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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.

The Sandcastle was everything we had hoped it would be – and even better!




Just returned from a great family vacation at the Sandcastle. Janice and Bill were so easy to work with as we planned our trip. They arranged for flowers to be delivered in advance of our stay, and even hung a birthday flag out front, a perfect welcome for us since it was my daughter’s birthday the day we arrived. We opened the front door to music playing and also were excited to see they had left us a bottle of wine to enjoy. The family was excited – from the moment we arrived!

The house was so comfortable and very clean, the beds firm, the shower water pressure great, the beach so close. Very spacious for our family of five. We wanted to bake cookies one night, and there was a mixer and a cookie pan. Everything we looked for in the well stocked kitche, we found! The barbeque worked great and we enjoyed cooking dinner out there and relaxing on the patio. We had one bad day of weather but it was easy for us to curl up on the leather couch and watch some current moves (lots of free movie channels to choose from). They do provide a nice book of restaurants and activities, and we found lots to do in the area. Everything on their website is just as it is – or nicer!

It was a great stay, and we won’t be looking for another choice of house now that we’ve found this one; It was really perfect! My family already is asking when we can go back to Newport Beach and the Sandcastle!

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

5 STARS (out of 5) Date of Stay: 4/13     Guest: Gayle 
(Wisconsin) on Homeaway/VRBO

Sandcastle at Christmas

We had a great stay at the Sandcastle. We were visiting family and friends and this was a great home base for the stay. As a family of four, the space was more than adequate, and each teenager had their own room! The house is very clean and wonderfully decorated to create a nice relaxing atmosphere. It is within walking distance to the grocery store and nice restaurants. The beach is just yards away. We traveled about 30 minutes to visit Disneyland. You won’t be disappointed with your stay here and the owners, Janice and Bill, are friendly and helpful.

Recommended for: Sightseeing, families with teenagers, tourists without a car, families with young children, girls getaway, age 55+.

5 STARS (out of 5) Date of Stay: 12/22/12
Guest: Travel Fan/Theresa (Reno, NV)
 on VRBO

Peaceful and Relaxing!

Our stay at the Sandcastle was very enjoyable. Janice and Bill were great to work with, answering my questions in a timely manner while booking our vacation rental. The Sandcastle is very clean, nicely decorated, and spacious. It is conveniently located near a fun shopping area, nice restaurants, and is a “stone’s-throw” from the beach. If you aren’t familiar with this area of Newport Beach, Janice has created a reference book listing area activities, points of interest, and restaurants located within walking distance. Because my son lives in Newport Beach, I have visited the area often, staying in various locations. However, my choice will now be the Sandcastle when I visit! Thanks Janice and Bill for providing a lovely place to stay!

5 STARS (out of 5) Date of Stay: 10/09/12
Guest: Nancy B. 
(Wisconsin) on Homeaway/VRBO

Absolutely Perfect! Pristine and so comfortable.

We are very particular in our selections in vacation homes. This one is perfect. We took our daughter and granddaughter with us and everything worked out as we had hoped it would. Cooking was easy, anything you might need was there and we just relaxed. The atmosphere was so nice. Very clean and well maintained. Beautifully decorated which made relaxing all the better. This is absolutely the most enjoyable home to stay in and enjoy the beach. You are steps from the beach. Most cities it would be equal to 1/2 block from the beach. Reserve this location if you want to be free from worry and please take care of it so my family can come back and enjoy it again. The owners were very easy to work with and were very helpful. Thank you for a marvelous time.

Recommended for: Sightseeing, families with teenagers, adventure seekers, families with young children, girls getaway, age 55+.

5 STARS (out of 5) Date of Stay: 05/09/12
Guest: Jack C. (New Mexico) on VRBO

Sandcastle Stay – Awesome!

We had a fantastic time in Newport Beach and the accommodations were spectacular. The owners did not overlook any detail. They had a special gift upon arrival that the kids and adults enjoyed. The home is absolutely spotless. The accommodations were spacious. The location is fantastic – steps to the beach, short walk to shopping and restaurants.

The owners put together a binder loaded with information about the area and their recommendations for restaurants were FANTASTIC. We went to the ones they listed as their favorites and they were great…Il Farro and Blue Water Grill are not to be missed!

You will not regret your decision to stay here.

We will be back again!

5 STARS (out of 5) Date of Stay: 04/06/12
Guest: Jenny C. (Memphis, TN)
 on Homeaway/VRBO

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)
on VRBO

Best and cleanest rental property in Newport!!

We have been vacationing in Newport Beach for the past 25 years. Over the years we have rented many different properties. The Sandcastle is by far the nicest and cleanest rental property we have ever stayed at. The house is well stocked with all of the essentials and is organized and comfortable. The location is just fabulous!!

Bill and Janice are wonderful landlords………they are there when you need them but otherwise rarely seen.

We are really looking forward to our return next summer!!!

Recommended for: Sightseeing, tourists without a car, families with young children, girls getaway, age 55+.

5 STARS (out of 5)
Date of Stay: 08/13/11
Guest: Susan E 
 (Litchfield Park, AZ) on Homeaway/VRBO