Casa de Montaña

Boquete is not immune from the viruses and flu bugs running around the world and I am not immune to them, either. For the past week many of us, including myself, have been stricken with a deep, painful chest cold. Boring, I know. But it gives me a little down time to write.

Today I want to introduce you to two of the newest hoteliers in town, Terry and Manzar. As a team, these former-Minneapolitans (whew!) migrated to our little burg to fulfill a lifelong dream of theirs: to build and operate a luxurious bed and breakfast. So they made trip after trip down here, found a plot of land close to town and began building. I’m not going to tell you their whole story, as you can read it for yourself on their own web site, but they’ve given the enterprise the lovely name of Casa de Montaña.

John and I have become good friends with “the boys” and I’ve been documenting their building progress. In addition, we are lucky enough to be included in some of their social get togethers. They had their first potluck recently and I snapped a few photos from that event and I hope to grab a few shots this week as we head over there for Thanksgiving. Construction photos are first followed by the “afters” taken at their recent potluck.

The exterior of house, seen from Calle Central in Boquete.

The exterior of house, seen from Calle Central in Boquete.

Meet Terry, one of two partners in Casa de Montaña. He is in the outdoor main patio, which will eventually contain a big screen tv  over the fireplace.

Meet Terry, one of two partners in Casa de Montaña. He is in the outdoor main patio, which will eventually contain a big screen tv over the fireplace.

The kitchen is getting its appliances in.

The kitchen is getting its appliances in.

I'm loving the colors choices in this home!

I’m loving the colors choices in this home!

My favorite part of the home: the upstairs bar and relaxation lounge. Wait 'til you see the "after" shots!

My favorite part of the home: the upstairs bar and relaxation lounge. Wait ’til you see the “after” shots!

View from behind the upstairs bar. The relaxation area is completely covered, yet it emits light and sunshine.

View from behind the upstairs bar. The relaxation area is completely covered, yet it emits light and sunshine.

Okay, here are the “after” shots, taken at the recent potluck. I took them with my new Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 tablet, so I’m not real good yet with its camera technology:

This is the view from one of my favorite guest rooms. If the cloud cover lifted, the mountain on which I live would be revealed.

This is the view from one of my favorite guest rooms. If the cloud cover lifted, the mountain on which I live would be revealed.

Another view, looking straight out from the same balcony.

Another view, looking straight out from the same balcony.

The entryway is a warm greeting for all guests.

The entryway is a warm greeting for all guests.

Here is one of the downstairs guest rooms.

Here is one of the downstairs guest rooms.

The outdoor patio is now furnished with both furniture and guests!

The outdoor patio is now furnished with both furniture and guests!

Here's a view from the other angle , showing the seating area in front of the fireplace.

Here’s a view from the other angle , showing the seating area in front of the fireplace.

Remember the kitchen shot, above, waiting for its appliances? Look at it now, serving up a potluck dinner!

Remember the kitchen shot, above, waiting for its appliances? Look at it now, serving up a potluck dinner!

Here is the upstairs bar area, finished. Again, this is my favorite place in the home.

Here is the upstairs bar area, finished. Again, this is my favorite place in the home.

I cannot wait to enjoy this fireplace!

I cannot wait to enjoy this fireplace!

If you’ve got family coming for the holidays, or if you’re planning a trip to Boquete and want the experience of a lovely “home living” arrangement, Casa de Montañas B & B is a great choice!

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About robyncole

I am a woman in my mid-'50's, married since 1990 to a man 11 years my senior. We currently live in Boquete, Panama, having moved from Orange County, California on February 16th, 2011. I am just trying to negotiate life's passages on this rock upon which we've landed. I would like to do that with as much dignity as possible and without wreckage, hurt feelings and tears. I can do that. If I stay in bed all day.
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