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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!
  • Karin had put together an enormous amount of information which was sent to us - it was great to have so many recommendations, and she also provided many guide books etc. We loved the Georgian house and the patina of age on the stairs etc. The entrance area felt very warm and welcoming, particularly after the rather "gritty" exterior of the road outside. The Oval shaped studio flat is well equipped, comfortable and surprisingly quiet given the main road outside. It felt safe and cosy inside. It's only about 10 minutes walk to the main part of the town. Some of the areas near the flat feel a bit grimy and run-down but we didn't encounter any trouble, and the flat is very convenient. The bathroom and kitchen were very clean and had everything we needed. Thank you!

    Susan2015-04-16T00:00:00Z
  • Great place to stay - walking distance to the city and Karin provided a lovely unique home away from home while in Dublin. Would recommend to travellers requiring their own space with all facilities in a great part of Dublin. George and Julie

    Julie2013-05-30T00:00:00Z
  • Very helpful host. The house is very comfortable and easy to live in.

    David2013-07-21T00:00:00Z
  • "Unique" is the proper word to describe this flat. And it is a truly wonderful experience. You are staying in a genuine Georgian but with the modern conveniences! Clean and well appointed, the flat is in a great neighborhood within a nice walk of everything you want in Dublin. Cozy and comfortable within a beautiful home. Karin was great and spent time helping us with tour plans and giving us a history lessons as well! I would highly recommend on all levels!

    Larry P2015-05-03T00:00:00Z
  • We had a great time staying in our private apartment. It was about a 40 minute walk to the Guinness Storehouse but reasonably close to most of the city.

    Jeff And Jennifer2013-10-01T00:00:00Z
  • Hi, We where in Dublin for a business trip. The room was great and very clean. Everything was very organized. From begin to end a great experience. Thank you Karin. Kind regards, Pieter Hanraets

    Pieter2014-11-08T00:00:00Z
  • I really enjoyed staying in Karin's apartment. It had everything I needed for day-to-day activities, and with the makings of an Irish breakfast that Karin provided, my friends and I had a wonderful first meal in Ireland right in the flat. The flat is so cozy that it was difficult to get out and see Dublin! Luckily, it's an easy walk or cheap cab ride to all the sights and bar areas. An extra bonus: the bus to the airport is right up the street. Karin also provided a drawer full of guidebooks and maps. Along with her suggestions we were able to plan a fantastic long weekend in Dublin. Warning: lots of shops and restaurants close for an extended Christmas holiday in Ireland.

    sarah2013-01-02T00:00:00Z
  • Karins place was exactly what we needed in Dublin. Close enough to the major sites that walking was easy but far enough away from the craziness of the major attractions. We appreciated her many suggestions and all the amenities within the flat. It's beautifully decorated and we had no issues at all. We would definitely recommend her place to others.

    Sara2015-09-21T00:00:00Z
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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 was a lovely host. She was so helpful and kind. She even brought us a few things for the fridge to get us started. The apartment exceeded our expectations on every level. We were very comfortable. The railway construction wasn't really a bother either. You are really less than a 15 min walk to just about everything. Andrea has lots of information in the apartment to help you plan parts of your visit. There's the major points of interest but she adds a personal touch by adding places that the locals would only really know about. There's a GREAT pub on the corner called Cumiskey's. The people were really nice and gave us tons of tips on places to see, things to eat, Irish history and even how to get around with a LEAP card. They're also great to have a pint with at the end of the day. They made us feel at home. I will definitely return to Ireland and will look for Andrea's listing first thing!! Thanks for everything Andrea!! Cheers.

    Derrick2016-05-19T00:00:00Z
  • What a lovely experience in Dublin! This was a very nice, newly renovated apartment about a 15 minute walk from the city center. It was very clean and had everything we needed. Andrea was very pleasant to work with and accommodating as my husband and I stayed with our toddler. She left some essentials in the fridge for us which was very thoughtful. We had some minor issues with the washer and plumbing, however she worked fast to get them resolved and it never interfered with our stay. I'd definitely stay here again given the chance!

    Heather2015-05-09T00:00:00Z
  • We had a great stay at Andrea's apartment in Dublin's North Inner-City. The decor was impeccable and the place had a homey feeling while still being very clean and neat. You can walk to everything north of the Liffey in just 10-15 minutes, and we found the location very convenient for what we wanted to do. Like Andrea mentions, there is construction and the street is actually closed to traffic, but the noise did not necessarily bother our sleep because of the way the apartment is set up. Andrea was so nice to drop by when we arrived, and was flexible because of our flight delays. She also leaves a great list of things to do--this was MUCH appreciated!

    Alex2017-03-06T00:00:00Z
  • IT WAS GREAT! Andrea offered a cosy, little and clean appartment and we felt at home! She is a real nice person and gave us some real good hints, where to go and what to see. Very helpful and brilliant! The place was lovely and we felt at home! It was not far (10 min. walk) from O'Connell Street, and 15 Min. to Temple Bar. But nice and quiet with a wonderful view to King's Court Park. We enjoyed it very much and would come back everytime!!! Thanks Andrea, perfect host!

    Regine2015-06-01T00:00:00Z
  • Very tidy place and as charming as displayed on the pictures. Easy communication and very friendly host. Recommended!

    Anna-Lena2017-08-06T00:00:00Z
  • The apartment was very cosy, and Andrea was a very polite and lovely host. We were worried it might be a bit far from the center based on other reviews, but the location was perfect! Just a 10 minute walk and you're in the center of everything. The apartment itself was really good. Very well designed, and well equipped ( on one of the nights we had to stay in due to very heavy rain and manger to make a great dinner, and the kitchen had all the appliances that were necessary) I will defiantly recommend this place to anyone I know.

    Tomer2015-12-02T00:00:00Z
  • Andrea was an absolutely lovely host and was so welcoming. When we locked ourselves out of the flat she was so helpful! The flat itself was ideally located and close to many of the tourist sights. It was also really prettily decorated. Would highly recommend to anyone and definitely would stay here again if we came back for another visit. :)

    Katie2015-09-02T00:00:00Z
  • I can't say enough how much we enjoyed our stay at Andrea's apartment. Everything about it was wonderful. The apartment is in a nice, quiet neighborhood. The area is full of older buildings, but nothing is really run down. It's a quick walk to shops and restaurants, though. Parnell and O'Connell Streets are a stone's throw away. If you stay, make sure to check out the local pubs, especially The Cobblestone about a half mile away. The apartment itself seems to be recently renovated and is absolutely adorable. It's well-appointed and the decor is charming. The bed was comfy, there were plenty of towels, and soaps, and other supplies. We felt at home. My wife and I stayed in a half dozen Airbnb places this summer and Andrea was hands-down our favorite host. She's warm and kind and is very responsive to communication. We ended up chatting for the better part of a half hour before we even really got to the "tour" of the apartment. She left us with a well-stocked kitchen, which made breakfast easy during our stay. We asked about the washing machine in advance, so she even made sure there was detergent on hand. She's got this hosting thing figured out! Be aware that you'll have to turn the pump and hot water heater on for a shower. Even that's not a big deal, we just weren't accustomed to it. Once the tank heated up after we checked in, we never had to wait for hot water, even with the heater switched off all day or night. You get into the swing of it very quickly. We loved Dublin and Ireland as a whole. We'd jump at the chance to make a return visit and would gladly stay with Andrea again.

    Derrick2015-08-02T00:00:00Z
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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
  • Charming old House,clean and quiet.local Situation is ok.very small sleeping room,but living room comfortable.if you like old houses and tolerante Minor faults,you will like it.very helpful host.empfehlung!

    wilhelm2017-04-03T00:00:00Z
  • 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
  • It was a good base for our stay in Dublin. Good location and apartment has everything necessary to make your time there enjoyable.

    Paul2017-04-12T00:00:00Z
  • Incredible and spacious apartment. Beautiful, short stroll to nice cafes, parks and famous landmarks. Had an amazing time.

    Jesse2017-09-07T00:00:00Z
  • It's about a twenty minute walk to Trinity, fifteen to the river. The value for the location is excellent but the bed is a queen, not a king and the place could use some freshening, especially the bathroom.

    David2017-06-20T00:00:00Z
  • Marianne was a great host she met us right when we arrived and gave us the information we needed. The apartment is adorable and the pictures are very accurate. The apartment is about a 15-20 min walk to the main areas which is nice because its quiet. Beautiful view of the park. Really appreciated the use of the kitchen and washer dryer. Would def recommend.

    Kat2017-03-03T00:00:00Z
  • Marianne's place was beautiful, comfortable, and just the right size for two people on vacation. I would recommend it to anyone!

    Brian2017-07-12T00:00:00Z
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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.
  • Lovely apartment not far from the city center. Claire is a welcoming host. The room is well kept. And there are restaurants, laundries, and groceries nearby. Recommended.

    Alexander2015-12-26T00:00:00Z
  • Our stay in Dublin was lovely. The room was just like the photos. The entire home was very cute and cozy. The room was quiet and very clean. The neighborhood was perfect for us. Just a 20 minute walk to the city center. There are many lovely places close by, restaurants, pubs, cafe's.

    Lacey2016-03-25T00:00:00Z
  • 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
  • Although we didn't get to meet Claire, her place was lovely. The room was just as pictured and very clean. She also let us drop our bags off early, which was very helpful.

    Emma2017-09-18T00:00:00Z
  • Gorgeous, cozy room with en suite bathroom. Though we were out and about most of the time, Claire made herself available to answer questions and made sure we had what we needed. The water pump in the building is apparently a little testy, so we didn't have water one morning as we were finishing getting ready to head out for the day, but this didn't detract from our stay in the least. Claire was very apologetic about it, and it was only a minor inconvenience. Rio the dog is precious, friendly and entertaining. It's probably a good thing she is too big to be smuggled out in our suitcase. Thank you, Claire!!!

    Laura2016-10-06T00:00:00Z
  • The room was just perfect! It was clean and very private, so I had my own little bathroom. It is only 15/20 min to walk to the city center or to Camden street. I enjoyed my stay. Although it was a little bit complicated with the keys and the different alarms - after 2 days I got used to it. I met Claire just once for a short talk, she seemed nice and always mentioned that I can call her if I have any problems. I would definitely come back to stay there.

    Virginia2014-10-19T00:00:00Z
  • 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 a great help from the moment we booked. It was our first time in Dublin, so the welcome pack was great in helping us work out where we were and what we could do in the immediate area, as well as how to get to hers from the airport. She was friendly when we arrived and gave us some advice on what to visit and where to go. The room is exactly as it is in the photos, the bed is comfy and the en suite is good. Rio is a great host, and very friendly. The location is great, the walk into town really isn't long and theres a lot to explore in the neighbourhoods around. If you are looking for a place to stay this is it- couldn't recommend enough.

    Lewis2015-11-21T00:00:00Z
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    Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

    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
  • Anastazio was an amazing host. His home was very welcoming and comfortable. From the time we walked in to the early morning we left he was extremely helpful. He had maps of the city and helped us plan out our time in Dublin (including the time we were not able to stay with him). He was extremely kind in giving up his second bedroom to us (as I did not read the description properly). He was very prompt in responding to my messages and was genuinely caring to us. You could not ask for a better host. I hope the next time I travel to Dublin, I can stay again. I have stayed in other Airbnb properties, but there is definitely a reason he has Superhost status. You will not regret staying in his charming household.

    Richard2015-05-13T00:00:00Z
  • I had the best time staying with Anastazio! The place was fabulous and I have never stayed with a better prepared host. I think more than anything, he really just enjoys hospitality and learning things from other people--of course, he's Greek! Hospitality is in our DNA!!! He made excellent suggestions for places to see and eat and I felt as if I were staying in my own home! The loft was spacious, beautifully decorated and spotless. Should you want to cook or hang out you can do that as he has so many movies in his collection. The center of Dublin is so close, you can take the bus, use Hailo, or Uber, but I opted to walk as it's only 1 mile away, His directions and communication were clear that I never got lost. I will definitely be staying with him again the next time I am in Dublin. He could definitely charge at least twice what he is charging, so you definitely are scoring by staying with him. Efharistw poli yia thn philoxenia sou, mwre! Athina

    Athina2016-10-07T00:00:00Z
  • Anastazio made us feel at home! He was a great host providing a warm vibe in his home. His home was in a great location and is beautiful! Anastazio let us know a lot about Dublin and had maps available for us as well. It was wonderful to stay with him would definitely do it again!

    melanie2015-03-03T00:00:00Z
  • We had a great time in Anastazio's apartment. Everything was like in the pictures. Anastazio gave his best to make our stay as great as it was for example with a homemade cake for breakfast :) We highly recommend the apartment!!

    Johanna2015-07-20T00:00:00Z
  • Anastazio's home was as fab! We really enjoyed our stay here and Anastazio had every piece of information needed for getting about Dublin, sight seeing and local attractions etc. Anastazio is a fantastic host and I would highly recommend staying at his apartment. Hopefully we'll be back in the future:)

    Lisa2017-07-31T00:00:00Z
  • The apartment is very nice, and access to the city is easy if you're driving or don't mind a brief walk.

    Kronda2016-12-19T00:00:00Z
  • Anastazio is an amazing host! We used this Apartment for a photoshoot and he was more than accomodating. He made everyone feel welcome and relaxed and was present if we needed anything at all..he is also a lot of fun and very entertaining :D Would definitely be happy to visit again!!

    Sarah2015-04-30T00:00:00Z
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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..
  • Karin was a great host, the flat was superbly comfortable and in a great location for a leisurely stroll to the centre of the city. We will definitely be back to this flat when we come back to Dublin and will be telling all of our friends to do the same!! Thankyou Karin!

    Phoebe2015-01-05T00:00:00Z
  • I was very pleased with my stay at Karin's. Her niece, Orla, met me on arrival and I was provided with a map and basic directions and information about Dublin and the nearby area. Karin later checked that I had all the information I needed and was most helpful in all instances. The home-made soda bread was fabulous! The property is on the corner of one busy and one quiet street and there was some vehicle and happy-go-lucky pedestrian traffic owing to the Gaeilic Football matches that weekend. So, some other's comments about the street noise are valid - however I wasn't bothered by it and happily figured it to be a part of my Ireland experience! I'm a light sleeper and still slept very soundly during my two nights stay. The room was great - I made use of the kitchen (and the kindly provided food basics), the mattress was comfortable, and the wifi was convenient to plan my first forays into Dublin's city centre. The city is reasonably close and I felt very safe walking around (and getting lost!) in the area. After two days I was comfortable finding my way around. I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again!

    Danniella2013-08-06T00:00:00Z
  • We loved our stay in Karin's oval Georgian studio. Karin met us with a bottle of Prosecco and some home-made cordial. We felt as if we were staying with an old friend who was glad to see us. The room is gorgeous. There's everything you could possibly need for cooking and a nice vegetable market 2 minutes away. We never took taxis or trains, since anything we wanted to do was an easy walk, even though Mountjoy Square seems a bit out of the centre. Karin was incredibly knowledgeable about Dublin and Ireland. We took every one of her recommendations, including a daytrip on the DART train to the seaside town of Greystones, which allowed us to see why the air rings with the cries of gulls. It is a delightful surprise to walk from the street into the elegance and peace of this beautifully decorated house. It was everything we expected it to be. We were there in a heatwave, but someday I'd love to be there in cold mist, with a fire on the grate. We had lovely times sipping wine with Karin in the long, long Dublin dusk. Highly recommended.

    Peter2013-07-19T00:00:00Z
  • Beautiful and cozy apartment. Very clean. The location was perfectly walkable to everywhere we wanted to go. Karin was a lively host who provided great insight and information to her city. Highly recommended!

    Lainie2013-11-12T00:00:00Z
  • Excellent hospitality.

    Salvatore2015-10-06T00:00:00Z
  • Karin was an excellent host. Our stay in Dublin was wonderful. The location of the flat was very convenient and the accomodations were just as expected. The flat was very clean and bright. Karin made sure we had everything we needed and we really appreciated her helping us out with laundry. Best Airbnb we have used so far!

    Kathleen2014-06-08T00:00:00Z
  • We spent three days in this magnificent Georgian building, and we really appreciated the antique details and furniture. Unlike another experience we had previously with Airbnb, the photos perfectly and realistically reproduce this cozy apartment. It’s very well connected with the Airport and the Dart. It takes some walk however to get to the Centre of the city, but walk a little bit makes more complete the knowledge of a new city. This mini-apartment is perfect for two people, spacious, very clean, and as wonderful as the pictures suggest. The bed was very comfortable and I really appreciated the white new sheets and the warm feather duster . The kitchen is well supplied and Karin provides also a small breakfast (juice, fruits, eggs). We have been very tempted lightening the fireplace to complete a relaxing evening watching a DVD on the sofa. There is a huge round windows filling the room with light, and unlike many others windows in northern Europe, ours had wooden blinds so that we weren’t disturbed by city lights at night. However being an old window without modern frames, doesn’t help the noise of the cars running on the main street, this makes the room unsuitable for those light sleepers, as well as the steps on the floor coming from the room upstairs, even late at night. Apart from that, my three-night stay couldn't have been more comfortable or welcoming. Karin has a lovely character and I just wish I had more time to chat with her. She was very helpful with lots of information, and gave us a map with all requested locations highlighted I would definitely recommend staying here when coming to Dublin!

    Gaia2015-05-04T00:00:00Z
  • 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
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    Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

    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!
  • We stayed 4 nights in Karen's charming Georgian apartment. She was out of town our first night, but her niece was there to settle us in. Karen was on site afterwards and was helpful in meeting our travel needs and provided knowledgeable advice about the neighborhood including a recommendation for a nice local pub where we dined with the locals. The apartment was indeed spacious and light filled. It was clean and had a good supply of brochures, books, music, and DVD's for use. The shower has plenty of hot water and lots of shelf space which is unusual. The kitchen was modern and well stocked with cooking equipment as well as breakfast supplies. The Barry's tea was a highlight every morning. The location is closely situated to Parnell Square and O'Connell Street which was about a ten minute walk. The apartment we stayed in was facing the Mount Joy Square and the traffic noise and pedestrian noise were greater than we anticipated. There is a hospital located near by so there are ambulance sirens occasionally as well. Karin does rent other similar apartments that face a side street that may be preferable. Over all we were pleased with our stay with Karin, and found her to be a knowledgeable and conscientious host. We would stay with her again, but perhaps on the quieter side of the building next time.

    Diana2015-05-24T00:00:00Z
  • Great location if you are to travel around Dublin. Pretty much any POI can be reached in 30 mins of walking. Temple bar, Trinity college, Guinness Distillery, etc. Also, please notice that there is a very tiny bathroom. In every other aspect the place is great.

    Vitaly2013-09-19T00:00:00Z
  • 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
  • Although Karin was not able to meet us in person to check us in, she made sure someone was. Her flat is definitely breath taking and is very convenient to everything! Besides coming in from the airport by uber, and taking taking DART to Howth, we basically walked everywhere from her place! It was just a few minutes north from the city center! We even walked 2 minutes down the street to a neighborhood bar for drinks! My only complaint is that there was no hot water for my showers both days I stayed. Maybe it was a glitch or there was a different switch I was suppose to turn on? It was luckity pretty warm when we stayed so it wasn't too bad though. Either way, great stay!

    amy2015-07-01T00:00:00Z
  • Karin was so welcoming and being my first time away alone, this was a big comfort. The accommodation was as described and really cosy and comfortable. Karin went out of her way to ensure my stay in Dublin was stress free, comfortable and enjoyable. Would highly recommend. Had everything I needed and more! Didnt want to leave, wish I could have taken it with me :)

    Hayley2016-02-20T00:00:00Z
  • Fantastic! To me, Karin and her beautiful Georgian home are what Airbnb is all about. Clean, comfortable, local, convenient, and most importantly personal. Karin is an amazing person and host. Thank you very much.

    Mike2015-05-31T00:00:00Z
  • My wife and I had a great stay in Karin's flat. She was a great host, providing us with food for breakfast and some helpful tips on Dublin. I'd definitely stay there again.

    John2014-08-19T00:00:00Z
  • Karin's flat is definitely a gem. It's decorated beautifully and quite spacious. It's also ver central and walking distance to just about everything. It was a pleasure to meet Karin — she's a great host that cares you have a nice stay. Would certainly recommend!

    Jerry and Kamil2016-06-23T00:00:00Z
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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.
  • Wanted somewhere quiet after week long tour around Ireland, just right.

    Berna2016-08-13T00:00:00Z
  • This was the best experience I've ever had on Airbnb. The room was clean, cute, and comfortable. The bathroom was spacious with a LUXURIOUS shower. Vanessa provided a variety of quick breakfast options laid out the night before, which was very convenient. The house is located in a quiet neighborhood outside of Dublin, just a short walk to the tram or bus. Vanessa went far above and beyond to make our stay comfortable. She was pleasant and helpful with suggestions regarding transportation and sightseeing options. I will definitely stay here again next time we visit Dublin!

    Grace2016-03-22T00:00:00Z
  • Exactly as described, lovely house in a quiet but pretty location. Nice restaurants in easy walking distance and host was very helpful providing our little girl with a booster seat for breakfast. Would recommend

    Ceri2016-05-21T00:00:00Z
  • Vanessa's house and family were absolutely lovely! She made me feel so welcome, and my trip so easy!

    Kaiya2017-09-18T00:00:00Z
  • Vanessa is a warm and friendly host, who made us feel very welcome. The room is spacious, with a good bed and the ensuite bathroom is perfect. The house is in a quiet street, free parking in front of the house and just a 10 minute walk to the tram so you don't have to drive to the city center by car.

    Anouk2016-08-01T00:00:00Z
  • Comfortable, convenient place with friendly host.

    Peter2016-09-24T00:00:00Z
  • We 've had a wonderful stay at this nice and convenient house with easy transport to and from the citycentre. Lovely and worth the price.

    will2016-10-21T00:00:00Z
  • Vanessa was prompt with her communication, house in a nice neighborhood

    David2016-05-15T00:00:00Z
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    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 perfect stay at your apartment! Thanks for hosting us and for the nice welcome! Luan explained us a lot about the neighbourhood and he gave us good advices for dublin. Thanks!

    Chris2015-07-18T00:00:00Z
  • We met Elena & Luan. They were very welcoming and gave us a backround about themselves. They also suggested some tourist attractions, sites and places to eat and drink. The place was exactly like the descriptions and pictures and was in a great area of Dublin. Close to town centre, well positioned. Secure parking.

    Stephen2015-07-27T00:00:00Z
  • Luan was very welcoming and informative on our arrival. The flat was just as described and close to the Guiness Brewery tour, which we walked to on Saturday morning. Other than that we were left to our own devices and offered a late check out. Would stay here again :-)

    Marc2015-03-23T00:00:00Z
  • Luna was a great host. He gave us so many tips and ideas of pubs to go and places to visit. He showed how everything worked in the apartment and answered all of our questions. Overall we had a wonderful time. The apartment was perfect and was in a great location.

    Emma2014-11-04T00:00:00Z
  • We had a great time staying in Luan and Elena's apartment! The neighborhood was fairly quiet, but right around the corner from the Guinness storehouse and only a short walk from the city center. Luan was a great host and gave us a long list of great bars and restaurants to check out during our visit. The one negative is that we found the mattress to be very firm and fairly uncomfortable, but overall we had a great experience.

    Michael2017-05-16T00:00:00Z
  • Everything was great. Luan mapped out the city for us and had great suggestions for places to go. He also brought us some tasty treats which was a nice surprise. 10/10 would recommend!

    Melisa2016-10-27T00:00:00Z
  • Luan was wonderful and the apt. was awesome. Thank you Luan for providing such as great place!

    Ulrik2015-04-27T00:00:00Z
  • Very Nice and well decorated flat in central Dublin. Elena and Luan were very flexible to set a meeting.

    Benoît2014-11-10T00:00:00Z
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    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.
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    Gemma2017-04-29T00:00:00Z
  • Asta's place was well located for me to walk and use public transportation to explore Dublin. It had everything I needed while I was there for a short trip but I think it would be great for a longer stay as well. Check in was easy and Asta responded to all of my questions. I would stay here again and would recommend it to others!

    Alyssa2017-05-16T00:00:00Z
  • Asta was always available if we were unsure about something, flat was really clean and well equipped :) awesome wee flat :)

    Rhona2017-02-12T00:00:00Z
  • Very nice accomodation and Asta is a very kind person.

    Fabrizio2017-08-11T00:00:00Z
  • Few words... perfect, clean, comfortable and great comunication with Asta

    Antonio2017-03-31T00:00:00Z
  • Clean and basic. Comfortable bed two other chairs and a table. Water supply took some time to replenish after use - keep the kettle full. Shower unaffected. About a 30 minute walk to the City but at the terminus of a regular bus service (14 minutes). Would stay again.

    Michael2017-06-20T00:00:00Z
  • Beautiful apartment just next to the Phoenix Park, a bit away from the crazy central area but still easy accessible.

    Emil2017-07-19T00:00:00Z
  • Good place to stay. Would definitely come back if I'm ever in Dublin. Very nice apartment and great location.

    Michelle2017-07-05T00:00:00Z
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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.
  • We spent over three weeks travelling across Ireland staying in various Airbnb units along the way. Liam’s apartment was by far the nicest accommodation of them all. Liam provided a very detailed welcome email. A concierge provides you with the apartment keys after check in time and they also provide secure luggage storage if you arrive early. The Airbnb pictures and description of the unit are spot on. The apartment is very spacious and was comfortable for two couples travelling together. It was spotless and beautifully appointed with a fully equipped kitchen providing everything we needed. The area is quiet and we slept peacefully on the very comfortable beds. The unit is centrally located. There is close access to trams and buses although we found we could easily walk to most destinations (including the popular Temple Bar area). If you are looking for a great restaurant with delicious food, look no further than Oscar’s Bar and Restaurant which is located steps outside the apartment. We would highly recommend this Airbnb unit to anyone and we would love to stay here again if we return to Dublin in future.

    clarissa2017-08-21T00:00:00Z
  • 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
  • Liam was fantastic from booking to check-out. His instructions were crystal clear- we had no issues finding the apartment, checking in, and getting settled. The apartment was exactly as shown on the listing, and was very clean. We were within walking distance of restaurants, bars, and other attractions and had no issues with safety in the neighborhood. We'd happily recommend this apartment to others.

    Susan2016-07-07T00:00:00Z
  • This apartment was immaculate! So clean and nicely decorated! Plenty of room for our family. Liam was very responsive and left details explaining everything in the house! There were restaurants and a supermarket just downstairs. We were a 10-20 minute walk to the main city/bar area. We also took a hop on hop off tour which took us around the city and also had a stop right outside the Jameson distillery which was right on our corner! Overall, we had a great stay and would highly recommend!

    Christy2017-07-28T00:00:00Z
  • This is a great place to stay in the heart of downtown Dublin! Cute place with two spacious bedrooms, living room and dining and kitchen areas. The place was clean and had everything you needed if you wanted to cook in. The living room is spacious and great for relaxing. We also liked that the host Liam had Netflix so we could watch a movie at night. It is within walking distance to restaurants and sites. It also has beautiful city views. Liam was an excellent host and great with communication.

    Ashley2017-09-13T00:00:00Z
  • We had a very nice stay in Liam's apartment. He was extremely responsive and helpful in the run-up to the trip and although he doesn't meet you himself, it is very easy to get the keys and let yourself in. The apartment itself is a good size with a very well-equipped kitchen with extras like tea, coffee and oil for cooking provided which is good if you're going to be cooking yourself. There is a good supermarket 5 mins walk away as well as several cafes and restaurants. We did feel like it wasn't quite as close to the 'action' as we had expected but if you don't mind a lot of walking or getting to grips with the public transportation it is fine.

    Hannah2016-12-15T00:00:00Z
  • Quite possibly the best AirBnb I've stayed in thus far! Was super clean when we arrived and the apartment has all the amenities you could think of needing. The decor is also really nice as well. Four of us were comfortably able to utilize the place. The location, while not in the middle of everything, was great for us as we all really enjoy walking and we got nice views as we passed by the river to get to the other areas of the city. It's definitely close enough to walk to all the central spots in Dublin. We also found some pretty good eats in our surrounding neighborhood. Liam also reached out ahead of hand and sent very detailed instructions and handbooks which came in very, very useful. The only minor issue we had was the drain in the large shower was not working well and the water would pool, but this was solved once you took out the drain cover. The other smaller shower that's ensuite worked great. I definitely wouldn't hesitate to stay here again in the future!

    Jennifer2017-04-02T00:00:00Z
  • Fantastic flat, as per the description, very spacious (there were 6 of us and we were very comfortable), all that in a great location, just round the corner from the Jameson factory and walking distance from the city centre. Liam has been very helpful and always available when we were planning our trip over. The pick-up/drop off of the keys and luggages is incredibly convenient, you’ll forget it’s an Airbnb and think you’re in a hotel! The flat is very well equipped too. I’d warmly recommend this place and return for my next trip. It’s been my easiest and most organised Airbnb experience to date.

    Léa2016-11-07T00:00:00Z
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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
  • Would reccommend to anybody looking for a comfortable stay with a warm, friendly family. The host helped me with my food delivery and reccommended where to go for breakfast in the morning. (I did not get there in the end as traffic was mad and was running late for work). There is a large pool and sauna + an extra room with pool table and treadmill etc. Located in a private road with electric gates. Completely safe. Hidden gem.

    Craig2016-06-10T00:00:00Z
  • Whilst Sarah was not there her husband and adult children were. They went out of their way to make us welcome. The accommodation was spacious, clean and bright. Michael provided us with information regarding buses which came at the end of the driveway plus, at the last minute, an extra nights stay. We certainly recommend this accommodation with the lay back, relaxed atmoisphere.

    Janice2015-06-27T00:00:00Z
  • Sarah's house is indeed a lovely place to stay. A very nice and peaceful area yet not too far from the city centre. We stayed there for only two nights and were most of the time out of the house. We could not meet Sarah as she was on holidays, but her children were there to receive us. I would say this is a great place if your are looking for nice family time and want to relax indoors. A very clean and beautiful house with a lot of indoor facilities! If I go to Dublin again, I would like to stay there again!

    Ahsan2015-09-07T00:00:00Z
  • Sarah and her family were incredible. They were very inviting and warm, also supplying us with tons of useful information. The house was beautiful and very roomy. We will stay here again and again. We also loved Anthony, the dog - he visited us for breakfast and made us feel at home.

    Terri2015-07-11T00:00:00Z
  • We had the best time in Dublin. Our accommodation was superb. Sarah and her family made us feel like we were part of their family. The stables are tucked away at the end of a private lane in what is probably the best location in Dublin. The wide open space of Pioneer Park yet only 10 minutes by taxi from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. I'd like to thank Sarah for picking us up from Avis rent a car near Hueston station when we arrived and also for taking us to the airport for our departure.

    Roslyn2015-08-01T00:00:00Z
  • We were very happy with our stay at Sarah's beautiful apt which was previously converted from a horse stable! After you walk through the gate, you see many flowers along the pathway and some hanging from the window boxes. Walking under the stone archway into the courtyard, makes you feel as if you are in the country, when actually Dublin city center is only 20 minutes away. We each had our own bedroom and we used the internet and printer for our plane boarding passes. We especially appreciated Sarah's hospitality! Upon arriving in Dublin, Sarah collected us at the airport and gave us suggestions on what to see and how to get around by Bus 37. The location was great - we only had to walk 5 minutes out of their gate to the bus stop and 20 minutes later, we were in downtown Dublin! Sarah and her family always made us feel welcome like their own family; helping us any way they could. Sarah not only did some laundry for us, but she also provided breakfast food for us every day. In the evenings, Sarah stopped over to talk with us about our daily adventures! One morning, I borrowed one of their bikes and rode through the huge Phoenix Park while my kids ran along the paths. We were in awe at how truly green and quiet the fields were in the park. Another day, we had a refreshing swim in their large pool. The morning we left Dublin, Sarah gave us a ride to the airport at 7, before she headed off to work. We really appreciated staying at her beautiful place and all the extra things she did to make our stay in Dublin so great!

    Maria2015-07-30T00:00:00Z
  • Wonderful experience! Sarah and Michael were extremely helpful and friendly. The house was spacious and had everything we needed. Definitely recommend for a group. Thank you so much!

    Maggie2015-12-01T00:00:00Z
  • This house is incredible! There is no way our stay could have been better by Sarah. She truly is the ultimate host - So welcoming & friendly. We felt completely at home from the moment we arrived. Bonus points for greeting us with 3 lovely doggies (1 was a puppy!) ;) Thank you, Sarah. We're looking forward to visiting again soon!

    Ann-Marie2016-12-12T00:00:00Z
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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!
  • Would definitely recommend this apartment. Dardo was flexible with check in times, he met us to handover keys, explain underground car parking/ heating etc. Location is excellent, just a short walk to Temple Bar area. Apartment was clean and spacious, great amenities, plenty of towels, wifi etc. perfect for city break in Dublin, would definitely use this apartment again. Thanks again Dardo!

    Ailie2015-05-17T00:00:00Z
  • We stayed in Dardo's place for three nights and it was perfect!! The location is amazing and the flat was very clean and accommodating. Dardo provided information on various things to do as well as recommendations on places to eat. He was incredibly responsive to emails and even let us drop our bags off early so we could enjoy our first day in Dublin. I highly recommend staying here and will definitely return if I make it to Dublin again!

    Leigh2013-03-30T00:00:00Z
  • Perfect, exactly as described, thank you! Dardo was not in town when we arrived in Dublin but he made sure that the housekeeper Daniela was on site -- it was really smooth and easy. The apartment is charming and lovely for a short stay for a couple. It is thoughtfully equipped -- the books and films on the shelves are a specially nice touch even though we did not have time to benefit from them :-) It is immaculately clean, the location is great -- like I said, perfect!

    Rehana2014-10-21T00:00:00Z
  • Staying at Dardo's was great, and I recommend his place to anyone. We needed a place to stay for just one night upon arriving in Ireland, and wanted it to be convenient to the city centre, where we'd be picking up our hired car in the morning. My only complaint was that we were only able to stay one night! Dardo accommodated our schedules, and the flat was very tidy, with lots of light and space. We stayed on a Friday, and the city was surprisingly quiet at night—no noise complaints. Unfortunately we didn't get the chance to meet Dardo in person, but he provided great advice and recommendations for the area that we were gratefully to have. When we're back in Dublin, I hope we get the chance to share a pint!

    Meaghan2015-08-23T00:00:00Z
  • The apartment's location is excellent - walking distance to restaurants, bars, sites. However, like any other major city, when you are in the middle of it all, it will be loud. If you are comfortable with that, consider this place. It's spacious, clean, has all the amenities you need (washer/dryer, nespresso, wifi, closet space, kitchen, etc). Dardo was extremely helpful and a great host.

    Rakesh2014-08-14T00:00:00Z
  • The apartment was incredible! It is ultra modern, and equipped with everything so we were comfortable and felt right at home instantly. The location could not be better, as we were right in the hub of the city. This meant exploring was done primarily by foot! Dardo was an exceptional host, and was so helpful throughout the booking process and after arrival. I would certainly recommend this property! Will definitely return to this amazing property!

    Haydn2014-08-17T00:00:00Z
  • Dardo was a great host, incredibly helpful and attentive, responding very quickly to all our questions. He was particularly helpful in advising me around the Airbnb registration process...which was much appreciated. My Godaughter and her fiance loved the apartment and all the logistical arrangements went smoothly. The location was ideal, for visiting all that Dublin has to offer. Although noisy at night, the ear plugs that were provided were a welcome relief from the hustle and bustle of this lively city. The apartment had everything they needed, as well as being comfortable warm and stylish. The coffee machine...was excellent and much appreciated. Thankyou Dardo for all your help, advise and (URL HIDDEN) was a trip I'm sure they'll remember for a very long time! Joan

    Joan2014-05-08T00:00:00Z
  • Dardo is a super accommodating host, very flexible on check-in and check-out times and communication was really easy right from the beginning. The location of the apartment could not be better, you just have to cross Half penny bridge and there you are, in the middle of Temple Bar. The only downside is that it can be noisy at night, especially on Saturdays, so if you're a light sleeper don't forget your ear plugs. Otherwise, the apartment is very clean and luminous and has everything you wish for, including fast wifi. I would definitely recommend staying here ! Thanks Dardo :)

    Mélanie2015-05-26T00:00:00Z
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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 was a very nice and communicated quickly. The apt has an amazing location for Dublin. The apt was very clean, candles were lit for our arrival and the whole apt smelled amazing, even the bed linens!

    Teresa2016-10-21T00:00:00Z
  • Adi is such a sweet host. He is very helpful and give you nice tips. His appartment is really nice and clean. It's a perfect location is the center of Dublin close to Temple Bar. I definitely recommand this place :)

    Marie-Alix2017-03-06T00:00:00Z
  • Adrian was the perfect host. The appartment was great, in a perfect location. We'll definitely be back!

    Ross2016-02-17T00:00:00Z
  • We thought the unit was in a great location. Our host very obliging and contacted us to check that we were ok. He was very helpful with suggestions re things to do in Dublin. There were 4 of us and we would all highly recommend Adrian and his apartment

    Bev2016-05-27T00:00:00Z
  • Actual place as shown in pictures. Kitchen was well equipped for all you needed.

    Lee Meng2016-12-23T00:00:00Z
  • Perfect location, right in the centre of Dublin didn't need a taxi anywhere. Would definitely recommend!

    Ellisha2016-05-31T00:00:00Z
  • Great location. Adi was a great host, very helpful and friendly. The unit was very clean, close to all the sights.

    Lindsay2016-10-27T00:00:00Z
  • We have had a wonderful break and the whole service offered by our host Adrian was first class. The check in was great introduced by a lovely lady who informed us of all the house rules and much more about the area. Adrian kept in touch with us ensuring all was well. We recommend this apartment for the location and quality of the property. Many thanks Adrian

    kevin2016-10-20T00:00:00Z
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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!
  • Beautiful apartment. Such a lovely area. We couldn't believe how close we were to all of the amenities! Even though we didn't meet Ciaran he was very contactable and helpful through messages. Highly recommend!

    Rhiannon2016-03-15T00:00:00Z
  • Fantastic location, especially if hitting some Pubs and clubs as no taxis needed. very clean & spacious apartment, defo recommend.

    Val2017-09-03T00:00:00Z
  • Great communication and check in process. Central location.

    Neel2017-06-18T00:00:00Z
  • A lovely, large flat in a great location in Central Dublin. Ciaran was very easy to communicate with and Tatiana was very welcoming when we arrived. Great value for money.

    Christine2016-12-30T00:00:00Z
  • We were fortunate to find Ciaran's flat the day before we left for the UK as our previous host did not communicate with us so we had to cancel and rebook. Ciaran was quick to respond and give us all of the information we needed. Below is a list of pros and cons of the flat that we experienced: Pros: great host, great central location, spacious flat, two beds in the second bedroom was helpful Cons: the heating was just turned on in he flat just prior to us arriving and it took 24 hours to warm up to a comfortable temperature, the water heater wasn't in the right setting so we could not get hot water in the mornings, the boost system didn't seem to work for us, the mattresses were thin and uncomfortable but nothing could be done once you're in the flat, the shower leaked and sprayed water which explains the water damage on the floor. The windows are quite thin and you can hear outside quite easily, luckily it was during the week and the flat is on the outskirts of The Temple Bar area.a

    Michelle2017-03-24T00:00:00Z
  • Fantastic facilities, spotless clean and an amazing location we just couldn't fault this property and will be back!

    Richard2017-04-19T00:00:00Z
  • It was a perfect place to stay while visiting Dublin. It was central, priced accordingly, very spacious, clean and as described in the listing. I would definitely stay here again. Ciaran was quick to respond to any of my questions, and very helpful with questions around the city. Two thumbs up!

    Cindy2017-09-16T00:00:00Z
  • It's very close to the city! Unfortunatuly there was no coffee.

    Rob2017-08-31T00:00:00Z
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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.
  • In 1 word: FABULOUS! Desmond's newly renovated apartment made our stay (with 9 people in total)! The apartment is clean, has ALL facilities (including breakfast a.o.), has a good location and is a perfect place to recover from the Dublin energy. Also very useful, in case your flight / trip back is after check-out time, you can easily leave your luggage for the day (one of my personal challenges with other AirBnB apartments). If I could rate 6 stars, Desmond's apartment would definitely earn it!

    Erden2016-05-17T00:00:00Z
  • The host canceled this reservation 93 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

    Ryan2016-06-17T00:00:00Z
  • Fabulous home! Absolutely gorgeous. Everything is high quality and the attention to detail is top notch. Beds are heavenly, the kitchen is a delight and the bathrooms are spa quality! Desmond could not have been more helpful. Our only regret is we had so little time to enjoy. If you are looking at this listing book it now.

    Margaret2017-03-04T00:00:00Z
  • This home was absolutely perfect. The description does not really do it justice. The location could not be better with easy access to Grafton Street, restaurants, pubs, grocery stores, Trinity College, tourist sites, etc. The rooms are all very well appointed and spacious. The beds are lovely and even those of us who were sleeping on cots found them comfortable. The private parking space is convenient and the patio off of the beautiful kitchen is a lovely oasis. The WIFI is reliable. It was nice to have on-site laundry facilities, including an iron and ironing board. The kitchen is beautifully laid out and well equipped for preparing light meals and snacks. The fridge was stocked with a few breakfast supplies for our first morning at 125. There was coffee, tea, cereal, sugar, jam, etc. in the pantry. With the windows open, the only outside noise was the sound of birds chirping. Everyone in our group would highly recommend this property.

    Maureen2017-06-30T00:00:00Z
  • Lovely home! And ideal for groups. The location is perfect for sightseeing around Dublin - we walked to Trinity College and the Guinness Factory easily. It's also very close to The Aviva. The home was clean and ready upon our arrival in Dublin. Des was available beforehand to answer questions and was great at communicating the location and check-in. The home is spacious with a large kitchen and sitting area. The four bedrooms are located on the top two floors and two have an en suite bathroom. Cannot recommend this place enough! Des was a great host (he even left us with bread and spreads!) and we are so glad we chose this AirBnb for our 3 nights in Dublin.

    Catherine2016-09-06T00:00:00Z
  • A really great house, well equipped and to a very,very high standard. Located in the lovely Ballsbridge. host was amazing! friendly, helpful and very good for communication, even had left us some food essentials for breakfast. Thanks Desmond,when I'm in Dublin again I know where I'll be staying.

    Andrew2016-07-24T00:00:00Z
  • WOW! This was absolutely perfect! Great location. Amazing house. Super service. Truly unbelievable.

    Chris2017-04-01T00:00:00Z
  • Very nice house. Clean and bright. Desmond provides breakfast and juices for us. We didn't want to leave. It was the highlight of our trip.

    Krista2017-07-11T00:00:00Z
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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.
  • We stayed at Duncan's place for only two days while in Dublin. It was ideally located for us. While not in the center of the busiest part of town, we could quickly walk to Temple Bar, Trinity and the Castle, etc., with very little difficulty. If we wanted to take a taxi, we could either use Uber or MyTaxi or simply walk to nearby Connelly Station and find a cab waiting in the pick-up area. The flat was spacious enough for the three of us, everything was clean and check-in was a breeze. If we travel back to Dublin, we will certainly stay there again! Thanks, Duncan!

    Katherine2017-07-01T00:00:00Z
  • Awesome spot, great views. Very quiet and clean and spacious. Duncan is very responsive and super easy to communicate with

    Daniel2017-09-08T00:00:00Z
  • Great spot, great location, comms good and access too. Highly recommend.

    Adrian2017-09-14T00:00:00Z
  • Can't recommend this enough. Starting with Duncan who is an excellent communicator and friendly/helpful host. Next the location is perfect. Short walk to the highlights of the downtown city. Finally it feels very safe. The apartment is in a gated complex and the surrounding area felt quite safe. I would be quick to rebook should I ever return to Dublin. Thanks Duncan!

    Doug2017-04-12T00:00:00Z
  • I would definitely recommend staying here. The amartment is lovely and ideal for what we needed. Duncan and Gabrielle were great hosts, we couldn't have asked for better. They left us bread, milk etc so we had food and they gave us great recommendations for where to eat and drink. If we revisit Dublin we will be sure to stay here. Thank you!

    Laura2017-02-13T00:00:00Z
  • It was very nice! Duncan is a very friendly person and gave us a lot of tips about Dublin. He offered some food and his appartment was so nice. Thanks again :-)

    Carsten2016-09-05T00:00:00Z
  • Great apartment

    Aharon2017-07-13T00:00:00Z
  • Fantastic apartment. Central, with great water views and cool spiral staircase.

    Scott2017-02-17T00:00:00Z
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    Fantastic, top-floor, two-bedroom apartment in a beautiful, old building in the very, very heart of Dublin City. Dublin City is quite literally at your fingertips! This is the best located Airbnb listing in Dublin - and that's no exaggeration.
    Top-floor, TWO-BEDROOM apartment in an Edwardian building right in the heart of Dublin city's old historic centre. It has unique won't-find-anywhere-else views of Dublin Castle and City Hall, two of Dublin's most iconic historic landmarks. The building is on Dame Street in Dublin 2, and is just a couple of minutes (or less) walk from all of Dublin's historic, cultural, social and tourist attractions. The apartment is full of history, tradition and character. It occupies the top floor of an old Edwardian building, located midway along Dame Street, which links Trinity College to Christ Church Cathedral. As well as views over Dublin Castle and Dublin City Hall from the living room and one bedroom, the other bedroom looks west towards Christ Church Cathedral. Where else would you get it? The apartment has been completely renovated in recent years (so has all the modern conveniences you could want, including fast WiFi internet connection, central heating, an electric shower and a fully-fitted kitchen), its original period features have been preserved (including solid oak wood flooring in the living room and bedrooms, granite stone flooring and a wonderful Belfast sink in the kitchen, and large sash windows in every room). It has two bedrooms (one with a double bed, the other with two single beds), a decent-sized living room with a kitchen off and a bathroom. Every room has large sash windows characteristic of the Edwardian era (early 1900s), so the apartment is full of natural light (if you're lucky, sunshine too!) from early in the morning until late in the evening. Everything you might need (bed linen, towels and kitchen items) is provided, as well as a small library of books on Dublin. Free 30Mb Wifi.
    Have a glance at a map of Dublin and you'll see that Dame Street is right in the centre of everything that Dublin has to offer. Trinity College is at one end of Dame Street (3 minute walk from the apartment) and Christ Church Cathedral is at the other (2 minute walk in the other direction). On one side is Dublin Castle and City Hall, and on the other is Temple Bar. All other notable parts of the city – such as Grafton Street area, St Stephens Green, Merrion Square, O'Connell Street – are within a 10-15 minute walk. As well as being immersed in Dublin's history and culture, you're surrounded by the best cafes, restaurants, pubs and shopping in Dublin.
  • Perfect location, with a great view! I highly recommend it!

    Adam2015-06-12T00:00:00Z
  • Two friends and I stayed at Garrett's apartment during a mid-week girls' trip. The apartment was a perfect fit for us as it has three very comfortable beds and is in a central location. The apartment is incredibly clean and well-decorated which made us feel immediately at ease. The apartment is equipped with everything you would need including but not limited to: wifi, shampoos, conditioners, body washes, disposable razors, pots/pans, dishes, linens, towels, and a hair dryer. I’ve read through past reviews and want to clarify a couple comments that have been made; comments that made me nervous when deciding to book. First, there was a comment about the living room being cold. There is a portable electric heater in the bedroom armoire which can be moved into the living room – it heats the living room and kitchen with ease. We used it on our first day and didn’t use it thereafter. Second, there was a comment about the water heater and confusion regarding how to turn it on. The apartment is equipped with an electric shower, so there is never a shortage of hot water in the shower. The water heater is solely for the kitchen and bathroom taps (aka faucets). If you can do without hot water from the bathroom tap but still need to wash dishes, it’s easier to heat up two kettles of water and pour them into the sink than wait for the water tank to heat (about 10 minutes). Not only is this process faster but it also uses less energy. Third, there was a comment about street noise. Yes, street noise exists; the apartment is in a central location, after all. I consider myself to be the World’s Lightest Sleeper and I had absolutely no issues falling or staying asleep. Whilst the physical apartment and location are great, it is Garrett and Ronan who made our trip to Dublin amazing. We were greeted by Ronan who was still in the midst of cleaning the apartment. At the time, we didn’t realize that we were 30 minutes prior to check-in time! Ronan was great – he laughed at our jokes and engaged in conversations. When he was finished cleaning, he asked if we wanted any recommendations or had any questions. Having been to twice Dublin before, I naturally thought I knew it all. I didn’t, obviously. We politely declined Ronan’s assistance (because I thought I knew it all) and Ronan pretended not to hear our decline and asked us to gather around the coffee table - we were going to get a dose of Ronan’s recommendations whether we wanted them or not and we loved every minute of it! Ronan opened a map and began noting recommended pubs and restaurants based on our likes and dislikes. All of Ronan’s (and Garrett’s via PDF document) recommendations were exceptional and without them, we would have had a less “as-the-locals-live” experience in Dublin than we did. Thank you Garrett and Ronan for three wonderful days in...

    Camie2013-01-19T00:00:00Z
  • Fantastic location and lovely cafe at your doorstep!

    Jacquie2013-11-10T00:00:00Z
  • good communication before we arrived, provided very useful packets of local information for planning purposes, was a generous host and the apartment is clean and in a great location - highly recommended.

    Patrick2015-07-06T00:00:00Z
  • My family and I stayed in Garrett's apartment. The entire experience was great. The apartment was clean, well maintained, safe and bright. The neighborhood was in the middle of everything. We didn't walk more than 10 minutes in any direction to find what we were looking for. Garrett also sent me a ton of information about where to eat and shop. I would definitely recommend Garrett and his apartment to anyone looking to travel to Dublin. Thanks!!

    Alyson2013-09-05T00:00:00Z
  • We had a great time. Garett and his brother were very nice and really helpful. They responded very fast to my questions. We even received a very useful information pdf before we arrived. The appartment was cute, clean and central. We would definitifely stay there again.

    Stefanie2013-12-16T00:00:00Z
  • 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
  • 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
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    Single room in family home. Bathroom with large bath & power shower (not ensuite). Towels and toiletries provided. 7 minute walk to Cowper luas tram stop (5 stops to city centre). Free on-street parking. Short walk to shops and restaurants in Rathmines, Rathgar or Ranelagh. Breakfast provided - cereals, breads, fruit)
    Cosy family home in quiet neighbourhood. This room is in regular use by family, so there are drawers that are in use, however there is plenty of hanging space: an empty wardrobe for you to use.
    Dartry is a quiet suburb located 4km from O'Connell street in the city centre. Walking to St. Stephens green / Grafton street area will take about 45 minutes. We are a 10 minute walk to Rathgar, Rathmines and Ranelagh - all have a selection of supermarkets, restaurants, cafes, take-aways and pubs as well as banks, various shops, boutiques and services. Palmerston Park is around the corner from our home, as is the small botanic gardens run by Trinity College department of botany. The Dodder river is 5 minutes away and you can walk along the river bank westward for a nice stroll among trees and wildlife.
  • Vanessa was the perfect host. Her home the perfect base-camp for my 6day Dublin experience. Beeing in the lovely and quiet south part of the town you get into the centre by bus or tram without any problems, even at night. Vanessa has a lovely family and a beautiful home. If I come back to Dublin I already know where I will stay. Thanks again!

    Philipp2017-08-06T00:00:00Z
  • my stay at Vanessa's was really nice, she is very helpful, the place is very clean and the location is perfect. The place is exactly as described :)

    Mohammed2017-09-18T00:00:00Z
  • It was a pleasure to stay at Vanessas House! The room was very neat and clean with enough space for your stuff. The bathroom was just awesome and it was very clean all the time. Breakfast was very delicious, too. The area of the house is very quiet and idyllic but still very close to the city center. Bus and Tram stops are only a few walking minutes away. Vanessa is a really great host. She has been so lovely and helpful in every kind of way. I can highly recommend to stay at her house :)

    Malin2016-07-11T00:00:00Z
  • Highly recommended. Staying at Vanessa's home has been my very best AirBnB experience so far. It is located in a beautiful neighbourhood with Georgian houses, and within a short walking distance from Cowper LUAS (tramway) Station from where you can access St. Stephen's Green (city centre) or Dundrum (shopping centre) shortly. The mix of neighbourhood, a house and proximity of amenities will really add value to your trip to Dublin. During my trip, I have been using "Leap Visitor Card" which gives you unlimited travel with buses (incl. AirLink), tramways and trains in Dublin and is a great value for money. You can obtain one in the retail store at the airport for 1, 3 or 7 days period.

    Haris2016-08-05T00:00:00Z
  • Very friendly and Great Host! Felt like Home

    harvinder Singh2017-09-16T00:00:00Z
  • As always everything was great.

    Alireza2016-06-23T00:00:00Z
  • Easy acces to public transpotation. Nice quiet neighbourhood. Have to be there on your agreed time, though; I came to early and allthough it rained, I wasn't allowed in untill 5 PM. Apart from that Vanessa is a very good hostess and I can warmly recomend her place.

    Olav2016-06-14T00:00:00Z
  • Vanessa's home was a wonderful place to stay. The room was very comfortable and the bathroom was extremely nice. The neighborhood is quiet and easy to access by public transportation. Highly recommended!

    Laura2016-07-29T00:00:00Z
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    Single room in family home
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    Superb city centre location within walking distance of all major tourist attractions (see below for times). Located just outside the noisy pub and nightlife areas and overlooking a private roof garden for a peaceful nights sleep. Elegant, designer and upscale apartment with 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom and a balcony. The apartment contains everything you could expect for your stay and includes tasteful designer furniture and interiors. The space and high quality interiors are kept immaculately clean.
    This fantastic 1 bedroom modern apartment is ideally located in Dublin city centre within walking distance to all Dublin's major tourist attractions and 1 minute walk to Smithfield central tram station. The bedroom and living room overlook a private roof garden which ensures a low level of noise and a safe/peaceful nights sleep just outside the noisy pub and nightlife areas (e.g. temple bar, along the Quays, etc). The apartment itself contains 1 spacious double bedroom, 1 bathroom with shower and toilet facilities, a fully fitted modern kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, large fridge freezer, crockery, glasses, all utensils, etc.), a large living room/dining room area with floor length windows leading onto a balcony with a view of the private roof garden. We have carefully crafted detailed arrival instructions as well as a wide variety of tips/advice for the apartment, local area and Dublin city in general! We have put a lot of effort into these documents and improve them on a regular basis. Bedroom 1 - Double bed for 2 persons Living room - Double Sofa Bed for 2 persons Luggage storage available before checking in and after checking out. 24 hour check-in at any time after 3pm is fine. The apartment has plenty of space for you to relax in peacefully with Dublin on your doorstep. An elevator takes you up to our apartment. Parking is available in the large public underground car park (prices vary). Major attractions walking time: > The river Liffey, Smithfield Tram station, Jameson Distillery, Smithfield Square, Dublin Tourist Bus Stop - 1 minute > Christchurch Cathedral - 7 minutes > Temple Bar, Henry Street - 10 minutes > O'Connell Street & Dublin Visitor centre, Phoenix Park, Guinness Storehouse - 12 minutes > Grafton Street - 15 minutes The apartment is professionally cleaned after every guest and freshly laundered bed sheets and towels come as standard with each booking. The bedroom has a brand new deep fill, hotel grade mattress and the bed sheets are 100% cotton with high thread count of minimum 200 threads per square inch. Duvets and pillows for all beds are hotel grade and a comfortable mattress topper ensures a good nights sleep.
    Smithfield is a trendy inner city area just north of the river Liffey. Some local Artisian highlights of the Smithfield complex include the Light House Cinema/Gallery, the Generator Hostel, Third Space Cafe, Oscars Bar & Restaurant and the Fresh Good Food Shop. Despite the excellent location, the area is very quiet and removed from the bustling nightlife districts of Dublin city centre. Furthermore, the area is very safe and the building is secure.
  • Great apartment, in a great location close to Dublins greatest attractions. Liam was an excellent host who provided thorough instructions and recommendations!

    Jasmine2017-06-28T00:00:00Z
  • Great view. Enjoyed the location. Quiet area with a great square near by. Try the meat wagon downstairs.

    Sarah 2017-08-06T00:00:00Z
  • Liam's apartment is in a good location and easily accessible to all the major sites. It is tastefully decorated and very comfortable. These is public transpotation available, but most of the time, we walked where we wanted to go. The Airlink bus was handy to get to and from the airport. Quite a few restaurants, bars, coffee shops are in the area, along with a cinema and national museum. Hope to visit again in the future.

    Marge2017-09-10T00:00:00Z
  • Apartment just as advertised. The bed is a European double, which some Americans may not be used to if you have a queen or king at home. The pictures are quite accurate. The host, Liam, was fantastic, very responsive. We had one issue that he took care of for us in lightning speed. The check in is smooth, but pay close attention to Liam's directions, as the concierge is NOT in the same building as the unit, he is around the corner in another building. If you can't locate it immediately, look for the Meat Wagon restaurant in the square, and the concierge is right next to that. (great BBQ at the Meat Wagon). You can walk to just about anywhere from Smithfield, especially if it's not raining. Public transportation very near. You will be very happy to stay here, and there will be no surprises.

    Frank2017-08-16T00:00:00Z
  • Liam's place is just wonderful. Perfect for a couple getaway and the effort that has gone into providing guests with as much helpful information as possible was highly appreciated. We are definitely going to be retuning

    Beth2017-03-23T00:00:00Z
  • Very nice appartement. The information we got before arrival and the information found in the appartement was very detailed, informativ and helpful. Everything was exactly like it was described dein the host. We would come back.

    Kathrin2016-10-06T00:00:00Z
  • 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
  • Great apartment! Be aware that the bedroom doesn't get very dark because of a light across the street that is always on. If you need parking like we did, there is a garage underneath the building, which is very convenient. We parked our car for the two days and took the tram around town.

    Taylor2016-09-07T00:00:00Z
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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.
  • Karin was a great host and the accommodation was lovely and very central for easy walking to the centre of town. It was wonderfully well equipped and Karin was kind enough to leave breakfast goods in the fridge which was great before a long day exploring the city. The apartment had a very thorough guide to the city including bus times, cost of attractions etc which we found really helpful. Would happily stay here again and recommend to others.

    Emma2016-12-11T00:00:00Z
  • I felt welcome and Karin was very helpful The listing was accurate and neighborhood was good. Spacious place and very well decorated.

    Andrei2015-08-30T00:00:00Z
  • Karin was a fantastic host (we used several of her restaurant tips and were never disappointed) and the apartment was gorgeous.

    Naomi2017-01-02T00:00:00Z
  • This was our first experience with air bnb and I am glad that Karin's place could be our first. Her place is exactly how it is described!! She is an amazing host and she helped us out with anything that we needed. Thanks again Karin

    Dave2017-07-28T00:00:00Z
  • 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
  • We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Karin is a wonderful host and took the time to provide us with great advice on how best to enjoy Dublin even though she was in a hurry. The room was completely charming and comfortable. The Georgian building was fun to see. Includes kitchen with a few essentials. Huge windows look out on Mountjoy Square. Convenient location to airport and city center. I'd recommend this place for sure!

    Maggie2016-05-10T00:00:00Z
  • My wife, young baby and I had a lovely time in Karin’s studio apartment, ideal for a short break in Dublin for us and a really central location as well - highly recommended

    Sean 2016-05-20T00:00:00Z
  • I stayed for about a week at Karin's studio. It has great amenities, is fairly centrally located in Dublin, both reasonably close to the main tourist areas south of the Liffey as well as a few minutes' walk from the train station. The studio is bright and clean, with an interesting vintage decor. The only downside I experienced was the traffic noise; the street outside is quite busy both day and night, so best to bring earplugs if you're a light sleeper.

    David2016-10-02T00:00:00Z
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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.
  • This is a in a very central place, which is something you really appreciate if there are six of you going off in different directions, with different energy levels and needs to rest! The apartment accommodated six people to eat out or eat in very well, as we chose. There is a very cozy pub at the bottom of the street which we (parents) and our children (in their thirties) all enjoyed. The place is immaculate and accurately described in the listing. I am a personal big fan of white cotton linen and down duvets, which to me say: clean and homey. This apartment has these and they are very cosy. Mark and Tahra, although I think are far away, seemed as if they were around the corner as they checked in frequently and offered detailed advice, which we took. I think the price reflects the centralness of this location and the flexibility of the arrangements. We were very happy with the place and also the hosts.

    Leslie2017-09-10T00:00:00Z
  • The place was lovely! Very clean and comfortable and the laminated Dublin tourist information was super helpful! At your recommendation we ate at Shanahan's Steakhouse and had a fabulous meal. We also enjoyed The Oval Office downstairs in the restaurant and it was well worth our time. The cheesecake and Irish Coffee were amazing!!!

    Christine2016-09-21T00:00:00Z
  • The apartment is great and very welcoming. The hosts were informative and flexible with our trip as we did return to the apartment after a few days. The building itself was ok, but there was a stale cigarette smell in the hallway. We found the apartment quite comfortable for 5 people, although the proximity to the train bridge could have been better described, as well as having darker shades on the windows. The sun rises early in Ireland! All in all a great stay and I would highly recommend this apartment based on it's great location and responsive hosts.

    Maya2016-08-01T00:00:00Z
  • Thank you so much Mark and Tahra. Brilliant flat. Lovely space and facilities. Great location. Central for everything. Can't praise it enough. And the support was great. So much detail available about where to go and what to see. That and the immediate response to badly spelt questions made it perfect. Thank you both

    Joanne2016-04-09T00:00:00Z
  • 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
  • This is a great flat for a heart of Dublin holiday. It is clean, with crisp white bed linens and a cool, uncluttered Scandy vibe . I would happily live there ! It's got two great pubs ten steps away and Trinity College ( and the bus from the airport) is at the end of the street. It's an urban location , so there are people and buses and bustling life . It has, however, got double glazing so you don't hear a thing . And the security in this modern development is great so you feel very safe . The lift up to the flat is good for baggage and if you have a car, there are car parking places outside the flat . It's not a party flat , as it is a residential development but who wants to party in a flat when the whole of Dublin is in walking distance ? Our hosts were lovely, answering every email query and being very flexible about keys and check in times. They were away but their pal Diego met us with a key and was very freindly . In the flat we were greeted by provisions including a bottle of Prosecco and a bowl overflowing with packets of Taytos, our favourite Irish crisps! They had us won over immediately ! The flat was spacious and light and the wi-fi was excellent . There was a wall mounted television which was great for relaxing when all the walking was done . The beds were very comfortable in big rooms and the linen was heaven to sleep in. Mark and Tahra left clear instructions on how to work things ( all very streamlined) and provided handy laminated cards with sub divisions recommending galleries , theatres, restaurants, pubs and trips . Also takeaway food suggestions and local places that they love . They made us feel really welcome and were ready, by text and email, to answer any questions or give ideas for things to do . I thought , and so did my 3 young companions (19-23) that this was a clean, crisp and cool flat. The hosts, the accommodation and the location were top rate .

    Carmel2016-03-30T00:00:00Z
  • Very nice and helpful host

    Sohy2017-08-20T00:00:00Z
  • Great location very easy to get around dublin, Mark was most helpful with any of my queries and questions. For a city centre location its quiet without been any distance from the city center attractions... Would stay here on my next trip to Dublin!

    Nicolas2016-03-25T00:00:00Z
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    Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

    A clean quiet two bedroom house at Smithfield. Great location to explore the city or Ireland. CHECK-IN until 22.00hrs. Late night arrival after 22.30hr for an extra €20 fee.
    A modern home within a 1906 building 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. The shower room with WC at ground floor level. Located 400m from Smithfield LUAS tramway stop. Temple Bar 20 minute walk.
    Located between Smithfield and Grangegorman. Adjacent to former convent where Robin Hood's accomplice, Little John once lived. Academic quarter: DIT Grangegorman campus 200m; The Law Society Solicitors school 400m; The King's Inns Barristers Law school 600m. Saint Michan's Church Crypts 400m. Jameson Whiskey museum 300m. Collins Barracks museum 600m.
  • Ian was a great host! He welcomed us to his place and provided many useful tips regarding the neighbourhood. There are several good stores, pubs and restaurants within a few blocks. The rental unit is exactly as advertised. Very nice and comfortable and there is great outdoor covered smoking area if you're a smoker. We found that we could comfortably walk to the all the central tourist sites without any trouble. I recommend this rental to anyone who wants to be close to everything but far enough away that you're amongst the locals.

    Reed2015-08-22T00:00:00Z
  • Ian was a fantastic host! The place was perfect for our needs! It was a great location with plenty of parking. Our little one loved the space to crawl around and it fit perfectly for our family trip!

    Naomi2017-06-30T00:00:00Z
  • The apartment is exactly as described and Ian was SO helpful as well before arrival as during our stay. For our next trip to Dublin, we would not want to go anywhere else ! Thank you so much Ian.

    chantal2016-02-29T00:00:00Z
  • I had my family stay at Ian's place for 5 nights. Everything was as described. Only the closet in one of the bedrooms was a little small. My family was very happy with the place and would stay there again. Communication with Ian was very easy and he made sure that everything is fine.

    Stefan2016-05-19T00:00:00Z
  • Ian met us as arranged and was very welcoming and explained where we we would find local amenities and had suggestions as to the best and more unusual attractions.

    Bruce2016-08-09T00:00:00Z
  • Ian was very welcoming and explained where we we would find nice restaurants and pubs and gave us some great tips for our stay. The flat is large, well equipped, very clean and tastefully decorated. We really liked the little House. Bagels, cream cheese and juice left was a welcoming touch. Nice, easy walk into the centre and easy to get a taxi back at night if needed. It only needs 10 minutes walking to reach the Luas and the airlink (Airport Bus). We'd definitely recommend Ian's house! Victoria, Natalie & Lena

    Lena2016-08-23T00:00:00Z
  • Ian's place whilst not absolutely central is ideal with good music and places to eat a few minutes away. Excellent transport links close by but the walk into the city centre is not arduous, just along the river. Ian's Airbnb gave us the flexibility and facilities we prefer when going away for a break for a few days. It has history too being right next door to what was a Magdelene laundry. We had an initial hiccup with our arrival due to issues with my mobile phone but Ian was flexible and understanding, checking out was straightforward. We would recommend Ian's Airbnb for your short stay in Dublin.

    Vikki2016-08-26T00:00:00Z
  • We spend a very good time in Ian's flat. The flat is very cosy and the beds very confortable. Ian was friendly and gave us some informations about good Restaurants, what to see in the surrounding. the center of Dublin was reachable in 15 min walk. The only negative Point is that it is complicated to use the heater.

    Rachel2016-04-13T00:00:00Z
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    Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

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

    Neil2015-05-08T00:00:00Z
  • Just like every other reviewer has said, this was such a wonderful experience! After our 8 night trip to Ireland, my boyfriend said our one night stay in Peter's castle was his favorite part of the trip! We wish we could have stayed longer! We would also tell any of our friends travelling to Ireland that they should absolutely stay there if possible. It was really a special experience - especially knowing that Peter has done all of the work himself. We loved it!

    Morgan2015-07-20T00:00:00Z
  • Peter and the castle were fantastic! My wife and are are so thankful for AirBnB and Peter for this opportunity. No pictures or words can do our stay justice. The Castle was all ours. We arrived at night to fine the castle lit with candle light and a fire. Peter has done an amazing job preparing this castle to make it everything you could ever hope for. If you're lucky enough, Peter's son will even have some handmade artwork for you to purchase.

    Bryce2015-10-09T00:00:00Z
  • Great time staying with Peter and Eva! Everything was perfect and I got the relaxing, homey, historic experience that I was looking for. Walking in the trees next to the house, trying to shoot with a bow and arrows, and taking a hot bath was just a few of my favorite things. So glad I was able to cook and stay in for the evening and I stayed super warm all evening. You have to stay here! As a couple its romantic and as a solo person its so comfy. Peter and Eva are just the best most interesting folks!

    Alex2015-03-28T00:00:00Z
  • Staying at Peter's castle was a wonderful and unique experience. Peter is and excellent host. I you're in the Galway area I would strongly recommend at least one night in the castle.

    Brian2014-07-21T00:00:00Z
  • An unforgettable experience! Peter and Eva were excellent hosts, it was truly a pleasure meeting such kind and generous people. Peter had a fire going and ready for us when we arrived, and no detail was spared. The castle itself is stunning, the inside cozy, and the decoration modern with quirky details. You can really sense the hard work and passion that went in to the place. Peter gave us great tips on the Cliffs of Mohey and hikes to do in the Galway area, and we even tried our hand at shooting a bow and arrow! Definitely stay here if you have the chance. Watch one of the many DVDs, take a bath, stand at the top of the castle, and soak it all in!

    Giselle2014-11-09T00:00:00Z
  • What a unique place! Peter was a wonderful host; so knowledgeable and eager to share. There was a bit of confusion on my part and we got there a bit early, but he was so helpful and cool with it. We enjoyed hearing stories and learning more about the area. The amount of time and effort he has put into his castle is simply incredible! There are several awesome features that Im not going to expound on. You have to go experience this for yourself. Unfortunately we only got to stay one night. If you're in the area be sure to look him up!

    Jen2015-09-27T00:00:00Z
  • The place is amazing, but it's the people we will miss. We had a wonderful night there and left the next day feeling like we were leaving friends. The castle is a truly a work of art, and we were honored to meet the artist.

    Meri2015-04-13T00:00:00Z
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    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.
  • Myself, my girlfriend and her sister all stayed at Daragh place for a weekend. The place is in a absolutely prime location in Dublin with everything in walking distance. Daragh and his parents made it possible to provide us with another bed and road side parking. I not only recommend the apartment to anyone but also Daragh and his family. It is always a pleasure to meet good people while traveling.

    Jeffrey 2013-04-03T00:00:00Z
  • Daragh's Perfect City Centre Apartment was perfect! The inside of the apartment is great and the location is even better than we could have imagined. We had a great time walking the city and stopping in for some rest!

    Elizabeth F.2014-02-03T00:00:00Z
  • Daragh was a wonderful host and spent a generous amount of time telling us what to do around Dublin. He even greeted us with a bottle of bubbly in celebration of our honeymoon - so sweet! His apartment is located just close enough to everything you want to see in Dublin, but just far enough out of the hustle and bustle that it's comfortable and you can relax. We visited the Saturday Temple Bar farmers market and made an incredible meal in the lovely workable kitchen. Thank you for a great time!

    Samantha2013-09-23T00:00:00Z
  • Two friends and I stayed in this lovely Dublin apartment for a week and found it to be lovely. The location can't be beat! Very close to Temple Bar, Guinness factory, and many other hotspots. The apartment was very clean when we arrived, and we had everything we needed to cook. Would reccomend to a friend. (Not to mention the view of St. Patrick's Cathedral across the street!!!)

    Jackie2012-09-12T00:00:00Z
  • What can I say about Daragh? He is an AMAZING host. Daragh was so helpful and gave us EXCELLENT tips on visiting the city. We were in Dublin for a short time and the location of Daragh's flat is perfect - close to everything and right across the street St. Patrick's Cathedral. We were able to walk everywhere, and we did! Even our check-in was a real pleasure and we were made to feel very welcome. We would highly recommend Daragh's accomodations and we would not hesitate for an instant to stay there again if our travels take us through Ireland again. Our only regret is not having been able to stay longer!!

    Gilda2012-11-13T00:00:00Z
  • Darragh was really helpful keeping in touch leading up to and whilst visiting his lovely apartment. Located perfectly, we were able to walk easily to everything we wanted to see. I would highly recommend to anyone visiting Dublin, thanks Darragh.

    James2015-02-19T00:00:00Z
  • My boyfriend and I stayed at Daragh's apartment for 2 nights, great central location and very nice apartment perfect size for two people. We did not meet Daragh however he left a lot of information and was in touch before we arrived. Would stay here again :) thanks Daragh!

    Elaine2014-07-10T00:00:00Z
  • Daragh's apartment is amazing, the view from the balcony is great. Daragh's Dad met us on the first day to show us the apartment, he was a great help. Offered to bring us into the city and show us around, so he was more than helpful. Met Daragh later that night who was also extremely nice and helpful. The apartment smelled clean when we walked in and everything was in order. Mick checked us out of the apartment at the end of our trip and even gave us a ride to the airport since we were running late. Couldn't ask for more from hosts. I highly recommend it to anyone staying in Dublin.

    Aubrie2013-03-09T00:00:00Z
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    INSTANT BOOK! Calendar updated daily! The Sunday Times selected this coastal cottage as the Best in Ireland. Fantastic mountain location overlooking 'your' lake, (canoe inc. free) walkable (or take our bikes) to beach & village WIFI. Sleeps 4, dogs
    Named in the Sunday Times (Travel) as one of 'Top 20 Places for the Summer in UK or Ireland' 2012! Note - this listing has 'live' and correct availability - you can book instantly - no need to enquire if there is availability - the calendar is correct :) Croaghacullion is a traditional Donegal coastal cottage that enjoys a remarkable secluded position overlooking Lougheraherk (lake) in this, the most traditional and picturesque part of Ireland. You get the whole cottage, in 3/4 acre of land overlooking a lake. Glencolmcille village (shops, great pubs with traditional music, Folk Museum, cafes, is a 13 minute drive). The cottage sits in the heart of the Irish-speaking Gaeltacht in what is probably the most traditional area of Ireland. You can walk down to the beach from the cottage and you're unlikely to see another tourist, maybe just a lobster fisherman or one of the friendly, farmer neighbours. See more photos of this Donegal cottage. Just sitting on the bench in front can be lovely - you can usually hear the waves from the other side of the mountain. Stay here to discover one of the most remarkable and beautiful landscapes in Ireland - we doubt you'll ever find better beaches than can be found locally, friendlier people, or such a sense of wilderness. These photos show the walk down to Port beach from the cottage, which feels like the very edge of Europe (9 times out of 10 you'll have the whole bay to yourself), or sit at home and enjoy the views over 'your' lough (lake). Pets welcome - ask they are never allowed on sofas or beds please. Great place for dogs - enlcosed garden and miles of open mountain walking from the door, with fabulous beaches near.
    The most unspoiled and beautiful part of Ireland!
  • This was the highlight of our trip. Utterly gorgeous. Mary Malloy, the housekeeper, is a treasure. We walked the road to Port, twice. Just can't say enough about the cottage and location.

    Victoria2015-06-27T00:00:00Z
  • Lovely cottage, it was great to get away from it all. Great neighbours too! We really enjoyed our stay here.

    Emma 2014-05-07T00:00:00Z
  • Our host, Greg gave clear instructions to this remote paradise. However, we were late and dusk was setting in so a local lad kindly drove with us into the lane. We encountered that hospitality among neighbours and strangers alike. The next morning we met Mary who looks after the cottage and lives down the road bit. A warmer, kinder lady you'll never meet. We appreciate the effort that has gone into the sensitive conservation of the historic cottage and the lovely antiques that Greg has furnished it with, create a unique comfortable ambiance. The cottage, while privately situated is within easy driving of many attractions including Europe's highest cliffs at Slieve League. This is a great place for hikers as well.

    Ron2015-09-26T00:00:00Z
  • First of all Mary is National treasure. Do stop by and say "hi" to her, she's wonderful. We loved the space. Be sure to pay careful attention to the directions, they're spot on so as long as you follow them, you'll be good. If you like off the beaten path places that are charming in a beautiful setting, this is for you!

    June2015-12-09T00:00:00Z
  • 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
  • Greg's place is a wonderful little cottage in a secluded area near Adara. Staying there is a must for an authentic experience of Donegal. We were extremely comfortable and relaxed during our stay there, I would highly recommend it to future guests.

    Laurence2017-02-05T00:00:00Z
  • This is a lovely cottage in an amazing setting. Not the easiest to find, but that is the beauty of a place like this. Very quaint but a wonderful place to stay. Would recommend to anyone looking to really get away from it all. Make sure to bring all your provisions before arriving as the nearest grocer is about an hour away.

    David2014-03-24T00:00:00Z
  • As my first time using AirBnB, Greg was a fantastic host and information (directions, recommendations, etc.) was well detailed so no stress was involved in getting to this very much 'off-the-beaten-path' location. The cottage is kept in a very genuine rustic fashion, which makes the entire experience incredibly immersive. We arrived in the winter and went out in all weather from which the cottage was a cosy, warm retreat. Mary the housekeeper was a delight to meet, and I would highly recommend Greg's cottage as a base to explore, and immerse in, the rural Irish experience.

    Hagen2015-01-07T00:00:00Z
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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.
  • Sheila's Cottage is a wonderful and cosy place to stay. Sheila usually lives there but left us her house for the only night we stayed there. Everything you might need was available and the place was clean and tidy. We loved to sit in front of the fireplace. It's a pity that we only had time for one night. We met Sheila only at the morning and had a lot to talk about renovation and all the world and his brother. We felt like at home!

    Renate2012-08-18T00:00:00Z
  • Had a lovely and peaceful time in Sheila's lovely cottage, exactly what we were looking for. Sheila was a great host and was very friendly and welcoming. We will definitely be recommending Sheila's to any of our friends looking for a relaxing time in beautiful surroundings. Thanks again.

    Mike and Grainne2013-06-04T00:00:00Z
  • Sheila's cottage is rustic but a little unfinished. It has a wonderful view and is well located for exploring the south-west of Ireland. The Sheep's Head peninsula is beautiful and far more interesting than we expected.

    Lex2012-05-16T00:00:00Z
  • We got lost trying to find Ahakista, but it was a nice experience since the location is absolutely gorgeous. Sheila was very accommodating and helped us a lot on deciding on where to go on our journey through Ireland. The cabin was neat and tidy and the views from it, absolutely amazing. Sheila welcomed us with a cup of tea by the fireplace as we discussed our grand plans. We would definitely stay longer if we had the chance.

    Olga2011-10-05T00:00:00Z
  • Fantastic cottage, very well equipped, beautiful renovation job, fabulous location. Sheila was extremely helpful and accessible. We loved the area, great fishing, walks, good for small kids. Highly recommended. We'd go back for much longer next time.

    Mandie2013-08-23T00:00:00Z
  • Sheila was a very welcoming host, who made us feel right at home from the start of our stay. The cottage was just as described, set in a peaceful rural location overlooking beautiful hills and coastline. We really enjoyed the cosy evenings in front of the fire after long days of walking. Thanks again for the local advice on walks and places of interest Sheila, we would love to come back again one summer!

    Peter2015-02-12T00:00:00Z
  • Sheilas house made us feel very very happy in our holidays. It was very cosy and we felt so well. The house has all you need to feel at home. The fireplace is great and the views are amazing. There are many places to visit from Ahakista and so many fantastic walks that it's impossible to do them in two weeks. So: we'll definitely come back. Thanks for all, especially the great hospitality! Sheila gave us a warm welcome and so many good advices. Summary: it's a great Place to be with extremely nice People around.

    Birgit2015-07-23T00:00:00Z
  • We had a good stay in Sheila's cottage. Unfortunately she wasn't able to stay there on the the night of our stay. She left us plenty of notes explaining where things were and how to do things like make bread in her breadmaker - yum! As Sheila says, don't expect a hotel experience - her house is lived in and cosy. The cottage is surrounded by lovely landscapes, livestock and other cottages - very peaceful. It is pretty easy to find if you follow the directions and signs.

    Chris2012-05-13T00:00:00Z
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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.
  • We had a wonderful stay at Irma's cosy cabin, set in idyllic surroundings near Westport. The lodge is about a 5min drive from the town itself, which is full of lovely cafes, pubs and shops (including a great secondhand bookshop and Roger Harley's pottery studio - definitely worth a visit!). We were looking for quiet and scenic place to relax and really get away from it all - this fitted the bill brilliantly! The lodge is the perfect getaway, and we spent our time walking, reading, and exploring. There's a beautiful (and gentle) one hour walk around the cabin, which was lovely to do in the evenings after dinner. We absolutely loved the goats and chickens in the neighboring field! And Irma's cat quickly made friends with us. Irma was a wonderful host, bringing us fresh eggs every day, but otherwise leaving us to enjoy the peace and tranquility. However, she was only a short walk away if we needed anything. We can't recommend this place highly enough - thank you Irma! We would love to return.

    Rebecca2016-06-13T00:00:00Z
  • Irma and Trish are very friendly and hospitable Persons. The Cabin is in a middle of the very quiet Garden, is very nice furnished and very clean. It has an full equiped Kitchen. Such a beautiful quietly Place!

    Antje2014-09-10T00:00:00Z
  • This was our first place we stayed in Ireland, and it was exactly what we needed. Quaint, peaceful and relaxing! We ended up getting into town much later than expected and the host's friend who was planning to greet us was amazing! She even met us in town so we could follow her back since it was dark! Irma had left us some fresh eggs, butter & soda bread so we had something for the morning! Great experience overall, just wish we had more time to spend there!

    Crystal2015-10-09T00:00:00Z
  • The Cuckoo hexagon was as lovely and cozy as expected! Given that the weather was quite severe, we spent most of the time in the hexagon. Irma was a great host and a guide and had kept everything ready when we arrived. The home made brown bread was superb. It was quite difficult once to reach her place, and she actually came to pick us up and drop us off the next day. I would surely recommend this place to anyone who is looking for something cozy,unique to stay in the country side.

    Aditi2015-01-15T00:00:00Z
  • Cuckoo Wood Hexagon lived up to what it promised, a magical hideaway tucked amongst the trees, as close to nature as you can get. We loved everything about our stay (except the weather!), but that's where the beautiful pot belied stove came in and we snuggled around the turf burner listening to the rain, bliss. Irma you were a fabulous host, there to greet us on arrival, even when we were late due to a puncture. The fresh bread and eggs each day were a wonderful welcome touch. Thank you for sharing this space, we left truly rested and restored, and hope to return.

    Orla2015-07-13T00:00:00Z
  • Excellent host, great cabin, 5 stars

    VANESSA2017-07-23T00:00:00Z
  • Highly recommend! Absolutely fabulous!

    Hannah Jane2017-04-16T00:00:00Z
  • Hexagon House was perfect! Secluded and romantic, this accommodation is also very practical, close to many tourist attractions and 5 minutes from Westport (and the closest grocery store), as well as being completely self-sufficient. We loved the thoughtful touches, such as wildflowers on the table, and fresh bread, eggs and milk for our breakfast! In addition, it was very clean, dry and warm.

    Heidi Christine2017-06-18T00:00:00Z
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    Beautiful location right on the shore of Kenmare Bay just 2 miles from Kenmare town. Watch the otters, sea birds and wild deer from your deck overlooking the beach. Relax in the outdoor Jacuzzi or by the wood stove. Spacious recently renovated home, originally built by my grandparents as a holiday home in the 1950s, successfully adapted for the 21st century!
    Originally built by my grandparents in the 1950s, on the farm featured in Harry Bewick's 1930s book 'A Wild Taste'. We have endeavored to bring this historical gem into the 21st century.
    Quiet secluded cabin right by the sea, with otters and deer (and even the occasional sea eagle!) for company!
  • Amazing property with oak forest , waterfalls and ocean at your doorstep. Friendly , accommodating owner. Clean and modern log cabin!

    david2014-12-18T00:00:00Z
  • Our stay at Cara'a cabin was nothing short of magical. The house was very clean and well stocked with all the items you would need for a week long stay. The wood stove kept us more than warm enough and we also really enjoyed soaking in the hot tub at night. If you are looking for a spot to unplug and indulge in a relaxing stay, this is absolutely the place! We look forward to coming back!

    Emma2015-10-25T00:00:00Z
  • Beautiful home and amazing surroundings just outside your doorstep. Cara/Miffy was a very pleasant host. The house was spotless and most everything was quite newly redone. The outside look of the house wasn't quite what I was expecting, but the inside was just perfect for our family. Lots of running space for our child. Very quiet and peaceful. Cara even bought a highchair for our child to use which was very generous. And the town of Kenmare was by far our favorite in the area, maybe in all of Dublin. So pretty and colorful and fun to spend a little time in and a great place to come home to. Amazing to go fish and chips restaurant right in town. We would definitely vacation here again. Thanks to our host for a most lovely stay.

    Joy2014-09-22T00:00:00Z
  • Great location to go for a few days break, host is pleasant and on hand with any requirements, could honestly not recommend this cabin high enough, we will definitely be returning!

    Taurean2017-03-12T00:00:00Z
  • We loved this cabin!! Much bigger than we expected. It was also really warm!! Must be great insulation because we were warm all night long. Everything is very new, clean and modern. Really felt like home. Cara made sure we had everything we needed. Plenty of privacy too. The accessibility of the water and hiking trail to tiny waterfalls was great. Loved the hammock out front. We'll be back for sure!

    Jennifer2014-10-24T00:00:00Z
  • We enjoyed our stay. The home is simple and clean with everything you need for a home base while traveling. The jacuzzi is a nice feature. The home is set close to the water behind the owner's home on their property yet still in its own privacy. We did not interact much with the hosts but had no issues. The location is a 5 min drive from Kenmare - which I highly recommend over other nearby towns to avoid crowds. The house is also along the Ring of Beara, which is a less crowded but equally amazing version of the Ring of Kerry.

    Alex2014-10-07T00:00:00Z
  • We feel so fortunate to have stayed in this fantastic cabin in such an idyllic location, with beautiful views and natural woodland with access down to the sea and only 5mins drive to the picturesque town of Kenmare. The cabin was beautiful , spacious, very clean and had everything you could possibly need, and the added bonus of the hot tub to relax in was amazing! We truly had a lovely time staying here in Cara'so cabin.

    Valerie2016-07-02T00:00:00Z
  • Cara was a good host, she was ready for us at the time we told her, and already had a fire going in the cabin. She then left us to ourselves to enjoy our holiday, just like we like! Below I've reviewed the highs and lows. Overall, definitely worth the price, especially with more than two people. Pros: -lovely wood and peat burning stove in the living room -right on the river, beautiful views, and we walked down to the river almost every day and enjoyed the beauty and fresh air, and we saw a seal quite close on our last day there! -we only slept on one of the beds, but it was quite comfortable, very firm -very, very clean -very comfortable couches in the living room -TV in the living room with about 12 channels plus radio -close access to Kenmare - takes about five minutes to drive, and it is really nice to be that close but still be in nature -lovely private trail that leads to a small waterfall -good kitchen, large, with a good sized fridge, and all the things you'd need to cook, knives, pots and pans, etc. Cons: -river water in the hot tub -only one of the showers has heated water from the electricity and we didn't find that the fire or sun heated enough water for the other shower for more than about two minutes of hot water -not a big deal for us, but although it is a private "beach," it isn't a great place to swim from (lots of seaweed and large rocks), and the host had their children or friends children go down and swim there on nice days -a little bit sparse on the furnishings and decor We stayed in the place just the two of us and it was quite large for us. I think a good amount of people would be 4 probably, as although there are beds for much more, the hot tub is small, and the living room and dining table would be quite a squeeze to sit 8 people. Again, overall this place is a great deal, especially with 4 people and maybe a couple kids. It was a good base to go to Kenmare and to see County Kerry from.

    Casi2015-06-24T00:00:00Z
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    Kenmare, Kerry, Ireland

    The Cosy Chalet is linked to "The Wild Romantic Way". You will find fine scenery, superb beaches and lakes. All kinds of water-sport activities. Very good locally produced food, like cheese.
    Who likes traveling knows the problem. Hotels can be quite expensive. One has to spend in the hotel for food and drinks. B&B's are sometimes offering small rooms with none or minimal cooking-facilities. You will miss your own private living-room. Holiday-houses are often only on a weekly base to get. They are sometimes too big. You can land "in the middle of nowhere" and with no reception. With our ambitious and new concept we try to make things a little bit better for you. Our accommodation is "All Inclusive"! Only the use of the washing machine (incl. washing-powder) and the tumble-dryer costs € 5 extra each. Bikes € 10/day We speak English, German, Russian and some French. You'd like to cook a lobster or you intend to smoke your self-caught Mackerel or Pollock, but you don't know how to make it. Please call us. How to find the cockles and mussels at the beach and how to make the legendary "Spaghetti Vongole". There would be so much to tell. You'll find "The Cosy Chalet" on our own 60.000m2 park, forest and lawns. Save Sandy Beaches 500m from our gate. You walk just across the road and you are on our private wood-lane to the sandy-beaches. The Cosy Chalet was 100 years ago may be a shelter for shepherds and their sheep. We had to demolish the walls and built it new. The Cosy Chalet is now a mix of old stone-walls and a massive oak-frame coming from England. Many interiors and paintings are true and period. It is a "One-In-All-Solution" on 2 levels. The Cosy Chalet offers 2 beds (80x200) in the attic, reachable with a stair/ladder. The attic has only a max. height of 1,50m. One cannot stand upright! There is a little "Velux" with may be the best sea-views. Because of the limited heights and the way to go up, we can recommend these beds only for younger people! All others find a sofa-bed on the ground-floor-level (120x200). There is a full size kitchen (that means absolutely everything you need, will be there.) of course with a full-size dishwasher and a dining-table. Bathroom with shower, sink and toilet. Sufficient tea-towels, bath-towels, even those for the pool will be there. Free Sat-TV (some hundred channels in many languages), DVD, CD, WiFi. Please understand, that you may have to run a little fire to make the Chalet cosy. You will get all logs for free. All logs are homegrown and perfectly seasoned. The good thing is, you heat with a long lasting positive effect to the environment. Your "South-Terrace" is built like an old Roman Road. There you will find chairs and a coffee-table. A second, westerly terrace, surrounded by Rhododendrons will provide you with a simple dining-table and benches. From there you have direct access to the swimming-pond (water is like swimming in a river) and the decking with fantastic views over the Carbery Islands, Castles and Fastnet Rock. The Cosy Chalet has 4 sleeping options and this is may be ok for one night or two. But to get a really cosy feeling we recommend it only for two people. And please no children who are not good swimmers. Pool! Or come with the bus and rent a bike here. Transports: Bus Eireann 2x daily from and to Cork. From our gate. Taxi nearby Ferry from Schull to Cape Clear (only summer) Good Restaurants in Schull, 10Km and surrounding: Irish, Spanish, French, Italian, Philippine Nearest good Restaurant, Heron's Cove, in GOLEEN, 4,5KM Schools in Schull Language School, Diving School, Sailing School in Durrus: Cookery School. Sports Golf (Bantry, Skibbereen, Glengariff) Riding (nearby) Tennis (hard) Biking All kinds of watersports Hill Walking, Hiking Fishing Off Shore Fishing in a walking distance All kinds of mussels around the house Deep Sea Fishing by arrangement Wildlife Over 50 bird-species in our woods and the coastline Deers, Hare, Otter, Mink, Fox and Badger Dolphins, Seals, even Whales can be seen on excursions. Walking Famous Sheepshead Walk starts next village One-Day-Trips with your car Ring of Kerry and Killarney South Coast with Kinsale and Cork Beara The absolute Hotspot! Mizen Head Signal Station Irelands Most Southwesterly Point with 60.000 visitors per year An Absolute Must. Only 20Km away from your Cosy Chalet. We are happy to answer all your questions as soon as possible, but please consider we reserve for those who pay first, not ask first.
  • Hannes is amazingly kind; the house is so cozy. It's got wifi. The little towns around the area are amazing!

    Cameron2017-03-08T00:00:00Z
  • We stayed there few weeks ago for a weekend, the cosy chalet is actually very cosy :) and has everything you need for cooking and even a dishwasher. Hannes is very helpful and friendly and at the same time gives you your own space. I would recommend this place for a quiet couple getaway or a small group of friends. We will definitely come back soon!!

    Jordi2013-07-15T00:00:00Z
  • The cozy chalet was excellent and close to several tiny towns that were great for day trips. Also, Mizen Head is just down the road and is a must see. Everything that we needed was in the chalet and Hannes was there to meet us and show us how to use the heating / lighting ect. We had an amazing time and would visit again.

    Erin2014-07-10T00:00:00Z
  • We had a great, great time in Hannes Chalet. It is a lovely little House, equiped with everything you need for a stay in West Cork. The beaches are in walking distance and the landscape is more than stunnig. The Chalet is in close distance to the families beautiful main estate. Most importantly, Hannes was a great, knowledgable host. Helpful at any time yet leaving us with a lot of privacy. Hopefully I have a chance to visit again.

    Sascha2012-07-12T00:00:00Z
  • Myself and my girlfriend had a great time at the Cosy Chalet. It is exactly as described. The kitchen is fully equipped with a very good selection of pots, pans and knives so preparing meals is easy. The location is perfect nestled in between Schull and Goleen, its a short drive to Barleycove beach and Three castles head walk. I would defintley stay here again and recommend any body looking for a relaxing, stress free holiday to stay here.

    Michael2015-08-09T00:00:00Z
  • Hannes was a wonderful host! We felt like at home from the first day!He also gave us a lot of travel advice and was also very helpful with other things!!We would love to come again some day!

    Maria2013-07-01T00:00:00Z
  • Very comfortable and cosy! We loved it. You have a great view, we could see the sea from the lovely big garden. The kitchen has all utilities you need and they even have german channels on the TV! Just a good place to relax :)

    stefanie2014-06-16T00:00:00Z
  • The cosy chalet is a great little refuge and just like the pictures - simply beautiful! The "All inclusive" concept is brilliant for travellers! All basic needs are covered and considered. The vast kitchen equipment allows to prepare proper yummie meals instead of living of beans on toast for the time of your holiday :) An extra THANK YOU for that, Hannes! The close proximity to the absolutely gorgeous sandy beach is a big winner! What a lovely piece of earth...

    Corinna2016-07-23T00:00:00Z
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