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The Humble Daisy

(Ref. 30577)

Woodford, County Galway Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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29 Customer Reviews

  • "This cottage is just beautiful."

    It’s one of the best I have stayed in over the years. Mary-Rose is a wonderful host, she was really helpful, very kind and the home is gorgeous. Really peaceful location with stunning sun rises and sun sets over the lake which can been seen a short walk down the lane. It made the first and final dog walks of the day memorable. I will definitely be back and can’t imagine booking anywhere else in south west Ireland

    Reviewed by Joni4.4Oct 2023

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Humble Daisy!"

    Mary Rose is lovely and welcomed us on arrival with candles, fresh flowers, Irish music and a bottle of wine. The cottage itself is very well appointed and extremely charming with its thatched roof and rural location amid working farms. You couldn't ask for a more perfect place to stay in this part of Ireland! We highly recommend The Humble Daisy and would love to return one day!

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Sep 2023

  • "The Humble Daisy is the most perfect cottage to stay."

    It has all the facilities that were needed to give the most enjoyable, peaceful and relaxing week that we could have wanted.

    Reviewed by Rosemary4.7Jul 2023

  • "The Humble Daisy is a really beautiful, stunning property both inside and out."

    The quaint outside belies the modern, but sympathetically restored, interior and it has everything that you could want in a self catering cottage. An added bonus is the huge field just down the lane, ( the lane is a cul de sac so pretty safe), that belongs to the owners, where the dogs could run free. It’s next to the lake so they could also paddle and swim and they thought it was heaven! There’s a rowing boat which is shared between The Humble Daisy and the property next door. The owner is absolutely lovely, and nothing was too much trouble. A really perfect, peaceful place in the country! Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Denise5.0Jun 2023

  • "Brilliant property."

    We would have no hesitation in recommending this lovely cottage which has everything you might need. Mary Rose was a great host. !

    Reviewed by Gavin5.0Jun 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage in a beautiful location."

    Mary Rose was so helpful too. We arrived very late and she was there to ensure we found the cottage. She also offered to get us some basic groceries, so we had what we needed for breakfast on our first morning. Would definitely recommend!

    Reviewed by Melanie5.0May 2023

  • "We had a great stay in the humble daisy whilst visiting family in the area."

    The Humble Daisy is a very welcoming and homely place which I would recommend to anyone. The only thing I would change would be the shower in the downstairs bathroom next to the kitchen. If we are in the area again we would definitely consider using this beautiful cottage again.

    Reviewed by Rob3.8May 2023

  • "The host is responsive, really helpful and welcoming."

    The Humble Daisy is beautiful and extremely comfortable. We really enjoyed our stay with our dog. Highly recommend!

    Reviewed by Carmel5.0Mar 2023

  • "There is nothing ‘humble’ about The Humble Daisy, it is just beautiful."

    Peace, quiet and pure tranquility! A lovely few minutes walk to the lake, lots of very quiet lanes to explore by foot or in the car - by the owners rowing boat if you are feeling a little more adventurous! The cottage is well equipped, immaculately clean and very spacious; with lots of outside space for sitting, reading and playing - table tennis and football goals in the garden. There is also an enclosed patio to the rear with patio seating, good for the dog. All the bedrooms and bathrooms are very spacious, the kitchen and dining area is lovely . The utility room with the washing machine and dryer is great. Living room cost and comfortable. Wi-if is good. You do need a car, the nearest local shop and pub is a couple of miles, but there is a big supermarket 15 minutes drive in Portumna (Aldi), with other shops like chemists etc. plus a lovely lake swimming area, boats and a castle. There are many other smaller towns and villages around the lake. We loved the drive around the whole lake over a full day exploring the smaller lake access areas, just follow the brown tourist signs. A lovely week in s beautiful cottage!

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Sep 2022

  • "Wonderful property with excellent facilities."

    Owners could not do enough to help myself and my family very much enjoyed our stay. Simon West

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Aug 2022

  • "The Humble Daisy is a delightful traditional cottage, bursting with charm!"

    It’s decorated and equipped to a very high standard as well as being in an extremely peaceful location. If you are after a quiet, tranquil restful break then this is the place for you. We were fortunate to have two beautiful warm sunny weeks, which made the evening walks quite something!

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Aug 2022

  • "The house was beautiful, spotlessly clean and had everything you could want for a stay."

    Mary Rose, the owner, was so friendly and helpful. The location is beautiful, lovely gardens and away from the world. Would recommend doing the workhouse tour in nearby Portumna. Walsh's pub in Woodford has lovely food and friendly staff. Would recommend as a great getaway from busy life. Just be aware that you do need to drive if you want to get to shops/restaurants etc but worth it for the peace and quiet.

    Reviewed by Pamela4.7Jun 2022

  • "A fabulous cottage in a very quiet area."

    Had everything we needed and very comfy beds. Delightful owners.

    Reviewed by Anthony4.7May 2022

  • "Cottage very spacious and extremely clean."

    All the requirements for crockery,utensils, and white goods were in place. Met the owner on several occasions and found her to be very helpful and friendly. We would return as is a very peaceful and pleasant stay.

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Apr 2022

  • "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 Lizbeth5.0Sep 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 Nora5.0Aug 2020

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

    Great location - all in all highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Feb 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 Garry5.0Dec 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 Deirdre5.0Sep 2019

  • "Space, style."

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

    Reviewed by Neil4.4Aug 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 Judith4.7Jun 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 Tim5.0Feb 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 Lindsey5.0Sep 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 Joy4.7Jul 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 Susan5.0Jul 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 T5.0May 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 Nicola5.0Sep 2017

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

    Great for kids to play near/around.

    Reviewed by John4.6Jun 2017

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

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

    Reviewed by Dennis4.6Mar 2017

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  • 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: Property may be suitable for accompanied disabled, please contact office for more details
  • Note: Check-in 4pm
  • Note: Located on a working farm

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.

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.