About this listing
My apartment provides an immaculate, comfortable, safe and quiet space right in the very heart of Dublin's city centre. I am a highly experienced host, with multiple 5 star reviews and a 100% response record. I'm also told I have very fluffy towels!
My apartment overlooks the River Liffey with its famous Halfpenny Bridge in the Temple Bar area of Dublin. You literally can walk around the corner, from my fantastic riverside location, to enjoy your time in Ireland's capital, or you can use my apartment as a base from which to enjoy the rest of the country.
Many have remarked on the great view from my front windows. A recent visitor made this expression on arrival: "wow - this is actually even nicer than the photographs show". You can chill out at my kitchen table, (which is the size of two touching dinner plates), as you watch the river ebbing and flowing, and the non-stop stream of pedestrians on the new foot bridge.
There is quick, easy access (3 mins walk) to the Luas tram which connects the two main railway stations and central bus terminal Busarus. Taxis can drop you off right at the front door of my building. You simply could not be more central, with everywhere you are likely to want to go within an easy and pleasant walking distance.
I try my best to keep my apartment in totally immaculate condition, and am a highly organised person.
You must be a non-smoker and have first class references, as this is my home and I am ultra careful about who stays here. It's in a quiet, secure building with only five other apartments, yet you are only a few steps from the heart of Temple Bar, with its cafés, shops, bars, restaurants, 24/7 grocery stores, clubs, galleries, designer boutiques, Irish Film Centre, and outdoor markets. It's also five minutes walk to Trinity College, Grafton Street shops and St Stephen's Green Park.
• two bed rooms, each with a double bed
• fab river view
• high speed wireless broadband (120Mb!!)
• cable tv, radio and hi-fi connected to airport express
• small kitchen area, with usual range of appliances
• washer/dryer - an ancient machine....use at your own peril!
• clothes iron, hair drier
• Kitchen Aid juice blender
• hard wood floors
• power shower and bath
• extra sound-proofing on rear windows.
I also have a Mag safe charger for the convenience of any Macbook pro users.
(check plug version with me before travel, as mine is not the recently changed one)
• airport for wireless playing of your own music via my hi/fi (for Mac users with iPads or Macbooks)
• Exercise/yoga mat that you can use, or borrow to take to one of the numerous classes nearby.
When you arrive, you will find fresh fruit, milk or soya, fresh juice, croissants, and of course fresh coffee, the vital fluid that courses through my veins like the opposite of brake fluid!
There will be perfectly made beds, with freshly laundered sheets as well as nice fresh towels. I also provide some shampoo, and shower gel to get you started. (I don't offer any hair-washing, back scrubbing or teeth cleaning service)
You will also find an absolutely pristine, light filled living space, holding many small treasures. This is because my apartment contains a selection of original contemporary art works. Some were made by me; others by my fab students. There are other not so obvious items waiting for your discovery. In addition, I have some samples of a wide and varied music collection, mostly Northern European modern jazz and minimalist music. Think Marcin Wasilewski and Phil Niblock, but also Brian Eno and Miles Davis. There are some books, but you'll be too busy visiting the many attractions of Dublin to start a book club. I also keep a comprehensive collection of maps and visitor guides.
You can cook food, but you may not want to bother, (I never do) as my apartment is surrounded by numerous restaurants and cafés catering for every taste and budget. As an avid coffee consumer, I have two cafetières and a single shot espresso maker.
I will meet you on your arrival to show you around. I am three flights of stairs up, on the top floor - hence the great view. If you don't like stairs, then there are plenty of other alternatives.
Please note: there is no elevator, and nowhere to store a bicycle, or a pram or a piano or any other giant items of luggage. There is also no mule to get them up the stairs - only me and you!
You will have the total private use of my entire apartment. I only meet you to show you around, etc. This also means that I place a lot of trust in those who are using my home, containing many of my possessions - hence the need for assurances and first class references.
Usually available each week from Weds night to Sunday, as I spend most weekends away. Longer periods may be available at Easter and during the summer months. Check my calendar and ask.
I have been having visitors and exchanging my apartment for many years and during that time many have returned, recommended others or become long term friends. Several of those who have stayed were engaged in longer periods of academic research at places like Trinity College or the world famous Chester Beatty Library. This is possible during the summer months, and I work out a discounted rate for these longer stays. I particularly welcome visiting fellow creative types - artists/designers/actors/writers/photographers/dancers/lemur tail combers/academics.
Please note - I will not favour those who plan to arrive at my apartment after 9.30pm at night, and will not be able to wait, so be very, very clear on that when you make your enquiry. If you cannot get to my apartment within the time frame, then please look for an alternative Thanks. (I have been kept waiting to 2 am on a few occasions, and I am determined that this will never happen again) If you cannot confirm an arrival time at my apartment before 9.30pm when you are making an enquiry about staying at my apartment, I will decline your offer. It will be one of my first questions when you contact me.
If you intend booking my apartment, please read the detail of my entire listing most carefully, then read it again! ha. Please make sure that if you intend to have another guest, that you tell me this at the outset, as this means booking for two and not one. There is a price (website hidden) check in time. If you arrive on Tuesday or Wednesday and it's a working day for me, I cannot guarantee an earlier check in time than 5.00pm. Most other days I can check people in at any time (but NOT after 9.30pm!) When in doubt, ask me for clarity before going any further.
I am very particular about keeping my living space spotlessly clean and totally organised, so if you like that sort of environment, then you'll feel totally at home here. If you don't, then there are plenty of others to choose from. I will always favour quiet, well travelled, experienced, respectful and organised visitors. Younger visitors or the inexperienced will have to work very hard to convince me that they are not party animals, or overly "needy". I also don't charge any cleaning fee, so my expectation is that my apartment is left in the perfect order that greets you on arrival. Want a hotel? - no problem - book a hotel, as I do often when I need. Want to stay in a unique highly personal space? Book me!
I place a lot of care and attention into ensuring that my guests have a great experience while staying at my apartment. My feedback is all 5 stars, and my record is 100% for good reasons. I also currently have Superhost status, and have consistently retained it. (not easily won or retained)
PLEASE read everything again. (it's worth it)
I sometimes get asked what I refer to as "strangely strange questions" example: do you have wi/fi? or "can I bring my pet Cobra collection"? Questions like these cause me to doubt my own sanity, and who wants that?
One final point. I usually decline all requests from blank profiles, devoid of any pic or verifiable information about yourself. This means: no profile + no info = no offer to stay from me. I will also decline all anticipated late arrivals.
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Interaction with Guests
We go bungee jumping off the Cliffs of Moher, then swim out to the Arran Islands dressed up as day-go clad zebras. When there is time, we exchange emails and text messages.
Numerous great cafes, bars, 24 hour shops, galleries and small shops on doorstep. Overview of River. Walk everywhere, count the chewing gum spots on the pavement and see if you get the right total.
buses, Luas, tram, train, rickshaws, Dublin Bikes all minutes away.... pavements right outside front door - bring your own shoes!
Other Things to Note
I always share my view of the red giant Betelgeuse. There is a large spike in Dublin that points directly towards it once a year. This spike is clearly visible from my apartment.
NO noise, NO smoking, NO parties, no extra guests without asking.
ALL breakages and damages must be paid for.
My apartment MUST be left in the absolutely, totally pristine condition which greets you when you arrive. I don't charge a cleaning fee, so I expect my guests to NOT leave me with bins filled to overflowing with rotting food, or invited in seagulls etc.
No re-arranging furniture or games of musical chairs with my two kitchen seats :-)
Please try to schedule your arrival for BEFORE 9.30pm, and make it clear that this is the case from the outset. I will decline those arriving at for example 11.55pm. grrrrrr Bring a sense of humour and good spirit. Be organised. Be prepared to have a wonderful time. Read everything here. Now read it again please.
John was a very welcoming host and the apartment was nice and clean. It was also in a great location and I couldn't ask for anywhere better. There was loads of food and drink around so no need to worry about those. The apartment itself felt very homely and had pretty much everything you needed for a few days away. Having some basic supplies and some fruit was a nice touch.
Be warned though it is on the top floor, and there are a lot of stairs so probably not suitable for someone with mobility issues. The mattresses were also not great but that's down to personal preference. I also found that John was a little too pedantic for me. I feel that if you are allowing strangers stay at your house, you should be prepared to be flexible rather than expect everyone to conform to your rules and regulations. Having said that, some of it was important information but a lot of it was over the top. Despite this, I would stay in the apartment again as it was a great location.
Thanks of staying. I have numerous compliments on my mattresses from other guests, so I guess it's down to personal choice. I do make it clear in my listing that I am three floors up. I also try to be very transparent in my information and have compliments on that. Again it's a matter of choice, but you are welcome to choose me again.
It was my second stay at John's place, and I cannot recommend it enough. I will definitely be back! Thanks, John!
John was a great host. He met us on arrival and introduced us to his apartment. He even contacted us the next day to make sure that everything was going well. The accommodation was exceptionally clean and well serviced. Clear instructions were provided for the apartment amenities. We also received lots of tips on great places to eat out and socialise. The location was central and an easy walk to all major attractions. A real plus was the fact that despite being in a vibrant part of the City on a weekend there was no audible noise at night time. We would definitely stay here again. Thank you John for facilitating an amazing Dublin trip.
The apartment is a delight. It is extremely well located on the river Liffey and literally around the corner from the heart of Temple Bar. Even so, it was quiet and just removed from the bustle of Temple Bar. The apartment was very clean and tidy and has a nice, cozy feel. It is decorated with lots of interesting bits of art. The living room is small, but comfortable. The kitchen is also small, but more than adequate. There is a small table for dining, with nice views out toward the river. The flat suits a couple well, but could handle more people as it has two separate bedrooms (although dining would be difficult).
The downside of the flat is that it is on the 3rd floor with no elevator. That was fine for us, but may not suit other people. Of course if you have lots of luggage ...
John is a very nice and helpful man who made us feel really welcome. He met us at the flat and gave us a thorough description of the place and its facilities. He provided a map with good places to eat, etc. identified - which were spot on as we enjoyed the places that he suggested that we tried. He also kindly answered all of our questions about the area.
If you want a great little flat right in the heart of Dublin, this is a good choice.
I've spent three nights at John's apartment this May. Actually the apartment itself can easily become one of the highlights of your visit to Dublin. It is perfectly located in temple bar neighborhood just nearby the river and is furnished with lots of artwork. But the best thing for me was the great view from the windows of the living room - I really enjoyed just siting nearby the windows one late evening (it was heavy raining) and watching people crossing the bridge.
John is a great host. He explained everything I need to know about the apartment in detail prior to my visit and provided me with lots of up-to-date guidebooks and brochure on Dublin and surrounding areas. John also provides you with fresh fruit and some snacks (complimentary).
All in all it was a perfect stay and surely I will recommend my friends to choose John's apartment in case they visit Dublin.
This home was in a perfect location and meticulously maintained. I felt perfectly at home and in the know, thanks to John's thorough instructions and introduction to the apartment. I had a "slight" adjustment to my itinerary and John was more than accomodating. The goodies left in the fridge were a thoughtful addition and very useful after travel. The view was wonderful. I am already recommending this location to other friends and family looking to make the trip to Dublin.
John was a most gracious and thoughtful host. He met me and my son on our arrival to Dublin and walked us through everything we needed to know about his flat. He provided detailed instructions, made recommendations on day trips and supplied brochures and guidebooks on all manner of activities. John also made himself available in case we had any questions, and then left us to explore. His flat is located in an ideal, central location - perfect for walking the entire city. I highly recommend John as a host and look forward to returning to his flat with the rest of my family on another visit.
About the Host, John
I am a visual artist and part time lecture at a college in Ireland. My friends have said that the second image with cat friend timelessly reveals my personality well, which is obviously too nice to ignore :-) (even though it was taken about ten years ago!)
I'm a total animal lover - especially cats, though I don't have one in Dublin.
I am an experienced traveller/host/home exchanger, and enjoy having visitors in my apartment during the times when I am not there. I like meeting people, and love my job as an art college lecturer.
I am careful and selective about whom I have staying, as this is my home, and I try to keep it in immaculate order. I prefer personal contact and a trusting, friendly relationship with those who stay. I particularly welcome guests from the creative community ie fellow artists/designers/writers/dancers/photographers/actors.
I am also a committed environmentalist and vegetarian, so expect lots of recommendations for good food restaurants! I place great value on humour, creativity, stamina, trust, respect and being resourceful.
Every day I wait for news about my grant application for starting a course, to teach the River Liffey seagulls how to perform replicas of Busby Berkeley routines to entertain the tourists on the boardwalks.