The Shaw House Inn $1,299,000

The Shaw House Inn is the most beautiful home in Ferndale, Northern California. The Inn sits on one acre of lush gardens, lawn and creek. There are 100+ year old redwoods, maple, fir, cedar, oak, apple, plum, and cherry trees. There are antique roses, rhododendron, camillas, well used horseshoe pits, a challenging croquet lawn and climbing trees. The home sits at the back of the property, it is quiet and private, yet within a half block from the main part of town.

Forbes named Ferndale one of AMERICA'S PRETTIEST TOWNS! "From its well-preserved Victorian-era main street, to its five-minute drive from California's magnificent, undeveloped Lost Coast, Ferndale is a surprising trip back in time, with just enough modern quirkiness to make it unique."

"A genuine Victorian hamlet" (AP reporter Jennifer Marin), Ferndale has been dubbed "the best preserved Victorian village in California," by Los Angeles Times former travel editor Jerry Hulse.

The Inn is nestled in the coastal area of the giant redwoods of northern California. The state and national redwood and beach parks surround the Shaw House. The local beach is a 5 minute drive through pastoral horse and sheep pastures. The Shaw House was a family home for the first 125 years. It has operated as an Inn for about 35 years, and is a well established business with a far spread appeal and reputation. Known for hosting guests from all over the world coming to visit the redwoods. This home is a wonderful sanctuary for guests, or to go back to it's original purpose, a family home full of space and grace.

The Inn has 8 guest rooms, with 8 private baths and an owners quarters. Each of the guest rooms have ornate wallpaper, handsomely furnished with period antiques, plush fabrics. The owners quarters, or master suite, is 744 square feet, with floor to ceiling windows that overlook the creek and out into the tree canopy. The bedroom opens into a sitting room, then down into the office. The bathroom is large with a clawfoot tub and shower.

The main floor has four guest rooms, two parlors, a library, dining room with seating for 10 and a gift shop. The dining room is central and French doors open to atrium court yard for outdoor sitting. The library and parlor have beautiful working fireplaces, one of which Isabella Shaw bought at Gump's in San Francisco in the late 1800's.
Each of the guest rooms are very special and have been designed for the fullest enjoyment and in keeping with the vintage period. All four of the main floor suites have semi private verandas and private entrances. All are in excellent condition.

The second floor has four guest rooms, accessed by the main staircase at the entry. Two of the guest rooms have private en suite baths with the remaining two rooms having their private baths just down the hall. The Shaw Suite, Garden Room and the Wisteria Room have balcony seating for outdoor enjoyment.
All suites but one have Queen beds, there are dressers and armoires in all the rooms, plush bedding and all fully equipped with furnishings and guest necessities.

The kitchen is commercial grade, stainless steel appliances, a pantry and prep table. There is a 3.5 car garage, workbench and storage area. Also off the garage is a laundry room with 2 washers and dryers, 2 freezers and an extra refrigerator. There is off street parking for up to 8 guest vehicles in the parking area.
The house comes complete with all furnishings, linens, tableware kitchen equipment and staples.

The gardens offer many opportunities for weddings and parties. It has a raised gazebo on the south side of the Inn and the creek runs along the back side of the property.

The owner has completed many upgrades since the purchase and the overall house is a magnificent design of Carpenter Gothic Revival and is in overall excellent condition.

The house was upgraded with forced air heating unit in 2003, maintenance is done yearly. The foundation was replaced with state of the art post and pillar in early 1990's. New insulation under the house in 2008. The porches and decks have all been rebuilt in the years since 2004, some with composite decking material. The fence is painted every other year and has been repaired and repainted this year. The house exterior was painted in 2003. The roof was gone over and repaired and copper washed in 2006. The guest rooms have all been repainted and refurbished. Square footage (6,664) is based on appraisal. List Price $1,299,000


  • Built in 1854
  • Historic Registry
  • 35 years as B&B
  • Last renovation in 2008
  • MLS #239863
  • 8 Guest Rooms
  • 8 Guest Bathrooms
  • Lot size: 1 acres
  • 10 Parking Spots
  • Has owner's quarters
  • $1,299,000

Listing Agent

Linda Disiere, EXP Realty
350 E Street
Suite 508
Eureka , CA 95501

Phone: 707-444-3007


703 Main Street Ferndale, CA 95536

Photos (click to enlarge)

The front of the Shaw House Inn, sitting on a beautiful acre of creek side lush gardens.
The sitting room just off of the formal dining room. Featuring plush furniture and time period antiques. The Shaw Suite, featuring a fireplace purchased by Isabella Shaw from Gump's in San Francisco in the late 1800's.
The adjoining bathroom for the Shaw Suite with a claw foot tub and a Victorian feel. An over view of the backyard and gardens where guests can enjoy the views on the outdoor patio.

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