything in the suites is fresh, clean and perfectly prepared for our guests’ stay so it really is surprising to read of the issues you mentioned in the room and if that was the case, we do humbly apologise. While we don’t agree with everything written, we do appreciate that you share your review. We are glad your overall experience was really good.
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AurelieC93 wrote a review Mar 2021
Woodstock, South Africa35 contributions18 helpful votes
We had a wonderful stay at Holden Manz Country House, perfectly located on a beautiful estate only 3mn drive from Franschhoek village. The service is absolutely exceptional and flawless with a great attention to details. We felt like real VIPs during our entire stay! The country house is beautiful with gorgeous artworks everywhere and a mix of traditional and contemporary decoration. The suit we were staying in was really big and comfortable, with a special mention to the amazing king size bed and the fireplace, perfect for rainy days! The breakfast is also delicious and of great quality, with many options to choose from. I will definitely come back, thank you so much for everything!
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
Response from Cynthia Barnard, General Manager at Holden Manz Country House
Responded 13 Mar 2021
Dear Aurelie Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback on your stay. It is greatly appreciated and we can only improve on our offering through input from our guests. We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay and that our service measured up to the standards that we set for ourselves. We look forward to welcoming you back in what is hope is sooner rather than later. Kind regards The Holden Manz Team
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KirstyMaclons wrote a review Jan 2021
Tokai, South Africa28 contributions5 helpful votes
Our family celebrated my sister's birthday here. Everything was perfect really perfect - from the go-the-extra-mile staff, to exquisite walks in the vineyards, to cooling swims in the pool and enjoying high tea in the gorgeous sitting rooms surrounded by exquisite sculptures and paintings. We will be back as soon as we can. Thank you.
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Date of stay: January 2021
Room Tip: All rooms are wonderful!
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Response from Cynthia Barnard, General Manager at Holden Manz Country House
Responded 27 Jan 2021
Dear Kirsty Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. It is greatly appreciated. It was a huge pleasure to host you and your family and be part of the birthday celebrations. We look forward to welcoming you back and until we meet again, please stay safe. Kind regards
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Brendan wrote a review Jan 2021
5 contributions
We had booked Holden Manz for a function and everything was perfect - the staff were so helpful, caring and well organised; the House itself was amazing: the scenery stunning and the wines outstanding. No more than 5 minutes from the centre of Franshoek, the location was superb - close enough to the centre but still in its quiet and serene location. I highly recommend Holden Manz!!
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Date of stay: October 2020
Room Tip: There are less than 10 rooms and each one is unique and wonderful
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Response from Cynthia Barnard, General Manager at Holden Manz Country House
Responded 27 Jan 2021
Thank your for your positive comments and feedback. It is greatly appreciated and we are really happy that you enjoyed your stay with us at Holden Manz. We look forward to welcoming you back soon and until then please stay safe. Kind regards
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Darren wrote a review Dec 2020
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I proposed at this wonderful venue and the staff will extremely helpful in making it a huge success. They went above and beyond making our our stay feel super special. Outstanding venue. Absolutely beautiful location. Staff extremely helpful and friendly as well as the owners. The picnic and breakfast was fantastic. Keen on visiting again
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Date of stay: December 2020
Response from Cynthia Barnard, General Manager at Holden Manz Country House
Responded 08 Jan 2021
Dear Darren Congratulations to you both and we are so happy that you chose Holden Manz as your romantic getaway. I was our pleasure and honor to assist you with the arrangements and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Stay safe Kind regards
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Frequently Asked Questions about Holden Manz Country House
Which popular attractions are close to Holden Manz Country House?
Nearby attractions include First South African Perfume Museum (2.4 km), Franschhoek Pass (2.8 km), and Glenwood Vineyards (3.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Holden Manz Country House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Holden Manz Country House?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Holden Manz Country House?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Holden Manz Country House?
Conveniently located restaurants include La Petite Colombe, Orangerie at Le Lude, and Le coin Français.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Holden Manz Country House?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Holden Manz Country House?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Holden Manz Country House?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Boschendal (14.6 km).
Does Holden Manz Country House have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.