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A Franschhoek hotel & spa like no other, the Holden Manz guest house is located on a small, verdant estate at the edge of the quaint Boland town of Franschhoek. The property was turned into a wine estate in 1999.

The farm is nestled between the Franschhoek and stony brook rivers, the latter of which runs dry for six months of the year. At the convergence of these two rivers lies ‘the dragon’, a large rock which according to feng shui principles bounces good chi back upon the estate. On the other side of the estate, the Franschhoek Mountains keep watch. Look closely and you’ll see the outlines of a majestic elephant head, with its watchful eye in the mountainside.

Add to all of this the sparse elegance of the house’s Cape Dutch architecture and a prevailing sense of tranquillity and quiet splendour and you get one of the most inviting Franschhoek hotel & spas around.

The manor house at the Holden Manz Wine Estate has been built in the Cape Dutch style but is only just over ten years old. Luckily for guests this means that the spaces you would normally find in a Cape Dutch building are vastly more comfortable and grand in layout on the estate – a clean line architecture of the Dutch historic influence with all the mod cons of the twenty-first century, from underfloor heating to i-pod holders.


  • Air-Conditioning
  • Bar
  • Complimentary Welcome Beverage
  • En-suite Bathroom
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Garden Views
  • Housekeeping
  • International Plug Points
  • Mini Bar
  • Mountain Views
  • On Site Restaurant
  • Parking
  • Pool
  • Pool Towles
  • Private Garden
  • Private Guest Library/Lounge
  • Private Patio
  • Safes
  • Satellite TV
  • Spa
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Under Floor Heating in Bathrooms
  • Vineyard Views
  • Wi-Fi
  • Wood Burning Fireplace

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Cape Winelands

Cape Winelands

The Cape Winelands covers a relatively small area of verdant valleys and vertical mountains, about an hour east of Cape Town. Centred around the towns of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl and Wellington, this is the heart of the South African wine industry. Like the wine it’s a region best savoured rather than visited in a day trip from Cape Town. Holidays to the cape winelands should allow time not only for the local food and wine but also for the landscape itself.

Sports and nature

Sports and natureSport activities are wide ranging and include World Class Golf Courses, Cycling, Mountain Biking, Wine tasting on Horse Back and Canoeing. Nature reserves abound and cater for all visitors, from strollers to serious hikers.


NightlifeIt's all about wining and dining and as Franschhoek is the food and wine capital of South Africa there are no shortages of world renowned restaurants to choose from.

Culture & history

Culture & historyThe Franschhoek and Stellenbosch Wine Tram hop-on-hop-off tour is one of the best ways to discover the true essence of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Stellenbosch is the second oldest town in South Africa and offers numerous heritage buildings, attractions and tours. Visit the Village Museum where four original historical houses show how lifestyle and architecture has changed over 350 years. In the late 1600, 150 French Huguenots settled in the Franschhoek Valley, visit the Huguenot Museum for the story of the French Huguenots and how they came to settle in South Africa. Franschhoek has a wealth of historical buildings to explore, all within walking distance of the main village.
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