About This Listing
Enjoy paradise in this darling "casita" situated on the grounds of one of the most admired private properties in downtown Boquete.
The cozy, comfy and convenient one-room guest cottage sits behind a charming wrought iron gate overlooking a beautiful bubbling stream.
The "casita" is stocked with mini-fridge, microwave, toaster-oven, electric kettle, Biquete coffee and coffee maker - the basics for preparing breakfast or a light meal.
Walk to language school, restaurants & cafes, shopping, golf course, eco-touring, transportation! Or just hang out in the hammock, listening to the running stream.
The setting is perfect for a romantic weekend, a week of Spanish language immersion, or a longer visit to explore all of the region.
If you are considering a move to Panama, your hosts would be happy to answer questions and give you some "insider" tips.
If you wish, you can arrange to take a course in silk painting with Barbara, an artist/teacher in Boquete ((website hidden)). Mort sells his fine breads at Morton's Bakehouse and at the Tuesday market. ((website hidden)) (recommended on tripadvisor.). We and Maggie, our sweet Labradoodle, look forward to welcoming you as our honored guests.
See our many glowing reviews. Our guests often remark that we have thought of every detail a visitor might need to make for a truly comfortable stay. We are proud of that!
Interaction with Guests
We welcome our guests with a fresh bread. We enjoy a chat now and then, or share glass of wine, but generally our guests are on their own to have fun, explore, etc. We are always happy to answer questions or give advice when requested. Maggie, our labradoodle, enjoys visiting our guests. She will be as available as you wish.
Our home is situated in town, a block from the Main Street. It is a pleasant area with level streets for walking or jogging. Bike rentals around the corner. Friendly neighbors, many restaurants and cafes.
Buses and taxis - private and shared- are plentiful and inexpensive. We have a list of drivers to call, some of whom speak English.
Other Things to Note
Check in and check out times are flexible, but we would appreciate check out by 10 AM to allow for preparation for arriving guests. We are happy to securely store luggage if guests have an afternoon flight. Siimlarly, if guests arrive before the casita is ready, we will happily welcome them and secure the luggage so guests can explore the town.
We ask our guests to keep the gate closed and locked. We appreciate knowing about any problems in the casita, so that we can take care of them expeditiously. We love tidy guests who keep the property clean, recycle and dispose of garbage promptly.
Barbara and Mort were great Hosts! They were very present and available and the place was absolutely charming. It is a separate front house/studio with a (pictured) patio right near a flowing stream. A very nice setting. And Barbara was so welcoming, inviting us in for tea the first night we arrived and then offering to hold our bags (and shower at their place after a rainy Boquete hike) even after we had "checked out" for the day. We also visited Mort at his Bakehouse and he fixed us some great Reuben sandwiches, for which he is famous. A great stay.
Barbara was lovely. She came and picked me up at the bus stop which was most helpful as I had two heavy bags. Mort gave me a ride on my return trip to the bus stop.
Thank you both. Very much appreciated.
Her house is a block over from the main street so in walking distance to the main shops in town and other hot spots. The picture that is posted is almost an exact replica of how her garden and cottage looks like. Very inviting and comfortable. Once settled, I was invited in and given a loaf of bread and a smoothie, both delicious after a long bus ride. Barbara has thought of every detail. One will not lack for a single thing. It is a wonderful retreat. Enjoy!
Barb and Mort could not be more gracious! We never wanted for anything the entire trip. Great recommendations for food and activities and the Casita is well equipped and comfy. The Cottage by the River is ideally suited to wandering the village of Boquete and within easy walking distance to everywhere.
We had a wonderful time at the Casita! Barbara, Mort, and their dog Maggie were very welcoming and charming. You can tell they love hosting travelers and have a wealth of knowledge about the area. Barbara was able to make some suggestions for activities based on our interests and they were perfect for what we were hoping to accomplish. The property is accurately described; we especially enjoyed falling asleep to the flowing river outside and watching the birds around the garden. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a quaint place to stay in a great location just outside of the main strip in Boquete.
Barbara and Mort are awesome hosts! We loved Maggie their beautiful and friendly labradoodle, who always welcomed us so happily making us feel at home. The place is lovely and sleeping with the sound of the river is very soothing (our 3 and half month baby loved it). Mort brought us some of his delicious bread from his bakery. Very clean, very well equiped with everything we needed and more. Highly recommend staying at "la casita" location couldn't been better. Looking forward to stay there again in the future.
Cottage by the River is most certainly that! When we arrived our senses were delighted by the sights, sounds, and smells of Barbara and Mort's beautiful casa, the lovely river which is right next to the cottage, and the gorgeous vegatation and lanscaping on their property. The room had everything you would like for a stay there, including comfy cotton robes, which were a very nice touch, to be able to slip one on in the morning and sit on the porch listening to the song birds, and watching the river babble along while sipping delicious coffee.
We stayed in many places during our scouting mission to Panama to find the area we want to live, and I have to say, the bed in the cottage was the most comfortable of every bed I slept in in Panama! One of my soundest nights of sleep was at Cottage by the River. Mort shared a great loaf of his famous rye bread, and Barbara offered many suggestions of places to go and eat. For the record, if you plan to be there on a Tuesday, be sure to check out the local "farmer's market" in town. We brought home some wonderful pieces of jewelry and world-class coffee beans! Breakfasts at both Sugar and Spice and Punto de Encuentro (Ogla's) were AMAZING, and we also enjoyed the food and expat community at Mike's Global Grill.
Barbara and Mort's casa truly is one block off the main street in downtown Boquete, and we did not have a car there. Everything is walkable within minutes and the town is so fun! We took a walk up through Valle Escondido and took in the sights of the beautiful homes there. There is some traffic noise because their casa is literally steps from the main street, but the sounds of the river really mitigated the traffic noise and it didn't bother us a bit.
We would highly recommend a stay at Cottage by the River. Barbara and Mort are very nice hosts, with lots of helpful information about where to go and what to see. We hope to return to Boquete soon!
Oh, and their dog Maggie was a sweetie, and always greeted us at the gate!
About the Host, Barbara
My husband and I live in Boquete, Panama - a charming town in the coffee growing region of Panama, not too far from the border with Costa Rica. We moved here with our sweet dog Maggie, a Labradoodle, and embarked on a great retirement adventure - improving our Spanish, learning about the wonderful Panamanian culture, becoming "inn keepers" in the process.
I make and teach art in my art studio. I give classes on silk painting, and also do watercolor, acrylic and work with polymer clay. The setting here in Boquete is so stimulating and inspirational - such an array of colors. Mort, an attorney, is known as The Rye Guy. He bakes the most incredible artisan bread in a wood fired clay oven that we built! Our new bakery, Morton's Bakehouse, opened in 2013. Sign up for a bread class at the bakery!
We enjoy welcoming visitors to our Cottage by the River, sharing information about life in Panama and insider tips about Boquete. Because our home is in town, we can walk to the market, restaurants, cafes and shops. And when the wood oven is fired up, we enjoy having our friends drop in for some fresh bread or a pizza.