Come cocoon yourself in Georgian luxury and elegance this unique OVAL apartment, situated on Mountjoy Square, in the heart of Dublin’s historic North Georgian Core, just minutes from all the action.
The large studio apartment is on the first floor of a fully restored Georgian townhouse, built in 1792. Both the house and the apartment retain all their Georgian features, combined with modern comforts.
The apartment has a fantastic 10ft window and overlooks a quiet side street, with a view of the square. Other features include a fine, working, black Kilkenny marble fireplace with a spectacular gilt over-mantle mirror. The fully equipped kitchen with granite worktop has a gas hob and a 1770's oval dining table with four Georgian chairs. The rest of the apartment is comfortably furnished with antique furniture, Irish where possible, and a luxurious 6 ft. sofa. A large flat-screen TV, and a DVD player and iPod/iPhone player/dock for music are also provided.
The bed is upstairs and overlooks the apartment. It has a comfortable fully-sprung double mattress, goose down duvet and pillows and pure cotton sheets. Read in comfort with vintage Anglepoise reading lights. Please note that the head height in the loft is somewhat restricted, and the mattress is consequently low.
The apartment is designed for two people, but a hotel-quality, foldaway bed is available for a third guest. A surcharge of €10, to cover the cost of the extra laundry, will be applied if two people occupy the apartment as as twin. This will be collected in cash, upon arrival.
The bathroom has a high-pressure shower and loads of storage space.
• You will receive a welcome pack of the basics- quality tea, coffee, home-made granola and preserves, with fresh bread.
• 100% cotton bed linen and towels are provided
• Local tourist information and guide books available
• Free wi-fi
• Hair dryer
• Fuel, at cost price, is available for the fire, if required.
• Washing machine and dryer are available in the building -€7.50
• Secure off-street parking is available for €5 per night
CHECK-IN is from 2pm, and CHECK-OUT by 11am, please. We are happy to take in your luggage earlier; please let us have your flight details/travel arrangements, so that we can plan our day around being here to greet you.
The house is perfectly located for exploring the city; all of the city's cultural institutions are within walking distance and the transport connections are excellent.
Airport bus (41) passes door, 8 min. walk to LUAS Red line, DART, (Connolly and Tara) and city busses. Dublin Bikes stand opposite house.
KARIN'S GUIDE TO THE CITY
LOCAL GROCERY SHOPPING and BREAKFAST OPTIONS;
The Candy Cafe, on the corner of Great Denmark Street and Parnell Square East, is friendly, and serves a good Irish breakfast, as does the the Paris Bakery on Moore Street.
Tops in Pops, just down the street to the left, for fresh local produce and basic groceries. 8.30 am to 6pm Monday to Saturday. The Londis corner store next door opens 8am to 10pm, seven days a week, but charge for privilege. There is an ATM machine at the back, right hand side of the store.
Dunne's Stores, North Earl Street, opposite the Spire, seperate Off-Licence for booze a few doors up, look for the James Joyce statue. A bigger branch is in the ILAC Shopping Centre, in the basement, at the internal junction, off Parnell Street West/ Moore Street ( entrance opposite Paris Bakery on Moore Street).
A Metro Tesco is to be found on Parnell Street West, just past the Rotunda Hospital. Fallon and Byrne, Exchequer Street, and Sheridan's Cheese Shop, South Anne Street, have the local artisan food scene covered, and don't miss Temple Bar Farmers' Market, Saturday's 9-5. The more adventurous could head for wonderful Glasnevin Farmers Market on Saturdays; had a great cafe and is very friendly and you are guarantee's not to meet other tourists.( Ask me for details).
Foley's Pharmacy on Parnell Street East is a 100+ year-old family business; they are very helpful.
Carney's Butcher Shop is next door, and is another multi-generational local family business, who take great pride in their high-qulaity meat.
Local restaurants include 'Wallace's Asti', a casual Italian eatery, on Russell Street, just to the NE of the Square, 'J.P.Kavanagh's' (gastro) Pub' on Dorset Street, 3 minutes walk to the north, which serves only craft beers and a menu based on locally-sourced, artisan-based ingredients. 'The Cobalt Cafe', in a beautiful Georgian house on North Great Georges Street, which doubles as a gallery, is great for lunch. Parnell Street, Dublin's emerging 'Chinatown' is just a half a block to the south. Newly opened, on Parnell Square West is 'The Hot Stove', serving modern Irish food in a smart and comfortable setting.
Across O'Connell Street, on Moore Street, you will find the Paris Bakery, and (new) Deli. They serve all day, until 10 pm; superb pastries and great coffee from 8am, as well as excellent bistro-style meals, and fantastic bread.
Nearer the river, 'Le Bon Crubeen' (crubeen=pig's trotter- it's a modern Franco-Irish restaurant) is on Talbot Street, as is the venerable and immensely popular 'Talbot 101'. It is packed to the gunnels with locals between 5.54 and 7.15, enjoying their pre-theatre supper before the Abbey curtains rise at 7.30, when they relinquish their seats for the rest of us!
On the riverfront, I love Panem, facing the Millennium Bridge, for a quick coffee and a delicious Sicilian almond biscuit, baked on the premises. A few doors down, you'll find a cluster of Italian bars, cafes and restaurants serving good quality food. Half a block to the east is the trendy 'Winding Stairs' restaurant, with its book-lined walls (relics of a former second-hand bookshop-cum-cafe of the same name), while back on Capel Street, locals rave about Brother Hubbard for lunch.
Local pubs include the 'Hill 16' just opposite the house, on Gardiner Street - very popular with the GAA crowd on match days (the Gaelic Athletic Association Stadium, Croke Park, is just 3 blocks to the east), they pull a superb 'pint'.'The Flowing Tide', on the corner of Marlborough Street, opposite the Abbey, is one of my favorites -after the curtain goes down in the Abbey Theatre, across the street, half the cast are likely to be at the bar. 'The Church' on Mary Street, in a converted 1720's church, is another fine place for a drink; the former owner won many accolades for the high quality of the restoration. Capel Street has many typical local pubs, which have the added benefit of serving a largely local population. They include 'O'Neills' and 'Slattery's' which is good for music, and the nearby 'The Black Sheep' has the local craft beers covered. The northside traditional music 'musicians' bar is 'The Cobblestone', at the top of Smithfield, and is suitably grungy.
Henry Street, the premier shopping street on the north side of the river is a few minutes walk away, and you can shop for fresh produce on adjacent Moore Street, Dublin's oldest street market, now also home to a thriving cluster of ethnic food markets and restaurants.
The North side of Parnell Square is home to the City's Hugh Lane Gallery of Modern Art; we share a significant collection of Impressionist painting with the Tate Gallery in London, which are rotated in seven year cycles. Next door is the Writer's Centre, and next door again, is the Writer's Museum, with a Michelin-starred restaurant in the basement, the amazing Chapter One. Down on the East side of Parnell Square is the beautiful jewel-box that is the Gate Theatre - part of the 18th-century entertainment complex established by the entrepreneurial Dr. Bartholomew, to help support his new Rotunda Maternity Hospital (the oldest purpose-built such hospital in the world, and still delivering babies on a daily basis, 270 years later).
You could be seated in either the Abbey or Gate Theatres within 10 minutes of leaving the house, and the James Joyce Cultural Centre is even closer, on North Great Georges Street (don't forget to check out the Cobalt Cafe, opposite).
Hop on the Luas in Abbey Street, halfway between Mountjoy Square and the river, and you will be dropped at the National Museum, Collins Barrack, on the North Quays, or IMMA, Ireland's national Museum of Modern Art. Walk on a few blocks and you will arrive at the iconic Guinness Storehouse, with its wonderful rooftop bar.
In the south city centre, the restaurant hub is in the pedestrian streets to either side of Grafton Street. Particular favourites of mine include:
* Eden, Temple Bar Square
* Eden Bar and Grill,
* The Green Hen, Wicklow Street
* Fallon and Byrne, Exchequer Street
* Fade Street Social, Fade Street
* The Hot Stone, Exchequer Street
* The Port House, South William Street
* Pinxto, Crowe Street, Temple Bar
Other city-centre traditional pubs we like are:
* Mulligan's, Poolbeg Street
* Neary's, Chatham Street
* International Bar, Wicklow Street
* O'Neill's, Suffolk Street
* The Dawson Lounge, Dawson Street
* The Stag's Head, Connaught Court
* The Long Hall, South Great Georges Street
Fronting the river, Temple Bar, with its vibrant mix of independent shops, cafes, restaurants, pubs, markets and cultural institutions occupies an area three blocks deep and ten blocks long. At the western end, look out for the two branches of the Queen of Tarts- a wonderful tea shop that offers really good home baking, teas and coffees, all served on mismatched antique china ( Lord Edward Street and Cow's Lane).
Trinity College is a good orientation point; from here it is easy to find the Medieaval core, the cultural/political hub of the country around Kildare Street, and the Grafton Street fashion hub.
The campus occupies a 40-acre (16ha.) site, and is over 400 years old, though what one sees today are mainly beautiful eighteenth-century buildings. It is worth a wander around, after a visit to spectacular Long Library, to see the Book of Kells.
From Front Gate look south to Grafton Street or west up College Green and Dame Street. At the brow of the hill you will find:
* Dublin Castle (visit the State Apartments, the Chester Beatty Library and the lovely garden in front (which is actually the helicopter landing pad for the Castle).
* The City Hall with its 'Museum of the Capital' in the basement is worth a look- the Hall is free, and there is a nominal charge for the Museum.
* Christchurch Catherdal
* Dublinia -Viking Exhibition, in the Christchurch Chapterhouse
* Old Saint Audeon's Church, built almost into the city wall
* St Patrick's Cathedral, and historic park beside
* Marshe's Library-the oldest lending library in these islands, 1701)
* Francis Street- the Antiques Quarter
* Thomas Street/Meath Street, for a touch of 'Old Dublin'
* The Guinness Storehouse
* Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, (IMMA) Ireland's National Gallery of Modern Art, with its wonderful, recently restored formal garden.
Alternatively, exit onto Nassau Street, with its cluster of high-quality shops showcasing the best of Irish crafts- fashion,knitwear, weaving, glassware, ceramics and contemporary jewelry - the Kilkenny shop has a great cafe upstairs, with views over College Park.
Continue along the College Park railings till you reach Kildare Street, the cultural-institutional hub of the country. Here you will find the National Library, and the National Museum, facing each other over the forecourt of Leinster House, home to the Oireachtas, our National Parliament. Flanking it on the opposite side, you will find the National Gallery, and the Natural History Museum ( known to Dubliner's of my father's generation, as 'The Dead Zoo'..)
SHOPPING WITH A DIFFERENCE
Those interested in the local fashion, art and design scene should look out for the following addresses (in no particular order):
* Designist, South Great George's Street
* Project 51, South William Street
* Irish Design Store, Drury Street
* Article, Powerscourt Townhouse Centre
* Irish Designer Store, Top floor Powerscourt Townhouse Centre
* Cow's Lane Gallery, Temple Bar
* The Jam Factory, NIcholas Street
* Avoca, Suffolk Street
* Kilkenny Shop, Nassau Street
* Designyard, South Frederick Street
* Gallery Zozimus, Francis Street
* Graphic Studio Gallery,Temple Bar
* Magee's of Donegal, Wicklow Street, and,
Kevin and Howlin, Nassau Street have handwoven tweeds covered.
* Dubarry's, College Green produce wonderful, country style outerwear, including the most perfect alternative to Wellignton boots.
* Monaghan's, Hibernian Way, the House of Ireland on Nassau Street and the Sweater Shop on Wicklow Street have the best selecton of traditional knitwear. Monaghan's specialise in cashmere.
* Murphy and Sheehy, Castle Market, stock Irish tweed, Irish linen and a quirky selection of designer fabrics. Look out for their ‘Linen Union (linen/cotton blend) Glass Cloths- the best ever for polishing glassware; they make a super, useful, inexpensive and lightweight traditional gift!
SHORT TRIPS OUTSIDE THE CITY BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Catch the No.46A bus, (heading north on O'Connell Street to the Phoenix Park- the largest enclosed urban park in the world, 4000 acres behind a thirteen mile stone wall. It contains the Dublin Zoo, (1824, and the third oldest Zoo in the world). Several herd of Fallow Deer, roam at liberty, and there is Polo pitch, Ashtown Castle Interpretive Centre, with its wonderful walled garden and cafe. The Duke of Wellington is commemorated by a marvelous granite obelisk, which can be seen for miles. The area know as the Forty Acres affords superb views over the city, with the Royal Hospital and Guinness in the foreground, along the south side of the River Liffey. Phoenix Park can also be reached via the Luas Red Line, direction Tallagh, heading west. Alight at 'Museum' and take a detour into the National Museum-Collins Barracks, which houses the Decorative Arts, post-1700, wonderful collections of silver, furniture, glass and other artifacts.
Other bus trips might include, Glasnevin Cemetery,with its new, award-winning Museum, or the National Botanic Gardens, both in Glasnevin-just three miles north ( take No.13 bus heading north on O'Connell Street).
Another favorite is the Marino Casino, in Fairview/Clontarf, an early 18th century pleasure house, built to the design of Sir William Chambers, for Lord Charlemont, purely for entertaining., also just a few miles by bus, north of the city centre.
South of the city you will find Rathfarnham Castle, and its newly-opened Costume and Toy Museum. Marley Park is a little further, just at the foot of the Dublin Mountains. It has wonderful parkland with easy walks, and a magnificent walled garden with a nice cafe. Powerscourt is at the edge of Enniskerry, its associated estate village, at the end of the No.44 bus route, which winds its way through the south side suburbs, into Wicklow, through the Scalp, a deep and picturesque glacial valley.The 19th century gardens are fabulous, and make great use of the 'borrowed landscape' beyond. The terrace and Nepture fountain are centred on the Sugarloaf mountain, which marks the beginning of the Wicklow Mountains.
Travelling into the rich plains of Kildare, by the No. 67 bus route, you will come to the historic village of Celbridge, just twelve miles from the city centre. Castletown House is Ireland's finest Palladian mansion, and was saved from destruction by Desmond Guinness, in the early 1960's. He purchased it from the builders who intended to demolish it, to make way for a vast suburban housing estate. The Irish Georgian Society restored the house and furnished it with the help of many sponsors, and opened it to the public, a heroic task for a small membership conservation society.. Today, it is in State ownership,and it is the flagship Georgian heritage property of Ireland. It is beautifully presented, and the parklands are undergoing restoration.
Catch the DART, the coastal commuter train, at Tara Street Station, on the South Liffey Quays, and take a short ride. Go north to Howth (a working fishing village) and Malahide. Howth Demense or Howth Head, behind the village will both afford walks with great views; the Harbour has a dozen restaurants along the quay- ranging from take-out fish and chips to the upmarket. Book an early-evening window table at Aqua, and be astonished by the sunset over the coast. Another favourite of mine is Deep, midway along the quay (and do watch out for the local greedy Harbour Seal, who begs shamelessly from the trawler men, who tie up alongside). Malahide is a charming village, with some of the most expensive urban residential properties in the country. Good food and good shopping are to be had here. On the edge of the village you will find Malahide Castle and Demesne, open to the public, which includes a renowned private Arboretum, as Milo de Malahide, the last of his family, (who had occupied the castle continuously since Norman times, in the 10th-12th centuries) was a significant plantsman. The Castle contains the National Portrait Collection, as was as magnificent furniture and other contents.
In the opposite direction, the DART will take you to Bray and Greystones - via Dun Loughaire, Dalkey and Killiney - all interesting villages, with many cafes and restaurants for refreshment, after a brisk hill or cliff walk, to enjoy a panorama of Dublin Bay.
Your host has lived on Mountjoy Square for over thirty years and knows her city intimately and will delight in sharing her knowledge.
This listing is for one of two similar apartments in the same house.- see 'Unique Oval Studio Gr Fl'. A third apartment in the house is also available- see 'Interesting, Spacious Georgian Flat'- there are links at the side of the listing.
|Room type:||Entire home/apt|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Extra people:||$14 / night after the first guest|
|Minimum Stay:||2 nights|
|Weekly Price:||$886 /week|
|Monthly Price:||$2887 /month|
|Check In:||2:00 PM|
|Check Out:||11:00 AM|
|Neighborhood:||North City Central/O'Connell Street|
It was just e perfact stay!! We felt very comfortable. Everything was well organized. Karin was a really very friendly host.
Thank you very much for everthing.
Cyril & Friends
Karin is an utterly fantastic host, and her apartment is beautiful. Dublin is a wonderful city, but the opportunity to stay in such a delightful Georgian house was as enjoyable as wandering Dublin's historic streets. The amenities were fantastic; we did a lot of cooking and the kitchen was well stocked. Karin kindly left us muesli, fruit juice and soda bread for when we arrived.
Karin made everything simple, from arrival to departure, and when we return to Dublin we can't imagine staying anywhere else.
A truly special experience of old Georgian Dublin but with all the comforts and mod cons. Karin was an excellent host and provided all sorts of useful tips about where to go and what to see as well as delicious marmalade and luxurious bedlinen. We stayed a whole week and it felt like a home from home. Will definitely go back.
The space is cozy, georgeus and perfectly outfitted. Karin's recommendations are very useful, we loved everything she recommended. Last but not least, the welcome Karin extended to us was really pleasant.
Only one "but": Some passing traffic noise.
Highly recommendable for couples.
Amazing apartment! Clean, beautiful, quirky and most of all Karin the host was kind, helpful and informative! Perfectly located to experience all the Dublin has to offer. Would highly recommend staying here!
We stayed four nights in this lovely apartment. Both the apartment and host were delightful. I would highly recommend.
My daughter and I stayed in this lovely apt at the beginning of Dec. Although Karin was not at home during my visit, she made sure that we got into the apt and everything was taken care of. The actual apt I stayed in ( not this one) and the change was agreed to prior to my arrival was nice but the living room furniture was not very comfortable. Overall, it was a great location and would love to stay in one of Karin's apts during my next visit to Dublin.
Great experience overall, the place was just as the photos indicate. Clean, well located and Karin is an excellent host.
A lovely, airy room in a Georgian townhouse on a truly grand scale – and a great place from which to explore Dublin. Floor-to-ceiling height is huge, but the crafty bed-deck stops it from being overwhelming and gives the feeling of being in a loft apartment all in one room.
The secure parking was, we were advised by Irish friends, a godsend for central Dublin – and so it proved to be.
Although Mountjoy Square is usually squeezed off central Dublin tourist maps, we felt close to the city centre; the river & south side easily accessible on foot. Karin is a fount of information, and the various intended strands of our visit soon fell into place in her expert hands. Having only one evening and the following day before departing Dublin, this was a great help.
Beautiful and cozy apartment. Very clean. The location was perfectly walkable to everywhere we wanted to go. Karin was a lively host who provided great insight and information to her city. Highly recommended!