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


Property Details

Updated: Oct 16, 2016
2 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath, Maximum guest party of 4

No pet fees! Low cleaning fee! 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.

You'll have wifi, Directv, comfortable furniture, and plenty of space!

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 considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

After vacationing with our dogs in several VRBO homes over the last 11 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

From our Facebook page: "What a lovely place! Serene, peaceful and relaxing. Lots of opportunity for seeing wildlife. Our dog loved the house and yard. The house is immaculate and has everything you could want. Just wish it wasn't booked up the rest of the summer. Would love to go back!"
Jun 2015
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55 Reviews

based on 55 traveler reviews

Phoenix, AZ


  • 5 of 5

The Dog House is the very best VRBO has to offer in Payson. We've tried other places only because The Dog House was already booked, so we have been to other properties. The house is immaculate, has everything you need, is very comfortable, beautifully decorated, has a fenced yard for your dogs, lots of wildlife sightings right from the wraparound deck, very private and backs to National Forest. What more could you ask for? Owners are a pleasure to work with, easy, easy, easy. Do not hesitate renting this place! It is THE BEST!!

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect 5 year Anniversary!

  • 5 of 5

The Doghouse was a perfect retreat for our anniversary! The home is so inviting and makes you feel right at home! It is very clean and spacious; our toddler and 4 dogs had a great time hanging out on the patio and in the fenced in yard. It is awesome that the patio also has gates so you don't have to worry about your furry friends escaping. The scenery is beautiful and relaxing! The only downfall was that we didn't book a longer stay!

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Hands down best vacation house in Payson!!!

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing place to stay !!!! If your have pups as part of your family the Dog House is by far the best place to stay!!! Pictures don't do it justice, great size living room. Spacious kitchen w/ everything you need to prepare all of your meals. Bedroom downstairs has its own patio which leads out to the fenced in yard. If you think you forgot something no worries the Dog house has it all!!!! Thanks Sooo much for sharing your home w/ us we had an unforgettable getaway!!!!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Girl and her dogs

  • 5 of 5

I loved this property! As others have said, it is very clean and in a good location. I was disappointed at first with seeing no wildlife but that changed 3 nights in to our stay! So many elk and even 1 baby laying under a tree! The perfect get-a-way for families, singles, and dogs! 😊 If you have time make sure to go to Water Wheel Canyon. It's a bit of a hike and your dogs will have to be in decent shape to battle the creeks and strong waters at times but well with it!! Highly recommend this property!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This property was complete.

  • 5 of 5

We were pleasantly surprised at how comfortable we were. This is the 3rd time renting up here and we enjoyed this cabin more than any other that we have tried. We definately will be back and stay longer it is truely a beatiful setting. The beds were great and the deck was so enjoyable for afternoons. Our dog did not want to leave. Hope to be back soon.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chandler, AZ

Perfect nature getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't be more pleased with our recent trip to The Dog House. We've always looked for a mountain getaway where we could take our dogs and they would be welcomed. The Dog House is it! It's obvious that the owners are very passionate about this property and have seen to every detail in this spectacular retreat. The kitchen is nicely appointed with everything you need to cook. The house is spacious and is stocked with plenty of linens. The cabin was impeccably clean and ready for our arrival ahead of schedule and the owner was kind in sending us a message that it would be ok for us to arrive ahead of the scheduled check-in time. As this was of first visit, we appreciated that the welcome book was very detailed and gave us every confidence that we were prepared for any emergencies that may arise. It is fire season after all.

The views are simply gorgeous. The number and types of wildlife we saw were above our expectation. They roam right on the property, but don't bother the fenced in area where the dogs can play. During our holiday visit, Whispering Pines had a Fourth of July parade and the Fire Department hosted the entire community for a BBQ. It was a special treat to meet many others living in the community and to thank the firefighters for their service in their work to protect the beautiful land.

We highly recommend The Dog House as the place to get away from it all. The cabin is equipped with wi-fi, but the signal is not particularly strong. For us, that was perfect. We really wanted to disconnect and enjoy the down time. We never turned on the tv and didn't miss it. When we weren't outside enjoying nature, we played a rousing game of Dog-opoly. As I said, the owners have seen to every detail in this dog-themed retreat.

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


Rental rates

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Jan 5 2017 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $325
Pet Fee $0
Cleaning Fee $60
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 are prohibited.

Winter stays can see large snowfalls and all roads are not plowed quickly since this is a rural area. While this is not typical, it is possible, so please be aware. If weather prevents you enjoying your reserved stay, we'll work with you to reschedule. You can always purchase travel insurance if your schedule is not flexible.

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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


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • 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


  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • 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

  • 2100 sq. ft.


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


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen, 2nd floor bedroom
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king, 1st floor bedroom
  • Linens and extra pillows are provided. Both bedrooms have recently been tiled. Dog beds are also provided!


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


  • Guests provide their own meals

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website


  • 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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