4200 sq. ft. - Accommodates 26 - 9 Bedrooms - 4.0 Bathrooms

The Place for Large Families and Groups to Enjoy!

The Jolly Tar Mine House is more than a vacation rental - its an experience. This is a fun place to be for families & groups, 19 total rooms - 3 stories with the wrap around decks & seating, saloon, dance floor and stage area, situated on almost 2 acres. Parking enough for huge amount of cars. Ideal for fishing groups, large family reunions and more. We have all the cooking & serving supplies and can easily handle large groups.

This is the place most kids want to have their birthday party. Its a place that groups of fishermen want to stay so they down have to unhook their boats, its a place that a family can have a reunion year after year, its a place where bikers, cyclists, spelunkers, 4 wheelers, and other groups can be together and have fun. 

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Two night minimum: 400 per night for up to 13 guests & $450 per night for 14-26 guests

Wedding charge: $500/night for the wedding night and $450 for additional nights. To ensure the house will be ready on time for upcoming guests, a three night minimum is required for weddings.

Weekly Rates: $2200 (-14) to $2500 (+14) for 7 nights

One Night Rate: $500, N/A June-Sept.

In addition to the nightly and weekly rates, we have a $200/$250 sanitizing fee (also noted in the "Fees" section) based on occupancy. It's a large house and costs a lot to heat. We generally charge $25 per night for heating October 1 - April 31.

25% down to confirm reservation if over 60 days from date.

Cancellation Policy: Notice of Cancellation must be in writing and received more than 60 days prior to your check-in date. If your notice of cancellation is received less than 60 days prior to your check-in date, you will forfeit all sums paid, except for City Hotel tax, unless we are able to find a renter for the days and time period you reserved. We will issue you a coupon with at least a $150 credit on your next rental.

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We accept checks, credit card, & PayPal money requests.

Fee Amount
Cleaning Fee $250.00
Refundable Security Deposit $500.00

Angels Camp , California , United States

We have a list of 27 great wineries in the county for wine tasting.

Antique shopping and Art Galleries in Angels Camp, Murphys, Jamestown and Sonora – all have great shops – no charge to browse.

Black Oak Casino – Tuolumne City – about 40 to 50 minutes away – worth the drive – free shows and good dining
Chicken Ranch Bingo and Casino – Jamestown about 25 minutes away

Gold Mine and other Cave Adventures
Gold Cliff Mine – in Angels Camp (reservation only)
Kennedy Mine – in Jackson about 35 minutes away
Sutter Gold Mine – in Sutter Creek near Jackson
Black Chasm Cavern – in Amador County about 35 minutes away
Mercer Caverns – a guided 45 minute tour
Moaning Cavern
California Caverns

Angels Camp Gold Rush Museum – in town
Heritage Museum – Murphys – Ironstone Vineyard – 20 minutes away
Old Timers Museum – Murphys – 15 minutes away
Markleeville – Mi-wuk museum – 1 hour and 30 minutes away
Tuolumne County’s Veteran’s Museum Sonora – 25 minutes away

National Parks
Yosemite National Park – 2 hours away  

State Parks
Calaveras Big Trees State Park – about 35 minutes away
Columbia Gold Rush Historical Park – has many museum exhibits 15 minutes away
Railtown Museum & Park – about 25 minutes away
Grover Hot Springs State Park – about 2 ½ hours away

Other Parks
Utica Park – Angels Camp
Murphy’s Community Park - about 15 minutes away

Greenhorn Creek Golf Course – Angels Camp  
Saddle Creek Golf Course – Copperopolis
La Contenta Golf Course – Valley Springs
Forest Meadows Golf Course – Murphys

Lake Melones – boat rental and water recreation 5 miles from town
Lake Tullock – 20 minutes away
Camanche Reservoir – 45 minutes away
Lake Pardee – 45 minutes away
New Hogan Lake – 45 minutes away
White Pines Park and Lake – about 40 minutes away

Other Lakes in Surrounding Areas
Spicer Reservior
Lake Alpine
Pinecrest Lake
Lake Don Pedro

Bear Valley – about 1 and 15 minutes away
Dodge Ridge – about 1 hour and 15 minutes away

Live Theater
Fallon House Columbia & in Sonora Sierra Repertory Theater
Bret Hart Theater, Angels Camp

Horseback Riding
Columbia State Park – also has stage coach rides
Moaning Cavern Horseback Riding Adventures

San Francisco and Tahoe 2 1/2 hours away.
Sacramento 1 1/2 hours away.

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Guest Reviews

Best EVER!!

I could never write enough positive things about this house, the owner, the area... My family and I had a house fire in May of 2010 and our insurance rented us the Jolly Tar for the period of time while our home was being rebuilt. Our family consists of our five daughters and our 6 foster children, my fiance and I and our Saint Bernard Puppy. The owner Diane and members of her family were so caring, compassionate, considerate. They even had side walk chalk and other fun goodies for the kids. The Jolly house was someplace my kids ask to go back to. The opportunities for entertainment are endless in the area. The house is a perfect location for summer concert festivals in the park, various gold panning adventures and historical spots. There is great hiking, swimming, and just plain exploring. The house has is completely stocked with necessary cooking and living essentials. The character of the house and the play areas and living areas are unique and luxurious. Each room is indivially designed complete with a story behind it. We all highly recommend this home and this renter. She went above and beyond for our family and we will be occupants of the Jolly House for many visits to come.

by Shawna from Clovis, CA. Submitted Date of Stay:

Great Family Vacation Spot and Lots of Room for Everyone

The Jolly House is just what my family was looking for in a vacation rental. When we first arrived we felt very welcomed and comfortable. The house has lots of space and bedrooms. We had 10 adults and 7 children. The kitchen had everything we needed to prepare meal and enough seating for everyone. The back yard was huge; the kids ran around and played, rode bikes and put on shows at the stage. We all enjoyed many drinks and meals at the outdoor bar, the fire pit, and covered seating area. There were many things to enjoy within a half an hour. We went to the movie theater and to the Lake. We also enjoyed the town of Murphys, about 15 mins away. My family looks forward to trip back next year to the Jolly House, where we had a Jolly good time!

by The Huddys from San Leandro, CA. Submitted Date of Stay:

30th Birthday Party

I threw a friend's thirtieth birthday party here, and it was great. The property is so unique and has a ton of character. There was plenty of room for everyone, and the back yard was perfect for hanging out and having a blast. If you're planning on cooking for a huge group, just write to make sure you have any equipment you might need. All questions were very promptly answered, and it was very easy getting all the info we needed. I highly recommend the Jolly Tar.

by Casey from San Francisco. Submitted Date of Stay:

Fabulous Gold Country Vacation

This vacation was fantastic. Centrally located to all sorts of different activities, the Jolly House is a great place to stay when visiting the gold country area. The house is perfect for a small family and can also accomodate large groups with a kitchen stocked full of cookware for groups big and small and beds/bedrooms galore. I loved the art work and the cool little specialty items found throughout the house. There is also a huge backyard with a stage area and dress up clothes that kept the kids entertained for hours. We were able to get great videos that we will enjoy for a long time to come.

by Ree from California. Submitted Date of Stay:

Additional Information

The Jolly Hosue is near Ironstone Vineyards where they have a summer concert series, and Frogtown where they have all kinds of events.

This charming huge house was first built by the Jolly Tar Mine's owner era 1880 during the Goldrush and Wild West times. It was added onto in the 1950's and then again in the 1980s. It was updated in 2009-2010. The house is packed full of interesting Antiques, Art, and unusual things.

If you are looking for a prefect mint condition vacation rental than this is not the place for you. The Jolly Tar Mine House is an old house with imperfections. Its a great place to relax, have fun, celebrate a wedding, anniversary, birthday party, church retreat, large family vacation and more. People get happy just being in the house, its a very special place.

Vacation rentals like this are an inexpensive way to have a vacation since you can cook your own food, split the cost amongst several people and have all the comforts of a large family home at your disposal.


How can I send the rental agreement or make Payments?

With our initial email correspondance, we send you a rental agreement. Before officially booking your dates, we require you to send us your completed rental agreement which can be emailed, faxed or mailed.

We have several ways to pay: we can request money through PayPal, we can schedule a phone call to pay via credit card, or you may mail checks payable to Diane Morrow, PO Box 416, Altaville, CA 95221.

Per the rental agreement, extra cleaning fees is $100/hr. What kind of cleaning would fall under this?

This is reserved in case someone trashes the place. So far that has not happened, and we have not had to charge anyone anything extra.  If we had to charge, it would be our exact cost.

Have you had any incidents of critters such as snakes on the property?

We have had no snake problems in the last 20 years. Usually snakes stay out of town area, and we keep everything mowed down to help facilitate that.  We do have a playground in the back yard for the kids, and it is easy to supervise them from the house.

How late can we pick up the keys?

The house has a coded entry – once you pay, before your check-in we will send you the punch key code for the front door.

Home Amenities

Onsite Services:

  • Events Allowed


  • DVD Player
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Video Library
  • Audio Cassette Player
  • Books
  • Piano
  • Kids Books
  • Boardgames
  • Radio
  • Kids Toys


  • Paper Towels
  • Washing Machine
  • Sofabed
  • Woodstove
  • Telephone
  • Wireless Internet
  • Central Heating
  • Toilet Paper
  • Air-Conditioning
  • Towels
  • Laundry Soap
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Linens
  • Hair Dryer
  • Shampoo
  • Soaps
  • Firewood
  • Alarm Clock
  • Filtered Water
  • Dryer


  • Gas Grill
  • Firepit
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Chairs
  • Wood Deck

Kitchen & Dining:

  • Coffee Maker
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Freezer
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Blender
  • Ice Maker
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Spices
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Grill
  • Dining Area

Attractions & Activities:

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