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Charming Guest House, Magnificent Views, 5 Minutes to Murphy's

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Loft, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8-9)

La Villetta is the name of our guest house, which means 'little house' in Italian. Our main house is the 'big house' and looks like an Italian villa. The ambience is very Mediterranean, as though you are in Tuscany. We are set high on a hill overlooking hills and vineyards. You feel 'a world away' yet we are just a quick 5 minute drive to downtown Murphys. Romantic, private and secluded, but with wifi to keep you connected.

Please check our links below for more photos, a pdf brochure and videos.

Keywords: guest house, small villa, country house, provincial house

More Details

Rebecca Dykstra
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 13, 2017

About Rebecca Dykstra

Gary and Rebecca Dykstra retired to Murphy's after living in Marin County.

Rebecca Dykstra purchased this cottage in 1997

Why Rebecca Dykstra chose Gold Country & High Sierra

We built on this property for our retirement home. The guest house was built to accommodate visitors, guests and visiting family.

What makes this cottage unique

The provincial charm and antique furnishings combined with privacy, serenity and sweeping views in the beautiful Sierra Foothills pleases all the senses.


Murphys Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1) a playpen netted side crib available, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) daybed
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
La Villetta is on a large estate on a private gated road


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)

Charming Guest House, Magnificent Views, 5 Minutes to Murphy's
average rating of 4.6363635 based on 11 reviews

Love this place!

  • 5 of 5

There were 9 adults in our party. We came to Murphy's for a concert at Ironestone Vineyards. This beautiful "cottage" has breathtaking views, comfortable beds and just a great ambiance and feel! Plenty of room in the small kitchen to enjoy a decent size meal for 9 of us. We were here on a 100 degree weekend and all of us slept nicely, with the air conditioner and large ceiling fans, there is also a standing oscillating fan available. Good water pressure and plenty of linens, towels, etc. There is a small BBQ pit and charcoal available, but bring your own fire starting fluid. This lovely place is up in the mountains and out in the country, but you are still pretty close to town. Expect some small bugs, mosquitos and maybe a spider, so be prepared with some repellent. Other than that, this place is perfection! Three of us liked it so much, we stayed another night. Can't wait to come up for a romantic weekend with the hubby!

The owners Rebecca and Gary are very nice, friendly and accommodating! Thanks you two, we will definately stay again!

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Potential but not 5 Stars

  • 3 of 5

It is true that La Villetta looks like an Italian villa and it is in a beautiful setting. It is a bit hard to find as the street sign is set back from the road but the location is fantastic and the views are truly outstanding. Having said that, my friend and I were a bit disappointed after entering the property. La Villetta is rented on a regular basis and is often used as a wedding site which may be why the interior of the house appears a bit well worn. I would describe it as a beautifully decorated house that has seen better days, with stains on the furniture and lamp shades. We also found that the house had not been cleaned in some time with dust on most surfaces, the floors in need of attention and the bathrooms not ready for guests. Since it is a country setting, one is inclined to make some allowances but do not expect a luxury hotel type experience. I am sure when the house was first built it may have lived up to that type of standard but it is definitely time for a refresh. Murphys is a lovely small town with some wonderful wineries and LaViletta's location is convenient for touring and enjoying the restaurants in town. The setting is definitely in keeping with a trip to the wine country. The owners are lovely people who shared the history of the house with us which was much appreciated. Wish we could have given this one 5 stars but the condition of the house does not warrant that type of rating. The exterior however was lovely and the patio a great place to sit outside, have a glass of wine and enjoy the view.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming place with an amazing view

  • 5 of 5

Although tricky to find, La Villetta is an enchanting place high up in the mountains with a breathtaking view. The house is light and spacious, equipped with basic kitchen appliances. Rebecca and her husband are lovely, friendly people that made us stay truly enjoyable. Would definitely recommend staying here to anyone looking to explore this beautiful part of California!

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Diego

Great home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I came to Murphys for a family wedding and stayed at La Villeta for 4 nights and enjoyed each day we spent. It was very comfortable with enough beds for everyone and the view is amazing!!! It made our long trip well worth it. Rebecca and Gary are very friendly and a joy to meet. They respected our privacy and made us feel right at home.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sacramento, CA

Romantic Cottage with a Million-Dollar View!

  • 5 of 5

We chose La Villetta to celebrate our most recent anniversary. We had such a great time - it was hard to leave after only four days. What an extraordinary location! We spent much of our stay on the patio, gawking at the amazing view (while we enjoyed glasses of excellent local wine). The cottage is comfortable and spacious, with lots of natural light. Our hosts, Rebecca and Gary, were very gracious, and they were kind enough to show us the areas of their property they use as a wedding venue (what a gorgeous place to get married!). We're already looking forward to our next stay at La Villetta.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best Spot in Murphy's

  • 5 of 5

This was a mini-mansion and excellent location for our family of four. Calling this a Guest House is an understatement, it had 5 beds, 1.5 ba with a private entry and breathtaking view.

The location was central to Murphy's and Big Trees and the hosts were wonderfully helpful with local advice and tips, while also not being intrusive whatsoever.

We have found an annual/semi-annual retreat and will definitely be back time and time again!

PRO TIP: As you get close to the street, make sure to turn your turn signal on well ahead of time because it's easy to miss, especially at night!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Bear Valley
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

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$100.00 Deposit to make a reservation payable by check
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