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The Queen Anne, a Total Home Atmosphere!

(9 Reviews)

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Last updated: 04/07/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, Accommodates 6-8 people.

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.
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Member since: 2010

Speaks: english, some Spanish
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/07/2017

Property Type

  • House

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Paying guests must be at least 21 years old to make the booking....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    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

  • Non Smoking Only:

    DEFINITELY NOT INSIDE the house!...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • 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

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen


  • Convertible bed(s): 1 queen


  • Queen size Beds (3), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) sofa bed is in the parlor. All linen and are provided--no need to bring your own bed sheets. Everything is laundered in the premises....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1


  • Bathroom 2


  • Both bathrooms are with showers/bath tubs. Towels are provided. Bring your own bath soaps. Shampoos are provided....moreless

Other Amenities

  • 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 ($400.00) ONLY covers for up to 6 adults. There is a $50/nightly charge for every extra persons. There is a one time cleaning fee of $130 and $20.00 for garbage disposal....moreless


  • Books:

    assorted books for older and young readers alike, including baby books....moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Synagogues
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    a mere 5 minutes walk to downtown Murphys....moreless

  • Mountain View
  • Ski-Out:

    Bear Valley Ski Resort is just about 35 miles up of Murphys....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Racquetball
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Spelunking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining:

    Eat-in kitchen, plus a separate dining room....moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    all bedrooms with a.c.....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Every room has a portable electric fireplace....moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Linens, towels etc., are provided....moreless

  • Living Room:

    No longer provide DIRECTV. You may access HULU for movies. There is TV set and DVD player. There is also Karaoke for both amateur and seasoned singers. Games, lots of books and magazines....moreless

  • Parking:

    May park inside the backyard....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Guests may park alongside the fence on Main Street, or may park at the back of the house inside the property....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    sufficient towels available...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    password available...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Coffee grounds and sugar provided....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Pot and pans, big and small are available....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Plates, cutlery, wine glasses Anything you break, you either replace or leave a few bucks to pay broken item. Be considerate!...moreless

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Kitchen is not modern, but very functional. The layout has been kept original. There are 2 stoves. One is propane, the other electric....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    I keep all kinds of items for cooking for when my family and I decide to spend a weekend in the house. Please replace or leave a couple of bucks when you use some of these items. ...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Stainless steel refrigerator with ice maker and filtered cold water dispenser....moreless

  • Stove:

    Two old but functioning stoves--one is propane, the other electric....moreless

  • Toaster


  • Balcony:

    Balcony is at the front of the house facing Main Street....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    A nice spot for morning breakfast or a place to cool off in the afternoon. Wonderful little area!...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    ample yard space to play badminton or volleyball....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill


Write a review 4.8
from 9 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • One time cleaning fee $130
  • Pet Fee $20
  • Garbage disposal fee $20
  • Tax Rate 7.5%


The nightly charge covers for 6 adults only. Additional nightly $50 per extra persons. Events or any function held at Queen Anne is per approval by the owner with an agreed fee for using the facility.

Owner's cancellation policy:

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.

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Last updated: 04/07/2017
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20 Miles
Nearest Golf
Forest Meadows
35 Miles
Nearest Ski
Bear Valley Ski

Car: Recommended

The Queen Anne is situated right on Main Street, a mere 5 minutes walk to downtown. Guests may come in and park their cars inside the back yard by entering through Church Street. The house is but a few meters to Val du Vino Vineyards. In the House: 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)


Owner info

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 family and I love Murphys. 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, CA, USA:
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!

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Speaks: english, some Spanish
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/07/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • living room/parlor

    living room/parlor

  • eat-in-kitchen


  • Upstairs bathroom, shower on the left side of photo

    Upstairs bathroom, shower on the left side of photo

  • Dining room

    Dining room

  • Middle Bedroom, queen size bed

    Middle Bedroom, queen size bed

  • middle bedroom, queen size bed

    middle bedroom, queen size bed

  • living room and parlor

    living room and parlor

  • part of backyard

    part of backyard

  • a game of monopoly in the dining room

    a game of monopoly in the dining room

  • Murphys Grade Road

    Murphys Grade Road

  • Front-side view of the house.

    Front-side view of the house.

  • kitchen


  • Small, but complete bat downstairs.

    Small, but complete bat downstairs.

  • dining room

    dining room

  • Master's Bedroom

    Master's Bedroom

  • Living room

    Living room

  • landing upstairs

    landing upstairs

  • The Queen Anne at Winter

    The Queen Anne at Winter

  • Bear Valley--

    Bear Valley--

  • The Queen Anne House on Main Street. Also, CARTER home for 60 years.

    The Queen Anne House on Main Street. Also, CARTER home for 60 years.

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This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Friday, April 21, 2017

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