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The Queen Anne, a Total Home Atmosphere!

Murphys, CA, USA
  • House
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

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.


Evelyn Carter

Member Since 2010
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within a few hours
english, some Spanish
Calendar last updated:
Apr 13, 2018
About Evelyn Carter

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.

Evelyn Carter purchased this House in 1955

Why Evelyn Carter chose Murphys

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.

What makes this House unique

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!


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Kids Welcome
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 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.


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

        Location Type

          • Downtown
            a mere 5 minutes walk to downtown Murphys.
          • Mountain View
          • Ski-Out
            Bear Valley Ski Resort is just about 35 miles up of Murphys.


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


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Linens Provided
                        Linens, towels etc., are provided.
                      • Air Conditioning
                        all bedrooms with a.c..
                      • Heating
                        Every room has a portable electric fireplace.
                      • Internet
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • 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.
                      • Parking
                        May park inside the backyard.
                      • Parking Off Street
                        Guests may park alongside the fence on Main Street, or may park at the back of the house inside the property.
                      • Towels Provided
                        sufficient towels available
                      • Wireless Internet
                        password available


                          • Microwave
                          • Coffee Maker
                            Coffee grounds and sugar provided.
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                            Plates, cutlery, wine glasses Anything you break, you either replace or leave a few bucks to pay broken item. Be considerate!
                          • 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.
                          • Cooking Utensils
                            Pot and pans, big and small are available.
                          • 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.
                          • Refrigerator
                            Stainless steel refrigerator with ice maker and filtered cold water dispenser.
                          • Stove
                            Two old but functioning stoves--one is propane, the other electric.
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining
                                Eat-in kitchen, plus a separate dining room.
                              • Dining Room
                              • comfy seating for 6 people


                                  • Books
                                    assorted books for older and young readers alike, including baby books.
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Games
                                  • Television


                                      • Balcony
                                        Balcony is at the front of the house facing Main Street.
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        A nice spot for morning breakfast or a place to cool off in the afternoon. Wonderful little area!
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        ample yard space to play badminton or volleyball.
                                      • Outdoor Grill


                                          • 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.
                                          • wheelchair inaccessible


                                              • museums
                                              • churches
                                              • health/beauty spa
                                              • library
                                              • live theater
                                              • festivals
                                              • playground
                                              • restaurants
                                              • ruins
                                              • theme parks
                                              • winery tours

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • scenic drives
                                                  • antiquing
                                                  • boating
                                                  • gambling casinos
                                                  • horseback riding
                                                  • photography
                                                  • bird watching
                                                  • shopping
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • sledding
                                                  • walking
                                                  • wildlife viewing

                                                    Local Services & Businesses

                                                      • ATM/bank
                                                      • fitness center
                                                      • groceries
                                                      • hospital
                                                      • laundromat
                                                      • massage therapist
                                                      • medical services

                                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                          • mountain biking
                                                          • cycling
                                                          • fishing
                                                          • fly fishing
                                                          • freshwater fishing
                                                          • golf
                                                          • golf privileges optional
                                                          • hiking
                                                          • hunting
                                                          • kayaking
                                                          • equestrian events
                                                          • mountain climbing
                                                          • mountaineering
                                                          • rafting
                                                          • rock climbing
                                                          • skiing
                                                          • snowboarding
                                                          • spelunking
                                                          • swimming
                                                          • tennis
                                                          • whitewater rafting


                                                              • 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.

                                                                House Rules

                                                                Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                                Check-out: 12:00 PM

                                                                Cancellation Policy

                                                                Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                                                12 Reviews


                                                                Latest reviews

                                                                Lots of charm

                                                                Mario M.

                                                                Evelyn is a one woman show and ensures everything is ready to go with ample linens and towels. The house is quaint and rustic. We have stayed several times and the location is perfect. The Karaoke setup will light up the night after a day of wine tasting.

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                Dear Mario,

                                                                Review such as yours makes everything worthwhile for me! I am very grateful for your patronage and for appreciating the humble accommodation I provide. The Queen Anne is not a house--it is a home. I hope I can continue to improve my service. Hope to have you again next year.

                                                                Sincerely Always,


                                                                Great Location

                                                                steve h.

                                                                The house was very nice. The grounds outside could use a little sprucing up, watering manicuring. The location was great...just a short walk to all the shops, wineries and restaurants downtown. The only negative was the air conditioning. It is individual room air conditioners, and some work better than others. I'm guessing that is due to location of the room...a room with more direct sun exposure gets hotter and thus the air conditioner isn't as capable of cooling it. We had a very hot weekend so I'm sure that affected the result too.

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                Hi, Steve!

                                                                Thank you so much for your constructive review on my vacation rental. I hope to address the issues you brought to my attention and hope to do better next time. Unfortunately, after spending so much money restoring the house in 2008, I could not afford centralized air conditioning. I also lost my husband halfway into the restoration. I opened my vacation rental three months later without really knowing how to run one! Reviews like yours are encouraging. It makes me want to work harder! :) You are right on the air conditioning issue where the bedroom is exposed to direct sun. Will figure out something this weekend.

                                                                The grounds do need work and I try not to use much water for watering the yard just to keep it green. I just water the trees and shrubs on weekends that I am up in Murphys. But I will work on the grounds as soon as the hot temperatures let up. I do hope you had a good time in Murphys. Thanks again.

                                                                Beautiful home, great place to stay in Murphys!

                                                                Kell G.

                                                                We rented the Queen Anne the weekend of our daughter's wedding, which was held at Vida Buena Farm in Vallecito. Reservations and check-in were a breeze and Evelyn (owner) has thoughtfully provided a binder and visuals throughout the home that helps guests be more comfortable. The home is well kept, spacious and centrally located; everything in Murphys was in walking distance: coffee, bakery, lunch and dinner, park, hair salon, it was all available! It was a perfect place to spend the evening before and after the wedding ceremony! We would recommend the Queen Anne to anyone looking for a special place to stay in the Murphys area.

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                Dear Kelley,

                                                                It is with so much gratitude that I thank you for your wonderful, informative review of our home, The Queen Anne. It was a pleasure to have you and family as guests. Thank you for the recommendation.


                                                                Evelyn Carter

                                                                Comfy stay at Murphys

                                                                Tamara M.

                                                                Great location and ease of use, Evelyn is very helpful she even made sure we got our phone we left in property after checking out. Would definitely go again, had a great time staying and both roaming around Murphys and skiing at bear valley. Perfect for two families with children of various ages.

                                                                Beautiful Historic Home in Downtown Murphys

                                                                brandon f.

                                                                We stayed at the Queen Anne for the weekend and it was absolutely perfect! The location is fantastic, walking distance to anything you'd want to do downtown. The house was super cute and very well kept. I highly recommend the Queen Anne and look forward to staying there again soon!

                                                                Weekend in Murphys!!

                                                                Melissa Northern California

                                                                I rented the Queen Ann for my sisters bachelorette party. We wanted a weekend full of wine tasting and hanging out. The Queen Ann was the perfect place for us to stay! It is a wonderful house! Plenty big enough for all of us, and had a very homey feeling. The location was just great, we were able to walk everywhere. The house was very clean and had all the nessaitites we needed for the weekend. We wouldn't have changed anything. And I would definitely stay there again.

                                                                Thank you to Eveyln for allowing us to use you home for the weekend!

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                Dear Melissa,

                                                                It was a pleasure having you and your group at our home. To know that you all enjoyed your stay is the best compliment I could have. I thank you for your very nice comments. I work hard to ensure that the house is comfortable for the guests such as yourself. I hope to have you stay with us again in the future. Thanks again.




                                                                Murphys, CA, USA

                                                                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)

                                                                Rates & Availability

                                                                Additional information about rental rates

                                                                Cleaning Fee
                                                                Tax Rate

                                                                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.

                                                                12 Reviews
                                                                Wonderful 4.8/5
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