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Experience authentic Georgian elegance is this unique large OVAL studio apartment, overlooking park. Accommodates two in cosy sleeping loft. Light a fire, cook dinner in the designer kitchen, and then head out to enjoy the attractions of the city.
Come stay in one of Dublin's unique Georgian apartments, a perfect oval room, situated on Mountjoy Square, in the heart of Dublin's North Georgian core, and just minutes from O'Connell Street. This large studio apartment is on the ground floor of a beautiful redbrick townhouse, built in 1792. Both house and apartment retain all their original features, combined with modern comforts. The apartment has a fantastic 10ft window and overlooks a quiet side street, with an oblique view of the park. It has a working black Kilkenny marble fireplace with a spectacular gilt over-mantle mirror. The log basket is fully stocked with fuel- we charge cost price on an 'honour system'. The fully equipped kitchen has a granite worktop, a gas hob, electric oven, dishwasher and microwave. The rest of the apartment is comfortably furnished with period furniture including a Georgian oval 'hunt' dining table and four matching chairs, a comfortable 6 ft., sofa, TV & DVD player along with an iPod/iPhone dock for music. A small library of Irish books, and DVD's is available. The bedroom is upstairs and overlooks the apartment. It has a comfortable contract-quality double bed, Siberian white goose down duvet and pillows and pure Pima/Egyptian cotton sheets. Read in comfort with vintage Anglepoise reading lights. PLEASE NOTE there is restricted headroom in the sleeping loft, and consequently, the bed is low. ALSO, while the apartment faces a relatively quiet side street, it is on the corner of a fairly busy main road, so there will be traffic noise.... A 90cm contract-quality single bed, and extra linens are available for a third guest. A charge of €10, to cover the cost of the extra laundry, will be collected upon arrival, if the room is occupied as a twin. 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, yoghurt, fresh fruit, free-range eggs and fresh brown soda 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, but we are happy to take in your bags AFTER 9am, and can give you keys to come aback at your leisure, after 2pm. CHECK-OUT IS BY 11AM, please. 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, SERVICES AND BREAKFAST OPTIONS In general, shopping hours are 9.30-6pm, with late-night shopping till 8pm on Thursdays. Sunday opening is from noon. BREAKFAST The Old Music Store on North Frederick Street, a few blocks NW of us, does a good Irish breakfast in comfortable surroundings. The Kingfisher Café, a no-frills 'caff' on the corner of Parnell Square and Parnell Street West is good for breakfast, with friendly and efficient service. Good value, and good fish and chips later in the day. LOCAL GROCERY SHOPPING Tops in Pops, just down the street to the right, for fresh local produce and basic groceries, 8.30am to 6pm Monday to Saturday. They are a fourth-generation local business, who have been trading on the site since 1931. The Londis corner store next door opens 8am to 10pm, but charge for privilege. There is an ATM machine at the back, right hand side of the store. Dunne's Stores, is the indigenous supermarket and department store chain, and has branches in every sizeable town throughout the country. There are two local branches. In North Earl Street, opposite O’Connell Street’s Spire, the Off-Licence (liquor store) is in a separate premises, a few doors apart - look for the James Joyce statue. You will find a bigger branch in the ILAC Shopping Centre, flanked by Henry Street, Moore Street and Parnell Street West (Moore Street entrance is opposite Paris Bakery). There is Metro Tesco on Parnell Street West, just past the Rotunda Hospital. A main branch is to be found in the basement of the Jervis Centre, off Henry Street. Carney’s Butchers, is another multi-generational local family business, which prides itself on the quality of its meat. In keeping with local tradition, they sell fresh fish on Friday’s. F.X. Buckley’s Butchers have two local branches; Moore Street and Talbot Street. This is a very old Dublin business and they have everything; free-range pork, beef and lamb from their own herds, poultry, game in season and fish, and, in the Moore Street branch, a deli counter for cooked meats next door. They are very obliging, and the lads have a great line in smart (sassy) chat. PHARMACIES Foley's Pharmacy on Parnell Street East is a 100+ year-old family business; they are very helpful. Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 9am 6pm. There is a late-night pharmacy, Hickey’s at 55 Lower O’Connell Street, (west side, within the block closest to the river). Opening hours: 8am -10pm M-F, 8.30am-10pm Saturday. 10am 10pm Sunday. Web: (EMAIL HIDDEN) POST OFFICES Nearest Post Office is Parnell Street East, at corner of Marlborough Street, but much nicer is the GPO, O’Connell Street. 1828 façade, but badly damaged in the 1916 Rising, and largely rebuilt in 1928. The main hall is beautiful, with its entire original, 1928, fittings intact. It also contains the iconic statue, by Oliver Shepherd, The Dying Cuchullin. You will find a booklet with postal rates in the black folder. BANKS Allied Irish Bank has a branch on O’Connell Street, at the SW junction with Parnell Street, opposite the Rotunda Hospital. ATM in the wall. Bank of Ireland has a branch at Lower O’Connell Street, on the east side of the street, between Middle Abbey Street and Ashton Quay. ATM inside, opens MEDICAL AND DENTAL PRACTICES Mountjoy Medical Practice, Dr. Gerry Roebuck, Dr. Holly Porter (female) Dr. Colm Killeen. 2-3 Baker’s Yard, Portland Street North. Tel (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). Opening hours 9-1.30 and 3.30-5.30. You can just drop in. €50 per visit. Frederick Dental Clinic, Dr. Peter Dwyer, North Frederick Street. -My dentist- is happy to see people on an emergency basis. Call for appointment. Tel:(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). NORTHSIDE LOCAL RESTAURANTS: My favourite local is W. J. Kavanagh's on Dorset Street, just two blocks north of us, on the main road to the airport. It's an old Dublin pub, which has undergone a gentle transformation - a huge selection of craft beers, and a small, artisan-based seasonal menu. very laid back and no tourists. '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 The Woollen Mills, opposite the Halfpenny Bridge, has a sophisticated casual menu, based on 'plates' for sharing.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 Heritage Parnell’, on Parnell Street West, just around the corner from O’Connell Street 'The Flowing Tide', on the corner of Marlborough Street, opposite the Abbey Theatre, is one of my favorites - after the curtain goes down in the Abbey, half the cast are likely to be at the bar. A few doors closer to O’Connell Street is Mulligan’s, another very nice pub, dating from the Edwardian era. '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 Mc’Neill’s' which is good for traditional music, and Slattery's . 'The Black Sheep' has the local craft beers covered, and does good bar food, (as does its sister pub, ‘The Brew Dock’, on Store Street, at the bottom of Gardiner Street. The north side traditional music 'musician’s' bar is 'The Cobblestone', at the top of Smithfield, and is suitably grungy. DEPARTMENT STORES AND FASHION Henry Street, off O’Connell Street, at the SPIRE, is the premier shopping street on the north side of the river. Here you will find Arnott’s the local department store, which highlights Irish fashion and design, throughout the store, and has several nice cafes. Henry Street also contains large branches of Debenhams and Marks&Spencers, as well as branches of most of the high street fashion chains. There are two large shopping centres, the Jervis, with a large branch of Tesco’s in the Basement, and the ILAC, which has a Dunnes Department Store, with a Food Hall in the basement. (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.) Clery’s Department Store is on O’Connell Street- have a look at the elegant 1940’s neo-classical façade, a mini version of Selfridges’s in London. NORTHSIDE CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS 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, part of the Hugh Lane Bequest, which is 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 (9000 is 2012). 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 Red Line, going west, in Abbey Street, halfway between Mountjoy Square and the river, and you will be dropped at the ‘Museum’. The National Museum, Collins Barracks, housed in an old military barracks, dating from 1702, contains the Decorative Arts Collections, (basically, everything post 1700). Descend at the next stop, ‘Heuston’ for IMMA, Ireland's National Museum of Modern Art, housed in the old Kilmainham Hospital, built in the1660’s. It pre-dates the more famous Chelsea Hospital in London by several years. Not to be missed is the Old Jameson Distillery, in Smithfield. Jameson was distilled here until 1971, when three historic distilleries amalgamated, and centralized distilling in Midleton, Co. Cork. The Museum is very well presented; one is guided around the distilling floor, among the huge old pot stills before retiring to the Bar to sample the goods. Nearby is one of the oldest churches in Dublin, St.Michan’s, on Church Street, dating from the mid-11thc. There are several mummified bodies in the basement, thought to be Crusaders. When I was a child, one was allowed to shake their hands….. SOUTHSIDE In the south city centre, the RESTAURANT HUB is in the pedestrian streets to either side of Grafton Street, and in Temple Bar. Particular favourites of mine include: * Nede, Temple Bar Square * Eden Bar and Grill, South William Street * The Green Hen, Wicklow Street * Fallon and Byrne, Exchequer Street, basement wine-bar, full service restaurant first- floor, and coffee bar within the food-hall on the ground floor. * Fade Street Social, Fade Street, tapas bar and full-service restaurant. * The Rustic Stone, Exchequer Street, upmarket, sophisticated and healthy ‘fast food’. * Cornucopia, Wicklow Street- vegetarian café day, full service by evening. * The Port House, South William Street, wine bar and tapas. * Pinxto, Crowe Street, Temple Bar, as above, same management. Southside city-centre TRADITIONAL PUBS we like are: * Mulligan's, Poolbeg Street * Neary's, Chatham Street * Grogan’s, South William 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 * Doheny and Nesbitt’s, Merrion Row * Kehoe’s, South Anne Street * The Duke, Duke 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 teas shop that offers really good home baking and teas and coffees, all served on mismatched antique china (Lord Edward Street and Cow's Lane). TEMPLE BAR FARMERS MARKET, is held every Saturday in Meeting House Square, 9-4.30, now has a smart new tensile roof for wet days, and is a good place to rub shoulders with the locals, whilst sampling local food culture. Don’t miss the Oyster Stall, Hick’s Pork Butchers, or David Llewyllan’s fantastic ‘Double L’ local cider- 100% apple (not even water), and the two local cheese stalls, among others. Don’t’ forget to check out the overflow stalls on Curved Street, where Rossa Crowe’s fantastic bread is on offer- Rossa took himself off to France for two years to train, and now produces slow fermented breads, made with the very best organic flours. TRINITY COLLEGE is a good orientation point; from here it is easy to find the mediaeval 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 and other illustrated Celtic manuscripts. From Front Gate, look south to Grafton Street or west up College Green and Dame Street, which lead to the mediaeval core. 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 Cathedral * Dublinia-in the Christchurch Chapterhouse (Viking Exhibition). * Old Saint Audeon's Church, built almost into the city wall. * St Patrick's Cathedral, and historic park beside. * Marshe's Library-the oldest public 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. KILMINHAM GAOL is worth a visit, and tells the story of Irish Nationalism. It can be reached via the grounds of IMMA, passing Bully’s Acre, and old graveyard, where Brian Boru was reputedly rested on his way to his final burial place in Armagh. 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 jewellery - 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. All of our national cultural institutions have free admission. 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. The National Library has a lovely exhibit on the poet, W.B. Yeats, and the Treasury, in the National Museum houses both the Bronze Age and Early Christian collections. On the opposite side of the block, on Merrion Street/Merrion Square, you will find the National Gallery, and the Natural History Museum (known to Dubliner's of my father's generation, as 'The Dead Zoo’. This is a very refreshing look to the past, with absolutely no interpretation, and nothing, not even a postcard, to buy). The National Gallery is halfway through a four-year renovation programme; in the meantime, the Millennium Wing, on Clare Street, has a ‘highlights of’ exhibition, and the Café and Gift Shop are also accessed via the Clare Street Entrance. GETTING AROUND Two operators offer Hop-On/Hop-Off tours: (URL HIDDEN) (URL HIDDEN) They both offer a 2-day ticket, and cost roughly the same price - check them out online before you make up your mind. One can buy an integrated LEAP card in most newsagents, at train stations, and in the Dublin Bus Head Office at 42 O’Connell Street (on the west side of the street, just north of the Spire). This can be used on the LUAS, DART, some suburban mainline trains, and on Dublin Bus routes. There is also a 3-day tourist pass, the Freedom Ticket, which provides good value. €28 will give you 72 hours transport, starting at the Airport; Airlink from the airport, the Hop-On-Hop –Off tourist bus and all local bus routes. Web: (URL HIDDEN) •The DART, the local electric commuter train, runs north/south along the coast. The northside city centre station is Connolly, on Amiens Street, facing Talbot Street, but I usually suggest people use Tara Street, as Connolly is also a mainline station, and is very big, and a bit confusing. Tara is purely a commuter station, and is about the same distance. It is on George’s Quay, just south of the Custom House. The other south-side city centre station is Pearse, on Westland Row, at the south end of the Trinity campus. •The LUAS Red Line runs east-west through the north side of the city, as far east as the docks, and serves both Connolly and Heuston mainline stations. The nearest stop to Mountjoy Square is Abbey, on Middle Abbey Street, opposite the Abbey Theatre. The LUAS Green Line serves the south suburbs; Ranelagh, Dundrum, Leopardstown Racecourse, and on out to Cherrywood, on the county boundary with Wicklow. •Main cross-city bus routes run north-south through O’Connell Street. The No.7 terminates on Mountjoy Square North, and there is a ‘shopper’s fare’ of 50c, to Grafton Street- alight at Trinity. On the return journey it skirts the Trinity campus and comes along Pearse, to the east of the campus - catch it on Clare Street, at the Millennium wing of the National Gallery. •DUBLIN BIKES are free to use for the first half hour, and have a stand on Mountjoy Square West, but one needs to go to the Princes Street stand (to the right hand side of the General Post Office (GPO)), to purchase a short term card. It costs €2, and is only available to credit card holders. 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 (stock chosen for good design) •Irish Design Store, Drury Street •Article, Powerscourt Townhouse Centre (housewares) •Irish Designer Store, Top floor Powerscourt Townhouse Centre •Cow's Lane Gallery, Temple Bar (artist’s collective) •The Jam Factory, Nicholas Street (artist’s collective) •Avoca, Suffolk Street •Kilkenny Shop, Nassau Street •Designyard, South Frederick Street (jewellery) •Louise Kennedy, couturier, Merrion Square, and Tipperary Crystal •Gallery Zozimus, Francis Street (art gallery and carefully chosen crafts) •Graphic Studio Gallery, Temple Bar (artist-printmaker’s gallery) •Malthouse Design Centre and Shop, Distillery Court, 537 North Circular Road, just around the corner from Mountjoy Square (cluster of design-led businesses, 10-5 M-F) •Magee's of Donegal, Wicklow Street, and, •Kevin and Howlin, Nassau Street have hand-woven tweeds covered. •Dubarry's, College Green produce wonderful, country-style outerwear, including the most perfect alternative to sweaty, waterproof Wellington boots… •Monaghan's, Hibernian Way, the House of Ireland on Nassau Street and the Sweater Shops on Wicklow Street and Nassau Street has the best selections 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! •The Cloth Shop, St. William Street, for interesting designer fabric, including a good selection of Irish Linen, and Liberty of London INDEPENDENT BOOKSHOPS and MUSIC STORES Eason’s, O’Connell Street, is a Dublin institution for over 100 years. It encompasses a large stationery department, a branch of Tower Records on the top floor, academic books in the basement, a nice café and two floors of general books. It is a good place to browse books of Irish interest, and they have a really good Information Desk. Chapters, Parnell Street West is my ‘local’. John Gannon is one of the best booksellers in the business, and his staff are hand-picked enthusiastic bibliophiles, one and all. Stock is a mixture of the latest releases, and carefully chosen remaindered books. Their ordering service is superlative, and they ALWAYS know exactly what one is talking about, even with just the vaguest, half-remembered clues from a newspaper review. Very strong on contemporary fiction, natural history, non-fiction and books of Irish interest. Extensive second-hand section upstairs. The Secret Bookstore, Wicklow Street is another favourite. It’s tucked away down a passage, near the L’Occitane shop and often throws up gems among its large second-hand stock. An eclectic music store occupies the rear of the shop. Cathach Rare Books, Duke Street, specializes in Irish first editions, and have an interesting selection of Irish maps and prints. Stokes Books is another interesting antiquarian/secondhand shop, specializing in books of Irish interest. You’ll find it in Georges Street Arcade. Claddagh Records, Cecelia Street, Temple Bar, is primarily a music publisher, but they have a retail outlet in Temple Bar, which is the oldest independent music shop in Dublin, and specializes in traditional Irish music, with some interesting World Music additions. The Celtic Note, on Nassau Street, beside the Kilkenny Shop is another good bet. PLACES OF WORSHIP: Roman Catholic: Many Catholic churches have Mass on Saturday evening, in addition to morning Masses. •St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, Upper Gardiner Street. Gospel Mass, 7.30pm Sundays, September to mid June. •St. Mary's Metropolitan Church - the Pro-Cathedral, Marlborough. Sung Mass, 11am, Sundays, with the Palestrina Choir. •St. Joseph’s Church, Berkeley Road, Dublin 7. •St. Teresa’s Church, Clarendon Street Church, choir sings at 11 o’clock Mass, Sunday’s •St. Peter’s Church, Phibsborough, Dublin 7, has wonderful Harry Clarke ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)) stained glass windows. •Whitefriars Street Church, Aungier Street, church has relics of St. Valentine. Church of Ireland: •Christchurch Cathedral, Christchurch Place, sung Services Sundays, •St. Patrick's Cathedral, Nicholas Street, sung Services Sundays. •St. Anne’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 Jewish: Dublin Hebrew Congregation (URL HIDDEN) Daily services in Synagogue at 32a Rathfarnham Road, Public Transport: Buses: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). Get off at Terenure Cross (road). Walk up Rathfarnham Road, pass AIB Bank and one row of terraced houses; shul is next building, with wooden/metal security gates. Across the street is a shop called Window Fashions. Dublin Jewish Progressive Congregation (DJPC) Website: (URL HIDDEN) Email: (EMAIL HIDDEN) Postal: PO Box 3059, Dublin 6 President: Mrs. Hilary Abrahamson Muslim: Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland (ICCI) 19 Roebuck Road, Clonskeagh, Dublin 14, Tel: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) Islamic Foundation of Ireland (IFI) 163 South Circular Road, Dublin 8. Tel: +(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) Anwar-up-Madina Moore Street, Dublin 1. SHORT TRIPS OUTSIDE THE CITY BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT NORTH: Catch the No.46A bus, (heading north on O'Connell Street to the Phoenix Park- the largest enclosed urban park in the world, 1750 acres behind a seven-mile-long stone wall. Ashtown Castle Interpretive Centre, with its wonderful walled garden and café is a good place to orient oneself. From here, on Saturdays, it is possible to visit Aras an Uachtarian, the official residence of our President. One can also visit Farmliegh, the Official State Guesthouse, a former Guinness mansion. Among it’s attractions are an art gallery, café, occasional free concerts, and regular weekend Farmer’s Markets. The Park also houses the Dublin Zoo, (1827, the second-oldest Zoo in the world, after London’s Regent Park Zoo). Several herd of Fallow Deer roam at liberty. Many sports are catered for; there is Polo ground, a cricket club, and lots soccer pitches. 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. Just up the road, in Glasnevin there are three worthwhile attractions: Glasnevin Cemetary, was founded by Daniel O’Connell as one of his first initiatives, post Catholic Emancipation in 1829, to provide a dignified place for Catholic burial. The Glasnevin Musuem is new, and has superlative displays of Nationalist history. They also have a very good Geneology Department. The National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, date from the end of 18thC. Though relatively small, they contain an internationally-aclaimed collection of plants and three iconic Glasshouses, by Turner of Dublin, which have all been restored in the recent past. There is a nice café in the Gardens, and entry is free. The Gravedigger’s Pub, over-looking a Green, is not to be missed. It got its name from the fact that there used to be a hatch in the rear wall, through which the gravediggers were served. They do nice simple pub food, and one can sit outside on sunny days. Walk back into town, and stop at either the The Botanic Bar at Harte’s Corner or the Brian Borus, typicl local bars. The Porter House, at Cross Guns Bridge, which is a micro-brewery, with nice food, is on the corner of the Royal Canal. Take a stroll east down the canal bank, and you will see swans, and moor-hens going about their business. At the next bridge, at Dorset Street look out for the lifesize bronze statue of Brendan Behan, a local author. From here is just a few minute’s stroll up Belvidere Place, with its charming stepped terraces of tall Georgian houses, to Mountjoy Square. 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. Catch the DART, the coastal commuter train, heading north, at Tara Street Station, on the South Liffey quays, at Butt Bridge, and take a short ride. You have the choice of Howth (a working fishing village) or Malahide. Howth Demesne 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 very upmarket. Book an early-evening window table at Aqua, and be astonished by the sunset over the coast, looking north-west. Another favourite of mine is Deep, midway along the quay (and do watch out for the local tame and 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 plants-man. The Castle contains the National Portrait Collection, as was as magnificent furniture and other contents. There is a smart new branch of the AVOCA Shop and Café in the Courtyard. SOUTH: South of the city you will find Rathfarnham Castle, and its Berkeley Costume and Toy Collection. 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. The No.16 bus, from O’Connell Street will leave you close by. 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. The Powerscourt Waterfall, part of the same estate, is a few miles further on, and there are beautiful, way-marked, woodland and moorland walks in the hills nearby. Do be mindful; these ‘mountains’ can be deceptive- while not high, they can be treacherous, as weather conditions can change in minutes. Stick to the way-marked paths, and do keep an eye on the weather. Take the DART south to Bray and Greystones - via Dun Loughaire, Dalkey and Killiney - all interesting villages, with many cafes and restaurants. Killiney Hill, with its eighteenth century obelisk at the summit, is a short climb that results in amazing views over Dublin Bay, and down into the Wicklow Mountains beyond. There is a nice pub in in the ‘village’- ‘The Druid’s Chair’. Dalkey is a charming village with old-fashioned shops and lots of nice pubs, cafes and restaurants. The local Dalkey Castle Heritage Centre, is worth checking out, and in the summer run a theatre programme, and walking tours. Bray Esplanade is a classic Victorian seaside amenity, sturdily built from local granite - the perfect place to enjoy an ice-cream. Campo di Fiori, either the Restaurant or the Café, both near the train station and the north end of the Promenade, are particular favourites of mine. If one is feeling energetic, one could contemplate the Cliff Walk from Bray to Greystones - 4miles/6km along the rough cliff path. Lots of nice pubs for a pint of Guinness at the other end, The Hungry Pear is my favourite café, among many. The DART will take you straight back into the city. But.. make sure to do it in the morning, as by mid-day the path is in shade, and it can be windy and cold. WEST: 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 construction company who had acquired it. They intended to demolish it, to make way for a vast suburban housing estate. The Irish Georgian Society, founded by Desmond Guinness, restored the house and furnished it with the help of many volunteers and 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. A local bus, or the commuter train from Connolly Station in Amiens Street, will take one to Maynooth, a charming University town, with another magnificent Palladian mansion, Carton House, now operating as a very upmarket hotel and golf club. Lots of companies offer day-long coach tours. Some involve very long days, i.e, Cliffs of Moher in Clare and the Giant’s Causeway on the Antrim coast. Two more local, and very worthwhile ones are either: The Boyne Valley Tour (Newgrange Neolithic ( 5000 yr old World Heritage Site) / Mellifont Cistercian ruins- (12thC.)/ Monasterboice Early Christian (6th-8thC.) The Wicklow-Glendalough Tour (Powerscourt / Wicklow Mountains National Park and Glendalough (Glen of the Two Lakes) a 6thC. Early Christian site, in beautiful wooded valley. Details of both of these trips, and others, are available in the big black folder in the apartment.
A beautiful, historic, residential square, built in 1790's, within 5-10 minutes walk of the city centre. Elegance and convenience combined with a bit of inner city grittiness. I have loved it all, since 1978!
  • We stayed for 3 nights in one of Karin's studios, coming to visit Dublin for a holiday trip. The location was calm, quiet, looked safe and about a 15-20 mins walk to the Liffey river and the city center. The apartment was beautifully furbished, very cozy, clean, had a great fireplace and a brand new TV with wifi. The double bed, the sofa and even the spare bed were comfortable. Kitchen was fully equipped. Bathroom was OK. Only hardship was getting the old windows to open, but we figured it out at the end. All in all we enjoyed staying here, it really was a unique experience and would definitely come back again. I recommend it to everyone!

    Dorothy2014-09-17T00:00:00Z
  • Karin was great; she was there to welcome us and make sure to give us good recommendations for food. The apartment was beautiful and close to the center! It was perfect for us!

    Riana 2014-12-19T00:00:00Z
  • All was excellent - a beautiful place to stay

    Susan2016-11-18T00:00:00Z
  • "Unique" is the proper word to describe this flat. And it is a truly wonderful experience. You are staying in a genuine Georgian but with the modern conveniences! Clean and well appointed, the flat is in a great neighborhood within a nice walk of everything you want in Dublin. Cozy and comfortable within a beautiful home. Karin was great and spent time helping us with tour plans and giving us a history lessons as well! I would highly recommend on all levels!

    Larry P2015-05-03T00:00:00Z
  • The apartment is excellent and ideal as a base to explore Dublin. Karin is a fantastic host and provided lots of suggestions about the best places to go and visit rather than the usual tourist locations. Right down to the location of the nearest bus stop Karin made it so easy to feel at home in Dublin. We had a brilliant anniversary weekend in the City.

    David2017-09-03T00:00:00Z
  • Our stay at Karin's was great! She was really friendly, relaxed and open-minded. The appartment offered all you need for (as in our case) a weekend trip to Dublin. All the main sights are within walking distance. The apparment is clean, quiet and Karin even provided breakfast (my favourite was her home-made granola!). All in all: We fully endorse her and recommend it without any hesitation!

    Jochen2012-11-05T00:00:00Z
  • Karin was a top-notch host and her studio was lovely. My husband and I stayed two nights along with our infant son and Karin was most welcoming, even providing a travel crib for the the baby. She also let us check in early and get settled when we arrived mid-morning after a long flight. The studio itself was wonderful - surprisingly spacious and incredibly well designed, complete with a fully equipped kitchen (and a few much appreciated breakfast items!). The location was also excellent - we walked all over the city and never felt unsafe. Thank you for a wonderful visit!

    Amelia2015-11-10T00:00:00Z
  • There is no better place to stay in Dublin. Lovely, spacious studio including everything you will need. We loved Karin's recommendations about attractions and main must-sees in Dublin and the provided breakfast. We had a wonderful time!

    Rinke2016-05-02T00:00:00Z
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    This central location is ideal for your Dublin stay - a charming bright apartment with uniquely curated retro decor close to main attractions, provides every comfort! Your bedroom window looks out onto the beautiful gardens of the historic Kings Inns...enjoy!
    I have just spent the last few months doing up this apartment with love and care. Having experienced hosting guests in my own home through Air BnB, I find that I really enjoy looking after visitors and making sure that they have a great stay in Dublin! I wanted to enhance this apartment's unique features and also make it as comfortable as possible for guests. It is is small but perfectly formed! With a gorgeous brand new bathroom and a stylish retro 1950s style kitchen, it will be a special place for your stay which I hope will be a very happy one. I have also included some artistic touches , incorporating an antique stained glass window and some unusual old pieces of furniture - in a bright and airy atmosphere.
    Broadstone is an up and coming neighbourhood, (max) 10 minutes walk from Parnell street - Dublin's China town! Amazing Korean and Chinese restaurants as well as the open air market on Moore Street. This connects with the busy shopping area of Jervis St and Henry St. The apartment is a short walk from O'Connell Street (the main street of the city), Parnell Square, the Hugh Lane Gallery and the Garden of Rememberance. Beside you are the peaceful Kings Inns gardens which are open to the public, leading to the gorgeous Georgian architecture of Henrietta street, the oldest and best example of Georgian architecture in the city. The south side of the city, Temple Bar and Grafton street are all within easy walking distance. Also close by are Dublin's most famous theaters - the Gate and the Abbey. The famous 'Chocolate Factory' is on your route to Parnell St. On Parnell Square you will find 2 excellent restaurants - Chapter 1, the Hot Stove. Another great place to eat - 147 Parnell St. - is very close by. Smithfield is also only 10 walk down Constitution Hill - the famous Cobblestone pub, the Jameson Distillery, the Lighthouse Cinema, Stoneybatter with its wonderful array of pubs and gastro pubs- all within easy walking distance. Blackhall Place was designed by the famous architect James Gandon who also designed the Customs House and Fourcourts.
  • Nice apartment, well furnished and organized. The position at a first sight look a little bit isolated, but it's quite close to the center (10 minutes walking). Nice welcoming, Andrea is s very good host and very helpful. She left some food in the fridge and it was very useful (we didn't have to buy salt, sugar, coffee, oil..etc). I would recommend it.

    Elettra2015-07-27T00:00:00Z
  • Andrea is very nice and she explained us everything we needed to know. She also gave us some recommendations for restaurants and pubs. The appartment is very cosy and we felt very comfortable. You need 12min to walk to the Temple Bar area but for us this was absolut no problem. It is near to the big shopping mall and shopping street. We would recommend this place!

    Isabel2016-08-01T00:00:00Z
  • Andrea is a helpful and lovely woman with a very cozy apartment that made our stay easy and comfortable. I can't say a single bad word about her.

    Néstor2016-04-02T00:00:00Z
  • Cute place, currently Street under construction, bed was comfortable, walking distance to most attractions. Husband didn't like the size or no tv, but I thought it was decent.

    Gail2017-03-19T00:00:00Z
  • The flat corresponded to the pictures and was very well finished and decorated. Andrea was very welcoming and available. It was clean and a very good surprise, the fridge was full!! (fruit, milk, orange juice, bread etc). The only thing to say is that the neighbourhood is not very lively and a little bit far from the city centre. Thank you Andrea! Mathilde & Kevin

    Mathilde2015-04-25T00:00:00Z
  • We spend some lovely days in Dublin and really enjoyed the cosy apartment very close to city centre! It was perfect and nearly felt like home. It was no problem to explore the city on foot! All you need is around and even the touristic hotspots are not far away!

    Daniel2017-07-16T00:00:00Z
  • This is a wonderful cosy apartment convenient to the city centre and beautifully maintained. Andrea is so welcoming - even in the midst of a horrible storm! Dublin at Christmas is magic - and this apartment made my stay even more special.

    Camille2015-12-24T00:00:00Z
  • Good location, good communication with Andrea, studio was clean and had enough comfort for a short stay, 10min. walk to the city center.

    Julie2017-02-05T00:00:00Z
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    This bright and spacious apartment is located in a Georgian house built in the 1790s and features high ceilings, huge windows and views of leafy Mountjoy Square. It's a five minute walk to historic O'Connell Street and the lively bustle of the city centre, with excellent public transport connections for the airport and for exploring more of Ireland. Come stay in the heart of Dublin and experience the everyday life of the city on your doorstep.
    The apartment is located on the first floor of an old Georgian home, overlooking the greenery of Mountjoy Square Park. It most likely served as a drawing room when the house was first built and many of the original period features are still intact. The windows are floor-to-ceiling and south-facing, meaning the apartment is full of natural light throughout the day, even in winter. The open living space is perfect for lounging, reading and relaxing. There is a fully-equipped kitchen with a microwave, fridge, oven, kettle, toaster and complimentary tea and coffee. The bed is king-sized, the bathroom has an electric power shower and there is high-speed WiFi throughout the premises.
    Mountjoy Square is only a stone's throw away from Dublin's main sights, theatres, museums, galleries and parks. The apartment is located just a five minute walk to the top of historic O'Connell Street and the main shopping areas, restaurants and pubs are all within easy walking distance. The area is also home to many working Dubliners and it's a great place to take in the ordinary life of the city. Just five minutes north of Mountjoy Square is Croke Park, the legendary home of Gaelic games and a hub of excitement and activity whenever there's a match on.
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    Pierre-Roger2017-08-18T00:00:00Z
  • The place was just as beautiful as we thought. We enjoyed our stay immensely.

    Julia2017-09-10T00:00:00Z
  • Marianne's place was amazing and exactly as advertised. A true pleasure for a first time AIRBNB user.

    Doina2017-07-30T00:00:00Z
  • Marianne's place was a great place to end our holiday in Ireland. The apartment is in a great location and with in walking distance to the busy side of Dublin. You get to look out over the park every morning and you are a short distance from shops and dining. Great place to stay if you don't want all the noise from the main drag.

    Hamilton2017-05-05T00:00:00Z
  • Nice appartment if you want to stay at the quiet edge of the city centre

    Giel2017-03-05T00:00:00Z
  • Beautiful place and very close to everything - but not too close that its too loud to sleep! Would definitely recommend. Marianne was incredibly helpful throughout too!

    Leah2017-06-11T00:00:00Z
  • Great view in the center. Marianne was very helpful and quick to respond. Great stay.

    Eva2017-04-09T00:00:00Z
  • The heating was broken when we arrived but Marianne gave us a warm welcome and ran out to buy us some radiators! Absolutely beautiful place cannot recommend enough

    Sarah2016-12-17T00:00:00Z
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    This gorgeous room with en-suite is located in a Victorian home, on a quiet street, close to bus stops & walking distance from the city. It's perfect for two people with everything you'd need for a cosy stay. 3 people & a golden retriever live here!
    You will have a beautiful double bedroom perfectly suited to two people, a clean and elegant en-suite bathroom with a great shower in a cosy nicely decorated red-brick terraced house.
    The area is peaceful and quiet, just south of the city, but conveniently accessible. We are just a 10 min walk from Camden Street where you can find lots of nice cafes and pubs to try out and just a 25 minute walk from most of the city's main attractions.
  • My boyfriend and I stayed with Claire for 2 nights on our arrival to Dublin. The room is really charming, and Claire was a warm and welcoming host. We found the neighborhood really cute (there's a great coffee and food spot down the street called Noshingtons, a recommendation from Claire), and not too far of a walk from the city center (around 20-25 minutes). Thanks for having us, Claire! Our stay in Dublin couldn't have been better

    Caitlin2015-04-03T00:00:00Z
  • It was our first time in Dublin and using AirBnb, and the experience couldn't have been better. Claire provided all the information we needed and responded quickly to messages. The room was very comfortable and quiet. Rio (the dog) was very friendly and well-behaved. The city center is about 25min walk away; we found a nice breakfast place at Dawson Street called Lemon Crepe & Coffee, and also tried out some of Claire's recommendations. There's a convenient grocery store nearby as well. If you're tired from walking, taxi from the city center is about 10 euros. We enjoyed our stay a lot and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to others. Thanks for your hospitality, Claire!

    Vy2015-05-21T00:00:00Z
  • The apartment is just as cute in person as it is online! Claire has decorated the apartment beautifully, including amazing photography from her travels hanging on the walls. Most of the Dublin hot spots were a 15-30 minute walk from the apartment, with plenty of nearby grocery stores and restaurants to choose from! Claire and her roommates are very sweet and I enjoyed chatting with them in the kitchen on occasion. Claire also provided a PDF prior to arrival with directions to enter the apartment and a list of her favorite Dublin hot spots.

    Mary2016-01-11T00:00:00Z
  • Claire made us feel right at home, and we really appreciated (and utilized) her complementary maps and recommendations of Dublin. Highly recommended!

    Mike2015-08-31T00:00:00Z
  • Claire was a great host!! She made sure to give important information ahead of time and upon arrival (including a beautiful PDF after booking!), and was more than willing to answer questions about her home and the area, but was also very respectful of space and privacy. I felt very safe and comfortable in her home, and would consider booking again in the future! Thank you for your hospitality and kindness, Claire!

    Holly2015-04-28T00:00:00Z
  • Beautiful home, great location, very clean and Claire's instructions made everything so easy!

    Joe2017-07-09T00:00:00Z
  • I so LOVED staying at Claire's home in Dublin. It was my birthday.... and I was so lucky to have it available for two nights! I can see why she is so booked... as the room is designed so beautifully. Every detail is evident, shades of grey, a sliding grey barn door... and a very comfortable bed and bath. Easy to walk to a local pub... and close to downtown Dublin. I loved coming home from a day in Dublin to find her dog waiting at the door for me. Clare... thank you! Coming home to Ireland to find my family roots, only made in more memorable staying in your grande home! I will be back soon! Love & Light... M

    M2017-10-12T00:00:00Z
  • Absolute recommendation. Cozy, convenient, tasteful, perfect location!

    Franziska2016-02-09T00:00:00Z
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    A loft apartment of c.1200 sq ft on the 4th floor of beautifully renovated Distillery on the banks of the Tolka River. Any guest is sure to be impressed! Includes 42" Flat screen TV, Home Appliance System & surround sound system! Welcome!!!
    Welcome to my home - a spacious loft-style apartment on the 4th floor of a beautifully renovated Distillery on the banks of the Tolka River with 2 bedrooms, one ensuite double room, another one with futon that becomes a double bed and a spacious living room with a comfortable couch that can sleep 2 guests comfortably. In addition a double floor mattress can be provided if it's needed for the 7th guest. If you ask me what makes a place unique, I can easily say the people! If there is a spark, if there is a chemistry between the host and the guests, then the trip becomes unique! I will do my utmost to offer all guests a warm welcome and smile, as well as my willingness to help them and make their trip to Dublin a fantastic experience. Be ready to live your myth!!! :) Look forward to reading your comment on my mirror before your departure, keep smiling!
    Conveniently located in the inner Northside suburb Drumcondra, my flat is only minutes from Dublin city centre by bus or bike, or about 25 minutes on foot. Croke Park is less than 5 minutes walking distance, ideal place for fans of concerts and games. The local pubs, shops and restaurants are just down the road and Fairview Park (one of the most beautiful parks in Dublin after the world's famous Phoenix Park) is less than 900 meters and the sea from there less than 10 minutes walk.
  • Anastazio and his partner were fantastic hosts. We were met by them both at check in and were straight away uplifted by their enthusiastic and generous hospitality. Anastazio gave great recommendations of the to-do's in Dublin and helped us make the most of transportation to and from the centre. The apartment is set in a great location and the interior is exactly as described and more! We had a great time here and would definitely recommend this place to anyone. We will certainly come back to visit and stay with Anastazio again in Dublin City!

    William2016-07-09T00:00:00Z
  • Anastazio is the most wonderful host. It was our first time staying in a private room sharing someone's home and Anastazio could not have made us feel more welcome and at home. The loft apartment is also SO beautiful and perfectly situated for visiting Dublin. Thanks to Anastazio for making our visit so special.

    Julie2016-07-13T00:00:00Z
  • Anastazio was an awesome host. His house was lovely and exceeded our expectations. He was helpful in suggesting places and made us feel at home since we arrived. A posh locality and would recommend them to all.

    Chetan2014-12-22T00:00:00Z
  • What can I say... Anastazio is quite simply a legend who made our stay in Dublin incredibly special. Such a warm welcome and a beautiful apartment, spotlessly clean. Happy to help us any time, he lives up to the term 'Superhost' in so many ways. His home is located perfectly to get into the city, go to the coast and to and from Dublin airport. I couldn't recommend him and his home enough to anyone. Cheers bro! Keep on smiling!!!

    Matthew2015-11-13T00:00:00Z
  • Anas was a dream host! He communicated often with us as we were approaching Dublin and provided excellent instructions on how to best enjoy his home. He and his friend met us at the loft and we were greeted warmly with a huge hug. Anas toured us around his home and encouraged all of us to feel comfortable and welcome. He treated our children with the utmost respect and teased and joked around with them, even offering them a sweet chocolate treat. Anas showed us how to set up a Halo account for getting around town, which was very helpful. He had maps and pamphlets for our review. The next day, Anas emailed to make sure that we had made our ferry on time and had arrived safely at our next destination. He was so wonderful. And his home was beautiful and lovely! Such a treat to stay in such a fine, clean, welcoming, and warm home.

    Heidi2016-07-10T00:00:00Z
  • Anastazio was a great host. We had a wonderfull time at distillery loft in Dublin because Anastazio gave us a lot of tips and help. Also we enjoyed the last evening together with a great dinner and great discussions. 1000 thanks and again best regards Ralf

    Ralf2015-09-01T00:00:00Z
  • Anastazio was a wonderful host! He was extremely helpful, kind, and friendly. He did everything he could to make us feel welcome and comfortable. His place was absolutely beautiful. I would recommend him to anyone interested in staying in Dublin!

    Jessica2014-09-18T00:00:00Z
  • Anastazio is by far the best human in all of Dublin!! He welcomed us into his home on our first night here & has treated us like family even after we left Dublin. My sister and I (20 & 28) had never been to Ireland. Anastazio texted us along our way to assure that we were safe and having fun as we traveled all around Ireland. Today is our last night in Ireland. We are back and Dublin and even though we are staying closer to the airport tonight, Anastazio still met up with us downtown & made sure we got on the right bus back to our place. He truly is the best! His place is amazing. He even has a phone you can use for free to call home!! He's funny, helpful, and a great entertainer. I only wish we could have stayed more than 2 nights at his place. He is welcomed to stay at our house in Michigan anytime!! He's family now.

    Megan2015-06-15T00:00:00Z
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    Beautiful renewed Georgian House close to the city centre. En suite double bedroom with stunning view on the city with the Wicklow mountain on the back. Really nice area plenty of cafe', pubs, shops. Great location to start your tour of the city.
    Beautiful renewed Georgian house in the heart of Ratghar. Close to the city centre. En suite bedroom with stunning view on the city with the wicklow mountain on the back.
    Ratghar can be easily reached from the airport with the bus and the stop is just 5 minutes walking from the house. City centre and main street are more or less 20/25 minutes walking and 10 minutes by bus.
  • I spent 12 days with Daria and Leo in Dublin, they are great either as a couple and individually, both of them are so interesting and funny! You really could talk about everything with them and enjoy their humour! I couldn't have found a better place to stay. The loft looks exactly like the photos, spacious, warm, beautiful in its design, every object seems to possess its history (and actually they do), and during good days (I was very lucky of enjoying all 12 days of sun) you could stay in their yard chilling out. The room in which I stayed was perfect, private and cute! What about the location? Also recommended, Rathgar is really close to the city centre (5/7 min by bus or 20 min by walking) and it's an elegant neighborhood. I strongly suggest you to book your stay at Daria and Leo's house, you will be welcomed with kindness, familiarity and discretion. Since they have lived in Dublin for a long time, you'll have every type of suggestion/information about the city and the tours around. For my personal experience, it's been a pleasure living with them, I've found friends! Besos guys, see you soon in Ireland or Italy! :)

    Claudia2016-05-15T00:00:00Z
  • Daria answered me so quickly and she was really helpful telling us all the options to get to the apartment from the airport. Unfortunately I couldn't meet her, but her husband Leo was a great host! The room is beautiful, they had everything you may need, maps, tips from were to go, I felt like I was in a hotel. The apartment is well located, safe area with nice restaurants, lots of buses at 3 minutes walking and in 15 minutes you're in the city center. Every morning we had such a nice breakfast made by Leo, you can tell that they care about making you feel welcome and enjoy the place. I definitely recommend this place if you wanna have the best time in Dublin!

    Bruna2016-04-26T00:00:00Z
  • The whole flat is just being renovated or it is so well maintained that to me at least it seemed so and obviously the room wasn't an exception. It's very, very spacious. The queen mattress (firm, soft and very comfy) bedroom is so big that there's ample space for of sofa, a dressing table, two spacious closets and a big desk underneath the window from which, when there is good weather of course, the whole room is flooded with natural light. So much that there was no way to read my iPad without closing the curtains but ideal to plan your visit with all the tourist guides and maps that are at your disposal. The privacy is absolutely guaranteed by the total respectfulness of the hosts and by the logistic of the house, the room is the last one on the top floor. I'm a light sleeper but I never heard a voice or a sound whatsoever, so much that at times I felt like I was alone at home. The cleanliness was in line of a five star hotel standard, not a stain nor a trace of dust. And all this goes even more for the en-suite bathroom as well, everything clean and scented as if it was installed the day before and so it goes for the ample shower, ample enough not to force you to play the fakir (experience I had had instead even at expensive hotels). The location is 5 minutes rides of one of the 5 bus line to the city centre, but if you are not lazy I would recommend the 10 minutes walk that will take to the St Sephen's Green area because you can along the way enjoy a refreshing stop at a local pub, like The Bleeding Horse where you can enjoy the real welcoming Irish pub experience without falling for some tourist trap. Fabio and Daria are really wonderful hosts, always available for a suggestion or a recommendation to what to visit or where to go according with your taste. In conclusion I would say the experience being their guest was one of enjoying a mediterranean welcomeness (in the morning after finding the coffee machine ready for me I had to decline, because I'm not use to, offers on offers for any kind of sweets, they manage a café, pastry, bakery shop nearby indeed) with north european respectfulness (first thing I was told when Daria entrusted me with the keys was that I could come and go at my pleasure, anytime). In one line a summarize the experience like this: five star accommodation with heartfelt authentic, non-corporate smiles. If I will ever happen to be in Dublin again I will check first if their accommodation is available.

    Matteo2016-03-31T00:00:00Z
  • They were a fantastic couple.Very talketive,amd very helpful.Their recomendations were always worthy.If I come back I'll always go again.

    Enrique 2017-08-02T00:00:00Z
  • Very nice room on the top floor with our own bathroom. Good location too once - in town in 15min with one bus. Very friendly hosts and breakfast was provided which is always a lovely extra :)

    Amelie2017-10-08T00:00:00Z
  • I booked the room for my parents, and their experience has been fantastic. Lovely house, clean and warm, the perfect place to come back to and rest after a busy day. The area is safe and well connected to the city centre, and above all Daria and her husband Leo have been great hosts, helpful, friendly, willing to answer any question. My parents and me recommend this place 100%, we couldn't have asked for anything better.

    Sara2016-05-25T00:00:00Z
  • Daria and Leo were super welcoming and friendly. Their house is located close to Rathgar and Rathmines in a quiet neighbourhood. If you're a visitor to Ireland the room has lots of books about Dublin and Ireland. Highly recommended.

    Ger2016-07-28T00:00:00Z
  • This was my first ever AirBnb booking and I really got possibly the best host in Dublin. Daria is the warmest, most caring and helpful host. The conversations you can have with her are extremely enriching & varied. Her house is beautiful and easy to access via public transport. It is located in a beautiful residential area with bakeries n cafes a short walk away - more local than the touristy ones!

    Loveleen2016-06-08T00:00:00Z
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    Georgian House Dublin
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    Experience authentic Georgian elegance is this unique large OVAL studio apartment, overlooking park. Accommodates two in cosy sleeping loft. Light a fire, cook dinner in the designer kitchen, and then head out to enjoy the attractions of the city.
    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 an oblique view of the square. Other features include a fine, working, black Kilkenny marble fireplace with a spectacular gilt over-mantle mirror. The log basket is fully stocked- we charge cost price for the fuel used on an 'honour system'. The fully equipped kitchen with granite worktop has a gas hob, electric oven, microwave, dishwasher, electric kettle and a toaster. Eat around the 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 hotel-quality double bed, Siberian white goose down duvet and pillows and pure Pima/ Egyptian cotton sheets. Read in comfort with vintage Anglepoise reading lights. PLEASE NOTE that the head height in the loft is somewhat restricted, and the bed 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 3pm, 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, SERVICES AND BREAKFAST OPTIONS In general, shopping hours are 9.30-6pm, with late-night shopping till 8pm on Thursdays. Sunday opening is from noon. BREAKFAST The Old Music Store, on North Frederick Street is comfortable and offers a good cooked breakfast. The no-frills Kingfisher Café, on the corner of Parnell Square and Parnell Street West offers a good freshly cooked Irish breakfast and very good fish and chips later in the day. LOCAL GROCERY SHOPPING Tops in Pops, just down the street to the right, for fresh local produce and basic groceries, 8.30am to 6pm Monday to Saturday. They are a fourth-generation local business, who have been trading on the site since 1931. The Londis corner store next door opens 8am to 10pm, but charge for privilege. There is an ATM machine at the back, right hand side of the store. Dunne's Stores, is the indigenous supermarket and department store chain, and has branches in every sizeable town throughout the country. There are two local branches. In North Earl Street, opposite O’Connell Street’s Spire, the Off-Licence (liquor store) is in a separate premises, a few doors apart - look for the James Joyce statue. You will find a bigger branch in the ILAC Shopping Centre, flanked by Henry Street, Moore Street and Parnell Street West (Moore Street entrance is opposite Paris Bakery). There is Metro Tesco on Parnell Street West, just past the Rotunda Hospital. A main branch is to be found in the basement of the Jervis Centre, off Henry Street. Carney’s Butchers, is another multi-generational local family business, which prides itself on the quality of its meat. In keeping with local tradition, they sell fresh fish on Friday’s. F.X. Buckley’s Butchers have two local branches; Moore Street and Talbot Street. This is a very old Dublin business and they have everything; free-range pork, beef and lamb from their own herds, poultry, game in season and fish, and, in the Moore Street branch, a deli counter for cooked meats next door. They are very obliging, and the lads have a great line in smart (sassy) chat. PHARMACIES Foley's Pharmacy on Parnell Street East is a 100+ year-old family business; they are very helpful. Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 9am 6pm. There is a late-night pharmacy, Hickey’s at 55 Lower O’Connell Street, (west side, within the block closest to the river). Opening hours: 8am -10pm M-F, 8.30am-10pm Saturday. 10am 10pm Sunday. Web: (email hidden) POST OFFICES Nearest Post Office is Parnell Street East, at corner of Marlborough Street, but much nicer is the GPO, O’Connell Street. 1828 façade, but badly damaged in the 1916 Rising, and largely rebuilt in 1928. The main hall is beautiful, with its entire original, 1928, fittings intact. It also contains the iconic statue, by Oliver Shepherd, The Dying Cuchullin. You will find a booklet with postal rates in the black folder. BANKS Allied Irish Bank has a branch on O’Connell Street, at the SW junction with Parnell Street, opposite the Rotunda Hospital. ATM in the wall. Bank of Ireland has a branch at Lower O’Connell Street, on the east side of the street, between Middle Abbey Street and Ashton Quay. ATM inside, opens MEDICAL AND DENTAL PRACTICES Mountjoy Medical Practice, Dr. Gerry Roebuck, Dr. Holly Porter (female) Dr. Colm Killeen. 2-3 Baker’s Yard, Portland Street (website hidden) (phone number hidden). Opening hours 9-1.30 and 3.30-5.30. You can just drop in. €50 per visit. Frederick Dental Clinic, Dr. Peter Dwyer, North Frederick Street. -My dentist- is happy to see people on an emergency basis. Call for (website hidden)(phone number hidden). NORTHSIDE LOCAL RESTAURANTS: '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 Heritage Parnell’, on Parnell Street West, just around the corner from O’Connell Street 'The Flowing Tide', on the corner of Marlborough Street, opposite the Abbey Theatre, is one of my favorites - after the curtain goes down in the Abbey, half the cast are likely to be at the bar. A few doors closer to O’Connell Street is Mulligan’s, another very nice pub, dating from the Edwardian era. '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’Neill’s' and 'Slattery's which is good for music. 'The Black Sheep' has the local craft beers covered, and does good bar food, (as does its sister pub, ‘The Brew Dock’, on Store Street, at the bottom of Gardiner Street. The north side traditional music 'musician’s' bar is 'The Cobblestone', at the top of Smithfield, and is suitably grungy. DEPARTMENT STORES AND FASHION Henry Street, off O’Connell Street, at the SPIRE, is the premier shopping street on the north side of the river. Here you will find Arnott’s the local department store, which highlights Irish fashion and design, throughout the store, and has several nice cafes. Henry Street also contains large branches of Debenhams and Marks&Spencers, as well as branches of most of the high street fashion chains. There are two large shopping centres, the Jervis, with a large branch of Tesco’s in the Basement, and the ILAC, which has a Dunnes Department Store, with a Food Hall in the basement. (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.) Clery’s Department Store is on O’Connell Street- have a look at the elegant 1940’s neo-classical façade, a mini version of Selfridges’s in London. NORTHSIDE CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS 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, part of the Hugh Lane Bequest, which is 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 (9000 is 2012). 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 Red Line, going west, in Abbey Street, halfway between Mountjoy Square and the river, and you will be dropped at the ‘Museum’. The National Museum, Collins Barracks, housed in an old military barracks, dating from 1702, contains the Decorative Arts Collections, (basically, everything post 1700). Descend at the next stop, ‘Heuston’ for IMMA, Ireland's National Museum of Modern Art, housed in the old Kilmainham Hospital, built in the1660’s. It pre-dates the more famous Chelsea Hospital in London by several years. Not to be missed is the Old Jameson Distillery, in Smithfield. Jameson was distilled here until 1971, when three historic distilleries amalgamated, and centralized distilling in Midleton, Co. Cork. The Museum is very well presented; one is guided around the distilling floor, among the huge old pot stills before retiring to the Bar to sample the goods. Nearby is one of the oldest churches in Dublin, St.Michan’s, on Church Street, dating from the mid-11thc. There are several mummified bodies in the basement, thought to be Crusaders. When I was a child, one was allowed to shake their hands….. SOUTHSIDE In the south city centre, the RESTAURANT HUB is in the pedestrian streets to either side of Grafton Street, and in Temple Bar. Particular favourites of mine include: * Nede, Temple Bar Square * Eden Bar and Grill, South William Street * The Green Hen, Wicklow Street * Fallon and Byrne, Exchequer Street, basement wine-bar, full service restaurant first- floor, and coffee bar within the food-hall on the ground floor. * Fade Street Social, Fade Street, tapas bar and full-service restaurant. * The Rustic Stone, Exchequer Street, upmarket, sophisticated and healthy ‘fast food’. * Cornucopia, Wicklow Street- vegetarian café day, full service by evening. * The Port House, South William Street, wine bar and tapas. * Pinxto, Crowe Street, Temple Bar, as above, same management. Southside city-centre TRADITIONAL PUBS we like are: * Mulligan's, Poolbeg Street * Neary's, Chatham Street * Grogan’s, South William 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 * Doheny and Nesbitt’s, Merrion Row * Kehoe’s, South Anne Street * The Duke, Duke 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 teas shop that offers really good home baking and teas and coffees, all served on mismatched antique china (Lord Edward Street and Cow's Lane). TEMPLE BAR FARMERS MARKET, is held every Saturday in Meeting House Square, 9-4.30, now has a smart new tensile roof for wet days, and is a good place to rub shoulders with the locals, whilst sampling local food culture. Don’t miss the Oyster Stall, Hick’s Pork Butchers, or David Llewyllan’s fantastic ‘Double L’ local cider- 100% apple (not even water), and the two local cheese stalls, among others. Don’t’ forget to check out the overflow stalls on Curved Street, where Rossa Crowe’s fantastic bread is on offer- Rossa took himself off to France for two years to train, and now produces slow fermented breads, made with the very best organic flours. NORTHSIDE CULTURAL ATTACTIONS TRINITY COLLEGE is a good orientation point; from here it is easy to find the mediaeval 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 and other illustrated Celtic manuscripts. From Front Gate, look south to Grafton Street or west up College Green and Dame Street, which lead to the mediaeval core. 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 Cathedral * Dublinia-in the Christchurch Chapterhouse (Viking Exhibition). * Old Saint Audeon's Church, built almost into the city wall. * St Patrick's Cathedral, and historic park beside. * Marshe's Library-the oldest public 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. KILMINHAM GAOL is worth a visit, and tells the story of Irish Nationalism. It can be reached via the grounds of IMMA, passing Bully’s Acre, and old graveyard, where Brian Boru was reputedly rested on his way to his final burial place in Armagh. 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 jewellery - 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. All of our national cultural institutions have free admission. 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. The National Library has a lovely exhibit on the poet, W.B. Yeats, and the Treasury, in the National Museum houses both the Bronze Age and Early Christian collections. On the opposite side of the block, on Merrion Street/Merrion Square, you will find the National Gallery, and the Natural History Museum (known to Dubliner's of my father's generation, as 'The Dead Zoo’. This is a very refreshing look to the past, with absolutely no interpretation, and nothing, not even a postcard, to buy). The National Gallery is halfway through a four-year renovation programme; in the meantime, the Millennium Wing, on Clare Street, has a ‘highlights of’ exhibition, and the Café and Gift Shop are also accessed via the Clare Street Entrance. GETTING AROUND Two operators offer Hop-On/Hop-Off tours: (website hidden) (website hidden) They both offer a 2-day ticket, and cost roughly the same price - check them out online before you make up your mind. One can buy an integrated LEAP card in most newsagents, at train stations, and in the Dublin Bus Head Office at 42 O’Connell Street (on the west side of the street, just north of the Spire). This can be used on the LUAS, DART, some suburban mainline trains, and on Dublin Bus routes. There is also a 3-day tourist pass, the Freedom Ticket, which provides good value. €28 will give you 72 hours transport, starting at the Airport; Airlink from the airport, the Hop-On-Hop –Off tourist bus and all local bus routes. Web: (website hidden) •The DART, the local electric commuter train, runs north/south along the coast. The northside city centre station is Connolly, on Amiens Street, facing Talbot Street, but I usually suggest people use Tara Street, as Connolly is also a mainline station, and is very big, and a bit confusing. Tara is purely a commuter station, and is about the same distance. It is on George’s Quay, just south of the Custom House. The other south-side city centre station is Pearse, on Westland Row, at the south end of the Trinity campus. •The LUAS Red Line runs east-west through the north side of the city, as far east as the docks, and serves both Connolly and Heuston mainline stations. The nearest stop to Mountjoy Square is Abbey, on Middle Abbey Street, opposite the Abbey Theatre. The LUAS Green Line serves the south suburbs; Ranelagh, Dundrum, Leopardstown Racecourse, and on out to Cherrywood, on the county boundary with Wicklow. •Main cross-city bus routes run north-south through O’Connell Street. The No.7 terminates on Mountjoy Square North, and there is a ‘shopper’s fare’ of 70c, to Grafton Street- alight at Trinity. On the return journey it skirts the Trinity campus and comes along Pearse, to the east of the campus - catch it on Clare Street, at the Millennium wing of the National Gallery. •DUBLIN BIKES are free to use for the first half hour, and have a stand on Mountjoy Square West, but one needs to go to the Princes Street stand (to the right hand side of the General Post Office (GPO)), to purchase a short term card. It costs €2, and is only available to credit card holders. 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 (stock chosen for good design) •Irish Design Store, Drury Street •Article, Powerscourt Townhouse Centre (housewares) •Irish Designer Store, Top floor Powerscourt Townhouse Centre •Cow's Lane Gallery, Temple Bar (artist’s collective) •The Jam Factory, Nicholas Street (artist’s collective) •Avoca, Suffolk Street •Kilkenny Shop, Nassau Street •Designyard, South Frederick Street (jewellery) •Louise Kennedy, couturier, Merrion Square, and Tipperary Crystal •Gallery Zozimus, Francis Street (art gallery and carefully chosen crafts) •Graphic Studio Gallery, Temple Bar (artist-printmaker’s gallery) •Malthouse Design Centre and Shop, Distillery Court, 537 North Circular Road, just around the corner from Mountjoy Square (cluster of design-led businesses, 10-5 M-F) •Magee's of Donegal, Wicklow Street, and, •Kevin and Howlin, Nassau Street have hand-woven tweeds covered. •Dubarry's, College Green produce wonderful, country-style outerwear, including the most perfect alternative to sweaty, waterproof Wellington boots… •Monaghan's, Hibernian Way, the House of Ireland on Nassau Street and the Sweater Shops on Wicklow Street and Nassau Street has the best selections 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! •The Cloth Shop, St. William Street, for interesting designer fabric, including a good selection of Irish Linen, and Liberty of London INDEPENDENT BOOKSHOPS and MUSIC STORES Eason’s, O’Connell Street, is a Dublin institution for over 100 years. It encompasses a large stationery department, a branch of Tower Records on the top floor, academic books in the basement, a nice café and two floors of general books. It is a good place to browse books of Irish interest, and they have a really good Information Desk. Chapters, Parnell Street West is my ‘local’. John Gannon is one of the best booksellers in the business, and his staff are hand-picked enthusiastic bibliophiles, one and all. Stock is a mixture of the latest releases, and carefully chosen remaindered books. Their ordering service is superlative, and they ALWAYS know exactly what one is talking about, even with just the vaguest, half-remembered clues from a newspaper review. Very strong on contemporary fiction, natural history, non-fiction and books of Irish interest. Extensive second-hand section upstairs. The Secret Bookstore, Wicklow Street is another favourite. It’s tucked away down a passage, near the L’Occitane shop and often throws up gems among its large second-hand stock. An eclectic music store occupies the rear of the shop. Cathach Rare Books, Duke Street, specializes in Irish first editions, and have an interesting selection of Irish maps and prints. Stokes Books is another interesting antiquarian/secondhand shop, specializing in books of Irish interest. You’ll find it in Georges Street Arcade. Claddagh Records, Cecelia Street, Temple Bar, is primarily a music publisher, but they have a retail outlet in Temple Bar, which is the oldest independent music shop in Dublin, and specializes in traditional Irish music, with some interesting World Music additions. The Celtic Note, on Nassau Street, beside the Kilkenny Shop is another good bet. PLACES OF WORSHIP: Roman Catholic: Many Catholic churches have Mass on Saturday evening, in addition to morning Masses. •St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, Upper Gardiner Street. Gospel Mass, 7.30pm Sundays, September to mid June. •St. Mary's Metropolitan Church - the Pro-Cathedral, Marlborough. Sung Mass, 11am, Sundays, with the Palestrina Choir. •St. Joseph’s Church, Berkeley Road, Dublin 7. •St. Teresa’s Church, Clarendon Street Church, choir sings at 11 o’clock Mass, Sunday’s •St. Peter’s Church, Phibsborough, Dublin 7, has wonderful Harry Clarke (phone number hidden)) stained glass windows. •Whitefriars Street Church, Aungier Street, church has relics of St. Valentine. Church of Ireland: •Christchurch Cathedral, Christchurch Place, sung Services Sundays, •St. Patrick's Cathedral, Nicholas Street, sung Services Sundays. •St. Anne’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 Jewish: Dublin Hebrew Congregation (website hidden) Daily services in Synagogue at 32a Rathfarnham Road, Public Transport: Buses: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). Get off at Terenure Cross (road). Walk up Rathfarnham Road, pass AIB Bank and one row of terraced houses; shul is next building, with wooden/metal security gates. Across the street is a shop called Window Fashions. Dublin Jewish Progressive Congregation (DJPC) Website: (website hidden) Email: (email hidden) Postal: PO Box 3059, Dublin 6 President: Mrs. Hilary Abrahamson Muslim: Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland (ICCI) 19 Roebuck Road, Clonskeagh, Dublin 14, Tel: (phone number hidden) Islamic Foundation of Ireland (IFI) 163 South Circular Road, Dublin (website hidden): (phone number hidden) Anwar-up-Madina Moore Street, Dublin 1. SHORT TRIPS OUTSIDE THE CITY BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT NORTH: Catch the No.46A bus, (heading north on O'Connell Street to the Phoenix Park- the largest enclosed urban park in the world, 1750 acres behind a seven-mile-long stone wall. Ashtown Castle Interpretive Centre, with its wonderful walled garden and café is a good place to orient oneself. From here, on Saturdays, it is possible to visit Aras an Uachtarian, the official residence of our President. One can also visit Farmliegh, the Official State Guesthouse, a former Guinness mansion. Among it’s attractions are an art gallery, café, occasional free concerts, and regular weekend Farmer’s Markets. The Park also houses the Dublin Zoo, (1827, the second-oldest Zoo in the world, after London’s Regent Park Zoo). Several herd of Fallow Deer roam at liberty. Many sports are catered for; there is Polo ground, a cricket club, and lots soccer pitches. 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. Just up the road, in Glasnevin there are three worthwhile attractions: Glasnevin Cemetary, was founded by Daniel O’Connell as one of his first initiatives, post Catholic Emancipation in 1829, to provide a dignified place for Catholic burial. The Glasnevin Musuem is new, and has superlative displays of Nationalist history. They also have a very good Geneology Department. The National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, date from the end of 18thC. Though relatively small, they contain an internationally-aclaimed collection of plants and three iconic Glasshouses, by Turner of Dublin, which have all been restored in the recent past. There is a nice café in the Gardens, and entry is free. The Gravedigger’s Pub, over-looking a Green, is not to be missed. It got its name from the fact that there used to be a hatch in the rear wall, through which the gravediggers were served. They do nice simple pub food, and one can sit outside on sunny days. Walk back into town, and stop at either the The Botanic Bar at Harte’s Corner or the Brian Borus, typicl local bars. The Porter House, at Cross Guns Bridge, which is a micro-brewery, with nice food, is on the corner of the Royal Canal. Take a stroll east down the canal bank, and you will see swans, and moor-hens going about their business. At the next bridge, at Dorset Street look out for the lifesize bronze statue of Brendan Behan, a local author. From here is just a few minute’s stroll up Belvidere Place, with its charming stepped terraces of tall Georgian houses, to Mountjoy Square. 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. Catch the DART, the coastal commuter train, heading north, at Tara Street Station, on the South Liffey quays, at Butt Bridge, and take a short ride. You have the choice of Howth (a working fishing village) or Malahide. Howth Demesne 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 very upmarket. Book an early-evening window table at Aqua, and be astonished by the sunset over the coast, looking north-west. Another favourite of mine is Deep, midway along the quay (and do watch out for the local tame and 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 plants-man. The Castle contains the National Portrait Collection, as was as magnificent furniture and other contents. There is a smart new branch of the AVOCA Shop and Café in the Courtyard. SOUTH: South of the city you will find Rathfarnham Castle, and its Berkeley Costume and Toy Collection. 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. The No.16 bus, from O’Connell Street will leave you close by. 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. The Powerscourt Waterfall, part of the same estate, is a few miles further on, and there are beautiful, way-marked, woodland and moorland walks in the hills nearby. Do be mindful; these ‘mountains’ can be deceptive- while not high, they can be treacherous, as weather conditions can change in minutes. Stick to the way-marked paths, and do keep an eye on the weather. Take the DART south to Bray and Greystones - via Dun Loughaire, Dalkey and Killiney - all interesting villages, with many cafes and restaurants. Killiney Hill, with its eighteenth century obelisk at the summit, is a short climb that results in amazing views over Dublin Bay, and down into the Wicklow Mountains beyond. There is a nice pub in in the ‘village’- ‘The Druid’s Chair’. Dalkey is a charming village with old-fashioned shops and lots of nice pubs, cafes and restaurants. The local Dalkey Castle Heritage Centre, is worth checking out, and in the summer run a theatre programme, and walking tours. Bray Esplanade is a classic Victorian seaside amenity, sturdily built from local granite - the perfect place to enjoy an ice-cream. Campo di Fiori, either the Restaurant or the Café, both near the train station and the north end of the Promenade, are particular favourites of mine. If one is feeling energetic, one could contemplate the Cliff Walk from Bray to Greystones - 4miles/6km along the rough cliff path. Lots of nice pubs for a pint of Guinness at the other end, The Hungry Pear is my favourite café, among many. The DART will take you straight back into the city. But.. make sure to do it in the morning, as by mid-day the path is in shade, and it can be windy and cold. WEST: 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 construction company who had acquired it. They intended to demolish it, to make way for a vast suburban housing estate. The Irish Georgian Society, founded by Desmond Guinness, restored the house and furnished it with the help of many volunteers and 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. A local bus, or the commuter train from Connolly Station in Amiens Street, will take one to Maynooth, a charming University town, with another magnificent Palladian mansion, Carton House, now operating as a very upmarket hotel and golf club. Lots of companies offer day-long coach tours. Some involve very long days, i.e, Cliffs of Moher in Clare and the Giant’s Causeway on the Antrim coast. Two more local, and very worthwhile ones are either: The Boyne Valley Tour (Newgrange Neolithic ( 5000 yr old World Heritage Site) / Mellifont Cistercian ruins- (12thC.)/ Monasterboice Early Christian (6th-8thC.) The Wicklow-Glendalough Tour (Powerscourt / Wicklow Mountains National Park and Glendalough (Glen of the Two Lakes) a 6thC. Early Christian site, in beautiful wooded valley. Details of both of these trips, and others, are available in the big black folder in the apartment.
    A beautiful, historic residential square, built in 1790's, within 5-10 minutes walk of down-town city centre. Elegance and convenience combined with a bit of inner city grittiness. I have loved it all, since 1978! Mountjoy Square is situated just NE of the historic city centre, within walking distance of just about all the main city attractions. It is the most densely populated area in the entire city: 1500 people have front doors opening onto the Square. The house fronts onto a 4acre/1.5ha park, across a fairly busy street. This apartment faces the side street, so it is quieter, but you will still hear traffic.....Please bear in mind that this is NOT LEAFY SUBURBIA, but a vibrant, living city community and it's definitely gritty in places... Having said that, I have lived here, uneventfully, for nearly 38 years, and consider the trade-offs well worth it, for the excitement and convenience of having the city on my doorstep..
  • We had a great stay and Karin was phenomenal with recomendations. We went to a great bistro/pub that was superb and also she recomended a great market to visit just outside of the city. Would definetely go back

    Martín2012-10-15T00:00:00Z
  • We stayed at Karin's studio apartment for two nights while in Dublin and our only regret is we didn't stay longer. The accommodations were everything she said they were: breathtaking character, clean and conveniently located to everything in Dublin. Karin herself was an exceptional hostess as she made prior arrangements in her absence for our arrival and had everything set to go then spent as much time w/us as needed to make our stay in Dublin as perfect as possible. Her love for the city is apparent, her knowledge exceptional and her recommendations flawless. With plans on being in Ireland for an extended holiday/business trip, we look forward to not worrying about where to to stay when in Dublin.

    Kelly 2013-01-31T00:00:00Z
  • Karin made us feel very welcome and was particularly helpful in suggesting places to visit. We were a party of three and the accommodation worked perfectly for us. The kitchenette was fully stocked and we found the location perfect for sightseeing in the area.

    Julie2015-10-22T00:00:00Z
  • Karins appartments are simply amazing and very special. 5-10 minutes from O'Connell street the appartments are situated in an old building on the first floor. Furnished and decorated with great care the appartments offer anything one needs. The kitchen is also very well equiped in case one doesn't find the right restaurant in Dublin;-) Karin is a great host and nows Dublin by heart. Many prospects and maps help guest to find the right places in the city.

    Dennys2015-08-29T00:00:00Z
  • Karin was an excellent host. Our stay in Dublin was wonderful. The location of the flat was very convenient and the accomodations were just as expected. The flat was very clean and bright. Karin made sure we had everything we needed and we really appreciated her helping us out with laundry. Best Airbnb we have used so far!

    Kathleen2014-06-08T00:00:00Z
  • The Special Georgian Flat was a lovely place to stay during our visit to Dublin. The space is beautiful and the location is very walkable to the main parts of town like Temple Bar and O'Connell St. The neighborhood leaves something to be desired, but the local shop is run by very nice people and has all of the necessities. We got off on the wrong foot with Karen as we arrived 30 minutes before we had previously agreed to meet to drop off our bags. She was not happy with us, but very accommodating as she made the apartment ready for us to take immediately. We were so grateful for that as we'd be traveling for 14 hours and our check in wasn't for another 6. When we ran into her later she was very kind and informative. We would love to recommend this place for anyone who is staying in Dublin.

    Bobbye Jo2014-11-09T00:00:00Z
  • Karin's flat is as beautiful and spotlessly clean as the photos suggest. The bed is comfortable and we both slept very well. Karin was a lovely hostess. She was always within reach if we had a question and we felt like we were staying with family. We know Dublin quite well but we appreciated the map provided to help us find some of the local conveniences. We really appreciated the fresh milk, eggs, soda bread, tea, coffee, and other lovely basics to help us settle into our holiday. We chose the location on purpose as it's not a tourist area and we like to be away from the noise of pubs. You'll want to be prepared for traffic sounds, but Dublin is a busy city and that will be your experience anywhere. Karin's flat about a 15-20 minute walk to the Temple Bar area. I only wish we had stayed longer. We were so happy with our stay and we will definitely stay here again when we return to Dublin. Thank you, Karin.

    Jean2013-10-09T00:00:00Z
  • Booked for my son and he said the apartment was spectacular even better than the photos. Perfect in every way!

    Katy2015-08-31T00:00:00Z
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    Experience authentic Georgian elegance is this large bright studio apartment, overlooking park. Accommodates two in cosy sleeping loft. Light a fire, cook dinner in the designer kitchen, and then head out to enjoy the attractions of the city.
    Come and have an authentic experience in one of Dublin's special Georgian apartments, situated on Mountjoy Square, in the heart of Dublin's North Georgian core, and just minutes from O'Connell Street. This large studio apartment is on the first floor of a beautiful redbrick townhouse, built in 1792. Both house and apartment retain all their original features, combined with modern comforts. The apartment has three full-length windows overlooking the gardens of Mountjoy Square. It has a working Georgian grey marble fireplace with a spectacular gilt over-mantle mirror. The fully equipped kitchen has a granite worktop, a gas hob, electric oven, dishwasher and microwave. The rest of the apartment is comfortably furnished with period furniture, including a square Georgian dining table and four matching chairs, a comfortable Victorian antique Chesterfield sofa, TV & DVD player along with an iPod/iPhone dock for music. there are pashminas and Kashmir hand-loomed wool wraps, for cosy evenings in front of the fire. The bedroom is upstairs and overlooks the apartment. It has a comfortable double mattress, goose down duvet and pillows, and pure cotton sheets. Read in comfort with vintage Anglepoise reading lights. Please note there is restricted headroom in the sleeping loft- 5'10-1/2", and consequently the bed is low. The bathroom has a high-pressure shower and loads of storage space. A single, contract-quality foldaway bed, or a single, memory-foam mattress, and extra linens are available for a third guest. Please see photos. A surcharge of €10, to cover the cost of the extra laundry, applies for the use of the apartment as a twin. This will be collected in cash upon arrival. • You will receive a welcome pack of the basics- quality tea, coffee, home-made granola and preserves, fruit, yoghurt, juice, milk and free-range eggs. • 100% cotton bed linen and towels are provided • Local tourist information and guide books available • Free wi-fi • Large flat-screen TV and DVD player, with selection of Irish themed DVD's • IPod/Iphone dock for music and charging • Library of Irish-themed books • Playing cards and board games • Hair dryer • Fuel, at cost price, is available for the fire, if required. • Washing machine and dryer are available in the building- €10:00 charge CHECK-IN IS FROM 3pm, and CHECK-OUT IS BY 11am, please. We are happy to take in your luggage earlier. Please let us have your flight/arrival details, 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, SERVICES AND BREAKFAST OPTIONS In general, shopping hours are 9.30-6pm, with late-night shopping till 8pm on Thursdays. Sunday opening is from noon. BREAKFAST The Kingfisher Café, a Dublin institution, on the corner of Parnell Square and Parnell Street West is great for a 'Full Irish Breakfast', and numerous variations, including porridge. Everything is cooked to order and the sraff are professional and friendly. Breakfast served 9am-12:30, 7 days a week. Later in the day they have excellent fish and chips. Koffee and Kale, on the corner of Hill Street and Gardiner Place, two blocks away has great coffee and pastries, and soup/salad/sandwiches at lunchtime. LOCAL GROCERY SHOPPING Tops in Pops, just down the street to the right, for fresh local produce and basic groceries, 8.30am to 6pm Monday to Saturday. They are a fourth-generation local business, who have been trading on the site since 1931. The Londis corner store next door opens 8am to 10pm, but charge for privilege. There is an ATM machine at the back, right hand side of the store. Dunne's Stores, is the indigenous supermarket and department store chain, and has branches in every sizeable town throughout the country. There are two local branches. In North Earl Street, opposite O’Connell Street’s Spire, the Off-Licence (liquor store) is in a separate premises, a few doors apart - look for the James Joyce statue. You will find a bigger branch in the ILAC Shopping Centre, flanked by Henry Street, Moore Street and Parnell Street West . There is Metro Tesco on Parnell Street West, just past the Rotunda Hospital. A main branch is to be found in the basement of the Jervis Centre, off Henry Street. Carney’s Butchers, is another multi-generational local family business, which prides itself on the quality of its meat. In keeping with local tradition, they sell fresh fish on Friday’s. F.X. Buckley’s Butchers have two local branches; Moore Street and Talbot Street. This is a very old Dublin business and they have everything; free-range pork, beef and lamb from their own herds, poultry, game in season and fish, and, in the Moore Street branch, a deli counter for cooked meats next door. They are very obliging, and the lads have a great line in smart (sassy) chat. PHARMACIES Foley's Pharmacy on Parnell Street East is a 100+ year-old family business; they are very helpful. Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 9am 6pm. Michael recently (May 2017) won the National 'Community Pharmacist of the Year' award, and a nicer, kinder, or more helpful man you will never meet.... There is a late-night pharmacy, Hickey’s at 55 Lower O’Connell Street, (west side, within the block closest to the river). Opening hours: 8am -10pm M-F, 8.30am-10pm Saturday. 10am 10pm Sunday. Web: (EMAIL HIDDEN) POST OFFICES Nearest Post Office is Parnell Street East, at corner of Marlborough Street, but much nicer is the GPO, O’Connell Street. 1828 façade, but badly damaged in the 1916 Rising, and largely rebuilt in 1928. The main hall is beautiful, with its entire original, 1928, fittings intact. It also contains the iconic statue, by Oliver Shepherd, The Dying Cuchullin. You will find a booklet with postal rates in the black folder. BANKS Allied Irish Bank has a branch on O’Connell Street, at the SW junction with Parnell Street, opposite the Rotunda Hospital. ATM in the wall. Bank of Ireland has a branch at Lower O’Connell Street, on the east side of the street, between Middle Abbey Street and Ashton Quay. ATM inside, opens MEDICAL AND DENTAL PRACTICES Mountjoy Medical Practice, Dr. Gerry Roebuck, Dr. Holly Porter (female) Dr. Colm Killeen. 2-3 Baker’s Yard, Portland Street North. Tel (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). Opening hours 9-1.30 and 3.30-5.30. You can just drop in. €50 per visit. (Five blocks away, going North East) Frederick Dental Clinic, North Frederick Street. The dentist is happy to see people on an emergency basis. Call for appointment. Tel:(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) blocks away, going West) NORTHSIDE LOCAL RESTAURANTS: '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 'Mr Fox', serving modern Irish food in a smart and comfortable setting, by the same team who operate Dublin's much lauded 'The Pig's Ear' on Nassau Street, overlooking the Trinity College playing fields.. '147 Cafe' at 147, Parnell Street East, opp the Marlborough Street junction, serve good Illy coffee, and great sandwiches, daytime hours. 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); The woollen Mills on the corner of Liffey street does great casual food, including excellent brunch. Back on Capel Street, locals rave about Brother Hubbard, and the Soup Dragon, for lunch. Blas cafe in the Chocolate Factory, on Kings Inn Street, off Parnell Street West has an interesting, casual menu, in a bright, spacious and funky former factory (daytime). 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 Heritage Parnell’, on Parnell Street West, just around the corner from O’Connell Street, does 'pub grub'. 'The Flowing Tide', on the corner of Marlborough Street, opposite the Abbey Theatre, is one of my favorites - after the curtain goes down in the Abbey, half the cast are likely to be at the bar. A few doors closer to O’Connell Street is Mulligan’s, another very nice pub, dating from the Edwardian era. '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’Neill’s' and 'Slattery's which is good for music. 'The Black Sheep' has the local craft beers covered, and does good bar food, (as does its sister pub, ‘The Brew Dock’, on Store Street, at the bottom of Gardiner Street. The north side traditional music 'musician’s' bar is 'The Cobblestone', at the top of Smithfield, and is suitably grungy. DEPARTMENT STORES AND FASHION Henry Street, off O’Connell Street, at the SPIRE, is the premier shopping street on the north side of the river. Here you will find Arnott’s the local department store, which highlights Irish fashion and design, throughout the store, and has several nice cafes. Henry Street also contains large branches of Debenhams and Marks&Spencers, as well as branches of most of the high street fashion chains. There are two large shopping centres, the Jervis, with a large branch of Tesco’s in the Basement, and the ILAC, which has a Dunne's Department Store, with a Food Hall in the basement. (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.) NORTHSIDE CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS 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, part of the Hugh Lane Bequest, which is rotated in seven-year cycles. (The cafe, overlooking an interior garden, is called 'Hatch'; the original is in the basement of the 'Little Museum of Dublin' on St. Stevens Green). 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 (9000 in 2012). 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 Red Line, going west, in Abbey Street, halfway between Mountjoy Square and the river, and alight ‘Museum’ stop. The National Museum, Collins Barracks, housed in an old military barracks, dating from 1702, contains the Decorative Arts Collections, (basically, everything post 1700). Descend at the next stop, ‘Heuston’ for IMMA, Ireland's National Museum of Modern Art, housed in the old Kilmainham Hospital, built in the1660’s. It pre-dates its more famous sibling, the Chelsea Hospital, in London by several years. Not to be missed is the Old Jameson Distillery, in Smithfield. Jameson was distilled here until 1971, when three historic distilleries amalgamated, and centralized distilling in Midleton, Co. Cork. The Museum is very well presented; one is guided around the distilling floor, among the huge old pot stills before retiring to the Bar to sample the goods. Nearby is one of the oldest churches in Dublin, St.Michan’s, on Church Street, dating from the mid-11thC. There are several mummified bodies in the basement, thought to be Crusaders. When I was a child, one was allowed to shake their hands….. SOUTHSIDE In the south city centre, the RESTAURANT HUB is in the pedestrian streets to either side of Grafton Street, and in Temple Bar. Particular favourites of mine include: * The Pig's Ear, Nassau Street * Nede, Temple Bar Square * Eden Bar and Grill, South William Street * The Green Hen, Wicklow Street * Fallon and Byrne, Exchequer Street, basement wine-bar, full service restaurant first- floor, and coffee bar within the food-hall on the ground floor. * Fade Street Social, Fade Street, tapas bar and full-service restaurant. * The Rustic Stone, Exchequer Street, upmarket, sophisticated and healthy ‘fast food’. * Cornucopia, Wicklow Street- vegetarian café day, full service by evening. * The Port House, South William Street, wine bar and tapas. * Stanley's, St. Andrew Street, off Wicklow Street- wine bar and full service * Pinxto, Crowe Street, Temple Bar, as above, same management. * Cleaver East, Clarence Hotel - chef Oliver Dunne had a Michelin star in the parent restaurant, Bon Appetit, Malahide village, until he decided to hand it back and get a life Southside city-centre TRADITIONAL PUBS we like are: * Mulligan's, Poolbeg Street * Neary's, Chatham Street * Grogan’s, South William 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 * Doheny and Nesbitt’s, Merrion Row * Kehoe’s, South Anne Street * The Duke, Duke 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 and teas and coffees, all served on mismatched antique china (Lord Edward Street and Cow's Lane). Piglet Wine Bar, on the same pedestrian street had a lovely wine selection and great tapas, at good prices. TEMPLE BAR FARMERS MARKET, is held every Saturday in Meeting House Square, 9-4.30, now has a smart new tensile roof for wet days, and is a good place to rub shoulders with the locals, whilst sampling local food culture. Don’t miss the Oyster Stall, , or David Llewyllan’s fantastic ‘Double L’ local cider- 100% apple (not even water), and the two local cheese stalls, among others. Don’t’ forget to check out the overflow stalls on Curved Street, where Rossa Crowe’s fantastic bread is on offer- Rossa took himself off to France for two years to train, and now produces slow fermented breads, made with the very best organic flours. SOUTHSIDE CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS TRINITY COLLEGE is a good orientation point; from here it is easy to find the mediaeval 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 and other illustrated Celtic manuscripts. From Front Gate, look south to Grafton Street or west up College Green and Dame Street, which lead to the mediaeval core. 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 Cathedral * Dublinia-in the Christchurch Chapterhouse (Viking Exhibition). * Old Saint Audeon's Church, built almost into the city wall. * St Patrick's Cathedral, and historic park beside. * Marshe's Library-the oldest public 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. KILMINHAM GAOL is worth a visit, and tells the story of Irish Nationalism. It can be reached via the grounds of IMMA, passing Bully’s Acre, and old graveyard, where Brian Boru was reputedly rested on his way to his final burial place in Armagh. 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 jewellery - the Kilkenny Shop has a great cafe upstairs, with views over College Park. The Pig's Ear restaurant is one of my all-time favourites. Continue along the College Park railings till you reach Kildare Street, the cultural-institutional hub of the country. All of our national cultural institutions have free admission. 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. The National Library has a lovely exhibit on the poet, W.B. Yeats, and the Treasury, in the National Museum houses both the Bronze Age and Early Christian collections. On the opposite side of the block, on Merrion Street/Merrion Square, you will find the National Gallery, and the Natural History Museum (known to Dubliner's of my father's generation, as 'The Dead Zoo’. This is a very refreshing look to the past, with absolutely no interpretation, and nothing, not even a postcard, to buy). The National Gallery is almost through a four-year renovation programme; in the meantime, the Millennium Wing, on Clare Street, has a ‘highlights of’ exhibition, and the Café and Gift Shop are also accessed via the Clare Street Entrance. GETTING AROUND Two operators offer Hop-On/Hop-Off tours: (URL HIDDEN) (URL HIDDEN) They both offer a 2-day ticket, and cost roughly the same price - check them out online before you make up your mind. One can buy an integrated LEAP card in most newsagents, at train stations, and in the Dublin Bus Head Office at 42 O’Connell Street (on the west side of the street, just north of the Spire). This can be used on the LUAS, DART, some suburban mainline trains, and on Dublin Bus routes. There is also a 3-day tourist pass, the Freedom Ticket, which provides good value. €28 will give you 72 hours transport, starting at the Airport; Airlink from the airport, the Hop-On-Hop –Off tourist bus and all local bus routes. Web: (URL HIDDEN) •The DART, the local electric commuter train, runs north/south along the coast. The north-side city centre station is Connolly, on Amiens Street, facing Talbot Street, but I usually suggest people use Tara Street, as Connolly is also a mainline station, and is very big, and a bit confusing. Tara is purely a commuter station, and is about the same distance. It is on George’s Quay, just south of the Custom House. The other south-side city centre station is Pearse, on Westland Row, at the south end of the Trinity campus. •The LUAS Red Line runs east-west through the north side of the city, as far east as the docks, and serves both Connolly and Heuston mainline stations. The nearest stop to Mountjoy Square is Abbey, on Middle Abbey Street, opposite the Abbey Theatre. The LUAS Green Line serves the south suburbs; Ranelagh, Dundrum, Leopardstown Racecourse, and on out to Cherrywood, on the county boundary with Wicklow. •Main cross-city bus routes run north-south through O’Connell Street. The No.7 terminates on Mountjoy Square North, and there is a ‘shopper’s fare’ of 50c, to Grafton Street- alight at Trinity. On the return journey it skirts the Trinity campus and comes along Pearse, to the east of the campus - catch it on Clare Street, at the Millennium wing of the National Gallery. •DUBLIN BIKES are free to use for the first half hour, and have a stand on Mountjoy Square West, but one needs to go to the Princes Street stand (to the right hand side of the General Post Office (GPO)), to purchase a short term card. It costs €2, and is only available to credit card holders. 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 (stock chosen for good design) •Irish Design Store, Drury Street •Article, Powerscourt Townhouse Centre (housewares) •Irish Designer Store, Top floor Powerscourt Townhouse Centre •Cow's Lane Gallery, Temple Bar (artist’s collective) •The Jam Factory, Nicholas Street (artist’s collective) •Avoca, Suffolk Street •Kilkenny Shop, Nassau Street •Designyard, South Frederick Street (jewellery) •Louise Kennedy, couturier, Merrion Square, and Tipperary Crystal •Gallery Zozimus, Francis Street (art gallery and carefully chosen crafts) •Graphic Studio Gallery, Temple Bar (artist-printmaker’s gallery) •Malthouse Design Centre and Shop, Distillery Court, 537 North Circular •Magee's of Donegal, Wicklow Street, and, •Kevin and Howlin, Nassau Street have hand-woven tweeds covered. •Dubarry's, College Green produce wonderful, country-style outerwear, including the most perfect alternative to sweaty, waterproof Wellington boots… •Monaghan's, Hibernian Way, the House of Ireland on Nassau Street and the Sweater Shops on Wicklow Street and Nassau Street has the best selections of traditional knitwear. Monaghan's specialise in cashmere. •The Cloth Shop, St. William Street, for interesting designer fabric, including a good selection of Irish Linen, and Liberty of London INDEPENDENT BOOKSHOPS and MUSIC STORES Eason’s, O’Connell Street, is a Dublin institution for over 100 years. It encompasses a large stationery department, a branch of Tower Records on the top floor, academic books in the basement, a nice café and two floors of general books. It is a good place to browse books of Irish interest, and they have a really good Information Desk. Chapters, Parnell Street West is my ‘local’. John Gannon is one of the best booksellers in the business, and his staff are hand-picked enthusiastic bibliophiles, one and all. Stock is a mixture of the latest releases, and carefully chosen remaindered books. Their ordering service is superlative, and they ALWAYS know exactly what one is talking about, even with just the vaguest, half-remembered clues from a newspaper review. Very strong on contemporary fiction, natural history, non-fiction and books of Irish interest. Extensive second-hand section upstairs. The Secret Bookstore, Wicklow Street is another favourite. It’s tucked away down a passage, near the L’Occitane shop and often throws up gems among its large second-hand stock. An eclectic music store occupies the rear of the shop. Cathach Rare Books, Duke Street, specializes in Irish first editions, and have an interesting selection of Irish maps and prints. Stokes Books is another interesting antiquarian/secondhand shop, specializing in books of Irish interest. You’ll find it in Georges Street Arcade. Claddagh Records, Cecelia Street, Temple Bar, is primarily a music publisher, but they have a retail outlet in Temple Bar, which is the oldest independent music shop in Dublin, and specializes in traditional Irish music, with some interesting World Music additions. PLACES OF WORSHIP: Roman Catholic: Many Catholic churches have Mass on Saturday evening, in addition to morning Masses. •St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, Upper Gardiner Street. Gospel Mass, 7.30pm Sundays, September to mid June. •St. Mary's Metropolitan Church - the Pro-Cathedral, Marlborough. Sung Mass, 11am, Sundays, with the Palestrina Choir. •St. Joseph’s Church, Berkeley Road, Dublin 7. •St. Teresa’s Church, Clarendon Street Church, choir sings at 11 o’clock Mass, Sunday’s •St. Peter’s Church, Phibsborough, Dublin 7, has wonderful Harry Clarke ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)) stained glass windows. •Whitefriars Street Church, Aungier Street, church has relics of St. Valentine. Church of Ireland: •Christchurch Cathedral, Christchurch Place, sung Services Sundays, •St. Patrick's Cathedral, Nicholas Street, sung Services Sundays. •St. Anne’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 Jewish: Dublin Hebrew Congregation (URL HIDDEN) Daily services in Synagogue at 32a Rathfarnham Road, Public Transport: Buses: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). Get off at Terenure Cross (road). Walk up Rathfarnham Road, pass AIB Bank and one row of terraced houses; shul is next building, with wooden/metal security gates. Across the street is a shop called Window Fashions. Dublin Jewish Progressive Congregation (DJPC) Website: (URL HIDDEN) Email: (EMAIL HIDDEN) Postal: PO Box 3059, Dublin 6 President: Mrs. Hilary Abrahamson Muslim: Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland (ICCI) 19 Roebuck Road, Clonskeagh, Dublin 14, Tel: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) Islamic Foundation of Ireland (IFI) 163 South Circular Road, Dublin 8. Tel: +(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) Anwar-up-Madina Moore Street, Dublin 1. SHORT TRIPS OUTSIDE THE CITY BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT NORTH: Catch the No.46A bus, (heading north on O'Connell Street to the Phoenix Park- the largest enclosed urban park in the world, 1750 acres behind a seven-mile-long stone wall. Ashtown Castle Interpretive Centre, with its wonderful walled garden and café is a good place to orient oneself. From here, on Saturdays, it is possible to visit Aras an Uachtarian, the official residence of our President. One can also visit Farmliegh, the Official State Guesthouse, a former Guinness mansion. Among it’s attractions are an art gallery, café, occasional free concerts, and regular weekend Farmer’s Markets. The Park also houses the Dublin Zoo, (1827, the second-oldest Zoo in the world, after London’s Regent Park Zoo). Several herd of Fallow Deer roam at liberty. Many sports are catered for; there is Polo ground, a cricket club, and lots soccer pitches. The Duke of Wellington is commemorated by a marvellous Sobelisk, and the Forty Acres affords superb views over the city, with the Royal Hospital and Guinness Brewery 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. Just up the road, in Glasnevin, there are three worthwhile attractions: Glasnevin Cemetary, was founded by Daniel O’Connell as one of his first initiatives, post Catholic Emancipation in 1829, to provide a dignified place for Catholic burial. The Glasnevin Museum is new, and has superlative displays of Nationalist history. They also have a very good Geneology Department. The National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, date from the end of 18thC. Though relatively small, they contain an internationally-aclaimed collection of plants and three iconic Glasshouses, by Turner of Dublin, which have all been restored in the recent past. There is a nice café in the Gardens, and entry is free. The Gravedigger’s Pub, over-looking a Green, is not to be missed. It acquired its name from the fact that there used to be a hatch in the rear wall, through which the gravediggers were served. They do nice simple pub food, and one can sit outside on sunny days. Walk back into town, and stop at either the The Botanic Bar at Harte’s Corner or the Brian Boru, typicl local bars. The Whitworth, at Cross Guns Bridge, with nice food, is on the corner of the Royal Canal. Take a stroll east down the canal bank, and you will see swans, and moor-hens going about their business. At the next bridge, at Dorset Street, look out for the lifesize bronze statue of Brendan Behan, a local author. From here is just a few minute’s stroll up Belvidere Place, with its charming stepped terraces of tall Georgian houses, to Mountjoy Square. Another favourite 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. Catch the DART, the coastal commuter train, heading north, at Tara Street Station, on the South Liffey quays, at Butt Bridge, and take a short ride. You have the choice of Howth (a working fishing village) or Malahide. Howth Demesne 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 very upmarket. Book an early-evening window table at Aqua, and be astonished by the sunset over the coast, looking north-west. Another favourite of mine is Deep, midway along the quay (and do watch out for the local tame and 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 plants-man. The Castle contains the National Portrait Collection, as was as magnificent furniture and other contents. There is a smart new branch of the AVOCA Shop and Café in the Courtyard. Oliver Dunne's restaurant, Bon Appetit, on St. James Terrace, has superb food in elegant, relaxed surroundings.(This restaurant had a Michelin star for years, but the chef/patron decided to return it, and simplify his life - a case of 'been there-done that'.) SOUTH: South of the city you will find Rathfarnham Castle, and its Berkeley Costume and Toy Collection (No. 16 bus). 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. The No.16 bus, from O’Connell Street will leave you close by. 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. The Powerscourt Waterfall, part of the same estate, is a few miles further on, and there are beautiful, way-marked, woodland and moorland walks in the hills nearby. Do be mindful; these ‘mountains’ can be deceptive- while not high, they can be treacherous, as weather conditions can change in minutes. Stick to the way-marked paths, and do keep an eye on the weather. Take the DART south to Bray and Greystones - via Dun Loughaire, Dalkey and Killiney - all interesting villages, with many cafes and restaurants. Killiney Hill, with its eighteenth century obelisk at the summit, is a short climb that results in amazing views over Dublin Bay, and down into the Wicklow Mountains beyond. There is a nice pub in in the ‘village’- ‘The Druid’s Chair’. Dalkey is a charming village with old-fashioned shops and lots of nice pubs, cafes and restaurants. The local Dalkey Castle Heritage Centre, is worth checking out, and in the summer run a theatre programme, and walking tours. Bray Esplanade is a classic Victorian seaside amenity, sturdily built from local granite - the perfect place to enjoy an ice-cream. Campo di Fiori, either the Restaurant or the Café, both near the train station and the north end of the Promenade, are particular favourites of mine. If one is feeling energetic, one could contemplate the Cliff Walk from Bray to Greystones - 4miles/6km along the rough cliff path. Lots of nice pubs for a pint of Guinness at the other end, The Hungry Pear is my favourite café, among many. The DART will take you straight back into the city. But.. make sure to do it in the morning, as by mid-day the path is in shade, and it can be windy and cold. WEST: 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 construction company who had acquired it. They intended to demolish it, to make way for a vast suburban housing estate. The Irish Georgian Society, founded by Desmond Guinness, restored the house and furnished it with the help of many volunteers and 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. A local bus, or the commuter train from Connolly Station in Amiens Street, will take one to Maynooth, a charming University town, with another magnificent Palladian mansion, Carton House, now operating as a very upmarket hotel and golf club. Lots of companies offer day-long coach tours. Some involve very long days, i.e, Cliffs of Moher in Clare and the Giant’s Causeway on the Antrim coast. Two more local, and very worthwhile ones are either: The Boyne Valley Tour (Newgrange Neolithic ( 5000 yr old World Heritage Site) / Mellifont Cistercian ruins- (12thC.)/ Monasterboice Early Christian (6th-8thC.) The Wicklow-Glendalough Tour (Powerscourt / Wicklow Mountains National Park and Glendalough (Glen of the Two Lakes) a 6thC. Early Christian site, in beautiful wooded valley. Details of both of these trips, and others, are available in the big black folder in the apartment.
    A beautiful, historic residential square, built in 1790's, within 5-10 minutes walk of the city centre. Elegance and convenience combined with a bit of inner city grittiness. I have loved it all, since 1978!
  • To start with, Karin was a very kind host. The flat is exactly like described, very bright and clean. On top of that, Karin welcomed us with nice little attentions like fruits or milk. She also gave us many advice on what to do, to see, the transports... The flat is really near to the all interesting places in Dublin, 10 minutes walking from the center, 15 minutes from Template Bar, 20 minutes from all museums. We strongly recommend this place.

    Sandrine2015-05-28T00:00:00Z
  • Me and my girlfriend spent a fantastic long weekend in Dublin with Karin's flat as our home away from home. The flat is in a stunning Georgian building looking out over a grand old square - even the journey up the stairs to the flat was packed full of beautiful details to take in. The perfectly designed interior was so cosy, and Karin had thoughtfully left us stacks of firewood, which we gladly made use of! The flat is full of beautiful furniture and objects, and we had to drag ourselves away from it to go and explore the town! Our host used her vast knowledge of Dublin to recommend a perfect selection of places to go, including W.J Kavannagh's, a friendly bar just round the corner, and the Natural History Museum which you have to see if you're visiting. Karin was so helpful and couldn't do enough to make our stay enjoyable, including looking after our bags after we'd checked out. We'd like to live in this flat please!

    Tom2013-02-26T00:00:00Z
  • Karin was a wonderful host and gave us really good advice on where to go and made recommendations for places to eat. The flat was beautiful and very clean with high ceilings and a huge fire place. We really enjoyed our stay and have already recommended to our friends!

    Nancy2013-03-25T00:00:00Z
  • Host - Karin was really great, accessible and responded almost immediately. Smooth and easy process upon arrival and departure. She had provided us with eggs, milk, coffee, yogurt, orange juice and the most amazing banana bread. Both Karin and her home had a vibrant personality. Apartment - The Georgian Flat was exactly what the pictures looked like, the pictures don't capture how truly spacious and beautiful this space is. It was the type of place that made us want to stay in and relax. The place is VERY clean with a modernized kitchen. Location - We were very happy the flat was located on the opposite side of the river. It allowed us to explore another side of Dublin, to take in all the activity on O'Connell Street. We took a taxi there and it was no problem to find. After arrival we used the Dublin Bikes to get around (which are located directly across the street). It was about a 5 -7 minute bike ride to the heart of downtown. It was only a 10 minute walk to the stadium for a Hurling match we went to see. Overall very pleased we decided to stay here and will most certainly come back. We recommend you check this place out if you are looking for something a bit off beaten path and more interesting while you are staying in Dublin.

    Jenelle 2013-08-20T00:00:00Z
  • We had a amazing Christmas in Karin's flat. The space is absolutely gorgeously restored and decorated, and outfitted with all the comforts we could have wished for. Karin's recommendations for markets, shops, and restaurants were spot-on - we loved everything she recommended. And the welcome Karin extended to us and the other holiday guests in her Georgian flats made for a warm, wonderful celebration. We hope to return!

    Ali2013-12-27T00:00:00Z
  • This is very lovely Georgian flat conveniently located close to the centre. Karin was an excellent host – warm, extremely hospitable and made us feel very welcome even though we checked in at midnight! The flat was very well furnished and equipped with everything we required and comfortably slept the three of us. Karin is a lovely lady with a wealth of information and her flat is very well organised to make your stay comfortable. We had a very short stay unfortunately and would love to go back and stay longer. This flat is highly recommended.

    Sylbert2012-10-01T00:00:00Z
  • Although Karin was not able to meet us in person to check us in, she made sure someone was. Her flat is definitely breath taking and is very convenient to everything! Besides coming in from the airport by uber, and taking taking DART to Howth, we basically walked everywhere from her place! It was just a few minutes north from the city center! We even walked 2 minutes down the street to a neighborhood bar for drinks! My only complaint is that there was no hot water for my showers both days I stayed. Maybe it was a glitch or there was a different switch I was suppose to turn on? It was luckity pretty warm when we stayed so it wasn't too bad though. Either way, great stay!

    amy2015-07-01T00:00:00Z
  • Good communication before arrival, and a nice welcome - including 10 minute session on good museums, sights, shopping areas and places to eat (and drink). Also, Karin provided really nice breakfast selection. Oh, and the flat itself is charming and spacious and has a wonderful view over the square!

    Anders2015-07-17T00:00:00Z
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    Great warm 2-bedroom apartment in the heart of Dublin! It comfortably fits four guests and is centrally located on a quiet street. All of the top tourist sights are within walking distance. I am looking forward to hosting you in the heart of Dublin!
    I offer two very comfortable double bedrooms, one en suite and one with a private bathroom, which can accommodate max four guests per stay. You will have access to a fully outfitted kitchen, which has an electric cooking plate, hot air oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine and a full size combi fridge/freezer. And a cozy living room connected to a large balcony equipped with garden furniture, suitable for breakfast, lunch and dinner during the summer time, will be at your disposal during your stay. The private bathroom is equipped with a full size bathtub, toilet and sink. The en suite has a shower, toilet and sink. Both bedrooms are equipped with double beds and closets. There is also a desk to work at. Facilities I offer you: • WIFI 240 mbps unlimited broadband speed! With this speed you can comfortably stream movies online, connect to your companies intranet, video conf call and upload your travel pictures on to your favorite social network within seconds. • 32 inch LED TV in the living room. With 100 channels • Hair dryer with hot and cold air and hair brush. • Universal travel plug adapter, for phone, laptop etc… • Bed linens and bath towels will be provided during your stay.
    When staying at the “Harcourt Green" residence, you will be situated very centrally in the city of Dublin. The apartment is in Dublin 2 located behind “The Hilton Charlemont Hotel". Nearby you can find 3 different parks to relax “Iveagh Garden", “Merrion Square Park" and the popular “St Stephen's Green Park" all reachable within 5 – 10 min walking distance. Close to the residence there is a canal, and a great way to pass a relaxing day sitting or walking around the canal. You will be able to reach “Temple Bar district", Trinity College, Grafton Street, The Spire, St Patrick's Cathedral, Guinness Storehouse, Jameson Factory, River Liffey, The Church Bar all within 15 – 20 min walking distance. In the neighborhood there are many pubs, bars, restaurants, supermarkets, bakeries, coffee shops (Starbucks & Costa Coffee) and gym facilities (RAW gym, Flyfit and The Fitness Dock). Within the apartment complex of Harcourt Green, there is a convenience store "Centra". Open daily until 11 pm (provides tobacco, beer, wine & liquors) 7 days a week, a dry cleaner open till 8 pm, 7 days a week, a coffee shop, print shop and a 24/7 ATM machine.
  • Place is very clean and in a great location. Everything I expected and more!

    Jeffrey2017-08-22T00:00:00Z
  • Perfect location! I walked everywhere and it was close enough to everything I wanted to see but far enough from all the noise. Beautiful flat, extremely clean, friendly and helpful host... What more could you ask for? I was traveling alone and this was absolutely perfect for me. If I come back I'll be staying here again for sure!

    Valerie2014-08-17T00:00:00Z
  • We really enjoyed our staying. Rithya's place was great, modern, extremely clean and an excellent location. The area where the apartment is located is really quiet and close to the main central tourist places: about 20 min from Temple Bar and about 15 min Trinity College. We really appreciated Ritha's availability when we asked to postpone the check-out time of a few hours. Also, we've been really enthusiastic about his care of little details in the house, we thought that the "decanter" it's been a touch of class. Thank you so much for your kindness and availability.

    Andrea2016-11-01T00:00:00Z
  • We needed to find something quite quickly and Rithya responded immediatelly and was very welcoming. The place was great - the centre was within walking distance even with 5-year old, it was clean and cosy. All instructions were clear and we had wonderful two last days in Dublin.

    Vladimira2016-08-22T00:00:00Z
  • Rithya was so helpful and accommodating. Our dates were in flux and he was so easy to work with. Upon arrival, he was so welcoming and explained how to use the kitchen and power the shower with hot water. The room itself was large enough for us to stack 8 suitcases as we just moved to Dublin. The kitchen was perfect to store snacks, cook breakfast and make tea or coffee. I would highly recommend staying here and won't hesitate to tell my friends and family when they visit.

    Shay2016-04-14T00:00:00Z
  • The house is very tidy and it has everything you need. It is in a nice position, really close to the city center. The host, Rithya, was not in Dublin during my stay but he's been very flexible in handing the keys previously to a friend of mine already in Dublin and for every necessity and problem (for example, I needed extra towels) I could easily contact him. I enjoyed my stay

    margherita2016-04-25T00:00:00Z
  • Neat, clean, small room and private bath in quiet apartment very conveniently located.

    Laura2016-06-28T00:00:00Z
  • Rithya is just the best! So nice and friendly! He made me feel right at home. His place is huge and had a great view and deck. I really enjoyed my time there. You can really walk in any direction and have a great day. He made me feel so welcome! Whats not to like about free toast! I just had the best experience ad I know you will too!

    Bryan2015-05-20T00:00:00Z
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    Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

    Double ensuite in family home. King size bed, large shower. Towels and toiletries provided. Quiet neighbourhood. 4km from the city centre. 8 minutes walk to Cowper luas tram, reaching the city in 10 mins. Free on-street parking. Short walk to Rathmines/Rathgar shops and restaurants. Breakfast provided (cereal, fruit, breads)
    Lovely family home with large rooms. Our double ensuite has a large bathroom, power shower, king size bed with deep, pocket sprung mattress and memory foam mattress topper for extra comfort.
    Dartry is a quiet suburb located 4km from O'Connell street in the city centre. Walking to St. Stephens green / Grafton street area will take about 45 minutes. We are a 10 minute walk to Rathgar, Rathmines and Ranelagh - all have a selection of supermarkets, restaurants, cafes, take-aways and pubs as well as banks, various shops, boutiques and services. Palmerston Park is around the corner from our home, as is the small botanic gardens run by Trinity College department of botany. The Dodder river is 5 minutes away and you can walk along the river bank westward for a nice stroll among trees and wildlife.
  • Our stay at Vanessa's house was good. The house was really pretty and our room clean and cosy. It's also not far away from the city center. The only thing was that we had booked and also had paied a room with breakfast included. On our second and last day we didn't get any breakfast as we had to leave at 7am and nobody was around then. It would have been great to meet Vanessa the day before to tell her, but she wasn't around a lot. If a host offered breakfast it would be great to get the chance to tell when. We do not want to help ourselves in a house/kitchen whete we are only guests or at least one should tell us that we're allowed to. As breakfast was an argument when we had booked our room in Dublin, I have to admit I wouldn't book thete again - sorry. But that was the only thing. Otherwise thank you for the cosy stay!

    Sarah2016-11-01T00:00:00Z
  • Vanessa is a great host, the room and the bathroom are clean and cosy. We had a great time at Vanessas house.

    Imke2016-09-29T00:00:00Z
  • We had a great last night in Ireland at Vanessa's house. She even was flexible on the time we arrived because we wanted to drop the bags and leave the car at the house. The bedroom was clean and comfy :) We had breakfast with the other AirBnb guest and it was cool!

    Sophie2016-05-13T00:00:00Z
  • I thoroughly enjoyed my stay with Vanessa. She is very easy to get on with and made me feel so at home. Would love to stay again.

    James2016-05-31T00:00:00Z
  • We stayed at Vanessa's place for two nights and we only can recommend this place: - a tidy and big room - easy to get to and back from the city by bus (Station near by) Oveall a great spot to stay for exploring Dublin.

    Klemens2017-07-09T00:00:00Z
  • We arrived late due to our flight being delayed and Vanessa greeted us with a warm welcome. The house is absolutely beautiful. Lovely big rooms and very tastefully decorated. Our room was perfect with large ensuite with a very powerful shower. The house is situated in a quiet location in a very affluent area. Great bars and restaurants close by. We had the best nights sleep, due to no traffic noise, an immensely comfy bed and lovely heavy curtains which blocked out the early morning sun. We came down to breakfast and everything was laid out for us and we helped ourselves. We thoroughly enjoyed our brief stay in Vanessa's house. Her little baby boy as absolutely adorable and we didn't hear a peep from him the whole time we were there. I would highly recommend a stay here.

    Lynne2016-04-10T00:00:00Z
  • Absolutely gorgeous room with a beautifully finished ensuite with great location. We were forewarned about the baby but we're not disturbed in the slightest. I would love to stay here again.

    Joe2015-12-30T00:00:00Z
  • Vanessa was a great host! Very accommodating and considerate. The room was really comfortable and the location is easy to get to from Dublin. We were able to drop off our bags after an early flight which was really helpful!

    Kerri2016-06-21T00:00:00Z
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    Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

    New Renovated Chic studio in excelent location! Private studio with own entrance, private kitchen and bathroom. It comes with 1 double bed with comfortable memory foam mattress and 1 guest bed. Highligths Temple bar-20 minutes City centre- 20-25 mins Next door is the most bigger European Park.."Phoenix Park" Dublin zoo -5 minutes walk Bus station -1 minutes walk Heuston station{Bus and train station,routes go to Cliff of moher,Galway, Cork,etc}-10 minutes walk Guinness Factory-15 minutes walk
    The neighberhood is very peaceful and quite as it's surrounded by one of Europe’s largest city parks, the Phoenix Park which is also hosting British royal deers and multiple lakes with swans. This little piece of nature is just perfect to get away from city noise to relax and spend some quality time outdoor. All bathroom and Kitchen essential are provide. Bed lines and towels are provide. Space it comes with Smart tv... Also will provide bikes to explore Dublin, free of charge!
    The neighberhood is very peaceful and quite as it's surrounded by one of Europe’s largest city parks, the Phoenix Park which is also hosting British royal deers and multiple lakes with swans. This little piece of nature is just perfect to get away from city noise to relax and spend some quality time outdoor.
  • The apartment is near bus stops and next to the entrance of a public park. The road can be busy but our room to the back was quiet. Be quick when choosing the bikes - the available ones are unsafe.

    Gerald2017-08-13T00:00:00Z
  • Wonderful place to spend a weekend. It is next door to the beautiful Phoenix Park - as well as being so close to all the main sites in the centre of Dublin. Would highly recommend this perfect little apartment for anyone visiting the city.

    Joe2017-04-17T00:00:00Z
  • Great place to stay and so close to everything, just wish I had, had a few more days to enjoy more.

    Josephine2017-11-12T00:00:00Z
  • We had a lovely couple of days in this small but modern and well equipped apartement. Because of rainy weather conditions we did´nt use the bikes, but went by public transport (just around the corner) or by foot to the city centre. The neighboorhood is quiet and nice and the Phoenix Park right across the house was nice for a workout. I would definetely recommend to stay at Astas flat :)

    Rabauke2017-04-22T00:00:00Z
  • Beautiful, newer studio right next to Phoneix Park. Perfect for a couple or 1 person looking for somewhere out of the hustle and bustle of the city center but only a short bus ride away.

    Melissa2017-07-10T00:00:00Z
  • Very lovely little flat. Not super hard to find from airport just ask for infirmary road. Has everything you need inside would stay here everytime if possible! Highly recommended

    Quinn2017-03-12T00:00:00Z
  • The location is quite accurate and also very easily to reach from airport with the bus. Around the flat it has many things to offers (Irish pubs, bistro, cafe). To reach center is also not difficult either. The flat itself is very clean and it was exactly as described. Also peaceful. Communication with Asta was very great as she was asking us if everything is ok or not. I can strongly recommend this flat to other Airbnb-ers and if I come back to Dublin - Asta will be the first person that I'll ask for. Many thanks for everything, Nicky

    Nicky2017-02-20T00:00:00Z
  • This place was so cute and not far from a lot of things !

    Jasmine2017-05-24T00:00:00Z
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    Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

    Our modern 4th floor designer apartment is located close to the City Centre in Dublin's Bohemian quarter. The apartment is spacious & comfortable with bespoke fitted furniture & unique decoration throughout.
    Welcome to our unique Dublin City apartment. It's bright, airy and warm and decorated with solid hardwood floors, metallic paint and a selection of unusual artwork. It's a relaxing and comfortable place to be. It's carefully lit and can be configured for reading or working or can be transformed into a more relaxing environment. Each room features custom made fitted furniture with lots of storage space designed to maximise the potential of the room. The living room gives onto a balcony that overlooks the city skyline. You are welcome to smoke on the balcony if you wish. The smaller of the two bedrooms has a double bed and a door that gives onto the balcony. You can sit in bed drinking Fair Trade coffee and look out across the balcony to see Christchurch and the Spire. The larger bedroom features a king-size bed, storage space, a work-desk and loads of room! If you look out the window you can see the Guinness Factory and the Gravity Bar. We're happy to provide wireless WiFi, free parking for one car and Fair Trade tea, ground coffee, instant coffee and sugar. We'll also lay on some cookies, fresh bread and organic milk for your arrival. The apartment is located on the western side of the south city center, close to Guinness, Christchurch and Saint Patrick's Cathedral and it's a short walk to Dublin's city center and its various attractions.
    D8 is great! Historically, Dublin 8 was the industrial base of the city and many of the old factories and warehouses survived redevelopment and gentrification and are now home to a new generation of artists, designers and artisan manufacturers. Your master bedroom overlooks the Guinness factory and the Gravity Bar. The Guinness Storehouse is a couple of minutes walk away and is well worth the cost of entry, if only to experience a pint of Guinness with the most amazing panoramic view over the city. Nearby in Kilmainham Lane is the Irish Museum of Modern Art, and a little further out is Kilmainham Gaol, both worth a visit. On Thomas Street, about 5 minutes away is Manning's Bakery famous for traditional Dublin fare such as boxty. It's inexpensive, unpretentious and authentic and we'd recommend it for lunch - particularly if you have a sweet tooth! Across Thomas Street, beside John's Lane Church is the Thomas House, Dublin's best music bar. Quirky and friendly with a small music venue in the basement, TH is home to a variety of Dublin subcultures and is busy pretty much every night of the week. Back up the street, opposite St. Catherine's church (where Robert Emmet was executed in 1803) is Morelli's Fish and Chips. There are a number of chippers in D8 but we consider this to be the best! It's a good place for a midnight snack after an evening in Thomas House... Opposite Thomas House is Vicar Street, another music venue, usually hosting larger and more well known acts, it has a lovely bar that used to be open to the public, but sadly is now only open to ticket-holders. It's nice to look into though, it has some street sculptures outside and in the window is a Harley Davidson that once belonged to Larry Mullen from U2. Around the corner on Francis Street is the Tivoli Theatre, the car-park of which is notable as a sort of incubator for the Dublin graffiti scene. Francis Street is known as the antiques quarter and is worth a stroll if antiques are your thing. Adjacent to the apartment, in Newmarket Square are the Dublin Food Co-op and the Green Door Market. They're interesting places to hang out, maybe have brunch and purchase organic food. Depending on the day, sometimes the Food Co-op hosts other markets such as Pure Vintage, Fusion, Brocante and the Dublin Flea Market. Also nearby are Christchurch (you can see it form the balcony) and St. Patrick's Cathedrals, The Viking Splash Tours, Dublin Castle and Temple Bar (a 15 minute walk). In addition to all the things in D8, we're located a short walk from the more interesting parts of Dublin City Centre such as Georges Street (restaurants and bars), Wexford Street and Camden Street (restaurants, bars and music venues).
  • We met Elena & Luan. They were very welcoming and gave us a backround about themselves. They also suggested some tourist attractions, sites and places to eat and drink. The place was exactly like the descriptions and pictures and was in a great area of Dublin. Close to town centre, well positioned. Secure parking.

    Stephen2015-07-27T00:00:00Z
  • Elena and Luan's place was perfect for our time in Dublin. It was a great location...short walking distance to everything we wanted to see and do. We had a car...but once it was parked in the underground garage ( super convenient and included in our rental ) we never used it. We walked everywhere. Luan was kind enough to point out many points of interest for us to check out while we were in Dublin..and provided us with great recommendations for places to eat and hang out in the evening hours. There place was comfortable...and had all of the conveniences anyone would ever need. If we have to opportunity to return to Dublin we will definitely return to their place...and highly recommend it to everyone looking for a cool, stylish, and convenient place to stay. Don't hesitate to book with Elena and Luan...you won't be disappointed!!! Thanks again for opening your fabulous place to (URL HIDDEN) made our time in Dublin even better than we could have imagined. Cheers!!!

    Marcia2017-10-21T00:00:00Z
  • Wie were as a family with two kids in the wonderful apartment of Elena and Luan and it was just perfect for our three day stay in Dublin. Relaxing after the city tours, 10 min walks to all the main attractions, nice kitchen and super WIFI. Just a recommendation! Thanks Elena and Luan Best wishes from rainy Germany!

    Thomas2014-08-31T00:00:00Z
  • We really liked the apartment with a lot of nice details and very comfortable. We only missed a table and more chairs to have meals, as we were with our 3 years old son. Luan was a great host, he welcome us in the apartment and took his time to give us some tips. He provided us warm bread and lot of food in the fridge. We definetly recommend it!!

    Ana2017-08-22T00:00:00Z
  • We had a nice time at elena and luan's (URL HIDDEN) again for your good tips to visit the city!

    Chloé2015-01-03T00:00:00Z
  • Luan was a lovely host!The apartment is great and on a nice quite street but still centrally located enough that you could walk to town center. Half a block from Teelings the only actual distillery of Irish whiskey in Dublin. A great space for anyone who wants to experience a real apartment in a regular neighbor of Dublin. We walked around the neighborhood and enjoyed the non tourist shops and pubs with the local flavor. Mahalo Luan for a lovely Dublin experience!

    Sara2016-04-04T00:00:00Z
  • Luan's place was very convenient to all transportation and sites in Dublin. My family and I really appreciated Luan's help and advice about Dublin. He is friendly and helpful.

    Gerald2017-07-04T00:00:00Z
  • One of the best AirBnB's we've been to; really nice and hospitable people. Communication was friendly and easy, and everything went smoothly from booking till checkout. A really nice flat in walking distance to "everywhere".

    Marjo2017-06-09T00:00:00Z
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    Superb city centre location within walking distance of all major tourist attractions (see below for walking times). Located just outside the noisy pub and nightlife areas and overlooking a private roof garden for a peaceful nights sleep. Upscale, spacious (80 sq.m/860 sq.ft), modern, bright & chic apartment with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a balcony. The apartment contains everything you could expect for your stay and includes tasteful designer furniture and interiors.
    Perfect location! Major attractions walking time: > The river Liffey, Smithfield Tram station, Jameson Distillery, Smithfield Square, Dublin Tourist Bus Stop - 1 minute > Christchurch Cathedral - 7 minutes > Temple Bar, Henry Street - 10 minutes > O'Connell Street & Dublin Visitor centre, Phoenix Park, Guinness Storehouse - 12 minutes > Grafton Street - 15 minutes This fantastic 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom modern apartment is ideally located in Dublin city centre within walking distance to all Dublin's major tourist attractions and 1 minute walk to Smithfield central tram station. The 2 bedrooms and living room overlook a private roof garden which ensures a low level of noise and a safe/peaceful nights sleep in the city centre yet just outside the noisy pub and nightlife areas (e.g. temple bar, along the Quays, etc). The apartment itself contains 2 spacious double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms both with shower and toilet facilities, a fully fitted modern kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, large fridge freezer, crockery, glasses, all utensils, etc.), a large living room/dining room area with floor length windows leading onto a balcony with a view of the private roof garden. We have carefully crafted detailed arrival instructions as well as a wide variety of tips/advice for the apartment, local area and Dublin city in general! We have put a lot of effort into these documents and improve them on a regular basis. Bedroom 1 - Double bed (2 persons) Bedroom 2 - Double bed (2 persons) Living room - Sofa bed (2 persons) Luggage storage available before checking in and after checking out. 24 hour check-in at any time after 3pm is fine. The apartment has plenty of space for you to relax in peacefully with Dublin on your doorstep. An elevator takes you up up to our apartment and parking is available in the large public underground car park (prices vary). The apartment is professionally cleaned after every guest and freshly laundered bed sheets and towels come as standard with each booking. Both bedrooms have brand new deep fill, hotel grade mattresses and the bed sheets are 100% cotton with high thread count of minimum 200 threads per square inch. Duvets and pillows for all beds are hotel grade and a comfortable mattress topper ensures a good nights sleep.
    Smithfield is a trendy inner city area just north of the river Liffey. Some local Artisian highlights of the Smithfield complex include the Light House Cinema/Gallery, the Generator Hostel, Third Space Cafe, Oscars Bar & Restaurant and the Fresh Good Food Shop. Despite the excellent location, the area is very quiet and removed from the bustling nightlife districts of Dublin city centre. Furthermore, the area is very safe and the building is secure.
  • Liam was fantastic from booking to check-out. His instructions were crystal clear- we had no issues finding the apartment, checking in, and getting settled. The apartment was exactly as shown on the listing, and was very clean. We were within walking distance of restaurants, bars, and other attractions and had no issues with safety in the neighborhood. We'd happily recommend this apartment to others.

    Susan2016-07-07T00:00:00Z
  • This is a great apartment, close to cafes and public transportation. We very much enjoyed our stay.

    Katie2017-07-20T00:00:00Z
  • Nice, clean apartment. Close to lots of public transport, shops. We had a good break at Liams apartment his instructions and correspondance were spot on. Only negatives were we couldnt get water hot enough in the main bathroom and it was quite bright in the evenings so thicker curtains in all rooms would have been nice. It was a nice modern quiet area where the flat is located, there was the odd inconsiderate drunkard who got a bit vocal in the early hours during the weekend but being in a build up area near bars its to be expected. Overall first airbnb trip and we were pleased with the stay at Liams place.

    Rachael2017-02-18T00:00:00Z
  • Quite possibly the best AirBnb I've stayed in thus far! Was super clean when we arrived and the apartment has all the amenities you could think of needing. The decor is also really nice as well. Four of us were comfortably able to utilize the place. The location, while not in the middle of everything, was great for us as we all really enjoy walking and we got nice views as we passed by the river to get to the other areas of the city. It's definitely close enough to walk to all the central spots in Dublin. We also found some pretty good eats in our surrounding neighborhood. Liam also reached out ahead of hand and sent very detailed instructions and handbooks which came in very, very useful. The only minor issue we had was the drain in the large shower was not working well and the water would pool, but this was solved once you took out the drain cover. The other smaller shower that's ensuite worked great. I definitely wouldn't hesitate to stay here again in the future!

    Jennifer2017-04-02T00:00:00Z
  • Great place, great location, amazing communication from Liam the host. Everything was so easy! Definitely recommend.

    amy2017-04-08T00:00:00Z
  • The apartment was exactly like the pictures shown. Liam was a great host, super organized and attencious. Definitely worth it.

    Mariana2017-07-17T00:00:00Z
  • This was the ideal place to stay in Dublin. Walking distance to everything. And good food close by. I woul highly recommend this place to anyone staying in Dublin. The arrival process was so easy with photos and descriptions of the area and building. Thank you.

    Nancy2016-10-04T00:00:00Z
  • We spent four days in Dublin in Liam's apartment. It is centrally located in Dublin, close to pubs, restaurants, coffee shops (go right across the street to Proper Coffee), nightlife, shopping, etc. We arrived early and Liam graciously allowed us to check-in early -- which was so wonderful after a long haul flight from Los Angeles. The beds are super comfortable, and the apartment has everything you need to feel at home while on vacation in a different country. He neatly outlines everything in a handbook that makes it simple and easy to locate the apartment and navigate around the city. He was also available for any questions, tips, or recommendations that were not already included in the handbook. Do yourself a favor and book Liam's apartment! It will make your stay in Dublin even more enjoyable and comfortable!

    Aaron2017-03-06T00:00:00Z
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    The following is what past guests have said that they love about this property; Guests commented on how old world and elegent it looks. You have a sense of being in the country with birds and squirrels in the trees but yet you are only 10 minutes to the airport and 10 minutes to the city centre. Everyone adored our closeness to the phoenix park - the pool room looks into the park.There are many activities in the park including the zoo, the hop on hop off bus, segways, rent a bike to name a few.
    The apartment is a 4 bedroom 2.5 bathroom home separated from our own house around a courtyard near the world renowned Phoenix Park, home to the President of Ireland and the American Embassy. The park is very historic with several interesting building to explore and it is home to Dublin Zoo and also home to Cricket, Polo, and a great park to rent bikes and meander around. About our home: Our home is special as the atmosphere is relaxed,friendly and we will endeavour to help our guests have the best time possible. We have a separate self contained sauna all year round and a heated swimming pool at your disposal. There are 4 bedrooms; bedroom 1 & 2 have king size beds and are ensuite. Bedroom 3 has a double sized bed and bedroom 4: King size bed and single bed. In total beds for 9 people. Only 5 km from the centre of Dublin. Dublin is an intimate city with a bustling night life with a great choice of good restaurants. In our welcome book we have suggestions for restaurants in Dublin. Suitable for Business travellers, couples and families of up to 9 who are intending on discovering Ireland. Also suitable for events such as the Bloom Garden Festival, The Royal Dublin Horse Show, Dublin Marathon and many more events. Public transport is 50 meters from the house and by car, Dublin Centre is 5km.aaww
    Our house is located at the gate of the famous Phoenix Park. The house has a beautiful country feel about it but yet it is 10 minutes from the City Centre. We are within 10 mins drive of 5 golf courses, so we are ideal for golf enthusiasts. We are only 20 minutes drive also from the Dublin mountains again ideal for hill walkers,and those that like horse riding.The village of Castleknock is 8 minutes walk from the house. Here you have 5 restaurants 3 pubs and all local amenities like hair dressers, dry cleaners, beauticians etc. As we are at the Phoenix Park gate, our house is ideally situated for any event being held in the Phoenix park, like Bloom in June, Iron Man in August and motor racing and Dublin Marathon
  • Irish hospitality at it's best! On our arrival we were warmly greeted into Sarah's home and what a set up! Sarah's warm and friendly personality was a very welcomed introduction to her home and family members! A very lovely family! Their very interesting and beautiful home which is neatly tucked away from the main road is an oasis, but very close to bus routes and an easy 20 mins into Dublin city centre! We left our car at the premises and bused it in most times! Our accommodation had absolutely everything we needed plus! Plenty of room, very clean and an absolutely devine bed and pillows!!! The kitchen/dining room is set up with everything you need, fridge full of goodies, fresh bread, fruit and little surprises like Danish pastries when we arrived and delivery of fresh croissants in the morning! What a treat! The great thing was that you are able to have lots of privacy or have nice chatty drinks with Sarah and hubby Michael, very nice!! We had a great time staying at Sarah's and wouldn't think twice about doing it again, a great stay! We didn't just stay at Sarah's we had a great experience and made friends! Thanks Sarah! Phil and Gill

    Philip2015-04-30T00:00:00Z
  • Sarah was brilliant at keeping in touch and called us literally when we were a minute away with directions to her home. Her property is lovely and self contained, if we hadn't of wanted to see Dublin city centre so much we could have just chilled out there! Sarah and family were helpful giving us ideas of places to visit and the bus links to town are great, but you can actually also walk to town as we did through Pheonix park. We'll be back with a larger group of friends or family in the future to make use of the pool / sauna :-)

    Gemma2015-09-28T00:00:00Z
  • Sarah's family was very friendly. They made our Ireland experience extra special by going out of their way to meet our needs and to make our stay comfortable. We certainly took advantage of the sauna and swim pooling. If visiting Ireland in the future, we will plan to stay again.

    Mark2016-04-04T00:00:00Z
  • This is a lovely place to stay. We stayed here just one night, before we flew out of the very conveniently located Dublin Airport. The home is located in a very green area, adjacent to a lovely park, perfect for running, walking and cycling. Also easy access to a few restaurants, just 10 minutes by foot. The space is huge very private and very, very clean and lovely. A private bathrooms and kitchen is always nice. The indoor pool and sauna were also appreciated.

    Susannah2015-08-27T00:00:00Z
  • This is a super venue. We loved the pool and sauna and if the weather had been unkind there was enough to do with the Pool Room and Fitness Room to keep everyone happy. Sarah certainly knows about Irish hospitality.

    Irene2017-04-08T00:00:00Z
  • This was our first time experiencing a property through air bnb and we were not disappointed. Sarah is a fabulous and friendly host. The house is amazing and even better that Sarah is a pet lover so we were able to take our dog who made herself at home in Sarah's house too. We are already planning our next stay. Our boys enjoyed the pool and games room and we really enjoyed every minute

    Marie Therese2017-08-25T00:00:00Z
  • Sarah was an excellent host. She met us upon arrival, joined us for interesting conversation, gave us directions to great local restaurants, and asked what we would like to have for breakfast. Her home is beautiful and the surrounding neighborhood upscale and close to a park.

    Sherrie2015-10-13T00:00:00Z
  • Beautiful home and welcome from Sarah. Great location just beside the phoenix park and 10 mins by taxi to city centre. The house is fab..very comfortable and we especially loved the pool! Will definitely return. Many thanks Sarah!!

    Deirdre2016-07-23T00:00:00Z
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    Fantastic Apartment in the heart of the city with river views. Refurbished by award winning A2 architects, this unique space offers modern, bright open plan accommodation with amazing views of the Ha'penny Bridge, one of Dublin most famous landmarks.
    Fantastic Apartment in the heart of the city with river views. Refurbished by award winning A2 architects, this unique space offers modern, bright open plan accommodation with amazing views of the Ha'penny Bridge, one of Dublin most famous landmarks. Recently renovated by award winning A2 Architects, my 2nd floor, open plan studio apartment offers the perfect location to stay in Dublin. Situated right beside the symbol of Dublin, the Ha’penny Bridge, you are in the beating heart of the city. Everything is within walking distance, with Temple Bar and Trinity College for example just across the bridge and most other major sights a few minutes away . The airport bus is only 100 metres away, not to mention all the bars and restaurants just outside the door. Experiencing the true essence of Dublin couldn’t be any easier. Previously a 66-metres (710 sq ft) two-bedroom apartment, it was renovated to an open plan, creating a large space that allows full access to natural light. From the window overlooking the river Liffey, you get a great view of the sunset and the feeling of the city passing you by. It’s deceptively easy to just sit at the window and watch as people cross the Ha’penny bridge. I have Wi-fi, a great bathroom and fully functioning kitchen including a Nespresso coffee machine. Dublin is a conveniently compact city and my apartment is nestled right in the centre of it all, allowing for a hassle free, thoroughly enjoyable place to experience it to the full. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Location cannot be better. You are overlooking the River Liffey and directly above the beautiful Ha'penny Bridge. Cross the bridge and you are in Temple Bar with its numerous bars, restaurants, vintage clothes shops, Project Arts Centre, Gallery of Photography, Irish Film Institute and many other attractions. Dublin two main pedestrian shopping streets, Grafton and Henry St are about 5 minutes away. Trinity College with its famous Library is 3 minutes walk. Dublin is experiencing a Renaissance after a long recession and every week a new exciting restaurant, cultural space or play is opening. It is a great time to be visiting! The Aircoach bus from the airport drops you 5 minutes away. The LUAS tram stops in Jervis St 2 minutes away but the apartment is so central you probably won't be using public transport at all. I personally wouldn't recommend car hire as a lot of the streets are one way and it can be tricky to drive around if you are not familiar with the city. Notes: -The sofa bed in the pictures is BoConcept Melo 6070 Double Sofa with reclining and sleeping function. Size as double bed is 173cm wide x 197cm long so suitable for one or two people. -The Bed is King Size (150 x 200cm) and has a memory foam mattress Nespresso Lattissimma Plus Machine provided
    Location cannot be better. You are overlooking the River Liffey and directly above the beautiful Ha'penny Bridge. Cross the bridge and you are in Temple Bar with its numerous bars, restaurants, vintage clothes shops, Project Arts Centre, Gallery of Photography, Irish Film Institute and many other attractions. Dublin two main pedestrian shopping streets, Grafton and Henry St are about 5 minutes away. Trinity College with its famous Library is 3 minutes walk. Dublin is experiencing a Renaissance after a long recession and every week a new exciting restaurant, cultural space or play is opening. It is a great time to be visiting!
  • This flat was amazing. Dardo was so kind and hospitable. The flat was immaculately clean. The bed was extremely comfortable. Was a bit chilly in Dublin at the time, but the flat had heating which was lovely! Overall, will definitely visit Dublin again and will be staying in here!

    Larissa2015-03-07T00:00:00Z
  • Awesome place and perfect location. Easy access to everything we wanted to do. It was clean and well stocked. Dardo was very responsive, proactive, and polite. It was a wonderful experience. We used and liked his recommendations.

    Mary2014-06-06T00:00:00Z
  • We had a great stay at Dardo's apartment. It was exactly as pictured, clean, comfortable, and well-stocked. It has a beautiful view of the river and the Ha'penny Bridge, plus it's convenient for stopping in to grab an extra layer or raincoat or dropping off souvenirs. Leading up to our stay, Dardo was responsive and helpful. His friend, Maria, met us at check-in to show us the apartment and give us the keys. Dardo's instructions for getting to the apartment were perfect. The street noise is apparent late-night on the weekends, but it's nothing earplugs couldn't take care of (and Dardo was upfront about this beforehand). Plus, we could open the windows and enjoy some of the live music from the apartment before we were ready to turn in. We would absolutely stay here again.

    Katie2017-05-14T00:00:00Z
  • This apartment is in the best location possible to visit Dublin - the view is amazing and everything is within a few minutes. It had everything that you need for a stay and there was even fresh milk in the fridge to make tea. The apartment itself is even better than the pictures and the bed was incredibly comfortable. I will definitely rebook on my next visit!

    Brenda2014-06-03T00:00:00Z
  • Just about perfect as a short-let apartment - everything you need, minimal and unfussy, plenty of light, space and hot water. The most central possible location in Dublin, and with a view too. And if there's that typical Dublin deluge outside, you can always hole up with Dardo's fabulous library in English and Spanish.

    Sonja2013-04-17T00:00:00Z
  • Great few days at a perfectly located, beautifully presented apartment right in the centre of the action.

    Clare2017-09-23T00:00:00Z
  • Absolutely incredible experience!! The apartment couldn't be in a better location, was met at the apartment by the cleaner as Dardo was away, and she couldn't have been more helpful. The apartment itself is great; warm, spacious, with a great kitchen area and kept really clean. Dardo sent email after email with helpful advice and useful contact numbers before we arrived, then in the apartment itself he left a note with instructions, places to eat, drink and visit. We visited for New Year, and as you can imagine, Dublin didn't disappoint!

    Gareth2015-01-03T00:00:00Z
  • Dardo is truly the ideal Host. He is very well-traveled and knowledgable of the area, which allows him to anticipate the needs of his guests and provide everything that is necessary for a comfortable stay. I appreciated how he kept the lines of communication open prior to my arrival and was extremely helpful in providing useful information about the area and instructions on the best way to get to his apartment from the airport. Just a short bus ride away from the airport to his place, a one-way ticket will cost you only about 7 Euros. Dardo was kind enough to meet me near the bus stop to greet me and let me into the apartment, which was a short walk (less than 5 minutes) away. The studio apartment is very charming, exactly as you see it in the photos, with perfect views of the Ha'penny Bridge right outside the window and fully equipped with everything you could possible need during your stay. He pays careful attention to every detail to ensure you feel welcomed and relaxed throughout your visit. The apartment really is in the best location for exploring all that Dublin has to offer, and can be accessed easily on foot or by bus. There is also a nice variety of restaurants, traditional pubs, and shops conveniently located nearby throughout the neighborhood, making this the ideal spot for accommodations. You really couldn't ask for a better location or Host during your trip to Dublin!

    Kerrie2015-08-13T00:00:00Z
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    This stunning two bedroom apartment is located on Dame Street, Dublin 2, with most attractions within walking distance and only 2 minutes away from Temple bar area and easy access from/to the airport. With high speed internet connection and amazing location! There is private parking space near by the apartment behind the Jury's Inn hotel on Christ church only 5 min walking distance from the apartment , Prices are : Evening rate (18:00pm to 9:00 am 10 euros) (17:00 pm to midnight 7 euros)
    A contemporary flat that can sleep FIVE people comfortably is situated in the heart of Dublin city center next to the Ha'Penny Bridge and Dublin Castle one of the postal card of Dublin . In just two minutes walk ( 200 meters) you can be in the middle of the famous Temple Bar area with its lively pubs and restaurants. This property is ideally located in the city center, meaning you will be able to visit all the main sights on foot, saving money on public transportation and taxi. The kitchen is fully equipped with a microwave, a fridge, stove/hob, dishwasher, oven and everything you need for preparing your meals with complimentary coffee and tea. The bedrooms has two large double beds and plus a spacious wardrobe for storage needs. In case there are more than 4 people I can provide linen and duvet for the 5th guest with an additional cost specified on final pricing. There are two bathrooms in this apartment. For your comfort and convenience there is electrical central heating and free WiFi internet access throughout the flat. We also include a hair dryer, iron, washing machine and towels as standard in the apartment with ironing boards and travel cots available on request. Whether you are visiting Dublin for business or pleasure, this property will suit all your needs. Nearby is the well known O'Connell Street where you can find live music shows nightly. A short walk along the River Liffey and you can arrive at the Jameson Distillery. The guided tour is well worth the time!
    The neighborhood is vibrant, central and is located just in the heart of town . Cross the road from Olympia Theatre, 5 minutes walking distance from Trinity College, St Patrick Cathedral and Christ church, 15 minutes walking distance from Guinness Factory and Old Jameson Distillery, 10 minutes walking distance from Stephen Green park and Grafton street. There are pubs on every corner, restaurants everywhere and the pedestrian-only shopping district is only meters away. Please note, during weekends this area can be a bit noisy but nothing disturbing.
  • What a fantastic location in a fantastic city. We had four adults comfortably stay in Adrians apartment. Every convenience is provided, but it is hard to spend much time inside when the city of Dublin is right outside your door. Go to Dublin and stay at Adrians place. Our mistake was only staying 4 days.

    Dave2016-07-05T00:00:00Z
  • Very near Temple Bar area, near bars and restaurants and shops. Taxi stand directly out side, very convenient! Bit noisy at night, it is a lively area. Good for 4 people, maybe 5. Shower water was not strong, but it is typical for European homes. Great for walking around.

    Janet2017-04-09T00:00:00Z
  • adrian was a fantastic host he made us feel welcome in his lovely apartment. The pictures on airbnb do not do the apartment justice, it is very warm and spacious. I would recommend this apartment to anyone who is looking for a central safe location.

    danielle2016-03-18T00:00:00Z
  • We were 6 at Adrian's apartment. That was very nice. The apartment is conform to the description : close to Dublin's center, quiet and confortable. Adrian was available to help us and reactive in case of problems. I recommend this place and its owner.

    Justine2016-04-30T00:00:00Z
  • Adrian was a great and very useful host! He helped us with all we need it and answered all our questions! We really had a good time in Ireland! The place was very clean and in a really good spot in Dublin! Honestly no complains at all!

    Biel2016-01-25T00:00:00Z
  • Adi was a very nice and communicated quickly. The apt has an amazing location for Dublin. The apt was very clean, candles were lit for our arrival and the whole apt smelled amazing, even the bed linens!

    Teresa2016-10-21T00:00:00Z
  • Both Adrian and Thiago were fantastically accommodating, helpful and very friendly. The apartment is great, and the location couldn't be better!

    Steven2016-08-24T00:00:00Z
  • Adi's place is great. Very close to everything and super clean. Adi is always there if you need anything. 100% Recommendable.

    Javier2017-05-25T00:00:00Z
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    Luxury four bedroom House in the most fashionable area of Dublin. Ballsbridge is an excellent area of Dublin, close to all the action, the house is only 20 minute walk to Grafton Street/Trinity Collage, great pubs and restaurants in the area.
    This is a Luxury four bedroom house set in the heart of Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. This luxury house consists of 4 double bedrooms, 2 of which are en-suite, all double bedrooms have either a king size or super king size double bed, , all rooms have TVs, desk, chair, mirror, fast internet access throughout the house Kitchen with all mod cons. Bright living area. The house is very energy efficient and eco friendly, including having a rain water harvesting system, solar panels, triple glazing etc. But the best thing about this house is its super location.
    The Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 area, is an exclusive area of Dublin, only a 15 minute walk to Grafton Street/Trinity Collage. The area is full of great restaurants, bars and shops. This area is also extremely safe, and a great place to be based to explore Dublin.
  • Desmond made checking in a breeze as he is right around the corner. Checking out was even easier! The house was spacious and comfortable. We slept well in the comfortable beds and the showers were great too. I only wish we had been there longer. The location is very pleasant and Desmond gave us wonderful recommendations for neighborhood pubs and restaurants on the evening when we wanted to stay close to home. We were lucky enough to arrive on a sunny day and really enjoyed sitting out on the back patio. It's a very quiet sanctuary but still easy access to the busy city outside. Overall wonderful experience!

    Tristen2016-08-18T00:00:00Z
  • Beautiful place, clean and modern. Desmond was very easy and nice to work with. We definitely recommend staying in his house to enhance your stay in Dublin !

    Aurelie2016-04-23T00:00:00Z
  • Desmond gave us a really warm welcome and a quick tour around. It was especially nice to have milk and juice in the fridge and plenty of choice for breakfast. The house is modern and really nicely decorated exactly as the photos show. It was great having a drive for our car, some outside space as well as a nearby spar and plenty of choice for take away or dinner out and to be able to walk in to town. We'd definitely stay again next time we're visiting Dublin. Thank you Desmond!

    Caroline2016-04-16T00:00:00Z
  • Absolutely recommend this apartment. It was spacious, beautiful and absolutely spotless. Desmond was very easy to communicate with and very generous providing breads, cereals, tea/coffee, biscuits and other items that really made it feel homely. The beds were huge and so comfortable and the house was easy to keep warm. I would absolutely book with Desmond again.

    Leanne2016-10-21T00:00:00Z
  • Everything was better then expected.

    Teri2016-08-09T00:00:00Z
  • Amazing place and host, you need to go there, specially for big groups !!!!

    bbensadon2016-01-18T00:00:00Z
  • Perfect host, amazing apartement, fully furnished, brand new. the best apartment I have been in Aribnb.

    Enrico2016-07-04T00:00:00Z
  • Wonderful home that is nicely furnished and the rooms spacious and immaculate. Great location within walking distance to many wonderful restaurants shops and pubs. We had a wonderful stay!

    Jan2017-03-16T00:00:00Z
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    Our place is right in the middle of Dublin in the IFSC, only a couple of minutes away on foot to the The Brew Dock, Connolly Station, O'Connell Street and the River Liffey among many others. I believe you’ll love our duplex because it's spacious yet comfy with a massive terrace overlooking the Harbour dock. The location is ideal and very secure as it forms part of a private gated development. It is ideal for couples, solo adventurers, business travellers, families (with kids), and small groups.
  • Great place everything you need for couple of days touring and enjoying a great city local to everything you need. Duncan was a great host and kept in contact over our stay to make sure we had a great time and if we needed anything was happy to help.

    Joe2017-02-05T00:00:00Z
  • Duncan's place was a great accommodation for a family of four. We had easy access to the downtown areas of the city. We were able to walk to any of the major tourist attractions in the city. Duncan and Gabrielle were easy to work with and very timely with communications. I would recommend Duncan's place to others!

    Karrie2017-07-27T00:00:00Z
  • I had a great time spending a weekend at Duncan's place. His apartment is walking distance from all the major sights. The apartment was lovely and clean. Gabrielle and Duncan were also very responsive with assistance when requested. I would highly recommend this airbnb to anyone who would book a trip to Dublin. Thanks again Duncan for the booking! Cheers Dan

    Dan2017-02-23T00:00:00Z
  • We were made to feel very welcome. Our host kept in touch throughout and made us feel very welcome and recommended some fab places to go. Very special time thanks to Duncan

    Meryl2016-10-04T00:00:00Z
  • Duncan's place was a perfect home base for our family of four. The two teens had their own room at the top of the stairs with plenty of space to spread out. The patio was a great place to enjoy the sunny (!) Dublin weather. Duncan was responsive to all of our questions and checked on us frequently during the stay. It was also an easy walk to most things on our list - Trinity College, Temple Bar, shopping and eats. For those arriving/departing by train from Connolly station, the one-two minute walk to Duncan's main gate is priceless! We felt secure and relaxed - thanks Duncan and Gabrielle!

    Jeannie2017-06-21T00:00:00Z
  • Duncan's place is in a great location for exploring the city. It's close to shopping, restaurants, grocery stores and train and bus stations. The house was cozy and had everything we needed for going out or staying in and cooking. Duncan and Gaby were very helpful with getting us settled in and giving suggestions for a great stay. I would certainly stay here again.

    Theresa2017-01-16T00:00:00Z
  • Duncan's apartment is absolutely perfect for a stay in Dublin. It is centrally located in a very safe area with plenty of restaurants and shops just a street away. Located a 10 minute stroll from O'Connell St it is a perfect place to base yourself. It was perfectly clean and well equipped with everything you could need including a large TV with loads of channels. The wifi was excellent and I loved the big balcony overlooking part of the Liffey river - it is a lovely apartment complex. Nothing was too much trouble for Duncan, I had two amendments to my booking and he didn't mind in the slightest. All in all a lovely place and I will definitely stay again.

    Karen2016-09-09T00:00:00Z
  • We spent just a night in dublin and Duncan was a really good host, nice apartment, a couple of stops from the center by tram!

    Maxime2016-08-09T00:00:00Z
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    Spacious 2 bed apartment in the heart of Temple bar, Dublin's cultural and tourist centre. Located beside the Smock Alley theater and the Gaiety School of Acting It is the ideal spot to explore the city The area is one of Dublin's liveliest districts and has some of Dublin's most fashionable restaurants and historic pubs. Dublin's premier shopping area, Henry Street, is just around the corner and Temple Bar and Trinity College are only 7 - 8 minute
    There is a large living room area with loads of natural light. There is a large double room with a double bed and a larger room with a double and a single bed. There is also a pull out sofa bed in the living room.
    You will be in the heart of Temple Bar which will put close to all Dublin's tourist sites and is a great base to explore our wonderful city!
  • The location of this place is awesome. Ciaran was great with communication and loved the place!

    Samir2017-10-02T00:00:00Z
  • Great place right downtown. Near a lot of good shops and restaurants.

    Zach2017-03-18T00:00:00Z
  • This was my first air b&b expernice and We were so pleased with our stay at Ciarans apartment. We flew in early and he allowed us to drop our bags off which made the remainder of our day hassle free. Do not be put off by the main apartment door - the flat inside is absolutely lovely! Really bright spacious and clean, with comfortable beds, clean linen and great applicances. It was slightly noisy in the evening - what can you expect when you are 2 minutes from the main nightlife of Dublin. Excellent location, especially if you are looking for a base near the main bars and pubs. Can not speak highly enough of the flat. Thank you!

    Lora2016-09-19T00:00:00Z
  • 5 star experience. Did exactly what it said on the tin

    Liam2015-10-09T00:00:00Z
  • Our host had everything in order ready for our arrival. A bottle of wine and some chocolates awaited us. There were plenty of options for sleeping accommodations.

    Joyce2016-10-18T00:00:00Z
  • Great location for seeing sights in Dublin. Suitable for a family of 5. Easy to public transportation. Host was very responsive and provided helpful information.

    Brenda2017-05-18T00:00:00Z
  • Absolutely fabulous apartment and Ciaran was a brilliant and welcoming host who was really accomodating. Highly recommend Ciarans place to anyone. :)

    Joan2016-12-22T00:00:00Z
  • Great location. We weren't able to gain access to the room until 2pm (as is stated) but he had someone meet us at 730am to take our bags for us so we could explore the city. When we got to the room at 2, our bags were already in the rental. That was much appreciated. The place was great, super clean, plenty of towels, etc. Bottle of wine was just what we needed that evening after a long day. Would highly recommend.

    Mike2016-03-26T00:00:00Z
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    Single room in family home. Bathroom with large bath & power shower (not ensuite). Towels and toiletries provided. 7 minute walk to Cowper luas tram stop (5 stops to city centre). Free on-street parking. Short walk to shops and restaurants in Rathmines, Rathgar or Ranelagh. Breakfast provided - cereals, breads, fruit.
    Cosy family home in quiet neighbourhood. This room is in regular use by family, so there are drawers that are in use, however there is plenty of hanging space: an empty wardrobe for you to use.
    Dartry is a quiet suburb located 4km from O'Connell street in the city centre. Walking to St. Stephens green / Grafton street area will take about 45 minutes. We are a 10 minute walk to Rathgar, Rathmines and Ranelagh - all have a selection of supermarkets, restaurants, cafes, take-aways and pubs as well as banks, various shops, boutiques and services. Palmerston Park is around the corner from our home, as is the small botanic gardens run by Trinity College department of botany. The Dodder river is 5 minutes away and you can walk along the river bank westward for a nice stroll among trees and wildlife.
  • Vanessa was a lovely & friendly host. Her home is beautiful, clean & so so comfortable. It was super east to get to from a short walk from the luas. I got a bus around the corner from the house back into the city & it was no more than 20 mins.perfect. a lovely breakfast was awaiting me in the morning which was lovely. Super host, super home & I would stay again. Thanks Vanessa.

    Aisling2016-04-03T00:00:00Z
  • Very friendly and Great Host! Felt like Home

    harvinder Singh2017-09-16T00:00:00Z
  • More than happy to recommend Vanessa's place to any who wants to have nice and comfy stay in Dublin.

    Mantas2017-10-05T00:00:00Z
  • Vanessa was the perfect host. Her home the perfect base-camp for my 6day Dublin experience. Beeing in the lovely and quiet south part of the town you get into the centre by bus or tram without any problems, even at night. Vanessa has a lovely family and a beautiful home. If I come back to Dublin I already know where I will stay. Thanks again!

    Philipp2017-08-06T00:00:00Z
  • Vanessa was a wonderful host and her home is beautiful and set in a lovely quiet location. When I arrived she shared some great tips about Dublin and offered me some blueberry pancakes that she was making :) Over the several days that I stayed in her home she made me feel very comfortable and was very accommodating, lending me pamphlets about Dublin and a charger I had forgotten. I would highly recommend Venessa and her home!

    Alex2016-05-31T00:00:00Z
  • Clean, quiet, and comfortable. Lovely host.

    Tess2017-04-14T00:00:00Z
  • Vanessa's house is beautiful and spacious and every thing as stated in her website. Breakfast was excellent and I met some interesting fellow guests from various places in the world. The area she lives in is also very beautiful and public transport is very good with a frequent bus to central Dublin at the end of her street and the tram about 10 minutes away. I had a very good experience and would stay again

    Patrick2017-10-28T00:00:00Z
  • Staying with Vanessa was absolutely amazing. She is such a lovely person, very helpful and kind. She gave me a couple of restaurant reccomendations and they were delicious. The room was fully equipped with all the visitors information you could ever hope for. One tip though, if you are looking into a bookable event, do book at least a week in advance seeing as pub crawls and tours fill up very quickly. The room was so great to come home to, and the breakfast pleasant as well. I could not have imagined staying in a better location for my time in Ireland.

    Anna2016-08-22T00:00:00Z
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    Fantastic, top-floor, two-bedroom apartment in a beautiful, old building in the very, very heart of Dublin City. Dublin City is quite literally at your fingertips! This is the best located Airbnb listing in Dublin - and that's no exaggeration.
    Top-floor, TWO-BEDROOM apartment in an Edwardian building right in the heart of Dublin city's old historic centre. It has unique won't-find-anywhere-else views of Dublin Castle and City Hall, two of Dublin's most iconic historic landmarks. The building is on Dame Street in Dublin 2, and is just a couple of minutes (or less) walk from all of Dublin's historic, cultural, social and tourist attractions. The apartment is full of history, tradition and character. It occupies the top floor of an old Edwardian building, located midway along Dame Street, which links Trinity College to Christ Church Cathedral. As well as views over Dublin Castle and Dublin City Hall from the living room and one bedroom, the other bedroom looks west towards Christ Church Cathedral. Where else would you get it? The apartment has been completely renovated in recent years (so has all the modern conveniences you could want, including fast WiFi internet connection, central heating, an electric shower and a fully-fitted kitchen), its original period features have been preserved (including solid oak wood flooring in the living room and bedrooms, granite stone flooring and a wonderful Belfast sink in the kitchen, and large sash windows in every room). It has two bedrooms (one with a double bed, the other with two single beds), a decent-sized living room with a kitchen off and a bathroom. Every room has large sash windows characteristic of the Edwardian era (early 1900s), so the apartment is full of natural light (if you're lucky, sunshine too!) from early in the morning until late in the evening. Everything you might need (bed linen, towels and kitchen items) is provided, as well as a small library of books on Dublin. Free 30Mb Wifi.
    Have a glance at a map of Dublin and you'll see that Dame Street is right in the centre of everything that Dublin has to offer. Trinity College is at one end of Dame Street (3 minute walk from the apartment) and Christ Church Cathedral is at the other (2 minute walk in the other direction). On one side is Dublin Castle and City Hall, and on the other is Temple Bar. All other notable parts of the city – such as Grafton Street area, St Stephens Green, Merrion Square, O'Connell Street – are within a 10-15 minute walk. As well as being immersed in Dublin's history and culture, you're surrounded by the best cafes, restaurants, pubs and shopping in Dublin.
  • Amazing weekend with friends, Garrett was the perfect host, he answers to you really quickly and try to help you. The flat is located at the best place to go out, so you don't need to take the bus or anything else because you are already in the center by walk. I recommend this flat to all my friends and next time that I will come in Dublin I will book this flat again ! Thank you Garret !

    Manuel2015-11-16T00:00:00Z
  • The apartment has a very warm and welcoming feel. It is a great location for visiting many historic sites and is conveniently located close to grocery stores and restaurants. It is a busy location but if you want to be in the middle of everything it is perfect. Garrett was an extremely helpful and responsive host. Our family of four enjoyed our stay in Dublin very much!

    E2015-09-08T00:00:00Z
  • Lovely apartment that's ideally located for everything. Bus routes for the airport and tour buses on the road outside the apartment. Just a stroll down to Temple bar and the river. Queen of Tarts visit is a must as it's under the apartment. Loved our trip to Dublin. We will definitely be back and would stay at Garrett's apartment again.

    Matthew2017-01-08T00:00:00Z
  • The experience Garrett provided was flawless: from the first contact to the apartment. The apartment looks just like in the pictures and is ideally located to explore Dublin. The restaurant and pub tips were great!

    Christian2016-09-12T00:00:00Z
  • Really great apartment in one of the nicest parts of the city centre and probably the nicest place that I have ever stayed in Dublin. There is a view over Dublin Castle and it is just beside Georgre's/Camden street, Temple Bar, Trinity, Guinness Storehouse etc etc. There are great restaurants and bars all within a block or two. The apartment was really clean and well kept. I would really recommend this apartment to anyone visiting Dublin for a few days. Ronan met us at the apartment and both Ronan and Garrett were very helpful with information both before and upon our arrival.

    Elaine2012-09-17T00:00:00Z
  • Garrett was great! Everything was even better than expected. His brother greeted us and was extremely welcoming and friendly. The apartment was super clean & the location can't be beat! Garrett even provided us with extensive information on great restaurants, sights, and transportation for the city. If I ever return to Dublin I would definitely stay here again!

    Rae2014-10-19T00:00:00Z
  • Garrett was an amazing host who prepared an information package about all the best cafes, pubs and markets in the neighborhood. The flat is perfectly located within walking distance of all the important sites you want to visit. Be need to stay anywhere else in Dublin.

    Mark2015-07-18T00:00:00Z
  • We were welcomed perfectly on time by Garretts friend and had a wonderful time at his place. The location is truly amazing and the apartment was lovely. Garrett answered our questions concerning couch bed and time of departure right away by text message, making us feel well taken care of.

    Carla2015-06-24T00:00:00Z
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    Superb city centre location within walking distance of all major tourist attractions (see below for times). Located just outside the noisy pub and nightlife areas and overlooking a private roof garden for a peaceful nights sleep. Elegant, designer and upscale apartment with 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom and a balcony. The apartment contains everything you could expect for your stay and includes tasteful designer furniture and interiors. The space and high quality interiors are kept immaculately clean.
    This fantastic 1 bedroom modern apartment is ideally located in Dublin city centre within walking distance to all Dublin's major tourist attractions and 1 minute walk to Smithfield central tram station. The bedroom and living room overlook a private roof garden which ensures a low level of noise and a safe/peaceful nights sleep just outside the noisy pub and nightlife areas (e.g. temple bar, along the Quays, etc). The apartment itself contains 1 spacious double bedroom, 1 bathroom with shower and toilet facilities, a fully fitted modern kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, large fridge freezer, crockery, glasses, all utensils, etc.), a large living room/dining room area with floor length windows leading onto a balcony with a view of the private roof garden. We have carefully crafted detailed arrival instructions as well as a wide variety of tips/advice for the apartment, local area and Dublin city in general! We have put a lot of effort into these documents and improve them on a regular basis. Bedroom 1 - Double bed for 2 persons Living room - Double Sofa Bed for 2 persons Luggage storage available before checking in and after checking out. 24 hour check-in at any time after 3pm is fine. The apartment has plenty of space for you to relax in peacefully with Dublin on your doorstep. An elevator takes you up to our apartment. Parking is available in the large public underground car park (prices vary). Major attractions walking time: > The river Liffey, Smithfield Tram station, Jameson Distillery, Smithfield Square, Dublin Tourist Bus Stop - 1 minute > Christchurch Cathedral - 7 minutes > Temple Bar, Henry Street - 10 minutes > O'Connell Street & Dublin Visitor centre, Phoenix Park, Guinness Storehouse - 12 minutes > Grafton Street - 15 minutes The apartment is professionally cleaned after every guest and freshly laundered bed sheets and towels come as standard with each booking. The bedroom has a brand new deep fill, hotel grade mattress and the bed sheets are 100% cotton with high thread count of minimum 200 threads per square inch. Duvets and pillows for all beds are hotel grade and a comfortable mattress topper ensures a good nights sleep.
    Smithfield is a trendy inner city area just north of the river Liffey. Some local Artisian highlights of the Smithfield complex include the Light House Cinema/Gallery, the Generator Hostel, Third Space Cafe, Oscars Bar & Restaurant and the Fresh Good Food Shop. Despite the excellent location, the area is very quiet and removed from the bustling nightlife districts of Dublin city centre. Furthermore, the area is very safe and the building is secure.
  • The apartment is wonderfully appointed with everything you need for a stay in Dublin. The local market is very close for any food items and the local restaurants (particularly My Meat Wagon) are excellent. Checkin was flawless, communication with Liam was easy and checkin directions very accurate- no problems. Would highly recommend this apartment.

    Roxsane2017-05-26T00:00:00Z
  • Great location, easy to walk everywhere.

    Michael2017-03-20T00:00:00Z
  • Liam's place is just wonderful. Perfect for a couple getaway and the effort that has gone into providing guests with as much helpful information as possible was highly appreciated. We are definitely going to be retuning

    Beth2017-03-23T00:00:00Z
  • Worth every penny! Great experience to to bottom!

    Eva2017-01-16T00:00:00Z
  • Lovely flat in a peaceful area, very near from the heart of the city center

    Sébastien2017-01-27T00:00:00Z
  • Liam was very communicative before our stay with information and directions. Check in was easy and the apartment was immaculate and in a great location to walk to all of Dublin's major sights. We had a wonderful time. Liam even left recommendations for restaurants, pubs, etc. which was very helpful. I would stay in this flat again if traveling to Dublin in the future!

    Alyssa2016-08-10T00:00:00Z
  • Great location and great space!

    Krishnagiri2017-04-23T00:00:00Z
  • Thank you for being a great host! Good location, in walking distance for everything! Only downside of the stay was the limited amount of hot water! With 4 females we could only shower once a day and hair washing was a struggle! Other than that all was great!

    Jessica2017-02-28T00:00:00Z
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    Bright, spacious second-floor studio in beautiful, quiet Georgian house, overlooking a park, situated in a dynamic area of the city. Welcoming local host with years of hospitality experience.
    Come and have an authentic experience in one of Dublin's special Georgian apartments, situated on Mountjoy Square, in the heart of Dublin's North Georgian core, and just minutes from O'Connell Street. This large studio apartment is on the second floor of a beautiful redbrick townhouse, built in 1792. Both house and apartment retain all their original features, combined with modern comforts. It is approximately 400 sq ft, or 38m2. It has just been completely redecorated (July 2015) and has a smart new bathroom with a large walk-in high-pressure shower. It has a new 40" smart TV and DVD player. The well designed kitchen has a gas hob, electric oven, dishwasher and microwave, and all the equipment you might need to cook a gourmet meal. Basic condiments are provided as well as a generous 'welcome pack' for breakfast. All you need to buy is some bread! The East-facing apartment is flooded with light from the three full-length windows overlooking the gardens of Mountjoy Square. It has a Georgian pink marble period fireplace fitted with a high-output gas stove. The rest of the apartment is comfortably furnished with period furniture, including a Georgian dining table and four matching chairs, and a pair of comfortable leather tub chairs. There are Kashmir hand-loomed wool wraps, for cosy evenings in front of the fire. It is decorated with fine art prints from Graphic Studio Dublin. The bed folds away and has a comfortable double mattress, goose down duvet and pillows, and pure cotton sheets. Read in comfort with vintage Anglepoise reading lights. If needed, a single, contract-quality foldaway bed, and all linens are available for a extra guest. Please see photos. A surcharge of €10, to cover the cost of the extra laundry, applies for the use of the apartment as a twin. This will be collected in cash upon arrival. • You will receive a welcome pack of the basics- quality tea, coffee, home-made granola and preserves, fruit, juice and organic natural yoghurt and free-range eggs. • 100% cotton bed linen and towels are provided • Local tourist information and guide books available • Free wi-fi • Large flat-screen TV and DVD player, with selection of Irish themed DVD's • Library of Irish-themed books • Playing cards and board games • Hair dryer • Washing machine and dryer are available in the building- we will do your laundry for you - €10 charge CHECK-IN IS FROM 3pm, and CHECK-OUT IS BY 11am, please. We are happy to take in your luggage earlier. Please let us have your flight/arrival details, 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 on the way OUT of the city, 8 min. walk to LUAS Red line, DART, (Connolly and Tara) and city busses. Dublin Bikes stand opposite house.
    Mountjoy Square is situated just NE of the historic city centre, within walking distance of just about all the main city attractions. It is the most densely populated area in the entire city: 1500 people have front doors opening onto the Square. The house fronts onto a 4acre/1.5ha park, across a fairly busy street. YOU WILL HEAR TRAFFIC...Please bear in mind that this is NOT LEAFY SUBURBIA, but a vibrant, living city community and it's definitely gritty in places... Having said that, I have lived here, uneventfully, for nearly 38 years, and consider the trade-offs well worth it, for the excitement and convenience of having the city on my doorstep.. LOCAL GROCERY SHOPPING, SERVICES AND BREAKFAST OPTIONS In general, shopping hours are 9.30-6pm, with late-night shopping till 8pm on Thursdays. Sunday opening is from noon. BREAKFAST The Koffee and Kale, just around the corner, on Hill Street, has superb coffee and great pastries, and an interesting range of sandwiches/salads/wraps at lunchtime. The OldMusic Store on North Frederick Street is comfortable and reliable. Cafe 147 on Parnell Street also has good coffee. Later in the morning, and for lunch, I love the Cobalt Cafe on North Great Georges Street, LOCAL GROCERY SHOPPING Tops in Pops, just down the street to the right, for fresh local produce and basic groceries, 8.30am to 6pm Monday to Saturday. They are a fourth-generation local business, who have been trading on the site since 1931. The Londis corner store next door opens 8am to 10pm, but charge for privilege. There is an ATM machine at the back, right hand side of the store. Dunne's Stores, is the indigenous supermarket and department store chain, and has branches in every sizeable town throughout the country. There are two local branches. In North Earl Street, opposite O’Connell Street’s Spire, the Off-Licence (liquor store) is in a separate premises, a few doors apart - look for the James Joyce statue. You will find a bigger branch in the ILAC Shopping Centre, flanked by Henry Street, Moore Street and Parnell Street West (Moore Street entrance is opposite Paris Bakery). The other national supermarket, chain, my favourite, is Supervalu, with a branch on Talbot Street, one block east of Gardiner Street. Have a look at their FLAVOUR ACADEMY section, which highlights smaller, local artisan producers. There is Metro Tesco on Parnell Street West, just past the Rotunda Hospital. A main branch is to be found in the basement of the Jervis Centre, off Henry Street. Lidl have a branch on Moore Street, opposite Tesco, and Aldi a branch a little further along Parnell Street. Carney’s Butchers, is another multi-generational local family business, which prides itself on the quality of its meat. In keeping with local tradition, they sell fresh fish on Friday’s. F.X. Buckley’s Butchers have two local branches; Moore Street and Talbot Street. This is a very old Dublin business and they have everything; free-range pork, beef and lamb from their own herds, poultry, game in season and fish, and, in the Moore Street branch, a deli counter for cooked meats next door. They are very obliging, and the lads have a great line in smart (sassy) chat. POST OFFICES Nearest Post Office is Parnell Street East, at corner of Marlborough Street, but much nicer is the GPO, O’Connell Street. 1828 façade, but badly damaged in the 1916 Rising, and largely rebuilt in 1928. The main hall is beautiful, with all its original fittings intact. It also contains the iconic statue, by Oliver Shephard, The Dying Cuchullain. The brand-new museum Witness History, is in the basement, and interprets the revolution of 1916 brilliantly. BANKS Allied Irish Bank has a branch on O’Connell Street, at the SW junction with Parnell Street, opposite the Rotunda Hospital. Bank of Ireland has a branch at Lower O’Connell Street, on the east side of the street, between Middle Abbey Street and Ashton Quay. PHARMACIES Foley's Pharmacy on Parnell Street East is a 100+ year-old family business; they are very helpful. Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 9am 6pm. There is a late-night pharmacy, Hickey’s at 55 Lower O’Connell Street, (west side, within the block closest to the river). Opening hours: 8am -10pm M-F, 8.30am-10pm Saturday. 10am 10pm Sunday. Web: (EMAIL HIDDEN) MEDICAL AND DENTAL PRACTICES Mountjoy Medical Practice, Dr. Gerry Roebuck, Dr. Holly Porter (female) Dr. Colm Killeen. 2-3 Baker’s Yard, Portland Street North. TEL: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) or (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) OPENING HOURS: 9-1.30 and 3.30-5.30. €50 per visit. 8-minute walk away, to the North East of the Square, across the North Circular Road. Please ask for directions. Frederick Dental Practice is happy to see people on an emergency basis. Frederick Dental Practice, 33 North Frederick Street, Dublin 1 TEL: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). COST:€60. OPENING HOURS: 8AM- 5PM 8-minute walk away, to the West. Please ask for directions. PLACES OF WORSHIP: Roman Catholic: St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, Upper Gardiner Street. St. Mary's Metropolitan Church - the Pro-Cathedral, Marlborough. Sung Mass, 11am, Sundays, with the Palestrina Choir. St. Jospeh’s Church, Berkeley Road, Dublin 7. St. Teresa’s Church, off Grafton Street. Whitefriar Street Church, Aungier Street, Dublin 2. HOURS: Generally, Masses are on the hour or the half-hour. Many Catholic churches have Mass on Saturday evening, from 5pm onwards (check individual church websites), in addition to morning Masses. Church of Ireland: Christchurch Cathedral, Christchurch Place, Church of Ireland, sung Services Sundays, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Nicholas Street, Church of Ireland, sung services Sundays. St. Anne’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 Jewish: Dublin Hebrew Congregation (URL HIDDEN) Daily services in Synagogue at 32a Rathfarnham Road, Public Transport: Buses: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). Get off at Terenure Cross (road). Walk up Rathfarnham Road, pass AIB Bank and one row of terraced houses; shul is next building, with wooden/metal security gates. Across the street is a shop called Window Fashions. Dublin Jewish Progressive Congregation (DJPC) Website: (URL HIDDEN) Email: (EMAIL HIDDEN) Postal: PO Box 3059, Dublin 6 President: Mrs Hilary Abrahamson Muslim: Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland (ICCI) 19 Roebuck Road, Clonskeagh, Dublin 14, Tel: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) Islamic Foundation of Ireland (IFI) 163 South Circular Road, Dublin 8. Tel: +(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) Anwar-ul-Madina Moore Street, Dublin 1. KARIN'S GUIDE TO THE CITY NORTHSIDE LOCAL RESTAURANTS: 'The Cobalt Cafe', in a beautiful Georgian house on North Great Georges Street, which doubles as a gallery, is great for lunch. Parnell Street East, Dublin's emerging 'Chinatown' is just a half a block to the south. My favourite is Viet Pho, a squeaky-clean, friendly Vietnamese restaurant. Look also for the Illy sign at No. 147- for some of the best coffee, soup and sandwiches going. Local fine dining is catered for at 'Mr. Fox', the new Northside outpost of 'The Pig's Ear', Nassau Street, overlooking Trinity College playing fields. They serve modern Irish food in a smart and comfortable basement setting, on Parnell Square West. Ross Lewis's incomparable Chapter One, on the North side of that Square, in the basement of the Writer's Museum, has had a Michelin star for years. The food is brilliant, and it's superbly comfortable and very professional, but has that laid-back quality that we Irish rate so highly. World class, but sans pretensions. But, it comes at a price, and the need to book at least two weeks in advance. Definitely one to consider for a special occasion. A long lazy lunch on Friday afternoon, is my favourite time. 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. A new one to consider is the Woollen Mills, at the Halfpenny Bridge - modern 'plates' at various prices, designed to be shared, and if your lucky, a view down on the river. They also offer a superb brunch at the weekends, as well as coffee and cakes throughout the day, all week long. 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 Heritage Parnell’, on Parnell Street West, just around the corner from O’Connell Street 'The Flowing Tide', on the corner of Marlborough Street, opposite the Abbey Theatre, is one of my favorites - after the curtain goes down in the Abbey, half the cast are likely to be at the bar. A few doors closer to O’Connell Street is Mulligan’s, another very nice pub, dating from the Edwardian era. '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’Neill’s' and 'Slattery's which is good for music. 'The Black Sheep' has the local craft beers covered, and does good bar food, (as does it's sister pub, ‘The Brew Dock’, on Store Street, at the bottom of Gardiner Street. The north side traditional music 'musician’s' bar is 'The Cobblestone', at the top of Smithfield, and is suitably grungy. DEPARTMENT STORES AND FASHION Henry Street, off O’Connell Street, at the SPIRE, is the premier shopping street on the north side of the river. Here you will find Arnott’s the local department store, which highlights Irish fashion and design, throughout the store, and has several nice cafes. Henry Street also contains large branches of Debenhams and Marks&Spencers, as well as branches of most of the high street fashion chains. There are two large shopping centres, the Jervis, with a large branch of Tesco’s in the Basement, and the ILAC, which has a Dunnes Department Store, with a Food Hall in the basement. (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.) Sadly Dublin lost Clery’s Department Store is on O’Connell Street in July 2015, but do have a look at the elegant 1940’s neo-classical façade, a mini version of Selfridges’s in London, while we wait to see what takes Clery's place. NORTHSIDE CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS 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, part of the Hugh Lane Bequest, which is 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 (9000 is 2012). 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 Red Line, going west, in Abbey Street, halfway between Mountjoy Square and the river, and you will be dropped at the ‘Museum’. The National Museum, Collins Barracks, housed in an old military barracks, dating from 1702, contains the Decorative Arts Collections, (basically, everything post 1700). Descend at the next stop, ‘Heuston’ for IMMA, Ireland's National Museum of Modern Art, housed in the old Kilmainham Hospital, built in the1660’s. It pre-dates the more famous Chelsea Hospital in London by several years. Not to be missed is the Old Jameson Distillery, in Smithfield. Jameson was distilled here until 1971, when three historic distilleries amalgamated, and centralized distilling in Midleton, Co. Cork. The Museum is very well presented; one is guided around the distilling floor, among the huge old pot stills before retiring to the Bar to sample the goods. Nearby is one of the oldest churches in Dublin, St.Michan’s, on Church Street, dating from the mid-11thc. There are several mummified bodies in the basement, thought to be Crusaders. When I was a child, one was allowed to shake their hands….. SOUTHSIDE In the south city centre, the RESTAURANT HUB is in the pedestrian streets to either side of Grafton Street, and in Temple Bar. Particular favourites of mine include: * Nede, Temple Bar Square * Eden Bar and Grill, South William Street * The Green Hen, Wicklow Street * Fallon and Byrne, Exchequer Street, basement wine-bar, full service restaurant first- floor, and coffee bar within the food-hall on the ground floor. * Fade Street Social, Fade Street, tapas bar and full-service restaurant. * The Rustic Stone, Exchequer Street, upmarket, sophisticated and healthy ‘fast food’. * Cornucopia, Wicklow Street- vegetarian café day, full service by evening. * The Port House, South William Street, wine bar and tapas. * Pinxto, Crowe Street, Temple Bar, as above, same management. * Stanleys, St. Andrew Street - wine bar and ambitious food in a relaxed, initmate setting. * Pichet, Trinity Street, is one of my all-time favourites. Southside city-centre TRADITIONAL PUBS we like are: * Mulligan's, Poolbeg Street * Neary's, Chatham Street * Grogan’s, South William 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 * Doheny and Nesbitt’s, Merrion Row * Kehoe’s, South Anne Street * The Duke, Duke Street (PLEASE NOTE- these are traditional city pubs- and DON'T have MUSIC) 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 teas shop that offers really good home baking and teas and coffees, all served on mismatched antique china (Lord Edward Street and Cow's Lane). TEMPLE BAR FARMERS MARKET, is held every Saturday in Meeting House Square, 9-4.30, now has a smart new tensile roof for wet days, and is a good place to rub shoulders with the locals, whilst sampling local food culture. Don’t miss the Oyster Stall, Hick’s Pork Butchers, or David Llewyllan’s fantastic ‘Double L’ local cider- 100% apple (not even water), and the two local cheese stalls, among others. Don’t’ forget to check out the overflow stalls on Curved Street, where Rossa Crowe’s fantastic bread is on offer- Rossa took himself off to France for two years to train, and now produces slow fermented breads, made with the very best organic flours. SOUTHSIDE CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS TRINITY COLLEGE is a good orientation point; from here it is easy to find the mediaeval 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 and other illustrated Celtic manuscripts. From Front Gate, look south to Grafton Street or west up College Green and Dame Street, which lead to the mediaeval core. 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 Cathedral * Dublinia-in the Christchurch Chapterhouse (Viking Exhibition). * Old Saint Audeon's Church, built almost into the city wall. * St Patrick's Cathedral, and historic park beside. * Marshe's Library-the oldest public 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. KILMINHAM GAOL is worth a visit, and tells the story of Irish Nationalism. It can be reached via the grounds of IMMA, passing Bully’s Acre, and old graveyard, where Brian Boru was reputedly rested on his way to his final burial place in Armagh. 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 jewellery - 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. All of our national cultural institutions have free admission. 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. The National Library has a lovely exhibit on the poet, W.B. Yeats, and the Treasury, in the National Museum houses both the Bronze Age and Early Christian collections. On the opposite side of the block, on Merrion Street/Merrion Square, you will find the National Gallery, and the Natural History Museum (known to Dubliner's of my father's generation, as 'The Dead Zoo’. This is a very refreshing look to the past, with absolutely no interpretation, and nothing, not even a postcard, to buy). The National Gallery is halfway through a four-year renovation programme; in the meantime, the Millennium Wing, on Clare Street, has a ‘highlights of’ exhibition, and the Café and Gift Shop are also accessed via the Clare Street Entrance. GETTING AROUND Two operators offer Hop-On/Hop-Off tours: (URL HIDDEN) (URL HIDDEN) They both offer a 2-day ticket, and cost roughly the same price - check them out online before you make up your mind. One can buy an integrated LEAP card in most newsagents, at train stations, and in the Dublin Bus Head Office at 42 O’Connell Street (on the west side of the street, just north of the Spire). This can be used on the LUAS, DART, some suburban mainline trains, and on Dublin Bus routes. There is also a 3-day tourist pass, the Freedom Ticket, which provides good value. €28 will give you 72 hours transport, starting at the Airport; Airlink from the airport, the Hop-On-Hop –Off tourist bus and all local bus routes. Web: (URL HIDDEN) •The DART, the local electric commuter train, runs north/south along the coast. The northside city centre station is Connolly, on Amiens Street, facing Talbot Street, but I usually suggest people use Tara Street, as Connolly is also a mainline station, and is very big, and a bit confusing. Tara is purely a commuter station, and is about the same distance. It is on George’s Quay, just south of the Custom House. The other south-side city centre station is Pearse, on Westland Row, at the south end of the Trinity campus. •The LUAS Red Line runs east-west through the north side of the city, as far east as the docks, and serves both Connolly and Heuston mainline stations. The nearest stop to Mountjoy Square is Abbey, on Middle Abbey Street, opposite the Abbey Theatre. The LUAS Green Line serves the south suburbs; Ranelagh, Dundrum, Leopardstown Racecourse, and on out to Cherrywood, on the county boundary with Wicklow. •Main cross-city bus routes run north-south through O’Connell Street. The No.7 terminates on Mountjoy Square North, and there is a ‘shopper’s fare’ of 50c, to Grafton Street- alight at Trinity. On the return journey it skirts the Trinity campus and comes along Pearse, to the east of the campus - catch it on Clare Street, at the Millennium wing of the National Gallery. •DUBLIN BIKES are free to use for the first half hour, and have a stand on Mountjoy Square West, but one needs to go to the Princes Street stand (to the right hand side of the General Post Office (GPO)), to purchase a short term card. It costs €2, and is only available to credit card holders. 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 (stock chosen for good design) •Irish Design Store, Drury Street •Article, Powerscourt Townhouse Centre (housewares) •Irish Designer Store, Top floor Powerscourt Townhouse Centre •Cow's Lane Gallery, Temple Bar (artist’s collective) •The Jam Factory, Nicholas Street (artist’s collective) •Avoca, Suffolk Street •Kilkenny Shop, Nassau Street •Designyard, South Frederick Street (jewellery) •Louise Kennedy, couturier, Merrion Square, and Tipperary Crystal •Gallery Zozimus, Francis Street (art gallery and carefully chosen crafts) •Graphic Studio Gallery, Temple Bar (artist-printmaker’s gallery) •Malthouse Design Centre and Shop, Distillery Court, 537 North Circular Road, just around the corner from Mountjoy Square (cluster of design-led businesses, 10-5 M-F) •Magee's of Donegal, Wicklow Street, and, •Kevin and Howlin, Nassau Street have hand-woven tweeds covered. •Dubarry's, College Green produce wonderful, country-style outerwear, including the most perfect alternative to sweaty, waterproof Wellington boots… •Monaghan's, Hibernian Way, the House of Ireland on Nassau Street and the Sweater Shops on Wicklow Street and Nassau Street has the best selections 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! •The Cloth Shop, St. William Street, for interesting designer fabric, including a good selection of Irish Linen, and Liberty of London INDEPENDENT BOOKSHOPS and MUSIC STORES Eason’s, O’Connell Street, is a Dublin institution for over 100 years. It encompasses a large stationery department, a branch of Tower Records on the top floor, academic books in the basement, a nice café and two floors of general books. It is a good place to browse books of Irish interest, and they have a really good Information Desk. Chapters, Parnell Street West is my ‘local’. John Gannon is one of the best booksellers in the business, and his staff are hand-picked enthusiastic bibliophiles, one and all. Stock is a mixture of the latest releases, and carefully chosen remaindered books. Their ordering service is superlative, and they ALWAYS know exactly what one is talking about, even with just the vaguest, half-remembered clues from a newspaper review. Very strong on contemporary fiction, natural history, non-fiction and books of Irish interest. Extensive second-hand section upstairs. The Secret Bookstore, Wicklow Street is another favourite. It’s tucked away down a passage, near the L’Occitane shop and often throws up gems among its large second-hand stock. An eclectic music store occupies the rear of the shop. Cathach Rare Books, Duke Street, specializes in Irish first editions, and have an interesting selection of Irish maps and prints. Stokes Books is another interesting antiquarian/secondhand shop, specializing in books of Irish interest. You’ll find it in Georges Street Arcade. Claddagh Records, Cecelia Street, Temple Bar, is primarily a music publisher, but they have a retail outlet in Temple Bar, which is the oldest independent music shop in Dublin, and specializes in traditional Irish music, with some interesting World Music additions. SHORT TRIPS OUTSIDE THE CITY BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT NORTH: Catch the No.46A bus, (heading north on O'Connell Street to the Phoenix Park- the largest enclosed urban park in the world, 1750 acres behind a seven-mile-long stone wall. Ashtown Castle Interpretive Centre, with its wonderful walled garden and café is a good place to orient oneself. From here, on Saturdays, it is possible to visit Aras an Uachtarian, the official residence of our President. One can also visit Farmliegh, the Official State Guesthouse, a former Guinness mansion. Among it’s attractions are an art gallery, café, occasional free concerts, and regular weekend Farmer’s Markets. The Park also houses the Dublin Zoo, (1827, the second-oldest Zoo in the world, after London’s Regent Park Zoo). Several herd of Fallow Deer roam at liberty. Many sports are catered for; there is Polo ground, a cricket club, and lots soccer pitches. 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. Just up the road, in Glasnevin there are three worthwhile attractions: Glasnevin Cemetary, was founded by Daniel O’Connell as one of his first initiatives, post Catholic Emancipation in 1829, to provide a dignified place for Catholic burial. The Glasnevin Musuem is new, and has superlative displays of Nationalist history. They also have a very good Geneology Department. The National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, date from the end of 18thC. Though relatively small, they contain an internationally-aclaimed collection of plants and three iconic Glasshouses, by Turner of Dublin, which have all been restored in the recent past. There is a nice café in the Gardens, and entry is free. The Gravedigger’s Pub, over-looking a Green, is not to be missed. It got its name from the fact that there used to be a hatch in the rear wall, through which the gravediggers were served. They do nice simple pub food, and one can sit outside on sunny days. Walk back into town, and stop at either the The Botanic Bar at Harte’s Corner or the Brian Borus, typicl local bars. The Porter House, at Cross Guns Bridge, which is a micro-brewery, with nice food, is on the corner of the Royal Canal. Take a stroll east down the canal bank, and you will see swans, and moor-hens going about their business. At the next bridge, at Dorset Street look out for the lifesize bronze statue of Brendan Behan, a local author. From here is just a few minute’s stroll up Belvidere Place, with its charming stepped terraces of tall Georgian houses, to Mountjoy Square. 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. Catch the DART, the coastal commuter train, heading north, at Tara Street Station, on the South Liffey quays, at Butt Bridge, and take a short ride. You have the choice of Howth (a working fishing village) or Malahide. Howth Demesne 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 very upmarket. Book an early-evening window table at Aqua, and be astonished by the sunset over the coast, looking north-west. Another favourite of mine is Deep, midway along the quay (and do watch out for the local tame and 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 plants-man. The Castle contains the National Portrait Collection, as was as magnificent furniture and other contents. There is a smart new branch of the AVOCA Shop and Café in the Courtyard. SOUTH: South of the city you will find Rathfarnham Castle, and its Berkeley Costume and Toy Collection. 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. The No.16 bus, from O’Connell Street will leave you close by. 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. The Powerscourt Waterfall, part of the same estate, is a few miles further on, and there are beautiful, way-marked, woodland and moorland walks in the hills nearby. Do be mindful; these ‘mountains’ can be deceptive- while not high, they can be treacherous, as weather conditions can change in minutes. Stick to the way-marked paths, and do keep an eye on the weather. Take the DART south to Bray and Greystones - via Dun Loughaire, Dalkey and Killiney - all interesting villages, with many cafes and restaurants. Killiney Hill, with its eighteenth century obelisk at the summit, is a short climb that results in amazing views over Dublin Bay, and down into the Wicklow Mountains beyond. There is a nice pub in in the ‘village’- ‘The Druid’s Chair’. Dalkey is a charming village with old-fashioned shops and lots of nice pubs, cafes and restaurants. The local Dalkey Castle Heritage Centre, is worth checking out, and in the summer run a theatre programme, and walking tours. Bray Esplanade is a classic Victorian seaside amenity, sturdily built from local granite - the perfect place to enjoy an ice-cream. Campo di Fiori, either the Restaurant or the Café, both near the train station and the north end of the Promenade, are particular favourites of mine. If one is feeling energetic, one could contemplate the Cliff Walk from Bray to Greystones - 4miles/6km along the rough cliff path. Lots of nice pubs for a pint of Guinness at the other end, The Hungry Pear is my favourite café, among many. The DART will take you straight back into the city. But.. make sure to do it in the morning, as by mid-day the path is in shade, and it can be windy and cold. WEST: 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 construction company who had acquired it. They intended to demolish it, to make way for a vast suburban housing estate. The Irish Georgian Society, founded by Desmond Guinness, restored the house and furnished it with the help of many volunteers and 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. A local bus, or the commuter train from Connolly Station in Amiens Street, will take one to Maynooth, a charming University town, with another magnificent Palladian mansion, Carton House, now operating as a very upmarket hotel and golf club. Lots of companies offer day-long coach tours. Some involve very long days, i.e, Cliffs of Moher in Clare and the Giant’s Causeway on the Antrim coast. Two more local, and very worthwhile ones are either: The Boyne Valley Tour (Newgrange Neolithic ( 5000 yr old World Heritage Site) / Mellifont Cistercian ruins- (12thC.)/ Monasterboice Early Christian (6th-8thC.) The Wicklow-Glendalough Tour (Powerscourt / Wicklow Mountains National Park and Glendalough (Glen of the Two Lakes) a 6thC. Early Christian site, in beautiful wooded valley. Details of both of these trips, and others, are available in the big black folder in the apartment.
  • My husband and I stayed at Karin's flat for a few days and absolutely loved it! Karin is a wonderful host and takes pride in her flat, which is shown through the great care she takes to ensure guests are comfortable. She went above and beyond throughout our stay. First, she met us upon our arrival and allowed us to check in early when our flight arrived in the morning. Second, she provided basic groceries so we didn't even need to go shopping for breakfasts! Additionally, she offered great advice and tips to maximize our too short stay in Dublin. The location is ideal for catching all of the buses. We utilized the 3-day Freedom of the City pass for transportation and the flat was conveniently located for multiple stops. It's also within close walking distance to the main city street and center. We hope to return sometime in the future and I cannot recommend staying at this flat or with Karin enough!

    Nicole2016-04-26T00:00:00Z
  • The flat is lovely and has a gorgeous view. Everything has been recently updated and is very clean. Karin provided a wealth of information about local restaurants, pubs, etc... We had a wonderful stay and would definitely come back.

    Amy2016-10-06T00:00:00Z
  • Karin's place is lovely and within walking distance of pretty much anywhere you'd want to visit. Karin was also kind enough to leave fruit and some staples in the fridge/pantry. Would definitely stay again.

    Kathryn2015-12-01T00:00:00Z
  • I had a great time in Dublin!!Karin`s place is fantastic!! Thank you!!

    Cleuse2017-10-03T00:00:00Z
  • This was a great space and location. Karin was an amazing host!

    Harry2017-11-06T00:00:00Z
  • Karin was sweet and awesome to work with. Her flat was spacious and beautifully furnished, and we loved all the treats/groceries she left for us! The location is also great and a quick walk to everything we wanted to do in Dublin. We highly recommend her and would love to go back and stay sometime in the future.

    Natalie2016-09-07T00:00:00Z
  • We had a great time staying at Karins place. The apartment was fully equipped, in a great quiet off-central location 10-30 minute walk from everywhere.

    Adam2015-09-29T00:00:00Z
  • The studio is beautiful and well equipped. The combination of antique furniture and state-of-the-art bathroom and kitchen is perfect. Also, Karin is a great host - many thanks for the warm welcome and the superb tips for sightseeing/restaurants/etc.!

    Stefan2015-08-19T00:00:00Z
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    Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

    Modern, bright 2BR 2Bthrm apt in a quiet area in the city center 5 mins walk to the nightlife & fun of Temple Bar & Temple College, Ireland’s oldest uni. Stylish Scandinavian interior design w/ all mod cons & huge garden roof terrace & balcony. New apartment building construction year 2007.
    Our spacious apartment is perfect for a small group of up to 6 who want to stay somewhere stylish and comfortable close to the best Dublin has to offer. The apartment has been recently renovated to a high standard so everything is brand-new and high-spec. The apartment size is (82 meters squared (882 Feet)). The interior design is stylish, modern and Scandinavian with wooden floors, monochrome furnishings and modern artwork and designer furniture. There is a large garden roof terrace and balcony, perfect for drinks and sunbathing in the summer months. LIVING ROOM  Large comfy sofa bed  32-inch flat-screen TV with Netflix  Dining table with four chairs  Modern lighting and artwork  Selection of books about Ireland and Dublin KITCHEN  Well-equipped with all cutlery, crockery and cooking utensils  Microwave, kettle and toaster  Cooker with halogen hob  Complimentary tea and coffee BEDROOM 1 (EN-SUITE)  Double bed with luxury mattress and bed linen, including Egyptian cotton bed sheets and goose down feather duvet  En suite marble bathroom with shower, fluffy towels and luxury Cole and Lewis of London toiletries  Stylish monochrome artwork and furnishings  Large wardrobe for storage BEDROOM 2  Double bed with luxury mattress and bed linen, including Egyptian cotton bed sheets and goose down feather duvet  Stylish monochrome artwork and furnishings  Large wardrobe for storage MAIN BATHROOM  Luxury marble floor and walls  Bath with overhead shower  Fluffy towels (Egyptian cotton) and luxury Cole and Lewis of London toiletries
    Our apartment is located in the heart of Dublin, only a 5-minute walk from Temple Bar, a popular cultural and nightlife area of Dublin with lively bars, restaurants and nightclubs. There are also many great cultural institutions such as the Irish Photography Center and the Irish Film Institute. Trinity College, one of the seven ancient universities of Britain and Ireland’s oldest university, is only a 5-minute walk away. The college is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Dublin and offers many beautiful buildings which are a must-see when you visit the city. All the city’s main sights and attractions are just a short walk away, including Dublin Castle (10-minute walk), National Museum (5-minute walk), and St. Stephens Green (10-minute walk). If you’re a fan of the famous Guinness beer the Guinness Storehouse can be reached easily by foot or tram, great for tastings or for a drink on the rooftop bar.
  • Mark was a legend... Helping me get organised for a medical conference in town. The apartment is perfect! Everything you need and very comfy beds! Only three street back from the river liffy and a short walk to temple bar and the conference centre. Can't thank mark enough! Cheers Sam

    Sam2016-06-20T00:00:00Z
  • Apartment was perfect for my family; very clean and spacious for a vacation rental. They have very good windows which if completely closed will block out a majority of noises such as the train that passes right by the apartment. I am a lite sleeper and slept good with the windows closed. The apartment is centrally located so you are a close walk from everything. Mark & Tara are also very helpful and ready to respond immediately to any concerns! Just send them a message. Overall we had a great experience in Ireland!!! Thank you for everything. Sláinte

    Roger2016-09-30T00:00:00Z
  • We had a wonderful time here and would highly recommend this place! The hosts were very accommodating and easy to communicate with. Our flight was landing early in the morning in Dublin and they kindly allowed us to drop off our bags in the apartment while it was being cleaned. We also needed a travel cot for our toddler son and they went out and bought a brand new one for us! They even left some toys for him which was appreciated. The building has a secured electronic access point so we felt pretty secure. The apartment itself is great and very modern feeling. The bedrooms are on opposite sides of the apartment which is also nice for privacy and quiet. Each bedroom is a nice size too - not just a bed crammed into it with no other room. They also have netflix set up on the tv which is great for when you want to unwind after a long day of walking / touring around. The kitchen is fully stocked including little extras like tea and honey and some spices. The washing machine also works well (am always dubious of these two in one washer / dryers that are so popular in Europe but this one worked great!). The one thing that we didn't realize earlier is that the train seems to run directly in front of the apartment - as in its practically eye level from the apartment windows. The owners have taken care to add extra windows for sound insulation and this worked pretty great - we could hardly hear it. The location is perfect for exploring the temple bar area and other nearby attractions. We also walked to Stephens green twice during our stay and our son loved the playground there! This is a great base for exploring Dublin - don't think twice and book this place if its available!

    Aisha2016-05-26T00:00:00Z
  • We had a very pleasant stay in Mark's apartment. Spent 3 nights altogether. A well equipped apartment and ideally located with easy access to the city and outskirts. Not much noise from the rail passing by as originally feared since the apartment had double glazing in place. Would definitely come back in our next trip to Dublin.

    wh2017-11-16T00:00:00Z
  • We spent a lovely weekend away in Mark & Tahra's flat. The location was great to get to Temple Bar/Trinity College and the flat was a perfect size for a group of 4! Mark and Tahra were very attentive prior to our trip. It was easy to arrange a late check-in which was much appreciated.

    Helena2016-04-26T00:00:00Z
  • Very convenient location for a Dublin exploration.

    Steven2017-10-15T00:00:00Z
  • Mark and Tahra are excellent hosts as they touched base frequently during our trip making sure we had what we needed. Mark's responses to our questions were nearly immediate, "wow!" The apartment is spotless with all the amenities of home and the location is perfect for those who want to walk to everything. Just around the corner you came hop on the trains and buses as well. This Airbnb is a great find for two couples traveling together; it gives you a little privacy from each other since the bedrooms are at opposite ends of the apartment. We would definitely stay here again. Thanks Mark and Tahra!

    DeAnna2016-10-16T00:00:00Z
  • We had a great time in Dublin and really enjoyed our stay. The apartment is very nice and just a short walk from the heart of Dublin. Mark & Tahra were very accommodating and graciously let us drop off our bags early. They were responsive to our questions and helpful with suggestions.

    Michael2016-09-05T00:00:00Z
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    Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

    Super central location to explore Dublin. Quiet, clean, warm and modern two bedroom house at Smithfield. Great for families, groups or business travellers. LUAS trams: Grangegorman Green Line 3 minute walk/Smithfield Red Line 5 minute walk. Bus routes 2 minutes. Taxis very cheap city centre. CHECK-IN before 22.00hrs. Late night arrival 22.30hr+ for extra €20 fee.
    The house has been my home since 1994. I remodelled the house in 1999. It is now a modern townhouse behind the original 1906 facade. There are two bedrooms upstairs, each with one double bed. The master bedroom also has an ensuite bathroom. The kitchen diner is open plan at ground floor. There is a sitting room with a TV. There is a shower room with WC at ground floor level. The courtyard is ideal for smokers. The house is located 400m from Smithfield LUAS tramway stop. Temple Bar 20 minute walk.
    Located between Smithfield and Grangegorman. Adjacent to a former convent where Robin Hood's accomplice, Little John once lived. Academic quarter: DIT Grangegorman campus 200m; The Law Society Solicitors school 400m; The King's Inns Barristers Law school 600m. Saint Michan's Church Crypts 400m. Jameson Whiskey museum 300m. Collins Barracks museum 600m.
  • Ian's place is absolutely perfect in every way. The layout is awesome, the location is great, and Ian himself is a joy. Perfect place for a stay in Dublin that offers quiet when you want it and entertainment within easy reach.

    Taylor2017-05-25T00:00:00Z
  • We spend a very good time in Ian's flat. The flat is very cosy and the beds very confortable. Ian was friendly and gave us some informations about good Restaurants, what to see in the surrounding. the center of Dublin was reachable in 15 min walk. The only negative Point is that it is complicated to use the heater.

    Rachel2016-04-13T00:00:00Z
  • Ian's home is a perfect place to explore the best Dublin has to offer. The house is cosy and comfortable for a small group of friends or two couples, and a relaxing place to return to after a busy day out in the city. There are easily accessible supermarkets, pubs and restaurants just a 5 minute walk away whilst the scenic walk into the city centre takes just 15 minutes. Ian was a fantastic host, meeting us at the house when we arrived and providing really useful local knowledge about taxis and restaurants. I hope to be back soon!

    Liam2017-02-07T00:00:00Z
  • A great house in a nice little area. There is a good pub at the corner and other facilities are nearby. Ian was a great host and knows the area very well. Perfect for two couples or friends.

    Eva And Ed2017-05-29T00:00:00Z
  • We had a fab time staying at Ian's place. It was very cosy, comfortable, and clean! It was perfect for our party - two couples and a baby - to use as a base for the four days we were in Dublin and so well equipped for the baby (highchair/cot etc.) Ian was a great host, extremely welcoming. He gave us some great tips on things to do in the area, most of which we managed to fit in, and left us some lovely treats to welcome us. It's about a fifteen minute walk into the centre so it's not on your doorstep, but not too far. We enjoyed our stroll each morning through the Jameson distillery to get there! Thanks for everything Ian we had a great time.

    Sian2017-04-23T00:00:00Z
  • we rally enjoyed our stay at Ian's. The house is located in Smithfield, which is probably the most authentic neighbourhood around the Dublin city centre. Nearby you find a couple of good pubs and places to eat, as well as an 24/7 supermarket and the likes. Also in walking distance is the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Irish National Museum, the Guinnes Storehouse and the Old Jameson Distillery. The house itself is neat and cozy. There is a roofed patio of which I think it would be awesome to open the wide windows during summer and use it as an extension of the living room. We used it for smoking mainly (winter). In the kitchen you find all the equipment you need to prepare and serve a proper irish breakfast. The house is tidy and clean. Ian has been very helpful and communicative. He provided us with a good amount of information about the neighbourhood, places to see, local stuff, etc. We felt very welcome and we will surely visit Ian's house again.

    Sophia2017-01-06T00:00:00Z
  • Ian was absolutely wonderful and welcoming. He met us at the flat and was the smiling face we needed after a long trip. He thoroughly described the neighborhood and Dublin, and gave us helpful maps and recommendations on where to eat and visit. The flat itself is comfortable and styled beautifully. Only a 15 minute walk from South Dublin and all the tourist attractions, though I would recommend checking out the local neighborhood as well. We would definitely stay here again if ever in Dublin!

    Whitney2016-06-03T00:00:00Z
  • We had a great stay at Ian’s apartment and the location was just perfect for sightseeing. Everything was nice and clean. Ian was a very welcoming and helpful host and I would definitely recommend a stay at his apartment.

    Beate2015-10-27T00:00:00Z
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    Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

    A beautiful, original medieval castle experience can be yours for a weekend, a week, or even longer. You'll be staying in the master bedroom, the highest room in the castle. This castle has been restored to its original state by using traditional materials, and also by using cutting edge technology. We used traditional local stone, limestone, as well as oak beams, to make the castle as traditional as possible, but it also has modern conveniences, such as solar water heating. The castle was built sometime in the 1400's but was refurbished in the last decade. It is comprised of a master bedroom upstairs, with access to the turret, a living room and dining room, two guest bedrooms, and some storage rooms. I'm Peter, your host, and I spent the last ten years refining and refurbishing the castle - the pictures can attest to how well that has worked out. Two room in the castle are still under construction - the storage room downstairs. Remember, this is a castle that is over 600 years old. That means it's not perfect. Castles were never designed with bathrooms and showers, so we've improvised. You'll have to come downstairs to have a bath which is located in the living room - this is the quirkiest part of the castle. (see pictures of the in-floor bath) You have full private access to the living room,kitchen , bath and your master bedroom Castles are bult with solid stone, so there is a huge fireplace with a cooker to keep the place warm. The castle has lots of quirks, its a great and fun place to stay the night. Galway City is a 25 minute drive from the castle which is a very beautiful city. The castle is around a 20 minute drive from Galway Airport, a 45 minute drive from Shannon Airport and Dublin is two hours away. What to expect: lots of winding staircases, a castle that has been lovingly restored, but there are some cobwebs, and it gives you the real Irish castle experience. It's not pristine, its not perfect, but it's a real castle. There are lots of sheep and cows in the nearby fields - but lots of peace and quiet. This is a very unique place to stay. There's nothing like it around, where you can say that you stayed in an actual castle. It's not a tourist attraction (like Blarney Castle) and it's not pristine like a hotel, but you'll have a great time visiting. You'll need a car. The castle is about two miles from the nearest public transport. (Craughwell has both train and buses running regular schedules) I can help with anything like lighting a fire or answering any of your questions.
  • Peter and Ava were fantastic hosts, as well as two of the greatest people I have ever met. The castle is so much more beautiful than the listing can convey. It was a fantasy fulfilled, and I feel truly honored to have stayed in such an amazing place.

    Shawn2015-05-29T00:00:00Z
  • Our stay with Peter at Caherkinmowee Castle was truly unforgettable. The building itself is impressive, but the work Peter has done to restore it is extraordinary. We spend a comfortable night at the castle and had a great time chatting with Peter and Eva, cosily sat by the wood stove. The castle and the people living there have a lot of character and it is going to be difficult for us to top this "house" on the list of amazing places to have stayed at. We definitely recommend staying here.

    Wouter Jan2013-05-12T00:00:00Z
  • We enjoyed our stay in the castle. Peter really made us feel at home from the time we arrived till our departure. He has worked very hard at restoring the castle and it shows.

    Cathy2013-09-24T00:00:00Z
  • Peter was amazing! his castle in nothing short of breath-taking and the whole experience couldn't have gone better. it was in the true irish countryside with was very cool. private kitchen, bathroom and bedroom in a CASTLE!

    Daniel2014-09-20T00:00:00Z
  • This place is like living in your own fairly tale. Very beautiful and peaceful. Close to many sites and the local pub has great drink, food, and people. Amazing hosts and friendly neighborhood dogs.

    S2015-08-12T00:00:00Z
  • Pete and Eva's castle is the most amazing place we stayed at during our trip to Ireland. We couldn't believe a self-renovated old castle could become such a warm and cozy place where you feel at home in the second you enter the door. This was also thanks to the company of Pete and Eva, who are very nice and interesting people. We wish you all the best and thanks for everything!

    Julia2013-07-02T00:00:00Z
  • Peter's castle is indescribable. The care and love he has put into the building is evident, and the history and feel of the castle itself is out of this world. He was a gracious host, as was his family. My only regret is that I only stayed for one night.

    Jonathan2013-08-29T00:00:00Z
  • As soon as we arrived we were greeted by Peter and Ava. We were instantly made to feel welcome. The description of the castle was accurate and actually we were overwhelmed by the essence of the place which was majical. We could have not asked better for a beautiful place with beautiful surroundings. This was a present for my 50th birthday and I was not disappointed. We were sent back to another time and lived the dream.

    jon2014-09-27T00:00:00Z
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    Galway, Galway, Ireland

    Bright, cosy one bedroom apartment in the heart of the city centre. The location could not be bettered for visiting Dublin's museums, pubs, restaurants, theatres and cafes. Fully equipped kitchen, balcony, television, reliable wifi, balcony. NB please contact to confirm availability if booking more than 3 months ahead.
    One bedroom apartment located the city centre on Patrick Street on the third floor of a secure building. The building is directly opposite St Patrick's Cathedral and park. Fast Wifi of course. The location in the south city centre is the best for culture, shopping and sightseeing. Details below. There is a large balcony that spans the width of the apartment. It is the best place in Dublin to watch the St. Patrick's Day Parade! One large bedroom with queen size bed and plenty of wardrobe space, including pull out shoe storage, drawers and hanging storage. French door. Full bathroom with bath and electric shower. Livingroom with full white gloss kitchen with oak countertops and appliances including dishwasher, washing machine, fridge freezer, oven, hob etc. Lovely views of St. Patrick's Cathedral and the attached park, and the Iveagh Trust Buildings from the balcony. French door to balcony. On street parking available at no charge. Please let me know when booking and I will arrange. Parking is of course at your own risk. There are buses to the airport direct from within 5 minutes walk. The 747 (Euro 6 single, 10 return) goes to and from Dame Street/ Christchurch. The 16A (Euro 2.75 single) goes from Georges Street. Within 10 minutes walk from the apartment: Trinity College Dublin and The Book of Kells St Patrick's Cathedral (try and catch a sung service) Christchurch Cathedral and Dublinia (Viking exhibit) Fallons Pub (your local, one of Dublin's best pubs with a lovely snug) Collins Barracks (a good museum) Temple Bar (mainly raucous nightlife but also some nicer options and good restaurants) Camden Street (more hip nightlife, including microbrew pub) St Stephens Green and Grafton Street (Dublin's premium shopping street) Fallon & Byrne (Dublin's answer to Dean & Deluca, with a foodhall and food counter, good restaurant and great basement winebar) Irish Film Institute: arthouse cinema, good bar and pub grub. Less than 20 minutes walk from the apartment: Merrion and Fitzwilliam Squares and Dublin's Georgian Quarter The Phoenix Park (Europe's largest city park) The Royal Hospital Kilmainham and IMMA (modern art museum) Neighbourhood Cafes I like: Cafe Noto: great New Yorker sandwich (toasted!), nice room. End Francis Street. Two Pups, Francis Street: great coffee, avocado toast etc. . Bite of Life: Across the street from the apartment. Fumbally: New, trendy. Very airy. Like a Berlin cafe. straight up the street from Patrick Street. Bibis: Cute. Girls especially love it. Great for breakfast. Lombard Street, about 8 minutes away in Portobello. Queen of Tarts, Cow's Lane: Great carrot cake, mismatched china, outside area. Craft market on Saturday. Places I like to eat nearby: Nede: modern Irish food with a twist. Chefs from the famous Noma restaurant in Copenhagen. Great Early Bird. Love the fish. Lunch special for Euro 15 including a glass of wine! Odessa: restaurant and club. Love brunch, especially Smoked Chicken Quesadillas and Bloody Mary's. Strong coffee, lively atmosphere. Crackbird: trendy fried (and grilled) chicken. Love the burnt lemon feta dip and homemade soft drinks. Ciao Bella Roma: Italian pizzeria and trattoria. Great lunch and early bird deals. Serves pizza until very late Friday and Saturday. The WInding Stair: modern Irish food. Great for seafood. Joburger: best burgers and sweet potato fries. Cool outside area opposite Grogans (great pub with a mix of ould codgers and trendies and full-on nutters). Castle Market, between Georges Street and The Powerscourt Townhouse Centre. Toffoli: Castle Street. Small but perfectly formed gourmet pizza joint. The Bull and Castle: Great for steak. Opposite Christchurch. Burdocks: Fish and chips, allegedly the best in the world! Pubs/ Bars I love: Fallons. Your local! Great traditional Dublin pub with a mix of characters. The Globe and Rira: Pub and nightclub for if you like to dance and drink and can remember the Eighties (not just for the older ones). No Name/ Kellys: Trendyish (or at least it was). Lovely space. Fade Street (off Georges Street). Hogans: Classic studenty haunt. The Long Hall: a classic Dublin pub. The Stag's Head: another classic Dublin pub. Go on Friday and you may catch trad music session downstairs.. Grogans: always busy, great for people watching. Art for sale on the walls. Sit outside all year round. Fallon & Byrne's winebar: great wine selection. Charcuterie and cheese etc. In the basement so you can find yourself forgetting obligations and ordering another lovely malbec or albarino :).
    It is in the heart of the city centre. You can walk anywhere you want to be in a matter of minutes. I love the location, and the atmosphere in the heart of old Dublin. There are lots of great pubs, restaurants and cafes, Francis St (the antiques district), St Patrick's Cathedral and park (love to hear the bells). It is very safe.
  • Daragh was a great host, he showed me all the best local pubs, restaurants etc. The place was brilliant, it provided everything you could ask for. Very spacious, perfect location and clean. Everything functioned properly e.g. heating, wifi. I had a really awesome stay, thanks Daragh! Would highly recommend.

    Thomas2015-12-09T00:00:00Z
  • What can I say about Daragh? He is an AMAZING host. Daragh was so helpful and gave us EXCELLENT tips on visiting the city. We were in Dublin for a short time and the location of Daragh's flat is perfect - close to everything and right across the street St. Patrick's Cathedral. We were able to walk everywhere, and we did! Even our check-in was a real pleasure and we were made to feel very welcome. We would highly recommend Daragh's accomodations and we would not hesitate for an instant to stay there again if our travels take us through Ireland again. Our only regret is not having been able to stay longer!!

    Gilda2012-11-13T00:00:00Z
  • Daragh's apartment was in a great location for visiting most of the sights of Dublin, with easy connection to the airport too. There are some great little places nearby for drinking and eating, and Daragh left lots of suggestions for us. Daragh was a great host, keeping in good contact during our stay and suggesting some things to do, as did his partner on arrival. We had a great last night in Dublin too, when Daragh showed us a few places around Temple Bar. We'd love to stay with Daragh again!

    Alexander2012-12-05T00:00:00Z
  • First off - his mom is INCREDIBLE! She waited a good hour for us after our flight wound up getting delayed on the tarmac. This flat is perfect, great location just off the beaten path insuring one is close to everything while getting a good night's sleep. Loved the handy print outs with guides to local restaurants and cafes - Queen of Tarts was amazing. The flat was clean and comfortable - can easily see myself coming back next year and staying again when my friend graduates from U of D.

    Amanda2013-05-06T00:00:00Z
  • Thanks, Daragh for being so accommodating for our stay in Dublin. We had a great few days - the apartment is excellently placed. Thanks for all your tips and for being so helpful. Rowena

    Rowena2014-07-02T00:00:00Z
  • This apartment was great. It had a great location with cafes and convenience stores nearby. It also had an amazing view of the cathedral from the balcony. Daragh was nice and easy to contact. The only thing that was a little confusing was how to get to the apartment the first time. Daragh was in contact with us the whole time giving us directions as to how to get there and how to check out. I would definitely recommend this to place!

    Alex2015-11-16T00:00:00Z
  • We had a lovely weekend visit to Dublin and daragh's apartment was the perfect place to stay. In a great location within walking distance of all tourist attractions, bars and restaurants. Edgar met us at the apartment and showed us where everything was and recommended good restaurants and bars in the area. Daragh and Edgar were both very welcoming and were happy to offer help whenever we needed it and allowed early check-in. Perfect weekend in a perfect apartment, would definitely recommend!

    Danielle2015-12-20T00:00:00Z
  • Daragh's apartment was a great place to stay, in a great location and we had plenty of room. Thanks Daragh for the parking permits they were very much appreciated.

    Jack & Jo2013-05-22T00:00:00Z
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    Dublin 8, Dublin, Ireland

    INSTANT BOOK! Calendar updated daily! The Sunday Times selected this coastal cottage as the Best in Ireland. Fantastic mountain location overlooking 'your' lake, (canoe inc. free) walkable (or take our bikes) to beach & village WIFI. Sleeps 4, dogs
    Named in the Sunday Times (Travel) as one of 'Top 20 Places for the Summer in UK or Ireland' 2012! Note - this listing has 'live' and correct availability - you can book instantly - no need to enquire if there is availability - the calendar is correct :) Croaghacullion is a traditional Donegal coastal cottage that enjoys a remarkable secluded position overlooking Lougheraherk (lake) in this, the most traditional and picturesque part of Ireland. You get the whole cottage, in 3/4 acre of land overlooking a lake. Glencolmcille village (shops, great pubs with traditional music, Folk Museum, cafes, is a 13 minute drive). The cottage sits in the heart of the Irish-speaking Gaeltacht in what is probably the most traditional area of Ireland. You can walk down to the beach from the cottage and you're unlikely to see another tourist, maybe just a lobster fisherman or one of the friendly, farmer neighbours. See more photos of this Donegal cottage. Just sitting on the bench in front can be lovely - you can usually hear the waves from the other side of the mountain. Stay here to discover one of the most remarkable and beautiful landscapes in Ireland - we doubt you'll ever find better beaches than can be found locally, friendlier people, or such a sense of wilderness. These photos show the walk down to Port beach from the cottage, which feels like the very edge of Europe (9 times out of 10 you'll have the whole bay to yourself), or sit at home and enjoy the views over 'your' lough (lake). Pets welcome - ask they are never allowed on sofas or beds please. Great place for dogs - enlcosed garden and miles of open mountain walking from the door, with fabulous beaches near.
    The most unspoiled and beautiful part of Ireland!
  • This cottage exceeded our expectations and ended up being one of the most amazing getaways. With the beautiful views of the mountains and lake paired with the extreme serenity, it is was the perfect location for us to have a couple of days away from the city. The cottage itself was very cosy and comfortable and acted as the perfect refuge from the winter weather. The beautiful interior gives the impression of a very traditional Irish cottage. Our border collie, Bella, loved the cottage just as much as us. We were able to get her tired out by letting her run in the field just outside the cottage which was very convenient. Greg and Mary were both extremely helpful and welcoming from the very beginning. I would recommend this cottage to anyone looking for a peaceful escape for a couple of days. We could not have been happier with our stay and we hope to return in the future. Thanks Greg. Phil and Sarah.

    Phil2014-12-18T00:00:00Z
  • We loved staying at the cottage. It is a little slice of heaven in Donegal. Mary was very welcoming when we called into see her and Greg really has done an amazing job making the cottage cosy, comfortable and keeping it authentic at the same time. We both fell in love with the cottage and the area and really look forward to returning to stay longer some day.

    Ria2015-10-31T00:00:00Z
  • Greg's place is sensational. The perfect rural Donegal retreat. No one will find you here! My kids loved playing with the sheep and sitting by the fire. My highlight was going on an hour long jog amongst the sheep down to the private dock, then up on the public hiking trails. It was epic. Can't recommend for people trying to get away from it all!

    Austen2017-03-07T00:00:00Z
  • Absolutely delightful cottage in a truly splendid spot. The kitchen is well equipped for baking & the fire is lovely to return to after a day in the marvellous countryside. This didn't bother me, but suffice to say the doorways aren't tall-person friendly - just a note!

    Amber2013-11-28T00:00:00Z
  • Lovely two week stay at the cottage, amenities good. Mary is very friendly and helpful. Beautiful and very peaceful location and even in the December weather we were able to get warm! Would definitely visit again, probably at a warmer time of year though, if possible!

    Josie2016-12-27T00:00:00Z
  • This is the most magical place in all of Ireland. The stay here changed me. For the better of course. Do not hesitate in booking it will be the best stay of your life.

    Suzzana2017-06-25T00:00:00Z
  • Absolutely beautiful cottage in an isolated romantic setting. Very well equipped and comfortable (warm!) accommodation. The housekeeper is lovely and helpful and the host very agreeable - we added an extra night with no hassle at all. Great for a cosy winter getaway. 5*

    Michael2015-02-19T00:00:00Z
  • I can close my eyes and picture exactly what it felt like to stand with my forearms resting on the half door, looking out over the hills, the sheep, the lake. Romantic, lovely and charming in every way. All of the little details of the cottage are just right. Stayed comfortably warm even when the wind and rain were raging outside, and it was so cozy to sit by the turf fire and thumb through one of the many interesting books on Ireland or take in a movie from the DVD collection. Mary obviously takes great care with the cottage between guests - the place is spotless. Enjoyed walking around the property (you need boots) and finding scenic drives around the area - the maps at the house were very helpful to find a good route home after exploring. Didn't spend much time in the surrounding villages, but everyone I met was very friendly and welcoming to a solo traveler. Don't miss the drive or walk to Port if you go - so close by and great/interesting sea view. And do make sure you stop and meet Mary, I was nervous about just dropping by her bungalow but she makes you feel so welcome and is a pleasure to chat with. Absolutely recommend this place to anyone looking for a charming cottage in a rural location. Thanks to Greg for allowing people to come and experience a stay here!

    Holly2015-06-03T00:00:00Z
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    Donegal, Donegal, Ireland

    I restored this cottage from 2003 with love and every ounce of my soul has been poured into bringing it to a cosy retreat perfect for two or a small family or 4 close friends. Take time to Hike, Bike, Read, Write, Draw, Think, Play, Live &make Love. There is a large extension which is another house which can be rented separately or together if you have a larger group. Thick stone walls means there is excellent sound proofing. You would not notice the guests next door unless you meet them.
    Hello there, If you love amazing views of the sea in front and the peace and quiet of the countryside, then this place is for you. Sleeps one or 2 couples comfortably.(there are 2 bedrooms with a double bed in each. there is also a single bed in the bigger bedroom. I have a fold out couch downstairs. 4 people can be accommodated but then again how close of friends are you? My cottage really suits people who love the country cottage feel and relaxed atmosphere, if you love monotone hotels and convenience to towns/shops/arcades this is not for you. The entertainment on offer can be having a cuppa while watching the two baby bunnies playing in my wild garden and somehow avoiding my visiting fox who almost daily pops by.....also we two great local pubs with friendly people and good cheer....also one does really good food. This is a cottage rental rather than a bed and breakfast. Some dried foods I leave you just in case you arrive and have forgotten to get shopping, even thou Short and long term rentals are possible, small or large groups, just ask and I shall see if I can make it possible for your situation. It's a quiet neighbourhood, occasional tractor factor, rabbits, foxes, migrating swallows....you get the picture....relaxation, views, perfect for relaxing get aways. My cottage is about 100 plus years old. It is open plan down stairs with kitchen diner one side and sitting room with stove. It has two bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs. I restored it and lived in it since (URL HIDDEN) had been derelict with roof falling in no windows or doors so it has been a labour of love and now I happy to rent it to people who will enjoy it and have a great experience on the penninsula. I built on and I live in the "West Wing" mostly although I often live with my boyfriend but sometimes I have a weekend of R and R in my cottage where I read books and invite friends over and have tea in front of the fire and play scrabble.... There is something magical about it....everybody loves the cosy feeling. I prefer to only accept minimum of 3 nights bookings. It is a lovely penninsula and I'm sure you won't regret 3 nights staying here. I can offer a variety of accommodation as in if it's a larger group you can have the "West Wing" which has another 2 bedrooms and bathrooms and dance/yoga floor. I can put in a futon or pull out couch in the cottage just ask and see if I can sort out your situation. I am in the middle of nowhere but there's nowhere else I'd rather be having been around the world I've come home to Ahakista. 1 hr 45 mins drive from Cork city/airport, 17 km from bantry town, no bus services to Ahakista . No trains down here etc. You need a car and a Sat Nav or a map and a good sense of adventure and an ability to ask for directions. It's beautiful and is perfect for folk who like hill walking and going off for picnics or lunches out and drives to ring of Kerry and the five penninsulas. Perfect base to go explore from. Thanks for checking out my profile I'm now almost 3 years being a member of Airbnb and really excited by the concept of making the global community welcome in my home . I backpacked around the world for 2 years and wish this concept was available back then. I used to wander into villages and ask to be hosted for a fee, I do believe that it enriched my experiences greatly. I will guide you/give directions/ advice if you want or leave to discover by yourselves as you wish. The original cottage is over 100 years old and I have retained as much of the original features. I've got underfloor heating (winter time) and a lovely stove which is not only good for atmosphere but it's cosy in the not so balmy evenings. Wooden floors, rustic feel, open plan kitchen diner/ sitting room. If it's a wet weekend and you can't get out and about walking! You could paint, draw, read, write, cuddle up on the couch in front of the fire. I like to play board games and have a large selection and books/dvds/music. There is also the local bars which can be really lovely with open fires and live music or sitting out and having a BBQ watching the sun setting over the bay. Food: Restaurants/café/bars with food in the area, information pack/maps/guide books/walking maps etc. available in the house. Hope to see you here. Sheila
    Peaceful countryside with panoramic views of rolling hills hugging the valley of a patchwork of forty shades of green. A close knit community of people who have grown up together and look out for each other. If you ever wanted to find an idyllic life this is the place to live. I wish I was there more often.
  • Let me start by saying, our stay at Sheila's home in Ahakista was the highlight of my families vacation to Ireland. It was my youngest daughter, Kimberly's Make A Wish to visit Ireland. And her two big older brother's were able to take leave from the Airforce to join us. Difficult to put in words when you decide on place with so many to choose from what to expect and Sheila's renovated stone home was beyond everyones expectations. My family, all seven of us, minus my eldest daughter made our way around Ireland, starting in Dublin, New Grange, Giant's Causeway, Aran Islands, Dingle and finally Ahakista on the Sheep's head peninsula. All within 5 days. We gratefully and exhaustedly settled in at Sheilas for 3 heavenly days. When we arrived, Kat , greeted us, and soon Sheila arrived with their smiling and friendly faces and easy going attitude showing us around and explaining how lights, fireplace, and etc worked to make our stay as comfortable as possible. Sheila then brought in a huge bag of scrap wood from her wood working class to use for burning, how thoughtful and what fun! Our first day we went into the larger town of Bantry, bought some groceries at the Super Valu so we could eat all our meals at Sheila's. To eat home cooked meals with well equipped kitchen and having the family sitting once again at the dinner table was so memorable ,wishing it could last for so much longer. The next day was our first major rain day since arrival to Ireland, I know unbelievable. But is was so welcomed after traveling like crazy tourists that we are. The wind was howling, rain pounding on the windows. It was great. We played card games, boggle, read, and slept in cozy beds. Love your master bedroom and bath and deck and sitting room and........ We all had our own beds and little places to hide if we needed alone time. Oh, yah!! Next day was awesome. We walked to tip of sheep's head and saw many sheep and a glorious sunset, WOW. Last night older kids went to small pub in Ahakista, played darts, and had great time. They met a major British celeb, won't name and names to protect a person's privacy, but they thought that was a hoot. Could go on and on but if you're stuck on where to stay, I'd choose here!!(URL HIDDEN)Thanks so much Sheila from the bottom of our Minnesota hearts. Scott, Mary Jane, Pat, Steve, Shannon, Ben and Kimberly(URL HIDDEN)

    Mary Jane2014-08-29T00:00:00Z
  • Sheila’s place is amazing!! We wanted somewhere that felt like a traditional Irish cottage and somewhere quiet, this place was perfect for that. Unless you stay here purely to go hill walking it is necessary to have a car. It’s so quiet at night, clear skies to star gaze. The cottage has everything you would need for a very comfortable stay. Cold nights in front of the fire were fantastic.

    Clare2017-11-02T00:00:00Z
  • Sheila's cottage is an absolutely prefect place to have a great (hill-)walking holiday in a lovely part of Ireland. We'd felt very welcome and the cottage has all the amenities you might need on a trip. Sheila is very friendly and really tries to help you and gives great recommendations on what to do in the area.

    Elena2015-08-14T00:00:00Z
  • I really recommend Sheila's place for a quite holiday ! We loved the house which is still under construction, but we stayed in the completely finished half. The area is wonderful and Sheila is very nice too ! She was waiting for us on the night of arrival even if it was around 11 pm. The next evening she had to go somewhere , so we had the house for ourselves and we could enjoy the beautiful view and the cute fire place. Best place to forget the busy workdays in the city !

    Hajnalka2012-09-17T00:00:00Z
  • It could not have been better. Sheila was friendly and very helpful with reccomendations of hikes, views, restaurants and pubs. The place was beautiful with a sweeping view of Dunmanus Bay, comfy beds, spotless Kitchen and Bath. Even a collection of home made scones waiting in the fridge. Highly recomended for any body who wants to experience genuine irish Country.

    David2013-08-06T00:00:00Z
  • We found the peace, beauty and relaxation we were after at Sheila's beautiful hideaway! The views and amazing flora and fauna on the hike up to Gouladane and Gouladoo were worth the 45 minutes it took to reach the saddle! And we were just a short hop to dinner at Arundel's or tippin a couple of pints at the cozy and friendly Tin Pub. Durrus and Bantry were a very scenic drive away and fed our desire for a busier type of entertainment. Every kind of shop, market, resturant and pub can be found there! All in all it was a wonderful stay, we hated to leave. ..and I'm sure at some point I'll return to this hidden gem! Thank you, Sheila! Colleen and Hayley

    Colleen2016-06-23T00:00:00Z
  • Very nice cottage with a fantastic view. Sheila was a nice host. It felt like a 2nd home. Thanks for a great holiday.

    Annegret2016-08-21T00:00:00Z
  • Sheila's place is thé perfect spot To be among nature and calm. Very cosy and charming interior with firehall. Sheila welcomed us very warmly and was very prevenant. Everything was perfect except the quality of beds that would need to be change. But the good atmosphere make us forget it:)

    Joffrey2016-04-24T00:00:00Z
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    Cork, Munster, Ireland

    This hexagon hut is situated on its own on land that is half orchard half woodland, 5 Km from Westport. It gives a nice view over the natural environment with wild life and low key farming. A few goats and a few hens roam in the adjoining field.
    The hexagon shaped cabin has decking on both sides to enjoy morning sun as well as evening sun. On the morning sun side, where the door is, the decking leads to the little bathroom building. The cuckoo is around from the end of April until the end of May. The Owenwee river with salmon and trout runs on about 200 Meter distance. Westport town is on 5 Km distance. Clew bay 2 Km . Nearest beach 7 Km. There is a nice and safe place to park the car at the bottom of the path leading to the cabin. Guests are free to roam the one third of an acre around the hut. There are beautiful walks around without having to use the car. One of the few native woods left is only 1,5 Km away. From 1 April till 1 October I don't take bookings for less than 3 nights Just for help if needed The neighbourhood of this place is extremely friendly and there is a big sense of community here. Public transport, busses and trains, is available in Westport. There is a safe opportunity to cycle to town. Westport town has great entertainment possibilities. Lots of traditional music, also good blue grass and jazz. Many coffee shops and restaurants and indeed a great choice of very interesting and unique shops.
    The neighbourhood of this place is extremely friendly and there is a big sense of community here.
  • Irma was a great host! Freshly made bread upon arrival and the nicest eggs I've ever had! The hut really keeps the heat in! Goats, horses, cows and the friendliest cat! A nice relaxing getaway!

    Stephen2016-03-17T00:00:00Z
  • Irma was a fantastic hostess. Her directions to the cuckoo wood hexagon were perfect. She had bread and fruit and eggs ready for us. She even waited for us to arrive when we were running late. The hexagon was fantastic as well, bright and airy. We built a fire and had a very comfortable and warm sleep.

    Megan2014-09-20T00:00:00Z
  • Irma was a wonderful host, had the stove lit and the place cosy for our arrival. Such a little haven, looking forward to visiting again sometime soon.

    Joanna2014-11-26T00:00:00Z
  • Better than any hotel!! Myself and my boyfriend stayed in Irma’s hexagon for Valentines Weekend, it was simply wonderful!! Irma is the perfect host, she had the stove lit for us when we arrived, fresh wheaten bread, eggs and all the essentials in the cupboard, so homely. She was so helpful throughout our entire visit, even providing us with safety pins to save a dress malfunction. The area is beautiful and quiet. The hexagon is so warm, cozy and unique. It’s the perfect place for a romantic retreat. Highly recommend. Westport itself is lovely, but our time in the Hexagon made it absolutely perfect. We’re already planning our next visit in the summer months. Thank you Irma!!!

    Naomi2017-02-12T00:00:00Z
  • The cuckoo wood hexagon is a brilliant spot that I would recommend to anyone interested in staying there. Myself and Emma thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will most certainly be coming back. Irma was extremely helpful on arrival and for the duration of our stay. The saddest part was having to leave.

    Angus2016-08-08T00:00:00Z
  • We had a wonderful stay at Cuckoo Wood Hexagon. Irma was easy to communicate with and her place was really lovely. Perfect airbnb experience!

    Gustav2017-11-06T00:00:00Z
  • Myself & my wife had a very enjoyable stay in the Cuckoo Wood Hexagon. Quite cosy to come back to after some changeable February weather outside. We didn't get to meet Irma in person as she was away at the time but we kept in touch and she left clear helpful guides & instructions for us. And her good friend Trish was on hand to meet us & available if we had any questions. All in all a very pleasant & unique experience in the Hexagon. So glad we got to stay there. We'd love to return for another stay in Summer next time. Recommended.

    Dave2015-02-22T00:00:00Z
  • We recently stayed for four nights at Irma's rental. It is private, comfortable, and in a quaint farming neighborhood a few miles outside of Westport. Irma provided a few tasty breakfast items which were very much appreciated. Several times we took an hour-long walk "around the block" to enjoy the peaceful surroundings. The morning and evening birdsong was like our own private serenade. Irma was very responsive and friendly - a great host. Highly recommend.

    Jean2015-04-22T00:00:00Z
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    Westport, Mayo, Ireland

    Cuckoo Wood Hexagon
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    Freddie
    Freddie
    2015-05-04
    Had an absolutely amazing time in Dublin. Anastazio's apartment made it even better. He was very welcoming and happy to share, which made the experience even more comfortable. He even went out his wa…
    Adam
    Adam
    2017-04-01
    Great hosts and good food, we had a lovely time. Quiet and comfortable with a large garden. Would recommend to anyone looking for a place to stay if you don't mind a commute to the city.
    Kevin
    Kevin
    2017-11-13
    I really enjoyed my stay here, great hosts. Very nice house,clean and lovely comfortable bedroom. Would definitely recommend staying here!
    Alice
    Alice
    2017-08-23
    Sheila was very welcoming and lovely to talk to. The room was large with doors that open out to the back garden - great for the warm evening. The double bed was very comfortable and having both a kett…