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Experience authentic Georgian elegance is this unique large OVAL studio apartment, overlooking park. Accommodates two in cosy sleeping loft. Light a fire, cook dinner in the designer kitchen, and then head out to enjoy the attractions of the city.
Come stay in one of Dublin's unique Georgian apartments, a perfect oval room, situated on Mountjoy Square, in the heart of Dublin's North Georgian core, and just minutes from O'Connell Street. This large studio apartment is on the ground floor of a beautiful redbrick townhouse, built in 1792. Both house and apartment retain all their original features, combined with modern comforts. The apartment has a fantastic 10ft window and overlooks a quiet side street, with an oblique view of the park. It has a working black Kilkenny marble fireplace with a spectacular gilt over-mantle mirror. The log basket is fully stocked with fuel- we charge cost price on an 'honour system'. The fully equipped kitchen has a granite worktop, a gas hob, electric oven, dishwasher and microwave. The rest of the apartment is comfortably furnished with period furniture including a Georgian oval 'hunt' dining table and four matching chairs, a comfortable 6 ft., sofa, TV & DVD player along with an iPod/iPhone dock for music. A small library of Irish books, and DVD's is available. The bedroom is upstairs and overlooks the apartment. It has a comfortable contract-quality double bed, Siberian white goose down duvet and pillows and pure Pima/Egyptian cotton sheets. Read in comfort with vintage Anglepoise reading lights. PLEASE NOTE there is restricted headroom in the sleeping loft, and consequently, the bed is low. ALSO, while the apartment faces a relatively quiet side street, it is on the corner of a fairly busy main road, so there will be traffic noise.... A 90cm contract-quality single bed, and extra linens are available for a third guest. A charge of €10, to cover the cost of the extra laundry, will be collected upon arrival, if the room is occupied as a twin. The bathroom has a high-pressure shower and loads of storage space. •You will receive a welcome pack of the basics- quality tea, coffee, home-made granola and preserves, yoghurt, fresh fruit, free-range eggs. •100% cotton bed linen and towels are provided •Local tourist information and guide books available •Free wi-fi •Hair dryer •Fuel, at cost price, is available for the fire, if required - typically €5-10 for a night. •Washing machine and dryer are available in the building- we will do your laundry for you, for €10:00 CHECK-IN IS FROM 3pm, but we are happy to take in your bags AFTER 9am, and can give you keys to come aback at your leisure, after 3pm. CHECK-OUT IS BY 11am, please. The house is perfectly located for exploring the city; all of the city's cultural institutions are within walking distance and the transport connections are excellent. Airport bus (41) passes door, 4 min. walk to LUAS CROSS CITY line, at Parnell and Marlborough, 8 min. walk to LUAS RED line on ABBEY and Marlborough, DART, (Connolly and Tara) and city busses. Dublin Bikes stand opposite house. KARIN'S GUIDE TO THE CITY LOCAL GROCERY SHOPPING, SERVICES AND BREAKFAST OPTIONS In general, shopping hours are 9.30-6pm, with late-night shopping till 8pm on Thursdays. Sunday opening is from noon. BREAKFAST The Kingfisher Café, a no-frills 'caff' on the corner of Parnell Square and Parnell Street West is good for breakfast, with friendly and efficient service. Good value, and good fish and chips later in the day. The Old Music Store on North Frederick Street, a few blocks NW of us, does a good Irish breakfast in comfortable surroundings. LOCAL GROCERY SHOPPING Tops in Pops, just down the street to the right, for fresh local produce and basic groceries, 8.30am to 6pm Monday to Saturday. They are a fourth-generation local business, who have been trading on the site since 1931. The Londis corner store next door opens 8am to 10pm, but charge for privilege. There is an ATM machine at the back, right hand side of the store. Dunne's Stores, is the indigenous supermarket and department store chain, and has branches in every sizeable town throughout the country. There are two local branches. In North Earl Street, opposite O’Connell Street’s Spire, the Off-Licence (liquor store) is in a separate premises, a few doors apart - look for the James Joyce statue. You will find a bigger branch in the ILAC Shopping Centre, flanked by Henry Street, Moore Street and Parnell Street West (Moore Street entrance is opposite Paris Bakery). There is Metro Tesco on Parnell Street West, just past the Rotunda Hospital. A main branch is to be found in the basement of the Jervis Centre, off Henry Street. Carney’s Butchers, is another multi-generational local family business, which prides itself on the quality of its meat. In keeping with local tradition, they sell fresh fish on Friday’s. F.X. Buckley’s Butchers have two local branches; Moore Street and Talbot Street. This is a very old Dublin business and they have everything; free-range pork, beef and lamb from their own herds, poultry, game in season and fish, and, in the Moore Street branch, a deli counter for cooked meats next door. They are very obliging, and the lads have a great line in smart (sassy) chat. PHARMACIES Foley's Pharmacy on Parnell Street East is a 100+ year-old family business; they are very helpful. Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 9am 6pm. There is a late-night pharmacy, Hickey’s at 55 Lower O’Connell Street, (west side, within the block closest to the river). Opening hours: 8am -10pm M-F, 8.30am-10pm Saturday. 10am 10pm Sunday. Web: (EMAIL HIDDEN) POST OFFICES Our nearest Post Office is the Main City Post Office, the GPO, on O’Connell Street. 1828 façade, but badly damaged in the 1916 Rising, and largely rebuilt in 1928. The main hall is beautiful, with its entire original, 1928, fittings intact. It also contains the iconic statue, by Oliver Shepherd, The Dying Cuchullain. You will find a booklet with postal rates in the black folder. BANKS Allied Irish Bank has a branch on O’Connell Street, at the SW junction with Parnell Street, opposite the Rotunda Hospital. There is a bank of ATMs in the wall, on the O'Connell Street facade. Bank of Ireland has a branch at Lower O’Connell Street, on the east side of the street, between Middle Abbey Street and Ashton Quay. ATM inside, opens 8am to 9pm. MEDICAL AND DENTAL PRACTICES Mountjoy Medical Practice, Dr. Gerry Roebuck, Dr. Holly Porter (female) Dr. Colm Killeen. 2-3 Baker’s Yard, Portland Street North. Tel (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). Opening hours 9-1.30 and 3.30-5.30. You can just drop in. €50 per visit. Frederick Dental Clinic, Dr. Peter Dwyer, North Frederick Street. -My dentist- is happy to see people on an emergency basis. Call for appointment. Tel:(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). NORTHSIDE LOCAL RESTAURANTS AND CAFES: 'The Cobalt Cafe', in a beautiful Georgian house on North Great Georges Street, which doubles as a gallery, is great for lunch. Parnell Street, Dublin's emerging 'Chinatown' is just a half a block to the south. Mr Fox, on Parnell Square West is our local fine dining restaurant, serving modern Irish food in a smart and comfortable setting. The menu is interesting and inventive, and they have a separate vegetarian menu, which has had the same care lavished on it. Nearer the river, 'Le Bon Crubeen' (crubeen=pig's trotter- it's a modern Franco-Irish restaurant) is on Talbot Street, as is the venerable and immensely popular 'Talbot 101'. It is packed to the gunnels with locals between 5.54 and 7.15, enjoying their pre-theatre supper before the Abbey curtains rise at 7.30, when they relinquish their seats for the rest of us! On the riverfront, I love Panem, facing the Millennium Bridge, for a quick coffee and a delicious Sicilian almond biscuit, baked on the premises. A few doors down, you'll find a cluster of Italian bars, cafes and restaurants serving good quality food. Half a block to the east is the trendy 'Winding Stairs' restaurant, with its book-lined walls (relics of a former second-hand bookshop-cum-cafe of the same name), while The Woollen Mills, opposite the Halfpenny Bridge, has a sophisticated casual menu, based on 'plates' for sharing.Back on Capel Street, locals rave about Brother Hubbard for lunch. LOCAL PUBS include the 'Hill 16' just opposite the house, on Gardiner Street - very popular with the GAA crowd on match days (the Gaelic Athletic Association Stadium, Croke Park, is just 3 blocks to the east), they pull a superb 'pint'. ‘The Heritage Parnell’, on Parnell Street West, just around the corner from O’Connell Street 'The Flowing Tide', on the corner of Marlborough Street, opposite the Abbey Theatre, is one of my favorites - after the curtain goes down in the Abbey, half the cast are likely to be at the bar. A few doors closer to O’Connell Street is Mulligan’s, another very nice pub, dating from the Edwardian era. 'The Church' on Mary Street, in a converted 1720's church, is another fine place for a drink; the former owner won many accolades for the high quality of the restoration. Capel Street has many typical local pubs, which have the added benefit of serving a largely local population. They include Mc’Neill’s' which is good for traditional music, and Slattery's . 'The Black Sheep' has the local craft beers covered, and does good bar food, (as does its sister pub, ‘The Brew Dock’, on Store Street, at the bottom of Gardiner Street. The north side traditional music 'musician’s' bar is 'The Cobblestone', at the top of Smithfield, and is suitably grungy. DEPARTMENT STORES AND FASHION Henry Street, off O’Connell Street, to the West, at the SPIRE, is the premier shopping street on the north side of the river. Here you will find Arnott’s the local department store, which highlights Irish fashion and design, throughout the store, and has several nice cafes. Henry Street also contains large branches of Debenhams and Marks&Spencers, as well as branches of most of the high street fashion chains. There are two large shopping centres, the Jervis, with a large branch of Tesco’s in the Basement, and the ILAC, which has a Dunnes Department Store, with a Food Hall in the basement. (You can shop for fresh produce on adjacent Moore Street, Dublin's oldest street market, now also home to a thriving cluster of ethnic food markets and restaurants.) NORTHSIDE CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS The North side of Parnell Square is home to the city's Hugh Lane Gallery of Modern Art; we share a significant collection of Impressionist painting with the Tate Gallery in London, part of the Hugh Lane Bequest, which is rotated in seven-year cycles. Next door is the Writer's Centre, and next door again, is the Writer's Museum, with a Michelin-starred restaurant in the basement, the amazing Chapter One. Down on the East side of Parnell Square is the beautiful jewel-box that is the Gate Theatre - part of the 18th-century entertainment complex established by the entrepreneurial Dr. Bartholomew, to help support his new Rotunda Maternity Hospital (the oldest purpose-built such hospital in the world, and still delivering babies on a daily basis, 270 years later (9000 is 2012). You could be seated in either the Abbey or Gate Theatres within 10 minutes of leaving the house, and the James Joyce Cultural Centre is even closer, on North Great Georges Street (don't forget to check out the Cobalt Cafe, opposite). Hop on the Luas Red Line, going west, in Abbey Street, halfway between Mountjoy Square and the river, and you will be dropped at the ‘Museum’. The National Museum, Collins Barracks, housed in an old military barracks, dating from 1702, contains the Decorative Arts Collections, (basically, everything post 1700). Descend at the next stop, ‘Heuston’ for IMMA, Ireland's National Museum of Modern Art, housed in the old Kilmainham Hospital, built in the1660’s. It pre-dates the more famous Chelsea Hospital in London by several years. Not to be missed is the Old Jameson Distillery, in Smithfield. Jameson was distilled here until 1971, when three historic distilleries amalgamated, and centralized distilling in Midleton, Co. Cork. The Museum is very well presented; one is guided around the distilling floor, among the huge old pot stills before retiring to the Bar to sample the goods. Nearby is one of the oldest churches in Dublin, St.Michan’s, on Church Street, dating from the mid-11thc. There are several mummified bodies in the basement, thought to be Crusaders. When I was a child, one was allowed to shake their hands….. SOUTHSIDE In the south city centre, the RESTAURANT HUB is in the pedestrian streets to either side of Grafton Street, and in Temple Bar. Particular favourites of mine include: * Nede, Temple Bar Square * Eden Bar and Grill, South William Street * The Green Hen, Wicklow Street * Fallon and Byrne, Exchequer Street, basement wine-bar, full service restaurant first- floor, and coffee bar within the food-hall on the ground floor. * Fade Street Social, Fade Street, tapas bar and full-service restaurant. * The Rustic Stone, Exchequer Street, upmarket, sophisticated and healthy ‘fast food’. * Cornucopia, Wicklow Street- vegetarian café day, full service by evening. * The Port House, South William Street, wine bar and tapas. * Pinxto, Crowe Street, Temple Bar, as above, same management. Southside city-centre TRADITIONAL PUBS we like are: * Mulligan's, Poolbeg Street * Neary's, Chatham Street * Grogan’s, South William Street * International Bar, Wicklow Street * O'Neill's, Suffolk Street * The Dawson Lounge, Dawson Street * The Stag's Head, Connaught Court * The Long Hall, South Great Georges Street * Doheny and Nesbitt’s, Merrion Row * Kehoe’s, South Anne Street * The Duke, Duke Street Fronting the river, TEMPLE BAR, with its vibrant mix of independent shops, cafes, restaurants, pubs, markets and cultural institutions occupies an area three blocks deep and ten blocks long. At the western end, look out for the two branches of the Queen of Tarts- a wonderful teas shop that offers really good home baking and teas and coffees, all served on mismatched antique china (Lord Edward Street and Cow's Lane). TEMPLE BAR FARMERS MARKET, is held every Saturday in Meeting House Square, 9-4.30, now has a smart new tensile roof for wet days, and is a good place to rub shoulders with the locals, whilst sampling local food culture. Don’t miss the Oyster Stall, Hick’s Pork Butchers, or David Llewyllan’s fantastic ‘Double L’ local cider- 100% apple (not even water), and the two local cheese stalls, among others. Don’t’ forget to check out the overflow stalls on Curved Street, where Rossa Crowe’s fantastic bread is on offer- Rossa took himself off to France for two years to train, and now produces slow fermented breads, made with the very best organic flours. TRINITY COLLEGE is a good orientation point; from here it is easy to find the mediaeval core, the cultural/political hub of the country around Kildare Street, and the Grafton Street fashion hub. The campus occupies a 40-acre (16ha.) site, and is over 400 years old, though what one sees today are mainly beautiful eighteenth-century buildings. It is worth a wander around, after a visit to spectacular Long Library, to see the Book of Kells and other illustrated Celtic manuscripts. From Front Gate, look south to Grafton Street or west up College Green and Dame Street, which lead to the mediaeval core. At the brow of the hill you will find: * Dublin Castle (visit the State Apartments, the Chester Beatty Library and the lovely garden in front (which is actually the helicopter-landing pad for the Castle). * The City Hall with its 'Museum of the Capital' in the basement is worth a look- the Hall is free, and there is a nominal charge for the Museum. * Christchurch Cathedral * Dublinia-in the Christchurch Chapterhouse (Viking Exhibition). * Old Saint Audeon's Church, built almost into the city wall. * St Patrick's Cathedral, and historic park beside. * Marshe's Library-the oldest public library in these islands, 1701. * Francis Street- the Antiques Quarter. * Thomas Street/Meath Street, for a touch of 'Old Dublin'. * The Guinness Storehouse. * Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, (IMMA) Ireland's National Gallery of Modern Art, with its wonderful, recently restored formal garden. KILMINHAM GAOL is worth a visit, and tells the story of Irish Nationalism. It can be reached via the grounds of IMMA, passing Bully’s Acre, and old graveyard, where Brian Boru was reputedly rested on his way to his final burial place in Armagh. Alternatively, exit onto Nassau Street, with its cluster of high-quality shops showcasing the best of Irish crafts - fashion, knitwear, weaving, glassware, ceramics and contemporary jewellery - the Kilkenny Shop has a great cafe upstairs, with views over College Park. Continue along the College Park railings till you reach Kildare Street, the cultural-institutional hub of the country. All of our national cultural institutions have free admission. Here you will find the National Library, and the National Museum, facing each other over the forecourt of Leinster House, home to the Oireachtas, our National Parliament. The National Library has a lovely exhibit on the poet, W.B. Yeats, and the Treasury, in the National Museum houses both the Bronze Age and Early Christian collections. On the opposite side of the block, on Merrion Street/Merrion Square, you will find the National Gallery, and the Natural History Museum (known to Dubliner's of my father's generation, as 'The Dead Zoo’. This is a very refreshing look to the past, with absolutely no interpretation, and nothing, not even a postcard, to buy). The National Gallery is halfway through a four-year renovation programme; in the meantime, the Millennium Wing, on Clare Street, has a ‘highlights of’ exhibition, and the Café and Gift Shop are also accessed via the Clare Street Entrance. GETTING AROUND Two operators offer Hop-On/Hop-Off tours: (URL HIDDEN) (URL HIDDEN) They both offer a 2-day ticket, and cost roughly the same price - check them out online before you make up your mind. One can buy an integrated LEAP card in most newsagents, at train stations, and in the Dublin Bus Head Office at 42 O’Connell Street (on the west side of the street, just north of the Spire). This can be used on the LUAS, DART, some suburban mainline trains, and on Dublin Bus routes. There is also a 3-day tourist pass, the Freedom Ticket, which provides good value. €28 will give you 72 hours transport, starting at the Airport; Airlink from the airport, the Hop-On-Hop –Off tourist bus and all local bus routes. Web: (URL HIDDEN) •The DART, the local electric commuter train, runs north/south along the coast. The northside city centre station is Connolly, on Amiens Street, facing Talbot Street, but I usually suggest people use Tara Street, as Connolly is also a mainline station, and is very big, and a bit confusing. Tara is purely a commuter station, and is about the same distance. It is on George’s Quay, just south of the Custom House. The other south-side city centre station is Pearse, on Westland Row, at the south end of the Trinity campus. •The LUAS Red Line runs east-west through the north side of the city, as far east as the docks, and serves both Connolly and Heuston mainline stations. The nearest stop to Mountjoy Square is Abbey, on Middle Abbey Street, opposite the Abbey Theatre. The LUAS Green Line serves the south suburbs; Ranelagh, Dundrum, Leopardstown Racecourse, and on out to Cherrywood, on the county boundary with Wicklow. •Main cross-city bus routes run north-south through O’Connell Street. The No.7 terminates on Mountjoy Square North, and there is a ‘shopper’s fare’ of 70c, to Grafton Street- alight at Trinity. On the return journey it skirts the Trinity campus and comes along Pearse, to the east of the campus - catch it on Clare Street, at the Millennium wing of the National Gallery. •DUBLIN BIKES are free to use for the first half hour, and have a stand on Mountjoy Square West, but one needs to go to the Princes Street stand (to the right hand side of the General Post Office (GPO)), to purchase a short term card. It costs €2, and is only available to credit card holders. SHOPPING WITH A DIFFERENCE Those interested in the local fashion, art and design scene should look out for the following addresses (in no particular order): •Designist, South Great George's Street (stock chosen for good design) •Irish Design Store, Drury Street •Article, Powerscourt Townhouse Centre (housewares) •Irish Designer Store, Top floor Powerscourt Townhouse Centre •Cow's Lane Gallery, Temple Bar (artist’s collective) •The Jam Factory, Nicholas Street (artist’s collective) •Avoca, Suffolk Street •Kilkenny Shop, Nassau Street •Designyard, South Frederick Street (jewellery) •Louise Kennedy, couturier, Merrion Square, and Tipperary Crystal •Gallery Zozimus, Francis Street (art gallery and carefully chosen crafts) •Graphic Studio Gallery, Temple Bar (artist-printmaker’s gallery) •Magee's of Donegal, Duke Street, and, •Kevin and Howlin, Nassau Street have hand-woven tweeds covered. •Dubarry's, College Green produce wonderful, country-style outerwear, including the most perfect alternative to sweaty, waterproof Wellington boots… •Monaghan's, Hibernian Way, the House of Ireland on Nassau Street and the Sweater Shops on Wicklow Street and Nassau Street has the best selections of traditional knitwear. Monaghan's specialise in cashmere. •The Cloth Shop, St. William Street, for interesting designer fabric, including a good selection of Irish Linen, and Liberty of London INDEPENDENT BOOKSHOPS and MUSIC STORES Eason’s, O’Connell Street, is a Dublin institution for over 100 years. It encompasses a large stationery department, a branch of Tower Records on the top floor, academic books in the basement, a nice café and two floors of general books. It is a good place to browse books of Irish interest, and they have a really good Information Desk. Chapters, Parnell Street West is my ‘local’. John Gannon is one of the best booksellers in the business, and his staff are hand-picked enthusiastic bibliophiles, one and all. Stock is a mixture of the latest releases, and carefully chosen remaindered books. Their ordering service is superlative, and they ALWAYS know exactly what one is talking about, even with just the vaguest, half-remembered clues from a newspaper review. Very strong on contemporary fiction, natural history, non-fiction and books of Irish interest. Extensive second-hand section upstairs. The Secret Bookstore, Wicklow Street is another favourite. It’s tucked away down a passage, near the L’Occitane shop and often throws up gems among its large second-hand stock. An eclectic music store occupies the rear of the shop. Cathach Rare Books, Duke Street, specializes in Irish first editions, and have an interesting selection of Irish maps and prints. Stokes Books is another interesting antiquarian/secondhand shop, specializing in books of Irish interest. You’ll find it in Georges Street Arcade. Claddagh Records, Cecelia Street, Temple Bar, is primarily a music publisher, but they have a retail outlet in Temple Bar, which is the oldest independent music shop in Dublin, and specializes in traditional Irish music, with some interesting World Music additions. PLACES OF WORSHIP: Roman Catholic: Many Catholic churches have Mass on Saturday evening, in addition to morning Masses. •St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, Upper Gardiner Street. Gospel Mass, 7.30pm Sundays, September to mid June. •St. Mary's Metropolitan Church - the Pro-Cathedral, Marlborough. Sung Mass, 11am, Sundays, with the Palestrina Choir. •St. Joseph’s Church, Berkeley Road, Dublin 7. •St. Teresa’s Church, Clarendon Street Church, choir sings at 11 o’clock Mass, Sunday’s •St. Peter’s Church, Phibsborough, Dublin 7, has wonderful Harry Clarke ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)) stained glass windows. •Whitefriars Street Church, Aungier Street, church has relics of St. Valentine. Church of Ireland: •Christchurch Cathedral, Christchurch Place, sung Services Sundays, •St. Patrick's Cathedral, Nicholas Street, sung Services Sundays. •St. Anne’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 Jewish: Dublin Hebrew Congregation (URL HIDDEN) Daily services in Synagogue at 32a Rathfarnham Road, Public Transport: Buses: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). Get off at Terenure Cross (road). Walk up Rathfarnham Road, pass AIB Bank and one row of terraced houses; shul is next building, with wooden/metal security gates. Across the street is a shop called Window Fashions. Dublin Jewish Progressive Congregation (DJPC) Website: (URL HIDDEN) Email: (EMAIL HIDDEN) Postal: PO Box 3059, Dublin 6 President: Mrs. Hilary Abrahamson Muslim: Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland (ICCI) 19 Roebuck Road, Clonskeagh, Dublin 14, Tel: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) Islamic Foundation of Ireland (IFI) 163 South Circular Road, Dublin 8. Tel: +(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) Anwar-up-Madina Moore Street, Dublin 1. SHORT TRIPS OUTSIDE THE CITY BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT NORTH: Catch the No.46A bus, (heading north on O'Connell Street to the Phoenix Park- the largest enclosed urban park in the world, 1750 acres behind a seven-mile-long stone wall. Ashtown Castle Interpretive Centre, with its wonderful walled garden and café is a good place to orient oneself. From here, on Saturdays, it is possible to visit Aras an Uachtarian, the official residence of our President. One can also visit Farmliegh, the Official State Guesthouse, a former Guinness mansion. Among it’s attractions are an art gallery, café, occasional free concerts, and regular weekend Farmer’s Markets. The Park also houses the Dublin Zoo, (1827, the second-oldest Zoo in the world, after London’s Regent Park Zoo). Several herd of Fallow Deer roam at liberty. Many sports are catered for; there is Polo ground, a cricket club, and lots soccer pitches. The Duke of Wellington is commemorated by a marvelous granite obelisk, which can be seen for miles. The area know as the Forty Acres affords superb views over the city, with the Royal Hospital and Guinness in the foreground, along the south side of the River Liffey. Phoenix Park can also be reached via the LUAS Red Line, direction Tallagh, heading west. Alight at 'Museum' and take a detour into the National Museum-Collins Barracks, which houses the Decorative Arts, post-1700, wonderful collections of silver, furniture, glass and other artifacts. Just up the road, in Glasnevin there are three worthwhile attractions: Glasnevin Cemetary, was founded by Daniel O’Connell as one of his first initiatives, post Catholic Emancipation in 1829, to provide a dignified place for Catholic burial. The Glasnevin Musuem is new, and has superlative displays of Nationalist history. They also have a very good Geneology Department. The National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, date from the end of 18thC. Though relatively small, they contain an internationally-aclaimed collection of plants and three iconic Glasshouses, by Turner of Dublin, which have all been restored in the recent past. There is a nice café in the Gardens, and entry is free. The Gravedigger’s Pub, over-looking a Green, is not to be missed. It got its name from the fact that there used to be a hatch in the rear wall, through which the gravediggers were served. They do nice simple pub food, and one can sit outside on sunny days. Walk back into town, and stop at either the The Botanic Bar at Harte’s Corner or the Brian Borus, typicl local bars. The Porter House, at Cross Guns Bridge, which is a micro-brewery, with nice food, is on the corner of the Royal Canal. Take a stroll east down the canal bank, and you will see swans, and moor-hens going about their business. At the next bridge, at Dorset Street look out for the lifesize bronze statue of Brendan Behan, a local author. From here is just a few minute’s stroll up Belvidere Place, with its charming stepped terraces of tall Georgian houses, to Mountjoy Square. Another favorite is the Marino Casino, in Fairview/Clontarf, an early 18th century pleasure house, built to the design of Sir William Chambers, for Lord Charlemont, purely for entertaining, also just a few miles by bus, north of the city centre. Catch the DART, the coastal commuter train, heading north, at Tara Street Station, on the South Liffey quays, at Butt Bridge, and take a short ride. You have the choice of Howth (a working fishing village) or Malahide. Howth Demesne or Howth Head, behind the village will both afford walks with great views; the Harbour has a dozen restaurants along the quay- ranging from take-out fish and chips to the very upmarket. Book an early-evening window table at Aqua, and be astonished by the sunset over the coast, looking north-west. Another favourite of mine is Deep, midway along the quay (and do watch out for the local tame and greedy Harbour Seal, who begs shamelessly from the trawler men, who tie up alongside). Malahide is a charming village, with some of the most expensive urban residential properties in the country. Good food and good shopping are to be had here. On the edge of the village you will find Malahide Castle and Demesne, open to the public, which includes a renowned private Arboretum, as Milo de Malahide, the last of his family, (who had occupied the castle continuously since Norman times, in the 10th-12th centuries) was a significant plants-man. The Castle contains the National Portrait Collection, as was as magnificent furniture and other contents. There is a smart new branch of the AVOCA Shop and Café in the Courtyard. SOUTH: South of the city you will find Rathfarnham Castle, and its Berkeley Costume and Toy Collection. Marley Park is a little further, just at the foot of the Dublin Mountains. It has wonderful parkland with easy walks, and a magnificent walled garden with a nice cafe. The No.16 bus, from O’Connell Street will leave you close by. Powerscourt is at the edge of Enniskerry, its associated estate village, at the end of the No.44 bus route, which winds its way through the south side suburbs, into Wicklow, through the Scalp, a deep and picturesque glacial valley. The 19th century gardens are fabulous, and make great use of the 'borrowed landscape' beyond. The terrace and Nepture fountain are centred on the Sugarloaf mountain, which marks the beginning of the Wicklow Mountains. The Powerscourt Waterfall, part of the same estate, is a few miles further on, and there are beautiful, way-marked, woodland and moorland walks in the hills nearby. Do be mindful; these ‘mountains’ can be deceptive- while not high, they can be treacherous, as weather conditions can change in minutes. Stick to the way-marked paths, and do keep an eye on the weather. Take the DART south to Bray and Greystones - via Dun Loughaire, Dalkey and Killiney - all interesting villages, with many cafes and restaurants. Killiney Hill, with its eighteenth century obelisk at the summit, is a short climb that results in amazing views over Dublin Bay, and down into the Wicklow Mountains beyond. There is a nice pub in in the ‘village’- ‘The Druid’s Chair’. Dalkey is a charming village with old-fashioned shops and lots of nice pubs, cafes and restaurants. The local Dalkey Castle Heritage Centre, is worth checking out, and in the summer run a theatre programme, and walking tours. Bray Esplanade is a classic Victorian seaside amenity, sturdily built from local granite - the perfect place to enjoy an ice-cream. Campo di Fiori, either the Restaurant or the Café, both near the train station and the north end of the Promenade, are particular favourites of mine. If one is feeling energetic, one could contemplate the Cliff Walk from Bray to Greystones - 4miles/6km along the rough cliff path. Lots of nice pubs for a pint of Guinness at the other end, The Hungry Pear is my favourite café, among many. The DART will take you straight back into the city. But.. make sure to do it in the morning, as by mid-day the path is in shade, and it can be windy and cold. WEST: Travelling into the rich plains of Kildare, by the No. 67 bus route, you will come to the historic village of Celbridge, just twelve miles from the city centre. Castletown House is Ireland's finest Palladian mansion, and was saved from destruction by Desmond Guinness, in the early 1960's. He purchased it from the construction company who had acquired it. They intended to demolish it, to make way for a vast suburban housing estate. The Irish Georgian Society, founded by Desmond Guinness, restored the house and furnished it with the help of many volunteers and sponsors, and opened it to the public, a heroic task for a small membership conservation society. Today, it is in State ownership, and it is the flagship Georgian heritage property of Ireland. It is beautifully presented, and the parklands are undergoing restoration. A local bus, or the commuter train from Connolly Station in Amiens Street, will take one to Maynooth, a charming University town, with another magnificent Palladian mansion, Carton House, now operating as a very upmarket hotel and golf club. Lots of companies offer day-long coach tours. Some involve very long days, i.e, Cliffs of Moher in Clare and the Giant’s Causeway on the Antrim coast. Two more local, and very worthwhile ones are either: The Boyne Valley Tour (Newgrange Neolithic ( 5000 yr old World Heritage Site) / Mellifont Cistercian ruins- (12thC.)/ Monasterboice Early Christian (6th-8thC.) The Wicklow-Glendalough Tour (Powerscourt / Wicklow Mountains National Park and Glendalough (Glen of the Two Lakes) a 6thC. Early Christian site, in beautiful wooded valley. Details of both of these trips, and others, are available in the big black folder in the apartment.
A beautiful, historic, residential square, built in 1790's, within 5-10 minutes walk of the city centre. Elegance and convenience combined with a bit of inner city grittiness. I have loved it all, since 1978!
  • The house looks exactly like the pictures show. The location is wonderful and there is a park cross the street. You can walk to the city center and there are many supermarkets around the neighborhood. Karin is nice and easy to communicate.

    Kyuhyun2017-05-08T00:00:00Z
  • Karin was an absolutely wonderful host and what a beautiful apartment she keeps! She’s amazingly responsive, super knowledgeable about the area, and any questions you could ever have about the apartment, she’s already got the answers written out for you to easily find! Her hospitality truly made the trip. Highly, highly recommended!

    Sarah2017-12-26T00:00:00Z
  • Staying with Karin was really lovely. From the moment I rang the bell she was absolutely accommodating, friendly, and helpful, literally sitting down with me in the first half hour and indicating with a map everything to see and do in Dublin. I was grateful to have that and was able to see much more than I would have without. She also made sure I had fruit to start my days with, milk for coffee, etc. It was a wonderful stay!

    Pete2015-08-07T00:00:00Z
  • This was our first experience with AirBnB so we really weren’t sure what to expect. From the time we sent our first message to Karin, until she waved us goodbye on her doorstep after a great weekend, the whole experience was lovely. Karin’s home is beautiful and the oval studio was exactly what my husband I were looking for for our long weekend away in Dublin. It would also be perfect for a longer stay with fully equipped kitchen (stove, hob, dishwasher, and the most important thing – the cafetiere!). It was also spotlessly clean. We were interested in exploring on our own and discovering the city for ourselves, however Karin was a wealth of knowledge and left us with all the info we needed re: bus schedules, local eateries, nearby attractions etc. It was obvious that if we had wanted any other specific information, she would have been happy help. Karin was also kind enough to provide us with eggs, juice, butter, a bowel of fresh fruit and real Irish soda bread. The apartment was so cozy and on our last night we lit a fire in the gorgeous wood burning fireplace, the focal point of this charming apartment. The flat was also situated perfectly to easily walk to O’Connell Street, the shopping areas of Henry Street and Grafton Street, over the water to Temple Bar and to Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. We even walked to the Guinness Storehouse which only took about 30 minutes. Overall, Karin was a lovely host and the oval studio surpassed our expectations.

    Frances2012-10-09T00:00:00Z
  • Karin was a great host! I really enjoyed the cute studio apartment and it was walking distance to everything. She does a great job leaving you information about the area and provides basic breakfast for you to cook. One issue I had was the bed. Too firm for me and I did not sleep the best. Also the location is in the thick of the city, beside China Town. I am not a city girl so the noise was very loud and wasnt the nicest part of Dublin. Overal a great deal for the money and Karin is a great host!

    Taylor2015-05-22T00:00:00Z
  • All in all I was very happy about the experience, the flat is large, very cozy, welcoming. I appreciated the fact that there was some food in the fridge and a loaf of cake. The location is not super central but still convenient to access city centre. The only thing I would try and improve is the check out where you need to lock the front door with the key but then you don't have anywhere to put the key. But I would definitely recommend this airbnb.

    marion2015-11-06T00:00:00Z
  • Karin was great host. She was very helpful and friendly. She helped us get acquainted with the area, showed us restaurants, and even stocked the kitchen with food. I could not name a single thing she could have done better. We felt right at home and would highly recommend Karin.

    Sam2012-07-02T00:00:00Z
  • Fantastic place to stay in Dublin! Such a quaint and charming studio. Karin greeted us when we arrived (in fact, she found us outside on the sidewalk looking for the place) and showed us around immediately. Even though she was obviously busy, she still found time for us and made us welcome. Everything in the place is nice and modern. Even though the loft where the bed has a low ceiling (if you're 6', you need to duck!), the entire studio feels spacious. If I ever find myself in Dublin again, I'd definitely stay here again.

    Frank2014-05-11T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/flat


    Property Type

    Loft


    Accommodates

    3


    Bedrooms

    0

    Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

    This bright and spacious apartment is located in a Georgian house built in the 1790s and features high ceilings, huge windows and views of leafy Mountjoy Square. It's a five minute walk to historic O'Connell Street and the lively bustle of the city centre, with excellent public transport connections for the airport and for exploring more of Ireland. Come stay in the heart of Dublin and experience the everyday life of the city on your doorstep..
    The apartment is located on the first floor of an old Georgian home, overlooking the greenery of Mountjoy Square Park. It most likely served as a drawing room when the house was first built and many of the original period features are still intact. The windows are floor-to-ceiling and south-facing, meaning the apartment is full of natural light throughout the day, even in winter. The open living space is perfect for lounging, reading and relaxing. There is a fully-equipped kitchen with a microwave, fridge, oven, kettle, toaster and complimentary tea and coffee. The bed is king-sized, the bathroom has an electric power shower and there is high-speed WiFi throughout the premises.
    Mountjoy Square is only a stone's throw away from Dublin's main sights, theatres, museums, galleries and parks. The apartment is located just a five minute walk to the top of historic O'Connell Street and the main shopping areas, restaurants and pubs are all within easy walking distance. The area is also home to many working Dubliners and it's a great place to take in the ordinary life of the city. Just five minutes north of Mountjoy Square is Croke Park, the legendary home of Gaelic games and a hub of excitement and activity whenever there's a match on.
  • The place was just as beautiful as we thought. We enjoyed our stay immensely.

    Julia2017-09-10T00:00:00Z
  • Convenient location, spacious and comfortable apartment. Close to bus lines, walking distance to Main Street leading down to River Liffey.

    Marilee2017-06-25T00:00:00Z
  • This apartment looks exactly as pictured. Great location. It is a close 15 minute walk to the hustle and bustle of the city, yet you are able to have a sound's night sleep away from the noise. The bed is very comfortable.. Marianne is very accommodating and in constant communication. She is also there to greet you and answer any questions you may have about your stay. Will stay here again upon my next Dublin visit. Thank you, Marianne for the lovely stay!

    Nicole2016-12-04T00:00:00Z
  • Marianne's place was a great place to end our holiday in Ireland. The apartment is in a great location and with in walking distance to the busy side of Dublin. You get to look out over the park every morning and you are a short distance from shops and dining. Great place to stay if you don't want all the noise from the main drag.

    Hamilton2017-05-05T00:00:00Z
  • Marianne's place was great! Marianne made check-in super easy, the apartment is gorgeous and in a laid back quiet neighborhood but easy walking distance to everything we wanted to do. Would definitely stay here again!

    Sarah2017-02-20T00:00:00Z
  • Very nice building with great architectural details. It was walkable to everything in the city center, which made it a great location for a short trip for sight seeing. Would stay again!

    Thomas2018-09-21T00:00:00Z
  • Beautiful place. Easy walk to most attractions and restaurants. Great communication. The value is excellent based on the location. We appreciated the early check-in also. Good location if you plan on taking a few day tours as well since most of the pick-up locations aren't too far away. Highly recommend.

    Johanne2018-09-18T00:00:00Z
  • This apartment is breathtakingly beautiful. The Georgian details are so opulent and makes you feel like royalty. If you are a fan of architecture, this is the place for you! There are massive floor to ceiling windows that let in so much natural light, and even in October, with the gorgeous old windows open, the sunshine warmed the place right up! My fiancee and I must have said "I wish we actually lived here" about twelve times. Marianne is a sweetheart and was super accommodating, I would recommend this place for sure!

    Sarah2016-10-03T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/flat


    Property Type

    Apartment


    Accommodates

    2


    Bedrooms

    1

    Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

    This central location NOW ON THE NEW LUAS LINE, is ideal for your Dublin stay - a charming bright apartment with uniquely curated retro decor close to main attractions, provides every comfort! Your bedroom window looks out onto the beautiful gardens of the historic Kings Inns...enjoy!
    Having experienced hosting guests in my own home through Air BnB, I find that I really enjoy looking after visitors and making sure that they have a great stay in Dublin! I wanted to enhance this apartment's unique features and also make it as comfortable as possible for guests. It is is small but perfectly formed! With a gorgeous brand new bathroom and a custom built, stylish retro 1950s kitchen, it will be a special place for your stay which I hope will be a very happy one. I have also included some artistic touches, incorporating an antique stained glass window and some unusual old pieces of furniture - in a bright and airy atmosphere.
    Broadstone is an up and coming neighbourhood, (max) 10 minutes walk from Parnell street - Dublin's China town! Amazing Korean and Chinese restaurants as well as the open air market on Moore Street. This connects with the busy shopping area of Jervis St and Henry St. The apartment is a short walk from O'Connell Street (the main street of the city), Parnell Square, the Hugh Lane Gallery and the Garden of Rememberance. Beside you are the peaceful Kings Inns gardens which are open to the public, leading to the gorgeous Georgian architecture of Henrietta street, the oldest and best example of Georgian architecture in the city. The south side of the city, Temple Bar and Grafton street are all within easy walking distance. Also close by are Dublin's most famous theaters - the Gate and the Abbey. The famous 'Chocolate Factory' is on your route to Parnell St. On Parnell Square you will find 2 excellent restaurants - Chapter 1, the Hot Stove. Another great place to eat - 147 Parnell St. - is very close by. Smithfield is also only 10 walk down Constitution Hill - the famous Cobblestone pub, the Jameson Distillery, the Lighthouse Cinema, Stoneybatter with its wonderful array of pubs and gastro pubs- all within easy walking distance. Blackhall Place was designed by the famous architect James Gandon who also designed the Customs House and Fourcourts.
  • Andrea was a very prompt host, the apartment was very nice and explained accurately online. Great location walking distance to downtown. She provided cleanliness and was very sweet and accommodating to us

    Shanna2018-09-20T00:00:00Z
  • Andrea was an excellent host! She welcomed me herself and made sure we had everything we needed - she even left some stuff for breakfast including bread and eggs, which was very sweet! She also left some recommendations for restaurants etc. in the apartment and gave us some tips on where to go. Communication was very good as well. The apartment itself was exactly as shown in the photos, very nice and clean. It's close to the center since everything can be reached by walking, we didn't have to use the buses at all to get anywhere in the center. We enjoyed our stay at Andrea's apartment and felt very comfortable!

    Jasmin2016-02-20T00:00:00Z
  • After a misunderstanding on my part about our arrival date, Andrea was extremely gracious and arranged for us to meet her friend to get the keys. The apartment was lovely, well appointed and very clean. There were many bookletsabout Dublin and a well written note about local pubs and restaurants. The neighborhood wasn't as upscale as some others, but felt perfectly safe. We were able to walk everywhere we needed to get to within 5-10 minutes, but weren't in the middle of the hubbub of the touristy areas, which we really appreciated. We had a lovely stay and would definitely reccomend Andrea's apartment for anyone wanting a nice, comfy and clean place to venture out from. Thank you for sharing your home!

    Courtenay2015-07-01T00:00:00Z
  • Lovely apartment in a superb location within walking distance to the centre of Dublin, we had a very enjoyable stay and Andrea was a perfect host.

    Amy2018-09-04T00:00:00Z
  • We've been living abroad in AirBnBs for over seven months & this is the first spot with which we have literally no complaints. It is absolutely perfect for two people (no more!) & is the cleanest AirBnB we've stayed in yet. It is a short walk from grocery stores, pubs, cultural centers, & the main O'Connell Street strip (public transpo, shops, visitor info) that leads you across the River Liffey & into Temple Square, St Stephens, Trinity, etc. We stayed for two weeks in this flat. We didn't meet Andrea, but her friend Edel was an absolute treat upon arrival. We took an uber taxi from the airport & arrived promptly despite the massive construction going on in Dublin at this time. We were worried because Dominick Street is being entirely ripped up for the tram line, but we were unbothered by construction for the most part. The flat is exactly as pictured, save the fact that it's actually BIGGER than it looks! We spent plenty of time inside cooking, researching, doing some work (strong wifi), & recharging after long days of walking & traveling through the rest of the country. The washing machine is a total dream & the shower has excellent water pressure & plenty of hot water. We cooked every day in the kitchen without issue & were very grateful for all the natural light. Our favorite part, overall, was that this AirBnB was really cute & pleasant to be in, without any of the drawbacks of AirBnB in general: it didn't have the feeling that you were intruding in someone else's home, as some flats do, but it also wasn't so curated to "look cute" that it was uncomfortable or difficult to navigate when exhausted. We loved that there were empty drawers, hooks, clear flat surfaces, & that the kitchen wasn't overcrowded with appliances. These are the things that make for a great AirBnB! Huge thanks to Andrea & Edel for a fantastic stay in Dublin. When we come back next year, this will be our first choice in places to stay.

    Meg2016-07-25T00:00:00Z
  • Andrea was a perfect host giving all the instruction needed for a beautiful stay in Dublin. The appartment is lovely and equipped with all you need for a city trip. I would definitely book again!

    Jule2017-04-25T00:00:00Z
  • Lovely apartment, as described. Short walk from city centre and most tourists attractions. Nearby bus stops for those further afield. Comfy bed, plenty of hot water. Wifi a little slow, but thats hardly something to complain about. Would definitely recommend :)

    Ruth2017-09-10T00:00:00Z
  • great location

    Craig2018-04-18T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/flat


    Property Type

    Apartment


    Accommodates

    2


    Bedrooms

    1

    Dublin, Ireland

    Experience authentic Georgian elegance is this unique large OVAL studio apartment, overlooking park. Accommodates two in cosy sleeping loft. Light a fire, cook dinner in the designer kitchen, and then head out to enjoy the attractions of the city.
    Come cocoon yourself in Georgian luxury and elegance this unique OVAL apartment, situated on Mountjoy Square, in the heart of Dublin’s historic North Georgian Core, just minutes from all the action. The large studio apartment is on the first floor of a fully restored Georgian townhouse, built in 1792. Both the house and the apartment retain all their Georgian features, combined with modern comforts. The apartment has a fantastic 10ft window and overlooks a quiet side street, with an oblique view of the square. Other features include a fine, working, black Kilkenny marble fireplace with a spectacular gilt over-mantle mirror. The log basket is fully stocked- we charge cost price for the fuel used on an 'honour system'. The fully equipped kitchen with granite worktop has a gas hob, electric oven, microwave, dishwasher, electric kettle and a toaster. Eat around the 1770's oval dining table with four Georgian chairs. The rest of the apartment is comfortably furnished with antique furniture, Irish where possible, and a luxurious 6 ft. sofa. A large flat-screen TV, and a DVD player and iPod/iPhone player/dock for music are also provided. The bed is upstairs and overlooks the apartment. It has a comfortable hotel-quality double bed, Siberian white goose down duvet and pillows and pure Pima/ Egyptian cotton sheets. Read in comfort with vintage Anglepoise reading lights. PLEASE NOTE that the head height in the loft is somewhat restricted, and the bed is consequently low. The apartment is designed for two people, but a hotel-quality, foldaway bed is available for a third guest. A surcharge of €10, to cover the cost of the extra laundry, will be applied if two people occupy the apartment as as twin. This will be collected in cash, upon arrival. The bathroom has a high-pressure shower and loads of storage space. •You will receive a welcome pack of the basics- quality tea, coffee, juice, home-made granola, yoghurt butter and preserves. •100% cotton bed linen and towels are provided •Local tourist information and guide books available •Free wi-fi •Hair dryer •Fuel, at cost price, is available for the fire, if required. •We will do your laundry for you - €10:00 per load. Discount vouchers for local Q Park, two blocks S and T blocks W of us CHECK-IN is from 3pm, and CHECK-OUT by 11am, please. We are happy to take in your luggage earlier; please let us have your flight details/travel arrangements, so that we can plan our day around being here to greet you. The house is perfectly located for exploring the city; all of the city's cultural institutions are within walking distance and the transport connections are excellent. Airport bus (41) passes door, 8 min. walk to LUAS Red line, DART, (Connolly and Tara) and city busses. Dublin Bikes stand opposite house. KARIN'S GUIDE TO THE CITY LOCAL GROCERY SHOPPING, SERVICES AND BREAKFAST OPTIONS In general, shopping hours are 9.30-6pm, with late-night shopping till 8pm on Thursdays. Sunday opening is from noon. BREAKFAST The Old Music Store, on North Frederick Street is comfortable and offers a good cooked breakfast. The no-frills Kingfisher Café, on the corner of Parnell Square and Parnell Street West offers a good freshly cooked Irish breakfast and very good fish and chips later in the day. LOCAL GROCERY SHOPPING Tops in Pops, just down the street to the right, for fresh local produce and basic groceries, 8.30am to 6pm Monday to Saturday. They are a fourth-generation local business, who have been trading on the site since 1931. The Londis corner store next door opens 8am to 10pm, but charge for privilege. There is an ATM machine at the back, right hand side of the store. Dunne's Stores, is the indigenous supermarket and department store chain, and has branches in every sizeable town throughout the country. There are two local branches. In North Earl Street, opposite O’Connell Street’s Spire, the Off-Licence (liquor store) is in a separate premises, a few doors apart - look for the James Joyce statue. You will find a bigger branch in the ILAC Shopping Centre, flanked by Henry Street, Moore Street and Parnell Street West (Moore Street entrance is opposite Paris Bakery). There is Metro Tesco on Parnell Street West, just past the Rotunda Hospital. A main branch is to be found in the basement of the Jervis Centre, off Henry Street. Carney’s Butchers, is another multi-generational local family business, which prides itself on the quality of its meat. In keeping with local tradition, they sell fresh fish on Friday’s. F.X. Buckley’s Butchers have two local branches; Moore Street and Talbot Street. This is a very old Dublin business and they have everything; free-range pork, beef and lamb from their own herds, poultry, game in season and fish, and, in the Moore Street branch, a deli counter for cooked meats next door. They are very obliging, and the lads have a great line in smart (sassy) chat. PHARMACIES Foley's Pharmacy on Parnell Street East is a 100+ year-old family business; they are very helpful. Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 9am 6pm. There is a late-night pharmacy, Hickey’s at 55 Lower O’Connell Street, (west side, within the block closest to the river). Opening hours: 8am -10pm M-F, 8.30am-10pm Saturday. 10am 10pm Sunday. Web: (email hidden) POST OFFICES Nearest Post Office is Parnell Street East, at corner of Marlborough Street, but much nicer is the GPO, O’Connell Street. 1828 façade, but badly damaged in the 1916 Rising, and largely rebuilt in 1928. The main hall is beautiful, with its entire original, 1928, fittings intact. It also contains the iconic statue, by Oliver Shepherd, The Dying Cuchullin. You will find a booklet with postal rates in the black folder. BANKS Allied Irish Bank has a branch on O’Connell Street, at the SW junction with Parnell Street, opposite the Rotunda Hospital. ATM in the wall. Bank of Ireland has a branch at Lower O’Connell Street, on the east side of the street, between Middle Abbey Street and Ashton Quay. ATM inside, opens MEDICAL AND DENTAL PRACTICES Mountjoy Medical Practice, Dr. Gerry Roebuck, Dr. Holly Porter (female) Dr. Colm Killeen. 2-3 Baker’s Yard, Portland Street (website hidden) (phone number hidden). Opening hours 9-1.30 and 3.30-5.30. You can just drop in. €50 per visit. Frederick Dental Clinic, Dr. Peter Dwyer, North Frederick Street. -My dentist- is happy to see people on an emergency basis. Call for (website hidden)(phone number hidden). NORTHSIDE LOCAL RESTAURANTS: 'The Cobalt Cafe', in a beautiful Georgian house on North Great Georges Street, which doubles as a gallery, is great for lunch. Parnell Street, Dublin's emerging 'Chinatown' is just a half a block to the south. Newly opened, on Parnell Square West is 'Mr.Fox', serving modern Irish food in a smart and comfortable setting. Nearer the river, 'Le Bon Crubeen' (crubeen=pig's trotter- it's a modern Franco-Irish restaurant) is on Talbot Street, as is the venerable and immensely popular 'Talbot 101'. It is packed to the gunnels with locals between 5.54 and 7.15, enjoying their pre-theatre supper before the Abbey curtains rise at 7.30, when they relinquish their seats for the rest of us! On the riverfront, I love Panem, facing the Millennium Bridge, for a quick coffee and a delicious Sicilian almond biscuit, baked on the premises. A few doors down, you'll find a cluster of Italian bars, cafes and restaurants serving good quality food. Half a block to the east is the trendy 'Winding Stairs' restaurant, with its book-lined walls (relics of a former second-hand bookshop-cum-cafe of the same name), and it's sister restaurant, The Woollen Mills, while back on Capel Street, locals rave about Brother Hubbard for lunch. LOCAL PUBS include the 'Hill 16' just opposite the house, on Gardiner Street - very popular with the GAA crowd on match days (the Gaelic Athletic Association Stadium, Croke Park, is just 3 blocks to the east), they pull a superb 'pint'. ‘The Heritage Parnell’, on Parnell Street West, just around the corner from O’Connell Street 'The Flowing Tide', on the corner of Marlborough Street, opposite the Abbey Theatre, is one of my favorites - after the curtain goes down in the Abbey, half the cast are likely to be at the bar. A few doors closer to O’Connell Street is Mulligan’s, another very nice pub, dating from the Edwardian era. 'The Church' on Mary Street, in a converted 1720's church, is another fine place for a drink; the former owner won many accolades for the high quality of the restoration. Capel Street has many typical local pubs, which have the added benefit of serving a largely local population. They include 'O’Neill’s' and 'Slattery's which is good for music. 'The Black Sheep' has the local craft beers covered, and does good bar food, (as does its sister pub, ‘The Brew Dock’, on Store Street, at the bottom of Gardiner Street. The north side traditional music 'musician’s' bar is 'The Cobblestone', at the top of Smithfield, and is suitably grungy. DEPARTMENT STORES AND FASHION Henry Street, off O’Connell Street, at the SPIRE, is the premier shopping street on the north side of the river. Here you will find Arnott’s the local department store, which highlights Irish fashion and design, throughout the store, and has several nice cafes. Henry Street also contains large branches of Debenhams and Marks&Spencers, as well as branches of most of the high street fashion chains. There are two large shopping centres, the Jervis, with a large branch of Tesco’s in the Basement, and the ILAC, which has a Dunnes Department Store, with a Food Hall in the basement. (You can shop for fresh produce on adjacent Moore Street, Dublin's oldest street market, now also home to a thriving cluster of ethnic food markets and restaurants.) NORTHSIDE CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS The North side of Parnell Square is home to the city's Hugh Lane Gallery of Modern Art; we share a significant collection of Impressionist painting with the Tate Gallery in London, part of the Hugh Lane Bequest, which is rotated in seven-year cycles. Next door is the Writer's Centre, and next door again, is the Writer's Museum, with a Michelin-starred restaurant in the basement, the amazing Chapter One. Down on the East side of Parnell Square is the beautiful jewel-box that is the Gate Theatre - part of the 18th-century entertainment complex established by the entrepreneurial Dr. Bartholomew, to help support his new Rotunda Maternity Hospital (the oldest purpose-built such hospital in the world, and still delivering babies on a daily basis, 270 years later (9000 is 2012). You could be seated in either the Abbey or Gate Theatres within 10 minutes of leaving the house, and the James Joyce Cultural Centre is even closer, on North Great Georges Street (don't forget to check out the Cobalt Cafe, opposite). Hop on the Luas Red Line, going west, in Abbey Street, halfway between Mountjoy Square and the river, and you will be dropped at the ‘Museum’. The National Museum, Collins Barracks, housed in an old military barracks, dating from 1702, contains the Decorative Arts Collections, (basically, everything post 1700). Descend at the next stop, ‘Heuston’ for IMMA, Ireland's National Museum of Modern Art, housed in the old Kilmainham Hospital, built in the1660’s. It pre-dates the more famous Chelsea Hospital in London by several years. Not to be missed is the Old Jameson Distillery, in Smithfield. Jameson was distilled here until 1971, when three historic distilleries amalgamated, and centralized distilling in Midleton, Co. Cork. The Museum is very well presented; one is guided around the distilling floor, among the huge old pot stills before retiring to the Bar to sample the goods. Nearby is one of the oldest churches in Dublin, St.Michan’s, on Church Street, dating from the mid-11thc. There are several mummified bodies in the basement, thought to be Crusaders. When I was a child, one was allowed to shake their hands….. SOUTHSIDE In the south city centre, the RESTAURANT HUB is in the pedestrian streets to either side of Grafton Street, and in Temple Bar. Particular favourites of mine include: * Nede, Temple Bar Square * Eden Bar and Grill, South William Street * The Green Hen, Wicklow Street * Fallon and Byrne, Exchequer Street, basement wine-bar, full service restaurant first- floor, and coffee bar within the food-hall on the ground floor. * Fade Street Social, Fade Street, tapas bar and full-service restaurant. * The Rustic Stone, Exchequer Street, upmarket, sophisticated and healthy ‘fast food’. * Cornucopia, Wicklow Street- vegetarian café day, full service by evening. * The Port House, South William Street, wine bar and tapas. * Pinxto, Crowe Street, Temple Bar, as above, same management. Southside city-centre TRADITIONAL PUBS we like are: * Mulligan's, Poolbeg Street * Neary's, Chatham Street * Grogan’s, South William Street * International Bar, Wicklow Street * O'Neill's, Suffolk Street * The Dawson Lounge, Dawson Street * The Stag's Head, Connaught Court * The Long Hall, South Great Georges Street * Doheny and Nesbitt’s, Merrion Row * Kehoe’s, South Anne Street * The Duke, Duke Street Fronting the river, TEMPLE BAR, with its vibrant mix of independent shops, cafes, restaurants, pubs, markets and cultural institutions occupies an area three blocks deep and ten blocks long. At the western end, look out for the two branches of the Queen of Tarts- a wonderful teas shop that offers really good home baking and teas and coffees, all served on mismatched antique china (Lord Edward Street and Cow's Lane). TEMPLE BAR FARMERS MARKET, is held every Saturday in Meeting House Square, 9-4.30, now has a smart new tensile roof for wet days, and is a good place to rub shoulders with the locals, whilst sampling local food culture. Don’t miss the Oyster Stall, Hick’s Pork Butchers, or David Llewyllan’s fantastic ‘Double L’ local cider- 100% apple (not even water), and the two local cheese stalls, among others. Don’t’ forget to check out the overflow stalls on Curved Street, where Rossa Crowe’s fantastic bread is on offer- Rossa took himself off to France for two years to train, and now produces slow fermented breads, made with the very best organic flours. NORTHSIDE CULTURAL ATTACTIONS TRINITY COLLEGE is a good orientation point; from here it is easy to find the mediaeval core, the cultural/political hub of the country around Kildare Street, and the Grafton Street fashion hub. The campus occupies a 40-acre (16ha.) site, and is over 400 years old, though what one sees today are mainly beautiful eighteenth-century buildings. It is worth a wander around, after a visit to spectacular Long Library, to see the Book of Kells and other illustrated Celtic manuscripts. From Front Gate, look south to Grafton Street or west up College Green and Dame Street, which lead to the mediaeval core. At the brow of the hill you will find: * Dublin Castle (visit the State Apartments, the Chester Beatty Library and the lovely garden in front (which is actually the helicopter-landing pad for the Castle). * The City Hall with its 'Museum of the Capital' in the basement is worth a look- the Hall is free, and there is a nominal charge for the Museum. * Christchurch Cathedral * Dublinia-in the Christchurch Chapterhouse (Viking Exhibition). * Old Saint Audeon's Church, built almost into the city wall. * St Patrick's Cathedral, and historic park beside. * Marshe's Library-the oldest public library in these islands, 1701. * Francis Street- the Antiques Quarter. * Thomas Street/Meath Street, for a touch of 'Old Dublin'. * The Guinness Storehouse. * Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, (IMMA) Ireland's National Gallery of Modern Art, with its wonderful, recently restored formal garden. KILMINHAM GAOL is worth a visit, and tells the story of Irish Nationalism. It can be reached via the grounds of IMMA, passing Bully’s Acre, and old graveyard, where Brian Boru was reputedly rested on his way to his final burial place in Armagh. Alternatively, exit onto Nassau Street, with its cluster of high-quality shops showcasing the best of Irish crafts - fashion, knitwear, weaving, glassware, ceramics and contemporary jewellery - the Kilkenny Shop has a great cafe upstairs, with views over College Park. Continue along the College Park railings till you reach Kildare Street, the cultural-institutional hub of the country. All of our national cultural institutions have free admission. Here you will find the National Library, and the National Museum, facing each other over the forecourt of Leinster House, home to the Oireachtas, our National Parliament. The National Library has a lovely exhibit on the poet, W.B. Yeats, and the Treasury, in the National Museum houses both the Bronze Age and Early Christian collections. On the opposite side of the block, on Merrion Street/Merrion Square, you will find the National Gallery, and the Natural History Museum (known to Dubliner's of my father's generation, as 'The Dead Zoo’. This is a very refreshing look to the past, with absolutely no interpretation, and nothing, not even a postcard, to buy). The National Gallery is halfway through a four-year renovation programme; in the meantime, the Millennium Wing, on Clare Street, has a ‘highlights of’ exhibition, and the Café and Gift Shop are also accessed via the Clare Street Entrance. GETTING AROUND Two operators offer Hop-On/Hop-Off tours: (website hidden) (website hidden) They both offer a 2-day ticket, and cost roughly the same price - check them out online before you make up your mind. One can buy an integrated LEAP card in most newsagents, at train stations, and in the Dublin Bus Head Office at 42 O’Connell Street (on the west side of the street, just north of the Spire). This can be used on the LUAS, DART, some suburban mainline trains, and on Dublin Bus routes. There is also a 3-day tourist pass, the Freedom Ticket, which provides good value. €28 will give you 72 hours transport, starting at the Airport; Airlink from the airport, the Hop-On-Hop –Off tourist bus and all local bus routes. Web: (website hidden) •The DART, the local electric commuter train, runs north/south along the coast. The northside city centre station is Connolly, on Amiens Street, facing Talbot Street, but I usually suggest people use Tara Street, as Connolly is also a mainline station, and is very big, and a bit confusing. Tara is purely a commuter station, and is about the same distance. It is on George’s Quay, just south of the Custom House. The other south-side city centre station is Pearse, on Westland Row, at the south end of the Trinity campus. •The LUAS Red Line runs east-west through the north side of the city, as far east as the docks, and serves both Connolly and Heuston mainline stations. The nearest stop to Mountjoy Square is Abbey, on Middle Abbey Street, opposite the Abbey Theatre. The LUAS Green Line serves the south suburbs; Ranelagh, Dundrum, Leopardstown Racecourse, and on out to Cherrywood, on the county boundary with Wicklow. •Main cross-city bus routes run north-south through O’Connell Street. The No.7 terminates on Mountjoy Square North, and there is a ‘shopper’s fare’ of 70c, to Grafton Street- alight at Trinity. On the return journey it skirts the Trinity campus and comes along Pearse, to the east of the campus - catch it on Clare Street, at the Millennium wing of the National Gallery. •DUBLIN BIKES are free to use for the first half hour, and have a stand on Mountjoy Square West, but one needs to go to the Princes Street stand (to the right hand side of the General Post Office (GPO)), to purchase a short term card. It costs €2, and is only available to credit card holders. SHOPPING WITH A DIFFERENCE Those interested in the local fashion, art and design scene should look out for the following addresses (in no particular order): •Designist, South Great George's Street (stock chosen for good design) •Irish Design Store, Drury Street •Article, Powerscourt Townhouse Centre (housewares) •Irish Designer Store, Top floor Powerscourt Townhouse Centre •Cow's Lane Gallery, Temple Bar (artist’s collective) •The Jam Factory, Nicholas Street (artist’s collective) •Avoca, Suffolk Street •Kilkenny Shop, Nassau Street •Designyard, South Frederick Street (jewellery) •Louise Kennedy, couturier, Merrion Square, and Tipperary Crystal •Gallery Zozimus, Francis Street (art gallery and carefully chosen crafts) •Graphic Studio Gallery, Temple Bar (artist-printmaker’s gallery) •Malthouse Design Centre and Shop, Distillery Court, 537 North Circular Road, just around the corner from Mountjoy Square (cluster of design-led businesses, 10-5 M-F) •Magee's of Donegal, Wicklow Street, and, •Kevin and Howlin, Nassau Street have hand-woven tweeds covered. •Dubarry's, College Green produce wonderful, country-style outerwear, including the most perfect alternative to sweaty, waterproof Wellington boots… •Monaghan's, Hibernian Way, the House of Ireland on Nassau Street and the Sweater Shops on Wicklow Street and Nassau Street has the best selections of traditional knitwear. Monaghan's specialise in cashmere. •Murphy and Sheehy, Castle Market, stock Irish tweed, Irish linen and a quirky selection of designer fabrics. Look out for their ‘Linen Union (linen/cotton blend) Glass Cloths- the best ever for polishing glassware, they make a super, useful, inexpensive and lightweight traditional gift! •The Cloth Shop, St. William Street, for interesting designer fabric, including a good selection of Irish Linen, and Liberty of London INDEPENDENT BOOKSHOPS and MUSIC STORES Eason’s, O’Connell Street, is a Dublin institution for over 100 years. It encompasses a large stationery department, a branch of Tower Records on the top floor, academic books in the basement, a nice café and two floors of general books. It is a good place to browse books of Irish interest, and they have a really good Information Desk. Chapters, Parnell Street West is my ‘local’. John Gannon is one of the best booksellers in the business, and his staff are hand-picked enthusiastic bibliophiles, one and all. Stock is a mixture of the latest releases, and carefully chosen remaindered books. Their ordering service is superlative, and they ALWAYS know exactly what one is talking about, even with just the vaguest, half-remembered clues from a newspaper review. Very strong on contemporary fiction, natural history, non-fiction and books of Irish interest. Extensive second-hand section upstairs. The Secret Bookstore, Wicklow Street is another favourite. It’s tucked away down a passage, near the L’Occitane shop and often throws up gems among its large second-hand stock. An eclectic music store occupies the rear of the shop. Cathach Rare Books, Duke Street, specializes in Irish first editions, and have an interesting selection of Irish maps and prints. Stokes Books is another interesting antiquarian/secondhand shop, specializing in books of Irish interest. You’ll find it in Georges Street Arcade. Claddagh Records, Cecelia Street, Temple Bar, is primarily a music publisher, but they have a retail outlet in Temple Bar, which is the oldest independent music shop in Dublin, and specializes in traditional Irish music, with some interesting World Music additions. The Celtic Note, on Nassau Street, beside the Kilkenny Shop is another good bet. PLACES OF WORSHIP: Roman Catholic: Many Catholic churches have Mass on Saturday evening, in addition to morning Masses. •St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, Upper Gardiner Street. Gospel Mass, 7.30pm Sundays, September to mid June. •St. Mary's Metropolitan Church - the Pro-Cathedral, Marlborough. Sung Mass, 11am, Sundays, with the Palestrina Choir. •St. Joseph’s Church, Berkeley Road, Dublin 7. •St. Teresa’s Church, Clarendon Street Church, choir sings at 11 o’clock Mass, Sunday’s •St. Peter’s Church, Phibsborough, Dublin 7, has wonderful Harry Clarke (phone number hidden)) stained glass windows. •Whitefriars Street Church, Aungier Street, church has relics of St. Valentine. Church of Ireland: •Christchurch Cathedral, Christchurch Place, sung Services Sundays, •St. Patrick's Cathedral, Nicholas Street, sung Services Sundays. •St. Anne’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 Jewish: Dublin Hebrew Congregation (website hidden) Daily services in Synagogue at 32a Rathfarnham Road, Public Transport: Buses: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). Get off at Terenure Cross (road). Walk up Rathfarnham Road, pass AIB Bank and one row of terraced houses; shul is next building, with wooden/metal security gates. Across the street is a shop called Window Fashions. Dublin Jewish Progressive Congregation (DJPC) Website: (website hidden) Email: (email hidden) Postal: PO Box 3059, Dublin 6 President: Mrs. Hilary Abrahamson Muslim: Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland (ICCI) 19 Roebuck Road, Clonskeagh, Dublin 14, Tel: (phone number hidden) Islamic Foundation of Ireland (IFI) 163 South Circular Road, Dublin (website hidden): (phone number hidden) Anwar-up-Madina Moore Street, Dublin 1. SHORT TRIPS OUTSIDE THE CITY BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT NORTH: Catch the No.46A bus, (heading north on O'Connell Street to the Phoenix Park- the largest enclosed urban park in the world, 1750 acres behind a seven-mile-long stone wall. Ashtown Castle Interpretive Centre, with its wonderful walled garden and café is a good place to orient oneself. From here, on Saturdays, it is possible to visit Aras an Uachtarian, the official residence of our President. One can also visit Farmliegh, the Official State Guesthouse, a former Guinness mansion. Among it’s attractions are an art gallery, café, occasional free concerts, and regular weekend Farmer’s Markets. The Park also houses the Dublin Zoo, (1827, the second-oldest Zoo in the world, after London’s Regent Park Zoo). Several herd of Fallow Deer roam at liberty. Many sports are catered for; there is Polo ground, a cricket club, and lots soccer pitches. The Duke of Wellington is commemorated by a marvelous granite obelisk, which can be seen for miles. The area know as the Forty Acres affords superb views over the city, with the Royal Hospital and Guinness in the foreground, along the south side of the River Liffey. Phoenix Park can also be reached via the LUAS Red Line, direction Tallagh, heading west. Alight at 'Museum' and take a detour into the National Museum-Collins Barracks, which houses the Decorative Arts, post-1700, wonderful collections of silver, furniture, glass and other artifacts. Just up the road, in Glasnevin there are three worthwhile attractions: Glasnevin Cemetary, was founded by Daniel O’Connell as one of his first initiatives, post Catholic Emancipation in 1829, to provide a dignified place for Catholic burial. The Glasnevin Musuem is new, and has superlative displays of Nationalist history. They also have a very good Geneology Department. The National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, date from the end of 18thC. Though relatively small, they contain an internationally-aclaimed collection of plants and three iconic Glasshouses, by Turner of Dublin, which have all been restored in the recent past. There is a nice café in the Gardens, and entry is free. The Gravedigger’s Pub, over-looking a Green, is not to be missed. It got its name from the fact that there used to be a hatch in the rear wall, through which the gravediggers were served. They do nice simple pub food, and one can sit outside on sunny days. Walk back into town, and stop at either the The Botanic Bar at Harte’s Corner or the Brian Borus, typicl local bars. The Porter House, at Cross Guns Bridge, which is a micro-brewery, with nice food, is on the corner of the Royal Canal. Take a stroll east down the canal bank, and you will see swans, and moor-hens going about their business. At the next bridge, at Dorset Street look out for the lifesize bronze statue of Brendan Behan, a local author. From here is just a few minute’s stroll up Belvidere Place, with its charming stepped terraces of tall Georgian houses, to Mountjoy Square. Another favorite is the Marino Casino, in Fairview/Clontarf, an early 18th century pleasure house, built to the design of Sir William Chambers, for Lord Charlemont, purely for entertaining, also just a few miles by bus, north of the city centre. Catch the DART, the coastal commuter train, heading north, at Tara Street Station, on the South Liffey quays, at Butt Bridge, and take a short ride. You have the choice of Howth (a working fishing village) or Malahide. Howth Demesne or Howth Head, behind the village will both afford walks with great views; the Harbour has a dozen restaurants along the quay- ranging from take-out fish and chips to the very upmarket. Book an early-evening window table at Aqua, and be astonished by the sunset over the coast, looking north-west. Another favourite of mine is Deep, midway along the quay (and do watch out for the local tame and greedy Harbour Seal, who begs shamelessly from the trawler men, who tie up alongside). Malahide is a charming village, with some of the most expensive urban residential properties in the country. Good food and good shopping are to be had here. On the edge of the village you will find Malahide Castle and Demesne, open to the public, which includes a renowned private Arboretum, as Milo de Malahide, the last of his family, (who had occupied the castle continuously since Norman times, in the 10th-12th centuries) was a significant plants-man. The Castle contains the National Portrait Collection, as was as magnificent furniture and other contents. There is a smart new branch of the AVOCA Shop and Café in the Courtyard. SOUTH: South of the city you will find Rathfarnham Castle, and its Berkeley Costume and Toy Collection. Marley Park is a little further, just at the foot of the Dublin Mountains. It has wonderful parkland with easy walks, and a magnificent walled garden with a nice cafe. The No.16 bus, from O’Connell Street will leave you close by. Powerscourt is at the edge of Enniskerry, its associated estate village, at the end of the No.44 bus route, which winds its way through the south side suburbs, into Wicklow, through the Scalp, a deep and picturesque glacial valley. The 19th century gardens are fabulous, and make great use of the 'borrowed landscape' beyond. The terrace and Nepture fountain are centred on the Sugarloaf mountain, which marks the beginning of the Wicklow Mountains. The Powerscourt Waterfall, part of the same estate, is a few miles further on, and there are beautiful, way-marked, woodland and moorland walks in the hills nearby. Do be mindful; these ‘mountains’ can be deceptive- while not high, they can be treacherous, as weather conditions can change in minutes. Stick to the way-marked paths, and do keep an eye on the weather. Take the DART south to Bray and Greystones - via Dun Loughaire, Dalkey and Killiney - all interesting villages, with many cafes and restaurants. Killiney Hill, with its eighteenth century obelisk at the summit, is a short climb that results in amazing views over Dublin Bay, and down into the Wicklow Mountains beyond. There is a nice pub in in the ‘village’- ‘The Druid’s Chair’. Dalkey is a charming village with old-fashioned shops and lots of nice pubs, cafes and restaurants. The local Dalkey Castle Heritage Centre, is worth checking out, and in the summer run a theatre programme, and walking tours. Bray Esplanade is a classic Victorian seaside amenity, sturdily built from local granite - the perfect place to enjoy an ice-cream. Campo di Fiori, either the Restaurant or the Café, both near the train station and the north end of the Promenade, are particular favourites of mine. If one is feeling energetic, one could contemplate the Cliff Walk from Bray to Greystones - 4miles/6km along the rough cliff path. Lots of nice pubs for a pint of Guinness at the other end, The Hungry Pear is my favourite café, among many. The DART will take you straight back into the city. But.. make sure to do it in the morning, as by mid-day the path is in shade, and it can be windy and cold. WEST: Travelling into the rich plains of Kildare, by the No. 67 bus route, you will come to the historic village of Celbridge, just twelve miles from the city centre. Castletown House is Ireland's finest Palladian mansion, and was saved from destruction by Desmond Guinness, in the early 1960's. He purchased it from the construction company who had acquired it. They intended to demolish it, to make way for a vast suburban housing estate. The Irish Georgian Society, founded by Desmond Guinness, restored the house and furnished it with the help of many volunteers and sponsors, and opened it to the public, a heroic task for a small membership conservation society. Today, it is in State ownership, and it is the flagship Georgian heritage property of Ireland. It is beautifully presented, and the parklands are undergoing restoration. A local bus, or the commuter train from Connolly Station in Amiens Street, will take one to Maynooth, a charming University town, with another magnificent Palladian mansion, Carton House, now operating as a very upmarket hotel and golf club. Lots of companies offer day-long coach tours. Some involve very long days, i.e, Cliffs of Moher in Clare and the Giant’s Causeway on the Antrim coast. Two more local, and very worthwhile ones are either: The Boyne Valley Tour (Newgrange Neolithic ( 5000 yr old World Heritage Site) / Mellifont Cistercian ruins- (12thC.)/ Monasterboice Early Christian (6th-8thC.) The Wicklow-Glendalough Tour (Powerscourt / Wicklow Mountains National Park and Glendalough (Glen of the Two Lakes) a 6thC. Early Christian site, in beautiful wooded valley. Details of both of these trips, and others, are available in the big black folder in the apartment.
    A beautiful, historic residential square, built in 1790's, within 5-10 minutes walk of down-town city centre. Elegance and convenience combined with a bit of inner city grittiness. I have loved it all, since 1978! Mountjoy Square is situated just NE of the historic city centre, within walking distance of just about all the main city attractions. It is the most densely populated area in the entire city: 1500 people have front doors opening onto the Square. The house fronts onto a 4acre/1.5ha park, across a fairly busy street. This apartment faces the side street, so it is quieter, but you will still hear traffic.....Please bear in mind that this is NOT LEAFY SUBURBIA, but a vibrant, living city community and it's definitely gritty in places... Having said that, I have lived here, uneventfully, for nearly 38 years, and consider the trade-offs well worth it, for the excitement and convenience of having the city on my doorstep..
  • Karin was a wonderful host. The place was lovely, conveniently located, and she had lots of great tips and advice for things to do (and eat!) around town. Would stay here again!

    Sean2012-11-11T00:00:00Z
  • I was very pleased with my stay at Karin's. Her niece, Orla, met me on arrival and I was provided with a map and basic directions and information about Dublin and the nearby area. Karin later checked that I had all the information I needed and was most helpful in all instances. The home-made soda bread was fabulous! The property is on the corner of one busy and one quiet street and there was some vehicle and happy-go-lucky pedestrian traffic owing to the Gaeilic Football matches that weekend. So, some other's comments about the street noise are valid - however I wasn't bothered by it and happily figured it to be a part of my Ireland experience! I'm a light sleeper and still slept very soundly during my two nights stay. The room was great - I made use of the kitchen (and the kindly provided food basics), the mattress was comfortable, and the wifi was convenient to plan my first forays into Dublin's city centre. The city is reasonably close and I felt very safe walking around (and getting lost!) in the area. After two days I was comfortable finding my way around. I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again!

    Danniella2013-08-06T00:00:00Z
  • Even before our arrival, Karin was extremely helpful in her communications with us. She was a very helpful host and was able to accommodate our early arrival. She took the time to lay out some great points of interest for our four-day visit to Dublin. The accommodations were exactly as pictured, right down to a very well stocked kitchen and comfortable bed. The room is part of a beautiful Georgian building complete with authentic furnishings located in a safe, working-class neighbourhood within an easy walk to the centre. A great place to stay while in a great city.

    Kelly2015-09-16T00:00:00Z
  • Karin's apartment was a beautiful space, tastefully decorated and located centrally. I didn't meet Karin (apart from in passing whilst she greeted new guests) but during our brief chat she was very friendly and hospitable. We collected our keys from the basement where there was a shop and it was all really straight forward and easy to locate from Karin's directions. I love Georgian buildings so staying here was a real treat, the high ceilings and sash windows are exceptional! The apartment was the perfect size for two people and had everything you could need for a short stay. The kitchen was very clean and modern and Karin kindly provided a few essentials to get us going such as eggs, fruit and orange juice. The area itself - not the most 'fashionable' but felt safe and was only a short walk to the 'main area' (I forget the street names) which was perfect for us as we chose to walk as much as possible. The apartment was very clean, warm, has a beautiful fireplace (which we didn't use), lovely antique furniture and a modern kitchen. My only slight gripe was the noise upstairs on one evening, I understand the building is old, has thin ceilings, walls etc but upstairs the people were walking about an awful lot (sounded like stamping) and the floor boards creaked continuously, it carried on until after 2am which was upsetting as we couldn't sleep. The next night though it was more of a 'normal' amount of noise you would expect so didn't bother me in the slightest (I've been used to living in flats and old houses). I would highly recommend Karin as a host and the 'very special oval apartment' is definitely worth you staying in. Enjoy! (and thank you).

    Catrin2015-09-21T00:00:00Z
  • Our first Airbnb experience and if they are all like this stay then we have nothing to worry about. Lovely property and everything you need for a self catering break. Close to any transport mode you decide to take from the airport. Then a short stroll to O'Connell street and then all the sights Dublin has to offer. Karin is a great host and will tell you all you need to know for a great stay. Thank you.

    Roger2016-06-13T00:00:00Z
  • We had a great time in Dublin and a big part of that thanks to the thoughtful and detailed suggestions of Karin! She even provided us maps, personal recommendations and a list of very useful information regarding the city. The flat is great, the kitchen is very well equipped and we definitely felt at home (if our home were fancy!). The location is not in the middle of the action, but it is within walking distance from everything we wanted (and had time) to visit. The only setback we had was the fact that wifi went down during the whole period of our stay. Even so, Karin was nice enough to offer us her personal iPad with a 3g connection so we could check emails and sort issues related to the ongoing trip. We would definitely stay there again.

    Giacoma2014-05-18T00:00:00Z
  • Had a wonderful time in a beautiful unique space. Karin has created a fabulous place to visit and spend time. She was a lovely considerate host and would gladly stay there again.

    Richard2015-03-10T00:00:00Z
  • We stayed for 2 days at this beautiful place, all was perfect organised and Karin was waiting for us until 10pm because our flight arrived late.

    Marc2015-11-02T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

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    Property Type

    Loft


    Accommodates

    3


    Bedrooms

    0

    Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

    Double ensuite in family home. King size bed, large shower. Towels and toiletries provided. Quiet neighbourhood. 4km from the O’Connell street in the city centre. 8 minutes walk to Cowper luas tram, reaching the city in 10 mins. Free on-street parking. Short walk to Rathmines/Rathgar shops and restaurants. Breakfast provided (cereal, fruit, breads). No self-catering.
    Lovely family home with large rooms. Our double ensuite has a large private bathroom, power shower, king size bed with deep, pocket sprung mattress and memory foam mattress topper for extra comfort.
    Dartry is a quiet suburb located 4km from O'Connell street in the city centre. Walking to St. Stephens green / Grafton street area will take about 45 minutes. We are a 10 minute walk to Rathgar, Rathmines and Ranelagh - all have a selection of supermarkets, restaurants, cafes, take-aways and pubs as well as banks, various shops, boutiques and services. Palmerston Park is around the corner from our home, as is the small botanic gardens run by Trinity College department of botany. The Dodder river is 5 minutes away and you can walk along the river bank westward for a nice stroll among trees and wildlife.
  • Exactly as described, lovely house in a quiet but pretty location. Nice restaurants in easy walking distance and host was very helpful providing our little girl with a booster seat for breakfast. Would recommend

    Ceri2016-05-21T00:00:00Z
  • Nice and comfortable room with luxurious bathroom. Self-service breakfast but good. Lovely neighbourhood and busstop to the citycenter only a few minutes walk away.

    Hermen2016-06-26T00:00:00Z
  • Very nice and central location highly recommend :)

    Naomi2018-02-19T00:00:00Z
  • Couldn't have asked for better. Warm, super comfortable home. Easy to get to the city centre yet quiet neighbourhood. Beautiful room...plenty of space. Vanessa & John thanks for your hospitality and generosity. Best wishes for 2016. Hope to see you again soon.

    Eoin2015-12-29T00:00:00Z
  • My stay in Vanessa's home was absolutely perfect! Vanessa is truly a enlightening soul... and the care she gives to her home and family is evident in everything she prepares and does. Vanessa was so helpful... giving insight to Dublin and also giving me guidance and information I was looking for about Ireland and searching for my family. The home is immaculate! My room was spectacular.... the shower is large and spacious. We loved the morning breakfast she provided.... everything we could have needed was provided for. Thank you Vanessa for sharing your home with me. I treasure our time spent there and in the beauty of your Dublin neighborhood. I will see you all again soon! Love & Light... M

    M2017-10-15T00:00:00Z
  • Top class stay as always!

    Conor2018-01-18T00:00:00Z
  • It was really cozy and clean! Vanessa was a great host and the breakfast was very good. The bed was comfortable and the bathroom was really big!

    Simon2016-10-26T00:00:00Z
  • Good bus service into central Dublin (the 140 bus), beautiful house, friendly host, nice area. Was great to be so close to Rathmines, and is a walkable distance from central Dublin if you miss the last bus. (as we did!)

    Melanie2017-06-09T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Private room


    Property Type

    House


    Accommodates

    2


    Bedrooms

    1

    Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

    Experience authentic Georgian elegance is this large bright studio apartment, overlooking park. Accommodates two in cosy sleeping loft. Light a fire, cook dinner in the designer kitchen, and then head out to enjoy the attractions of the city.
    Come and have an authentic experience in one of Dublin's special Georgian apartments, situated on Mountjoy Square, in the heart of Dublin's North Georgian core, and just minutes from O'Connell Street. This large studio apartment is on the first floor of a beautiful redbrick townhouse, built in 1792. Both house and apartment retain all their original features, combined with modern comforts. The apartment has three full-length windows overlooking the gardens of Mountjoy Square. It has a working Georgian grey marble fireplace with a spectacular gilt over-mantle mirror. The fully equipped kitchen has a granite worktop, a gas hob, electric oven, dishwasher and microwave. The rest of the apartment is comfortably furnished with period furniture, including a square Georgian dining table and four matching chairs, a comfortable Victorian antique Chesterfield sofa, TV & DVD player along with an iPod/iPhone dock for music. there are pashminas and Kashmir hand-loomed wool wraps, for cosy evenings in front of the fire. The bedroom is upstairs and overlooks the apartment. It has a comfortable double mattress, goose down duvet and pillows, and pure cotton sheets. Read in comfort with vintage Anglepoise reading lights. Please note there is restricted headroom in the sleeping loft- 5'10-1/2", and consequently the bed is low. The bathroom has a high-pressure shower and loads of storage space. A single, contract-quality foldaway bed, or a single, memory-foam mattress, and extra linens are available for a third guest. Please see photos. A surcharge of €10, to cover the cost of the extra laundry, applies for the use of the apartment as a twin. This will be collected in cash upon arrival. • You will receive a welcome pack of the basics- quality tea, coffee, home-made granola and preserves, fruit, yoghurt, juice, milk and free-range eggs. • 100% cotton bed linen and towels are provided • Local tourist information and guide books available • Free wi-fi • Large flat-screen TV and DVD player, with selection of Irish themed DVD's • IPod/Iphone dock for music and charging • Library of Irish-themed books • Playing cards and board games • Hair dryer • Fuel, at cost price, is available for the fire, if required. • Washing machine and dryer are available in the building- €10:00 charge CHECK-IN IS FROM 3pm, and CHECK-OUT IS BY 11am, please. We are happy to take in your luggage earlier. Please let us have your flight/arrival details, so that we can plan our day around being here to greet you. The house is perfectly located for exploring the city; all of the city's cultural institutions are within walking distance and the transport connections are excellent. Airport bus (41) passes door, 8 min. walk to LUAS Red line, DART, (Connolly and Tara) and city busses. Dublin Bikes stand opposite house. KARIN'S GUIDE TO THE CITY LOCAL GROCERY SHOPPING, SERVICES AND BREAKFAST OPTIONS In general, shopping hours are 9.30-6pm, with late-night shopping till 8pm on Thursdays. Sunday opening is from noon. BREAKFAST The Kingfisher Café, a Dublin institution, on the corner of Parnell Square and Parnell Street West is great for a 'Full Irish Breakfast', and numerous variations, including porridge. Everything is cooked to order and the sraff are professional and friendly. Breakfast served 9am-12:30, 7 days a week. Later in the day they have excellent fish and chips. Koffee and Kale, on the corner of Hill Street and Gardiner Place, two blocks away has great coffee and pastries, and soup/salad/sandwiches at lunchtime. LOCAL GROCERY SHOPPING Tops in Pops, just down the street to the right, for fresh local produce and basic groceries, 8.30am to 6pm Monday to Saturday. They are a fourth-generation local business, who have been trading on the site since 1931. The Londis corner store next door opens 8am to 10pm, but charge for privilege. There is an ATM machine at the back, right hand side of the store. Dunne's Stores, is the indigenous supermarket and department store chain, and has branches in every sizeable town throughout the country. There are two local branches. In North Earl Street, opposite O’Connell Street’s Spire, the Off-Licence (liquor store) is in a separate premises, a few doors apart - look for the James Joyce statue. You will find a bigger branch in the ILAC Shopping Centre, flanked by Henry Street, Moore Street and Parnell Street West . There is Metro Tesco on Parnell Street West, just past the Rotunda Hospital. A main branch is to be found in the basement of the Jervis Centre, off Henry Street. Carney’s Butchers, is another multi-generational local family business, which prides itself on the quality of its meat. In keeping with local tradition, they sell fresh fish on Friday’s. F.X. Buckley’s Butchers have two local branches; Moore Street and Talbot Street. This is a very old Dublin business and they have everything; free-range pork, beef and lamb from their own herds, poultry, game in season and fish, and, in the Moore Street branch, a deli counter for cooked meats next door. They are very obliging, and the lads have a great line in smart (sassy) chat. PHARMACIES Foley's Pharmacy on Parnell Street East is a 100+ year-old family business; they are very helpful. Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 9am 6pm. Michael recently (May 2017) won the National 'Community Pharmacist of the Year' award, and a nicer, kinder, or more helpful man you will never meet.... There is a late-night pharmacy, Hickey’s at 55 Lower O’Connell Street, (west side, within the block closest to the river). Opening hours: 8am -10pm M-F, 8.30am-10pm Saturday. 10am 10pm Sunday. Web: (EMAIL HIDDEN) POST OFFICES Nearest Post Office is Parnell Street East, at corner of Marlborough Street, but much nicer is the GPO, O’Connell Street. 1828 façade, but badly damaged in the 1916 Rising, and largely rebuilt in 1928. The main hall is beautiful, with its entire original, 1928, fittings intact. It also contains the iconic statue, by Oliver Shepherd, The Dying Cuchullin. You will find a booklet with postal rates in the black folder. BANKS Allied Irish Bank has a branch on O’Connell Street, at the SW junction with Parnell Street, opposite the Rotunda Hospital. ATM in the wall. Bank of Ireland has a branch at Lower O’Connell Street, on the east side of the street, between Middle Abbey Street and Ashton Quay. ATM inside, opens MEDICAL AND DENTAL PRACTICES Mountjoy Medical Practice, Dr. Gerry Roebuck, Dr. Holly Porter (female) Dr. Colm Killeen. 2-3 Baker’s Yard, Portland Street North. Tel (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). Opening hours 9-1.30 and 3.30-5.30. You can just drop in. €50 per visit. (Five blocks away, going North East) Frederick Dental Clinic, North Frederick Street. The dentist is happy to see people on an emergency basis. Call for appointment. Tel:(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) blocks away, going West) NORTHSIDE LOCAL RESTAURANTS: 'The Cobalt Cafe', in a beautiful Georgian house on North Great Georges Street, which doubles as a gallery, is great for lunch. Parnell Street, Dublin's emerging 'Chinatown' is just a half a block to the south. Newly opened, on Parnell Square West is 'Mr Fox', serving modern Irish food in a smart and comfortable setting, by the same team who operate Dublin's much lauded 'The Pig's Ear' on Nassau Street, overlooking the Trinity College playing fields.. '147 Cafe' at 147, Parnell Street East, opp the Marlborough Street junction, serve good Illy coffee, and great sandwiches, daytime hours. Nearer the river, 'Le Bon Crubeen' (crubeen=pig's trotter- it's a modern Franco-Irish restaurant) is on Talbot Street, as is the venerable and immensely popular 'Talbot 101'. It is packed to the gunnels with locals between 5.54 and 7.15, enjoying their pre-theatre supper before the Abbey curtains rise at 7.30, when they relinquish their seats for the rest of us! On the riverfront, I love Panem, facing the Millennium Bridge, for a quick coffee and a delicious Sicilian almond biscuit, baked on the premises. A few doors down, you'll find a cluster of Italian bars, cafes and restaurants serving good quality food. Half a block to the east is the trendy 'Winding Stairs' restaurant, with its book-lined walls (relics of a former second-hand bookshop-cum-cafe of the same name); The woollen Mills on the corner of Liffey street does great casual food, including excellent brunch. Back on Capel Street, locals rave about Brother Hubbard, and the Soup Dragon, for lunch. Blas cafe in the Chocolate Factory, on Kings Inn Street, off Parnell Street West has an interesting, casual menu, in a bright, spacious and funky former factory (daytime). LOCAL PUBS include the 'Hill 16' just opposite the house, on Gardiner Street - very popular with the GAA crowd on match days (the Gaelic Athletic Association Stadium, Croke Park, is just 3 blocks to the east), they pull a superb 'pint'. ‘The Heritage Parnell’, on Parnell Street West, just around the corner from O’Connell Street, does 'pub grub'. 'The Flowing Tide', on the corner of Marlborough Street, opposite the Abbey Theatre, is one of my favorites - after the curtain goes down in the Abbey, half the cast are likely to be at the bar. A few doors closer to O’Connell Street is Mulligan’s, another very nice pub, dating from the Edwardian era. 'The Church' on Mary Street, in a converted 1720's church, is another fine place for a drink; the former owner won many accolades for the high quality of the restoration. Capel Street has many typical local pubs, which have the added benefit of serving a largely local population. They include 'O’Neill’s' and 'Slattery's which is good for music. 'The Black Sheep' has the local craft beers covered, and does good bar food, (as does its sister pub, ‘The Brew Dock’, on Store Street, at the bottom of Gardiner Street. The north side traditional music 'musician’s' bar is 'The Cobblestone', at the top of Smithfield, and is suitably grungy. DEPARTMENT STORES AND FASHION Henry Street, off O’Connell Street, at the SPIRE, is the premier shopping street on the north side of the river. Here you will find Arnott’s the local department store, which highlights Irish fashion and design, throughout the store, and has several nice cafes. Henry Street also contains large branches of Debenhams and Marks&Spencers, as well as branches of most of the high street fashion chains. There are two large shopping centres, the Jervis, with a large branch of Tesco’s in the Basement, and the ILAC, which has a Dunne's Department Store, with a Food Hall in the basement. (You can shop for fresh produce on adjacent Moore Street, Dublin's oldest street market, now also home to a thriving cluster of ethnic food markets and restaurants.) NORTHSIDE CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS The North side of Parnell Square is home to the city's Hugh Lane Gallery of Modern Art; we share a significant collection of Impressionist painting with the Tate Gallery in London, part of the Hugh Lane Bequest, which is rotated in seven-year cycles. (The cafe, overlooking an interior garden, is called 'Hatch'; the original is in the basement of the 'Little Museum of Dublin' on St. Stevens Green). Next door is the Writer's Centre, and next door again, is the Writer's Museum, with a Michelin-starred restaurant in the basement, the amazing Chapter One. Down on the East side of Parnell Square is the beautiful jewel-box that is the Gate Theatre - part of the 18th-century entertainment complex established by the entrepreneurial Dr. Bartholomew, to help support his new Rotunda Maternity Hospital (the oldest purpose-built such hospital in the world, and still delivering babies on a daily basis, 270 years later (9000 in 2012). You could be seated in either the Abbey or Gate Theatres within 10 minutes of leaving the house, and the James Joyce Cultural Centre is even closer, on North Great Georges Street (don't forget to check out the Cobalt Cafe, opposite). Hop on the Luas Red Line, going west, in Abbey Street, halfway between Mountjoy Square and the river, and alight ‘Museum’ stop. The National Museum, Collins Barracks, housed in an old military barracks, dating from 1702, contains the Decorative Arts Collections, (basically, everything post 1700). Descend at the next stop, ‘Heuston’ for IMMA, Ireland's National Museum of Modern Art, housed in the old Kilmainham Hospital, built in the1660’s. It pre-dates its more famous sibling, the Chelsea Hospital, in London by several years. Not to be missed is the Old Jameson Distillery, in Smithfield. Jameson was distilled here until 1971, when three historic distilleries amalgamated, and centralized distilling in Midleton, Co. Cork. The Museum is very well presented; one is guided around the distilling floor, among the huge old pot stills before retiring to the Bar to sample the goods. Nearby is one of the oldest churches in Dublin, St.Michan’s, on Church Street, dating from the mid-11thC. There are several mummified bodies in the basement, thought to be Crusaders. When I was a child, one was allowed to shake their hands….. SOUTHSIDE In the south city centre, the RESTAURANT HUB is in the pedestrian streets to either side of Grafton Street, and in Temple Bar. Particular favourites of mine include: * The Pig's Ear, Nassau Street * Nede, Temple Bar Square * Eden Bar and Grill, South William Street * The Green Hen, Wicklow Street * Fallon and Byrne, Exchequer Street, basement wine-bar, full service restaurant first- floor, and coffee bar within the food-hall on the ground floor. * Fade Street Social, Fade Street, tapas bar and full-service restaurant. * The Rustic Stone, Exchequer Street, upmarket, sophisticated and healthy ‘fast food’. * Cornucopia, Wicklow Street- vegetarian café day, full service by evening. * The Port House, South William Street, wine bar and tapas. * Stanley's, St. Andrew Street, off Wicklow Street- wine bar and full service * Pinxto, Crowe Street, Temple Bar, as above, same management. * Cleaver East, Clarence Hotel - chef Oliver Dunne had a Michelin star in the parent restaurant, Bon Appetit, Malahide village, until he decided to hand it back and get a life Southside city-centre TRADITIONAL PUBS we like are: * Mulligan's, Poolbeg Street * Neary's, Chatham Street * Grogan’s, South William Street * International Bar, Wicklow Street * O'Neill's, Suffolk Street * The Dawson Lounge, Dawson Street * The Stag's Head, Connaught Court * The Long Hall, South Great Georges Street * Doheny and Nesbitt’s, Merrion Row * Kehoe’s, South Anne Street * The Duke, Duke Street Fronting the river, TEMPLE BAR, with its vibrant mix of independent shops, cafes, restaurants, pubs, markets and cultural institutions occupies an area three blocks deep and ten blocks long. At the western end, look out for the two branches of the Queen of Tarts- a wonderful tea shop that offers really good home baking and teas and coffees, all served on mismatched antique china (Lord Edward Street and Cow's Lane). Piglet Wine Bar, on the same pedestrian street had a lovely wine selection and great tapas, at good prices. TEMPLE BAR FARMERS MARKET, is held every Saturday in Meeting House Square, 9-4.30, now has a smart new tensile roof for wet days, and is a good place to rub shoulders with the locals, whilst sampling local food culture. Don’t miss the Oyster Stall, , or David Llewyllan’s fantastic ‘Double L’ local cider- 100% apple (not even water), and the two local cheese stalls, among others. Don’t’ forget to check out the overflow stalls on Curved Street, where Rossa Crowe’s fantastic bread is on offer- Rossa took himself off to France for two years to train, and now produces slow fermented breads, made with the very best organic flours. SOUTHSIDE CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS TRINITY COLLEGE is a good orientation point; from here it is easy to find the mediaeval core, the cultural/political hub of the country around Kildare Street, and the Grafton Street fashion hub. The campus occupies a 40-acre (16ha.) site, and is over 400 years old, though what one sees today are mainly beautiful eighteenth-century buildings. It is worth a wander around, after a visit to spectacular Long Library, to see the Book of Kells and other illustrated Celtic manuscripts. From Front Gate, look south to Grafton Street or west up College Green and Dame Street, which lead to the mediaeval core. At the brow of the hill you will find: * Dublin Castle (visit the State Apartments, the Chester Beatty Library and the lovely garden in front (which is actually the helicopter-landing pad for the Castle). * The City Hall with its 'Museum of the Capital' in the basement is worth a look- the Hall is free, and there is a nominal charge for the Museum. * Christchurch Cathedral * Dublinia-in the Christchurch Chapterhouse (Viking Exhibition). * Old Saint Audeon's Church, built almost into the city wall. * St Patrick's Cathedral, and historic park beside. * Marshe's Library-the oldest public library in these islands, 1701. * Francis Street- the Antiques Quarter. * Thomas Street/Meath Street, for a touch of 'Old Dublin'. * The Guinness Storehouse. * Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, (IMMA) Ireland's National Gallery of Modern Art, with its wonderful, recently restored formal garden. KILMINHAM GAOL is worth a visit, and tells the story of Irish Nationalism. It can be reached via the grounds of IMMA, passing Bully’s Acre, and old graveyard, where Brian Boru was reputedly rested on his way to his final burial place in Armagh. Alternatively, exit onto Nassau Street, with its cluster of high-quality shops showcasing the best of Irish crafts - fashion, knitwear, weaving, glassware, ceramics and contemporary jewellery - the Kilkenny Shop has a great cafe upstairs, with views over College Park. The Pig's Ear restaurant is one of my all-time favourites. Continue along the College Park railings till you reach Kildare Street, the cultural-institutional hub of the country. All of our national cultural institutions have free admission. Here you will find the National Library, and the National Museum, facing each other over the forecourt of Leinster House, home to the Oireachtas, our National Parliament. The National Library has a lovely exhibit on the poet, W.B. Yeats, and the Treasury, in the National Museum houses both the Bronze Age and Early Christian collections. On the opposite side of the block, on Merrion Street/Merrion Square, you will find the National Gallery, and the Natural History Museum (known to Dubliner's of my father's generation, as 'The Dead Zoo’. This is a very refreshing look to the past, with absolutely no interpretation, and nothing, not even a postcard, to buy). The National Gallery is almost through a four-year renovation programme; in the meantime, the Millennium Wing, on Clare Street, has a ‘highlights of’ exhibition, and the Café and Gift Shop are also accessed via the Clare Street Entrance. GETTING AROUND Two operators offer Hop-On/Hop-Off tours: (URL HIDDEN) (URL HIDDEN) They both offer a 2-day ticket, and cost roughly the same price - check them out online before you make up your mind. One can buy an integrated LEAP card in most newsagents, at train stations, and in the Dublin Bus Head Office at 42 O’Connell Street (on the west side of the street, just north of the Spire). This can be used on the LUAS, DART, some suburban mainline trains, and on Dublin Bus routes. There is also a 3-day tourist pass, the Freedom Ticket, which provides good value. €28 will give you 72 hours transport, starting at the Airport; Airlink from the airport, the Hop-On-Hop –Off tourist bus and all local bus routes. Web: (URL HIDDEN) •The DART, the local electric commuter train, runs north/south along the coast. The north-side city centre station is Connolly, on Amiens Street, facing Talbot Street, but I usually suggest people use Tara Street, as Connolly is also a mainline station, and is very big, and a bit confusing. Tara is purely a commuter station, and is about the same distance. It is on George’s Quay, just south of the Custom House. The other south-side city centre station is Pearse, on Westland Row, at the south end of the Trinity campus. •The LUAS Red Line runs east-west through the north side of the city, as far east as the docks, and serves both Connolly and Heuston mainline stations. The nearest stop to Mountjoy Square is Abbey, on Middle Abbey Street, opposite the Abbey Theatre. The LUAS Green Line serves the south suburbs; Ranelagh, Dundrum, Leopardstown Racecourse, and on out to Cherrywood, on the county boundary with Wicklow. •Main cross-city bus routes run north-south through O’Connell Street. The No.7 terminates on Mountjoy Square North, and there is a ‘shopper’s fare’ of 50c, to Grafton Street- alight at Trinity. On the return journey it skirts the Trinity campus and comes along Pearse, to the east of the campus - catch it on Clare Street, at the Millennium wing of the National Gallery. •DUBLIN BIKES are free to use for the first half hour, and have a stand on Mountjoy Square West, but one needs to go to the Princes Street stand (to the right hand side of the General Post Office (GPO)), to purchase a short term card. It costs €2, and is only available to credit card holders. SHOPPING WITH A DIFFERENCE Those interested in the local fashion, art and design scene should look out for the following addresses (in no particular order): •Designist, South Great George's Street (stock chosen for good design) •Irish Design Store, Drury Street •Article, Powerscourt Townhouse Centre (housewares) •Irish Designer Store, Top floor Powerscourt Townhouse Centre •Cow's Lane Gallery, Temple Bar (artist’s collective) •The Jam Factory, Nicholas Street (artist’s collective) •Avoca, Suffolk Street •Kilkenny Shop, Nassau Street •Designyard, South Frederick Street (jewellery) •Louise Kennedy, couturier, Merrion Square, and Tipperary Crystal •Gallery Zozimus, Francis Street (art gallery and carefully chosen crafts) •Graphic Studio Gallery, Temple Bar (artist-printmaker’s gallery) •Malthouse Design Centre and Shop, Distillery Court, 537 North Circular •Magee's of Donegal, Wicklow Street, and, •Kevin and Howlin, Nassau Street have hand-woven tweeds covered. •Dubarry's, College Green produce wonderful, country-style outerwear, including the most perfect alternative to sweaty, waterproof Wellington boots… •Monaghan's, Hibernian Way, the House of Ireland on Nassau Street and the Sweater Shops on Wicklow Street and Nassau Street has the best selections of traditional knitwear. Monaghan's specialise in cashmere. •The Cloth Shop, St. William Street, for interesting designer fabric, including a good selection of Irish Linen, and Liberty of London INDEPENDENT BOOKSHOPS and MUSIC STORES Eason’s, O’Connell Street, is a Dublin institution for over 100 years. It encompasses a large stationery department, a branch of Tower Records on the top floor, academic books in the basement, a nice café and two floors of general books. It is a good place to browse books of Irish interest, and they have a really good Information Desk. Chapters, Parnell Street West is my ‘local’. John Gannon is one of the best booksellers in the business, and his staff are hand-picked enthusiastic bibliophiles, one and all. Stock is a mixture of the latest releases, and carefully chosen remaindered books. Their ordering service is superlative, and they ALWAYS know exactly what one is talking about, even with just the vaguest, half-remembered clues from a newspaper review. Very strong on contemporary fiction, natural history, non-fiction and books of Irish interest. Extensive second-hand section upstairs. The Secret Bookstore, Wicklow Street is another favourite. It’s tucked away down a passage, near the L’Occitane shop and often throws up gems among its large second-hand stock. An eclectic music store occupies the rear of the shop. Cathach Rare Books, Duke Street, specializes in Irish first editions, and have an interesting selection of Irish maps and prints. Stokes Books is another interesting antiquarian/secondhand shop, specializing in books of Irish interest. You’ll find it in Georges Street Arcade. Claddagh Records, Cecelia Street, Temple Bar, is primarily a music publisher, but they have a retail outlet in Temple Bar, which is the oldest independent music shop in Dublin, and specializes in traditional Irish music, with some interesting World Music additions. PLACES OF WORSHIP: Roman Catholic: Many Catholic churches have Mass on Saturday evening, in addition to morning Masses. •St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, Upper Gardiner Street. Gospel Mass, 7.30pm Sundays, September to mid June. •St. Mary's Metropolitan Church - the Pro-Cathedral, Marlborough. Sung Mass, 11am, Sundays, with the Palestrina Choir. •St. Joseph’s Church, Berkeley Road, Dublin 7. •St. Teresa’s Church, Clarendon Street Church, choir sings at 11 o’clock Mass, Sunday’s •St. Peter’s Church, Phibsborough, Dublin 7, has wonderful Harry Clarke ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)) stained glass windows. •Whitefriars Street Church, Aungier Street, church has relics of St. Valentine. Church of Ireland: •Christchurch Cathedral, Christchurch Place, sung Services Sundays, •St. Patrick's Cathedral, Nicholas Street, sung Services Sundays. •St. Anne’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 Jewish: Dublin Hebrew Congregation (URL HIDDEN) Daily services in Synagogue at 32a Rathfarnham Road, Public Transport: Buses: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). Get off at Terenure Cross (road). Walk up Rathfarnham Road, pass AIB Bank and one row of terraced houses; shul is next building, with wooden/metal security gates. Across the street is a shop called Window Fashions. Dublin Jewish Progressive Congregation (DJPC) Website: (URL HIDDEN) Email: (EMAIL HIDDEN) Postal: PO Box 3059, Dublin 6 President: Mrs. Hilary Abrahamson Muslim: Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland (ICCI) 19 Roebuck Road, Clonskeagh, Dublin 14, Tel: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) Islamic Foundation of Ireland (IFI) 163 South Circular Road, Dublin 8. Tel: +(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) Anwar-up-Madina Moore Street, Dublin 1. SHORT TRIPS OUTSIDE THE CITY BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT NORTH: Catch the No.46A bus, (heading north on O'Connell Street to the Phoenix Park- the largest enclosed urban park in the world, 1750 acres behind a seven-mile-long stone wall. Ashtown Castle Interpretive Centre, with its wonderful walled garden and café is a good place to orient oneself. From here, on Saturdays, it is possible to visit Aras an Uachtarian, the official residence of our President. One can also visit Farmliegh, the Official State Guesthouse, a former Guinness mansion. Among it’s attractions are an art gallery, café, occasional free concerts, and regular weekend Farmer’s Markets. The Park also houses the Dublin Zoo, (1827, the second-oldest Zoo in the world, after London’s Regent Park Zoo). Several herd of Fallow Deer roam at liberty. Many sports are catered for; there is Polo ground, a cricket club, and lots soccer pitches. The Duke of Wellington is commemorated by a marvellous Sobelisk, and the Forty Acres affords superb views over the city, with the Royal Hospital and Guinness Brewery in the foreground, along the south side of the River Liffey. Phoenix Park can also be reached via the LUAS Red Line, direction Tallagh, heading west. Alight at 'Museum' and take a detour into the National Museum-Collins Barracks, which houses the Decorative Arts, post-1700, wonderful collections of silver, furniture, glass and other artifacts. Just up the road, in Glasnevin, there are three worthwhile attractions: Glasnevin Cemetary, was founded by Daniel O’Connell as one of his first initiatives, post Catholic Emancipation in 1829, to provide a dignified place for Catholic burial. The Glasnevin Museum is new, and has superlative displays of Nationalist history. They also have a very good Geneology Department. The National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, date from the end of 18thC. Though relatively small, they contain an internationally-aclaimed collection of plants and three iconic Glasshouses, by Turner of Dublin, which have all been restored in the recent past. There is a nice café in the Gardens, and entry is free. The Gravedigger’s Pub, over-looking a Green, is not to be missed. It acquired its name from the fact that there used to be a hatch in the rear wall, through which the gravediggers were served. They do nice simple pub food, and one can sit outside on sunny days. Walk back into town, and stop at either the The Botanic Bar at Harte’s Corner or the Brian Boru, typicl local bars. The Whitworth, at Cross Guns Bridge, with nice food, is on the corner of the Royal Canal. Take a stroll east down the canal bank, and you will see swans, and moor-hens going about their business. At the next bridge, at Dorset Street, look out for the lifesize bronze statue of Brendan Behan, a local author. From here is just a few minute’s stroll up Belvidere Place, with its charming stepped terraces of tall Georgian houses, to Mountjoy Square. Another favourite is the Marino Casino, in Fairview/Clontarf, an early 18th century pleasure house, built to the design of Sir William Chambers, for Lord Charlemont, purely for entertaining, also just a few miles by bus, north of the city centre. Catch the DART, the coastal commuter train, heading north, at Tara Street Station, on the South Liffey quays, at Butt Bridge, and take a short ride. You have the choice of Howth (a working fishing village) or Malahide. Howth Demesne or Howth Head, behind the village will both afford walks with great views; the Harbour has a dozen restaurants along the quay- ranging from take-out fish and chips to the very upmarket. Book an early-evening window table at Aqua, and be astonished by the sunset over the coast, looking north-west. Another favourite of mine is Deep, midway along the quay (and do watch out for the local tame and greedy Harbour Seal, who begs shamelessly from the trawler men, who tie up alongside). Malahide is a charming village, with some of the most expensive urban residential properties in the country. Good food and good shopping are to be had here. On the edge of the village you will find Malahide Castle and Demesne, open to the public, which includes a renowned private Arboretum, as Milo de Malahide, the last of his family, (who had occupied the castle continuously since Norman times, in the 10th-12th centuries) was a significant plants-man. The Castle contains the National Portrait Collection, as was as magnificent furniture and other contents. There is a smart new branch of the AVOCA Shop and Café in the Courtyard. Oliver Dunne's restaurant, Bon Appetit, on St. James Terrace, has superb food in elegant, relaxed surroundings.(This restaurant had a Michelin star for years, but the chef/patron decided to return it, and simplify his life - a case of 'been there-done that'.) SOUTH: South of the city you will find Rathfarnham Castle, and its Berkeley Costume and Toy Collection (No. 16 bus). Marley Park is a little further, just at the foot of the Dublin Mountains. It has wonderful parkland with easy walks, and a magnificent walled garden with a nice cafe. The No.16 bus, from O’Connell Street will leave you close by. Powerscourt is at the edge of Enniskerry, its associated estate village, at the end of the No.44 bus route, which winds its way through the south side suburbs, into Wicklow, through the Scalp, a deep and picturesque glacial valley. The 19th century gardens are fabulous, and make great use of the 'borrowed landscape' beyond. The terrace and Nepture fountain are centred on the Sugarloaf mountain, which marks the beginning of the Wicklow Mountains. The Powerscourt Waterfall, part of the same estate, is a few miles further on, and there are beautiful, way-marked, woodland and moorland walks in the hills nearby. Do be mindful; these ‘mountains’ can be deceptive- while not high, they can be treacherous, as weather conditions can change in minutes. Stick to the way-marked paths, and do keep an eye on the weather. Take the DART south to Bray and Greystones - via Dun Loughaire, Dalkey and Killiney - all interesting villages, with many cafes and restaurants. Killiney Hill, with its eighteenth century obelisk at the summit, is a short climb that results in amazing views over Dublin Bay, and down into the Wicklow Mountains beyond. There is a nice pub in in the ‘village’- ‘The Druid’s Chair’. Dalkey is a charming village with old-fashioned shops and lots of nice pubs, cafes and restaurants. The local Dalkey Castle Heritage Centre, is worth checking out, and in the summer run a theatre programme, and walking tours. Bray Esplanade is a classic Victorian seaside amenity, sturdily built from local granite - the perfect place to enjoy an ice-cream. Campo di Fiori, either the Restaurant or the Café, both near the train station and the north end of the Promenade, are particular favourites of mine. If one is feeling energetic, one could contemplate the Cliff Walk from Bray to Greystones - 4miles/6km along the rough cliff path. Lots of nice pubs for a pint of Guinness at the other end, The Hungry Pear is my favourite café, among many. The DART will take you straight back into the city. But.. make sure to do it in the morning, as by mid-day the path is in shade, and it can be windy and cold. WEST: Travelling into the rich plains of Kildare, by the No. 67 bus route, you will come to the historic village of Celbridge, just twelve miles from the city centre. Castletown House is Ireland's finest Palladian mansion, and was saved from destruction by Desmond Guinness, in the early 1960's. He purchased it from the construction company who had acquired it. They intended to demolish it, to make way for a vast suburban housing estate. The Irish Georgian Society, founded by Desmond Guinness, restored the house and furnished it with the help of many volunteers and sponsors, and opened it to the public, a heroic task for a small membership conservation society. Today, it is in State ownership, and it is the flagship Georgian heritage property of Ireland. It is beautifully presented, and the parklands are undergoing restoration. A local bus, or the commuter train from Connolly Station in Amiens Street, will take one to Maynooth, a charming University town, with another magnificent Palladian mansion, Carton House, now operating as a very upmarket hotel and golf club. Lots of companies offer day-long coach tours. Some involve very long days, i.e, Cliffs of Moher in Clare and the Giant’s Causeway on the Antrim coast. Two more local, and very worthwhile ones are either: The Boyne Valley Tour (Newgrange Neolithic ( 5000 yr old World Heritage Site) / Mellifont Cistercian ruins- (12thC.)/ Monasterboice Early Christian (6th-8thC.) The Wicklow-Glendalough Tour (Powerscourt / Wicklow Mountains National Park and Glendalough (Glen of the Two Lakes) a 6thC. Early Christian site, in beautiful wooded valley. Details of both of these trips, and others, are available in the big black folder in the apartment.
    A beautiful, historic residential square, built in 1790's, within 5-10 minutes walk of the city centre. Elegance and convenience combined with a bit of inner city grittiness. I have loved it all, since 1978!
  • Karin was a wonderful host. She had maps, explanations and help for all interests. Her place is so close to so many things. We loved St. Mary's pro cathedral and The Celt just down the street. It's close to Connelly and O'Connell. She also had breakfast items waiting for us. And easy access to wifi and tv. When we return we will stay here again.

    Lauren2014-06-18T00:00:00Z
  • What a lovely lovely trip and experience! From the initial booking thru our stay, Karin was a thorough and kind host! The apartment is a dream, has everything you could possibly need, and is in a fantastic location. The house is dreamy, and the bed is one of the most comfortable I have slept in outside of my own. I highly recommend Karin's place to stay - don't second guess it, its perfect.

    Jen2015-01-06T00:00:00Z
  • Karin's place is a very nice historic apartment, with big windows looking out over Mountjoy Square park. Everything is very walkable and she was helpful with suggestions for places to visit. The apartment was clean and she left us organic snacks and coffee. We'd recommend other guests to visit the Cobblestone (but not to be the sort of person who stands over musicians with their cell phone). We had a great time in Dublin!

    Jon & Meg2016-08-10T00:00:00Z
  • Had a great stay in Karin's apartment. The place was elegant and Karin was wonderful and most helpful host. The location was very convenient. Had a nice morning jog around the Mountjoy Square Park which is located just in front of the flat. Also only 10 minutes walk to the Croke Park Stadium where we went to see semifinals of gaelic football. Very highly recommended!

    Mikko2014-08-26T00:00:00Z
  • As so many others before us have said, Karin was a first class host. She went out of her way to accommodate us, beginning with opening her doors to us at the ungodly hour of 6am when we arrived from our overnight flight from the States and set us up for our breakfast. After we all had a chance to rest, she returned to check on us and ask what were were interested in seeing and doing, and based on that, gave us many valuable suggestions and supporting materials. The apartment is well and tastesfully furnished and stocked in so many ways - high quality jams, bread, homemade granola, milk and yogurt, and a lovely, varied plate of fruit that lasted us through our 5-day stay, and on the cultural side, DVDs on Ireland, travel brochures, guides and literature. It was a very comfortable place to stay. (One word of advice on the bed - as the photos show, it is on the floor, up the stairs and has a high quality mattress, but for anyone with a disability or difficulty getting in and out of bed it may pose a challenge.) We loved staying on the Northside - it is a residential rather than touristy area and thus gives one the taste of really being in Ireland. We walked everywhere and most things we wanted to do or see were within a 15 minute walk. Karin recommended a local gastropub for our New Year's Eve dinner and it was really delicious, offering locally grown and sustainable foods, in addition to having s a friendly and lively atmosphere. One of our objectives in coming to Dublin was to go to the theatre, and both The Gate and The Abbey were about a 10-minute walk. Karin is really the perfect host - she is responsive but not intrusive, very well informed about Irish arts and culture, and generally a delightful person to talk with. She has high standards in hosting and the accommodations reflect them.

    Mari2013-01-04T00:00:00Z
  • To start with, Karin was a very kind host. The flat is exactly like described, very bright and clean. On top of that, Karin welcomed us with nice little attentions like fruits or milk. She also gave us many advice on what to do, to see, the transports... The flat is really near to the all interesting places in Dublin, 10 minutes walking from the center, 15 minutes from Template Bar, 20 minutes from all museums. We strongly recommend this place.

    Sandrine2015-05-28T00:00:00Z
  • We loved our stay in Karin's flat. Karin was so helpful and helped us navigate our few days in Dublin and even how to get to and from the airport. Her flat is in the perfect location and we enjoyed the way we would really walk to any of the main attractions. Her entire home is beautifully decorated and we felt so at home in the space. The kitchen area was perfect for us and we loved have a fridge and being able to make some meals there. I would recommend this place for anyone who wants an authentic more local experience for Dublin. Thank you so much Karin for making our stay so memorable!

    Andie2014-06-15T00:00:00Z
  • I enjoyed my stay here - Karin was very welcoming and accommodating. She recommends where to eat and places to see. The large windows were great and filled the place with natural lighting that I enjoyed very much. There's a park across the street and it was walking distance from a lot of pubs and restaurants. Next time I'm in Dublin, I'm coming back! Beautiful place.

    Kimberly2015-05-07T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/flat


    Property Type

    Loft


    Accommodates

    3


    Bedrooms

    1

    Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

    Superb city centre location within walking distance of all major tourist attractions (see below for walking times). Located just outside the noisy pub and nightlife areas and overlooking a private roof garden for a peaceful nights sleep. Upscale, spacious (80 sq.m/860 sq.ft), modern, bright & chic apartment with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a balcony. The apartment contains everything you could expect for your stay and includes tasteful designer furniture and interiors.
    Perfect location! Major attractions walking time: > The river Liffey, Smithfield Tram station, Jameson Distillery, Smithfield Square, Dublin Tourist Bus Stop - 1 minute > Christchurch Cathedral - 7 minutes > Temple Bar, Henry Street - 10 minutes > O'Connell Street & Dublin Visitor centre, Phoenix Park, Guinness Storehouse - 12 minutes > Grafton Street - 15 minutes This fantastic 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom modern apartment is ideally located in Dublin city centre within walking distance to all Dublin's major tourist attractions and 1 minute walk to Smithfield central tram station. The 2 bedrooms and living room overlook a private roof garden which ensures a low level of noise and a safe/peaceful nights sleep in the city centre yet just outside the noisy pub and nightlife areas (e.g. temple bar, along the Quays, etc). The apartment itself contains 2 spacious double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms both with shower and toilet facilities, a fully fitted modern kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, large fridge freezer, crockery, glasses, all utensils, etc.), a large living room/dining room area with floor length windows leading onto a balcony with a view of the private roof garden. We have carefully crafted detailed arrival instructions as well as a wide variety of tips/advice for the apartment, local area and Dublin city in general! We have put a lot of effort into these documents and improve them on a regular basis. Bedroom 1 - Double bed (2 persons) Bedroom 2 - Double bed (2 persons) Living room - Sofa bed (2 persons) Luggage storage available before checking in and after checking out. 24 hour check-in at any time after 3pm is fine. The apartment has plenty of space for you to relax in peacefully with Dublin on your doorstep. An elevator takes you up up to our apartment and parking is available in the large public underground car park (prices vary). The apartment is professionally cleaned after every guest and freshly laundered bed sheets and towels come as standard with each booking. Both bedrooms have brand new deep fill, hotel grade mattresses and the bed sheets are 100% cotton with high thread count of minimum 200 threads per square inch. Duvets and pillows for all beds are hotel grade and a comfortable mattress topper ensures a good nights sleep.
    Smithfield is a trendy inner city area just north of the river Liffey. Some local Artisian highlights of the Smithfield complex include the Light House Cinema/Gallery, the Generator Hostel, Third Space Cafe, Oscars Bar & Restaurant and the Fresh Good Food Shop. Despite the excellent location, the area is very quiet and removed from the bustling nightlife districts of Dublin city centre. Furthermore, the area is very safe and the building is secure.
  • Great location and nice place. Go to Frank Ryan's Pub on Thursday nights for live music and a great time. I

    Ken2018-08-12T00:00:00Z
  • It is a great apartment with everything you need. Its a nice looking and big apartment. It is very close to city center. So you don’t have to go far for anything. We loved our stay there.

    Tormod2018-04-23T00:00:00Z
  • We, 3 friends and I, stayed for two nights in the flat. After a week on a houseboat and a Sightseeingtour through Ireland we were really very pleased about this wonderful flat in the nearby of everything in Dublin! We've could walk to temple bar, to the Castle and the parks within minutes - just great! The flat was more than expected and exceeded all our expectations. It has everything you need, well equipped kitchen and everything is placed with love! Plants, tables, chairs,... A lovely Place to be. It's quiet and nevertheless so central. All the informations Liam gave we're really good prepared and helpful. Thanks from all of us - to stay there in this flat, made our trip to Dublin perfect.

    Ollie2016-08-07T00:00:00Z
  • The neighbourhood was perfect The proximity of several restaurants and grocery store perfect!

    Christina2016-09-17T00:00:00Z
  • We found your place from the extensive instructions you emailed us. Parking was fine to just turn up to and find a park. It was a real treat to have such a spacious, luxurious apartment to stay in. We didn't need to contact you at all as everything was catered for. Well done - you are super organised.

    Stacey2016-08-03T00:00:00Z
  • Liam's place was fantastic! 5 of us visited for the marathon and found the location perfect. Plenty of places to eat, drink and shop right on the doorstep including a very nice grocery store. Very accessible with a tram stop right outside and within walking distance of all the sites (Temple Bar, Guinness storehouse). The apartment was very clean and spacious, and having 2 bathrooms was also a great bonus. Evenings in the apartment were lovely with a fully equipped kitchen so we could enjoy our own meals if we preferred. Thanks for a great stay would certainly consider staying again.

    Rich2016-11-01T00:00:00Z
  • We had a very nice stay in Liam's apartment. He was extremely responsive and helpful in the run-up to the trip and although he doesn't meet you himself, it is very easy to get the keys and let yourself in. The apartment itself is a good size with a very well-equipped kitchen with extras like tea, coffee and oil for cooking provided which is good if you're going to be cooking yourself. There is a good supermarket 5 mins walk away as well as several cafes and restaurants. We did feel like it wasn't quite as close to the 'action' as we had expected but if you don't mind a lot of walking or getting to grips with the public transportation it is fine.

    Hannah2016-12-15T00:00:00Z
  • Liam's apartment was welcoming, bright, and clean. The area is walking distance to a couple cafes, a supermarket, and the tram. My only negative comment would be that it was a bit more difficult to find than expected, even with the elaborate instructions. Because we were traveling with our aging parents and had so much luggage on us, I felt a bit bad about this. If traveling alone or with younger friends, I would definitely recommend this place.

    Nicole2017-07-30T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/flat


    Property Type

    Condominium


    Accommodates

    6


    Bedrooms

    2

    Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

    Our modern 4th floor designer apartment is located close to the City Centre in Dublin's Bohemian quarter. The apartment is spacious & comfortable with bespoke fitted furniture & unique decoration throughout.
    Welcome to our unique Dublin City apartment. It's bright, airy and warm and decorated with solid hardwood floors, metallic paint and a selection of unusual artwork. It's a relaxing and comfortable place to be. It's carefully lit and can be configured for reading or working or can be transformed into a more relaxing environment. Each room features custom made fitted furniture with lots of storage space designed to maximise the potential of the room. The living room gives onto a balcony that overlooks the city skyline. You are welcome to smoke on the balcony if you wish. The smaller of the two bedrooms has a double bed and a door that gives onto the balcony. You can sit in bed drinking Fair Trade coffee and look out across the balcony to see Christchurch and the Spire. The larger bedroom features a king-size bed, storage space, a work-desk and loads of room! If you look out the window you can see the Guinness Factory and the Gravity Bar. We're happy to provide wireless WiFi, free parking for one car and Fair Trade tea, ground coffee, instant coffee and sugar. We'll also lay on some cookies, fresh bread and organic milk for your arrival. The apartment is located on the western side of the south city center, close to Guinness, Christchurch and Saint Patrick's Cathedral and it's a short walk to Dublin's city center and its various attractions.
    D8 is great! Historically, Dublin 8 was the industrial base of the city and many of the old factories and warehouses survived redevelopment and gentrification and are now home to a new generation of artists, designers and artisan manufacturers. Your master bedroom overlooks the Guinness factory and the Gravity Bar. The Guinness Storehouse is a couple of minutes walk away and is well worth the cost of entry, if only to experience a pint of Guinness with the most amazing panoramic view over the city. Nearby in Kilmainham Lane is the Irish Museum of Modern Art, and a little further out is Kilmainham Gaol, both worth a visit. On Thomas Street, about 5 minutes away is Manning's Bakery famous for traditional Dublin fare such as boxty. It's inexpensive, unpretentious and authentic and we'd recommend it for lunch - particularly if you have a sweet tooth! Across Thomas Street, beside John's Lane Church is the Thomas House, Dublin's best music bar. Quirky and friendly with a small music venue in the basement, TH is home to a variety of Dublin subcultures and is busy pretty much every night of the week. Back up the street, opposite St. Catherine's church (where Robert Emmet was executed in 1803) is Morelli's Fish and Chips. There are a number of chippers in D8 but we consider this to be the best! It's a good place for a midnight snack after an evening in Thomas House... Opposite Thomas House is Vicar Street, another music venue, usually hosting larger and more well known acts, it has a lovely bar that used to be open to the public, but sadly is now only open to ticket-holders. It's nice to look into though, it has some street sculptures outside and in the window is a Harley Davidson that once belonged to Larry Mullen from U2. Around the corner on Francis Street is the Tivoli Theatre, the car-park of which is notable as a sort of incubator for the Dublin graffiti scene. Francis Street is known as the antiques quarter and is worth a stroll if antiques are your thing. Adjacent to the apartment, in Newmarket Square are the Dublin Food Co-op and the Green Door Market. They're interesting places to hang out, maybe have brunch and purchase organic food. Depending on the day, sometimes the Food Co-op hosts other markets such as Pure Vintage, Fusion, Brocante and the Dublin Flea Market. Also in Newmarket is the Teeling Distillery where you can experience tastings, tours and a very nice Cafe. On the far side of Guinness is the newly opened Pearse Lyons distillery and the Jameson Distillery in Smithfield is also withing walking distance. Also nearby are Christchurch (you can see it form the balcony) and St. Patrick's Cathedrals, The Viking Splash Tours, Dublin Castle and Temple Bar (a 15 minute walk). In addition to all the things in D8, we're located a short walk from the more interesting parts of Dublin City Centre such as Georges Street (restaurants and bars), Wexford Street and Camden Street (restaurants, bars and music venues).
  • Luan is a great host! We were a little late, and he was very accommodating. He actually met us at the apartment. Let me say that again if you missed it. He actually met us at the apartment. That is very very different than picking up a key from a mailbox, and definitely changed the tone of the trip for the better. He bought us fresh bread, milk, and eggs. He gave us butter and pasta. He told us where two supermarkets were in case we needed anything. He explained things like how to make hot water if we needed more (as a New Yorker I definitely did not know how to do that). He gave us recommendations. He even drove us into town! His apartment was very clean and the pictures are 100% accurate. I highly recommend staying here. It's cozy, bright, colorful, close to the main street and buses. Staying here really enhanced my time in Dublin!

    Akeelya2017-11-18T00:00:00Z
  • We had a nice time at elena and luan's (Website hidden by Airbnb) again for your good tips to visit the city!

    Chloé2015-01-03T00:00:00Z
  • This was a great place to stay. One of the best decorated Airbnb's I've stayed in loved the artwork and layout of the apartment. Communication was fast and easy and they gave me great directions on how to get there. Luan met us at the apartment and gave us the tour he was also kind enough to give us a list of great places to check out and showed us on the map where each one was. Make sure you take their recommendation of Mannings Bakery and cafe for breakfast. It was so good! Everything was within walking distance for us which made our stay even better. Would absolutely recommend choosing this Airbnb for your time in Dublin.

    Cole2016-03-11T00:00:00Z
  • A fantastic apartment and a perfect location for anyone looking to explore Dublin. 5 minutes Walking distance to the Guinness brewery and about 15 minute walk to downtown. Comfortable beds and a secure apartment. Would recommend to anyone

    Peter2015-10-02T00:00:00Z
  • Great location and apartment! We had a great stay here

    Gabriela2017-02-10T00:00:00Z
  • The apartment is located in walking distance to the city centre, which made it easy for us to explore Dublin on foot. The flat is very spacious and well equipped. Besides it offers loads of cool pictures to look at. Luan is a very friendly host who provided us with helpful information on what to do, where to go and to eat and drink. We especially enjoyed a visit of the flea market in New Market on Sunday and several cold craft beers at Thomas House.

    Holger2017-07-31T00:00:00Z
  • The location was great. We were able to drop our stuff off a little early so it was very nice that they were accommodating in that regard. Our host also took some time to give us some recommendations so that was very nice. I do think that the WIFI was a little spotty at times but it was not a big deal. My friend didn't have good cell service in the Dublin area so maybe that wasn't specific to this BNB. It was nice to have a patio. Place was clean. I would not have minded having a blow dryer but that's not always a given in every BNB. Our host brought us bread and milk too which was nice! Overall would definitely recommend it!!!!

    June2016-09-25T00:00:00Z
  • Luan is very generous and left us chocolates, eggs, milk, bread, butter, tea and coffee. Luan also spent time showing us around his place and giving us a rundown about the area. He was very helpful. The linens and towels were lovely and clean and smelled fresh. I would recommend this spot. The apartment is bright and spacious and has very unique decor.

    Bee2018-08-06T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/flat


    Property Type

    Apartment


    Accommodates

    4


    Bedrooms

    2

    Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

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    The following is what past guests have said that they love about this property; Guests commented on how old world and elegent it looks. You have a sense of being in the country with birds and squirrels in the trees but yet you are only 10 minutes to the airport and 10 minutes to the city centre. Everyone adored our closeness to the phoenix park - the pool room looks into the park.There are many activities in the park including the zoo, the hop on hop off bus, segways, rent a bike to name a few.
    The apartment is a 4 bedroom 2.5 bathroom home separated from our own house around a courtyard near the world renowned Phoenix Park, home to the President of Ireland and the American Embassy. The park is very historic with several interesting building to explore and it is home to Dublin Zoo and also home to Cricket, Polo, and a great park to rent bikes and meander around. About our home: Our home is special as the atmosphere is relaxed,friendly and we will endeavour to help our guests have the best time possible. We have a separate self contained sauna all year round and a heated swimming pool at your disposal. There are 4 bedrooms; bedroom 1 & 2 have king size beds and are ensuite. Bedroom 3 has a double sized bed and bedroom 4: King size bed and single bed. In total beds for 9 people. Only 5 km from the centre of Dublin. Dublin is an intimate city with a bustling night life with a great choice of good restaurants. In our welcome book we have suggestions for restaurants in Dublin. Suitable for Business travellers, couples and families of up to 9 who are intending on discovering Ireland. Also suitable for events such as the Bloom Garden Festival, The Royal Dublin Horse Show, Dublin Marathon and many more events. Public transport is 50 meters from the house and by car, Dublin Centre is 5km.aaww
    Our house is located at the gate of the famous Phoenix Park. The house has a beautiful country feel about it but yet it is 10 minutes from the City Centre. We are within 10 mins drive of 5 golf courses, so we are ideal for golf enthusiasts. We are only 20 minutes drive also from the Dublin mountains again ideal for hill walkers,and those that like horse riding.The village of Castleknock is 8 minutes walk from the house. Here you have 5 restaurants 3 pubs and all local amenities like hair dressers, dry cleaners, beauticians etc. As we are at the Phoenix Park gate, our house is ideally situated for any event being held in the Phoenix park, like Bloom in June, Iron Man in August and motor racing and Dublin Marathon
  • Sarah was wonderful and "The Stables" were fantastic. I could not have been happier with my stay. Thank you for accommodating us on such short notice.

    Marianne2015-10-06T00:00:00Z
  • Sarah and her family were simply amazing, they made us feel very welcome in their home and helped us with all aspects of getting in/around Dublin. Sarah has also been in constant contact with us prior to our arrival to coordinate everything. They are very friendly and we very much enjoyed the great conversations and travel stories we shared. I would highly recommend staying with them! I hope that next time I am in Dublin I am able to stay with them again!

    Nick2015-10-03T00:00:00Z
  • The brilliance of The Stables could only have been matched by the help and grace of the host - Sarah was incredible throughout, going so far as to pick me up on the way to the house, show me how everything including the pool and sauna worked, and even taking care of a load of laundry! Incredible find & thank you Sarah!

    Harry2016-02-16T00:00:00Z
  • Wonderful experience! Sarah and Michael were extremely helpful and friendly. The house was spacious and had everything we needed. Definitely recommend for a group. Thank you so much!

    Maggie2015-12-01T00:00:00Z
  • Absolutely fabulous stay in a very exclusive neighbourhood yet completely adjacent to Phoenix park and close to the city! The host went way above our expectations and was literally the best host we have ever experienced! The property in itself is so comfortable, we stayed for 3 nights and very much wished we’d had more time, we will most certainly stay here again when we visit Dublin! Our party, which comprised of a family of 7 people, enjoyed celebrating our youngest daughters’ 18th Birthday. An absolute gem! Thank you Sarah for your fantabulous hospitality! X

    Victoria2018-04-22T00:00:00Z
  • What an amazing place, Sarah is an amazing host. In recommendations for food and taxis- to the above and beyond services of a trip to the supermarket And dropping us at the zoo. We couldn’t have asked for anymore. Thank you so much for having us and welcoming us into your home.

    Erin2018-05-07T00:00:00Z
  • This was our first experience with the AirBnB and it could not have been better, we will definitely stay with AirBnB again. The accommodations are very true to the pictures on the site. The hostess, Sarah was invaluable in making our vacation so wonderful. Simply ask for what you need and a few moments later it will arrive (hair dyer, eggs, paper towels. etc). The pool was great for our kids and the house was very comfortable. Everyone loved the 3 dogs, especially the little one "No-No". We took the bus to Dublin city each day, the #37 bus stops less than 100 steps from the house. Delightful stay, wonderful Irish hospitality, we can't wait to go back; the home is perfect for a family with children like ours.

    John2015-07-14T00:00:00Z
  • Beautiful home and welcome from Sarah. Great location just beside the phoenix park and 10 mins by taxi to city centre. The house is fab..very comfortable and we especially loved the pool! Will definitely return. Many thanks Sarah!!

    Deirdre2016-07-23T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/flat


    Property Type

    House


    Accommodates

    9


    Bedrooms

    4

    Dublin, Ireland

    Fantastic Apartment in the heart of the city with river views. Refurbished by award winning A2 architects, this unique space offers modern, bright open plan accommodation with amazing views of the Ha'penny Bridge, one of Dublin most famous landmarks.
    Fantastic Apartment in the heart of the city with river views. Refurbished by award winning A2 architects, this unique space offers modern, bright open plan accommodation with amazing views of the Ha'penny Bridge, one of Dublin most famous landmarks. Recently renovated by award winning A2 Architects, my 2nd floor, open plan studio apartment offers the perfect location to stay in Dublin. Situated right beside the symbol of Dublin, the Ha’penny Bridge, you are in the beating heart of the city. Everything is within walking distance, with Temple Bar and Trinity College for example just across the bridge and most other major sights a few minutes away . The airport bus is only 100 metres away, not to mention all the bars and restaurants just outside the door. Experiencing the true essence of Dublin couldn’t be any easier. Previously a 66-metres (710 sq ft) two-bedroom apartment, it was renovated to an open plan, creating a large space that allows full access to natural light. From the window overlooking the river Liffey, you get a great view of the sunset and the feeling of the city passing you by. It’s deceptively easy to just sit at the window and watch as people cross the Ha’penny bridge. I have Wi-fi, a great bathroom and fully functioning kitchen including a Nespresso coffee machine. Dublin is a conveniently compact city and my apartment is nestled right in the centre of it all, allowing for a hassle free, thoroughly enjoyable place to experience it to the full. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Location cannot be better. You are overlooking the River Liffey and directly above the beautiful Ha'penny Bridge. Cross the bridge and you are in Temple Bar with its numerous bars, restaurants, vintage clothes shops, Project Arts Centre, Gallery of Photography, Irish Film Institute and many other attractions. Dublin two main pedestrian shopping streets, Grafton and Henry St are about 5 minutes away. Trinity College with its famous Library is 3 minutes walk. Dublin is experiencing a Renaissance after a long recession and every week a new exciting restaurant, cultural space or play is opening. It is a great time to be visiting! The Aircoach bus from the airport drops you 5 minutes away. The LUAS tram stops in Jervis St 2 minutes away but the apartment is so central you probably won't be using public transport at all. I personally wouldn't recommend car hire as a lot of the streets are one way and it can be tricky to drive around if you are not familiar with the city. Notes: -The sofa bed in the pictures is BoConcept Melo 6070 Double Sofa with reclining and sleeping function. Size as double bed is 173cm wide x 197cm long so suitable for one or two people. -The Bed is King Size (150 x 200cm) and has a memory foam mattress Nespresso Lattissimma Plus Machine provided
    Location cannot be better. You are overlooking the River Liffey and directly above the beautiful Ha'penny Bridge. Cross the bridge and you are in Temple Bar with its numerous bars, restaurants, vintage clothes shops, Project Arts Centre, Gallery of Photography, Irish Film Institute and many other attractions. Dublin two main pedestrian shopping streets, Grafton and Henry St are about 5 minutes away. Trinity College with its famous Library is 3 minutes walk. Dublin is experiencing a Renaissance after a long recession and every week a new exciting restaurant, cultural space or play is opening. It is a great time to be visiting!
  • A beautiful, well equipped apartment at an excellent location overlooking the Ha'Penny Bridge. The bus to and from the airport stops nearby, and the location is perfect for exploring the city on foot. I would definitely recommend it to everyone (except maybe for the light sleeper, as there is heavy traffic right in front the house and there is no double glazing). The tips on where to have breakfast, lunch, etc. are very nice.

    Daniël2014-01-17T00:00:00Z
  • We loved the Appartment and the location was also great. Dardo was a perfect host. He had bread butter tea and coffee milk etc ready available when we arrived. Will book again next time when possible. Just make sure you have earplugs when you want to sleep. It can be noisy outside sometimea.

    Frieda2015-06-09T00:00:00Z
  • Dardo's flat is very clean and spacious, we felt very much at home during our stay. Great communication and hassle-free handover even though our plane arrived quite late in Dublin. It is set in a great location in the very heart of Dublin. Given its vicinity to many a pub there is a little street noise at night but nothing that kept us awake. I very much recommend it.

    Carlo2013-05-13T00:00:00Z
  • Dardo couldn't have been more accommodating and helpful. We were coming into Dublin after seeing other parts of Ireland and he met us without any complaints with our last minute schedule. If that wasn't enough, when I came up with the last minute plan to go to the Jameson Distillery he even walked us the 10 minutes there so we wouldn't get lost! The unit is beautiful and bright. All amenities you could want are included and it is in a great location near many sight. The only negative is that the street does stay active for a bit into the night but it wasn't anything that spoiled our time in the apartment. I'd stay here again for sure and have no reservations about recommending it to others. Thanks Dardo!

    Steve2016-03-06T00:00:00Z
  • Brilliant location and flat exactly as per photos. Bed extremely comfy. However it can get noisy due to central location - but this didn't bother us as we were out most of the time. Overall a nice experience. Thanks Dardo.

    Annabel2014-01-13T00:00:00Z
  • Really great flat right in the centre just where we wanted to be. Dardo was so helpful and made us feel very welcome. The flat was very clean and well equipped...was great to have milk, coffee and tea there when we arrived. Very thoughtful. Lovely view from the flat overlooking the river and the buzzy streets of Dublin. Thank you Dardo, I'm sure we'll be back!

    Yvette2015-02-18T00:00:00Z
  • We just stayed here earlier in the week and Dardo let us come back for one more night before we departed Dublin. Super convenient! Thanks Dardo!

    Philip2015-04-11T00:00:00Z
  • The flat was absoulety stunning! Clean, stylish and cosy, right in the city center of Dublin. We felt instantly at home. Dardo sent us extensive information, not only about the flat but insider tips for bars and restaurants. He was the perfect host. Thank you a lot!

    Peter2016-03-25T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/flat


    Property Type

    Loft


    Accommodates

    4


    Bedrooms

    0

    Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

    Superb city centre location within walking distance of all major tourist attractions (see below for times). Located just outside the noisy pub and nightlife areas and overlooking a private roof garden for a peaceful nights sleep. Elegant, designer and upscale apartment with 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom and a balcony. The apartment contains everything you could expect for your stay and includes tasteful designer furniture and interiors. The space and high quality interiors are kept immaculately clean.
    This fantastic 1 bedroom modern apartment is ideally located in Dublin city centre within walking distance to all Dublin's major tourist attractions and 1 minute walk to Smithfield central tram station. The bedroom and living room overlook a private roof garden which ensures a low level of noise and a safe/peaceful nights sleep just outside the noisy pub and nightlife areas (e.g. temple bar, along the Quays, etc). The apartment itself contains 1 spacious double bedroom, 1 bathroom with shower and toilet facilities, a fully fitted modern kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, large fridge freezer, crockery, glasses, all utensils, etc.), a large living room/dining room area with floor length windows leading onto a balcony with a view of the private roof garden. We have carefully crafted detailed arrival instructions as well as a wide variety of tips/advice for the apartment, local area and Dublin city in general! We have put a lot of effort into these documents and improve them on a regular basis. Bedroom 1 - Double bed for 2 persons Living room - Double Sofa Bed for 2 persons Luggage storage available before checking in and after checking out. 24 hour check-in at any time after 3pm is fine. The apartment has plenty of space for you to relax in peacefully with Dublin on your doorstep. An elevator takes you up to our apartment. Parking is available in the large public underground car park (prices vary). Major attractions walking time: > The river Liffey, Smithfield Tram station, Jameson Distillery, Smithfield Square, Dublin Tourist Bus Stop - 1 minute > Christchurch Cathedral - 7 minutes > Temple Bar, Henry Street - 10 minutes > O'Connell Street & Dublin Visitor centre, Phoenix Park, Guinness Storehouse - 12 minutes > Grafton Street - 15 minutes The apartment is professionally cleaned after every guest and freshly laundered bed sheets and towels come as standard with each booking. The bedroom has a brand new deep fill, hotel grade mattress and the bed sheets are 100% cotton with high thread count of minimum 200 threads per square inch. Duvets and pillows for all beds are hotel grade and a comfortable mattress topper ensures a good nights sleep.
    Smithfield is a trendy inner city area just north of the river Liffey. Some local Artisian highlights of the Smithfield complex include the Light House Cinema/Gallery, the Generator Hostel, Third Space Cafe, Oscars Bar & Restaurant and the Fresh Good Food Shop. Despite the excellent location, the area is very quiet and removed from the bustling nightlife districts of Dublin city centre. Furthermore, the area is very safe and the building is secure.
  • This is a great place if you are looking for a spot in the heart of Dublin! It was a safe neighborhood with lots of great amenities right downstairs (restaurants, bars, market). It is also a stone's throw away from The Old Jameson Distillery. Along with this, it is a great location for using the Hop On/Off bus. Liam was extremely helpful and provided an AMAZING guide to the apartment and neighborhood. It was a huge help and his recommendations did not disappoint! The apartment was also clean and well stocked.

    Paige2016-09-06T00:00:00Z
  • Liam's apartment was the perfect base for our stay in Dublin. Smithfield is very centrally located, within easy walking distance of Temple Bar and all the sights. The area has a great atmosphere, with lots of good brunch and coffee spots nearby. The apartment itself was very clean, comfortable and secure. Liam was a lovely and responsive host, and made the check in process very easy. We would be happy to stay again!

    Rebecca2016-09-18T00:00:00Z
  • This was our first time with Airbnb and it definitely won’t be our last. Liam’s apartment was the perfect place for us to base ourselves to see all that Dublin has to offer. Great host who provided lots of information on places to visit, eat and drink - of which we did quite a few We will return

    Karen2018-03-30T00:00:00Z
  • Liam was very communicative before our stay with information and directions. Check in was easy and the apartment was immaculate and in a great location to walk to all of Dublin's major sights. We had a wonderful time. Liam even left recommendations for restaurants, pubs, etc. which was very helpful. I would stay in this flat again if traveling to Dublin in the future!

    Alyssa2016-08-10T00:00:00Z
  • Great location and perfect set up. Liam’s an awesome host and the description is spot on (and pictured). Would recommend this place to a friend or family member.

    Jessica2017-11-26T00:00:00Z
  • Lovely, stylish, clean space. Not quite in the city center, but a short walk, and the quiet was worth it! Liam is extremely well-organized and responsive. I thought It was a great value for the price! The patio was lovely, and the area felt very safe. Enjoy!

    Anna2018-07-20T00:00:00Z
  • Lovely place to live. The location is quite good, and the host gives us many suggestions. 'I LEFT MY HEART IN DUBLIN' as it displays on wall :)

    Judy2018-02-05T00:00:00Z
  • Excellent communication with host and easy check in process. Excellent location. Very clean upon arrival. If you need a dark room to sleep, bring an eye mask as curtains let in a lot of light at night. Kitchen excellent with all necessary utensils. Fresh food store nearby is great.

    Ian2018-09-09T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/flat


    Property Type

    Condominium


    Accommodates

    4


    Bedrooms

    1

    Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

    Luxury four bedroom House in the most fashionable area of Dublin. Ballsbridge is an excellent area of Dublin, close to all the action, the house is only 20 minute walk to Grafton Street/Trinity Collage, great pubs and restaurants in the area.
    This is a Luxury four bedroom house set in the heart of Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. This luxury house consists of 4 double bedrooms, 2 of which are en-suite, all double bedrooms have either a king size or super king size double bed, , all rooms have TVs, desk, chair, mirror, fast internet access throughout the house Kitchen with all mod cons. Bright living area. The house is very energy efficient and eco friendly, including having a rain water harvesting system, solar panels, triple glazing etc. But the best thing about this house is its super location.
    The Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 area, is an exclusive area of Dublin, only a 15 minute walk to Grafton Street/Trinity Collage. The area is full of great restaurants, bars and shops. This area is also extremely safe, and a great place to be based to explore Dublin.
  • In 1 word: FABULOUS! Desmond's newly renovated apartment made our stay (with 9 people in total)! The apartment is clean, has ALL facilities (including breakfast a.o.), has a good location and is a perfect place to recover from the Dublin energy. Also very useful, in case your flight / trip back is after check-out time, you can easily leave your luggage for the day (one of my personal challenges with other AirBnB apartments). If I could rate 6 stars, Desmond's apartment would definitely earn it!

    Erden2016-05-17T00:00:00Z
  • Very nice place...was everything we expected and more. Check-in was easy and Desmond was a great host!

    Jean2018-09-11T00:00:00Z
  • Fantastic House to stay in. Spacious, clean and in a great location!

    Nicola2018-03-04T00:00:00Z
  • This house is a great place to stay. There was plenty of room for our large group. Also a large living area and kitchen. The house has a modern feel and gets plenty of light in every room. I would definitely stay here again if I were traveling in Dublin with a large group.

    Jack2018-07-11T00:00:00Z
  • I had a wonderful time in Dublin, thanks in large part to Des. From his warm welcome as he guided us through the property to his helpfulness in booking us a taxi to the airport, Des was incredibly accommodating throughout our whole trip. The house was beautiful, a 25-minute walk to the city center, and in a safe neighborhood. It also had all the amenities promised and more! It is clear to see that Des works in the hospitality business. I highly recommend staying here!

    Megan2016-07-09T00:00:00Z
  • This house was perfect for my family! We were 8 adult and there was more than enough room. The bedrooms are cute and stylish and the bathrooms are enough to make you never want to leave. Desmond was a great host, always with a quick response and very accommodating. Couldn't have asked for a better host and home!

    Cassandra2017-05-09T00:00:00Z
  • Great house in good location!

    Dave2017-04-14T00:00:00Z
  • An absolutely fantastic property to stay. Desmond and his team go above and beyond to make this feel like a luxury stay. House is beautiful, each room as nice as the next. Can't recommend more highly

    Aidan2017-09-22T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/flat


    Property Type

    House


    Accommodates

    12


    Bedrooms

    4

    Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

    Our place is right in the middle of Dublin in the IFSC, only a couple of minutes away on foot to the The Brew Dock, Connolly Station, O'Connell Street and the River Liffey among many others. I believe you’ll love our duplex because it's spacious yet comfy with a massive terrace overlooking the Harbour dock. The location is ideal and very secure as it forms part of a private gated development. It is ideal for couples, solo adventurers, business travellers, families (with kids), and small groups.
  • Although, away from the centre of town, this was an easy 20 minute walk. The Luas is on your doorstep too! Duncan was a great host and went out of his way to help, many thanks!

    Colin2016-12-17T00:00:00Z
  • I loved the kitchen and living room in the apartment. Very cute and the fridge was stocked with some of the basics. That was a very thoughtful touch. The apartment also had brochures and things that help us find the bus stop to get to the airport the next morning. Very secure building and quiet at night.

    Shannon2017-05-24T00:00:00Z
  • Good location, within walking distance of city centre. Duncan was very hospitable and communication prior to or trip was excellent.

    Aine2017-07-21T00:00:00Z
  • I never seen Duncan but he cares us really nice. Before i came to dublin, he informs me about how to get there and what to prepare. The house was really nice, clean, perfect view. All things is his house is perfect. I really want to visit again Duncan's house.

    Chang Hyun2016-10-13T00:00:00Z
  • Staying at Duncan's place was great! The location was perfect (walking distance to city center and also quite and safe). Duncan did a great job with communication along the way, from the moment I booked the place until my family and I left. It was also very roomy for 5 people and comfortable amenities when we needed a rest from our daily activities. Thanks Duncan for a great vacation!

    Cate2016-11-08T00:00:00Z
  • Great apartment

    Aharon2017-07-13T00:00:00Z
  • Duncan and Gabrielle were great hosts, very easy to communicate with and really accommodating with our early check-in . The apartment was in an ideal neighbourhood, central to walk around with plenty of amenities nearby. There was plenty of space for four adults and the terrace was amazing! I would highly recommend their place for anyone coming to Dublin.

    Glennis2017-07-09T00:00:00Z
  • We spent just a night in dublin and Duncan was a really good host, nice apartment, a couple of stops from the center by tram!

    Maxime2016-08-09T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/flat


    Property Type

    Apartment


    Accommodates

    5


    Bedrooms

    2

    Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

    Fantastic, top-floor, two-bedroom apartment in a beautiful, old building in the very, very heart of Dublin City. Dublin City is quite literally at your fingertips! This is the best located Airbnb listing in Dublin - and that's no exaggeration.
    Top-floor, TWO-BEDROOM apartment in an Edwardian building right in the heart of Dublin city's old historic centre. It has unique won't-find-anywhere-else views of Dublin Castle and City Hall, two of Dublin's most iconic historic landmarks. The building is on Dame Street in Dublin 2, and is just a couple of minutes (or less) walk from all of Dublin's historic, cultural, social and tourist attractions. The apartment is full of history, tradition and character. It occupies the top floor of an old Edwardian building, located midway along Dame Street, which links Trinity College to Christ Church Cathedral. As well as views over Dublin Castle and Dublin City Hall from the living room and one bedroom, the other bedroom looks west towards Christ Church Cathedral. Where else would you get it? The apartment has been completely renovated in recent years (so has all the modern conveniences you could want, including fast WiFi internet connection, central heating, an electric shower and a fully-fitted kitchen), its original period features have been preserved (including solid oak wood flooring in the living room and bedrooms, granite stone flooring and a wonderful Belfast sink in the kitchen, and large sash windows in every room). It has two bedrooms (one with a double bed, the other with two single beds), a decent-sized living room with a kitchen off and a bathroom. Every room has large sash windows characteristic of the Edwardian era (early 1900s), so the apartment is full of natural light (if you're lucky, sunshine too!) from early in the morning until late in the evening. Everything you might need (bed linen, towels and kitchen items) is provided, as well as a small library of books on Dublin. Free 30Mb Wifi.
    Have a glance at a map of Dublin and you'll see that Dame Street is right in the centre of everything that Dublin has to offer. Trinity College is at one end of Dame Street (3 minute walk from the apartment) and Christ Church Cathedral is at the other (2 minute walk in the other direction). On one side is Dublin Castle and City Hall, and on the other is Temple Bar. All other notable parts of the city – such as Grafton Street area, St Stephens Green, Merrion Square, O'Connell Street – are within a 10-15 minute walk. As well as being immersed in Dublin's history and culture, you're surrounded by the best cafes, restaurants, pubs and shopping in Dublin.
  • Fantastic location, right in the middle of everything, conveniently located next to the river which is great for runners. Garrett is a great host, making sure we were as comfy as we could be. Just a small heads up for the light sleepers out there to maybe bring a pair of earplugs as the central location of the apartment means there can be traffic starting early am hours.

    Alexander2014-11-06T00:00:00Z
  • The listing was in a perfect location with a wonderful view! It was clean and Garrett was great about explaining the location, restaurants, bars, and transportation to and from the airport. We loved our trip to Dublin and the convenience of this listing!

    Katherine2015-03-15T00:00:00Z
  • The most quaint apartment in the best location in Dublin. Not very noisy yet in the heart of the area. Garrett is helpful, friendly, and genuine. I will be staying here again for certain.

    Jacqueline2016-06-16T00:00:00Z
  • Pretty sure there's nothing else I could add that others haven't already said - some of the best hosts we've dealt with on AirBNB (and their information before arriving is excellent and all the help they provide while there as well), great location to everything, clean, etc. Two couples rented here for 4 nights and it worked perfectly, even cooking quite a few times. They let us keep our luggage in the apartment a bit later in the day as we were flying out late and it worked out really well. I'd definitely recommend this place! The one thing I'd note that I've see one or two others mention is the noise. We went in late September so the windows were closed and we're heavy sleepers so didn't mind, but you are on a busy road and right in Temple Bar, so don't expect to hear crickets in the middle of summer!

    Darrell2013-09-24T00:00:00Z
  • This was a perfect spot for us as we were close to everything we wanted to see.

    Thomas2013-10-17T00:00:00Z
  • We had a wonderful stay in Dublin, Garrett's flat was perfect; well-stocked with amenities, brilliant location and so cosy! Garrett was a great host, and very accommodating when we arrived a bit later than planned. He offered us recommendations and was very flexible with our check out time. Even though we only stayed for a couple of nights, we loved the flat and would definitely return!

    Shoshana2014-05-16T00:00:00Z
  • Very nice and local appartment. We love to stay there for three nigths. It's a little bit noisy because it's next to the street. Everything what e traveler needs was there.

    Carol2016-04-22T00:00:00Z
  • We had a great time in Dublin thanks to Ronan's and Garrett's very comfortable and perfectly located apartment. The apartment is close to everything that you should see in Dublin. Garrett and Ronan were very helpful and thanks to their list of restaurants and pubs we were able to find really cool places. The apartment has everything you will need during your stay.

    Dirk2013-10-22T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/flat


    Property Type

    Apartment


    Accommodates

    5


    Bedrooms

    2

    Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

    Bright, spacious second-floor studio in beautiful, quiet Georgian house, overlooking a park, situated in a dynamic area of the city. Welcoming local host with years of hospitality experience.
    Come and have an authentic experience in one of Dublin's special Georgian apartments, situated on Mountjoy Square, in the heart of Dublin's North Georgian core, and just minutes from O'Connell Street. This large studio apartment is on the second floor of a beautiful redbrick townhouse, built in 1792. Both house and apartment retain all their original features, combined with modern comforts. It is approximately 400 sq ft, or 38m2. It has just been completely redecorated (July 2015) and has a smart new bathroom with a large walk-in high-pressure shower. It has a new 40" smart TV and DVD player. The well designed kitchen has a gas hob, electric oven, dishwasher and microwave, and all the equipment you might need to cook a gourmet meal. Basic condiments are provided as well as a generous 'welcome pack' for breakfast. All you need to buy is some bread! The East-facing apartment is flooded with light from the three full-length windows overlooking the gardens of Mountjoy Square. It has a Georgian pink marble period fireplace fitted with a high-output gas stove. The rest of the apartment is comfortably furnished with period furniture, including a Georgian dining table and four matching chairs, and a pair of comfortable leather tub chairs. There are Kashmir hand-loomed wool wraps, for cosy evenings in front of the fire. It is decorated with fine art prints from Graphic Studio Dublin. The bed folds away and has a comfortable double mattress, goose down duvet and pillows, and pure cotton sheets. Read in comfort with vintage Anglepoise reading lights. If needed, a single, contract-quality foldaway bed, and all linens are available for a extra guest. Please see photos. A surcharge of €10, to cover the cost of the extra laundry, applies for the use of the apartment as a twin. This will be collected in cash upon arrival. • You will receive a welcome pack of the basics- quality tea, coffee, home-made granola and preserves, fruit, juice and organic natural yoghurt and free-range eggs. • 100% cotton bed linen and towels are provided • Local tourist information and guide books available • Free wi-fi • Large flat-screen TV and DVD player, with selection of Irish themed DVD's • Library of Irish-themed books • Playing cards and board games • Hair dryer • Washing machine and dryer are available in the building- we will do your laundry for you - €10 charge CHECK-IN IS FROM 3pm, and CHECK-OUT IS BY 11am, please. We are happy to take in your luggage earlier. Please let us have your flight/arrival details, so that we can plan our day around being here to greet you. The house is perfectly located for exploring the city; all of the city's cultural institutions are within walking distance, and the transport connections are excellent. Airport bus (41) passes door on the way OUT of the city, 8 min. walk to LUAS Red line, DART, (Connolly and Tara) and city busses. Dublin Bikes stand opposite house.
    Mountjoy Square is situated just NE of the historic city centre, within walking distance of just about all the main city attractions. It is the most densely populated area in the entire city: 1500 people have front doors opening onto the Square. The house fronts onto a 4acre/1.5ha park, across a fairly busy street. YOU WILL HEAR TRAFFIC...Please bear in mind that this is NOT LEAFY SUBURBIA, but a vibrant, living city community and it's definitely gritty in places... Having said that, I have lived here, uneventfully, for nearly 38 years, and consider the trade-offs well worth it, for the excitement and convenience of having the city on my doorstep.. LOCAL GROCERY SHOPPING, SERVICES AND BREAKFAST OPTIONS In general, shopping hours are 9.30-6pm, with late-night shopping till 8pm on Thursdays. Sunday opening is from noon. BREAKFAST The Koffee and Kale, just around the corner, on Hill Street, has superb coffee and great pastries, and an interesting range of sandwiches/salads/wraps at lunchtime. The OldMusic Store on North Frederick Street is comfortable and reliable. Cafe 147 on Parnell Street also has good coffee. Later in the morning, and for lunch, I love the Cobalt Cafe on North Great Georges Street, LOCAL GROCERY SHOPPING Tops in Pops, just down the street to the right, for fresh local produce and basic groceries, 8.30am to 6pm Monday to Saturday. They are a fourth-generation local business, who have been trading on the site since 1931. The Londis corner store next door opens 8am to 10pm, but charge for privilege. There is an ATM machine at the back, right hand side of the store. Dunne's Stores, is the indigenous supermarket and department store chain, and has branches in every sizeable town throughout the country. There are two local branches. In North Earl Street, opposite O’Connell Street’s Spire, the Off-Licence (liquor store) is in a separate premises, a few doors apart - look for the James Joyce statue. You will find a bigger branch in the ILAC Shopping Centre, flanked by Henry Street, Moore Street and Parnell Street West (Moore Street entrance is opposite Paris Bakery). The other national supermarket, chain, my favourite, is Supervalu, with a branch on Talbot Street, one block east of Gardiner Street. Have a look at their FLAVOUR ACADEMY section, which highlights smaller, local artisan producers. There is Metro Tesco on Parnell Street West, just past the Rotunda Hospital. A main branch is to be found in the basement of the Jervis Centre, off Henry Street. Lidl have a branch on Moore Street, opposite Tesco, and Aldi a branch a little further along Parnell Street. Carney’s Butchers, is another multi-generational local family business, which prides itself on the quality of its meat. In keeping with local tradition, they sell fresh fish on Friday’s. F.X. Buckley’s Butchers have two local branches; Moore Street and Talbot Street. This is a very old Dublin business and they have everything; free-range pork, beef and lamb from their own herds, poultry, game in season and fish, and, in the Moore Street branch, a deli counter for cooked meats next door. They are very obliging, and the lads have a great line in smart (sassy) chat. POST OFFICES Nearest Post Office is Parnell Street East, at corner of Marlborough Street, but much nicer is the GPO, O’Connell Street. 1828 façade, but badly damaged in the 1916 Rising, and largely rebuilt in 1928. The main hall is beautiful, with all its original fittings intact. It also contains the iconic statue, by Oliver Shephard, The Dying Cuchullain. The brand-new museum Witness History, is in the basement, and interprets the revolution of 1916 brilliantly. BANKS Allied Irish Bank has a branch on O’Connell Street, at the SW junction with Parnell Street, opposite the Rotunda Hospital. Bank of Ireland has a branch at Lower O’Connell Street, on the east side of the street, between Middle Abbey Street and Ashton Quay. PHARMACIES Foley's Pharmacy on Parnell Street East is a 100+ year-old family business; they are very helpful. Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 9am 6pm. There is a late-night pharmacy, Hickey’s at 55 Lower O’Connell Street, (west side, within the block closest to the river). Opening hours: 8am -10pm M-F, 8.30am-10pm Saturday. 10am 10pm Sunday. Web: (EMAIL HIDDEN) MEDICAL AND DENTAL PRACTICES Mountjoy Medical Practice, Dr. Gerry Roebuck, Dr. Holly Porter (female) Dr. Colm Killeen. 2-3 Baker’s Yard, Portland Street North. TEL: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) or (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) OPENING HOURS: 9-1.30 and 3.30-5.30. €50 per visit. 8-minute walk away, to the North East of the Square, across the North Circular Road. Please ask for directions. Frederick Dental Practice is happy to see people on an emergency basis. Frederick Dental Practice, 33 North Frederick Street, Dublin 1 TEL: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). COST:€60. OPENING HOURS: 8AM- 5PM 8-minute walk away, to the West. Please ask for directions. PLACES OF WORSHIP: Roman Catholic: St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, Upper Gardiner Street. St. Mary's Metropolitan Church - the Pro-Cathedral, Marlborough. Sung Mass, 11am, Sundays, with the Palestrina Choir. St. Jospeh’s Church, Berkeley Road, Dublin 7. St. Teresa’s Church, off Grafton Street. Whitefriar Street Church, Aungier Street, Dublin 2. HOURS: Generally, Masses are on the hour or the half-hour. Many Catholic churches have Mass on Saturday evening, from 5pm onwards (check individual church websites), in addition to morning Masses. Church of Ireland: Christchurch Cathedral, Christchurch Place, Church of Ireland, sung Services Sundays, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Nicholas Street, Church of Ireland, sung services Sundays. St. Anne’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 Jewish: Dublin Hebrew Congregation (URL HIDDEN) Daily services in Synagogue at 32a Rathfarnham Road, Public Transport: Buses: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). Get off at Terenure Cross (road). Walk up Rathfarnham Road, pass AIB Bank and one row of terraced houses; shul is next building, with wooden/metal security gates. Across the street is a shop called Window Fashions. Dublin Jewish Progressive Congregation (DJPC) Website: (URL HIDDEN) Email: (EMAIL HIDDEN) Postal: PO Box 3059, Dublin 6 President: Mrs Hilary Abrahamson Muslim: Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland (ICCI) 19 Roebuck Road, Clonskeagh, Dublin 14, Tel: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) Islamic Foundation of Ireland (IFI) 163 South Circular Road, Dublin 8. Tel: +(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) Anwar-ul-Madina Moore Street, Dublin 1. KARIN'S GUIDE TO THE CITY NORTHSIDE LOCAL RESTAURANTS: 'The Cobalt Cafe', in a beautiful Georgian house on North Great Georges Street, which doubles as a gallery, is great for lunch. Parnell Street East, Dublin's emerging 'Chinatown' is just a half a block to the south. My favourite is Viet Pho, a squeaky-clean, friendly Vietnamese restaurant. Look also for the Illy sign at No. 147- for some of the best coffee, soup and sandwiches going. Local fine dining is catered for at 'Mr. Fox', the new Northside outpost of 'The Pig's Ear', Nassau Street, overlooking Trinity College playing fields. They serve modern Irish food in a smart and comfortable basement setting, on Parnell Square West. Ross Lewis's incomparable Chapter One, on the North side of that Square, in the basement of the Writer's Museum, has had a Michelin star for years. The food is brilliant, and it's superbly comfortable and very professional, but has that laid-back quality that we Irish rate so highly. World class, but sans pretensions. But, it comes at a price, and the need to book at least two weeks in advance. Definitely one to consider for a special occasion. A long lazy lunch on Friday afternoon, is my favourite time. Nearer the river, 'Le Bon Crubeen' (crubeen=pig's trotter- it's a modern Franco-Irish restaurant) is on Talbot Street, as is the venerable and immensely popular 'Talbot 101'. It is packed to the gunnels with locals between 5.54 and 7.15, enjoying their pre-theatre supper before the Abbey curtains rise at 7.30, when they relinquish their seats for the rest of us! On the riverfront, I love Panem, facing the Millennium Bridge, for a quick coffee and a delicious Sicilian almond biscuit, baked on the premises. A few doors down, you'll find a cluster of Italian bars, cafes and restaurants serving good quality food. Half a block to the east is the trendy 'Winding Stairs' restaurant, with its book-lined walls (relics of a former second-hand bookshop-cum-cafe of the same name), while back on Capel Street, locals rave about Brother Hubbard for lunch. A new one to consider is the Woollen Mills, at the Halfpenny Bridge - modern 'plates' at various prices, designed to be shared, and if your lucky, a view down on the river. They also offer a superb brunch at the weekends, as well as coffee and cakes throughout the day, all week long. LOCAL PUBS include the 'Hill 16' just opposite the house, on Gardiner Street - very popular with the GAA crowd on match days (the Gaelic Athletic Association Stadium, Croke Park, is just 3 blocks to the east), they pull a superb 'pint'. ‘The Heritage Parnell’, on Parnell Street West, just around the corner from O’Connell Street 'The Flowing Tide', on the corner of Marlborough Street, opposite the Abbey Theatre, is one of my favorites - after the curtain goes down in the Abbey, half the cast are likely to be at the bar. A few doors closer to O’Connell Street is Mulligan’s, another very nice pub, dating from the Edwardian era. 'The Church' on Mary Street, in a converted 1720's church, is another fine place for a drink; the former owner won many accolades for the high quality of the restoration. Capel Street has many typical local pubs, which have the added benefit of serving a largely local population. They include 'O’Neill’s' and 'Slattery's which is good for music. 'The Black Sheep' has the local craft beers covered, and does good bar food, (as does it's sister pub, ‘The Brew Dock’, on Store Street, at the bottom of Gardiner Street. The north side traditional music 'musician’s' bar is 'The Cobblestone', at the top of Smithfield, and is suitably grungy. DEPARTMENT STORES AND FASHION Henry Street, off O’Connell Street, at the SPIRE, is the premier shopping street on the north side of the river. Here you will find Arnott’s the local department store, which highlights Irish fashion and design, throughout the store, and has several nice cafes. Henry Street also contains large branches of Debenhams and Marks&Spencers, as well as branches of most of the high street fashion chains. There are two large shopping centres, the Jervis, with a large branch of Tesco’s in the Basement, and the ILAC, which has a Dunnes Department Store, with a Food Hall in the basement. (You can shop for fresh produce on adjacent Moore Street, Dublin's oldest street market, now also home to a thriving cluster of ethnic food markets and restaurants.) Sadly Dublin lost Clery’s Department Store is on O’Connell Street in July 2015, but do have a look at the elegant 1940’s neo-classical façade, a mini version of Selfridges’s in London, while we wait to see what takes Clery's place. NORTHSIDE CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS The North side of Parnell Square is home to the city's Hugh Lane Gallery of Modern Art; we share a significant collection of Impressionist painting with the Tate Gallery in London, part of the Hugh Lane Bequest, which is rotated in seven-year cycles. Next door is the Writer's Centre, and next door again, is the Writer's Museum, with a Michelin-starred restaurant in the basement, the amazing Chapter One. Down on the East side of Parnell Square is the beautiful jewel-box that is the Gate Theatre - part of the 18th-century entertainment complex established by the entrepreneurial Dr. Bartholomew, to help support his new Rotunda Maternity Hospital (the oldest purpose-built such hospital in the world, and still delivering babies on a daily basis, 270 years later (9000 is 2012). You could be seated in either the Abbey or Gate Theatres within 10 minutes of leaving the house, and the James Joyce Cultural Centre is even closer, on North Great Georges Street (don't forget to check out the Cobalt Cafe, opposite). Hop on the Luas Red Line, going west, in Abbey Street, halfway between Mountjoy Square and the river, and you will be dropped at the ‘Museum’. The National Museum, Collins Barracks, housed in an old military barracks, dating from 1702, contains the Decorative Arts Collections, (basically, everything post 1700). Descend at the next stop, ‘Heuston’ for IMMA, Ireland's National Museum of Modern Art, housed in the old Kilmainham Hospital, built in the1660’s. It pre-dates the more famous Chelsea Hospital in London by several years. Not to be missed is the Old Jameson Distillery, in Smithfield. Jameson was distilled here until 1971, when three historic distilleries amalgamated, and centralized distilling in Midleton, Co. Cork. The Museum is very well presented; one is guided around the distilling floor, among the huge old pot stills before retiring to the Bar to sample the goods. Nearby is one of the oldest churches in Dublin, St.Michan’s, on Church Street, dating from the mid-11thc. There are several mummified bodies in the basement, thought to be Crusaders. When I was a child, one was allowed to shake their hands….. SOUTHSIDE In the south city centre, the RESTAURANT HUB is in the pedestrian streets to either side of Grafton Street, and in Temple Bar. Particular favourites of mine include: * Nede, Temple Bar Square * Eden Bar and Grill, South William Street * The Green Hen, Wicklow Street * Fallon and Byrne, Exchequer Street, basement wine-bar, full service restaurant first- floor, and coffee bar within the food-hall on the ground floor. * Fade Street Social, Fade Street, tapas bar and full-service restaurant. * The Rustic Stone, Exchequer Street, upmarket, sophisticated and healthy ‘fast food’. * Cornucopia, Wicklow Street- vegetarian café day, full service by evening. * The Port House, South William Street, wine bar and tapas. * Pinxto, Crowe Street, Temple Bar, as above, same management. * Stanleys, St. Andrew Street - wine bar and ambitious food in a relaxed, initmate setting. * Pichet, Trinity Street, is one of my all-time favourites. Southside city-centre TRADITIONAL PUBS we like are: * Mulligan's, Poolbeg Street * Neary's, Chatham Street * Grogan’s, South William Street * International Bar, Wicklow Street * O'Neill's, Suffolk Street * The Dawson Lounge, Dawson Street * The Stag's Head, Connaught Court * The Long Hall, South Great Georges Street * Doheny and Nesbitt’s, Merrion Row * Kehoe’s, South Anne Street * The Duke, Duke Street (PLEASE NOTE- these are traditional city pubs- and DON'T have MUSIC) Fronting the river, TEMPLE BAR, with its vibrant mix of independent shops, cafes, restaurants, pubs, markets and cultural institutions occupies an area three blocks deep and ten blocks long. At the western end, look out for the two branches of the Queen of Tarts- a wonderful teas shop that offers really good home baking and teas and coffees, all served on mismatched antique china (Lord Edward Street and Cow's Lane). TEMPLE BAR FARMERS MARKET, is held every Saturday in Meeting House Square, 9-4.30, now has a smart new tensile roof for wet days, and is a good place to rub shoulders with the locals, whilst sampling local food culture. Don’t miss the Oyster Stall, Hick’s Pork Butchers, or David Llewyllan’s fantastic ‘Double L’ local cider- 100% apple (not even water), and the two local cheese stalls, among others. Don’t’ forget to check out the overflow stalls on Curved Street, where Rossa Crowe’s fantastic bread is on offer- Rossa took himself off to France for two years to train, and now produces slow fermented breads, made with the very best organic flours. SOUTHSIDE CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS TRINITY COLLEGE is a good orientation point; from here it is easy to find the mediaeval core, the cultural/political hub of the country around Kildare Street, and the Grafton Street fashion hub. The campus occupies a 40-acre (16ha.) site, and is over 400 years old, though what one sees today are mainly beautiful eighteenth-century buildings. It is worth a wander around, after a visit to spectacular Long Library, to see the Book of Kells and other illustrated Celtic manuscripts. From Front Gate, look south to Grafton Street or west up College Green and Dame Street, which lead to the mediaeval core. At the brow of the hill you will find: * Dublin Castle (visit the State Apartments, the Chester Beatty Library and the lovely garden in front (which is actually the helicopter-landing pad for the Castle). * The City Hall with its 'Museum of the Capital' in the basement is worth a look- the Hall is free, and there is a nominal charge for the Museum. * Christchurch Cathedral * Dublinia-in the Christchurch Chapterhouse (Viking Exhibition). * Old Saint Audeon's Church, built almost into the city wall. * St Patrick's Cathedral, and historic park beside. * Marshe's Library-the oldest public library in these islands, 1701. * Francis Street- the Antiques Quarter. * Thomas Street/Meath Street, for a touch of 'Old Dublin'. * The Guinness Storehouse. * Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, (IMMA) Ireland's National Gallery of Modern Art, with its wonderful, recently restored formal garden. KILMINHAM GAOL is worth a visit, and tells the story of Irish Nationalism. It can be reached via the grounds of IMMA, passing Bully’s Acre, and old graveyard, where Brian Boru was reputedly rested on his way to his final burial place in Armagh. Alternatively, exit onto Nassau Street, with its cluster of high-quality shops showcasing the best of Irish crafts - fashion, knitwear, weaving, glassware, ceramics and contemporary jewellery - the Kilkenny Shop has a great cafe upstairs, with views over College Park. Continue along the College Park railings till you reach Kildare Street, the cultural-institutional hub of the country. All of our national cultural institutions have free admission. Here you will find the National Library, and the National Museum, facing each other over the forecourt of Leinster House, home to the Oireachtas, our National Parliament. The National Library has a lovely exhibit on the poet, W.B. Yeats, and the Treasury, in the National Museum houses both the Bronze Age and Early Christian collections. On the opposite side of the block, on Merrion Street/Merrion Square, you will find the National Gallery, and the Natural History Museum (known to Dubliner's of my father's generation, as 'The Dead Zoo’. This is a very refreshing look to the past, with absolutely no interpretation, and nothing, not even a postcard, to buy). The National Gallery is halfway through a four-year renovation programme; in the meantime, the Millennium Wing, on Clare Street, has a ‘highlights of’ exhibition, and the Café and Gift Shop are also accessed via the Clare Street Entrance. GETTING AROUND Two operators offer Hop-On/Hop-Off tours: (URL HIDDEN) (URL HIDDEN) They both offer a 2-day ticket, and cost roughly the same price - check them out online before you make up your mind. One can buy an integrated LEAP card in most newsagents, at train stations, and in the Dublin Bus Head Office at 42 O’Connell Street (on the west side of the street, just north of the Spire). This can be used on the LUAS, DART, some suburban mainline trains, and on Dublin Bus routes. There is also a 3-day tourist pass, the Freedom Ticket, which provides good value. €28 will give you 72 hours transport, starting at the Airport; Airlink from the airport, the Hop-On-Hop –Off tourist bus and all local bus routes. Web: (URL HIDDEN) •The DART, the local electric commuter train, runs north/south along the coast. The northside city centre station is Connolly, on Amiens Street, facing Talbot Street, but I usually suggest people use Tara Street, as Connolly is also a mainline station, and is very big, and a bit confusing. Tara is purely a commuter station, and is about the same distance. It is on George’s Quay, just south of the Custom House. The other south-side city centre station is Pearse, on Westland Row, at the south end of the Trinity campus. •The LUAS Red Line runs east-west through the north side of the city, as far east as the docks, and serves both Connolly and Heuston mainline stations. The nearest stop to Mountjoy Square is Abbey, on Middle Abbey Street, opposite the Abbey Theatre. The LUAS Green Line serves the south suburbs; Ranelagh, Dundrum, Leopardstown Racecourse, and on out to Cherrywood, on the county boundary with Wicklow. •Main cross-city bus routes run north-south through O’Connell Street. The No.7 terminates on Mountjoy Square North, and there is a ‘shopper’s fare’ of 50c, to Grafton Street- alight at Trinity. On the return journey it skirts the Trinity campus and comes along Pearse, to the east of the campus - catch it on Clare Street, at the Millennium wing of the National Gallery. •DUBLIN BIKES are free to use for the first half hour, and have a stand on Mountjoy Square West, but one needs to go to the Princes Street stand (to the right hand side of the General Post Office (GPO)), to purchase a short term card. It costs €2, and is only available to credit card holders. SHOPPING WITH A DIFFERENCE Those interested in the local fashion, art and design scene should look out for the following addresses (in no particular order): •Designist, South Great George's Street (stock chosen for good design) •Irish Design Store, Drury Street •Article, Powerscourt Townhouse Centre (housewares) •Irish Designer Store, Top floor Powerscourt Townhouse Centre •Cow's Lane Gallery, Temple Bar (artist’s collective) •The Jam Factory, Nicholas Street (artist’s collective) •Avoca, Suffolk Street •Kilkenny Shop, Nassau Street •Designyard, South Frederick Street (jewellery) •Louise Kennedy, couturier, Merrion Square, and Tipperary Crystal •Gallery Zozimus, Francis Street (art gallery and carefully chosen crafts) •Graphic Studio Gallery, Temple Bar (artist-printmaker’s gallery) •Malthouse Design Centre and Shop, Distillery Court, 537 North Circular Road, just around the corner from Mountjoy Square (cluster of design-led businesses, 10-5 M-F) •Magee's of Donegal, Wicklow Street, and, •Kevin and Howlin, Nassau Street have hand-woven tweeds covered. •Dubarry's, College Green produce wonderful, country-style outerwear, including the most perfect alternative to sweaty, waterproof Wellington boots… •Monaghan's, Hibernian Way, the House of Ireland on Nassau Street and the Sweater Shops on Wicklow Street and Nassau Street has the best selections of traditional knitwear. Monaghan's specialise in cashmere. •Murphy and Sheehy, Castle Market, stock Irish tweed, Irish linen and a quirky selection of designer fabrics. Look out for their ‘Linen Union (linen/cotton blend) Glass Cloths- the best ever for polishing glassware, they make a super, useful, inexpensive and lightweight traditional gift! •The Cloth Shop, St. William Street, for interesting designer fabric, including a good selection of Irish Linen, and Liberty of London INDEPENDENT BOOKSHOPS and MUSIC STORES Eason’s, O’Connell Street, is a Dublin institution for over 100 years. It encompasses a large stationery department, a branch of Tower Records on the top floor, academic books in the basement, a nice café and two floors of general books. It is a good place to browse books of Irish interest, and they have a really good Information Desk. Chapters, Parnell Street West is my ‘local’. John Gannon is one of the best booksellers in the business, and his staff are hand-picked enthusiastic bibliophiles, one and all. Stock is a mixture of the latest releases, and carefully chosen remaindered books. Their ordering service is superlative, and they ALWAYS know exactly what one is talking about, even with just the vaguest, half-remembered clues from a newspaper review. Very strong on contemporary fiction, natural history, non-fiction and books of Irish interest. Extensive second-hand section upstairs. The Secret Bookstore, Wicklow Street is another favourite. It’s tucked away down a passage, near the L’Occitane shop and often throws up gems among its large second-hand stock. An eclectic music store occupies the rear of the shop. Cathach Rare Books, Duke Street, specializes in Irish first editions, and have an interesting selection of Irish maps and prints. Stokes Books is another interesting antiquarian/secondhand shop, specializing in books of Irish interest. You’ll find it in Georges Street Arcade. Claddagh Records, Cecelia Street, Temple Bar, is primarily a music publisher, but they have a retail outlet in Temple Bar, which is the oldest independent music shop in Dublin, and specializes in traditional Irish music, with some interesting World Music additions. SHORT TRIPS OUTSIDE THE CITY BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT NORTH: Catch the No.46A bus, (heading north on O'Connell Street to the Phoenix Park- the largest enclosed urban park in the world, 1750 acres behind a seven-mile-long stone wall. Ashtown Castle Interpretive Centre, with its wonderful walled garden and café is a good place to orient oneself. From here, on Saturdays, it is possible to visit Aras an Uachtarian, the official residence of our President. One can also visit Farmliegh, the Official State Guesthouse, a former Guinness mansion. Among it’s attractions are an art gallery, café, occasional free concerts, and regular weekend Farmer’s Markets. The Park also houses the Dublin Zoo, (1827, the second-oldest Zoo in the world, after London’s Regent Park Zoo). Several herd of Fallow Deer roam at liberty. Many sports are catered for; there is Polo ground, a cricket club, and lots soccer pitches. The Duke of Wellington is commemorated by a marvelous granite obelisk, which can be seen for miles. The area know as the Forty Acres affords superb views over the city, with the Royal Hospital and Guinness in the foreground, along the south side of the River Liffey. Phoenix Park can also be reached via the LUAS Red Line, direction Tallagh, heading west. Alight at 'Museum' and take a detour into the National Museum-Collins Barracks, which houses the Decorative Arts, post-1700, wonderful collections of silver, furniture, glass and other artifacts. Just up the road, in Glasnevin there are three worthwhile attractions: Glasnevin Cemetary, was founded by Daniel O’Connell as one of his first initiatives, post Catholic Emancipation in 1829, to provide a dignified place for Catholic burial. The Glasnevin Musuem is new, and has superlative displays of Nationalist history. They also have a very good Geneology Department. The National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, date from the end of 18thC. Though relatively small, they contain an internationally-aclaimed collection of plants and three iconic Glasshouses, by Turner of Dublin, which have all been restored in the recent past. There is a nice café in the Gardens, and entry is free. The Gravedigger’s Pub, over-looking a Green, is not to be missed. It got its name from the fact that there used to be a hatch in the rear wall, through which the gravediggers were served. They do nice simple pub food, and one can sit outside on sunny days. Walk back into town, and stop at either the The Botanic Bar at Harte’s Corner or the Brian Borus, typicl local bars. The Porter House, at Cross Guns Bridge, which is a micro-brewery, with nice food, is on the corner of the Royal Canal. Take a stroll east down the canal bank, and you will see swans, and moor-hens going about their business. At the next bridge, at Dorset Street look out for the lifesize bronze statue of Brendan Behan, a local author. From here is just a few minute’s stroll up Belvidere Place, with its charming stepped terraces of tall Georgian houses, to Mountjoy Square. Another favorite is the Marino Casino, in Fairview/Clontarf, an early 18th century pleasure house, built to the design of Sir William Chambers, for Lord Charlemont, purely for entertaining, also just a few miles by bus, north of the city centre. Catch the DART, the coastal commuter train, heading north, at Tara Street Station, on the South Liffey quays, at Butt Bridge, and take a short ride. You have the choice of Howth (a working fishing village) or Malahide. Howth Demesne or Howth Head, behind the village will both afford walks with great views; the Harbour has a dozen restaurants along the quay- ranging from take-out fish and chips to the very upmarket. Book an early-evening window table at Aqua, and be astonished by the sunset over the coast, looking north-west. Another favourite of mine is Deep, midway along the quay (and do watch out for the local tame and greedy Harbour Seal, who begs shamelessly from the trawler men, who tie up alongside). Malahide is a charming village, with some of the most expensive urban residential properties in the country. Good food and good shopping are to be had here. On the edge of the village you will find Malahide Castle and Demesne, open to the public, which includes a renowned private Arboretum, as Milo de Malahide, the last of his family, (who had occupied the castle continuously since Norman times, in the 10th-12th centuries) was a significant plants-man. The Castle contains the National Portrait Collection, as was as magnificent furniture and other contents. There is a smart new branch of the AVOCA Shop and Café in the Courtyard. SOUTH: South of the city you will find Rathfarnham Castle, and its Berkeley Costume and Toy Collection. Marley Park is a little further, just at the foot of the Dublin Mountains. It has wonderful parkland with easy walks, and a magnificent walled garden with a nice cafe. The No.16 bus, from O’Connell Street will leave you close by. Powerscourt is at the edge of Enniskerry, its associated estate village, at the end of the No.44 bus route, which winds its way through the south side suburbs, into Wicklow, through the Scalp, a deep and picturesque glacial valley. The 19th century gardens are fabulous, and make great use of the 'borrowed landscape' beyond. The terrace and Nepture fountain are centred on the Sugarloaf mountain, which marks the beginning of the Wicklow Mountains. The Powerscourt Waterfall, part of the same estate, is a few miles further on, and there are beautiful, way-marked, woodland and moorland walks in the hills nearby. Do be mindful; these ‘mountains’ can be deceptive- while not high, they can be treacherous, as weather conditions can change in minutes. Stick to the way-marked paths, and do keep an eye on the weather. Take the DART south to Bray and Greystones - via Dun Loughaire, Dalkey and Killiney - all interesting villages, with many cafes and restaurants. Killiney Hill, with its eighteenth century obelisk at the summit, is a short climb that results in amazing views over Dublin Bay, and down into the Wicklow Mountains beyond. There is a nice pub in in the ‘village’- ‘The Druid’s Chair’. Dalkey is a charming village with old-fashioned shops and lots of nice pubs, cafes and restaurants. The local Dalkey Castle Heritage Centre, is worth checking out, and in the summer run a theatre programme, and walking tours. Bray Esplanade is a classic Victorian seaside amenity, sturdily built from local granite - the perfect place to enjoy an ice-cream. Campo di Fiori, either the Restaurant or the Café, both near the train station and the north end of the Promenade, are particular favourites of mine. If one is feeling energetic, one could contemplate the Cliff Walk from Bray to Greystones - 4miles/6km along the rough cliff path. Lots of nice pubs for a pint of Guinness at the other end, The Hungry Pear is my favourite café, among many. The DART will take you straight back into the city. But.. make sure to do it in the morning, as by mid-day the path is in shade, and it can be windy and cold. WEST: Travelling into the rich plains of Kildare, by the No. 67 bus route, you will come to the historic village of Celbridge, just twelve miles from the city centre. Castletown House is Ireland's finest Palladian mansion, and was saved from destruction by Desmond Guinness, in the early 1960's. He purchased it from the construction company who had acquired it. They intended to demolish it, to make way for a vast suburban housing estate. The Irish Georgian Society, founded by Desmond Guinness, restored the house and furnished it with the help of many volunteers and sponsors, and opened it to the public, a heroic task for a small membership conservation society. Today, it is in State ownership, and it is the flagship Georgian heritage property of Ireland. It is beautifully presented, and the parklands are undergoing restoration. A local bus, or the commuter train from Connolly Station in Amiens Street, will take one to Maynooth, a charming University town, with another magnificent Palladian mansion, Carton House, now operating as a very upmarket hotel and golf club. Lots of companies offer day-long coach tours. Some involve very long days, i.e, Cliffs of Moher in Clare and the Giant’s Causeway on the Antrim coast. Two more local, and very worthwhile ones are either: The Boyne Valley Tour (Newgrange Neolithic ( 5000 yr old World Heritage Site) / Mellifont Cistercian ruins- (12thC.)/ Monasterboice Early Christian (6th-8thC.) The Wicklow-Glendalough Tour (Powerscourt / Wicklow Mountains National Park and Glendalough (Glen of the Two Lakes) a 6thC. Early Christian site, in beautiful wooded valley. Details of both of these trips, and others, are available in the big black folder in the apartment.
  • Karin was so welcoming and wonderful. She proactively offered an early check in since the apartment was ready earlier than expected and showed us her recommendations and provided us with a local map. She lives in the building and was available for any questions and was responsive by phone when away. The apartment is on a beautiful square and was perfect for our needs. She made us feel very welcome in her home and was very helpful.

    Mary Claire2015-11-10T00:00:00Z
  • Great north location, comfortable, clean and we appreciated the Georgian high ceilings and staircase up to the apartment. We had a couple of small requests during our stay which were met almost instantaneously. Would definitely recommend.

    Rosamund2018-07-23T00:00:00Z
  • Karin is such a lovely host! Her home is absolutely beautiful and we felt very lucky to stay there. It's a quick ride from the airport and the location is ideal for anyone wanting to explore the city center by foot. The square it is located on is very pretty and it's near many markets, shops and restaurants. The apt is very well appointed and had everything we could possibly need. And Karin gives you privacy, but is very quick to help you should you need her assistance. She was even so kind as to make a list for us of things we should see on the next stop of our trip--she's a wealth of great information! Be sure to read the extensive guide she provides to guests as we benefited greatly from her tips and suggestions. I am so glad we chose this place and left hopeful that maybe one day we can return. It was absolutely charming, down to the skeleton keys for the doors. Thank you, Karin! You made Dublin so welcoming for us!

    Summer2016-09-16T00:00:00Z
  • Karin's place is lovely and within walking distance of pretty much anywhere you'd want to visit. Karin was also kind enough to leave fruit and some staples in the fridge/pantry. Would definitely stay again.

    Kathryn2015-12-01T00:00:00Z
  • I stayed at Karin's place while in Dublin for a conference. I truly enjoyed and appreciated this house and I was lucky to sneak a peak at some of the other rooms! I was able to walk everywhere I wanted including the convention center. My time for sight seeing was a bit limited, I did hit Karin's recommendations including Marsh's library. I was at the Guinness storehouse for an event - it warrants a trip during the day. I really enjoyed The Celt for traditional music. I picked up a local bands CD at Murrays. Karin also sent me to one of her favorite antique dealers where I found some unique prices. I was always very comfortable and the kitchen is useful with everything you need. Probably best thing was I would come back in the evening before venturing out and throw one of the many movies set in Ireland. Definitely watch Michael Collins. I am excited for Ireland as it gets ready to celebrate this centennial. If I could move to Ireland I would! Try to get out to the countryside if you can. One word of caution - this is a place for responsible people.

    Tiffany2015-11-16T00:00:00Z
  • Incredible space! Beautiful hospitality. Fantastic location. We had the best time.

    Lorraine2018-05-28T00:00:00Z
  • Karin's place is adorable and easily walkable to the town. Her place is bright and roomy with added touches. She is always available if needed either on the premises or by email etc. Great location and hostess at an affordable rate.

    Paula2018-06-23T00:00:00Z
  • Karin welcomed us upon arrival and let us check in early. After a long journey this was very welcome! The place is exactly as described and Karin was a great host. A bit difficult for the person sleeping on one side of the bed to get out, Karin mentioned she was looking into a fix for this I believe. Also yes - the apartment is in the city, so it will be noisy. In addition, traditional buildings have single glazing so you hear the sounds on the street well. I used earplugs and slept well. The bathroom is really good and so is the WiFi. I liked that previous guests had left some things that we could re-use (not throwing away perfectly good things!) Would definitely recommend this apartment for anyone. Thanks Karin!

    Silje2016-03-19T00:00:00Z
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    Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

    Modern, bright 2BR 2Bthrm apt in a quiet area in the city center 5 mins walk to the nightlife & fun of Temple Bar & Temple College, Ireland’s oldest uni. Stylish Scandinavian interior design w/ all mod cons & huge garden roof terrace & balcony. New apartment building construction year 2007.
    Our spacious apartment is perfect for a small group of up to 6 who want to stay somewhere stylish and comfortable close to the best Dublin has to offer. The apartment has been recently renovated to a high standard so everything is brand-new and high-spec. The apartment size is (82 meters squared (882 Feet)). The interior design is stylish, modern and Scandinavian with wooden floors, monochrome furnishings and modern artwork and designer furniture. There is a large garden roof terrace and balcony, perfect for drinks and sunbathing in the summer months. LIVING ROOM Large comfy sofa bed 32-inch flat-screen TV with Netflix Dining table with four chairs Modern lighting and artwork Selection of books about Ireland and Dublin KITCHEN Well-equipped with all cutlery, crockery and cooking utensils Microwave, kettle and toaster Cooker with halogen hob Complimentary tea and coffee BEDROOM 1 (EN-SUITE) Double bed with luxury mattress and bed linen, including Egyptian cotton bed sheets and goose down feather duvet En suite marble bathroom with shower, fluffy towels and luxury Cole and Lewis of London toiletries Stylish monochrome artwork and furnishings Large wardrobe for storage BEDROOM 2 Double bed with luxury mattress and bed linen, including Egyptian cotton bed sheets and goose down feather duvet Stylish monochrome artwork and furnishings Large wardrobe for storage MAIN BATHROOM Luxury marble floor and walls Bath with overhead shower Fluffy towels (Egyptian cotton) and luxury Cole and Lewis of London toiletries
    Our apartment is located in the heart of Dublin, only a 5-minute walk from Temple Bar, a popular cultural and nightlife area of Dublin with lively bars, restaurants and nightclubs. There are also many great cultural institutions such as the Irish Photography Center and the Irish Film Institute. Trinity College, one of the seven ancient universities of Britain and Ireland’s oldest university, is only a 5-minute walk away. The college is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Dublin and offers many beautiful buildings which are a must-see when you visit the city. All the city’s main sights and attractions are just a short walk away, including Dublin Castle (10-minute walk), National Museum (5-minute walk), and St. Stephens Green (10-minute walk). If you’re a fan of the famous Guinness beer the Guinness Storehouse can be reached easily by foot or tram, great for tastings or for a drink on the rooftop bar.
  • Mark & Tahra’s flat is ideally situated for exploring Dublin on foot - just a shot walk to Trinity College, Grafton Street, Temple Bar, etc. And it is also in close proximity to transit links, especially the DART. They were very accommodating and provided a travel cot for our little one, and there’s ample space for a family.

    Darren2017-12-06T00:00:00Z
  • All in all, it is a great spot, walkable to lots of great sights, the hop on hop off tour bus stop is 2 blocks away, Trinity College is very close, Trinity bar area is very close, Grafton St is a little farther, but very walkable. We needed to launder some clothes, washer works great, dryer not so great. The owners were very responsive to any questions we had, they accommodated us dropping our bags off before check in. They were delightful to deal with.

    Cheryl2017-07-03T00:00:00Z
  • Was great to stay at the apartment of Mark & Tahra. Me and my friend enjoyed our time there.

    Davide2017-02-17T00:00:00Z
  • Great experience. Very spacious, clean, fantastic location and helpful host.

    Mikael2016-12-14T00:00:00Z
  • We had a wonderful time here and would highly recommend this place! The hosts were very accommodating and easy to communicate with. Our flight was landing early in the morning in Dublin and they kindly allowed us to drop off our bags in the apartment while it was being cleaned. We also needed a travel cot for our toddler son and they went out and bought a brand new one for us! They even left some toys for him which was appreciated. The building has a secured electronic access point so we felt pretty secure. The apartment itself is great and very modern feeling. The bedrooms are on opposite sides of the apartment which is also nice for privacy and quiet. Each bedroom is a nice size too - not just a bed crammed into it with no other room. They also have netflix set up on the tv which is great for when you want to unwind after a long day of walking / touring around. The kitchen is fully stocked including little extras like tea and honey and some spices. The washing machine also works well (am always dubious of these two in one washer / dryers that are so popular in Europe but this one worked great!). The one thing that we didn't realize earlier is that the train seems to run directly in front of the apartment - as in its practically eye level from the apartment windows. The owners have taken care to add extra windows for sound insulation and this worked pretty great - we could hardly hear it. The location is perfect for exploring the temple bar area and other nearby attractions. We also walked to Stephens green twice during our stay and our son loved the playground there! This is a great base for exploring Dublin - don't think twice and book this place if its available!

    Aisha2016-05-26T00:00:00Z
  • Stylish place, great location for exploring Dublin! Very spacious !

    Nina2018-08-19T00:00:00Z
  • We had a short stay here but loved it! It was a great end to a trip through Ireland - perfect location for sight-seeing. It was very clean and Mark and Tahra leave instructions for EVERYTHING! Loved it!

    Stacie2017-07-10T00:00:00Z
  • The apartment is lovely and the location is perfect. It was very clean and had everything we needed. I would definitely recommend this apartment and would stay again if back in Dublin.

    John2016-11-06T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/flat


    Property Type

    Apartment


    Accommodates

    6


    Bedrooms

    2

    Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

    Dublin central location to explore the city. Quiet, clean, warm and modern two bedroom house at Smithfield. Great for families, groups or business travellers. LUAS trams: Grangegorman Green Line 3 minute walk/Smithfield Red Line 5 minute walk. Bus routes 2 minutes. Taxis very cheap city centre. CHECK-IN before 22.00hrs. Late night arrival 22.30hr+ for extra €20 fee.
    The house has been my home since 1994. I remodelled the space in 1999 and again in 2015. It is a modern townhouse behind the original 1906 facade. There are two bedrooms upstairs, each with one double bed. The master bedroom also has an ensuite bathroom. The kitchen diner is open plan at ground floor. There is a sitting room with a TV. There is a shower room with WC at ground floor level. The courtyard is ideal for smokers. The house is located 400m from Smithfield LUAS tramway stop. Temple Bar 20 minute walk.
    Located between Smithfield and Grangegorman. Adjacent to a former convent where Robin Hood's accomplice, Little John once lived. Academic quarter: DIT Grangegorman campus 200m; The Law Society Solicitors school 400m; The King's Inns Barristers Law school 600m. Saint Michan's Church Crypts 400m. Jameson Whiskey museum 300m. Collins Barracks museum 600m.
  • Ian gave us a very warm welcome. The house is very nice and exactly as described. Ian's hint´s for our stay were brilliant and made ​​dublin a special experience for us.

    Sebastian2016-06-17T00:00:00Z
  • I had my family stay at Ian's place for 5 nights. Everything was as described. Only the closet in one of the bedrooms was a little small. My family was very happy with the place and would stay there again. Communication with Ian was very easy and he made sure that everything is fine.

    Stefan2016-05-19T00:00:00Z
  • Ian’s place was wonderful! I was there with my parents and boyfriend and the rooms were fantastic and comfortable. Beds are very comfortable. Location is accessible however not super close to center town, but the Luas is very close and the walk is about 20-30ish minutes to get downtown by foot. Kitchen is super well equipped so if you are planning on doing breakfast etc at the house, we had everything we needed and a little convenience store nearby. Enjoy! Thanks Ian!

    Pauline2018-05-27T00:00:00Z
  • Wonderful home!!! Great location, everything in easy walking distance. Very comfortable, comfy beds, everything we needed. Ian and Gareth are great hosts. Really helpful information to help with our holiday plans. THANK YOU.

    Libby2017-09-12T00:00:00Z
  • We found Ian's house clean, comfortable, stylishly decorated and the ideal base for our four days in Dublin. The welcome was warm and well organised, with flexibility about arrival time, helpful extras like coffee/milk included and useful recommendations and info about the local area. While the street itself isn't particularly attractive, it's a very short walk to the cool Stoneybatter neighbourhood with good bars and cafes, and easily accessible from central Dublin (tram or 25 min-ish walk).

    Phebe2016-08-30T00:00:00Z
  • I highly recommend Ian´s place! The very comfortable appartment was perfectly located for our enjoyable Dublin trip. Ian also stayed in touch during our stay and offered helpful information regarding the surrounding.

    Kristin2016-10-04T00:00:00Z
  • Ian’s place was fantastic for our stay in Dublin. The location was very convenient and the space was perfect for our group of four adults. Ian was a thoughtful host who was easy to reach and offered lots of useful tips.

    Heidi2018-08-13T00:00:00Z
  • Ian was a friendly and gracious host. Very helpful re answering questions and directing us.

    Tom2015-08-01T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/flat


    Property Type

    House


    Accommodates

    4


    Bedrooms

    2

    Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

    Cahercastle has been standing since the late 1400s One needs to be somewhat crazy to be owned by a castle , its owed me now for 20 years, anyway it is our home its not perfect, so don't expect perfection ,we do have cobwebs and a little dust (so asthma sufferers take note)We endeavour to make your stay as comfortable as possible Please note when making a request to stay please take time to write an introductory message or have an informative profile We look forward to welcoming you Peter / Eva
    A beautiful, original medieval castle experience can be yours for a weekend, a week, or even longer. You'll be staying in the master bedroom, the highest room in the castle. This castle has been restored to its original state by using traditional materials, and also by using cutting edge technology. We used traditional local stone, limestone, as well as oak beams, to make the castle as traditional as possible, but it also has modern conveniences, such as solar water heating. The castle was built sometime in the 1400's but was refurbished in the last decade. It is comprised of a master bedroom upstairs, with access to the turret, a living room and dining room, two guest bedrooms, and some storage rooms. I'm Peter, your host, and I spent the last ten years refining and refurbishing the castle - the pictures can attest to how well that has worked out. Two room in the castle are still under construction - the storage room downstairs. Remember, this is a castle that is over 600 years old. That means it's not perfect. Castles were never designed with bathrooms and showers, so we've improvised. You'll have to come downstairs to have a bath which is located in the living room - this is the quirkiest part of the castle. (see pictures of the in-floor bath) You have full private access to the living room,kitchen , bath and your master bedroom Castles are bult with solid stone, so there is a huge fireplace with a cooker to keep the place warm. The castle has lots of quirks, its a great and fun place to stay the night. Galway City is a 25 minute drive from the castle which is a very beautiful city. The castle is around a 20 minute drive from Galway Airport, a 45 minute drive from Shannon Airport and Dublin is two hours away. What to expect: lots of winding staircases, a castle that has been lovingly restored, but there are some cobwebs, and it gives you the real Irish castle experience. It's not pristine, its not perfect, but it's a real castle. There are lots of sheep and cows in the nearby fields - but lots of peace and quiet. This is a very unique place to stay. There's nothing like it around, where you can say that you stayed in an actual castle. It's not a tourist attraction (like Blarney Castle) and it's not pristine like a hotel, but you'll have a great time visiting. You'll need a car. The castle is about two miles from the nearest public transport. (Craughwell has both train and buses running regular schedules) I can help with anything like lighting a fire or answering any of your questions.
    Countryside, farms, cows ,sheep , 3 acre garden, stream , river , trees, And you might see the odd fox, heron, pheasant, rabbit and of course the friendly farmers and neighbours cctv in operation outside the castle
  • What a wonderful experience to stay in Pete's castle! We stayed in the castle for one night, and Pete and Eva were very warm hosts. The space is magnificent in every sense, from the inside out. Go to the top and take in the view, and walk the grounds if you get a chance. Also, it was a lovely surprise that the kitchen was fully stocked to make both dinner and breakfast! We hope we get a chance to come again.

    Ashley & Andrew2016-03-17T00:00:00Z
  • Wonderful place to stay. Peter and Eva were incredibly kind and welcoming. This is a must see.

    Jessica2015-10-01T00:00:00Z
  • Far beyond just a place to stay our family had an extraordinary experience! Besides being a magical piece of history the story of this castle should be a romantic novel or screen play! Filled with struggle, perseverance, passion and love .. the story of Peters castle is an epic and inspiring one! Most castles are saved by large foundations or wealthy families, but this one was given life by one of the coolest families we have ever met! We were lucky enough to tag along with Peter and his family for an incredible St Patty's day in Galway and this was an honor and privilege! The Aloha spirit is alive and well in Ireland and we are so thankful to have had this experience that could be best described with "WOW!!"

    Holly2016-03-18T00:00:00Z
  • Pete and Eva's castle is the most amazing place we stayed at during our trip to Ireland. We couldn't believe a self-renovated old castle could become such a warm and cozy place where you feel at home in the second you enter the door. This was also thanks to the company of Pete and Eva, who are very nice and interesting people. We wish you all the best and thanks for everything!

    Julia2013-07-02T00:00:00Z
  • My husband and I were having trouble finding the castle (it was our first time in Ireland) and I messaged Peter to see if he could meet us at a pub that I assumed was closeby. He promptly responded and said he'd be there soon. Sure enough Peter came to the rescue not 10 minutes later. The castle was very beautiful and clean. Peter was a great host and made sure we had enough food by stocking the fridge and pantry. He gave us a tour and detailed history of the beautiful castle. He even asked us what time we'd be waking up so he could put a kettle of water on the stove for tea before we woke. He answered all the questions we had. We slept very comfortably with a warm fire in the fireplace. We enjoyed our stay. We wish it was longer than a day, but I'm sure we'll be back to visit later on.

    Teresa2015-09-25T00:00:00Z
  • What a unique place! Peter was a wonderful host; so knowledgeable and eager to share. There was a bit of confusion on my part and we got there a bit early, but he was so helpful and cool with it. We enjoyed hearing stories and learning more about the area. The amount of time and effort he has put into his castle is simply incredible! There are several awesome features that Im not going to expound on. You have to go experience this for yourself. Unfortunately we only got to stay one night. If you're in the area be sure to look him up!

    Jen2015-09-27T00:00:00Z
  • We had an amazing visit to the castle. Peter is a great host and makes you feel at home the instant you meet him. He was very communicative and flexible in our arrival and departing times. He provided great directions so we could get to our Aran Island ferry boat quickly. Big bonus was the stocked kitchen with breakfast basics. The decorations are definitely eccentric but makes the stay more fun and whimsical. The views from the top are stunning. Also, fyi the bed is heated so make sure you turn it on!

    James2015-09-08T00:00:00Z
  • Book now!! This was the highlight stay to our honeymoon! It completely topped a night in the stuffy and overbearing Ashford castle, no lie! There is a bohemian feel to the place layered on top of the history, and so much love. Pete does not lie when he states he found a building he fell in love with and spent years making love to. His pain staking efforts can be seen everywhere. Each stone and each knickknack has a rich story to tell. And yet, the castle really does feel like it's yours when you stay. It's very welcoming, warm, and magical. From the decor, to the hidden kichen, to the underfloor bathtub, to the owners..... the place is just whimsical. Pete and Eva truly welcome you into their lives. They share with you their history, their current projects, their thoughts, their home. It was a pleasure to have Pete there to show us how to work everything. It was fun to return from dinner to candlelit guitar strumming in the stone stairwell. Once the sun leaves, and the fires are lit, you really get the midevil castle feel. I truly felt like a princess sitting in front of the fire and refused to use any electric light. I couldn't break the charm! The castle was a bit cool as we'd neglected the wood stove downstairs, but that just made the heated bed even better. I'd never been so warm and cocooned. To top if off, we were provided a bottle of Prosecco to celebrate our marriage, great advice on where to eat, and guidance on where to see the Cliffs of Moher in the raw rather than at the visitor center. And I wish we had been able to stay for the Halloween party! I can't recommend booking more. We have already decided we must return to stay longer sometime before Pete completely finishes the castle. We hope it stays under his loving watch long enough for us to return.

    Amanda2015-10-31T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Private room


    Property Type

    Castle


    Accommodates

    4


    Bedrooms

    1

    Galway, Galway, Ireland

    INSTANT BOOK! Calendar updated daily! The Sunday Times selected this coastal cottage as the Best in Ireland. Fantastic mountain location overlooking 'your' lake, (canoe inc. free) walkable (or take our bikes) to beach & village WIFI. Sleeps 4, dogs
    Named in the Sunday Times (Travel) as one of 'Top 20 Places for the Summer in UK or Ireland' 2012! Note - this listing has 'live' and correct availability - you can book instantly - no need to enquire if there is availability - the calendar is correct :) Croaghacullion is a traditional Donegal coastal cottage that enjoys a remarkable secluded position overlooking Lougheraherk (lake) in this, the most traditional and picturesque part of Ireland. You get the whole cottage, in 3/4 acre of land overlooking a lake. Glencolmcille village (shops, great pubs with traditional music, Folk Museum, cafes, is a 13 minute drive). The cottage sits in the heart of the Irish-speaking Gaeltacht in what is probably the most traditional area of Ireland. You can walk down to the beach from the cottage and you're unlikely to see another tourist, maybe just a lobster fisherman or one of the friendly, farmer neighbours. See more photos of this Donegal cottage. Just sitting on the bench in front can be lovely - you can usually hear the waves from the other side of the mountain. Stay here to discover one of the most remarkable and beautiful landscapes in Ireland - we doubt you'll ever find better beaches than can be found locally, friendlier people, or such a sense of wilderness. These photos show the walk down to Port beach from the cottage, which feels like the very edge of Europe (9 times out of 10 you'll have the whole bay to yourself), or sit at home and enjoy the views over 'your' lough (lake). Pets welcome - ask they are never allowed on sofas or beds please. Great place for dogs - enlcosed garden and miles of open mountain walking from the door, with fabulous beaches near. We provide WIFI free of charge via Satellite Broadband, but cannot guarantee it will always be available. There is a 20Gb limit per month, which means that you will not be able to use it for Netflix/ serious downloading.
    The most unspoiled and beautiful part of Ireland!
  • My girlfriend and I had an great weekend in Greg’s cottage at the end of March. Its cozy with a great atmosphere and a well equipped kitchen. The area is stunning, you have the wilderness you are going there for but with the comforts of the Cottage. We had mixed weather over our weekend, sunny periods for outdoorsy activities. Then retreated to the cottage and battened down the hatches when a storm came in. This did not put a dampener on things as we just stoked up the peat fire and opened the wine. Had a couple of nice chats with Mary who gave us the low down on the area. Mary bless her contacted us on our drive home. After my girlfriend left her laptop and bag in the cottage, so we had one last farewell from Mary. Advise:- Over 5hrs drive from Dublin so we left early Friday afternoon, stopped at Asda in Enniskillen for the weekend shop. You can buy basics in Ardara but not fancy things city types like. We took Monday off work so didn’t have to rush back on Sunday, we both decided that was a good decision. Recommend visiting:- Port: stunning bay we had the place to ourselves got some great snaps. Slieve League: very impressive cliffs. Were keen to do a boat tour but to early in the year :( Maghera Beach: really impressive beach, met a local in a cave up on the cliffs who told us ghoulish stories about the history of the caves. Nancy's Bar Ardara: Crab claws/ Guinness chocolate cake washed down with a Guinness or two…..slurp We want to visit again in the summer/autumn. Will and Alison

    William2014-04-01T00:00:00Z
  • Greg's cottage is a special place located in one of the most beautiful areas in Ireland. The cottage itself is so intriguing that it makes it hard to leave it. It is furnished beautifully and quiet comfortable. The landscape is spectacular with many great places to walk, bike or drive to close by. Thank you Greg for sharing your cottage and I can't wait to return.

    Mark2014-04-07T00:00:00Z
  • Truly the most relaxing getaway in this lovely little cottage. So peaceful and scenic. The house stayed nice and warm once heated and was well equipped. An ideal getaway for anybody in need of respite. Mary is lovely, it was a pleasure to meet her.

    Siobhan2015-11-28T00:00:00Z
  • Had a fantastic 3 days at the cottage. Really beautiful location down a long and winding Donegal road. Felt like we were so far away from everywhere . Just what we wanted. The cottage is well kitted out and having internet was a bonus. Greg responds right away with any queries and Mary is available just down the road if you need anything else. Will hopefully be back.

    Gavin2014-07-07T00:00:00Z
  • The cottage was exactly like advertised. It was very beautiful and in a stunning location. Check in was very easy because of the lock box. We enjoyed our stay very much. This is a truly unique experience for someone who wants a taste of rural Ireland. I only wish we had had more time to explore the " neighbourhood"

    Jaki2015-03-28T00:00:00Z
  • The cottage is absolutely lovely and we did enjoy our stay in this remote part of the world very much. Mary welcomed us very cordially and supported us with any requests we had. If you want to light the fire in the fire places (which you should do), we suggest that you buy some logs to burn. There is turf provided in the cottage, however, for non-Irish persons it's quite a task to get the turf lit without producing loads of smoke :) We can recommend Greg's cottage without any reservation. It's a fantastic spot for those looking for a remote and romantic hide away somewhere in the Irish Pampa.

    Ron2016-10-13T00:00:00Z
  • We stayed for three nights in February. Directions from Greg were exact even coming from a different direction. Turf and a fire lighter was provided for the fire but we bought peat bricks and fire lighters to send off a stronger heat. We found Supervalu in Killybegs to be excellent. Melly's for fish and chips was awesome. Definitely take the bikes down to the port. Definitely check out Maghera Beach and Slieve League. Chat with Mary and stop at a grocery before you get there!

    David2017-02-08T00:00:00Z
  • If you want to get away from it all, this is the place for you. A lovely little cottage with gorgeous views.

    Erin2018-10-01T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/flat


    Property Type

    Cottage


    Accommodates

    4


    Bedrooms

    2

    Donegal, Donegal, Ireland

    I restored this cottage from 2003 with love and every ounce of my soul has been poured into bringing it to a cosy retreat perfect for two or a small family or 4 close friends. Take time to Hike, Bike, Read, Write, Draw, Think, Play, Live &make Love. There is a large extension which is another house which can be rented separately or together if you have a larger group. Thick stone walls means there is excellent sound proofing. You would not notice the guests next door unless you meet them.
    Hello there, If you love amazing views of the sea in front and the peace and quiet of the countryside, then this place is for you. Sleeps one or 2 couples comfortably.(there are 2 bedrooms with a double bed in each. there is also a single bed in the bigger bedroom. I have a fold out couch downstairs. 4 people can be accommodated but then again how close of friends are you? My cottage really suits people who love the country cottage feel and relaxed atmosphere, if you love monotone hotels and convenience to towns/shops/arcades this is not for you. The entertainment on offer can be having a cuppa while watching the two baby bunnies playing in my wild garden and somehow avoiding my visiting fox who almost daily pops by.....also we two great local pubs with friendly people and good cheer....also one does really good food. This is a cottage rental rather than a bed and breakfast. Some dried foods I leave you just in case you arrive and have forgotten to get shopping, even thou Short and long term rentals are possible, small or large groups, just ask and I shall see if I can make it possible for your situation. It's a quiet neighbourhood, occasional tractor factor, rabbits, foxes, migrating swallows....you get the picture....relaxation, views, perfect for relaxing get aways. My cottage is about 100 plus years old. It is open plan down stairs with kitchen diner one side and sitting room with stove. It has two bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs. I restored it and lived in it since (URL HIDDEN) had been derelict with roof falling in no windows or doors so it has been a labour of love and now I happy to rent it to people who will enjoy it and have a great experience on the penninsula. I built on and I live in the "West Wing" mostly although I often live with my boyfriend but sometimes I have a weekend of R and R in my cottage where I read books and invite friends over and have tea in front of the fire and play scrabble.... There is something magical about it....everybody loves the cosy feeling. I prefer to only accept minimum of 3 nights bookings. It is a lovely penninsula and I'm sure you won't regret 3 nights staying here. I can offer a variety of accommodation as in if it's a larger group you can have the "West Wing" which has another 2 bedrooms and bathrooms and dance/yoga floor. I can put in a futon or pull out couch in the cottage just ask and see if I can sort out your situation. I am in the middle of nowhere but there's nowhere else I'd rather be having been around the world I've come home to Ahakista. 1 hr 45 mins drive from Cork city/airport, 17 km from bantry town, no bus services to Ahakista . No trains down here etc. You need a car and a Sat Nav or a map and a good sense of adventure and an ability to ask for directions. It's beautiful and is perfect for folk who like hill walking and going off for picnics or lunches out and drives to ring of Kerry and the five penninsulas. Perfect base to go explore from. Thanks for checking out my profile I'm now almost 3 years being a member of Airbnb and really excited by the concept of making the global community welcome in my home . I backpacked around the world for 2 years and wish this concept was available back then. I used to wander into villages and ask to be hosted for a fee, I do believe that it enriched my experiences greatly. I will guide you/give directions/ advice if you want or leave to discover by yourselves as you wish. The original cottage is over 100 years old and I have retained as much of the original features. I've got underfloor heating (winter time) and a lovely stove which is not only good for atmosphere but it's cosy in the not so balmy evenings. Wooden floors, rustic feel, open plan kitchen diner/ sitting room. If it's a wet weekend and you can't get out and about walking! You could paint, draw, read, write, cuddle up on the couch in front of the fire. I like to play board games and have a large selection and books/dvds/music. There is also the local bars which can be really lovely with open fires and live music or sitting out and having a BBQ watching the sun setting over the bay. Food: Restaurants/café/bars with food in the area, information pack/maps/guide books/walking maps etc. available in the house. Hope to see you here. Sheila
    Peaceful countryside with panoramic views of rolling hills hugging the valley of a patchwork of forty shades of green. A close knit community of people who have grown up together and look out for each other. If you ever wanted to find an idyllic life this is the place to live. I wish I was there more often.
  • We had a great time at Sheila's. The house is super comfortable and cute. Landscape is amazing. Sheila is a very sweet person who welcomed us in her house. We would definitely come back any time.

    Lisa2015-01-09T00:00:00Z
  • I had the best time staying with Sheila in her lovely home in the most astonishing setting! For anyone who wants to experience the heart and soul of Ireland this is the place! I felt well cared for, with home cooked meals, a comfortable bed/room and all the companionship or privacy I could hope for! Sheila being a life-time native of the place, provided the background and the introduction to an unique community. Sheila is a very interesting person, full of resources, fun and heart! I couldn't have chosen a better place and person to discover Ireland's charm and depth.

    Sabra2011-08-04T00:00:00Z
  • We fullly enjoyed the stay ( 4 nights) at Sheilas charming house. It has an original charme, and very down to earth arthmosfere that we liked. A Fantastic view and a good place to start a walk in nearby mountains and a trip in the car to sheeps head with a nice walk and coffe at the cafe. The nearby pub had really nice food. Shelia is a warm and welcoming person who did all she could to make our stay confortable, we highly rercommend Sheila and her place, if you like the countryside and the heat to be supplied by a fireoven. Else and co.

    Else dahl2014-04-28T00:00:00Z
  • Sheila's place is exactly like advertised. It is a peaceful, quiet cottage that is perfect for a calm and relaxing get away. The scenery is beautiful and the cottage is close to a local pub/restaurant that was terrific. It is remote but not without modern conveniences of a shower, wifi, and cooking appliances. I would highly recommend Shiela's place for anyone looking for a place to reboot and re-enerrgize before heading back to your reality, whatever that may be.

    Tyler2017-04-19T00:00:00Z
  • The best thing about Sheila's place is definitely the location. While secluded, the views cannot be beat. If you're looking for a quiet stay, this is the place for it. Sheila was very kind and detailed on her site, it was a little challenging to find but we feel she did everything possible to help us find it! One of the highlights was going to lunch at the Heron Gallery, the garden is so whimsical and the food was delicious! We had somewhat of a problem as far as lacking amenities like paper towels, washing fluid, etc., and also we were missing some of the charm found in the photos (the hanging pots and pans were absent when we arrived--which was just a sweet touch that drew us in). Overall we had a nice two night stay, but be aware it's very rustic (maybe for my taste!) and no screens so prepare for bugs if you need windows open.

    Gina2017-06-20T00:00:00Z
  • Sheila's hospitality kept us warm despite a strong windstorm. Friendly atmosphere, lots of information on all the things to do. Her home is perfect to discover West Cork. We loved the drawings as much as we loved the architecture.

    Nicholas2013-04-21T00:00:00Z
  • Sheila was a great host, very friendly and helpful. She met us at the property to show us around and gave us tips on places to visit and where to go to get groceries and logs etc. A very cosy cottage that had everything we needed for a great stay. If your after a home from home in a really peaceful location, this is the place for you.

    Ragen2017-09-15T00:00:00Z
  • Sheila was welcoming, and our stay was enjoyable. She baked fresh scones for our first day, and made sure we had plenty of firewood. Even though the weather was not cooperative due to the time of our visit, the cabin stayed comfortable and warm throughout our stay. In addition, the WiFi was quite reliable. If you're looking to enjoy the hikes and walks along Sheep's Head Peninsula during the wetter months, boots are a wise decision. Just down the road a piece is a bronze age stone circle that's easily accessible up a short path.

    Mike2015-12-15T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/flat


    Property Type

    Cabin


    Accommodates

    4


    Bedrooms

    2

    Cork, Munster, Ireland

    This hexagon hut is situated on its own on land that is half orchard half woodland, 5 Km from Westport. It gives a nice view over the natural environment with wild life and low key farming. A few goats and a few hens roam in the adjoining field.
    The hexagon shaped cabin has decking on both sides to enjoy morning sun as well as evening sun. On the morning sun side, where the door is, the decking leads to the little bathroom building. The cuckoo is around from the end of April until the end of May. The Owenwee river with salmon and trout runs on about 200 Meter distance. Westport town is on 5 Km distance. Clew bay 2 Km . Nearest beach 7 Km. There is a nice and safe place to park the car at the bottom of the path leading to the cabin. Guests are free to roam the one third of an acre around the hut. There are beautiful walks around without having to use the car. One of the few native woods left is only 1,5 Km away. From 1 April till 1 October I don't take bookings for less than 3 nights Just for help if needed The neighbourhood of this place is extremely friendly and there is a big sense of community here. Public transport, busses and trains, is available in Westport. There is a safe opportunity to cycle to town. Westport town has great entertainment possibilities. Lots of traditional music, also good blue grass and jazz. Many coffee shops and restaurants and indeed a great choice of very interesting and unique shops.
    The neighbourhood of this place is extremely friendly and there is a big sense of community here.
  • We stayed 2 nights and it was just perfect. Just as we imagined, cosy and warm, in the middle of nature. Both Ruth and Irma made us feel so welcome.

    Hans Peter Bang2016-02-20T00:00:00Z
  • Should you wish to escape from reality, and you are self-reliant, this is the place for you. However, food storage and fridge space are limited, so don’t bring too much - be prepared to shop every couple of days. Otherwise, enjoy the rural idyll, almost in the woods. Make sure to bring bikes and stout walking gear. Irma is simply lovely.

    Patrick2017-11-22T00:00:00Z
  • We arrived very late that evening but Irma was sure to have someone come over the next day to make sure that we were comfortable and settled. Ruth was very helpful and kind.

    Grace2018-04-23T00:00:00Z
  • Truly a dream. The hexagon is a quiet oasis in a big crazy world! Remote and beautiful and just out of town. Just pack slippers as the bathroom is outside of the main room! We can’t recommend this place enough.

    Jamie2017-10-28T00:00:00Z
  • Beautiful location, lovely accommodation - a must do in Westport! Thanks so much for your hospitality Irma

    Eimear2015-12-02T00:00:00Z
  • Irma’s cottage was wonderful. It’s a bit tucked away but was easy enough to get to. Irma is a delight and the cottage was clean and comfortable. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a bit of a country get-away. And, Westport is only a quick drive away (~4km)!

    Steven2018-06-15T00:00:00Z
  • Irma’s place is really wonderful. Private and secluded and surrounded by nature. Irma’s gift of fresh bread was the most tasty bread I’ve ever had ! Perfect for a little getaway from it all but close enough to drive in to the lovely restaurants in Westport if you want to eat out.

    Anna2018-07-04T00:00:00Z
  • What an idyllic little house, from start to finish, this little 'treehouse' as we called it was a perfect place to stay for our weekend away in westport. Fresh eggs and bread where delicious and prepared us for our walk up Croagh Patrick, which is a short drive from the house. And taxi services are available to and from town. The food in town was first class, la Bella Vita an Italian is beautiful. But make sure you book. And then coming home to a warm house from the stove. It was exquisite and I will definitely be telling alot of people about this little place. Irma was a great host and let us do our own thing. Thanks again Irma. :)

    Nathan2018-02-25T00:00:00Z
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    Property Type

    Island


    Accommodates

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    Bedrooms

    1

    Westport, Mayo, Ireland

    Bright, cosy one bedroom apartment in the heart of the city centre. The location could not be bettered for visiting Dublin's museums, pubs, restaurants, theatres and cafes. Fully equipped kitchen, balcony, television, reliable wifi, balcony. NB please contact to confirm availability if booking more than 3 months ahead.
    One bedroom apartment located the city centre on Patrick Street on the third floor of a secure building. The building is directly opposite St Patrick's Cathedral and park. Fast Wifi of course. The location in the south city centre is the best for culture, shopping and sightseeing. Details below. There is a large balcony that spans the width of the apartment. It is the best place in Dublin to watch the St. Patrick's Day Parade! One large bedroom with queen size bed and plenty of wardrobe space, including pull out shoe storage, drawers and hanging storage. French door. Full bathroom with bath and electric shower. Livingroom with full white gloss kitchen with oak countertops and appliances including dishwasher, washing machine, fridge freezer, oven, hob etc. Lovely views of St. Patrick's Cathedral and the attached park, and the Iveagh Trust Buildings from the balcony. French door to balcony. On street parking available at no charge. Please let me know when booking and I will arrange. Parking is of course at your own risk. There are buses to the airport direct from within 5 minutes walk. The 747 (Euro 6 single, 10 return) goes to and from Dame Street/ Christchurch. The 16A (Euro 2.75 single) goes from Georges Street. Within 10 minutes walk from the apartment: Trinity College Dublin and The Book of Kells St Patrick's Cathedral (try and catch a sung service) Christchurch Cathedral and Dublinia (Viking exhibit) Fallons Pub (your local, one of Dublin's best pubs with a lovely snug) Collins Barracks (a good museum) Temple Bar (mainly raucous nightlife but also some nicer options and good restaurants) Camden Street (more hip nightlife, including microbrew pub) St Stephens Green and Grafton Street (Dublin's premium shopping street) Fallon & Byrne (Dublin's answer to Dean & Deluca, with a foodhall and food counter, good restaurant and great basement winebar) Irish Film Institute: arthouse cinema, good bar and pub grub. Less than 20 minutes walk from the apartment: Merrion and Fitzwilliam Squares and Dublin's Georgian Quarter The Phoenix Park (Europe's largest city park) The Royal Hospital Kilmainham and IMMA (modern art museum) Neighbourhood Cafes I like: Cafe Noto: great New Yorker sandwich (toasted!), nice room. End Francis Street. Two Pups, Francis Street: great coffee, avocado toast etc. . Bite of Life: Across the street from the apartment. Fumbally: New, trendy. Very airy. Like a Berlin cafe. straight up the street from Patrick Street. Bibis: Cute. Girls especially love it. Great for breakfast. Lombard Street, about 8 minutes away in Portobello. Queen of Tarts, Cow's Lane: Great carrot cake, mismatched china, outside area. Craft market on Saturday. Places I like to eat nearby: Green 19, 19 Camden Street: modern Irish bistro Neon, Camden Street: Asian street food Poke, Capel Street: poke, seafood platters .. also Klaw, Crown Alley and Seafood Cafe, Temple Bar Odessa: restaurant and club. Love brunch, especially Smoked Chicken Quesadillas and Bloody Mary's. Strong coffee, lively atmosphere. Crackbird: trendy fried (and grilled) chicken. Love the burnt lemon feta dip and homemade soft drinks. Ciao Bella Roma: Italian pizzeria and trattoria. Great lunch and early bird deals. Serves pizza until very late Friday and Saturday. The WInding Stair: modern Irish food. Great for seafood. Joburger: best burgers and sweet potato fries. Cool outside area opposite Grogans (great pub with a mix of ould codgers and trendies and full-on nutters). Castle Market, between Georges Street and The Powerscourt Townhouse Centre. Toffoli: Castle Street. Small but perfectly formed gourmet pizza joint. The Bull and Castle: Great for steak. Opposite Christchurch. Burdocks: Fish and chips, allegedly the best in the world! Pubs/ Bars I love: Fallons. Your local! Great traditional Dublin pub with a mix of characters. The Globe and Rira: Pub and nightclub for if you like to dance and drink and can remember the Eighties (not just for the older ones). No Name/ Kellys: Trendyish (or at least it was). Lovely space. Fade Street (off Georges Street). Hogans: Classic studenty haunt. The Long Hall: a classic Dublin pub. The Stag's Head: another classic Dublin pub. Go on Friday and you may catch trad music session downstairs.. Grogans: always busy, great for people watching. Art for sale on the walls. Sit outside all year round. Fallon & Byrne's winebar: great wine selection. Charcuterie and cheese etc. In the basement so you can find yourself forgetting obligations and ordering another lovely malbec or albarino :).
    It is in the heart of the city centre. You can walk anywhere you want to be in a matter of minutes. I love the location, and the atmosphere in the heart of old Dublin. There are lots of great pubs, restaurants and cafes, Francis St (the antiques district), St Patrick's Cathedral and park (love to hear the bells). It is very safe.
  • Daragh you made us very welcome, meeting us after our adventure with the slightly wayward taxi. Much appreciated. Your explanations were excellent.

    David2014-12-21T00:00:00Z
  • Apartment was very handy for all attractions.host was very helpful i had a slight problem and darragh solved it for me

    john 2016-08-05T00:00:00Z
  • I sent my parents to Dublin for their 30th anniversary. The communication with Daragh was excellent and precise. As for my parents - this is what they wrote: Very good location, near St.Patrick's church ,we could walk everywhere and be in 5 min on the city center It is not very quiet but for us it was not a problem. the flat is very comfortable and well equipped, Daragh waited for us, he was very helpful, very nice and friendly. Overall - a very good place to stay in Dublin. Nimrod

    Nimrod2012-08-21T00:00:00Z
  • We stayed for the month of April and were delighted. The apartment is simple and clean, just as shown in pictures. The street is a busy city street, but the apartment windows do a very good job of noise reduction. The beautiful park just across the street, the amazing location, the sense of living in history, the bells of St. Patrick's, the horse carts clopping by on Patrick Street, the easy public transportation and walkability, all this contributed to a very enjoyable stay. What surprised and delighted us most was the sense of being honored guests of Daragh, Miguel and family rather than merely tenants. Daragh's dad, Mick greeted us, and as he has done for guests before us, he shared an infectious enthusiasm for the city sites that we used as reference points during all of our following stay. And this is the first place we have rented where the owners pop by weekly with clean linens...that was a treat! When you are here, you are family. Thanks Daragh, Miguel, Mick and Paula.

    Madeline2013-05-04T00:00:00Z
  • I can't give Daragh and his father, Mick, enough compliments! Mick met us at the flat and was so knowledgeable - he shared so many tips and suggestions with us that were invaluable! The flat itself couldn't be more perfectly situated - we were walking distance to literally everything. Fantastic location!!! Although we didn't get to meet Daragh, he was readily available via email constantly throughout our stay. Great, great time in Dublin!

    Melissa2013-11-05T00:00:00Z
  • Really lovely apartment right opposite St. Patricks Cathedral. Daragh and Edgar were both very welcoming and helpful and lived close by so were able to come to the apartment when we had trouble. Apartment was clean and tidy with good facilities (inc. beer in the fridge) and the flat itself was relatively easy to find. Apartment is in walking distance of all major attractions and is surrounded by good restaurants and pubs.

    Robert2015-12-17T00:00:00Z
  • We had a fantastic stay for our honeymoon at Daragh's place! The location couldn't have been more perfect, with all of the major attractions less than 20 minutes away by walking. Daragh was very helpful with information leading up to our trip and helped us feel at ease. Also, we followed several of his recommendations and weren't disappointed! Especially with Fallon's, the local pub down the street :) the only thing I would say is if you are a light sleeper, the street noise might bother you a bit, since the apartment is on a busy street. Other than that, we loved it and hope to come back soon!

    Ellen2015-10-25T00:00:00Z
  • Daragh's truly is a perfect city centre flat, very nicely arranged, comfortable and practical to walk everywhere in town from. Daragh got us in touch with his friend Miguel as he was out of town when we arrived, and he greeted us (even though we got there after 11pm) with a bottle of wine, which was a really lovely attention. He explained all the workings of the flat to us (heating, etc.) and had a map ready along with a little book mentionning all their personal favourite venues in Dublin - we tried a few and must say they were really good choices ! There were also a few city guides and loads of leaflets which came in very handy. The one shortcoming of this flat is that it's overlooking a road busy with traffic, which made it quite difficult for us to enjoy nice restful nights. But that didn't spoil our experience! Thanks for everything.

    Dolly2012-11-05T00:00:00Z
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    Property Type

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    Accommodates

    2


    Bedrooms

    1

    Dublin 8, Dublin, Ireland

    Beautiful location right on the shore of Kenmare Bay just 2 miles from Kenmare town. Watch the otters, sea birds and wild deer from your deck overlooking the beach. Relax in the outdoor Jacuzzi or by the wood stove. Spacious recently renovated home, originally built by my grandparents as a holiday home in the 1950s, successfully adapted for the 21st century!
    Originally built by my grandparents in the 1950s, on the farm featured in Harry Bewick's 1930s book 'A Wild Taste'. We have endeavored to bring this historical gem into the 21st century.
    Quiet secluded cabin right by the sea, with otters and deer (and even the occasional sea eagle!) for company!
  • Cara's place was charming, immaculately clean, and equipped with all the amenities one could possibly need for a comfortable family holiday in an incredibly-beautiful, seaside setting. The resident Connemara ponies were a bonus for my daughter. Cara herself was kind and highly-accommodating to my family and myself. I hope to return in the future. A special thanks to Cara's partner, Sam, for his assistance as well.

    Brendan2015-03-28T00:00:00Z
  • We had a lovely stay in Kenmare at this fab Cabin! We would highly recommend it for short or long stays. The cabin had everything you will need for home to home self catering! Please don't let the stove for heating put you off as it made our stay, it was cosy and heated the entire cabin in a very short time & we stayed in very cold temperatures! Definitely will be back again. Susan

    Susan2016-11-22T00:00:00Z
  • Very clean, easy check in /check out. Such a beautiful location! Incredible value.

    Kimberly2018-03-16T00:00:00Z
  • We had a lovely stay in Cara's house. Although the weather wasn't always nice, we spend a lot of time outside at the beach and the waterfall area.

    Martine2017-03-03T00:00:00Z
  • Had a great time, views are second to none!

    Ciara2017-01-30T00:00:00Z
  • Thanks Cara for another great weekend. It was lovely to arrive to the stove already lit. We were looked after very well and enjoyed hanging around at the cabin and making use of the great outdoor space. We hope to be back again.

    Hannah2016-03-15T00:00:00Z
  • Cara came to meet us as soon as we arrived and gave us all the information we needed. The cabin was in the most gorgeous location- my children loved to explore. The view of the water was stunning. We loved to Relax in the hot tub outside too. The cabin is not far away from shops, pubs and bars although you might want to book a taxi in advance as it was near impossible to get one after 12!! Would love to stay again, hopefully for a bit longer next time. Thank you Cara!

    Natalie2016-09-12T00:00:00Z
  • Cara's cabin is in the most beautiful and secluded of spots just outside the lovely town of Kenmare. It has access to the beach (and sea) and the hot tub over looking the views makes it just perfect. Although there was only two of us staying in the cabin, it was cosy and warm. We had access to everything we could have needed during our stay. Cara was helpful and ensured that we were able to check in and check out when suited us. We paid a bill of 20€ for the electrics we used over our 4 day stay. We would definitely come back to visit again!!

    Rebecca2017-05-26T00:00:00Z
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    Entire home/flat


    Property Type

    Chalet


    Accommodates

    9


    Bedrooms

    3

    Kenmare, Kerry, Ireland

    A small slice of paradise on the sunny side of Lough Derg:-) The boathouse is self contained with full kitchen, bathroom and mezzanine bed. Private veranda with seating for 2 and a small BBQ. (No pets allowed)
  • We had a perfect stay at the boathouse, we wish we could have stayed longer! Barry's dad John met us on arrival and was lovely and he exceeded expectations in searching for a hairdryer! Thank you! The boathouse is beautiful and we loved sitting on the waters edge at night watching the sunset. So peaceful and quiet. Perfect location for exploring county Clare, the Burren and the cliffs of Moher. Thank you for a fabulous stay.

    Abigail2017-05-18T00:00:00Z
  • This is a lovely little hideaway cabin on Williamstown Harbour. John (Barry's dad) was the most delightful host and we are so glad we got the chance to chat with him. Especially fun was the view of the lake (even with waves lapping high on the dock) and the well-equipped kitchen. It was great to cook again! Climbing into the loft was a challenge but we got some good laughs as our 60+ yr old bodies navigated the ladder. This spot is a bit off the beaten path so it is perfect for quiet respite in the off season. I bet it's hopping with activity in high season. Thanks so much! It was beautiful.

    Larry & Tish2016-04-10T00:00:00Z
  • Thank you so much for the great experience in Pops Dream! I have loved to stay in that house. It was so beautiful and Barry's parents were very nice and kind with us. Thank you so much! Maria

    Maria2016-01-15T00:00:00Z
  • The place is out of a dream. Waking up in the loft (you can also sleep downstairs, if you don't want to climb up) and seeing the lake is something special. Though small, the cabin is cozy and, if it's a bit chilly, the wood-burning stove is perfect). We found it clean and equipped with everything we needed for a relaxing weekend.

    Tudor2016-04-04T00:00:00Z
  • What a gem! John and Kate are just lovely and the boathouse is amazing. Such a lovely place to come back to after a day of exploring, and hard to leave in the morning with the sun coming in the windows! I can see why this place is so popular. You are lucky to have an opportunity to stay here and interact with these fine folk.

    Vicki2016-05-07T00:00:00Z
  • Fantastic, secluded location. Absolutely perfect to relax from Wedding planning stress! The accomodation itself is quirky, unique and extremely cosy. We were very fortunate with the weather, but would also be perfect for cuddling up by the stove when the weather is wet and windy. Outstanding hosts, very warm, welcoming and friendly, made sure that we had everything we needed, and gave excellent advice regarding where to go/eat/see. Would recommend highly to anyone considering it, what a beautiful part of the world!

    Jarlath2016-11-03T00:00:00Z
  • Better than pictures. So peaceful and relaxing . Honestly can’t describe how much we enjoyed it. Barry and his family are lovely and made us feel very welcome ! Sadly when we arrived it had been raining all day but it didn’t make any difference it was still warm and cosy! We will be back .

    Shauna2017-10-11T00:00:00Z
  • Pops dream is a lovely quite and beautiful place to stay, the boat house is well equipped and comfortable. John and K are very nice and warm people. I would definitely recommend this house.

    Ivor2015-08-07T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

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    Property Type

    Cabin


    Accommodates

    2


    Bedrooms

    1

    Whitegate, Clare, Ireland

    The Cosy Chalet is linked to "The Wild Atlantic Way". You will find fine scenery, superb beaches and lakes. All kinds of water-sport activities. Very good locally produced food, like cheese.
    Who likes traveling knows the problem. Hotels can be quite expensive. One has to spend in the hotel for food and drinks. B&B's are sometimes offering small rooms with none or minimal cooking-facilities. You will miss your own private living-room. Holiday-houses are often only on a weekly base to get. They are sometimes too big. You can land "in the middle of nowhere" and with no reception. With our ambitious and new concept we try to make things a little bit better for you. Our accommodation is "All Inclusive"! Only the use of the washing machine (incl. washing-powder) and the tumble-dryer costs € 5 extra each. Bikes € 10/day We speak English, German, Russian and some French. You'd like to cook a lobster or you intend to smoke your self-caught Mackerel or Pollock, but you don't know how to make it. Please call us. How to find the cockles and mussels at the beach and how to make the legendary "Spaghetti Vongole". There would be so much to tell. You'll find "The Cosy Chalet" on our own 60.000m2 park, forest and lawns. Save Sandy Beaches 500m from our gate. You walk just across the road and you are on our private wood-lane to the sandy-beaches. The Cosy Chalet was 100 years ago may be a shelter for shepherds and their sheep. We had to demolish the walls and built it new. The Cosy Chalet is now a mix of old stone-walls and a massive oak-frame coming from England. Many interiors and paintings are true and period. It is a "One-In-All-Solution" on 2 levels. The Cosy Chalet offers 2 beds (80x200) in the attic, reachable with a stair/ladder. The attic has only a max. height of 1,50m. One cannot stand upright! There is a little "Velux" with may be the best sea-views. Because of the limited heights and the way to go up, we can recommend these beds only for younger people! All others find a sofa-bed on the ground-floor-level (120x200). There is a full size kitchen (that means absolutely everything you need, will be there.) of course with a full-size dishwasher and a dining-table. Bathroom with shower, sink and toilet. Sufficient tea-towels, bath-towels, even those for the pool will be there. Free Sat-TV (some hundred channels in many languages), DVD, CD, WiFi. Please understand, that you may have to run a little fire to make the Chalet cosy. You will get all logs for free. All logs are homegrown and perfectly seasoned. The good thing is, you heat with a long lasting positive effect to the environment. Your "South-Terrace" is built like an old Roman Road. There you will find chairs and a coffee-table. A second, westerly terrace, surrounded by Rhododendrons will provide you with a simple dining-table and benches. From there you have direct access to the swimming-pond (water is like swimming in a river) and the decking with fantastic views over the Carbery Islands, Castles and Fastnet Rock. The Cosy Chalet has 4 sleeping options and this is may be ok for one night or two. But to get a really cosy feeling we recommend it only for two people. And please no children who are not good swimmers. Pool! Or come with the bus and rent a bike here. Transports: Bus Eireann 2x daily from and to Cork. From our gate. Taxi nearby Ferry from Schull to Cape Clear (only summer) Good Restaurants in Schull, 10Km and surrounding: Irish, Spanish, French, Italian, Philippine Nearest good Restaurant, Heron's Cove, in GOLEEN, 4,5KM Schools in Schull Language School, Diving School, Sailing School in Durrus: Cookery School. Sports Golf (Bantry, Skibbereen, Glengariff) Riding (nearby) Tennis (hard) Biking All kinds of watersports Hill Walking, Hiking Fishing Off Shore Fishing in a walking distance All kinds of mussels around the house Deep Sea Fishing by arrangement Wildlife Over 50 bird-species in our woods and the coastline Deers, Hare, Otter, Mink, Fox and Badger Dolphins, Seals, even Whales can be seen on excursions. Walking Famous Sheepshead Walk starts next village One-Day-Trips with your car Ring of Kerry and Killarney South Coast with Kinsale and Cork Beara The absolute Hotspot! Mizen Head Signal Station Irelands Most Southwesterly Point with 60.000 visitors per year An Absolute Must. Only 20Km away from your Cosy Chalet. We are happy to answer all your questions as soon as possible, but please consider we reserve for those who pay first, not ask first.
  • We had a fabulous stay with Hannes in the Chalet. the Chalet has everything we possibly need. we even get to use the fire place. it is very clean and well maintained. Hannes is a wonderful host. he is warm, friendly and very generous. he lent us bikes and knowing that we don't have a car, checked on us whenever he is going to town. Ester, the golden retriever, is a beautiful bonus! she is as fabulous as Hannes. accompany/guide us to the beach and walks and greet us with the sweetest smile every morning and evening when we return. the place is perfect for a Romantic get away. thanks Hannes. a big hug!!

    Cj2013-08-19T00:00:00Z
  • The cozy chalet was excellent and close to several tiny towns that were great for day trips. Also, Mizen Head is just down the road and is a must see. Everything that we needed was in the chalet and Hannes was there to meet us and show us how to use the heating / lighting ect. We had an amazing time and would visit again.

    Erin2014-07-10T00:00:00Z
  • Great place, loved the cottage, has all the comfort including a pool right outside the door. We had a wonderful time, Danke Hannes!

    Chris2013-05-28T00:00:00Z
  • Staying in Hannes and Helena's place was wonderful. A lovely, quiet secluded place, a cosy, warm, everything-you-need small haven and close to the sea and lovely walks and beautiful beaches...what more could we wish for! Hannes and Helena are a delightful couple, friendly and welcoming. We really had the best time! Thank you!

    Annick2017-11-18T00:00:00Z
  • Everything was just perfect, warm, relaxing and out of the box. We were really thrilled about the fact that the beach was so close, and the image of it conquers everything we were expecting. The chalet was well organized and equipped and it made us feel like home. We firmly recommend this for a sweet escape from everything you worry about!

    Alexa2014-07-30T00:00:00Z
  • We loved the cozy comfy atmosphere of the cabin and the get-away location. The surrounding area is lush and beautiful. The quick access to the beach through the forest is a bonus. Hannes, your local knowledge added to our experience. Many thanks!

    Brenda2018-06-19T00:00:00Z
  • Hannes welcomed us when we arrived, even though it was a little later than we had expected. The cozy chalet was indeed very cozy and even in the cool evenings we had no need to warm the space up. Hannes made himself available, but really gave us our space. We felt very comfortable there. The beach is within a short distance and quite lovely. But our favorite thing we did was the hiking on Three Castle Head! It is not a far drive at all and totally worth the extensive walk to get to the castle. It is absolutely breathtaking and could not have imagined our trip without that experience!

    Andrea2015-09-01T00:00:00Z
  • We had a great, great time in Hannes Chalet. It is a lovely little House, equiped with everything you need for a stay in West Cork. The beaches are in walking distance and the landscape is more than stunnig. The Chalet is in close distance to the families beautiful main estate. Most importantly, Hannes was a great, knowledgable host. Helpful at any time yet leaving us with a lot of privacy. Hopefully I have a chance to visit again.

    Sascha2012-07-12T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

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    Property Type

    House


    Accommodates

    4


    Bedrooms

    1

    Ballyrisode, County Cork, Ireland

    Two Storey Gate Lodge with two bedrooms upstairs - one double room with en-suite, one single. Downstairs kitchen/sitting room with pot belly stove. Separate sitting room with 2nd bathroom off this room. Please note each bath has a showering unit but there is no separate shower in the lodge. Min stay of 2 nights required. Note: Own transport is essential to reach us as there in no public transport.
  • A gorgeous little hide away, perfect for a rest or stopping point for local sight seeing. Beautifully decorated Gatelodge in a traditional style, yummy breakfast and pleasant host. Comfortable, clean and with all essentials provided. Close to pretty town of Killaloe, walking haven of Silvermines and activity centred Lough Derg. Looks exactly like the pictures and all descriptions were accurate. Thank you Christin and family!

    Sheaffe2014-09-22T00:00:00Z
  • Serenity and peace - this was what we felt spending a week in Cristin's secluded gatelodge. Arriving a bit later in the evening, Cristin opened the gate for us, toured us around the house and garden (demonstrating how everything worked) and even called a local restaurant she had recommended to make sure they were open and still serving dinner (the restaurant, Goosers, was delicious, full of locals, and homey). After such a warm greeting, we spent our days on short excursions to the lovely neighboring towns (Nenagh, Killaloe, Ballina) where we chatted with shopkeepers, explored old churches and sites, and then returned back for lovely dinners in the well-equipped kitchen with herbs fresh from the garden, eggs from her hens, with walks around the garden concluding in long nights by the fire. The images don't do justice to the immersive experience of the lodge and grounds - superior finishings on the windows, woodwork, and furnishings contribute to the feel of an authentic, historic home with all modern comforts. We'd have stayed another week!

    Brent2018-08-06T00:00:00Z
  • Such a cute place on a stunning property. Even nicer in person. Very clean, well kept, and comfortable. Master bedroom bed was comfortable and plenty of closet space. Kitchen was well appointed and host left good directions for the heater, fire, and trash. Lovely garden outside. I would limit guests to only a few people, as the toilet tanks take awhile to refill. Also, keep in mind that there are shower nozzles in the bathtubs but no overhead showers, if that matters to you. Location is remote, quiet, and peaceful. Would stay here again!

    Elisabeth2017-05-24T00:00:00Z
  • Cristin's place is the best Airbnb I've stayed in from traveling around the world and living in Airbnbs for 2 years! It's a cottage based on her large family estate. The cottage has gardens outside and the inside is modern and decorated with very good taste. It was amazing getting to stay in this secluded fairytale cottage!

    Miranda2017-09-09T00:00:00Z
  • The Gatelodge is a really wonderful place. Christin was the perfect hostess. In addition she provided great directions, as the lodge really is in a remote location which adds to it's immeasurable charm. Inside the lodge is decorated to the very highest standard.Christin has not just thought about everything she has done it with a wonderfull flair and an eye for detail, which is remarkable.

    Grace2016-04-01T00:00:00Z
  • Cristin’s house was the highlight of our Ireland trip. Absolutely incredible house and property. My husband I stayed two nights and enjoyed every minute of it!

    Megan2018-05-20T00:00:00Z
  • If I could, I would give 6 stars. This is the best rental place I have come across so far. Cristin is very friendly and generous. She keeps a house to a very high standard and is willing to share this beautiful place with strangers. The garden is superb. The house is alike. I would without hesitation come back!

    Sina2016-08-20T00:00:00Z
  • This house is perfect down to the last detail. It is ideal for a cosy secluded getaway and absolutely great value. Everything needed for breakfast is supplied, and the bathtub is DIVINE. I only wish that we are staying longer! We will definitely come back in the spring or summer when the gorgeous gardens are in bloom!

    Ruth2017-01-07T00:00:00Z
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    Property Type

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    Accommodates

    3


    Bedrooms

    2

    Killoscully, Tipperary, Ireland

    One bedroom apartment / separate living area / fully fitted kitchen, dishwasher,microwave,full size cooker,gas central heating, flat screen TV. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room. Free off road parking, good bus service to city centre, quiet residential suburb of Cork. Use of large garden and patio area for relaxation...
    Very comfortable apartment fully fitted and furnished, in a quiet residential area five minutes drive to airport and also close to good bus route (3 minute walk). Shops, bars and restaurants nearby.
    Very quiet and safe neighborhood, in a small cul-de-sac residential estate. Short 5 minute walk to choice of supermarkets and also pharmacy, and 2 bars. Bigger selection of restaurants and bars in Douglas Village which is a 15 minute walk.
  • It's hard to describe such a lovely stay. The whole apartment is very nicely decorated, very clean and perfectly equipped. You will find absolutly everything you need. It is located in the south in Cork in a very good area. From the nearby bus stop you can get fast in the center of Cork every 15 minutes. In the surrounding are several supermarkets and pubs. Gerry and his wife are wonderful hosts. They even offered some coffee, tea, milk and food for breakfast. We were even invited to a couple of drinks and had a wonderful evening with great conversation. It feels like to be a guest at friends. I highly recommend this apartment and Gerry and his wife as hosts as well. Thanks a lot!

    Andreas2014-08-08T00:00:00Z
  • This location is perfect for getting into Cork easily by bus and also for touring around Cork county. Very comfortable and set up well with breakfast choices

    Kathleen2017-04-28T00:00:00Z
  • We were met by Gerry and Maureen very warmly and they made us feel right at home. Lovely appartment in very nice area. We would definitely recommend Gerry and Maureen's appartment to any of our family or friends.

    Chris2016-05-27T00:00:00Z
  • Gerry and Maureen were excellent hosts. They went out of their way to make sure we were well set up with breakfast provisions. Gerry drove us into town the first day and told us about the English Market for a morning tea. The accommodation was warm and comfortable and transport within easy reach.

    Gary2015-02-14T00:00:00Z
  • We had a great stay at Gerry's lovely apartment. It had everything we needed and was very comfortable. Gerry was even nice enough to lead us to the apartment when we got lost. We would definitely stay again!

    Tyler2015-06-23T00:00:00Z
  • Gerry and Maureen were awesome! Gerry picked us up at the airport upon arrival and provided us with basic groceries and champagne. The bus station was less than a 5 minute walk from the apartment. The apartment was very well kept and comfortable. I would definitely recommend Gerry and his sweet apartment. We had a wonderful time!

    Hanna2016-04-24T00:00:00Z
  • A charming apartment with everything we needed, and a lovely backyard. This was a perfect base for two honeymooners exploring the area.

    Diane2016-06-15T00:00:00Z
  • Gerry' description of his apartment read beautiful one bedroom apartment which is absolutely correct. He could easily have added wonderful warm hosts, shining spotlessly clean,comfortable and very well equipped and laid out accommodation with wonderful welcome pack of breakfast goodies. We Irish are noted for our hospitality but Gerry and his very lovely wife, Maureen, are both in the premier league.

    Maurice2016-07-29T00:00:00Z
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    Cork, County Cork, Ireland

    A Romantic Retreat -Tastefully converted stone barn with views of 13th C. Abbey ruins & mature garden. Ideal location for touring east coast and Dublin (Airport 30min). Mezzanine bedroom overlooking the open plan living area & wood burning stove.
    This barn was converted by the owner in 2008 into a comfortable and inviting open plan living area & kitchen with a mezzanine double bedroom. Exposed stone walls and oak beams are complemented by luxurious furnishings and a cosy wood burning stove. The kitchen / dining area is equipped with gas hob, 3 in 1 Microwave / grill / convection oven, fridge with ice box and is sufficiently well-equipped to please the keen cook. There is a wet room-style shower room and wc. The living area is snug and cosy with a comfortable couch, wood burning stove and an array of interesting and unusual books on the history, flora and fauna of Ireland. A small staircase leads up to the mezzanine bedroom with comfy double bed, clothes storage and excellent views across the garden and countryside beyond. This is a really romantic location - so much so that we have had more than ten honeymooning couples stay here and even two proposals (successful ones!) The accommodation is suitable for up to two adults. Babies are welcome but please note that the barn is not suitable for toddlers or small children due to the steep staircase and wood burning stove. We have been welcoming guests since 2008.
    Ardcath is a tiny, quiet village in County Meath, near the border to County Dublin. The village pub is a three minute walk away and is full of character. It hosts an informal traditional Irish music session every Thursday night and guests are welcome, even encouraged, to play or sing. The musicians will even provide you with a musical instrument! Convenience stores are a 5 minute drive. A selection of restaurants in nearby villages - Kilmoon (4 miles), Stamullen (5 miles), Duleek (4 miles) - and in the local large town of Drogheda (10 miles) provide a wide range of menus to suit all tastes. This is an excellent location for touring both Dublin city (50mins drive) and the east coast. The Boyne Valley, Newgrange heritage site and the Hill of Tara are within 20mins drive, as are the beaches of Bettystown and Gormanston. Enjoy any one of a dozen excellent golf courses within 20 miles, as well as horse racing at nearby Bellewstown, Fairyhouse or on the strand at Laytown. Our guests have enjoyed day trips to Wicklow (the Garden of Ireland), the Giants Causeway in Co. Antrim, Carlingford in Co. Louth. Check out hill walking in the Cooley Mountains and exploring the castle ruins in the heritage town of Trim, among many others. Excellent restaurants, cafes and shopping are available in medieval Drogheda, modern Ashbourne, Skerries and Bettystown which are all a 20 min car journey.
  • Colm was a gracious host. We will always have fond memories, fireside at Crows Hermitage!

    Megan2018-02-17T00:00:00Z
  • Wonderful, magical place with a fantastic and caring host. Secluded rural escape from the world with relative proximity to both the airport and Dublin city makes this place perfect for couples who prefer low paced retreat and still want to be able to get in on the action.

    Daniel2016-12-27T00:00:00Z
  • We had a lovely valentines weekend in February 2016 at Crow's Hermitage which is an absolutely beautiful little cottage. Colm has done a brilliant job renovating the barn and I wouldn't change it one bit! We wanted a cozy winter weekend break and I can't think I've would have been able to find anywhere more romantic than this little cottage with its bare stone walls, candles everywhere, high ceilings and great wood burning stove. Anybody who likes warm holidays needs to make sure they're prepared for the cold as the stove would take an hour or so to heat up the cottage during winter but this just adds to the romance of it all. Blankets are scattered around to keep warm under. The kitchen and bathroom are perfectly suitable for everything you would require. The pub across the road serves the best Guinness you'll find in the world (I thought better than the storehouse) and is a must visit for anybody staying at Crows Hermitage. I would highly recommend the cottage to anybody and have certainly advised all my friends to look it up! Thanks to Colm who was incredibly welcoming and helpful throughout the stay.

    James2016-02-18T00:00:00Z
  • Colm was an incredible host. We got in a bit late but he was kind enough to wait up for us so he could show us around the cottage. Not only that but he brought us freshly baked scones, home made jam, and fresh milk upon our arrival! The scenery just outside the front door made each morning so peaceful and quiet. This cottage is also very close to Dublin but not in all the craziness that Dublin is so it’s a perfect location. Thank you, Colm, for everything! We hope to visit again!

    Jackie2018-07-09T00:00:00Z
  • The Crow’s Hermitage is as beautiful and charming as the photos suggest. Its location, 30 minutes outside of Dublin, makes it an incredible home base for travels all over the island. It was cozy and quaint and a beautiful, serene place to call home during our stay. Colm is an incredible host who radiates kindness and mirth. His knowledge of the area, and of Ireland is second to none and helped us maximize every minute we had in the country - near and far. PS - be sure to see the head of Saint Oliver Plunkett up in Drogheda at St. Peter’s church.

    Jordan2017-11-10T00:00:00Z
  • We had a perfect stay. The vicarage is a gorgeous little bolt-hole with oodles of charm, and we couldn't have had a nicer welcome - freshly made scones. And anyway, what could be more lovely than cosying up under a blanket in front of a wood-burning stove, hidden away in a little stone cottage in the Irish countryside. Bliss.

    Sasha2015-12-15T00:00:00Z
  • very unique little house. nice and quiet with an excellent pub just accross the street. be there on Thursday for trad night. easy to get to from Dublin. be sure to get the postal box for GPS. loved the place.

    Don2018-09-29T00:00:00Z
  • What an amazing place! The cottage is breathtaking, Colm as well as the locals are extremely welcoming, and we could get to anywhere we wanted within 3 hours. Colm is a superb host. He had fresh bread & milk when we arrived as well as a nice warm fire going. He gave us so much information & insight into Ireland attractions. He is an absolute delight! The cottage is exactly as described, even more beautiful. It was perfect in every way! We are definitely planning on coming back!

    Tabitha2016-11-03T00:00:00Z
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    Ardcath, Garristowm, Dublin, Ireland

    This is a real tree house, fully insulated, supported by real trees 6m off the ground. It is south facing with spectacular views over Cork city. It is situated in our garden but is screened from our house by trees affording privacy. It consists of a bedroom with double doors on to a deck at the top level with a bathroom on the level below. Cork city centre is a 5 min. walk with all its attractions, restaurants and shopping. Access to the city is via a unique STEEP HILL so return is 5min++!
    This structure is a real tree house and is designed to move slightly in strong winds. The accomodation is unmatched in Ireland whereby it is situated in an urban oasis in a large,quiet garden but is high in the leafy tree tops with a panoramic view of our beautiful city. It lies in the corner of of a large garden which was originally a Victorian garden, complete with paths and ponds(URL HIDDEN) The sleeping accomodation is fully insulated to a modern spec., with heating suitable for all seasons. It has a double bed with superior quality linen. There are tea and coffee making facilities available in the room and breakfast consisting of warm croissants, butter and preserve are delivered directly to the deck in a basket by a pulley from ground level maintaining your (URL HIDDEN) ice bucket is available on request(URL HIDDEN)Deck furniture with cushions and blankets are situated on the deck but may be brought indoors pending weather conditions(URL HIDDEN)On the lower level is a circular shaped wetroom with shower, toilet and wash hand basin. To access the wet room, one needs to walk down a spiral stairway IN THE OPEN AIR in true tree house style! Bathrobes and flip-flops are provided for your comfort.
    Our accomodation is situated on St Patrick's Hill which is a five minute walk down hill to our city's shopping area with lively pubs, night clubs, restaurants, shopping centres and supermarkets.
  • Everything about this treehouse is better than described. Amazing view and location. My wife and I were on our honeymoon and were able to walk to local pubs and shopping. we cannot recommend this place enough.

    Ken2017-07-09T00:00:00Z
  • The Tree House was amazing. The craftsmanship was incredible. A huge thank you to Richard for sharing this great experience with others. Highly recommend you stay here, the cost is worth the stay and experience!

    Peyton2017-06-21T00:00:00Z
  • We booked Richard's treehouse hoping to have a few relaxing days in the city and that is exactly what we got. The listing itself is a bit of a hidden gem and offers a beautiful view of the town, especially so at night. Once the wind picks up the gentle swaying of the tree will rock you to sleep while you enjoy the lights below. The hosts are lovely people. They were there to chat if we happened to run in to them, but gave us as much privacy as we wanted otherwise. If we needed anything we only had to message them. Richard, during check in, was able to give us suggestions for local attractions, restaurants and pubs. In the morning we were greeted with freshly baked croissants hoisted up on a pulley. It was genuinely an amazing experience and I can't fault the listing, the hosts or anything else about our stay. 5 stars all around.

    Eanna2017-09-10T00:00:00Z
  • A must stay! The view is fantastic, comfortable amenities, and delicious pasties delivered by pulley in the morning. Just plan extra days for visiting the city - once in the treehouse, you won't want to leave :)

    Laurel2017-07-22T00:00:00Z
  • I would recommend anyone traveling through Cork to stay here - it was truly a once in a life time experience. Richard was a very accommodating host and made our stay feel very welcoming! The treehouse was much more spacious and comfortable than we could have imagined. It’s heated with great insulation so no worries in colder months. It was a unique experience that I will cherish forever!

    Alex2017-10-10T00:00:00Z
  • best place we've stayed in Ireland so far. the view was spectacular, and the tree house cozy. a fantastic nights sleep in an amazing location.

    Amanda2018-07-22T00:00:00Z
  • Absolutely wonderful! This tree house is a dream and we'll worth the price, best money I've ever spent! They really make an effort to think of every detail to make your stay as perfect as possible. If I ever make it out to cork again, I would come back again!

    Jessica2018-04-05T00:00:00Z
  • Richards treehouse was fantastic! Such beautiful views!! Richard was so kind and helpful! Spend time to tell us a bunch of local “to dos”! Highly highly recommend!!!

    Vanessa2018-07-21T00:00:00Z
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    Entire home/flat


    Property Type

    Treehouse


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    Bedrooms

    1

    Cork, County Cork, Ireland

    This lovely cosy cottage is situated along the Wild Atlantic Way about 20 minutes from Kinsale on the R600 coast road. Have a (Email hidden by Airbnb) to get a feel for this unique part of Ireland.
    The cottage has a double bedroom on the second floor with a comfortable new double bed with good linen and down duvet. The adjacent bathroom has an electric shower. The cottage is beside the main house where your hosts live but is separate with its own access. The cottage is 3 Km from the historic village of Kilbrittain on the Wild Atlantic Way ( a 2000km coastal drive from Kinsale in the south to Donegal in the North). The village is home to a beautiful Castle and the skeleton of a fin whale the subject of the documentary 'Inside Natures Giants'. Kinsale is 12 Km away, renowned for its beautiful marina and delicious fish restaurants, home to the 17th Century Charles Fort, famous for its connection with King Charles and the Spanish Armada. There is an abundance of activities to occupy a visitor to this area. There are a wide range of golf courses within a short driving distance including the world famous Old Head of Kinsale, a headland off which the Lusitania was tragically sunk. You will also find a number of outdoor activity centers along the coast which offer surfing, sailing and wind surfing lessons. The beautiful sandy blue flag beaches of Garretstown and Garylucas are less than 10 minutes drive. Clonakilty is within 15KM, a lovely town where you will find the scenic Inchydoney beach, a Model Village and numerous lively pubs and restaurants. The Wild Atlantic Way follows the coast along through West Cork to places like Skibbereen and Bantry Bay.
    The cottage is conveniently positioned between the towns of Bandon, Kinsale and Clonakilty. Each of these towns are on the main bus route to Cork City and also to all the major towns in West Cork.
  • Enda was lovely and made us feel very welcome, the surrounding area was very nice and we managed to get a bit of sunshine. I would recommend the stay highly

    Luke2016-04-09T00:00:00Z
  • Enda's cottage is in a beautiful part of the country, a short drive from Kinsale and just a few minutes to the beach. It has everything you need and Enda even made sure the kitchen had all of the essentials, fresh bread, milk etc. She gave us clear directions to the house and a great welcome when we got there. Enda also has two very playful dogs, who helped make the stay a very enjoyable one!

    Damian2017-05-28T00:00:00Z
  • Enda couldn't be nicer and more helpful. We lost our way in the dark and she came and found us. The cottage is cozy and well equipped and had us wishing we were staying longer.

    James & Alison2016-03-19T00:00:00Z
  • Edna is a very lovely and caring host, the area is peaceful and beautiful! The house is very comfy and makes you feel like home. Would always stay there again!

    Anna2017-11-25T00:00:00Z
  • Enda was the perfect host and could not have done more for us during our stay. She was contactable before and all the way through the reservation. The cottage is really beautiful and cosy too. I would recommend a stay there based on the listing itself and it's amenities, Enda's hospitality and the beauty of the surrounding areas! Her local recommendations were great as well and I would love to visit again some time!

    Aisling2015-05-04T00:00:00Z
  • We had a lovely stay with Enda. The location was exactly what we were looking for. And Enda could not have been more helpful. She even laid out a few items for Breakfast and a cup of tea after our long drive. A fantastic host.

    Darragh2017-03-17T00:00:00Z
  • Located a very short drive to beaches and the fun city of Kinsale, Edna's place was perfect for us. We enjoyed cooking one night in the well equipped kitchen. The shower was one of the best we've experienced in our 3 week Ireland holiday.

    Bernie2017-10-04T00:00:00Z
  • The location is close to a couple of lovely towns that you can explore although the GPS sometimes made it harder. Without local knowledge we could of driven through towns that were well worth the stop.

    Liz2018-05-17T00:00:00Z
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    Kilbrittain, Cork, Ireland

    "The Hide" is a cosy, handcrafted cabin nestled on a slope with stunning views towards Glenveagh National Park. Just fifteen minutes drive from The Wild Atlantic Way makes The Hide ideal for a peaceful retreat or a great base for exploring Donegal.
    The cabin is a cosy, self contained space, designed and made by Pete to make the most of our beautiful mountain views. We have both enjoyed decorating the space with as many handcrafted, reclaimed and up-cycled items as possible. As you enter The Hide you will find a wood burning stove in the centre of the cabin, alcove double bed with curtains and blinds to the right and a small bathroom behind the bed. A couch against the centre back wall allows guests to avail of the fire and the tranquil views through the double doors onto the deck. To the left is the kitchen area with a four ring electric hob, combined oven, grill and microwave and fridge with freezer compartment. Guests have access to a washing machine and dryer in a nearby outbuilding. The space is heated by the wood-burning stove with fuel provided. The private decked area with seating, table and barbecue is to the front. Guest access is via a private gravel path behind our own traditional cottage which leads to the cabin. If The Hide is unavailable for the dates you are interested in, please check out our other listing. Gleann Leithin Cottage is a little converted byre at the opposite end of our house from the cabin.
    We are centrally located in a beautiful part of Donegal, close to most of its attractions. The cabin is nestled in a valley 3 km from the scenic village of Fintown. The river Finn is known widely for its salmon and trout fishing and permits are available locally for fly-fishing. In Fintown village, you will find the only operational narrow gauge railway in Donegal. It runs for 5 km beside Lough Finn, which is overlooked by Aghla and Scraig mountains. The local village has a shop, pubs, church, school, health centre and library. The towns of Glenties, Dungloe, Ballybofey and Letterkenny are 15 minutes, 15 minutes, 25 minutes and 30 minutes drives respectively. There you will find restaurants, pubs and supermarkets. There are many stunning beaches within a 30 minute drive, offering beautiful walks and a choice of sports such as kayaking, surfing, golf and horse-riding, all of which we can help you to organise.
  • Anna and Pete have the most beautiful space- the views from the cabin is stunning, and the cabin itself is lovely, amazing design and everything you could need. Perfect place to switch off and recharge. Hosts were so helpful and gave advice on things to do in the area, such a warm welcome with freshly baked scones too!

    Robin2016-10-14T00:00:00Z
  • A place like no other! Peter and Anna have created a haven for anyone looking an escape from the business of life. Secluded but easily accessible, this is the ideal for a quiet break away. The cabin itself mirrors the beauty and comfort of the Donegal countryside, and with a log burning fire and unobstructed views there's no better place to enjoy it! Peter and Anna are exceptionally warm and welcoming hosts who will ensure you have all that you need to hand (including extra wood for the stove!).

    Gareth2017-11-13T00:00:00Z
  • This place is impeccable. We were super excited to go just based on the reviews and photos, but they don't even begin to do it justice. Pete was there to greet us when we arrived and offered up a few places to see and things to do in Donegal. The cabin is pretty much an hour or so from everything since it's in basically dead center in Donegal. This was the last stop on our trip around Ireland so the seclusion and peace were quite nice. Anna and Pete were very kind hosts, and were very good about balancing privacy with offering up ideas for things to do. Can't recommend staying here enough.

    Elias2016-10-22T00:00:00Z
  • On arrival we were meet by Pete. Pete was very polite and extremely helpful. The cosy cabin was perfect, everything that we needed just to totally unwind. Anna and Pete built the perfect little escape and would advise anyone looking for piece and tranquillity for a few days, this is that place. Anna and Pete, thanks again for letting us stay in your cabin. Tracey & Aaron

    Aaron & Tracey2016-11-06T00:00:00Z
  • Pete and Anna are wonderful hosts. They are welcoming and Anna give us lots of information about the local area and places we could visit. The cabin was beautiful. So well equipped, warm and cosy. We couldn't help but feel so relaxed. It was the perfect retreat from a busy life. The area is incredible-views for miles! Overall one of the most fantastic places we've ever stayed in.

    Naomi2017-04-22T00:00:00Z
  • This was one of my best Airbnb experiences...I truly didn't want to leave to go exploring Donegal while I was staying there, and indeed came home earlier than other places to enjoy the experience of sitting out with a glass of wine and my book, and drinking in that view. Anna and Pete have created an amazing hideaway from the world. The cabin itself has everything you could wish for - comfort, style, privacy and stunning scenery. To quote my uncle from years ago "That place does something for the soul"...

    Carmel2016-07-20T00:00:00Z
  • This place is amazing. When we arrived Anna was so helpful showing us different places to go in the area. The cabin is so cosy that you don't want to leave. Even though the weather wasn't great we still had gorgeous views from the cabin which had lots of windows to look out. Great location - only 15 minutes to other towns and it feels shorter because the journey is so scenic! Would recommend everybody to come here. Thanks Anna and Pete.

    Joanne2018-01-05T00:00:00Z
  • Anna and Pete were superb. Very friendly and helpful but also gave you plenty of space so the trip is yours. Stunning location and property. Could not have had a batter trip. Highly recommend it. Very happy.

    Jennifer2016-08-02T00:00:00Z
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    Fintown, Donegal, Ireland

    Our warm and welcoming cottage, boasts an original inglenook fireplace with solid fuel burning stove and exposed stone. The walls are at least one meter thick and the cottage predates the Irish famine.
    This unique cottage is 5 kilometers from the village of Baltimore. There is a music studio on site and the hosts offer a range of creative options, such as recording, songwriting and video. There is no light pollution, so star gazing is fantastic. The property overlooks the Atlantic and area is well know for whale and bird watching.
    Peace and tranquility married with the rugged landscape makes Spain, Baltimore unique. Dramatic coastlines along with ruins of old cottages and breathtaking cliff top views are unequaled. Lough Hyne, Irelands first marine nature reserve and saltwater lake, connected to the sea by rapids is also close-by.
  • The stay at the cottage was lovely and very relaxing. Donagh greeted us (Aisling was away during our visit) and immediately showed us around and shared stories about the area. The cottage is immaculate and the fire which was lit every evening for us was wonderful. A very cozy "welcome home" feel whenever we returned from our sightseeing. Baltimore is a lovely setting, and a trip out to one of the islands highly recommended!! The cottage is a bit remote and in a secluded area. Donagh sent precise directions on how to get to the cottage, which were very helpful. We did make sure that we were back each night before dark so as not to get lost or not knowing how to get back. All in all, the stay was most pleasant. And we had an opportunity to see a part of Ireland and Irish life in a remote area that most travelers do not get to see. Thank you, Donagh and Aisling, for a lovely visit.

    Nadia2015-09-09T00:00:00Z
  • This was my best Airbnb experience yet. Aisling and Donagh were such accommodating hosts. They came and met us at the local pub for a pint and led us up to their charming and cosy cottage. We then had dinner with them and the food was awesome, great fare from the region, but the company even better. Their two dogs, millie and elsa were cute and friendly. They both gave us great recommendations, many off the beaten path, on where to travel to next on our journey around southwest Ireland. Aisling and Donagh were truly fantastic hosts, we highly recommend stopping by their adorable seaside cottage.

    Thomas2014-12-16T00:00:00Z
  • Quiet, comfy, beautiful, romantic, would 100perxent recommend

    Jenny2017-07-03T00:00:00Z
  • Beautiful location and very cozy cottage with everything we needed as well as lovely touches such as fresh flowers on the table, a fire in the hearth and a loaf of home-made bread. Pictures are accurate and the whole place was spotlessly clean. Aisling was very understanding when we arrived much later than originally anticipated and did her best to make our stay effortless.

    Rona2015-08-17T00:00:00Z
  • Aisling was more than helpful throughout the booking process & on arrival also. The small touches of fresh flowers & the fire already set were lovely! Definitely wasn't expecting that! The cottage itself is in a really pretty, scenic area & it's really cosy & homely also. It had everything we needed as well which was great. Being pet friendly was a huge plus too as we brought our dog for the trip. He loved playing with Aisling's two dogs also! I would definitely recommend staying here & would love to visit again sometime soon! Thanks a mill for a great trip Aisling - we thoroughly enjoyed it!

    Clodagh2017-10-09T00:00:00Z
  • This was one of the best airbnb experiences. The cottage is wonderful, the area beautyful, remote, very quiet and calm. The house is very cozy, everything exactly as described. The communication from the very beginning was great. Aisling and Donnagh were there to meet us and show us around, so that was an easy start. They gave us tips for the area and we went to Caseys Pub, wonderful food and good service. The best , every night, when we came home, the fire was burning and it was nice and warm. This is the right place to calm down and get away from the stress and hectic of the daily routine. The setting of the house is just beautyful, guests have their own garden and patio area. The house and garden are very clean, Aisling and Donnagh are the perfect hosts. I wish I could have stayed longer. I can 100% recommend the cosy seaside cottage. Another tip: a whale watching tour from Baltimore with Nic Slocum

    Kirsten2016-10-15T00:00:00Z
  • The location is awesome - yards away from stunning cliff views. The harbor and ferry provided nearby walks so much so we skipped plans to go to other peninsulas. Host provided flowers and we made breakfast and dinner in the house without issue. Interesting talks with hosts and they provided helpful tips for hikes and meals. Splendid experience.

    James2018-08-24T00:00:00Z
  • We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Cosy Seaside Cottage. Aisling's hospitality is second to none. Everything about this accommodation is welcoming. From the beautiful fire on arrival, the friendly dogs and of course the amazing landscape. Loved it!

    Geraldine2017-12-24T00:00:00Z
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    Property Type

    Cottage


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    4


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    2

    Baltimore, Cork, Ireland