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Bedrooms 3
Space sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Hot Tub
  • children welcome


About the property

Near the Blue Ridge Parkway minutes to Boone/BlowingRock- Wooded privacy

Cats Pause is a spacious log cabin close to all the areas attractions. It is accessed by paved roads and has plenty of paved parking right at the door. Access to the home is one very small step up.

Incredible long range, layered views can be seen from every room. The prow shaped home has a 2 story+ wall of windows. The deck has been lowered so it does not interfier with the view from inside. The far mountains are in Virginia.

The master suite has a glass wall so you can enjoy the view without getting out of bed. The newly remodeled master bath has a tile walk in shower and large spa tub.

The main floor suite has been remodeled with tile and granite with a walk in shower and a new king sized bed.

The lower floor has been completely remodeled. There is a large den with TV and a table with chairs. Great stashing the kids or a home office.The suite on this floor has a tub/shower and a new queen sized canopy bed.

Premium bed/bath linens are provided at no extra.

The well equiped kitchen has new Kitchen Aid Stainless Steel Appliances. It faces the greatroom and the view so the chef in where the action is. There is a bar with stools.

Spacious decks, a covered porch and a gazebo have outdoor furniture and a gas grill for outdoor dinning.

There is WiFi High Speed Internet. There are three flatscreen TVs. We have HDTV, HBO, Cinamax, Starz and Movies on Demand on all of them. Games, books, puzzles, and videos for all ages. There is a flat backyard for playing. Wild life is often seen here. Deer, turkeys, lots of birds and we have seen a fox several times. There is a Humming Bird feeder, a bird bath and seed feeder. We provide seed and sugar to make Humming Bird Cocktails.

The home is comfortably furnished, well maintained and extra clean. There is no cleaning fee unless there is extra mess or repairs needed. Its a special destination that you can call your home in the mountains and we hope you will visit us soon.

More Details

Mary Louise Parks
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
29 March, 2017

About Mary Louise Parks


I'm Mary. My husband Ed and I have been living in Charlotte 22 years. We were transferred here with Ed's job. We loved it so much that when they wanted us to move he found another job. We actually built Cats Pause with lots of hands on work.

I am a quilter and the Quilt Block that is on the front of the house is called Puss in the Corner. Ed gave it to me for Christmas last year an I knew right away where it needed to live.

I love to cook and visit with friends so the kitchen reflects that. We don't just have just the basics but lots of things that make every meal fun.

I am a reader, especially of cat themed books so we keep lots of books, games, cards and puzzles for guests of every age.

My favorite place to read is in a hammock. We have purchased one and I am going up next week to hang it.

My very favorite thing is cats. I love shopping for new fun cat stuff. Rainy day activities for kids can include counting how many cats they can find at Cats Pause.

I used to think I wanted a Bed and Breakfast but now I know I like to give guest a nice, well equipped kitchen and let you cook your own breakfast. That way I can sleep in!

I almost always come up from Charlotte to get everything ready for you. We have lots of return visitors and folks who come every year. They have become friends as well as customers.You may find me there getting ready for your arrival. I look forward to meeting you..

Mary Louise Parks purchased this cabin in 1992

Why Mary Louise Parks chose Boone

Ed and I used to own three log homes. You may have stayed with us before. Our first one was named Parks Place. It was in Misty Mountain. It was decorated with a duck theme. The second was Utter Delight it was in Heritage Ridge about a mile from Pause. You just have to know it was done in cows!! One day as I was driving to Utter Delight I saw that there was a lot for sale on Buff Ridge Rd. I couldn't believe my eyes. Why would anyone sell a lot with the most beautiful lot in the world? But they did and after much hard work and many adventures it became Cats Pause. Pictures can not do the view justice. Any time of the year you can enjoy the serene sounds of the wind through the trees and the the view from inside or outside. We even had the deck lowered so it would not interfere with the view from the main floor. As we are not as young as we once were we sold Parks Place and Utter Delight to concentrate on Cats Pause.

What makes this cabin unique

Cats Pause is at the end of a private road that is shared with three other homes. Guests say it is in the middle of everything and away from everything. There is almost always a cool breeze coming from the valley. Access to the Blue Ridge Parkway is less than a mile away. The parkway takes you to lots of wonderful places. Blowing Rock is about 15 min if you hurry but don't. There are three wonderful overlooks that need to be seen before you get to BR. If there is a storm in the valley it is a must see. Blowing Rock has loads of restaurants, shops a great museum and don't miss the Tanner Outlet Mall. Art In The Park is a juried art and craft show in the BR Park and all these wonderful things are for sale. Check the Chamber Of Commerce for current dates.

If you want an active vacation we have skiing, whitewater rafting, numerous hiking trails for every skill levels, kayaking, tubing, horseback riding, golf, tennis, fishing , mountain biking & ziplining . We have information about all of these at Pause.

Take the Parkway north to Grandfather Mountain. Enjoy picnicking, the mile high swinging bridge, a native wildlife area, gift shop and a underwater observation area.

Boone is about 15 minutes the other way. It is a busy collage town. All the big box stores are here and all your fast food favorites. All the big grocery stores plus the summer farmers market. It shares the Daniel Boone Native Garden with The Living History Museum where The Horn in the West, a live performance of historical events is performed in the Summer. There are tons of great things to do a little further out and all are worth the ride. Getting there is half the fun in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains,


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Panorama Estates in Boone

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • resort ...
  • rural ...
  • village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Hummingbird bath - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Jacuzzi , There is a grab bar to help folks with limted moblity
    Master Bath - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi , Larg bath with huge jetted tub/ seperate showe-gallary wall
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower) , Leo's Bathroom has been recently updated
  • All the bathrooms have heaters to make your bathing experience a pleasurable one. We provide large fluffy towels. There is a 60 gallon gas water heater on the lower level.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Suite - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , New bed-glass wall facing view-large spa tub-walk in shower
    Hummingbird suite - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , New king bed-remodeled-private bath-tile walk in shower
    Leo's Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Queen metal canopy bed-upbated bathroom with shower and tub
  • All beds are new and have memory foam pads. The house was designed to have a bedroom and bathroom on each floor to offer privacy to three people or three couples There is also a flat screen TV on each floor. The master suite has two recliners and 34inch large flat screen TV. There is a glass wall so you can lay in your bed and enjoy the view.There are drapes you can pull if you want privacy or to sleep in. Quality bed and bath linens are provided. The Hummingbird Suite has a reading chair with good light and a clock radio.This bedroom got new carpet last year. There is private access to a bathroom with a spa tub. There are two doors to this bathroon. It can be accessed from the greatroom or that door can be closed making it a private bath for the bedroom.. Leo's Bedroom on the lower level has a gliding rocker. A metal canopy queen size bed. It was a full private bath with a tub.. All the bedrooms have ceiling fans with lights.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Sauna ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • ski lift pass
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
This is not your average rental. It's special. It's like visiting a friend. We have visitors who come to Cats Pause year after year. If you visit you'll see why.The three beautiful well appointed bedroom/bathrooms make this an inexpensive way for a family to enjoy a great vacation together that will not break bank. Having access to a well equipped kitchen and have some meals in gives extra money to do some of the never ending assortment of things to share together. The central location makes Cats Pause within driving distance from several states. Come stay with us. We know you will enjoy it and come back over and over.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(19 traveller reviews)

average rating of 5.0 based on 19 reviews
Raleigh, NC, USA

Location, Location, Location

  • 5 of 5

The old adage is right, location is just about everything in vacation homes. Cats Pause has an excellent one; close enough to Boone and Blowing Rock to make trips quick and easy; yet, when you are in the cabin it feels as though you're alone in the wilderness with a fantastic view. What a great combination! When you add to that such a warm, comfortable, and friendly inside - fully equipped - it's difficult to beat Cats Pause as a mountain vacation retreat. We should know; my wife and I having been coming back for more than 20 years. BTW, Mary (the owner) is great too!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cat's Pause

  • 5 of 5

First Impressions are very important, and Cat's Pause fulfilled every expectation we had. The attention to detail, communication and advice from Mary made our stay a Cats Pause a delightful one. We felt so much at home there, that by the end we did not wanted to leave. Looking forward coming back to our 2nd home this summer.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You guys are so sweet. When it was time for you to go I didn't want you to leave. When you come back this Summer we will have surprises for you. We are redoing the bathrooms. The main floor bathroom will have a walk in tile shower and tile floors with a beautiful marble vanity. The master bath will have the same updates plus the spa tub gets an amazing tub surround.We had such fun choosing everything and know you will approve. I'm so glad Jovan got his snow. I hope you got plenty of pictures. I'll bet lots of his friends in South Florida have never seen snow. That was a wonderful gift you gave him. Thanks for letting me be a part of it. I look forward to seeing you this summer in our COOL Blue Ridge Mountains. Warm Regards, Mary
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Beautiful home with amazing views of the mountains!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at CATs Pause was wonderful. Mary Louise was super accommodating and has an amazing house to share. The views were amazing, lots of area for the kids to play and explore and great location in Boone and very close to Blowing Rock. The place was very clean and comfortable. We will definitely stay here again, we loved it! Thanks so much for sharing this amazing place! -Kelly 11/26/16

  • Review Submitted: Nov 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Kelly, I'm glad the kids enjoyed playing outside. Sometimes when people see how high the back of the house is they think we live on the edge of a cliff. I wish I could show everyone how you walk down Cats Pause Ln on an easy level path to what visitors call 'The Pasture' and that there is lots of level ground for kids to run and play to their hearts content. People call it The Pasture because the Deer love all the fresh grass and wild flowers that bloom in the Summer. I want to thank you for your help and understanding when we had to replace the broken dishwasher. Because of you Cats Pause has a new Kitchen Aid dishwasher and stove. We look forward to seeing you again. Warm Regards, Mary
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We will be back!!

  • 5 of 5

Cats Pause was truly a wonderful experience for us. There was absolutely nothing we lacked as far as creature comforts. The owners informed us that nothing was to great or to small to ask for if we needed it (we lacked nothing). The views were spectacular, especially waking up to the view from the upstairs master bedroom. We have vacationed numerous places in different regions of the North Carolina mountains and stayed in really nice places, but Cats Pause stole our hearts. We definitely will return to this beautiful retreat. We highly recommend Cats Pause, our only complaint was the week went by way too fast, wish we could have stayed longer!


Jeff & Linda

  • Review Submitted: Nov 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Linda and Jeff, We are glad you left your hearts at Cats Pause. We work hard to keep everything "Purrfect." With 1600+ vacation homes listed with VRBO in the Boone/Blowing Rock we are thrilled when we have a new guest. We have been busy during this slower season remodeling the bathrooms, think tile and marble The main floor bathroom now has a walk in shower. We look forward to meeting you during your next visit. Warm Regards, Ed and Mary
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Missing Cat's Pause

  • 5 of 5

Cat's Pause is a wonderful property, that offers a beautiful mountain view. The kitchen is large and well equipped and the deck and covered porches expand the living space and provide lovely places to relax or entertain. The location, between Blowing Rock and Boone, provides easy access to restaurants, shopping and nearby attractions, The home is in a private location, but it is not isolated.We have rented this house for many years, and find the owners to be very accommodating and hospitable. This is an outstanding vacation home where we have made many special memories!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Gosh Nell you gave me a start I thought someones cat was missing...then I got a grip! I'm glad your visit was all you had hoped it would be. I'm busy getting surprises ready for your next visit. A clue: What is the next thing that needed to be updated in the kitchen? Your right. Tomorrow they will instal a new down draft stove. It has the flat glass top so say goodby to the old burners. I know you will love it. I look forward to your next visit. It is always a pleasure to have you and your family at Cats Pause. Warm Regards Mary
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Cats Pause

  • 5 of 5

Great time in a great house in the mountains! I recommend this place to anyone who enjoys the mountains!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Alan, I'm glad you and your family enjoyed your return visit to Cats Pause. We look forward to seeing you next year. Warm Regards, Mary
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cabin in Panorama Estates, High Country & Blue Ridge Mountains

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
off season
25 Mar 2017 - 27 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £403
Tax Rate 12.75%

We have a special rate of $2250 for guest staying two weeks. We have an off season rate Jan 4 through May 2 of $1050. We do not allow pets for any rental shorter than a month. Cats Pause is available to rent to families and persons over the age of 21. No large groups or parties are allowed. There is a no smoking policy inside the house. If someone in your party smokes they must do it outside and dispose of smoking materials properly. There is no trash pick up at Cats Pause. Trash must be taken to the container site. Guest may leave a small bag of trash on the day they check out.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Nearest Airport
97 Miles
Charlotte Douglas International Airport
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Boone/Blowing Rock
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Blowing Rock and Boone
Nearest Ski
6 Miles
Applachian Ski Mountain
Nearest Beach
350 Miles
Myrtel Beach
Car: necessary

There is a book at Cats Pause that gives a wealth of information about the history of the area and the people who made it happen. There is information on golf, hiking, tennis, white water rafting, swimming, fishing, tubing, skiing, snowboarding, dinning, shopping and exploring. The phone numbers, hours of operation and costs are given. There is a basket of the fliers from the local attractions in the great room. I have just come from the High Country Visitors and have up to date information regarding whats happening now. It is waiting for you at Cats Pause.


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