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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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Raleigh
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There are simply no words to describe how lucky we feel to have found Barkwells! My husband and I are true dog people and wanted to celebrate our 15th Wedding anniversary with them since we actually met through our dogs 16 years ago. (different ones back then, lol). This was our first trip to Barkwells and we stayed at Fisher's... More 

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Cedar Rapids
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our first visit to Barkwells. We expected a lot, based on the reviews, and we were not disappointed. The grounds are beautiful, the cabins are wonderful...super clean and uncluttered. We especially appreciated that there were no air fresheners or perfumed products used in the cabins. AND the owners make it easy to recycle! We're used to hauling our... More 

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Southport, North Carolina
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We absolutely loved Barkwells! This was our first visit and we will be back. Our dog really enjoyed being off leash and making new dog and human friends. The cabin was wonderful, beautiful, clean and very well equipped including ceiling fans and a hot tub on the deck. Really impressed that the owners are on site and visible, very nice... More 

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

Dear foodandwiner, We are so glad you loved your first visit to Barkwells and found the cabins and grounds enjoyable. Looking forward to welcoming you back! Warmest regards, Ellen + Michael Winner More 

Saint Simons Island, Georgia
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Barkwells is the perfect vacation rental for people and dogs! My 2 Shelties loved their private space and I loved the amenities, peace and quiet and location of this lovely place. I will be returning!

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

Dear Denise T, Thank you for timing to leave a review! We are so glad that you and your beautiful Shelties had a great time and we can't wait to welcome you back! Warmest regards, Ellen + Michael Winner More 

Auburndale, Florida
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

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

Dear Kimberly S, We are so glad you enjoyed the big yard at Bo's Hideaway. It is definitely great for 3 dogs! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and for your loyalty to Barkwells. We can't wait for your return, as well☺ Warmest regards, Ellen + Michael Winner More 

Durham, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

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

Dear Melinda B, We are so glad you and your Goldens had a great visit to Barkwells! What a sweet memory that your puppy learned to swim in Fisher Lake:) Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We can't wait to welcome you back! Warmest regards, Michael + Ellen Winner More 

South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

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

Dear Doglover102, Thank you for your review! We strive to provide a wonderful environment for our guests and it is so nice to hear that we are succeeding. If we ever don't meet your expectations, please let us know so we may fix it. We can't wait to welcome you back next year! Warmest regards, Ellen + Michael Winner More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

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

Dear MG0718, We are so glad to read that you have a great visit, every visit! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. If there is ever anything we can do to make your experience even better, please don't hesitate to let us know. We appreciate your loyalty to Barkwells and look forward to welcoming you back... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

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

Dear motsmom, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review and all of the praise! We are so glad you and your husband had a wonderful visit and certainly appreciate your feedback about the common area dog etiquette. The best way to ensure playtime in the snow this winter is watch the weather and make a last... More 

Banner Elk, North Carolina, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015 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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Barkwells, Owner at Barkwells, The Dog Lovers' Vacation Retreat, responded to this review

Dear DavidL, THANK YOU for your review! We are so glad you continue to be our guest and hope you will let us know if there is ever room for improvement. Warmest regards, Ellen + Michael Winner More 

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