Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley, California: The Perfect Place to Unwind and Celebrate

Wine tastings and high quality dining abound in a uniquely California setting at Holman Ranch

Will’s Fargo’s eggs Benedict.

In 1928, a San Francisco businessman, Gordon Armsby, came upon the lovely rolling hills of Carmel Valley and decided this would be the place to establish himself and create one of the most historical and picturesque ranches in the area. With that vision many years ago, Holman Ranch was created as a working ranch as well as a getaway for the rich and famous (Charlie Chaplin was such a frequent visitor that he had his very own room). The ranch has changed hands several times since the 1920s, but the 400 acre ranch is now as lovely as it was many years ago.

Holman Ranch, with its breathtaking views and rustic, elegant surroundings is a favorite for vacationers and special event planners. The manicured lawns, historic buildings, and sweeping mountain views make this ranch a perfect place for weddings and personal milestones.

Thomas and Jarman Lowder purchased Holman Ranch in 2006 with the dream of making great wines and tasty olive oils. Along with that dream, the property also spoke of the days gone by as a place for respite and celebrations. After the purchase, work began to completely refurbish the property maintaining the ambience of the original glory days with the most modern upgrades. The Lowders have kept the original charm of the property and with the help of their daughter Hunter have transformed this icon to a special event mecca and a world class vacation retreat.

We were fortunate enough to spend a lovely evening at this historical property along with a meal at Carmel Valley oldest restaurant, Will’s Fargo Steakhouse + Bar. We could not have found a better spot to start our journey to the central coast of California. 

Holman ranch offers many special events that can accommodate almost every need or desire. From themed retreats, outdoor and indoor event space available this idyllic property is the perfect space for multi-day retreats, or single-day offsite events.


Our room was something out of early California history. The homey cabin has a welcoming porch, rocking chairs and even a friendly peacock roaming among the towering oaks. This was truly is a great place to find the quiet away from the dizzying pace of today’s society. The outdoor facilities have been restored to the original 1920s history. The carriage house is a perfect place for hosting dancing or dinner. The old-fashioned game room includes a vintage juke box and pool table and all the modern amenities for a fun filled night. There is also a conference room for seminars and a peaceful chapel for those who choose to tie the knot while visiting Carmel Valley.