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Jolly Tar Mine House for Groups & Families - 13 Beds 19 Rooms

Bedrooms 6
Space 4,200 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 6 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 4 Baths, (Sleeps 19-26)

The Jolly Tar Mine House, located at 200 Dogtown Rd, Angels Camp, Ca is more than a vacation rental - its an experience. This is a fun place to be for families, family reunions, retreats and church groups, golf groups, fishing groups, cycling groups, motorcycle groups and more.. 19 total rooms - 3 stories with the wrap around decks & seating, saloon, dance floor and stage area, situated on almost 2 acres. Parking enough for huge amount of cars. We have had weddings and events for as many as 150 guests. We can seat about 26 in the dinning room. Ideal for large group gatherings. We have all the cooking, catering & serving supplies a large group needs. Nice playground, over 70 costumes, indoor and outdoor games, 3 BBQs and a smoker, plus large fire pit and so much more.

Near Ironstone Vineyards where they have a summer concert series, and Frogtown where they have all kinds of events.

This charming huge house was first built by the Jolly Tar Mine's owner era 1860 during the Goldrush and Wild West times. It was added onto in the 1950's and then again in the 1980s. It was updated in 2009-2010. The house is packet full of interesting Antiques, Art, and unusual things.

If you are looking for a prefect mint condition vacation rental than this is not the place for you. The Jolly Tar Mine House is an old mine house with imperfections, but it is a very clean, fun and loving place to gather. Its a great place to relax, have fun, celebrate a wedding, anniversary, birthday party, family reunion, church retreat, large family vacation and more. People get happy just being in the house, its a very special place.

This is the place most kids want to have their birthday party. Its a place that groups of fisherman want to stay so they down have to unhook their boats, its a place that a family can have a reunion year after year, its a place where bikers, cyclists, spelunkers, 4 wheelers, and other groups can be together and have fun.

Vacation rentals like this are an inexpensive way to have a vacation since you can cook your own food, split the cost amongst several people and have all the comforts of a large family home at your disposal.


The bottom floor has two bedrooms (Queen and Cal-King) and one bath, and a living room with a hide-a-bed. The middle/main floor has three bedrooms (2 queen, 1 double) and two bathrooms, the kitchen and living room. The top floor has one bathroom and two main rooms, the Uptown Suite and the Living Room Suite. The Uptown Suite has 1 king, 1 double, and two twins, plus the Living Room Suite has 1 day bed with trundle and 1 extra twin bed.

We have a list of 27 great wineries in the county for wine tasting.

Antique shopping and Art Galleries in Angels Camp, Murphys, Jamestown and Sonora – all have great shops – no charge to browse.


Black Oak Casino – Tuolumne City – about 40 to 50 minutes away – worth the drive – free shows and good dining

Chicken Ranch Bingo and Casino – Jamestown about 25 minutes away

Gold Mine and other Cave Adventures

Gold Cliff Mine – in Angels Camp (reservation only)

Kennedy Mine – in Jackson about 35 minutes away

Sutter Gold Mine – in Sutter Creek near Jackson

Black Chasm Cavern – in Amador County about 35 minutes away

Mercer Caverns – a guided 45 minute tour

Moaning Cavern

California Caverns


Angels Camp Gold Rush Museum – in town

Heritage Museum – Murphys – Ironstone Vineyard – 20 minutes away

Old Timers Museum – Murphys – 15 minutes away

Markleeville – Mi-wuk museum – 1 hour and 30 minutes away

Tuolumne County’s Veteran’s Museum Sonora – 25 minutes away

National Parks

Yosemite National Park – 2 hours away

State Parks

Calaveras Big Trees State Park – about 35 minutes away

Columbia Gold Rush Historical Park – has many museum exhibits 15 minutes away

Railtown Museum & Park – about 25 minutes away

Grover Hot Springs State Park – about 2 ½ hours away

Other Parks

Utica Park – Angels Camp

Murphy’s Community Park - about 15 minutes away


Greenhorn Creek Golf Course – Angels Camp

Saddle Creek Golf Course – Copperopolis

La Contenta Golf Course – Valley Springs

Forest Meadows Golf Course – Murphys


Lake Melones – boat rental and water recreation 5 miles from town

Lake Tullock – 20 minutes away

Camanche Reservoir – 45 minutes away

Lake Pardee – 45 minutes away

New Hogan Lake – 45 minutes away

White Pines Park and Lake – about 40 minutes away

Other Lakes in Surrounding Areas

Spicer Reservior

Lake Alpine

Pinecrest Lake

Lake Don Pedro


Bear Valley – about 1 and 15 minutes away

Dodge Ridge – about 1 hour and 15 minutes away

Live Theater

Fallon House Columbia & in Sonora Sierra Repertory Theater

Bret Hart Theater, Angels Camp

Horseback Riding

Columbia State Park – also has stage coach rides

Moaning Cavern Horseback Riding Adventures

San Francisco and Tahoe 2 1/2 hours away.

Sacramento 1 1/2 hours away.

Keywords: Extra Large Home, Wine Tasting, Frogtown, Large Family, Family outings and get togethers, Weddings, Parties, Group, Fishing, Ironstone Concert, Goldrush, Mining, 4-wheelers, Yosemite, Horses, Casinos, 49ers, Black Oak, Greenhorn Creek, Motherlode, Golf, Caving, Adventure, Fun, Romantic, Parks, Lakes, Sierra Mountains, Murphys CA, Columbia CA, Hiking, Natural Bridges, Sonora, Angels Camp,retreat, reunions

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Angels Camp Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 26
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 18 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Main bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , Middle Floor next to living room
    Bathroom - toilet , shower , Middle floor. Near Foreman's Room.
    Downstairs - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , Private next to Green Room
    Uptown - toilet , tub , shower , Next to Uptown Living Room Suite
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 26
  • Green Room - 1 king , Lower Floor, private bath
    Butterfly Room - 1 queen , Lower Floor
    Lower Floor Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Lower Floor
    Western Room - 1 queen , Middle Floor
    Owner's Room - 1 queen , Middle Floor
    Foreman's Room - 1 double , Middle Floor, bathroom close by.
    Uptown Living Room Suite - 3 twin/ single , Upstairs entry/living room. Semi-private. Bath nearby.
    Uptown Suite - 1 king , 1 double , 2 twin/ single , Closet has 8 extra mats. Semi-private rms across Cal-king
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (3), Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (5), Baby Cribs (2) We have 2 portable cribs, 2 high chairs, and a changing mat for your convenience., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Besides the Queen Sofa bed, we have two twin trundle beds and 9 pull out mattresses stored.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 16 garden chairs
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • jetted tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Prefect place for family reunions, weddings, retreats and large groups!!! 27 Wineries in Murphys - great wine tasting, excellent golf at Greenhorn Creek, gold panning is a favorite in nearby streams. Also, located near Ironstone Vineyards where they have summer concerts. World record bass-fish caught 2010 Lake Melones (10 mins away) Perfect for special occasion or family reunion, cooking and dinnerware supplies to accommodate a large group over 50, two acres of parking, stage & dancing area with saloon, front porch bar, TWO - 2-PERSON JACUZZIs, playground, fenced yard for pets, walk miles down country roads or walk to Starbucks in minutes.


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Jolly Tar Mine House for Groups & Families - 13 Beds 19 Rooms
average rating of 4.767857 based on 56 reviews

Great stay!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay here! This house has lots of space, lots of beds, everything we needed. This is our third stay here, and we were delighted to find our stuffed corgi (Corgi McCalister) we had forgotten last year, he was on display with the stuffed frogs and had an adorable bow around his neck! We remembered to bring him home this year but I'm sure he had lots of fun at the Jolly House during his year long stay!

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Super nice, spacious house

  • 4 of 5

Great for a large group , 3 levels. Nice large dining area which was great for eating, and games. Large yard, fire pit and close to fun activities. Closer than what I expected to HWY 4, but no sound in house.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family Reunion in Murphys

  • 4 of 5

The house is very unique. It is comfortable and well stocked. It is in need of repair and general up. Dress-up room was dirty and had many items broken and torn that should be cleaned out. Fire alarms were missing or had batteries removed.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Unfortunately this group came in one day after two big groups of over 45 kids were there. We had to make several repairs including the decking, steps, some trim boards and even a bed was broken. These repairs were made as soon as possible some repairs were done before this group came. As for the costume room, we did clean it out completely again last week. The costume room is supposed to be on the honor system, we let our visitors know that they need to be responsible for it and clean up after their self since the housekeepers don't clean it after each group. I try to keep the costs down, if I have to add cleaning the costume room after each group leaves then I will have to add more housekeeping costs on and I don't want to do that. We are also going to be putting in tile in two of the bathrooms, however, we have to wait until we have time between groups to do it. We did a lot of repairs and improvements this year including adding a wonderful shaded area in the back yard, plus we moved the fence way back, we added nicer tables and chairs and have been working on creating a new playground. Owning the Jolly House is like owning an old wooden boat, there is always something to improve or fix. I did not know that the fire alarm batteries were taken out, we will fix them immediately. The Jolly House is not perfect, but it is super fun.
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Nothing fancy, but loved the outdoor space!

  • 3 of 5

It was very hot while we were there, and the swamp coolers did not do a very good job of keeping up. It was quite warm in the bedrooms and cold in the kitchen. We had to move the coffee from under the vent to keep it warm. While the interior seemed a little cramped for the size of our group, we absolutely loved the outdoor space! The large canopy, fire pit and backyard area was wonderful for our family gathering - and the ample parking was definitely a huge bonus. Overall, for the money this was a great place for a get-together. If your family just wants a place to hang out and enjoy each other without the frills and expense, this house is a great choice.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The Jolly House is fun not fancy. We do give our guests instructions on how to use the two swamp coolers. If they follow the instructions and do NOT open extra windows the house does stay cool enough for comfort. We did find extra open windows when these guests left. We have had some very unusual hot weather lately as well. Usually it doesn't go over 100. Please see our other guests reviews and you will see the swamp coolers usually work fine.
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Wonderful Quirky Place: Perfect for Large Gatherings

  • 5 of 5

We rented the Jolly Tar Mines House for our parents 50th Anniversary Party weekend. It was perfect for our large and extended family and friends. To us the house was very comfortable and relaxing right away. We had about 20 people staying at the house and over 50 for the party. We never felt crowded. The decor and quirky things you'll discover are endless. I was finding and seeing new things up until we checked out. Would definitely return. The surrounding area has tons to do and the local restaurants, shops and markets were fantastic.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place, lots of space, everything you need!

  • 5 of 5

Excellent communication, great place with great location.

So many great things about this place! We had a group of 26 and every one had a great time! Perfect for larger groups! Highly recomended.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Diane Morrow - Please leave message if no answer
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About Diane Morrow - Please leave message if no answer

I am a writer and the CEO of ProvidersWeb, an international caregiver's organization. Over the years I raised many kids in this house. It's always been a house full of fun, love and joy. It's my desire to share this wonderful place with families and groups that want to spend time with one another and have fun. ~ Diane

Diane Morrow - Please leave message if no answer purchased this farmhouse in 1986

Why Diane Morrow - Please leave message if no answer chose Angels Camp

This is a very fun place to stay, please read our excellent reviews.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Over Easter we had a family get-together and had a lot of people spend the night. It was so much fun, we had a sing-a-long around the camp fire BBQ pit in the backyard, and the next morning a wonderful Easter breakfast for 40 people and egg hunt. Since Jan 2010 we have had 4 birthday parties and 6 other parties for my family and friends at the house - it was pure joy. It's great when you can all stay together and cook meals and have fun.


Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Maury Rasmussen Field (SMF 85 mi)
Nearest Barpub
1.6 Miles
Claussen's Corner
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Greenhorn Creek
Nearest Train
16 Miles
Railtown 1897 (State Historic Park)
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Hwy 49
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
McDonalds, Round Table, La Hacienda, Far East,...
Nearest Ski
50 Miles
Bear Valley Ski Resort

Lakes: Lake Melones – boat rental and water recreation 5 miles from town World Record Bass caught 3/2010, Lake Tullock – 20 minutes away, Don Pedro – 35 minutes, Camanche Reservoir – 45 minutes, New Hogan Lake – 45 minutes, 27 great wineries most within 15-20 minutes, Antique shopping and Art Galleries in town, Black Oak and Jackson Rancharea Casinos within 1 hour drive, 5 cave adventures within 15 minutes drive, 5 local museums, Yosemite North gate 1 hour away, Golf: Greenhorn Creek Golf – 5 minutes, Saddle Creek Golf 20 minutes, Forrest Meadows Golf 20 minutes, La Contenta Golf 25 minutes away, Skiing: Bear Valley – about 1 hour a way, Dodge Ridge – about 1 hour and 15 minutes away, Live Theater: Fallon House Columbia & in Sonora Sierra Repertory Theater, Bret Hart Theater in town, Horseback Riding:

Columbia State Park – also has stage coach rides, Moaning Cavern Horseback Riding Adventures, Gold Mining – 15 minute Columbia State Park, and many other places, Goldrush wild west. Yosemite - 1.5 hours away




Additional information about rental rates

Sanitizing Fee $225
Tax Rate 10.0%

CONTACT DIANE FOR DISCOUNTED RATES. The rate is $435 a night for groups of 14 and under, plus $225 sanitizing fee. Groups over 14 pay $475 a night & a $275 sanitizing fee. Over 26 people add $5 per person. $500 refundable security deposit due upon arrival. Pets ok downstairs with approval. Weddings $500 each day - 2 night min.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.