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The Humble Daisy

Woodford, County Galway (Ref. 30577)



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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
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  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
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27 Customer Reviews

  • "Mary Rose's delightful cottage and her wonderful warm welcome made for the loveliest week visiting family in the locality."

    We couldn't have asked for more - and to be invited in for a nightcap late on a Friday evening when we'd (brilliantly!) locked ourselves out sums up her kindness and great hospitality.

    Reviewed by LizbethSep 2021

  • "We really enjoyed our stay in the Humble Daisy."

    The house is beautifully decorated and has all the mod cons one could possibly desire. The house is set in a peaceful and secluded countryside, a short stroll away from the lake, where we could enjoy the use of the owner’s boat. Mary Rose gave us a great welcome and was attentive to our needs. We had a lovely time at the Humble Daisy and would recommend it to anyone visiting the Lough Derg area.

    Reviewed by NoraAug 2020

  • "Lovely cottage with extremely warm and helpful owners."

    Great location - all in all highly recommended.

    Reviewed by PaulFeb 2020

  • "The best cottage we have ever stayed at."

    Beautiful inside and out, well equipped with all you need for a pleasant stay. Mary Rose and Oliver are on hand for any assistance you might need and are only to glad to make your stay as perfect as possible. I would highly recommend this cottage to anyone looking for peace and quiet in lovely surroundings, but with all amenities still within easy reach. You will not be disappointed.

    Reviewed by GarryDec 2019

  • "Cosy Autumn Hideaway!"

    Tucked down a little country lane we found The Humble Daisy, a haven of warmth and charm! Tired and weary after a long drive, we were met by the owner, Mary Rose, who welcomed us inside to a crackling log fire and a bottle of wine ! Bliss! The thatched cottage has been beautifully and lovingly restored by the owners to an exceptional high standard. The bedrooms are very spacious, the kitchen open and airy with all amenities (loved the Nespresso machine for morning coffee!). The living room has been kept in the tradition style, white curved walls and wood burning fire. Little details like scented candle, flowers, books and DVD’s added a special touch. Our dogs, Twiggy & Castro loved their daily walks 2 minutes down the lane, past the donkeys! to the Lough, or in the owners fields behind the Cottage. When we did tear ourselves away, we visited Portumna Castle and the Irish Workhouse Centre, both highly recommend, and took a trip to nearby Terryglass for a leisurely lunch in the Derg Inn. But most evenings we could not wait to get back and curl up, with our dogs and a good book by the log fire. Mary Rose, Oliver, Louis and Ella were so warm, welcoming and friendly, and could not have been more helpful. Thank you for a wonderful stress free week, we will return!

    Reviewed by DeirdreSep 2019

  • "Space, style."

    Use of the boat a great bonus. Felt bathroom floor extremely slippery.but overall great accomodation..

    Reviewed by NeilAug 2019

  • "Fantastic cottage, full of character and in a beautiful location."

    The owners could not have been more welcoming. The cottage is 100 yards from Lough Derg in a location that feels off the beaten track. The 'Humble Daisy' makes for a superb base to explore this area. It's a 20 minute drive to Portumna and its facilities like shops and about a 40 minute drive to Killaloe which is very pretty. Overall, this is a great area for outdoor activities - walking, fishing, boating etc. There aren't many wet weather activities nearby though we would certainly recommend the Irish Workhouse Experience in Portumna.

    Reviewed by JudithJun 2019

  • "I've read all the reviews from previous vacationers who have stayed at The Humble Daisy."

    ....They all have had a wonderful time and enjoyed the fantastic hospitality shown by Mary Rose( the owner)...The fire lit and a bottle of red on arrival....Rare !! The spacious warm cosy so well equipped cottage..understated by the advertised description..also very rare. if you've read " Swallows and Amazons " then this is your place,the tranquil silence and a slow walk down the lane you arrive on the edge of Lake Derg, meet the friendly donkeys,and maybe take the boat out for a spin which is moored up in it's own boat shed in the same field as the donkeys,each step down the lane takes you back in time. We both thoroughly enjoyed our stay,Beau the Rottie loved his time there,we were lucky with the weather but hey,if not, pop some logs on the fire and read a good book. Finally,I was tempted not to want to tell anyone about this piece of heaven..shear selfishness on my part but I would be doing Mary Rose a complete injustice, so, if you like empty roads ,wonderful friendly people,views to die for,then book this place before you die,take a telescope for the dark night sky and an easel and paints if you are that way inclined. Thank You Mary Rose,you will see us again.

    Reviewed by TimFeb 2019

  • "The cottage was lovely, in tranquil surroundings."

    Very spacious. Well equipped and comfortable. The owner was on hand if needed, with plenty of local information. The workhouse in Portumna is well worth a visit, fascinating place. Killaloe has a bakery with unbelievably tasty muffins that are a must. A great choice of holiday let.

    Reviewed by LindseySep 2018

  • "The Humble Daisy is a gorgeous cottage in a very peaceful location."

    The owners are lovely people who we found to be very hospitable and eager to be of assistance, without being intrusive. Mary-Rose, her husband Oliver and their 2 children Ella and Louis are a lovely friendly family. We would highly recommend this cottage and the entire location. Thanks so much Mary-Rose and your family. We had a wonderful and memorable 2 weeks. Micky & Joy Williams - stayed 14 to 28 July 2018.

    Reviewed by JoyJul 2018

  • "Sykes did a great job of answering every question that we had."

    The website was easy to use and everyone that assisted us was kind and quick to respond. The Humble Daisy was one of the best rentals that we've ever stayed in and I would definitely recommend it to others.

    Reviewed by SusanJul 2018

  • "With friends I have used Sykes in the past and will continue to do so, excellent friendly service, no hassle, no complaints, spot on!"

    . Thank- you!

    Reviewed by TMay 2018

  • "Mary Rose and family were the perfect hosts."

    The cottage and location is truly stunning. The cottage is full of quality furniture and bedding. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by NicolaSep 2017

  • "This is a wonderful cottage, very clean and well kept."

    Great for kids to play near/around.

    Reviewed by JohnJun 2017

  • "It would be good to advertise local amenities more."

    We much enjoyed the Portumna Workhouse and Joe & Avril's river cruise

    Reviewed by DennisMar 2017

  • "The Humble Daisy is a lovely spacious cottage in beautiful surroundings - it is a peaceful and relaxing retreat."

    We were very surprised at how big the cottage was, it would very comfortably sleep six people with plenty of space to store luggage and laundry. However we just had it for ourselves (two adults) and one very small dachshund, and it was bliss.

    Reviewed by MarionJun 2016

  • "Blissful peace and quiet!"

    A lovely spot with easy access to Lough Derg. It was especially nice to be welcomed by the owners themselves and be given information about local restaurants etc. They were also available by phone for any small queries which arose. The use of their boat on the lough was a lovely treat and Oliver took time to show us how to operate it.

    Reviewed by ChristineMay 2016

  • "Beautiful comfortable cottage with a real cosy feel to it."

    Much bigger than we expected. The owners went out of their way to help us and they gave us such a warm welcome.

    Reviewed by TrudiMar 2016

  • "A beautiful cottage in a lovely peaceful part of Ireland, and having the boat to use with the cottage was excellent, there was lots of bird life and otters out on the loch."

    A very relaxing holiday.

    Reviewed by SarahAug 2015

  • "This was the most perfect cottage, and the owners made us very welcome."

    I would recommend The Humble Daisy to anyone who wants a quiet, beautiful location by the beautiful Lough Derg, but within easy reach of Galway.

    Reviewed by JudiJul 2015

  • "From start to finish this cottage is amazing and it's a hidden gem."

    The owner is so lovely and extremely helpful.

    Reviewed by RuthJul 2015

  • "A lovely cottage with all you need."

    It was a pleasure to stay here and we would book it again, if we stay near this area. Thanks to the landlady. All in all, superb.

    Reviewed by DirkMay 2015

  • "The owner was a lovely lady and very welcoming."

    When we arrived there was a fire waiting for us in the cottage. The cottage itself was homely and comfortable; we slept so well and had a very lazy and relaxing holiday!

    Reviewed by ChristopherMay 2015

  • "The Humble Daisy was a true delight!"

    From the moment we stepped in, we were delighted! The owners have taken every step to ensure you have a beautiful home to stay in. The bedding was wonderful, and the house was very clean and cosy. We loved the fireplace and the darling living room. The new modern kitchen was beautiful and very easy to relax in. We spent so much time in this house just enjoying it. Highly recommend it to anyone visiting Galway.

    Reviewed by LizMay 2015

  • "A thoroughly perfect stay."

    Beautiful cottage and lovely hosts, will definitely come back.

    Reviewed by ConnorDec 2014

  • "The owners close by were charming and very helpful throughout."

    A very comfortable and peaceful location but with plenty to do including boat and pier fishing, cycling and lovely walks.

    Reviewed by GregoryOct 2014

  • "The 19th century restored thatched roof cottage was absolutely outstanding in every respect and our hosts were very friendly and helpful."

    Reviewed by RobertJun 2014

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The property

Woodford 6 miles.

This stunning, thatched detached cottage, dating back to the 18th century and boasting some wonderful original features, is situated adjacent to the owner's home, just 100 yards from Lough Derg, 6 miles from the picturesque village of Woodford and 10 miles from Portumna in County Galway.

Lovingly restored by the owner to a very high standard, this wonderful Woodford cottage is nestled in a quiet hamlet at the bottom of a winding country lane.

Combining its traditional character with modern features, this beautiful cottage offers a bright and airy kitchen with dining area, with double doors leading out to the private rear patio; step out here in the mornings with a cup of coffee and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this lovely countryside location.

Walk out of the kitchen through the original hall, into the original parlour with its exposed walls and warm woodburner; perfect to relax in front of, watching the TV or curled up with a good book.

There are two double en-suite bedrooms downstairs, and one even features the owner’s grandmother’s piano.

Upstairs from the parlour is a spacious mezzanine level with a table and chairs to relax by the window and enjoy the views, a bathroom and a twin bedroom.

A short stroll from your Woodford cottage leads you onto the majestic Lough Derg where you can take the owner’s rowing boat out for a romantic picnic, enjoy a spot of fishing, or simply relax.

Alternatively, the more energetic can go cycling or walking to explore the local area.

Your lovely Woodford cottage is close to many activities including golf, horse riding, walking and watersports, and attractions such as Portumna Castle, Portumna Forest Park, Birr Castle and the cultural city of Galway, also within easy distance.

Whatever you choose to do, this truly unique Woodford cottage is perfect to make some wonderful life-long memories.

Property reference 1006441 also next door and can be booked together.


  • Three bedrooms: 1 x ground floor double with feature piano and en-suite bath, separate shower, basin and WC, 1 x ground floor 5ft double with en-suite with shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Utility
  • Mezzanine sitting area
  • Parlour with wood burning stove..
  • Oil central heating with woodburner
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Saorview, DVD, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Front lawned garden, private rear patio with furniture plus private access to a field
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 3 miles
  • Note: A rowing boat is available free of charge by private arrangement with owner
  • If outboard motor is necessary there will be an additional cost of 25 euros
  • Note: Property may be suitable for accompanied disabled, please contact office for more details
  • Note: Check-in 4pm
  • Note: Located on a working farm

About the location


Portumna 11 miles; Loughrea 12 miles.

A quiet welcoming village, within easy reach of the beautiful Lough Derg and surrounded by enchanting woodland and rolling emerald countryside. Set close to the border of County Clare, Woodford has a good selection of amenities housed amongst pretty, pastel coloured buildings, as well as a well-equipped playground. Just an hour's drive from Galway City, Woodford provides a peaceful base from which to discover the beautiful west of Ireland. Great fishing can be sought on the lovely Lough Derg, less than a mile from the village, plus wonderful walks lead in every direction. Take a day trip to the Slieve Aughty Mountains, enjoy an afternoon of golf at one of the two nearby courses or discover the heritage of this beautiful area at the imposing Portumna Castle and Gardens. A holiday here isn’t complete without a trip to Galway. Just an hour's drive away, the city is a vibrant, exciting place boasting comedy clubs, theatres and night clubs for your evening’s entertainment. It also is home to festivals, museums and countless cafes, shops and restaurants, all set beside a beautiful, rugged coastline.

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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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