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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 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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Lorie Brand Shepard
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 23, 2017

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, 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.

Lorie Brand Shepard purchased this house in 2007

Why Lorie Brand Shepard chose North Coast California

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. 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.

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
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
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 in-suite with zen decor, all tile 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 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!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(99 traveler reviews)

Shalimere! Near 180º Ocean View Home 75 Yards from the Bluff at Irish Beach
average rating of 4.949495 based on 111 reviews

BEAUTIFUL House and AMAZING Stay!!!!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Shalimere May 4-8 and let me tell you this house is just gorgeous! And like others have stated, not even the rain could ruin it for us!

Driving to Irish Beach is very easy and Shalimere is located high enough for a coastal view but low enough to drive down to the private beach with no problem. I was amazed at how well the kitchen was stocked, from all the condiments to silverwares and ALL the kitchen needs. Next time (and there will be a next time) we are not bringing anything with us because Lorie is kind enough to share everything with everyone. There's a local grocery store in Point Arena which was about a 10min. drive that has everything under the sun! Although I read in some reviews the grocery store is expensive, I didn't find it too much more from the East Bay prices. The quality of the meat is great! We regretted bringing food to cook because the meat there looked so fresh. The house has a really nice deck with locked doors on both ends which we appreciated very much because we didn't have to worry about our dog getting out. He loved playing in the open area in the back and the deer walking by the house kept him amused LOL. But that's how chill this place is, even the deer was chill!

We hung out in Mendocino (45min. drive) in the day and relaxed at Shalimere, watching the sunset from the hot tub :) This was a bittersweet trip for us as we made this trip to scatter ashes of our beloved Ginger (dog#2/daughter), but we couldn't think of a more better place to do it other than Mendocino. And now every time we come back (did I mention we ARE coming back?), we will have this beautiful memory.

Lorie - thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home with us!! This was our 5th vacation rental and I cannot lie, it is the best so far! THANK YOU!!!!!

  • Submitted: May 11, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous getaway

  • 5 of 5

Such a breathtaking view, positively increditable. Not even rain could spoil the fablous getaway my husband, and I had. Thank you Lorie for sharing your lovely home, we'll definitley be returning again.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tigard, Oregon

Great Getaway

  • 5 of 5

After a long and winding ride we arrived at Shalimere ready to just relax. It met all our expectations and then some. The home has everything you need for cooking, relaxing and just hanging out. It's a very comfortable home with a great view. Very peaceful.

We had some problems with the furnace (which Lori is dealing with) but the wonderful soapstone fireplace kept us toasty and warm. We would definitely come back , especially if we could spend more time. The coastline is spectacular. Lori is a very responsive and caring hostess.

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Mary Jane! It was a pleasure to have you and your family at my home. I appreciate your patience while the "intermittent" issue with the furnace was taken care of. It is solved now! I am very happy to hear you enjoyed your time at Shalimere and the amazing Mendocino coast. Looking forward to a longer stay sometime in the future. You are always welcome back.
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Duarte CA

Excellent place to relax and enjoy the beach

  • 5 of 5

Our third visit in 2016 to this beautiful house was absolutely bliss. My lovely bride really enjoyed herself each and every ear. Peaceful and quite like no other place we vacationed. Neighbors are very friendly. The private beach is like no other. Lori is a wonderful person, she will ensure your stay is the best and comfortable. There are real nice winery's close and no crowds like Napa. Fort Bragg is a wonderful town, lots of small mom & pop shops with great items to choose from. The local store in Manchester carry's all the items you might need. We will return again next year. Thanks Lori for all your love and support.

Rick & Suzi

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Rick, So wonderful to have you both back again. I hope to see you again sometime in the future. Glad Shalimere has given you so many fond memories. I hold you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
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Perfect Getaway for Two Exhausted Parents!!

  • 5 of 5

Two years and 25 days since our last vacation away from the kiddos....756 days to be exact. So as you might imagine, we would have pitched a tent, in a storm, on a beach to get some alone time and to have an uninterrupted conversation....but alas, no such tent was pitched and we lucked out to arrive at the charming Shalimere instead to celebrate 14 years (7 married), my 37th birthday and a wee bit of silence! :)

To start off, once I sent my little "I'm dreaming of a silent vacation inquiry" - Lorie was very easy to communicate with and work with. Quick to respond to questions and made the financial transaction equally as easy.

But really, it's all about the house. The perfect amount of charm, the perfect amount of beach house funk. Ready for us to enjoy our lounging weekend. Clean, loaded with all that you could need, allowed our sweet pup to join us (as she herself loves a good break from the chaotic children in her life), a hot tub with a view....and Oh that VIEW! First off, the kitchen/dining/living room combo is so perfect with an amazing ceiling- gosh I really did love that! I could cook in the kitchen and catch the 180' degree views of the sunset or sit on the deck with my love sipping champagne to watch the sky change colors. Great, great view. The bed we slept in was very comfortable as well. Linens, towels, robes, etc....pretty much everything was provided and made it so easy!

Besides sitting in the hot tub and watching the sun come up and go down, my next favorite thing was visiting the private Irish Beach! We were the only two (besides aforementioned dog) on the beach. It was a long stretch of sand and great rock formations and my favorite part was the Driftwood Graveyard....we had a great time exploring all of the driftwood that has landed on this beach! Took some great photographs and threw the ball for the dog for hours. Perfect way to start off a Saturday!

I loved our weekend and we truly took advantage of the quiet, the views, and the amenities! Thanks Lorie for a great weekend! We will be back, next time maybe even with the kiddos- I think the house set up is perfect for another couple or even a family! And we know our kiddos would have enjoyed the view and exploring the beach too! Each room having their own bathroom attached is a bonus and would make this a great couples retreat....but then again, maybe we will just come back solo and keep it to ourselves!

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Katie, So happy my home provide your well deserved respite from the chaos of life and kids. The private beach is amazing, like you pointed out. Very unique and very private! Hope you see you both again, with or without the kids! You are always welcome back to Shalimere
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Roseville, CA

Wonderful views, great hostess, super cute house

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our (too short) weekend at Shalimere. The house was very clean, nicely decorated and had a great view of the ocean, beach and lighthouse. Our kids loved that there was wifi when we were inside; loved the hot tub for quick dips; and really enjoyed the close proximity to private Irish Beach. It was sooooo quiet and at night you can see more stars than you've ever seen before! Lorie was great to work with and our dog felt appreciated by her canine loving touches. The house has everything you'd need, and it's a perfect place to unwind and enjoy the secluded beach! Thanks Lorie!

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Ed, It was a pleasure to have your family at my home. My goal is to make it perfect for everyone, including the furry family members. Sheri and Jeff do a great job keeping the house and spa clean. Hope to see you sometime in the future for a longer stay! Take good care, Lorie
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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.


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Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25
House/Spa cleaning fee $125
Tax Rate 11.0%

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.

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