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Durham, North Carolina
Reviewed 20 July 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

South Carolina
Reviewed 16 July 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...

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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

Reviewed 16 July 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...

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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...

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Reviewed 8 July 2015 via mobile

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...

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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...

Banner Elk, North Carolina, United States
Reviewed 7 July 2015

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...

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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

Plantation, Florida
Reviewed 30 June 2015 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,...

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

Dear Starrchar, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review and the kind words! We are so pleased you found the cabins to be well appointed and that the dogs enjoyed the grounds. We can't wait to welcome you back. Warmest regards, Ellen + Michael Winner

Lake Park, North Carolina, United States
Reviewed 27 June 2015

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...

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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...

West Orange
Reviewed 21 June 2015

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...

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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

Reviewed 19 June 2015 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...

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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

New Jersey
Reviewed 19 June 2015 via mobile

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...

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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

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • 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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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: $275 - $406 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
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