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.

A Very Top of the Line Beach House

This was our first Christmas away from home, but when we walked through the front door of this home, my daughter and I both wanted to cry. It was even decorated for us. It was impeccably decorated, clean and very welcoming. Our arrangements with the owners went very smoothly with extra attention paid to us regarding things to do in Newport Beach. The extensive information in the well thought out binder was very helpful in planning our days. The short walk to the beach every morning with a cup of coffee was heavenly. We watched surfers every morning, too. We visited Balboa Island, walked to the pier, enjoyed local restaurants and just enjoyed the beautiful patio area.

If you want to feel pampered, this is the home to choose. The owners were most gracious and made us feel quite welcome.

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

 5 STARS (out of 5)   Date of Stay: 12/14   Guest: Candy B (Auburn, California) on Homeaway/VRBO

Great Stay at Sandcastle

Great location near Newport Pier, restaurants, etc. Bike to Balboa Pier & Balboa Island Ferry. Owners are very friendly and accommodating. The reservation process, deposit, arrival and departure were easy and without any surprises. Clean, roomy, well furnished and newly remodeled. We have rented on the Newport Peninsula 5 times over the past several years. This one was the best yet.

Recommended for: Age 55+,  Adventure Seekers,  Girls Getaway,  Sightseeing,  Families with Teenagers,  Romantic Getaway

 5 STARS (out of 5)   Date of Stay: 11/14   Guest: RHumm (Southlake, Texas) on Homeaway/VRBO

Perfect family vacation, beautiful house and great location!

What a find! We looked at so many Newport Beach rentals on line – and were so pleased with our choice! This is the first time we’ve booked online and communication with Janice and Bill couldn’t have been easier; they answered all our questions thoroughly and promptly. When we arrived, we were NOT disappointed! The house was beautiful. Such nice things everywhere, that the pictures don’t even do it justice. Nice pictures on the wall, nice leather couches, comfy beds and nice bedding, super clean. I could go on and on. It was perfect, really. Our teenage daughters loved the beach just steps from the house, and the outdoor shower was used a lot! It was just a quick drive to Disneyland too. Janice & Bill have a large book filled with ideas of things to do in the area. We didn’t actually see much of them, but if we had any questions, they were available with answers as to where to get good Mexican food, where to shop for fresh fish, and they told us about this wonderful wine store nearby. It was a great family vacation, and when we come back to Newport Beach, we will surely come back to the Sandcastle!

5 of 5 stars:  How easy was it to book the property?
5 of 5 stars:  How easy was key pickup/access to the property?
5 of 5 stars:  Overall condition of the property
5 of 5 stars:  Bedding & mattresses
5 of 5 stars:  Kitchen & utensils
5 of 5 stars:  Bathroom cleanliness
5 of 5 stars:  Service

Recommended for: Friends getaway,  Older travelers, Families with young children or teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend? Yes

5 STARS (out of 5) Date of Stay: 7/14   Guest: Jacqueline (Palm Beach, FL) on Flipkey by Tripadvisor

Dream Beach House

This was the 4th summer in a row that we’ve rented The Sandcastle.  Why do we keep coming back?  It is simply the most beautiful, clean, well furnished and supplied beach house available in Newport Beach.  (We have rented others…)  The location can’t be beat – steps to the beach, a very short walk to the supermarket, restaurants, the Newport Pier.  Beautiful ocean view patio for outdoor meals and grilling.  The owners, Janice and Bill, are excellent hosts and have thought of everything you might need for your beach vacation.

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

 5 STARS (out of 5) Date of Stay: 7/14   Guest: Shirley (Salt Lake City) on Homeaway/VRBO

Clean, comfortable, steps from the beach, a perfect vacation here – again!

This is our second stay at this wonderful vacation home.  Kudos to Bill and Janice, the owners, as they really have made the house so comfortable and inviting.  Since our first stay, they have made more upgrades – and how they maintain the house is second to none.  A new laundry room shower and master bath shower, new bedding and wall art and new carpet are the latest improvements we noticed since our last visit.  We are very particular and have rented in other areas, but we came back because the house was so comfortable the first time, the beach was just steps away, the front patio is so great to barbecue and relax, and most of all, cleanliness is real important to us.  Janice & Bill deliver it all, and then some.  Thanks too for the new restaurant recommendations!  We love the Sandcastle, and no doubt we will return!

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

 5 STARS (out of 5) Date of Stay: 6/14   Guest: Beach Lovers (Henderson, NV) on Homeaway/VRBO

Great family vacation spot!

Our “Sandcastle” vacation was great. The location was perfect for our family. We had 5 adults and a 5 and 3 year old. The close access to the beach was great, there were several days we never used a car! The space was impeccably clean and very well equipped. Janice and Bill were excellent hosts and were easy to contact when we needed something. Lots of good recommendations of things to do in the area.

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

 5 STARS (out of 5) Date of Stay: 8/14   Guest: Grandma C (Salt Lake City, Utah) on Homeaway/VRBO

Perfect family vacation, beautiful house and great location!

What a find! We looked at so many Newport Beach rentals on line – and were so pleased with our choice! This is the first time we’ve booked online and communication with Janice and Bill couldn’t have been easier; they answered all our questions thoroughly and promptly. When we arrived, we were NOT disappointed! The house was beautiful. Such nice things everywhere, that the pictures don’t even do it justice. Nice pictures on the wall, nice leather couches, comfy beds and nice bedding, super clean. I could go on and on. It was perfect, really. Our teenage daughters loved the beach just steps from the house, and the outdoor shower was used a lot! It was just a quick drive to Disneyland too. Janice & Bill have a large book filled with ideas of things to do in the area. We didn’t actually see much of them, but if we had any questions, they were available with answers as to where to get good Mexican food, where to shop for fresh fish, and they told us about this wonderful wine store nearby. It was a great family vacation, and when we come back to Newport Beach, we will surely come back to the Sandcastle!

5 STARS (out of 5)   Date of Stay: 7/14   Guest: Jacqueline M from Palm Beach, FL on Tripadvisor/Flipkey

The “T’s” Vacation

If your looking for a place with ocean breezes, steps to the beach, a well maintained place to stay then choose the “Sandcastle”. The craftsmanship, its surroundings, the interior, exterior, & of course the owners Janice & Bill……..well it is just absolutely beautiful & a perfect place to spend family time. Thank you Bill & Janice for sharing this beautiful home, the family vacation was perfect!

 5 STARS (out of 5) Date of Stay: 6/14   Guest: Kimberly (Port Jefferson, NY) on Homeaway/VRBO

Everything you could hope for and more

We have stayed at many VRBO properties around the world and the Sandcastle is one of the best. It is perfectly appointed with everything you might need for a comfortable stay. The Newport location and proximity to the beach can’t be beat. And Janice the owner could not have been more helpful. We hope to return many more times!

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

 5 STARS (out of 5) Date of Stay: 5/14   Guest: Resa P (NorCal) on Homeaway/VRBO

Just the right setting for a lovely time

The Sandcastle was just the right setting for our family gathering of 6 from around the country. Also good space for a dinner party for 8 of us. The kitchen was superbly equipped with ample dishes for our grilled artichoke, porterhouse steak and strawberry shortcake dinner, from preparation, to grilling to serving. Wonderful big sofa for collapsing after arduous days of beach walking. There is a great variability in the 3 bedrooms, from huge master with en suite bath, to small bedroom with double bed. Sharing made this OK for us, but could be an issue. Closet space was good. The location is excellent, within a stone’s throw of the beach, but just far enough back from the board walk to avoid the constant stream of curious tourists walking by. (Oh, like we did). Patio brings the outside into your living quarters so you can enjoy the California weather. Walking was fabulous on the concrete boardwalk. This was great for us as we had a baby carriage and a wheel chair ferrying the youngest and oldest generations on our walks. Several restaurants catering to breakfast, lunch, dinner, large groups and bars were all within easy walking. Sprouts grocery, a highly rated chain was also a short walk away. All made the logistics of the trip almost effortless and comfortable. Would definitely stay here again.

5 STARS (out of 5)   Date of Stay: 4/15   Guest: Joyce from NYC on TripAdvisor/Flipkey