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.

Best vacation home we’ve ever rented!

This was such a great find! We have rented in the area before, but this house is now our favorite beach house -by far! The house itself was beautiful and comfortable, the pictures hardly do it justice. The beach was just steps away and the waves were great for boogey boarding. We enjoyed the new BBQ and just sitting out on the patio, having dinner, or reading a book or just relaxing. It was well stocked with everything we needed, from the extra pillows to the blender to the free movie channels and even a little safe to lock our valuables.

The owners have really thought of everything, and were very easy to deal with. They greeted us upon arrival, but then we didn’t see them but once or twice briefly, and they left a few friendly notes with suggestions of what to do in town on our front door. Plus they have a great book that gave us ideas of things to do (if we could tear ourselves away from the house and beach) and local restaurants. We rented bikes nearby, and just have a wonderful vacation. We definitely recommend this lovely home, and we plan to come back for a future stay. Thank you Bill & Janice for making our visit so special! We are so glad we found you and your lovely home!

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

 5 STARS (out of 5)   Date of Stay: 6/16   Guest: Johnstone Family from San Jose, posted on Homeaway/VRBO

wonderful vacation, great location, beautiful home

We had such a great stay. We were a family of five, with three children 8-11, and we so enjoyed the house, which was just steps from the sand. The weather overall was good, and after the beach, we just enjoyed sitting out on the patio, barbequing dinner and relaxing. The house was even nicer than the photos and extremely clean and comfortable, and it was really easy working with Janice and Bill. Our family made great memories during our stay at the sandcastle, and we will stay again the next time we come to Newport. We definitely recommend a stay here if you are vacationing on the Newport Peninsula!

Recommended for: Friend’s Getaway, Families with Young Children, Older Travelers

 5 STARS (out of 5)   Date of Stay: 6/16   Guest: McDonald Family from Tucson AZ on TripAdvisor

Perfect Beach Getaway!

We are so happy we chose the Sandcastle for a family get together which included two small grandchildren to keep busy. From the time we booked until our departure it couldn’t of been a more enjoyable experience. Janice & Bill are wonderful OwnerManagers and so easy to deal with. The property is lovely. It is extremely clean and very comfortable (and I’m particular on cleanliness!). It is steps away from the beach, a playground nearby (both great for the children) and walking distance to a nice grocery store and restaurants. Janice & Bill do live upstairs and you would never know they are around except for the nice touches that would pop up by the front door unexpectedly. Thank you! We concluded this is one of our best stays together so far. We can’t thank you enough for making it so enjoyable. We look forward to staying again when in the area.

Recommended for: Families with young children

 5 STARS (out of 5)   Date of Stay: 5/16   Guest: Beach Bum from Henderson, NV, posted on Homeaway/VRBO

Just like the pictures!

This property is well maintained, clean, wonderfully located, with a view that is tough to beat.
The property owners were very nice and helpful with any questions we had. Overall it was 
the nicest home we have ever rented for a vacation. You will not be disappointed if you stay here.

Recommended for: Families with young children, Friend’s getaway, Older Travelers

 5 STARS (out of 5)   Date of Stay: 5/16   Guest: Brad from INDIANA, posted on TripAdvisor

A+ 5-STAR – Perfect place to stay – Highly recommended!

I was in town from Minneapolis to perform at a jazz club and decided to rent a beach house along with my wife and my parents who were also in town with me to catch my show. We were all absolutely blown away by this house! It was so clean, had all of the great amenities and was the perfect location – you can see the beach/ocean from the front patio. They had detailed instructions for everything including a huge book of attractions and places to eat – they really go out of their way to make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. All 3 rooms were very spacious, the kitchen was awesome, the living room was so comfortable and the outside patio was just amazing! The owner’s were the nicest people as well – they stopped down to meet us and to ask if we needed anything, but also did not disturb us (even though they totally could have, we are very social people). They even came to my show which was so cool. Next time I come back to the L.A. area, this is where I will be staying! I can’t thank them enough for making our stay a very enjoyable experience!

Recommended for:  Families with young children, Girls getaway, Age 55+, Romantic getaway, Families with teenagers 

5 STARS (out of 5)   Date of Stay: 4/16   Guest: Daniel from Minneapolis, MN on Homeaway/VRBO

Awesome house!

We stayed here for 4 days recently.Normally I do not sleep anywhere I go but I did here. The house is nicely furnished and very very clean. It is just steps from the ocean too.Great location. Janice and Bill were around to greet us and to let us know if we needed anything to ask. We were a family of 5 and we each had our own space to spread out. I would for sure stay here again if we are ever in the area.

 5 STARS (out of 5)   Date of Stay: 4/16   Guest: Rita from No. Saint Paul, MN on Homeaway/VRBO

Location Location Location!

We stayed at the Sandcastle for a family vacation and it was wonderful! From the beginning of the booking process to the duration of our stay, Janice and Bill were attentive throughout the entire process. They have thought of everything and it shows with the cleanliness, style and organization of the home. There was a bottle of wine waiting for us upon check-in and soft music playing. You are provided towels-both beach and bath, linens, complete kitchen and private parking. It is steps from the beach and a short walk to pier where there are many restaurants, bike rentals and shops. Newport Beach is a surfers paradise and the beach is beautiful. We went to Disneyland (short drive to Anaheim), whale watching (saw several whales and many dolphins) and rented bikes. It was the perfect family vacation and the Sandcastle is an amazing place to stay! We will be back!!

Recommended for: Families with young children, Sightseeing, Girls getaway, Tourists without a car, Adventure seekers, Age 55+, Romantic getaway, Families with teenagers

 5 STARS (out of 5)   Date of Stay: 3/16   Guest: Lori & Family from Long Lake, MN on Homeaway/VRBO

I can’t wait to go back!!

I was there with 6 of my close girlfriends for a weekend get-away. The Sandcastle was PERFECT! Janice was so easy to communicate with leading up to the trip that I didn’t have a single worry and felt everything was in order. She is very organized and thinks of everything! The house was extremely clean and had everything we needed and more. Its just a few blocks from the grocery store (we walked there twice to stock up on necessities) and steps from the beach. We enjoyed a few meals cooked at home and others just a short walk away. Neighbors were friendly and we felt very safe in the area. I would highly recommend staying at The Sandcastle to anyone!   I’m hoping to be back very soon! Thank you again Janice!

Recommended for: Families with young children, Girls getaway, Tourists without a car, Adventure seekers, Families with teenagers

 5 STARS (out of 5)   Date of Stay: 2/16   Guest: Megan & Friends (Roseville, CA) on Homeaway/VRBO

Perfect, absolutely Perfect!!!

The Sandcastle is perfect in every way. First off, Bill and Janice made everything easy from start to finish. (We were a group of 5 women on a girls trip.) Bill and Janice were helpful with any questions we had (which were not many because they provide excellent details and written instructions about the accommodations as well as a wonderful, large book with local information about sight-seeing, dining, shopping and anything you could ever want to do).

The Sandcastle itself does not lack for anything! The kitchen is fully stocked, the flat screen TV has every station imaginable (plus DVD’s, board games, stereo), the beds were more comfortable than my own bed, and best of all was the keyless entry/exit. The combination lock door made it so easy to go to the beach and not to have to worry about carrying/loosing a key!

I also liked that there is a door that separates the bedrooms from the kitchen/den area so the “early birds” and “night owls” could enjoy the den and TV without waking the others:)

  The location is perfect, 30 feet from the beach, and we hardly used our car at all, as there are so many good restaurants and shops along the boardwalk. We walked to the local grocery store and grilled out our first night on the lovely front patio and watched the sunset on the beach (from the patio!). Every morning, we walked down the oceanfront/boardwalk to Seaside Bakery for coffee and warm ham and cheese croissants (a must) and sat and watched the surfers catch their waves.

Per Janice and Bill’s suggestion (one of many that we took advantage of), we rented a Duffy electric boat on the Balboa peninsula and enjoyed being on the water looking at the beautiful houses (while enjoying our spread of food and wine!!). Yes, you can bring food on the boat:) The Sandcastle is also not far from Disneyland and other fun attractions. 

Bill and Janice provided beach chairs, towels, umbrella, and food “mat” that we used daily at the beach. The beach is meticulously clean with soft sand. It was so nice to be able to walk back to the Sandcastle off and on during the day for food, restroom, to watch the sun rise and sunset, etc.. It is a perfect vacation home, spotless and comfortable, with every amenity imaginable, and you will not need to worry about a thing! We will definitely be back!!!!

Recommended for:  Families with young children, Friends getaway, Older travelers

5 STARS (out of 5)   Date of Stay: 2/16   Guest: Valerie A from New Mexico, posted on TripAdvisor

Fantastic house and location! We can’t wait to come back!

Our family couldn’t have been happier! This rental is beautiful! It is in great condition, so nicely decorated, and the owners have thought of everything we could possibly need! And we were steps from the sand – of a very nice beach! From the communication we had with the owners, to the music playing on the stereo when we opened the front door, to the beautiful bedding and attention to detail, it was all great! We loved the restaurant recommendations in their big book, so many ideas of things we could have done – if we had more time! We will definitely be back when we come to Newport Beach again. This was the nicest house we’ve rented, the pictures hardly do it justice. And the best experience we’ve had renting on Homeaway, so easy with Janice & Bill! We highly recommend it for families or a girls weekend even. We will definitely be back!

 5 STARS (out of 5)   Date of Stay: 2/16   Guest: Ann Marie from So San Francisco on Homeaway/VRBO