Sand Rock Farm Bed & Breakfast

6901 Freedom Boulevard, Aptos, California 95003
Innkeeper(s): Kris Sheehan
  • Introduction

    Guest Rooms/SuitesCelebrate the Art of the Good Life!

    Historic Sand Rock Farm Bed & Breakfast is a gracious, turn-of-the-century Arts and Crafts inspired home, filled with stained glass, art and antiques.

    Our ten acre grounds in the Aptos foothills include country gardens, expansive decks, walking trails, and the atmospheric Liliencrantz winery ruin, the only standing remainder of a significant part of 19th century Santa Cruz history.

    Sand Rock Farm is located in a rural valley and mountain setting along Freedom Boulevard, formerly the stagecoach route between Watsonville and Valencia, a historic redwood mill town. Our Bed and Breakfast is just one mile from the longest walking beach along a hundred miles of California coast. Only half a mile from Aptos Village, in our forests and fields you feel far away indeed!

    Sitting PorchSome of the places to see and things to do near Historic Sand Rock Farm...

    • The Forest of Nisene Marks - 10,000 acres of redwood forest with trails for walking & mountain biking, picnic areas, creeks, and glades. 5 minutes
    • Sunset State Beach - One of the longest stretches of sandy beach in California, Sunset State Beach also features mountainous sand dunes and pine forests. 5 minutes
    • Kayaking in Elkhorn Slough Naturalist led tours, full moon paddles, bird watching, and outdoor adventure in one of the nation's most important estuary preserves. 15 minutes
    • Tea House Spa - Beautiful Japanese-style spa with hot tubs, massage, and saunas. 15 minutes
    • Natural Bridges State Beach - In addition to being another beautiful northern California beach, Natural Bridges is the home to some 150,000 monarch butterflies (Oct-March). 15 minutes
    • Monterey Bay Aquarium - One of the world's renown marine education facilities highlights the beauty and fragility of California's coastal waters. Be sure to visit the 10,000,000 gallon "Outer Bay" tank. 35 minutes
    • Winery Tour - There are over 20 excellent small wineries within a 1 hour radius of Sand Rock Farm. Travel up the coast, wind your way inland to the outstanding David Bruce Pinot Noir or Syrah; stop in to Silver Mountain and sample a delectable Chardonnay, and do a little comparison with one from Trout Gulch. 20 minutes to 2 days

    Beautiful SurroundingsSand Rock Farm is Your Gateway to the California Coast...

    A short drive from the popular attractions of Santa Cruz, Monterey, Aptos, and Carmel, Sand Rock Farm is your home base for trips to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Gilroy Garlic Festival, golf courses galore including the famous Pebble Beach Golf Course, Point Lobos, the quaint town of Carmel, with the world class wineries of the mountain and coastal valley region, farmers markets, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, the University of California at Santa Cruz, butterflies at Natural Bridges, the sea lions of Año Nuevo, whale watching, and all the sand, surf, and beach activities for which California is known.

    Dining RoomBeaches abound within minutes of Sand Rock Farm for world class surfing and sunning -- the inn is two miles from Sunset Beach, one of the glorious icons of the California State Beaches and Parks. Hike in Nisene Marks State Park, 10,000 acres of beautiful forests; redwoods, oaks and chaparral. As you are driving, taking in the scenic destinations like Seventeen Mile Drive, and explore the lush hills and hideaways. Tide pooling, and other natural adventures beckon.

    Kris will be happy to introduce you to the eclectic and delightful restaurants that abound in Santa Cruz and Monterey.

    A few of the fabulous restaurants in the county...

    • Soif, a delightful wine bar featuring tasty small plates paired with great wines. Santa Cruz, 12 minutes
    • Cafe Sparrow, cozy California French Bistro, favorite Aptos restaurant. 5 minutes
    • O Mei Unsurpassed Chinese; remarkable dishes. If you like spicy Chinese, O'Mei is not to be missed. 15 minutes

    This private country estate affords an array of wonderful event sites. Choose from the...

    • redwood accented reception rooms of the historic Liliencrantz home
    • multi-level deck overlooking the forested front garden
    • patio dining area under the arching branches of the heirloom oak tree
    • open Upper Meadow with views of the shingled mansion and the Aptos hills
    • enchanting Redwood Grove where a splashing fountain flows.

    Perhaps celebrate your special day in the Winery Meadow, with the romantic arched doorway into the Barrel Aging Room, the heart Redwood Pavilion, or the old winery workshop, with stone walls and broad stairs, all adjoining 5000 square feet of level field ringed with soaring trees and birdsong.

    Front Hall

    The farmhouse is surrounded by gardens, woodland, and fountains -- lounge on the rose garden hammock, or dine beneath the heritage oak on an expansive redwood deck.

    Built as one of the first wineries in the region, Sand Rock Farm first opened in 1890. The home has been lovingly restored with vintage lighting, hand printed wallpaper, and period arts and antiques.

    A perfect home-base for a California coast adventure, minutes from the beach between Santa Cruz and Monterey, Historic Sand Rock Farm is a idyllic retreat.

    A stay at Sand Rock Farm includes all the amenities of home and more: a delicious, seasonal breakfast catered to our guest's palate; a wine and cheese social hour that can be prearranged to include additional guests by invitation; soothing soaking tubs, whether indoor Jacuzzi tubs for two, or our patio hot tub by the rock garden which comfortably soaks up to six.



    Living Room


    The public areas offer rich redwood details, period light fixtures, fireplaces, over-stuffed chairs, a reading porch, and our beautiful multi-level redwood deck overlooking the shade garden, where heirloom oak and redwood trees become living sculpture amid the play of fountains.

    There are lovely reception areas for guests, including the box-beam ceiling living room and a relaxing sitting porch filled with books and magazines.


    The B&B has five spacious rooms, each with private bathrooms; three rooms have Jacuzzi tubs in the rooms, and two of the suites access a large outdoor hot tub. Our five beautifully appointed guest rooms, each with different features and warm, vintage ambiance are also equipped with phone/modem capability, and cable television by request.

    "I have traveled in so many countries, nowhere else have I been able to learn of any such combination of beautiful scenery and perfect climate, good fertile soil and every beauty of nature as with us. Nowhere else such a community of well-to-do, intelligent free people and where every one may be able to sit under his own vine and fig tree." - Dr. August Liliencrantz' letter to AP Stanton September 15, 1892, from Paris, France

  • Dining at Sand Rock Farm

    Goat Cheese Soufflé 

     The food at Sand Rock Farm is exceptional. Enjoy the many flavors of the Monterey Bay. Arise to the aroma of just ground, locally roasted "Fair Trade" organic coffee. Help yourself to freshly squeezed juices adorning the bay window sideboard. Start your relaxed day with an early morning stroll through the fields, or read your morning paper on the deck overlooking the beautiful gardens. A gourmet array of seasonal treats awaits...

    A warm cinnamon-laced morning bun followed by beautifully composed fruit, such as Sunrise Citrus Salad, gives way to a delicious main course. Possible combinations: Golden Goat Cheese Souffle on Asparagus and Sun-Dried Tomato Salad. A wedge of seasonal Frittata, honeycombed with vegetables and flavor, served with crisp, rosemary-scented roast potatoes. A myriad of possibilities awaits. Please share your dietary preferences or restrictions at time of reservation. We strive to accommodate all of our guests' special needs.

    Flower Adorned Grapefruit

    The Monterey/Aptos/Santa Cruz area is replete with numerous restaurants serving almost every cuisine. Santa Cruz Country restaurants feature organic and local produce, fresh fish and meat, and a wide variety of flavors -- from California fusion, French, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Mexican, and many vegetarian options. The restaurant options range from an unbelievable sandwich to multi-course dining by candlelight. Want to have lunch on the water? Have a romantic getaway? Or just a simple, healthy, and enjoyable meal? Santa Cruz is a great place for restaurants.

    Sand Rock Farm presents local executive chefs and local winemakers collaborating in mouth-watering multi-course dinners, each dish exquisitely paired with a wine from the featured vintner. Delicious, seasonal produce from our local organic farms is highlighted. Come enjoy the Taste of Santa Cruz!

  • Cascading Fountain/Gardens

    Sand Rock Farm

    Cascading Fountain

    Cascading Fountain

  • Historic Lilencrantz Winery


  • Weddings & Special Events

    Sand Rock Farm is the Perfect Place for your next Special EventYou are invited to the wedding of your dreams on a private historic estate– an expansive property with beautiful accommodations. Join us at Sand Rock Farm and experience the grace and elegance that can be yours for your special day.

    Whether your needs are for a ceremony, wedding reception, rehearsal dinner, or special venue for 2 to 250, Sand Rock farm is the perfect spot for your big day. We can personalize the day for you and your special guests to create an unforgettable event. We have a lovely ten acre property surrounded by trees, gardens, meadows and splashing fountains.

    At Sand Rock Farm you can select from several different venues:

    • The multilevel deck looking over the Shade Garden,
    • The Redwood Grove
    • The Historic Carriage Barn (indoors)
    • The 1885 Barrel Aging Cellar
    • The Winery Meadow with a Redwood Heart Pavilion, and raised Wine Pavilion

    For a customized event proposal or to schedule a tour contact Sand Rock Farm.


  • Directions

    San Francisco

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    Exit Espinosa Road, west toward Castroville.
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