A Retreat for Dogs

& Their People


We create happy vacation memories for dogs with people who love them.


We provide exceptional vacation accommodations, fun and freedom for dogs and their families.


  • Safe, secure space for pets and people.
  • Comfort and cleanliness for pets and people.
  • Environmentally responsible practices.
  • Protecting and enhancing natural beauty.

Barkwells is a small, peaceful community of vacation guest homes, specifically designed as a destination for like-minded dog lovers, close to all the fun yet far away from every day.

  • The dogs get that this place is for them. Happy dogs make happy guests.
  • We strive to be good stewards of the land and all who live on it with sustainable, earth friendly practices and policies.
  •  Guests often remark that we have “thought of everything” – we strive to attend to every detail so your stay is care free. Shopping is nearby, so guests  need only to pack themselves and their dogs.

The Story of Barkwells

Our family has vacationed “at the lake” in Minnesota for four generations. We wanted to create that same “aaaah” getaway feeling here in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains, and include our dogs in the experience.

In the fall of 2004, Barkwells presented itself ready to go with a fully fenced property, one cabin, a pond and an antique sign on the barn that read Barkwells Antique Gallery, Lexington Avenue, Asheville. It was a “sign” that we had found the perfect place to create a dog-friendly haven for vacationers.

Nearly 15 years, more than 4000 reservations and 10,000 dog visitors later, we have eight vacation cabins in Mills River, near Asheville and an historic home with two cottages in Pisgah Forest near Brevard.

Our terrific staff, led by General Manager Kim Smith,  TyBatson, Maintenance Supervisor and Camie Musselwhite, Housekeeping Supervisor, ensure that the standards and quality of Barkwells are maintained and constantly improved.

We are blessed to have a lot of wonderful repeat and regular guests and we so enjoy all the new friends we make here. We are very grateful to have found what we were looking for — great quality of life in a spectacular setting. We hope you will find that here, too.