Barkwell's is situated in the beautiful rolling hills of western NC, creating a stark contrast to the flat and sandy desolation of Ft. Bragg and greater Fayetteville. Even though this pet resort is just down the road from a busy airport, you hear neither airplane nor automobile traffic. The grounds are spacious, but the cabins all line up together in order to leave plenty of room for the dogs to romp. The area is fenced, and each cabin has its own small fenced yard. There is also a pond that guests and dogs may swim in. Flowers, trees, shrubs, and birdhouses adorn the grounds, adding to the bond with nature started with each unique log cabin.
Many of the cabins share the same amenities; big screen TV's, wrap around porches, ranges, microwaves, grills, washers, and dryers are all included. The cabins themselves are very clean and appear well-maintained. My family stayed in Lacey's, which sported a master and secondary bedroom, two baths, kitchen, and living room/ dining room combo.
The staff at Barkwell's is very pleasant, and they go above and beyond the call to provide info on restaurants and activities. One impressive fact about Barkwell's is the transition towards self-sustainment and ecological responsibility. Barkwell's provides recycling bins, "green" cleaners, and even composting bins in most cabins. I wish the owners luck in this worthwhile endeavor.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Barkwells, The Dog Lovers` Vacation Retreat Hotel Mills River