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Dunbar House, 1880

271 Jones street , Murphys, CA 95247-1375 USA (Show map)
49 Reviews
$199 - $290
per night

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Step back into Old World Charm at Dunbar House 1880, where you can relax in comfort and ease. Dunbar House is an intimate, romantic and private haven for adults only. Enjoy homemade Rosemary Lemonade and cookies on the porch, or sip freshly ground coffee in the parlor by the fire. Delectable afternoon appetizers with hand-crafted local wine await you in your room. You are invited to stroll through the century-old rose garden, and curl up with a book in the hammock, surrounded by soothing sounds from the trickling water fountains. It's an easy walk to dinner, art galleries, and boutiques. A stroll down tree-lined Main Street Murphys remains much the same as it was during the great Gold Rush, alongside upscale new additions.

Rooms & Rates

1 - Cedar

Ellen Dunbar's sewing room is a two room suite with a queen bed, gas burning stove, and a private porch that extends into the garden. Cedar offers a luxurious whirlpool bath, a separate shower and English towel warmer.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

3 - Sequoia

The former library offers elegance with its antique French screen and designer fabrics of sumptuous burgundy and taupe. Romantics can enjoy a bubble bath in a two-person whirlpool tub and shower. Private Patio Seating.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

4 - Ponderosa

From the former master bedroom, your view includes historic Murphys, and the Inn's lush gardens. Bathroom has claw-footed tub with shower. Ponderosa is decorated in warm yellow and blues.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

5 - Sugar Pine

A suite with a large seating area leading to a private balcony in the trees. The former bedroom of the Dunbar sons is decorated in blue & white. Enjoy soaking in the six-footed tub. Separate shower & English towel warmer.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

6 - Blue Oak

A romantic hideaway tucked into the attic overlooking the side garden. This spacious yellow and white room with a queen bed was the former innkeepers' quarters. Claw-footed tub with vintage hand-held shower. Access to the room is up a steep stairway. Your own private patio deck adjoins the room. BLUE OAK IS THE ONLY ROOM WHICH CAN ACCOMMODATE 3 GUESTS. ADDITIONAL DAILY CHARGE FOR 3rd GUEST IN BLUE OAK IS $40.00 PER ROOM NIGHT. We need advanced notice so we can prepare room ahead of time.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Dining4.9

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Best Bed and Breakfast in the Sierras

5 on February 09, 2014

Had a great stay here for New Years. The room was outstanding and the owners took care of my girlfriend and I. Will be back soon for another holiday weekend. Thank you Arlene and Rich.

One of the best B&B's

5 on December 09, 2013

This was our second visit to the Dunbar House, 1880 and we wished we had booked two nights instead of one! We will definitely return for another stay in the spring or fall...or maybe both :)

Warm & Cozy B&B

5 on October 20, 2013

You will love staying here -- it's a lovely inn in a quaint historic town!

Coziest B&B rooms!

5 on January 24, 2013

Beautiful and charming B&B with excellent service and wonderful ambience. Conveniently located within walking-distance to Main Streeet in Murphys for dining, shopping, wine-tasting, etc.

Excellent experience

5 on August 05, 2011

Excellent overall experience at this historic b and b. Beautiful setting, beautiful room, great food.

This B&B has it all!

5 on June 03, 2011

We’ve been to many B&B’s, but none as comfortable and welcoming as Dunbar House. We felt so pampered that we didn’t want to leave. The breakfasts and appetizers were amazing, but their homemade Chocolate Decadent Cookies were heavenly! The small touches and attention to detail are what makes this B&B stand out. Thanks Rich & Arline, we’ll be back!

Enjoyed being Spoiled at Dunbar House

4.0 on April 10, 2011

We celebrated my wife's birthday over three days in early April. Booked the Cedar room midweek and had the place to ourselves. Our fabulous breakfasts were served in our room each morning and every afternoon we were greeted with appetizers and a bottle of wine from a local winery. Rich and Arline are great hosts and were very helpful in selecting restaurants and local sightseeing. Would highly recommend the Dunbar House.

24th Anniversary

4.6 on January 22, 2011

My hubby and I stayed at Dunbar to celebrate our 24th wedding anniversary. This was our first B&B stay, and we loved it! We were the only guests in the house our first night, so we had the whole place to ourselves for Saturday and most of Sunday. Very romantic setting at our B&B and Murphy's is a beautiful and quaint lil gold rush era town (w/tons of wine tasting rooms just a short lil walk from Dunbar House!) Arline and Rich were wonderful hosts and our breakfast and snacks were delicious. Can't wait to go back again!

A wonderful weekend

4.4 on January 10, 2011

Dunbar House is everything a B&B should be. The rooms are cozy and warm, the staff are wonderful, the common spaces lovely, the numerous treats keep coming, and breakfast couldn't be better.

A Wonderful Place to Stay!

4.6 on November 14, 2010

We heard this B&B was great but it was better than we had imagined. Five star breakfast and afternoon snacks, a beautiful room with every amenity imaginable and very friendly owners and staff. We can't wait to go there again!

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Location Type

Mountains, Wine country


Sacramento, CA (SMF-Metropolitan) 131 miles

Directions to property:

Turn left on to Main Street from highway 4, go 2 blocks, turn left at the stone Monument you will see a white Victorian Inn. Turn into driveway.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Rodeo, Ruins, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Amenities Basket, Board games, Piano

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, In-room internet, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Turndown Service, Videos, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 3:00 PM
  • Check Out:: 11:00 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only We are a historic home, smoking is permitted outside only.
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: No Intimate, romantic setting for adults.
  • Childcare Provided: No Children must be accompanied by adult at all times.
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No We request no pets.
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Concerts, Holidays and Special Events require a two (2) night minimum.
  • Accepted payments S, y, s, t, e, m, ., C, o, l, l, e, c, t, i, o, n, s, ., G, e, n, e, r, i, c, ., L, i, s, t, `, 1, [, S, y, s, t, e, m, ., S, t, r, i, n, g, ]
  • Deposit Amount Required: A $30 non-refundable processing deposit is required per booked room.
  • Cancellations: 10-day cancellation policy. Our guests are responsible for payment of all nights of the scheduled reservation. Please call 209-728-2897 and speak directly with innkeeper to verify cancellation, or send an e-mail to with CANCELLATION in the subject line. Voicemails and messages left on the answering machine will NOT be accepted. If cancellation notice is received within 10 days prior to arrival date, payment will be refunded only if the room is re-rented for each of the reserved nights. Reducing the number of days of a stay is considered the same as a cancellation, and you will be subject to the same policy as stated above. The minimum stay requirement will still apply. Departure before the scheduled departure date will constitute a cancellation, and monies will not be refundable.



Arline & Rich Taborek

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  • Time Served: at 9:00 a.m.
  • Serving Location: in century-old garden, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Mustard Sage Country Sausage
We make our own homemade Mustard Sage Country Sausage.


Details Diamond Collection

271 Jones street , Murphys, CA 95247-1375 USA (Show map)

Property highlights

Free $75 gift card with a $250+ gift card purchase