About this listing
Our sunny, comfortable & charming house, once home to the famous poet Patrick Kavanagh, is a quiet oasis of calm set in leafy Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 with the bustle of the City's finest amenities accessible just beyond the doorstep.
The entire Mews House and its full amenities are available to guests. There are 2 bedrooms upstairs one with a double bed and the other with a king size bed. Also upstairs is a Bathroom with Shower/Bath. In a separate TV chill out room downstairs there is a couch that can convert into 3 single beds, with 2 half baths. There is access to 2 separate private and secluded patio/garden spaces. The house is 1,250 square feet of interior clean, bright, airy space in a private gated Mews setting in leafy Ballsbridge in Dublin, Ireland, it is specifically based in Dublin 4.
This is a 2 storey recently refurbished comfortable and relaxing mews house.
The mews was originally a horse and carriage stable for a large Victorian house on Pembroke Road in the 1800’s.
Una welcomes you to this special charming house, which was once home to Ireland’s famous poet - Patrick Kavanagh. Kavanagh composed the poem Raglan Road which was adopted in song by Van Morrison among many other musicians and singers.
Una is a Dubliner and who lives nearby with her family and is available to meet, greet, welcome you and assist you to settle in and enjoy your stay in Dublin Ireland - the Capital City of the Republic of Ireland.
This is a safe and friendly space and families are very welcome.
The Mews is on Baggot Lane, in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, which is Ireland’s leafy embassy belt set among Georgian and Victorian Dublin.
This mews house is one the few which has some of its original coach house features including a cut limesone and granite doorcase...from its first occupants in tact. It is also one of the few buildings of historical and literary interest available for short term stays.
The Mews has been decorated to take account of its Victorian past and its mid 20th century occupancy by Patrick Kavanagh, in style, furnishings and design while keeping it fresh and modern and respecting it's original layout.
Just on the doorstep are the banks of the Royal Canal, Herbert Park or Merrion Square and Fitzwilliam Square all of which are an oasis of calm and still greenness in the city centre which inspired the writing of Kavanagh and which are easy to access if you stay here.
All kinds of guest itineraries make the most of taking up short term rental of the Mews. like corporate guests with the corporate European headquarters of Google Facebook LinkedIn and Airbnb only 10 minutes walk away. To those visiting Dublin for the first time as part of their holiday.
About the Mews: This House has two double bedrooms and a bathroom with bath and shower upstairs. there are 2 further half baths downstairs.
Downstairs it has a large living space accommodating a seating area, desk space, dining table, kitchen and breakfast bar with access through a patio door into a private, sunny, south facing garden. There are outdoor seats and a table for alfresco dining when weather permits.
A separate comfy chill out TV room has extensive cushioned sofa seating with views of a separate private enclosed courtyard space.
One of the two half baths downstairs neatly accommodates a laundry washing and drying facility.
While the price quoted is for four people the Mews has room to easily sleep six. There are three single sofa beds downstairs in addition to the two double beds upstairs. These are of very high quality and are comfortable.
We have a number of great facilities for you to use and enjoy while you stay at the mews.
Welcome Pack: - Fresh bread, Irish butter and jam. - Chilled Juice- Irish milk. - A selection of fine teas and breakfast blend tea. - Instant coffee and fresh coffee for use in the cafetière (French press). - Irish Cheese - Fresh eggs. - Sugar, oils, salt and pepper.
- Freshly cut herbs from Una’s herb garden.
The Essentials: - Free Wifi - Wardrobes and drawers with space for clothes - Electric heating - Hot water - Washing Machine (and Washing Detergent) and separate Condenser Drier - Oven and hob- Kettle - Toaster - Microwave - Cooking utensils, pots, plates, bowls, mugs, glasses, cutlery, hand juicer and an electric blender- Fridge and Freezer -Towels - Bed Linen - Hairdryer -International Power adaptor - printer, docking stations, longlife grocery shopping bags, bike helmets *2 and a picnic rucksack.
Helping you to Relax: - A bath, - TV with cable - Speaker Dock for an iPhone or an iPod - Book library and board games, outdoor seating.
Helping you to Have Fun: - Tourist literature with maps - Dublin Bike helmets (X2) - A Picnic Basket - Plenty of local knowledge and expertise!
Especially For Families: - A travel cot with special baby/children’s bedding upon request - A high chair upon request - Childrens' books/ toys/ games - Recommended babysitter upon request and subject to 48 hours notice and availability.
Transport and Getting Around: Nearest Taxi Rank - 1 minute walk (beside the Ballsbridge Hotel on Landsdowne Road) - Nearest Air Coach Stop: 3 minute walk (opposite the Ballsbridge Hotel in front of the Car Showroom) -Nearest D.A.R.T station (Landsdowne DART Station) - 8 minutes Walk - Nearest Dublin Bike Station (lower Mount Street in front of the Spar Shop) - 11 minute walk - Nearest Bus Stop (into Trinity College Dublin and Grafton Street )- is 2 minutes walk - with 5 routes.
What are we Near? - Airport - 25 to 30 minutes away by Taxi (depending traffic and the time of day). Please not that if you take the taxi via the Port Tunnel the Taxi Ride can be as short as 20 minutes. Luxury 24 hour service AirCoach’s Ballsbridge Hotel stop is a 3 minute walk away.
Theatres and Concert and Sporting Venues: - Aviva Stadium - 5 minute walk - RDS Main Arena (Royal Dublin Society) - 10 minute walk - Bord Gáis Energy Theatre - 15 minute walk - National Concert Hall - 20 minute walk - Gaiety Theatre - 20 minute walk - O2 Arena - 25 minute walk - Andrews Lane Theatre - 20 minute walk - Olympia Theatre - 30 minute walk- Abbey and Gate Theatres - 40 minute walk
Museums and Galleries: - National Museum of Ireland and Natural Museum of Ireland - 20 minute walk - The Little Museum of Dublin - 20 minute walk- The National Gallery - 20 minute walk.
Places of Interest: Trinity College Dublin 20 minutes walk away - Oscar Wilde’s Home - 10 minute walk
Dail Eireann - Houses of Parliament - 15 minute walk -National Library of Ireland and the Geanology Office- 15 minute walk - Science Gallery - 20 minute walk - Trinity College - 20 minute walk - Dublin Castle and the Chester Beatty Library - 30 minutes walk - Temple Bar - 30 minutes walk - Christchurch and St. Patrick’s Cathedral - 35 minute walk - Jameson Distillery, Guinness StoreHouse - 50 minute walk
Shopping, Eating and Drinking: - St Mary’s Road, Upper Baggot Street, Merrion Row, St. Stephen’s Green, Grafton Street, Dame Street, have plenty of restaurants and world famous bars within easy distance.
Searsons and The Waterloo gastro pubs of literary fame are just within 5 minutes walkaway on upper Baggot Street.
If you prefer to dine in - there is a supermarket, fine grocery and wine shop within 5 minutes walk and a Canal Bank food market with artisan food producers every thursday about 8 minutes walk away.
there are plenty of takeaways that deliver in the area:
Diep at Home (Dublin 6) - Thai, Seafood, (website hidden) - T: (phone number hidden)
Kanum (Dublin 4) - Thai and Noodle Bar (website hidden) - T: (phone number hidden)
Mao at Home (Dublin 2) Thai Asian (website hidden)- T: (phone number hidden)
Steps of Rome (Dublin 2) Italian Pasta Pizza (website hidden) T: (phone number hidden)
Bombay Pantry (Clonskeagh) Indian (website hidden) T: (phone number hidden)
Parks and Beaches: -
Herbert Park (great playground) - 10 minute walk - Merrion Square (lovely sculpture (including Oscar Wilde and flowers)- 10 minute walk- Royal Canal - 10 minute walk - Grand Canal dock and quay - 13 minute walk - Phoenix Park - 10 minute bus or Luas ride. - Clontarf and Sandymount - 10 minute DART ride - Howth (awesome fresh fish market on a Saturday) and Dalkey (where Bono of U2 fame lives) - 25 minute DART ride.
If there is anything else that you would like to visit and need the directions to please just ask.
We look forward to your visit!
Nothing is off limits and Guests have full access to the exclusive use of the amenities that the Mews provides during their stay - from two outdoor private patio spaces, a productive herb garden, outdoor seating and dining furniture, free WIFI high speed internet broadband and high definition cable television, laundry and cooking facilities, iron, ironing board, hairdryer, ipod/pad/phone docking station, printer, 1 international to Irish plug adapter, ..etc.
Interaction with Guests
Una respects the needs of her guests and can meet you and brief you in detail on how to use the space's facilities. Una will provide you with a handy fold out map and will also update you on local amenities, up to date tourist and visitor (email hidden)c. Una is available by mobile phone throughout your stay to respond to any queries or needs you may have.
Dublin Hotels can’t compete with the Mews’ privacy, free goodies and home from home amenities and yet some fine Dublin Hotels are just a stones throw from the Mews. like the Dylan Hotel (great for evening cocktails or a breakfast meeting), the Ballsbridge Hotel (your nearest Aircoach stop and Taxi Rank) and the The Schoolhouse Hotel (nice fireplace seating for a cosy roundup over lunch or a pint in front of a large screened match).
The Mews is based in leafy Ballsbridge Dublin 4 - the Embassy belt of Dublin Ireland...with its tree lined roads and low rise Victorian listed period buildings. It’s quiet, peaceful, safe, secure and tranquil ... yet just from the doorstep you have easy access to new and emerging bustling social food and beverage quarters like the Shelbourne Road, Bath Avenue and Haddington Road juncture led by Juniors, The Chop House and the Print Museum Cafe ... or the Barrow Street, Grand Canal Square and Dock led by Ely and the Herb Cafe ... in addition to the bustling city centre.
There is great coffee, gastro pubs, restaurants, bars, takeaways, barbers, flower shops, delicatessens, supermarkets, pharmacies nearby.
Kavanagh’s Mews is 2km south of Trinity College Dublin. Which is a 2 minute bus ride on the number 7 bus and the bus stop (on Northumberland Road) is just 10 metres from the Mews. The trip to Trinity College Dublin can also be walked in 20 minutes. .. A pleasant walk on treelined roads over the Grand Canal... Trinity College Dublin is a landmark as a place to visit in itself but also central to the city... close to museums, art galleries, shopping, our national library, the Dail (our houses of parliament), St. Stephens Green...and so on.
The Mews is private with access to enclosed outdoor and sunny spaces...great for young kids.
Keeping the Kids happy is child’s play from Kavanagh’s Mews ... you’ve easy access to a variety of amenities for them from playgrounds to a range of activities that suit them...here’s a sample...
Viking Splash Tour ... is an imaginative and exciting Viking themed tour, around the main sights of Dublin City - by land and water! it’s an informative, entertaining and engaging tour suited to older... kids.(website hidden)
Dublin Zoo ... is a fun-filled, stimulating day out for all the family... and a place to learn about wild animals. The Zoo is a registered charity – which contributes to conservation programmes. Located in the Phoenix Park...it’s one of the world’s oldest, zoos...http:// (website hidden) - very close to the Collins Barracks Museum set to host a wonderful exhibition in 2016 for the 1916 commemorations.
The ARK ... is a unique, purpose-built cultural centre in the heart of Dublin's Temple Bar, where children aged 2 -12 can explore theatre, music, literature, art, film, dance and more. Their programme of world class performances, exhibitions and creative workshops changes every few weeks ... (website hidden)
The Mews’ younger residents have special access to drop-in high quality childcare at Kids Inc - subject to availability ... inquire with Una about costs...
The nearest playground to you is in Herbert Park ...check it out for its climbing frame, tunnel slide and swings. There are tennis courts too...see (website hidden) pt/0/spid/
The neighbourhood around the Mews is filled with period buildings, foreign embassies, diplomatic residencies, manicured squares and parks, cosy pubs, world famed coffee baristas, canal bank markets, sports and concert stadia. and an endless variety of restaurants whose kitchens are run by award winning chefs.
Bryan’s Silverskin Coffee Kiosk is 80 metres away from the Mews - with micro roasted coffee to go crafted at the hands of a barista.
L’Ecrivan is your nearest Michelin Starred restaurant and if it’s fine dining you’re after make sure you consider a table with Kevin Thornton in Thornton’s on St. Stephens Green. Kevin is easily Ireland’s most intellectual and creative chef...see his TED talk here...(website hidden)? v=gTEnbxizUsI
There are the former literary pubs Willam Searsons, (owned by Dublin’s famous Charlie Chalke) and the Waterloo now awarded for their food as renowned gastropubs frequented by the rugby set (the famous Aviva Stadium is only 5 minutes away) both on upper Baggot Street. And if rugby’s your game be sure to check out the Rob and Dave Kearney and Jamie Heaslip and Sean O’Brien owned The Bridge 1859 on Balls Bridge (you guessed it the bridge the Ballsbridge is named after). The RDS, the national show grounds is 9 minute away.
The Aviva stadium is open from10am to 4pm with tours running every hour, on the hour. Make sure you call in advance as they have certain days blocked out for events - T: (phone number hidden)
Here are some specialists nearby that us locals love:
First Editions - No. 7 Pembroke Lave Dublin 4, is just off Waterloo Road- opening hours are: 12 noon to 6pm Wednesday to Saturday - or browse their books here: (website hidden)
Ginko Florists - on Upper Baggot Street - for beautiful flowers and even a flower school - why not book a class - http:// (website hidden) /index.php? option=com_content &view=article&id=15&Itemid=101
3FE Irish barista champion Colin Harmon set up shop in 2009 after leaving his training room from his third floor apartment (where the name 3FE derives). Since then Colin’s self roasted coffee beans and filters have led to making great coffee a potential norm for our capital. Why not book in for your very own barista class. http:// (website hidden)
The Irish Yeast Company - OnCollege Street The Irish Yeast Co. is a true Dublin institution. The shop still sells fresh yeast, has diversified into the wedding cake business and also sells baking equipment. The Irish Yeast Co. began in 1894. https:// (website hidden)
Irish Village Markets operate 2 markets nearby... Mespil Road every Thursday at 11am and Grand Canal, Percy Place every Friday at 11am - ideal for food to go. http:// (website hidden) markets/1907-2/
And on a more practical note - Handy Shops Around the Corner:
D4 Fuels - a garage just 10 metres away on Northumberland Road and open 24 hours...a handy option if you’re stuck for some small items like milk or sugar.
Donnybrook Fair - a fine food grocery store on Upper Baggot Street - (website hidden)
Tesco Metro - a Convenience grocery store on Upper Baggot Street (website hidden)? bID=3510
Boots Chemists - your nearest pharmacy on Upper Baggot Street. (website hidden) Locator/Boots-Dublin-Upper-Baggot- Street/
Grafton Barber...your friendlly barber service on Upper Baggot Street. (website hidden) baggot_street.html
Within a 1 minute walk is a bus stop on Northumberland Road where the Number 7 bus will take you to Trinity College Dublin in just 7 minutes. Within 3 minutes walk is a taxi rank (beside the Ballsbridge Hotel on Landsdowne Road). Within 5 minutes walk is a DART train station linking you to the fishing villages of Howth (awesome seafood market on a Saturday morning) and Dalkey (where Bono of U2 fame lives) or the beaches of Sandymount and Sandycove.
The Mews is perfect to explore Dublin on foot or by bike. Bikes are hugely popular in Dublin, and there is an extensive network of Dublin Bike stations for you to pick up and drop off a bike ride through the city: (website hidden)
Your nearest bike station is on Lower Mount Street ...Dublin 2 (in front of the Spar Shop). There are 2 adult sized bike helmets in the Mews for your use while you stay.
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general public transport
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Luas - (website hidden)
Nearest Car Hire is Hertz at 2 Haddington Road a 6 minute walk from the Mews - T: (phone number hidden) - opening hours: 8.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday - Saturdays 8.30am to 4.30pm and Sundays 8.30am to 1.00pm.
Using the Mews as a base you are incredibly close to transport links for exiting the centre if you want to go for beach walks in Sandymount or harbour walks in Dun Laoire or Howth (awesome seafood market on a Saturday morning) ...or even a swim in the sea at the famous Forty Foot near Dun Laoighre.
If you prefer...you can head to the Wicklow hills (or Mountains) for hiking, walking...a taste of the countryside and superb views.
We’ve had guests who have done day trips to Cork Ireland or Kilkenny Ireland or Galway Ireland or Belfast Ireland in one day by coach or train. Others have visited the Cliffs of Moher or the Giant’s Causeway by coach or car.
Other Things to Note
Motorways 120 km/hour Local Roads 50 km/hour National Roads 100 km/hour City Centre 30 km/hour
Ireland has a mild temperate climate. Summer temperatures generally range from 60-75 degrees F, (15-24 degrees C), Spring and Autumn temperatures are usually in the region of 50 degrees F, (10 degrees C) and Winter is between 30 to 40 degrees F (0-5 degrees C). Ireland’s weather is best described as changeable and showers can occur at any time of year, but usually pass quickly in the warmer months, (always bring your sunglasses and an umbrella...there are two large umbrellas in the Mews for guests’ use).
There are strict smoking laws in effect in various venues in Ireland. It is illegal to smoke in any workplace including the following places:
Bars;restaurants;clubs; offices; public buildings; company cars; trucks; taxis and vans.
The Mews is a strictly non-smoking residence.
Drink driving laws in Ireland are particularly strict as well as a very large social stigmatism attached to drink driving. the legal limits are as follows:
Fully Licenced Driver - 50 milligrammes (mg) og alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood (0.05)Provisional or recently licensed driver (less than 2 years): 20 milligrammes of alcohol per millilitres of blood (0.02)
Essentially it is so low that it is unwise to drive after even one drink as it will likely have put you over the legal limit, depending on your height and weight.
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Please be polite and pleasant. The area is quiet and the people living there respect each other. So we do not want loud, rowdy groups of people who are drunk. There is a strictly no smoking policy in the Mews, and the Mews needs to be returned to Una in the condition it was in clean and with all content in tact on arrival. Other than that there are no specific rules.
From Sep 1 - Nov 30, 2015 the minimum stay is 2 nights.