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Sand Rock Farm Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 2 Aptos B&B and Inns
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Monterey, California
Reviewed April 27, 2006

My partner and I stayed at this wonderful B & B for one night. We stayed in the Sun Porch Suite receiving a discount because of my birthday. (The owner said she would have given us a discount for being locals as well.) The "porch" in the suite was a separate sitting area with a love seat, coffee table, and chair. The porch looked out onto the garden. A door out of the bathroom led to the hot tub. The toom was cozy with a gas burning stove as well as central air heating. The B & B is in early 19th century decor with five rooms all of which are nicely furnished and roomy. The breakfast was very good: grapefruit with raspberry topping, french toast with blueberrys juice, and apple sausage. There are several different garden areas on the grounds with benches. There is some traffic noise from the Highway if you are outside in the garden, but the grounds are farr enough back from the road so that the noise is not distracting. I will definitely return to this B & B for some time away from the telephones.

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Reviewed November 14, 2005

Very helpful hosts made our visit in August a very enjoyable time! Our room was large and comfortable for my husband, daughter and myself & overlooked a
rose garden. Central location for whale watching,
Shakespeare and excellent restaurants all recommended
by our hosts. Great breakfasts too and very friendly
guests made this a relaxing stay.

  • Stayed: August 2005
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Auburn, California
Reviewed June 2, 2005

Well, Iv'e finally had a chance to stay in every room at the inn. We have family in the Aptos area and needed to get a room for a big family celebration, so we ended up at Sand Rock Farm. It's heaven! We haven't stayed with family since. All of the rooms are large with really comfortable beds. The decorum is very tasteful craftsmen style. The architecture and grounds are stunning. And the best, which I've saved for last, the food is"Oh my God!" good.
We've had the opprotunity to attend two of the wine maker dinners. We felt like we were living in the pages of Sunset magazine. The atmosphere, the wine, the wonderful people we met and the food were just amazing. The dinners were the best meal ever; course after course. Second best, is the breakfast that comes with every stay. Breakfast is always plenty to eat. All of the foods are prepared fresh with goods from local growers. I wish I could recall the names of some of the dishes, but if you stay there the inn keeper or chef will explain some the special sauces and processes.
My favorite room is the "Sun Porch Suite". It's huge with an attatched reading porch all it's own. The Coast is cool, so it's a great place to warm up with a book. My second favorite room is the giant suite up stairs(I can't remember names). I think it's the largest room. In addition to the large bed and sitting area, there's this jet tub that sits in it's own alcove. You can draw the cutains and melt away. All of the rooms are good.
Even though the inn is just off the road, it's one of the quietest inn we've stayed at(lot's of trees I guess). It's always warm and cozy after a day in the cool coast air. We've never over heated on the Northern California Coast, but on rare occassion it does get warm. Few, if any, shops, businesses, homes, or inns have air. Throw off the cudley down comforter, bring layers of clothes and open your lungs to the cool fresh air.
We now can't wait to visit family and get pampered somewhere out of the valley heat.
There's a huge variety of sites and activies in the area. You'll be right near the beaches and the coastal range. We love to find a resteraunt right on the water and enjoy some fresh fish and chips.

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Higganum, CT
Reviewed September 9, 2003

The pictures made the Sand Rock Farm look like a new building in an ideal setting. After reading about the food, we were committed. The reality was very mixed. The food was superb! Fresh, perfectly ripened melon was accompanied by a very nice fritata. The grounds and the multilayered deck were beautiful. Our room was very nice and included its own jacuzzi. However, we spent a miserable night in the room because there is no air conditioning and the portable fan just couldn't fight the heat. We couldn't even move it closer to the bed or the window because the cord wasn't long enough and there wasn't a table to put it on. The common areas contain a collection of old furiture, old rugs and old woodwork. It's my opinion that the common areas need some attention.

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Management response:Responded August 3, 2005

Historic Sand Rock Farm is just that, a historic 10 acre Santa Cruz County property once a 1000 acre working farm and producing winery in the 1880's. Please see the Fodor's review below for a great description of our tasteful restoration.

The centerpiece of our ideal setting (in close proximity to the ocean and Pacific Coast Highway 1) is our beautifully renovated farmhouse, which features gorgeous redwood detailing from the turn of the last century. In keeping with the moderate climate California's Central Coast is blessed with, we do not have air conditioners in the rooms. Each room has electric fans available, all of which have access to outlets and small tables nearby to set them on for cooling breezes when desired.

The five spacious guestrooms and expansive living room, dining room, halls, and front sun porch are all tastefully decorated with period-appropriate furnishings and artwork. The couches and chairs in the sitting areas all have shapely vintage frames, reupholstered when we renovated the inn to coordinate with the luxurious handknotted Arts&Crafts style rugs selected to highlight the mellow wood floors and bring the rooms together.

We welcome travelers with a desire to experience the elegance of days past with modern luxuries such as jacuzzi tubs for two, seasonal gourmet breakfasts, fabulous area restaurants and stunning local wines, and our ten-acre grounds with luxuriant gardens, footpaths and fountains.

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Additional Information about Sand Rock Farm Bed and Breakfast

Address: 6901 Freedom Blvd, Aptos, CA 95003-9620
Location: United States > California > Aptos
Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Aptos
Price Range: $185 - $225 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Intimate, effortless, delicious! Your stay at Sand Rock Farm Bed and Breakfast includes beautiful garden views from every window, fountains tucked among shaded pathways, comfortable beds and Jacuzzi tubs, spa robes and earth-friendly amenities. Wake to the smell of coffee brewing and scones baking and enjoy a leisurely, hot and hearty breakfast served to you in the dining room or on the deck beneath the giant oak and redwood trees. Our easy access location right off of Highway 1 just south of Santa Cruz is a great jumping off point for visits to Monterey, Big Sur, Santa Cruz or even closer, Aptos, Capitola, Nisene Marks State Park and Manresa State Beach. ... more   less 

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