Cozy 280 sq ft rustic studio right off hwy 4 approx 5 miles past downtown Murphys. Perfect location to enjoy some wine tasting in downtown Murphys or venture up to Big Trees state park, go kayaking at one of our beautiful lakes, hiking or just relax at our magical, secluded property and enjoy hanging with the sweet animals. I can honestly say the best part of my day is going
Cozy 280 sq ft rustic studio right off hwy 4 approx 5 miles past downtown Murphys. Perfect location to enjoy some wine tasting in downtown Murphys or venture up to Big Trees state park, go kayaking at one of our beautiful lakes, hiking or just relax at our magical, secluded property and enjoy hanging with the sweet animals. I can honestly say the best part of my day is going out in the morning with a cup of coffee and just getting loved on by the donkeys, they are hilarious and such little characters! Yosemite is only a couple of hours away too! Four adorable mini donkeys, 2 mini goats, 6 chickens, 2 very cute ducks. 2 lovable dogs and a cat make up our crazy little menagerie. Enjoy the bocce ball court, sitting pond, hot tub, bbq, 2 gas fire pits, a large wood burning firepit when there's not a fire ban. It's a very quiet and secluded setting (except for some braying donkeys or quacking ducks). The tiny studio has it's own private deck and outdoor deck, which includes a gas bbq, induction cook-top, toaster oven, sink, pots and pans, everything needed to cook a full meal. There is also a mini fridge inside, portable a/c unit, ceiling fans, and coffee maker. We are walking distance to the historic Red Apple that has incredible hot fresh apple cinnamon donuts too! Comcast internet, and direct tv and netflix with a tv in the bedroom and living area along with some fun board games. Cell service is a bit spotty and verizon gets the best reception.
The backyard behind the main house is shared and we enjoy socializing with our guests if you like or we fully respect your privacy but are on the property at all times if you need anything at all. We love having families and children but want to make sure that we disclose that it's a working farm with lots of animals and things for little ones to get into so please watch your kids at all times as we don't want anybody to get hurt, those little fingers can look just like tiny carrots to the donkeys! The pond in the backyard is nice and shallow and perfect for little ones to play in while supervised. There is also a shallow pond next to the studio to get your feet wet or float to cool off but please watch small children closely around both areas.
We did find a rattlesnake on the property recently and have been hearing that they are out with all the hot weather so please watch your step, kids and pets.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 2 nights
- Accepts bookings: 3 months out Weeknight discount: 10% off
- Response time: Within 12 hours
- Response rate: 100%
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Kayaking available at nearby lakes
No shortage of wildlife in the area
Natural features you'll find at Murphys Menagerie Farm stay in California.
Several awesome cave adventures nearby
We live in the beautiful sierra nevada mountains, lots of amazing things to do nearby if you enjoy the outdoors, hiking, biking...Read more
Our property is an old rock quarry that built hwy 4. Very unique rock wall with a massive waterfall in the winter and a relaxin...Read more
We have quite the little menagerie, you must love animals to hang out with us!
We are down a long private driveway
Places to see near Murphys Mini Farm Stay
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If you love animals, rustic outdoors, and a glamping cabin experience then this is a great place to unwind and escape the busy city life. Barbara is so attentive with any questions I may have and they even gave me fresh eggs from their chickens. We went in early September and in the hot weather they build two bonds where we could float or dip our feet in to cool off. The ponds also has a mini water fall for flowing water which is awesome. The cabin has a lot of the amenities for cooking at their deck and at night we were in the hot tub while star gazing at night. I had such a great time! My boyfriend and I plan on going back again because so much of the amenities are available. The Red Apple Bakery is only a 5 minute drive away and the downtown is only 10-16 minute drive away. They serve really good pies, donuts and turnovers. If you're looking for an easy weekend getaway this is a great place to stay. I highly recommend!
Such an amazing spot!
Barb and John have truly thought of everything to make your experience an incredible one. The cabin is adorable, the donkeys, goats, and chickens are the sweetest, and between the sitting pool and the hot tub, there's plenty of water features you can choose to relax in.
Thanks again for the fantastic stay, Barb and John!
Fantastic find for a family getaway
An incredible find - we were sad to leave and definitely plan to come back. The little home was perfectly appointed with everything you need. Bed was super super comfortable. Barbara was the perfect hostess and our kids couldn’t get enough of her farm animals. From playing with the baby goats to cooling off in the pond to relaxing in the hot tub, we easily could have stayed for a few more days and not been bored. Very close to downtown Murphy’s and walking distance to the most delicious apple donuts (The Red Apple). Highly recommend staying here!
My girlfriend and I really enjoyed our stay at Barbara’s place! The house was very cozy and nice and the property is beautiful with very friendly miniature donkeys and goats. Barbara and her family were extremely welcoming and accommodating and have the perfect place to stay when exploring Murphy’s and the surrounding areas!
Our family had a wonderful time staying in Murphy’s! Barb and John were such gracious hosts that they made it feel more like we were old friends coming to stay than strangers renting on their property. The property itself is remarkable, with the cliff of the old rock quarry on one side, animals on the other, and all of Barb’s creative touches in between. We got to feed and pet the donkeys, chickens and ducks, eat farm fresh eggs, soak in the sitting pond Barb made (with a waterfall, fire pit, shade sails, and misters too!), and enjoy the cabin between outings. We also enjoyed many of the fun options Murphy’s itself has to offer, and both Barb and John are full of suggestions if asked. We will definitely be back!
Beautiful, amenity-filled, fun!
This was one of the best stays my partner and I have ever had! Barbara was the most welcoming and gracious host, letting us play with the donkeys and all the animals and even inviting us to play bocce with her friends at their BBQ. The cabin itself far exceeded any expectations- the wifi worked great, the kitchen had everything we needed, and the bed was so cozy! The location is great too with Murphys just up the road and Big Trees close by as well. Communication + check in/out were a breeze! I hope to be back soon!!
A slice of paradise!
What a wonderful place--absolutely an outstanding trip. The care that Barb & John have put into making the property comfortable for guests shows in every detail. It really feels like being guests at a friend's cottage more than renting at a typical airbnb. Go hang out with the donkeys and goats -- they are so friendly and really do love to be pet!! -- and then sit out and cool off in the backyard pond. The cabin is comfortable and the A/C unit was great to come back to in this extremely hot summer! Bed is comfortable, living space is very nice, and the outdoor kitchen is a great amenity, especially with bug netting making it easy to grill out in the evening and enjoy the cool breeze. Really, this place couldn't get any better and we're so grateful to Barb for her warm welcome, great local recommendations, and friendly help throughout our stay. Location is also great -- a quick drive into town and all Murphys has to offer (tasting rooms, shopping, restaurants, etc) or drive up the road to enjoy the lakes and woods in the area.
My partner, dog, and I booked a last minute stay at Barbara's beautiful cabin and are so glad we did. Barbara and her husband were both so gracious and offered wonderful hospitality, while still giving us privacy. The cabin was very comfortable, with every detail thought of, and the outdoor kitchen was wonderful to cook in. Our dog got a kick out of watching the animals, and the fenced dog run was an awesome amenity. We didn't have cell service with AT&T, but the wifi was excellent and more than adequate for doing some remote work (and Barbara graciously made a phone call for us when we needed one). The location is just 15 minutes away from Calaveras Big Trees state park, which is an amazing place to see redwoods and sequoias. Would love to come back!