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“Best night sleep” 5 of 5 stars
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6901 Freedom Blvd, Aptos, CA 95003   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 Aptos B&B and Inns
San Diego, California
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4 reviews
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“Best night sleep”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The house was charming, yet the amenities were modernized. The grounds were beautiful. We stayed in the Morning Glory room, and had the best night's sleep there in a long time. The in-room Jacuzzi tub was fantastic. When my boyfriend said he wanted a hearty breakfast, Kris changed her menu a bit just for him. It was very good! We would definitely like to return someday.

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

Kris welcomed us to the awesome Sand Rock Farm in mid-March as we traveled down the coast. The grounds and home could not have been more unique and comfortable. She had some good recommendations for restaurants and scenery in the area to make our stay well-rounded. The breakfast was so special and graciously served. We could hardly break away from the table, and enjoyed the other guests' conversations. We will definitely tell our friends about Sand Rock Farm, and hope to return.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, California
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

My wife & I wanted to get away for a one day trip to the Santa Cruz area so I checked the internet and found this gem. Since we depend on reviews, we found this highly rated B&B in Aptos. Of course having a jacuzzi in the room was a prerequisite for me, this place certainly looked like a winner. We drove down the SF Bay Area and upon arriving was greeted by the owner, Chris and her lovely dog Sunshine.

She took us to our room and we were blown away by the cleanliness and quaint decorating. The bed was soo comfortable as well. The huge oval jacuzzi was tucked away in what used to be a walk in closet, so we were impressed. Chris asked us if we had any dietary constraints and my wife brought out her list. Me? I've got an iron stomach so anything would work. What a lovely woman. She made us feel at home and cooked an incredible breakfast. We will be back! Soon!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Cruz, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

My husband and I recently got married at the Sand Rock Farm, and our entire wedding party stayed there the weekend of our wedding. Kris did an outstanding job helping us to plan our wedding. She was very prompt and organized and had a lot of connections to local vendors. She was very experienced in the ins and outs of planning a wedding and was a helpful resources throughout the process. Our actual wedding was so magical...the venue is truly one of a kind. And the inn was a wonderful place to stay, both for us and for our wedding party. Comfortable beds, clean rooms, delicious food, plus so much fun to be staying at our wedding location with our closest friends and family! We would highly recommend Sand Rock Farm, both as a beautiful and relaxing place to stay and as an amazing place to get married.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Petaluma
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

We spent two lovely nights at Sand Rock Farm. The inn is located on 10 acres of beautiful gardens, trees, fountains and is the perfect serene getaway! Our room was.wonderful! We had a balcony (shared with another room), enclosed sunporch and a bathroom with a large jetted tub and a large separate shower. And the bed was very comfortable! Kris, the owner/innkeeper treated us to extraordinary breakfasts, one morning a luscious blueberry french toast and the second morning a very delicious egg souffle. Kris is a wealth of information on things to do and places to go in the area, giving us exact directions on how to get to and from. We had a fantastic stay and are looking forward to our next visit. We highly recommend Sand Rock Farm.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, CA
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21 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

We had a wonderful two nights at the Sand Rock Farm in the Hidden Garden Room. It's a quiet and beautiful setting amidst massive gardens and wildlife. The house itself is interesting, breakfasts were marvelous, proprietress was charming. Our room was very large and comfortable, and it had a big spa just outside the door, which we enjoyed both nights. Common areas are delightful both inside and outside. We went to the Forest of Nisene Marks redwood state park for a long hike, then spent the afternoon at the Rio Del Mar beach on the ocean. Weather at the Sand Rock Farm is sunnier and more pleasant than closer to the beaches, because it's about 1.5 miles inland, so much less low overcast.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oakland, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

Sand Rock Farm is a truly special place. The grounds are beautiful, the rooms are divine, and the breakfast is truly fabulous. I come here on special occassions with my wife when we have a little extra money to spend on lodging. For a nice place, the prices are reasonable, and they do have deals from time to time. During the week, there’s also a chance that you may have the place to yourself for a day as the B&B is naturally in much higher demand over the weekends. Sometimes it gets rented out for weddings, and you can see why. The grounds are very green with birds and other wildlife, and it’s in a very quiet area well off of a main road.

Chris, the owner, is an excellent cook, and she will make sure that any dietary needs are met. My wife has allergies to gluten and most dairy, so Chris went out of her way to make sure that she could still eat breakfast with everyone else. Acts like this are really appreciated. My wife usually avoids bed and breakfasts because of her allergies. She always assumes that she will have to make her own breakfast on the road. As someone without any allergies, I can say that I personally love the french toast. It really hits the spot.

As for the area, my wife and I often stay in Aptos when we visit Santa Cruz. In general, nicer Santa Cruz lodging is overpriced, and a little congested for our tastes. It’s a short twenty minute drive in and out. We prefer the sanctuary of Sand Rock farm for quiet evenings alone, and relaxing mornings on the grounds. We go to Santa Cruz for shopping, food and beach boardwalk area. In the other direction, you’re a little closer to Monterey, and there are nice forest areas nearby. There are great beaches everywhere. We did explore Aptos a little on our last trip, and it’s a quaint, fun town.

If you want tips of what to do in the area, Chris will be more than happy to give you some suggestions. She is personable, but she also gives people all of the privacy that they desire. I personally appreciate this, as some owners go out of their way to avoid you, and others are a little overbearing. Chris strikes just the right balance to make you feel at home during your stay.

Finally, we stayed in the Morning Glory room both times that we have visited because of the in-room jaccuzi. It has really powerful jets! It also has a nice window overlooking the trees. We would open it up and we could hear the birds outside. We felt calm and peaceful and plan to return again.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 6901 Freedom Blvd, Aptos, CA 95003
Location: United States > California > Aptos
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Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Aptos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Celebrate the Art of the Good Life at our turn-of-the-century country estate/former winery. Local produce is incorporated in culinary marvels served at breakfast. Proprietor Kris Sheehan gives insider tips on wineries, antiquing and specialty garden nurseries. Fountains splash, art and artifacts abound, sunlight streams into this glorious Arts-and-Crafts farmhouse, nestled in ten acres of meadows, twisting oaks and towering redwoods on the Monterey Bay. "Simplicity at its best." ... more   less 

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