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Sandcastles Beach House - Duneside: Stunning View On PEI's Best Beach

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Beautifully Finished Pine Beach House. Choose 1 or 2 Adjoining Units. 2-4 Bdrms

Water, water everywhere and endless beaches too. Sandcastles Beach House is a mere three minute walk along the path to the finest beach on the island. With our beach's sandy, broad expanse and gentle slope it is perfect for family fun. You can walk for hours and never run out of beach.

From your deck you can take in our spectacular dunes and you'll see the surf conditions so you'll know if it's a smooth swimming or a boogie board kind of day.

In addition, we are in the enviable position of being the only rental having MacKay Pond boarder its lawn so you'll see eagles, herons, osprey and cormorants all day and end it all with blazing sunsets dancing off our waters. The photos of the pond and the sunsets on this site are taken exclusively from our deck. No neighbours separate you from your view of the dunes. Staying at Sandcastles is like having a series of natural works of art offered up to you all day long.

Sandcastles easily fills the needs of everyone from individual couples to groups of up to 14 celebrating reunions of families or groups of friends. We can customize in this way because our two units are adjoining and yet fully private and self-contained. So you can rent just one side and soak up all the beauty our location offers. Or, if you are with a larger group you can rent both sides, sharing meals and good times when you choose and yet still have the freedom to enjoy the privacy of dining and relaxing in your own unit. If you would like to book both sides please book Duneside through this listing, then scroll to find our other listing, "Sandcastles Beach House - Meadowside: Stunning View on PEI's Best Beach". There you will be able to book Meadowside. By booking Duneside and Meadowside you will have booked the entire beach house.

We supply Wi-fi and all modern conveniences and are minutes from 8 golf courses, deep-sea fishing, fine dining and galleries.

You'll be pleasantly surprised with our prices. Our rates include all fees and taxes. We do not charge extra for additional guests (up to 7 per side). Be sure to check the final cost of other sites when comparing.

Our guests tell us that Sandcastles is "enchanting" and our location is "breathtaking". We hope that you'll visit Sandcastles Beach House and create memories that will last a lifetime.

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Darnley Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , outdoor shower
  • Each unit has a full bath with a vanity, toilet, tub and shower with removable hose, washer and dryer. Clothes washing detergent, shower gel, hand soap. hair dryer and plenty of towels are provided. Private, warm outdoor shower keeps the sand out of your sheets!
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
  • Master bedroom includes 1 queen bed, original artwork and en-suite balcony with ocean,sunset, dune and pond views. 2nd bedroom includes 1 queen bed and 1 twin bed. New queen mattresses in each bedroom in 2018. Living room has comfortable, new, independent coil, queen-sized sofa bed. Window treatments provide for a restful sleep. Travel playpen available for baby's sleeping needs. Bed guard rail also available.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Child safety gate available. Alarm clock/radio in each bedroom. Guest information binder provided. Local maps and local activity & restaurant guide also provided.


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Sandcastles Beach House - Duneside: Stunning View On PEI's Best Beach
average rating of 4.3333335 based on 3 reviews

Great location, could not get much closer to the beach

  • 4 of 5


  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much...we agree. Our family knew that this was the location we had been searching for as soon as we discovered it. We had to make this stretch of beach, dunes and the dazzling sunsets over our bordering pond a ritual getaway -spring summer and fall. Glad you were able to make Sandcastles Beach House a part of your vacation plans. You're welcome back any time!
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beautiful setting

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay in this great location. The unit was clean and the beds were comfortable. Seeing a pair of eagles circling the pond was a real treat. We stayed in September and it was quiet and relaxing - just what we were looking for. The owners were very nice.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay. We're fortunate to have the eagles living on the other side of the pond and seeing them most days. We still get excited each time we spot them.
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Great spot and would definitely return!

  • 5 of 5

Our family and dog enjoyed the cottage immensely. It had everything we needed and then some. The location was central and we easily traveled to Cavendish, North Rustico, Kensington , Charlottetown and Summerside. It made a comfortable vacation stay and a great home base. This was our first visit to PEI and we loved everything about the island and our vacation rental. One item of note, the other side of the duplex was rented by another family. We could hear them, as I am sure they could us, through the walls, but nothing disturbing, just the footsteps on stairs, washing machine and murmured voices. This was not a problem for us, but there may be some who would be bothered if the tenants were not respectful of the close proximity.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so happy you enjoyed your visit. We do at times hear the lower tones coming through from the other unit so we are fortunate that we seem to attract guests who are respectful of that. This fall we are actually moving the beach house off its base "the big lift" and adding two more carrier beams and all new supports. We will then be able to add some more insulation up near the joists which may be a partial remedy. Again, thanks for coming and glad you'd like to return.
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Brian Power-Grimm
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
February 19, 2018

About Brian Power-Grimm

As teachers, my wife Jane and I have had full careers in Nova Scotia, the mountains of BC and Massachusetts. As fitness and outdoor enthusiasts and parents to three sons we have learned the pleasures of recharging at the beach.

Brian Power-Grimm purchased this cottage in 2003

Why Brian Power-Grimm chose Darnley

We did the vacation research for you in 1996 when we travelled Prince Edward Island far and wide looking for "the" cottage where we could happily return year after year. Sandcastles Beach House was everything we had hoped for, and MORE. So much more that we kept a standing reservation as renters ourselves as did many other delighted vacationers. In 2003 we were fortunate to have the opportunity to buy the Beach House, and now we welcome you to come share in the joyful experience of life on the beach.

What makes this cottage unique

Sandcastles allowed us to park our car at the beginning of the week and not feel the need to start it up again. Having the beach on site, the best views in the world at our doorstep, spacious rooms for our family and all amenities within arms reach made us come back year after year until we bought it ourselves.


Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Malpeque (Ship to Shore)
Nearest Ferry
115 Kilometres
Wood Islands
Nearest Golf
4 Kilometres
Darnley Greens
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Malpeque (Ship to Shore)
Nearest Beach
0.1 Kilometres
Penderosa/Thunder Cove Beach
Car: not necessary

Beach enthusiasts', bird-watchers' and golfers' paradise.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $119.35

Weekly bookings are from Saturday to Saturday, with check in time after 3:00 pm and departure time before 10:00 am.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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