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“Charming, friendly and gorgeous” 5 of 5 stars
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Cow Bay Homestay
160 Wattle Close, Cow Bay, Cape Tribulation, Queensland 4873, Australia   |  
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Ranked #2 of 3 Cow Bay B&B and Inns
Darwin, Australia
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“Charming, friendly and gorgeous”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

I just had the most divine stay at Cow Bay Homestay. Marion could not have been more helpful or welcoming, she is just so enthusiastic and gave me great information about everything nearby. I was at an advantage as I had already spent a week in the area, but she still gave me some good tips.

Breakfast was lovely and delicious - including papaya and mango from the garden! I had the place to myself, and enjoyed the lovely open house, lying on the day bed and the hammock and enjoying the garden. So peaceful. No air-conditioning, but you don't need it.

Can't say enough nice things about it, would love to come back with my partner next time.

Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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SunshineCowBay, Owner at Cow Bay Homestay, responded to this review, December 13, 2013
Thank you lots for your great review. Loved the 'divine' bit....
I do hope you manage to come back with your partner, when you both take a break from working.
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Singapore, Singapore
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

If you're looking for a place to escape the city life and crowd then Cow Bay is the place to be. There's no mobile phone signal so there's no way for the office to disturb your holiday! No FB, emails, sms, twitter = no distractions. We felt released from the clasps of technology...not needing to check the phone in case we missed a call, etc. It was enlightening to say the least....

If there's one word to describe Cow Bay Homestay, it would be ~ bliss. We were awed by the open concept of the house. Nature and home joined into one. There were plants placed throughout the house which was a really lovely touch. Loved the open balcony.

Bedroom was very clean & simple. A tad bit tight for us....maybe because we're used to our larger bedroom back home. It would have been excellent if there was a wardrobe or wall hangers to hang/air our clothes. We had to literally live out of our suitcase. There wasn't room for 2 large suitcases so we transferred some essentials into 1 suitcase and left the rest in the car.

Other than that everything else was brilliant. Marion made reservations for us to go horse riding and sunrise kayaking which I really must recommend. We made reservations for the Jungle Night Walk too but unfortunately it didn't work out, twice, as the guide was unwell. We do hope he's better now...we were told he's an excellent guide.

We will definitely plan another trip down...thanks Marion!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SunshineCowBay, Owner at Cow Bay Homestay, responded to this review, November 30, 2013
Thank you for your great review and insights given to other travellers to this area.
Thank you for your concern about the night walk guide; he is better now.
Looking forward to your next visit 'down' here.
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

This beautifully located B&B is a wonderful place to come and relax, with two guests bedrooms sharing an annex with communal day lounge and rear decking to the garden. It is only 15 mins walk to Cow Bay, the best beach on the Cape Trib coast. The host Marrion is lovely and takes great care of you offering good breakfasts with local exotic fruit, museli, jams and a preordered cooked breakfast as well.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SunshineCowBay, Owner at Cow Bay Homestay, responded to this review, November 11, 2013
Great review, short and sweet and to the point. Thank you very much for taking the time to share with other travellers and thank you for your visit here in Cow Bay Homestay B&B.
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Sydney, Australia
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Our family of 5 - 2 adults & 3 children (aged 13,11 & 8) spent a wonderful 3 nights at Cow Bay Homestay.

I booked directly with Marion and she provided us with accurate information before arrival. She welcomed us to her property and gave us a thorough run down of the area and made some very good recommendations, including booking us on a fantastic reef trip with Ocean Safari.

The house with two bedrooms & two bathrooms is clean, spacious open plan and surrounded by a beautiful tropical garden. There are plenty of spots to lounge around feel like you are outdoors & the kids loved the hammock. There was a TV which was important for finals football. Marion would visit each morning at the time we requested and make us a delicious breakfast. Great homemade bread. Marion is a wonderful & interesting host.

The kids also had the freedom to swim in the property’s creek, which was moments from the house.

Cow Bay beach was a 15 minute walk one way.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SunshineCowBay, Owner at Cow Bay Homestay, responded to this review, October 16, 2013
Thank you for choosing to visit with your family, loving it and reviewing so beautifully.
It was my pleasure to look after you and seeing you enjoyed it, especially the creek!
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Melbourne, Australia
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

We stayed at Cow Bay Homestay for 4 nights and just loved it. Host Marion was fantastic in the lead up to our visit and while we were there; she welcomed us with warmth, was a wealth of information and made great recommendations about things to do in FNQ. She was very accommodating and put on a lovely breakfast of cereal, fresh fruit, toast and home made juice each morning – yum!

The accommodation itself was fantastic, with lots of different areas to sit, read and spend time in – unlike other B&Bs we didn’t feel confined to our bedroom, but made ourselves completely at home in the rest of the house, which is beautiful, open plan, spacious, set in gorgeous gardens and shared with only one other set of guests.

We could easily have stayed longer as there is so much to do from Cow Bay and north to Cape Tribulation. The whole area is a slice of natural paradise. Thankyou Marion, we had a great time and will see you in the future for sure!

Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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SunshineCowBay, Manager at Cow Bay Homestay, responded to this review, August 16, 2013
Very beautiful review and thank you for writing it. I hope it will be the same after your next visit with us here in the Far North. You are wonderful guests as well.
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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

Our decision to visit Cow Bay Homestay was prompted as much by price as it was by location. It is fair to stay that we were staggered to arrive and find what a beautiful place we had chosen, and what value-for-money we were getting. But the really memorable part was coming home two days later, feeling as refreshed and energised as if we had just emerged from a week-long retreat. Marion not only looks after her facilities and her guests like they are made of gold, she does a breakfast that is really worth waking up for.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SunshineCowBay, Owner at Cow Bay Homestay, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
Good to hear that the couple of days here at Cow Bay Homestay B&B and in the Daintree did the trick. Yes, it is great to get away and only 2 hours drive for you. Thank you for writing this great review.
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Austinmer
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

We stayed here on our 'babymoon' - our last holiday together before our first child was born. It was simply the best B&B I have ever stayed in. We arrived in the afternoon and were met by the lovely Marion, whose first question was "how do you feel about full moon rises?" We jumped in her car and whizzed down to Cow Bay Beach to see the most spectacular full moon rise I've ever seen. It was such a great start to an amazing holiday. The property is beautiful and there's even a rainforest walk you can do on the property - we saw an enormous monitor lizard and lots of beautiful birds, including a sunbird building its nest on the back deck. The breakfast each morning was delicious and it was just so lovely to chat with Marion about the different things we could do in the area and just about life in general. This is a great location from which to explore Cape Tribulation and the Daintree rainforest. We will be coming back to visit for years to come.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SunshineCowBay, Owner at Cow Bay Homestay, responded to this review, July 24, 2013
Hi, and so pleased to hear about your first child. Thank you for taking the time to write and so detailed too. That was a perfect full moon we had that day. Looking forward to your next visit with all three of you!
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Address: 160 Wattle Close, Cow Bay, Cape Tribulation, Queensland 4873, Australia
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Location: Australia > Queensland > Daintree Region > Cape Tribulation > Cow Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking
Hotel Style:
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. We are centrally located for all locally guided tours and numerous outdoor activities. Amazing timber pole house, large deck, polished timber floors, insect screens, fans, air conditioner option in summer-December to April- and ensuites, lounge chairs with the best view, quality linen and bedding. 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. 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 generator. All your tour bookings can be arranged. Marion speaks German. ... more   less 
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