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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!
  • The ambiance was a perfect introduction to historical Dublin and the location was the best.

    Birry2017-10-08T00:00:00Z
  • Karin was very flexible with my check-in time, meeting me personally and giving me a full run-down on how everything worked. She also gave me an orientation to the neighborhood including restaurants, pubs, grocery shops, and things to see. (She had much of this in her house manual as well). The apartment is absolutely beautiful, full of character and charm, and much more interesting than a cookie-cutter hotel room. The pictures are accurate. The attention to detail in the restoration of this property is apparent and justifies the rules (which anyone with sense would not do anyway). The refrigerator/pantry had tea, coffee, sugar, milk, homemade bread, butter, jam, eggs, fruit and granola in generous supply. I didn't cook much (I'm on vacation!) but it was nice to have breakfast while getting ready in the morning and to be able to heat up carry-out or leftovers later. It is so well stocked I felt a little guilty for not using it more. There are sharp knives, pots and pans for every purpose, even an immersion blender! The bed is heavenly and I slept very well. I was visiting in January and I was very comfortable in the apartment. There was plenty of hot water and the shower has good water pressure. I even lit a fire one evening -- something very different for a Florida girl. The apartment is an easy walk to Connolly Station, O'Connell Street and even Temple Bar or St Stephens Green. I did not use a personal car and walked everywhere or used my three-day bus pass. My three days in Dublin flew by but I will be back and would love to stay in this unique apartment again.

    Cathleen2016-02-03T00:00:00Z
  • We had a fantastic stay in Dublin. Room was just as it looked in the pictures. Karen was extremely helpful and gave us excellent tips for restaurants and things to do- she really knows the city well! I would highly recommend this place as it was clean, comfortable and close to the city!

    Liz2016-06-06T00:00:00Z
  • The apartment look just like the photos. We really enjoyed our stay at the Oval Georgian Studio. Karin was very helpful before our stay and provided detailed information regarding travelling distances and bus routes. We were greeted by her niece and she explained everything. On the square there is a Dublin bike station very easy to use and very cheap way to get around the city quickly. The bus back to the airport left from the street so it was perfectly located. Our friend from Dublin collected us from the apartment one day and he said he has seen a lot of Dublin hotels and nothing could beat Karin apartment. We didn't use the kitchen other than a quick cup of tea however this kitchen is better equipped than my own so if you want to cook you will have everything you need. The wifi worked with no issues.

    Charlotte2013-06-17T00:00:00Z
  • The apartment was a real delight. Karin was very warm and left a great welcome pack!

    Sarah2014-04-25T00:00:00Z
  • This is a wonderful studio flat in the centre of Dublin. It's got great character and plenty of space, as well as an array of guidebooks for guests who are keen to get out and explore the city. Karin gave us such a warm welcome and lots of recommendations for museums, restaurants and pubs. She also provided food for breakfast, which was a really nice touch and much appreciated. We had a fantastic time staying here and would definitely come back again.

    Simon2015-06-21T00:00:00Z
  • This was a beautiful, comfortable and functional apartment. It was within walking distance of where I needed to be and close enough to the city center for tourists. You're unlikely to find a lovelier apartment in Dublin and Karin has thought of just about every detail to make one's stay pleasant.

    Rona2012-07-19T00:00:00Z
  • Karin's apartment was in a fantastic location and was beautifully kept. Upon arrival Karin greeted us and showed us around the apartment. She was very welcoming and gave us great recommendations for restaurants and sights to see around the city. We will definitely be coming back to stay!

    Tory2016-06-22T00:00:00Z
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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.
  • Andrea met me at the apt., showed how to operate several items in the apt, such as heater, shower, and water heater. She had also had basic food items in the refrigerator, and fruits in a basket. The apt. Was exactly as pictured and very comfortable. My only complaint (if you can call it that) was the the tram rails were being laid on upper Dominique st, so access to the apt was limited. I had to pull my luggage half a block because the taxi could not drive on that part of the street. Location of the apt. Is great accessible to most touristy areas. I walked basically everywhere I wanted to go, including the train stations. I recommend it highly.

    Nazanin2016-05-11T00:00:00Z
  • Super cute place, perfect for a Dublin trip.

    Simon2017-03-10T00:00:00Z
  • A very cute, comfortable hideaway, perfect for couples. 5 minute (if that) walk to Parnell St. Fantastic public grounds out the back and a beautiful view of them.

    Steph2017-06-24T00:00:00Z
  • 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
  • We really enjoyed staying in Andrea's flat. It was very clean and had everything we needed. It was also very nicely decorated, I really liked all the small touches. The written instructions were easy to follow and not meeting anyone at the flat meant we were not in a rush to arrive. We loved Dublin and it was easy enough to walk from the flat to the city centre (I think about 20-25 minutes).

    Lisa2017-01-29T00:00:00Z
  • We had a very warm welcome when we arrived. The flat itself was beautifully furnished (vintage). When we had questions Andrea answered immediately. She was a very warm-hearted host. The flat was located in a very nice house, in the city centre of north Dublin which is partly a bit run-down, but all shops and sights were within walking-distance.

    Kristina2015-08-16T00:00:00Z
  • Andrea was very friendly and left us some food in a fridge and tips about where to go in Dublin. The apartment is comfortable, cosy and light full. Situated next to city center, bus stops, caffe and Jameson distillery.

    Veronica2015-06-16T00:00:00Z
  • I spent almost a month in Andrea's apt. It was an amazing experience. First, the apt is well located. Near the city center and in a calm region. Transport, if you need, is easy. Luas, Dublin tram, is located 03 or 04 blocks from the apt and the bus stop, serving North and South sides, is two minutes far. Second, Andrea is very supportive. She provided clean towels, bed sheets and other stuffs weekly. Besides, she was very kind with several perks: tea, bread, juices, etc. and a weel equipped kitchen. Third, Andrea and her daughter wrote a detailed description of restaurants, bars, sightseeing and other attractions. It was very helpful, because you can do things like a native and scape from tourists traps. Special attention with restaurants. Dublin has improved a lot in the last ten years and there are several nice and good prices restaurants. Finally, she was very kind to wait us at arrival even with flight delay. I hope you enjoy Dublin as I've been got by this wonderful city!

    carlos2015-11-16T00:00:00Z
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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.
  • Very beautiful flat in a historic area of Dublin

    Frozzie2016-11-06T00:00:00Z
  • This apartment looks exactly as pictured. Great location. It is a close 15 minute walk to the hustle and bustle of the city, yet you are able to have a sound's night sleep away from the noise. The bed is very comfortable.. Marianne is very accommodating and in constant communication. She is also there to greet you and answer any questions you may have about your stay. Will stay here again upon my next Dublin visit. Thank you, Marianne for the lovely stay!

    Nicole2016-12-04T00:00:00Z
  • Marianne had been in contact with us the day before we booked to figure out how to make the transition smooth for us. Our flight came in very early the day we had booked the listing. For our convenience, our host met us 5 hours early as there was no one checking out that day and the listing was ready to go. She recommended some ways to get around town. There was also a couple of laminated pages reiterating the rules of the flat as well as helpful tips regarding the stove, switches, immersion, and shower. Some came with visuals. It was very helpful.

    Sinead2016-09-21T00:00:00Z
  • My friend and I had a fantastic stay at Marianne's flat which is just fabulous. Check in and out were just as smooth as possible, Marianne's instructions were to the point, the room beautiful and with a nice view to the square, everything as described even better and the location was very central for our purposes. We felt so at home and in a lovely place that spent extra time in than planned or intended because of the flat itself. Thank you!

    Stavroula2017-05-28T00:00:00Z
  • I had a great stay at Marianne's place. A great apartment!

    Jon2016-10-23T00:00:00Z
  • Convenient location, spacious and comfortable apartment. Close to bus lines, walking distance to Main Street leading down to River Liffey.

    Marilee2017-06-25T00:00:00Z
  • Nice appartment if you want to stay at the quiet edge of the city centre

    Giel2017-03-05T00:00:00Z
  • Charming, grand, spacious and sunny apartment. We recommend the Candy Cafe for breakfast just a few blocks down the street on your way to the Hugh Lane Dublin City Gallery. Be sure not to miss Francis Bacon's transplanted studio in the back of the Gallery.

    Greg2017-07-01T00:00:00Z
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    Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

    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, with luxurious feather down duvet and pillows, 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.
  • Claire was a great Host. She gave us a perfect guide for Dublin and was always very friendly and helpful.

    Lukas2014-09-22T00:00:00Z
  • She contacted us before our arrival to confirm arrival time and to make sure we knew how to get there. Once there, we chatted, and she welcomed us with the offer of tea or coffee, info on places of interest nearby, etc. and just general friendly conversation.

    Sandy2015-09-07T00:00:00Z
  • What fantastic stay here!The house is nicely located just 15 minutes out side the centre,easily walkable of just a short bus ride.The room itself is beautiful,modern and very comfortable.The information we were given when we arrived was fantastic,done really good restaurant suggestions.Would definitely stay here again!

    Sian2016-10-27T00:00:00Z
  • Claire, her home, and her dog are adorable! She was very understanding to our busy tourist schedule. We were in and out much later than we anticipated- but Claire was very easy going about it. Her home was the romantic getaway we were looking for. We had an amazing time!

    Miranda2016-06-01T00:00:00Z
  • Claire is a very nice hostess. She even stayed up to welcome us although we arrived late. The room is cute, very clean and friendly. Also the kitchen ist very nice and can be used for making tea etc. The neighbourhood area is quiet and safe, it takes about 20 mins to walk into the centre or 10 mins by bus. The recommendations Claire gave us for breakfast in the area were lovely!

    Bettina2015-05-10T00:00:00Z
  • The room that Claire provides is just as the picture describes. It is very cute and the ensuite convenient. It is situated about a 20 minute walk from the centre of Dublin city and other sites of interest, which we enjoyed taking each morning. My husband and I enjoyed our stay here and recommend it to others traveling to Dublin

    Candice2015-07-05T00:00:00Z
  • The house and the room are absolutely amazing - everything looks just like in the picture! The ensuite bathroom is really cute, although unfortunately there is no real door. But Claire told is that beforehand, so we knew. Claire is a great host, she made sure, we had everything we needed but at the same time really gave us our space. The location is great for exploring Dublin, the house is in a good neighbourhood. During the daytime we walked into the city and back, in the evenings we took the bus - which is also really easy once you've understood the bus system :D

    Laura2015-08-29T00:00:00Z
  • Claire was extremely welcoming and very attentive host. The room is simply gorgeous and the bed very comfortable. A cute, quiet neighbourhood, however a bit of a walk from Dublin city centre (however frequent buses available). Highly recommend a stay in this property!

    Jess2015-09-11T00:00:00Z
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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 Amazing host. Naturally charming. Always ready to Smile. Time to answer All questions. Zzzzzzzzzz I was a sleepy head. Overjoyed with you.

    Jean2014-07-12T00:00:00Z
  • The flat was exactly how it looked in the pictures online. Anastazio was extremely friendly & personable. We were out most of our stay being 1st time tourists in Dublin. It was also our first airbnb experience. The flat was very comfortable & clean. We easily walked into the city center and back & felt very safe doing so. Highly recommended!!

    Angela2014-08-30T00:00:00Z
  • Anastazio was a very friendly and helpful host. The location was superb, very easy to get to and from the centre of the city. The apartment was lovely and exactly as portrayed by the pictures. Thank you for a wonderful trip!

    coco2016-04-13T00:00:00Z
  • We've stayed just 3days but it was amazing time. He is very kind to us. The room is very clean. The place is nice. I can recommend his room;)

    Yuka2015-07-25T00:00:00Z
  • A good place with very kind people, we enjoy a lot and we will probably go to Greece now ! See you later at Paris Anastzio !

    Dominique2014-08-21T00:00:00Z
  • He's not a superhost for no reason! Not only did I received the 5 stars welcoming, the experience I have had with Anastazio and his 'brother' has exceeded any star rating system. We shared stories, laughs & giggles, delicious home made food (yes, he also happens to be a super chef!!!), and even the experience of setting up the first Christmas tree in his apartment! Despite the modern and tasteful decor in his loft (it's the same from the photos), it was by far the warmest and the most cozy bnb I have ever visited. Anastazio has undoubtedly set a very high bar for the other bnb. The whole experience was perfect and I have never thought I would come around in saying that. It was my first time travelling in a foreign country on my own, and I felt very well taken care of. He was always quick to respond(ever since I requested for a booking), very accommodating, always there to help (don't be afraid to ask!). I honestly can go on and on about this superhost. But you would have to experience it for yourself! I highly doubt anybody can ask for a better airbnb experience. And to be frank, I can't wait to visit Ireland again, and when I do swing by Dublin, I am not staying anywhere else!

    Crystina2014-12-11T00:00:00Z
  • What can I say that isn't already written about Anastazio! He truly is wonderful! When I arrived he had a treat for me and made me feel like home! If it weren't for him I would have never scene a part of Ireland that I am so glad I did!! His character and positivity for life is outstanding! You can't help but laugh when you're there! I highly recommend staying here. He is truly a gem in Dublin and will make your experience memorable!!

    Ann2014-10-14T00:00:00Z
  • Our first airbnb experience is à complete success thanks to Anastazio, our host. His kindness and sense of friendship make him someone you have to meet.

    marie2014-09-11T00:00:00Z
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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.
  • 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
  • Daria's house was very pleasant. The neighborhood was quiet, but still walking distance to restaurants and shops and an easy bus ride into the heart of Dublin city. The room we stayed in with our own bathroom was comfortable with a beautiful skylight and great views of the Wicklow mountains. Daria had tea available for us in our room, fresh towels and all the amenities of a hotel with a much more personal touch. Her homemade bread and fresh squeezed juice was so nice waking up to and enjoying while chatting around the kitchen table. Her and her husband Leo were very friendly; they love to travel themselves and had lots of great tips for us. We would definitely stay here again!

    Christine2016-06-17T00:00:00Z
  • We had an absolutely amazing stay at Daria and Leo's wonderful house. The location was perfect in walking distance to the city centre. The house itself was absolutely gorgeous. Very spacious, personal, warm and cozy. The room was beautiful and the bathroom was very nice aswell. And even though the house was pretty much perfect it was nothing compared to Daria and Leo. They were extremely helpful, funny, sweet and delightful. Daria served us a lovely breakfast each morning with freshly made juice. It was such a pleasant stay! Thank you, Daria and Leo, for such an amazing weekend. You guys are the best!

    Julie2016-07-12T00:00:00Z
  • 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
  • Daria and Leo were the most accommodating and kind hosts! They have a beautiful home located just a 12 minute bus ride from the city center. In Rathgar, only about a 3 minute walk from their home, there are charming restaurants and shops. I would suggest getting a leap card to make moving around the city easier. I wish I could have stayed longer. Their home is absolutely gorgeous and has so much character. Even prettier than in the pictures! They also have an amazing garden and patio out back. I would absolutely stay here again!

    Madeline2017-09-02T00:00:00Z
  • 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
  • I've stayed at Daria's & Leo's before. As before, nice people, room & location.

    Ger2017-09-21T00:00:00Z
  • Everything was perfect, book now - there's nothing more to say! Thank you!

    Gareth 2016-06-10T00:00:00Z
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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..
  • 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
  • Karin is a very gracious hostess and rightfully very proud of this very special accommodation. She was very responsive to our questions, provided excellent detailed information and instructions, and made sure we were made to feel right at home A very special room is a beautiful Georgian house within walking distance to city center, transportation, attractions, shops and restaurants. We will definitely stay with Karin again!

    Renee2015-10-16T00:00:00Z
  • Karin was extremely accommodating and friendly. When we couldn't get the wifi working she lent us a remote connection which worked perfectly - that sort of service makes all the difference. We wanted to stay another few days but sadly, Karin was booked out.

    Paul & Moira2012-06-20T00:00:00Z
  • Lovely all-in-one accommodation - tastefully decorated and real attention to detail. Karin was very welcoming and helpful (coming home one night to her delicious banana bread was a real treat). Would highly recommend.

    Richard2012-10-07T00:00:00Z
  • I had a lovely stay! The apartment is exactly as pictured. It is charming, comfortable, and in a good location. Karin was attentive and incredibly helpful. I highly recommend Karin and her Georgian studio apartment. I look forward to staying here again.

    Michele2013-03-04T00:00:00Z
  • The studio was lovely, and Karin was a kind and helpful host. The neighborhood was within walking distance of everything that I wanted to do. It's in a not-heavily-touristed part of town - on the plus side, it's not heavily touristed; on the minus side, perhaps not everyone would feel safe walking back to the apartment late at night. (My mother, for example :) But I had no complaints myself, and would recommend it.

    Liam2015-11-07T00:00:00Z
  • We had a wonderful 3 day stay with Karin. Beautiful charming and comfortable accommodations. Karin also provided the perfect recommendations for what to see and not see in Dublin and beyond. Highly recommend!!

    Colin & Jen2014-06-11T00:00:00Z
  • This is a beautiful apartment with a very flexible, informative, and accommodating host. Located about a 20 minute walk from temple bar and 10 minutes to the museum and post office. The late 1700s architecture and uniqueness of the living space was the perfect way to cap off our Irish Adventure. Apartment was clean, secure, and well organized. Karin also supplied plenty of maps, tourist information, and recommendations on where to eat/what to see that proved very helpful.

    Mark2014-07-28T00:00:00Z
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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!
  • Great location and fantastic house!

    Davide2017-07-09T00:00:00Z
  • Karin's large apartment was a lovely place to spend 2 nights in Dublin. The apartment was large, well stocked, and located close to the many attractions. Karin was also helpful with guide books, maps, and directions.

    Daniel2015-08-29T00:00:00Z
  • My girlfriend and I stayed in Karin's flat on a weekend trip to Dublin and we loved it! The flat was large and spacious, was fully equipped and had a very comfy bed. There were lots of nice extras such as an iPhone/iPod speaker dock and Timeout guides to Dublin. The building itself was beautiful. Karin was lovely, providing us with breakfast and tips on where to explore. It was about a 10-15 minute walk to most of the attractions and restaurants we visited. It was also very easy to hail a taxi right outfront of the apartment. I'd highly recommend this flat and would stay again next time I'm in Dublin.

    Markus2012-11-05T00:00:00Z
  • Enjoyed the stay, just off Parnell Rd which made it very central for our needs. Our host was very helpful eg with transport cards, some basic food and good advice provided. Some passing traffic noise. Overall, a good stay in Dublin.

    Margaret2013-11-09T00:00:00Z
  • A beautiful, spacious and very authentic Georgian apartment in the center of Dublin + Karin was a perfect host. Would definitely recommend staying.

    Marie-Christin2015-04-10T00:00:00Z
  • We had a very nice time at Karin's lovely Georgian home. It was so nice to have room to stretch out and relax. Her advice was very helpful so that we did not have to waste time figure it all out. We were able to just immediately start enjoying the city.

    Tiffany2017-05-21T00:00:00Z
  • Karin was a perfect host and a very delightful interesting woman, we talked about how we travelled along asia and shared great stories. I could talk for hours with her , she is full of life. She even gave us homemade jam , organic yogurt which were delicious. The georgian flat was fantastic and very spacious! I recommend Karin as a host to everyone and anybody wanting to stay in Dublin. My stay was perfect couldn't asked for any more.

    Khan2013-03-04T00:00:00Z
  • Karin was a great host and very accommodating! The room was well-stocked and cozy. Loved the fireplace.

    Romie2013-11-19T00:00:00Z
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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.
  • It's a really cosy apartment. It's only a 15min walk to the centre of Dublin. Great apartment. (Nice bed, new kitchen) Rithya was very kind. Thank you for breakfast! We didn't see him a lot because he went on vacation. But we had the whole apartment to ourselves :) Great stay!

    Mathias2014-11-23T00:00:00Z
  • Comfortable house on central location. Nice place to stay.

    Deepak2017-07-01T00:00:00Z
  • My mother-in-law and I stayed here for a weekend holiday in Dublin. The flat was even more spacious than pictures indicated. Beds were incredibly comfortable and everything spotlessly clean upon arrival. All amenities were provided and kitchen was well stocked with all necessities. I highly recommend to anyone and would happily stay here again!

    Kristin2017-01-16T00:00:00Z
  • Very comfortable and tidy and instructions were clear and communicated well. It was exactly as described. Everything I could have possibly needed for my stay was available. It was a short walk to City Center, pubs, and sights.

    Nelson2016-07-12T00:00:00Z
  • The location is perfect, about a 10-15 minute walk to city center. The apartment is very clean and well organized. The bathroom is fully stocked with toiletries which is super helpful. Would definitely recommend.

    Farida2015-08-22T00:00:00Z
  • Really good experience !!! We didn't see Rithya but we kept in touch by email. His appartement is really nice, clean and close to famous attractions (15 min from his appartement to Stephen green). Angelique&Miroslav

    Angelique2015-10-25T00:00:00Z
  • 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
  • Rithya is a great guy, the place is in a really good location in Dublin and it is clean and well organized. The apartment is really nice and the room also really comfortable. Great price and great place. Thanks bro.

    Gabriel2014-10-19T00:00:00Z
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    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.
  • Vanessa's place is great, it's in a quiet area and fairly close to the center of Dublin - either tram or bus get you there. The rooms are very nicely set up and the breakfast is just like in the picture and exactly what you're looking for after a night out in Dublin. She has a lot of information on Dublin around - public transportation info, places to visit, landmarks, maps + a list of banned words not to be used around the house so pay attention to what you say!

    Veza2016-06-12T00:00:00Z
  • We really enjoyed our stay at Vanessa's on Saturday night. Our room was private and spacious with a lovely big shower in our ensuite. Vanessa was a great host who provided us with all information we needed regarding the functions of the house to parking and getting public transport. I'd highly recommend!

    Louise2016-11-27T00:00:00Z
  • 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
  • We had a very nice stay at vanessa's appartement. She is a very kind and open-minded host. The room was tidy and everything was provided as promissed. The neighbourhood is nice and quiet. You can get to the citycenter by Luas in about 10 minutes. We can fully recommend this location. :)

    Mischa2016-09-28T00:00:00Z
  • Vanessa is an excellent host. The room is comfortable, clean and has an amazing bathroom with a very nice shower. The breakfast is always ready when you need it. The tram station is a 10 minutes walk and takes you directly to the city center quickly and comfortably. I definitely recommend this place.

    Alejandro2017-07-13T00:00:00Z
  • I had a really nice time at Vanessa's. She is a very welcoming person. I stayed in the double room as well as the single room. Both of them were clean and tidy. Very good breakfast as well with loads of options to choose from: cereals, tea, orange juice, pain au chocolat and croissant... I would definitely recommend it :)

    Estelle2016-09-16T00:00:00Z
  • Excellent communication beforehand in terms of how to find Vanessa, and arrangements for being met - all worked very well. Very friendly and helpful host, made us feel most welcome. Lovely house, quiet, very clean, comfortable bed plus en-suite. Free on street parking in Dublin ! - tram to heart of Dublin very easy & quick and only about 500 metres from house. Great start to our holiday in Ireland.

    Leigh 2016-07-01T00:00:00Z
  • Vanessa's home is very clean and quiet, in French we will say a "cosy place". Her house is at 4 stops on the green line so in 10 min you are in the city center. So if you want to be quiet and near the center that is the place to go! Of course I recommend!

    valerie 2016-08-15T00:00:00Z
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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.
  • Everything Asta said stood. The apartment was nice in a fairly quiet area, close to a lovely park and the Heuston railway station. A walk to the city center is however 40 minutes.

    Gunnar2017-03-19T00:00:00Z
  • Although we didn't meet Asta, she was very polite and helpful whenever I messaged her. The apartment had everything we needed, was near to buses into the centre of Dublin and was walkable to useful local amenities like a good bakery 5 mins away.

    Wilkie2017-02-06T00:00:00Z
  • Lovely, comfortable flat. It's a solid walk to the city center, but this means the place is pretty quiet. Quite a good bargain!

    Allan2017-06-16T00:00:00Z
  • This place was nice and clean and very quiet at night.

    Marc2017-07-02T00:00:00Z
  • Accommodation was very clean and cozy. Communication with Asta also very quick and efficient. Rooms are newly refurbished and have a well-equipped kitchenette. There are also bikes for rent, which despite its condition were the easiest and fastest way to get around the city. I would recommend for stay.

    Martin2017-07-25T00:00:00Z
  • Asta's flat is very nice, clean and there are everything you need to cook if you want to eat at home. It is 40 minutes to the city centre but Asta usually gives bikes and you can stay at Temple Bar in about 20 minutes with them. The apartment is also close to a bus stop where you can get two direct bus to the city centre.

    Roberta2017-09-06T00:00:00Z
  • 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
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    Gemma2017-04-29T00:00:00Z
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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 had a wonderful time. Luan gave us great local info. He never steered us wrong. Everywhere that he told us about was spot on! He welcomed us when we arrived and was available when we asked questions. He was never intrusive. The apartment was just as described. Very nice.

    Cristy2015-08-21T00:00:00Z
  • 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
  • Very nicely decorated in strong colors, bold posters and picture frames, and a whole bunch of books that, judging from the titles and Luan's profession and interests, are probably not just for show. Luan's place was spick-and-span, and had his intake pitch down like a pro. He showed us the surrounding town on a map of Dublin set ready on his kitchen counter, and quickly went through the tourist attractions in the neighborhood - the Guinness Storehouse and Temple Bar, among others. (Then he pointed them out out the window.) The central location of the apartment to the touristy parts of the city made it really easy to visit them on short excursions on foot. The view out the balcony was really nice - the exact kind of cityscape you'd imagine of Dublin. It was a great place to cap off the last two days of our week-long road trip through Ireland, and we'll definitely be knocking on his door again in future, if our travel schedule matches up with his availability! All in all, a great experience to pop my Airbnb cherry. Also, the free parking spot is like an oasis in central Dublin.

    Terry2015-09-27T00:00:00Z
  • We had a great stay at the apartment. The location is fantastic, it was clean, and exactly how it is described. Luan was really friendly and explained us all we need to know. We fully recommend this apartment to everyone!

    Henrik2015-03-02T00:00:00Z
  • We LOVED Luan's place. I didn't get to meet him—I was traveling with a friend and she checked in with him. But I knew from looking at the art on his walls, his book collection, and the magnificent light-up "Diva" poster in the kitchen that we would've gotten along great. The apartment is slightly off the beaten path, which is actually very nice. It's still walkable/cabable to anywhere you'd want to go. I purposefully avoided finding a place near Temple Bar, because I like to sleep at night. The building was quiet and clean. Having a balcony was great and he's very close to the once-a-month Dublin Flea, which I highly recommend. If you're into surgical, Patrick Bateman-esque atmospheres, this might not be the place for you, but for people who like a bit of color and character in their surroundings, this place is perfect.

    Judy2014-09-25T00:00:00Z
  • You won't be sorry staying at Luan's place. Lots of great art to look at, and an over-all great vibe to this very comfortable 2 bedroom flat. We had a wonderful stay and would stay again next time we are in Dublin. Thanks to Luan for all the wonderful suggestions! Five stars all the way on this one.

    Megan2017-07-14T00:00:00Z
  • If you want a hip and funky apartment for your next getaway, this apartment is the place for you. The apartment is exactly as described and very spacious. Our flight was delayed 8 hours an Luan was so kind and flexible with our situation. He was at the apartment at 10pm to check us in. He got us fresh bread, coffee and milk. Thank you for all your great suggestions and enthusiasm in giving us the best experience. The place is in walking distance to the Guinness Storehouse and Teeling's Whiskey Distillery and a 10-15 min walk into town. Highly recommended!

    Anna2017-07-28T00:00:00Z
  • Great! Luan was a perfect host. He waited us several hours and he always answered to our questions by phone and by email on time. His advices about Dublin were really precious. The apartment is cool, clean and the position is strategic to explore the city. I highly recommend this host. Thank you Luan!

    Fabrizio2016-03-25T00:00:00Z
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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's apartment is a bright, light apartment in a great neighborhood. The information that Liam sends for arrival is completely detailed and ensured an easy experience. His communications were always spot on and open. Even with maintenance difficulties during the stay, he stayed in constant communication and was very helpful.

    James2017-08-15T00:00:00Z
  • 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
  • Liam sent a packet of great information. The instructions couldn't have been more clear. We took public transit around town, and the apartment was near the tram and bus stop.

    Jeremy2017-01-06T00:00:00Z
  • Perfect stay. The place is super comfortable and included everything we could need. The area is great (walking distance to every spot we wanted to visit). We'd repeat if we return to Dublin ;) Special thanks for the info and indications. So precise and helpful!

    Julio2016-08-05T00:00:00Z
  • We had a fantastic stay in Liam's apartment which is accessed by a lift. Central location and just a short walk to the Temple Bar area. The unit was spotless, very well equipped and looked even better than the photos. Close to restaurants and supermarket which had a fantastic selection of fresh foods. Liam left very detailed instructions for the unit and I have no hesitation in recommending this apartment to family and friends when visiting Dublin.

    Belinda2016-10-01T00:00:00Z
  • It was our first experience of Airbnb and it exceeded all expectations and Liam's guide was fantastic. Highly recommend it.

    Maurice2017-09-10T00:00:00Z
  • Excellent!

    Philly2016-09-06T00:00:00Z
  • The apartment was completely spotless and wasn't missing anything that you could possibly require. It was positioned close to the centre and all the attractions but far enough away to relax. There was public transport surrounding the apartment but due to only being a walk away from all the attractions we didn't use this. The restaurants/ cafes were really lovely and reasonably priced, as well as being right round the corner. Being able to leave our luggage with the concierge was a great help and helped make our first and last day perfect! Overall we had a lovely stay in Liam's apartment and would definitely recommend for anyone wanting a trip to Dublin!

    Natalie2017-02-23T00:00:00Z
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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
  • Amazing house with lovely hosts, couldn't have asked for a better experience!

    Eilidh2017-10-15T00:00:00Z
  • Really beautiful house, right beside Phoenix Park. Sarah was lovely and helped us organise transport for the evening out. Lots of room in the house, pool was an added bonus.

    Laura2016-07-11T00:00:00Z
  • Sarah was a exelt host very helpful and careing myself and my partner fell in love with her very quick she's so good I would highly recommend this anyway thinking of booking it's just am amazing place to stay wel be back soon love the place

    Anto2016-07-21T00:00:00Z
  • A one of a kind location--a truly special experience! Architecturally unique building, rooms are very clean, spacious and tastefully appointed. Warm and authentic, our stay was made truly exceptional by our wonderful host Sarah. Sarah was so generous and kind, bright and engaging in conversation, and really very thoughtful. Above and beyond, she even drove three sleepy mathematicians to an early morning conference at Trinity College, while keeping breakfast warm for the remaining guest who overslept! The amenities were brilliant--gorgeous indoor pool, courtyard jacuzzi--we only wish we could have stayed longer! I have travelled extensively, and I have been coming to Dublin since 1990, and this was a rare and extraordinary Dublin experience, and a unique and memorable place to stay in the world. My first experience with airbnb, and I think it will remain the best ever! Our sincere thanks to Sarah!

    michelle2012-09-02T00:00:00Z
  • This was our first air bnb experience and it was fantastic! Sarah welcomed us with warm arms to Ireland. The apartment was 5 star and the location was amazing. My husband and I loved her and would definitely go back! I'm only sorry that I didn't book to stay longer. Thank you for everything, Sarah! We will be back!

    Renata2015-06-19T00:00:00Z
  • Sarah contacted the day before our arrival to check when we'd get there and see if we needed any help getting there. Upon our arrival, she greeted us warmly, we chatted, and we were off again with great advice about where to get dinner. Sarah was very helpful with information about the area, and very generous helping us to get there.

    Sandy2015-09-19T00:00:00Z
  • Sarah was an amazing host. We stayed at her guest house on the last 2 nights of our trip and she drove us around to several places once we dropped off our rental. We had access to her swimming pool, sauna, and pool table which was a great way to relax before our flight home.

    K.C.2016-04-23T00:00:00Z
  • Sarah was a delightful welcome to Ireland -- full of information, very friendly, overall a great hostess. We also had the opportunity to meet one of her daughters and one of her son-in-laws, and they were also very helpful and friendly. Sarah's home is also one of the best that I've seen on Airbnb. The guest quarters are essentially separated from the rest of the house in a separate wing, and they are very well designed, clean and quiet. It's at the entrance of a wonderful park that houses, among other things, the Dublin zoo and the home for Ireland's President, and it's only a few minutes from the center of town. It was a delightful experience and I'd certainly recommend Sarah's place for your future travels.

    scott2015-08-09T00:00:00Z
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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!
  • Fantastic apartment! Location is absolutely second to none! Couldn't have asked for a better host, met us personally on arrival and gave us a great welcome. Highly recommended!

    Dewi2014-02-10T00:00:00Z
  • this apt was perfect! spacious and in a great location...lots of light...and Dardo the host is very communicative and helpful. will definitely stay here again!

    Cris2014-04-25T00:00:00Z
  • Fantastic place, right in the middle of Dublin City centre. The flat is extremely well furnished and clean. We had a lovely stay and Dardo was very helpful. Will stay again when we come back to Dublin!

    Alexander2014-10-23T00:00:00Z
  • The apartment is just as advertised, we had a great stay and loved being so close to the city center. Dardo has taken good care of all arrangements and we would definitely come back.

    Gabriele2015-09-08T00:00:00Z
  • Really fantastic apartment--even better than the photos. We went home full of ideas for a total apartment makeover and his library of travel guides gave us lots of ideas for our next trip. The space looks super minimal but everything you could need is tucked away behind clever cabinet drawers. It's a nice, chill crashpad above busyness of downtown Dublin. It's not a quiet neighborhood though, so bring earplugs. Dardo met us outside, showed us the apartment, gave us the lowdown on the neighborhood, and had tons of great recommendations for food and drinks and sightseeing. He was instantly available via AirBnB text when we had questions. We'd definitely stay here again. (We loved The Winding Stair for dinner, and Forest Avenue's family-style Sunday set menu was fantastic. Highly recommended!)

    Jeff2015-12-03T00:00:00Z
  • Great apartment in a great location. Easy to drop back for lunch or a rest during a busy days sightseeing. Has everything you need for a short or long stay. Close to temple bar in one direction and city shopping in the other. Walking distance to so many of the city sights. The host was excellent in showing us the facilities and also in local recommendations.

    Martin2013-05-08T00:00:00Z
  • anyone considering renting the apt for the (URL HIDDEN) not hesitate!! i stayed for 3 nights and had a wonderful stay...the apt is beautiful...the location is perfect!! its almost too close to the pubs!! when you have as little self control as me!! its a great place to sit and watch the world go bye whilst re-charging your batteries for another run at dublin!! Dardo is a great guy...he was so helpful and even provided me with his private parking (URL HIDDEN) is a little noisy....but nothing that cant be sorted with ear plugs that are provided!! and hey what do you expect in the heart of the city!! thanks again Dardo for helping make our weekend in dublin one to remember!! i look forward to staying again!!

    martin2013-10-15T00:00:00Z
  • If you're staying in Dublin, I can't imagine there being a better option than Dardo's Designer Apartment. From the moment we booked, Dardo made himself available for questions and advice. The apartment was clean, comfortable, and extremely convenient. The historic Ha'penny bridge is right outside your door and the energy of Temple Bar is right across the river. Yes, it can get noisy - but that's what comes with such a great location. If and when we go back Dublin, we will be staying at Dardo's.

    Jessica2014-10-19T00:00:00Z
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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.
  • 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
  • Had a great experience. Very good host, friendly and orderly. Would highly recommend.

    Benjamin2016-03-22T00:00:00Z
  • Very central - so just be aware of this in terms of noise levels. Clean and tidy and had everything you would need for a basic stay, assuming you are out and about most of the day. Host was respondent and easy to get hold of, and even sent an email midway to check we were OK during our trip. Lovely touch to have chocolates for us, and teas & coffees for the morning. Really, the only downside would be the toilets as the host may have had drainage problems in the past so there are lots of rules (!) and a very loud shredder which sets itself off once in a while.

    Vicky2016-10-02T00:00:00Z
  • Perfect location, right beside Dublin castle.

    Cliff2016-09-26T00:00:00Z
  • Adrian is a marvellous host; incredibly prompt responses; fully informative on Dublin sights and details about his beautiful apartment, which is perfectly central, quiet, warm oasis in the centre of the city. Highly recommend host and apartment

    Adam2016-01-13T00:00:00Z
  • Very Nice apartment. Adrian gave immediate response on all my questions. The apartment was in the middle of City centre. Only 5 minutes walk to Temple bar ares.

    Helge2015-11-16T00:00:00Z
  • The flat it self is amazing and located in very central area, 5 minutes walking from the Temple Bar area, as well as 1 minute walking from the main shopping street. Close by there are tesco and M&S as well so everything is very handy. The host was very friendly and explained me about what there is to do in the area. Recommend a lot for anyone who wants to experience central dublin in walking distance!

    Ilya2015-11-09T00:00:00Z
  • What a fantastic experience! Adrian was helpful and responsive from the get-go. Even though he had other guests leaving the day we arrived, he went out of his way to get us in as early as possible. He greeted us with bottles of wine and lent lots of suggestions of how to make the most of our trip. We wanted a place with two bedrooms, and were grateful that a second bathroom was included as well. Although small, what a luxury it was to have! If you want a location literally steps from Dublin Castle, Temple Bar and more, I highly recommend that this is the place for you!

    Bob2016-10-17T00:00:00Z
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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.
  • This place was exactly as advertised. It was spacious, beautiful, and comfortable. Desmond also made check in and check out very easy.

    Chau2016-11-17T00:00:00Z
  • Perfect house. Extremely comfortable. Would definitely stay there again. Des was a perfect host - even let us check in early when we arrived with a sick child. Thanks.

    Siobhan2016-01-06T00:00:00Z
  • We stayed here with our family while in Dublin and I cannot recommend it highly enough! It was clean as can be, perfectly appointed and extremely comfortable. We were able to walk into town quite easily and the breakfast supplies were just what we needed. It is exactly what we wanted! Thank you, Desmond!

    Julie2017-07-18T00:00:00Z
  • 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
  • This house was fantastic and exactly what we were looking for. A nice place with close proximity to fun things around Dublin. Highly recommend this spot. We had a great time.

    James2017-03-31T00:00:00Z
  • We hired Desmonds wondeful house for our film crew on a mutual day shoot in Dublin. The house is in pristine condition and Ive never heard of a crew rave about how comfortable the accommodation is! Would highly recommend!

    Declan2016-01-21T00:00:00Z
  • This house was amazing, great for large groups and Des treated us so well. He also stocked up on the essentials for us. Great host and treated us well. The house is kitted out with four big rooms and two of which are lovely en suites . The location is ideal with a few restaurants nearby and the house is secure too! I would highly recommend this house!

    Mihir2016-01-25T00:00:00Z
  • A beautiful, clean and welcoming house. We were met by one of Desmond's colleagues who showed us around and explained how everything worked, and about transport, restaurants etc. A great location and very good for family reunions.

    Anne2016-11-05T00:00:00Z
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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!
  • A fantastic apartment in a superb location that represents great value for money. For business or a holiday stay I can't recommend this apartment enough. Enjoy it.

    Marco2017-02-17T00:00:00Z
  • Perfect little apartment, its location was ideal, just enough away from the busy Temple bar and only a 2minute walk and youre right in the middle of it! Very comfortable and has everything you need. The host even had a bottle of wine and chocolates as a welcome. Set us up lovely for the evening. Would highly recommend it for a visit to Dublin.

    Shelley2016-01-30T00:00:00Z
  • Fantastic location, especially if hitting some Pubs and clubs as no taxis needed. very clean & spacious apartment, defo recommend.

    Val2017-09-03T00:00:00Z
  • We had a wonderful time in Ciaran's apartment! A beautiful, spacious and clean apartment only a stones through from the many pubs and restaurants of Temple Bar. Ciaran was lovely and met us at the apartment late in the evening as we had a late flight into Dublin- we were even greeted with chocolates and wine! We hope to return one day. Highly recommend!

    Kate2016-01-10T00:00:00Z
  • Very nice apartment, perfect center location ! The pictures where nice but the actual apartment was better ! Very clean and new apartment ! Totally recommend !

    Alexandre2015-12-22T00:00:00Z
  • A really great place to stay if you're planning a trip to Dublin. The apartment is in a fantastic location, very central. Inside it was clean, comfortable and spacious with everything you need for a short stay. And there was great communication from Ciaran throughout. A very enjoyable stay.

    Rob2016-06-27T00:00:00Z
  • Super location, in the heart of temple bar, yet off a side street so still quiet. Very clean apartment. Only downside was the shower which was switching between very hot or very cold.

    Cormac2015-09-22T00:00:00Z
  • The apartment is in a very central location, close to all major sights. It's a spacious apartment with plenty of room for 4-6 people. The host provided both a bottle of wine and chocolate for us - a nice gesture. We had a good stay - thanks for having us.

    Helene2016-06-24T00:00:00Z
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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 location, great host and a great time. Duncan was incredibly accommodating to both my early arrival and late departure. Thanks Duncan and Gabrielle See you soon maybe.

    Kris2017-01-23T00:00:00Z
  • Totally recommendable! The apartment is amazing, really bright and spacious and only a few minutes away from the centre. Ideal to go with friends or family. We really enjoyed staying there and made good use of the terrace for breakfast on the lovely sunny days we had. The apartment was spotless and had everything we needed, which saved us a few bits when packing. Duncan made sure everything was ok during our stay and even left some bread and milk, as we got there quite late. He was really welcoming and helpful.

    Sofia2016-08-08T00:00:00Z
  • Duncan's apartment was accurately described and is a great location for getting to know Dublin. 15 mins walk max to O'Connell street and plenty of local eating and drinking establishments. The apartment is very comfortable and has everything you need. The area is very secure. Duncan communicated really well before and during our stay which was very helpful. If going to Dublin, this apartment is well worth a consideration.

    David2017-06-06T00:00:00Z
  • Great location! Safe, secure and so close to everything!

    Joanne2017-07-07T00:00:00Z
  • This was a great little find near to the city centre of Dublin. Such a great location - 2 minutes walk to Connolly bus/train station and the Luas, which was really handy. Easy to walk into the city as well. The apartment is on the top floor of a block in a gated development which overlooked a dock and is a very good size. It has everything you need and is very comfortable. We enjoyed breakfast in the sunshine on the spacious balcony, which would have been even more enjoyable if the balcony was treated to a bit of TLC! It was a bit messy with broken pots/weeds etc. However, this said, I would not hesitate to book this apartment again. The owners were very friendly and there was great communication throughout with them. They were also very accommodating in allowing us to leave our bags after check-out to collect later.

    Carolyn2017-07-31T00:00:00Z
  • We have spent four nights in Duncans place. Everything was perfekt. It is a quiet and central apartment. We asked for som advice about restaurants, to rent bikes and such things and got very good advice from Duncan. He was very easy to get in contact with before and during the visit. He and Gabrielle was very nice and they even bought breakfast for our first day. I can really recommend this place. Thank you for a perfect stay in Dublin. //Lena and friends

    Lena2017-05-28T00:00:00Z
  • Duncan was great! Even though we didn't get to meet face to face he provides us with helpful information before our trip and during though social media apps. Duncan and his friends were flexible and helpful. Over a wonderful experience!!

    Erica2016-07-06T00:00:00Z
  • This is a fantastic apartment. The photos do not do it justice! So much light. Clean. Great amenities. Spacious. Duncan was incredibly communicative and really sweet! We'd stay here again in a heartbeat. In fact, it may be our go-to place in Dublin.

    Elina2016-09-15T00:00:00Z
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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.
  • I had a good time in Vanessa's place. Everything was perfect. She was very kind and helpful. Her house was very clean, cozy and comportable. Breakfast was so delicious. Location was good. I was taking a walk everyday. It isn't city center, but lovely and quiet area. Very recommended.

    Kyuyoung2016-08-19T00:00:00Z
  • 100% Thank you!

    Jens 2016-09-04T00:00:00Z
  • Vanessa was very welcoming from day one! My flight was delayed till late the next evening. Vanessa was there to greet me and show me around the house. Vanessa's house is exactly as depicted on AirBnB's site. The house is warm and cozy. Breakfast is provided every morning, displayed nicely for her guest to choose from cereal, bread, pastries, coffee/tea, etc. The house is just a short 10 minute walk to the Louse tram, which can easily take you into the city centre. The neighborhood is quite, so you will have no problems with sleep. Vanessa is a great host and provides the best hospitality. She will definitely go out of her way to provide a good experience for her guest. I highly recommend her place to stay when visiting the Dublin area.

    Kris2016-11-28T00:00:00Z
  • The listing was accurate and the room was clean and tidy, with a very nice shared bathroom and shower. The Hosts were very friendly and welcoming and the house was very nice. The area is very quiet but a short walk to the very efficient Tram system. I would have no compunction in recommending this (or indeed staying again!) to anyone wishing to stay in Dublin or to explore. Vanessa was a delightful host.

    Raoul2016-03-09T00:00:00Z
  • The room is in a beautiful house and area, well located and very safe, it is one block away from the bus stop, abd like 4 blocks away from the tram that drives you to St. Stephens Green (park) and​ Grafton Street, one of the touristic area in Dublin, full of Cafés, Pubs and Stores, and of course of the Park. You can reach the main interesting points from there walking. Vanessa is very kind and the house, rooms and bathrooms very clean.

    Vanessa2017-05-27T00:00:00Z
  • The location was excellent and very reasonably priced , very nice breakfast available and tasty coffee, one thing that really stood out was how quiet the neighborhood was , very nice place , and the bathroom was 5 star!

    Rick2017-04-08T00:00:00Z
  • Vanessa is a wonderful hostess in every respect. I arrived a bit early, but that was no problem. My room was quite clean as was the rest of the house, and the bathroom was really luxurious. Vanessa was very helpful in answering my questions about Dublin and all the Hot Spots. Every morning she had a nice breakfast waiting for me. Would I come again? Most certainly I would. Thanks Vanessa.

    Andries2016-10-15T00:00:00Z
  • Thanks Vanessa for another very present stay.

    Joseph2016-02-13T00:00:00Z
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    Single room in family home
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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.
  • The listing was in a perfect location with a wonderful view! It was clean and Garrett was great about explaining the location, restaurants, bars, and transportation to and from the airport. We loved our trip to Dublin and the convenience of this listing!

    Katherine2015-03-15T00:00:00Z
  • Top weekend!!! 4 of us stayed at the apartment for a long weekend, and we loved the entire experience. The apartment is in the BEST location - very central, close to public transport, easy walking distance to the Temple Bar district (which was perfect for nights out). The apartment itself is beautifully clean and had everything we needed. The views of Dublin Castle from the apartment windows added to the apartment's charm! Would definitely stay here again! We found Garrett to be a really friendly guy and a very helpful host. His suggestions for the best places to eat/drink in the local area were also very helpful, and he was there to greet us at check in and give us a quick tour. We can't wait for our next visit to Dublin =) Thanks Garrett!

    Sam2015-11-02T00:00:00Z
  • This is a great little spot in a fantastic location. Perfect if you want to enjoy sight seeing and pub hopping. Garrett and his wife were super accommodating and made sure we got in a little early to leave luggage and shake off jet lag. Will definitely recommend, and hopefully return. Cheers Garrett!

    Angie2015-06-26T00:00:00Z
  • Good location, great communication. Ideal place to see the sights of Dublin!

    Nic2013-12-21T00:00:00Z
  • 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
  • Garrett met us at the apartment and explained everything in detail and gave us the fabulous history of the apartment. He was always responsive straight away with any questions we had. The apartment was so clean and just as it was pictured. Location, location, (URL HIDDEN) does not get any better than this apartment. No need for a car you can walk everywhere from this location. Very Very safe area any time of the day or night. Very comfortable and had everything we needed. Garrett checked in with us mid way through our stay to make sure every thing was going well and if we needed anything. I can not say it enough the location was the best in town!!

    christine2016-03-29T00:00:00Z
  • Perfect apartment for action packed adventures and being right in the middle of it all in dublin. So many famous attractions within easy walking distance. Could not have asked for a cuter and more comfortable apartment. Thank you for a wonderful stay!

    Teresa2017-04-28T00:00:00Z
  • Garrett's place is perfectly situated close to cafes, restaurants, pubs, nightlife and historical attractions. We never needed our car or taxi. Our stay was on Halloween and the apartment was still quiet at night.

    John2017-11-02T00:00:00Z
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    Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

    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.
  • Everything was exactly as Liam said it would be and the keys were practically handed to us before we even reached the concierge desk. It was a perfect location for us as our son was one street over on Blackhall Place. Easily accessible to anything we wanted to see in Dublin. We walked to Temple Bar area, Trinity College, St Stephen Square and Grafton street. No walk was longer than 30 minutes. and the Guinness Storehouse (if interested in the tour) is 10 minutes away. We had a car because we went to the west of Ireland first but there is a parking garage below the apt for I think 12 euro a day. We had a lovely stay and would stay again if we went back and it was available!

    Judith2016-10-14T00:00:00Z
  • This is a great place if you are looking for a spot in the heart of Dublin! It was a safe neighborhood with lots of great amenities right downstairs (restaurants, bars, market). It is also a stone's throw away from The Old Jameson Distillery. Along with this, it is a great location for using the Hop On/Off bus. Liam was extremely helpful and provided an AMAZING guide to the apartment and neighborhood. It was a huge help and his recommendations did not disappoint! The apartment was also clean and well stocked.

    Paige2016-09-06T00:00:00Z
  • My friend and I had a lovely stay at Liam's place in Dublin. The location was great, and we had everything we needed. Liam was very helpful and the apt was clean, spacious and well-appointed.

    Danielle2016-08-08T00:00:00Z
  • This apartment was exactly what we were looking for. Central, peaceful, cosy definitely describe every part of this place. My parents enjoyed having their own room while I enjoyed having my own space in the living room. Liam provided a booklet in the apartment which showcased great places to eat nearby, favorite pubs, and information regarding the apartment. It definitely came in handy when we were exhausted after moving all day and not wanting to go far for good food. The space was very clean and gave us a nice spot to relax in after traveling and exploring.

    Paige2016-07-17T00:00:00Z
  • Clean, tidy and very close to the city centre. Couldn't ask for more for a one night stay. Thank you Liam.

    Kyle2017-08-07T00:00:00Z
  • The place was exactly as pictured. Clean, comfortable, and cozy. Liam's communication made check in/out a breeze, even as tired as I was coming off the plane. Try the Proper Order coffee shop across the street. Great coffee and great people!

    erin2017-02-03T00:00:00Z
  • Place was ok, hard to find at first especially because concierge isn't in the building that he lives in. Surrounding area was nice. About a 20 min walk to city center. Gave plenty of towels and few amenities. Host was very responsive when needed. I feel the unit was a little overpriced since it was only 1bd/1ba. I'm not a real estate agent, just an opinion. I did like the fact on checkout the concierge would look after our bags.

    Fred2017-10-20T00:00:00Z
  • The photos are accurate. The apartment is in a clean, safe neighborhood. After being out at night, I just told the cab drivers to drop us off at Jameson Distillery and we would just walk across Smithfield Market back to the apartment. The area is mostly quiet but there was one night where people were talking loud on their balcony or walking by outside that seemed to echo into the apartment. The mattress in the bedroom is really firm. Too firm for me, but the down comforter was nice. Watch your feet when opening the sliding door in the bedroom. My toes got caught once and it was not a pleasant feeling. I recommend this apartment.

    Iris2016-10-19T00:00:00Z
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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.
  • Fantastic apartment. You won't miss anything. Spent three nights in Dublin with my family, and this was the perfect location. Everything you need is in walking distance, plus Karin really knows the neighborhood. Highly recommend!

    Bastian2016-08-19T00:00:00Z
  • We had a lovely stay in Karin's beautiful Airbnb - full of art, rugs, books and a beautiful view across Mountjoy Square. Communication with Karin was always prompt, friendly and very informative, and when we met Karin in person she was welcoming and had great advice on local places such as restaurants and bars. The hospitality extended through to unexpected little touches, such as providing muesli, yoghurt, milk and ground coffe, as well as fruit and eggs for breakfast. The apartment was well located and an easy walk into town. Hopefully we'll be able to make a return visit here again one day. Well recommended.

    Greg2017-05-14T00:00:00Z
  • We arrived after a long flight and were very happy to find this clean, comfortable and quite unique accommodation awaiting us! A very special studio with all the amenities needed for a home away from home. Comfortable bed, nice linens, good shower and we were off on a short walk to city center. Kitchen was stocked with fresh eggs, milk, coffee, tea, juice so we could make breakfast. A great value in a special house with a gracious hostess who prides herself on attention to detail and the history of the house and neighborhood. We will definitely be back!

    Renee2015-10-10T00:00:00Z
  • 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 was very accommodating to our early flight arrival. While she wasn't able to meet us herself, she made sure there was someone home to greet us and allow us to drop our luggage off. The studio apartment was gorgeous and in a quiet neighborhood but still within walking distance of everything in Dublin.

    Matthew2016-08-16T00:00:00Z
  • Karin's place is just gorgeous! It is perfectly clean and very well equipped. The bed was comfy and had high-quality linen. You can easily reach the city centre on foot. We can recommend "Kingfisher" for breakfast (just a 5 min walk from the studio; thanks Karin for the great tip!) and if you like burgers, "Bunsen" is really the place to go! I recommend bringing ear plugs with you as the windows don't fully insulate the studio from the traffic noise (plus there's an mechanic timer for water heating near the bathroom that's constantly ticking). It really depends on how noise-sensitive you are, my boyfriend didn't bother at all but I definitely needed ear plugs ;) All in all we can highly recommend the studio and would definitely come back!

    Christina2017-04-25T00:00:00Z
  • This is such a cozy place to stay in Dublin! Karin makes you feel right at home and goes above and beyond other hosts- we were provided eggs, fresh fruit and even a homemade banana bread upon arrival. Karin is extremely organized and quick to respond should you have any issues (we had trouble with the wifi and hot water). Comfortable bed and good location, only about a 10 minute walk to the heart of town. Highly recommend!

    alexa2016-11-03T00:00:00Z
  • Lovely helpful hostess. Clean and airy apartment

    Jenny2017-03-19T00:00:00Z
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    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 and Tahra's place is amazing! It's very clean and modern with lots of space. It's location is 5min walk to everything and is right in Dublin city. We would stay here again on our next trip to Dublin. The hosts are great and communication is super fast.

    Chris2017-04-05T00:00:00Z
  • Was great to stay at the apartment of Mark & Tahra. Me and my friend enjoyed our time there.

    Davide2017-02-17T00:00:00Z
  • Mark & Tahra house is great. Thanks for everything

    María2017-03-08T00:00:00Z
  • This was a great place to stay in Dublin - we were easily able to walk to all the central parts of the city that we wanted to visit (although the immediate few blocks were a bit quiet - which is great for sleeping purposes). Mark and Tahara were very helpful and quick to follow up on our questions. Highly recommend this apartment for a place to stay while visiting the city.

    Daryl2016-11-23T00:00:00Z
  • 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
  • The apartment is lovely and the location is perfect. It was very clean and had everything we needed. I would definitely recommend this apartment and would stay again if back in Dublin.

    John2016-11-06T00:00:00Z
  • 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
  • Really Thomas 's review in May says it all. The location gives easy walking into city, close links to public transport and taxis. The trains became a special feature of our visit. This was my first time using airbnb so I was unfamiliar with their way of doing things. However, the seamless communication with our hosts made this a very smooth, friendly experience especially sorting put the return of my iphone which I left in the flat on departure. Many thanks to you aLl Hope, Angus, Veronica and Des

    Hope2016-05-21T00:00:00Z
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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.
  • I had a lovely time staying at Ian's house. It was very comfortable, quiet and warm. I felt very at home there. It had everything that I needed for my two week stay and was close to the supermarkets, restaurants, the LUAS, and easy to walk into town. I loved the location because it was away from the tourist area, but still convenient to everything. Ian was also a great host, and was very responsive to any questions and requests. I'd definitely stay here again.

    Lynsey2015-11-07T00:00:00Z
  • Spent 5 five amazing days in Dublin! Ian's home was everything we could've asked for in a base for the week. The location is very convenient - about a 15 minute walk to the city center, so we didn't need to take a bus or taxi once. For those who want to avoid the touristy bits and have a more "local" experience, the neighborhood has plenty of places to eat and grab a pint. The house itself is lovely! Fit 4 of us comfortably, was well equipped and stocked with plenty of basics for our arrival. We didn't have any issues that required attention while we were there, but Ian was very communicative and helpful on arrival/departure. Would definitely stay again on future trips, and highly recommend!

    Mirjana2016-09-09T00:00:00Z
  • Everthing was nice and clean. The kitchen had all things you need to cook a meal or prepare a breakfast.

    Arne2015-09-23T00:00:00Z
  • Ian was great, he was waiting for us at his house when we arrived, he welcomed us warmly and offered some maps and info for the city and some fruits and biscuits as a welcome gift. The description of the place was quite accurate. The place is quite central next to smithfield and less than a 30 min walk from temple bar area. We really love how clean, modern, tidy and nicely decorated the place was. I suggest this place without any doubt.

    andreas2015-07-28T00:00:00Z
  • Wonderful home!!! Great location, everything in easy walking distance. Very comfortable, comfy beds, everything we needed. Ian and Gareth are great hosts. Really helpful information to help with our holiday plans. THANK YOU.

    Libby2017-09-12T00:00:00Z
  • Ian was a friendly and gracious host. Very helpful re answering questions and directing us.

    Tom2015-08-01T00:00:00Z
  • We enjoyed our stay in Dublin and Ian was an excellent host, meeting us at his house soon after we arrived to show us around. The flat was well located, tidy and a good size for four people. Would highly recommend for visitors to Dublin who want to get out and explore the city.

    Stewart2015-12-01T00:00:00Z
  • Ian quickly responded to all correspondence. He met us at his place upon our arrival to Dublin and graciously took our bags upstairs! He took the time to give us travel information and tips on what to see in the area. His apartment was comfortable and clean. He had even decorated three small Christmas trees to make his place homey and festive:) It is located in a very quiet neighborhood about a 20 minute walk from central Dublin.

    Anita2015-12-16T00:00:00Z
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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.
  • The castle is an experience. Peter and his wife were greats hosts. We even used the tub in the floor. If you want a castle experience without the hotel this place is for you.

    Samantha2014-05-12T00:00:00Z
  • What and amazing experience. Peter's castle is the real deal. From the moment we opened the front door and stepped inside until we left, there were surprises around every corner. If you're expecting a "Bunratty" experience you'll be disappointed. Bunratty is not my cup of tea and Peter's castle far exceeded my expectations. Peter and Eva are amazing hosts. Peter kept the fires blazing and the stove fueled up, this took the chill out of the air when it was frosty outside. I loved cooking on the wood fired stove and put the well stocked kitchen and fridge to good use. I don't want to hype this location to much as I would like too be able to get a reservation again in the future ;-)

    Ronan2014-11-26T00:00:00Z
  • Staying in Pete's castle was an experience not to be missed if you travel through Galway, so long as climbing the spiral castle stairs aren't an issues for you. We could have stayed up for hours listening to Peter and Eva, as they are just as interesting as the castle itself. We had a great time and would definitely stay again. We felt like royalty staying at the top floor looking over the countryside, of a castle which Peter has done so much work to restore by hand. Truly a delight, hands down. If you love stories, history, and have a great sense of humor, then Peter is the host for you.

    Ryan2015-10-06T00:00:00Z
  • Our first Airbnb experience could not have been better. Peter was just amazing. He was a super friendly and accommodating host. He really knows how to make you feel comfortable and at home in such a extraordinary setting.

    Alexandra2015-09-06T00:00:00Z
  • Caher Castle is the most magical place we've ever been. It is home away from home, but it is also where you should go to dream and create. Peter and Eva are the warmest, kindest, funniest folk. They're all about family and that is what you become the second you walk through the beautiful front door. We were greeted with fresh banana cake and wonderful stories of the history of the area. They have put their heart and soul into the Castle and it is filled with warmth and love. Such artistic care and beautiful details make it so unique. Surrounded by sprawling green fields, the friendliest neighbors and gorgeous old castles and homes. It's like nowhere we've been, but put us at such ease. We had an exceptionally exciting experience during our stay. We originally booked the castle for just one night, but the day before we arrived, Storm Desmond hit the neighboring areas hard and the whole county was flooded. Peter went above and beyond to reach us at the Craughwell train station, just before the town was blocked and brought us safely to Caher. Before we even arrived Peter insisted we stay a second night free of charge because we would be "marooned" there and he didn't want to see us put out. We would of stayed forever if they let us. But alas, we had to keep on keeping on so Peter made sure we got back on our traveling track and sent us on our way. We cannot thank Peter and Eva enough for the time we spent with them. We will remember that special time for the rest of our lives.

    Maya2015-12-06T00:00:00Z
  • We had the most amazing time at the castle! It's in the most beautiful part of the countryside, which was a great break from the big cities. Pete is an absolutely amazing person, someone we will remember for a very long time. We could have sat and listened to his stories for hours and hours. Staying in a castle is such a unique experience, and not one to be passed up!

    Amy2015-06-10T00:00:00Z
  • The castle was amazing! We really enjoyed hearing Peter's stories while relaxing by the fireplace. It was magical.

    Nick2014-11-14T00:00:00Z
  • A truly memorable stay - it was a real experience to spend a night living in a castle. We loved hearing about how Peter and his family have been renovating the castle over the years, we left feeling inspired to find our own run down castle to restore (one day hey!)

    Lucy2014-04-04T00:00:00Z
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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.
  • I sent my parents to Dublin for their 30th anniversary. The communication with Daragh was excellent and precise. As for my parents - this is what they wrote: Very good location, near St.Patrick's church ,we could walk everywhere and be in 5 min on the city center It is not very quiet but for us it was not a problem. the flat is very comfortable and well equipped, Daragh waited for us, he was very helpful, very nice and friendly. Overall - a very good place to stay in Dublin. Nimrod

    Nimrod2012-08-21T00:00:00Z
  • It really was a perfect city centre apartment! The apartment was perfect for our family and was very comfortable. The great thing was, Daragh gave us a warm welcome and laid out a map pointing out good places to go, supermarkets, pubs, etc. and how to get to them. We found the apartment cosy and hospitable. We will be back!

    mimi2014-04-20T00:00:00Z
  • Awesome location, super helpful.. Thanks for the maps & suggestions! I'd certainly come back. Cheers!

    Matt2014-06-18T00:00:00Z
  • 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
  • Nice clean flat south of the river. Convenient to bus lines and walking distance to Christchurch, Temple Bar, and Trinity College.

    Greg2015-07-30T00:00:00Z
  • The apartment was just as expected. Great location close to everything but off the main streets so you could get a way from the fast past tourists as well. Daragh was an amazing host and gave up so may ideas of places to visit, restaurant the entire family would enjoy and the best local pub for a pint at the end of the day! Next time we visit Dublin (since our 70 hour visit simply wasn't enough) we will definitely try to stay here again!

    Esther2015-07-21T00:00:00Z
  • Daragh's flat was perfectly located a short walk from pretty much anywhere in Dublin. It was clean, the bed was really comfortable and his enthusiastic recommendations tailored to our travel goals. We had a great time and would highly recommend.

    Christian2015-10-20T00:00:00Z
  • This apartment was the perfect location from which to explore the city and easily accessible to all major attractions. Building was comfortable and secure. Kitchen was well stocked with cooking supplies and it was very handy to have a washing machine available for laundry. Parking passes were provided along with easy street parking which was a major bonus. Space particular suitable for a couple traveling together. Host was very accommodating. Definitely a good value, especially compared to nearby hotels. Recommended!

    Julie2014-09-29T00:00:00Z
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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!
  • House and location suited us perfectly. We were three friends who wanted to spend some quality time enjoying the outdoors. The Cottage is furnished beautifully and quiet comfortable. The landscape is spectacular with many great places to walk, bike or drive to close by. Thank you Greg for sharing your place and we can't wait to return! (Mary the housekeeper is the one of the kindest persons we have ever met!)

    Kathi2014-11-21T00:00:00Z
  • The cottage is the perfect place to get away from it all! It is quite remote, but a good base for visiting the area. The cottage was warm and quiet and we both slept very well even through a storm. Beware the low doorways if you are tall. Mary is very friendly and close by if you need anything. Communication with Gerg was prompt and helpful.

    Judith2015-08-07T00:00:00Z
  • 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
  • We very much enjoyed our stay at the cottage. Greg has taken great care to organise everything, the cottage is very cosy, located in the quietest piece of land you might wish for. Mary is adorable and has taken great care of us during our stay. We hoped to come back sometime.

    Marie2016-04-07T00:00:00Z
  • We loved staying at Croughacullion, very peaceful, the environments were very nice and the cottage was absolutely lovely!

    Ellen2015-07-30T00:00:00Z
  • We had a fabulous stay in the cottage. The decor and furnishings were so charming and the place was very cozy. The hike on the coast near Port was breath taking. A perfect get away from the hustle and bustle! Thanks Greg!

    Molly2014-01-13T00:00:00Z
  • Beautiful.

    Scott2017-09-13T00:00:00Z
  • Croaghacullion is a magical place. From the moment you arrive and see this picture perfect cottage and walk through her door your senses will have a field day. The location itself commands you to switch off and chill out. There's nothing like reading your book by the blazing turf fire while the candlelight flickers pure bliss. The nearby villages of Glencolumcille (O' Briens ice-cream, great wee beach) Ardara (spectacular Glengesh, waterfall and Maghera strand) and Killybegs (Melly's fish and chips) are all worth a visit. Then there's Mrs Molloy (the housekeeper) there really is "something about Mary" she's adorable and great craic. A truly amazing experience can't wait to go back. x

    roisin2017-08-28T00:00:00Z
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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.
  • We were very well received. The house is beautiful with a fantastic view, very conveniant for 4 people, a bit cramped for 6. This peaceful place is close to a pub and a little town, a bit far from main visiting area. So we realy advice this nice house at good price for a restful stay.

    Eric2014-07-15T00:00:00Z
  • I went to Sheila's cottage with my mother for 4 nights in October. We thought the cottage was absolutely beautiful and a great retreat from the big city! It was great waking up there and looking out at the fields and the sea. It was great traveling from there around the rest of Cork and experiencing all the things my grandma used to talk about. The fire was lovely and we enjoyed listening to it crackle with a couple of glasses of red in the evening! Sheila asked us if we'd like her to show us around and include us in her plans or whether we'd like to just get on by ourselves. I thought this was really kind and a nice touch. We politely said we'd do our own thing and Sheila certainly let us just get on with it. I appreciated this as it can be difficult. Overall, I'd highly recommend the cottage as a getaway if you're looking for a quiet holiday in a rural spot. Is great value for money too! Ireland is beautiful and I'll definitely be returning! Sarah

    Sarah2014-11-01T00:00:00Z
  • Sheila's place was wonderful :) Having the GPS coordinates to get there was very helpful. Sheila was waiting for us when we got there and showed us around the place. We were impressed with all the work she had put into the place. She made sure we felt at home. Also, her listing says you are renting peace and quiet and you really are. Sheila was very responsive to questions while we were planning our trip and also while we were there. I would recommend her place to anyone looking for a nice retreat off the beaten path.

    Maureen2014-05-22T00:00:00Z
  • Had the most lovely stay at Sheila's house. The cottage was exactly as it appeared online and in such a beautiful setting. Sheila was a great host: we felt very welcome and wished we could have stayed longer- would highly recommend to all.

    Victoria2014-12-01T00:00:00Z
  • ​I rented the whole cottage for 4 nights as a base for exploring West Cork with my parents who were visiting from abroad. ​Everything the other reviews have said is true - nicely refurbished cute old house, amazing location, stunning views, generous, friendly host - fruit, cereal & milk left for us for breakfast, stove full of logs ready to light the fire. But overall we did not have a comfortable stay as the cottage was very cluttered and I am afraid not as clean as I have come to expect from Airbnb members. ​I am sorry to give such a review especially as I love the airbnb concept and I have used it successfully in the past but after having spent 4 days worrying about my parents’ comfort amidst all the clutter, cobwebs, dust and hair I feel a bit let down and disappointed.

    Vanya2012-05-09T00:00:00Z
  • Very nice house, good view on the sea, very quiet and peaceful, Thanks for all

    Julien2017-04-26T00:00:00Z
  • Sheila's place is comfortable with great views. Sheila was out of town during our stay, but she maintained contact prior to our arrival. The beds were comfortable, and while we didn't use the kitchen much, it seemed well equipped. There are no curtains on the bedroom windows which could be a problem for light sleepers (especially in summer). Great place to stop for some peace and quiet.

    Nick2014-07-11T00:00:00Z
  • This cottage is naturally warm and very well decorated. We didn't meet Sheila but she was always available for information. It's connected to the other half of the house which is also available for renting but it's very quiet. It's a very relaxed setting and Sheila has restored the house with a lot of love and detail . Thanks again Olive

    Olive2016-05-03T00:00:00Z
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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.
  • Lovely little place in a great tranquil location - wouldn't hesitate to stay here again, I thoroughly enjoyed my stay

    Julian2014-12-30T00:00:00Z
  • Spent a perfect 2 nights in Irma's hexagon. Unfortunately rained the whole time we were in westport but couldn't have been more comfortable. We were welcomed so warmly by Irma who had the stove lit and bread and eggs left out for us before we arrived. Place was extremely homely and perfect for a relaxing getaway. Was worried about getting to and from westport town but Irma gave us the numbers for taxis who all seemed to know where to go. Extremely enjoyable couple of days.

    Eithne2015-11-15T00:00:00Z
  • We had an amazing time at Cuckoo Wood Hexagon, such a gorgeous place to stay and to explore the surrounding countryside. Irma left delicious brown bread and some groceries for us which was a lovely touch - would highly recommend this place. Oh, and we particularly loved Irma's chickens and goats - real characters!

    Lynda2015-10-25T00:00:00Z
  • We had a lovely night's stay at the Hexagon. It was so quiet and relaxing. The views in the morning were incredible! The wood stove was a real treat. Irma was welcoming and gave us some great recommendations for our night in Westport. One night wasn't enough!

    James & Jenny2014-11-08T00:00:00Z
  • Love this place, perfect hideaway. I'll be back, for longer next time I hope.

    Patrick2014-11-04T00:00:00Z
  • Perfect place for a few days of quiet writing. The Hexagon is small but basically self-sufficient.a I good note is that this area is perfect for cyclists. Wesport appears to have adopted a really progressive attitude to cycling in general. The roads are a pleasure. Loved every second and Ruth was wonderful. Can't recommend it enough.

    John2015-07-29T00:00:00Z
  • 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
  • The appartement uniquely shaped as a hexagon is free-standing in its own garden. The appartement is private, clean, warm, cute and cozy and has a lovely view over the fields. Irma was very friendly and helpful and surprised us with a delicious home-baked bread on arrival. Despite us being on bikes it took us little time to get to the city of Westport. We enjoyed our time in the Wood Hexagon very much and would have loved to stay longer.

    Egbert2016-07-27T00:00:00Z
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    Westport, Mayo, Ireland

    Cuckoo Wood Hexagon
    239 reviews

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    Cathleen
    Cathleen
    2016-02-16
    Karin was very flexible with my check-in time, meeting me personally and giving me a full run-down on how everything worked. She also gave me an orientation to the neighborhood including restaurants…
    Patricia
    Patricia
    2015-09-17
    Andreas place was the perfect location for us in Dublin. The apartment is very modern and very clean. Quiet location at night. She left many pages of highlights to visit. She met us at the flat to sho…
    Javier
    Javier
    2016-11-23
    My stay at Marianne's place was excellent. It was perfect for me and I thought it was beautiful just as advertised. It is about a 15 minute walk to the city center, just away enough to be out of the h…
    Jasmine
    Jasmine
    2017-02-08
    The apartment is in a really funky area of Dublin and the room is lovely. So convenient having an ensuite
    Rebecca
    Rebecca
    2014-09-02
    Anastazio was very helpful before our arrival in answering questions and explaining everything and the surrounding areas. It is the first time we used airbnb and it was a great experience. I would re…
    Verica
    Verica
    2017-09-13
    Excellent location! We loved the hosts Leo & Daria! They are so kind and welcoming! Answered all the questions we asked. Super helpful, knowledgeable and entertaining. Beautifully decorated house and …
    Lesley
    Lesley
    2012-09-28
    This is a 'very special' apartment - it has all the modern comforts you could want plusthe elegance and charm of a stately Georgian house. Karin O'Flanagan is a great host. She made sure we had all we…
    Cara
    Cara
    2016-07-26
    My cousins and I were so happy with our stay at this cozy cottage. Geraldine and Brian thought of everything for this home. There was surround sound for listening to music, emergency contact numbers, …