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'Cottage by the River' in Downtown Boquete

Bedrooms Studio
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

Cottage, Studio, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

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 and coffee maker - the basics for preparing breakfast or a light meal.

The casita is easily accessible- no stairs, walk in shower. It is not wheel chair accessible, however.

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, I would be happy to answer questions and give you some 'insider' tips.

I am an artist, working in multimedia- acrylics, oil, fiber, collage, polymer clay. I give classes from time to time in my home studio.

My late husband, Mort, founded Morton's Bakehouse, a well known artisan bakery in Alto Boquete. I am continuing his legacy, running the bakery. A delicious fresh bread awaits you!

Maggie, my sweet Labradoodle, and I look forward to welcoming you as our honored guests.

A brief listing of some local festivals and events:

November - a month of celebrations. Panamanian Independence Day Parades. Local celebrations in Boquete are colorful, fun, with parades of darling school children dressed in beautiful costumes.

December - Christmas and New Years celebrations, parades and displays

January - The International Boquete Flower and Coffee Fair. Music events at night are, regrettably, noisy throughout the entire valley - bring ear plugs! The flowers bloom all season! Generally held the third week in January.

February - World-Class Jazz & Blues on the slopes of Volcan Baru, in February. This is a great event - getting bigger and better each year.

March - Orchid Fair in Boquete - professional and amateur growers vie for gold medals. Generally held end of March, beginning of April at the Fair Grounds.

Keywords: Cottage, Casita, Riverfront, In town, artistic, bungalo, art, artisan, bread, painting, classes, coffee, mountain

More Details

Barbara Rabkin
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 17, 2017

About Barbara Rabkin

I look forward to welcoming you to Boquete and to my home. Maggie, my sweet labradoodle, looks forward to welcoming you too!

Why Barbara Rabkin chose Panama

In town, central location but secluded, gated and private.

What makes this cottage unique

Rental car not needed- walk to fine restaurants, cafés, local eateries, market, tour operators, bike rentals, etc. But if you rent a car, we have private and secure parking for you.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(76 traveler reviews)

'Cottage by the River' in Downtown Boquete
average rating of 4.9736843 based on 76 reviews

Cosy casita

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed the sound of the river and the beautiful grounds around the Casita. Barbara was a wonderful host.

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Cottage

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful little cottage by the river! Pictures don't do it justice! Barbara is a great host as is Maggie the dog! Comfy bed and all that one needs to enjoy Boquete and the surrounding countryside. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I enjoyed the greater part of January 2017 here at the Cottage by the River. The hostess, Barbara was so helpful, plus brought me treats from her bakery. I loved having the morning visits from her dog, Maggie. The room was comfortable, but the best part was being able to sit on the porch and hear the rushing stream, see the birds, and see the beautiful plants and trees, especially the palms. Perfect weather. Not too hot, not too cold. This is located in town so is close to the market where I bought fresh fruit. It's in walking distance to the restaurants, too. The WiFi was a plus. Can't say enough good things about this property.

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Casita in the Perfect Location

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Cottage by the River. It is located right in the middle of town which is extremely convenient for walking to shops and restaurants; but because there is a little river on the property, the only sounds that you hear are of the lovely flowing water. Barbara is a wonderful hostess; she is very helpful and offers excellent information and insights about Boquete. It was a delightful stay, and we would definitely return!

  • Submitted: Dec 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely loved our 5 night stay!

  • 5 of 5

Barbara is a gem. When you travel a lot like we do, you come to appreciate all of the small gestures that make a stay exceptionally memorable. When you stay at this sweet casita you get so much more than a comfortable place to sleep(the bed is very comfy!). Location, a host that provides tips and conversation that make you want to come back, and although small - a casita that provides so much. And we will be craving the cranberry walnut bread - toasted in the toaster oven and slathered with cream cheese and blackberry preserves from the Spanish shop. You will be so happy if you choose to stay here.

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Muchas gracias!. It was a great pleasure to host you.
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A lovely oasis in the middle of Boquete!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I traveled to Panama recently for our 10-year anniversary. Boquete, and this charming casita, was our first stop.

Location: The location of "the mermaid house" could not have been better. It was an easy walk anywhere we wanted to go, but the tranquil garden setting made it feel like we were well off the beaten path.

Room: This one room guesthouse was just ideal for us. Charming, tasteful, and filled with everything you could want in a room. Pre-loaded movies on the television for a night in, and simple kitchenware to use for our leftovers! The bathroom was spacious and perfect for us.

Atmosphere: We couldn't have felt more welcome by Barbara and Maggie. She welcomed us with open arms, treated us to some delicious pastries from her bakery, and even invited us for Yom Kippur dinner! Maggie was a welcome sidekick in the mornings, and we relished in the peace and quiet.

Thank you so much for the perfect start to our anniversary adventure!!!

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: not necessary

Private art classes on site, climb Volcan Baru, tour coffee estates, bird watching, hiking, yoga, fitness, rock climbing, horseback riding, beach and fishing


Rates & Availability

Boquete Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Rates subject to change until confirmed at booking.
My cancellation policy:
50% refund of Deposit up until 1 week prior to arrival, except fees. Within 1 week, no refund of deposit or fees. I do consider extenuating circumstances: medical/family emergency.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Boquete Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 300 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Mountain View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • walk in shower
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Our housekeeper will do your laundry if she is available on the day you request it. Please check with us to make arrangements. To prepare the casita for arriving guests, we request check out by 10 am. We will happily hold your luggage if you have a late departure, so that you can continue to enjoy the day without worries. If you are arriving early, we will welcome you and hold your suitcases until the casita is ready for occupancy. Thank you.

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