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Secluded, Dog Friendly Home which backs to the National Forest

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 2,156 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath, Maximum guest party of 4

Fenced Yard! 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 with a large wrap-around deck and a fenced in yard (4' chain link). You will see and enjoy great views from the deck - beautiful trees and ridges to see and the sky is usually amazing as well. Our guests comment over and over how private, and clean, our house is.

We use natural cleaners in the home. We try and provide cruelty-free, vegan products when we can for shampoo, conditioner and body wash.

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

We are in Whispering Pines 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.

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Payson House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2156 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Not suitable for children
  • 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 ...
  • 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
  • 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. Dog beds are also provided!
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • 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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Secluded, Dog Friendly Home which backs to the National Forest
average rating of 4.8356166 based on 77 reviews

The Dog House-My favorite place!

  • 5 of 5

I cannot rave enough about this property! We decided to "unplug" for the Christmas holiday with our dogs and knew right where to go...The Dog House. We have been here before and it never disappoints! The dogs have a blast running on the secured, fenced property barking at elk and chasing squirrels! And we just relaxed and enjoyed the beautiful pines. This house is so spectacular and the views are beautiful. If you want a real get-a-way with your fur-babies in the pines, this is the place to go!!! My husband calls it Disneyland for dogs and I think he is right on the money! Thank you Dena for allowing us to stay in your home, it is truly one of my favorite places!

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful very large and welcoming home in gorgeous surroundings! Loved our stay here!!

  • 5 of 5

I really loved this house. It was well maintained and had everything you needed for a comfortable stay. The floor to ceiling windows/glass doors in the main room had amazing views, particularly at sunset! We loved the area as well and spending time outdoors walking trails through the woods and enjoying the firepit in the large back yard. Look forward to hopefully staying here again!!

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect getaway with the dogs!

  • 5 of 5

Such a gorgeous house and very dog friendly. We had so much fun hiking and relaxing. We will absolutely be back.

  • Submitted: Dec 22, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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So relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a few nights in mid November with our 8 month old baby and also 3 year old Goldendoodle. The house is immaculate and has everything that you need as if you were at home. We were able to cook all of our meals there and just relax for the long weekend! The patio is so nice and has a great view. We saw a few elk as well as Bluebirds and Cardinals! The yard is perfect as it is fenced in so our dog could roam as she wanted. The drive home to Queen Creek was less than 2 hours, so it's a great getaway from the valley. We definitely plan to come back in the near future! Thanks for sharing your home with us.

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Post Stay Experience

  • 1 of 5

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: September 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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Dena Pierre
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 20, 2018

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 Payson

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. This is no 'little cabin'. You will not be roughing it here.

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

We always enjoy your home! It's super private and quiet and always so clean. Love being able to bring our dogs with us while we relax in the pines.
Oct 2017
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Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Damage Deposit $300

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. 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 from 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 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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