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Barkwells, The Dog Lovers' Vacation Retreat

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Birmingham, AL
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73 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This place is awesome for you and your dogs. We had an amazing time in the Lacey cabin and have planned a second trip. Going zip-lining, visiting Asheville and the Biltmore were fun too. The staff is wonderful and the cabins and grounds are perfect. I love Barkswell...it's a perfect vacation place.

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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 let us know about your recent visit. We are delighted that you had a great visit and that you already have plans to return! We wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season and we look forward to seeing you again. More 

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

we went with my sister and her boyfriend and her dog. our dogs are the best of friends and they had the very best time ever!!! Hunter doesn't swim but he fetched tennis balls and played with others while Shep swam and chased Hunter.peppermint patty cabin was perfect and we had the very best time and lacked nothing. can't wait... More 

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know about your experience. We are so happy that you enjoyed your visit and your cabin. We hope to see you again soon. We wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season. More 

West Palm Beach, Florida
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50 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We love this place (and so do our dogs). I'm not able to think of anything negative. We also like the location - you're close to civilization (Asheville) and nature (Blue Ridge Parkway, Pisgah Forest, etc.). We did a brewery tour at Sierra Nevada Brewery just down the road and that was fun. The food in the Tap Room was... 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 Barkwells. We are delighted to hear that you had a great experience and hope that you can visit again soon. We wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. More 

Georgetown, Maine
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Barkwells isn't just pet-friendly, it's a sanctuary for people whose dogs are family. We have three dogs, and Barkwells has been a favorite vacation spot for years. Accommodations are top notch, whether you have two or four legs. There's a pond to swim in, beautiful scenery everywhere you look, and the cabins are tastefully decorated with every convenience imaginable. With... 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 Barkwells. We are so happy that you had a great visit! Our goal is to make every guest feel relaxed and at home, two and four legged. It is very rewarding to know that we achieved that for you. Thank you for being a loyal Barkwells guest... More 

New York
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75 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2016

Bring your furry pet to this lovely retreat in a beautiful mountain paradise. I only visited for a short time with plans to return for an extended stay with my puppy. There is a beautiful dog friendly pond surrounded by beautifully appointed cottages - all dog friendly. There are even automatic fences keeping the dogs safe inside. The entire property... 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 Barkwells. We are so happy that you had a great visit and we hope that you can plan to come back again soon. We wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season. More 

1 review
Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Just returned from a week at this wonderful "dog resort" near Asheville. What a wonderful place!! The owners, Michael and Ellen, have thought of everything! There were dog beds, dog dishes, dog towels, and even dog sheets to cover the furniture and beds inside the cabins. (C'mon now! We all know our dogs hang out on our sofas and on... More 

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

Thank you so much for reviewing our property. We love to hear that we covered all the needs for you and your furry family members. Our goal is to make vacationing easy for all of our two and four-legged guests. Being located in the mountains of WNC puts us a short drive from many pet friendly things for the whole... More 

Orlando, Florida
1 review
Reviewed 11 October 2016

Our Skooter loved this place from the start as he had lots of fun, running as far and long as I wanted to without danger or fear of anything in the giant fenced in resort. He strolled around the pond with his new furry friends, adventured throughout the entire resort at his leisure. When Skooter had to stay home by... 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 had a great visit at Barkwells. We try to bring as much peace of mind as possible to being able to vacation with your furry family members and we appreciate you letting us know about your experience. We wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season and hope to see you... More 

Columbus, Ohio
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5 reviews
Reviewed 9 October 2016

Wonderful staff, beautiful cabins, great location. Every detail is well thought out from the clean and welcoming cabins, to the safety of your pets and the friendliest staff. We had a wonderful vacation and didn't worry about our dog. The property is completely fenced and secure. Loved the dog door for our dog's use. Comfortable cabin, nice hot tub. We... 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 Barkwells. We are so happy that you had a wonderful visit and got to meet other dog lovers while you were here. We strive to make vacationing with your fur kids as easy and carefree as possible and it is very rewarding when our guests leave already wanting to come back. We... More 

Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia
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Reviewed 1 October 2016

Amazing trip-all the reviews are right on! The dogs have such fun and really not much barking! We travel with two old dogs and a 17yr old parrot who loved to look out the window. The dachshund was energized chasing rabbits[you have to get up at dawn].The spaniel loved to take a mud bath in the pond[luckily they provide a... 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 so happy that you had a great visit and enjoyed the property. Being located in Mills River makes us a central point between Asheville and Hendersonville and close to lots of great things to do and see. The Arboretum is amazing we are so glad that you got... More 

2 reviews
Reviewed 23 September 2016

We just returned home from our first visit to Barkwells and already are making plans to return. Everything was awesome! Our 2 Labs loved running the fenced in property and swimming in the beautiful ( and clean ) lake. the cabins are immaculately maintained with a lot of details taken care of for the furry guests, ( dog bowls, bedding,... 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 love to hear that our guests have a great experience. We try to cover every detail so that you can relax and enjoy your vacation with your dog. There is a different level of relaxation that you reach when you don't have to worry about the little things. We are so glad... More 

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  • Free Parking
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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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  • Refrigerator in room
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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
Region: United States > North Carolina > Mills River
Price Range: ₹ 21,819 - ₹ 21,819 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
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See which rooms travellers prefer

“Lacey is a great cabin. All the cabins are neat”
 of 5 bubbles Simbathebigpoodle, 1 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Book your cabin early, they sell out quickly”
 of 5 bubbles 201SamanthaW, 16 Nov 2016 | Read review
“All cabins were great and you picked the one that fit your party's size”
 of 5 bubbles articfire99, 11 Oct 2016 | Read review
“The views from the cabins are beautiful”
 of 5 bubbles _lafrancis1, 9 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Get a cabin to fit your need for space. We didn't need a big one just 2 people and 2 dogs. All of the cabins face the lake”
 of 5 bubbles U6252SEsusans, 30 Aug 2016 | Read review
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