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Charming Stone Home In The Center Of Beautiful Gold Country.

People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 1,950 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

2 Bedroom, 2 Bath With Views And Walking Distance To Historic Town.

A house that is so much a home you might not want to leave, even for all the attractions in the local area. Inside: two lovely bedrooms, a private study/library full of books, an office/breakfast room, traditional dining room looking out onto a fine vista, a great old stone fireplace in the art-deco living room with its bull-nose arches, big screen TV, Wi-Fi, full laundry, fully equpped kitchen, brand new air conditioning/heating system, French doors out onto the private back yard.

This is a 1938 vintage house through and through and does include original fixtures, except for a modern gas/oven range, refrigerator, and stacking washer/dryer combo. The main bath is a quaint, small by modern standards, room with a traditional tub/shower combo. We have added a very small extra shower in the former 1/2 bath combo for those times when that is just what is needed. Each bedroom has a comfortable queen-size bed, with both closet and dresser space for your use.

OUTSIDE: Enjoy the lavish view from the hilltop out into the foothills and mountains and peek down into the still-authentic old gold town of Angels Camp, in easy walking distance; enjoy nearly an acre of tranquil oaks, lawns, paths, places to relax, smooze or snooze, write, or just 'be.' Because we are fairly close to the old town as the 'crow flies,' some town/traffic noise can be heard at various times from the back yard.

Outdoor carriage lanterns illuminate the porch and surroundings for refined night enjoyment. The colorful stone always surrounds you with its warmth and dignified solidity. You will leave our home nourished, if you choose to leave.

More Details

Property Manager
Barbara Hall
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
70%
Calendar last updated:
30 October, 2017

About Barbara Hall

This is an old family home, built in the year of 1938, and acquired by me and my siblings after my parent's death. I purchased it and still take great pleasure in the stone craftsmanship, unique then, and still unique, as well as its history for me as the family home I grew up in. I walked to the local grammar school (noW torn down), and the grocery store downtown then, and theater, and eventually went away to college and career. But my life path brought me back to the foothill and mountain area, and it is with contentment and joy that I enjoy the beautiful environment and small communities here.

Barbara Hall purchased this house in 1938

Why Barbara Hall chose Angels Camp

I was two years old when it was built, and my footprint and the date can be plainly seen on one of the stone steps leading down from the small back porch. Sometime after my parents moved to Angels Camp they began plans for building the family home here on vacant land they had purchased. My mother wanted the house to be made of stone like the one from her family history in Scotland, so my father contracted with a retired stone mason in Jackson to build one last house, in 1939. Dad gathered most of the stone himself, from surrounding creeks and deteriorating old stone walls, hauling them laboriously to the site.

The house was well built in short order, by an Italian stone mason, including the lovely stone fireplace, which contains pyrites from local mine tailings, the small niches in the living room and above the fireplace, as well as the bull nose arches. His craftsmanship is especially noticeable in the care with which the stones were chosen and shaped for nearly flat surfaces along the walls. At the time, the house became a conversation piece in the small town. I distinctly remember my math teacher at Bret Harte High School telling me that our house was a 'very intelligent house, here for the ages.'

Perhaps the house did not feel like a fortress or a monument in those days, as I traipsed over the hills to the Angels Grammar School (now unfortunately gone) or downtown to church or the movies, but now, when I sit out back, admiring the stone and feeling the solidity of the house's structure, I can almost identify it with ancient European buildings, still intact after centuries.

What makes this house unique

The house stood alone on the hill, surrounded only by pastures when I was a kid. My parents had an opportunity to buy all the land around the house, which would have insured the house's nearly monumental stature as an 'estate,' but they failed to do so, and then the inevitable development happened, so the house now stands as a kind of aristocrat in a crowd. Even now, the stone seduces me every time, even the way it feels to the touch, the complex colorations, and, of course, all the rich memories of having grown up in this house. I still enjoy the ambience in the living room, beautiful light by day, and romance and charm on a winter's evening by the fire. The niches, the arches in the entry and to the dining room, remind me of a gentler time, when the radio was only outside distraction, and books and a piano were the focus of entertainment. So it is fitting that a piano and lots of books are still a part of the make-up inside.

The spacious property, one of the largest in that area, still lend 'breathing room' in a neighborhood very close to town. Walking brings me either to town quickly, or to ranches and views, depending which way on the 'loop' I go. I never, ever tire of the beautiful views of the hills towards the Sierras from the back porch, especially enjoyable at sunset and in the evening. The light comes in early in the morning, and the sunset makes its colorful mark at the end of day on the front entry side of the home. The 'big sky' feel is one of the perks of this unique site close to town.

Location

Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Columbia Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Miles
Claussen's Corner
Nearest Ferry
142 Miles
Larkspur Landing, Larkspur, CA
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Greenhorn Creek Golf Resort, Angels Camp
Nearest Train
58 Miles
Amtrak - Stockton
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Highway 4
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
Crusco's Restaurante
Nearest Ski
50 Miles
Bear Valley, ca
Nearest Beach
141 Miles
Half Moon Bay
Car: recommended

The Stone House is located in one of the most vibrant historical areas of California, centrally located in the 'Gold Country, location of many possible adventures. There are museums of all sorts, most focusing on local history. Local theater companies theater companies offer both classic and modern plays. One of our favorites is the Murphys Creek Theater Company offering outdoor theater on the beautiful surrounds near a winery.

Three local caverns are close by, and you can try a thrilling zip-line. The area has local parks and art galleries, and both Angels Camp and Murphys feature unique shoppes and boutiques.

Venturing a little further, you may experience rafting on scenic white-water rivers, run by local companies. Boating and fishing is available on numerous lakes and streams: New Melones boating is a very short distance, and Alpine Lake on one end of Calaveras county, and Pinecrest Lake, with boating and fishing, on the other end of Tuolumne County offer beautiful mountain lakes. There is plenty of hiking and sight-seeing on numerous marked trails in the mountains just up the highway, and camping and backpacking starts into the High Sierra wilderness. Biking is popular also, even into the spectacular mountain passes.

Winter sports also beckon in both counties: Bear Valley/Mt. Reba, about 40 miles away up Hwy 4, and Dodge Ridge, above Sonora on Hwy 108.

Special events, such as the Jumping Frog Jubilee and Mark Twain and Gold Rush days claim Angels Camp as their site. Some of our other favorite events are the annual Christmas festivities in December in Murphys in the eve with old-time carols, and other festive music: the street is closed to cars, as people bundle up against the crisp air (sometimes a sprinkling of snow), and enjoy an old-time Christmas feel. Irish Days are also very popular in Murphys. Ironstone Vineyards is a major venue of big-name shows and live-music in their gorgeous grounds, as well as featuring a winery, restaurant, and one of the largest gold nuggets ever found in the gold country.

Speaking of restaurants, everything from gourmet to basic, is found in the small towns of the Sierra within easy driving distance, as well as the local downtown having a cinema, post office, and restaurants offering a variety of cuisine and prices.

Other music festivals and events are popular here, especially in the summer nighttime here. Twisted Oak is a delightful favorite, a winery with a sense of humor and gorgeous views atop a knoll that features outdoor music and food, and of, course, their wine.

In addition to these local attractions, Angels Camp is the gateway to two of the grand features of the world: Yosemite alley and Lake Tahoe, each about 2 hours driving time away. The road to Lake Tahoe (not deep winter) takes you over Ebbetts Pass, a dramatic and thrilling drive right through the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Angels Camp in Calaveras County

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1950 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • village ...
Theme:
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Simple, older-home tile and charm, with bathtub/shower in main bathroom. Second bath area has an adjacent small shower stall.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Each of two bedrooms feature a queen bed with Pima or Egyptian sheets and memory foam tops for a luxurious, comfortable night's sleep. Master bedroom also has a reading chair, and second bedroom has a writing desk.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • 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
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • Racquetball
  • sailing
  • caving
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

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Charming Stone Home In The Center Of Beautiful Gold Country.
average rating of 4.6842103 based on 19 reviews
5

As good as always

  • 5 of 5

This is not our first stay at the Stone House and each time we enjoy it more. It's located close to Murphys, Sonora and the mountains east of Murphys. There are recreation and dining opportunities close by.

The home itself is so cozy we settle right in and feel right at home. It's got so much character!

We will be back again each time we come to the area to visit family.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. It is with gratitude that we have you as repeat guests. Thank you, also, for leaving the house so nice. We always feel comfortable, knowing great folks are here, enjoying the area and family. We are regularly including some improvements, slowly, but surely, to keep it nice here. Hope to have you again as guests!
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stone house was a good place to start are vacation.

  • 4 of 5

It does need a little work on some of the walls.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Small town charm, with old world gorgeous and unique home, made a wonderful vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We love homes that are unique, charming and have history. This home has all of that, and a lot more! This is a handmade stone home, that was built for the owner's family in 1939. The home was built in a European style meant to last the ages. It is perched on top of a hill, directly above Angel's Camp with easy walking (only if you can climb the hill on the way up!). It was great for our two children, as there is a front yard, and back yard to enjoy with a nice amount of privacy from the neighbors. The home's interior is decorated with antiques, and wood floors, and has an amazing library. Even a small library of children's books, and toys. We really enjoyed having a washer and dryer, and kitchen stocked with the staples, so we didn't need to bring spices, oils, vinegars, etc. The beauty, combined with the privacy, and the energy of the home was very relaxing. I felt like we were in Europe, but we were just 4 hours away from home! Barbara, the owner was very helpful with information and ideas on what to do in the area, and was very responsive when I asked questions. Yes, Angel's Camp is hot, but the air conditioning was great, and when you travel to Murphy's, Arnold or Lake Alpine the temperature drops. This is a special home, I highly recommend it!

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Cozy getaway

  • 5 of 5

This is a sweet house that you can feel the love and care that has been put into it. We felt at home. All the suggestions that were given to us were great! It made out stay even better. We loved the back patio . In the morning we would sit out drink coffee and look out at the mountains. We even got visited by a deer. All around lovely.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice stone house in Angel's Camp.

  • 4 of 5

Clean, large, well stocked kitchen and comfortable beds.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Right Place!!

  • 5 of 5

This is the right place to stay if your in the CA Gold Country aka Angels Camp. The home is historic and vintage and at the same time comfortable and has all the "modern" bits that we feel we need. (wi-fi, cable tv, AC, great gas stove, BBQ and more. Location is superb as this was our hub to reach out to Lake New Melones, Family events, San Andreas, Sonora and all the Antiques stores we could find. We felt "at home" so nice to come back to each day. We also had leisurely breakfasts with a magnificent sunrise each morning.

This home is in a quiet spot, the stone walls keep out sound, heat and cold in an amazing way. Trees, sweet peas, roses and an abundance of green surround the house with great outside deck and patio furniture available.

We loved it will plan to use it again as we have family in the area and it is great to visit family but it can be too crowded if we all drop in at once. This is the best of both worlds, time with and away from family.

We come up from Southern CA and this is just an easy day drive, very pleasant trip.

Location in Angels is just at the north end of town, before the Altaville sign. Minutes from anything you could want or need.

Thank you Barbara and David for sharing this and letting us stay here.

PS: Rate is reasonable and value is great!! Also loved the story about the building of the house it brought the house to life for us.

The Cochran family

May, 2017

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cleaning Fee £90.06 + Tax
Pet Fee £18.76
Tax Rate 10.0%

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