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Milfiori, Historic Country Retreat, restored farmhouse, 5 minutes to Murphys

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Life at Milfiori is restful and unhurried. The house is spacious and artfully decorated with many period pieces. It is like stepping back in time from the moment you cross the threshold. Each bedroom is completely unique and melds beautifully with the period of the home. One bedroom has a vintage claw foot tub en-suite. All the bedrooms are filled with light and look out on the garden. Local artists are featured throughout the house, many of the paintings were painted "plein air" at Milfiori.

There is a charming caretaker's cottage on the property and a beautiful old barn. Adjacent to the main house is a stone building with heavy metal doors. In decades past this building served as the bank as well as the village store. You can still see the well that served the community of Douglas Flat.

The house is in the heart of Calaveras County's wine growing region. Stop in at any of the wineries to meet the owners and learn about the local wines. You will be pleasantly surprised.

For a more active day, explore the old mining towns and visit one of the numerous museums for the local lore. Go antiquing or spend the day hiking in nearby Big Trees State Park or skiing at Bear Valley.

Or just enjoy the grounds at Milfiori. Sit on the porch and read a book or stroll through the gardens and try to identify the variety of flowers and plants (the name means a thousand flowers). Take the time to enjoy the slower pace of life in the Gold Country away from the crowds.

Please, no entertaining. Due to the age of the house and extra wear and tear, we cannot accommodate guests other than those already staying at the house. Special events in the garden are possible with prior arrangement. Check with the owner for rates and availability.

The owner is on the premises, available to answer your questions or give suggestions on how to make the most of your trip to the Mother Lode.

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More Details

Willi Krauss
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2017

About Willi Krauss

I retired to the Mother Lode from an active and stressful career in the Bay Area.

Willi Krauss purchased this house in 2003

Why Willi Krauss chose California

I fell in love with Murphys and knew I had found something special when I first saw Milfiori. I love the historical buildings on the property and the beautiful garden. It is magical.

What makes this house unique

I do antique and vintage sales out of the old "Italian Store" twice a year. You might be able to do some shopping right on the property. And I love to give a tour of the property.


Douglas Flat House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2, Master - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1, Downstairs - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3, Tub ensuite - toilet , tub
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds (3)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Lawn / Garden
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • whitewater rafting
Milfiori is a beautifully restored farmhouse built in 1861. It is surrounded by serene Provence-like gardens and wonderful porches covered with trailing vines.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(29 traveler reviews)

Milfiori, Historic Country Retreat, restored farmhouse, 5 minutes to Murphys
average rating of 5.0 based on 29 reviews
Folsom, CA

Beautiful Home and Gardens

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Milfiori for the Dia De Los Muertos weekend and had a lovely time. Home is very comfortable for 3 couples with plenty of privacy for everyone. All the bedrooms are upstairs with a dividing door to the stairwell so early birds can start their day without waking the whole house. Willi is a wonderful host and loves to tell you the uniqueness of the home and surrounding property. We will look to come back in the spring to see the gardens in bloom.

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wilow Glen

Lovely home away from home

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend and I, along with 2 other couples stayed at Milfiori last month. We were in town for a wedding in Murphys and our friend came across this lovely gem on vrbo. The property is beautiful.

Sadly, we did not get to spend much time at the house, nor did we get a chance to meet Willi because she was on vacation. We would definitely consider renting this property again

Willi is very responsive and returned our full deposit quickly. I look forward to meeting her during our next stay. Thank you Willi.

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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campbell, California

Amazing property!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time staying at Milfiori, it will definitely not be our last! The house slept six of comfortably. We cooked in the country kitchen, and loved the big dining table. Each bedroom has it's own bathroom, one with a shower. There is also a full bath downstairs with a huge walk in shower. I have friends staying in the house this coming weekend for a wedding. We all enjoyed our stay, as well as meeting Willi! Look forward to returning soon.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Concert and Wine tasting weekend

  • 5 of 5

What am amazing getaway! My husband and I decided to bring along another couple to enjoy Murphys for a nice weekend. When we booked the Milfiori house we didn't realize we had been to the property before for a beautiful wedding of our dear friends about 4 years ago. However, we never got a chance to see the house and it was BEAUTIFUL: perfect country charm that felt right at home. Willi was kind and showed us around. She is nearby on the property for anything we needed, but everything you could need was available! We had a wonderful time wine tasting and we even cooked a couple meals in the cute kitchen. We hope to come back and stay at the Milfiori house again, we truly enjoyed our time there.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfectly Charming!

  • 5 of 5

We fell in love with this charming place the minute we walked in the door. Milfiori is just perfect. Willi is a wonderful host and a pleasure to deal with. We will definitely be back for a longer stay when we can sit outside and enjoy the beautiful garden! Close enough to Murphy's yet just far enough away for some peace and quiet! Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Camarillo, CA

Presidents' Day weekend wine tasting

  • 5 of 5

Milfori is a great rustic setting in Douglas Flat, 1.5 miles from downtown Murphys. Went there with another couple and DD for the wine tasting event. The Milfiori setting and weather were so nice and peaceful that we spent both afternoons on the porch with most excellent mountain wines and cheese and crackers. Willi, the property owner, was pleasant but not around much, which was fine. We hiked the Murphys Fire break trail with the Murphys mayor (honorary), went to the AMA Boosters crab feed, and had breakfast with most generous family friends. The Murphys sushi restaurant was great for the price. Would definitely return in a heartbeat. All bedrooms are up steep stairs. Milfiori is rich in legitimate gold rush history.

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Douglas Flat House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $85
Tax Rate 6.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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