A 'humble' thatched cottage near Woodford, Co. Galway has been named best in Ireland by the UK's largest independent operator of British and Irish holiday rentals.
'The Humble Daisy', run by Mary Rose Donnelly near the shores of Lough Derg, scooped gold in a national travel awards scheme by Sykes Cottages.
"It was the surprise of the century for us!" she told Independent.ie Travel.
The cottage, located a stone's throw from the lake about 10 miles south of Portumna, still retains an original hall and parlour dating from the 18th century.
Open year round, it sleeps six across two doubles and a twin bedroom, with rates ranging from €450 to €750 per week depending on the season.
The Humble Daisy was originally owned by Mary Rose's grandparents, but her family got the opportunity to buy it back several years ago - and grasped it with both hands.