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“peaceful and authentic” 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
Marin County, California
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“peaceful and authentic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2008

We have stayed at Sand Rock Farm twice. The first time was for the wedding of our best friends, and everything was lovely. The setting, in the garden around the fountain, was perfect, and the reception out on the deck with champagne and treats was personalized and delightful. We returned for a weekend of Shakespeare and found our second room (we hope to try them all!) to be just as wonderful as the first, and also unique. We love the peaceful gardens and the feeling of authenticity in the decor of the guest rooms as well as the public spaces.

  • Liked — privacy
  • Disliked — N/A
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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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Palo Alto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2008

For years I'd searched for a place to stay near Santa Cruz that was simply quiet and relaxing, and Sand Rock Farm is all this and more. My wife and I discovered this haven four years ago, and perfection is the only word to describe it: peaceful, rural, beautiful--an ideal place to simply sit and relax when not sightseeing--and exceptionally friendly, thanks especially to the owner, Kris Sheehan, who is at once welcoming and helpful with both advice and practical assistance. I think we have stayed in all of the rooms at Sand Rock now, and we have enjoyed them all. Sand Rock had already become our favorite vacation spot when we decided to be married there two years ago, and we try to return at least twice a year. Thanks, Kris, for providing this lovely setting that mirrors your own personality.

Stayed August 2008
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the Peninsula
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2008

Sand Rock Farm might well be the most perfect place in the world to get married. We thought about having our wedding in an Irish castle or on an Italian lake, but realized that no other spot anywhere could feel as romantic and special as that lovely inn and gardens in Aptos which we loved the first time we stayed there and every time we’ve been lucky enough to go back. Besides—we knew we’d be among friends there, in hands we could depend on to make our day exactly right. The preparations for the wedding couldn’t have been easier, with the kindness and ready help of Kris and those she works with. Every moment of the day itself was charmed, with every detail taken care of so efficiently and quietly that we didn’t have to worry about a thing, and could simply enjoy the ceremony in the graceful inner garden with the stone fountain, sit afterwards on the beautiful deck where cake and champagne had been set out among sprays of purple orchids, and be grateful that such well-being can be found, so close to ordinary busy life with its complaints and aggravations, but happily far removed from it. Sand Rock Farm is an oasis indeed, which has to be experienced to be believed.

  • Liked — everything!
  • Disliked — having to leave
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2008

We just returned to Tokyo, Japan from a trip to the west coast of the United States that included one night at Sand Rock Farm.

Although our stay there was very short, we enjoyed it very much.
The grounds are beautiful and my husband was particularly impressed by the kinds of rare flowers that are non-existent here in Japan!

We stayed in the Sun Porch Suite which was very comfortable. Our teenage son slept on the sofa bed in the separate sun porch. We woke up to the sounds
of nature - chirping birds, water flowing from the fountain. It was a beautiful start to our trip.

Breakfast was delicious..fruits, home-made sweet buns and vegetable omelet.

I would definitely return to here on my next trip to the Santa Cruz area.

  • Liked — comfortable hard mattress, delicious breakfast, waking up to the sounds of nature
  • Disliked — nothing to dislike
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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los angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2008

My husband, daughter and I stayed here while touring colleges. We were very pleased with the beautiful decor, warm ambiance, and kindness of the staff. The grounds are lovely. We enjoyed walking the trails between the ancient redwood trees and watching the twittering birds in the garden.

Our room was large and very comfortable. The shower gels in the bath room were delightfully scented and the towels were thick and soft.

The owner, Kris, was both kind and informative. You could not ask for a better hostess. She suggested restaurants and happily made reservations for us. She told us about the history of the farm and generally made us feel at home away from home.

The breakfast was delicious. We enjoyed fresh stoned fruits with mint, baked french toast topped with blueberries and cream, and a chicken apple sausage, in addition to coffee and juices.

I highly recommend this B&B.

  • Liked — charming ambiance
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2008

We had our wedding at the stunningly beautiful Sand Rock Farm in July 2008. My husband and I really wanted to get married outdoors, and when we saw the Redwood Grove location, we were sold, and knew we wanted to get married underneath the gorgeous Redwood tree, among the lush greenery and abundant flowers of Sand Rock Farm. Our 95 guests loved the location, both for the ceremony and the reception in the nearby winery meadow. Innkeeper Kris helped us arrange everything - from the chair, table and linen rentals, the magnificent catering (Swingtime Caterers were amazing, we highly recommend Chef Antonette!), bartenders, and recommendations on florists (we love Brianna at Boulder Creek Flowers), cake suppliers (the Buttery), local restaurants, and even set up babysitters and entertainment for the 17 kids we had attending the wedding. Our photos from the wedding reflect the beauty of Sand Rock. Linda, the very professional field coordinator on the wedding day, kept everything organized and on schedule, and was a pleasure to work with as well. The house staff at Sand Rock - particularly Mackayla - were all smiles and super helpful. If planning a wedding here, I recommend renting out the entire inn for the weekend - we really felt like it was OUR place for the weekend and it was a blast for us to have our closest friends staying at the inn with us. We were thrilled all the way around with our wedding weekend at Sand Rock Farm and I would recommend it to anyone!

  • Liked — beauty
  • Stayed July 2008
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2008

My husband and I had a fabulous wedding at Sand Rock Farm in June. The Redwood Grove provided the perfect place for us to exchange our vows and the Winery Meadow and Winery Ruins set the scene for a wonderful party. Our guest of all ages enjoyed the garden and grounds.

Kris, the owner, helped us to arrange and plan many parts of our wedding, including hiring baby sitters and a child entertainer who charmed our young guests with stories and face painting. Some of the children who attended were still talking about the entertainer weeks later! Patty, the party manager, was organized and resourceful and made sure our wedding went smoothly . Dean, one of the employees, did so much to help us and make sure that we were well taken care of. He works very hard, and yet always has a smile on his face. We were very pleased with the service overall and recommend Sand Rock Farm as a great place to host a party.

During the course of a year planning our wedding, my husband and I stayed at Sand Rock Farm several times. It is beautiful in all seasons! At each visit, we were amazed by the clean, comfortable rooms (we have stayed in 3 of the 5 rooms, all great), the tasty breakfasts Kris prepares (goat cheese souffle was our favorite!) , and the wealth of information Kris shares with her guests about the area and its history. She is friendly and adds lots of nice touches to make your B&B stay special. She gives good restaurant recommendations too. We will go back again and again! We are already planning our next visit!

  • Liked — The staff and the grounds, plus the amazing house
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 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
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Location: United States > California > Aptos
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
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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