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Milfiori, Historic Country Retreat, restored farmhouse, 5 minutes to Murphys

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Life at Milfiori is restful and unhurried. The house is spacious and artfully decorated with many period pieces. It is like stepping back in time from the moment you cross the threshold. Each bedroom is completely unique and melds beautifully with the period of the home. One bedroom has a vintage claw foot tub en-suite. All the bedrooms are filled with light and look out on the garden. Local artists are featured throughout the house, many of the paintings were painted "plein air" at Milfiori.

There is a charming caretaker's cottage on the property and a beautiful old barn. Adjacent to the main house is a stone building with heavy metal doors. In decades past this building served as the bank as well as the village store. You can still see the well that served the community of Douglas Flat.

The house is in the heart of Calaveras County's wine growing region. Stop in at any of the wineries to meet the owners and learn about the local wines. You will be pleasantly surprised.

For a more active day, explore the old mining towns and visit one of the numerous museums for the local lore. Go antiquing or spend the day hiking in nearby Big Trees State Park or skiing at Bear Valley.

Or just enjoy the grounds at Milfiori. Sit on the porch and read a book or stroll through the gardens and try to identify the variety of flowers and plants (the name means a thousand flowers). Take the time to enjoy the slower pace of life in the Gold Country away from the crowds.

Please, no entertaining. Due to the age of the house and extra wear and tear, we cannot accommodate guests other than those already staying at the house. Special events in the garden are possible with prior arrangement. Check with the owner for rates and availability.

The owner is on the premises, available to answer your questions or give suggestions on how to make the most of your trip to the Mother Lode.

Keywords: House

More Details

Willi Krauss
Member since: 2009
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 October, 2017

About Willi Krauss

I retired to the Mother Lode from an active and stressful career in the Bay Area.

Willi Krauss purchased this house in 2003

Why Willi Krauss chose California

I fell in love with Murphys and knew I had found something special when I first saw Milfiori. I love the historical buildings on the property and the beautiful garden. It is magical.

What makes this house unique

I do antique and vintage sales out of the old "Italian Store" twice a year. You might be able to do some shopping right on the property. And I love to give a tour of the property.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Douglas Flat in Calaveras County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 2, Master - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 1, Downstairs - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3, Tub ensuite - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Queen size Beds (3)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Garden
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • whitewater rafting
Milfiori is a beautifully restored farmhouse built in 1861. It is surrounded by serene Provence-like gardens and wonderful porches covered with trailing vines.


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Milfiori, Historic Country Retreat, restored farmhouse, 5 minutes to Murphys
average rating of 5.0 based on 32 reviews

Beautiful, Peaceful and Private...

  • 5 of 5

Loved the history of Milfiori and the vintage/antique accents. Very relaxing place to get away for a weekend! Thank you Willi

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My sisters and I came for a weekend of beading and fun.

We couldn't have asked for a better place!

The farmhouse and property was truly amazing!.

Willi Krauss was such a fantastic host.

We can't wait to go back!

Thank you Willi,

Leslie, Lisa and Lori

  • Review Submitted: May 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A little bit of Italy in California

  • 5 of 5

We arranged this weekend for a birthday celebration with friends. We thought each day Murphy's would be our destination but the Millfiori home was our place we could not wait to get back too. We had dinners at the big dinning room table and breakfast on the wrap around porch among the gardens. Willi greeted us as we arrived and made us feel instantly welcome. Each day we planned some adventure on our road bicycles or hiking nearby. It is well located and we look forward to beginning a tradition of staying at Millfiori.

  • Review Submitted: May 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Home and Gardens

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Milfiori for the Dia De Los Muertos weekend and had a lovely time. Home is very comfortable for 3 couples with plenty of privacy for everyone. All the bedrooms are upstairs with a dividing door to the stairwell so early birds can start their day without waking the whole house. Willi is a wonderful host and loves to tell you the uniqueness of the home and surrounding property. We will look to come back in the spring to see the gardens in bloom.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wilow Glen

Lovely home away from home

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend and I, along with 2 other couples stayed at Milfiori last month. We were in town for a wedding in Murphys and our friend came across this lovely gem on vrbo. The property is beautiful.

Sadly, we did not get to spend much time at the house, nor did we get a chance to meet Willi because she was on vacation. We would definitely consider renting this property again

Willi is very responsive and returned our full deposit quickly. I look forward to meeting her during our next stay. Thank you Willi.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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campbell, California

Amazing property!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time staying at Milfiori, it will definitely not be our last! The house slept six of comfortably. We cooked in the country kitchen, and loved the big dining table. Each bedroom has it's own bathroom, one with a shower. There is also a full bath downstairs with a huge walk in shower. I have friends staying in the house this coming weekend for a wedding. We all enjoyed our stay, as well as meeting Willi! Look forward to returning soon.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Douglas Flat, USA

Rental Basis:
per property
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £189.53
Cleaning £64.44
Tax Rate 6.0%

Refundable security deposit of $250.00 due 21 days prior to arrival

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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