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Quiet room with view -1 1/2 miles to downtown Murphys-Newly re-decorated+tennis

Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

Bedroom, bath + entry New Furnishings, Microwave, Mini- Frig And Keurig Coffee

Share the same relaxing atmosphere and views as the Courtwood Inn guests, in this cozy vacation rental on the lower level of our new cedar log home building. The rental consists of a bedroom with an ensuite bathroom with shower, a queen bed with pillow top mattress, mini refrigerator, microwave oven and Keurig coffee maker. An assortment of coffees/teas are provided along with juice, water and cereal to start your day. There is central heat/ac plus a window AC unit and free wifi. Gilchrist & Soames bath amenities are provided, just like at the inn. The entire building is equipped with a state of the art fire sprinkler system for your safety.

The property has just added 2 tennis courts. You can use the courts on a walk-on basis, so bring your shoes and racket. Lessons are also available with Larry Parker ( USPTA Pro of the Year) call in advance to book a lesson. $105/hour private or Semi-private.

We are located 1.5 miles from the end of main street. Special packages with Courtwood wine tours are available. This room is not handicap accessible. Reserved parking is available on the side and near your gravel patio area. Free wi-fi is available on our property. Although there is no access to the interior of the inn, (unless you choose the meal option)you will experience the same quiet relaxing atmosphere and expansive views. Feel free to sit outside by our little pond and waterfall by the entrance. Since we are tennis professionals by occupation, we have named our vacation rental the Drop Shot. Meal pkg. and access to the main inn great room and inn deck can be added for $50/day upon arrival. It includes full breakfast and happy hour. Note: good Wi-Fi for streaming videos, no TV.

More Details

Chris Parker
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
11 February, 2018

About Chris Parker

Larry and I are tennis professionals from the bay area. We purchased our property in Murphys in 2004 with the dream of building a log home bed and breakfast inn. We are in the final stages of completing that project. Since 2011 I have run Courtwood Wine Tasting Tours, a custom wine tour for up to 6 people.

Chris Parker purchased this house in 2004

Why Chris Parker chose Murphys

We purchased this 5 acre property in 2004 and have just finished construction of our new log home. The vacation rental unit was converted from a pool bathroom and sauna room, which we don't have need for at this time. We also have outstanding views of the Sierra foothills to the valley and 2 tennis courts available on site.

What makes this house unique

Experience the atmosphere of our unique setting for way less than half the cost of our inn rooms. The construction used the same natural stone shower finish, European fixtures and bathroom amenities as the inn. The AC/heating is connected to the inn and the state of the are fire sprinkler system is too. We have added a small window air conditioning unit for your comfort in the summer. Did we mention new tennis courts?


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

Property Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18 ...
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • 1. You may purchase our meal plan to be included in the inn's happy hour and full breakfast. It is optional and can be added on arrival $50- daily.
  • 2. On concert stayovers you can book transportation to the concert with the inn guests for an additional $40/cash.
  • 3. Our 2 tennis courts will be finished by fall 2017. VRBO may use the courts on a walk-on basis or can join in games with inn guests. Waiver signed
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The bathroom is cozy with a beautiful natural stone shower, a pedestal sink and Toto toilet.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • New queen bed, pillow top mattress and new bedding. Bed bug protection on pillows and mattress. Mirrors and a closet rack are in the bedroom area. The entry room is a food prep area with microwave, small refrigerator and coffee maker. Supplies and extra towels are on the shelf. Just added: blackout curtains to the door and bedroom window. Also installed 9/23/16 a single unit AC, to help out the 2 smaller central vents. Our floor heater provides pleasant heating in the winter. We have installed an accordian door to increase the space in the bathroom.
  • Terrace
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • caving
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
If you stay with us and save 10% on a Courtwood Wine Tasting Tour. Check wine tour website for availability calendar. Tour van seats 6, or 2 couples.


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(18 traveller reviews)

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Quiet room with view -1 1/2 miles to downtown Murphys-Newly re-decorated+tennis
average rating of 4.111111 based on 18 reviews

Too small for a couple

  • 2 of 5

My husband and I stayed here for a weekend in Murphys. The bed is too small for two people. There is no space to sit and relax in the room, there are two small chairs. Also, it feels really awkward to be staying below the inn and not have any access to the facilities there. This would be an ok place for one person to stay, but it is not adequate for a couple. Also, we got lost trying to find it, do not follow Google maps. I would not stay here again. The temporary innkeepers were friendly enough and we were glad to have AC but the small size made it a poor choice.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Since your stay, we are excited to say we've used a designer's input and re-worked our vrbo unit. The outside patio area has a new table and umbrella for shade and we are getting bids on putting in a concrete pad. The bed is a queen size bed which is smaller that our inn rooms (Ca. King) but usually adequate for 2 people. We have changed the seating by adding 2 cushioned fabric chairs and put the clothes rack in the bedroom. The entrance alcove is now the food prep area and we have taken out the large bathroom door and installed an accordion door which greatly increases the bathroom's size. Mirrors have been added and smaller reading lamps take up less room leaving more space on the bedside tables. We are sorry to hear you got lost getting up to our property. The map on the vrbo listing is accurate, but most gps apps can be very inaccurate up here in the mountains. We do have an add-on meal package which can give you inn access, breakfast and happy hour refreshments for $50/day. Our little "Drop shot" unit is specially designed to be a lower cost option. Keep in mind, guests at the inn are paying 2-3X more than the cost of the vrbo. The benefit are the views, quiet retreat and peacefulness of our getaway. Next time you might consider staying at the inn, with very spacious rooms, Cal King beds, spa tubs, double bathroom sinks, Direct TV, 3 separate and very large public areas, breakfast and happy hour included and on most all concert dates transportation and desserts included.
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A calm oasis with spectacular views

  • 5 of 5

Chris and Larry are wonderfully helpful hosts who have created a wonderful private and quiet room with a majestic view of nature. It's part of a larger home/hotel but has a private entrance and faces out from the back, so there's nothing but trees and birds outside your door. The bed is very comfortable and the entire unit is perfectly clean. We enjoyed the Main Street area and wineries just a 5 minute drive from the room, and some incredible hiking just a 30 minutes drive away at the Arnold Rim Trail (Cougar Rock Loop) and Big Trees State Park (South Grove).

  • Review Submitted: 29-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mt Aukum

Great location, view, comfortable bed and a well appointed bathroom

  • 3 of 5

Overall a pleasant stay, areas that could improve the guests experience.

Clean the Cobb webs from the room before guests arrival, repair the drywall above the bed, install some secure hooks to hang garment bags in place of no closet, provide a clock radio or small flat screen TV and possibly build a small deck at the porch level of the entrance door to make it look less like a storage door.

The rest of the building looks very well thought out, although we could not see the inside due to a wedding taking place.

Best of luck to the owners, and Merry Christmas.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Dec-2016
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: First off, apologies for any cobwebs. It is a constaint battle for us and we look for them everywhere. Sometimes we miss. Secondly, we are on the same page as you. We currently have closed for January and have a contractor repairing the drywall and replacing the towel racks so they will attach firmly. We also have purchased a closet type rack that will be better to hang clothes, hang up extra towels and have a shoe shelf. These repairs will be finished before we open our vrbo unit in February. We looked into a tv, but since it is satellite and not wifi based it would require installing cable from the far side. We want to keep the cost as low as possible for the vrbo and this addition would require an increase in price. So bring your laptop or iPad and use our wifi to stream shows if you'd like. Lastly, a patio and hot tub are in the plans, but won't get done until after our 2 tennis courts are completed. And we always try and show off the main inn, to give our guests a peak at the main area where rooms run $275-$395 per night. Because our very 1st wedding was being held, we had to respect the privacy of the family. We enjoy bringing vrbo guests through our great room, so they can consider staying with us in the inn for a special getaway.
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Beautiful location very nice people

  • 4 of 5

Cute little room with great views.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pleasant Hill, California

Perfect Place to Stay for Single Woman

  • 5 of 5

As a single woman, I was in Murphys for a wedding and needed a place for 2-night stay. This fairly new, small accommodation met my needs perfectly. The bed/bedding were totally comfortable. A variety of Continental Breakfast items were available, along with coffee/tea and chilled orange juice/milk/water. A small patio area, on which to sit and enjoy the view of the valley and distant mountains, graced the entrance into the room. The owners were very friendly and accommodating, making an effort to welcome guests and to meet their needs. It was a very enjoyable visit.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice property but very dusty dirt road in and out of property. Glad we brought the SUV.

  • 3 of 5

Room was very nice but got a little warm at night when AC wasn't on. Owners very nice.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The good news is that a window unit AC has been ordered and will be installed next week. That should keep this unit very comfortable when it gets hot. We actually had to improve that "dusty" road ourselves to country code standards. Widened, added retaining wall, erosion control, paved encroachment at the start etc. A little rain will take away the dust, but there is nothing we can do about the dust for now. Tip, don't wash your car before heading to Murphys.
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Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Murphys Historic Hotel
Car: necessary

Murphys is a quaint historic gold mining town, now well know for its wine industry. Along with 23 tasting rooms along Main Street there are excellent restaurants and shopping. We are located 1.5 miles from Main St. Wine tour packages are available with Courtwood Wine Tours. Big Trees State Park is located right up highway 4 and there are also 2 different cave tour attractions nearby. There is an historic walking tour of the town of Murphys offered free of charge every Saturday morning from the Murphys Historic Museum. Our property has 2 tennis courts that are available for play and lessons. Call for reservation and lesson details.


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Cancellation Policy: If cancelled more than 10 days in advance a $50- cancellation fee will be charged. There are no refunds allowed within 10 days of your reservation or for early check out.
Directions Murphys: Proceed to the end of Main Street and at the fork in the road bear right up the hill. French Gulch Road. Go exactly 1 mile and turn right at St. John's Rd. At night the sign reflects red. Go approximately .5-.6 mile and look for the 2081 sign and the very large log home on the top. Head up the driveway and park in the parking area facing the wall. Check in 3-7pm-out 11am

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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