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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...

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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.

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...

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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...

Orlando, Florida
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...

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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...

Columbus, Ohio
Reviewed 10 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...

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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...

Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia
Reviewed 2 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...

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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...

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,...

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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...

Reviewed 31 August 2016

The cabins were totally set up. Not a detail was missed. The only thing we needed to do was to go to the grocery. There are not that many cabins so it is not crowded. The property is totally fenced, the pond area is lovely and it was great to be so relaxed and let my dogs run around. The...

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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 to hear that all guests (two and four legged) had a great visit. We are sorry about the knives but happy we were able to fix that for you quickly. We try to anticipate all the needs of our dog-loving guests and to make the vacation experience what it...

Washington, DC
Reviewed 28 August 2016

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...

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

Thank you for your review of our property. We are so happy to hear that you had a wonderful visit. Although we are in a country setting, we are only 5 minutes to Ingles grocery and about 15 to 20 minutes to Asheville or Hendersonville. Our office staff has lots of recommendations of area things to do and next time...

South Carolina
Reviewed 17 July 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...

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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...

New Jersey
Reviewed 10 July 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...

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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...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
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
Region: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Mountains > Mills River
Price Range: $274 - $405 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
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