About this listing
Period house dating from the 17 th century. Probably among the oldest Georgian houses Ireland. Very original with most of the character of the period when it was built. City Centre location, 2 min walk =Jameson distillery, 7 min=Guinness factory.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 inexperiencing a different type of accommodation, understand and appreciate the challenges of old, historic,protected house.
Minimum booking of 8 Guests per night
Strict non-smoking for the entire house
Smoking is fine in the courtyard at the back of the house.
Wir haben zu 10. in dem Haus von Nicole geschlafen und den Aufenthalt dort sehr genossen!
Die Kommunikation mit Nicole hat im Vorfeld schon super geklappt und der Empfang war sehr herzlich und wir wurden mit vielen hilfreichen Informationen versorgt.
Das Haus ist wie auf den Bildern und wie beschrieben. Es ist ein sehr altes Haus mit Charme, es wurde mit viel Liebe renoviert. An einigen Stellen merkt man schon das Alter, aber Betten und Ausstattung sind super. Die Lage ist super, direkt nebenan ist ein Pub, um die Ecke ein Supermarkt und auch noch nette Lokale. Ins Zentrum ist man innerhalb von 10 Minuten.
Wir waren uns alle einig, dass wir es jederzeit wieder buchen würden - Charmates Haus mit Tücken und super nette Gastgeberin!
Nicole is lovely! Very accommodating and friendly. The house is old but very charming and has been renovated well. It's location is great as it is only 15 minutes walk from anywhere in Central Dublin.
Nicole made us feel very welcome and she was full of useful information about the neighborhood around the house. The location is good, a very short walk to Jamesons. There are a couple of bars within crawling distance and Mulligans close by which was a good dining spot. Also nearby is a grocery store, car park and a number of bar/restaurants. The Luas (tram) is close at the Smithfield stop and most of central Dublin is within a 15-20 minute walk. King Street looks like it should be a busy street, but it didn't seem to be that busy. Nicole was very helpful and let us leave our suitcases at the house on the day we left - we picked them up that evening on the way to the airport.
We were seven people and there was plenty of room and bed space for us. I think 9-10 would be a comfortable maximum number but there's beds for more. Kitchen and living space were good, bathroom on the second floor (3rd floor by US reckoning) was interesting and the ensuite on the top floor more so. As Nicole and others have stated, the house is Georgian age and lacks the perfection some may be accustomed to. From the front, it looks run down - the office a couple of buildings down the street shows what could be done given time and resources.
The house is not friendly for people with mobility difficulties. The ground floor has been reserved by Nicole and so the kitchen/ living areas are up a steep, somewhat narrow flight of stairs. It's another equally steep narrow flight to the bathroom. We were planning on hosting dinner there that included a couple of people who have difficulty getting around but relocated once we saw the house. The house is damp so may not be suitable for anyone with breathing issues such as asthma and it could use a good cleaning, especially the carpets which have seen better days.
Overall, it worked well for us and we enjoyed our stay in Dublin.
Nicole is a fantastic host! She was very welcoming and informative about the house. She was very accomating with our early check-in and late-check out.
The house is fantastic and is not far from the hustle and bustle of Dublin. Myself and my friends would love to come back and stay in the house.
Nicole was a brilliant hostess and made us all feel really welcome. The description of the house is very accurate - it looks run down from the outside and as Nicole says in her review, there is still a little work to be done inside.
BUT the shabby chic feel is cooky and fun, everything was clean, and the house is perfect for a hen do. The main bathroom is huge and was great for all getting ready together. Downstairs, the lounge off the kitchen was ideal for dinner, drinks and games. The kitchen is well stocked for meals in. The house was in a good location for getting around.
Thank you very much Laura. I really appreciated your heartfelt comments. I am so happy that you all enjoyed your time together and at the house. I am very pleased with the progress of the house and I have to say : Thanks in no small measures for your visit!! ...Which makes it all possible.
thanks very much for everything Laura!!!
Nicole was a great hostess during our stay in Dublin. She was very friendly and accommodating even before we arrived and made it very easy to be in contact with her and get things organised. I went to Dublin with a group of 7 of my friends to celebrate my birthday, she arranged to meet us close by to show us where the house is, then gave us a little map of Dublin and explained the best places to visit (Howth was beautiful and I strongly recommend going!)
The beds were very comfortable and there were enough double beds for nearly everyone! Kitchen was fully stocked, bathroom with bath towels too. It is also perfectly located, and is close to different areas - all walking distance which is great.
I would say the only two points to mention would be; the cleanliness of the carpeting which looked quite run down, the stair case too that smelt quite mouldy/damp, and finally that the house does not look nice from the outside, but the inside has a lot of character!
Thank you Nicole!
Thank you very much Nilou for staying at the house with your friends for your 25th birthday celebrations!!! I really enjoyed meeting you. You were very pleasant and easy to communicate with. You were very respectfull. I am delighted that you enjoyed my recommendations. Howth is definitly a must, I agree.. Stunning!!!
Thank you also very much for your feedback about the front facade of the house, there are a few issues with it and it will take time to sort it out, the house is one of the oldest georgian house in Ireland and as such Has a protected order outside and inside. It is not like your modern standard apartment or house and you can decide what to do, get ride of the old materials and put new modern ones. Even the lay-out of the rooms inside has to be protected, the old inside walls, the period, nearly 400 year old single glazing on the windows....the number of toilets, showers... Modern houses and apartments have tiles... It is not possible in most areas in the house with the way the floor boards are. New wool carpets has been put in the all house 3 years ago. I am hoping to put tiles in the hallway just outside the kitchen/ dining area and around the fireplace in the living room, that would be best.
Thanks very much for everything Nilou!!!
Nichole is a welcoming person. Our 3-generation family of 9 went to a nearby restaurant in Smithfield after long flights. Nicole met us there, provided an orientation to the neighborhood, and oriented us to the house. Using a map, she provided a detailed and helpful overview of Dublin and how to get around. She was totally understanding of our jet lag issues.
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About the Host, Nicole
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:):):)