When you plan for your vacation with your dog, finding places with a description of ‘dog-friendly’ is not that difficult. But most of the times the term ‘dog-friendly’ means “we accept your dog but you need to pay an extra fee and your dog should stay in the crate when you’re not in the room”. Your dog needs to be on leash all the time and finding places for walking/exercising your dog around can be challenging – you need to find a dog park nearby which doesn’t require you to buy a yearly membership. We took our corgis to a dog-friendly hotel and B&B for a short period of stay before, but didn’t feel all that comfortable leaving them in the room. That’s why we picked “Barkwells” even though we needed to drive 12 plus hours to get there. Calling this place just ‘dog-friendly’ would be an understatement. This place is more like “a resort for dogs where their humans are welcomed.” 🙂 It’s slogan “The dog lovers’ vacation retreat” is so true. I just wish there was a place like that within a 5-6 hour drive from our home. In this blog post, I will tell you about Barkwells and the cabin we stayed in. I don’t have any connection with this place other than we enjoyed our vacation there, twice.
Peppermint Patty’s from outside
At Barkwells, the cabin we stayed in this year was ‘Peppermint Patty’s’. If my memory serves me right, Peppermint Patty was the owner’s second dog. The cabin we stayed in last year was ‘Snicker’s’ and Snicker was the name of their first dog when they started Barkwells.
Peppermint Patty’s (PP) is a bigger cabin than Snicker’s. It has two bedrooms with king beds and a loft with a daybed. Two bathrooms, a living room plus dining room, a fully equipped kitchen, a fireplace, and a bigger porch with rocking chairs and a hot tub. Its yard is big but with a slope – I prefer Snicker’s’ yard. These are some pictures of PP.
From left to right, top to bottom : living room, dining room, first bedroom, second bedroom, ladder to the loft, loft, porch (hot tub, table, and chairs), rocking chairs on the porch, fenced meadow
Jeter and Cappy felt home right away when they went in. They explored here and there.
Jeter is checking out the porch door
Cappy is looking out from the porch
Jeter is testing one of the doggy beds
Cappy likes this bed
After checking everywhere, Jeter and Cappy fell asleep 🙂
Jeter doing peek-a-boo 🙂
There are 6 more cabins at Barkwells. Including PP, six of them are along the 7 acres of fenced meadow and one is separated on the other side of the driveway. Each cabins has its own fenced yard, doggy door to inside of the cabin, and a big covered porch, all for your dogs. Once you checked in, your dog can go everywhere freely 🙂 You don’t need to worry about your dog when you go out to eat or sightseeing. Just cover the sofa and chairs with sheets for the dogs which are provided. Dogs can go out to the fenced yard and play, rest on the sofa or doggy bed -provided- inside, or enjoy the sunlight on the big porch. Everything is for them. Now you start to see why we like this place 🙂
Jeter and Cappy playing in PP’s yard
Jeter sleeping on the chair
Cappy sleeping on the sofa
There are still so many things to tell you but I will stop here for today. In the next blog post, I will show you how happily my corgis ran around the rolling meadow and met their doggy friends. Bye for now!!
– to be continued