Barkwells’ Best

Products and Services

To add to your well-being while at Barkwells or back at home, indulge your dogs and yourself in some special treats. Here are our recommendations for pampering pooches and people.

Products:  Order online when making a reservation, call to order or visit our office during your stay.

For Services: Contact these folks directly to book appointments.  Please book as far in advance as possible.

See reservations for special packages.



Our apparel is manufactured locally by Recover. This active wear clothing is made from recycled plastic bottles and recycled cotton – you will be amazed by how soft and wearable and washable these t-shirts and hoodies are! Stop in at the office to check out the short and long sleeve Ts, hoodies and don’t forget your ball cap!  Each has the Barkwells logo and Come.Sit.Stay.® tag line imprinted to remind you of  wonderful memories of your stay!

Barkwells Mug


Enjoy your favorite beverage along with memories of rocking on the porch and playing with your furry friends with this 12 oz. collectible mug made by Deneen Pottery.   In forest green, barn red or sunny yellow with a white wash or in solid teal, it’s the perfect size and feel to start your day out right.    $20.00

Barkwells Dog Beds


Barkwells has been through a lot of dog beds in the last ten years! Finally, we have found a dog bed that is better made than the others, made right here in the USA, and utilizes the best of both worlds: Ultra soft poly fill wrapped in individual baffles and egg crate foam. The cover is heavy duty denim on one side and soft comfy fleece on the other. The cover zips off for easy cleaning, is machine washable and dryable, and has a waterproof zip off liner covering the fill. This bed just won’t bottom out, even with the heaviest of dogs. It can be used either on the floor, in the back of an SUV, or in a crate. Additional denim colors and sizes are available and each will have the Barkwells’ logo embroidered on the denim to remember the sweet dreams that your dogs have here.

  • XL – 42 x 36 $135.00
  • L – 30 x 40   $119.00
  • M – 24 x 36  $109.00


 Gift Tote Bag

Add a little romance to your stay or celebrate your special occasion w ith a festive recycled material Barkwells tote bag chock full of delicious and healthy treats including wine, sparkling or otherwise, gourmet cheeses, organic crackers and cookies (both dog and people) from Earthfare, eggs from our chickens when available,  fresh organic fruit and mmmmm chocolate!

Add this bountiful bag of yummy to a reservation for $65.00 plus tax

Holiday Ornament

A festive way to celebrate your Barkwells memories at the holidays is with our new-this-year pottery ornament from Deneen Pottery, the same company that makes our mugs right here in the USA. It will be a flat ceramic emblem with a red glaze and the logo in white. A photo will be here soon and the ornaments will be available in late July. Please email us if you would like to place an order to have it shipped to you.  $10.00

 Memorial Stones

snickers-stone-optimizedOur four-legged family is with us always. Remember your best friend with a personalized stone placed in our Memorial Garden. Paths through the bamboo are designed for special contemplative places to hold your friend in your heart. Order your small, medium or large river stone through Meadow Creek Stones and we will have it here for you to place during your stay, or have it sent right to your home.

Treats – People

Times of your Life Delights are hands down the BEST cheesecakes ever (we think so, anyway, and when you try them we think you will agree : )! Order Mon Cherry Amour or Lemon Tryst to experience real decadence – delivered to your cabin door! Contact Bobbi Abbott at [email protected] or 828-808-0783 for more info, flavors and pricing.


Vacations or special occasions call for special treats! Three Dog Bakery and WoofGang Bakery know how to make howlin’ good goodies for your canine friends!




DogSitting  Whether your dog has separation anxiety or you just want to do people stuff for longer than you’d like your dog to be alone, Barkwells can connect you with professionals who can drop in on your pet or stay all day.

Bobbi Abbott with Pet-Happy is insured, bonded, and pet CPR/First Aid trained. She worked for Barkwells for 6 years and still shows her smiling face in the office occassionally. Contact her at 828-808-0783 or [email protected]

Becky Franz-Paul with Paws-N-Peace pet sitting is bonded and insured. Please contact her directly at 828-779-7066 or at [email protected], as far in advance as you can. Another option is Rene Hopstetter of Mills River Pet Sitting, also bonded and insured, ( at 813-770-1453. Email or call the office if you have other questions or need more info.



There: Want a special spa day for your pooch or just don’t want a wet dog smell in the car on the way home? Call Woofgang Bakery to schedule with Amanda. You can catch a movie, shop or have lunch at Biltmore Park Town Square while Fido is getting fabulous!

Petsmart is in the Target/Lowes center just a few miles away and is very convenient for all your grooming needs.

Here: If you would rather stick around the serene surroundings of Barkwells, call Kortney at Have Shears will Travel and she will bring the grooming right to your door! Book early though, she stays very busy!


As if it isn’t pretty enough right here, you can’t imagine the beauty that awaits you in the nearby mountains. Check out these popular area hikes. If you are new to hiking or would like a guide, call Bobbi Abbott at the office. She knows the best trails to take with your dogs and is always up for a good walk in the woods!

Horseback Riding

Mountain trail rides are always an adventure. Here is a link to area stables.

On-site Massage Therapy

Barkwells offers on-site therapeutic massage to help you leave your stress and cares behind. Whether you prefer a lighter, more energetic touch or a deep tissue massage, you are sure to experience a relaxing bodywork massage in the privacy of your cabin.

You may reach Asheville On-Site Professional Massage Therapy directly by calling (828) 298-8494. Please schedule your sessions as far in advance as possible.

For a special treat, book a Romance package with couples massage and gift tote –  $220 with your reservation.

Or for an adventure in specialized treatments, including hot stone massage, Tibetan bowl sound massage, barefoot shiatsu or Thai massage call Sheila O’Connor, LMBT, at  407-716-4423 email [email protected]. Sheila offers a complimentary pet massage (5-10 minutes) for every one-hour human massage.

On-Site Professional Photography

Capture the times of your life with permanent memories of you and your best friends. Email or call The ClickChick for on site professional portrait photography.

Pet Care

Allopathic in Mills River: Dr Sarah Brown with HealthCare for Pets is five minutes away and does a great job. She brought Peppermint Patty back from death’s door when Patty developed idiopathic hemolytic anemia. Dr. Brown’s years of experience and terrific resources (eg. Drs. Allan and Nancy Kay) gave PPatty extra time with us. Bobbi’s Taz underwent successful bladder stone surgery with Dr. Brown. We are very grateful and lucky to have Dr. Brown as our neighborhood vet!

Holistic in Asheville: Dr. Laurel Davis of Sunvet Animal Wellness Clinic  treats your whole dog, not just the part with something wrong with it. A traditional vet who has embraced alternative therapies, Dr. Davis is experienced and certified in acupuncture, cranio-sacral therapy and homeopathy. Peppermint Patty always loved going in for cranio-sacral therapy – you could actually see the difference in her demeanor after a treatment!

Holistic in Brevard: Dr. Ann Davis Holshouser at Riversong has been practicing veterinary medicine since 1991. Her practice philosophy is integrative, which means she blends the best of natural and conventional treatments for her patients. Bobbi says Taz has benefitted from acupuncture treatments.

After hours emergency pet care is 15 minutes away either north or south: REACH Emergency Animal Hospital is 15 minutes north up Hwy 191 and Western Carolina Regional Animal Hospital is 15 minutes south on Upward Road off I-26.


Dog Door Canine Services, owned and operated by nationally-awarded and certified dog behavior expert, Kim Brophey, offers behavior consulting at the training center and Doghugger Outfitters in downtown Asheville.