5 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms, Chef's Kitchen, Large Dining Room, Gardens And Hot Tub
About Jennifer Hagglof
We are Derek, a chef, Jen an event planner and Kjell, a ten-year old avid waterman who enjoys surfing, boogie boarding, wake boarding and skim boarding. We live on the Sand Rock Farm property in a cottage adjacent to the main house and love all the work this property requires. Prior to moving to Aptos in 2014, we lived in Tahoe City for 20 years, where we owned D'lish Catering Company and the Burrito Window. We spent several winters living on the island of Kauai where Derek built homes and Jen continued to work in the special event business. Here in Aptos we take advantage of the amazing beaches and biking/hiking trails in Nisene Marks State Park for off-site recreation, however, we truly love care-taking this amazing property and spend more time here working in the gardens or working to improve the lodging and event areas.
Jennifer Hagglof purchased this Farmhouse in 2014
Why Jennifer Hagglof chose Aptos Hills-Larkin Valley
Why Sand Rock Farm? This property exceeds our dreams for work and play! Each day as we make the 50 yard commute to the Inn beneath the giant redwood and oak tree, along the fern, foliage and fountain-lined fence, we feel immense gratitude for the opportunity to work here and share this amazing property with lodging guests, wedding guests, friends and family. Over the years, great care has been taken to restore the main house and to fill the gardens with roses, dogwoods, ferns, wisteria, magnolia, herbs, fountains and other unique features. It is a sanctuary for lizards and hummingbirds, banana slugs, quail, deer, cats, dogs, chickens and many other creatures drawn to the lush landscaping and shade of the old-growth canopy of redwood, oaks, acacia and more. Every window on the property offers views of trees and gardens. The "nature trail" that winds through the back of the property feels miles away. It is our privilege to work to maintain and improve the grounds and we want others to be able to enjoy it as much as we do. A multitude of attractions are located within a short distance of Sand Rock Farm including San Francisco, Davenport, Wilder Ranch, UC Santa Cruz, the Boardwalk, Capitola, Moss Landing, Monterey, Carmel, Big Basin, Big Sur and endless beaches and hiking trails in the redwoods.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
Sand Rock Farm is the quintessential family farm house filled with antiques, a wood-burning fireplace, a large country kitchen and warm, welcoming bedrooms with comfortable beds. Being here feels like stepping back in time or visiting Grandma's house in the country - it is a truly unique and authentic experience. Families can enjoy big breakfasts in the dining room or on the large deck with fire pit and bistro lights, meander, relax, nap, beach comb, wine taste, exercise, sight-see and more during the day, then retreat back to the privacy and comfort of Sand Rock Farm. The peaceful evenings are a great time to sit by the fire in winter or gather on the deck during warm, summer days to relax or barbecue. All bedrooms are tastefully decorated and stocked with all-natural amenities, quality beds, linens and towels. Please contact us via the Sand Rock Farm website or business line for more information about events and weddings, which are available on a limited basis each year for additional fees.
Pool / Spa
Children allowed - high chair and pack and play available high chair and pack and play available
No pets - No exceptionsNo exceptions
No parties/events - please enquire with ownerplease enquire with owner
No smoking - Allowed outside in designated area onlyAllowed outside in designated area only
Max guests: 18 - 18 max including children18 max including children
Minimum age of primary renter: 25
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
It’s a wonderful house for retreats. There were 12 of us and the house was perfect. Large living room to hold gatherings and nice out door spots for meditation and relaxation. Nice paths for walking and near the Polo Grounds to go for a 4 mile run or walk. The kitchen is fantastic if cooking meals. It was magical!
It has everything that you need for a large group. Walk around the house is great.
Best Christmas EVER!
We couldn't have picked a more perfect house and location for our 3-generation Christmas holiday gathering! Jen and Derek welcomed us with homemade bars and a lovely, huge home decorated for Christmas. Each family had their own bedroom and bath. We started each day in the large, sunny kitchen making breakfast and coffee, and prepared several wonderful evening meals in the same kitchen that included every dish, pan and appliance we could possibly need. Evenings ended either playing games on the big dining room table or sitting by the fireplace in the living room. We even provided our own entertainment with the piano and guitars found in the living room. Unfortunately, weather and time did not allow us the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful deck and firepit. The kids had a great time exploring the outdoor trails, complete with redwoods, and relaxing in the hot tub. They were the ones to declare this "the best Christmas EVER!" Sand Rock Farm is just minutes from the charming town of Aptos, which has several good grocery stores. Local beaches and hiking trails in the nearby state parks were great! We spent a day in Monterey, which was only a 40-minute drive. We will indeed have wonderful memories of our Christmas at Sand Rock Farm!
This property was beyond perfect for our family gathering! We were 4 generations under one roof! The kitchen was a popular gathering spot & it was so easy to fix all our meals on site. We loved the large dining room, & living room with the piano & guitars. The fire pit outside was a hit as well & many s'mores were enjoyed. The bedrooms & beds were very comfortable & it was so easy to relax!
Thank you Jen & Dereck for creating such a warm, happy place to gather in one spot!
Very accurate description of property.
Great property to host small group gatherings.
The best VRBO we’ve ever stayed in
Jen and Derek made our weekend a breeze. Not only were they extremely friendly but they were so accommodating as well. We ended up hosting our rehearsal dinner at the property and they were able to handle every request we had. I would recommend this house for a quiet getaway or a intimate special event. Thank you so much for making our special weekend even more special!
45 minutes to Monterey Bay Aquarium and 17-Mile Drive, Ano Nuevo and 1.5 hours to Big Sur or San Francisco