About this listing
My Own Description:
Stunning 2 bedroomed Georgian townhouse, sleeping up to 6 people, with 3 double beds available, (1 in one room, and two in the second bedroom, also a spare air bed available on request) completely refurbished to include light, bright, spacious, open plan living room/ dining room/kitchen, with high ceilings and original wooden shutters on the front windows, wooden floors upstairs, two fireplaces, wall to wall windows which open onto balcony at back of house. The house is a perfect mixture of original Georgian architecture and airy, light and stylish refurbishment.
The downstairs bright, spacious double bedroom has underfloor heating under large Romanesque tiles, as does the mosaic tiled family bathroom, which includes separate bath and shower.
One original inside wall of the house has been stripped to expose Georgian brickwork, a beautiful architectural feature.
Current resident is a musician, so a feature of the living room is also a walnut baby grand piano. A small, walled garden in the front, replete with cherry trees and apple trees separates the oasis of calm that is the house, from the busy hubbub of Dublin 1. However, once outside the gate, visitors are ten minutes walk to Dublin city centre, 5 minutes from Croke Park, and on several major bus routes and an adjacent Dart station with regular trains into Dublin, up and down the Coast, and beyond. Dublin airport is 15 minutes away by car, or catch an airline coach which pass every 10 to 15 minutes from a stop 2 minutes away from the front door. A request stop from on the airport coach will drop you 30 meters from the front door.
There are convenience shops, excellent takeaways and restaurants all within a stones throw from the house, as is the Mater Hospital and Dublin's first most historic Georgian square, Mountjoy Square.
Connolly Station, with links to both Dublin Port and major cities in Ireland, as well as Bus Aras, Dublins main coach station is a 10 to 15 minute walk away.
If you enjoy cycling, Dublin Bikes, the public bicycle service have a hire station opposite the house. The Phoenix Park, Europe's biggest city park is a 10 minute cycle away, as is the coast at Fairview. The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin Writers' Museum, The James Joyce Institute are all a stone's throw from the house, as are Dublin's best kept secret, beautiful, artisan cafes, The Cobalt Cafe on North Great George's St and The Lovin' Spoonful, on North frederick St. Shopping districts of O'Connell St and Henry St are ten minutes walk away, and the world famous Gate Theatre just 7 minutes walk away.
There is on street pay parking right outside the house, or free parking just 100m up the road!
The house has two bedrooms in total, you may ask which knew you'd prefer when booking a room. One bedroom has a double bed and comfortably sleeps two, and the other,larger room has one king sized double bed in the room, and one double futon, sleeping up to potentially 4 people. There is also a single air bed available in request.
Please contact me for more (website hidden) from Guests, the things people love about my home!:
1. The open plan modern design, combined with Georgian grace; light (practically the entire back of the house is made of glass windows and doors), bright, wooden, airy feel and layout of the house; it's always a pleasure to spend time in, no matter the weather! Cosy when you need it to be, and cool when it's hot (yes it gets hot in Ireland sometimes! :))
2. The artwork, books, piano and arty feel of the house.
3. The central location.
4. Dublin's best Indian Takaway, Spice n Rice, 20 metres from my front door, special treatment and extras for Imogen's guests!
5. My input as a host to helping you plan your stay and enjoy your time in Dublin!
Things I should mention that some people might possibly not be so keen on:
1. Steps! Cute, but, if walking up and down steps are a problem....there are 11 little steps up to the front door (I think people in Georgian times had really small feet!), and 14 steps downstairs to the bedrooms.
2. The stairs inside are open plan! This is very open and modern,and the steps are wide, but.....there's no handrail, No problems to date but worth mentioning for guests with older members of the party or those with young children! We do have a baby gate though and are more than happy to put it up for you. Handrail is on its way!...
3. It's not posh round here! It's safe (always lots of people around!), and the house a beautiful oasis of calm, but it's gritty old Dublin City outside! There are other much posher parts of the city, but I personally love the real feel of my neighbourhood. The ethnic diversity, the proximity to the centre and great transport links, all the amazing historical places nearby and all the handy little family owned shops ranging from convenience stores to bakeries, thrift shops, bike shops, green grocers, hardware, beauty salons and more! In comparison to other areas, give me Dublin's North Side inner city any day, I love it!
The main rule of the house beyond resting and relaxing, is to treat my home with respect. I'm very happy to share it with visitors, but please always remember that the house is my precious and much loved home, and not a hotel!
There are a few things that I'd love you to be mindful of during your stay, here goes:
I love my city, the bustling central location of my home, my neighbourhood and my neighbours, and I hope you will too! People are friendly in Dublin, but please bear in mind as the house is very close to the city centre and with a central location, there’s lots of people traffic.
Lovely big windows mean lots of light during the day, but also mean that after dark, it's easy to see everything inside, and I'd rather keep this view for invited guests only!
I have never had any problems with security to date, and I want you to have a wonderful time at the house and in Dublin! Your help in avoiding unwanted attention and possible breakins would be very much appreciated, and indeed for your peace of mind....
Security and Privacy
When Leaving House, Please:
1.Lock ALL doors and windows.
2.Blinds –lower front blinds, top living room and bottom bedroom for privacy and security.
3.The living area of the house is upstairs, best not to leave valuables (computers, phones etc) easily visible upstairs, especially at the back/kitchen, or on the living room table if you are out – to be safe, it’s best to just close the blinds/curtains.
4.Set house alarm.
In General, Please:
(website hidden) careful not to leave the front door more than a fraction open at any time (with no hallway again everything in the living room is visible and quite accessible from the street). Much of this is of course common sense, but please always remember that we are in the centre of a European capital city! Most people here are very friendly but, there's always a few!
After Dark Please:
1.Lower blinds especially at the front top living room and bottom bedroom windows when it’s darker outside than in.
2.When going to bed, please close and lock all windows upstairs, and in any rooms that don’t have people sleeping in them downstairs.
3.Chubb lock front door.
4.If you are in after dark, please use blinds at the back and front. However, if you really do enjoy looking out at night, or would like the window open etc, this is fine, just shut it all down before you go to bed! Thanks.
Lights and Heating - Keeping the Bills Down and Saving the Planet!
I’d greatly appreciate your assistance here, please help me to keep the bills down!
1.Please turn off all upstairs lights at night and when leaving the house.
2.If you’d like a nightlight on when you’re out, to welcome you home or to see at night, feel free to leave the energy saving floor lamp (switched on.
3.Turn heating off when you’re not using it or are out.
Immersion Water Heating – The big kettle that boils and boils!
1.The hot water system in the house runs off an immersion system. Welcome to Ireland! ☺ It’s like a big kettle, and ours is on a timer, giving you hot water at regular intervals. You can also boost it if you’d like hot water at any particular time of day, however **PLEASE** turn it off 15 minutes (this is enough for a shower, slightly longer for a bath), otherwise it just keeps on boiling like a big expensive kettle! Thank you!
1.Going Away: If you decide to go away from the house for more than a day during a booking, please keep me posted by email or phone so I can keep an eye on the house when you’re away.
2.When you book the house, it is solely for your use. I won’t make a habit of keeping you company, unless invited :), however, as it is also my home, occasionally, and during longer bookings, something might come up and I may need to collect something from the house, so thanks for your understanding about this! If this is the case, I will of course let you know with a day’s notice, and we can arrange a time that will suit for me to come over.
3.Plants: There are many lovely and colourful pot plants on the steps at the front of the house, and on the patio at the back, and downstairs in the back yard. During the summer, these need watering every day. Unless it rains (which it normally does, but we've just had very hot dry weather so it's worth mentioning). I would be so grateful of my guests wouldn't mind keeping an eye on my plants for me. If it doesn't rain in a day, they will need watering (equipment provided!). However, I understand that not everyone is as plant mad as I am, and simply may not remember, or want the hassle of doing this. That's fine! If this is the case, please let me know and I will arrange for either me (if I'm in town) or a friend to drop by and water the plants.
4. Piano. My piano is a working and much loved instrument, and not a toy! It belonged to my grandparents, is very precious and I use it for playing, recording and teaching. You are welcome to play it, if you'd like to. If you do, please be gentle, and don't bang it (this puts it out of tune), and please make sure your hands are clean! Children playing it is fine, but again, clean hands, no banging, and generally supervised please. Also, please no drinks, or anything hot on the piano and on no account should it be moved. (this puts it out of tune).
5. There are wooden floors throughout, so please be very careful of heels (no stilettos please). Children are very welcome in the house, but please also be careful of any toys or games that may scratch the floor! Please also be careful if moving any furniture around for this same reason
6. I understand that breakages and accidents do occur. If anything happens when you are here, please let me know before you leave if you can. If you'd like to leave me anything to cover it, there is a donation jar in the kitchen cupboard.
I think that's it! The house comes with a house manual, which I will give you on arrival. Cheers, Imogen