This charming little studio cottage was originally built sometime between 1910 and 1925 to house a bakery in conjunction with the butcher shop next door (main house). In the early 1930’s the bakery was closed and the shed was converted into a studio apartment for a young man who lived there for over a decade. In later years it has served as a polling place for Vallecito elections and as a storage facility for various owners. In 2010, after years of neglect, we began a major renovation project in the hopes of returning it to its former glory as a livable cottage. The renovation included new foundation and flooring, new exterior siding, energy efficient windows and doors, and the reframing of the interior walls in order to accommodate the 10” thick insulation. A new bathroom was installed along with the promise of a complete kitchenette to be added in the winter of 2014. The result is a refurbished cottage that is extremely quiet and very comfortable due to the extra thick walls, new insulation, and dual pane windows and doors. It is now completely handicapped accessible. The queen sized Murphy bed has a comfortable memory foam mattress, plenty of pillows and a down comforter and can be folded up for more space during the day. There is a private patio out side the sliding glass door for relaxing. The cottage sits back from the street and is surrounded by a beautiful garden area that offers visitors a quietly, serene setting in which to sip a morning cup of coffee or unwind with a nice glass of locally made wine. A visit to the Vallecito area offers a wide assortment of historical, cultural and outdoor activities. The small town of approximately 300 people is both quiet and welcoming. A short walk, can allow a visitor a peaceful journey into the surrounding countryside where cattle and horses graze in the pastures and birds sing in the trees. Within a 5 minute drive, visitors can wander the shops and sample the wines of the area along Murphy’s trendy Main Street; go spelunking in Moaning Cavern, hike the trail and swim the creek through Natural Bridges or hit the historic district of Angels Camp and a movie at the 75 year old Angels Theater. A 15 minute drive will take you to Columbia State Historical Park and it’s well known Fallon House Theater, New Melones Lake for fishing, boating and waterskiing and Calaveras County Fairgrounds, site of the historic Jumping Frog Jubilee. A 30 minute drive will take you to Calaveras Big Trees State Park, the shopping district of Sonora, Mercer Caverns and Cave City or the Stanislaus River at Camp 9. Summer hikes, kayaking and fishing abound within a 1 hour drive from ‘The Shed’ in the Stanislaus National Forest. Winter activities include skiing or snowshoeing at Bear Valley or Dodge Ridge 1 hour away, even Kirkwood Resort is a 2 hour drive. For those with a passion for driving, we are situated about a 2 hour drive from Yosemite National Park, The San Francisco Bay Area, and Sacramento. When the pass is open in summer a 2-3 hour drive over the Hwy 4 National Scenic Byway takes you through the majestic scenery of the Sierra Nevada, past cold rushing streams, meadows of wildflowers and blue alpine lakes to Markleeville, Grover Hot Springs State Park, and the Lake Tahoe region. A drive along Historic Hwy 49 will take you through the heart of California’s Gold Country where the many small towns offer a bounty of antique stores, unique boutiques, small independent restaurants and interesting museums and mining sites.
“The Shed is adorable and the pictures don’t do it justice! Rod was a great host (Bev was traveling so hope to meet her next time), very friendly, and gave us great tips on where to eat and things to do. The Shed was quiet, relaxing and so cute. A little oasis away from the world. They have a little patio table right outside the front door to sit and eat, and a little private patio if you don’t want to interact. Great shower, comfy bed, the powerful ceiling fan kept the entire cottage really cool on a warm day. They have a bunch of little touches that would be helpful in a pinch....phone chargers, shampoo and conditioner, etc, and have coffee and oatmeal for the morning. We had a lot of fun with Critter the cat...he was a rascal! We will definitely stay again!”
Come enjoy your private guest space (a private bedroom and adjacent bathroom, with private entrance) in our air-conditioned rural home on four oak-covered acres in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains --- minutes from the Goldrush towns of Columbia, Sonora, and Jamestown.
“What a. Wonderful experience . It felt like we were on our honeymoon all over again. Very beautiful home with a warm cozy room wonderful amenities like both robes a private entrance area and bathroom with tea and coffee counter. The stay was truly exquisite . We cannot recommend this place enough and the hosts are just wonderful. nearby many attractions and not far from. Yosemite . A real hidden gem”
While this unit is not too far off the beaten path, you will feel like you're tucked away in the trees. Breathe in the fresh mountain air while you gaze at the beautiful surroundings. Minutes from downtown Murphys, a short drive to Bear Valley, and walking distance to Quyle Kilns, a pottery place that has seasonal music and drama shows. I will be out of cell service from November 4th-7th, but I will reply to any messages as soon as I get back in service. Thank you for your patience!
“Danelle and Mike are great hosts, they responded to me on time and gave me answers to my questions in details. Their place is small, just a suite/studio, but served the purpose for me and 2 small kids. The kitchen had everything we needed. The bed was comfortable and the place was clean. It was helpful to have the extra mattress provided for one of my kids. The studio/suite is located up a steep road (it was difficult to drive in a snow) and the location is very private. We really appreciated the hospitality on the day of our arrival when they helped us with the luggage and the car logistics, because of the snowy driving conditions. My kids are already asking to come back!”