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Secluded ‘Magnificent Barn’ in Daintree hits the market for first time in 30 years


A unique three-storey mansion nestled in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest is up for sale for the first time in over three decades, offering a rare opportunity to own a slice of tropical paradise.

Known as the “Magnificent Barn”, the designer-built timber and glass home at 275 Penda Close in Cow Bay has hit the market with a price guide of $1.65 million.

Set on 2.5 acres with breathtaking views of the Coral Sea coast, the property was designed and built in 1991 by the current owner’s mother.

Listing agent Mark Whitham from Raine & Horne Port Douglas/Mossman said the visionary design has stood the test of time, with the vendor now selling to pursue an opportunity in Indonesia.

“We’ve already received positive reactions to the property, and with such an affordable price tag, we don’t expect it to stay on the market for long,” Mr Whitham said.

He believes the home, which features three expansive verandahs and large decks with stunning ocean and rainforest views, could attract a diverse range of buyers.

“While it might appeal to an owner-occupier, it’s more likely to attract a family seeking an idyllic Daintree escape who can appreciate its true value,” Mr Whitham said.


“If a property of this magnitude were located in another coastal area in Australia, its price would easily double or triple.”

The property also has strong potential as a holiday rental, having previously been let for $690 a night for three people, with higher rates for larger groups.

“There is good money to be made for future owners, and local ground crews will go in after holidaymakers have left and do the cleaning,” Mr Whitham said.

Inside, the home features a massive open-plan living area with slate floors, exposed timber beams and space for a pool table, dining and lounge areas.

Twenty-two bi-fold timber and glass doors, along with giant picture windows, offer outstanding views from every spot, while the kitchen boasts polished granite benchtops and quality appliances.

The top floor includes a large multipurpose foyer and a vast bedroom with a private deck, while the pool level features two more bedrooms with ensuites, a crystal-clear pool and a huge timber verandah.

Despite its secluded feel, the property is just a short drive from local amenities and major cities, Mr Whitham said.

“Some might think it’s isolated, but it’s not. It’s a one-minute drive to the beach, 10 minutes to the local shop and fuel, an hour’s drive to Mossman, which has all the services like hardware stores and supermarkets, and two hours to Cairns.”

Following the post-COVID boom, the Daintree property market has returned to more conventional conditions, but homes in the region remain tightly held.

“You might drive through and see few houses, but hundreds are tucked away in the lush surroundings,” Mr Whitham said.

“Given the scarcity of property like this for sale, we expect the Magnificent Barn to sell quickly.”

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