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Architectural house from local wood and stone. Featured garden in Slieve Blooms.

Bedrooms 3
Space 200 m²
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Cottage in Laois, Ireland - Very Popular Restful Retreat At The Foot Of Slieve Bloom Mountains.two Miles From Village

We built the house in 1998 having found a beautiful location in the heart of the Slieve Bloom National Park yet just two miles from the lovely Slieve Bloom Village of Clonaslee with its five lively pubs. Our architect designed our house to maximise on the south facing aspect which looks directly into the mountains and used local materials wherever possible. The upstairs galley is a lovely feature giving a sense of flow and integrated space to the living room. The gardens set on one and a half acres have been our passion, literally transforming it from overgrown grazing spade by spade over 15 years. It now includes a 80 metre stream, sensor lights, 200 metre boardwalk, two firepits over 600 trees and shrubs, raised beds, herbs and two strawberry beds. Being in the heart of Ireland many guests have also enjoyed the opportunity to use it as a base for exploring.

We are in the heart of the Slieve Bloom I Environment Park. There are deer, peregrine falcons, pine martens, badgers, rare toads, a sighting by a guest of a kingfisher by the stream, endangered pipistrel bats and field mice. We keep the home very well maintained and it has been known for a bat to find its way through an open window and field mice are curious. We have never received house calls about deer or peregrine falcons.

We have been welcoming guest for the last seven years and you can view their comments from our guest book on our website.

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Michael Wood
Member since: 2013
Speaks english, french
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
21 July, 2018

About Michael Wood

I moved to Ireland from London in 1998. Having searchd for the ideal place to build a home we settled on a lovely spot in the heart of the Slieve Bloom Environment Park. Slowly over time the dream developed. A local architect was commisioned with the brief to use local materials wherever possible. We were lucky to have a wonderful builder. Next up came the garden and we hadn't a clue at first. A friend told me gardening would become addictive. It did. During one rainy day in march 1999 three of planted over 1000 trees and shrubs often using crowbars to remove the rocks. This formed the backbone of the garden. Later friends introduced Vytemis who was working on the sculpture Park in Lough Boora at the time. We clicked and so much of of what you see now has come from that collaboration.

Michael Wood purchased this cottage in 1999

Why Michael Wood chose Offaly

I was working Tullamore and wanted to build my own house and garden in the most beautiful spot within commuting distance. It quickly became apparent that this was the Slieve Bloom Mountains and particularly around the village of Clonaslee. The project took shape and it became our passion. When my job brought me to Dublin we didn't have the heart to sell the house and garden having poured so much of ourselves into it. So we kept it on and over the last three years have been letting it out to holiday makers looking for a quiet and paeceful environment. Feedback has been really positive and very encouraging. This is the first year that we have decided to go it alone without the use of an agency. And have got a website professionally designed.

What makes this cottage unique

Peace. Time to kick back and relax and slow down. A joy for gardeners and nature lovers. A beautiful garden to explore. In the Slieve Bloom mountains, very much the undiscovered Ireland - many of our guests have refeerd to it as the Real ireland. Also a good central location for a touring holiday

Guestbook comments from the owner

"This is not an ordinary holiday let. It is a house and gardens filled with such an amazing magical charm. Michael has thought of everything for your comfort. We will be back." Ger Merrick. Dublin. June 2013

"We rent a different holiday home in different countries every year since the birth of our daughter (now 18) and we never got such a welcome. a truly beautiful home and garden. In France we say 'merci mille fois.' " Fabienne Pareck and family. Sarennes. France. July 2012

We have had a splendid time. Thank you for all the local information and pointing us in the right direction. We will be back next year. Mr jennings. Filey. Noorth Yorkshire. March 2011.

"Your home is stunning. A peaceful setting to return to after a long day out. The gardens are spectacular. You have both done an amazing job. I would love to make this my family home base in Ireland. It is truly a peace of heaven on earth." The Holohan Family, Pittsburgh, USA. July 2013
Nov 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Offaly, Ireland

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 200 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure
    Shower room 1 - shower enclosure
    Shower room 2 - shower enclosure
  • 3 bathrooms. main bathroom with shower and bath. Ensuite shower and toilet. Upstairs bathroom with shower and toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: 2 double bedrooms (one en suite). One twin. One upstairs private sleeping gallery with adjacent shower and toilet
  • Books ...
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • long term rentals available
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: A lovely quiet retreat where you can kick back and recharge the batteries. Come here for the walking, nature, the stunning gardens and the Slieve Bloom National Park, This is very much the heart of Ireland with much to discover locally and it is an ideal base for a touring holiday also. Outside: This is our pride and joy. we have transformed one and a half acres over 15 years. We even have a night garden which is opened up by sensor lights. See the pictures here and the professional photographs here and the full image bank on our website Utility Room: Washing Machine. Two Tumble driers Fridge with ice box. Broadband Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: We have our own housekeepers who prepare the house for every rental and provide sheets and towels. We have two gardeners. We have been letting the house for three years. Heating and hot and water included. No hidden extras. Other: large upstairs dining room which seats five with cd player. Separate childrens area. Wall sized local map with all the best walks highlighted with small walks to take with you. Housekeeping handbook and a folder of things to do is kept here


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Architectural house from local wood and stone. Featured garden in Slieve Blooms.
average rating of 4.8095236 based on 22 reviews

Cosy relaxing break

  • 4 of 5

This house was very charming. We stayed here 3 days to relax and 4 days on business. The grounds were not what they once were but still had lots of nooks and crannies to explore. We enjoyed the peace and quiet but also plenty to do in the area. Our only problem was not being able to time the heating/ hot water system which only mattered on our business days when we were out early and back late. Michael was in touch by phone and very helpful. We're already looking forward to our next stay.

Maeve & Seamus

  • Review Submitted: 11/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful house and wonderful garden. A great place to get away.

  • 5 of 5

Woodland song is a very beautiful place to stay. We have stayed in the house for a week in May this year with 4 adults and three little kids. The house itself is quiet big and there is lots of space for everyone. There is so much to discover in the house like the huge collection of various books (thriller, fiction, kids books, etc.) and the different rooms. You can relax in the living room by the beautiful fireplace or sit upstairs in a lounge area. We really loved the garden. It is huge and there is so much to see. There is a pond, a tree house, three bbq area's and a little river which flows through the garden. We have spent lots of hours just wandering through the garden or sitting at the pond. It's also fun to sit and eat in the bbq hut. You could also sleep in the bbq hut but we did not do it this time around. There are so many different flowers and trees, it's really lovely and quiet. In the house is no internet which did not bother us at all because it gave us the perfect opportunity to get away from the daily busyness and just relax and enjoy the time with our friends and kids.

We did several day trips to differents sights of ireland like the cliffs of moher, Belvedere gardens, Tullamore, Trim castle, Kilkenny castle and the closest city to Woodlandsong Clonaslee. Latter one, we have walked which is a shorter hike from the house. In Clonaslee you can can find different little pubs, a grocery store and a take out restaurant that serves fish & chips and local food.

We had an incredible time at Woodland song and we will definetly try to visit again. The owner of the house is very nice and he helped us whenever we had a question or wanted to know where we should go and what is a must-see in Ireland. There is also a folder in the house with the history of the house, shorter trips and longer trips with various flyer's inside.

Ireland is very beautiful and our most incredible trip was to the Cliffs of moher. If you visit Ireland you defintely have to go there. It is amazing.

  • Review Submitted: 18/05/2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Benjamin, Thank you for taking the time and trouble to write such a helpful review. It was such a pleasure to have you and your lovely family. We really look forward to the possibility of welcoming you all again,and will take pleasure in helping you with some more items on an itinerary to explore from our home in the heart of Ireland. Kind regards, Michael
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Could not have been any better!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Michael's Clonaslee home was such an amazing experience. We spent two glorious weeks in the heart of Ireland. The home was incredibly quiet and comfortable. I have to admit, I was a little skeptical knowing there was no television nor internet, but it was much needed to get away from the crazy politics in the United States. From the home base we traveled to every corner of the country. We relaxed and read by a beautiful fire each evening. It truly was a home away from home and we hope to return in the near future.

Thank you, Michael. You've created a beautiful space......

  • Review Submitted: 02/11/2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time and trouble to make a review.,I am glad that you had such a good time and felt that you found peace and quiet amid the noise. The Internet is a tough one. I know that possibly we possibly lose business from guests at the time of booking, But feel that in this sometimes crazy world it is so important to rest deeply and recharge our batteries. That was our vision when we built Woodlandsong and we try to uphold it. Certainly guests who stay with us really appreciate the call. The garden, chats by turf fires, a glass of red wine, good home baking and our well stocked library seem to be what our guests enjoy. The feedback is that our guests enjoy the opportunity to slow down and relax. Thanks again Cheri
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Woodland Song is extraordinary in every way.

  • 5 of 5

If you want to get away from it all, Woodland Song is the perfect place. Not only are the house and gardens beautiful and calming, the location on the edge of the Slieve Bloom makes it a great starting place for hikes or drives in the heart of Ireland. Michael has a wealth of helpful information at the house and was very helpful and prompt responding to my questions beforehand and during our stay.

  • Review Submitted: 30/09/2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time ant trouble to write a review. We are delighted that you had a good restful stay and were able to explore from the central location. It was a pleasure to help with your vacation planning. I am just sorry we did not have the opportunity to meet in person.
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The house and grounds are absolutely beautiful, with nooks and bowers to surround you with beauty

  • 5 of 5

The house has been designed with beauty and comfort in mind. The rich wood and local stone blend perfectly and the kitchen and dining area suits both large and small gatherings. The love and care that has been given to the entire property is evident everywhere you look and the owner is always available should you need him. Our entire stay was surround by enchantment. Thank you!!

  • Review Submitted: 21/09/2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time and trouble to write a review. We are delighted that you appreciated Woodlandsong as such a relaxing space to be in. Kind Regards. Michael
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Restful Solitude in a central location

  • 5 of 5

Michael is the consummate host and has provided for us an amazing retreat from this busy world. Woodsong is perfect. The attention to detail in the interior and exterior is unlike anything we have found in our travels. Masterful stone work and wood work grace the inside of the home where everything from the bathroom to the kitchen to each lovely fireplace is well appointed. The outdoor gardens provide the solitude and rest you need and we spent many hours just sitting in the many varied sitting areas for contemplation and relaxed conversation. The lighting that has been installed illuminated the gardens in a magical way for our midnight strolls and, with the exception of Mr. Bat who we disturbed, it was all so special! Each night we pulled the chairs up to the living room fireplace and spent much needed time talking about our friendship, our marriage and our future.

The nearby town of Tullamore is quaint and the Copper Pot has the best roast chicken and burgers any where in the world. We also enjoyed a leisurely lunch at Kinnitty Castle right down the road and Birr is a delightful 20 minute where we took in a local hurling championship. We chose this central location because we wanted to drive to both Galway and Dublin on day trips. The drive is two hours one way but well worth the trip. However, the four to five hours in the car (round trip) was not the best plan since the road west and east from Woodsong to those cites are very narrow roads. They got very tricky once it got dark. I would recommend Woodsong if you are looking for a more centralized visit to Central Ireland and/or you want to find a treasured get away that will fill your soul! I would not use it as a base for more than a 90 minute drives in either direction.

When you program the GPS for this location, understand that the GPS will get you close but maybe not at the property's drive way. Michael, perhaps a Woodsong sign on the driveway gate would help. We also took pictures of the home along with us and that helped us find our way. Of course, Michael was willing to come out and find us. His kindness is unmatched among innkeepers! Don't miss this gem of a property when you visit Ireland.

  • Review Submitted: 28/08/2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the trouble to write such a helpful and in-depth review it was much appreciated. I know how much the community of travellers get from these contributions and suggestions. It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to meet you both. I am so glad that you found your stay relaxing and that you feel recharged after your time in Woodlandsong and the gardens. We hope to see and welcome you again. In the meantime safe travels. Kind Regards Michael
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Nearest Airport
110 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Clonaslee tell Mary Hickey we sent you
Nearest Ferry
120 Kilometres
Dublin or Rosslare
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Nearest Train
18 Kilometres
Tullamore or Portlaoise
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
M4 or M7
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
8 Kilometres
River pool swimming
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

There is a falonry in Kinnity and a lovely pony trekking centre in Birr.


There is a designated and popular area for river swimming (about the size of a small/ medium swimming pool) near the source of the river Barrow seven miles away. The GPS Coordinates of the Cathole river pool are: 53-5-37N and

7 -26-13W. In Glenbarrow there is paddling and bathing safe for children - this can be a popular spot with locals on a sunny day.


Dublin airport is one hour and twenty five minutes away (120 km)


Clonaslee 2 miles. Glenbarrow waterfall 6 miles. River swimming 8 miles. Kinnity 10 miles. Tullamore 12 Miles. Birr 14 Miles. Roscrea 18 Miles. Portlaoise 12 miles. Kilkenny one hour. Galway and Dublin one and a half hours.

Further Details:

Tullamore is a buzzing market town, full of coffee shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants, cinemas, hotels and public leisure facilities. It also has two distilleries you can visit. Kilbeggan and Tullamore Dew (open 2014). Birr is a lovely old Edwardian town, Slower paced but great for of cafes, pubs history and interest. Visit the castle gardens and the biggest tree house in Ireland there.


Rates & Availability

Contact Owner

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$79.01
Pet Fee AU$31.6

Booking Notes:
We take online bookings, paypal cheques and cash. We ask for a 25% booking deposit and the balance paid eight weeks before the holiday starts. Everything is clearly laid out on our website (see link below)

Changeover Day:
In July and August changeover day is Saturday. Outside these times we are flexible and allow short breaks from 3 days up. Check in is 4pm on day of arrival, check out is 10am on day of departure. Live booking info and online payment (see link below)

Notes on prices:
Everything is included. There are no hidden extras and no booking fee. Short breaks available on request. We provide discounts for smaller groups (up to 4 people) on our short breaks. Flexible start and finish dates outside peak. We accept Paypal. Heating, linen, towels and broadband included. Please visit our website.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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