It would be easy to miss this cool horse ranch unless you were walking past it while trekking up the hill to the Ridge Trail entrance at Belgatos Park. This beautiful setting is surrounded by luxury homes on Alerche Drive, Harwood Court, Harwood Lane, and Crider Court.
It’s almost out of place as a bit of rural California in an otherwise residential neighborhood. One hint that it’s ahead is the “horse” sign on Harwood Road near Bacigalupi Drive. Another is the sight of large parcels with split rail fences in front, suggesting the presence of horses not so long ago. In fact, there were some horses downhill of Harwood Farms when we moved into the neighborhood in 1999.
If you overshoot the ranch when driving by and then turn around, you’ll get a sense of the setting and views from a little uphill.
While south county has many equestrian centers, Harwood Farms horse boarding is one of just a few in east Los Gatos. If you’ve never seen it, it’s worth checking out!
Recently Clair and I visited and were toured around by Frank, one of the owners of the ranch. We were highly impressed and have updated this article with a few images and info from that visit.