"Our family, (grandparents, 3 kids with spouses and 10 children) (18 total), stayed in the Castle for 7 days. It was a great location and very nice accommodations. The listing description, pictures and information are accurate.
Except for some initial cleaning needed upon arriving, the house was in pretty good shape. The kitchen floor and counters needed to be cleaned and the house was very dusty throughout. I communicated with the owner via text-messaging upon arriving and sent pictures of what we swept up in the kitchen. She was very apologetic and offered to have someone come clean first thing in the morning but we felt that would be difficult with all 18 of us there, so we did it ourselves. We arrived about 10:30 PM and by midnight we were through with our cleaning and ready for bed. We had to go to the local Safeway (very close) to get cleaning supplies because there were none on site. This was the only negative aspect during the 7 day stay and the accommodations definitely outweighed any concerns.
The location is ideal. We were close to shopping in Lincoln City, a short drive from Depot Bay, Newport and the Tillamook Cheese Factory. It is also a very short walk to the beach. Our first access to the beach took us a block along the busy Logan street. However, we found another access walking down the driveway adjacent to the house and it kept the kids off Logan Street.
The hot tub and sauna were definitely a hit to all, and the multiple games, pool table, gaming station and downstairs play area were a hit with all the kids. The layout of the house has the kitchen and "great room" on the top (3rd) floor, the sleeping quarters on the middle floor and the play area and sauna on the bottom floor. Although the layout made sleeping sometimes difficult it was great to have the play area on the bottom and the gathering place (family room) on the top. When the adults were on the top floor visiting, we could not hear the kids playing on the bottom. The only drawback was that, when in the bedrooms, any movement on the top floor was amplified through the wood floors. That meant the early risers or late-nighters had to be pretty quiet and tip tow around the kitchen and family room.
It was great for us because each family had their own room with bunk beds for the kids, one room even had a crib for the baby, and all rooms had their own bathroom..
We would definitely recommend the Castle to families for a great retreat."
Guest: Larry R.
Date of Stay: July 2016
Review Submitted: July 16, 2016