About this listing
Our cosy, 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.
1,250 square feet of clean, bright, airy space in a private gated mews house in leafy Ballsbridge 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's Capital City. 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.
10% of the net proceeds from visitors staying in the Mews is given by the owners to An Taisce - Ireland’s National Trust who work on a voluntary basis to protect historical structures and the environment in Ireland.
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 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.
About the Mews: This House has two double bedrooms and a bathroom with bath and shower upstairs.
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.
There are two further toilet spaces downstairs - one of which 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 homemade Irish bread, Irish butter and jam. - Chilled Juice and Ice.- Organic Irish milk. - A selection of fine teas and breakfast blend tea. - Instant and fresh coffee for use in the cafetière (French press). - Irish Farmhouse Cheese.
- Fresh eggs. - Sugar, oils, salt and pepper.
- Freshly cut herbs from Una’s herb garden or flowers.
The Essentials: - Free Wifi - Wardrobes and drawers with space for clothes - Electric heating - Hot water - Washing Machine (and Washing Detergent) and separate Drier - Oven and hob- Kettle - Toaster - Microwave - Cooking utensils, pots, plates, bowls, mugs, glasses, cutlery, hand juicer and an electricblender- Fridge and Freezer -Towels - Bed Linen - Hairdryer -International Power adaptor - printer, docking stations - Umbrellas (in case it rains).
Helping you to Relax: - A bath with bubble bath provided. - Shampoo - Conditioner - TV with cable - Speaker Dock for an iPhone or an iPod - Book library and board games
Helping you to Have Fun: - Tourist literature with maps - iPad with 3G - 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 - Bottle steriliser upon request- A high chair upon request - Childrens' books/ toys/ games upon request - Recommended babysitter upon request and subject to 48 hours notice and availability.
Transport and Getting Around: Nearest Taxi Rank - 1 minute walk - Nearest Air Coach Stop: 15 minute walk -Nearest D.A.R.T station - 8 minutes Walk - Nearest Dublin Bike Station - 11 minute walk - Nearest Bus Stop is 2 minutes walk - with 5 routes. Second nearest bus stop is 7 minutes walk with a further 3 routes.
What are we Near? - Airport - 25 to 30 minutes away by Taxi (depending traffic and the time of day) Luxury 24 hour service AirCoach’s Leeson St. Bridge stop is a 15 minute walk away.
Theatres and Concert and Sporting Venues: - Aviva Stadium - 5 minute walk - RDS Main Arena - 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- National Gallery - 20 minute walk.
Places of Interest: - 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, Baggot Street, Merrion Row, St. Stephen’s Green, Grafton 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 walk.
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.
Parks and beaches: - Herbert Park - 10 minute walk
- Merrion Square - 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 Sandmount - 10 minute D.A.R.T. ride - Howth and Dalkey - 25 minute D.A.R.T. ride.
If there is anything else that you would like to visit and need the direction to please just ask.
We look forward to your visit!
Nothing is off limits and Guests have full access to the amenities that the Mews provides from 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, 2 international to Irish pug adapters...etc.
Interaction with Guests
Una will 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 information, up to date menus from the main restaurants...etc. Una is avilable by mobile phone throughout your stay to respond to any queries or needs.
The Mews is based in leafy Ballsbridge Dublin 4 Dublin's Embassy belt...with its tree lined roads and low rise Victorian listed period buildings. Its quiet, peaceful, safe, secure and tranquil ... yet within easy access to the bustling city centre. There is great coffee, gastro pubs, restaurants, bars, takeaways, babbers, flower shops, delicatessens, supermarkets, pharmacies nearby.
within a 1 minute walk is a bus stop on Northumberland Road where the Number 7 bus will take you to Trinity college in just 7 minutes. Within 3 minutes walk is a taxi rank. Within 5 minutes walk is a DART train station linking you to the fishing villages of Howth and Dalkey or the beaches of Sandymount and Sandycove.
Other Things to Note
Kavanagh's Mews is an entire property, enclosed and private for guest's exclusive use.
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.
Other than that there are no specific rules.
From Sep 1 - Nov 30, 2015 the minimum stay is 2 nights.
About the Host, Una
I'm a Dubliner who loves beautiful places, spaces, music, history, art and food. I adore local places with long histories and like to get to know them. My desert island foods would be crumbly blue cheese on an oat biscuit, butter and whiskey wrapped fresh lobster and Cork dry gin with slices of homegrown cucumber and ice. I can't live without good coffee and wouldn't even try. I'm currently reading Hal Fisher's A History of Europe and I love the knowledge it shares about Western Europe since 1731. Right now I'm learning about the Cuisine of Crete. My favourite musicians are plenty - Queen, Van Morrisson, The Mumfords, Daft Punk. I believe in keeping life simple - and I fundamentally believe - the simpler, the better. I enjoy welcoming guests to Dublin and sharing stories of local history and Irish food.