Nestled among the rolling hills of Carmel Valley, Holman Ranch offers a unique retreat where visitors can bond and build, surrounded by rustic charm.

The Holman hacienda is the centerpiece of the 400-acre property, which also includes a cluster of guest rooms, a boutique winery with vineyards and an active stable for local and visiting equestrians. The hacienda was built in the 1940s but its stone architecture, wood finishes and masculine leather furnishings offer reverberations from farther into California’s ranchero past. It’s easy to see why Hollywood A-listers from yesteryear favored it as a men’s retreat, including Marlon Brandon, Clark Gable, Charlie Chaplin and Vincent Price.

The property has since become a popular retreat for Silicon Valley companies, weddings and special events. Carmel Valley is within a two-hour drive from the Bay Area’s economic centers but its country setting feels much further removed. An added bonus, world-class golfing is available at several nearby courses, along with luxurious spa treatments and excellent dining options.

The estate has 10 modest guest rooms and access to a variety of facilities at the hacienda. The “Great Room” offers intimate couch seating, a large fireplace and access to a patio with views of the valley, and a small meeting room sits just down the hall with a large executive table. In a separate building, the Chaplin bar and game room is outfitted with a pool table, flat screen TV and bar and couch seating. There are also numerous outdoor spaces for informal meetings and events.

The property is equipped with wireless Internet that worked well on our visit, but business visitors in need of a more robust connection for widespread streaming and other services should check with the owners for specs. For recreation, the property has a small pool area with a fitness center, bocce and horseshoes.

On-site wine tasting from the boutique Holman Ranch Vineyards & Winery and vineyard tours can also be arranged. Holman Ranch also has a tasting room on Carmel Valley Rd. a few minutes away from the property.

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Drop Down Screens, Projectors and Conference Phone Audio Visual Equipment (included with site rental) Wi-Fi Access Fully Appointed Executive Board Room

Event Types: Executive Retreat Company Picnics & Banquets Meetings & Seminars Networking Events & Corporate Mixers Team Building: Skeet Shooting, Scavenger Hunts & Poker Nights Off-site Office Holiday Parties