Tucked away on a 400 acre parcel of land in Carmel Valley, California sits the stone hacienda known as Holman Ranch. This “Casa Escondida” or “Hidden House,” resting under the outstretched arms of majestic oak trees, has been a retreat for Hollywood celebrities since the days of Charlie Chaplin, Clark Gable, Joan Crawford and Marlon Brando.
Authentic Carmel found at Holman Ranch
Today, an overnight stay at Holman Ranch is a chance to glimpse into the past of old Carmel Valley. While the ranch has changed hands several times, the original character of this 1928 Spanish hacienda shines through. From the inner courtyard of the main building, with its fountains and rose bushes, to the carriage house, once a former stable, the property blends its cowboy past with modern day elegance.
Romance found at Holman Ranch
Holman Ranch was built for celebrations. From weddings to family reunions or corporate retreats, the ranch and surrounding grounds lend themselves to memorable gatherings. Ten themed guest rooms line the property. From the two bedroom cottage, to the Charlie Chaplin room with its two queen beds, bridal parties or grandma and grandpa, along with a posse of grand children will feel right at home on the private estate.
All rooms offer complimentary wi-fi, flat screen tv’s, showers, ironing boards, safe deposit boxes and housekeeping service. There is also bocce ball, a horseshoe pit, fitness center, swimming pool (not heated) and indoor game room offering a dart board, pool table, plasma tv, bar, jukebox and fireplace – an ideal bachelor pad for boys and girls, young and old to play.
Traveling with Fido? Holman Ranch is pet-friendly, to any size dog, for a price of $250.
Three’s not a crowd at Holman Ranch
Three is not a crowd at Holman Ranch. In fact, the more the merrier for you and your wallet! Be advised that Holman Ranch is more of a package deal. You’ll need to reserve all ten rooms to stay on the estate – think weddings; special events in Carmel, Pebble Beach or Laguna Seca.
My room, the Charlie Chaplin room with two queen beds, rented for $375 per night on weekends, including full, hot breakfast, and $325 week day rate. Not interested in breakfast, subtract $25.
Holman Ranch Vineyards
What’s a wedding celebration without California wine? Holman Ranch has a small estate vineyard of primarily chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes under production in the Carmel Valley Appellation. The 19 acres of grapes produce estate wines for wine club members. The property also features Tuscan varietal olive trees, resulting in extra-virgin olive oil; again, only available to wine club members. Am I detecting a pattern here?
I am not a fan of the tap water in Carmel. It tastes bad. Thankfully, Holman Ranch has its own water system on the property and the water quality is excellent. Mindful stewards of the land, Holman Ranch includes two stainless steel canteens in rooms for guests to use, enjoy on the ranch and take home as a reminder of their Holman Ranch vacation.
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If You Go:
Holman Ranch (831) 659-2640
60 Holman Ranch Road
Carmel Valley, California 93924
Article written by and photos courtesy of Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip, Travels from Northern California. I was a guest of Holman Ranch.