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 original structure dates back to the early 1920's and was originally built as the town bakery. The Main house was built in the 1890's as a butcher shop. Both have been beautifully refurbished into very comfortable homes.
Disponible para huéspedes
The Guest cottage sits in the area behind the garage and patio area which makes it feel very private and serene. There is a private patio for relaxing. During the harvest season there are an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables in the garden which guests are welcome to share with us. This includes apples, peaches, pears, strawberries, cherries and kiwi.
Atención a los huéspedes
We let our guests take the lead on this. We are happy to visit with them, but also are more than willing to let them enjoy the serenity of the property without the distraction of our attentions.
Otros aspectos destacables
We are in the process of putting in a small dog run for guests who wish to bring their small to medium well-behaved pets along. We would ask that the pets remain outside though in an effort to keep the inside free of any allergens that might affect future guests.
We are also available to provide transportation to and from Murphys for any guests interested in a day of wine tasting but concerned about driving after all that delicious wine.
This is a very quiet community and it's residents typically retire for the night fairly early so we ask our guests to be respectful of that and try to keep the noise to a minimum.
The community is populated by many older adults, who can on occasion feel insecure with a lot of strangers in and out of their neighborhood, In keeping with this, we ask that if a guest has a group of people that are planning an outing together, that another location is used as a meeting point. This will keep the disturbance of our neighbors to a minimum.
The Shed has one designated parking spot on the driveway for guests. It is to the right of the garage door and is marked by a sign. In consideration of our neighbors we ask that no guests park on the street in front of their homes.
Officially we are a pet free accommodation, However, we occasionally bend the rules for small well behaved pets (under 30 pounds) as long as their owners bring along a bed or crate for the pet and do not allow them access to either the rugs or the furnishings. We do this out of respect for the occasional guest we have that has an issue with pet allergens. We also require that the pets are never left unattended in The Shed...lonely and bored pets can cause damage and their noises can bother the neighbors.
The Shed is designed for a maximum of 2 people. On occasion arrangements can be made for an infant or small child, however the room becomes a bit cramped if a small cot or porta crib is added.
If a guest has friends that want to stop by for a visit this is okay with us, as long as they let us know ahead of time and that their guests observe the house rules Guests of our guests are not eligible for showers, wifi access or extended stays. All guests of guests must be off the property no later than 9:00 PM and are not welcome onto the property before 9:00 AM. Under no circumstances are guests of our guests allowed to sleep on the premises or on the street adjacent to our property. Our guests are under contract with an agreement with Airbnb and ourselves, if there is a problem with a guest of a guest the ramifications of that problem can and will result in the request for the contract to be terminated and the guest and their guests to vacate the property immediately with no refund.