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We are Simon & John and our daughter. We are "living the dream" in Cairns, Australia! Originally from Manchester in the UK. We enjoy traveling and of course hosting!
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Were spent in this magical place beautiful moments. House looks much better , it is everything we needed to rest . Equipped kitchen, two bikes , music and television, wi- fi..ale primarily climate of the rainforest , two min. the beach, silence..beautifule..
We highly recommend , we regret that the time has already ended .
Kind regards Simon and John .
Margaret and Raphael . Poland
Aaron and I had a lovely time at Simon and John's lodge in Clifton beach. They were unable to meet us for our check in due to their flight from Bali being delayed 15 hours but we figured out how to get in and everything was fine. The place is beautiful and we were very impressed with their attention to details. You can tell they love entertaining and decorating. They have a folder full of information in the lodge about the area which is very helpful. We had a very busy tour through Australia so this place was perfect was us to relax. We would definitely recommend the lodge to anyone.
The 'bungalow' met and exceeded our expectations as a place to unwind, relax and make ourselves at home. My partner and I were travelling to Cairns for some fun in the sun activities, and coming home to the cottage became our favorite part of every day. It was so well kept, extremely well organized, and offered all of the comforts one would want as a traveller - a comfy couch, a kitchen with all the utensils and instruments the traveling chef may need, and a bed that gave us the best sleep we had during our Aussie holiday. Not to mention the zen backyard with a private pond and deck to take in the sun on! Simon and his partner were so easy to communicate with, readily provided directions and recommendations, and warmly welcomed any question or traveling anxiety while we were on our beach getaway. The location is perfect for getting to Palm Cove and Cairns, easily accessible to both destinations but tucked away privately and quietly! I would highly recomend this listing as a sanctuary for relaxation and comfort! The pictures don't even do it justice!
the "Lodge" is just fantastic. It's a beautiful Bali style granny flat, comfortable with all necessities, own terrace and pond, access to a refreshing pool, just a little Paradise for yourself.
John and Simon are just great hosts. They welcome you in a way that makes you feel home right away. You have a question, they will answer faster than you expect.
A charming family that makes you feel part of their own paradise the time you are there. Highly recommended.
Just north of the city, and close to all sights to see in Cairns area.
We will definitively go back
dannyboy & johno
Simon met me upon my arrival and gave me a complete explanation about the lodge, neighborhood and access to local areas. The lodge was very clean, nicely decorated, and exactly as protrayed. I enjoyed my stay and highly recommend it!
We booked the lodge for a week in the Cairns rainforest GBR area. The lodge is an excellent self contained apartment next door to Simon & John the hosts. Internally, it is great with 4 poster bed, nice bathroom with rain shower. The kitchen, dining table and sitting area with large tv are all in one well laid out area. The kitchen is well equipped. Outside a sliding glass door a sizeable deck with additional dining table. The outstanding feature is the garden of tall palms, banana trees, etc etc. it is a real rain forest experience complete with croaking tree frogs (after sunset). Guests can also use Simon and John's pool which we did many times. We selected times when it was not being used by the owners so it was like having a private pool.
The location is excellent for touring the area. We drove up to Daintree NP and out to Atherton Tablelands plus a day snorkelling with Seastar (recommended). A car is essential if you want to see the area as public transport appeared limited. There are several firms that offer cheaper older cars in Cairns town or the normal agencies at the airport. Simon and John are excellent hosts with a wealth of local info about what to see and do. They have a wide selection of brochures of tourist info at the apartment. They have clearly thought about the guest experience not just booking the spare room. First class.
Fantastic apartment with everything you could possibly need. Super location, close to beaches, Cairns airport and CBD. On top of that, John and Simon provided a nice and warm welcome, and great communication.
There's really nothing to add beyond endorsing all the positive comments in recent reviews. Great place, great hosts and lovely location.
Simon and John were exceptional hosts. We were greeted with an immaculately clean and beautifully designed home and garden, filled with fresh fruit, fresh milk and a very welcome cold bottle of water. The kitchen was well equipped with everything you need for a comfy stay, including a very comfortable four-poster bed! The pool is incredible - you will not know exactly how wonderful having a pool is until it's a 36 degree day with 80% humidity! There was plenty of information about the local attractions / restaurants. The garden was great, we spent most of our nights listening to the tree frogs on the verandah - and we are happy to report that we didn't see a single snake or spider! Beautiful humming birds, green tree frogs and dragon flies - even a kangaroo in the neighbouring garden! The house is a five-minute walk to Clifton Beach and just a few minutes to the incredible restaurants and bars of Palm Cove (you can walk there in 30 minutes along the beach if you prefer). Best restaurants were Vivo, The Rising Sun (at Sarayi hotel) - both of which have a variety of breakfasts, lunches, tapas and dinner - and very good cocktails! All in all an amazing stay with everything we wanted and more. Simon and John provided just the right balance of attention. If you are looking for an ideal getaway for two people and the perfect location to explore far north Queensland without the hustle and bustle of tourist crowds, this is the right place for you.
Don't know how to doubt Simon and John! Firstly, the location is absolutely amazing. Right next to the beach and not far away from shops, and also such a quiet suburb! The house itself cant be flawed, the bed was our favourite part, best sleep I've had in a very long time. Fresh fruits on arrival also from their orange tree, which we made juice with :p
John was kind enough to show us around and make sure our stay was wonderful. Would definitely stay again!
Simon was a great guest, we did have a couple of hiccups in the Villa with a Wifi outage and then a mix up with departure pick up , but worked through it and is more than welcome back
Simon and his family stayed at our villa and it was a pleasure to welcome them. They were friendly and very nice guests. Highly recommended
We have no problems recommending Simon to any new or future hosts
Simon and his friends were very nice people and I was glad to have them as guests, I certainly would recommend them to anybody.
Persone molto gentili e simpatiche che hanno lasciato l' appartamento in ordine e pulito .
Simon and family were fun and easy going guest. Nothing was too complicated. Highly recommended.