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

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


Property Details

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

No pet fees! Central air conditioning! 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

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!
The Dog House: Over An Acre Of Privacy against the Nat'l Forest
Pine Arizona
Chandler, AZ

A great get away

  • 5 of 5
We had a great time. Quiet, secluded location. Enjoyed the deck and the dogs loved the fenced yard. Creeks within walking distance. Home was clean and had everything we needed. Neighbors were friendly. It was nice to find maps, area information, and games at the home. It was a little warmer then we expected so it was nice that the home had A/C. A little further from town so don't forget your essentials. We would defintly go back. Mack and Olive give it four paws up! Owner was quick to respond and refunded deposit within a few hours of check out. Great first VRBO experience.
  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
The Dog House: Over An Acre Of Privacy against the Nat'l Forest
Pine Arizona
Gilbert AZ

Peaceful & Tranquil

Peaceful & Tranquil
  • 4 of 5
A great place to visit to get out of the Phoenix heat only 90 minutes away. Perfect property for our two dogs who got to do a lot of exploring in the large fenced in yard. It's so nice to see places that cater to people with dogs and there are even several restaurants in the area that allow dogs.
  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Tourists without a Car
The Dog House: Over An Acre Of Privacy against the Nat'l Forest
Pine Arizona
Phoenix, AZ

Gary & Barb

Gary & Barb
  • 5 of 5
Just returned home from a 3 night stay at the Dog House with our 10 month old Brindle Boxer (Fitz). He had a blast and we enjoyed the relaxing amenities. On Saturday morning 4 Mother Elk walked on the property with their babies. Wish we could have snapped a picture. It was priceless. This is a wonderful property and home. Thanks to you for opening it up to us. We will be back!
  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: So glad you all enjoyed yourselves and were blessed enough to see those elk! It is baby season and it is definitely one of the coolest things about spending time at the Dog House to see those calves!
The Dog House: Over An Acre Of Privacy against the Nat'l Forest
Pine Arizona

Looking for a respite from the heat!

  • 5 of 5
Very relaxing location, remote from town, house in great condition with all the things you need for a quiet getaway with your 4 legged friends. Owner was great to work with.
  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly


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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Updated: Sep 30, 2014

Special Offer! 10% Off! Book your winter escape now!

Special Offer From:
Dates Sep 23, 2014 to Jan 31, 2015

We're offering a 10% discount to the rental fee (nightly or weekly rate) for your winter stay. Just inquire before 9/30/14 and we'll quote you at the discounted rate! If you do an online booking, you won't see the 10% discount until the booking comes to us and we adjust.

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

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

Guest will pay for a property damage protection policy or a refundable deposit. If you have a preference, please let us know when you inquire about a reservation.

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Holidays may 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


  • Romantic
  • Away From It All


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


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


  • Dining
  • Dining Area


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


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

Location Type

  • Rural
  • Mountain View

Leisure Activities

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

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

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 if you wish to use it. 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.


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


  • 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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