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The Queen Anne, a Total Home Atmosphere!

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, Accommodates 6-8 people.

Built circa 1900, this beautiful Queen Anne house was first home to the prominent Jim Stephens and his family. Fifty five years later, it entered ours. The story goes...Ralf Carter Sr. purchased the home in a 'cash only' auction for several thousand dollars. It was here that he lived with his wife Ruth till their mid-nineties. Ralf Sr.'s hope was that his only son Ralf Jr. would retire to the Murphys home with his own wife, Evelyn. In the years following the former Carter's passing, Ralf and Evelyn lovingly restored the home to its former beauty. Until retirement day comes, the Queen Anne on 558 Main Street is now a beautiful home-away-from home for all those needing a place to stay in the charming town of Murphys, CA..

As it goes with old homes, the Queen Anne began to show its age following the elder Carter's passing. It took a year and a half to restore the home to its former beauty and no detail was overlooked. Much remains original, except for the windows. Showcasing 10' ceilings, the salon of this house was a popular place to be after the turn of the 20th century, with the parlor adjoining the living room. From the intricate woodwork details, original hardwood floors throughout, a stunning staircase, large eat-in kitchen and windows everywhere, nothings has been spared in making this house a true home. You wouldn't even know that it had no bathrooms when it was first built! The 'outhouse' has since been moved inside and made much more comfortable and modern. In fact, there are even two!

Keywords: Historical Queen Anne House, two-story home, very private and spacious.

More Details

Evelyn Carter
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, some Spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2017

About Evelyn Carter

My family and I live in the quiet hills of Oakland. It is very tranquil living among nature. The Queen Anne House offers us similar feeling of peace and quiet. Even though Main Street is often busy with traffic, sitting in the backyard gives us the feeling of being away from it all. My family and I love Murphys. While retirement is not feasible yet, we decided to share our home to folks like us who like to stay in quiet places and relax.

Evelyn Carter purchased this house in 1955

Why Evelyn Carter chose Gold Country / High Sierra

Less than a five-minute walk into 'downtown', the Queen Anne is perfect for private functions or family gatherings. (please inquire for more info on this) Sitting on an over-sized, completely fenced-in compound on a prime location on Main Street, it's the ideal place for hosting a large barbecue, (with added fee)sipping coffee at twilight or playing badminton on the lawn. And with flowers, fruits, and vegetables growing abundantly around the house, you'll find everything at your disposal.

What makes this house unique

Other things of interest include:

* a farmer's market in the summer every Friday, just around the corner from the house.

* Mercer Caverns is about a mile away.

* more than twenty five wine tasting venues and vineyards dot the Murphys landscape.

* Wildly popular concerts at the local Ironstone Vineyard's Amphitheater.

* Outdoor live music and concerts at Murphys Park.

* Lots of restaurants and shops just down the street.

* Calaveras Big Trees Park is a short drive away---for hiking, biking and picnicking.

* White Pine Lake in Arnolds offers good fishing and only about 20 minutes drive.

Whatever you choose to do, we hope your stay provides you a well-deserved vacation-peace, quiet and plenty of fun. You are guests in our home. Enjoy!

Guestbook comments from the owner

E-mail sent: Sept. 30, 2013

Hi Evelyn,

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves this weekend, the Queen Anne was a perfect place for us to gather. The house was very well appointed and comfortable, slept better than I do at home.

Hopefully you found everything in order. As you can tell by the empty bottles in the recycling, we supported the local economy to our fullest.

Thanks for a wonderful weekend, we will all highly recommend your beautiful home to others.

Kind Regards,

Sep 2013
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Murphys House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 8
  • non smoking only ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Both bathrooms are with showers/bath tubs. Towels are provided. Bring your own bath soaps. Shampoos are provided.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds (3), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) sofa bed is in the parlor. All linen and are provided--no need to bring your own bed sheets. Everything is laundered in the premises.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Senior Adults Only Community ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Small events may be held at the Queen Anne and her surrounds with a FEE. The nightly charge does not include events and other functions held in or outside of the house without prior consent from the owner with agreed fee. The NIGHTLY charge ($400.00) ONLY covers for up to 6 adults. There is a $50/nightly charge for every extra persons. There is a one time cleaning fee of $130 and $20.00 for garbage disposal.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

The Queen Anne, a Total Home Atmosphere!
average rating of 4.7777777 based on 16 reviews

Comfy stay at Murphys

  • 4 of 5

Great location and ease of use, Evelyn is very helpful she even made sure we got our phone we left in property after checking out. Would definitely go again, had a great time staying and both roaming around Murphys and skiing at bear valley. Perfect for two families with children of various ages.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Historic Home in Downtown Murphys

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Queen Anne for the weekend and it was absolutely perfect! The location is fantastic, walking distance to anything you'd want to do downtown. The house was super cute and very well kept. I highly recommend the Queen Anne and look forward to staying there again soon!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Northern California

Weekend in Murphys!!

  • 5 of 5

I rented the Queen Ann for my sisters bachelorette party. We wanted a weekend full of wine tasting and hanging out. The Queen Ann was the perfect place for us to stay! It is a wonderful house! Plenty big enough for all of us, and had a very homey feeling. The location was just great, we were able to walk everywhere. The house was very clean and had all the nessaitites we needed for the weekend. We wouldn't have changed anything. And I would definitely stay there again.

Thank you to Eveyln for allowing us to use you home for the weekend!

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Melissa, It was a pleasure having you and your group at our home. To know that you all enjoyed your stay is the best compliment I could have. I thank you for your very nice comments. I work hard to ensure that the house is comfortable for the guests such as yourself. I hope to have you stay with us again in the future. Thanks again. Sincerely, Evelyn
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Tuolumne, CA

Amazing location! Clean & Comfy Home

  • 5 of 5

We had a group staying here for a friend's wedding in the area. The location is perfect: walking distance from anywhere you'd want to check out in downtown Murphys but at the end of the main street so you have quiet and privacy when you want it. Like other reviewers mention it is charming and very obvious that the owner Evelyn takes exceptional care of this property. While it is a historical house (which can sometimes mean old and outdated) it has updated bathrooms and is kept very clean and bright. You can tell all of the linens are thoroughly washed and fresh for each guest. We were very pleased with our stay!

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Nora, Thank you so much for your thoughtful review of my property. Your well chosen description of the house tells me that you were more than just a guest, but one who has a keen sense of appreciation for others' hard work. I do work hard to provide a personalized service. I do all I can to ensure that the house, bedding and towels are sanitized. The Queen Anne, in spite of her age is not too left behind--as you said she does have a fairly updated bathrooms. The latter is a big progress from not having any in the house! I am pleased to know that you had a good visit in Murphys and a pleasant stay in our home. Sincerely, Evelyn
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Rancho Cordova, CA

Girl's Weekend Away

  • 5 of 5

The house is charming; very clean and comfortable. The location was perfect, being right downtown Murphys so walking distance to great restaurants, wine tasting, shopping. The beds are upstairs so may be difficult for anyone with difficulty walking up stairs.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Sue, Thank you so much for posting a review of your stay at the Queen Anne. Please know how much I appreciate it, and how grateful I am of your positive experience. Your kind of review is what makes me want to do better. I hope you and the girls will consider staying with us again next time. Sincerely Yours, Evelyn
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great Spot!

  • 4 of 5

thanks Evelyn, for sharing your place with us, this is a great place to be! being close to downtown is ideal for us, Must also visit the awesome bakery in town!!! yum!! I would recommend this for anyone, it is very clean, beds are comfy and just all round easy going experience!! Great location for day trips to the caverns or Big trees park. Be sure to have dinner at Camps in Angels Camp - best restaurant in area.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Cheryl, Thank you so much for your favorable review. I am grateful beyond words. I try very hard and would like to keep doing all I can to make sure my guests are comfortable during their stay. I hope to have you again at the Queen Anne in the future. Sincerely, Evelyn
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Rates & Availability

Murphys House Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

One time cleaning fee $130
Pet Fee $20
Garbage disposal fee $20
Tax Rate 7.5%

The nightly charge covers for 6 adults only. Additional nightly $50 per extra persons. Events or any function held at Queen Anne is per approval by the owner with an agreed fee for using the facility.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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Downtown Murphys
Calaveras Visitors Bureau
V Restaurant & Bar
Murphy's Hotel
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Forest Meadows
Nearest Ski
35 Miles
Bear Valley Ski
Car: recommended

The Queen Anne is situated right on Main Street, a mere 5 minutes walk to downtown. Guests may come in and park their cars inside the back yard by entering through Church Street. The house is but a few meters to Val du Vino Vineyards. In the House: Guests can enjoy playing cards, board games, to those musically-inclined, there is a guitar on board.There is also a Karaoke system for those wanting to practice for the next 'American Idol'!(please take care of these items as they will be inventoried later and charges could appear in your card if damages occur)


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