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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
Speaks: english, spanish, Spanish by email only
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2017

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 Gold Country & High Sierra

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
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
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
  • 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).
  • 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.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

Less than a mile walk to Murphys; beautiful views from the balcony!
average rating of 4.9375 based on 16 reviews

Beautiful home and very clean

  • 5 of 5

I made my reservation at the last minute, owner was very responsive and helpful. Everything went very well arriving and departing. Very clean and everything there you could possibly need to enjoy your stay. I would definitely go back!

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Pasadena, CA

Charming house in a lovely little town

  • 5 of 5

I was pretty sure I would love this house based on the description, photos and stellar reviews. And I was right. The handwritten welcome from Ali with the complimentary bottle of wine added a very nice touch. The house is comfy and has character and plenty of space -- at least for my family of 6 (couple plus 4 kids ages 12 to 18). Older teens slept comfortably in front of the cozy fire in the living room. Younger girls shared the spare bedroom. (We only used the top part of the home.) My husband and I enjoyed the master suite with antique bed and french doors to the wrap-around porch with views of the town and surrounding hills. The gardens in the front and back are charming. The house was very clean with nice linens and comfortable beds. The house truly felt like a home away from home. We loved the little town of Murphy's, with it's many wineries and historic buildings. The Sierra Hills Market was a surprise! What you think is just a country market in a foothill town actually has an amazing meat counter, wine selection, fresh olive bar. They sell products that would be hard to find in many cities, such as locally produced specialty Italian salumi and Italian amaro Fernet=Branca, as well as Campari. We also enjoyed nearby historic Columbia -- where we were treated to a colorful picture of the Gold Rush era on our free walking tour by a ranger. We wrapped up our trip with a jaunt up into the mountains for some gorgeous views, great sledding, and a hike in a snow storm in Calaveras Big Trees State Park, which was unbelievably beautiful blanketed in white. I can't wait for the next trip here.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Long Beach, CA

Magestic Home with Spectacular Views

  • 4 of 5

The home's location could not have been better - located up high on a hill, with amazing views, and its proximity to town (walking). Also the layout of the house, having two levels, was perfect for us. It allowed for the introverts to separate themselves and sleep downstairs. If I owned this property, I would definitely spend some money and effort to update the amenities of the kitchen. Everything is very old. There are multiple small pots and no medium sized ones, for example. Or multiple small glass casseroles and not an option for a larger one. Knives are dull and it's frustrating to work with them. Being a hospitable person who loves to cook and entertain, I would spend some time and money and go through the cabinets (discarding the old and useless, and purchasing a toaster, for example). On the positive side, it is refreshing not to have to bring along sugar, teas, coffee filters, all the condiments in the fridge, oil vinegar, etc. These were all supplied. The beds were super comfortable and a pleasure to be in. The grounds around the house were also roomy and allowed for ample parking spaces and running around for kids. We had a problem in the house during our stay, which the owner graciously took care of. I would stay in this lovely home again.

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A return visit to "Apple Blossom House"

  • 5 of 5

Nothing new to say ... this place is still outstanding! We will come back again, again.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco

Apple Blossom House: Where childhood dreams of sleeping on the clouds came true

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we entered and found the a/c set & a bottle of wine greeting us we knew we had hit the the mother lode in the foothills. This immaculate home was perfect for us 4 adults & 2 little ones, so perfect we forgot to leave! Thankfully all worked out, thanks to Ali. The owners were wonderful to work with through out our planning & vacation.

For those looking to come to Murphys, this is not a 'house rental'; it is a home with attention to detail that covers pretty much everything you could want. The kitchen is fully stocked with great dish/glass/silver ware. Spices, flour, sugar, teas, oils, paper towels, tupperware, plastic wraps/bags, etc - all those little things that make cooking so much easier- and more interesting by seeing what options you have that others have tried. The 'wine library' is a special feature, as is the wine bar.

The living room is comfy with games, books, TV selections of DVDs & streaming and the dining table looks out over the mountains of trees. It was warm enough that we didn't use the beautiful fireplace, yet hoping to return in the winter.

The beds & bedding are so comfortable, seriously it felt like sleeping on clouds! A good sleep was much needed & appreciated after day outings to White Pines Lake, Columbia, Forest Meadows, Lake Alpine - hiking/walking/swimming/fishing. The Master suite bath & walk in closet were perfect! And fun art work in the guest room.

The shower pressure is ideal and it was great to have products on hand including hair dryers.

We were so fortunate to have the washer/dryer with the little ones making our vacay easier - and they loved the laundry door!

The long deck was enjoyed to watch the full moon at nights, the trees during the day. Because it is residential we were mindful to be good neighbors while still enjoying time with our family. Take time to stroll through the sweet garden, even at the end of the season in August it retained it's beauty. And the kids got a kick out of the door bell!

We use VRBO a half dozen+ times a year for the past 10 years and this property is by far one of the very best. The owner's attention to detail makes you feel nurtured & pampered - and isn't that what vacations are all about anyway?

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Various towns, CA, USA

Everything you need

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable and well stocked home. Even came with a complementary bottle of wine (not that it's hard to find a bottle of wine in Murphys). Thanks for the above-and-beyond hospitality, Ali. I'm sure we'll see you soon!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

Murphys House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Calaveras Frog Jump
May 11 2017 - May 14 2017
3 night minimum stay
Memorial Day
May 26 2017 - May 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
4th of July
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
Labor Day
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Grape Stomp
Oct 5 2017 - Oct 9 2017
3 night minimum stay
Day of the Dead
Nov 2 2017 - Nov 6 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
Dec 22 2017 - Dec 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
New Years Eve
Dec 29 2017 - Jan 1 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Cleaning Fee $100
Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 6.0%

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, Frog Jump, 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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