Large family style kitchen table seats 8+.Full wrap-around living room pit group and 4 recliner sections and built in cup holders.
Family Style Home On the Creek in Whispering Pines
Family Style Home On the Creek in Whispering Pines

Entire home/flat

12 guests

5 bedrooms

8 beds
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About this listing

This home sits on 3 acres with private access to the East Verde River below the local springs. We have 8 mature apple trees, 2 cherry trees, black berry bushes, and fresh rainbow trout on property (check stock schedules & locales). Local activities include fishing, hiking, mountain biking, off-roading, hunting, and swimming in natural pools. 20 min to Tonto Natural Bridge; 15 min to Washington Peak; 4 min from Water Wheel trail head. Managers live on property to assist (in a 2nd house).

The space

Many cabins in the area claim to be on the creek... we rented them ourselves prior to moving to the area. We found out the hard way when we ended up crossing private land and getting chased off. We offer almost 100 yards of creek access and private trout fishing opportunities on the property. There are also two crossings within ~1 mile of the house with swimming holes and more fishing, with trout stocked during the summer near public access points.

Miles of local hiking trails from beginner to advanced climbs and off-road ("two-track") trails surround the property with access to thousands of acres of exploration in the pine trees below the Mogollon Rim. Topo and trail maps are onsite at the house, and several trails start within a few hundred yards of your front door.

There are four canyon lakes within a 45 min drive, which make for excellent day tripping to check out local waters. Lakes are stocked with trout and offer bass and other mountain fishes. These mountain lakes are great for stand up paddle boarding, too!

Guest access

Guest have access to a little slice of heaven. As you arrive, a shared drive-way leads you off of Houston Mesa Rd, past the manager's house, to a private house with wrap around deck situated on the creek. Guests are welcome to enjoy the entire property - save the area immediately near our home. That said, if we're out with the chickens or in the yard - come on over. Our chickens love to meet new folks!

We have plums, apples, and other fruit on the property, cherries, black berries, etc. Please help yourselves only to what you can eat immediately - leave fruit for us and others. We understand there's nothing like picking an apple and just biting right in - and we love to share so long as it's not abused.

Ultimately - our house is your house while you're here, and we wouldn't be on AirBNB if we didn't want to share. If there's any info you need, anything we can do, or any questions about the property - we expect you'll just ask.

Speaking of ask, "Do you allow dogs/pets?" We get asked over and over - and while we love dogs the answer is a firm "No", sorry, we don't. Doesn't matter what age, what kind, or how well behaved. No pets please.

Interaction with guests

We pride ourselves on service in both our professional and personal lives - and while we've spent time in big cities, we're both from the country in Arizona and Texas. Married 27 years - we're a real team, and are happy to assist with anything you need during your stay. While we'll give you space, we hope to get to know a thing or two about you while you're here. We're blessed, and have managed to make a living mixing business with pleasure. Here's a few more tid-bits about your co-hosts:

About Tim: I'm a full time technology executive, but while my full time gig is helping change the energy world with the team at Aligned Energy - I'm also one of a handful of American Canoe Association Level 3 SUP (Stand Up Paddle Board) Instructors in the US and a JP Australia SUP team rider with years of experience in the canyons, lakes, and oceans of the southwest USA. If I'm around during your stay in spring or summer - I may be able to slot a lesson for your group/family on the local municipal lake in Payson, only ~20 min from the house. Stand Up Paddle is a passion I love to share - hit me up for lessons - boards and paddles are on the property and the water is close-by!

About Melisa: I'm a photographer with over 20 years experience photographing kids/families, weddings, head-shots, magazine covers, and more - you name it I've photographed it. I still shoot - and can arrange professional family photos while you're on the property! How about updating your family portraits while you're in Payson? Just drop a private message for info.

Other things to note

We have a 5 burner family size BBQ grill (propane supplied) ready for your use. Check the photos for a shot of the grill.

The house is on well water, and while we provide bottled water we encourage you to bring your own as well.

Elk are friends not food - at least on the property. They come in often and you'll hear them at night and see them sometimes if you're an early riser. Please don't feed them - it's against the law, and dangerous as hell. ;-)

Woodpeckers sometimes see to it that you're up to greet the elk - be prepared - we do our best to shoo them off and have installed a bird balloon, but you'll experience them first hand sometimes - knocking on the house in the morning. Welcome to the woods ;-)

The space
Bathrooms: 2
Bedrooms: 5
Beds: 8
Check In: 4PM - 8PM
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Room type: Entire home/flat
Self check-in: Keypad


Extra people: 12 / night after 10 guests
Cleaning Fee: 120
Security Deposit: 240
Weekly Discount: 20%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed, 1 single bed, 1 bunk bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed, 1 single bed, 1 bunk bed
Bedroom 3
1 double bed, 1 single bed, 1 bunk bed
Bedroom 4
1 queen bed
Bedroom 5
1 king bed
Common spaces
2 sofas

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)
Check in time is 4PM - 8PM

- No pets.
- Our hard limit is 12 guests with 6 cars max. We have capacity limits for a reason (septic capacities, trash capacities, etc.). Extra overnight guests are not allowed as "visitors", and "oops, we have a few more kids than expected" isn't helpful - thanks for understanding and respecting our rules for the home/property.
- No 4x4 or Off-roading on Property - but you're welcome to launch from the house and find trails literally everywhere around us.
- No hunting on the property. While a BB gun or Pellet gun is OK on the provided range w/provided targets - no caliber round above a .22/.25 pellet gun is allowed. No pistols or rifles or any caliber may be fired on the property. For adult shooters or supervised minors, bow and arrows are OK on the archery range provided, but no bow-hunting is allowed on this property. Do not move the targets - shoot only on the provided range after signing a range waiver with host.
- 11pm Noise Restrictions; be kind to Neighbors and kill the noise by 11pm
- If we find cigarette or cigar butts in the yard we will charge $150 for picking them up - 110% absolutely no exceptions.
- We live in a forest and seasonal outdoor fire restrictions may be in effect from time to time. Outdoor fireplace/firepit usage is per Fire Department Fire Restriction levels. If fire restrictions are in place, fires and smoking outside can bring up to a $5000 fine from local fire authorities, to you, not us.
- Wood Pellet stove on-site is NOT to be used by unsupervised minors, and should not be used over the 75% setting.
- Limit 6 cars per booking (please carpool, we can only accommodate 6 cars)
- Please see listing notes about well water vs. municipal water supply. We are on well water.



Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

31 Reviews

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Justin User Profile
August 2017
The only thing wrong with this get-away was that it was too short. The hosts are welcoming and friendly and helped us have a wonderful weekend. We will be back 100%

Brandi User Profile
August 2017
This cabin was so clean & comfortable. It was very relaxing & enjoyable for the whole family. Melisa & Tim were great hosts & very welcoming.

Greg User Profile
July 2017
We were absolutely impressed when we drove up and entered this sweet retreat. Although we had rain intermittently throughout our trip, the house and the surroundings made up for it greatly. The house had a screened-in porch that was perfect for enjoying the scenery when it began to rain, but it also extends to an outdoor porch that gets you closer to the creek. The sound of the creek is peaceful and the kids loved watching the squirrels around the property, as well as Tim and Melisa's chickens. (Ask about their "pet" squirrel to give your kids a giggle.) You can tell from the clean house and amenities that Tim and Melisa care greatly for their guests' experience. Our kids loved the twin-over-full size bunk beds downstairs and the bedrooms upstairs had exceptional mattresses that provided a great night's sleep - you will not miss your bed at home. The house is spacious yet cozy and the eight of us were comfortable in every space of the house. The living room is surrounded by a giant sectional with multiple reclining sections and the kitchen allowed for many of us to be in there together while preparing meals. While we brought much of our own food, it was wonderful to fall back on the pre-stocked kitchen for some things we didn't bring – they thought of everything. We even grilled one night and all the grilling needs were there to grill our fish. It was greatly appreciated. Tim took special care to direct us to a nearby lake for fishing and a patch of blackberry bushes where we picked fresh blackberries with our kids. We were only about 20 minutes from town so we enjoyed the option of going out to dinner just to change things up a bit. During the evenings, we loved seeing elk along the roadway and we even came across an entire herd of elk one night while returning to the house. It was something to remember! There are not many places you can stay and still feel right at home, but this house felt like a home away from home. We hope to return and experience the winter season at the house. Thank you!

Eric User Profile
July 2017
Still smiling from the awesome weekend at Tim & Melissa's beautiful home! The property is everything we hoped for! Room for the kiddos to run & play. The kids fished from the creek and enjoyed the swing. It's quiet and picturesque. Tim & Melissa were very gracious and wonderful hosts. Every detail in the home is set up perfectly for the enjoyment of its guests. Cannot thank you enough for sharing your home with our large kid filled group. Some very special & much needed memories were made this weekend. Thanks again Tim & Melissa.

Claudia User Profile
July 2017
This was our first AirBnB rental and we could not be happier with the experience! The home is beautiful, clean, and the location is very convenient. It is very close to Water Wheel and other popular hiking destinations. Also, the backyard is spacious and the home itself accommodated 12 people perfectly. Melissa came to greet us during check-in to make sure we were settled in fine and made sure we knew she could help us with anything we needed during our stay. We really appreciated that and would recommend this place to anyone without hesitation!

Sarah User Profile
July 2017
My family had the best time staying at Tim and Melisa's property. The house had everything we could have needed and the surroundings were beautiful. We plan on making this a regular trip!

Christine User Profile
July 2017
Melissa and Tim were great hosts and we had a wonderful time. The home was absolutely gorgeous and just what we wanted! The creek was just steps away, and it was only a short 5 minute drive from the Water Wheel where we hiked and there were swimming holes! (I recommend bringing swimming shoes as the rocks are very sharp). Home was stocked with essentials, pots, pans, coffee, breakfast cereals, towels, soap....) We also saw elk quite frequently eating tree shrubs on the property and the kids loved the swing and petting the chickens! The couch and beds were amazingly comfortable and the sheets smelled so clean and amazing, we joked how it should be in a Gain commercial. Thank you for being so kind, responsive and letting us stay another night!

Joined in December 2016
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