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Villa Bowes is available for rent! This Mediterranean styled cottage in Altos del Maria, in the beautiful country of Panama. As you might imagine, from dawn to dusk the views are stunning and breath-taking! Dazzling at night and sensational during the day with views of the mountains, valleys and Pacific Coast. At about 2,400 feet above sea level Villa Bowes provides a private, beautiful, quiet,comfortable and breezy setting for anyone who enjoys taking in awesome views & scenery. Enjoying a Mountain Retreat with wonderful walking trails, Mountain streams, waterfalls and natural swimming hole. Tennis Courts, yoga offered daily at the Social Hall. Located 90 min from Panama City, in the heart of all the coastal Beaches, but better as in the Mountains, we are 10-15 degrees cooler! On the Continental Divide, imagine being able to see both oceans!
Come and experience Panama!!!!
Cottage has; 1 Queen Bed,
Microwave, stove top/oven
Wrap around Terrace,
Walled in backyard
Brian and I retired and moved from Canada in 2006. We spent our first year in Costa Rica.
Then we moved and built Villa Bowes, here in Gorgeous Altos del Maria, Panama.
We absolutely LOVE it here! Living on the Continental Divide, with awesome views of the Pacific Ocean, Mountains and Valleys. We are living the dream!
Jeannette Bowes purchased this cottage in 2007
This property is very special. We designed it ourselves, in a Spanish Mediterranean fashion, this Villa hangs off the side of the Mountain, offering grandiose views and complete privacy. It has every convenience needed for you to enjoy your stay in Paradise;-)
Wrap around Terrace with - 360 views, sunrise to sunset, you are on top of the world!
Finally, peace and quiet, Tranquilo....The panoramic views, surreal. The songbirds, being above the clouds, hiking trails that are like hidden pearls....And J n B, yes the host, very friendly and jolly....See for yourself....make the trip....I am ready to relocate....
We really enjoyed our stay at Villa Bowes. The cottage was neat and clean and nicely appointed. There were sufficient dishes and other kitchenware to make our own breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
The location is somewhat remote, but the views of the Pacific Ocean (from the front) and mountain valleys (from the back) were spectacular. Close to many great hiking trails with lots of interesting birds and beautiful butterflies.
We suggest stopping at one of the larger grocery stores on your way as what is available in the little local stores is limited.
Well maintained cute cottage overlooking two valleys to enjoy sun-up and sunset. Enjoyed our hosts and exploring adjacent areas. Perfect get-away w no neighbors or noisy distractions. Will definetely stay again.
We spent three nights at the mountaintop cottage and it was exactly what we needed after our wedding and to escape our busy careers. I wish there were more properties like this one. It was simple but had everything we needed for a comfortable stay. Jeanette was most helpful with pre-arrival instructions. She also organized a hike for us the first full day of our stay and provided great guidance for other to-dos and a quick way to El Valle. I didn't appreciate how awesome the weather was at this cottage until I spent a few more days down closer to the canal. The mountain breeze and cooler evenings (50-60 degrees, not THAT cool) were a welcoming escape from the city and jungle heat.
Villa Bowes is really cute. It's a minimalist house with great views front and rear. If you want to get away from it all and really get your stress level down it is PERFECT for that. You will be day trip distance from a couple of neat places, and far enough away from civilization to really relax and unwind. You simply will not find a better bargain anywhere. The pictures do not really do it justice.
It is 2 hours or so outside of the airport in Panama City. The directions you will get from your hosts are pretty good, but I strongly suggest you arrive in the daylight hours. I would also suggest renting a SUV as our little rented Yaris scraped the front end every time we went up and down the driveway. It's pretty steep.
Driving in Panama is different. If you pass your exit you will need to drive for a ways to find a crossover or returno. This freaked us out a little at first but we grew to love it as there are not any traffic signals and intersections. Don't stress over a missed turn, you will come to a spot where you can turn back around. Traffic flows well because of the way they do it and it works.
You can get some essentials in Sora at either of the 2 little markets there, but for an American style grocery store you will need to either stop on your way to Villa Bowes at La Chorrera at the grocery store in the mall, or just past that at Rey's. You will also find modern grocery stores and some restaurants in Coranado. "Just east from Bejuco on the main road."
The vast majority of locals do not speak English but were really patient and friendly in trying to communicate with us. We thought we had things figured out with a phone app translator, but the app did not work where there was no wifi or 3 or 4g so we simply bought a Spanish/English dictionary and did our best. It in no way diminished our joy. We had an amazing time and can't suggest visiting Villa Bowes strongly enough.
We only stayed two nights but loved every minute. The cottage is beautifully designed to make best use of a small space but with all the comforts! Jeannette was full of information, helped us organize a hike and even lent us tennis rackets so that we could enjoy the court down the road. We brought our groceries from Coronado and enjoyed the well-equipped kitchen. We hope we have a chance to come back!
Located 90 minutes from the vibrant city of Panama, 30 minutes from the many Pacific coastal beaches, in the beautiful Mountains of Altos del Maria. Hiking trails with waterfalls and natural swimming hole, work out area, tennis courts, yoga offered five days a week. Come live in Paradise, if only for a wonderful vacation/retreat!
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
We expect people to love our cottage, as we do, and, to respect and keep it neat. Taking your garbage with you and dropping off at the garbage on your way out. This is a NON-smoking cottage, BUT you are Welcome to smoke on the terrace. We charge $50 for a pet. And allow ONLY two people to stay at the cottage. Thank You.