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

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

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

The calendar is filling up for 2018! I am happy to work with guests to accommodate longer, more enjoyable stays. Please consider booking several months in advance for best calendar selection. It's not too early to think summer of 2018

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 second bedroom 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. There are also 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')

Guest are welcome to pay directly if you prefer. There is no reason to enter your credit card information to make an inquiry. If you do, your card will be charged. Just a heads up. If you have stayed at my home previously, please contact me at my personal email and not through this website.

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, 2018 tide chart, bird books and more. I 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 card key 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 priced home WEST of Highway 1. (There is a difference being on the Ocean Side of Irish Beach!)

There is no 'high or low' pricing. 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. HomeAway/VRBO now charges a service fee which is not reflected on the rental agreement. Therefore the amount you are charged to your credit card will be different than what is shown on my agreement. Just an FYI. You are also welcome to pay by cash, cheque or VenMo (a division of PayPal) You do not need to enter credit card information to request information or possible dates. My rental agreement has direct contact information or you can contact me on social media. I am always happy to answer questions.

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. Winter 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.

(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 15 January 2018:

All reservations are current

Lorie Brand Shepard


Keywords: Vacation Home with Beautiful blue water views

More Details

Lorie Brand Shepard
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 12, 2018

About Lorie Brand Shepard

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, 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.

Lorie Brand Shepard purchased this house in 2007

Why Lorie Brand Shepard chose Manchester

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.

What makes this house unique

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. 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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

A fantastic view - that made this my most memorable birthday ever. We enjoyed the hot tub and the serenity, peace and relaxation of this community. Our only visitors were several deer, and we were constantly serenaded by the local birds. The telescope was a great item too.

Thank you very much.
Feb 2009
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Manchester House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Huge all tile shower with double heads and built in seat
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Split bath with sink and adjoining tub/shower and toilet
  • Both bathrooms have beautiful hand set tiles and hand thrown ceramic sinks.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Gracious master suite with huge shower/double heads/seat
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Smaller en-suite with zen decor, all tile deep bathtub
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 4 garden chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
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
New to VRBO® in 2007, 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! Very well equipped kitchen for guests who enjoy cooking. Close to the ocean and 75' to the bluff. You can hear the waves from inside my home. Come, stay and enjoy the amazing Mendocino Coast!


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Shalimere! Near 180º Ocean View Home 75 Yards from the Bluff at Irish Beach
average rating of 4.957983 based on 131 reviews

Home away from home but better...

  • 5 of 5

My family of 4 loved staying here over the holidays with our dogs. Lorie’s home was comfortable, well equipped, spacious, relaxing, and more.

The views were better than expected; looking out over the ocean and beyond the light house made you feel like you can breathe it all in. We even saw some whales!

We loved spending time in the hot tub; plenty of room for the 4 of us and hot enough too. We were lucky to have some clear nights to soak in the hot tub while watching shooting stars.

You don’t have to worry if you’ve forgotten anything. Lorie thought of everything. The fantastic hot showers had high-end products for your use. The kitchen had plenty of staples to use. Plus, the grocery store is near by for last minute stuff you might want.

We love staying at Irish Beach and staying in Lorie’s home made it even more special.


  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful time at Irish Beach.

  • 5 of 5

The view from the house is fantastic. My favorite part was the beach access. A lovely home and enjoyable experience.

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Shalimere, easy, relaxing, beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

We just stayed at Shalimere and loved it! Lori was very kind and responsive to all of our questions. The space was very cozy. We arrived to very rainy weather the 1st 2 days and didn't mind a bit. There's a big cozy couch and video library (yes video). We turned on the gas fireplace and watched movies and played games. When we tired of that we got in the hot tub where you have an ocean view. The master bedroom has an alcove with substantial cushions and our son slept there (he's 5'2") so our 14 yr old daughter could have the 2nd bedroom. The space was great for our Lab. Gated porch at both ends, big crate and dog bed, even dog bowls. The kitchen was very well appointed. I really liked the island I could cook at and see the ocean. The private beach is amazing and easy to access with the key card. Drive up to Mendocino, rent outrigger canoes and head to main shopping area for lunch and chocolate shops. Save time to make stops at all the incredible vistas on the way back it's a beautiful drive. We will definitely be coming back!

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful View!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a great Thanksgiving weekend at Shalimere! Lorie was so easy to communicate with and the house was even better than described. The views were amazing, the private access beach was awesome (great tide pools! we saw whales!), and the location was perfect. Thank you for sharing your home with us. We can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Another fabulous week at Shalimere

  • 5 of 5

I have been staying at Shalimere for the past 15 years. Since Lorie bought the home and did all the upgrades 10 years ago, it has become my "go to" for Irish Beach. Lorie is always easy to work with and our stays have been such great memory makers. We have already booked for 2018! Thank you for sharing your wonderful home with us.

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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perfect place to unwind!

  • 5 of 5

The Shalimere is comfortable, mellow and clean. Easy access to gorgeous beach. Really enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Little River Airport, SFO, OAK, SAC, Santa Rosa
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Bridget Dolan's Pub, Elk
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Little River Inn Golf Course or Sea Ranch GC
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Skunk Train is a tourist ride
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Highway 1
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Pt Arena (south) or Elk (north)
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Pet Fee $25

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

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.