About this listing
Nestled between the artisan cottages of Ringsend and the newer contemporary homes of inner city Dublin. This lovingly restored and modernised former boathouse stands quietly in its secret garden, hidden behind the redbrick victorian terraces.
Bright double room upstairs overlooking the garden. The windows get the sun in the morning so we have fitted black-out blinds if you like to sleep in. The room comes with a bathroom (shower/wc/wb) across the landing, (shared with room3 when room3 is occupied).
Large bright living room with cable tv and double doors leading to the garden, breakfast room and everything that you will need to prepare your own breakfast (for full details see house rules). Access to fast wifi.
Interaction with Guests
We offer a relaxed warm welcome to guests and are happy to share our knowledge of Dublin and the many attractions here. I love living in Dublin and am sometimes accused of being a little fanatical about it, but its just a fantastic city. Some of my favourites pastimes are walking the dog (Ally our golden retriever) along the pier to Poolbeg lighthouse, strolling through Temple bar, drinking a Guinness with friends and enjoying the craic (that's not cocaine, just Irish for having a laugh), Taking a coffee in Bewleys and a stroll on Grafton St. or just a visit to the old library in Trinity College and wander through front square to soak up the atmosphere to mention but a few. I love hillwalking in Wicklow, motor cruising on the Shannon, photography, cinema and theatre going.
If you like any of these things I will be happy to try to guide you towards the best of them.
We live close to Ringsend village in the middle of Dublin's new and vibrant dockland 'silicone valley'. The rejuvenated Dublin docklands is now home to the european headquarters of ((website hidden)), Paypal and Airbnb to mention but a few, making the Boathouse an ideal place to stay for business or pleasure. Its a pleasant 10 min walk through the park to the village and then on towards the city centre, by bus or by Luas (tram) for ten minutes more. We're within walking distance of the Bord Gais Theatre offering a selection of Westend and broadway touring shows. It was designed by architect Daniel Libeskind in the beautiful settings of the Grand Canal Harbour; 20mins walk. The harbour area has a variety of restaurants and places to sit out while enjoying a coffee or a glass of wine and is always a great place to go on a warm evening. As its one of my favourite places, I'll be happy to share with you all of my recommendations on where to eat and where to avoid.
Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Rd) is just far enough away that we don't get locked in by the security cordon when there's a rugby international or a major concert on, yet it is near enough to walk to in comfort (20min). Even if you don't have tickets, the atmosphere in the pubs in the vicinity is electric.
The O2 at the Point is also just a short walk away, 15mins, offering a wide variety of concerts.
Across the river from our street, we enjoy a constantly changing vista of cruise liners which berth there to visit Dublin in the summer.
A walk on Sandymount strand followed by coffee or lunch in Brownes on Sandymount green is not likely to disappoint.
For those who enjoy a more challenging walk, the walk to Poolbeg light house along the South pier will ensure your appetite is ready for some really good Italian cooking at Dunne and Crescenzi's.
Buses to the city centre take about 10mins, and the stop is about 10 mins walk from the house.
The Luas (Dublin Tram) is available also 15mins from the house.
The Dart line (Light rail along the coast to Howth harbour or Greystones, Co. Wicklow) is a 20 min walk.
A 12min walk just over the bridge in Ringsend Village there a Dublin-Bike scheme depot, (3day pass €5, rent free for first 30mins, small charge thereafter). You just use em for twenty mins and leave it at another depot, then pick up another for you next trip!
Other Things to Note
We provide a guest manual containing details of local restaurants, amenities and home delivery menus.
Just a few things to note...
We ask that guests do not smoke indoors, but you are welcome to smoke outside - we even have a smoking seat in the garden!
For safety reasons, we only accept guests that are included on your booking.
We would really appreciate it if guests would remove their shoes before going upstairs as the upper floor is carpeted in a light colour. The ground floor is finished in tile and hardwood so downstairs you are welcome to wear what ever foot wear you feel comfortable in.:-)
In the breakfast room we provide everything that you will need in order to prepare your own breakfast, fridge, kettle, tea and coffee, toaster, microwave, cutlery and delph. If guests wish to use this area in the evenings to enjoy a light snack or order in a meal, they are most welcome to do so. However we kindly ask that guests do not bring food or drinks up to their bedroom.
The host's kitchen is private.
From Mar 1 - May 31, 2016 the minimum stay is 5 nights.
I took my Mum for a week's holiday in Dublin and we spent the first leg of the journey here. We couldn't have asked for more- the place was immaculately kept and very beautiful. Paul & Steven were really lovely. They were full of helpful advice and recommendations for our stay. Thoroughly recommend it!
Paul was a very kind and friendly host, who provided my wife and I plenty of information as to how to navigate Dublin, what to do, what to avoid, and all sorts of other helpful information. The room was perfect and exactly as described, and everything was smooth and easy. We only wish we could have stayed longer.
We had a very nice stay at Paul and Steve's house. They are wonderful warm and welcoming hosts. They are really helpful, giving a lot of advice on Dublin, always available but very discreet at the times.
The house is lovely and very cosy and it was really nice to have fresh eggs from their chickens in the morning.
Other than that they are great, funny and very interesting people to talk to.
Many thanks to you both and we hope we will keep in touch!
Matthieu and Charlotte
We loved staying at the Lost Boathouse! Paul is an excellent host! He made us feel so comfortable and welcome! We had a lovely time chatting with him over coffee as he gave us advise on what to do and getting around. It was very simple to get there (a short bus ride from the airport) and we were in easy walking distance to everywhere we wanted to go (the city center, rapid transit, etc.). Paul was more than considerate, even providing us fresh eggs from his chickens! We were 100% satisfied and highly recommend staying here!!
The quality of the room was well complimented by Paul's hosting, fantastic.
Exceptional experience. We had a special request before arriving that Paul was understanding and accommodating about. We were welcomed with our request fulfilled (yea!), warm tea, a lovely room by the garden to converse and relax after a long journey, then to our own very private, quiet, and comfortable room where we stayed 3 nights. Supportive bed, great shower w/natural light - as new & clean as could be, perfect! Paul was very helpful about transportation and places to visit when we asked for advice. If you enjoy a brisk walk, this location is an easy to walk to the center of town. We left feeling grateful for our choice. Thank you, Paul!
Sorry for the radio silence since your feed back, but I have been time strapped due college assignments and burning a lot of late night oil.
Thank you for the private messages and suggestions also. I had to reread the one about the chickens a few times till I recalled why you might have felt that I didn't appreciate them proppwerly. I acknowledge that I may have been over blasse about them, and realise that I do so, to counter Steve's wish sometime to wrap them in cotton wool. I'm sorry if it sounded offensive, its not what I really think about them.
Secondly regarding being cold in your room one night at the onset of the colder weather, I have adjusted the heating controls to ensure that the bedrooms are switched on earlier and that they are nice and toasty for our guests!
It was lovely to meet you both and I wish you both a very happy Christmas.
Paul and Stephen
Paul and Steve are fabulous hosts. They were warm and welcoming, but also give space needed to do your own thing. The accommodations are as described and the guest "lounge" and breakfast are lovely. I would highly recommend the home and the hosts.
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About the Host, Paul
I love travel and have tried to take a significant trip between each career move. My favourite places so far include Guatemala, the Caya's off Belize and the foothills of the Himalayas in northern India .
I love cooking and gardening and grow some of our own vegetables, which I am delighted to be able to do in the middle of the city. We keep some chickens in a trendy house called an Eggloo, made by (website hidden).
Ally, our golden retriever, seems to have accepted them pretty well and doesn't mind any more when they are roaming around the garden.
My language skills in German are pretty poor, but I can just about manage the basics, so if you wish to communicate in German be patient with me.