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Red Gate Retreat - All New, Nestled In Nature, Walk To Main Street!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,250 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

New 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Loft Cottage, Nestled In The Trees. Walk To Main St.


Take a well-deserved break, and visit the Red Gate Retreat! Located in the historic gold rush town of Murphys, CA, this fully furnished, 1275 square foot home is a perfect getaway for those who want to make some great memories! With two bedrooms, a loft, and an open floor plan with vaulted ceilings, it’s a cozy place to gather friends and family for precious time together - relaxing, rejuvenating, and enjoying the gold country.

Its unique location is just steps away from Main Street, but nestled in the trees up a sweet country road. The deck in the front invites you to enjoy the “Sheep Shack” vineyard across the road, and the deck in the back invites you to enjoy the oaks, pines, and redwoods that surround the home. The preserved land behind our home is an old gold mine, echoing Murphys’ gold rush history. (Our natural yard and the land behind us is off limits to our guests.)


The Red Gate Retreat has recently been reincarnated – Everything has been remodeled and renewed to make it a new home, perfect for your relaxing retreat from normal life. The home feels cozy yet spacious, with a modern cabin-like charm with its vast windows, interesting angles, vaulted ceilings and skylights. As the remodel progressed, the unique character of the home revealed itself – we call it “clean, industrial, rustic, cottage.” (You have to be there to get it!) PLEASE NOTE: We're sorry, but due to the design of our staircase, our home is not suitable for children under 6 years old. Also, our natural yard beyond our decks is off limits.


As soon as you walk in the door, you know you’re going to unwind and enjoy. The entire back of the home is all windows, floor to ceiling, giving you a panoramic view of your perch. The open floor plan allows you to get snacks ready in the kitchen while talking to those clustered at the cement island, as well as those chatting in the living room. You can’t miss the occasional splash of red – just for fun!

The kitchen boasts granite counters, a custom cement island, beautiful birch cupboards, and all new appliances. It’s fully stocked for cooking and eating in, when you don’t want to get out of your slippers.

The spacious living room is the hub of entertainment and relaxation. The gas log fireplace keeps you toasty on chilly mornings and adds the glow to the evening conversation. The 50 inch flat screen TV is "smart" so you can watch your own Netflix (or any other) entertainment, or pick a blue ray DVD from our selection, or simply cuddle up with a good book beside the fire. Of course we have WIFI so you don't have to totally disconnect...unless you want to!


Both bedrooms have European pillow-top queen beds. The master bedroom’s rustic barn door slides open to reveal its antique metal bed frame and its own en-suite full bathroom with shower. With a whole wall of windows and sliding glass door, you can step right onto the back deck for your first fresh breaths of the day.

The second bedroom is set apart from the rest of the house, allowing a quiet sanctuary, with its own flat screen TV. Up the unique floating staircase, you’ll find the loft. Its bi-fold doors close off the twin trundle and a twin captain’s bed that allow three to sleep comfortably.

The guest bathroom has a shower over a tub and beautiful frosted windows. The new washer and dryer will be handy for those enjoying a longer stay.


While the inside of the Red Gate Retreat is beautiful, you'll love exploring the historic town of Murphys. Enjoy the 10 minute stroll down the country road to Main Street, and walk in the footsteps of famous Mark Twain, Ulysses S Grant, Horatio Alger and notorious Black Bart. Known as the “Queen of the Sierra,” Murphys was named “One of The Top 10 Coolest Towns in America” by Frommers. Main Street is the heart of this gold rush town - it's lined with a variety of great restaurants, unique shops, and more than 22 wine tasting rooms! Yum!

The community park is just steps away from Main Street. Like a scene from a movie, the gazebo welcomes brides and grooms or live bands, the creek rushes by to the delight of children’s toes, and the barbeque pits host good grill for parties, big and small. Town loves to host several events throughout the year, making Murphys a destination for big celebrations or any relaxing weekend escape from your every-day life.


Most find all they need for a memorable getaway right here and never get in the car until they return home. But if you’re looking for adventures, you can find everything from skiing and biking, to world-famous giant sequoias, to boating and golf, to spectacular caverns, to amazing art and horseback riding, all nearby. At 2,000 feet elevation, Murphys climate is perfect all year round – bright springs, warm summers, crisp falls, and a snow dusting or two in the winter (but never have to scoop one shovel!)


Check out our other home, the ROCKY HILL RETREAT (VRBO #397794). It's just a 5-10 minute walk from the RED GATE RETREAT. Walk to Main Street from each of them. Ask about our Dual Retreat Discount when booking both homes - a great way to accommodate up to 15 retreaters.


Make the RED GATE RETREAT or the ROCKY HILL RETREAT your favorite getaway, and make it a tradition. We hope to be part of your cherished memories of GOOD FRIENDS, GOOD WINES, AND GOOD TIMES!

More Details

Jackie Alcalde Marr
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
11 December, 2017

About Jackie Alcalde Marr

We're Jeff and Jackie (Alcalde) Marr. We love wine tasting (we like to practice, practice practice...!) We were married at beautiful Ironstone Winery on Grape Stomp weekend, so Murphys has a special place in our hearts. Jeff's a mortgage broker, and Jackie's an organization development consultant and leadership & life coach. We live in Folsom and love to do mini getaways to Mendocino, Yosemite, and Tahoe. But of course, our favorite getaway is to Murphys! It's hard to find a place where you feel totally at home (but totally away from home!) We hope you come to enjoy the Red Gate Retreat, stock up special memories, and make it a cherished tradition to come back again and again!

Jackie Alcalde Marr purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Jackie Alcalde Marr chose Murphys

Murphys was Jackie's home away from home growing up - her sister has been an integral part of the community for more than 40 years. After getting married in Murphys, we knew we wanted a place of our own, and a place others could enjoy as well. In 2011 we found our Rocky Hill Retreat and completed a total remodel. We’ve had a great time hosting vacationers for 3 years.

Then the home two doors down from Jackie’s sister went up for sale, and we couldn’t resist doing it again! This unique home needed a total remodel – just the kind of project we love. So we rolled up our sleeves, and created the Red Gate Retreat! The two homes are only 5-10 minute walk from each other and from Main Street!

What makes this cottage unique

While there are so many adventurous activities to enjoy nearby (Calaveras Big Trees, Bear Valley, New Melones Reservoir, Mercer Caverns, golfing, horseback riding, Mercer Caverns, zip lines...gosh, the list goes on and on...), we have to admit, we're pretty lazy. We enjoy hanging out in town and talking with the local shop owners and vintners. It's a wonderful community of interesting people, and we like to count ourselves among them. For us, the best weekend includes coffee on the deck, hours reading beside our gas stove/fireplace, a game and a good movie. When we need to stretch our legs, we love the short walk to Main Street for great food, fantastic wine, and good chat with our friends.


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

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1250 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural ...
  • village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Master bathroom
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Guest bathroom
  • Master bathroom: en-suite, toilet, vanity, shower, second prep area. Guest bathroom: toilet, shower over tub, vanity, etched glass windows.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Second Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Queen, pillow-top, oak bed, closet, great mirror, efireplace
    Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Queen, pillow-top, metal bed, closet, view, en-suite, slider
    Bedroom 3 - 3 Single Bed , Loft with bi-fold doors, trundle twins & captain's twin
  • Master bedroom: Queen European pillow-top bed, antique white metal frame, en-suite full bathroom with shower, closet, wall of windows including slider to back deck, rustic barn door. Second bedroom: Queen European pillow-top bed, oak and metal frame, large window, closet, large mirror, electric fireplace, flat screen TV. Loft bedroom: Daybed trundle with 2 twins, captain's twin, and bi-fold doors to enclose for privacy.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • sailing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • caving
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Our home is perfect for the friends' reunion getaway, three couples, or a family with well-behaved children. It's not great for children who need to play outside or for young children (because of our staircase).


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Red Gate Retreat - All New, Nestled In Nature, Walk To Main Street!
average rating of 4.875 based on 40 reviews

Perfect Choice

  • 5 of 5

I have rented many homes through VRBO and Red Gate in Murphys is by far our favorite. It was stocked with everything that we needed, the beds were comfortable, the instructions to everything made perfect sense including the TV! The home décor was adorable. We would definitely stay here again. Thank you Jackie for answering all my questions and sharing your home. You were a great host!

  • Review Submitted: 01-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so happy to be your favorite, Debbie! We try to make our retreats as comfortable as possible. Glad you thought so! Come back again soon. ~ jackie
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  • 5 of 5

Great house, super fun and convenient location

  • Review Submitted: 04-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed our perfect Red Gate Retreat! Hope you can come again soon! ~ jackie
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Red Gate Retreat - We definitely loved our stay!

  • 5 of 5

My Sisters and I loved our stay at Red Gate Retreat. I received a call from Jackie(Owner) immediately following my attempt at booking our stay. Jackie was completed engaged at making certain we had our booking. In fact she called and texted me personally.

The Red Gate Retreat was immaculate and beautifully decorated, we definitely felt at home while on our Ladies retreat. One of my Sisters flew in from Kansas City, MO for this lovely experience. I definitely recommend Red Gate Retreat to those of you looking for an AWESOME experience in Murphy's, CA. Thank you Jackie for your care, concern and hospitality.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful stay!

  • 5 of 5

We loved this house! Everthing was perfect, great decoration, comfy beds, and it was very clean. The weather was perfect so we walked to the downtown. We felt safe around the neighborhood. Jackie responded all our questions on a timely manner. She was a great host! We cant wait to go back and stay at her lovely house again.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad everyone had a great time at our Red Gate Retreat, Yeliz! We love our sweet country walk to Main Street too. Hope you'll be able to come for another retreat soon! ~ jackie
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Red Gate Retreat was Great! This home is very nicely decorated, clean and close to downtown!

  • 5 of 5

Red Gate Retreat is a very nice home, perfect for 2 couples! Jackie is very responsive and quickly responded to the few questions we had.

We enjoyed dinner and star gazing on the patio and appreciated the close proximity to downtown Murphys! Wish we would have had time to stay one more night.

Hopefully we can get back to Murphy's in the near future for wine tasting and hiking in Big Trees State Park.

Anna and Bruce

  • Review Submitted: 07-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay, Anna! I love stargazing from our deck - I need to do it more often! Hope you can come back again soon - the stars will be waiting! ~ jackie
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Perfect girls getaway spot

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed a perfect girls getaway at Red Gate Retreat. A little wine tasting, lots of relaxing and laughs. Home is very comfortable, very clean, and close to town. Just a short easy walk to the cute town of Murphys. Might even bring the husbands next time....or maybe not.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hah! That sounds like my favorite kind of girls' getaway retreat! Have cake and eat it too: plan a girls' getaway, then include the boys next time. Rinse and retreat! Hope to see you again soon!
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Sacramento International
Car: not necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Murphys, California

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

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £186.42
Standard cleaning fee £74.57
Tax Rate 6.0%

Three night minimum for holidays and event weekends, and increased rates may apply. (Valentine's Day, Passport weekend, Irish Day, Easter, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Grape Stomp, Day of the Dead, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Eve). Exceptions for only two night stays on holiday/event weekends may be made for a higher nightly rate. Must be approved prior to booking.

Standard cleaning fee is $100. Cleaning fee is $125 for stays between 5 nights - 1 week or quick turnarounds (must be approved prior to booking). Cleaning fee will be negotiated for other scenarios.

Additional $75 for gatherings greater than 7 people in the home. Must be approved prior to booking.

$25 Cancellation fee for all cancellations. Full refund for cancellations more than 30 days from arrival. Cancellations within 30 days of arrival will be refunded for all nights that we are able to re-book.

Ask about discounts for last minute reservations.
Ask about our Dual Retreat Discount when you rent the Red Gate Retreat with the Rocky Hill Retreat (VRBO #397794)!


Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 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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