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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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This place by far exceeded our expectations. This the perfect get-away if you want to bring your dog on vacation with you. It is all about the dogs...and their people. The cabin we stayed in, Peppermint Patty, was beautiful, cozy, spottless and well appointed. There is nothing they didn't think of: For the humans they had a hot tub, fireplace,... More 

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Lake Park, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was our fourth visit to Barkwells. We had booked Bo's Hideaway as we had last year. The main reason being that the living space is all on one level, there are ramps to the yard, and that yard is spacious. Our blind, arthritic, happy-go-lucky Labrador Retriever, Socks, had really loved not having to negotiate stairs and had actually been... More 

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

Robert H, It was so great to have you back at Barkwells. Thank you for your wonderful review of the property. We are so sorry for your loss. We know and empathize the pain of loosing a furry family member. We are delighted that you had a great visit and we look forward to seeing you again. Have a wonderful... More 

West Orange
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at Baxter's cabin, a terrific mix of modern amenities (ice-maker and wi-fi were the favorites) and natural beauty. The large covered deck that looks over lush grounds and pond, is a perfect place to relax--in or out of the hot tub. There is plenty of room on the grounds to play with your dog(s) alone or have them... More 

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

Karen, It was such a pleasure to get to meet you, Joni, and all of your beautiful Collies! Thank you for taking the time to review the property. We are so happy that you had a wonderful stay. We look forward to seeing you again and hope that you have an amazing summer. Sincerely, Kim Smith More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Spotted Barkwells while searching the Internet for a dog friendly vacation. We drove 8 hours and stayed 4 nights with our 2 labs. This was by far the most relaxing and rewarding vacation we've had. It was great to bring our dogs along and see them so happy. The cabin and grounds far exceeded what we expected and the staff... More 

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

Dear Bikefire2, We are so happy that your stay was fun and relaxing.Thank you for taking the time to review the property. We look forward to seeing you again and hope that you have a wonderful summer! Ellen + Michael Winner More 

New Jersey
Top Contributor
169 reviews 169 reviews
40 hotel reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came here for about a week to relax and also celebrate our dogs sixth birthday! The cabin was nicely set up and clean. The staff we encountered was very nice. I have to say most of the time the property was very quiet. When there were other dogs out, our dog got to play and make new friends. The... More 

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

Dear shopperhooper, We are so glad you enjoyed your first visit to Barkwells and found the location convenient. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Looking forward to welcoming you back! Warmest regards, Ellen + Michael Winner More 

Mebane, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were first time visitors who stayed in Peppermint Patty cabin with our beagle, Stella. Seeing her run to her heart's content brought us great joy and laughter. There's quite a few reasons to vacation here. Cool mountain breezes, immaculate accommodations, well-manicured grounds with hammocks, friendly staff, bird feeders, games and books for rainy days, close proximity to Asheville, wrap-around... More 

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

Dear ctpw, Watching our dog guests run to their hearts content is one of the best things about being the hosts of Barkwells! We are so glad Stella and her humans enjoyed their time with us.Thank you for the wonderful feedback. We look forward to your return. Sincerely, Ellen + Michael Winner More 

Southeast
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

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

Dear SweetPeamom, We are so happy you continue to enjoy Barkwells. We equally enjoy having you all here! Thank you for you kind words. Hugs to Liza Jane! Sincerely, Ellen + Michael Winner More 

Durham, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

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

Dear Jim H, Thank you for your kind words about your experience at Barkwells. It was a pleasure having you, Augie, Pal, and Sue here. We are so glad you all found the cabin, hot tub and grounds restorative during a difficult time. Sincerely, Ellen + Michael Winner More 

Mashpee, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

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

Dear Pat G, We are so glad you enjoyed your first visit to Barkwells and found the Snicker cabins to be so comfortable! Thank you for making the trip all the way from Cape Cod. We hope to welcome you back in the future. Sincerely, Ellen + Michael Winner More 

Farmington Hills, Michigan
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32 reviews 32 reviews
4 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review for Barkwells! We are delighted both you and Connor enjoyed your stay with us and found Asheville so accessible. We sincerely hope to welcome you back again! Warmest regards, Ellen & Michael WInner More 

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