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Historic Sand Rock Farm

Aptos Wedding Venue
Address withheld to ensure privacy.
Aptos, California 95003

Contact: Weddings and Events
Phone: 831/688-8005
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Bed & Breakfast Discount:
Book your wedding at Historic Sand Rock Farm for 100 or more guests, and you’ll receive a complimentary one night stay in the Hidden Garden Suite, or $200 discount on a full house booking of all 5 guest rooms. Call Kris for details, 831/688-8005.

Why We Like This Place

Tucked into a rural valley in the pretty seaside community of Aptos, a former stagecoach route leads to a forested haven—Historic Sand Rock Farm. Established in 1885, the estate flourished as a working ranch, farm, and one of the original family wineries in the Monterey Bay Area through the early 1900s. But by 1999, the farm had fallen into disuse. Enter veteran innkeeper Kris Sheehan, who transformed the historic estate into a vintage boutique inn and celebration venue.

Though just minutes from the beach, Sand Rock Farm rests within 10 acres of sun-dappled woodlands. The focal point of the estate is a wonderful shingled mansion surrounded by meadows, trails, twisting oaks and towering redwoods. Thoughtfully restored, the elegant inn retains an authentic Arts and Crafts aesthetic. Rich redwood details and period light fixtures enhance the interiors, while rocking chairs, garden benches and trickling fountains inspire outdoor relaxation. Zen-like tranquility can be found in any of Sand Rock Farm’s lovely gardens, where tiered stone fountains delight hummingbirds and visitors alike. Enjoy a fragrant ramble in Eva’s Garden among heirloom roses, or stroll the Spiral Garden, where vintage lilacs adorn hidden nooks inviting romantic interludes. Equally romantic are the five beautifully appointed guest rooms, which convey a warm, nostalgic ambiance. Amenities include two-person Jacuzzi tubs, hand-printed wallpaper and flower-filled views. Luxurious furnishings like a French hand-carved armoire and an antique half-poster bed make you feel like the Lady of the Manor!

This exclusive country estate also offers an array of wonderful event sites. Elaborate ceremonies unfold in the spacious Redwood Grove, where couples pledge their love among mature redwoods, accompanied by the melodious splashing of a wine-barrel fountain. Across the Grove is the rustic Carriage Barn, boasting high whitewashed ceilings and exposed beams. Down a tree-shaded path beyond the barn lies the versatile Winery Meadow, 5,000 square feet of level field ringed with soaring trees. The meadow includes the Heart Redwood Pavilion with a wisteria-covered trellis and the Wine Terrace Workshop, which has rough-hewn stone walls and a garden setting. These spaces can be dressed up with linens and elaborate floral centerpieces, or styled California-casual. And then there’s the Barrel Aging Cellar, Sand Rock Farm’s signature site. An arched, ivy-clad doorway reveals an open-air dining or dancing space sheltered by the farm’s original sand rock walls. At night, this sultry enclave is aglow with moonlight and white silk lanterns.

Intimate gatherings often feature the reception rooms of the inn itself. The central redwood staircase affords the bride a graceful entrance into the parlor for an old-fashioned wedding ceremony. Afterwards, French doors swing open onto the expansive dining decks where guests enjoy champagne and delicious appetizers overlooking a lush shade garden.

Sand Rock Farm, officially a “Green Hotel,” works closely with caterers who partner with neighboring organic farmers and winemakers to create tantalizing cuisine.

Considering avoiding the wedding hoopla altogether? Sand Rock Farm’s Elopement Package makes it easy. So whether you’re planning a lavish gala, a spontaneous getaway or a honeymoon to remember, let Historic Sand Rock Farm treat you to its legendary hospitality.



  • Max. Seated Indoors: 150
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 250

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 150
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 250
  • Max. Standing Indoors: 200
  • Max. Standing Outdoors: 250


  • Max. Seated: 150

CEREMONY, EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: Indoors, Sand Rock Farm holds up to 150 seated guests; outdoors, up to 250 seated. Five exclusive sites on the property to choose from; please contact for details.

Fees & Deposits

A $750–2,500 nonrefundable deposit is required to reserve your date. 50% of the balance is due 60 days prior to your event and the balance is due 15 days prior to your event. Wedding packages range $100–150/person. Tax, beverage package and service charge are additional.

Location Uses

Wedding Receptions
Special Events, Parties
Business Functions/Meetings
Rehearsal Dinners
On-Site Accommodations


Catering: select from list
Kitchen Facilities: moderate
Tables & Chairs: included in package
Linens, Silver, etc.: included in package
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: CBA
Bride’s & Groom’s Dressing Areas: CBA
Meeting Equipment: CBA, extra charge
Parking: limited, more CBA off site
Accommodations: 5 guest rooms
Telephone: emergency use only
Outdoor Night Lighting: CBA
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Cleanup: included in package
View: garden, grounds, fountains, hills, forest
Other: event coordination required

Site Views

Forest/Wooded Area
Fountain/Water Feature
Garden Patio/Courtyard
Landscaped Grounds

Venue Type

Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Bed and Breakfast
Historic/Landmark Building
Private Estate
Private Home


Alcohol: beverage package available, or
BYO with corkage fee
Smoking: outdoors only with restrictions
Music: amplified OK with restrictions
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: liability required

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BYO w/ Corkage Fee

Amplified Music

w/ Restrictions

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Accessible


Year-round, daily, 9am–9pm. Weddings take place in 5 hour blocks.


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