The Dog House: Over an Acre of Privacy Against the Nat'l Forest

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Last updated: 10/16/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

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.

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Property Type

  • House
  • 2100 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Must be 21....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking is also not allowed outside during fire restriction periods set by the National Forest....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Well mannered dogs are welcome - 2 dog maximum unless you speak with owner about your larger pet family....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Bedroom 2 : 1 queen

    2nd floor bedroom...moreless

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

    1st floor bedroom...moreless

  • Linens and extra pillows are provided. Both bedrooms have recently been tiled. Dog beds are also provided!...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 2 : toilet, combination tub/shower, jetted tub

    2nd floor bathroom...moreless

  • Bathroom 3 : toilet

    Additional 1st floor bathroom...moreless

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    1st floor bathroom...moreless

  • Both bathrooms have a hair dryer for your use. We supply shampoo, conditioner, body wash and towels....moreless

Other Amenities

  • 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. ...moreless


  • Games:

    Board games, cards, etc are available in the loft area....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    The Dog House is at 5385' elevation, so you can count on cool breezes most every day! And the home sits at the border of the US National Forest, so you'll have plenty of privacy....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountaineering
  • Spelunking


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Central A/C - rare in this area, and great for stormy summer nights!...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Dryer sheets provided....moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Fireplace uses Duraflame logs only, and will be provided during winter months (November-March). Feel free to bring additional non-wood logs....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Parking:

    Parking for two cars on gravel driveway. No street parking....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Telephone is available for local and emergency calls. Calling cards can also be used. Cell phone coverage is spotty. ...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Detergent provided....moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    We've tried to think of everything, including dog bowls!...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Dishes, utensils and cookware all available....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Some spices and condiments offered. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate are available....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    Large, wrap-around deck and separate master bedroom patio...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Fenced yard (4' high chain link) available for your dogs to enjoy the yard. The yard does contain a fire ring for campfires. Guest must provide wood and drown the fire to extinguish....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    There is NOT a grill because: 1) we do not want to draw predators (mountain lion, bear) on the property and 2) there are frequent fire restrictions....moreless



Write a review 4.9
from 55 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Discounted Winter Rate
Jan 5 - Apr 30, 2017
2 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$1,200 $3,500
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you 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.

Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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Last updated: 10/16/2016
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Owner info

Year Purchased: 2013

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.

Why the Owner Chose Whispering Pines, AZ, USA:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
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!

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Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Loft


  • Our elk friends.

    Our elk friends.

  • Another neighbor - this doe had a very cute fawn nearby...

    Another neighbor - this doe had a very cute fawn nearby...

  • Welcome to the Dog House!

    Welcome to the Dog House!

  • Just a few yards down the road from our driveway - he started in our yard!

    Just a few yards down the road from our driveway - he started in our yard!

  • Dogs Enjoying the Dog House!

    Dogs Enjoying the Dog House!

  • A light snow in March.

    A light snow in March.

VRBO #489287

This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Tuesday, October 25, 2016

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

Whispering Pines, AZ, USA #489287

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