We sought a venue in the Franschhoek area to celebrate a very special birthday at the end of April. Holden Manz Wine Estate proved to be the perfect choice. Our host Frank attended meticulously to every detail of our stay. The highlight of the afternoon was the wine tasting on the estate. A lazy afternoon sampling the wines was the perfect prelude to the special treat Frank had arranged for us - dinner at Epice restaurant, a 5 minute drive from the estate. This was quite simply, sensational. In summary, the ideal venue for an international standard romantic getaway.
This review's tittle derives from the farm's top wine, Elysium ("Heaven"). Three nights celebrating a birthday-anniversary combo were beyond dreams. From the very warm and thoughtful welcome to the regrettable moment of departure, we loved the place, the people, the wines, the meals and the beauty of the location all with equal vigor. The King Suite was beautifully set out with exquisite Protea flowers and chocolates and was a perfect home for three nights. Special mention is deserved by Dylan, the Country House Manager, who is a natural at running all the details of a top-quality lodge with warmth and unflappability. Anke runs the management overnight with equal charm and a natural poise. Both have an attitude of "no request too small or too great." Franco, Anke's instructor, now ably supports her in her hosting work. Neil over at the tasting room went over the top for us. We asked for a quiet place, to taste wines we had not previously tasted and to enjoy the famous Wagyu burger. He went the extra mile to deliver all. We have long been fond buyers and consumers of Holden Manz wines, but are so pleased to have experienced the fullness of this outstanding destination "out in Franschhoek".…
This quite amazing place has definitely exceeded our expectations. We have enjoyed every little detail and staff was super helpful and available at all times. We would definitely come back again! Thank you! <3
A little piece of Heaven x from arrival to departure it was amazing ! Rooms are stylish and home away from home x totally exceptional …. Art collection beyond amazing . Gardens Beautyfull and Mountain View’s mindblow . Highly recommend staying at Holden Manz x
It was our first trip to South Africa and we stayed at Holden Manz country house for 4 nights . The accommodation was lovely, the setting perfect and the staff exceptional. Our thanks especially to Frank, Arnka and Franco for looking after us during our stay. We have recommended you to friends and family, and certainly looking forward to returning in the not too distant future