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Barkwells, The Dog Lovers' Vacation Retreat

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290 Lance Road, Mills River, NC 28759
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Just got back from our first visit. WE LOVED IT!! Stayed at Bo's Hideaway. Huge fenced in yard that opens up to community area. Marley LOVED swimming in the pond, and Hope LOVED the chickens! They think of everything for your pups. Two large dog beds and water bowls waiting for us. The whole staff is so friendly and accommodating.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved staying here, even though we were slammed with 12 inches of snow from winter storm Jonas! (hot tub!) We stayed in their Fisher cabin and were amazed at the way they specifically cater to dogs and their owners. Our cabin was completely fenced with a large yard, and the entire property is fenced, so it is not mandatory... More 

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

John, We are so happy that you had a great visit at Barkwells despite all the snow. Thank you for the wonderful review and we look forward to seeing you again. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

We have stayed here many times with our two dogs, and it is our favorite place to vacation. Beautiful cabins with lots of amenities close to Asheville. The owners are extremely focused on ensuring a quality experience for all guests. Very comfortable beds, fully equipped kitchens, and welcoming living areas. We visited last week, and had a beautifully decorated Christmas... More 

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

Mary, Thank you for taking the time to post a review about our property. We are so happy that you had enjoyed the cabin during the holiday season. We strive to be a place of peace where dogs and their owners can relax and enjoy time away. We look forward to seeing you again. More 

Raleigh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

This was our second visit to Barkwells and it already feels like "coming home" when we arrive. We found even more things to love on this trip. With the Christmas holiday only a few weeks away, this was a Christmas gift my husband and I gave to one another. The cabin was decorated with a beautiful tree, a wreath on... More 

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

Elizabeth, Thank you for taking the time to review our property. We are so happy to hear that it already feels like coming home. We hear that from a lot of our guests. Ingles being so close is a great advantage. We look forward to seeing you again. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

We stayed here for the first time this Thanksgiving in the Lacey cabin. The dogs liked it so much that we're coming back next year as well. The cabins are very clean and very well appointed with generally comfortable furniture (recliner was a little dated and uncomfortable) and much of what you would need to do your own cooking. The... 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 post a review about our property. We are so happy to hear that you and your four legged family members had a great visit. We look forward to seeing you again this Thanksgiving! More 

Raleigh, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

This was our fourth visit and once again, Barkwells exceeds expectations. Our favorite cabin is Snickers. It's the smallest cabin, but perfect for two adults and two small dogs. So comfortable and super clean. It has a nice, big fenced in yard that our dogs enjoy letting themselves out to through the doggie door! A big improvement this trip was... 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 so happy that you like the new automatic gates and that you had a wonderful visit. Snickers is a great cabin and we are glad that it is a perfect fit for you and your fur babies. We look forward to seeing you again. More 

north charleston, sc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

This was our seventh visit and we cannot wait to return! Everything was wonderful. It was my birthday and Michael, Ellen and the staff left a nice goody bag for me along with the "Happy Birthday" banner. The new gate system was such a nice treat, and the added security for the dogs was a plus. The house (Libby) was... More 

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

Thank you so much for your wonderful review of Barkwells. We are so happy that you had a wonderful visit and that Kaley and Buck made new friends on this visit. We look forward to seeing you again. More 

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Just got home from a 5 day stay at Barkwellls. It was the best!! Dogs loved it and can't wait to go back. As for us people we loved it too!! This year we went to the Biltmore Estate and are very glad we did it was amazing!! Also Blue Ridge Parkway is only 13 minutes from Barkwells. So while... More 

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

Cindy, Thank you for your review of our property. We are so happy that you had a wonderful visit while you were here. We look forward to seeing you again. More 

Dade City, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

We brought our two dogs here for a week. They loved being with us, but also playing with the other dogs. The cabins and grounds are kept immaculate. Very close to Sierra Nevada and the Biltmore, which we visited. But, also so many other places are also close by to visit and some really good restaurants close by. I would... 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 leave us a review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your time with us and hope that you can visit us again. Sincerely, Kim Smith More 

Salisbury, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

This was our first vacation taking our dogs with us. We heard good things about Barkwells but was still unsure on what to expect. Barkwells exceeded our expectations. It was a great vacation for us and the dogs too. The cabin was clean, the other guests were friendly and the dogs had a blast. I didn't think they would go... 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 leave a review of our property. We are so happy that you had a wonderful experience and we look forward to seeing you again in the future. We hope that you have a wonderful Fall season. Sincerely, Kim Smith More 

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