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Murphy’s Retreat

Murphy’s Retreat

  • House in Steelville
Aerial of Home and River - property
Aerial of Home and River
Living Room w/ wood fireplace
Riverside Pavilion - Guest Access
Living room with kitchen view
Outside of Home
Opposite view Living Room
View of River From Back Deck
Aerial of Riverside Pavilion and Meramec River - Guest Access
Other Living Room View
Kitchen Table
Master Bedroom
Bedroom 2
Bedroom 3
Bathroom with Large Jetted Tub
Hallway with Laundry
Steps to Basement
Bedroom 4 and downstairs area
Basement Queen Bed
Downstairs Area
Other view of Basement
Basement Bathroom
Sink and Toilet in Basement
Shower/Tub in Basement
Picnic Table view of River
Back Deck
Aerial of River and our Farm
Guest area by Riverside Pavilion
Guest Area next to River below Riverside Pavilion
Steps to River and Gravel Bar
Riverside Pavilion Deck
Riverside Pavilion view of River

Murphy’s Retreat

House in Steelville

Stay Information

  • From: $390 per night


Property Details

Murphy’s Retreat is a spacious hunting lodge hideaway that holds a special place in our hearts— since it’s the spot where our family’s Meramec River adventure began. Boasting a wide-open floor plan and a deck with breathtaking views overlooking the winding river bed below, Murphy’s Retreat has space for 12 people to gather together in the gorgeous Missouri Ozarks, yet there’s still plenty of room for everyone to spread out and find a little private time and peace. 

A Grand Great Room
Open the glass-paned front door and step inside the sprawling great room. Shiny wood floors, soaring vaulted ceilings, and two walls of large windows create a spacious room that’s filled with natural sunlight. Two buttery soft leather sofas and two plush armchairs provide plenty of comfy seating space, and the wood-burning fireplace is ideal for those chilly Missouri evenings. Over the fireplace is a large HDTV for catching the game or hosting a family movie night. 

A Spacious, Open Kitchen
A super-convenient bar separates the kitchen from the living space, yet keeps everyone close together too. The kitchen is arranged in an efficient u-shape and is outfitted with lots of wood cabinets and butcher block countertops. Premier appliances include an electric range, microwave oven, dishwasher, and refrigerator. Next to the kitchen is a formal dining space illuminated by an antler chandelier and bookshelves with an impressive array of board games for the occasional rainy day. 

Three Serene Sleeping Spaces
The three bedrooms at Murphy’s Retreat are spread out to allow for plenty of privacy even with larger groups. On the main level, there are three bedrooms— one with a queen-size, log-framed bed and a twin-size day bed with a twin-size trundle, and two additional bedrooms with two full-size beds. The full bathroom features a deep jetted tub and a separate shower. Then on the lower level, there is a large, flexible space with a queen-size bed, a queen-size sleeper sofa, and a small sitting area. 

A Dreamy Deck With Magnificent Views
Chances are, you’ll find yourself drawn outside again and again to the fantastic covered porch overlooking the winding river below— it’s everyone’s favorite spot. In the mornings, this is the perfect place to bring your steaming mug of morning coffee as you watch the forest wake up around you. At sunset, pour a glass of wine and break out the binoculars to search the sky for the majestic eagles soaring overhead and nesting in the treetops. During the day, you’ll want to lace up your hiking shoes and explore the surrounding trails, or grab your rod and reel and catch that evening’s dinner in the river. Guests of Murphy’s Retreat also have access to a riverside pavilion that houses a smoker, bbq grills, bar, hanging firepit, and a large deck. This is riverside ozark mountain bliss at its very best.

Sleeping Arrangements

This property has 4 bedrooms



  • Massage - Other Services


  • Museums
  • Parks
  • Winery Tours

Cleaning Protocols

  • All towels and bedding washed in hot water that’s at least 60ºC/140ºF
  • Contactless check-in and checkout is available
  • Disinfectant is used when cleaning the property
  • Enhanced cleaning practices are used
  • High-touch surfaces cleaned with disinfectant (like countertops, light switches, handles, and faucets)


  • Books
  • Games
  • Television


  • Air Conditioning
  • Central Heat
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet - Hi Speed
  • Internet - Wifi
  • Iron and Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Dining Table
  • Free wifi
  • Kitchen Island
  • Outdoor Play Area
  • Smart TV
  • Wifi Speed (100+ Mbps)
  • Wifi Speed (50+ Mbps)


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cookware
  • Dining Area
  • Dining Room
  • Dining Spices
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Shopping
  • Water Sports
  • Wildlife Viewing


  • Laundromat


  • Rural
  • Water View


  • Balcony
  • Canoe
  • Charcoal Grill
  • Deck/Patio
  • Fire Pit


  • Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • Deadbolt Lock
  • Fire Emergency Contact
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • First Aid Kit
  • Medical Emergency Contact
  • Outdoor Lighting
  • Police Emergency Contact
  • Smoke Detector


  • Biking
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fishing Fly
  • Fishing Freshwater
  • Golfing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rafting
  • Swimming
  • Water Tubing


  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Romantic



1651 State Highway T
Steelville, Missouri


Cancellation Policy

Please understand that we are a small property, and cancellations effect us greatly. This is an exclusive property where every guest reservation is both important and special to us. If your travel plans change and you must cancel your reservation, please call us at least 30 days prior to your arrival date to cancel your reservation to receive a full refund minus a 10% processing fee.
In the unlikely event that you must cancel with less than 30 days notice, shorten your stay or check out early, please understand that we must ask you to take responsibility for your entire reservation. If we can rebook your room(s), a full (minus 10%) or partial refund will be made.

Deposit Policy

If your reservation is made earlier than 30 days prior to your arrival, 50% of your total payment is required to hold your reservation. The remaining balance will be charged to your credit card or checking account 30 days prior to your reservation. You should receive a courtesy reminder email 5 days before the final payment is taken.
If your reservation is made within 30 days of arrival, full payment is required.

Rate varies due to seasonality and holidays.

Please select your dates on our online booking calendar for an exact quote.

20 Guest Reviews

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"Great Thanksgiving Gathering"

by Elizabeth C.


We had a wonderful time gathering with our far flung children for the holiday in this remote spot. The kitchen had everything we needed for a traditional feast. The views are spectacular!

"Beautiful Area"

by Tarah S.


House was amazing! Beautiful views!! Jessica was very nice and responding to any communication quickly. We got to meet her and her husband and they were both friendly and awesome! Definitely recommend and will hopefully be back soon!

"Good Spot for a bachelor party"

by Austin M.


There was a ton of room for guests to sleep (there were 12 of us). The kitchen was spacious and had everything we needed and the river was short walk down the trail.

by Kevin D.


Perfect place to unwind and relax

"Breathtaking Views!!"

by Stephanie B.


Our stay was amazing! Breathtaking views!

by Jason V.


Great place to stay!!!

"Cozy Cabin with Tons of Space!"

by Caitlin P.


We really enjoyed our stay and it worked out really well with our two toddlers. The kitchen was really well equipped and everything seemed really clean. We only slept in the master bedroom and the basement bed but both were really comfortable. The bathtub was so fun for our toddlers to bathe in and we used it everyday. The only issue we had was that the listing makes it sound like the pavilion is was for our private use, when in fact there are a handful of other cabins nearby that also have access to the pavilion. That being said the pavilion was awesome! It had a refrigerator multiple grills, a Johnny on the spot (that wasn’t awful) and plenty of seating. The gravel road to get down to the pavilion was pretty steep and hard to get up in a minivan but we made it just fine once we got the hang of it. If you have four wheel drive it would be no problem. The spring that is just down the river a bit is so beautiful and was so fun to explore! We did have a few questions for the owner who was super helpful and very polite. We look forward to staying at this cabin again and possibly trying out some other cabins at Murphy’s place.

by Zachary W.


We stayed here for a weekend float trip on the Bass River. Location was close to both Cuba and Steeleville, MO making it convenient for groceries or anything else you may need from town. Also only a 20 minute drive to the resort for our float. Jessica was always quick to respond and helpful

"Spring Break"

by Corrina T


This is a beautiful home and the views are amazing. Everything was nice and neat.

"Hidden Gem"

by Kristen B


Great experience! Enjoyed the house, making fires, drinking coffee & soaking up the view, hanging out at the pavilion, hiking, playing corn hole and cards, and baking pizzas in the pizza oven. We also enjoyed a trip into Steelville. Walked around visiting the stores. Enjoyed a burger and ice cream at the Dairy Isle.

by Michael C.


Had a great time, place was clean and welcoming, definitely recommend a stay here!!!

"Rustic, quiet, beautiful view"

by John K


Great location yet away from everything!

"Beautiful view of the river"

by Marty B


Upon entering, the air smelled nice and clean. However, there were a few problems with cleanliness. The floors were quite dirty, the fireplace doors black, there was a spoon in the disposal and it smelled bad, and some of the kitchen items were greasy or soiled. Screens on porch have several holes allowing unwanted animals to enter. On the plus side, bedding was clean and there were plenty of clean towels. The furniture is well worn but comfortable. I've rented many apartments, condos and houses in this country as well as in Europe. In my opinion, this house, though very remote with a great view, is not a good value for the money.

"Perfect weekend getaway"

by Dani O


Very clean, beautiful view of the river, large screened in porch. We were a group of women that met at Peaceful Bend Winery (right across the street from the property) for a nice lunch and wine prior to check in at our cabin. The cabin had plenty of sleeping space and everything we needed. We spent most of our time on the screened in porch looking at the river below. It is a little hike to get down to the river if you don't have a 4 wheel drive vehicle. Or you can drive a couple of miles to Bird's Nest Landing for river access. We had a great weekend.

"New Review"

by april m


Crystal responded quickly. Place was great! Already planning a trip back next year!

"Wonderful Getaway from the City!"

by Greg-Susan F


Everything was as advertised and the screened-in porch overlooking the river and woods was definitely the highlight of the trip! So relaxing for us, and the perfect place for the dogs to hang out too. Had a couple of issues but Crystal addressed them to our satisfaction. Would definitely return and have already recommended it to others.

"Vineyards and Springs"

by Douglas J


This place has a great view and is right on the Meramec River, we went to several vineyard and Missouri Springs. A good place to get away and see the natural beauty of Missouri.

"Wonderful time"

by cynthia h


It was a great property. Even though the weather was cold the wood burning fireplace made for great comfort. Very clean and had everything we needed for family fun. Thanks for everything.

"Perfect Family Retreat"

by Debbie D


Your property far exceeded our expectations. We hiked, ate good meals, talked and laughed and gave thanks for the opportunity to spend time together in a wonderful atmosphere. Thanks, The Darrow Family

"Loved the location"

by Lisa H


Very nice property and wonderful views. Overall the property was clean and comfortable. Kitchen had everything you need. Wish we had brought more meals to eat in. The only negatives is some of the furniture is older and worn and bathrooms are a bit dated. The cabin is very roomy and comfortable. We would definitely stay here again. We enjoyed having a nice dinner out at Sybill’s in St.James. Avoid eating at Hick BBQ in Steelville it was not good.

from $390 / night


Oct 9-14