REVIEW

Sand Rock Farm

The inn's main appeal is its surrounding 10 acres, which include a redwood grove and four gardens.

By By Laura MacNeil, Tuesday, Apr 1, 2008, 2:19 PM

Sand Rock Farm

About this Hotel

Price From $185

Kris Sheehan always kept an eye out for arts-and-crafts antiques—and a small inn where she could show them off—as she traveled the coast for her telecom job. When she found a five-bedroom Craftsman-style home in Aptos, 60 miles north of Big Sur, she pounced, and opened it as a B&B in 2000.

The rooms have a country aesthetic—rocking chairs and antique beds—and three have their own hot tubs. But the inn's main appeal is its surrounding 10 acres, which include a redwood grove and four gardens. Lilac and camellia bushes flower in one; rose bushes, protected from deer by a redwood fence, grow in another. Beyond the gardens and past a large wooden barn is an 1897 winery built by the original owner, who abandoned it after producing only one year's worth of wine.

Guests have the option of eating breakfast—baked French toast with braised pears, for example, or broccoli and sun-dried tomato frittatas—in the dining room or on the deck under towering redwoods. Unless it's raining, there's really no choice. Rate includes breakfast.

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