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

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

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.

Keywords: House

More Details

Owner
Willi Krauss
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 6, 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 Douglas Flat

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.

Amenities

Douglas Flat House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2, Master - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1, Downstairs - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3, Tub ensuite - toilet , tub
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds (3)
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
Milfiori is a beautifully restored farmhouse built in 1861. It is surrounded by serene Provence-like gardens and wonderful porches covered with trailing vines.

Reviews

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Milfiori, Historic Country Retreat, restored farmhouse, 5 minutes to Murphys
average rating of 5.0 based on 35 reviews
5

Delightful Stay!

  • 5 of 5

Like stepping back in time! Loved this uniquely furnished & cozy farmhouse. Lots of room for our family of six. Beds were comfortable and we loved the big table for our game nights. Willi was very welcoming and informative of the property’s history. We’d definitely recommend the Milfiori house for a relaxing & charming stay near Murphys!

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

More charming than the photos, hostess was lovely!

  • 5 of 5

We went for a two night stay with my family. I didn't know which I enjoyed more, looking outside at the beautiful yard or looking inside at the charming interior decor. The home has love in it.

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed the big lawn in the backyard. Afternoons were sun-dropped and golden.

The house was warm and cozy at night. The kit hen is great for making meals.

We liked the neighborhood. A goat, a donkey, some cows, a cat or two.

Centrally located for big trees, gold town experience, lakes for fishing, good breakfast and organic market in Murphy’s.

Thanks!

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Beautiful, Peaceful and Private...

  • 5 of 5

Loved the history of Milfiori and the vintage/antique accents. Very relaxing place to get away for a weekend! Thank you Willi

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Incredible!

  • 5 of 5

My sisters and I came for a weekend of beading and fun.

We couldn't have asked for a better place!

The farmhouse and property was truly amazing!.

Willi Krauss was such a fantastic host.

We can't wait to go back!

Thank you Willi,

Leslie, Lisa and Lori

  • Submitted: May 6, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A little bit of Italy in California

  • 5 of 5

We arranged this weekend for a birthday celebration with friends. We thought each day Murphy's would be our destination but the Millfiori home was our place we could not wait to get back too. We had dinners at the big dinning room table and breakfast on the wrap around porch among the gardens. Willi greeted us as we arrived and made us feel instantly welcome. Each day we planned some adventure on our road bicycles or hiking nearby. It is well located and we look forward to beginning a tradition of staying at Millfiori.

  • Submitted: May 4, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $85
Damage Deposit $250

Refundable security deposit of $250.00 due 21 days prior to arrival

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