I've never used VRBO before so was a little concerned about how things would work out. Turns out, it was great! Laura is a welcoming host. She was responsive to our inquiries but gave us our privacy throughout the week. Our party was four adults (two oldies and two college age children). The suite was ample for us all. The queen bed was very comfortable (I don't like my bed at home anymore). The two twin beds were fine for the kids. The kitchen, dining, and living space was very clean and well appointed. We did not lack a thing during our stay. The patio and pool area are awesome. The views of the countryside and mountains in the distance are unbeatable and very relaxing after a day of hiking and tourism. The location, while quite a distance from the core of Phoenix, is close to many hiking trails. It was nice for our day trip to Sedona to start from the north metro. Laura has several dogs (an Akita and four Pomeranians). They are always in their kennel or in the main house quarters. Guests need to realize that they are sharing the space with the resident family and dogs are a part of it. The Poms do get excited every once in awhile and that means and occasional bark party - but nothing annoying. The Akita needs an occasional walk outdoors - but as long as you communicate with Laura about your plans to use the patio, you'll never be bothered. Texting with Laura daily was the perfect solution. It worked out very well. The dogs were beautiful, had fun personalities, and actually added some character to the surroundings. Again - I give the stay five stars because I don't think we could have had a better experience. I highly recommend this place.
NE Scottsdale - 2 Bedrooms - Gated Country Estate on 3 Acres