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.

Even better in person!

This house is like new – the pictures do not do it justice honestly.  Everything was perfectly clean and very comfortable (comfy beds/couch and beautiful new shower in master!).  The kitchen is better stocked than my own!  The house is right across a side street from the beach and boardwalk.  The beach is huge and beautiful (and was not even crowded over spring break!) and the boardwalk is amazing.  Its about 2 blocks down the boardwalk to several restaurants and a bike rental shop – so convenient!  And the house is a 5 min drive to a large grocery store.  Not far from the airport either.  The parking spot was a bit tight but we managed okay with a medium sized SUV – it is definitley a good thing to have a parking spot!  I highly recommend this lovely home – the owners were so organized with everything and very friendly and helpful!  I would not hesitate to rent this house again!

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

 5 STARS (out of 5) Date of Stay: 3/14   Guest: Bonnie M (Chicago) on Homeaway/VRBO

Sandcastle is Amazing!

After hours of research on “where to stay” in Newport Beach, my husband and I finally decided on “The Sandcastle” and so glad we did!  It is not only beautiful inside, so clean and well kept, but comfortable and has every amenity you could imagine!  The kitchen is definitely set up for the “cook”, it has anything and everything you could possibly need to create any meal.  The bedrooms are wonderful, spacious and plenty of closet space.  There are extra pillows and blankets for those chilly nights or just to cozy up on the couch.

We couldn’t be happier about our stay at “The Sandcastle”, Janice and Bill are so accommodating and are quick to respond to any issue, not that we had any.

It is all about Location, Location, Location and “The Sandcastle” is the perfect Location!  Outside patio is huge, with a grill and plenty of space to hangout with friends and family.  The beach and boardwalk is about 30 steps from the front door of the “Sandcastle”, so you are close to everything!  You can walk to restaurants, the grocery, store, coffee shops, etc…  It is the perfect locations and a wonderful place to stay.  Our vacation was fabulous at “The Sandcastle” and we will be back!  Thank you again Janice and Bill, we had a blast!

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

 5 STARS (out of 5) Date of Stay: 6/14   Guest: julmik (Spokane, Washington) on Homeaway/VRBO

No reason to go anywhere else! This house/vacation was perfect!

From the minute we arrived, it was a wonderful experience. We opened the front door and there was music playing. Though we arrived after dark, the house lights were on, and it felt so welcoming and inviting. The interior of the house was very comfortable, leather couch, nice beds and coverings, art on the walls, nicely decorated, a bottle of wine to welcome us. Our family of five settled right in, especially after our long day of flying and getting to the beach. The house is very comfortable – and very clean. The next morning, we saw how truly great the location was, with the beach just one house away from the sand. We barbecued and enjoyed eating on the patio. And the recommendations the owners gave us for dinner out were excellent too. The owners were easy to deal with in making our reservation, they were available if we needed them to ask a few questions about the area, but we hardly saw them otherwise. It was just a short drive to Disneyland, and we took a day and went and explored Beverly Hills too. It was a perfect stay, a wonderful house – and we hope to return to Newport and definitely stay again at the “Sandcastle”.


5 STARS (out of 5)   Date of Stay: 4/14   Guest: Carol from Illinois on TripAdvisor/Flipkey

It’s simply the best!

The site was extraordinary. Everything in place, tidy. neat, with an awesome view,very close to the beach. The apartment was very well maintained, with all new appliances. Heating worked well through an indoor thermostate. The outdoor showers helped a lot in getting sand out of the house. The location is perfect. 20 minutes to Disneyland and California Park of Adventure, 50 to Universal Studios and 90 to Sea World at San Diego. Great boardwalk just meters off the house made a perfect place for strollers and bicycles. If you like barbecue, you have to try it at the outside patio. The photos show the exact condition of the place. The owners take your vacation seriously and are very friendly and extremely helpful, great people. Try Fashion Island and South Park Plaza for shopping and dining. We were a family of 6 with four children 5 to 13, they loved the place. Excellent nearby restaurants within an easy walk (the Bluewater grill, the crab´s house) and Pavillion’s market two blocks away. We will definitely recommend it !

Recommended for: Families with teenagers, Families with young children

 5 STARS (out of 5) Date of Stay: 1/14   Guest: Diego D  (Buenos Aires, Argentina) on Homeaway/VRBO

Fabulous getaway spot in the sun!

We loved staying at the Sandcastle.  It was in a perfect location (a couple of houses away from the beach, a walk to the grocery store and to restaurants, but still quiet). It was incredibly well equipped and our hosts were available for questions, yet never intrusive.   The house was clearly well loved and cared for and didn’t have the feel of a generic rental.  I would return in a minute!

Recommended for: Age 55+, Adventure seekers, Girls getaway, Sightseeing, Families with teenagers, Families with young children, People with disabilities, Romantic getaway

 5 STARS (out of 5) Date of Stay: 2/14   Guest: Susan (Seattle) on Homeaway/VRBO

Great spot!

This was a wonderful spot for a reunion of our immediate family.  We planned it over Thanksgiving and the owner went out of her way to make sure we had everything we needed to make our dinner.  This owner has thought of EVERYTHING you might need during your stay and you are 1/2 block from the beach.  I’ve already recommended the Sandcastle to friends.  Renting bikes to ride along the beach was a highlight.   We will be back!

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: 11/13   Guest: Cami  (San Francisco) on Homeaway/VRBO

Amazing Location & Experience!

We stayed at the Sandcastle over New Years, and were very impressed with how clean and impressive this house is. We have a family of five with young children and I would highly recommend the Sandcastle to anyone that wants to be steps to the beach, walking distance to the boardwalk and pier and still have a very relaxing stay without any of the noise and commotion that is seeing in other areas. Janice and Bill were first class hosts; they make you feel like you have friends nearby as they helped us with recommendations on a number of activities. We WILL be back.

Recommended for: 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: 1/14   Guest: Andrew A  (Ohio) on Homeaway/VRBO

A wonderful home away from home

We are from Melbourne, Australia, and were looking for somewhere for our family to stay while in the Los Angeles area. The request from our teenage children was that it was near the beach, and the request from my wife was that it came with laundry facilities. Sandcastle fit both these criteria. We found that the house was exactly as advertised, and the owners extremely helpful and welcoming. The house was very clean, and we enjoyed being able to spread out and do our own thing there in the mornings and evenings while spending the days out exploring. We had an absolute ball, and will definitely be looking to return if we are ever back in the area.

5 STARS (out of 5)   Date of Stay: 1/14   Guest: the Coupland Family from Melbourne, Australia

Great stay – again!

We have rented this property several times and have never been disappointed.  It is clean and well maintained.  The owners pay attention to the details here, particularly where the kitchen is well stocked with anything you might need. The patio is fabulous to use for meals, games or just to hang out.  It is also within walking distance of a supermarket, restaurants and plenty of activities.  We move our car as little as possible during our week.  The outdoor showers are also really helpful to clean up from the beach and keep the sand out of the house.  Our children, who are 5 and 7, had a blast and always look forward to their time at the beach.

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: 6/13   Guest: Karen G  (Chatsworth, CA) on Homeaway/VRBO

The best house we’ve ever rented in Newport Beach!

We stayed in June at the “Sandcastle” – and loved it! The location of the house is great, just steps from the beautiful beach. The house is so nicely decorated that we could hardly believe how lucky we were to find this house, when we opened the front door. We’ve stayed in other rental homes in this area over the years, but none have been as nice. Everything was so clean, everything worked well, there were lots of nice dishes and glasses and servingware in the kitchen, and the beds were really comfortable. We loved the front patio, where we’d BBQ almost every night. And the local restaurants that we could walk to, were great. They have a big book of suggestions of things to do, that has brochures and restaurant menus and maps of the area. We spent a lot of time at the beach this week, but were reminded of lots of other things we can do in the area – next time! Bill and Janice made it all so easy, from our initial communication to answering our questions along the way to getting our security deposit back promptly after our stay. They let us know where we could rent bikes, and where to go to buy fresh fish. They were helpful anytime we had any questions. We liked the idea of them living upstairs, if we had any issues, but we didn’t run into them hardly at all. It was a really great family beach vacation. Our kids raved about it too – and they’re already asking us if we can return next summer!

5 STARS (out of 5)   Date of Stay: 6/13   Guest: the Bettencourt Family on TripAdvisor/Flipkey