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Murphy's Retreat on the Meramec River

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 9-12)

Murphy's Retreat

Murphy’s Retreat is a 3 bedroom house overlooking the Meramec River. With 2 and ½ baths, 1 queen bed, 2 full size beds, 2 twin beds, and a finished basement with a queen bed and queen sleeper sofa, it can accommodate up to 12 people. All linens for the house are provided and the kitchen is fully equipped. The large wood burning fireplace makes the living room a cozy place to gather and the screened in porch with a fantastic view of the river is a great place to sip your morning coffee.Bring your binoculars to watch the wildlife.

Use of our pavilion and deck by the river is included in your reservation.

Please bring your own charcoal and lighter fluid.

(wood for fireplace and campfires provided)

3 night minimum on Holiday Weekends.

At Murphy’s Retreat you will find:

• Fresh Linens

• Fully equipped kitchen (pots, pans, dishwasher, refrigerator, coffee pot, blender, toaster, range with oven, microwave, dishes, etc.)

• Bedroom one – queen bed and twin bed with trundle

• Bedroom two – full size bed

• Bedroom three – full size bed

* Basement - Queen bed and Queen sofa sleeper

• DirecTV

• Washer and Dryer

• Jetted tub

• BBQ pit on patio (bring your charcoal and lighter fluid)

Cabin rates are based on number of people, so please make sure to correctly enter the number in your group.

Float trips are available by reservation.

Peaceful Bend Winery is located just across the road and Meramec Springs Park is worth the 10 mile drive to visit, especially if you like to fish for trout.

Keywords: river, fishing, hiking, wildlife, winery, floating, kayak, canoe, raft, secluded

More Details

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2018

About The Owner

My name is Crystal. I live on a farm with my husband, Gerald and son, Clayton. I am slightly addicted to horses and love working with animals. I have stock dogs that help me with most everything I do on the farm. We have cattle, goats and a few chickens.

Why The Owner chose Steelville

We bought this piece of property with a lovely home on it from the family of a man named Sam Murphy because it joined our farm and we thought it would be a good place to try the vacation rental business. It went so well that we have since built two more cabins on the same property. We love meeting new people and sharing some of the great experiences of country living with others.

What makes this house unique

Murphy's Retreat was our first vacation rental and the screened in porch overlooking the river is still my favorite spot on the whole Murphy's Place property. I love to sit out there and drink my coffe while listening to the river gurgling along down below.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for sharing Murphy's Place with us. It is beautiful here and we had a wonderful time. Everything from start to finish was perfect. We had a lot of fun laughing, sharing old memories and making new memories. What a wonderful trip with the girls!! Hoope to be back again soon!
Aug 2010
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Steelville House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • playground
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting small game
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Fantastic view, screened in porch, access to river and pavilion near the water


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)

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Murphy's Retreat on the Meramec River
average rating of 4.909091 based on 22 reviews
Heyworth, IL

Perfect Family Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Your property far exceeded our expectations. We hiked, ate good meals, talked and laughed and gave thanks for the opportunity to spend time together in a wonderful atmosphere.


The Darrow Family

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved the location

  • 4 of 5

Very nice property and wonderful views. Overall the property was clean and comfortable. Kitchen had everything you need. Wish we had brought more meals to eat in. The only negatives is some of the furniture is older and worn and bathrooms are a bit dated. The cabin is very roomy and comfortable. We would definitely stay here again. We enjoyed having a nice dinner out at Sybill’s in St.James. Avoid eating at Hick BBQ in Steelville it was not good.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Murphy's Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at Murphy's retreat and would recommend the place to anyone traveling to the area!! Crystal was wonderful and everyone else was so kind and amazing!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

It is a beautiful, comfortable, clean house with lots of room. The deck has a fantastic view and there is a great picnic table next to the deck. We had a wonderful stay and enjoyed the river. The pavilion next to the river is also very nice. Overall, everything was better than we expected. Perfect for larger groups and all of us noncampers!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2012
  • Stayed: June 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Jane! It was great meeting you all and we hope to see you again!
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Rolla, MO

Finally a "cabin" that I love.

  • 5 of 5

Came to these parts from northern Wisconsin where every winter I would rent out a cabin on a frozen lake and enjoy the cold with a fireplace, some wine and a book. I have lived in MO. for five years and had not found anything to compete with those experiences. Since I was hosting a wine tasting at Peaceful Bend, I thought it a good idea to stay close by. The property was recommended to me by a couple different folks but still my expectations were low. Well, my expectations got a slap up side the head when our small group stepped inside this wonderful retreat. Terrific view, comfy beds, immaculate house keeping, a wonderful wood burning fireplace, and close to a winery. Pretty near perfect. Looking forward to next stay.

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2011
  • Stayed: November 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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St. Charles, USA

Murphy's Retreat- Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Murphy's Retreat is a awesome place to stay..We (Group of 15) had a beautiful weekend here.

Located in midst of Scenic Meramec River bank..The rooms were very neat and clean and tastefully decorated. The scenary from the Patio is absolutely awesome. The pictures don't do any justice it;s true beauty. This place truely reminded me of "Home Stays" in my native place Coorg, India. The host Crystal is very friendly. She goes out of the way to ensure you have a good time.

Our group unanimously want to go back there in the future and I would recommend this to everybody who wants a quiet and very relaxing holiday.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2011
  • Stayed: September 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended

Complete directions will be emailed to you upon completing your reservation. Do not use google maps. You will be lost.




Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 6.6%

3 night minimum on holiday weekends

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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