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Barkwells, The Dog Lovers' Vacation Retreat

Certificate of Excellence
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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Southeast
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

OK, I think this was our 9th stay. People ask us if we don't want to go somewhere else. No, this is absolutely perfect. The location is gorgeous. The climate is perfect. You can do as much or as little as you like. Our baby is beside herself with joy once we cross the North Carolina state line. We've been... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife found Barkwells on line and immediately booked a stay for us and our 3 dogs. Sadly, Linda passed away the next morning. A month and a half later, I took our senior dogs Augie, Pal & Sue for a 6 day stay. The facility could not have been dog friendlier. Everything was clearly designed with their comfort and... More 

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Mashpee, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is fantastic! We stayed in the Snicker cabin with our Goldren Retriever Jake in April 2015. The comfortable furniture/kitchen appliances/bedroom accomodations/gas fireplace were top class. You would never have thought any other dog had been here previously - no odors, no damage. The staff was so friendly and competent - from Kim in office to maintenace man who... More 

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Farmington Hills, Michigan
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a terrific place! We enjoyed a wonderful weekend at Barkwells with our delightful hosts, the Winners. We stayed in the Peppermint Patty cabin, outfitted with everything we and our beloved miniature schnoodle, Connor, needed for a perfect stay- from pet beds to kitchen to individual gated yard, hot tub-you name it- along with the most beautiful acreage for our... More 

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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 April 1, 2015

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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81 reviews 81 reviews
31 hotel reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

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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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 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 

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