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One Mile From Murphys Private Garden Cottage Get-a-Way

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

Enjoy a private and cozy cottage for two in the beautiful wine country of Calaveras county.

The cottage is located in historic Douglas Flat, just one mile from the charming downtown of Murphys. The cottage was originally built in the 1960's as the post office for Douglas Flat and is a separate building at Harmon Gardens. The cottage has all the amenities you'll need to enjoy dining on the patio or in the cottage, including coffee pot and coffee for your first days' morning brew. Also, table setting for two, refrigerator, microwave and flat screen tv. Free Wi-Fi that works in our hills, thanks to ATT finally getting it right! And a super comfy new Queen sized bed. New enlarged bathroom with separate toilet and sink from the shower. The shower has great water pressure and perfect height for all those tall folks. And the best part of the cottage, it's private and quiet yet only a mile to busy and hip Murphys.

Enjoy your morning coffee from the cottage deck or stone patio, watching the ever present hummingbirds sipping flower nectar. Or, stroll through the gardens with a glass of wine and enjoy the water ponds. If you're an artist, bring your easel for plein-air painting in the garden. There is always something in bloom or ready for picking at Harmon Gardens.

Nearby Murphys was named the best small town getaway by Budget Vacation Magazine, with plenty of free or nearly free outdoor activities in the area. Downtown Murphys also boasts over a dozen wine tasting rooms and great restaurants.

Enjoy the many vineyards that compliment the beautiful hills in the area or walk to 2 wineries in Douglas Flat. Travel up Highway 4 a short distance to Big Trees State Park for a fantastic outdoor hike and picnic. Bear Valley skiing is an hour away. Ironstone Vineyards summer concerts are just over the hill from the cottage and a new folk music artist venue is Twisted Oak Winery just 2 miles away. Awesome outdoor under the sky venue with reasonable ticket prices! And no traffic jam when you leave the concert. We love the concerts at Twisted Oak.

Privacy yet close to everything, come for a visit at Harmon Gardens cottage.

Keywords: Private Cottage

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Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
June 21, 2017


Douglas Flat Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • New bigger bathroom in January 2016. Shower separate from toilet and sink area. Lots of room and additional wall heater. High water pressure. No sharing hot water heater; its just for the cottage.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • New Serta Queen size Beds (1)
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
The cottage is private and a separate building on the garden property. Guests are welcome to stroll through the garden or just a enjoy the view from the patio with a morning cup of coffee.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(33 traveler reviews)

One Mile From Murphys Private Garden Cottage Get-a-Way
average rating of 4.848485 based on 33 reviews
San Francisco Bay Area

Perfect base for exploring Murphys

  • 5 of 5

The Harmons' adorable cottage (a former post office) proved a perfect base for exploring Murphys during the recent Presidents' Day Wine Weekend. The cottage is located on a quiet country road and surrounded by the owners' flower gardens. Inside is neat and tidy with a comfortable queen bed, a spacious bathroom and a small dining area with a mini fridge. The hosts were very responsive via email and text and helpfully supplied a list of their favorite local restaurants. We hope to return someday. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for taking the time to post this review! We really appreciate knowing our guests enjoyed their stay at our cottage while exploring our beautiful foothill location. Come again! Angela and Don Harmon
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Yarmouth, Maine

A hidden gem

  • 5 of 5

Great location, beautiful grounds and very charming

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your review. We always love to hear from our guests and appreciate your kind words. Angela
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Cozy & Cute

  • 5 of 5

Super cute and cozy. Perfect little place and better then a hotel. The owner was very easy to work with. I'd would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review Sandy! Happy to hear you enjoyed your New Years Eve stay, partying in Murphys and coming back to the cottage in just a few minutes for a restful night. Murphys has several new music venues and our cottage is just a mile from town. Hope you can visit again. Angela
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A perfect peaceful get-a-way

  • 5 of 5

We could not have asked for a more peaceful place to stay. You will find quiet paths to beautiful gardens and stumble upon numerous seating areas for two... rustic garden chairs with pillows that will invite you to stop and breathe for a moment. We found ourselves staying around the cottage, enjoying the patios and gardens instead of spending the days wandering the small towns, which was our intention. The peace and quiet were too intoxicating and just what we needed. A true respite from our hectic daily lives. We will return to explore the gold country another time! The cottage was stocked with everything needed. Thanks Angela!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your kind review! Always enjoy knowing our guests had a peaceful and restful stay at our cottage. Come again in the early Spring when the gardens are showing off a different set of blooming flowers. Angela
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Highly Recommended - Thank you for a wonderful stay!

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a lovely stay at Harmon Gardens. The cottage was quite comfortable and centrally located. The property is beautiful and we enjoyed sitting on the patio for our morning coffee. Angela and Don were super accommodating - even allowing us to postpone our arrival by one day to let the winter storm pass through. We skied at Bear Valley, did a bit of wine tasting, walked through the sequoias, enjoyed the history of the area and relaxed. It was the perfect long birthday weekend getaway. Thank you both for a wonderful stay!!

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review! We were happy to push back your stay to ride out the nasty weather where you could every day of your stay. And skiing mid-week at Bear Valley even better to avoid the weekend crowds! Hope to see you again. Angela & Don Harmon
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Even Fireworks

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed going out and visiting the chickens there are so many and it made us miss having them in our own yard. We were able to watch the Vineyard Fireworks from the porch in front, made our Fourth of July even better. The cottage had everything we needed in it including a hair dryer, the hutch with utensils, glasses, bottle opener were perfect, we will definitely return again sometime.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A dozen plus wine tasting rooms in nearby Murphys, Concerts at Ironstone Vineyards, Farmers Market, historic 1854 pioneer school house just down the street, caving and hiking, skiing Bear Valley, bird watching, and enjoying the chicken antics.


Rates & Availability

Douglas Flat Cottage Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 6.0%

Winter rates for Single weekday rate $100 and Single night weekend $125 plus 6% county tax.
Discounted rate when reserving for 5 nights or more.

50% Payment reserves the cottage dates and is invoiced via PayPal. Balance Due two weeks prior to reservation date. Cancellations two weeks prior to reservation date receive full refund. Cancellation less than 2 weeks of reserved dates will be given comp dates. Comp dates are not available for holiday or local event dates.

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.