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.
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 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.
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.
Chances are, you’ll find yourself drawn outside again and again to the fantastic screened-in 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, pizza oven, bar, fireplace, and a large deck. This is riverside mountain bliss at its very best.
ABSOLUTELY NO SMOKING INSIDE THE CABIN
You may smoke outside on the porches or patios. Please dispose of all cigarette butts and other associated trash in the outdoor receptacles.