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. Intimate events for up to 24 guests in one of the historic venues such as the Barrel Room, the Wine Terrace or the Redwood Grove, on the property are optional. Please contact us via the Sand Rock Farm website or business line for more information about events and weddings.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Best memories ever!
Our family of 8 adults and 8 children over 3 generations have never had a chance to be together and this was the perfect place! Having the entire place to ourselves in such a secluded area ensured that everyone could relax, have fun, and explore nearby activities easily. Jen & Derek were great. We highly recommend Sand Rock Farm and all the charm it offers.
My husband and I, our 4 children and spouses, & 4 grandchildren (ages 1-9) stayed at the house for 5 nights. We had a wonderful time! The house is spacious, with a great kitchen for cooking for 14 people. The grounds were beautiful, with lots of room for adventure and playing with the kids, and the location was really good. Would absolutely recommend Sand Rock Farm!!
Amazing home and property!
Amazingly beautiful home and property! We had our family reunion there which included 8 adults and 5 children ages 2-9. The home was spacious with lots of areas to eat, visit, play games or just get away to a quiet corner. The kitchen was very large and well stocked with dishes, silverware, pots and pans and serving plates and bowls. Even with our large group the house seemed quiet and serene. The outdoor table on the deck, the fire pit, the Jacuzzi was all hits. We especially loved exploring the property with all of its paths, water fountains and quiet sitting areas. It was quite the Secret Garden. As we left, one of our grandchildren said, “I am going to miss this place. It’s like home now. I love this house!” She expressed how we all felt. Thank you Jen and Derek for letting us enjoy your beautiful home!
Wonderfully memorable week
We thoroughly enjoyed the uniqueness and beauty of the house and property. It made the special time of our son's wedding even more magical. I cannot imagine this week without your amazing home being a part of it. We are forever grateful for the memories we made here. Thank you!!
A home away from home.
Our experience at this home was a truly wonderful one. It was smooth and easy from start to finish, from checkin to check out. The location was a long drive from San Francisco Airport, but took us right to the heart of this beautiful area, from where we ventured out to the surrounding areas, which were such a delight to visit and relax in. When we felt like staying in, we cooked quick and easy meals. We had everything we needed within easy reach. With Trader Joe , Safeway, a pharmacy and Costco not too far away and easy access to the highway, we felt well situated, as we had rented cars to transport us wherever we needed to go. Our hosts were close enough for us to reach on the property, if we needed something and left printed instructions about housekeeping . The kitchen had the basics that we needed and we felt very much at home. There is a nice trail to walk around and discover the rest of the property which would make a cozy private location for a small wedding party. There are indoor and outdoor fireplaces and other places to gather around inside and outside the house.
We had 16 adults and 2 children in the house. Two of these bedrooms offer more privacy than the others. However, you will be living out of your suitcases, for the most part as there is not much closet space available. Each bedroom had an attached bath and some had large bath tubs too. There is as hot tub outside as well. I would highly recommend the property, which is well maintained and has good amenities. Our hosts were gracious, friendly and easy to reach. We really enjoyed our stay.
Fabulous family vacation
Sand Rock Farm was the perfect setting for our multi-generational family vacation and gave us all the rare opportunity to experience a true time capsule with modern amenities. We loved that every room was en suite and how stunning and spacious the grounds were- perfect to tire the 5 kiddos out everyday and take some family pictures to treasure forever. The location of the farm was very convenient - just a short drive to amazing bbq, one of the best bakeries we’ve ever experienced, and to the beach- a must have for us land locked people! Jennifer and Derek have appointed this retreat with such care and attention to detail you will be sad to go home!