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Sand Rock Farm Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 2 Aptos B&B and Inns
San Francisco, CA
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97 reviews
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“Beautiful B&B”
Reviewed 4 August 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, travelled as a couple
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Oakland, CA
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Reviewed 20 June 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, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 3 June 2012

If you love the quiet of the redwoods, the beauty of an heirloom garden, the joy of exploring a lovingly restored nineteenth century farm house, this place is for you. I had the privilege of seeing every room and I can tell you, you can't go wrong! Kris, the owner, helped us feel at home and made a delicious breakfast in the morning-- goat cheese souffle, garden greens, fresh fruit and cinnamon pecan sticky bread still warm from the oven.
This place is a gem. It feels tucked away and secluded, but is only minutes from Santa Cruz and other coastal towns. It truly is the best of both worlds!

Room Tip: Each room has its own character. I got to see them all, and you can't go wrong.
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Fairfax, California
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Reviewed 8 May 2012

My husband and I stayed for two nights and wished we could have stayed the week.
It was everything we wanted. Quiet, private, beautiful, comfortable. Sand Rock has a lot of charm.
The beautiful house offers a lot of privacy. We stayed in the Sun Porch room. It had two entrances, one through the main house and another private back entrance. A very comfortable bed, a jacuzzi for two, a lovely sun porch that was separated by private french doors off our room.
The grounds are very pretty with numerous roses, redwoods, ferns, a young orchard.
Kris was very helpful. She is also quite a good cook and the breakfast surpassed any we've had at a B & B.
The room photos on their website don't do it justice. They are MUCH nicer then the photos show.
We plan to make Sand Rock a destination point again.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 15 April 2012

My boyfriend and I decided it was time for our first B&B and we were not disappointed. Kris, the owner, was the most wonderful host! Our first day there in the Morning Glory room my boyfriend proposed to me over a lovely bottle of wine that greeted us in the room when we arrived. Needless to say the rest of the trip was heavenly. Our room had a hot tub in it that we took full advantage of each day. And just walking around the property and enjoying some time to ourselves was so tranquil and beautiful, the gardens are so lovely. Kris made sure that we had everything we needed and when she heard about the engagement she even gave us a bottle of Champagne with 2 beautifully etched glasses to take home complementary! She was wonderful with suggesting places to go for dinner to celebrate and even making reservations for us. Breakfast was scrumptious each day, from goat cheese souffle to baked french toast with some of the food coming right from the farm! There was no cell reception for non iPhone users, but on a vacation and place like this it was REALLY nice not to be in constant contact with the world. Can't wait to go back again and maybe even get married in this little piece of heaven!

Room Tip: The Morning Glory room with the window open and so sunny was like waking up with the rest of nature.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Tracy, California, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2011

This B&B was appointed beautifully, our hostess was a pleasure to talk with & attentive to all our needs. She anticipates the needs of her guests with perfection. The breakfast was the best I have experienced at a B&B. The goat cheese souffle surpassed my expectation of any breakfast experience. The rooms were beautifully decorated to the time period of the home & the bed was over the top comfortable. Soft linens & very comfy pillows. Having a Jacuzzi in the room was an added bonus & added to thr relaxing atmosphere. The grounds were well maintained and were a joy to explore. The natural environment lended to the viewing of many types of birds & a few deer. Highly recommend as the perfect getaway!
Debbie & Scott Johnson
Day of Discovery Travel

  • Stayed December 2011
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 11 October 2011

My husband and I just returned from a Northern California trip and we stayed at 4 different great hotels and inns as we traveled. Our favorite place was Sand Rock Farm! We stayed in the Sun Porch room which was lovely with a spacious bedroom, bath and sitting room. Many windows brought the beautiful outside scenery right into the room. The jacuzzi tub was very nice and spacious plus there was access to the outdoor hot tub. Our bed was very comfortable and there even was a tv for our use, if desired. Breakfasts were wonderful and so different than any we'd had at many other B&Bs over the years. Kris was delightful! She helped us to make the most of our few days in the Santa Cruz area by arranging a private winery tour and whale watching. This was all done via correspondence even before we arrived! Her recommendations for dinner at two local restaurants were also spot on. While we were there, Today's Bride magazine what conducting a photoshoot for an upcoming issue and the next day Kris hosted a small wedding party. Even with all that going on, our stay was peaceful and delightful and Kris was very attentive. She runs a wonderful establishment - get there before everyone finds out about it!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Sand Rock Farm Bed and Breakfast
Address: 6901 Freedom Blvd, Aptos, CA 95003-9620
Region: United States > California > Aptos
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Aptos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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