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Built circa 1900, this beautiful Queen Anne house was first home to the prominent Jim Stephens and his family. Fifty five years later, it entered ours. The story goes...Ralf Carter Sr. purchased the home in a 'cash only' auction for several thousand dollars. It was here that he lived with his wife Ruth till their mid-nineties. Ralf Sr.'s hope was that his only son Ralf Jr. would retire to the Murphys home with his own wife, Evelyn. In the years following the former Carter's passing, Ralf and Evelyn lovingly restored the home to its former beauty. Until retirement day comes, the Queen Anne on 558 Main Street is now a beautiful home-away-from home for all those needing a place to stay in the charming town of Murphys, CA..
As it goes with old homes, the Queen Anne began to show its age following the elder Carter's passing. It took a year and a half to restore the home to its former beauty and no detail was overlooked. Much remains original, except for the windows. Showcasing 10' ceilings, the salon of this house was a popular place to be after the turn of the 20th century, with the parlor adjoining the living room. From the intricate woodwork details, original hardwood floors throughout, a stunning staircase, large eat-in kitchen and windows everywhere, nothings has been spared in making this house a true home. You wouldn't even know that it had no bathrooms when it was first built! The 'outhouse' has since been moved inside and made much more comfortable and modern. In fact, there are even two!
Keywords: Historical Queen Anne House, two-story home, very private and spacious.
Paying guests must be at least 21 years old to make the booking....moreless
Senior Adults Only Community:
NOT recommended for people in their late seventies and up unless of course they are healthy and fit to climb up and down the stairs....moreless
This is a home, therefore a family with kids are very welcome. The parents are expected to supervise their children at all times and must take responsibility on their safety. There are flights of stairs and the yard is big enough and there are always things that could hurt a child, so parents must be aware of their children at all times....moreless
DOGS ONLY! Please advise us if you are bringing your dog(s) upon booking. A charge of $20.00/day will be charged to your bill. Please also bring proof that your dog has been treated for fleas, heartworm and has current vaccines. This is to help prevent flea infestation in the property and also, as a courtesy to all staying and will be staying in this house. The fenced yard is perfect for dogs. However, they are NOT ALLOWED to roam the house as they will destroy furnishings. Dogs may sleep in the kitchen. Owners are responsible to clean up after their pet....moreless
Small events may be held at the Queen Anne and her surrounds with a fee. The nightly charge does not include events and other functions held in or outside of the house without prior consent from the owner with agreed fee. The nightly charge only covers for up to 6 adults. There is a $50/charge for every extra persons. ...moreless
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The nightly charge covers for 6 adult only. Additional $50 per extra persons. Events or any function held at the Queen Anne is per approval by the owner with an agreed fee for using the facility.
One night non-refundable deposit, 10% tax and a one time cleaning fee of $120. is due upon confirmation of reservation. Refund only within 24 hours of cancellation and may be refunded only by re-booking to a new date. Payable in check or credit card. If by check, it must be received with sufficient time to clear before check in. Remaining balance payable in credit card, due 7 days before check in.
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Guests can enjoy playing cards, board games, to those musically-inclined, there is a guitar on board.There is also a Karaoke system for those wanting to practice for the next 'American Idol'!(please take care of these items as they will be inventoried later and charges could appear in your card if damages occur)
Year Purchased: 1955
About the owner: My family and I live in the quiet hills of Oakland. It is very tranquil living among nature. The Queen Anne House offers us similar feeling of peace and quiet. Even though Main Street is often busy with traffic, sitting in the backyard gives us the feeling of being away from it all. My husband and I love Murphys and had planned to retire here someday. While retirement is not feasible yet, we decided to share our home to folks like us who like to stay in quiet places and relax.
Why the Owner Chose Murphys: Less than a five-minute walk into 'downtown', the Queen Anne is perfect for private functions or family gatherings. (please inquire for more info on this) Sitting on an over-sized, completely fenced-in compound on a prime location on Main Street, it's the ideal place for hosting a large barbecue, (with added fee)sipping coffee at twilight or playing badminton on the lawn. And with flowers, fruits, and vegetables growing abundantly around the house, you'll find everything at your disposal.
The Unique Benefits at this House: Other things of interest include:
* a farmer's market in the summer every Friday, just around the corner from the house.
* Mercer Caverns is about a mile away.
* more than twenty five wine tasting venues and vineyards dot the Murphys landscape.
* Wildly popular concerts at the local Ironstone Vineyard's Amphitheater.
* Outdoor live music and concerts at Murphys Park.
* Lots of restaurants and shops just down the street.
* Calaveras Big Trees Park is a short drive away---for hiking, biking and picnicking.
* White Pine Lake in Arnolds offers good fishing and only about 20 minutes drive.
Whatever you choose to do, we hope your stay provides you a well-deserved vacation-peace, quiet and plenty of fun. You are guests in our home. Enjoy!