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Milfiori, Historic Country Retreat, restored farmhouse, 5 minutes to Murphys

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Life at Milfiori is restful and unhurried. The house is spacious and artfully decorated with many period pieces. It is like stepping back in time from the moment you cross the threshold. Each bedroom is completely unique and melds beautifully with the period of the home. One bedroom has a vintage claw foot tub en-suite. All the bedrooms are filled with light and look out on the garden. Local artists are featured throughout the house, many of the paintings were painted "plein air" at Milfiori.

There is a charming caretaker's cottage on the property and a beautiful old barn. Adjacent to the main house is a stone building with heavy metal doors. In decades past this building served as the bank as well as the village store. You can still see the well that served the community of Douglas Flat.

The house is in the heart of Calaveras County's wine growing region. Stop in at any of the wineries to meet the owners and learn about the local wines. You will be pleasantly surprised.

For a more active day, explore the old mining towns and visit one of the numerous museums for the local lore. Go antiquing or spend the day hiking in nearby Big Trees State Park or skiing at Bear Valley.

Or just enjoy the grounds at Milfiori. Sit on the porch and read a book or stroll through the gardens and try to identify the variety of flowers and plants (the name means a thousand flowers). Take the time to enjoy the slower pace of life in the Gold Country away from the crowds.

Please, no entertaining. Due to the age of the house and extra wear and tear, we cannot accommodate guests other than those already staying at the house. Special events in the garden are possible with prior arrangement. Check with the owner for rates and availability.

The owner is on the premises, available to answer your questions or give suggestions on how to make the most of your trip to the Mother Lode.

Keywords: House

More Details

Willi Krauss
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2018

About Willi Krauss

I retired to the Mother Lode from an active and stressful career in the Bay Area.

Willi Krauss purchased this house in 2003

Why Willi Krauss chose Douglas Flat

I fell in love with Murphys and knew I had found something special when I first saw Milfiori. I love the historical buildings on the property and the beautiful garden. It is magical.

What makes this house unique

I do antique and vintage sales out of the old "Italian Store" twice a year. You might be able to do some shopping right on the property. And I love to give a tour of the property.


Douglas Flat House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2, Master - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1, Downstairs - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3, Tub ensuite - toilet , tub
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds (3)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Lawn / Garden
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • whitewater rafting
Milfiori is a beautifully restored farmhouse built in 1861. It is surrounded by serene Provence-like gardens and wonderful porches covered with trailing vines.


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Milfiori, Historic Country Retreat, restored farmhouse, 5 minutes to Murphys
average rating of 4.975 based on 40 reviews

Milfiori Glory!

  • 5 of 5

Delightful farmhouse. Willi is a tremendous hostess. We'll be back.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Oakley, CA

Absolutely lovely!

  • 5 of 5

My husband, sister, and sister-in-law stayed at Milfiori for two nights to celebrate my birthday. This was our third stay and the first for my sister and sister-in-law. They loved it! This gem of a place is very warm and inviting. It is a big country home with beautiful bedrooms, great kitchen and dining room ... lots of natural light!

Thank you Willi for your hospitality! You are such a lovely hostess!

D. Cruz

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
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Pleasant Hill, California

Comfortable Classic Charmer. Pretty Much Perfect.

  • 5 of 5

Everything was as promised. The pictures are exactly what we got and it was beautiful. We even got a light snowing on our last morning to top off the stay. Our landlord, Willi, was very nice and most accommodating with anything we needed. There were plenty of supplies and and well stocked kitchen which we rarely find in short term rentals. Pretty much perfect.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous property I can only imagine it in the spring

  • 4 of 5

The accommodations were great the house and grounds have so much character and history. We had a great time and look forward to further stays.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our second home!

  • 5 of 5

We love Milfiori - our favorite place to enjoy the holidays with friends! Cozy and charming! The owner, Willi, is very warm and makes everyone feel at home. We have enjoyed this beautifully decorated, historic cottage many times and look forward to our next stay.

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Delightful Stay!

  • 5 of 5

Like stepping back in time! Loved this uniquely furnished & cozy farmhouse. Lots of room for our family of six. Beds were comfortable and we loved the big table for our game nights. Willi was very welcoming and informative of the property’s history. We’d definitely recommend the Milfiori house for a relaxing & charming stay near Murphys!

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $85
Damage Deposit $250

Refundable security deposit of $250.00 due 21 days prior to arrival

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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