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Barkwells, The Dog Lovers' Vacation Retreat

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Washington, DC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a great idea - a resort created with pups in mind. Why aren't there more of these?!? Barkwells is smallish - 8ish 2-bedroom cottages on 10ish acres with a dog-friendly pond in the middle. Each cottage is fenced in and has a doggy door, and the entire compound is fenced in. Lots of dogs running around all the... More 

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South Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

This was our fourth trip to Barkwells, and the amazing thing is that it gets better every year. The owners are always upgrading the cabins and the property. It is truly a treat to be there for the dogs and for the dog owners. There are so many things to do in the area, or you can just relax on... More 

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

Thank you for your review of Barkwells. We are so happy that you enjoyed your visit! Our staff has been busy upgrading and working to make the property the best it can be for both our two and four legged guests. We appreciate the fact that our guests come back again and again and want them to be able to... More 

New Jersey
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195 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016 via mobile

This place is great! We stayed in Snickers cabin this trip and it is a great size for 2-4 people. The yard is a good size and the inside is set up well. The only complaint on this cabin is the door to the deck does not have a doggie door in it, so we kept having to open and... More 

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

We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Barkwells! We also greatly appreciate the feedback about the cabin. The dog door in that cabin is located on the back door and allows access to the fenced in back yard. It is great feedback to know that we could use another one on the deck side of... More 

Birmingham, AL
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

This place is the best. It is tucked away in a neighborhood in the mountains near Asheville, NC. The owners are very friendly. There are about 8 acres on which your dogs can run and play. The cabins are first rate, with nice showers, large bathrooms, and nice beds. When you walk in for the first time, there is a... More 

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

We are so happy that you had a wonderful visit. Our staff is hard at work to ensure that all of our guests leave from vacation, truly feeling like they have been on vacation. We focus everything at Barkwells around making all of our two and four legged guests happy and secure. We hope that you have a wonderful summer... More 

Charlotte, North Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

My husband and I stayed in the Fisher cabin with two of my teenagers and three greyhounds. We were amazed our huge fenced yard, which is in addition to the eight acres of land and water for our dogs to explore. Everything in our cabin was clean and top quality --the hardware, the faucets, the blinds, the linens, the appliances,... More 

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

Jennifer, Thank you for taking the time to review Barkwells. We are so happy that you enjoyed your visit and we look forward to seeing you again. Have a great summer! Kim More 

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4 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016 via mobile

Our first trip to Asheville and we wanted to bring our pup. Found this gem and if you love traveling with your dogs, look no further than Barkwells. The accommodations are perfect for dog and human alike! We stayed in Bo's Hideaway and it was great. The house was clean, stocked with every appliance, and comfortable to the extreme. Can't... 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 such a wonderful review of our property. We are so happy that you enjoyed your visit and we look forward to seeing you again. Have a wonderful summer! Kim More 

Tampa Fl
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016 via mobile

We stayed a week in the Libby cabin and have already booked our trip for Christmas week. The cabin was spotless and filled with all you needed to enjoy your stay. Our three dogs LOVED the huge, common, dog, grassy area. We enjoyed our porch and outdoor jacuzzi every evening. The location is wonderful! Rural, yet easy access to many... More 

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

David & Karen, It was great having you all here and we are so happy that you enjoyed your visit. Thank you for the wonderful review and we look forward to seeing you at Christmas! Kim More 

Durham, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

We had the best time at this lovely place. Everything was perfect; the setting, the cabin, the owners and all the little touch that made us feel so comfortable and welcome. The place was spotless. The dogs had a blast on the property and in the pond. We did lots of hikes with the dogs in near by Dupont Forest... 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 about our property. We are so happy that you enjoyed your time here and we look forward to seeing you again!! Have a wonderful summer! Kim More 

Hagerstown, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

I can't say enough good things about our experience at Barkwells! Everything was perfect, if you love to travel with your dog this is the vacation for you! From the cute, clean cabin to the well maintained fully fenced grounds this the perfect spot to relax and play with your fur babies! Everyone on staff is kind and helpful and... More 

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

Callie, Thank you for taking the time to review our property. We are so delighted that you enjoyed your visit and that you were able to relax and enjoy a vacation with your dogs. We look forward to seeing you again and hope that you have a wonderful summer! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

This resort runs like a well oiled machine with every detail taken care of. Many amenities, all working perfectly. Clean, beautiful, comfortable accommodations. So much work going on behind the scenes to keep this place beautiful, and yet all you feel as a guest is peacefulness. My dogs did not want to leave... they had so much fun exploring around,... More 

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

Kristi, Thank you for taking the time to review our property. We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us. Our goal is to make each guest feel just the way that you felt while you were here. We look forward to seeing you again. Have a great summer. More 

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  • Free Parking
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GreenLeadersSilver level
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  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Wheelchair access
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  • Hot Tub
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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Run. Swim. Play. You and your four-legged friends can roam over eight rolling fenced acres or splash into the pond. Fully equipped and furnished vacation homes with hot tub, fireplace, luxurious beds, private fenced yard, dog door, gated porch. Every comfort and convenience of home, but far away from every day.20 minutes from downtown Asheville, Hendersonville, Brevard and Biltmore Estate in the heart of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Come. Sit. Stay. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Barkwells, The Dog Lovers' Vacation Retreat

Address: 290 Lance Rd, Mills River, NC 28759-3884
Location: United States > North Carolina > Mills River
Price Range: $210 - $310 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
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