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Cat's Eye Mountain Cottage at Panthertown Valley Trail Head on Breedlove Road

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, Sleeps 7

Step out the door of Cat’s Eye cottage onto the trail through famous, Panthertown Valley, an eco-tourist's dream. Cottage is located at the end of Breedlove Road in Cashiers, North Carolina next to the trail's head. It is perfect for day hiking, camping, mountain-biking, fly-fishing, rock-climbing and horseback riding right from the cottage driveway. There are numerous water falls, swimming holes and campsites located throughout Panthertown Valley. Our mountain cottage comfortably sleeps 7, featuring master bedroom with a king bed, second bedroom with a queen bed, and a child's room with a twin bed. A living room off the kitchen has a sleeper sofa. There are 1 and 1/2 baths.Sip a cup of morning coffee or enjoy a BBQ on the deck overlooking Panthertown Valley backcountry area. The views are spectacular year round, but most especially during the fall leaf season. Rustic brick fireplace in living room makes for a cozy place to relax after a day of enjoying the outdoors.

Cashiers and Highlands, the two nearest towns (15-20min) offer fine dining and country cooking, antique, sports and gift shops as well as boutiques and cafe's.

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Chris Hardcastle
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
February 14, 2017

About Chris Hardcastle

We are a family of five who live year round in Cocoa Beach Florida. We have been going up to Cat's Eye every year since our family bought the place. We love being able to hike straight out our back door into Panthertown Valley. Having coffee on the front porch overlooking the valley at sunrise is the most wonderful sight in all creation. We have enjoyed all the seasons during our years owning the place. Leaf season in October is the most beautiful. Blackberry picking is always a favorite of our kids; especially eating the homemade blackberry cobbler and jams.

Chris Hardcastle purchased this house in 1989

Why Chris Hardcastle chose Cashiers Area

We have absolutely loved this property because of the views of the mountains and the easy access to the waterfalls in Panthertown. It is a peaceful getaway from the real world. It is heaven on earth.

What makes this house unique

Walk straight from the porch into Panthertown Valley. You can spend all day in Panthertown Valley hiking, visiting water falls and water holes, rock climbing, fly fishing, and mountain bike riding. Then you don't have to pack all your gear in the car. Just take it off on the front porch and relax. Eat some appetizers and grill out while watching the sunset and smoke rise over the valley. It is the Smokies. :)


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(5 traveler reviews)


Peaceful stay in the mountains

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a place to stay with a view and that we could bring our dog to. This place was perfect and definitely exceeded our expectations! It's definitely private and secluded which we loved. The kitchen was fully stocked with absolutely everything you could need. The closets included extra pillows, games, and movies. In the backyard is a shed with plenty of chopped wood if you need a couple logs for the fire pit. There is also a large hammock to relax on. One of the best features of this house for us was the large front porch. It has a gate so that you can sit out there at night watching the sunset and not worry about your dog getting loose. Walking through a path off of the yard takes you immediately to the entrance of Panthertown Valley. I highly suggest printing off a trail map ahead of time. We spent time exploring different overlooks and Granny Burrell falls which is a must see. My daughter was the only brave one of the bunch to slide down the rock slide. Another day we drove about an hour and 15 minutes to Cherokee, NC to shop and have a nice dinner. For the photographers out there like me, this place did not disappoint. The view from the porch was beautiful but the trail had amazing views as well as wild flowers and creeks. This place is quant and definitely well maintained and it shows that the owners take good care of it. We definitely plan to return and without a doubt will stay in Cat's Eye again and explore more of the trails in Panthertown Valley. Thank you for a much needed peaceful retreat for our family!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clemson, SC, USA

Perfect base for a Panthertown adventure

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying in the Cat's Eye cottage. Unlike many properties in the area, this one is unpretentious and reasonably priced, and with an amazing location! In short, it was exactly what we wanted—a home base for a group of outdoors-lovers to explore the Panthertown Valley, right outside the door. The home and furnishings are modest but everything worked fine and we were quite comfortable. We enjoyed the outdoor grill, indoor fireplace, hot shower, cozy living room, and pleasant view of Panthertown from the porch.

One thing to note—the owners allow pets and thus the place smells a bit like dog (one of our group had mild allergies and had just a bit of discomfort with that on arrival.) Also, there is no wi-fi.

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Concord, NC

Perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

The Cat's Eye Mountain cottage is the perfect getaway while feeling right at home! We were fortunate to stay at the cottage during peak leaf season and the views were spectacular! Surrounded by woods and mountains on all sides and awesome stargazing at night.

The cottage was clean, comfortable and cozy but you'll probably spend most of your time out on the huge deck just taking in the views!

There are many beautiful waterfalls in the area for just a short drive with fantastic scenery along the way. There is a nature walk right at the end of the road.

Whether you enjoy hiking, sightseeing, fishing on the property pond, biking or just plain relaxing this is the ideal place to stay.

We had a wonderful time and plan on returning next year.

BTW...The county was dry but in July 2012 they elected to allow alcoholic beverage sales. Also there is an Ingles grocery store close by with a fantasic selection of anything you need.

Thanks again for a great vacation!

Gene and Barbara

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
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Danieslville, Ga., USA

The place to stay for hiking in Panthertown

  • 5 of 5

This was our second year at Cat's Eye, and we plan to go again in 2013. You really can't beat the location for access to Panthertown Valley. For two weeks we use the car only if we need to run into town. Very comfortable accommodations and a fabulous view of the valley from the front porch. A wonderful place to gather with family and friends!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
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Cocoa Beach, FL

Had a blast!!

  • 5 of 5

Spent 4 days & nights in this wonderful little home-y cabin. Brought our dog, mountain bikes & fishing poles. This house it literally a 3-5 minute walk to trailhead, Panther Town Valley. Lots of good mountain bike trails to explore and tons of cool waterfalls within 30 minutes. Also fished the pond on backside of property. Very relaxing, made a fire every night in the fire pit outside, used the grill several times. Very comfortable home with all amenities, only drawback was when our time was up we were not ready to leave!! Highly recommend!!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
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Rates & Availability

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Changeover Day: Saturday
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $75

Nightly Rate: $140 - $190

Weekly Rate: $800 - $980

Monthly Rate: $1500 - $1800

1 Dec - 30 Apr:
$140.00/night M-Th-$165.00/night Fri-Sun (2 night minimum)
1 May - 30 Nov:
$165.00/night M-Th-$190.00/night Fri-Sun (2 night minimum)

$75 pet deposit is refundable, with no pet damage.

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Glenville House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 7
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Half Bathroom - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , attached to 1/2 bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • forests
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Fully equipped kitchen (coffee maker, microwave, refrig. w/ icemaker, toaster, bar area) Satelitte - Direct TV Basic package (Living room, master bedroom) Hughesnet high speed internet Deep mountain well water Fully furnished with linens Laundry room (full-sized washer and dryer, iron and board) Out door cooking (gas grill, fire pit) Wood burning fireplace Electric heat (individual room thermostats) Pets are permitted with prior approval Weekly trash pickup and maid service if requested Hammock No Smoking in the house, please

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