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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!
  • "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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Just had a wonderful stay in this flat. Karin was an amazing host who spent time out of her day when I first arrived to draw me a map with a bunch of sights/shops and some of her favorite local places to go. Karin is a wealth of knowledge and an excellent host. The flat was exactly as pictured, warm, comfortable, perfect for my weekend away in Dublin. Have absolutely no hesitation in recommending anyone to stay here, I didn't want to leave!

    Lexi2013-03-11T00:00:00Z
  • All in all I was very happy about the experience, the flat is large, very cozy, welcoming. I appreciated the fact that there was some food in the fridge and a loaf of cake. The location is not super central but still convenient to access city centre. The only thing I would try and improve is the check out where you need to lock the front door with the key but then you don't have anywhere to put the key. But I would definitely recommend this airbnb.

    marion2015-11-06T00:00:00Z
  • Karin is a wonderful host. The communication was excellent throughout, she is very responsive and provides detailed information about transportation, the area, suggestions on sights, restaurants, pubs, etc. The apartment is in a historic house, in a historic district. It is just as described and pictured. It is outside the sometimes chaotic downtown area, yet within an easy 20 minute walk to pretty much anyplace you want to go. There are basic supplies available to you on arrival, e.g. eggs, milk, bread, coffee, olive oil. The heat and hot water are on timed systems for efficiency; however you can override them, if you need more. Just read the detailed house instructions. We would stay there again.

    Tom & Bobbie2013-09-28T00:00:00Z
  • This is real dublin at its best, I lived there for years was visiting and enjoyed this Georgian house and beautiful furniture - a real plus was that Karin left some goodies in the fridge - for the jaded traveler this was a real bonus - the place is beautifully restored and the local pubs are full of colourful characters

    Kate2013-04-29T00:00:00Z
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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
  • Staying at Andrea's flat was spot on. We were located close enough to walk into Central Dublin in 10 minutes easily. I loved the decor and the flat was great for our needs and had we wanted to eat in and chill out on an evening then we could've done that as well. Andrea had also kindly left us all the basics we needed to enjoy our stay - coffee, tea, milk and bread to name a few! If I was stopping in Dublin again, I wouldn't hesitate to use Andrea's apartment again. In fact I would look it's availability as my first port of call. One point to note was the Wifi wasn't working but the pub next door has Wifi... I do know that had we pushed for it to be fixed, then Andrea would've done what she could to resolve the problem. As it was, we lived without it for a few days in the flat - no bad thing really!

    Melissa2015-05-03T00:00:00Z
  • Flat looks exactly like in the pictures, clean, cosy and comfortable. Andrea met us on arrival, very friendly and helpful and she had even bought us some breakfast, very sweet. Location is good and we walked everywhere. Bed is pretty hard, not a complaint but could be good to know if important to you.

    Lisa2016-04-18T00:00:00Z
  • Our experience at andrea's place was great!!the house is lovely, at a walking distance from the central area (approx. 15 minutes from temple bar), we really enjoyed our weekend in Dublin!! Andrea is a great host, she sent us all the instructions and was available for any needs or questions!!we highly recommend her place!!!

    Aurora2017-05-01T00:00:00Z
  • 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
  • Great apartment, really well decorated and the bed was super comfy and everything was clean. Location is a 20-25 minute walk to Temple Bar and 35-40 min walk to St Stephens, cabs too and from cost around €10-20. Small sofa in the living area which was fine, but if you were looking for an evening in, there isn't too much room to chill, however we were out for most of the stay so this didn't affect us. Only slight negative would be that the road is very residential and quiet, there are lots of roadworks going on, the road itself and surrounding area, the noise didn't affect us at all, however, as there aren't many cars or people about on the road later at night, I would recommend getting cabs too and from the apartment. Overall, perfect little space for a weekend away!

    Courtney2017-02-12T00:00:00Z
  • Lovely apartment within walking distance to a lot of attractions. Andrea was a lovely host and I would definitely stay here again :)

    Rhiannon2016-02-07T00:00:00Z
  • I loved staying at Andrea's place. When I arrived, she gave me such a warm welcome, explaining bits about the flat and left us bread, eggs, juice, milk, butter, yogurt, coffee, etc.. You can tell she truly loves the space because she takes such good care of it and pays attention to details (both in cleaning and design). There was plenty of natural light and the bed was very comfortable. The flat was conveniently located--we were able to comfortably walk everywhere we wanted. I felt completely safe and comfortable. Her and her daughter left a comprehensive list of recommendations for places to go and we tried a few and loved them--good food and friendly peopl. Though, as she points out, the street is under construction, it was never an inconvenience and there was never a noise issue. I would highly recommend staying here.

    Erica2016-06-21T00:00:00Z
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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.
  • We loved Marianne's place! It was lovely, clean and a great walkable location. Definitely recommend it.

    Stacy2017-07-23T00:00:00Z
  • A very beautiful home in a quiet street, very clean and good equip. Marianne is a very Nice person. I recommand

    Piquenot2016-12-22T00:00:00Z
  • Charming, grand, spacious and sunny apartment. We recommend the Candy Cafe for breakfast just a few blocks down the street on your way to the Hugh Lane Dublin City Gallery. Be sure not to miss Francis Bacon's transplanted studio in the back of the Gallery.

    Greg2017-07-01T00:00:00Z
  • Marianne's place was wonderful! It had lovely views of the park across the street. It was within walking distance to everything and also had a bus station, so getting anywhere was quite easy! The place itself was clean and quiet. We were able to purchase some groceries and make our own breakfasts while we stayed there. Marianne was friendly and met us upon our arrival to go over everything. Would definitely recommend staying here!

    Kendahl2017-03-19T00:00:00Z
  • This apartment looks exactly as pictured. Great location. It is a close 15 minute walk to the hustle and bustle of the city, yet you are able to have a sound's night sleep away from the noise. The bed is very comfortable.. Marianne is very accommodating and in constant communication. She is also there to greet you and answer any questions you may have about your stay. Will stay here again upon my next Dublin visit. Thank you, Marianne for the lovely stay!

    Nicole2016-12-04T00:00:00Z
  • Marianne's place was amazing and exactly as advertised. A true pleasure for a first time AIRBNB user.

    Doina2017-07-30T00:00:00Z
  • My stay at Marianne's place was excellent. It was perfect for me and I thought it was beautiful just as advertised. It is about a 15 minute walk to the city center, just away enough to be out of the hustle and bustle, but close enough to get to it easily. I loved waking up and looking out at Mountjoy Square park across the street. And staying in an old Georgian architecture building with large windows was a treat for this architecture nerd. :-) By contrast, I spent the first nights of my stay in Dublin right smack in the city center, which was great too, but I ended up enjoying Mariannes place (and not having the pubs right outside my window in this lovely neighborhood). Marianne was so accommodating letting me drop off my luggage early until the apartment was ready at 3pm. That was a huge help and I was able to explore Dublin a little more as a result. I would definitely stay here again. Or move here just for the apartment. :-)

    Javier2016-11-23T00:00:00Z
  • Good stay

    Jake2017-04-30T00:00:00Z
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    This gorgeous room with en-suite is located in a Victorian home, on a quiet street, close to bus stops & walking distance from the city. It's perfect for two people with everything you'd need for a cosy stay. 3 people & a golden retriever live here!
    You will have a beautiful double bedroom perfectly suited to two people, 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.
  • We had a lovely time in Claires room. The separatet bathroom is very good and the room is very nice. Also it's good located in Dublin.

    Fia2016-11-18T00:00:00Z
  • Claire and Patrick are awesome! Amazing and welcoming hosts and I couldn't be happier with my stay.

    Samantha2017-05-08T00:00:00Z
  • I loved my stay. The room looks exactly like in the pictures and it done with a lot of style. The use of space is amazing. Every corner is a signature. Claire was amazing even before I arrived. She had a full on Pdf done with the room, surounding areas and places close to the house usefull. She is a good host and a good people reader. Unfortunately we did not interact much, but she cought up with the fact that I had a busy weekend coming. She was not intrusive and was amazingly quick at replying to all my messages. It was wasy to find and only 20minutes away from most sightseeing places. I would truly recommend Claire's place to anyone either passing by or staying for a while.

    Bianca2014-11-10T00:00:00Z
  • The bedroom was really clean and bright, it was a lovely stay! Claire was really welcoming and will definitely book again if we need a room in Dublin :)

    Anne Flore2014-09-14T00:00:00Z
  • Claire is a nice host and her lovely dog is enthusiasm.The room is clean and warm, we really enjoy staying there :)

    Yang2014-10-03T00:00:00Z
  • She contacted us before our arrival to confirm arrival time and to make sure we knew how to get there. Once there, we chatted, and she welcomed us with the offer of tea or coffee, info on places of interest nearby, etc. and just general friendly conversation.

    Sandy2015-09-07T00:00:00Z
  • Nice enough place to stay with close proximity to Dublin attractions.

    June2017-08-26T00:00:00Z
  • The apartment is just as cute in person as it is online! Claire has decorated the apartment beautifully, including amazing photography from her travels hanging on the walls. Most of the Dublin hot spots were a 15-30 minute walk from the apartment, with plenty of nearby grocery stores and restaurants to choose from! Claire and her roommates are very sweet and I enjoyed chatting with them in the kitchen on occasion. Claire also provided a PDF prior to arrival with directions to enter the apartment and a list of her favorite Dublin hot spots.

    Mary2016-01-11T00:00:00Z
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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 was so welcoming and kind. Such a wonderful place to stay with great accommodations! Thanks for a great stay!

    Kara2015-12-03T00:00:00Z
  • What can I say... Anastazio is quite simply a legend who made our stay in Dublin incredibly special. Such a warm welcome and a beautiful apartment, spotlessly clean. Happy to help us any time, he lives up to the term 'Superhost' in so many ways. His home is located perfectly to get into the city, go to the coast and to and from Dublin airport. I couldn't recommend him and his home enough to anyone. Cheers bro! Keep on smiling!!!

    Matthew2015-11-13T00:00:00Z
  • Anastazio was our first Airbnb host and he definitely raised the bar for our future hosts! My boyfriend and I were welcomed with freshly baked apple pie and the second evening Anastazio cooked a perfect Italian/Greek dinner (with a little help of us). He is a very social and outgoing person and we can definitely recommend Anastazio. He'll make you feel right at home and I bet you won't find a host as charming, spontaneous, and hospitable as Anastazio. Thanks for the brilliant start of our holiday! Lots of love, Jacobien & Maarten

    Jacobien2014-09-02T00:00:00Z
  • Anastazio is what every superhost should be. He is not only kind and hospitable, but he also understands that AirB&B is not only about finding a room, but is also about meeting people and sharing experiences. The house is nice and clean, with everything you need to have a pleasant stay. Thanks Anastazio!

    Marco M2014-12-09T00:00:00Z
  • Anas was a dream host! He communicated often with us as we were approaching Dublin and provided excellent instructions on how to best enjoy his home. He and his friend met us at the loft and we were greeted warmly with a huge hug. Anas toured us around his home and encouraged all of us to feel comfortable and welcome. He treated our children with the utmost respect and teased and joked around with them, even offering them a sweet chocolate treat. Anas showed us how to set up a Halo account for getting around town, which was very helpful. He had maps and pamphlets for our review. The next day, Anas emailed to make sure that we had made our ferry on time and had arrived safely at our next destination. He was so wonderful. And his home was beautiful and lovely! Such a treat to stay in such a fine, clean, welcoming, and warm home.

    Heidi2016-07-10T00:00:00Z
  • Anastasio was the most amazing host. He was so welcoming and kind and gave perfect directions. It felt like a home from home. HE made our stay in Dublin the best it could be. Will definitely stay with him again if i visit Dublin again. The apartment was incredible and was perfect for 3 of us.

    Olivia2015-07-15T00:00:00Z
  • It was my 1st time using AirB&B.. Anastazio was a PERFECT host. He is hospital, well educated, extr. nice, and most important very outgoing. He showed me around the city every night after he got off work. The loft is exactly as the pics show and more. Not only I had a great time in Dublin, but also I made a great friend!!!

    Ayman2014-06-21T00:00:00Z
  • This is my first experience of Airbnb until now when i decided to book a room in Anastasio's house weekend just gone. I cannot find fault in Anastasio, he has opened his home to me, his friends etc.. I only wish my stay was longer. I leave Dublin not just with a hangover, slightly broken physically, but new friends and a fantastic experience, one that i will not forget for a long time. Big thanks to Anastasio for his hospitality, Greek style with a modern twist - what a great ambassdor he would make for Airbnb! Thank you Greek God and of course Airbnb ;)

    Anthony2014-07-28T00:00:00Z
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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..
  • Had a wonderful time in a beautiful unique space. Karin has created a fabulous place to visit and spend time. She was a lovely considerate host and would gladly stay there again.

    Richard2015-03-10T00:00:00Z
  • An easy to find, and conveniently located place to stay. We found the apartment very charming. Karin is almost biblical in her knowledge of Dublin and the surrounding area - this was helpful for us northerners who aren't too familiar! We were grateful for the time she spent with us on arrival providing us with information. We were able to keep our car in the back yard during our stay, we could walk to most places in 20 minutes, so we didn't need to worry about parking. We felt right at home for the short period we stayed, and would definitely look forward to staying again in future.

    Andrew2015-06-05T00:00:00Z
  • The pictures accurately reflect the apartment.

    Cali2015-09-02T00:00:00Z
  • Staying in this beautiful Georgian Studio really made us feel like royals! The high and decorated ceiling, the old furniture and the cozy fireplace made this apartment unlike anything we've stayed in before. The location was also great, it took us about 10 minutes to get to the river Liffey and Temple Bar. It's also true what the other guests write about Karin: she's an excellent host and gave us many insider tips about Dublin (even though she's was feeling ill!). We would definitely stay here again, highly recommended!

    Piroska2013-04-01T00:00:00Z
  • 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
  • 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
  • My friends and I stayed at Karin's for the weekend. Her place was exactly the same as the photos shown on the website and was well equipped; it even had a selection of DVDs to watch! Walking to the city centre only took around 10 minutes which was really covenient. Would love to come back to stay at the studio again if we ever return to Dublin!

    Cecilia2012-09-10T00:00:00Z
  • Karin truly loves her city and country. It is evident in how she has curated the space as well as how thorough she was with all of materials upon arrival as well (guidebooks, etc readily available in the suite). All basic supplies were provided, DVDs in the hallway and she gave us some good neighborhood tips. The beautiful Georgian details are exactly as pictured and the entire building is well maintained. Only downside is that it's about a 20 min walk to the Temple Bar area but taxis are readily available outside the times we needed them. Easy access to the airport too.

    Maria2015-05-30T00:00:00Z
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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!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • I planned a trip to Dublin for a week and chose Karin's bnb because of the decor. I got SO much more! Karen is kind, delightful, infinitely helpful and knowledgeable. My young cousin and I shared this wonderful Georgian flat and loved everything about it. Buses to Trinity College (hub for all other buses) and to and from the airport are right outside. The furnishings were gorgeous and so comfortable. Karin provided a great folding bed for my cousin. I returned to Dublin for 2 days later in my trip and was fortunate enough to learn that Karin had one of her other flats available for me. I felt so at home and welcomed and thrilled to be staying in this lovely place with such a wonderful hostess. Thank you, Karin! I'll be back

    Kathy 2013-07-18T00:00:00Z
  • Karin went out of her way to help us with directions and getting settled in. Her place was beautiful and the bed was perfect for two jet lagged travelers. When we come back to Dublin, we are contacting Karin!

    Andrew2017-10-02T00:00:00Z
  • We had a lovely welcome from Karin who showed us round the apartment, which was spotlessly clean, before giving us a run through of what to do and where to eat in Dublin as we were new to the city. The apartment is beautiful, with the perfect mix of antique furniture and modern appliances. Although we didn't cook meals, the kitchen is very well equipped. We just enjoyed the breakfast provisions which Karin gave us. The apartment is on one of the five Georgian squares in Dublin, to the north of the city and only about a twenty minute walk to the centre. There is a small supermarket very close and a wide variety of places to eat nearby. We would definitely recommend our friends to stay here when they are in Dublin. Thank you Karin for a lovely stay.

    Betsy2016-07-04T00:00:00Z
  • A lovely place to stay in Dublin. Really bright and comfy, all the apartment is absolutely clean and tidy. only few minutes walk to city center and shopping area, it's convenient to go anywhere. Karin is a super lovely host and very kind, she recommends fish n chips with fine wine and seafood restaurant are the best food I ever had in Dublin. I'll come back to stay again if I visit Dublin next time. Thank you, Karin.

    Sheri2016-09-19T00:00:00Z
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    Double ensuite in family home. King size bed, large shower. Towels and toiletries provided. Quiet neighbourhood. 4km from the city centre. 8 minutes walk to Cowper luas tram, reaching the city in 10 mins. Free on-street parking. Short walk to Rathmines/Rathgar shops and restaurants. Breakfast provided (cereal, fruit, breads)
    Lovely family home with large rooms. Our double ensuite has a large bathroom, power shower, king size bed with deep, pocket sprung mattress and memory foam mattress topper for extra comfort.
    Dartry is a quiet suburb located 4km from O'Connell street in the city centre. Walking to St. Stephens green / Grafton street area will take about 45 minutes. We are a 10 minute walk to Rathgar, Rathmines and Ranelagh - all have a selection of supermarkets, restaurants, cafes, take-aways and pubs as well as banks, various shops, boutiques and services. Palmerston Park is around the corner from our home, as is the small botanic gardens run by Trinity College department of botany. The Dodder river is 5 minutes away and you can walk along the river bank westward for a nice stroll among trees and wildlife.
  • 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
  • Wanted somewhere quiet after week long tour around Ireland, just right.

    Berna2016-08-13T00:00:00Z
  • It was a great first choice. Very cosy if you are used to sleep with an earplugs, but we were warned in advance. Just kidding it was very nice,especially the ambiance was cosy and old fashioned, just the way we like it. Breakfast has big choices of food and drink (vegetarian and vegan friendly). Vanessa's itineraries were pretty helpful and useful. At the end everything was just superb. We highly recommend Vanessa's place to stay when in Dublin.

    Mojca2017-02-18T00:00:00Z
  • Vanessa's home is beautiful and she's a very attentive and gracious host. Comfortable bed, well-appointed room and modern, large bathroom. It's about a 20-30 minute journey into the city

    Edward2017-07-21T00:00:00Z
  • Great quiet location to relax but so close to luas tramline\dublin city centre and privacy well respected by Vanessa whilst sharing her family home. Clean facilities and comfortable bed. Thanks so much Vanessa.

    marina 2016-11-21T00:00:00Z
  • Vanessa's home is very clean and quiet, in French we will say a "cosy place". Her house is at 4 stops on the green line so in 10 min you are in the city center. So if you want to be quiet and near the center that is the place to go! Of course I recommend!

    valerie 2016-08-15T00:00:00Z
  • Vanessa is such a friendly host, she gave lots of usefull indications and was always willing to help. Breakfeast was generous, the room confortable and quiet and the house location very convenient: 8 minuts to the city center once you take de Luas which is 5 minutes away from the house. We trully recomend staying at her place!

    Anna2015-11-23T00:00:00Z
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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).
  • Great place

    Murray2016-10-09T00:00:00Z
  • Luan was an excellent host! We loved the fresh bread, eggs and milk he had for us upon arrival. The apartment had everything we could possibly need and the kitchen was very useful as we cooked at least twice a day. The location was good too. We are walkers and were able to get around just fine for three days.

    lisa2016-05-28T00:00:00Z
  • Great place to stay, good location close to the centre of Dublin. Luan was extremely helpful and showed us loads of places to go. Cool flat too. Definitely recommend.

    Ben2015-12-14T00:00:00Z
  • Luan was a great host ! The flat was very nicely decorated ! (I love Burleque), good bathroom with lotsa hot water, good heating and 2 large beds.

    Philippe2016-03-04T00:00:00Z
  • Luan was a great host. Very kind and helpful. The apartment is also amazing. Totally fits the photos and description

    Red2015-08-18T00:00:00Z
  • 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
  • Loved staying at Elena and Luan's place! I only got to meet Luan who was tops. He was there to greet us and provided detailed info on the apartment as well as cool things to do in Dublin. We had a short stay there but will have to come back! There are two bedrooms which is a major plus, especially when traveling with friends. The apartment has a great vibe.

    Meredith2016-06-29T00:00:00Z
  • Great apartment, walkable distance to mostly everything. Luan was very helpful when we arrived. He gave us many ideas for restaurants and places to go and see. He was very thorough about everything you needed to know about the apartment. Also the fresh organic bread is a nice touch upon arrival. Clean safe secure apartment.

    jason2017-09-30T00:00:00Z
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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.
  • 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
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    Gemma2017-04-29T00:00:00Z
  • Such a cozy, comfortable place a bit off the beaten path but still easily accessible to the main sights of Dublin. Loved having the bikes to see Phoenix Park (literally right outside the door!), and easy walks to Smithfield and Stoneybatter areas, and not too much further to Temple Bar and Trinity College. Asta responded quickly to any questions and the flat had everything you could need!

    Melissa2017-08-16T00:00:00Z
  • Wonderful place to spend a weekend. It is next door to the beautiful Phoenix Park - as well as being so close to all the main sites in the centre of Dublin. Would highly recommend this perfect little apartment for anyone visiting the city.

    Joe2017-04-17T00:00:00Z
  • Everything Asta said stood. The apartment was nice in a fairly quiet area, close to a lovely park and the Heuston railway station. A walk to the city center is however 40 minutes.

    Gunnar2017-03-19T00:00:00Z
  • Lovely, comfortable flat. It's a solid walk to the city center, but this means the place is pretty quiet. Quite a good bargain!

    Allan2017-06-16T00:00:00Z
  • The apartment has been very welcoming and has exceeded our needs and expectations. It is a bit removed from the downtown area but with very good connection to public transport. Although we have always preferred to enjoy a pleasant walk along the Liffey. The apartment has everything you need to make your stay cozy. Kitchen has everything you need, fridge, microwave, ceramic hob, roaster. In general it is clean, bright and comfortable.

    Ana María2017-07-16T00:00:00Z
  • 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
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    Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

    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.
  • Great location and suggestions for places to visit and dine.

    Alexa2017-07-24T00:00:00Z
  • 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
  • Liam was very helpful, we loved the spot. It was perfect to have restaurants and a market close by for us having a baby in tow. The apartment was spacious, clean, and we loved all the windows and enjoyed sitting on the balcony. The only con I can say is that the mattresses were very uncomfortable but the rest of the experience was wonderful.

    Ashley2016-09-16T00:00:00Z
  • Great location and all around place to stay!

    Sean2017-06-27T00:00:00Z
  • Thank you Liam, we loved our stay. The apartment is very comfortable, clean and gave us much comfort after the long walks around the city. We felt at home. Congratulations and again thank you. We will be back for sure.

    Ana2017-01-17T00:00:00Z
  • Really nice and well equipped apartment in a great location. The apartment is located outside the main tourist area but it was a short walk away and we actually found some great spots nearby. Liam was very responsive and I would definitely recommend this apartment when staying in Dublin.

    Kate2017-03-13T00:00:00Z
  • Central, very comfortable and convenient. I'm in Dublin most weeks have been lucky with my AirBnB bookings but Liam's apartment is currently top of my list. Cannot be faulted.

    Mark2017-05-05T00:00:00Z
  • This by far was our best apartment while we stayed in Ireland. The apartment was spacious, well maintained and well stocked with household items. It was a very nice, bit short stay.

    Janice2017-07-31T00:00:00Z
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    Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

    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
  • Lovely place in a great location, right off Phoenix park. sarah was super helpful - even drive us to the local pub so we wouldn't have to walk in the rain. Highly recommended!

    Melanie2016-07-16T00:00:00Z
  • Sarah picked us up at the airport and drove us to her lovely home. We found our surroundings just as described, beautiful and very comfortable. She was so helpful in all aspects of our stay there, from suggesting places to visit, directions getting there, places to eat, occasionally driving us to places we wanted to visit, as well as helping me (Ellen) get some medical assistance for a minor problem quickly and efficiently. She does far more for her guests then one would expect. As we say in America, she is a "10", no doubt. We felt very much at home and very fortunate that we made the choice to stay there. We hope to go back again soon to see Sarah and her family. We met as guests and left feeling part of the family.

    Ellen & Bruce2015-09-26T00:00:00Z
  • The home was beautifully appointed and very comfortable for our family of 5 (including 3 kids). It was great to have an entire wing to ourselves. We appreciated having a sitting area and kitchen and that our hosts had stocked it for us with bread, milk, butter, juice, wine and beer - how kind. The home is simply beautiful and thought the kids of the house were in and out and had friends coming and gong, there was plenty of privacy for us. Our kids loved using the pool, but we never did find the hot tub :) We loved being near the park and being able to walk and enjoy the beautiful weather. Although Sarah was out of the country, we were made most welcome by her daughters and by her husband Michael. They offered great advice on sightseeing, getting in to town and great restaurant recommendations. They are each great host/hostesses. We loved their dogs too! Sweet and friendly pups who made the visit even more charming. It was the perfect place to spend our last two nights in Ireland. We left well rested and filled with great new memories.

    Mary2015-06-24T00:00:00Z
  • 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
  • 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 lovely family couldn't have been more accommodating. Sarah gave us lifts around and was like our Irish mummy :) We stayed for my sister's hen party and the set up was perfect as we had a kitchen and living room area to ourselves, along with a swimming pool and sauna. First timers in Dublin and with having such a fantastic experience I will definitely be visiting again! Thank you Sarah, give No No a cuddle for me! :) x

    Amy2016-04-10T00:00:00Z
  • WOW!! We have just returned from staying at Sarah's house in Dublin. A group of 7 girls stayed for two nights (three days) and Sarah's house and hospitality have made this weekend for us. The accommodation is stunning! It's clean, decorated and furnished to a high standard, spacious and certainly feels like a home from home. It's also very peaceful so you can re charge your batteries away from the city centre. Also having access to the pool and sauna just made us feel like we were at some posh spa....even dressing gowns were provided (nice touch). In terms of accessibility it is a bit far to walk into the city centre (although we did walk the length of Phoenix park which is absolutely stunning and literally may as well be Sarah's back garden). Sharing a cab into town worked out cheaper as a group and Sarah helped us out with a lift a few times which was extremely kind of her. Sarah herself made our trip. She was like our mum and really made us feel so welcome. From the moment we arrived (even before that actually) she was really friendly and helpful. We came in on an early flight and she let us check in early which was really helpful. As soon as we arrived she said we could leave our bags whilst the rooms were being cleaned and gave us a lift into town as we had booked the Guinness museum tour. She wasn't only a host but also a tour guide and definitely set us up for the rest of the trip. Her family are also lovely and took an interest in what we had been up to and offering suggestions of attractions and bars. Sarah's daughter suggested Sams bar which we fell in love with. Sarah also went shopping for us as we didn't have a car! I mean this is above and beyond what you'd expect from a host. But it didn't stop there. She cooked up a big batch of the best spaghetti bolognaise we'd ever had and brought it round to our part of the house. Soooo kind!! Sarah also let us check out late on the last day and so that we didn't have to traipse around Dublin with our suitcases all afternoon she got us to load them into her car and her husband met us at the airport in the evening just before our flight. We would stay here again in a heart beat! Honestly if I could give ten stars for everything I would. Thank you so much Sarah and your wonderful family. We will definitely be back! Lots of love from Sam, Isobel, Angee, Tash, Lucy, Hollie and Clair xx

    Samantha 2016-04-25T00:00:00Z
  • We love Sarah! This was our first night in Ireland and we couldn't have picked a better spot. The house is absolutely beautiful, and cozy. Sarah was very helpful with suggestions on where to eat, and where to stay over the next few days of our trip. We sat with her around the fire last night, shared a drink and got to meet her wonderful family. We had an absolute blast and didn't want to leave!

    Casey2017-05-16T00:00:00Z
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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!
  • 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
  • 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
  • Our stay at Dardo's apartment in Dublin was fantastic. It ticks all the boxes; clean, contemporary and a central location. There's nothing more we could have wanted really! It was fully equipped with everything you need for a weekend break; toiletries, fresh towels, milk, cereal etc. Dardo recommended some great restaurants and even during our stay, he was happy to respond to my texts when I was looking for a decent place to watch the football! If I had to find one negative, it would be that the road outside the apartment was quite noisy, however Dardo had kindly left some earplugs, so it wasn't a problem! I'd definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for a contemporary apartment in the centre of Dublin.

    Laura2014-04-01T00:00:00Z
  • We began our journey by spending 2 nights at Dardo's flat. It was perfectly located and had all the amenities you could need. 4 of us shared the place comfortably. The kitchen was lovely to use for meal preparation. It was very easy to arrange arrival and departure with Dardo. Great location, flat and owner. Would highly recommend. Do note that it is a noisy street corner. If you are a light sleeper, it may effect your sleep. But I find most of Dublin to be quite noisy. The city really never sleeps.

    Leah2014-08-05T00:00:00Z
  • We loved the Appartment and the location was also great. Dardo was a perfect host. He had bread butter tea and coffee milk etc ready available when we arrived. Will book again next time when possible. Just make sure you have earplugs when you want to sleep. It can be noisy outside sometimea.

    Frieda2015-06-09T00:00:00Z
  • Dardo is truly the ideal Host. He is very well-traveled and knowledgable of the area, which allows him to anticipate the needs of his guests and provide everything that is necessary for a comfortable stay. I appreciated how he kept the lines of communication open prior to my arrival and was extremely helpful in providing useful information about the area and instructions on the best way to get to his apartment from the airport. Just a short bus ride away from the airport to his place, a one-way ticket will cost you only about 7 Euros. Dardo was kind enough to meet me near the bus stop to greet me and let me into the apartment, which was a short walk (less than 5 minutes) away. The studio apartment is very charming, exactly as you see it in the photos, with perfect views of the Ha'penny Bridge right outside the window and fully equipped with everything you could possible need during your stay. He pays careful attention to every detail to ensure you feel welcomed and relaxed throughout your visit. The apartment really is in the best location for exploring all that Dublin has to offer, and can be accessed easily on foot or by bus. There is also a nice variety of restaurants, traditional pubs, and shops conveniently located nearby throughout the neighborhood, making this the ideal spot for accommodations. You really couldn't ask for a better location or Host during your trip to Dublin!

    Kerrie2015-08-13T00:00:00Z
  • Dardo's apartment was absolutely perfect for us. Very comfy, clean, beautiful and very well situated, we could walk everywhere by foot. Dardo was an excellent host, very helpful, giving us great tips about what was fun to do... We definitely had a great time!

    Julia2013-12-07T00:00:00Z
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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
  • Adrian is an AMAZING host! We arrived early from the US and he met us at his place before heading to work. His place is in a great location to all the major sites in Dublin.

    Jeff2015-12-19T00:00:00Z
  • Amazing location! Hosts were very accommodating.

    Ashley2016-09-23T00:00:00Z
  • Adi was an excellent host. He was very responsive by email and contacted us several times during our stay to make sure we were doing ok. The location of his place could not have been any better.

    Tom2017-06-22T00:00:00Z
  • amazing host, the house corresponded to the images but most important of all: the house has a perfect location!!

    Patrícia2016-02-07T00:00:00Z
  • Our stay in Adrian's apartment was fabulous! Such a great location and all you need for a few days in Dublin! The apartment was comfortable for the four of us and Adrian was very hospitable when we first arrived.

    Hannah2016-02-20T00:00:00Z
  • Adrian's flat was lovely & he was the perfect host! He met us at the flat, showed us around & explained how everything worked & gave us tips about places to visit. He also checked in with me during our stay to make sure everything was OK which I thought was nice. The flat itself is really nice, very clean & comfortable and had everything we needed. It's very central & easy to walk pretty much everywhere from there. I would definitely recommend Adrian's flat to anyone!

    Sarah2016-05-07T00:00:00Z
  • Great apartment in a great location... Walking distance to the temple bar area without the noise. Good for a group of 4-5 people.

    Kinisha2017-07-12T00:00:00Z
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    Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

    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!
  • Ciaran is a Good host! He has given to us advices and The flat was Central!

    Federica2017-06-03T00:00:00Z
  • Neat & stylish apartment. Exactly as advertised. It was in a perfect location near pubs, restaurants & shops. We were greeted by Amanda who was lovely and welcomed by a bottle of wine & chocolates. We highly recommend this place.

    Jodie2016-07-22T00:00:00Z
  • Very good location in what is likely the quietest part of Temple Bar! Apartment was clean and as advertised. Very happy overall. Minor issues with finicky front door lock and some initial trouble getting hot water. Wine and chocolate were a nice welcoming touch. Ciaran provided a very helpful information package in advance and was good for responding. Would definitely stay again

    Jay2016-05-23T00:00:00Z
  • Really nice flat and totally convenient for a group of friends like us or a family. Perfect location in Temple Bar but quiet place too, that's to be reported ! And thanks to Ciaran who made it enjoyable !

    Laurent2016-01-01T00:00:00Z
  • The flat was lovely, super clean, and the location couldn't be beat. The only trouble we had was with the wi-fi - it kept booting us off and we'd have to disconnect and re-connect. That was really the only thing - everything else was great. Thank you!

    Kristín2017-09-19T00:00:00Z
  • Great spot close to everything. the streets nearby can get a little rowdy at night on the weekends but thats to be expected in that part of town. Early bag drop was appreciated. thanks!

    Henry2016-10-10T00:00:00Z
  • Let us drop our bags early which was very helpful. Amazing location - close to everything and as described. Great open space in living area. Ideal.

    sarah2016-08-08T00:00:00Z
  • It was a wonderful experience! Our plane was delayed so we arrived a little late, but the person who was meeting us was really nice about it and had even arrived early in case we got there early. Upon arrival, there were chocolates and wine sitting on the table for us. The space is as described and was in the perfect location for our time in Dublin!

    Allison2016-11-05T00:00:00Z
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    Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

    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.
  • The house was wonderful.I like the bed,toilet,kitchen.The design of the house is very nice.We enjoy it very much..

    Yeong Siang2016-02-09T00:00:00Z
  • 5 star house, host, area! Really fabulous. Booked for one night - wish it had been two. Brought in a chef from a 5 star hotel to cook an amazing dinner for a family get together for a baby shower. Great facilities. We enjoyed a memorable night and slept well in very comfortable beds. Well stocked breakfast cupboard. A host who knows how to look after his guests. Look forward to next stay!!

    Moira2016-11-07T00:00:00Z
  • Hi, my family and I ( 6 adults and 3 kids) stayed here to attend the Dublin Horse Show at the RDS. The accommodation was perfect, clean and yet homely. The RDS was walking distance which was ideal! All my family were very impressed with the house. The entire house is finished to a very high standard - I was getting inspiration for my own home. Des very kindly supplied the essentials of fresh milk, bread, eggs and cupboards stocked with cereals, tea coffee etc etc. The only downside is that we didn't stay longer. We'll be back next year if not sooner, I was instructed " book now for next year" before we left. The location is great in a friendly community. You'll not regret booking this accommodation!!

    Laura2016-07-25T00:00:00Z
  • We stayed at Des' house for two nights and it was absolutely perfect. My kids loved the chic-ness of the house and my wife and I loved having toast and tea when we arrived. Everything is in walking distance- a grocery store, cafe, pubs, pizza, and even a fish and chips takeaway place. We walked to trinity college and downtown no problems (a little bit of a hike but totally doable with our 3 kids with the 3 year old in a stroller and some piggyback rides for the 5 year old.). We lacked for nothing and had a perfect stay. It was very quiet at night- I honestly can't think of anything I would have changed!

    James2017-04-20T00:00:00Z
  • Absolutely amazing house as well as an amazing host. Lovely quiet neighbourhood, close enough to the city centre with plenty of shops, cafes and bars nearby. Desmond was a great host, providing us with unexpected necessities such as breakfast, tea and coffee as well as snacks. The house comfortably held 11 of us, with beautiful king sized bedrooms and superb ensuite bathrooms. Will definitely be recommending Desmond and hopefully be returning again soon!

    Rebecca2016-03-29T00:00:00Z
  • Would highly recommend this house quality is top notch And Desmond made us very welcome

    dean2017-07-02T00:00:00Z
  • We hired Desmonds wondeful house for our film crew on a mutual day shoot in Dublin. The house is in pristine condition and Ive never heard of a crew rave about how comfortable the accommodation is! Would highly recommend!

    Declan2016-01-21T00:00:00Z
  • Desmond was a great host. He showed us our house and was very polite and helpful. Additionally, we were always allowed to contact him if we needed anything. The house was very clean and cozy and it fitted the description perfectly. We had a great time in Dublin and always felt like we're at home. Highly recommended!

    Natalie2016-03-22T00:00:00Z
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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.
  • Excellent location and felt very secure in the quiet gated community! Duncan checked in everyday to see if we needed anything. Highly recommend!

    Nancy2017-05-31T00:00:00Z
  • Great experience staying here. Communication between Duncan and Gab just awesome. Seamless checking in process and very smooth. The location is so strategic and it is just great. Duncan has Ben so warm and caring to us and making sure everything goes well the following day.

    FRANCIS2017-01-06T00:00:00Z
  • Good location, within walking distance of city centre. Duncan was very hospitable and communication prior to or trip was excellent.

    Aine2017-07-21T00:00:00Z
  • What a wonderful "home away from home" in Dublin! Duncan was a most gracious and understanding host, and he really went out of his way to make sure our trip was a good one. This apartment is fantastic, and I would stay here again in a heartbeat! I wish we could have stayed much longer! Completely convenient location, quiet, secure parking - perfection!

    ElizaBeth2016-07-28T00:00:00Z
  • I never seen Duncan but he cares us really nice. Before i came to dublin, he informs me about how to get there and what to prepare. The house was really nice, clean, perfect view. All things is his house is perfect. I really want to visit again Duncan's house.

    창현2016-10-13T00:00:00Z
  • Great location and easy walk to a lot of places. Unit is very comfortable. Definitely recommend Duncans unit for a stay.

    Robyn2017-09-30T00:00:00Z
  • A very nice place to visit Dublin. Very safe and quiet. 10 minutes walk into the city.

    Werner2017-09-02T00:00:00Z
  • Very nice place. Everythings was perfect ! Duncan was very helpful

    Sébastien2016-10-17T00:00:00Z
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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'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
  • Staying at Vanessa's was very pleasant and a nice way to end my trip in Dublin. The neighborhood is beautiful, quiet and very close to public transportation- bus 140 is just around the corner and the Luas tram is less than a 10 min walk away. Vanessa was very accommodating and allowed me to drop off my luggage before the official check-in time. And although I never took advantage of it, the complimentary breakfast that's offered is a great perk. I will definitely choose to stay here again in the future. *Side note: i highly recommend buying a Leap Card because it is totally worth it and even covers travel on the Airlink bus to the airport. Cheers!

    Ruth2017-05-19T00:00:00Z
  • My stay at Vanessa's wonderful house was the best AirBnB-experience I have made so far. Vanessa is a perfect host, cares very much for her guests, is a lovely person to chat with and gave me much advise on how to organise my weekend in Dublin. The room itself was perfect - very clean with a comfortable bed and the bathroom was very luxurios. The breakfast served by Vanessa is better than in many hotels and the atmosphere with other guests or/and family is lovely. The neighbourhood is very calm and the closest metro station is approx. 8 minutes to walk, but does not run all night long and only starts at around 6 in the morning. However, everything is walkable. When I stayed at Temple Bar a little bit longer on a Sunday night, I walked less than one hour back home to Vanessa's house and it is very easy to orientate in Dublin. I can fully recommend staying at Vanessa's place and would love to come back.

    Niklas2017-06-26T00:00:00Z
  • Vanessa was really helpful and accommodating. She gave me great directions to find the place. The house is really beautiful. The bathroom is enormous and the bedroom is quite cozy. She has an array of food for breakfast and she's very friendly and cheerful. Really nice stay!

    Stephanie2016-04-14T00:00:00Z
  • Vanessa's home was beautifully decorated and Vanessa was a wonderful host, she was very welcoming and helpful with bus and transport queries. I really enjoyed my stay, Ben, her toddler was a pleasure to meet and I was treated like a friend of the family. The breakfast was laid out and ready for me to help myself, Vanessa had shown me around the kitchen when I arrived. There was lots of choice from pasteurise, cereal, toast, juice, tea etc and I was delighted with it. I would highly recommend Vanessa for really welcoming a guest into her home. It was a pleasure to stay with her family.

    Eilish2017-09-27T00:00:00Z
  • 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
  • Vanessa was welcoming and organised. The neighbourhood is lovely and easy to get to from the city centre via the tram.

    Prudence 2016-09-05T00:00:00Z
  • Definitely the kindest, warmest, and most generous host I have ever had the pleasure of meeting on AirBnB.

    Nader2016-06-05T00:00:00Z
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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.
  • Garrett was so kind and generous, offering advice on nearby attractions and other possible accommodation options for the days at which his flat was unavailable. The flat is stylishly designed, with all amenities needed, including a full-size kitchen and comfortable beds. Everything in the flat is well organised, neat and tidy, and the atmosphere is that of a real cozy home. The only real downside was the lack of Wifi connection, but I was able to get a local sim card with data for just over 10 Euro. Location wise, it does not get any better than this. It is literally at the centre of EVERYTHING. I highly recommend this flat to anyone coming to Dublin. This place is a real treat.

    Daniel&Uri2012-09-17T00:00:00Z
  • +++great hosts, very cosy apparment right in the city center of dublin, temple bar area just two minutes by foot, area coudnt be better, evertything is in the appartement (towels, kitchen utensils and so on). all the attractions are in walking distance --- a litte bit noisy in night (special on weekends), and not a good isolation in the rooms (it was a bit cold in the livingroom)

    Melanie2013-01-03T00:00:00Z
  • We stayed here for a week and the experience was exactly as advertised. Garrett was quite friendly and accommodating. For example, he let us check in early to accommodate an earlier flight. The flat was in a good location, clean, spacious, and the wifi worked brilliantly (which isn't always the case). The flat is located in a convenient, albeit noisy, part of Dublin and this allowed for easy transport anywhere in the city, with good restaurants close by. I would definitely stay here again!

    Derek 2014-06-17T00:00:00Z
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Garrett thank you for their hospitality. His apartment, very well located in the center of Dublin, helped our tour of the city and its beautiful monuments. We had a very pleasant stay with family! A next time!

    patricia2014-02-18T00:00:00Z
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    Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

    Superb city centre location within walking distance of all major tourist attractions (see below for times). Located just outside the noisy pub and nightlife areas and overlooking a private roof garden for a peaceful nights sleep. Elegant, designer and upscale apartment with 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom and a balcony. The apartment contains everything you could expect for your stay and includes tasteful designer furniture and interiors. The space and high quality interiors are kept immaculately clean.
    This fantastic 1 bedroom modern apartment is ideally located in Dublin city centre within walking distance to all Dublin's major tourist attractions and 1 minute walk to Smithfield central tram station. The bedroom and living room overlook a private roof garden which ensures a low level of noise and a safe/peaceful nights sleep just outside the noisy pub and nightlife areas (e.g. temple bar, along the Quays, etc). The apartment itself contains 1 spacious double bedroom, 1 bathroom with shower and toilet facilities, a fully fitted modern kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, large fridge freezer, crockery, glasses, all utensils, etc.), a large living room/dining room area with floor length windows leading onto a balcony with a view of the private roof garden. We have carefully crafted detailed arrival instructions as well as a wide variety of tips/advice for the apartment, local area and Dublin city in general! We have put a lot of effort into these documents and improve them on a regular basis. Bedroom 1 - Double bed for 2 persons Living room - Double Sofa Bed for 2 persons Luggage storage available before checking in and after checking out. 24 hour check-in at any time after 3pm is fine. The apartment has plenty of space for you to relax in peacefully with Dublin on your doorstep. An elevator takes you up to our apartment. Parking is available in the large public underground car park (prices vary). Major attractions walking time: > The river Liffey, Smithfield Tram station, Jameson Distillery, Smithfield Square, Dublin Tourist Bus Stop - 1 minute > Christchurch Cathedral - 7 minutes > Temple Bar, Henry Street - 10 minutes > O'Connell Street & Dublin Visitor centre, Phoenix Park, Guinness Storehouse - 12 minutes > Grafton Street - 15 minutes The apartment is professionally cleaned after every guest and freshly laundered bed sheets and towels come as standard with each booking. The bedroom has a brand new deep fill, hotel grade mattress and the bed sheets are 100% cotton with high thread count of minimum 200 threads per square inch. Duvets and pillows for all beds are hotel grade and a comfortable mattress topper ensures a good nights sleep.
    Smithfield is a trendy inner city area just north of the river Liffey. Some local Artisian highlights of the Smithfield complex include the Light House Cinema/Gallery, the Generator Hostel, Third Space Cafe, Oscars Bar & Restaurant and the Fresh Good Food Shop. Despite the excellent location, the area is very quiet and removed from the bustling nightlife districts of Dublin city centre. Furthermore, the area is very safe and the building is secure.
  • 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
  • Highly recommended! The flat is clean, very well equipped and good located. Smithfield square is quiet and you will find near good restaurants, cafes and bars. This is 10-15min walk from Temple bar, Grafton street and others main tourist curiosities. Liam will give you many good advices for your stay in Dublin. We spent 4 perfect days. Thank you Liam!

    Clément2016-11-14T00:00:00Z
  • Great flat in a safe and comfortable location. Liam was very helpful in explaining everything about the place and also gave good tips on Dublin. We would definitely stay there next time we're in the city!

    Andrew2016-10-29T00:00:00Z
  • Very clean and practical apartment. Liam was always very attentive and fast responding. Thank you very much for everything! :)

    Arlet2017-05-19T00:00:00Z
  • The apartment is wonderfully appointed with everything you need for a stay in Dublin. The local market is very close for any food items and the local restaurants (particularly My Meat Wagon) are excellent. Checkin was flawless, communication with Liam was easy and checkin directions very accurate- no problems. Would highly recommend this apartment.

    Roxsane2017-05-26T00:00:00Z
  • Unbelievable place in the perfect location. Liam is a fantastic host and provided us with details that far exceeded our expectations. He clearly communicated and is extremely helpful. Thank you for being such a great host.

    Thomas2017-01-13T00:00:00Z
  • Liam appartment is great located in the center of the city close to everything. Its calm and modern in a great area with good shopping possibilities and restaurants.

    Sven2017-02-15T00:00:00Z
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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.
  • A wonderful, charming place to stay in Dublin! Karin could not have been more Helpful or kind. She did an early check in (so appreciated after a very long flight) And it was a highly recommended home away from home!

    Andrea2017-09-11T00:00:00Z
  • Karin's apartment looks exactly as it does in the photos on AirBnB, if not better. It's a true Georgian flat that is quite lovely and ideal for any guest: well organized, lots of light, clean linens and privacy. The antique shutters are wooden and it was delightful to have them around because I visited during the wintertime. So, at night,they held in all the heat and kept me warm. And in the day, the morning light came in so beautifully through the glass windows. It was a daily task I enjoyed whilst staying there: drawing the shutters and re-opening them. The flat also has a nice book collection, potpourri and decorative artwork. With the inclusion of high-speed internet. And Karin has a comprehensive guide that she made herself for all guests... I used it a lot in the beginning to find grocery stores, restaurants and local pubs. She was also kind enough to leave a Visitor's Map and marked it with all the best museums, libraries, gardens and more. The multi-story home itself is very beautiful with its crown molding, stairwell, and artwork. Within the flat, I enjoyed my stay here because I slept well. I could type and write and relax before-and-after long periods in town. Cooking on the gas stove was enjoyable in the kitchen and the cabinets/drawers were stocked with all supplies. And the glass shower was clean and refreshing with plenty of room to groom and get ready for a night out. Upon arrival, Karin even left some eggs, juice, butter, milk and granola for me in the kitchen, which was greatly appreciated after traveling across the ocean. I felt like a local Dublin girl for a few weeks and it's a visit I will always remember. Cheers!

    Nicolette2016-02-23T00:00:00Z
  • The place was gorgeous, very spacious, clean and in a fantastic location. Karin was very helpful and accommodating. We fell in love with the city and the neighbourhood. Had a great time.

    Olga2017-09-03T00:00:00Z
  • Great place! Very close distance to a lot of great pubs and about 15/20 minutes to Temple Bar. Lots of stairs,but worth it to get such a great host and location!

    Kourtney2017-06-17T00:00:00Z
  • I am a solo traveller and I spent 4 nights in a spacious, bright and airy apartment overlooking the square. Very convenient location. I had been on a 9 day tour of Ireland staying in hotel rooms so this suited me perfectly. Kitchen was well equipped and I liked the antique/Georgian feel to the furnishings. Beware there is large staircase but it is a real feature to this property.

    Sheena2017-07-31T00:00:00Z
  • I spent one week in Dublin for work and I had a great stay at the studio. Everything needed to feel at home was provided, including a fully-fledged kitchen with all utensils and some basic ingredients to prepare breakfast and other meals. The interiors have been very recently renovated and everything was very clean. The neighborhood is also nice and very conveniently located near to O'Connell Street where most buses stop. Grocery shops are also abundant in the area. I loved the decoration in the entrance hall and stairs of the building. The only negative side was the noise from the cars passing in the street. There's not much traffic there, but the window glasses are not at all soundproof, so I had to sleep with earplugs. Apart from that, everything was great.

    Arianna2015-10-26T00:00:00Z
  • Karin is a great host, very kind and welcoming. She showed us the places to visit in Dublin and good restaurants and places to listen to music. Her place is superb, and our studio just perfect for our stay (well located, etc). We could cook some breakfast in the morning as the kitchen is fully equiped and some ingredients were bought for that! Thanks Karin we really enjoyed our stay in Dublin thanks to you!

    Virginie2015-09-21T00:00:00Z
  • I was in Dublin for three nights and I can honestly say that I had a great time partly thanks to Karin's Georgian studio. The location is great, well connected and walking distance to many attractions, yet far enough from the noisy crowds to ensure a good night of sleep. Karin has a lovely house and attended to our needs at all times. The studio is very comfortable, spacious and it is equipped with everything you may need to enjoy your visit (Irish/Dublin interest books and helpful suggestions/maps, on top of all types of facilities). I have been to different apartments/B&Bs in various countries, and yet I could not recommend this place enough.

    Gustavo2016-05-17T00:00:00Z
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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.
  • Very clean, modern and nice flat, not far from the city center. Mark has been very flexible and always connected to organise the arrival and answers any questions. More for people who prefers "zen" flat than home like places fully furbished with personal stuffs, books, ..

    Gregory2016-08-28T00:00:00Z
  • Mark and Tahra's place is cozy and so comfortable! I loved all of their recommendations and info packet prior to coming into Dublin. I'd definitely recommend this place for anyone traveling to Dublin!

    Linzy2016-11-30T00:00:00Z
  • We had a wonderful time here and would highly recommend this place! The hosts were very accommodating and easy to communicate with. Our flight was landing early in the morning in Dublin and they kindly allowed us to drop off our bags in the apartment while it was being cleaned. We also needed a travel cot for our toddler son and they went out and bought a brand new one for us! They even left some toys for him which was appreciated. The building has a secured electronic access point so we felt pretty secure. The apartment itself is great and very modern feeling. The bedrooms are on opposite sides of the apartment which is also nice for privacy and quiet. Each bedroom is a nice size too - not just a bed crammed into it with no other room. They also have netflix set up on the tv which is great for when you want to unwind after a long day of walking / touring around. The kitchen is fully stocked including little extras like tea and honey and some spices. The washing machine also works well (am always dubious of these two in one washer / dryers that are so popular in Europe but this one worked great!). The one thing that we didn't realize earlier is that the train seems to run directly in front of the apartment - as in its practically eye level from the apartment windows. The owners have taken care to add extra windows for sound insulation and this worked pretty great - we could hardly hear it. The location is perfect for exploring the temple bar area and other nearby attractions. We also walked to Stephens green twice during our stay and our son loved the playground there! This is a great base for exploring Dublin - don't think twice and book this place if its available!

    Aisha2016-05-26T00:00:00Z
  • Great apartment! About 10min walk from city center. We love the brightness, white walls, spacious rooms, with all the necessities needed for us to feel at home away from home. However, we notice the apartment was next to the train track which was rather noisy during work days. Nonetheless, most day-time we were out, only the slight non-privacy while at home. Other than this, we would definitely recommend this apartment!

    HB2016-06-09T00:00:00Z
  • The apartment is in such a good location. We walked practically everywhere. Would definitely recommend staying here!

    Katie2016-04-22T00:00:00Z
  • Apartment was perfect for my family; very clean and spacious for a vacation rental. They have very good windows which if completely closed will block out a majority of noises such as the train that passes right by the apartment. I am a lite sleeper and slept good with the windows closed. The apartment is centrally located so you are a close walk from everything. Mark & Tara are also very helpful and ready to respond immediately to any concerns! Just send them a message. Overall we had a great experience in Ireland!!! Thank you for everything. Sláinte

    Roger2016-09-30T00:00:00Z
  • The apartment was very nice and was a short walk from all of the restaurants and pubs that you could ask for. Mark and Tahra left tons of info for getting around the city and activities to do. Would definitely stay here again.

    Zach2016-03-13T00:00:00Z
  • 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
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    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.
  • We had a great stay at Ian’s apartment and the location was just perfect for sightseeing. Everything was nice and clean. Ian was a very welcoming and helpful host and I would definitely recommend a stay at his apartment.

    Beate2015-10-27T00:00:00Z
  • 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
  • We had a wonderful experience staying at Ian's! After a hectic day of travel, we were met at the house by Ian who warmly welcomed us and gave us a tour. Ian made sure to leave us plenty of recommendations of places in various city neighborhoods. One of which, Mi Thai, wasn't far from the Airbnb and was amazing! We would recommend it to anyone staying in the area! Ian's home was lovely and inviting. As a family of 4, it was the perfect place to spend our 4 nights in the city. Everything we wanted was within walking distance, and Ian made sure to leave us brochures for city tours and attractions he would recommend. Anyone passing through Dublin should consider staying here, you won't regret it! It we find ourselves in Dublin again, we'll be sure to contact Ian.

    Laura Lu2015-10-24T00:00:00Z
  • 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 was a fantastic host! Really helpful and kind! The house is even more lovely in real life than the pictures. It's in a fantastic area which is no more than a 15 minute walk to the river and less than that to some wonderful bars, restaurants and supermarkets in the square. I would highly recommend this listing and when I return to Dublin I shall be contacting Ian again!

    Chiara2016-02-17T00:00:00Z
  • WE had a wonderful time at Ian's flat at Dublin. It is a perfect place to stay and discover Dublin. Thanks Ian

    Markus2016-03-15T00:00:00Z
  • We really loved staying at Ian's place in Dublin! The pictures of everything are very accurate and we were impressed with how much space we had available to us! There are two bedrooms and then the couch pulls out into a full size bed. There are two bathrooms too, but only one has a shower per se. The kitchen is very nice and has a gas range, although we ate out every night. The apartment has wifi throughout and there are cute little cards posted everywhere so you don't have to go searching for the password. Ian made sure to meet us at the apartment as soon as we arrived and was very helpful in telling us about where to go throughout the city. The apartment is in northern Dublin, which isn't always as nice as southern Dublin but we were really pleased with the location of the flat. It's about a thirty minute taxi ride from the airport (it cost us 40 euros to get there) but you're within walking distance of several of the best pubs!

    Danielle2016-09-21T00:00:00Z
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    Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

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

    Darlene2015-06-08T00:00:00Z
  • Peter was a very welcoming and kind host. His castle is gorgeous and he and Eva are extraordinarily accomodating. The grounds of the castle are beautiful and the castle itself is breathtaking. Peter was nice enough to discuss with us at length the history of the castle and the unique experiences that come with the upkeep of such a monument. Even though it is made of stone, the bedroom is very warm and the bed itself is comfortable. My husband and I stayed at the castle on the night of our second wedding anniversary, and it was truly a night that we won't forget. Thank you so much to Eva and Peter for making this special for us!

    Jenna2015-11-03T00:00:00Z
  • This was a genuinely unique experience that I highly recommend to anyone looking to stay somewhere different. The castle has been restored to an incredible standard and manages to maintain the grand traditional feel whilst being homely and comfortable. Peter and his family are great hosts and they will regale you with stories of castles, Ireland and everything else in-between, whilst also giving you your own time and space.

    Mark2013-07-31T00:00:00Z
  • Peter's castle was very eclectic and interesting. It truly had an old world feel. From the dark winding staircase to the fireplace that Pete always made sure was lit, it really was something to remember. It was about a 20minute car ride to the center of Galway. The only difficulty we had was initially finding the castle, so keep your eyes peeled! Just a tip for future guests as long as you take the road opposite the pharmacy you'll find the castle. Also, Pete was very kind, humorous and accommodating. Thank you!

    Caitlin2014-05-18T00:00:00Z
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    Galway, Galway, Ireland

    Bright, cosy one bedroom apartment in the heart of the city centre. The location could not be bettered for visiting Dublin's museums, pubs, restaurants, theatres and cafes. Fully equipped kitchen, balcony, television, reliable wifi, balcony. NB please contact to confirm availability if booking more than 3 months ahead.
    One bedroom apartment located the city centre on Patrick Street on the third floor of a secure building. The building is directly opposite St Patrick's Cathedral and park. Fast Wifi of course. The location in the south city centre is the best for culture, shopping and sightseeing. Details below. There is a large balcony that spans the width of the apartment. It is the best place in Dublin to watch the St. Patrick's Day Parade! One large bedroom with queen size bed and plenty of wardrobe space, including pull out shoe storage, drawers and hanging storage. French door. Full bathroom with bath and electric shower. Livingroom with full white gloss kitchen with oak countertops and appliances including dishwasher, washing machine, fridge freezer, oven, hob etc. Lovely views of St. Patrick's Cathedral and the attached park, and the Iveagh Trust Buildings from the balcony. French door to balcony. On street parking available at no charge. Please let me know when booking and I will arrange. Parking is of course at your own risk. There are buses to the airport direct from within 5 minutes walk. The 747 (Euro 6 single, 10 return) goes to and from Dame Street/ Christchurch. The 16A (Euro 2.75 single) goes from Georges Street. Within 10 minutes walk from the apartment: Trinity College Dublin and The Book of Kells St Patrick's Cathedral (try and catch a sung service) Christchurch Cathedral and Dublinia (Viking exhibit) Fallons Pub (your local, one of Dublin's best pubs with a lovely snug) Collins Barracks (a good museum) Temple Bar (mainly raucous nightlife but also some nicer options and good restaurants) Camden Street (more hip nightlife, including microbrew pub) St Stephens Green and Grafton Street (Dublin's premium shopping street) Fallon & Byrne (Dublin's answer to Dean & Deluca, with a foodhall and food counter, good restaurant and great basement winebar) Irish Film Institute: arthouse cinema, good bar and pub grub. Less than 20 minutes walk from the apartment: Merrion and Fitzwilliam Squares and Dublin's Georgian Quarter The Phoenix Park (Europe's largest city park) The Royal Hospital Kilmainham and IMMA (modern art museum) Neighbourhood Cafes I like: Cafe Noto: great New Yorker sandwich (toasted!), nice room. End Francis Street. Two Pups, Francis Street: great coffee, avocado toast etc. . Bite of Life: Across the street from the apartment. Fumbally: New, trendy. Very airy. Like a Berlin cafe. straight up the street from Patrick Street. Bibis: Cute. Girls especially love it. Great for breakfast. Lombard Street, about 8 minutes away in Portobello. Queen of Tarts, Cow's Lane: Great carrot cake, mismatched china, outside area. Craft market on Saturday. Places I like to eat nearby: Nede: modern Irish food with a twist. Chefs from the famous Noma restaurant in Copenhagen. Great Early Bird. Love the fish. Lunch special for Euro 15 including a glass of wine! Odessa: restaurant and club. Love brunch, especially Smoked Chicken Quesadillas and Bloody Mary's. Strong coffee, lively atmosphere. Crackbird: trendy fried (and grilled) chicken. Love the burnt lemon feta dip and homemade soft drinks. Ciao Bella Roma: Italian pizzeria and trattoria. Great lunch and early bird deals. Serves pizza until very late Friday and Saturday. The WInding Stair: modern Irish food. Great for seafood. Joburger: best burgers and sweet potato fries. Cool outside area opposite Grogans (great pub with a mix of ould codgers and trendies and full-on nutters). Castle Market, between Georges Street and The Powerscourt Townhouse Centre. Toffoli: Castle Street. Small but perfectly formed gourmet pizza joint. The Bull and Castle: Great for steak. Opposite Christchurch. Burdocks: Fish and chips, allegedly the best in the world! Pubs/ Bars I love: Fallons. Your local! Great traditional Dublin pub with a mix of characters. The Globe and Rira: Pub and nightclub for if you like to dance and drink and can remember the Eighties (not just for the older ones). No Name/ Kellys: Trendyish (or at least it was). Lovely space. Fade Street (off Georges Street). Hogans: Classic studenty haunt. The Long Hall: a classic Dublin pub. The Stag's Head: another classic Dublin pub. Go on Friday and you may catch trad music session downstairs.. Grogans: always busy, great for people watching. Art for sale on the walls. Sit outside all year round. Fallon & Byrne's winebar: great wine selection. Charcuterie and cheese etc. In the basement so you can find yourself forgetting obligations and ordering another lovely malbec or albarino :).
    It is in the heart of the city centre. You can walk anywhere you want to be in a matter of minutes. I love the location, and the atmosphere in the heart of old Dublin. There are lots of great pubs, restaurants and cafes, Francis St (the antiques district), St Patrick's Cathedral and park (love to hear the bells). It is very safe.
  • Daragh was super accommodating. In addition to having a contemporary apartment with lots of space, he was a wealth of information. He greeted us with Champagne, then told us the "must dines and sees" in Dublin. He put us at ease, and without his information our trip would have been less impressive. Very clean apartment. We were able to enjoy the balcony, and watch city life go by. Great central location and walking distance to city center, and other attractions around Dublin. The walk to the train station was 20 minutes, and a cab to the airport was $20EU. I wish our stay in Dublin was longer, but Daragh, helped us plan our time accordingly.

    Anthony2015-07-25T00:00:00Z
  • Great apartment, perfect location (we could walk anywhere), great host! We were able to check in early after an early morning flight which was much appreciated. Daragh left loads of leaflets of things to do in the area which was helpful! Will return - ideally in the summer to make use of the balcony! One final thing to mention was the cute little coffee shop directly opposite the apartment!

    Charlotte2015-02-15T00:00:00Z
  • Daragh was an amazing host and he and Miguel's flat was an equally great place to base our short visit to Dublin! Daragh went out of his way to make us feel welcome and to provide us with everything needed to enjoy our stay. The flat is extremely well located and a 5-10 minute walk away from almost any sites you would want to see. The accommodations are well appointed and you could not get much closer to feeling like you have your own little slice of the city to come home to. I could not recommend Daragh and this place anymore highly and will hopefully get the chance to stay there again in the future!

    Seth2012-10-20T00:00:00Z
  • We are very grateful to Daragh and his Dad for having welcomed us so kindly. The apartment has a great location and we have enjoyed a lot our staying, it was our first time in Dublin and the apartment was perfect for us. The flat is clean, spacious, and very comfortable. We would definitely stay there again!

    alexandra2013-06-10T00:00:00Z
  • We spent one week in Daragh's apartment and loved it, perfectly located and fully equipped! We had such a great time in Dublin, we will definitely come back!

    Rebeca2013-11-18T00:00:00Z
  • Daragh was an amazing host. His apartment was very central to everything we wanted to see- literally within walking distance to anything we could imagine. Daragh met us when we got there, and even invited us to his house party that same night, and made sure we had everything we needed throughout the stay. The apartment was very nice. Very spacious and perfect for a couple. We were there for a 2 night stay during out European honeymoon adventure and it was perfect to come back to a place that felt like our own! I would come back here in a heartbeat!

    Caitie2014-10-13T00:00:00Z
  • Daragh's apartment was excellent for our stay in Dublin. He was extremely helpful in giving us tips about places to visit and eat while in the city. He was also very available during our stay for any questions we had. The apartment is well located for getting anywhere in the city. It is located on a busy road, though much of the noise tappers off at night.

    Daniel2014-11-07T00:00:00Z
  • Daragh met us when we drove into Dublin. We were earlier than the agreed upon time but he met us in the lane. The cleaners were still finishing up so he took us for a bit of an orientation of the neighbourhood. He set us up with a list of local restaurants and shops that were very helpful and he left maps and other resources that enhanced our stay. We couldn't be happier with our experience.

    Ben2014-12-26T00:00:00Z
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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!
  • 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
  • Although you can't reserve the good weather, the cottage was absolutely adorable. Everything was clean and comfortable. It's very remote, so when we couldn't find the place, we were able to call Mary who directed us the way through the phone. Very sweet and welcoming.

    Julia2015-08-10T00:00:00Z
  • A true get-away, this cottage is beautifully remote and surrounded by great scenery. Loved having sheep meander through the garden (this is optional!) and having real fires. Mary made us feel very welcome and was very helpful throughout our stay. Make sure you stock up on food en route, to minimise travel on the long and bumpy road to the cottage! A fun and quirky place to stay.

    Angie & Matt2016-03-26T00:00:00Z
  • This is one of the best places I have stayed at for a holiday! There are so many great things it's hard to mention them all, but here is just a few: a lovely cottage, very clean, charmingly furnished and decorated, the fire places to make it even more cozy , a well equipped kitchen, a bathroom with a bath tub, sheep roaming in the garden, lovely house-keeper down the road for tips and trouble shooting, quietness , also no mobile phone reception (don't worry , there's WiFi), superb view across the lake and little valley, great nature for walking, hiking and biking (yes, bikes included), and a lot of info available on all the activities in the area . So all in all, the possibility to stay here has given us a lot of joy and the opportunity to relax and quickly forget about all the stress of day-to-day urban life behind.

    Hans2016-05-22T00:00:00Z
  • This was the most idyllic, lovely and quiet cottage. We would look out the window and be stunned by the view every time! Not the easiest place to get to, but if you are looking for peace and quiet and beautiful scenery this is a lovely place to go. Very comfortable and clean and very nice to have Mary the housekeeper down the road! Can't wait to come back.

    Emily2013-06-14T00:00:00Z
  • Greg's cottage is perfectly situated for a tranquil getaway in a beautiful part of Donegal. Greg has put a lot of thought and effort into furnishing this traditional cottage. We had great weather and our 4 year old loved running around the grounds and trying to play with the lambs.

    Cormac2014-04-26T00:00:00Z
  • 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
  • We arrived in Donegal to find Gregs cottage exactly as described, it was quaint, cosy and a perfect quiet retreat from which to explore beautiful Donegal.

    Laura2015-04-24T00:00:00Z
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    Donegal, Donegal, Ireland

    I restored this cottage from 2003 with love and every ounce of my soul has been poured into bringing it to a cosy retreat perfect for two or a small family or 4 close friends. Take time to Hike, Bike, Read, Write, Draw, Think, Play, Live &make Love. There is a large extension which is another house which can be rented separately or together if you have a larger group. Thick stone walls means there is excellent sound proofing. You would not notice the guests next door unless you meet them.
    Hello there, If you love amazing views of the sea in front and the peace and quiet of the countryside, then this place is for you. Sleeps one or 2 couples comfortably.(there are 2 bedrooms with a double bed in each. there is also a single bed in the bigger bedroom. I have a fold out couch downstairs. 4 people can be accommodated but then again how close of friends are you? My cottage really suits people who love the country cottage feel and relaxed atmosphere, if you love monotone hotels and convenience to towns/shops/arcades this is not for you. The entertainment on offer can be having a cuppa while watching the two baby bunnies playing in my wild garden and somehow avoiding my visiting fox who almost daily pops by.....also we two great local pubs with friendly people and good cheer....also one does really good food. This is a cottage rental rather than a bed and breakfast. Some dried foods I leave you just in case you arrive and have forgotten to get shopping, even thou Short and long term rentals are possible, small or large groups, just ask and I shall see if I can make it possible for your situation. It's a quiet neighbourhood, occasional tractor factor, rabbits, foxes, migrating swallows....you get the picture....relaxation, views, perfect for relaxing get aways. My cottage is about 100 plus years old. It is open plan down stairs with kitchen diner one side and sitting room with stove. It has two bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs. I restored it and lived in it since (URL HIDDEN) had been derelict with roof falling in no windows or doors so it has been a labour of love and now I happy to rent it to people who will enjoy it and have a great experience on the penninsula. I built on and I live in the "West Wing" mostly although I often live with my boyfriend but sometimes I have a weekend of R and R in my cottage where I read books and invite friends over and have tea in front of the fire and play scrabble.... There is something magical about it....everybody loves the cosy feeling. I prefer to only accept minimum of 3 nights bookings. It is a lovely penninsula and I'm sure you won't regret 3 nights staying here. I can offer a variety of accommodation as in if it's a larger group you can have the "West Wing" which has another 2 bedrooms and bathrooms and dance/yoga floor. I can put in a futon or pull out couch in the cottage just ask and see if I can sort out your situation. I am in the middle of nowhere but there's nowhere else I'd rather be having been around the world I've come home to Ahakista. 1 hr 45 mins drive from Cork city/airport, 17 km from bantry town, no bus services to Ahakista . No trains down here etc. You need a car and a Sat Nav or a map and a good sense of adventure and an ability to ask for directions. It's beautiful and is perfect for folk who like hill walking and going off for picnics or lunches out and drives to ring of Kerry and the five penninsulas. Perfect base to go explore from. Thanks for checking out my profile I'm now almost 3 years being a member of Airbnb and really excited by the concept of making the global community welcome in my home . I backpacked around the world for 2 years and wish this concept was available back then. I used to wander into villages and ask to be hosted for a fee, I do believe that it enriched my experiences greatly. I will guide you/give directions/ advice if you want or leave to discover by yourselves as you wish. The original cottage is over 100 years old and I have retained as much of the original features. I've got underfloor heating (winter time) and a lovely stove which is not only good for atmosphere but it's cosy in the not so balmy evenings. Wooden floors, rustic feel, open plan kitchen diner/ sitting room. If it's a wet weekend and you can't get out and about walking! You could paint, draw, read, write, cuddle up on the couch in front of the fire. I like to play board games and have a large selection and books/dvds/music. There is also the local bars which can be really lovely with open fires and live music or sitting out and having a BBQ watching the sun setting over the bay. Food: Restaurants/café/bars with food in the area, information pack/maps/guide books/walking maps etc. available in the house. Hope to see you here. Sheila
    Peaceful countryside with panoramic views of rolling hills hugging the valley of a patchwork of forty shades of green. A close knit community of people who have grown up together and look out for each other. If you ever wanted to find an idyllic life this is the place to live. I wish I was there more often.
  • We stayed in Sheila´s part of the house, i.e. not in the cottage she usually rents out, and we spent a lovely week there. Sheila spent a couple of nights there, too (in the second bedroom), but she let us have her bedroom because the bed was larger which meant that we could be more comfortable - which was very nice of her :-) We had the use of a fully equipped kitchen and a full fridge and kitchen cupboards, so we didn´t need to buy any of the staples like e.g. salt, pepper, oil, etc. Sheila was very generous and hospitable and also great company. We enjoyed discussing where the new wardrobe might fit best and we are curious to find out where the wood burning stove will be installed in the end. We hope to come back and visit you again one day, Sheila!

    Tanja2013-09-29T00:00:00Z
  • A cosy and inviting stone cottage in an idyllic setting overlooking the sea - we could not have asked for a more perfect location! Birdsong and bunnies in the garden each morning, a cosy fire in the wood stove each evening, and lots of exploring of the stunning surroundings each day. We could never tire of the beautiful view over the bay, and the surrounding area has so many wonderful places to see and explore. We look forward to coming back, making more time to just relax and enjoy that view!

    H & J2015-06-08T00:00:00Z
  • 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
  • This was my first Airbnb experience, and I don't think it will ever be topped. I rented Sheila's place for my sabbatical, and it could not have been more perfect. It is cozy and welcoming and has some of the most breathtaking views I've ever seen. The place is actually even better than described. In all directions, there are green rolling hills as far as the eye can see. The only sounds are of the occasional cow lowing, crow cawing, or sheep baaing. It's almost silent. The perfect place for rest and respite. You will need a car, but her place is within easy driving distance to so many lovely places: Bantry, Mizen Head, Crookhaven, Sheep's Head, Durrus, Skibbereen, Glengarrif, Gougane Barra, and more. And of course, Arundel's Pub is just down the road if you want the best seafood chowder ever. To be honest, my favorite days here were when I took long walks in the hills or even just up the road, said hi to the local cows and donkeys, and breathed the clean air. I also enjoyed the days I was rained in and could sit on the sofa with a book and a fire going in the background. There are is an album in the West Wing of Sheila's renovation of the cottage, and to see what she has done is awe-inspiring. This place is clearly a labor of love. Sheila is the ideal hostess, and a truly amazing person, and she made me feel welcome and comfortable before I even set foot in Ireland. She makes sure all your needs are met, and as her guest, you can feel completely secure in the knowledge that you will have a wonderful stay. She's such a great person that we actually have become good friends, and I'm sure we will stay in touch long after my sabbatical ends. Honestly, staying at Sheila's place has made me rethink my life's priorities, and has me asking myself (and my husband) whether we might not be happier living in a place like this permanently. I don't think many Airbnb stays produce outcomes like that. I am SO happy I chose her place from all the options in West Cork, it was exactly what I was looking for, and I want to thank Sheila for making my sabbatical dreams come true! xo

    Cynthia2015-09-21T00:00:00Z
  • Sheila offers the most beautiful Irish experience. A quaint cottage in the quiet coastal town of Ahakista, with stunning views of the ocean surrounded by rolling green hills. Sheila goes the extra mile to not only make you feel welcome, but also to ensure your stay is one to remember. We had scones and tea on arrival, cheese and wine over-looking the view in the afternoon and for a small price Sheila cooked us a tasty traditional Irish dish: Bacon, Cabbage and Potatoes with Parsely Sauce. Delicious! Sheila's home is the perfect place for a stop-over if driving around the Irish countryside, or if you have the time I suggest staying for a few days and relaxing with a book overlooking the view. It was fantastic to meet a local Irish lass who enjoys meeting new people and sharing a laugh over a glass of wine. I 100% recommend you stay with Sheila. You won't be disappointed!

    Carla2011-06-04T00:00:00Z
  • Peace and Quiet Cottage does just what is says on the tin! It is in an absolutely beautiful, unspoilt part of Ireland and the cottage has the most amazing views and was so quiet all I could hear outside was the odd bee buzzing round the flowers. For a couple who are crazy busy in meetings and on the phone all day then this is the perfect antedote. We flew in from Dublin and although the motorway was practically empty (a gain a nice change from home) we would definitely fly to Cork next time so we could spend longer at the cottage. Sheila was a lovely, welcoming host and was really keen to make sure we had a great stay. The cottage is cosy (gorgeous fire) and has views to die for. Sheep's Head Peninsula is so remote with some lovely walks (especially down to the lighthouse and around the coast) and very uncrowded which was perfect for us. Highly recommended for a romantic, quiet, cosy holiday. Enjoy!

    Rebecca2014-10-13T00:00:00Z
  • Sheila's cottage is beautiful and exactly as in the photos. The cottage is situated up a hill so the views from the front door are fantastic. A lovely cosy fireplace in the evenings. The shower could perhaps do with being updated - hot water was a bit temperamental. On the whole a very relaxing stay in a beautiful and quiet (car necessary) part of Cork. Would definitely recommend staying here.

    Rebecca2016-10-22T00:00:00Z
  • We had a very lovely time in Akahista. The cottage was cosy yet spacious and had a lovely wood burning stove which Sheila kindly tended for us while we were out. The cottage has glorious views and allows for easy hikes on the peninsula right outside the front door. The area is lovely too, quite unspoilt and not too touristy. Sheila was a great host, providing information about the local area, breakfast and scones! We had a fab time, very relaxing and only wish it had been longer.

    Heather2013-03-31T00:00:00Z
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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 lovely night's stay at the Hexagon. It was so quiet and relaxing. The views in the morning were incredible! The wood stove was a real treat. Irma was welcoming and gave us some great recommendations for our night in Westport. One night wasn't enough!

    James & Jenny2014-11-08T00:00:00Z
  • Beautiful location, lovely accommodation - a must do in Westport! Thanks so much for your hospitality Irma

    Eimear2015-12-02T00:00:00Z
  • This place is absolutely amazing! We can not say enough good things about our stay here. We spent 4 nights of our honeymoon here. The Cuckoo Wood Hexagon is a charming retreat in a beautiful part of Ireland. We loved that it was only 10 minutes from Westport and yet still felt isolated and unique. Irma was a great host and left us fresh eggs and homemade bread! We would definitely recommend this place and would love to stay here again someday.

    Rachel2017-06-29T00:00:00Z
  • Excellent experience

    Niamh2017-08-16T00:00:00Z
  • We really enjoyed our stay in the treehouse. It is so peaceful there. Irma is so welcoming and we really enjoyed the fresh homemade bread and eggs she left out for us. Our 10 month old daughter really enjoyed the goats, hens and kittens. We love hiking so we were delighted to get great weather. We hiked up to the top of Croagh Patrick and also did a lovely loop walk down the road from the treehouse. The roads are so quite and everyone we seen was so friendly. The treehouse is very private with lovely views of the mountains. The fire made it so cosy and there was loads of supplys to cook with. Irma was tought of everything. I really loved her personal touchs of fresh flowers and i loved her decor. There is even a hot water bottle there although we didn't need it as it was so cosy. We were celebrating our two year wedding anniversary and we couldn't of picked a better place. It reminded us so much of were we got married in Ballybeg House Co.Wicklow. We will treasure the memories we made there. Thanks again Irma.

    Georgina2017-09-21T00:00:00Z
  • Irma is such a lovely woman! She gave us rides, eggs from her henns and a bread and fruit when we arrived at her place! The hexagon is the best place we have been to in this wonderful country!!! It is a beautiful home, especially to relax and take walks. We would absolutely recommend it and hope to visit it again! Thank you Irma!!!

    Yvonne2017-09-09T00:00:00Z
  • Irma and her beautiful little cuckoo house were incredible. The space gives a wonderful taste into the country, and Irma did so much to make us feel welcome. We will recommend this place to anyone we know (and already have, to anyone who would listen!). It is a beautiful way to get out of the hustle and bustle that travelling normally brings.

    Steph and Chris 2014-06-29T00:00:00Z
  • Irma's wood cabin in the trees us a very special place. Strongly advise going there to find out why. Thanks Irma

    Rosemary 2015-08-20T00:00:00Z
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    Cuckoo Wood Hexagon
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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!
  • We are a family from Germany with 3 children (4,8,10) and spent 4 nights at Caras beautiful cabin. To make it short, everything was perfect. Cara was very friendly, brought us some eggs from her hens, and told us nice places to go. The area around is great. 4 nights were definitely to short. Everything was clean and the house was as it was described at airbnb. The hot-tub was perfect. We spent hours and hours in the hot water while it was raining. The only difficulty we had to face was to get the children out of the pool again... ;-) Thanks for your hospitality Cara, good luck for your future projects !

    Charalambos2015-05-30T00:00:00Z
  • Cara was so welcoming, and the arrival and the stay was so simple and easy. Cara was accommodating and the house is great! Love the setting, so peaceful. Will definitely be considering a trip back. Great that there were condiments etc left in the kitchen, made cooking a meal interesting and didn't have to stock up on those basics. Rooms and bathrooms were super clean. Beds were really comfortable. All in all a great stay at the cabin in Kenmare!

    Catherine2015-05-18T00:00:00Z
  • The woodland cabin is simply gorgeous. We've enjoyed our stay near Kenmare, especially the cozy wooden interior of the cabin, the fireplace and especially the jacuzzi on the terrace. We just had little problems to find the accommodation on arrival. Cara was a gentle and friendly host. We can highly recommend this house to all Airbnb-travellers!

    Markus2014-10-21T00:00:00Z
  • Impressive, lovely and surpassed our expectations. The cabin was very clean and spacious, and welcoming with the log fire already burning and some tea, coffee and sugar in the cupboards. Towels and linen provided. We stayed in March and did not find the cabin got too cold. The hot tub was incredible: settings for jets and different coloured lights, and well covered so it was very clean. Outside, the private beach (incl. a rope swing and waterfall) were breathtakingly scenic, with the odd otter in the distance if you are lucky. Cara, who was just up the road, was welcoming and responsive, meeting us at the cabin when we arrived and checking in on us before we left on the last morning. We couldn't have asked for more.

    Philip2015-03-23T00:00:00Z
  • The cabin lived up to expectations and more! It is spacious, has everything you would want and with a log burner and hot tub thrown in and is set in beautiful surroundings. It is 50 yards from a private beach where we collected mussels and oysters for dinner one night. Cara and Sam were great hosts and were happy to answer any questions we had. It was a great stay and we will definitely be returning

    Charlie2015-09-25T00:00:00Z
  • The place is just (URL HIDDEN) is bigger than it looks on picture. We did not get to meet Cara but Sam and Dan explained us all about the area and where to go. The weather was horrible and the cosiness of the place was exceptional. A great location in the middle of nowhere, with everything you need. House is fully furnished, you will find everything you need, even the settlers of catan!

    Nicholas2015-12-01T00:00:00Z
  • Our host was lovely. She met us at the cabin and had the fire going and provided us with all of the instruction and guidance we needed. The house was clean and exactly as described and perfect for our needs. We would definitely return.

    Michael2015-12-20T00:00:00Z
  • Cara's cottage was a wonderful Airbnb experience. A beautiful home in an amazing part of Ireland....we can't wait to return!

    Grace2016-05-02T00:00:00Z
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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.
  • We stayed 8 days in Hannes` cottage and it was wonderful. Lovely hosts with a beautiful and big area close to the sea. The cottage is fully equipped and very cosy. We missed nothing. Coming back here for sure!

    Sandro2013-04-09T00:00:00Z
  • Absolutely lovely place, really homely, great location for the beach.

    Gavin2017-06-19T00:00:00Z
  • This cozy chalet is quiet, serene; the epitome of tranquil; there was even the most perfectly scenic rainbow framing the well-manicured garden one evening during my stay. The kitchen is very usable, the living area is generous for one person and probably perfect for a couple. The ladder to the loft is not for the faint of heart, but I managed quite well (even after nights out with local friends and family and the mornings after) and I was very comfortable. The shower heating is easily adjustable, as is the heating in the cottage in general. The house's dog is as friendly and attentive as any I've ever met and accompanied me on my daily walks; she is a popular animal and was greeted by name by locals far and wide. Hannes is a lovely host; I could not imagine better. He was un-obsequiously attentive, very friendly, completely available when needed in such an easy way that it is impossible to not feel right at home - if only my own home were so charming and comfortable!

    Gwenyth2013-09-08T00:00:00Z
  • This cozy cottage is an amazing place to stay! The cottage itself is well appointed and very comfortable and clean. We were looking for a quiet place to stay but that was also a good launching point for exploring this part of Ireland. It is perfect. Hannes is an exceptional host who was very friendly and communicative. We would stay here again in a heartbeat!

    Kimberley2017-09-20T00:00:00Z
  • Lovely property in rural West Cork. Ideally located for day trips out - Hannes is full of great recommendations! Wonderful hosts and great accommodation - there is everything you need. Thank you for a lovely time in West Cork.

    Graham2013-08-28T00:00:00Z
  • The Cottage was absolutely perfect, exactly how it's described. Beautiful mix of modern and rustic, fully equipped with everything you'd need. Hannes was the perfect host, he gave us our space yet was always there to help or give tips if needed and he was extremely friendly. Would definitely recommend staying here and would love to come back!

    Sophie2016-03-30T00:00:00Z
  • Hannes was a superb host. Very welcoming and accommodating from the word "Go". The Chalet was beautiful. It had everything you could need and the perfect size for a couple. The nearest shop is the next town Goleen where you will also be greeted with warm hospitality. The chalet is perfectly situated to take in the beautiful surrounding area. At the foot of Hannes property you can cross a road and walk down to a beautiful beach. Easter (his lovely dog) showed us the way :) Myself and my boyfriend had a wonderfully relaxing time helped by Hannes allowing us a late check out with no issues. We loved it and will be back once winter comes so that we can use the log fire! I highly recommend this place.

    Amy 2013-06-04T00:00:00Z
  • 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
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