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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

Mebane, North Carolina
Reviewed 13 June 2015

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...

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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

Southeast
Reviewed 20 May 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...

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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

Durham, North Carolina
Reviewed 15 May 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...

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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

Mashpee, Massachusetts
Reviewed 4 May 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...

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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

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  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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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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  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free Internet
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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: $284 - $419 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
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