|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Located in historic Vallecito, California, Sierra Gold country on 217 privately owned acres set aside as a santuary for people and animals. This home away from home is furnished for your comfort and pleasure. Enjoy the view of flowers and wildlife amoungst mountain ridges, while relaxing on the front porch. Looking for serenity, nature hikes, adventure, sight seeing, fishing and fun activities? If so, this is the place for you! It hosts a lake stocked with fish, seasonal creeks, walking trails, ranging from easy meditation spots to more challenging hikes. A delight for photographers, bird watchers, rock hounds and nature lovers who desire to get away from the busy life and just relax. Located across from Moaning Cavern, within 15 minutes from Columbia state Park, Ironstone Vineyards and 24 additional tasting rooms, caverns, reserviors, mountains, gold mining towns, antique shops. In winter downhill and cross country skiing are within a 30 minute drive; in summer, boating and water skiing are fabulous in New Melones Lake. There are numerous casual and fine dining establishments, shopping, concerts, live theatre, fishing, rafting, gold prospecting and much more. There are many regular scheduled events, the first friday of December, join Murphys' residents in an old fashion Christmas parade and open house on Main Street at 5PM. The Calaveras county Fair and Frog Jump is the 3rd weekend of May, and the Octoberfest and grape stomp are held in October. We also have a fun street fair and parade for Murphys Irish Days in March, plus many other regular scheduled events.
Keywords: Private, acreage, ranch property, gold prospecting, wine tasting, Murphys, retreats, wedding venues, reunions, hiking, skiing, fishing, nature, adventure
I love nature & the country and have enjoyed water sports, gold prospecting, photography & wild life so when we came across this property it was near Lake Melones, had seasonal creeks with a small lake and had so much of what I love. The land is composed of gold mining claims and a Homestead. This beautiful property has much history and is being developed into a Biblical Garden. Many trees, Trails & meditation sites have been added for the enjoyment of visitors and to attract birds,, butterflies and other wild life. There is also a fellowship hall and a small chapel. The property has been used for Weddings, Baptisms, Prayer Meetings, Day retreats, family reunions, school group outings, Passover & other Religious celebrations and much more. The use of the Fellowship Hall, outdoor stage and other areas are available for events with or without the rental of the vacation rentals. The development of the Biblical Garden is an ongoing proess with new sites and trails being added. This property is great for those wanting to get away, relax, enjoy time with nature and get back in touch with themselves and loved ones. Many have come only to find that they love it here so much that they keep coming back and have become great friends of ours. We look forward to meeting you.
Margaret Jensen purchased this cottage in 1989
"Margaret, Thank you so much for letting us stay with you this weekend! We had such a great time discovering all the hidden treasures here in Murphys. We also LOVED the delicious cookies you made. Those hit the spot. Yum!"
We had a great stay. The grounds were incredible, and the friendly horse and turkeys were enjoyed by the whole family. We stayed here with 4 adults and 2 kids. A little cramped in one of the rooms when the trundle was pulled out, but we knew what to expect.
First the negatives....the actual house is a bit dated (general wear and the art on the walls is a bit faded). And the place is also used for Christian retreat activities, so if signs of this in the art, the movies, etc. offend you, keep that in mind. And that's about it.
Margaret, who runs the houses was wonderful and very accommodating. And she got us set up and didn't bother us again....but she is on the grounds and available by phone, so I suspect if we had any issues, she would have been there if we need her (based mostly on my dealings with her getting this set up).
The accommodations have everything you need, and for the price, made for an incredible stay for my extended family. Was very relaxing, clean, movies and DVD player and a few books, a few games, room in the living area to feel comfortable.....was just perfect.
Location is not right in anything, but close to what we wanted to be close to, mainly Angel's Camp, the Moaning Caverns and Murphy's. Easy drive to everywhere we needed to go.
Everything you want in a get-away type vacation rental.
Also the cookies waiting for us was a really nice touch. Just the right balance of hospitality and staying out of our hair.
We spent six days at Serenity Haven and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Margaret is a very sweet lady and interested in ensuring your stay is pleasant. The house was neat and tidy and comfortable for the two of us. Always nice to have a kitchen and we BBQ’ed in the evening several nights. You will enjoy the openness of this property including the three acre pond. Take a carrot for the very friendly horse Star. Several mornings and evenings, we viewed the “march of the turkeys” as they travelled near the house. Many places to explore in the vicinity including Angels Camp, Columbia, Murphy’s and several wineries. Take a drive to Lake Alpine at 8,000 ft elevation. We had a picnic at this pristine lake. I took my boat and we fished at New Melones Lake a couple of days. A very nice place for a couples get away.
Hal & Glenda-Fresno, CA
I needed a few days to just getaway from the everyday stuff that was going on in my life. I needed a time to think, pray, be alone, and figure out things. This vacation rental was the perfect place for that! I thoroughly enjoyed my time there at the Serenity Cottage in Murphys! Margaret made sure I had everything I needed, and keeps the place up just wonderfully! There is a lot of land to explore and hike/walk around. The little cottage was just perfect, with full amenities, everything needed for a short stay! I would definitely come back again and recommend it to friends.
What a cute little place and Margaret is great! I rented this place for a quick little family get away. Mind you it is missing some everyday items like cable, internet and phone service but it is perfect to spend quality time with your loved ones. Zippy the cat is a lover and Star the horse is sweet. We loved feeding and petting Star. I would have given this a higerh rating if it was up-to-date (much older house, appliances, no cable,no fan in the day bed room, etc) but I would stay there again. Thank you again Margaret for the great trip and wonderful conversations!
As the photos indicate - this is a retreat away from the bustle of the road & cities. And although you'll need your car to get to this "out of the city" location - the only traffic jams you'll find are among the squirrels fighting for the acorns! It felt like we took a step back in California History and enjoyed peace & nature at it's best. This is a quaint vacation cottage that provides the basic comforts of home - and for those who need to know - that means "un-plugged" for the most part. Upon arrival, the thoughtful owner surprised us with her home baked goodies -- just like a good friend welcoming you to your new neighborhood!
Next trip - my husband & I will plan to book more than two nights - and use this as a "home base" for travels rather than staying at other locations up/down Hwy. 49 as day trips can easily take us to wineries North & South, Historic sites & up to the Calaveras Trees to return "home" for a quiet rest at night. And bring your "star gazing map & telescope" to enjoy nights stargazing under a clear & stellar sky! Of course, the entire experience will entice you to return -- the sunsets, our new best equine friend "Star" and the morning bird songs calling us back!
TheTom turkey and his flock were fun to watch, and the cat is crazy! We also saw some western tanagers on the red hot poker flowers. All in all, a very enjoyable four days.
Across the road from Moaning Cavern and about 3 miles from Natural Bridges. Just minutes from several attractions including Columbia State Park (a delightful gold mining town that the state has preserved) Several wineries nearby along with fine dining & fast food eateries.
Nearby museums, live Theatre and many other activities including gold panning, golf, water and snow skiing along with bicycling, hiking, etc.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$250|
|linen & cleaning||$75|
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.