Shiosai - pronounced: She - O - Sigh
- Shiosai means excitement at the ebb and flow of the tide
- Often translated as: 'sound of the waves'
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Let the ocean lull you to sleep under a canopy of stars - The ideal get-away for the creative artist or writer – just steps away from Cooks Beach. A simply spectacular house designed by Ralph Matheson with a view from every room.
This two-bedroom, two-bath, home has floor-to-ceiling, glass cornered windows that bring white-water views of the ocean, Cook’s Beach and The Fishrocks into every room. An arched skylight the entire length of the structure fills the home with light and gives new meaning to sleeping under the stars (and the moon) at night.
The master suite offers a full bath and dressing room with walk-in closet and glass block shower. The kitchen features a large breakfast bar, gas-stove, all built-in appliances and imported German cabinets. It opens out to the dining and living rooms allowing for an ideal open entertainment area featuring custom Italian designed furniture. Radiant floor heating provides the ultimate in comfort. A wood-burning fireplace in the sunken living room and a wood-burning stove in the master bedroom provide ambiance and warmth for the cool nights on the coast. A full guest bedroom suite with full-bath on the second level provides personal privacy away from the main floor. The detached office/studio/game room allows space and privacy away from the living quarters while over-looking the ocean and open space. A 2-person hot-tub tucked in a cozy corner of the deck provides an ideal way to watch the moon rise and finish out a day of creative writing, sculpting or painting. A full double garage, enclosed decks and entry complete the package.
1.65 acres in the heart of the “banana belt” located midway between Gualala and Anchor Bay. Within 2 miles of 3 grocery stores, a gym, restaurants, shops and within 15 minutes from the Point Arena movie house. On an island of land between Coast Hwy 1 and Old State Hwy, it offers breathtaking views of Cook’s Beach, Bourn’s Landing and The Fishrocks.
- Shio the extension of waves in Japanese: waves, wave sounds, smell of sea wind
- Sai reminds one of the excitement people feel when they stay with a lover. Or get excited
for something good.
- Therefore, we imagine from Shiosai: beautiful sea, wind, excitement to stay with loved ones
- On your way to or from Shiosai, be sure to visit Sonoma County Wine country: Russian River Valley, Dry Creek Valley or Healdsburg.
- Some of our favorites: Mueller, Amphora, Skewis.
- Visit: wineroad . com website for maps and links to wineries
We fell in love with California's northern coastline and Shiosai the moment we saw it - it has been our dream house providing us a zen-like escape! We are busy Silicon Valley executives and this is how we rejuvenate ourselves when we are able to get away to Shiosai. We do love to share our special place and enjoy hearing back from our guests and what they take away from it - welcome!
The Owner purchased this house in 2003
Gualala means 'where the river meets the ocean' = an American Indian name. An old logging town, and 2 miles from Sea Ranch, Gualala offers the wonders of nature (whale watching, deer, foxes, osprey, vulture buzzards, bobcats) together with other sporting fun (golf, river kayaking, surfing). It is an artist enclave with some very special restaurants (St. Orrs). The friendly and creative residents of Gualala complete the picture. There is nothing more one could ask for!
An unobstructed white-water view of the Pacific ocean and Cook's beach. Spectacular sunsets. Osprey flying over the house with their daily catch. Spouting whales in the distance. A deer with her babies. A mesmerizing full moon over the water. Millions of stars right over your bed lighting up the night through the barrel skylight which runs through the full length of the home. What one of our guests said 'what every couple in love should experience. . . .'
Thank you for a memorable weekend. This house is perfect and the views mesmerizing; words cannot describe ;-) The weather was absolutely delightful and the deck so inviting. . .my husband fell asleep and got a nice sunburn. We weren't able to go trekking but stayed in and enjoyed every bit relaxing and watching the waves and birds. This is our first stay in Gualala and (we) plan to be back as often as we can! I doubt any other vacation home can top this wonderful "home." We love it here.
Great home! Beautifully appointed rooms, comfortable but very elegant. Views from every room (the pictures are TRUE!) The owners are very easy to deal with, and have well maintained the property. Everything worked as promised, including the hot tub on the deck, jetted tub in master bath, laundry facilities, and kitchen appliances. We have already recommended to friends, and will check availibility first when returning to the area.
shiosai was everything we anticipated and more. the house was very clean and maintained well. we were hesitant to chance the grocery store in gualala so we stopped at whole foods on the drive up for our weeks provisions. it was not necessary. there is a fantastic grocer right in the town that had all we could have wanted, quality wise, as we are a couple that enjoys cooking. we took many day trips from this location, some too long!!! (i.e.) wine country, but was worth it. driving on the coastal highway is not for the faint of heart, but absolutely stunning! we receommend visiting the lighthouse nearby, it is worth the admittance fee and is another opportunity for an incrediable view of this gorgeous coastline. we saw 4 wild turkeys in the yard one evening at dusk...pretty cool. if we ever return to this part of the country again, we will definately book at shiosai. one of the owners, fred, is very nice and helpful.
My husband and I stayed at Shiosai for our honeymoon. Let's say... we luxuriated at Shiosai, actually. It was perfect. Everything was better than expected... from the owners' kind emails and recommendations, to the amazing views and sounds of the ocean from every room, to the views of the stars at night through the ceiling of windows... breathtaking. The small zen garden in the home is just the centerpiece of a truly zen experience. We could not have asked for a better honeymoon -- exactly the way we wanted it.
The little town of Gualala is charming and has all of the basics. You absolutely will not be disappointed if a beautiful, unique, calm, relaxing, magical stay is what you're looking for.
I have rented many vacation properties through VRBO and have never had a bad experience. This still holds true, BUT this was by far my favorite. The place was absolutely super spotless when we arrived. Trust me, I am a picky witch when it comes to kitchens and baths. For cleanliness alone I would give this place 5-stars. On top of it, we were welcomed by a stoked fireplace all ready for a match and a lovely bottle of wine.
The views were amazing and we got to experience the lunar eclipse through the fabulous skylight. The kitchen was extremely well stocked with high quality kitchen wares and lovely tableware. The sheets were super soft and the bed quite comfy.
The only thing that was bad was the weather. Hmmm...maybe the weather just made the views and moon watching more dramatic.
I feel very lucky that we were able to be a guest in this wonderful house.
We stayed in Shiosai for nine days, intended to use it as a base for exploring the northern California coast but found the house, itself, to be a fabulous destination. The spectacular architecture, decor and ever-changing ocean vistas from every room held us captive at the windows. We saw whales spouting most days, enjoyed families of fox, quail and deer, all of which had little ones and came right up to the house; paradise for bird watcheers (osprey, golden eagles, hummingbirds, jays, etc).
Had morning coffee and evening wine in the "Whale Watch" room (with telescope and comfy leather chairs). Nights were spent on the sofas enjoying the fire pit style living room. The kitchen is beautifully equipped for the serious cook -- Calphalon cookware, etc. The domed glass ceilings flood the house with natural light and allow star-gazing from bed in the master. There is a separate studio equipped with weights, recreational equipment and office equipment -- house is WiFI. Plenty of firewood provided for the two fireplaces. Lovely linens, comfortable bed, everything feels fresh and new. Totally private and secluded although there are neighbors nearby.
The town of Gualala is charming, very small but large enough to offer some fine restaurants, stores and galleries..
The owners (who live about an 1 1/2 hours away) have left nothing to want during your stay. They encourage you to call if you need anything and are familiar with and enthusiastic about the area, always eager to suggest activities or day trips.
We will return but next trip we'll do all our road excursions in advance knowing that once we unlock the door to Shiosai, we won't want to leave.