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“The most lovely and friendly B&B ever.” 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
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“The most lovely and friendly B&B ever.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2010

As you pull up in the driveway you can already feel the love the owner has for her B&B. After meeting her and staying in the B&B, this feeling only gets stronger.
Such a beautiful place to stay. Inside and its garden!
I loved my room, Eva's Garden.
Kris, the owner, was more than helpful and made me feel very welcome.
Breakfast was wonderful! And the gardens are beautiful.
Living in Europe makes it a bit far away to go back there soon; if I ever do I will for sure book myself a room in the Sand Rock Farm again.
Thank you Kris, you have the most lovely B&B, you are such a great host, and you have the kindest heart.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled solo
    • 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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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2010

My husband and I spent 3 nights at Sand Rock Farm and loved every minute of it. The house is beautiful...full of wonderful treasures. Our room (one of the least expensive) was lovely and comfortable and had everything we needed including fresh flowers from the garden. The house has a great enclosed sunporch which we adopted as our special place to read and relax after a day of hiking.

Even better than the house are the grounds around it. Chris's gardens are a delight with blooms of every kind which in turn attract a wide variety of birds. We began and ended each day with a walk around the grounds enjoying the fresh air scented with dozens of kinds of flowers and filled with birdsong.

And to top it all off, Chris was a wonderful hostess - friendly, attentive and very accomdodating. My husband is wheat intolerant and she very graciously provided him with breakfasts that were perfect for his needs. Meanwhile I enjoyed all the regular yummy things like goat cheese souffle and blueberry coffeecake.

Add to all this that Sand Rock Farm is convenient both to Santa Cruz, Elkhorn Slough area (for birding) and Monterey and it was a pretty perfect getaway.

  • Stayed August 2010, 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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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2010

My husband and I chose Sand Rock Farm for our wedding ceremony and extended stay for our family. The proprietor Kris Sheehan took care of all the wedding ceremony arrangements and was incredibly flexible in handling all the finer details - right down to clipping fresh flowers from her gardens to decorate our wedding cake and a late night pizza run the night before the ceremony. The accommodations were first class - the photos simply do not do justice to the absolute beauty and comfort of this bed and breakfast. The grounds are stunning, the rooms perfectly charming, the staff pleasant and helpful and the food INCREDIBLE. We felt that the service and experience were a tremendous value - we intend to come back just as soon as we can!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2010

We stayed on Valentine's Day. two couples, one downstairs in garden room, one upstairs with jacuzzi. We were out late at night but able to slip in without disturbing anyone, up for late breakfast which was amazing, and took a long walk throughout the grounds and nearby woods. We spent a long time researching for a nice place to stay in this area, other than the usual overpriced and barely acceptable beach places. If the price is right for you, and this place is worth every penny, and you don't want to be in town or on the beach, don't bother looking any further. You can see and experience the love and care that Kris has put into Sand Rock Farm. This kind of attention to setting and guest experience is extremely rare; take advantage of it if you can.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with family
    • 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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Los Angeles, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2010

We stayed at Sand Rock Farm for 3 nights and had a truly wonderful stay. We stayed in the Hidden Garden room with the hot tub and loved every minute. The room has its own entrance with an amazing garden. The hot tub was great! Just the perfect temperature! The room also had a front entrance onto a beautiful porch that faced west and we sat there as the sun went down drinking a nice glass of French Rose. The breakfast was amazing with fresh fruits and vegetables from the owner's garden. The landscaping on the property is out of this world! If you are a plant person like me you will love it. This is a very secluded property which is exactly what I was looking for in order to relax and get out of L.A. The house also has so much character. Our stay was truly one we will remember forever! We would definitely stay here again and mostly likely will. Thanks Kris!

  • Stayed June 2010, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tacoma, Washington
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2010

Sand Rock Farm Bed and Breakfast is a magical oasis tucked in the hills of Aptos. The beauty and serenity of the surroundings are compounded by the gentle and welcoming nature of the proprietor, Kris. You can lose yourself walking through the gardens and grounds that surround the house.
Each corner of the house or your room is inviting and warm. Personally, getting out of the luxury of my bed was a hard thing to bare, but consoled by the delectable breakfast.

This was an unexpected discover during my trip in California, and one I will treasure and return in the future.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled solo
    • 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2010

Great place to get away from it all without much of a drive (from neighboring Santa Cruz or Bay area). Lovely rooms, beautiful walks within the old farm property. Wonderful inn keeper!
Breakfast was delicious!!

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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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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