The Sesnon House is a beautiful historic mansion located on the Cabrillo College campus. The house is used as a college facility, but is also available for rent to private groups and local non-profit organizations. The Sesnon House is also the home of the Cabrillo College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Program. The Culinary Arts and Hospitality program provides the student with various degrees of culinary food preparation and service training, as well as food management training for the industry.
The mission of the Sesnon House is to provide a learning environment for the students, staff and faculty of Cabrillo College and to provide a beautiful location for events in the community, as well as to financially support the upkeep, operation and heritage of the House and the Culinary Arts program. While we strive to employ the highest standard of service and hospitality please understand that the service is provided in the context of a learning environment.
The Sesnon House is available year-round but may be closed on college holidays or for other special events. Non-profit and private groups may rent the house by arrangement with the Sesnon House Coordinator. Use of the Sesnon House by private parties will be given priority from Friday morning through Sunday evening. The tables and chairs in the Sesnon house are available for use with house rental. Furniture must remain inside the house.
Because the Sesnon House is a Cabrillo College facility, the Culinary Arts program will have the first right of refusal for all catering services in the house. Fees for catering are separate from house rental fees and must be arranged directly with the caterers. The maximum capacity of Sesnon House, including inside and outside areas, is 230 guests. We can seat 100 guests inside.
The Culinary Arts Program is available for catering only during the college's fall and spring semesters, and during a six-week summer semester. Catering through the Culinary Arts Program is not available on Sundays. Arrangements for rental and catering must be initially made through the Coordinator of the Sesnon House. If the Culinary Arts Program is not available, then a licensed caterer from our approved list of caterers must be used. All food must come from a licensed food handler and a health inspected kitchen.
If Culinary Arts is not available to cater the food for an event, the Sesnon House Coordinator will contact Culinary Arts representatives who must be hired to serve alcohol at the event. Culinary Arts representatives must be paid by the client at the time their services are completed. Sesnon House allows wine, champagne and beer in cans or bottles to be consumed in the house. No alcohol may be sold and no hard liquor or beer in kegs is allowed at any time. If hard liquor is found on the premises, or in the parking lot, the event will be terminated and all fees will be forfeited. No liquor is allowed in the parking lot.
Sesnon House patrons are encouraged to exercise moderation in their consumption of alcohol, staying within the legal limits. Alcohol service may not exceed 5 hours. Cabrillo College Culinary Arts Program reserves the right to refuse alcohol to minors or anyone perceived to be intoxicated as determined by the Culinary Arts and Sesnon representatives and Calif. Code Section 25602. The Sesnon House representative reserves the right to shut down the bar at anytime. Non-cooperation may result in the closure of your event by the Sesnon House staff or the sheriff's department and forfeiture of your deposit and paid rental fees.
To confirm a reservation, a security deposit must be received within five working days after the date is set (security deposit is a $500 fee). However, until we receive the deposit, we cannot guarantee your reservation. This deposit will be refunded after the event if there are no damages to the house and if the contract guidelines are followed. Violation of any of the contract guidelines will result in no deposit being refunded. In the case of additional charges, the deposit will be refunded less the cost to Sesnon House for repairs or cleanup. ( Please note that the deposit is not applied towards the total fee amount.)
If a party is renting the entire house, full payment is required 120 days before the event. For all other groups, full payment is required 60 days prior to the event. For weddings, full payment is required 180 days in advance of the wedding.
Minors under 21 years of age may not reserve the facility. Groups with participants under 21 years of age must have adult chaperones at a ratio of one adult (over 18 years of age) to three minors. Sesnon House reserves the right to require a higher ratio depending on the event and the number of young children present at the event.
Sesnon House may book rooms for different events at the same time unless the entire house is reserved for one organization or party. Weddings and large parties are required to book the entire house.
The security deposit and use fees are refundable up to 250 days prior to the event, less a $100 administrative fee retained by Sesnon House. Cancellations made between 250 and 180 days before the event will result in the rental fee being refunded and the Sesnon House retaining the security deposit. Cancellations made less than 180 days prior to the event will result in no refund.
Certificate of General Liability Insurance
A Certificate of General Liability Insurance, naming Cabrillo College as additionally insured, in the amount of $1 million, is required for all co-sponsored events, non-profit groups or private parties, regardless of group size. Certificate of insurance must be received no later than 15 business days prior to the event. Certificates of General Liability Insurance are generally available through your home insurance.
During private or non-profit meetings and events, a Sesnon House representative will be present at the facility.
A security deposit is required to reserve any event at Senson House. This deposit does not go toward the facility fee. The deposit will be returned to the client if the guidelines of the Sesnon House and the Cabrillo College Governing Board and the Calif. Ed Codes are followed and if there is no additional cleaning required.
The parking lot in front of the Sesnon House is available. There are 50 parking spaces, six handicap spaces, and one loading zone space. Additional parking is available in the parking structure across the street and on Soquel Dr.
Liability, Property Damage
The individual or organization granted use of the Sesnon House is responsible for reimbursing Cabrillo College for any loss or damage to the property caused by use. The person named on the contract is the person liable for the event. Cabrillo College shall not be held liable for any accident or injury occurring at the event, including but not limited to, set up or clean up of the event. The Sesnon House can only be used for the purpose stated on the contract. The person named on the contract is the only one who can request changes and this person must be in attendance at the event. Any changes to facility use must be approved in advance by the Sesnon House Event Coordinator.
The following guidelines have been established to help preserve the historic Sesnon House and/or are Cabrillo College policies: