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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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Barkwells, The Dog Lovers' Vacation Retreat
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Denver, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I loved this place! The owners are incredibly nice as are all the staff. The cabin was spotless, the grounds immaculate and the setting so peaceful. It is built for dogs to enjoy and my dogs had a great time. They got to run, swim and hang out. Barkwells is about 20 mins from Asheville so we also got to... More 

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

Thank you for your review! We are delighted that you and your dogs enjoyed the cabins, grounds, and much of what the area has to offer. We look forward to welcoming you again and are more than willing to assist with recommendations for new things to do in the area on your return trip. Ellen + Michael More 

Southeast
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

We absolutely love Barkwells! It's our go-to vacation place. We rented the Lacey cabin this time, and brought our daughter and son-in-law, along with our 100 lb. dog. We all had a fabulous time, having plenty of space and enjoying the cabin and grounds and the adjacent area. Our dog loves running off leash with other dogs and visiting the... More 

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

Thank you your review and all the kind words. We are so pleased you find the cabins comfortable and well stocked...and especially that your sweet pooch enjoys herself so much too! We sincerely thank you for continuing to choose Barkwells for your mountain vacations! Ellen & Michael More 

Charlotte
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We have been to Barkwells roughly 10 times. We have spent Thanksgiving and Christmas there in the past and Michael and Elllen make sure it festive in each cabin. Our pup, Eli a yellow lab and Bandit a Border Collie mix just love it. They interact with other dogs and since both are real people dogs they love the people.... More 

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

Thank you for your review and being a guest of ours many, many times. We are so happy that you enjoy Diva's cabin and feel like any issues you have are resolved quickly. We look forward to seeing you, Eli, and Bandit soon! Sincerely, Ellen & Michael More 

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Barkwells was the best time we have had in a long time!! Having two dogs limits us on vacations. A good freind recommended Barkwells. So we went online and checked it out. We stayed in the Snickers cabin. It was perfect for the 2 of us and our dogs. Our dogs were in heaven they loved the freedom they had... More 

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

We are so glad you had a good time at Barkwells. Thank you for your review. It's wonderful to hear that you and the dogs enjoyed Snickers. We look forward to seeing you next year! Sincerely, Ellen & Michael More 

Denver, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

This is our second visit to Barkwells and it will become an annual trip. My husband and our three K9's absolutely love this place. With it's immaculate cabins, each more perfect than the last, all the thoughtful and well thought out amenities, hot tub, plenty of fluffy white towels for both humans and K9's, sheets for the furniture should your... More 

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

Thank you for your review and saying so many kind things about your Barkwells experience. We are so glad you feel at home here and find everything you need for an enjoyable stay. We look forward to seeing you next year! Sincerely, Ellen & Michael More 

East Coast
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Barkwells is an amazing place to stay. Clean cabins fully stocked , close to many exciting attractions. Staff is awesome, very accomadating. Our dog could run and exercise and play with the other pups. It was so nice we hardly left our cabin. Scenery is breathtaking. We can't wait to go back..Ingles Grocery Store 5 minutes away.

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

Thank you for your review! We are so glad you found Barkwells to be a good retreat for you and your dog and that you found everything you needed in the cabin. Please come back again. Sincerely, Ellen & Michael More 

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Additional Information about Barkwells, The Dog Lovers' Vacation Retreat

Address: 290 Lance Road, Mills River, NC 28759
Location: United States > North Carolina > Mills River
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 7
Also Known As:
Barkwells, The Dog Lovers` Vacation Retreat Hotel Mills River

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