RESERVE NOW TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT!
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 5 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 its 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. Bathrooms have Aveda salon hair products 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, 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. Just let us know when you make your reservation if your furry family members are coming too.
The hot tub is ready whenever you are. There are robes in both closets if you have forgotten your own. You might want to bring slippers, just in case.
There are videos and DVD's to watch or books to read. Many magazines to peruse. Cards, board games, jigsaw puzzles. Seashell guide, hiking guide, kayak guide, tidepool guide, 2013 tide chart 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 new 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 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.
In the surrounding 25 miles you can find all sorts of diversions, enjoyment, pampering. 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 or watching a DVD 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.
Come 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. Updated with care by an owner who loves the house, with great furniture, new beds and luxury linens, not a 'tired old house with 20+ year old furniture' with by an absentee owner managed by an inflexible rental agency. Come experience the difference of a caring owner with an on-site manager 5 minutes away. Julie's goodie basket is full of great treats and fresh fruit. 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!
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. Shalimere is enjoyable no matter what time of year or the weather.
(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 when i don't hear back or receive the deposit)
Current pending dates as of 19 December:
14-20 June 2014
Lorie Brand Shepard
Keywords: Vacation Home with Beautiful blue water views
Another trip around the sun and it's time to go back up to Shalimere. I have been visiting Irish Beach for almost 25 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
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.
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 or the espresso machine. There are usually pods available for the espresso machine to save you the trouble of grinding and packing it up and cleaning it afterward. 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 and live to tell about it.
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 and Mendocino or south in Point Arena, Gualala/Sea Ranch.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event||Minimum Stay|
My Standard Rate
|Refundable damage deposit||$250.00|
|House/Spa cleaning fee||$125.00|
|All the VRBO houses at Irish Beach & surrounding have these fees. (Most are more plus ask for additional fees for pets) The VRBO "Book it Now" system has double booked my house repeatedly, so I no longer offer that service. Refundable damage deposit is $250/$350 with pets. I prefer cheques as the VRBO credit card system charges fee$. Refundable damage deposit is returned promptly if no incident|
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.