Owner Managed, Impeccably Maintained, Your Newport Beach Vacation Home Away From Home

Newport Dreaming

The “Sandcastle” provided the perfect base for our 2011 Thanksgiving family getaway. Everything was EXACTLY as it was portrayed and communication with the owners was like a private concierge.

We opened the front door on a sunny 65 degree SoCal afternoon and seasonal music selections greeted us as we entered. My wife and family exclaimed their disbelief that we were staying somewhere “this nice”; I simply bowed and drank in the applause. This was our first visit to Newport Beach and the Sandcastle will be a fond memory, but there’s a more subtle point to what the owners have done for those staying here. It feels like your private beach house and you’ve been coming here for years! The house just envelops you like a super-think terry robe and then it brings you a toasty hot chocolate – that’s how we ALL felt.
We stayed at the maximum occupancy of 7 and every space in the house is designed to be uncrowded; Leather living room sectional and love seat; Big square dining room (pictures don’t accurately depict how large this space is); Nice dividing door for the entire sleeping area (kept the noise out for those sleepy heads).
Linens were provided by third party service, and again in concierge fashion, arrangements were blissfully easy.
The best restaurant we visited? —– The grill on the front porch! With “The Meat House”, “Bear Flag Fish Market” and “Growers Direct” close at hand, you can eat like a king and save your bones for wetsuit, surf / boogie board rental and lessons at TK’s Froghouse. Pavilions can supply you the base staples, and you need not “GO” anywhere to get anything.

This time of year (November), the sun sets directly through the beach access at the west end of 35th Street. Dropping slowly over the Northern section of Catalina Island, the set was perfectly beaming right onto the front porch. This was our dinner chime; everybody would catch one last glowing wave and we’d see their back-lit silhouettes walking out of the golden wash.

Bill & Janice are fantastic and the home is Top Tier! They maintain a wonderful “Things to do” 3 inch binder with completely up to date Periodical / Brochure / News / Map / Pamphlet data for all the notable locale and it’s heavily footnoted. This was a great read!!!

If you’re planning Newport Beach as a destination, then you must consider the Sandcastle as a premier location from which you can anchor your trip.

Recommended for: Romantic getaway, sightseeing, families with teenagers, tourists without a car, families with young children.

5 STARS (out of 5)
Date of Stay: 11/21/11
Guest: Luddite (Colorado Springs, CO)