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The calendar is filling up fast! I am happy to work with guests to accomodate longer, more enjoyable stays. Please consider booking several months in advance for best calendar selection. (Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years for this year are already reserved)
Life goes a little bit slower when you enter Mendocino County, mainly because of the winding roads! Shalimere is located west of Highway 1 on the 'ocean side' of the Irish Beach community, well sited to provide maximum privacy.
The real vacation starts when you open the door to Shalimere. Hang your keys on the coat rack and walk into the living room. Take a minute to gaze out the front windows at the glorious Pacific Ocean. Open the sliding glass door leading onto the deck and step outside and listen to the waves breaking about 50 yards away. Take 3 deep breaths and your vacation has officially begun. Your next decision is only necessary if you have brought perishables or your pet. Put the perishables in refrigerator or freezer. Take your pet for a walk, whichever has the most immediate need. (probably the pet!)
Bedroom decision time is easy if its adults and children. The adults get the Master bedroom, the kids get the other. If it's all grown ups then a flip of the coin, 'rock, scissors, paper' or drawing straws may be necessary. Both bedrooms have luxury sheets and down alternative comforters with duvet covers and bathrobes. Bathrooms have Aveda salon hair products (not to be confused with Aveeno) and full size hair dryers. (A few less things to pack!) After deciding---settle in.
Shalimere is pet friendly. There is a large indoor kennel, a large dog bed, plus dog sheets and towels if you have couch potato or bed warmers, along with pet bowls for water and food, plus a few dog toys should you forget. There is a deck around 75% of the house with gates at both ends. BE SURE TO LET US KNOW WHEN YOU MAKE AN INQUIRY IF YOUR FURRY FAMILY MEMBER IS ALSO COMING SO WE CAN RESPOND AND PLAN ACCORDINGLY. (Please note, the deck is not baby or pet 'proof') If you bring your pet, we ask you leave the house in the same condition (pet hair, nose prints and paw prints) as it is upon arrival. We currently do not charge extra fees for pets but have recently had some very hairy/sandy and muddy experiences that required a lot of extra cleaning time. Please respect the house.
The hot tub is ready whenever you are. There are robes in both bedrooms closets if you have forgotten your own. You might want to bring slippers, just in case.
There are many magazines to peruse. Playing cards, several classic board games, jigsaw puzzles, plus seashell guide, hiking guide, kayak guide, tidepool guide, 2015 tide chart , bird books and more. We also have an 'out and about book' for local activities information and keep the monthly Mendocino County Tourist newspaper. Our large flat screen TV is hooked up to the Dish Network so you can stay up-to-date with the local major networks, plus CNN, ESPN, TNT with 190 stations or listen to the music channels with a huge variety to choose from.
The soapstone gas fireplace starts with just a flip of the switch on the side. We call it 'instant ambiance'.
Shalimere is easy to just stay in and enjoy. If you want to head out to the private beach and are up for a rigorous walk down and back, then go for it! Or you can easily drive down the same gate accessed private drive. After all, this is your vacation! The beach is nearly 5 miles long, depending on the tide. Sometimes you have it completely to yourself. You might see a few people. It is only for Irish Beach residents & guests so you may meet a kindred soul. The surf can be mighty -so be watchful. (Because of the strong riptide, water activities are not for the inexperienced)
In the surrounding 25 miles you can find all sorts of diversions, enjoyment, pampering and even giraffes. Exploring the nearby towns can yield many treasures and pleasures. The main thing is to enjoy yourself--have a wonderful time and plan to come back again soon.
Everyone loves a bright sunny day, but there are those of us who love watching whale migrations (or signing up with one of the nearby whale watching groups) or just relaxing on the huge couch with a book with the gas fired soapstone fireplace roaring with heat! The rain and the fog are not deterrents to having a great day. Winter is my personal favorite to watch the storms and to see the whales migrating.
Check out this amazing house at an incredible rate any time of the year. Shalimere is the exception within the Irish Beach community and is the best price house WEST of Highway 1.
There is no 'high or low' pricing. Exceptionally well priced year round. Please note, because I am 'independent, my prices are better than those offered by the local rental agencies. The 'free' days they offer with various stays end up the same or more than my home after you add in their up charges, higher cleaning fees, pet fees, non refundable damage fees, etc. Please consider the real overall charges when making a decision.
Experience the difference of a caring owner with an on-site manager who lives 5 minutes away.
Come enjoy the days on the wild Mendocino coast as summer beckons or for the amazing days of fall, the real 'summer' on the coast. Winters bring incredible weather both rainy and sunny. Nothing like watching the storm roll in while warm and comfy in the house. Shalimere is enjoyable no matter what time of year or the weather. Julie's goodie basket is full of great treats. We keep individual ice creams in the freezer for your pleasure. Read the reviews and see how our guests are treated and feel about the house. The pictures do not do this house justice!
(Please note, I keep the availability calendar up to date. VRBO does not show 'pending' listings. I usually hold requested days for 48 hours and then update/remove if I don't hear back or receive the deposit)
Current pending dates as of 31 July 2015:
3-6 Nov 2015
VRBO also 'encourages' the use of credit cards for payment. They receive a generous fee for this service. There are no fees with personal cheques or cash payments. You can read my reviews and see there has never been any comment or complaint regarding my payment policy. I am also happy to spread payments over time prior to your arrival to help accomodate a longer stay. No one has ever said they stayed too long! Most people say, "Next time we will plan to stay a few days extra"
Lorie Brand Shepard
Keywords: Vacation Home with Beautiful blue water views
Well behaved pets are welcome. There is a large kennel inside and dog bed. A few dog toys to play with in case you forget yours. Dog towels to dry off after a trip down to the beach. Please use the 'dog sheets' if your pup likes to lounge on the couch or bed. Do not leave your pet unattended at anytime for safety sake. No pets in the hot tub at any time....moreless
(2) Telephone for basic, local calls or 911. Please bring credit/ calling card for long distance calling. Cordless phone in main living room area, corded phone in Master bedroom. FYI-My IPhone works in the house 99% of the time, if you are an IPhone/Blackberry user....moreless
Mr Coffe, an espresso machine, french press and melita drip cones mean you can have your caffeine just about any way you could want it. Bring your favorite coffee as we also have a grinder....moreless
Our kitchen is well outfitted. A nice variety of cookbooks plus several cooking magazines around if you need inspiration. New Williams Sonoma pots/pan set, cast iron skillets, scanpan prof skillets...moreless
Well equipped with full size appliances. Espresso machine, coffee press or drip coffee maker for the caffeine addicts to choose from. Ocean view from stove makes the cooking experience more enjoyable. Center island keeps everyone close by to either help or lend moral support...moreless
House is stocked with many basics: flour, sugar, tea, olive oil, salt pepper and a nice selection of spices and usually pods for the espresso maker. Bring coffee pods just in case we are out. ...moreless
GATED decking goes around half of the house. Original to the house, it is not childproof or dog proof. 2 adirondak chairs (cushions stored inside), side tables and glider to enjoy the ocean views, whales, birds and wildlife....moreless
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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
All the VRBO houses at Irish Beach have damage deposit or a flat rate fee, plus cleaning fees and/or pet fees.
The VRBO "Book it Now" system has double booked my house repeatedly, so I no longer offer that service.
Refundable damage deposit is $250/$350 with pets.
I prefer cheques as the VRBO credit card system charges me excessively high fees.
Refundable damage deposit is returned promptly if no incident.
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Shalimere is located in Irish Beach which has a beautiful 5 mile private beach. A rigorous hike down or easy drive through a gated access. Great beach for strolling, beach combing, tide pool adventuring with lots of driftwood. Hiking nearby and guidebooks in house. Most activities are in the village of Mendocino itself or Fort Bragg. Mendocino Film festival every May, plus crab season specials. Mendocino Art Center has plays and has an incredible art gallery. Lots of wonderful places to eat nearby to the north in Elk, Little River, Mendocino and Ft Bragg or south in Point Arena, Gualala/Sea Ranch.
Year Purchased: 2007
About the owner: Another trip around the sun and it's time to go back up to Shalimere. I had been visiting Irish Beach for almost 30 years and finally decided to take the plunge and buy and do my own vacation rental. I did most of the sweat equity work with a lot of help from Ron and Julie Trathen. Ron built the center island and custom stainless stove surround, installed the soapstone gas fireplace, 'on demand' hot water, oversaw the new heating system installation, arranged for the bamboo flooring installation and installed the pillar chandelier above the dining table. No small feat considering the peaked ceiling. I got to strip off wallpaper, scrub walls, paint, paint and paint. Julie takes care of all the pre-visit cleaning, interior and other details, Ron takes care of everything else. Couldn't do it without them. Tired of the hassles and fees with the local rental agency, we have lowered the rate and gone independent. We love this home and wish to share it with others
Why the Owner Chose Irish Beach:
Location? Views? Well, it was both! I love the octagonal shape of the front of the house with all the windows and the fabulous views. Basically it just needed a some updating to make it work better. (Goodbye carpet, hello bamboo!) Just far enough from 'the City/SF' yet close to 'the Village/Mendocino'. Also perfect to just stay 'home' and chill in the hot tub. As a dog owner, it has a great deck set up to keep the pooches safe from the wilds and they can still march around and check out what's going on or just snooze in the sun. The private beach is also a great asset. Put it all together and you have a perfect vacation home location.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Peace, quiet, ocean view enjoyed best from the hot tub with a glass of wine. Personally I love the fog so I don't get too worked up about the weather. Great star gazing also with our star scope! Nice big couch to lounge on. Center Island has stove with ocean view and seating to keep everyone busy helping or chatting. A self admitted caffeine addict, there are three different ways to get your fix: mr coffe drip, a french press, the espresso machine or the melita individual drip cones. There are usually pods available for the espresso machine to save you the trouble of grinding and packing it up and cleaning it afterward. Bring your own just in case. Satellite TV provides huge variety of music or channels for those who cannot live without. Comfy deck chairs with cushions for sun worshipers. I have been known to sit in the hot tub with an umbrella if it is raining. It's an invigorating walk down to the private beach--not for the faint of heart. Personally, I walk, but you can easily drive down and take a long walk on the beach and live to tell about it.
View from front deck where you can watch the waves or see the whales migrating
View from MBR sliding door of hot tub, deck and the Pacific Ocean!
Center island cooktop with space for helpers or moral support
View from entryway to kitchen with new lighting over center island and sink area
Large indoor kennel, large dog bed, extra dog sheets, pet towels, bowls etc
Reading nook in Master bedroom. A great spot to get away from it all!
Miss Tika on the deck! Pet friendly deck with gates at each end.
View of private beach from the pathway south of Shalimere
At 'the rock' at low tide. There were countless sea stars and anemones!
Another beautiful sunset comes to those at Shalimere
Shalimere! Lots of windows for beautiful ocean views to Pt Arena and beyond
Ocean view from the main living area
Dining under the pillar candelabra chandelier
Media center with HDTV with 'Dish', DVD/VCR, ipod/iphone compatible stereo
Master Bedroom with natural wood peaked ceiling with ocean view and steps to spa
Second bedroom very 'zen' with luxury linens, the geisha, memory foam mattress
Deck/hot tub from Living room sliding door
On the private beach with amazing driftwood and great tide pooling!
A pod of sea stars found on the beach 20 April 2013 at low tide!
Vermillion sea star on the mussel rock! Low tide April 2013
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