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Escape the Heat in the Coolness by the Creek!


Property Details

Updated: Jul 22, 2016
House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4-5)

Enjoy the quiet elegance of this creekside home nestled among trees, woods, and stream in the hamlet of Christopher Creek. This special retreat is in the mountains 20 miles east of Payson, directly below the stunning Mogollon Rim vista. Less than a mile from the highway, the home is easy to access in all seasons, yet still perfect for those who enjoy quiet, wildlife, and beauty all around them. The hiking and fishing are outstanding in this forested area abounding with lakes, streams, and magnificent mountain views. Or you can enjoy the amenities of nearby Payson, with its antiques, museums, restaurants and shopping.

The home’s large back deck is directly next to the stream, making it a delightful area for eating, relaxing, and wildlife viewing, with many squirrels and birds lending their chatter to the burbling creek sounds. The rim has many hiking trails, and is a great area for cross country skiing. Or simply stay warm at this refreshing retreat and restore your spirit among the trees and sparkling water.

Inside the home awaits another kind of beauty: understated refinement rare to find in a mountain hideaway. The 1900 SF home has two master bedroom suites with private dressing areas and bathrooms, each with patio doors adjoining the 80 foot deck. There is a third central bathroom with shower for guests, next to the laundry and pantry. Cozy, private enough for two, yet able to sleep five, the home is large enough to entertain even more if desired.

Keywords: House, Creek, Water, Mountains, Fishing, Hiking, Cabin, Creekside, Trout, Cross-Country Skiing, Autumn, Fall, Home, Holiday, Vacation

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

Having owned this home for the past twelve years, I can attest to what a joy it is to have quiet couple time or joyous family gatherings here. The home is roomy and comfortable - come see! The back deck is simply the best in N AZ!!!!!!

Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

Great house, squirrels, birds and deck! We even caught one rainbow trout in Christopher Creek! (Released it back to wild.) Woods Canyon Lake was a great suggestion. Had great time. We will be in touch to rent again in near future! Thank you!!!
Aug 2013
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68 Reviews

based on 68 traveler reviews


Definitely Home-Away-From-Home

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing place to spend the weekend. We aren't new to renting places around the area and have had our share of good and bad experiences. Well, we can definitely add this one to the good column. The place is simply perfect, nice and quite. Has absolutely everything you could need. Owner is absolutely easy to work with and even cooked us some of the best brownies I've ever had.

I will definitely recommend this location to my friends and family and to anyone looking for a get away from Phoenix, specially during the summer.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Best Birthday Week!

  • 5 of 5

Our family celebrated Dad's 50th birthday at Anita's. We enjoyed the deck with the beautiful new patio furniture. The BBQ worked great. The huge kitchen was a plus when the family came for the celebration. It was perfect having 3 bathrooms and two big beds. This is the second time staying here and it won't be the last. Short drive to Tonto Creek, Woods Canyon & Willow Springs Lakes to fish and hike. Thank you, Anita for the delicious brownies!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Time Jeep Trailing in AZ.

  • 4 of 5

Anita's cabin was perfect for our time in Arizona! Enough room for my family of 5 to relax and unwind at night. It also has a very nice kitchen and dining space to have traveling friends over for a nice quiet dinner and to relax on the spacious back patio. Anita's brownies were a nice welcoming sight after a long day on the road!! This would have been a 5 star rating but the propane grill was not working and there was a burning restriction for everything but propane. Was not Anita's fault and it gave us a reason to enjoy some of the great restaurants in Christopher Creek and down the road in Payson. Overall, the experience was a great one. Will definitely think of Anita's cabin if and when we head back to Arizona!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place!!

  • 5 of 5

Lovely place and Anita is amazing! We will def be back another time!!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Huge creekside deck!

  • 3 of 5

We love visiting this area. The best part of this house was the creekside location and huge was the main reason we rented it. We spent most of our time on the deck. We went with another couple so the split master set up was perfect. The bed I had was very comfortable but the friends we stayed with said the other bed was hard. Some newer and more comfortable patio furniture would make this place even better since so much time is spent on the deck. Would also be nice to walk down to the creek but the steps were blocked off as there is a drop off at the end. Within walking distance to the local pub/restaurant which is nice.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I've had other quests say that was the best bed ever! Can't please everyone...I will get a topper for it though which may be more to your liking. And yes new deck furniture is needed - I will be getting it very soon!!! Please come back and enjoy!!! The deck is one of the nicest in this whole area, I'm glad you enjoyed it! Anita
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  • 4 of 5

What a great restful 3 days! Anita is so welcoming and eager to make our stay exactly what we needed it to be. The house was nice with an amazing deck right above the creek. Kitchen was spacious and had everything we needed - very convenient!

*The only feedback we have would be to address the arcadia doors not opening and closing properly since people are spending so much time on the deck.

Thank you for such a great stay- we will be back!

Heather, Ryan and the dogs!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! My handyman was able to fix the door roller by replacing just it, so I didn't have the huge expense of finding a new sliding door. Success! Sorry about the difficulty and I look forward to your return! Anita
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Sky Harbor Airport at 90 Miles Nearest Barpub : Landmark Grill at 1 Miles Nearest Golf : Chaparral at 16 Miles Nearest Motorway : Hwy 260 (2 mi away) at 2 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Creekside Steakhouse at 1 Miles Nearest Ski : Sunrise Ski Hill at 100 Miles Car: necessary

*** Angler’s dream – Fish nearby Canyon Creek, best loved stream of Zane Grey, or other well stocked lakes within 30 min. distance.


Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer II
Jul 9 2016 - Aug 28 2016
2 night minimum stay
Labor Day
Aug 29 2016 - Sep 6 2016
3 night minimum stay
Autumn 1
Sep 7 2016 - Nov 21 2016
2 night minimum stay
Nov 22 2016 - Nov 28 2016
4 night minimum stay
Dec 1 2016 - Dec 18 2016
2 night minimum stay
Winter Holiday
Dec 19 2016 - Jan 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75
Pet Fee $20
Refundable damage deposit $300

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Dialup Access
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...


  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront


  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking

Floor Area

  • 1900 sq. ft.


  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2
  • bathroom 3 has back porch entrance for mudroom/creek play cleanup w/ shower


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king, 1 child bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 king, 1 child bed, Cot
  • Convertible bed(s) - 2 sleep sofa /futon, 2 recliners; 1 sofa
  • King size beds (2), Child Beds (1)


  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • Near Mogollon Rim and fishing at Zane Grey. Horseback Riding 6 mi at Kohl's Ranch. Excellent cross country skiing and gentle hiking. Ideal for hunters - stand alone full freezer also

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