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“Delightful Retreat” 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
Los Angeles, CA
1 review
“Delightful Retreat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2008

Such a beautiful place, a retreat away from city life but close to great food and entertainment. We spent two very comfortable nights and thoroughly enjoyed chatting with our hostess. She is a delight and a fabulous cook. (Thanks for accomodating my irregular schedule.) Breakfasts were varied and delicious, and as we ate we watched the deer snacking in the garden. The deck was lovely in the evening for visiting with friends and enjoying the wine and cheese we'd found locally. I can't wait for an opportunity to return.

  • Liked — Comfort and great food
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with friends
    • 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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Rating summary
  • 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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Sunnyvale
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2008

What began as a last minute find during our honeymoon has been a wonderful anniversary trip destination.

Each time we've returned we've enjoyed the total relaxation we find there. "Our" room has views of the property, great sunlight, a comfy bed and a wonderful tub with jets. There's also soft-fluffy towels galore and a wonderful shower.

There's a nice sitting area, though we've barely used it. Binders full of activities and restaurants give ideas of what to do. Weekday breakfasts are often peaceful, while weekend breakfasts are full of delightful conversation. The food features delightful fresh fruit and warm baking.

Kris Sheehan is delighful and is happy to give recommendations and reservations to local restaurants. We highly recommend O'Mei Restaurant in Santa Cruz.

This isn't for business travelers who want to keep in touch with their business. Or for entertainment buffs, as there are no TV's. No cellphone reception for most people, though my husband found Wi-fi (not advertised, so ask before going)

This is our official place to celebrate another year of a wonderful marriage. We were thrilled to celebrate our 5th here.

  • Liked — Comfortable and relaxing
  • Disliked — Traffic on highway 1
  • Stayed September 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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Santa Monica
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2008

We stayed 6 days from September 6 through 13, and had a great time. We really enjoyed the fresh breakfasts and the conversation around the large dining table in the sunny dining room. Kris would tell us if any new events were happening in the area or recommend local restaurants, which were all excellent. Kris was generous with explaining everything we need to know or needed to do, including making reservations at the restaurants, if we needed them. The rooms were very clean, with new looking fixtures, and well decorated in the period of the house. The house is a 2 story Craftsman style in wonderful condition, and Kris was really proud of how she restored and updated the home, including the flower gardens and the beautiful original trees. The house was in a quiet part of Aptos, set off from the road in a grove of Oaks and firs. If you wanted a TV or radio, Kris could provide you one, but we didn’t even want it!

Mariola & Chris
Santa Monica, CA

  • Liked — Beautiful setting among the trees
  • Disliked — Cell phone connection was poor or none
  • Stayed September 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Stockton, CA
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2008

I was recently married and looking around for a nice B&B for our honeymoon, and couldn't be happier after our stay at Sand Rock! Kris, the proprietor, was very accommodating and went above and beyond to make our honeymoon memorable. The house has only a few rooms and it makes for a quiet, personal stay. The grounds were beautiful and in the morning we could see deer from our window in the Honeycomb Suite! The breakfast was outstanding and Kris's dinner recommendations were right on the mark! I've never stayed anywhere like Sand Rock Farm.

  • Liked — The quiet and the privacy
  • Stayed August 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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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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Palo Alto
1 review
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
1 review
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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Additional Information about Sand Rock Farm

Address: 6901 Freedom Blvd, Aptos, CA 95003
Location: United States > California > Aptos
Amenities:
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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