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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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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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50 reviews 50 reviews
10 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I came to Barkswell at the end of March and stayed in Lacey. The cabin had everything- well equipped kitchen, washer/dryer, towels, linens, and start ups of coffee, paper products, laundry detergent, etc. The expansive porch across the front of the cabin is like having another room. The furniture is all comfortable and attractive. I used everything - hot tub,... More 

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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 our property. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We hope that you come back again soon. Kim Smith Guest Services Manager More 

Cordova, Tennessee
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80 reviews 80 reviews
30 hotel reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a belated review but don't let that diminish the 5 rating. More and more hotels let you stay with your pets but this is really a resort that doesn't just accommodate for the pet but creates a vacation where all have a vacation. We stayed in one of the cabins that had outside access which we liked. The... More 

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

Thank you for your wonderful review of our property. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and hope that you can make it back again soon. Kim Smith Guest Services Manager More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We just just had our first (won't be our last) trip with our 4 Retrievers to Barkwells. I not sure if I can describe how perfect this place is! The staff is so friendly. The cabin had everything we could have needed. They are so thoughtful down to the ice cream and birthday card we found in the freezer. It... More 

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

Thank you for your kind words about our property. We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us. We hope that you can make it back again soon and happy to have you as our valued guests. Kim Smith Guest Services Manager More 

Winston Salem, North Carolina
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40 reviews 40 reviews
20 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

This is an outstanding resort from the staff to the cabins to the beautiful mountains. We have tried to stay several times but it's always booked with good reason. Our dogs had an excellent time. Everything is fenced. Michael went above and beyond as we called on a Friday night after finding out our oldest basset hound needed surgery. We... More 

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

Thank you so much for your review and kind words. We are so happy that you enjoyed your time with us. We hope that you can make it back soon and happy to have you as our valued guests. Ellen and Michael More 

Clearwater, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

First time visitors, and highly impressed! We have rented other pet-friendly cabins in the mountains, but they do not even compare to Barkwells! This resort is top notch for both dogs and their people. Our cabin (Peppermint Patty) was beautiful! And immaculate, too! For the dogs, they offered a doggie door which led to a fenced yard (with fenced acreage... More 

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

Thank you for your review and kind words about our property. We are so happy that you had a great visit with us and that you were able to relax while you were visiting with us. We are happy that you chose Barkwells for your anniversary and we hope that you share many more with us. Ellen and Michael More 

Southeast
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 via mobile

If you're blessed enough to be owned by a dog (or dogs) you've got to come here. Beautiful, well appointed cabins for 2 legged comfort, 8 fully fenced acres and a pond for 4 legged friends. Plus the amazing WNC mountains. Your own private fenced yard if you can bear to leave your pup and go do some of the... More 

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

Thank you so much for your review and kind words and advise for other guests. We are so glad you enjoy porch sitting at Barkwells! We love having you here! Ellen and Michael More 

Denver, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

This is our second trip to Barkwells. First was pre-kids with 2 dogs and loved it. Came back with 2 toddlers and 1 dog and loved it again. The kids had a great time. It was very cold so we weren't outside too much but our golden retriever was in heaven. We'd walk her around the grounds and play catch... More 

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

Thank you for the kind words and review! We are so glad you found the cabin a relaxing space for your whole family. We also really appreciate the feedback you gave us about the hot tub so we could get it fixed quickly and not interrupt your vacation. We hope to see you again! Ellen + Michael More 

Charlotte, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

What can you truly say about a place that offers eight acres of pristine landscape, including a one acre pond and luxury log cabins, other than it is Doggie paradise? From the moment you first drive through the gate you know this is going to be an adventure worth repeating. The cabins were well equipped for owners and pets alike,... More 

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

Wow! Thank you for all of your comments about your experience at Barkwells and taking the time to submit a review! We are delighted you will be returning in October. If there is anything we can do to make your stay more enjoyable, please let us know. Ellen + Michael More 

Central Florida, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

We were looking for a "dog-friendly" place to take our Beagles and we happened upon Barkwells (by way of BringFido.com). Unlike other places that say they are dog friendly, Barkwells is truly a dog's paradise. We chose to stay in Bo's Hideaway, and it quickly became our favorite place. It had a huge fenced in yard, doggie door, doggie beds... More 

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

Thank you for your review and kind words! We are so happy that you found Barkwells to be a fun and relaxing place for ALL of the members of your family. We very much hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back. Ellen +Michael More 

Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

This was the best vacation. We had our fur babies, plenty of open space to run and a safe environment to leave the fur babies so the people could explore the surrounding area. The staff is awesome, helpful and just downright welcoming. Thanks for the best vacation see you in the spring.

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

We are so glad you visited Barkwells, enjoyed your time, and felt like your fur kids were safe! We are very much looking forward to welcoming you back in the spring! Ellen + Michael More 

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