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Calm. Sit. Stay. (and Wash Your Paws)

Calm. Sit. Stay. (and Wash Your Paws)

With the introduction of coronavirus to NC, Barkwells is taking additional steps in the best interest of our guests and staff. Comfort and cleanliness for pets and people has been one of our values since our inception over 15 years ago. We pride ourselves on high standards for a clean and safe environment for everyone who comes on our properties.


As a small, low density destination, having your own clean home with plenty of room to roam on your vacation is a real plus to add to clean mountain air, waterfalls, and all that our beautiful western NC mountains have to offer. We, and our guests, believe that our small community of vacation homes on 7 acres in Mills River and 2 cottages on 6 acres in Brevard are the best places to come for vacation to avoid crowds, relax and hang with your dog.

“We’ll be celebrating our 5 year anniversary and first ever trip away from our 3.5 year old human at Barkwells after a last-minute cancellation of a trip to Mexico City. We think we’ll get less corona virus and more tail wags at Barkwells! :)” – guest arriving in March

We are reinforcing our regular, diligent housekeeping protocols with the application of EPA approved disinfecting sprays. Additionally, a can of EPA approved disinfecting spray applicable for hard and soft surfaces will be in your cabin, so if you have any concern, you are welcome to spray away. As always, washing hands with soap and water frequently for 20 seconds is the accepted standard. We ask that you follow all appropriate safety procedures to keep our staff healthy, too.

If you have not yet booked your stay with us, we always recommend purchasing travel insurance when you do. Options are available for coverage for any reason or no reason. If you have booked your stay and believe you must cancel, our cancellation policy will apply unless there are extenuating circumstances, in which we will conform to Airbnb’s “extenuating circumstances policy “ applied to any reservation where the host or guest had to cancel the booking in order to comply with restrictions implemented by government or health authorities. That means travelers or Airbnb hosts can change or cancel a booking free of charge if the booking is in a location impacted by containment measures, travel warnings or travel restrictions.

We appreciate every one of our guests, both two and four legged and will maintain Barkwells as a calm haven and retreat from the fears and worries of the world.