Dublin City House among the oldest

House - Entire home/apt · King Street North, Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Nicole

Period house to let in Dublin dating from the 18th century. Probably among the oldest Georgian houses in Dublin. Very original with most of the character of the period when it was built. It is very well located near the tramway. Opposite the Jameson Whiskey distillery and near Cobblestone pub.

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Period house to let in Dublin dating from the 18th century. Probably among the oldest Georgian houses in Dublin. Very original with most of the character of the period when it was built. It is very well located near the tramway. Opposite the Jameson Whiskey distillery and near Cobblestone pub.

The Space

This house is very old and one of the first Georgian house built in Dublin (1675). This house is unique, it has preserved order inside and outside the house because it has period plaster features in the ceiling on the ground floor, first floor, second floor and on top of the walls throughout the house, it has high ceiling, single glaze, Georgian, huge windows, the rooms are big, the Local council wants to preserve the house for its original period features and want to preserve absolutely everything about the house even things we may think would be better with modern materials. This house was in derelict condition 3 years ago, I have saved the house and spent a huge amount of money to present it in the condition it is to airbnb guests :

- New, very large main bathroom with great water pressure, big golden bath and great power showers with unlimited hot water on gas.

- New plumbing system offering unlimited hot water on gas 24 hours and in huge quantity ( 500 litres of very warm water tank), a pump has been installed to offer very powerful showers and a great pressure for drawing the water in the golden bath in the main bathroom in minutes.

- Gas central heating with new efficient gas boiler, costing on average around 25 euros/ night for a group of 10 guests. This is only an estimation, it could be a bit less or a bit more depending on hours used and on number of guests.
Warning : this house is huge with high ceiling and no isolation and big Georgian windows, GAS CENTRAL HEATING IS A MUST in the winter months and is necessary to warm the house 2 hours before your arrival to make your stay nice and pleasant.
Estimation of cost : 25 euros / night in the winter, half of that in the summer months.

- 16 kw Wood- burner in the kitchen/dining/ living area which makes the place very warm and homely. we provide wood at cost price ( 5.50 euros/ bag of wood). It makes the living/dining/ kitchen area very warm and creates a great atmosphere in the house for our guests. I offer to have it lighted 2 hours before our guests arrival.

- Central location ( 10 minutes walk to o'connell street: heart of Dublin) ; 15 minutes walk to temple bar; 5 minutes walk to the Guinness factory, 15 minutes walk to the huge Phoenix park (707 hectares) with the wild dears, the president house, the American ambassador house, the zoo....

- Convenient big place for big groups, we can welcome up to 15,17 guests on a sharing basis.
All the beds are new and the mattresses are very confortable, linen is new, fresh and clean, towels provided.

CONCLUSION :
The house is far from BEING PERFECT, BE WARNED. Nothing in the house is straight, nothing about the house is straightforward, the windows are from that time, every decision requires a specialist architect, this house is unique, full of characters. This house has been our house for the past 5 years, we have lived there very happily and love the fact that this house is a real life museum where our walls could tell you genuine stories of welcoming Irish people, farmers since as early as the 1700. I am now very happy opening our doors to AIRBNB GUESTS WITH THE RIGHT ATTITUDE who desire to experience a unique, different type of accommodation, who understand the challenges arising from being in an old building( no isolation, big volumes, high ceilings ) and APPRECIATE being in an old house with genuine history and character.

So far, to my surprise, my house has pleased many guests and have been enjoying the house greatly, I was not expecting all those bookings, the photos are accurate, when I will finish wallpapering the hallway, I will hire an airbnb photographer. it is not in my interest to hide anything or to have the wrong photos, all photos are accurate and real.

So that everyone knows, all is missing renovating now is a bit of painting, I would like to find a gorgeous wallpaper for the hallway and I am on my way to Milano in 2 weeks for it!

I really want to create a unique, beautiful, clean, safe and comfortable home for my guests. I am very grateful with the business that my guests bring and really enjoy meeting everyone. I want to give everyone a personal touch and intention. it is my very desire to make their stay a unique experience in Dublin and at North king street.

Guest Access

Guests have full access to the first, second and third floor, exclusive use for group of guests. There is no sharing of anything.

Non-smoking policy for the entire house.
smoking is fine in the small courtyard at the back.

The Neighborhood

the house has no direct neighbours on both side and the neighbours at the back are far away.

We are very close to the old Jameson Distillery in Smithfield. It is well worth a look. The house is very close to Smithfield square where there is also a very popular pub called the Cobblestone which has traditional Ceile Irish music every day from 4pm.
The house is very well located as it is only 10 minutes walk to O'connell street, the heart of Dublin
Around the corner, on Manor Street, there is a very nice Gastro Pub called Mulligans which does very good gourmet food 7 days a week.
We have just put a new plumbing system in the house which has 500 litres of hot water 24 hours on gas. there is great pressure for the 2 showers and there is a big golden bath.
The nightly rate does not include the cost of gas ( reading is done on arrival and on departure so we can work out the real cost of gas. The house has a central heating system on gas as well for the cooler months.
we provide wood at cost price (5.50 euro/ bag) in the living/dining/kitchen area, there is a wooden stove which is very powerfull in term of heating, It is very easy to light it and in no time it delivers great heat without mentioning that it creates a lovely, country feeling to the house which is quite nice considering that you are in the middle of the capital city of Dublin, so now very few places have this feature.
We have tried to turn huge volumes, high ceilings drawbacks into a great sense of space and warmth.
We can of course help you to light your stoves if you wish.
The house is very close to one of my favourite spot in Dublin which is the phoenix park with all the wild dears, you can hire bikes there, there is a cricket club, they also play Polo, people run, Families love it too.
So from the house, you can walk everywhere in dublin enjoying all the services of the city, yet able to relax and enjoy staying in a big old house, experiencing some of the old days of living.

Getting around

It is very accessible for the city. It is about 10 minutes walk to o'connell street, the center of the house. There is also a Tram Stop about 4 to 5 minutes away which has trams going to the city every few minutes..

Other Things to Note

I am very happy to welcome guests who have a genuine interest in experiencing a different type of accommodation, understand and appreciate the challenges of old, historic,protected house.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 15
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 6
Extra people: $31 / night after the first guest
Security Deposit: $210
Cleaning Fee: $175
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
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  • Nicole and Colman were extremely accommodating during our recent trip to Dublin! Nicole greeted us right away and told us the history of the home which was lovely and took plenty of time to refer us to nearby sightseeing spots and places to eat etc. Our luggage was lost up until the day before we left to go back home, and Nicole and Colman were so kind to keep a look out for the arrival of our luggage while we took day tours around Ireland. On the last day, one of our family members left his phone inside of the apartment after we had already left and locked the keys inside, and Colman was so kind to drive over to the apartment (at 6 am!!) for him to go back inside and retrieve the phone. The house is not perfect as it is very old, however it is very beautifully decorated and we found the beds to be very comfy and clean! We enjoyed our stay in Dublin and thank Nicole and Colman so much for their hospitality and kindness!

    July 2014
    Nicole
    Response from Nicole:

    I have had a great pleasure welcoming Luann and her family for their very special stay in Dublin. I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed the house and your time together in Dublin and in Ireland. I enjoyed meeting your brother, your partner, your mum, your aunts and cousins, they were very sweet and very kind. My husband and myself felt terrible that your luggage got missing and we were trying to help you as much as we could . Yes, the house is very old, in fact it is one of the oldest Georgian house in Dublin, so yes not perfect but full of charm and a real life museum, the government wants to protect all aspects of this rare Georgian house. That is what it is all about, trying to offer a different, genuine type of accommodation and meeting Guests who want to experience living in a different way, transport themselves in a different time zone and who are ready to face the challenges of a nearly 400 years old Georgian house in the heart of Dublin city center.
    Thank you so much Luann for everything. I really appreciated your stay with us.
    You and your family are very welcome anytime:):):)
    Warm Regards,
    Nicole

    July 2014
  • We have just returned from a fantastic stay in this beautiful house. It has so much charm and character and there was more than enough room for ten girls on a hen do. It's in a really good location, close to the river and Temple Bar. Nicole was a brilliant host and made us feel very welcome, telling us all about the house and the good places to visit.

    May 2014
    Nicole
    Response from Nicole:

    It was fantastic to welcome Kat and her sister for their sister's very special event as well as their party of 10. I am delighted that you all have had a very special time together and that you loved the house.
    You were so appreciative and so easy to communicate with... It was a real pleasure meeting you...
    You are very welcome anytime,
    Warm Regards,
    Nicole

    May 2014
  • The owner is very friendly, allowing to drop off bags early on arrival and leaving them downstairs the day of the departure. But then the owner wanted to charge extra for central heating, which was nowhere mentioned. She could not or would not show us the meter readings, then proposed a flat rate of 20 € and as we didn’t agree, as we didn’t use central heating, told us she would charge nothing.
    It has already been mentioned a few times by earlier guests, the photos are very deceiving and don’t reflect the actual state of the house. What you see isn’t what you get.
    Before renting this house, take a look on Streetview, which will give you an idea.
    The house certainly has damp problems, because there is a damp-smell in the whole of the house. The owners try to do their best, but this house needs much more than some DIY, it really needs an professional approach.
    The wall to wall carpets in the whole house absolutely need to be replaced and on the stairways, plastering is in a very bad state.
    We were a group of 14, the owner rents it out to up to 15, but in fact it is only suited for up to 8, max 10 people. In our case one of the bedrooms on the upper floor had 4 beds, three of them next to each other, with no space on either side. In the sitting room there are 5 seatings, all the others have to sit on fold seats. Around the kitchen table there is room for 6.
    The windows are single glass and some are in a very bad state, patched up and not closing well. The road is rather busy and the upper rooms are very, very noisy. The beds were nicely decorated and very comfortable and luckily there were extra comforters because the upper bedrooms were very cold.
    Besides the above this house has two major issues.
    The first one is the lack of privacy, certainly for large groups. There are two toilets (situated on the second and third floor) and none has a door, nor a curtain.
    There are no separate bathrooms. The shower on the third floor is a bedroom which sleeps 4. The bathroom on the second floor, separated from another bedroom with 4 beds by a curtain. There is nothing else. This is very inconvenient, certainly when staying with a lot of people and children.
    The second is fire safety. The ground floor is not accessible and the kitchen and sitting room are on the first floor, bedrooms on the second and third floor. There are 3 standalone smoke detectors on the upper floors; there are none in the living room, or in the kitchen. However more than 50 % fires start in the kitchen.. There are only two small fire extinguishers in the kitchen. There is no escape route.

    May 2014
    Nicole
    Response from Nicole:

    I am shocked at this review. It is so inaccurate on so many points.
    - the rental rate does not include the cost of gas, it is mentioned on the web page very explicitly, I try to be transparent and honest. Reading is done on arrival and on departure day : gas includes the central heating and the hot water(500 litres of piping hot water available 24 hours/7 days a week). Never before, guests asked me to show the gas meter, it would not be a problem on my side, only that we are renovating the ground floor and it is physically very difficult to go to the meter with buiding materials everywhere. Just to let everyone knows, it is only a few euros each on gas to have the all house warm on gas, it is not a big deal. If guests cannot afford it, I suggest that they go to a modern hotel. I never check the bedrooms after the guests leave, I trust them that everything is in order. That time, maybe I should have as a good few bath towels went missing.
    - photos are accurate, what you see is what you get : the sofa on the photo is the one you get, table the same, chairs the same, kitchen the same, beds are new, same as photographs, linen on the bed the same...yes the house is very old, circa 1675, yes, there is no modern isolation, yes, there is single glazing everywhere of the era, yes, the windows, banister, walls are old, yes the house from outside looks very old, I never denied it, yes, it is probably the oldest house in Dublin and yes, the government wants to preserve its uniqueness that is why this accomodation is different, it is the title of the listing, hard to miss, where is the catch? should be none, Warning : read the description of the building very carefully and make an informed decision. I want every booking, every guest be happy with booking with me and get something different that is why I opened the door of our house : experience the difference!!!!mit is my home, I live Therese on the ground floor with my family and love it. All the upstairs is now fully dedicated to airbnb Guests, I am very happy and a passionate person who believes that an old building despite its many drawbacks has its merits and charms and we can fall in love with it crazy ness, we have and we are ready to share the experience with airbnb guests with the right attitude.
    - there is no damp smell, carpets are fine, sofas, table, chairs... Same as pictures, please look at them carefully, what you see is what you get .
    - yes, the windows are very old and preserve
    - yes, the road was very noisy at that time because they were digging the road and putting pipes at that time, exceptional, nothing I could do about it.
    - I have welcome many time adults groups of (phone number hidden) guests and they have been very happy with their stay, please read the past reviews, feedback I got was it was very spacious, plenty of space, very comfortable...please read Last review from Kat and others.
    - Guests have been able to eat with no difficulties, I have now hosted many hen parties and cocooning pyjamas evening parties have been the norm at the house where the girls would enjoy a lovely meal together and relax in the living room. Many told me that they really enjoyed the apartment for that reason, those things could not be achieve in a hotel set up. They also told me that they enjoyed the privacy of the apartment.
    - why putting up with the cold when there is a brand new central heating system making the bedrooms very warm, working out at about 3 euros per guest per night for a group of 10 guests in the winter time, my last group of 10 spent 15 euros for 2 nights in May. So everything is transparent, above board, Irish gas cost price plus taxes.
    - Privacy is a funny concept, there are 4 bedrooms plus the living room, so of course big groups would have to be willing to share, is it not were the fun is provided of course that you are getting on well together. Many groups of friends enjoyed the privacy of the apartment versus the coldness of all having hotel rooms and not be able to be together, not be able to have their private dining/living/kitchen area where they can talk together, relax and unwind in the front of the log fire in cold winter days.
    - yes, there are 2 bathrooms, 2 showers, 2 hand basins and 2 toilets. In the coming months, we are thinking of putting an extra toilet in the kitchen area.
    - the lay- out of the bedrooms mentioned to you above is totally inaccurate.
    All the bedrooms have each a brand new double beds, plus 2 of the rooms on the third floor have one more single bed, so 2 rooms have a double and a single bed.
    - I was asked for that booking to put a third bed in the orange room which I was happy to do so to please my guests but of course the space in between the beds became small as I cannot push walls yet. I did not question it as I always want to facilitate my guests desire.
    -as a summary, I see the apartment with no issue of privacy and the house has been completely re- wired only recently, we are a house not a commercial very busy house, smoke alarms are on all landing, one just outside the kitchen, dining area. I did not put it in the kitchen because those smoke detectors are very sensitive and cooking smokes would set the alarm off . I will add another one to the living room,
    - no access problem, guests can go by the front door, full access and also by the courtyard door as well.
    - be open to describe your party, why you are coming and how your group is composed.
    For this booking out of 13 guests, 9 were children, I would not advise this listing for young children. I did not know for that booking so I could not advice properly.
    - conclusion : thank you very much for staying with us, please don't come to this crazy house if you are looking for the top end of the market with no imperfections and brand new finish. I advise you to stay in a modern new hotel.
    It is your money, your special time together, your stay. Make the right decision!!!!

    Thank you very much ,

    Nicole

    May 2014
  • We were a group of 12 persons. It was funny to stay in this house and we loved it.

    April 2014
    Nicole
    Response from Nicole:

    Thanks a million Christa for everything. It has been fantastic to welcome you and your friends for your stay in Dublin . I am delighted to hear that you all enjoyed it.
    it warms my heart .
    You are very welcome anytime:):):)
    Best Regards,
    Nicole

    April 2014
  • Très bon accueil dans cette charmante et authentique maison géorgienne en plein cœur de Dublin. A recommander vivement pour un séjour entre amis ou en famille.

    April 2014
    Nicole
    Response from Nicole:

    Thank you so much Olivier for being so easy to communicate and deal with. I was very happy to welcome the 15 of you!!! You were so appreciative of everything.
    It was a real pleasure to have you. You are very welcome anytime!!!
    Warm Regards, Nicole

    April 2014
  • We had a wonderful stay at this historic home! We had a group of 6, and I think we truly could have fit 6 more comfortably in there with us. The house isn't completely finished or perfect, but has so much charm. The rooms are all tastefully decorated and have a modern style. We enjoyed all the unique, historical characteristics of the house. The master bathroom with the tub was fabulous.

    It was located in a very convenient spot. Very close to Jameson distillery and a lot of fun restaurants and pubs. Cobblestone down the street was great.. Along with a few other places. You are also about a 15 minute walk to the Temple bar area and almost all of the big attractions. You can walk to just about anything or take a short, cheap cab ride. Only downside of the location that others mentioned was traffic during the business week. During the weekend, the traffic noise was minimal.

    All and all- a great experience! I would recommend to anyone looking for something different with a bigger group. The house has a ton of charm and Nicole was a great host who was very welcoming and accomidating!!

    March 2014
    Nicole
    Response from Nicole:

    Thank you so much Kailey for staying at the house for the saint- Patrick week- end:):):)
    I really enjoyed meeting you and am delighted that you have had a lovely stay.
    Warm Regards,

    Nicole

    March 2014
  • We were a group of 8 people here for a surprise birthday weekend and we had the perfect stay at Nicole's house.
    Kitchen and living-room are huge rooms, perfect to hang around if you're a big group, and fully equipped. The bedrooms are nice, with comfortable beds and warm duvets, and there is towels in the bathroom. Everything is very clean and, I have to say, even better looking in person than in the pics.

    Nicole friendly welcomed us and told us the story of this old house, which is so cosy and charming. We were afraid to be a little cold but gas central heating works very well. Everybody took a shower/day without having only cold water at the end, which is very appreciable.
    My only regret : we didn't had time to take a bath in the awsome bathtub.

    On the minus side, you may need earplugs if you have a light sleep and there is no lock at the bathroom door. But we resolved the issue with some kind of code when there was someone in, it's not a big deal.

    Renovation isn't over yet, but it is very livable and charming. We definitely recommend this place, unless you want something perfectly nice and smooth, then you'd better go to a hotel ;)

    March 2014
  • Une très belle maison, avec beaucoup de caractère! Une maison attachante, charmante et cosy. Les conseils de Nicole lors de la remise des clefs ont été précieux!

    January 2014
    Nicole
    Response from Nicole:

    Hi Caroline, I am delighted to hear that you found the house beautiful and full of character and that you all had a lovely time there. That's great. I really enjoy meeting you.
    I am also very happy that you found my recommendations very useful.
    You are very welcome anytime!!!
    Best wishes
    Nicole

    January 2014
  • NIcole was very nice but this house is under partial renovation or perhaps an abondoned renovation. Certain pictures look amazing but the house is not as nice as photographed. Very dirty wall to wall carpeting and there was a rank smell in the kitchen that we couldn't figure out. We reduced our stay from 4 nights to two. Nicole understood and accomodated us. This would be a could spot for a bunch of people. More like a hostel. First AirBNB stay that was disappointing for me. Sorry...had to be honest here in case someone flew across the world thinkin they were about to stay in an awesome townhouse.

    January 2014
  • We had a great stay at Nicole's place. The house of course is old, but really charming and gives you a cosy atmosphere when the oven is lightened. It is fully equipped for a big group. We were staying with 10 people. It is also located near to the city centre and you can easily go to hot spots in a nice walking distance. I would definately recommend this place.

    December 2013
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I am so happy to be able to welcome guests from the world over and to be able to welcome big groups in the heart of Dublin city center:):), the house is old, circa 1675, far from being perfect but has so much to offer in term of genuine history, offering a different type of accommodation with old tick walls, high ceilings, big volumes, log fire... I am an easy-going person, love meeting people from different horizon and Will do my maximum to make sure that your stay together and in Dublin is great:):):):) I am also very happy to re-organise the space more efficiently on a sharing basis to make it possible for bigger groups, I am looking forward to meeting you in Dublin:):):) Warm regards, Nicole
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