About this listing
Our family home is a listed building over 300 years old, situated in a quiet country village 30mins from Dublin Airport.
Perfect for exploring both The East and North as only 1 hour from Belfast.
Nearby attractions are Newgrange Monument, Slane Castle, Mellifont Abbey and wonderful beaches and coastline.
The fantastic Giants Causeway is approx 90 mins drive.
As the house is so old, and we are eternally renovating parts of it, it is quirky and full of character - A wonderfully different experience which our guests seem to love.
The Double room is in the side wing of the house and has a separate entrance and bathroom. The rest of the house is also available for you to use as freely as you feel and we have a lovely freestanding bath in our second bathroom should you feel like some relaxing time.
We provide a good breakfast each morning and you just need to let me know what your preference is...... The Full Irish, Lighter eggs and Bacon, fresh fruit and breads, yougurts etc etc
Our children love meeting people from all over the world and may even treat you to an impromptu violin lesson!
The village of Collon is beside Slane and Drogheda which have a nice selection of restaurants and bars. We have pubs here in the village so perfect to have a pint or two and walk home without worrying about driving.
We have bikes here for both adults and children that you can borrow if you are feeling brave, as the hills around here are a challenge.
There is an open fire in the bedroom which we light in the Winter Months and there are extra blankets in room for our guests who feel a bit chilly ( although Ireland does officially have a summer, sometimes you wouldn't think it :) )
The wiifi does not always work in the guest room but is freely available in the main areas of the house.
Feel free to message me any questions and I will get back to you as quickly as possible.....Hope to meet you soon xxxxx
Guests have access to our kitchen, drawing room, and main bathroom as well as their room and en-suite
Interaction with Guests
We interact as much as little as the guest wishes. Some guest prefer to be left to their own devices, others join in with the family. A separate entrance means the guests can decide.
It is a quaint village with four pubs, two restaraunts, a church, small supermarket, butchers etc. We have a Gaelic Football/Hurling pitch at the end of our lane way so guests can even watch a match if the timing is right. There is a park within walking distance, that is home to our local Monks.
Public transport to our village is very limited. Reliable day coaches to Dublin should you want to see the city during your stay, without taking the car.
Other Things to Note
This is a very old house and therefor is not like a hotel. Each room is different and has its own beauty as well as flaws. Doorways are low in certain rooms, while ceilings are very high; there are steps into some rooms; fires are lit in the wintertime but not in the summer, hot water is in plenty and breakfasts are hearty. Should you have any issues, please let us know, as we are only happy to help, if we can.
No smoking in house, but outside is fine. I am a former smoker so it doesn't bother me at all.
If you would prefer to eat privately in your own room that is fine but we really enjoy treating you like one of the family and getting involved in a bit of banter :))
A sincere thank you to Margaret and her lovely family for the warmest of welcomes that we received. We felt part of the family from the very start of our 2 night stay. We really enjoyed our morning chats over coffee and it was a delight to meet such friendly and genuine people (and dogs!) The other reviews about the breakfast speak the truth... it's delicious! We were even lucky enough to get some extra banana bread treats!
The large room was bright, quiet and spotlessly clean. We loved looking at the books and had to resist the urge to read them all! The separate access allowed us to come and go as we pleased without worrying about disturbing anyone else.
This was our first time staying in an Airbnb and any that we stay in in the future have a heck of a lot to live up to.
Warm reception. Beautiful family in a rural village, 50 km from Dublin and near the famous Newgrange. Very large room with private bathroom and separate entrance. The lovely Margaret cooked us a great breakfast irish and her husband made us company. Beware there are 3 dogs. a defect? The bed has a good mattress but it is very noisy. A tip for Margaret: put a small mirror in the room, while the man shaves, the woman is being abused! a warm hug. There tournaments, would definitely recommend it. Vania
HI Vania and Carlo,
Thanks for your comments. We have replaced the bed with another, as we didn't know it was so noisy, it being so far from the rest of the house. There was a little mirror on the shelf, maybe you missed it? I will get a bigger one and try to find room on the wall for it ( too many books perhaps)! Our profile does mention the three dogs and we are very upfront about this fact. I hope that it didn't hinder your stay too much and sorry about the noisy bed :)
Margaret and Declan made us feel very welcome and we really enjoyed staying here. The room is very private, the bed very comfortable and it is a great to browse the many book everywhere.
Breakfast was lovely, the best coffee to wake up to and having a chat an added bonus. Thanks for your wonderful hospitality.
This is a great place to stay; full of character. The room is perfect. There's plenty of space, a comfortable bed, hundreds books and an adjoining bathroom.
Margaret is such a great host; so friendly and accommodating. The full Irish breakfast she cooks is delicious!
Overall, I had a great stay and would certainly recommend it.
My wife and I felt very much at home after being welcomed by the friendly host Margaret and her family. We enjoyed a very pleasant stay, with two nights of restful sleep and a fantastic full Irish breakfast each morning. We were in the area for a wedding and our late starts and late return were accommodated without any fuss.
This was actually our first Airbnb experience where the host lived in the building... and it was great. We got to know Margaret, her husband, some of the family, and even their fantastic canine trio.
Thanks for a lovely time :)
A great place to stay. Margaret & family (inc dogs) were very welcoming. Enjoyed our chats over breakfast. Nothing was any trouble....we even thought the weather was going to turn bad but Margaret sorted that too!!
Our stay at Margaret's home was a marvelous experience. We felt the warmth of your family and your true hospitality. We especially enjoyed the conversations we had with your husband and yourself.
About the Host, Margaret
We are a family of 6, although sometimes more as we are also foster carers. I have a book blog ( (website hidden) ) and review for publishers and authors. Starting University in September after 24 years out of education!!
Worked for an airline for 11 years so love meeting people from all corners of the globe
Dog lovers and have 4 so if you plan on visting, please be aware the dogs are indoors too ( not allowed near our spare rooms though :)
Things I cant live without:
My family, books, nice food and wine, and fresh air!!
Moved from Dublin 10 years ago and would not trade this way of life for anything.