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Barkwells, The Dog Lovers' Vacation Retreat

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Best place ever for your whole family member to enjoy including furmembers. I'd move in if I could! Imagine a dog park with no issues, plenty of room to run, play, and even swim. Now imagine yourself living there! It exceeded all of our expectations and we can't wait to go back!

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Staunton, Virginia
Reviewed 4 January 2017

This is such a hard review to write because I have completely mixed emotions about Barkwells. My father and I and our three dogs stayed there for a week over Christmas and absolutely loved the experience. The cabin, property, attention to detail - it was wonderful. Before we left we had already booked another visit in June. However, upon return...

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Barkwells, General Manager at Barkwells, The Dog Lovers' Vacation Retreat, responded to this review

We appreciate your comments and are glad you and your father enjoyed your stay at Barkwells. We strive to ensure that every Barkwells guest, both two and four legged, has a wonderful experience. We are sorry that you feel our decision was unwarranted. We are very mindful regarding the best interests of our guests and staff and our decision was...

Winston Salem, North Carolina
Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

My first review of Barkwells was back in March, 2012, and I can tell you, things just get better and better. We took our three girls (this was a first visit for two of them) for the New Year's holiday. The total joy on their faces as they ran, jumped and played was priceless! The loud snoring because they wore...

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Barkwells, General Manager at Barkwells, The Dog Lovers' Vacation Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of Barkwells. We are delighted that you had a wonderful experience and that you were with us for the New Year holiday. The hot tub and fireplace make the winter months so enjoyable. We wish you and your family a happy new year and we look forward to seeing you again.

Tampa Fl
Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

We stayed for 9 days in the Diva cabin with our 2 adult daughters and 3 dogs over the holidays. A beautifully decorated Christmas tree was provided by Barkwells, so we didn't have to miss that part of the season by not being at home. We enjoyed the Sierra Nevada Brewary, Biltmore House, and various hikes throughout the area. We...

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Barkwells, General Manager at Barkwells, The Dog Lovers' Vacation Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave a wonderful review about Barkwells. We are so happy that you had a wonderful Christmas with us and that you have already scheduled another visit. We wish you and your family the very best and look forward to seeing you again.

Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

If you're looking for a "relaxing get away from it all and bring your 4 legged child with you" vacation, this is the place. Most relaxing and wonderful place. And best of all, my Murphy loved running free in the perfectly safe fenced in premises every day with us. Counting the days until we can return.

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Barkwells, General Manager at Barkwells, The Dog Lovers' Vacation Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review about Barkwells. We are so happy that you were able to relax and enjoy the time with your fur baby. We look forward to seeing you again and hope that you have a wonderful holiday season.

Cary, North Carolina
Reviewed 8 December 2016

My husband and I and our 4 dogs had such a wonderful time at Barkwells! This magical place was very highly recommended by friends who visit all the time, and I must say it even outperformed my very high expectations. The log cabins are beautiful, the staff helpful and pleasant and as advertised it is completely dog friendly. We had...

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Barkwells, General Manager at Barkwells, The Dog Lovers' Vacation Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review about your recent trip to Barkwells. We are so happy that we beat your expectations, that is our goal for every guest. We are delighted that you have made two future reservations and we are looking forward to seeing you again. We hope that you and your family have a...

Birmingham, AL
Reviewed 1 December 2016

This place is awesome for you and your dogs. We had an amazing time in the Lacey cabin and have planned a second trip. Going zip-lining, visiting Asheville and the Biltmore were fun too. The staff is wonderful and the cabins and grounds are perfect. I love Barkswell...it's a perfect vacation place.

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Barkwells, General Manager at Barkwells, The Dog Lovers' Vacation Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your recent visit. We are delighted that you had a great visit and that you already have plans to return! We wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season and we look forward to seeing you again.

Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

we went with my sister and her boyfriend and her dog. our dogs are the best of friends and they had the very best time ever!!! Hunter doesn't swim but he fetched tennis balls and played with others while Shep swam and chased Hunter.peppermint patty cabin was perfect and we had the very best time and lacked nothing. can't wait...

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Barkwells, General Manager at Barkwells, The Dog Lovers' Vacation Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know about your experience. We are so happy that you enjoyed your visit and your cabin. We hope to see you again soon. We wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season.

West Palm Beach, Florida
Reviewed 28 November 2016

We love this place (and so do our dogs). I'm not able to think of anything negative. We also like the location - you're close to civilization (Asheville) and nature (Blue Ridge Parkway, Pisgah Forest, etc.). We did a brewery tour at Sierra Nevada Brewery just down the road and that was fun. The food in the Tap Room was...

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Barkwells, General Manager at Barkwells, The Dog Lovers' Vacation Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review Barkwells. We are delighted to hear that you had a great experience and hope that you can visit again soon. We wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Georgetown, Maine
Reviewed 16 November 2016

Barkwells isn't just pet-friendly, it's a sanctuary for people whose dogs are family. We have three dogs, and Barkwells has been a favorite vacation spot for years. Accommodations are top notch, whether you have two or four legs. There's a pond to swim in, beautiful scenery everywhere you look, and the cabins are tastefully decorated with every convenience imaginable. With...

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Barkwells, General Manager at Barkwells, The Dog Lovers' Vacation Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review of Barkwells. We are so happy that you had a great visit! Our goal is to make every guest feel relaxed and at home, two and four legged. It is very rewarding to know that we achieved that for you. Thank you for being a loyal Barkwells guest...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
GreenLeadersSilver level
About the property
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Wheelchair access
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  • Hot Tub
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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Parking
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Run. Swim. Play. You and your four-legged friends can roam over eight rolling fenced acres or splash into the pond. Fully equipped and furnished vacation homes with hot tub, fireplace, luxurious beds, private fenced yard, dog door, gated porch. Every comfort and convenience of home, but far away from every day.20 minutes from downtown Asheville, Hendersonville, Brevard and Biltmore Estate in the heart of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Come. Sit. Stay. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Barkwells, The Dog Lovers' Vacation Retreat

Address: 290 Lance Rd, Mills River, NC 28759-3884
Region: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Mountains > Mills River
Price Range: £169 - £250 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
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