Charming Stone Home in the Center of Beautiful Gold Country.
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Angels Camp house description
A house that is so much a home you might not want to leave, even for all the attractions in the local area. Inside: two lovely bedrooms, a private study/library full of books, an office/breakfast room, traditional dining room looking out onto a fine vista, a great old stone fireplace in the art-deco living room with its bull-nose arches, big screen TV, Wi-Fi, full laundry, fully equpped kitchen, brand new air conditioning/heating system, French doors out onto the private back yard. Outside: enjoy the lavish view from the hilltop out into the foothills and mountains and peek down into the still-authentic old gold town of Angels Camp, in easy walking distance; enjoy nearly an acre of tranquil oaks, lawns, paths, places to relax, smooze or snooze, write, or just 'be.' Outdoor carriage lanterns illuminate the porch and surroundings for refined night enjoyment. The colorful stone always surrounds you with its warmth and dignified solidity. You will leave our home nourished, if you choose to leave.
- 1950 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Pets Considered
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
The traditional dining room seats 4 - 6, and features a glass cabinet, buffet, and built-in corner cabinet housing additional dish and glassware. French doors to the back patio provide a view....moreless
- Pantry Items:
- Dishes & Utensils
- Linens Provided:
- Air Conditioning:
- Towels Provided
- Iron & Board
- Hair Dryer
- Clothes Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Satellite / Cable:
- Video Library
- DVD Player
- Deck / Patio:
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Golf Privileges Optional
- Equestrian Events
- Massage Therapist
- Fitness Center
- Medical Services
- Mountain Climbing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Jet Skiing
- Water Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Live Theater
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Winery Tours
- Recreation Center
- Bird Watching
- Wildlife Viewing
- Miniature Golf
- Sight Seeing
- Horseback Riding
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- The Stone House is located in one of the most vibrant historical areas of California, centrally located in the 'Gold Country, location of many possible adventures. There are museums of all sorts, most focusing on local history. Local theater companies theater companies offer both classic and modern plays. One of our favorites is the Murphys Creek Theater Company offering outdoor theater on the beautiful surrounds near a winery. Three local caverns are close by, and you can try a thrilling zip-line. The area has local parks and art galleries, and both Angels Camp and Murphys feature unique shoppes and boutiques. Venturing a little further, you may experience rafting on scenic white-water rivers, run by local companies. Boating and fishing is available on numerous lakes and streams: New Melones boating is a very short distance, and Alpine Lake on one end of Calaveras county, and Pinecrest Lake, with boating and fishing, on the other end of Tuolumne County offer beautiful mountain lakes. There is plenty of hiking and sight-seeing on numerous marked trails in the mountains just up the highway, and camping and backpacking starts into the High Sierra wilderness. Biking is popular also, even into the spectacular mountain passes. Winter sports also beckon in both counties: Bear Valley/Mt. Reba, about 40 miles away up Hwy 4, and Dodge Ridge, above Sonora on Hwy 108. Special events, such as the Jumping Frog Jubilee and Mark Twain and Gold Rush days claim Angels Camp as their site. Some of our other favorite events are the annual Christmas festivities in December in Murphys in the eve with old-time carols, and other festive music: the street is closed to cars, as people bundle up against the crisp air (sometimes a sprinkling of snow), and enjoy an old-time Christmas feel. Irish Days are also very popular in Murphys. Ironstone Vineyards is a major venue of big-name shows and live-music in their gorgeous grounds, as well as featuring a winery, restaurant, and one of the largest gold nuggets ever found in the gold country. Speaking of restaurants, everything from gourmet to basic, is found in the small towns of the Sierra within easy driving distance, as well as the local downtown having a cinema, post office, and restaurants offering a variety of cuisine and prices. Other music festivals and events are popular here, especially in the summer nighttime here. Twisted Oak is a delightful favorite, a winery with a sense of humor and gorgeous views atop a knoll that features outdoor music and food, and of, course, their wine. In addition to these local attractions, Angels Camp is the gateway to two of the grand features of the world: Yosemite alley and Lake Tahoe, each about 2 hours driving time away. The road to Lake Tahoe (not deep winter) takes you over Ebbetts Pass, a dramatic and thrilling drive right through the Sierra Nevada mountains. ...moreless
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We loved the cozy, yet spacious, Stonehouse cottage. We were working in nearby area and only wished we had more time to relax and enjoy the back patio (with lovely views) The beds were comfy and the kitchen well stocked. The living room was very welcoming and next time we hope to enjoy a roaring fire in that great stone fireplace. We will be back!
- Guest Kim and Barry (Sacramento)
- Date of stay 10/18/13
- Review Submitted 10/29/13
Recommended for: Girls getaway, pet owners, people with disabilities, age 55+, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, sightseeing.
Manager response: Thank you, Kim. We very much enjoyed having you and hope that you do come back before winter is over to enjoy the cozy, romantic fireplace.
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2 night min stay
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Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
- Cleaning Fee: $50
- Pet Fee: $20
- Taxes Included
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- Nearest Airport: Columbia Airport at 15 Miles
- Nearest Ferry: Larkspur Landing, Larkspur, CA at 142 Miles
- Nearest Train: Amtrak - Stockton at 58 Miles
- Nearest Motorway: Highway 4 at 3 Miles
- Nearest Beach: Half Moon Bay at 141 Miles
- Nearest Barpub: Claussen's Corner at 0.4 Miles
- Nearest Ski: Bear Valley, ca at 50 Miles
- Nearest Golf: Greenhorn Creek Golf Resort, Angels Camp at 3 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: Crusco's Restaurante at 0.4 Miles
Year Purchased: 1938
About: This is an old family home, built in the year of 1938, and acquired by me and my siblings after my parent's death. I purchased it and still take great pleasure in the stone craftsmanship, unique then, and still unique, as well as its history for me as the family home I grew up in. I walked to the local grammar school (noW torn down), and the grocery store downtown then, and theater, and eventually went away to college and career. But my life path brought me back to the foothill and mountain area, and it is with contentment and joy that I enjoy the beautiful environment and small communities here.
Why Angels Camp:
I was two years old when it was built, and my footprint and the date can be plainly seen on one of the stone steps leading down from the small back porch. Sometime after my parents moved to Angels Camp they began plans for building the family home here on vacant land they had purchased. My mother wanted the house to be made of stone like the one from her family history in Scotland, so my father contracted with a retired stone mason in Jackson to build one last house, in 1939. Dad gathered most of the stone himself, from surrounding creeks and deteriorating old stone walls, hauling them laboriously to the site. The house was well built in short order, by an Italian stone mason, including the lovely stone fireplace, which contains pyrites from local mine tailings, the small niches in the living room and above the fireplace, as well as the bull nose arches. His craftsmanship is especially noticeable in the care with which the stones were chosen and shaped for nearly flat surfaces along the walls. At the time, the house became a conversation piece in the small town. I distinctly remember my math teacher at Bret Harte High School telling me that our house was a 'very intelligent house, here for the ages.' Perhaps the house did not feel like a fortress or a monument in those days, as I traipsed over the hills to the Angels Grammar School (now unfortunately gone) or downtown to church or the movies, but now, when I sit out back, admiring the stone and feeling the solidity of the house's structure, I can almost identify it with ancient European buildings, still intact after centuries.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
The house stood alone on the hill, surrounded only by pastures when I was a kid. My parents had an opportunity to buy all the land around the house, which would have insured the house's nearly monumental stature as an 'estate,' but they failed to do so, and then the inevitable development happened, so the house now stands as a kind of aristocrat in a crowd. Even now, the stone seduces me every time, even the way it feels to the touch, the complex colorations, and, of course, all the rich memories of having grown up in this house. I still enjoy the ambience in the living room, beautiful light by day, and romance and charm on a winter's evening by the fire. The niches, the arches in the entry and to the dining room, remind me of a gentler time, when the radio was only outside distraction, and books and a piano were the focus of entertainment. So it is fitting that a piano and lots of books are still a part of the make-up inside. The spacious property, one of the largest in that area, still lend 'breathing room' in a neighborhood very close to town. Walking brings me either to town quickly, or to ranches and views, depending which way on the 'loop' I go. I never, ever tire of the beautiful views of the hills towards the Sierras from the back porch, especially enjoyable at sunset and in the evening. The light comes in early in the morning, and the sunset makes its colorful mark at the end of day on the front entry side of the home. The 'big sky' feel is one of the perks of this unique site close to town.
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View of the hills to the north-east from the back yard.
Backyard patio for dining and watching the sunset.
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