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Less than a mile walk to Murphys; beautiful views from the balcony!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,800 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

A Pleasant, Well Thought-out Home, On A Hill With Wrap-around Decks and View

The upstairs portion of the house is 2BR/2BA home will comfortably sleep 6 for the rate listed. But if you have a big group we can open up the downstairs to sleep up to 4 more people for an additional $100/night (plus $40 cleaning fee/stay). Great views from the master bedroom, living room, kitchen and large wrap around deck. Plenty of parking, plus an adjacent unbuilt lot with a walking garden. Town is walking distance ... It's about 3/4 of a mile to main street, with its 22 wine tasting rooms, gold-rush-era construction, and quality dining.

Notes on capacity: In addition to the king and queen size beds, there is a couch that pulls out to a queen size bed. There is over-flow space available downstairs for 2-4 more people. It is one big room that has 2 twin beds and full size futon that folds out to a bed. There is a third bathroom downstairs as well that has a bath, toilet and sink (no shower at this time). For larger parties (more than 6) ask owners for more details before booking. There is additional rate for opening the downstairs and an incremental fee for cleaning. The downstairs will remain locked unless special arrangements are made with the owners.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a quite neighborhood, and we like to keep it that way. This house is for groups that are going to respect the neighbors and keep the noise level down. If you are looking for a party house, this is not the house for you.

More Details

Alison Bonfantine
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, spanish, Spanish by email only
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 18, 2018

About Alison Bonfantine

We are 4 good friends who have spent a lot of time traveling together. We've rented a lot of homes in those travels, and know what works and what does not. Two of us live in the Bay Area, and two of us live across the river in Columbia. One of us recently quit her corporate job to pursue a Chef Certificate and work in a winery. We know a few of the local wine makers, so if there's anything extra you need to make your visit to Murphys complete, just let us know.

Alison Bonfantine purchased this house in 2015

Why Alison Bonfantine chose Murphys

We spent so much time in Murphys that we finally decided it was time to buy a house here. We've stayed in several vacation rentals in Muprhys, and when we saw this house, we knew it was for us, and we think you'll love it too. It would be a great home for a couple of couples to spend a weekend, although it will comfortably accommodate more.

What makes this house unique

This home was clearly built with love. Utilizing the best home-builder in the area, this is the home in the neighborhood that everyone asks about. Filled with wood-working details, it sits on a hill overlooking the rest of the neighborhood. From below, it looks like a plantation-style home, from within, it looks like an old-timey gold rush home. On chilly days, you can sit in front of the fire or head to the slopes; on nicer days, you can nap on the hammock on the wrap-around porch, or stroll into town for some wine tasting.


Murphys House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
    Guest Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
    Downstairs Bathroom - toilet , tub , No shower at this time.
  • There are two large, full bathrooms, with showers and tubs, and multiple sinks in the master.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Attached bath to this room.
    Guest Bedroom - 1 queen , Bathroom located next door down the hall.
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Living room has queen size pull out couch.
    Downstairs Room - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , One large room-shared space for 4 people.
  • A master bedroom with a California King bed opens onto the deck. A junior bedroom with Queen bed has a large closet and shares the bathroom in the hall. There's a foldout couch in the living room. The downstairs can be rented out for an additional $100 per night, and sleeps 4 more people. There is a bathroom downstairs with a toilet, sink and bath (no shower). And a Wii is downstairs for entertainment.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
Please ask about large groups; there would be an additional cost to open up the downstairs or two car garage, or to sleep more than 6 upstairs. Private chef services: currently one of the owners can offer up the services of filling the fridge with groceries of your choosing, or if you would like a prepared meal that you can reheat the night you arrive. Ask about these services at time of booking and Ali can provide you more information.


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Less than a mile walk to Murphys; beautiful views from the balcony!
average rating of 4.92 based on 25 reviews
San Francisco

Perfect Weekend Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at the house and I highly recommend it. The bed are ridiculously comfortable and the house itself is spacious. The kitchen is very well stocked and we enjoyed spending time cooking. We loved the porch- it's the perfect place to enjoy coffee or a glass of wine. The house is walking distance to downtown Murphy's for wine tasting or grabbing dinner. It's a short drive to Calaveres Big Tree State Park for hiking. Ali was very communicative and accommodating! Thank you so much for a wonderful stay!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Vallejo, CA

The house was amazing!

  • 5 of 5

We were a party of seven people, two couples, one couple had three children. The house had everything we needed and then some! We were able to spend time together, as well as have our own time. I don't have the writing abilities to describe just how nice the house is!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sonoma, USA

Murphys on the hill

  • 5 of 5

Allison is a great communicator and very responsive. The home is comfortable and clean. Close to downtown, but a ways in 90+ degree weather. If you are up for a hike, wear comfortable shoes. Many wineries and nice park with creek downtown. There is a binder in the house that is helpful with directions for arriving and leaving, etc., and places to go locally. I would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great spot!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here! The house is so comfortable and spacious,

and we loved taking in the beautiful views and great weather from the big balcony. Would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: May 28, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Not my first rodeo

  • 5 of 5

This was a return visit to Apple Blossom House. It also won't be my last. Love this place!

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location & beautiful view!

  • 5 of 5

We recently had a family wedding in the area and rented the Apple Blossom house. We could not have been happier with the location. The house had everything we needed. We were a group of 9 and the house was so spacious, we never felt like we were on top of each other. The check in and out process was very easy. Linens were fresh and clean. The weather was hot and humid, but the A/C worked great.

The location was great for us as we had wedding events in Murphy's all weekend. Very quiet neighborhood and beautiful views from the large balcony. Thank you for a great weekend!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Nearest Barpub
0.75 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.75 Miles
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Bear Valley

One of the owners works at one of the better local wineries, and is a culinary student, and she can arrange a picnic, food pairing or afternoon of bocce on the winery grounds. We can also provide heat-n-serve in-home meals, although there are plenty of great places to eat in town, as well as a large, fully stocked kitchen. Inside the house, you'll find a binder of suggested local activities, wineries, restaurants, etc.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Pet Fee $50

The cancellation fee for cancellations more than 30 days prior to the start of the rental period is 1/2 of the rental cost (does not include insurance/deposit, cleaning and pet fees, or taxes ... just 1/2 of the rental-only amount). The fee for cancellations within 30 days is full rental cost if a subsequent renter cannot be found for the same rental period.

Holiday and special event periods to be charged as weekends. 3 night minimum over these periods. Holidays and events weekends are:

* President's Day/Valentine's Day/Passport Weekend
* Memorial Day
* July 4th
* Labor Day
* Irish Day, Grape Stomp, Day of the Dead
* Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Eve

Options for Property Damage Protection:
You can select the non-refundable $59 fee that will cover you up to $500 in damages. Or you can opt to put a refundable $500 deposit down instead of the $59. To do this just submit your request in email with your request for quote and the owner will modify you quote and send it back promptly.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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