A dog-friendly Bed and Breakfast nestled in the foothills of the
Blue Ridge Mountains on a forty-three acre horse farm
Reminiscent of a Virginia horse farm, Barking Fox Guest House is located 45 minutes from Asheville, North Carolina (home of the Biltmore Estate) and 40 minutes from Greenville, South Carolina.
Guests have remarked time and time again how the ambiance of the farm reminds them of Old Virginia. The peaceful and tranquil feeling from watching horses graze simply overtakes you and lets the fast paced and stressful world fade away.
The pristine guest cottages are tastefully decorated with antiques. Chandeliers, large crown molding and 11 foot ceilings give a wonderful atmosphere of luxury and romance. Relax at the end of the day in the whirlpool tub or prepare a home cooked meal in the kitchen with granite counter tops.
When you arrive you will be greeted with complimentary wine. For breakfast the refrigerator has milk and eggs. The baked goods that we serve are from an incredible local bakery 10 North Trade Cafe and Bakery. All the baked goods are made purely from scratch with all natural quality ingredients. They are baked in small batches to insure freshness. There are temptations such as Sweet Potato Pecan, Orange Cranberry, Walnut Fig, Blueberry Banana and Apple Loaves!
The doggie traveler isn't forgotten either. Dog biscuits are waiting as well as a very cushy doggy bed.
Upon your departure you are invited to take a horseshoe with you for luck and to remember your stay with us.
Because our first guest house has been so well received, we now have two guest houses. Each cottage contains a bedroom with queen sized bed, bathroom with whirlpool tub, fully equipped kitchen and living room. In addition the new guest house has it's own private deck overlooking one of the pastures.
FENCE (Foothills Equestrian Nature Center) is a 5 minute walk or 2 minute car ride away from Barking Fox Farm. It's a wonderful place to walk your dogs on their beautiful trails. Another nearby trail system is the Blue Wall Passage of the Palmetto Trail and it's only a few minutes from the farm. This is a very "doggy friendly" area. Meet our doggie guests.
Our hens provide guests with organic blue and brown eggs.
Just before Christmas 12 years ago, the Foothills Equestrian Nature Center asked us if they could include our barn and guest facilities on their charity barn tour. We immediately agreed! There were eight hundred and twenty people that came to see our farm and the five others on the tour.
After the tour we got so many calls from people that wanted their visitors to stay with us, that we decided to open guest cottages to the public. When we traveled we always included our canine family members. We found it especially difficult to find a facility that accepts large dogs. Our largest is a Great Dane, so it was decided that our Guest House would have to be dog friendly.
If you enjoy antiquing this is the area for you. Start in quaint downtown Landrum where there are several antique and specialty shops. Next head north on Hwy. 176 to the historic town of Tryon. N.C. where more quaint shops can be found. After you leave Tryon again head north on Hwy. 176 ,a quiet country road, to the cute hamlet of Saluda. Heading northward you will come to Hendersonville, yet another quaint mountain town brimming with antique and gift shops. Hendersonville is the home of the apple festival each autumn. Traveling further north you will come to Asheville, the home of the fabulous Biltmore House. All of these towns have wonderful restaurants.
If hiking is your passion, you will love the area trails. The Palmetto Trail is located just a few minutes walk from our farm and has miles of dog friendly hiking. Just around the corner or accessible from the Palmetto Trail is the Foothills Equestrian Nature Center. It is a wonderfully relaxing place to hike or just sit and admire the scenery with your four legged hiking partner. See link page for more information. A short distance north on Hwy. 176 is Pearson Falls, a beautiful water fall with trails in a mountainous setting.
If you enjoy horses there are beautiful farms with horses everywhere. This area is considered the horse country of the piedmont of South Carolina and Western North Carolina. Landrum and Tryon play host to many horse shows every year at The Tryon International Equestrian Center and F.E.N.C.E.
At the end of the day you you can return to Barking Fox Farm Guest House to again relax and enjoy farm life with horses and serenity.