With a magnificent terrace and fabulous views on the mountainous landscape and wild beaches, our exclusive house is perfect for a family or a group of friends. It is secluded, ideal to disconnect from the stress of urban life and relax in the hammocks. You could also walk, within 10 minutes, to several different beaches or enjoy nearby outdoors activities and cultural events (see Features below). My brother being a local fisherman, we can help you plan your fishing/snorkeling activities.
At our request, the house was designed by architect Jean-Francois Potvin (web site: bossesdesign) as a green building. Because we did not want air conditioning, the house has been inserted into the hill without any disruption to the rolling landscape. The back of the house is thus refreshed by the ground while, on the second floor, the high roof, separated from the ceiling, allows the wind to naturally cool the rooms. Ceiling fans do the rest.
We also wanted to live largely outside but protected from the blazing tropical sun, the large covered terrace on the second floor is our main living quarter. It feels like being on the deck of a ship alone between sky and sea.
Following green building guidelines, the materials that we used are local. The walls of the ground floor are in bricks made from clay in Chitre, two hours away, and the rooms on the upper floor are made of wood from a teak plantation in nearby Cana. We collect rain water for the toilets and for watering the plants. Furniture is simple, some of it is carved in tree trunks by a local artisan while decoration features Panama’s rich arts crafts.
The property of 1.5 ha was a grazed pasture when we bought it in 2003. We immediately reforested it, planting more then 600 native and fruit trees. We hope that soon the howler monkeys, that can be heard at dawn and dusk, will come to feed on them. One of the most common tree species on our property is rosewood that is, with ebony, one of the most precious wood for ebenistery. We grow some local crops, from cotton and coffee to manioc and will be happy to share them with you upon availability.
Keywords: Casa de campo
I was born in Pedasi where my family is still living. I move to the Panama City as a child to attend high school. I became passionate for entomology and obtained a Ph.D. in this field. I teach at the Central American Master’s Program in Entomology from the University of Panama. My research explores the diversity of insects of tropical forests canopies (Web site: radeau-des-cimes). With my wife, a plant ecologist, we dreamed a house in Pedasi to relax on holidays and long week-ends and eventually retire.
Hector Barrios purchased this house in 2005
Restaurants in el Ciruelo (3 km), Venado (8 km) and Pedasi (22 km).
Horseback riding and Whale watching.
Besides enjoying the famous surf beach of Playa Venado (8 km), you can spend a day at the natural reserve of Isla Iguana, a coralline island with reefs in excellent conditions, or visit the turtle conservation center in Isla Cana. For the adventurous one, you can watch turtles digging their nest if you stay on the beach of Oria or Cana during the night.
You can also enjoy the rich cultural heritage of the Province of Los Santos. We love: Corpus Cristi in Los Santos (June), the Festival nacional de la Pollera (Las Tablas July) and the Festival de la Mejorana (Guarare, September). Santa Catalina, Pedasi’s saint patrons’ day, in November features ox carriage parade in traditional dresses while March hosts the Festival del Valle de Tonosi. Around New Year there will be numerous dances and folkloric activities in the nearby villages.