We had the great pleasure of sharing Marion's rainforest retreat for six days during October. What a delightful, natural and ecologically diverse base from which discover Cow Bay and its treasures!
Marion has created and nurtured this haven over a number of years with her husband Brian. It has evidently been a labour of love despite the many natural challenges that the rainforest can present. It is hidden away from the road and lovingly unfolds its beauty and quirkiness the nearer you approach.
Marion is a one off ! She is kind, delightfully engaging, funny, has lived one hell of a life and cooks a killer breakfast. She floats through the property like a sylvan sprite. I had the privilege of practising Pilates early each morning on the decking to the orchestrated sounds of exotic fauna and the heady scents of the flora. Marion discreetly arrived to practise her culinary alchemy in the kitchen and to open up the house amidst the call of the birds.
I particularly enjoyed the languid breakfasts and conversations with Marion and the other guests. It is a great skill to bring people together and Marion is well practised in the art of hospitality and bonhomie; it is not forced and completely natural.She also has a great love of the environment and is still discovering the native species of birds after all these years.
Cow Bay was a joy to behold. The immediate area was quiet, almost tourist free and we practically had one of the three beaches entirely to ourselves. One could just imagine being on a desert island - sheer bliss ! It was an idyllic location to discover and explore the wonders of the rainforest.
The Hobbit and Robinson Crusoe would have approved in equal measure....and I would return in a heartbeat. Thank you, Marion.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Cow Bay Homestay Daintree Region