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Rocky Hill Retreat – All New, Great View, Walk to Main Street!

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Bedrooms 3
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Minimum Stay 2 nights

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House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)


Enjoy all the best of vacation getaways at the Rocky Hill Retreat! Located in the historic gold rush town of Murphys, CA, this fully furnished, 1600 square foot home is a perfect getaway for friends and families to gather for precious time together - relaxing, rejuvenating, and enjoying the gold country. If you need an inspirational place to be productive, the Rocky Hill Retreat is also a unique meeting space for small groups and events.


The Rocky Hill 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 kitchen boasts granite counters and a friendly 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. Enjoy the flat screen TV and DVR while you cook. The dining room table seats 10 comfortably so everyone can share their stories from the day. And,the panoramic 8 foot sliding glass door invites the view in even when you're not on the patio.

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 fun. Watch the flatscreen TV or a blueray DVD, play games at the poker table, or cuddle up with a good book beside the fire.


Each bedroom has its own unique flare. The master has a queen sized pine log bed and brings nature in everywhere. Enjoy your coffee on your own patio, just outside your sliding glass door, or enjoy the beautiful view while you linger in bed with your morning TV. The ensuite bathroom gives you a little sanctuary from the rest of your group. The second bedroom takes you back in time with its full sized, 100 year old bed, antique phone, and photos of my great grandparents in Spain. The third bedroom sleeps one or two with its trundle bed, and reminds you that you have more time to relax and slow down – you’re on vacation! An additional queen size, elevated Aerobed is ready for extra guests - great in front of the fireplace!

The two full bathrooms (one inside the master bedroom) each have shower, tub, new fixtures and new vanities for everyone’s needs. The new laundry room will be handy for those enjoying a longer stay.


While the inside of the Rocky Hill Retreat is beautiful, it’s the life outside that reveals true beauty. Enjoy the sunrise over the rocky hills from our comfy patio, or barbeque for the gang as the sun casts a magical glow across the meadow and lands on the hillside. Take a walk through quiet neighborhood streets with unique homes, watch the sun glisten on the grape vines, and enjoy the walking trails through the meadow. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the drought and wildfires, we request NO FLAME/no grilling until further notice. Also, be aware there is no play area for kids beyond our brick patio.)

Stroll 5-10 minutes to Main Street, and walk in the footsteps of famous Mark Twain, Ulysses S Grant, Horatio Alger and notorious Black Bart. Murphys, known as the “Queen of the Sierra” and 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 18 WINE TASTING ROOMS! Yum!

Steps away from Main Street is the community park. 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.

WINES and WEDDINGS are part of the fabric of Murphys! The Rocky Hill Retreat is the perfect wedding home base. The bride and her wedding party can enjoy each other and prepare for the big day with all the comforts of home. Or, make this the family headquarters, a spacious place for family and friends to gather, organize their plans, and tell stories of how the big day unfolded.


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!)


The Rocky Hill Retreat is also a great place to hold your team meeting or planning session. Groups do their best thinking when they are in an environment that promotes new perspectives. A professional consultant and facilitator will help design the right process to achieve your goals and can facilitate your meeting so everyone can participate fully. Tools to make your session successful include: flipchart, white board, pens, notepads, printer, projector and screen.


Check out our other home, the RED GATE RETREAT (VRBO #722818). It's just a 5-10 minute walk from the ROCKY HILL 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 ROCKY HILL RETREAT or the RED GATE 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!

Keywords: single story family home, patio, meadow view, mountain view, neighborhood, walk to town, retreat, meeting space, wine tasting, gold country, weekend getaway, couples, bridesmaids, wedding party

More Details
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Jackie (Owner)
Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english

About Jackie

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. Can you believe that Jeff didn't drink wine before he met Jackie?! Now he loves to tell you about his favorite tasting rooms on Main Street.

There is nothing better than a morning walk to breakfast, wine tasting through the mid day, napping in the afternoon, and a nice dinner and play for the evening. Or, maybe just enjoy a morning Bloody Mary at the historic Hotel, play games and barbeque dinner on the patio!

Jeff's a mortgage broker, and Jackie's an organization development consultant and leadership & life coach. (That's why coaching and team planning sessions are a great fit for the Rocky Hill Retreat.) 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 Rocky Hill Retreat, stock up special memories, and make it a cherished tradition to come back again and again!

Jackie purchased this house in 2011

Why Jackie chose Gold Country / High Sierra

We've known we wanted to create a place for people to gather for relaxation, and to make great memories. We kept our eyes open for just the right place in Murphys. It had to have a view, and it had to be walking distance to Main Street. The Rocky Hill Retreat finally appeared - a little diamond in the rough until we spent three months polishing her!

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. She lives just a couple minutes walk away, and now that we have the Rocky Hill Retreat, we can have her over to OUR place!

What makes this house 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 our patio (thank goodness the coffee maker can start automatically, so we can slip out of bed onto our patio for sunrise - something we'd never do at home!), 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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

5 stars! We (me, my husband and our boys ages 6 and 4) had a blast staying at the Rocky Hill Retreat. It's a very clean, comfortable and nicely decorated home with everything you could possibly need. Beds are super comfy, neighborhood is quiet and just a short walk to Main St. We enjoyed sipping wine, taking in the view of the surrounding hills and playing one of the many games provided every evening. Such relaxed fun.

We loved exploring the nearby caverns (Mercer, California and Moaning). Such a cool adventure!! Also fun putting our feet in the creek at Myrphys park, just off Main St. Milliaire has our favorite wine, Aria is the best for amazing pastries and coffee. Took a day trip up to Big Trees, then up to beautiful Lake Alpine. There is no lack of fun things to do! We can't wait to go back. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us!
Jun 2014
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Rocky Hill Retreat – All New, Great View, Walk to Main Street!
average rating of 4.9117646 based on 69 reviews

Just like home

  • 5 of 5

Jackie's house is great in every way. Clean, comfortable, stocked with everything you need. We had a wonderful time in Murphys tasting wines and learning about the historic town. We ended up driving to Main Street when we went but you could definitely walk. We went on a pretty warm weekend so A/C was key. Had the best time at the Pour House which is right on the corner of Main and Church (beers on tap). Played games at the house (there's lots of them to chose from) and chilled out back admiring the scenery. Fun weekend away with friends!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love the Pour House too! We're happy everyone had a great time! Hope you'll be back again soon. ~jackie
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Like home.

  • 5 of 5

It was a delightful experience. The house was the hub for the bride and her bridesmaids. There was plenty of room and the kitchen is well equipped. It was quiet and peaceful also to get a good rest. I highly recommend it. Jackie is great to work with also.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Congratulations on the wedding! It's great to have been a hub and respite for the bride and her maids! Hope you'll be back to enjoy another weekend - it will surely be a bit more relaxing.
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perfect in every way

  • 5 of 5

Rocky Hill Retreat was perfect in every way- in location, in amenities, in accommodations. Centrally located between Northern California, Southern California and the Bay Area , a total of 6 sisters/ cousins met in bucolic town of Murphys. A quick walk to downtown put in the middle of Aria bakery and the fabulous Golden Roasters coffee house. The house was minutes to Mercer Caverns, Ironstone Winery and Calaveras Big Trees State Park. The home's open floor plan allowed for plenty of space for 6 people to eat, socialize, drink and dance, yet still have privacy and quiet time when needed. There was plenty of linen and blankets for the cool nights. Cookware and dishes available for meals at home. This home made the first annual sister/cousin reunion a great success. We talked about going somewhere else in California for our next reunion, but everyone agreed that they would like to return to Rocky Hill Retreat. Thanks again, Jackie for such great accommodations.

  • Submitted: May 11, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: That is fantastic, Melonie! The first sister/cousin reunion was a big success, and we are honored to be a part of it. There's nothing like sharing quality time with family - I'm so glad you all will carve out time to get together each year, and I hope the Rocky Hill Retreat is part of your cherished memories. ~jackie
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Excellent home and great view!

  • 5 of 5

Where to begin! Home owner was very prompt to respond with any questions I had prior to booking the vacation home. Rocky Hill Retreat was absolutely perfect for our weekend get away for my sisters birthday. The kitchen was fully stocked with all the glasses and dishes you would need. The living room is nice and spacious, with plenty of seating. It was great for entertaining! The bedrooms were perfect to accommodate our large party. Each room had its own unique décor, which we adored! The backyard was amazing, especially the view of the foothills! We were able to walk to Main Street for wine tasting. The neighborhood is very cute! We went on a rainy weekend, but enjoyed our time relaxing at Rocky Hill Retreat and would definitely love to rent it again in the future! Thanks!

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm glad the rain didn't dampen your birthday celebration. Hope you can get away again soon! ~jackie
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Great get-away retreat!!!

  • 5 of 5

We truly enjoyed our stay at Rocky Hill Retreat! Rocky Hill is a great place to get together with family as it has a great floor plan and decorated very comfortably. The proximity to downtown Murphys is very convenient where you can walk to the shops and wineries, but far enough away from the hustle and bustle that you can enjoy the peace and quite. A great, very charming place that I would definitely come back to.

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love that easy walk, too, Kelly! Come back again soon - next time in the spring/summer for a totally different feel in town! ~jackie
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Wonderful home!

  • 5 of 5

We rented this home for my son's wedding held at the Twisted Oak Winery. The location is incredible, we walked to the Rehersal Dinner at the Murphy's Hotel, and were able to walk down for coffee and shopping. The house is immaculate with many nice touches, a bottle of wine upon arrival, beautiful scented soaps in the bathrooms, ribbons tied around the towels, coffee, and well supplied with papertowels, dishwasher soap, etc. Very large family room and kitchen, so our family could be together, but now crowded. The owners are very responsive, I had a few questions, and they responded immediately. Hope to return soon!

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I hope you came come again soon too, Rosemary! Next time come to relax with the newlyweds! ~ jackie
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Car: not necessary

wine tasting, outdoor big-name concerts, country faires, skiing 40 minutes away, 3 golf courses within 20 minutes, Murphys Irish Days, Grape Stomp and Harvest Faire, Frog Jump, art festivals, vintage car shows, melodrama, indoor and outdoor plays, community park with gazebo and rushing creek, gourmet restaurants, gold rush historical sights, amazing caverns, zip line adventure, historic walking tours, cooking classes, vintage holiday open house tour


Rates & Availability

Murphys House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Standard Cleaning Fee $100
Tax Rate 6.0%

Three night minimum for holidays and event weekends (Passport weekend, Irish Day, Easter, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Grape Stomp, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Eve), or $300/night for only 2 nights.

Standard cleaning fee is $100. Cleaning fee is $125 for stays between 5 nights - 1 week. Cleaning fee will be negotiated for other scenarios.

Additional $75 for gatherings greater than 8 people.

Ask about discounts for last minute reservations.
Ask about our Dual Retreat Discount when you rent the Rocky Hill Retreat with the Red Gate Retreat (VRBO #722818)!

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Murphys House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Ensuite in master bedroom, separate vanity area.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Beautiful pine log Queen. Memory foam top. Ensuite full bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 baby crib , Antique double, high w/ steps. Euro & memory foam top.
    Other (See Description) - 1 queen , Self-inflating/deflatng comfy Queen Aerobed- brand new.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Trundle twins. Baby changing table.
  • Queen size Beds (1) Pine log style, feather bed top, Double Beds (1) High and antique with Euro-top cushioning, Twin or Single Beds (1) Trundle bed, sleeps one or two (individually, or together), Baby Cribs (1) No crib but bassinet and changing table, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen size, elevated, Aerobed. Automatic inflate/deflate. Really comfy!
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Total remodel completed December 2011! All new granite kitchen, all new appliances, large kitchen table seats 10, vaulted ceiling, friendly kitchen island with hand-painted wine stools. All new surfaces, new HVAC system, all fresh paint inside/out. Large patio, panoramic sliding glass door opens to patio, master bedroom sliding glass door opens to patio, view of serene meadow with mountains behind, comfortable patio furniture, side yard storage. RV parking, driveway fits 6 cars, quiet neighborhood, dusk-to-dawn and motion detector lights. Felt poker game table, games for all ages, optional wine exchange rack (for fun!). Flat screen TV, blue ray DVD player, and Roku for your Netflix in living room, flat screen TV and DVD player in kitchen, TV in master bedroom, reading library for all interests, iPod charger/speakers. Special packages for: coaching, massage, wine tasting class, private wine tasting, and consulting/facilitation for your business meeting/executive retreat.

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