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

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.


My family stayed at this lovely vacation rental. The home was just as pictured. It was very clean and convenient to everything. Loved how it was so close to the beach and walk/bike path. I recommend renting bikes (20th Street Beach & Bikes) for your entire stay and keeping them there at the house. We took the Balboa Ferry to the island to walk, shop, and eat. We enjoyed walking to Lido Marina Village for the farmer’s market and shopping. We stopped by Crew Coffee and Cremerie for ice cream (has wonderful outdoor area to sit), enjoyed numerous walks/sunsets at Laguna Beach and also the Crystal Cove Path (by Shake Shack). Some of the things we loved: owners lives upstairs & are super nice, comfortable beds, close to grocery store, pier, stores, restaurants, beach chairs, beach towels, etc furnished washer/dryer, kitchen furnished with everything we needed. We highly recommend this rental and would not hesitate to stay here again when we are vacationing in California.

 5 STARS (out of 5)   Date of Stay: 3/19   Guest: Linda B from Lake St Louis MO, posted on VRBO/Homeaway

Amazing location and gorgeous home

Perfect location for our GNO weekend but absolutely want to visit again with the family. So great to relax on the beach but so much to do within walking distance. You get the best of both worlds.

 5 STARS (out of 5)   Date of Stay: 4/19   Guest: Tara C from Modesto CA, posted on VRBO/Homeaway


Property owners are top notch. They take great care to ensure their property is in great condition and want to be sure their guests enjoy themselves. Excellent location and very fair price. I have utilized VRBO many times and would highly recommend this property.

 5 STARS (out of 5)   Date of Stay: 4/19   Guest: Richie from Brentwood TN, posted on VRBO/Homeaway


Our family of 5 could not have been happier, staying in this beautiful home. The house is spacious, clean, and very comfortable. We loved the front patio, and the large BBQ worked great! The kitchen has everything. And just steps from the beach and boardwalk. We were able to walk to the grocery store, some nice restaurants that Janice had suggested, and a movie theatre also. Janice and Bill were so easy to work with, and they really have a wonderful house in a great location. We have now found our best beach house – after coming to this area over the years – and we will definitely be back. We highly recommend!

 5 STARS (out of 5)   Date of Stay: 2/19   Guest: Marjorie from Indianapolis IN, posted on VRBO/Homeaway

Awesome place and location

Had a great time at the Sandcastle. The location is really pretty, close to the beach and boardwalk, but also quiet. Would definitely recommend for people who want a little fun and a little relaxation.

 5 STARS (out of 5)   Date of Stay: 11/18   Guest: Brian from Los Angeles, CA, posted on VRBO/Homeaway

Very clean home, super friendly owners, excellent location!

The owners communicate with you very promptly. They provide excellent instructions for everything. If you read their instructions, getting there, parking, getting in, finding things… is so easy. The home is in excellent condition, very clean, very welcoming and has everything you need. The location is perfect. Can’t say enough about the owners, what kind and nice people that really care that your stay is pleasant. I highly recommend this home!

 5 STARS (out of 5)   Date of Stay: 10/18   Guest: Jessica from Irvine CA, posted on VRBO/Homeaway

Beautiful home. Prettier than the pictures. So close to the beach

Our family had a wonderful time at the Sandcastle. The house is very clean and very comfortable. It was perfect distance to the beach. If our grandchildren needed anything while at the beach we could get “home” in just a few minutes. And there were so many ways to get the sand off of you outside after a day at the beach which was so helpful with our grandchildren. We loved that it is in walking distance to the grocery stores and restaurants. Janice and Bill are very friendly and right there to help if you need anything. This is a great place to stay.

 5 STARS (out of 5)   Date of Stay: 10/18   Guest: Lois from Mesa AZ, posted on VRBO/Homeaway

Perfect for our family of 5!

Janice & Bill’s Sandcastle was perfect for our family of 5. There is a bedroom with a sliding door that leads out to a 3rd shower privately installed in the laundry room which was great for the single member in our group. It proved difficult to find a place where a handicapped person who uses a walker could access without negotiating any stairs so this too was an ideal choice! Very clean, well appointed, and mere steps to beach. Grocery store very close by and great boardwalk to the Newport Pier. After consulting with Bill, we opted to rent a Ford Explorer with seating for 6 rather than the larger minivan we had originally planned on and it fit perfectly into the provided parking space. Janice provided lots of information on places and things to do in the area and a lovely bottle of wine!

 5 STARS (out of 5)   Date of Stay: 10/18  Guest: Kelley from Edwards CO, posted on AirBnB

Pristine Condition, Perfect Location, Great Hosts!

This is definitely a 5* property. Spotlessly clean, and very well appointed. Best location, 30 seconds from the sand, and easy bike ride to everything else. We loved every minute, and can’t wait to return.

 5 STARS (out of 5)   Date of Stay: 8/18   Guest: Susan K from Arizona, posted on VRBO/Homeaway


We had the most amazing time on our vacation. The Sandcastle was PERFECT, so immaculate and the beds……so comfy!! I truly haven’t sleep that well in years. The weather was fantastic and steps to the sand was fantastic!!! We even strongly considered trying to stay an extra week!! Until next time Newport and The Sandcastle!!! FABULOUS!!!

 5 STARS (out of 5)   Date of Stay: 8/18   Guest: Donna B from Highlands Ranch CO, posted on VRBO/Homeaway