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Walk to Downtown Murphys - sleep in the quiet

Bedrooms 1
Space 660 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Fall is Here! Winter is Coming! Plan ahead for ski season.

Looking for a weekend or a week get-away?

The Stone Annex is a comfortable place to stay for couples or families in the middle of the popular tourists' area. Check our comments from previous customers.

Fall colors are especially nice right now, and snow in the high country is expected soon.

Stay below the snow for a good choice of restaurants and wine shops. And Bear Valley ski area is only 37 miles uphill, an average 50 minute drive. Big Trees State Park is even closer.

Or you can just stay in Murphys and enjoy all it has to offer.

The Stone Annex accommodates two guests with comfortable amenities in more than 600 square feet. The Annex includes one large bedroom, a full bath, a living room with fold-out futon, and mini-kitchen. For bargain hunters, the Annex can take up to two additional guests on the double-bed-sized futon for a small extra charge. Children are free.

Murphys has it all: scenery, good food, caves, wineries, lakes, kayaking, history, beer pubs, big trees, mountains and music. All within a short walk, or drive.

Area wineries are open year-round as is Calaveras Big Trees State Park, famous home the the Giant Sequoia. The park offers free guided walks and snow play areas during the winter, conditions permitting. Check their website for details at www.bigtrees.org .

Gold Rush history is all around us.

Yosemite National Park is within a day trip, and is truly spectacular in winter and Spring.

We are strategically located between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite, and this is an ideal jumping off place for exploring the best of California. It is a great place to vacation, or spend a quiet weekend.

The Annex is decorated with the local art and photography, and every room is freshly painted and equipped with comfortable furniture.

The bedroom has a queen-sized bed, large closet, desk/dressing table and chairs. If you need it, we have extra blankets, an ironing board and iron.

The living room has the sofa/futon, a comfortable recliner chair, a television with cable and an electric 'fireplace' with heater. WiFi is available.

The mini-kitchen has a slate counter, a mini- refrigerator and a new microwave. We added a counter top convection/toaster oven, plus coffee maker and basic kitchen supplies. Fresh ground coffee awaits guests.

And in response to a guest's suggestion we recently added a grill with a cook-top just outside the door.

And, an essential in Murphys, a wine bottle opener and wine glasses.

New to Murphys this year are three shops that specialize in beer, including an Irish Pub.

Several good restaurants are nearby, and TV trays are provided for those who want to eat a light meal at home. Or you can grill and eat outdoors in lawn chairs under an umbrella in good weather.

A combination washer-dryer is available.

The bathroom is outfitted with all you need. Grab bars have been added to shower/tub and toilet for added comfort and safety.

Ample parking is available within feet of the front door.

We want our guests to be as comfortable as possible. So we completely refurbished part of an 80-year-old house. Most guests come for weekend visits, but the Annex is comfortable for longer stays so you can explore what all region has to offer.

And if you just want to hang out, there are all those wineries and restaurants within eight blocks.

We are about a ten minute walk to Main Street. We are away from the noise, but close enough to get there quickly.

Bring your bikes.

Ironstone Winery, just outside of town, has tours, concerts, a museum, food and stunning gardens.

We are about a three hour drive from the San Francisco Bay Area or Sacramento, or less to Yosemite National Park.

Two great California State Parks are close by: Calaveras Big Trees is to the east, about 15 miles uphill, home to 6,000 acres of wilderness including two Giant Sequoia groves; and Columbia State Park, where the Gold Rush days are preserved and celebrated, is just south along historic Highway 49.

If you need more wineries, Amador County is just north.

There's more to Murphys than wine. The town also boast a craft brew pub, several fine restaurants, history tours, various shops including consignment, a chocolate shop and a village toy store.

You can get almost any kind of food here from fine steaks, Italian, Mexican, Organic, Vegetarian and crafted pizza.

Murphys has no fast food franchise operations, and most local businesses are privately owned and operated.

The Annex owners live next door. Your other temporary neighbors include local chefs and several wine makers.

What We Expect

Have a good time and be good guests.

Just leave the apartment reasonably neat, which helps us keep the cleaning fee lowest in town.

The photos provide a closer look at the Annex and the surrounding community.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

More Details

Sanders and Pat LaMont
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
8 November, 2017

About Sanders and Pat LaMont

We retired to Calaveras County ten years ago, originally to an isolated cabin in the mountains. Eventually we settled in Murphys because we love its feeling of community. We also enjoy the easy access to the mountains for hiking and skiing, great places to eat (our hobby) and musical events.

Many of our friends are musicians, outdoor people and volunteers for a number of good causes. We spend time working as volunteers for non-profit organizations. Both of us are docents at Calaveras Big Trees State Park, lead guided walks summer and winter and help raise money for educational programs. We support the local Habitat for Humanity projects and follow our grandchildren's sports , Scout and school activities.

We will be available if you need us, but invisible if you do not.

Sanders and Pat LaMont purchased this apartment in 2012

Why Sanders and Pat LaMont chose Murphys

We settled in Murphys because it was a perfect fit for us after visiting in the area for almost 30 years, and the weather is near-perfect. Our property came on the market just as we sold our former home in Sacramento, and we decided we were not afraid of the challenge of renovating two houses.

We were really interested in bringing back a historical property where people could live, or visit, in comfort and safety. Affordable housing is in short supply here.

What makes this apartment unique

Good neighbors. Good friends. Good food. Good climate. Close to everything we enjoy.


Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Nearest Ferry
100 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Greenhorn Creek, Angels Camp
Nearest Train
65 Miles
Modesto, Ca
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Bear Valley Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
150 Miles
Santa Cruz
Car: recommended

Murphys is the center of Calaveras County's wine production, with more than 25 small wineries or wine shops nearby, plus easy access to mountain recreation. We are between Yosemite and Lake Tahoe, about 2 hours in either direction.

Wine tasting, touring and shopping are available year round.

We are close to good golf courses just downhill, mountain scenery uphill, and Yosemite National Park is about two hours South.

Every season is different, and Spring and early summer offer wildflowers along hiking trails and near town. Irish Days and the Frog Jump (county fair) are major Spring events.

Summer is peak season for tourists as people come to enjoy Calaveras Big Trees State Park, Lake Alpine, and hiking the high Sierra. Numerous music venues and festivals are held throughout the summer.

Fall provides easy access to high mountain color.

Winter closes the mountain pass above Murphys, but opens the ski season at Bear Valley. Downhill, cross country, snow shoeing, and snowmobiling are all available.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Murphys in Calaveras County

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 660 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 12:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • The bedroom is a comfortable size, with a queen-sized bed, chair, desk and closet.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting


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average rating of 4.857143 based on 42 reviews

Nice, clean neat little annex

  • 5 of 5

Neither the smoke or temperature could put a damper on a wedding we attended at Ironstone Winery. The distance to the festivities and downtown made for a great place to stay. Pictures do not do it justice. Our host Sanders was very friendly and accommodating. The cottage was just the right size for three of us. Two in the bedroom and one on the futon in the living room. Very spacious. Will make the trip again sometime soon!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice quiet place to stay while in Murphys

  • 4 of 5

Cozy, quiet, quaint. Owners are very cordial. Bedroom is comfy. Sitting room is good for 2-3 people to visit. Cute little backyard sitting area. Kitchen is good for rewarming food.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Second time staying here perfectly located great for a couple

  • 5 of 5

Would recommend to friends , nice people to work with clean and well kept .

  • Review Submitted: 14-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Every part of this stay was a true pleasure. The hosts were welcoming, and accessible for any items we may have needed, although the cottage is so well stocked I cant imagine what additional items would be needed. Within walking distance from main street Murphys, winery tasting rooms, restaurants, and boutiques. Great location if you are visiting Murphys for the Ironstone Amphitheater music.

Cottage is perfect for a couple, nice well equipped kitchen with outdoor patio seating, very comfortable bed in a roomy bedroom, large bathroom with shower/tub combo, and a cute living room with tv. WiFi worked great.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very nice!

  • 5 of 5

The house was very clean and a cozy place for two people. Would definitely recommend and would stay there again if we went back to Murphy's.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable and clean cottage with wonderful hosts

  • 5 of 5

Pat and Sanders were welcoming, gracious, and kind hosts. They are extremely knowledgeable about the area and always know what's going on. The annex is very comfortable and clean and easily accommodated me, my husband and our 2 year old son. This was a great and affordable option super close to Murphys and only a 20 minute drive to Big Trees. We had a wonderful time and would definitely recommend Pat and Sanders place to anyone!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Murphys, California

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
19 Oct 2017 - 1 Mar 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

cleaning £29.89
Refundable Damage Deposit £37.36
Tax Rate 6.0%

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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