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Cow Bay Homestay
Ranked #2 of 3 Cow Bay B&B and Inns
Zwolle, The Netherlands
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Beautiful place”
Reviewed 11 March 2013

In July 2012 we, young couple (26 and 28), stayed at the Cow Bay Homestay for 2 nights. We were welcomed by Marion, she runs the place and knows a lot about Daintree. We were given a map, tea and cookies. The homestay is a very big 'tropical' wooden house with nice rooms and ensuite bathrooms. Breakfast is great, people are nice, and you really have the feeling you live in Daintree yourself when staying here!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Prague, Czech Republic
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Reviewed 3 January 2013

The place is something extraordinary. We found the house surrounded by a rainforrest beautiful and agreeable to stay. The landlady is a communicative and nice madam. We recommend this accommodation to everybody who is looking for a very good standard. Jana R.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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SunshineCowBay, Owner at Cow Bay Homestay, responded to this review, 4 January 2013
As our first guests from the Czech Republic and here in Cow Bay to view the solar eclipse, I very much value your review. Thank you for your kind comments.
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2013

What's not to love about Cow Bay Homestay?

I arrived here in the failing light one evening but found my way easily with Marion's excellent instructions that she had emailed prior to my arrival. The Homestay is located in a beautiful setting on a large block of land that you can walk around, and a short drive (or walk if you like) to the beach, which you will have almost entirely to yourself.

The room was delightful - spotlessly clean, simply but beautifully decorated, and well aerated with louvre windows and a ceiling fan. The building is very cleverly set up actually - there is a huge, gorgeously decorated central area, with two separate bedrooms (with their own bathrooms) at either end. I can imagine this central space would be wonderful to hang out in if you had the time (or if FNQ was experiencing one of its torrential downpours!) but unfortunately I didn't have the time to just while away a few hours there during my short stay. This central space is also where you will be served a delicious tropical breakfast with Marion's moreish fruit salad and eggs done the way you wish. Marion was also kind enough to talk me through all the local attractions, some local history and make a booking for me for a tasting session at the local tropical fruit farm.

One hot tip is to take their advice, pack a torch, and keep it handy. You will need this to find your way around the grounds at night - it is pitch black in the evening as they, and many other places you'll visit, are not on mains power and need to conserve every bit of power they can. Take your torch to dinner too - everywhere else is pitch black also - I needed mine in the car park elsewhere and was grateful to have it handy.

My only disappointment was only having two nights and one day to spend in this glorious location. You could easily stay longer and not be bored - there is so much to see and do in the area, and if all you want to do is just 'be', this is the place where you'll want to chill out and wind down.

Thank you Marion and Brian for a faultless stay. Your hospitality was warm and sincere, and really made my stay. Thank you also for the amazing fresh coconuts you gave me as 'take away' - it was fantastic to have the juice the following morning at breakfast and reflect on my profoundly relaxing stay with you. All the very best until we meet again (I've already promised my fiance a trip to your lovely Homestay.)

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled solo
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SunshineCowBay, Owner at Cow Bay Homestay, responded to this review, 4 January 2013
You are a great reviewer!!! Sharing all the little tips is priceless for future guests and I love your compliments about our B&B. Thank you very much for your visit here and hopefully you can stay loner next time.
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Bromsgrove, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 November 2012

This is idyllic accommodation in the middle of the rain forest. When we arrived we were greeted by Marion with a very welcome cup of Daintree tea and an overview of Daintree. Each morning we woke to a plentiful breakfast including homemade bread that my daughter still talks of, which set us up for the day to explore this beautiful area. Marion is a wonderful host; great sense of humour and 'font' of all local knowledge. She helped us book days out including a memorable 4x4 trek. The accommodation is spacious, comfortable and beautifully kept. I loved the tropical flowers that were in each of the bathrooms, the comfy beds and the geckos chirping at night. Fabulous! An experience of a lifetime! We definitely want to return one day.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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SunshineCowBay, Owner at Cow Bay Homestay, responded to this review, 27 November 2012
Thank you for this review; it was a pleasure to have you visit Cow Bay Homestay B&B and your family really made the most of you time in the Daintree.
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Brisbane QLD Australia
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Reviewed 26 September 2012

The area north of the Daintree is known for it's unspoiled rain forests & beaches and this home stay is located in one of the most beautiful and convenient parts of it. The home is nicely fitted out, comfortable & relaxing. Mine host, Marion, is easy going, very helpful with local info, bookings etc and inobtrusive so it's easy to to unwind and relax, which is why we booked there in the first place. We booked for 4 nights in August 2012 but extended to 6. Highly recommended A & C

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank shirazlover
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SunshineCowBay, Owner at Cow Bay Homestay, responded to this review, 29 September 2012
Dear A+C, good to see the extra days did the trick - recharging and energising you. Thank you for writing this great review.
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Reviewed 6 August 2012 via mobile

It was a wooden cottage in the middle of jungle. We wished we had stayed longer. It was a very beautiful place with large window/doors opening to the beautiful garden that you could spend hours just staring at or relaxing with your book. The bed was very comfortable and we could hear birds singing the whole night. Marian was very lovely and friendly and willing to make our stay in rain forest as lovely as possible.

Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Lida O
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SunshineCowBay, Owner at Cow Bay Homestay, responded to this review, 8 August 2012
So happy that you enjoyed your time here at Cow Bay Homestay B&B; hopefully you can visit again next year, and then for a little longer. Thank you very much for your review!
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Glasgow
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29 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2012

From the moment you turn down the steep slope, over the bridge then up to the house you realise this is no ordinary B&B. It is a beautifully built wooden guest house set in a garden in the Daintree rain forest, peaceful and original.
The standard of accommodation is high there are two rooms which share a very large communal area all is themed around natural wood.
The owner is helpful and knowledgeable, the breakfast made to your request includes fruit salad made from home grown fruit eg lady finger bananas I thoroughly recommend it

  • Stayed July 2012
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, Owner at Cow Bay Homestay, responded to this review, 13 July 2012
Thank you very much for this fantastic review; we really appreciate it.
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Property: Cow Bay Homestay
Address: 160 Wattle CL, Cow Bay, Queensland 4873, Australia
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Region: Australia > Queensland > Daintree Region > Cow Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking
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Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Cow Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cow Bay Homestay B&B is located in the world famous Daintree Rainforest and 5 minutes from Cow Bay beach and iconic Great Barrier Reef. 2 Hours drive north of Cairns, we are centrally located for all locally guided tours: half day reef snorkel , 4WD, walks, kayak, horse riding,jungle surfing, fruit tasting and numerous outdoor activities. Amazing timber pole house, large deck, polished timber floors, bifold-louvred doors opening into the garden, bed rooms with insect screens, fans, air conditioner and ensuites,quality linen and bedding, lounge chairs and daybeds with the best view, . Great for bird watching, lots of butterflies. Spot the cassowary in the garden, meet the bandicoot in the restaurants at night. Or...Just sit back and relax, read, daydream. Take a walk into the rainforest on our property spot the jungle perch in the fresh water creek. Here you can switch off, even digitally. The area north of the Daintree River has no grid power and we run on solar panels, batteries and back up generator. All your tour bookings can be arranged. Marion speaks German. ... more   less 
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