Verde River Rock House

Lot 12 Eleanor East Verde Estates, Payson, AZ 85541 USA (Show map)


A splendid oasis from the heat and havoc of the City. Experience a home like no other, truly private, romantic and magical - "a little slice of heaven in the heart of the forest." The Rock House is extremely private, secluded and relaxing allowing it's guests to truly experience "being in another world." Elegance in a casual & comfortable setting! We presently cater exclusively to only one party or group at a time--therefore during the duration of your stay you (and your party) will be our only guest(s). Our rates are inclusive of Breakfast, Complimentary Hor Doerves Creekside on your arriving evening, snacks and beverages. French County Ambiance in a picturesque rural setting. Enjoy gourmet dining, fish from the back yard or enjoy a relaxing paddle boat ride down the river (complimemtary paddle/pedal boat on premises for guests) we offer a little bit everything! We feature premium linens and towels including SPA robes & slippers, Gilchrist & Soames SPA products. Relaxing Private Jacuzzi Therapuetic SPA/Hot tub and Full size Cedar Sauna on premises - Massages (standard or hot rock) by Licensed Massage/Physical Therapist available on site for our guests (by appointment & additional charge of $80 hour applies for massages). We offer great week day specials - call for details! (928) 472-4304 or (602) 696-0213 Addl information available at: verderiverrockhouse/Chefs_Menu_Sampling.html View virtual tour at: iframe width"425" height"349" src".youtube/embed/-XnxZ_-F3vk?hlen&fs1" frameborder"0" allowfullscreen/iframe




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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.9
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.9

The New Casita, So Awesome We Could Live There

5 on October 12, 2012

We stayed in the "new" Casita on a very last minute extra night away. Maggie indulged us in dinner. She also outdid herself with our breakfast. The Casita is just amazing. A tiny fully equiped place built against a rock retaining wall. How they got so much into such a small space and make it all work and still feel roomy is beyond me. The bed was soooo comfy, and linens wonderful. The walk in shower with massaging foot stone bottom, non-slip I might add, Bliss. The kitchen has almost more than mine does at home. It even has a gas firestove. All of the little touches are amazing, stained glass over the bathroom door; special light fixtures abound; ample towels and robes. We ate out on the patio for dinner where we got to see the resident Javelina family, quite cute.. Dinner was the most wonderful grilled Halibut we've had in awhile. Breakfast for me, blueberry pancakes to die for. Mom had a skillet casserole dish that was wonderful. Only a few tiny nit picking drawbacks that I can find... Don't get there in the dark, the driveway could be a little intimidating. Nothing big deal, but in the dark could be unnerving. We are avid past campers so used to bugs, but we will come back in the "non" buggy time of year. Not the innkeepers fault obviously but there is so much outdoor space to enjoy and walk down to the river that we were a bit blue to have to stay mostly inside. That's ok, an excuse for another trip! The inside of the house is great and has soooo many things to look at out of curiousity that you could be there for days. However if anyone in your party has a problem with taxidermy, you might not be comfortable. I'm ok with it, but it made my Mother a bit uneasy. Nothing negative, just a heads up for some people. Maggie and Steve were both uber helpful about maps and the area. Last but not least... Maggie's dog Henri, who is quite obviously the King, was wonderful, He stole our hearts. Hope to be back soon.

First b&b experience

4.0 on January 05, 2012

I am so spoiled after staying in this quaint, private paradise. The food was delicious. The hostess was lovely and attentive when necessary but left us to our privacy when we were all situated. It was simple, yet elegant and luxurious. I didn't want to leave!

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5 on December 02, 2011

This was the best B&B experience we have ever had. The service and dining were beyond our wildest expectations. We will definitely stay again. Keith & Jo

Private Sanctuary

4.8 on September 18, 2011

If you are looking for a wonderfully private, natural setting with a warm, friendly and helpful hostess who creates fantastic gourmet meals ...then this is the place! Maggie's home became our home. We played for hours with the Polaris in the hills of the canyons and the riverbed. We hiked on and off property trails, wishing we had our fishing poles. Local wildlife wandered onto rocks by the house while we relaxed on the deck. Hummingbirds darted about protecting their territories and the sound of coyotes calling were heard each evening. Wonderfully serene. Amazingly relaxing. We are already working on dates for our next visit.

A truly unique, fantastic place

5 on June 03, 2011

You won't believe how wonderful this place is! Such a beautiful location, amazing decor, outstanding food, and super friendly, super accomodating owners. Thanks for the relaxing, magical stay.


5 on June 16, 2010

Maggie made us feel like we were at home, but not having to deal with the stresses of home. The food is outstanding! Better than any restaurant. The views are amazing and I can't imagine going anywhere else for my getaways. There is no cell service, which made my stay even more relaxing!

An Elegant and Eclectic Corner of Heaven

5 on May 22, 2010

Our 1st stay was back in July 2009 and we have been anxious to get back there ever since! Maggie and Steve are both genuinely nice people that are easy to be around and excelled at making us feel at ease and welcome in their beautiful home. They are attentive without being obtrusive, nor absent when we had questions. Then there’s the food…or cuisine…depending on what we requested…FABULOUS! Maggie competes and has a some wins under her chef’s hat ¿ The Rock House has a fun and interesting history, sits on some of the prettiest property along the river, and has easy hiking trails that can be picked up right out back. If you want to spend the day feeling like you are camping in the wilderness, then return to a hot shower, luxurious linens, fine cuisine, and a comfortable bed, this is where you want to be. It is definitely where we like to be, and are returning for a 2 day stay in June – can’t wait!!


4.0 on March 26, 2010

Wow! What an amazing bed and breakfast! We have stayed at a few BnB but this is one we will always remember! As soon as we arrived we were amazed at the beautiful location, breathtaking scenery and warm hospitality! We had private access to not just our room but to the whole downstairs with beautiful views from every window! Snacks and drinks are generously provided throughout the stay. Plenty of DVD's and books to choose from. Maggie is such a wonderful person that makes you feel at home. She is an outstanding cook! The food was incredible! Nothing is ordinary here! We had a great time going for a walk along the river and enjoyed the beautiful scenery! The jacuzzi and sauna were amazing. This stay gave us the rest and peace we needed! Thank you for sharing your paradise! K&A

Loved It, Loved It Loved It !!!

5 on March 13, 2010

Hi Maggie - Sorry it took so long for me to write something online. Dave and I absolutely just loved staying at your B&B in February. The weather was a bit drizzly...but we didn't care - it was beautiful. Thank you so much for the lovely and delicious dinner you put together for us and my Grandparents (92 and 94 yrs old respectively!). They really really enjoyed themselves. I hope to be back late June for another weekend....this time with my son for another visit. THANKS again! HOLLY BERRY and Maj. Dave Millett (USAF)

Innkeeper Response
Thanks Holly! It was our pleasure - you and Dave are both super and we absolutely LOVED your grandparents! Steve and I only hope we can be as spry and witty as they are when/if we reach their age - in fact even at our present age! :) Hope to see you again soon!

Life Changing Stay

5 on July 15, 2009

This was THE most peaceful, beautiful setting. The home, the view and the hospitality was above and beyond all my expectations. I came looking for a place to spend some time to rejuvenate and I found that and much more. Maggie is an awesome cook and a wonderful hostess! Thank you for a stay that brought me back to life again! It could not have been more perfect! Thanks, Jeanne Robinson

Innkeeper Response
Jeanne, Thanks for being the ultimate perfect guest and becoming a super friend as well! Jeanne has gone on to open a fabulous custom cake business - visit her website at: Hate to admit it but as proud as I am of my baking she puts me to shame - but I love her anyway! Take care and I wish you great success Jeanne! Fondly, Maggie

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Rooms & Rates

Rock Room


  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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Location Type

River/Stream side, Countryside, Mountains, Small town


Phoenix, AZ (PHX-Sky Harbor Intl.) 135 miles

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Casino, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Incredible Hiking Trails! Tonto Natural Bridge, Complimentary Pedal/Paddle boat for guests, Private Spa/hot tub and cedar sauna on premises, ATV, Mountain Bike and Harley Rental on Premises, Fishing / Boating /Horse Back Riding, Zane Grey's Cabin / Strawberry school house, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Rodeo, Ruins, Ski area

Inn Details

Establishment type

Private Home Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Copier, Desk, Fax Machine, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Library, Secretarial services, TV Video games, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities , Gorgeous French Country antiques & decor., Private Den with Fireplace and DVD library., Jacuzzi SPA, Cedar Sauna - On site massage (addl), ATV & mountain bike & Harley Rental (license req), Private Riverside Deck w/grill - Pedal boat, Fabulous Sunken Cast Iron tub for Bubble baths!

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Board games, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, DVD Player, Fireplace, Fridge, Internet Service, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Horseshoes, Hunting, Mountain Bike trails, Harley Davidson Rental (qualified drivers only), ATV Rental on site (licensed drivers), Antiquing (Payson, Pine, Strawberry), Jacuzzi SPA, Cedar Sauna - Massages by appt., Bowling (in Payson) - Golf (in Payson), Off Road guided tours available, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming pool

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  • Check In:: 3 PM
  • Check Out:: 11 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Smoking in approved outdoor areas w/containers
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Please call for details-negoiable
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No Small pets with prior approval-please call for details
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 night min for holidays otherwise 1 night accepted
  • Accepted payments Other, AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Diners club, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 50% deposit required
  • Cancellations: Call for details



Steve and Maggie Evans

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

Dogs , French Bulldogs

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Continental or Full Gourmet

  • Time Served: anytime prior to Noon
  • Serving Location: Riverside deck/patio, Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Rock House "Lamb-sicles" or Shrimp 'Cargo
We feature evening hors doerves - choices include - Specialties include Shrimp 'Cargo, Rock HouseLamb-sicles w/balsamic reduction, Award winning Spinach Artichoke Dip, "To Die For" Pesto with fresh baked crusty bread, Baked Brie in Puff Pastry, Roasted Raspberry Chipolte dip w/sour dough wedges & crackers and gourmet cheese - heavenly fresh hand dipped Strawberries or Pineapple - our trays are to die for! Served with your choice of Wine, Champagne, Beer or non-alcoholic beverage of your choice! Fabulous home made hot chocolate fireside in the winter with brownies hot from the oven topped with REAL home made whipped cream! Beef Wellington and other Gourmet Meals as well as BBQ Steak Frys or Picnic lunches and specialty desserts are also available however require advance notice and are at additional cost(s). Additional information can be found here:


Hot Deal

No Host Special!

Regular Rate: $225 now $175 (22% Savings:)

“No Host Special” a grand yet cost conscience way to totally indulge yourself for two or more days - subject to availability accomodations are in one of our new cozy & private fully self contained Casitas. "No Host" is for two people ~ you might want to travel with your spouse, your best friend, your mother or sister. Take the time to create exceptional memories in the picturesque Rim Country. Make your reservation for 2 nights or more (SU-TH) @ $175 night - Weekends $185/night - receive the following: A chilled bottle of champagne, sparkling cider or wine en-Suite upon arrival & fresh fruit basket (add fresh dipped strawberries for only $29.00). Begin each day with the aroma of fresh coffee - enjoy fruit juice and home baked muffins or banana nut bread while watching the sun rise -listening to the sound of the gently flowing East Verde River and watching the abundant wildlife, perhaps you will be fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of the East Verde’s resident Blue Heron’s fishing. Hike along one of the many hiking trails – drop a fishing line in the East Verde River or test your luck panning for gold (we have courtesy fishing gear and gold panning equipment for guest use). Please contact the inn directly at +1-928-472-4304 to redeem this deal.

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