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The Queen Anne, a Total Home Atmosphere!

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, Accommodates 6-8 people.

Built circa 1900, this beautiful Queen Anne house was first home to the prominent Jim Stephens and his family. Fifty five years later, it entered ours. The story goes...Ralf Carter Sr. purchased the home in a 'cash only' auction for several thousand dollars. It was here that he lived with his wife Ruth till their mid-nineties. Ralf Sr.'s hope was that his only son Ralf Jr. would retire to the Murphys home with his own wife, Evelyn. In the years following the former Carter's passing, Ralf and Evelyn lovingly restored the home to its former beauty. Until retirement day comes, the Queen Anne on 558 Main Street is now a beautiful home-away-from home for all those needing a place to stay in the charming town of Murphys, CA..

As it goes with old homes, the Queen Anne began to show its age following the elder Carter's passing. It took a year and a half to restore the home to its former beauty and no detail was overlooked. Much remains original, except for the windows. Showcasing 10' ceilings, the salon of this house was a popular place to be after the turn of the 20th century, with the parlor adjoining the living room. From the intricate woodwork details, original hardwood floors throughout, a stunning staircase, large eat-in kitchen and windows everywhere, nothings has been spared in making this house a true home. You wouldn't even know that it had no bathrooms when it was first built! The 'outhouse' has since been moved inside and made much more comfortable and modern. In fact, there are even two!

Keywords: Historical Queen Anne House, two-story home, very private and spacious.

More Details

Evelyn Carter
Member since: 2010
Premier Partner

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

Speaks English, some Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
13 July, 2018

About Evelyn Carter

My family and I live in the quiet hills of Oakland. It is very tranquil living among nature. The Queen Anne House offers us similar feeling of peace and quiet. Even though Main Street is often busy with traffic, sitting in the backyard gives us the feeling of being away from it all. My family and I love Murphys. While retirement is not feasible yet, we decided to share our home to folks like us who like to stay in quiet places and relax.

Evelyn Carter purchased this house in 1955

Why Evelyn Carter chose Murphys

Less than a five-minute walk into 'downtown', the Queen Anne is perfect for private functions or family gatherings. (please inquire for more info on this) Sitting on an over-sized, completely fenced-in compound on a prime location on Main Street, it's the ideal place for hosting a large barbecue, (with added fee)sipping coffee at twilight or playing badminton on the lawn. And with flowers, fruits, and vegetables growing abundantly around the house, you'll find everything at your disposal.

What makes this house unique

Other things of interest include:

* a farmer's market in the summer every Friday, just around the corner from the house.

* Mercer Caverns is about a mile away.

* more than twenty five wine tasting venues and vineyards dot the Murphys landscape.

* Wildly popular concerts at the local Ironstone Vineyard's Amphitheater.

* Outdoor live music and concerts at Murphys Park.

* Lots of restaurants and shops just down the street.

* Calaveras Big Trees Park is a short drive away---for hiking, biking and picnicking.

* White Pine Lake in Arnolds offers good fishing and only about 20 minutes drive.

Whatever you choose to do, we hope your stay provides you a well-deserved vacation-peace, quiet and plenty of fun. You are guests in our home. Enjoy!

Guestbook comments from the owner

E-mail sent: Sept. 30, 2013

Hi Evelyn,

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves this weekend, the Queen Anne was a perfect place for us to gather. The house was very well appointed and comfortable, slept better than I do at home.

Hopefully you found everything in order. As you can tell by the empty bottles in the recycling, we supported the local economy to our fullest.

Thanks for a wonderful weekend, we will all highly recommend your beautiful home to others.

Kind Regards,

Sep 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Murphys in Calaveras County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • No parties/events allowed outside the number of people staying in the house. Need consent and appropriate fee paid to owner.
  • Children are allowed to play board games, card games or electronic games inside the house but NO throwing ball, frisbees or other throw/toss games.
  • Guests pay for items they break.
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Mountain View
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Both bathrooms are with showers/bath tubs. Towels are provided. Bring your own bath soaps. Shampoos are provided.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Queen size Beds (3), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) sofa bed is in the parlor. All linen and are provided--no need to bring your own bed sheets. Everything is laundered in the premises.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Senior Adults Only Community ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Small events may be held at the Queen Anne and her surrounds with a FEE. The nightly charge does not include events and other functions held in or outside of the house without prior consent from the owner with agreed fee. The NIGHTLY charge ($400.00) ONLY covers for up to 6 adults. There is a $50/nightly charge for every extra persons. There is a one time cleaning fee of $130 and $20.00 for garbage disposal.


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The Queen Anne, a Total Home Atmosphere!
average rating of 4.769231 based on 20 reviews

Lots of charm

  • 5 of 5

Evelyn is a one woman show and ensures everything is ready to go with ample linens and towels. The house is quaint and rustic. We have stayed several times and the location is perfect. The Karaoke setup will light up the night after a day of wine tasting.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Mario, Review such as yours makes everything worthwhile for me! I am very grateful for your patronage and for appreciating the humble accommodation I provide. The Queen Anne is not a house--it is a home. I hope I can continue to improve my service. Hope to have you again next year. Sincerely Always, Evelyn
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Beautiful Home in Downtown Murphys

  • 5 of 5

Evelyn was a gracious host. She had her home ready upon our arrival with the rooms cooled (it was 95°) and plenty of towels. She was always a text message away. The house was absolutely beautiful and set up for groups or families. It had everything we needed. Would highly recommend !

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Location

  • 4 of 5

The house was very nice. The grounds outside could use a little sprucing up, watering manicuring. The location was great...just a short walk to all the shops, wineries and restaurants downtown. The only negative was the air conditioning. It is individual room air conditioners, and some work better than others. I'm guessing that is due to location of the room...a room with more direct sun exposure gets hotter and thus the air conditioner isn't as capable of cooling it. We had a very hot weekend so I'm sure that affected the result too.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi, Steve! Thank you so much for your constructive review on my vacation rental. I hope to address the issues you brought to my attention and hope to do better next time. Unfortunately, after spending so much money restoring the house in 2008, I could not afford centralized air conditioning. I also lost my husband halfway into the restoration. I opened my vacation rental three months later without really knowing how to run one! Reviews like yours are encouraging. It makes me want to work harder! :) You are right on the air conditioning issue where the bedroom is exposed to direct sun. Will figure out something this weekend. The grounds do need work and I try not to use much water for watering the yard just to keep it green. I just water the trees and shrubs on weekends that I am up in Murphys. But I will work on the grounds as soon as the hot temperatures let up. I do hope you had a good time in Murphys. Thanks again.
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Beautiful home, great place to stay in Murphys!

  • 5 of 5

We rented the Queen Anne the weekend of our daughter's wedding, which was held at Vida Buena Farm in Vallecito. Reservations and check-in were a breeze and Evelyn (owner) has thoughtfully provided a binder and visuals throughout the home that helps guests be more comfortable. The home is well kept, spacious and centrally located; everything in Murphys was in walking distance: coffee, bakery, lunch and dinner, park, hair salon, it was all available! It was a perfect place to spend the evening before and after the wedding ceremony! We would recommend the Queen Anne to anyone looking for a special place to stay in the Murphys area.

  • Review Submitted: 08-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Kelley, It is with so much gratitude that I thank you for your wonderful, informative review of our home, The Queen Anne. It was a pleasure to have you and family as guests. Thank you for the recommendation. Sincerely, Evelyn Carter
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Comfy stay at Murphys

  • 4 of 5

Great location and ease of use, Evelyn is very helpful she even made sure we got our phone we left in property after checking out. Would definitely go again, had a great time staying and both roaming around Murphys and skiing at bear valley. Perfect for two families with children of various ages.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Historic Home in Downtown Murphys

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Queen Anne for the weekend and it was absolutely perfect! The location is fantastic, walking distance to anything you'd want to do downtown. The house was super cute and very well kept. I highly recommend the Queen Anne and look forward to staying there again soon!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Forest Meadows
Nearest Ski
35 Miles
Bear Valley Ski
Car: recommended

The Queen Anne is situated right on Main Street, a mere 5 minutes walk to downtown. Guests may come in and park their cars inside the back yard by entering through Church Street. The house is but a few meters to Val du Vino Vineyards. In the House: Guests can enjoy playing cards, board games, to those musically-inclined, there is a guitar on board.There is also a Karaoke system for those wanting to practice for the next 'American Idol'!(please take care of these items as they will be inventoried later and charges could appear in your card if damages occur)


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Murphys, California

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2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Garbage disposal fee £15.23
One time cleaning fee £98.98

The nightly charge covers for 6 adults only. Additional nightly $50 per extra persons. Events or any function held at Queen Anne is per approval by the owner with an agreed fee for using the facility.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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