|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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Picture perfect windows showcase sunsets all year long. There are magnificent views of 12 miles of beach, dunes and waterways. Everything that you could want in a beach experience is right there.
as we expected, everything has been wonderful during our stay at the sand castle. Now we’re in Italy but we remember our trip with great satisfaction. The house has been better than we thought and we enjoyed it very much.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 1:44 PM
The Sand Castle in Oceano is a big, funky, old beach house with a very nautical theme. We had an awesome time staying there. The living room was big enough to accommodate the 10 of us comfortably. And the view was fantastic. We had more fun watching the parade of cars passing by on the sand by the surf. It was sort of memorizing. We also saw surfers, paddleboarders, dolphins leaping out beyond the surf and a sea otter playing in the surf. The cars were mostly gone by 10 p.m. Not that we heard them anyway. They were far enough away that we heard only the occasional rumble of a truck. We kept our sliding glass door in our bedroom open, and our sleep was never disturbed. The children could play out on the sand with out an adult accompanying them because we could see them through the living room windows. Yes, there was sand in the spa, but what do expect at the beach. The children had a lot of fun using it.
The house itself was clean on our arrival. The bedrooms were all comfortable. The refrig. in the kitchen was fantastic. It had a door that keep our wine at just the right temperature. We had two problems: the front door knob was sticking (the owner had that repaired by the next evening), and the wifi kept going out. The owner said the reason for the bad wifi was because we were the last house on the block. I wasn't happy that we had to call the owner, but Trish was very nice. I was happy that there were no issues on getting our deposit back.
This property has a lot of potential but missed the mark in several important respects. Most significant was the lack of hospitality or welcome. For example, after we requested additional supplies due to the house being under-stocked (in paper towels, toilet paper and trash bags), we were accused of exceeding the number of guests allowed and were told they would be "keeping an eye on us." After choosing this rental for our small family reunion and spending thousands of dollars on it, such remarks were insulting and left a bad taste in our mouths for the duration of the stay. Another significant limitation with the house was the lack of wifi. While there is a wireless modem, it is not strong enough to actually allow internet access. In addition, there were many burnt out light bulbs throughout the house and broken, unworking lamps in two of the bedrooms. While the house is otherwise nicely appointed, very comfortable and has a great view of the beach (although the beach is unusable because cars and trucks use the beach in front of the house to get to the sand dunes), the lack of hospitality and other limitations lead to this less than favorable review.
Yes, this is a beach home, yes, it is at the edge of a beautiful state park, and yes, there are ocean views...the photos make it look great...but sadly, it isn't. This is a home that has not been taken care of in years. The last time it was decorated was in the late 1970's and the decor is dreadful. There is not one space that does not have some ornament on it. Nautical is the theme with huge plastic swordfish on the walls, and lots of dolphin statuary, shells, thatched wall hangings, all of which gets old very quickly. Decor isn't everything - I get that people have different tastes, but there is grungy shag carpeting in every room except the living room area, none of which hasn't been cleaned, the kitchen is large, but mostly full of non-essential items (there was no tin-foil, plastic wrap, or oil). The "clean" dishes were all dirty when we arrived - and the dishes in the dishwasher were dirty as well. The oven door is broken and doesn't close all the way. Best of all, the rusty grill on the patio still had the remains of other users meal...a steak I think! Everything is coated in a fine layer of sand and nothing in the main part of the house was cleaned and made ready for us (although the bedrooms had clean sheets and decent beds and the bathrooms were cleaned.) - at one point we had to actually walk out onto the ledge of the living room and clean the windows ourselves - just so we could see the ocean. You can't use the patio furniture since it is coated with sand and there is no real place to sit anyway. The hot tub is full of sand, and the small covered patio where the hot tub is, has old trash under the stairs. But, this isn't the worst part of the Sandcastle. Nowhere is it advertised that there will be 4 Wheel Drive Trucks, RV's and Dune Buggies driving out in front of the house, ON THE BEACH. It basically makes the beach into a freeway and there is no way you can swim, sun or stroll without the fear of being run over. Plus, the beach highway runs 24 hours a day - there is no let up of traffic, even at 2 o'clock in the morning, there are headlights shining in the windows as the trucks go cruising by...at one point the police cruisers went screaming down the beach to arrest someone who was speeding down the beach at 60mph. Yes, it was Memorial Day Weekend, so I am sure there were more people than usual, but it certainly wasn't the relaxing beach weekend my family was hoping for. Try Avila Beach - much more inviting.
Our stay at Sandcastle on the Beach was relaxing and fun. The house was perfect for our family. The hot tub was inviting throughout the stay. We were there to relax and relax we did! The kids and grandkids came and went doing various activitties. We cooked and ate together and played on the beach together. We had a lovely time!
Fabulous house on a corner with expansive views of the ocean, lagoon and sand dunes. Very well-maintained and extremely spacious. Huge hot tub with gorgeous views - fit 10 of us very comfortably.
LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the place.
Owners were very flexible and responsive.
Overall a home run! We would return in a heartbeat!
We rented this wonderful house for my 70th Birthday for my family & my sister's family. There was enough room for everyone to have their own room and lots of space for everyone to gather in the great room. It's a perfect location, right on the beach & the dunes stretching out for miles and perfect sunsets. We never left the house from Friday night until Sunday for lunch, except to go on the sand! I just can't say enough about how fantastic it was. My nieces & my daughter-in-law already want to plan to rent it again for next year. And, I have told all my friends about it. Thank you so much for sharing you home!
The Sand Castle is close to all kinds of exciting or relaxing activities and fantastic restaurants, there's even a Melodrama close by.
Other Activities: Bi-plane rides, Shopping, Kayaking, boating, Wildlife Viewing
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$750|
CANCELLATION POLICY: We do not make refunds. However, shall a cancellation be made 30 days prior to occupancy date, Lessee may re-book for a later available date. Monies will be held up to one year from the original scheduled occupancy date.