The Coffee Estate Inn

"Living the Dream"

Fed up with their high-stress lives, Jane Walker and Barry Robbins left Vancouver in the 1990s and took a long drive south. The road led them to Panama, where they have created a paradise of their own, centered on their gardens, farm and inn. EPISODE: Recreating Eden (5): Ep 2 (#5-2 Living the Dream) RATING: G CC'd: Y

The episode "Living the Dream" was commissioned by VISIONTV for inclusion in their "Recreating Eden" series and was produced by Merit Motion Pictures in Winnipeg, Canada. The following link leads to the background story for the episode about us. The episode was first broadcast on VISIONTV at 7:30pm PST January 14th, 2008.

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"Panama - An Ecotourism Dreamland", VIE Magazine, March/April 2014
Anne W. Schultz

Jane and Barry bought a neglected six-acre coffee farm and, in 10 months, had it up and running as a working coffee plantation, along with their private home and three guest bungalows.  It makes for a comforting retreat after exploring the surrounding trails and venturing out to places such as Volcan Baru and La Amistad International Park.  ... A balcony looks upon the mist-shrouded slopes of Volcan Baru and flower gardens that attract scores of birds.  The couple provides intimate gourmet meals ...
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"Now, That Was a Vacation" New York Magazine Winter 2011 Fiorella Valdesolo

Who: Carolina Kim, 36, industrial designer, and Damon Zucca, 37, editorial director.

... Next, we drove through the Boquete area to La Montaña y el Valle (from $160; ), a B&B run by Canadian expats. It’s an orchard and coffee farm; owner Barry took us on a tour of the grounds.
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"Picturesque Panama" January 23, 2011 Veronica Sliva

.... Though we arrived at dusk, the WOW factor kicked in right away. My first impression was “aaahhhh this is going to be glorious”. Near the main house the heady scent of roses filled the air. ....
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“Boquete: Panama’s Mountain Haven” LatinWorld June 7, 2010 Jisel Pirella

.... I stayed at the Coffee Estate Inn (, a short drive uphill from mainstreet, which is owned and operated by Jane and Barry, a friendly and helpful Canadian couple who go above and beyond when it comes to making guests feel at home on their property. The Coffee Estate functions as both an inn and a small coffee farm, and there are three, elegant, secluded bungalows, all suite-style with separate sleeping and sitting areas, and all guests are greeted with Barry’s tasty, homemade breads. At $145 a night, the Coffee Estate is a great deal: The owners don’t cut any corners when it comes to services or amenities and the views are breath-taking. ....
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"Almost Paradise" in BCBusiness July, 2007 by Valerie McTavish

"Barry Robbins and Jane Walker wake up every morning in a paradise 1,300 metres above sea level. In the hills of Panama, surrounded by coffee plants, orange trees and dense rainforest, the former British Columbians have spent the past decade tending to the needs of their plantation - and to those of visitors to this picturesque setting .
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"Next Stop | Panama, The Costa Rica Experience Moves Next Door " in the New York Times August 19, 2007 by Jeff Koyen

"IT'S a Friday afternoon in Boquete, Panama, and the main street resembles Anytown, U.S.A. There is a mom-and-pop coffee shop with round tables, premade sandwiches and a dessert case. Nearby is a tiny video store, with posters advertising “Misión Imposible Tres” and “La Guerra de Los Mundos.” And down the block is a small deli that serves cheeseburgers with rice and beans...
Another upscale hotel, La Montaña y el Valle Coffee Estate Inn (Jaramillo Arriba Road, 507-720-2211;, opened by Canadian expatriates, has three secluded bungalows set among jade green coffee trees and exotic flower gardens for $130. Amenities like high-thread-count sheets and aromatherapy massages have cemented Boquete's reputation as a counterpart to Bocas del Toro, Panama's epicenter for Caribbean-style carousal. Whereas the coast is ideal for the partying singles set, there's nary a nightclub pushing beats into Boquete's fresh night air. After sunset, when most of the tourists have retreated to their luxurious hotels and hillside B & Bs, the town square is as quiet as a church.
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“Winter Escapes” in Boston magazine December 2005 by Sascha de Gersdorff

PANAMA Fly 2,362 miles/6 ½ hours Looking for the cure-all for a season of endless soirees, shopping and slush? Jet from Boston to Panama. Venture inland to Boquete’s Coffee Estate Inn, a compound nestled among mountain forest and coffee. While there, hike the quetzal Trail for close encounters with monkeys and quetzals, or stroll through the Finca Dracula orchid gardens, a two-hour drive away.
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"Places & Prices" of “Tropic of Desire” in Condé Nast Traveler February 2005 by Alan Weisman

La Montaña y el Valle Coffee Estate Inn. Here Canadian hosts Jane Walker and Barry Robbins have done everything right, including providing guides for the Quetzal Trail, with quetzal sightings guaranteed. Three cottages share seven garden acres and exquisite views of the volcano. Meals are gourmet caliber, candlelit, and served in your bungalow, and the coffee comes from right outside your window. Reserve well in advance.

"The Invasion of Panama" in Men's Journal Feb. 2004 by Claire Martin

"...Back in Boquete I relaxed on my private deck at La Montaña y el Valle - The Coffee Estate Inn, a collection of tidy bungalows run by a Canadian couple with an encyclopedic knowledge of their adopted country. With a pair of binoculars I scoped out my next adventure: 11,410-foot Volcan Baru, Panama's highest peak. My guide Chago picked me up at two the next morning, though I'd barely digested the previous night's dinner of pork tenderloin with sweet Thai chile sauce ."

Special to The L.A.Times Travel Section November 2002

... The cottages are situated for absolute privacy. Ours had a stunning view across the valley to the mountains beyond. A light mist enveloped us as we admired the scene -- the every-afternoon bajareque that Jane described as a "warm blizzard full of rainbows." As if on cue, a perfect rainbow arch touched down on either side of Boquete. .... But lucky guests of La Montaña y el Valle can eat their evening meal in their room, having given warning to Jane and Barry, both gifted cooks.
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"Follow the Reader" in San Francisco Chronicle June 2001

A highlight on our recent trip to Panama was the mountains of Boquete, where we stayed in a bed-and-breakfast called La Montana y el Valle. We were treated to freshly roasted coffee that was just amazing (it's for sale by the pound)." Click here to read the full article about our Boquete hotel.

"Follow the Reader" in San Francisco Chronicle November 1998

Last winter, while on an extended visit to Costa Rica, I ventured over the border into Panama's western provinces and found Shangri-La. On a promontory overlooking the sparkling town and the towering presence of Volcan Baru, the highest point in Panama, I found the cottages of La Montana y el Valle. If you can tear yourself away from this idyllic setting, there is much to do in the area." Click here to read the full article about our Boquete hotel.

International Living - Jennifer Stevens May, 2000

"The Best Hotel in Boquete - While you're in Boquete, arrange a room at La Montana y el Valle in one of three small cabins set on a six-acre slope richly landscaped with fruit trees, coffee, orchids, and innumerable other species of green, all of which camouflage a kilometer of hiking trails."

Panorama - Official magazine of Copa Airlines March 2002 "Views of Panama"

We discovered that Boquete, a quiet town of 15,000 inhabitants, with a pleasant temperature of 20 degrees Celsius year round, is ideal for a night of relaxation at The Coffee Estate Inn, a hotel with comfortable chalets offering an impressive view of the valley of Boquete and of the Baru Volcano."

Business Panama AMCHAM - Nancy Hanna March 2001

La Montaña y el Valle, nestled in an orange and coffee farm, is owned and run by a Canadian couple, Barry Robbins and Jane Walker, who are personable and attentive hosts. A mouth-watering gourmet menu is served by candlelight in the sitting room of your bungalow. Because of its isolated beauty, La Montaña y el Valle has become a favourite place for honeymooners and couples seeking a romantic weekend." "Barry Robbins of La Montaña y el Valle also offers excellent personalized coffee farm tours."

The Times Colonist - If you Go - Janet Fullwood January 23, 1999

"Panama's an easy country to negotiate for North Americans. In Boquete, Canadian expatriates Barry Robbins and Jane Walker operate La Montaña y el Valle, three cottage inn with sweeping views."

The Washington Times - Special International Report Panama Countdown to 2000 - Insider Travel Tips - Andrea Poelling Nov 25, 1997

If you need to escape the humidity and the hustle and bustle of Panama City, and you like the cool, fresh mountain air, go check out Boquete, in the province of Chiriqui, and scout out La Montaña y el Valle, a small group of cottages built by Barry Robbins and Jane Walker, a wonderful Canadian couple. This mystical mountain niche is one of the best hinterland spots in Panama, where you will find peace, solitude and spectacular views of the Baru volcano amidst orange groves and coffee plantations."

The Tico Times - Dan Fawcett November 7, 1997

Canadian couple Jane Walker and Barry Robbins consider themselves rat-race refugees holed up in a haven which conjures the image of Tolkien's Shire", "Their resort, La Montaña y el Valle, at 4200 feet, has three luxury chalets", "The 2.5 hectare grounds feature a network of nature trails offering access to orange groves and coffee plants, native meadows and virgin tropical rainforest. Bird lovers have the chance to spot such species as brilliantly colored tanagers, honey creepers, motmots and emerald toucanettes. Walker and Robbins are gourmet cooks"

Cordialidad -Official magazine of Copa Airlines May, 1997 "Travel News"

"La Montaña y el Valle is a highlands retreat comprising 2.5 hectares with three deluxe bungalows, gourmet cuisine and a spectacular view over the Baru Volcano, 3,475 metres above sea level, the surrounding mountains and Boquete town."

The Visitor -"A Miracle in the Mountains" - Lynn Kane June 6-19, 1997
"Canadian couple create their dream resort near Boquete"

"If you've ever wished you owned your own home in the mountains, away from the steamy tropical coasts and city smog - look not further than La Montaña y el Valle this resort is just the thing to cool the body and warm the spirits" The only word to describe this retreat is lush! Canadians, Barry Robbins and Jane Walker, who had camped all over Central America looking for their special place, fell in love with the property, purchased it and have proceeded to work miracles. It now boasts three beautifully appointed cottages and grounds that take your breath away. Barry and Jane escorted us to "The Jewel". We stepped through the French door into a sitting/dining room done in soothing cream and slate blue with terra cotta tile from Chitre and locally crafted furnishings all tastefully offset with Panamanian artwork and track lighting. Off to our right was the ample bedroom and the bath with fluffy towels and plenty of hot water. Each cottage has a kitchen area fully equipped with everything - down to the Oneida flatware and candles for the table - but why cook for yourselves when you can choose from your hosts Epicurean menus? Jane and Barry worked for years as information system business consultants and so are naturals at finding out what people want, then delivering. That coupled with their love of gourmet cooking, lead to two glorious menus, one for omnivores and one vegetarian. For breakfast, one can choose from an array of oven-warm baked goods, and make coffee and fresh juice in the cottage. Dinner selections include such delicacies as Italian lasagne in a sauce simmered for hours, flaky strudels, filet of beef for two, broccoli mousse and many more main dishes, salads and desserts. In the morning we took our breakfast and stepped onto the terrace to inspect THE VIEW. A sweeping vista of the Rio Caldera valley, the Amistad International Park, the Palo Alto Reserve and Volcan Baru looking in the background, the only way I can do justice to it is to say see it for yourself. Later Jane and Barry took us on a tour of the grounds. We crossed streams, spotted exotic birds and butterflies, stopped at a mirador overlooking virgin rainforest, strolled, past profusions of heliconias, orchids and impatiens, in fact, there was so much blossoming and blooming going on that I finally gave up keeping track and simply enjoyed the one-kilometre walk. After another-to-die-for dinner on our final evening and a deep, dreamless sleep, we stuffed down oh-just-one-last-crumb from Barry's bakery and prepared to take our leave of La Montaña y el Valle. Jane handed us a care package for the trip (These people truly do think of everything). There were hugs all around, and we said our goodbyes. For now. For you see, we're found the getaway in the mountains that we've always dreamed of. So can you.