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Barkwells, The Dog Lovers' Vacation Retreat

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290 Lance Road, Mills River, NC 28759
Barkwells, The Dog Lovers' Vacation Retreat
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Auburndale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our third visit to Barkwells and as usual, everything was perfect. We had "Bo's Hideaway" this time. It was spacious and had and extremely large fenced yard for our three dogs to safely explore. The entire property is awesome, and the staff is very friendly and helpful. A special shout out to Holland, one of the staff, who... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Dog Heaven and Haven. Our Goldens loved it here! Our puppy learned to swim and both had a blast chasing the ball on land and water. The cabin was clean, comfortable and quiet. While you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere, you are actually minutes from town. Can't wait to go again!

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South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our third visit and we are more impressed each time we go. There is so much to love about Barkwells. It is a unique concept - where everything is done to make sure dogs and people have the best vacation. It is just amazing how much effort is put into getting all the amenities that will make everyone... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We've stayed at Barkwells a number of times, and each one has been memorable and exceptional. We wanted a place where our dogs would be comfortable and welcome, and really wanted a fenced yard. What we got was that--and so much more! Upscale cabins with full kitchen; wonderful deck overlooking the 11 acre property and lake; hot tub; very relaxed... More 

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NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited Barkwells for the first time with our two dog last month. The property is beautiful, staff friendly and attentive. The cabins are so well appointed for the people and the dogs with private fenced yard and gated porch. Diva cabin has huge porch with view of lake. My husband said he enjoyed our three days there as much as... More 

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Banner Elk, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is the fourth time that we have been to Barkwell's with our Shiloh Shepherds. The owner Michael Winner goes out of his way to make our visit perfect. The cabins are immaculate and totally furnished with everthing. The grounds are beautiful with a lake and totally fenced. Once you arrive you can let your dogs run lose and never... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place by far exceeded our expectations. This the perfect get-away if you want to bring your dog on vacation with you. It is all about the dogs...and their people. The cabin we stayed in, Peppermint Patty, was beautiful, cozy, spottless and well appointed. There is nothing they didn't think of: For the humans they had a hot tub, fireplace,... More 

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Lake Park, North Carolina, United States
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was our fourth visit to Barkwells. We had booked Bo's Hideaway as we had last year. The main reason being that the living space is all on one level, there are ramps to the yard, and that yard is spacious. Our blind, arthritic, happy-go-lucky Labrador Retriever, Socks, had really loved not having to negotiate stairs and had actually been... More 

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

Robert H, It was so great to have you back at Barkwells. Thank you for your wonderful review of the property. We are so sorry for your loss. We know and empathize the pain of loosing a furry family member. We are delighted that you had a great visit and we look forward to seeing you again. Have a wonderful... More 

West Orange
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

We stayed at Baxter's cabin, a terrific mix of modern amenities (ice-maker and wi-fi were the favorites) and natural beauty. The large covered deck that looks over lush grounds and pond, is a perfect place to relax--in or out of the hot tub. There is plenty of room on the grounds to play with your dog(s) alone or have them... More 

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

Karen, It was such a pleasure to get to meet you, Joni, and all of your beautiful Collies! Thank you for taking the time to review the property. We are so happy that you had a wonderful stay. We look forward to seeing you again and hope that you have an amazing summer. Sincerely, Kim Smith More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015 via mobile

Spotted Barkwells while searching the Internet for a dog friendly vacation. We drove 8 hours and stayed 4 nights with our 2 labs. This was by far the most relaxing and rewarding vacation we've had. It was great to bring our dogs along and see them so happy. The cabin and grounds far exceeded what we expected and the staff... More 

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

Dear Bikefire2, We are so happy that your stay was fun and relaxing.Thank you for taking the time to review the property. We look forward to seeing you again and hope that you have a wonderful summer! Ellen + Michael Winner More 

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