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Artist Retreat and Upscale Mountain Home amidst an Oasis of Birds and Flowers

Bedrooms 2
Space 942 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Private 2 bedroom,1 bath Home located deep within a coffee and avocado estate.

First! Click "Video" on the main page and see the details of the complete privacy you will enjoy while communing with Nature in this 942 sf. ft. home. Built in 2014, the Alba Verde Guest House includes a full-size kitchen with large natural stone table capable of seating 6. Two large well-appointed bedrooms each offer a queen size bed, down comforters, high quality linens and private closet. Each bedroom has it's own private patio where one can soak in the beauty of sunrises and sunsets while surrounded by birds, butterflies and flowers. The spacious bathroom offers a large walk-in rain shower while viewing the myriad of greens outdoors. The spacious open-plan living area boasts cathedral ceilings, beautiful antique furniture, a full-size couch as well as love seat. The ambiance provides a truly comfortable way to enjoy both the 42” flat screen T.V. and endless quantity of DVDs. Wifi is available throughout this lovely home. The many windows all look out on lively beautiful gardens which surround the house. Enjoy the vistas of Volcan Baru and the Cordillera in the distance while sitting in a covered patio. This "meditation patio" allows endless scenery changes as the clouds come in to play. The grounds are filled with coffee, avocado, orange, lime, and banana trees as well as all manner of flowering plants and trees. Enjoy your own private oasis of peace and beauty!

The kitchen includes a large refrigerator, full size gas stove, and the many other appliances one might need. Boquete is known for it's availability of fresh vegetables, fruits, fish, meats and almost anything else one could desire. Having a private full kitchen allows endless opportunities to take full advantage of this while substantially saving precious vacation dollars.

The home is situated at 5000 feet in elevation within a small coffee estate. All the beauty, peace and quiet imaginable is enjoyed while walking the grounds. Located a short 12 minute drive to town, the location is equally close to the best hiking and bird-watching trails in the area.

The owner, a resident of Boquete for the last decade, lives next door and provides a wealth of information and security.

More Details

Property Manager
Mary Ellen Watts
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 16, 2018

About Mary Ellen Watts

A resident of Boquete for the last 10 years, Mary Ellen arrived on a sailboat, fell in love, and now with complete gratitude calls Boquete home. She designed this guest house for the enjoyment of the vistas, flowers and peace-filled natural beauty of the property she loves so much. She enjoys teaching and helping others teach art programs to the children of Boquete.

Mary Ellen Watts purchased this house in 2014

Guestbook comments from the manager

MaryEllen is an amazing Hostess. Her guesthouse was beautiful, surrounded by nature and scenic mountain views. We left well rested & recharged. Our family of 5 (2 Adt, 3 kids) felt comfortable with plenty of space to share, inside or outside in the garden & terrace. Can't say enough wonderful things. Will definitely be back and recommend to families looking for peace & inspiration ✌️❤️
Mar 2018
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Los Naranjos House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 942 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Elevator
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Lawn / Garden
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting


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Artist Retreat and Upscale Mountain Home amidst an Oasis of Birds and Flowers
average rating of 5.0 based on 49 reviews

It’s like the garden of Eden except it has a better view!

  • 5 of 5

You don’t know what you don’t know so I guess I couldn’t be mad at myself if I had never come here. However, having been here I can’t imagine missing the opportunity to have done so. The guest house, Mary Ellen, the surroundings, and the view could not possibly be better or nicer. We were fortunate to be able to extend our stay and there’s no place that we would rather be. We especially enjoyed having coffee each morning on the front patio staring up at the peak of Volcan Baru. We also liked being surrounded by a tropical Garden which affords a great deal of privacy.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2018
  • Stayed: September 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! You can imagine what a joy it is for me to be able to share the abundance of beauty! I am so grateful for the effect it had on you both and for having met you. Hope you come back!! Mary Ellen
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Panama City, Panama

Everything I had hoped for!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I enjoyed 6 days with our niece at this lovely house in the mountains. It was only 10 minutes to town, but away from all the noise and road construction and a really perfect spot on earth.

Mary Ellen is a lovely and helpful host who is sharing her private guest house with others.

Our weather was wonderful, but had we had a raining day -- we could have just stayed home and enjoyed the view.

The landscapes and mountains inspired us to ask Mary Ellen for an art class which we so enjoyed. I had never painted anything in my life, but we had so much fun trying and have a much greater appreciation for water colors.

We cannot wait to go back!

Thanks again Mary Ellen, your guest house is just perfect!

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so grateful!! Loved turning you on to the magic of watercolor!!
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Beautiful getaway

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful casita in the mountains above Boquete. It had everything we needed and more. The property surrounding the retreat is absolutely beautiful. Mary Ellen is a gracious and charming host, as were Sadie and Boone, her friendly 4 legged companions. We appreciated the time she spent with us. Thanks so much for hosting us in your beautiful casita. We hope to see you again in the future!

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Golden, Colorado, USA

Wonderful location and host

  • 5 of 5

Just seeing the picture of this place makes me a little sad because I miss it so much. The house was perfect for our family of 4 and the hilltop location with gorgeous views of the valley and Volcan Baru top it off. Not to mention the beautiful flowers and fruit trees in the yard, and sounds of birds at night. Mary Ellen was very helpful in picking us up at the airport, giving us suggestions on restaurants, taxi drivers, etc. There is so much to do in Boquete, I only wish we'd had more time.

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kalamazoo, MI USA

Mary Ellen's Beautiful Casita

  • 5 of 5

This is a perfect place to visit. Mary Ellen is a charm and her property is absolutely beautiful. Full Kitchen, a 10 minute drive down the "hill" to town full of expats, great grocery stores, great restaurants (check out the Rock..find Jose the Taxi hero) and very friendly people. Lots of art, friendly locals and many supplies and people that are there for your needs. The mountain roads are a challenge so either use taxi's or make sure you can handle mountain roads.

Mary Ellen's VRBO rental is beautiful. The gardens are stunning. You can wake up in the morning, make a cup of great Panama coffee, watch the rising sun kiss the top of Vulcan Baru, retreat into the casita, cook your breakfast and enjoy it with fresh picked orange juice that you pick (if I didn't get it all last week) or drive into town to have breakfast at Sugar and Spice. Go to the Tuesday local market and stock up and cook ! Go's the best super in Boquete,,can't find the name but you need an adventure..find it..Mary Ellen can point you in the right direction.

Get a vehicle in David at the airport that has 4X4 and explore the 3 waterfalls, Cerro Punta and Finca Orchid sanctuary, the town of Vulcan, the Vulcan Baru Hot Springs..and fall in love with the area. We are probably going to retire there.

Especially fall in love with Mary Ellen...It's easy to do !!!

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Brea, CA

A little slice of heaven on the mountain.

  • 5 of 5

This is our second stay at Alba Verde in the past nine months.

It is just as beautiful as described. The photos don’t do it justice.

Whether you want to unplug and relax or want to be active, this is the perfect place to be for both. Mary Ellen is a wonderful host.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Finca Lerida, an award-winning 5star Restaurant.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

No Pets are allowed.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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