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The Epiphyte Bed and Breakfast
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Reviewed October 11, 2009

First it must be said.....If you can't handle the sight of creepy crawlies even in your room, this is not the place for you but if this is the case why have you come to the Rain Forest? If you are a bit scared of the crawlies but want to experience a brush with nature this place is fantastic!

We stayed in the Orchid Retreat House and it was a treat! The grounds are beautiful, the hosts are lovely and were very helpful in pointing us in the right direction for food, walks and un-tourist populated Hot Spots! If you want to cook (we didn't) the Orchid Retreat has full kitchen (outdoors) and I have to say the amount of hammocks, hanging chairs and cushions at the main house and pagoda are Awesome!

Breakfast was fantastic, as opposed to some reviews, we have an amazing array of fresh fruit with cereal and yogurt and the muffins were perfect as well.

Inside the retreat house feels like a tropical getaway - clean, new bedding and the sunken bathroom is rustic but great. However, be prepared to prance around naked for the geckos as there are no curtains anywhere. We used the mosquito net when we slept even though we were told it wasn't needed and felt not only exotic but protected.

Be prepared for listening to nature come alive at night, earlplugs might be good if you wake easy but we both had a good nights sleep! Highly recommended!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 7, 2009

Two nights in separate cottage at Epiphyte which was private and surrounded by lush tropical rainforest. Very helpful hosts delivered delicious breakfast each morning. Birds all around, flowers abundant, peaceful at night. The main building has 4 guest rooms that seem quite comfortable. Recommend to anyone who enjoys lush tropical setting with breakfast served.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 15, 2009

My boyfriend and I stayed here with some friends for 1 night on a road trip. I was quite excited about it before we arrived and I was not disappointed. This place is so special.

It is a bit away from the rest of the action in Cape Trib, however if you have a car thats ok, its a beautiful drive, and there is still plenty to see and do close by. Ernie and Glenda are extremely helpful and full of good advice on where to go and what to do, they had so many lovely stories for us.

The house itself is wonderful, very quirky and eco. There were quite a few cassowary's visiting each morning when we stayed, I only managed to get up in time to see a baby cassowary run off to its father.

This place wasn't like anywhere else we had stayed before and was our favorite part of our holiday, we wished that we could have stayed longer as it is so peaceful and relaxing there.

A word of warning though, this place is open to the rainforest, therefore there are insects and creatures, but I am quite jumpy and was perfectly happy. Given that this is the case it is very clean. The rooms are basic, but they are everything that you would need. If your looking to get back to basics and nature then this is your place.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 14, 2009

Ernie and Glenda are wonderful hosts! It's an eco-resort, bumping right up against a wildlife preserve, so you have a chance to see the elusive cassowaries on the property. NOTE: there's no air conditioning (so I'm not sure it'd be as wonderful during their summer/mosquito season), but it was great while we were there, only one or two mosquitos, and they have beautiful views from the open verandah/dining space.

Breakfast was toast or muffins each morning, cereals, yogurts, and a huge variety of tropical fruit.

Ernie is great at telling you about everything you could go and see and do, and helped make all of our reservations.

Highly recommend!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 13, 2009

In August 2008 I stayed at the Epiphyte B&B for just a couple of days, but wished I stayed longer. It was a really nice place. Although the room was not big, it was clean and decent, with my own private shower and toilet. Also I had a nice large balcony, from which I looked directly into the forest. As I travelled by myself, it was nice to feel so welcome here. Ernie and his wife Glenda were very kind, and I really enjoyed the conversations that we had. Also they gave some good advises for neighborhood sight-seeing. Every morning Ernie made a very nice homemade breakfast, with lots of toast, thee, and fruit. Lunch and dinner are not included. However, you can use the kitchen facilities to prepare your own meals. Or just walk down the hill (ca. 5 minute walk) to the backpackers hostel Crocodylus Village for a meal. Travelling to the Daintree area is possible by bus. I went from Cairns to the Epiphyte B&B by bus, which was okay. However, travelling in the Daintree area itself will be much easier by car. The roads are quite good, but there are some steep climbs, and sharp turns. And check if you are travelling during the rainy season, as roads may be closed due to heavy rain fall. Some nice things to do when you are staying in the Daintree area are: the Discovery Centre, Jindalba Boardwalk, and the GBR!
Overall, if you are thinking of travelling to the Daintree area, I would recommend to stay at the Epiphyte B&B for a couple of nights, and experience it by yourselves.

  • Stayed October 2008, traveled solo
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed December 4, 2008

This B&B is set in a lovely location. I loved the sounds of the animals while we slept. We were surprised there were no mosquitoes. The host was nice, but we were disappointed by the cold breakfast of toast and cereal. Since this was my first B&B experience ever maybe I had exaggerated expectations. My main complaint is the water. Although they boast about their drinkable recycled rainwater, it tastes horrible!! Bring your own!

  • Liked — The wildlife sounds
  • Disliked — The nasty water!
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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mattsomerset, Owner at The Epiphyte Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, November 7, 2012
I am sorry you had a disappointing breakfast. This was quite a long time ago but we pride ourselves on the fantastic breakfasts we provide - a large platter of local fruits, a wide range of cereals and HOT toast with many different jams - as much as you can eat. The water quality IS excellent and there is certainly no need to bring your own. Possibly the managers had just changed a pipe or something similar. I'm sorry I can't explain this but i apologise and can assure new guests that the water tastes great (and is checked/tested regularly).
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Reviewed October 31, 2008

We stayed for a week in the separate cabin called, "The Orchid".
The cabin has large windows looking out to the rainforest and huge garden, and is rustic, small and cosy - a main bedroom with a bathroom and outdoor kitchen.
It is a short distance from the main house.
The spacious bathroom had large glass windows looking out to the rainforest, whose creatures keep you company with their songs at night.
Ernie and Glenda were remarkable hosts, explaining to us the best places to go, and sharing their amazing life stories.

  • Liked — The friendliness of the hosts, and the quiet, peaceful location.
  • Disliked — Lack of curtains on the room's front windows.
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Epiphyte Bed and Breakfast
Address: 22 Silkwood Rd | Daintree Coast - Cape Tribulation, Cow Bay, Queensland 4873, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Daintree Region > Cow Bay
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Cow Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Epiphyte Bed and Breakfast 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful Daintree rainforest accommodation near Cape Tribulation just 5 mins from lovely Cow Bay beach and overlooking the World Heritage Daintree national park. The main accommodation house is Queenslander style and has four en-suite rooms (single, standard double and large double/family size) each with private balconies, a large open-plan living area and extensive verandahs...the perfect place to relax and have a 'real' holiday!. For couples or small groups looking for even more privacy or independent accommodation, the Golden Orchid Retreat is a gorgeous self-contained cabin separate from the main accommodation house with views across the orchard to Noah's Range. Operating on solar power and rainwater as much as possible, the Epiphyte B&B has landscaped gardens to explore, views to take in and rainforest at the back door. Beautiful Cow Bay, where the rainforest meets the sea and reef, is a short drive away. A home away from home, The Epiphyte is airy, casual, friendly and breakfast featuring seasonal fruit is included in the room tariff. Help yourself to tea, coffee or a cool drink anytime. Play games, read a book, take in the stunning mountain views, swim, snorkel, visit the free board walks and/or join one of the many tours available in the Cape Tribulation, Daintree Coast area e.g snorkeling, fishing, canoeing, 4WD trips to Wujal Wujal, jungle surfing, night and day walks in ancient rainforest. It's a beautiful place to stay any time of year!! We'd love to share it with you. ... more   less 
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