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Shalimere! Near 180º Ocean View Home 75 Yards from the Bluff at Irish Beach

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View from front deck where you can watch the waves or see the whales migrating


Last updated: 05/23/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Beautifully remodeled home, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 1-4)


The calendar is filling up for 2017! I am happy to work with guests to accommodate longer, more enjoyable stays. Please consider booking several months in advance for best calendar selection.

Life goes a little bit slower when you enter Mendocino County, mainly because of the winding roads! Shalimere is a PRIVATE HOME located west of Highway 1 on the 'ocean side' of the Irish Beach community, well sited to provide maximum privacy. There is a big difference between the East and West side of Irish Beach.

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, step outside and listen to the waves breaking about 75 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 "CLICK' ON THE PET BOX (to the right of the number of adults and children) FOR THE QUOTE TO BE ACCURATE. (Please note, the deck is not baby or pet 'proof') As of Jan 2017 there is a $25 pet fee.

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, 2017 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. The 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. I 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, zebras and other african animals. 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 a difference being on the Ocean Side of Irish Beach!)

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 & pet fees, non refundable damage fees) Please consider the real overall charges when making a decision.

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. 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 13 May 2017:
9-13 July 2017

VRBO also 'encourages' the use of credit cards for payment. On top of the annual fee I pay to VRBO to list my home, they now receive a generous commission and VRBO will add it directly to your rental cost. Therefore the cost you are billed to your credit card will not match the amount on your rental agreement. Just an FYI. If you do not wished to be charged to your credit card, do not enter your credit card information. You can still inquire about availability without inputting this information.

There are no fees with personal cheques, cash or Venmo 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 accommodate 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
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Member since: 2010

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/23/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1200 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 4
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Guests over 25 only...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    We welcome children! Please note the house and deck are NOT BABY PROOF. Toddlers will require vigilant supervision. Deck has gates at both ends. Hot tub has locking top for safety....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Non smoking/no vapor home. Damage deposit will be forfeited plus additional cleaning charges assessed for smoke damage. ...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Well behaved pets are welcome. There is a large indoor kennel 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

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    Gracious master suite with huge shower/double heads/seat...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    Smaller in-suite with zen decor, all tile bathtub...moreless

  • Queen size Beds (2) Both bedrooms feature queen size beds. Master has traditional pillow top mattress. Second bedroom has tempurpedic style mattress on a regular (not 'low or high') platform style bedframe....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    Huge all tile shower with double heads and built in seat ...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Split bath with sink and adjoining tub/shower and toilet ...moreless

  • Both bathrooms have beautiful hand set tiles and hand thrown ceramic sinks. ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • New to VRBO® in 2010, Shalimere is a comfortable private home that welcomes guests and their well behaved pets. Bathrooms feature salon quality Aveda shampoo and conditioner. There are robes in both bedroom closets and hair dryers in each bathroom. Less to pack! Not your typical 'rental' home!...moreless


  • Books:

    Large collection of fiction plus local guides for hikes tide pools, shellfish, birds, etc....moreless

  • DVD Player:

    Basic VHS/DVD player...moreless

  • Games:

    Large variety of games from classics (monopoly) to 'shoots and ladders'. something for all ages, and several jigsaw puzzles with a roller in case you need to 'move' it off the table....moreless

  • Music Library:

    Huge variety of music available on the satellite dish. Stereo/CD player in living room....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Dish Satellite has 175 channels plus music stations....moreless

  • Stereo:

    Sony CD player...moreless

  • Television:

    HD Flat Screen with remote and 'the dish'...moreless

  • Video Library:

    Small library of DVD and VHS movies...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Ocean View:

    Near 180º views from main living room area and outside deck. See Point Arena Lighthouse to the south by day and the beacon by night depending on weather. Northward is Elk and beyond. See and hear the waves breaking on the Pacific from the deck...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Clothes Dryer:

    Full size...moreless

  • Gas Fireplace:

    Freestanding soapstone fireplace adds warmth and ambiance. This can heat the main part of the house alone. A great backup should there be a power outage!...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central forced air installed throughout the house. There is also a gas fired soapstone stove for back up....moreless

  • Internet:

    Basic wifi/internet access. Not suitable for streaming or online gaming. You may want to bring a jet pac if you have high speed needs....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    High quality linens on new beds with down alternative comforters and pillows. Extra linens available plus electric blanket. ...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Large circular living room with peaked ceiling with amazing ocean views. You can access hot tub directly from LR or Master BR...moreless

  • Parking:

    Outdoor parking at side of house with a large amount of space. ...moreless

  • Telephone:

    (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 ATT IPhone works in the house 99% of the time. ...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Charisma Suprima Towels...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Full size - new HE washer. Please note with the water shortage in CA we ask the washer not be used for stays less than 5 days. Irish Beach Water District is a private, very expensive water source...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Mr Coffee, espresso machine, k-cup machine, french press and melita individual drip cones mean you can have your caffeine!! Bring your favorite coffee beans as we also have a grinder....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    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

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    There are dishes and silverware for 8 so you don't have to do dishes constantly. Just fill up the dishwasher! ...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Please load and start before you leave. Housekeeping will empty 😄...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Well equipped with full size appliances. Espresso machine, coffee press, drip or K cup 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 suppor...moreless

  • Microwave:

    Full size microwave with multiple functions...moreless

  • Oven:

    Traditional stove with full size oven beneath the cooktop....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    House is stocked with many basics: flour, sugar, tea, olive oil, salt pepper and a nice selection of spices. ...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Full size traditional refrigerator with freezer on top. See kitchen pictures for more detail....moreless

  • Stove:

    Large basic Jenn Air electric stove with downdraft and oven. Nice ocean view while cooking!...moreless

  • Toaster:

    Two slice with bagel button. Also a nice bagel cutter to save yourself from slicing a finger off....moreless


  • Deck / Patio:

    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

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Propane grill for your convenience. Guests are asked to clean after usage. If empty, there is a nearby tank swap in Manchester. This is provided as a courtesy and not serviced. ...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    Hot tub accessible from both Master bedroom and Living room. Beautiful ocean views during the day and star gazing at night (weather permitting) on south side of house for protection from wind....moreless



from 99 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $25
  • House/Spa cleaning fee $125
  • Tax Rate 11%


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. I can shred your cheque or return it to you. Whichever you prefer.

As of 1 January 2017 a pet fee of $25 will be added for guests with a pet. Unfortunately the VRBO website is adding this to every inquiry and doesn't have an option for those without pets. Until they can resolve this issue I will have to manual add this fee onto your rental agreement. IT WILL NOT SHOW UP ON RENTAL INQUIRIES THROUGH THE SITE.

Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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10 Miles
Nearest Airport
Little River Airport, SFO, OAK, SAC, Santa Rosa
7 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Bridget Dolan's Pub, Elk
20 Miles
Nearest Golf
Little River Inn Golf Course or Sea Ranch GC
30 Miles
Nearest Train
Skunk Train is a tourist ride
0.1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Highway 1
7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Pt Arena (south) or Elk (north)
0.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
Private Beach

Car: Necessary

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.


Owner info

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 over 20 years and finally decided to take the plunge to buy and do my own vacation rental. I did most of the sweat equity work and added the center island with custom stainless stove surround, added a new the soapstone gas fireplace, 'on demand' hot water, replaced the tired pink carpet with new wood floors. I got to strip off wallpaper, scrub walls, paint, paint and paint. Tired of the hassles and high agency fees (40%) with the local rental agency, I lowered the rate and went independent. I love this home and wish to share it with others.

Why the Owner Chose Manchester, CA, USA:
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 the star scope! Nice big couch to lounge on. Center Island has stove with ocean view and seating to keep everyone busy helping or chatting. The perfect home away from home for 1-4 people. A self admitted caffeine addict, there are FIVE different ways to get your fix: the k-cup, mr coffee drip, a french press, the espresso machine or the melita individual drip cones. (Yes, there is a coffee grinder) Bring some pods for the espresso machine to save you the trouble of grinding and packing it up and cleaning it afterward. Or bring some K cups and voila! Satellite TV provides a variety of music or channels for those who cannot live without. There is also basic WIFI but its just for email. Please no streaming. Otherwise the next person will have low connectivity. Internet is a monthly allotment via the dish so please keep the number of devices connected only when using. 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.

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Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/23/2017

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  • View from front deck where you can watch the waves or see the whales migrating

    View from front deck where you can watch the waves or see the whales migrating

  • Come enjoy a little bit of heaven at Shalimere

    Come enjoy a little bit of heaven at Shalimere

  • Ocean view from the main living area

    Ocean view from the main living area

  • Dining under the pillar candelabra chandelier

    Dining under the pillar candelabra chandelier

  • Reading nook in Master bedroom.  A great spot to get away from it all!

    Reading nook in Master bedroom. A great spot to get away from it all!

  • View from MBR sliding door of hot tub, deck and the Pacific Ocean!

    View from MBR sliding door of hot tub, deck and the Pacific Ocean!

  • Deck/hot tub from Living room sliding door

    Deck/hot tub from Living room sliding door

  • On the private beach with amazing driftwood and great tide pooling!

    On the private beach with amazing driftwood and great tide pooling!

  • A pod of sea stars found on the beach in April at low tide!

    A pod of sea stars found on the beach in April at low tide!

  • Vermillion sea star on the mussel rock!  Low tide April.

    Vermillion sea star on the mussel rock! Low tide April.

  • Shalimere! Lots of windows for beautiful ocean views to Pt Arena and beyond

    Shalimere! Lots of windows for beautiful ocean views to Pt Arena and beyond

  • View from entryway to kitchen with new lighting over center island and sink area

    View from entryway to kitchen with new lighting over center island and sink area

  • Center island cooktop with space for helpers or moral support

    Center island cooktop with space for helpers or moral support

  • Large indoor kennel, large dog bed, extra dog sheets, pet towels, bowls etc

    Large indoor kennel, large dog bed, extra dog sheets, pet towels, bowls etc

  • Master Bedroom with natural wood peaked ceiling with ocean view and steps to spa

    Master Bedroom with natural wood peaked ceiling with ocean view and steps to spa

  • Second Bedroom with the Geisha and clean aesthetics

    Second Bedroom with the Geisha and clean aesthetics

  • Miss Tika on the deck! Pet friendly deck with gates at each end.

    Miss Tika on the deck! Pet friendly deck with gates at each end.

  • View of private beach from the pathway south of Shalimere

    View of private beach from the pathway south of Shalimere

  • At 'the rock' at low tide.  There were countless sea stars and anemones!

    At 'the rock' at low tide. There were countless sea stars and anemones!

  • Sea anemone!!

    Sea anemone!!

  • Another beautiful sunset comes to those at Shalimere

    Another beautiful sunset comes to those at Shalimere

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This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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