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

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

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, satellite tv, 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.

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 from the master bedroom to the back porch to provide older pets an alternative to stairs. Fireplace in living room is decorative only.

More Details

Dena Pierre
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 15, 2017

About Dena Pierre

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.

Dena Pierre purchased this house in 2013

Why Dena Pierre chose Capital Territory & High Country

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.

What makes this house unique

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!

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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Payson House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Guest list and pet addendum (part of the rental agreement) must be completed and returned to complete reservation.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • 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
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet , Additional 1st floor bathroom
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , 1st floor bathroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , 2nd 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!
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • spelunking
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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The Dog House: Over An Acre Of Privacy against the Nat'l Forest
average rating of 4.826087 based on 72 reviews

Beautiful home

  • 5 of 5

Perfect house for dogs. The fenced in yard was great and it is such a beautiful home. Highly recommend this house if you want to get away and relax!

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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House itself is everything other reviews say however after contacting owner about a potential lost item, owner made a big issue about "extra guest" - we had to bring along our daughter in an emergency situation, not thinking this would be an issue as house is large. Surveillance cameras at property are in use - just be prepared for this. Left a very bad after-taste and ruined the visit. The use of cameras was more disconcerting than the withholding of the security deposit.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The listing states 4 person max (due to our onsite wastewater treatment process) for our 2 bedroom home, and the contract lists that more than 4 guests will cause a loss of deposit. The first page of the contract states there are security cameras in use. We were up front about everything as you made the reservation. As your situation changed, contact should have been made and we could have rescheduled your stay or cancelled and refunded it.
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another great stay at the payson dog house

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at the dog house and another relaxing getaway. The owners are friendly and responsive. The house is clean and inviting, for humans and our four legged children! Well equipped, just need to bring food, kitchen has evrything you need. Comfy beds for both humans and dogs. Nice fenced in yard for the pups and great views. Another great, relaxing stay, sure we'll be back again.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderfully relaxing for humans and fun for hounds

  • 5 of 5

The home is comfortable and inviting. Lots of homey details making it perfect for relaxing. Great areas for taking walks and a great porch for just watching the birds and other visitors. Great getaway place!

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5





Dog friendly


  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic Stay at the Payson Dog House!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic stay at the Payson Dog House! The owners are so professional and great to deal with. They answered any questions promptly and provided excellent directions and information regarding your stay. The cabin is absolutely gorgeous and was in immaculate condition. We took 5 dogs (4 Golden Retrievers and a Chiweenie) up with us and there was more than enough room inside and out. We all thoroughly enjoyed hanging out on the deck enjoying the nice weather and the dogs loved exploring the yard. The views from the deck/yard were absolutely gorgeous and it was so relaxing to just hang out on the deck. There were plenty of lights outside so you didn't have to worry about the dogs being out in the dark. There were great walking trails close by and the dogs loved playing in the nearby Creek.

The Dog House was equipped with anything you needed for your stay and the kitchen was great to cook in. We did not use the upstairs area, but the downstairs was so nice and comfortable and the bed in the master bedroom was so comfortable and perfect. They had Wi-Fi and provided a Welcome Book that had great emergency instructions and information about the town which was very helpful.

We were so fortunate to find a completely fenced in dog friendly vacation spot for our family. This was a perfect weekend get-away and we will definitely be planning another trip back to the Dog House!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $80
Refundable damage deposit $325
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 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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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