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The Dog House: Over An Acre Of Privacy against the Nat'l Forest

The Dog House: Over An Acre Of Privacy against the Nat'l Forest


Property Details

Updated: Oct 30, 2014
2 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath, Maximum guest party of 4 (including kids)

No pet fees! You want to get away from it all? Look no further for the right property to visit! The Dog House is a dog-friendly 2 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home (maximum of 4 human guests, regardless of age) with a large wrap-around deck and a fenced in yard (4' chain link). You will see and enjoy the views from the deck - beautiful trees and ridges to see and the sky is usually amazing as well.

We are just 1/2 mile from the East Verde River if you want to go and play in the cool water. Otherwise, there are plenty of hiking trails around and the national forest right out our back yard! You won't see your neighbors, except the wildlife.

The house has a large great room complete with comfy furniture, and windows galore! The room is overlooked by the loft, which we've set up to use as a reading nook or game room. We've assembled a fairly good collection of board games to enjoy on a rainy afternoon or cold winter's night.

The kitchen is complete with all appliances, including coffee maker, microwave and dishwasher. We've stocked some basic spices as well as coffee, tea, and hot chocolate.

Wildlife sightings so far: bobcat, elk, white tail deer, raccoons, coyotes, rabbit. We've seen bear prints, but no bear yet!

We are licensed by and pay taxes to the State of Arizona for this business. We also donate 5% of our gross income to a local animal shelter.

Holidays require longer stays.

Please note: there are three steps from the living room to the rest of the house, and five steps from the back yard or front yard to the deck/front door. This may be difficult for senior pets or pets with walking problems. We added a ramp (Sept, 2014) from the master bedroom to the back porch to provide older pets an alternative to stairs.

More Details
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

After vacationing with our dogs in several VRBO homes over the last 8 years, we decided it was time to purchase our own vacation home! We searched for over a year for the perfect vacation setting in Payson, Arizona. We live in Scottsdale and love to travel to the Payson area and up into rim country. We moved to Arizona from Ohio (with a couple of stops in Florida and Oregon as well!) and although we miss Ohio State University, we enjoy the state of Arizona and all it has to offer. The diversity is amazing. We have been using VRBO as guests for the last 5 years, so we like to think we know a thing or two about what our guests might want. That's why it was such a hard search for this home. We are huge pet lovers - Tom is a pet photographer in fact. We never travel if we can't take our pets, so that's why our focus on dog-friendly accommodations.

Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

THANK YOU so much for the wonderful stay at your Payson home. I've rented dozens of homes on VRBO over the years (mostly out of state) and I have you say - yours - is one of the cleanest! Everything was so nice. As a dog owner I know how much dirt and dust dogs and bring into the house. The house was perfect size, so much room, loved the windows, the porch and the yard. The wall hangings, to the pictures, blankets and dog beds- so unique. The location of the house- AWESOME as it was set back a bit by itself. You felt as if you were truly in the forest.
Dec 2013
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The Dog House: Over An Acre Of Privacy against the Nat'l Forest
Pine Arizona
Mesa, AZ


  • 5 of 5
It is a pleasure and honor to write a review for The Dog House. I was lucky enough to enjoy a three day stay here recently. From the moment you turn up the driveway and open the front door, the first word that comes to mind is WOW!!! The cabin is very tastefully decorated, well maintained, extremely clean and very comfortable. The floor to ceiling windows in the living room are awesome. Kitchen is well stocked with everything you could possibly want and then some. Large wrap around deck is great for early morning breakfast, reading a book, listening to the birds, looking for wildlife or just simply relaxing. As the name implies, the cabin is definitely dog friendly. Food and water dishes, blankets, beds, bags for picking up after your dog, large fenced in yard for exploring and most importantly, the slats on the deck and loft railings are close enough together to provide safety for even the smallest dogs. Can't wait to come back again with my four-legged little girl now that I know the cabin is truely 100% dog friendly. Owner was super easy and professional to deal with. Responded to emails promptly and returned security deposit same day as check out. Two small suggestions, if I may. A couple of large bean bag chairs in the loft would be nice for sitting in while playing Dog-opoly and a seriously larger TV in the living room would be great. Short drive from the valley, awesome location, can't go wrong with this wonderful VRBO property!! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful cabin.
  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Wow. Thank you very much. And I will let you know that a new TV is indeed on our list this year when all of the holidays sales hit. We'll be looking forward to your return visit.
The Dog House: Over An Acre Of Privacy against the Nat'l Forest
Pine Arizona
Phoenix, AZ

Excellent Stay at the Dog House

  • 5 of 5
We had a wonderful three night stay with our family of four + one canine. Upon arrival we were happy to find that the house was so clean and well-kept. Everything was easy to find - dog bowls, kitchen supplies, etc. We could not have asked for nicer accommodations! We enjoyed our two hikes - one on the Arizona Trail at the Washington Park Trailhead and the other on the Houston Mesa Trail. Both were a lot of fun with our dog and children (10 yrs and 13 yrs) and very different from each other.
We look forward to coming back again. The drive was so easy from Phoenix and with a quick stop at the grocery store in Payson to get a few items, we were set! Dena was also very helpful in answering any questions we had before we left for the trip.
  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children
The Dog House: Over An Acre Of Privacy against the Nat'l Forest
Pine Arizona
Yuma, AZ

Charming cabin!

  • 5 of 5
The Dog House is a charming cabin. Very spacious and roomy with all the conveniences you would need. Very clean and well maintained. We enjoyed much of our time in the sun on the deck. Perfect place if traveling with a pet.
  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway
The Dog House: Over An Acre Of Privacy against the Nat'l Forest
Pine Arizona
Scottsdale, AZ

Excellent Experience - Highly Recommend

  • 5 of 5
The Dog House is a beautiful home and is surrounding by awesome views. The home is nicely decorated and is very clean. The home was stocked with all of the things we needed to make us feel at home. We were in awe from the moment we arrived to the moment we left. The only disappointing part of visit was that we had to leave.

I highly recommend this lovely home to people who vacation with their dogs. The home is setup to support the dogs having a great vacation too! The yard has a well constructed fence that is painted so that it blends with the surrounding forest. The porch wraps around most of the house and has a sturdy fence with secure gates at all stairways. You can sit on the porch and let your dogs run free on the patio or in the backyard knowing they are safely contained. For the older dogs there is a ramp that leads from the bedroom on the main floor to the backyard. The owners have thought or everything. Great job guys!
  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
The Dog House: Over An Acre Of Privacy against the Nat'l Forest
Pine Arizona

Payson Visit

  • 5 of 5
This was a wonderful dog friendly house in a gorgeous setting. Very thoughtful owners who met our every need. Our dog loved the large porch and fenced yard. We loved the setting and comforts of the well appointed house. We would definitely rent again.
  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly
The Dog House: Over An Acre Of Privacy against the Nat'l Forest
Pine Arizona

You Won't be Disappointed

You Won't be Disappointed
  • 5 of 5
From the first glimpse of this spectacular place as I turned into the driveway to the moment I reluctantly had to depart, I was never once disappointed. The Dog House is an absolute treasure! If you're looking for a peaceful, comfortable, luxurious place to relax and unwind in the pines for a while, look no further. I can't wait to do it again myself.
  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Wow! Thank you. We are glad we are hitting the mark! And we look forward to a return visit from you and your dog!


From the Owner

This property is private and has a beautiful deck you can sit and enjoy the cool breezes and wildlife from! And with this home you don't have to rough it - it has all the amenities as you would expect, so you'll be comfortable enough to relax.

Activity and Interests

Car: necessary


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Rental rates

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Discounted Winter Rate
Oct 15 2014 - Apr 30 2015
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

  • Cleaning Fee $40 + Tax
  • Refundable damage deposit $275
  • Pet Fee $0
  • Tax Rate 6.6%

Guest will pay a refundable deposit.

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Holidays require longer stays. Fire bans may be in effect during your stay, so we cannot guarantee the use of the outdoor fire ring. Fireworks and shooting prohibited.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.


From the Owner

This lot is as near perfect as we could get! It backs to the Tonto National Forest and the other sides of the home are well protected from the trees and space so you can forget there are other people living nearby!

Property Type

  • house


  • Away From It All
  • Romantic


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • Mountain View
  • Rural

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • spelunking

Floor Area

  • 2000 sq. ft.


  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, tub, shower, 1st floor bathroom
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet, combination tub/shower, jetted tub, 2nd floor bathroom
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet, Additional 1st floor bathroom
  • Both bathrooms have a hair dryer for your use. We supply shampoo, conditioner and body wash. Towels are supplied.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen, 1st floor bedroom
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen, 2nd floor bedroom
  • Linens and extra pillows are provided. Dog beds are also provided!


  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • Whispering Pines community is about 13 miles to the City of Payson with all of its amenities. We are available to help you with special arrangements for birthdays, anniversaries or engagements. Ask us and we can work with you and explain any extra fees that may apply.
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