I stayed here with my partner (both in our early 20's) in December 2012 and had originally booked four nights stay but ended up staying for one night as we simply were not enjoying our time there. We have travelled all over the world in very lush locations like this one so we were very excited for our stay.
On arrival, we were greeted by Mandy. I was not sure whether she was expecting us or not as I have e-mailed in previously to let her know we would be arriving a little late due to a change of plan (around 7pm) and had no reply which was odd as we had very quick replies previously. I know that Mandy cannot exactly e-mail back saying no that's not OK and send us back to Cairns but the website does state that the B&B prefers check ins before 8pm so I was expecting a reply to say thats OK.
The B&B is very beautiful, spacious and comfortable with plenty of area for relaxation, BBQ's and even watching the television outside. The B&B is well decorated and looked after. I was very excited for the 4 days we had to come. We paid the extra for the Deluxe Queen room which was lovely. The breakfast was nice with lots of choice and watching Mandy feed the kookaburras in the morning was amazing. Mandy is very helpful and is happy to answer any questions about the B&B or local area. Her service was excellent.
The first and only night we stayed here, neither of us got any sleep. It was not the sounds of the many creatures in the valley (which is actually very relaxing) but the 5 flying cockroach type things that kept us up all night. (I cant remeber the name) Mandy told us that they were harmless and of course I believe that and I have no problem with bugs in the room. I understand that they are going to find their way into your room, especially in such a lush location but I simply could not rest as every time I got relaxed, I would find another in the pillow or in the bed. I could not go into the bathroom as they had found their way into the toilet and I could not rest in the lounge area either. One very large bug even found its way into the room fan and covered our clothes in bug juice - not nice! I could not wait for morning to come. Yes being from the UK, I am mard when it comes to bugs and I tried to limit the amount of insects in the room by closing the door leading out to the verandah during the day but the staff kept opening the door when we were out.
The lack of sleep was not the reason why we left the B&B. After spending the day exploring the gorge and surrounding area (Port Douglas, Cape Tribulation). I found myself with nothing to do. We had spend the past month travelling around Australia and I have done countless crocodile safaris and reef trips. I guess I just wanted to spend the last few days in Australia with friends, relaxing. This is not the B&Bs fault in any way but this is the main reason why we left.
I did not feel comfortable relaxing here as I felt I was on a schedule (alarm clock in the morning set by staff, our days planned out for us) and I felt as if there were too many rules. I did not like the fact that when we left the B&B for the morning, the room was not how we left it. Our belongings were moved around, the doors were opened again after we closed them. I would never leave the room in a mess. I understand that staff are going to come in at some point but I felt it was pointless coming into the room more than once a day.
Mandy is right when she says that car hire is needed. I was just very dissapointed that I spent so much on car hire (being under 21) especially for this part of our tour as it was wasted as soon as we left.
We had spend the last month or so travelling around the East Coast of Australia and I knew that we were not going to be returning to Australia any time soon as we are very keen travellers so we wanted to enjoy our last few days in Australia so we decided to drive back to Cairns which was the best decision we have made as we really enjoyed our last few days.
Unfortunatley, there was nothing that the staff could have done to make are stay more enjoyable. It was simply not our cup of tea but I can certainly see the appeal for others. From the sounds of it. The B&B has been successfull for many years and I am sure it will continue to do so. I wanted to give my honest opinion so that others know what to expect.
I would recommend this hotel if you enjoy bird watching, walking, enjoy peace, interested in wildlife.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tropical timber home set on rainforest acerage with views across the valley to Daintree national park and the great dividing range. Non smoking, Air conditioned, ensuite rooms. Saltwater pool, birding on site, extensive local tour knowledge. Minutes to Mossman gorge, 20 minutes Port Douglas, 1 hour 15 minutes to Cape Tribulation, 1 hour Cairns airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mossman Gorge Bed And Breakfast Australia - Daintree Region