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Guest Reviews

Below is a sampling of recent reviews from guests who have stayed at the “Sandcastle.”
(You can see these for yourself through the VRBO/Homeaway link or Flipkey/Tripadvisor link,
but we’ve “ported” 
them over here for your convenience.)

Read more below and also with these direct links to VRBO and TripAdvisor.

Sand Castle was fantastic. Very clean and steps away from the sand.

Sand Castle was fantastic!! Janice and Bill were amazing! We were a late arrival and entered the house with lights and music playing. We immediately felt right at home. Everything about the house was comfortable, including the beds! We were in Irvine for a lacrosse tournament and wanted to stay at the beach. The house is literally steps from the beach without all the “traffic” of the beach. We were able to walk to local restaurants and shops. I was worried about parking but it was not an issue when we were there. Janice and Bill have a parking space for the rental! Be sure to take their advice on what size car to rent. It was very helpful. As far as communication and hospitality, they went above and beyond! They were there to answer questions when we had them and were wonderful to work with. We hope to return next year!!

 5 STARS (out of 5)   Date of Stay: 5/17   Guest: Sally & Larry from Alabama, posted on VRBO/Homeaway

Great location, great accommodations!

Our family spend 5 days at the Sandcastle at the end of March. We loved the proximity to the beach and boardwalk for long, not-so-lazy days of chasing waves and riding bikes. The home was very clean and we loved having the laundry facilities and comforts of home. Janice was so helpful in sharing ideas for food/activities during our stay. We’d be so happy to return to this home again in the future.

 5 STARS (out of 5)   Date of Stay: 3/17   Guest: Katie from Colorado, posted on VRBO/Homeaway

So much fun!

We had a great week at the Sandcastle even though the weather was a little off! The house was clean, well supplied, and so close to the beach! The beds were very comfortable and the kitchen was well stocked with appliances and dishes. We enjoyed meeting the owners and would love to stay again the next time we visit Newport Beach- Highly recommend the Sandcastle!!

 5 STARS (out of 5)   Date of Stay: 3/17   Guest: Kimberly from Chicago, Illinois; posted on VRBO/Homeaway

Other Reviews Are Spot On…..

You always hope the reviews you read are correct. While we were happy to read such glowing reviews and see every single one with 5 stars, you wonder if it could really be so perfect. I am here to report that the “Sandcastle” property deserves every bit of praise that it has received. The owners, Bill and Janice, were so welcoming and friendly and should honestly train other owners on how to manage a rental property! Never intrusive, but there to answer any questions or provide information on local activities, Janice made sure we had the knowledge or supplies needed to enjoy our trip to the fullest. Whether it was maps, the name of a great shake spot or even binoculars for us to use at the Rose Parade, we were so well taken care of.

As for the property itself, it was extremely clean and beautifully decorated. It has everything you could ever need and the kitchen items were so nice. Often in rentals you find mismatched items or well worn pieces. Not the case with this lovely kitchen! They have thought of everything you might need. The bedrooms were perfect for our family of 5 and they provided us with plenty of hangers in each closet. The two spotless bathrooms were wonderful, with plenty of hot water and great water pressure. The living room and dining room were spacious enough that we never felt cramped or in need of more space. We enjoyed the movies they had and played some of their games, too. We had brought our own books, but plenty were available for your use. Again, they have thought of everything!

As for the location, we thought it was perfect. Yes, you are not directly on the beach, but as they advertise, you take 30 steps and you are on sand. IMHO, this was perfect because being directly on the beach has people coming and going all day and night. The Sandcastle has water views but not the chaos of the walkway right in front of you. Speaking of the walkway, again, 30 steps and you are on that walkway and can make your way down to the restaurants, shops and pier. We strolled that at least twice a day.

We chose this location because we thought it in the middle of LA and San Diego. California traffic is a bit nuts, but we were close to highways to get us to where were headed. In terms of being close to restaurants and grocery stores, this location can’t be beat. It has been 7 years since our family was all available for a vacation and Sandcastle was a perfect choice for us. Give it a go! You’ll love it!

 5 STARS (out of 5)   Date of Stay: 12/16   Guest: Margaret from Roselle, Illinois; posted on VRBO/Homeaway

Great place close to the beach!

The house was the perfect location for us to spend a long weekend on the beach with our daughters and their significant others. The house was very clean, well appointed and the perfect size for 6 adults. We enjoyed their boogie boards and chairs on the beach, their BBQ and patio for meals. The kitchen had all that we needed for the weekend. We were close by many restaurants to walk to and the beach was just a short walk from the patio.

 5 STARS (out of 5)   Date of Stay: 10/16   Guest: Mary & Mark from New York; posted on TripAdvisor

The SANDCASTLE is perfect. Clean, comfortable, steps from the sand and we loved everything about it!

We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect vacation home. Everything was really great, from the comfortable furniture and beds to the kitchen cabinets chock full of very nice kitchenware, to the nice tile master bathroom and the comforters and linens on all the beds. Really, we were ecstatic when we walked in the front door to music playing and the warm welcoming feeling we got. Janice and Bill were very easy to deal with, and the location can’t be beat, just steps from the beach.We had great weather, beautiful sunsets – and my family did not want to leave.

We were a family of 5, and we were very comfortable, lots of room to spread out. We loved the little touches too, like the boogie boards and beach chairs, the DVDs and movie channels to watch at night, and the book of things to do was great; we found nice restaurants nearby to walk to. Disneyland was a half hour away and our daughters loved the shopping nearby too. Our vacation could not have been better! Thanks Janice & Bill!

Recommended for: Families with Young Children, Sightseeing, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Age 55+, Families with Teenagers.

 5 STARS (out of 5)   Date of Stay: 9/16   Guest: JoJo from Indianapolis, posted on VRBO/Homeaway

My 2016 Summer Vacation

We have vacationed in Newport Beach 12 times over the past 14 years and “The Sandcastle” is by far our favorite place. The location is perfect and the house was immaculately clean. This is the only house we’ve stayed where bed linens, bath & beach towels and beach chairs and an umbrella was provided. And the three outdoor showers provide for keeping the sand out of the house. The owners went above and beyond to make sure our stay was to our satisfaction and we will definitely return.

Recommended for: Families with Young Children, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Age 55+, Romantic Getaway, Families with Teenagers.

 5 STARS (out of 5)   Date of Stay: 8/16   Guest: Jan from Phoenix, posted on VRBO/Homeaway

Perfect Hosts

Sandcastle exceeded our expectations in all respects. Janice and Bill were friendly, helpful and great sources of local knowledge. The apartment was extremely well equipped and had a great location just off the beach.

 5 STARS (out of 5)   Date of Stay: 8/16   Guest: the Shoolbraids from The Hague, Netherlands; posted on TripAdvisor

Ocean sounds help you fall asleep!

Only steps from the beach, close to everything you could want or need and relaxing ocean sounds to put you to sleep. It doesn’t get better than this!! Newly remodeled with everything you could need to unwind and enjoy. Beds are comfortable and the fans in each room help keep it cool. Bathrooms and kitchen are both up to date, with the kitchen being stocked with everything needed to cook a meal. Janice and Bill are available if you need anything but you’d hardly know they lived upstairs. So wonderful to NOT have the upstairs neighbors who are loud and party till dawn. My teenagers loved sitting outside at the patio table, playing cards and watching the people go by. Great experience that we will do again!! Thanks Janice and Bill

 5 STARS (out of 5)   Date of Stay: 8/16   Guest: Jen from San Dimas, California, posted on TripAdvisor

Beautiful home and steps to beach. We highly recommend!!!

Enjoyed our stay at this beautiful home with our family including 2 grandchildren. Couldn’t have been better! Everything in the house was very clean and well kept. The beds were comfortable, the bed linens very nice, the kitchen items abundant. Six of us had ample room to spread out. We brought bikes and there was place to lock them up. We fit our SUV into the parking spot with no issues. EVERYTHING was terrific. We highly recommend. The owners were easy to work with, and we would certainly stay here again if/when we come back to Newport.

Recommended for: Families with Young Children,  Friends Getaway,  Older Travelers

 5 STARS (out of 5)   Date of Stay: 7/16   Guest: Rhonda from Riverside, posted on TripAdvisor