About this listing
Spacious, quiet and comfortable penthouse apartment in the safest area of Dublin. Just 2.5km or 10 minutes from St. Stephen's Green/Trinity College by Luas tram or a number of buses. Top floor balcony overlooking beautiful parkland and river, with stunning views of the Dublin mountains. Free secure parking. 1 minute to shops, pharmacy, drycleaners, and great restaurant/cafes. Perfect for families with children aged 6 and upwards, or groups of friends, or groups of couples.
Wake up each morning to the *best views of any Dublin City apartment* towards the rolling Dublin mountains in the hazy sunshine
This is a peaceful, secluded, private, sunny space in a very sought-after area, surrounded by nature with uninterrupted views of the Dublin mountains and wooded riverside walks, yet only 10 -15 minutes by public transport from the bustle and action of Dublin city centre (what the locals call 'Town').
There are two bedrooms, the first bedroom has a king size double bed, the second bedroom has a queen size double bed. There is an additional fold-out single bed available that fits well into any of the rooms in the apartment. Each bedroom has lots of storage and wardrobe space. The sofabed in the living room folds out into a queen-size, very comfortable double bed.
There is satellite TV and wireless internet (WIFI). Three broadband is provided through a Huawei Wireless Modem that supports up to five devices at any one time. Download Speed: Up-to 21.6Mbps. Upload Speed: Up-to 5.76 Mbps.
Bed linen (by Irish designers such as Orla Kiely and John Rocha, for an extra special touch) and an abundance of towels are provided, as well as toiletries and a hairdryer.
Teas, coffee, cereals, fruit, cookies, muffins and hot chocolate await in the kitchen for breakfast. Including the very comfortable sofabed and additional pull out single bed, the entire apartment sleeps up to seven people.
There is a designated car parking spot in front of the apartment.
Guests have access to the entire apartment: living/dining room, kitchen, office, bathroom, balcony, and two bedrooms.
Interaction with Guests
I have put together a folder with maps of the local eateries, transport stops, gym, walks, runs, local bicycle hire, local car hire, etc, and local takeout menus. In the folder, there are some recommendations on favourite sights and places to visit in Dublin and Wicklow. Members of my family will liaise with key exchanges if I am not able to be present.
This is a very safe area of Dublin with a village feel to it. The walks along the river are really beautiful, a lovely way to wind down after a day in the city.
There are two cafés/restaurants on your doorstep, a laundrette/dry-cleaners, pharmacy, EUROSPAR supermarket for any bits and pieces you might need, and a hair salon for getting ready for a special night out. The local gym sells day passes for €8 and there are great grass-based and riverside runs in the area.
The Wilde & Green eatery across the road is very popular with ladies who lunch, the local Leinster rugby team, and is jam-packed on the weekends for brunch, with a great deli counter and gourmet food section if you want your food to go.
The Dropping Well pub does decent food and shows all major sporting occasions on multiple screens. It is a pleasant 8-10 minute walk along the river in the direction of the mountains. Get to the path from the back of the car park opposite Wilde & Green and stop when you see the rhino in the river. (Yes, really!) Enter through the carpark on your right. Or you can visit Ashton's award-winning Gastro Pub by walking along the river in the opposite direction for five minutes.
If you want to eat-in, there's a couple of take-aways (a Chinese and the infamous Bombay Pantry for Indian food (mmmmm)), just a few minutes walk along the river in the same direction.
Nearby Ranelagh village (12-minute walk) is packed with over thirty restaurants and pubs for great food and nightlife.
Shopping is a couple of short stops along the Luas tram to Dundrum Town Centre, or you can hop on and go in the other direction into St. Stephen's Green/Dublin City Centre.
For places of worship, there is a Catholic Church/The Parish of Saints Columbanus and Gall across the road. The Ahlul Bayt Islamic Centre (Hussiania)/Shi'a Mosque is across the bridge. The Church of Ireland Anglican Services at Sandford Parish Church on Sandford Road (turn left at the corner of Milltown Road). The Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland/Sunni Mosque is on the Clonskeagh Road (through the park and turn right, it's located just past the back entrance to UCD).
The AVIVA stadium and the RDS are a short stroll away, and beyond that, the O2 at The Point and the Dublin Convention Centre along the quays.
Local Transport: The LUAS tram (Green Line Milltown Stop) a short walk away to take you to the city centre. There is a bus service across the road (no. 44 or no. 61 ) to bring you into the city centre and beyond.
There are two local bicycle hire places nearby and a GoCar "gobase" ((URL HIDDEN) with two cars for hire by the hour or day (if you have a full driving licence recognised under Irish law) just a 2 minute walk away.
Free parking is available in front of the apartment.
From Dublin Airport, a taxi costs about €25 and takes 30 minutes depending on traffic - it's quicker and cheaper to go through the tolled Port Tunnel and over the East Link bridge if travelling after 10am.
Or you can take an Aircoach to Donnybrook (€8 single or €13 return) and either walk 15 minutes up leafy Eglinton Road and straight on along the Milltown Road, or grab a cab for a 3 minute ride to the apartment (shouldn't be more than about €5).
Or you can take another express route: catch an "Airlink 747" Green Dublin Bus outside T1 which is a non-stop bus to the city centre (costs €6 flat fare for a single journey, or €10 return) that leaves roughly every 15 minutes. From there you can either get the LUAS Green Line tram (get off at Trinity College and continue on straight to walk up to the top of Grafton Street) from St. Stephen's Green to the Milltown stop, or the 44 or 61 bus to the Milltown Road (get off at Trinity College and turn around and walk back in the direction you came, to the D'Olier Street stop for the 44 or 61 buses).
The 44 and 61 buses both depart every half hour in the mornings/commuter peak-times and every hour in the afternoons / off-peak times.
Other Things to Note
Upside: it's a penthouse apartment up there with the trees. Downside: there's no elevator, just stairs (five flights of 8 steps).
Due to being on the top floor, with the balcony stretching the length of the apartment, the apartment isn't suitable for pets or young children, unfortunately.
Smoking is allowed on the balcony only. The apartment isn't suitable for pets or very young (under 6 years of age) children, unfortunately.
Situated by the riverside "Dodder Greenway" cycle track and running route - regarded as "among the finest city rivers in Europe"
I'm from Ireland, and in the past I have lived in the USA and the UK for a number of years. I'm into sport in a big way. I am a vegetarian (nearly vegan) foodie. I love to travel but still haven't quite mastered packing light. I've been to Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Italy, Morocco, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Serbia, Spain, The Vatican Gardens, The Netherlands, and I've been lucky enough to have had five great US road trips, East to West, North and South, taking in nearly every US state, and there's so many more places I want to go to... if I win the lottery (which would be difficult given that I rarely play it!) I'd go island-hopping around the world. I love to read a good [auto]biography. I simply can't do without my family, friends, horses, the beach and the sun. My life's motto is: treat others as you would like to be treated. I look forward to hosting you in Dublin and advising you on the great spots and things to do!