The Humble Daisy | Self-catering cottage in Co. Galway | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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The Humble Daisy - Self-catering cottage in Co. Galway

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Old Village, Douras, Woodford, Co. Galway
Connacht, Ireland

Mary Rose Donnelly

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+353 (0)90 974 9859 (landline)

+353 (0)86 816 7819(mobile)

A simple thatched cottage, a sophisticated home - with a charming décor, welcoming hosts, a lovely wood burner and a lough down the road

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A deep relief to arrive at The Humble Daisy, for you may have given up hope of seeing one of Ireland's whitewashed and thatched cottages. But here it is, polished to within an inch of perfection. Mary Rose's grandfather lived here and her family farm is next door. Oliver is a horticulturalist and part-time farmer, managing this farm. So the contact with the house is authentic and nostalgic. A rare quantity of love and determination has gone into transforming the simple cottage into a very sophisticated home for guests, able to look any house anywhere right in the eye. Floors are of slate or coir, furniture is wooden and solid, and much of it modern. The big kitchen-dining room is equipped with everything to make anyone happy, including space. The sitting room has a wood burner, the bedrooms and the bathrooms are immaculate and there are more rooms upstairs. Outside there is a little barn where you can play table tennis. A big reason for being here is the great lough only a hundred yards down the road. Upon it, and upon the piano, you can play to your heart's content.

Wheelchair access
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible.
Limited mobility
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible without steps.
Children welcome
Suitable for guests with children aged 3 and over.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
English spoken
Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
Wireless internet access available.
Pets welcome
Please let the owner know if you want to bring pets.
Working farm
Or vineyard.
Bikes available
On the premises to hire or borrow.
Babies welcome
Suitable for guests with a baby or toddler under 3.
Grounds for guests to explore.

Electricity included

Open fire / woodburner

Microwave oven

Central heating

Mobile reception




Cooked meals available

Washing machine

Restaurant within 3 miles

Shop within 3 miles

Pub within 3 miles

Relaxation areas

Breakfast available

Breakfast included



Spa on site

Bar on site

Free parking on site

Free parking nearby

Paid parking nearby

Local points of interest from Mary Rose Donnelly:

Local points of interest from
Mary Rose Donnelly:

  • An 18ft rowing boat is available for guest use at no extra charge. Suzuki engine available on request. Bring a picnic and explore the lake and perhaps catch a trout for dinner.
  • Birr Castle and Gardens (26 miles) provide an excellent day trip especially in Spring/Summer when the gardens are in bloom.
  • There are plenty of beautiful walks starting from the Humble Daisy. Take a woodland walk and spot the wildlife in Portumna Forest Park where Red Deer abound or closer to home some marked walking routes through Woodford woods.
  • Babysitting can be arranged.
  • 2 bicycles for guest use. Take a cycle to the pub and have a pint with the locals !
  • For the children, an enchanting playground in Woodford (6 miles). Afterwards, enjoy a delicious meal in Walsh's Bar & Restaurant.
Points of interest

Guest feedback
"Lovely cottage, slightly bigger than expected. A very short stroll to ths shore of Lough Derg. Everything you need for a quiet stay in rural spot. Have fun in the boat, watch birds, good walks, borrow the bikes. Enjoy the silence and darkness to watch the stars. Would be happy to return. Plenty of gardens to visit, castles to see."
August 2012

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  • 1 Cottage for 6
Price:(i) 475 to750 per week

Booking info:

Minimum stay: 3 nights. Short breaks available. Pets by arrangement.


Restaurant 11 miles.




Old Village, Douras, Woodford, Co. Galway

Self-catering The Humble Daisy (self-catering)
Cottage ~ 1 double (en suite), 1 double, 1 twin (en suite); 1 bathroom.
Price: (i) 475 to 750 per week

Mary Rose Donnelly

Visit website

+353 (0)90 974 9859 (landline)

+353 (0)86 816 7819(mobile)