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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!
  • This is a lovely studio apartment and as described, We were welcomed by a member of Karin's family and we felt right at home instantly. The kitchen is well stocked with pots, pans, cooking utensils and plates and cups. Staple foods were left in the fridge for us. The apartment felt very spacious with the large windows (very nice on a sunny day). The apartment is very close to the amenities and the city centre is a 10-15 min walk which made all the difference not having to spend money on cabs. There were plenty of books which gave it a very homely feel. I met Karin in the middle of a the week she is very gracious and gave me suggestions of places to visit. I would happily come here again.

    Donella2016-10-02T00:00:00Z
  • We stayed for 3 nights in one of Karin's studios, coming to visit Dublin for a holiday trip. The location was calm, quiet, looked safe and about a 15-20 mins walk to the Liffey river and the city center. The apartment was beautifully furbished, very cozy, clean, had a great fireplace and a brand new TV with wifi. The double bed, the sofa and even the spare bed were comfortable. Kitchen was fully equipped. Bathroom was OK. Only hardship was getting the old windows to open, but we figured it out at the end. All in all we enjoyed staying here, it really was a unique experience and would definitely come back again. I recommend it to everyone!

    Dorothy2014-09-17T00:00:00Z
  • We had a fantastic long weekend in Karin's apartment - which was only a ten minute walk to the very centre of town. The studio was beautiful, and we would certainly go there again. Karin's niece, who was looking after the place during our visit was incredibly welcoming, and provided us with lots of information about the area. Thank you very much for a wonderful stay.

    Harriet2014-06-24T00:00:00Z
  • The property and the just could not be bettered Karin is as genial and gracious as the lovely home she shares. I stayed for 2 nights and would stay again. Highly Recommended.

    Orla2015-04-23T00:00:00Z
  • I don’t have enough words to describe our experience with Karin and her apartment , a jewel of Georgian architecture. I would like to say that the apartment was fantastic, well maintained, special atmosphere, super-romantic, wonderful and with an incredible fireplace that we could use and made us as being on a movie set on a short story created by James Joyce . All this is thanks to the immense work and dedication of Karin to his building. Perfect place to make a historic movie. Karin made our stay wonderful and unique from the moment we arrived until our departure. She is very helpful and cheerful. She made us feel for a few days part of her group of friends. She received us with a wide smile and took all the time needed and more to explain everything about Dublin. In the apartment there was a large tray of fresh fruit and a sweet cake recently made by her and we had more things that made us be able to enjoy a very good breakfast without going to the store immediately. That’s an important point to consider. The apartment’s area is very special and well located. You can feel the beauty of the past in its streets. It’s near the house of James Joyce Center, Writers Museum, the Hught Lane Museum and much more important places just a few minutes walk. Fortunately it isn’t in the Temple Bar area, which was something we don’t want cause the noise, but only 10 minutes from there walking. Summarizing , I can only say that I have never been in such a special place in my life, which I recommend to everyone. Karin, a lot of gratitude to make our trip memorable.

    RAIMUNDO2014-03-04T00:00:00Z
  • Karin was the perfect host for our stay in Dublin! She provided plenty of useful information on where to visit, where to eat and how to get about the city! The homemade banana loaf and muesli were also delicious! The location of the property was ideal for exploring the city too!'

    Tom2016-03-15T00:00:00Z
  • Very nice and charming place. Nice and quiet neighborhood; walking distance to a main avenue. Unit is as described and as seen in pictures Comfortable bed in the loft, stocked kitchen for breakfast. We had Internet and some plumbing issues but was addressed immediately - not owners fault but with city system. Karin is very helpful, available and responsive. Unit is prefect for a couple.

    Christina2015-05-27T00:00:00Z
  • Very warm and comfortable, just as pictured! Food at the ready in the fridge and cupboard. We would recommend to others.

    Chris2015-10-14T00:00:00Z
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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
  • Andrea is a helpful and lovely woman with a very cozy apartment that made our stay easy and comfortable. I can't say a single bad word about her.

    Néstor2016-04-02T00:00:00Z
  • Andrea's apartment is just like in the pictures: pretty with lots of light. The street was quiet, even there were construction of the new Luas tram line. The location will be even better after it is finished. Andrea wasn't there in person to check us in, but the self-check-in was easy to use. There were some electrical devices in the apartment (electric shower, heating, electricity..) , but also good guide to use them. Soundproofing wasn't the best, but it didn't bother us by night. There were roller blinds that was good for us, because we like to sleep in the dark. Everything went well and our 3 days trip to Dublin was successful. Thank you!

    Reeta2017-06-30T00:00:00Z
  • My boyfriend and I loved Andrea's flat! It was cute, cosy, and exactly as advertised. An easy 15-20 walk from just about everywhere. Highly recommend this spot!

    Laura2017-09-07T00:00:00Z
  • I can't say enough how much we enjoyed our stay at Andrea's apartment. Everything about it was wonderful. The apartment is in a nice, quiet neighborhood. The area is full of older buildings, but nothing is really run down. It's a quick walk to shops and restaurants, though. Parnell and O'Connell Streets are a stone's throw away. If you stay, make sure to check out the local pubs, especially The Cobblestone about a half mile away. The apartment itself seems to be recently renovated and is absolutely adorable. It's well-appointed and the decor is charming. The bed was comfy, there were plenty of towels, and soaps, and other supplies. We felt at home. My wife and I stayed in a half dozen Airbnb places this summer and Andrea was hands-down our favorite host. She's warm and kind and is very responsive to communication. We ended up chatting for the better part of a half hour before we even really got to the "tour" of the apartment. She left us with a well-stocked kitchen, which made breakfast easy during our stay. We asked about the washing machine in advance, so she even made sure there was detergent on hand. She's got this hosting thing figured out! Be aware that you'll have to turn the pump and hot water heater on for a shower. Even that's not a big deal, we just weren't accustomed to it. Once the tank heated up after we checked in, we never had to wait for hot water, even with the heater switched off all day or night. You get into the swing of it very quickly. We loved Dublin and Ireland as a whole. We'd jump at the chance to make a return visit and would gladly stay with Andrea again.

    Derrick2015-08-02T00:00:00Z
  • We had a fantastic time at Andrea's apartment. Everything was just perfect.

    Benjamin + Daniela2017-05-16T00:00:00Z
  • We had a lovely long weekend staying in Andrea's place. Good amount of space for two people, good communication meant check in & check out were straight forward & a lovely homely flat. Thank you!

    Bethany2017-02-26T00:00:00Z
  • Andrea's apartment was perfect for our stay in Dublin. We enjoyed being a walkable distance from restaurants and sights. Andrea was a pleasure to meet and gave us great tips on local food.

    Nathanael2017-07-06T00:00:00Z
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    This bright and spacious apartment is located in a Georgian house built in the 1790s and features high ceilings, huge windows and views of leafy Mountjoy Square. It's a five minute walk to historic O'Connell Street and the lively bustle of the city centre, with excellent public transport connections for the airport and for exploring more of Ireland. Come stay in the heart of Dublin and experience the everyday life of the city on your doorstep.
    The apartment is located on the first floor of an old Georgian home, overlooking the greenery of Mountjoy Square Park. It most likely served as a drawing room when the house was first built and many of the original period features are still intact. The windows are floor-to-ceiling and south-facing, meaning the apartment is full of natural light throughout the day, even in winter. The open living space is perfect for lounging, reading and relaxing. There is a fully-equipped kitchen with a microwave, fridge, oven, kettle, toaster and complimentary tea and coffee. The bed is king-sized, the bathroom has an electric power shower and there is high-speed WiFi throughout the premises.
    Mountjoy Square is only a stone's throw away from Dublin's main sights, theatres, museums, galleries and parks. The apartment is located just a five minute walk to the top of historic O'Connell Street and the main shopping areas, restaurants and pubs are all within easy walking distance. The area is also home to many working Dubliners and it's a great place to take in the ordinary life of the city. Just five minutes north of Mountjoy Square is Croke Park, the legendary home of Gaelic games and a hub of excitement and activity whenever there's a match on.
  • Very beautiful flat in a historic area of Dublin

    Frozzie2016-11-06T00:00:00Z
  • It's a very nice place as described. We had a pleasant stay. The only problem is the outside edge of the bed is a bit worn out, my bf got a bit back problem.

    Sarah2017-09-24T00:00:00Z
  • Great location, Marianne very helpful in meeting us and getting us settled.

    David2017-09-26T00:00:00Z
  • Good stay

    Jake2017-04-30T00:00:00Z
  • 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
  • Very good place to stay - I wish weather played along! ;)

    Jacek2017-02-12T00:00:00Z
  • This apartment is breathtakingly beautiful. The Georgian details are so opulent and makes you feel like royalty. If you are a fan of architecture, this is the place for you! There are massive floor to ceiling windows that let in so much natural light, and even in October, with the gorgeous old windows open, the sunshine warmed the place right up! My fiancee and I must have said "I wish we actually lived here" about twelve times. Marianne is a sweetheart and was super accommodating, I would recommend this place for sure!

    Sarah2016-10-03T00:00:00Z
  • Marianne was a great host. She was easy to get along with and quite friendly. The flat was 5 minute walk from city central. Great coffee shop, Candy Shop, right down the street.

    CHERYL2017-05-19T00:00:00Z
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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.
  • Very beautiful house in a quiet surrounding, walkable to the center of Dublin. Everything was clean and beautiful, Claire was very kind and her dog was absolutely loveable!

    Anya2017-08-16T00:00:00Z
  • Adorable. All around adorable!! Thanks so much, Claire. We enjoyed our Dublin trip so much, walked to the main events and looped back around. Enjoyed the local pub Leonard's Corner just up the road. They made us feel at home!

    Lesley2017-09-08T00:00:00Z
  • Claire's place is really lovely. It's beautifully decorated, the bed is exceptionally comfortable, it's walking distance to the city center and Claire was very prompt in replying to messages and providing all the necessary information. Would absolutely recommend to anyone visiting Dublin!

    Lena2015-08-10T00:00:00Z
  • This charming and extremely clean and stylishly decorated en suite was perfect for our visit to Dublin! You are an easy walk/ride to city center and a number eateries/pubs. There is on street parking available very close to apartment. The hosts are very gracious and their golden retriever very gentle and friendly. We would most definitely return!

    Dave2017-03-25T00:00:00Z
  • Claire was a great host and the room/ensuite was great! It was cutely decorated (think Pinterest!) and clean. We stayed there 3 nights, and really enjoyed getting to know Claire and her roommates a little bit, as well as being in fabulous Dublin! Her house is about a 20-30 minute walk from the city center, but there were also buses/taxis/rental bikes everywhere. Claire was really helpful with ideas for getting around too - she even made a handy guide with recommendations of things to do, how to get around, places to eat, etc. - it was so helpful! Claire was very good at reading whether we needed some time or when we had some energy left to visit :) and all for a great price! Highly recommended for a Dublin visit.

    Kendra2015-07-14T00:00:00Z
  • We had such a pleasant stay at Claire's home. The accommodation are just as they appear in the photos. The room was clean, nice decorated, spacious and comfortable; we feel "at home". Claire was really helpfull and considerate to us, and we truly recommend this place to anyone wanting to visit Dublin.

    Jutta2015-09-02T00:00:00Z
  • We stayed two nights at Claire's. She was very friendly and welcoming. Bedroom was beautiful and home was a close walk to food and entertainment. Wonderful start to our vacation!

    Sarah2015-05-23T00:00:00Z
  • 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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    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 has been a great host. Very easy check in with very detailed indications. The apartment was comfortable and had everything needed for a holiday stay. You need a engineering degree to switch on the tv ( don't worry Anastazio made a wonderful video to explain it) and the rules of the house are to walk around the apartment without shoes to keep it clean.

    Antonella 2017-08-12T00:00:00Z
  • Hello A lovely place to stay, it was exactly as advertised and suited our needs perfectly. Directions were perfect and very easy to follow. I will definitely be in touch for my next trip to Dublin. Thanks again Terry & Karen

    Terry2017-09-18T00:00:00Z
  • Anastazio was absolutely awesome! He welcomed us into his home and made sure we had a great time! Gave us our space, but also had some great conversations. He's an ideal host with a fantastic apartment. Would highly recommend spending your time in Dublin in this place!

    Adam2016-03-13T00:00:00Z
  • What an amazing trip at Anastazio's appartment! It was absolutly how it looks like in the photos! Moreover, Anastazio is an incredible person : always here if you need some information, gerous with tips and a good person because smart and so friendly! It was my first Airbnb experience, and that was on of my best trip! Thank you again Anastazio, for all what you have done for us two!

    Clémence2016-04-08T00:00:00Z
  • Anastazio was a wonderful host, warm and welcoming. I felt at home immediately and very welcome. His recommendations for how to get around and a pub for authentic Irish music and company were spot on, thank you! My only regret is that we couldn't stay longer. Anastazio truly cares about his guests and makes every effort for ones comfort.

    Frances2016-09-28T00:00:00Z
  • Anastazio is a great host. We only had two nights in Dublin but with Anastazio's recommendations, we managed to visit the key highlights. The apartment was spacious and comfortable. This location is great and only 15 mins from downtown. We recommend this place to anyone looking for a comfortable and unique place (this used to be a distillery).

    (EMAIL HIDDEN)2016-07-27T00:00:00Z
  • I had the best time staying with Anastazio! The place was fabulous and I have never stayed with a better prepared host. I think more than anything, he really just enjoys hospitality and learning things from other people--of course, he's Greek! Hospitality is in our DNA!!! He made excellent suggestions for places to see and eat and I felt as if I were staying in my own home! The loft was spacious, beautifully decorated and spotless. Should you want to cook or hang out you can do that as he has so many movies in his collection. The center of Dublin is so close, you can take the bus, use Hailo, or Uber, but I opted to walk as it's only 1 mile away, His directions and communication were clear that I never got lost. I will definitely be staying with him again the next time I am in Dublin. He could definitely charge at least twice what he is charging, so you definitely are scoring by staying with him. Efharistw poli yia thn philoxenia sou, mwre! Athina

    Athina2016-10-07T00:00:00Z
  • The apartment is unique and is located in an old distillery, old meets new, really cool place (with an elevator)! Anastazio has a good taste concerning furniture and decoration! He is a friendly and funny host who knows a lot about Dublin. Everything is very clean and you will get your own bathroom. You should better ask for the master bedroom because the guest bed in the small room next to the living room is not comfortable at all! If there are more guests to stay here the apartment is too small I think. The rooms are divided by sliding doors and the guest in the other room was snoring like hell. But Anastazio says he usually just rents out one room. The bus stop is a 15 minutes walk away. You can take the 6 to the airport respectively to the city centre.

    Stephan2015-08-18T00:00:00Z
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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..
  • 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
  • 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
  • Karin is a very gracious hostess and rightfully very proud of this very special accommodation. She was very responsive to our questions, provided excellent detailed information and instructions, and made sure we were made to feel right at home A very special room is a beautiful Georgian house within walking distance to city center, transportation, attractions, shops and restaurants. We will definitely stay with Karin again!

    Renee2015-10-16T00:00:00Z
  • Karin was a lovely host, who had excellent communication. Left voluminous information for my parents and gave wonderful service. Parking and meeting were well-organised, despite Karin not being able to be there. Her knowledge of Dublin was extensive and helped greatly. My parent's trip went with ease. Thanks very much for making their journey so special!

    Sarah2013-10-14T00:00:00Z
  • A lovely, airy room in a Georgian townhouse on a truly grand scale – and a great place from which to explore Dublin. Floor-to-ceiling height is huge, but the crafty bed-deck stops it from being overwhelming and gives the feeling of being in a loft apartment all in one room. The secure parking was, we were advised by Irish friends, a godsend for central Dublin – and so it proved to be. Although Mountjoy Square is usually squeezed off central Dublin tourist maps, we felt close to the city centre; the river & south side easily accessible on foot. Karin is a fount of information, and the various intended strands of our visit soon fell into place in her expert hands. Having only one evening and the following day before departing Dublin, this was a great help.

    Ian2013-11-30T00:00:00Z
  • Karin was an absolutely fantastic host, just like all the other reviews had said!! She was there to greet us when we arrived and gave us a quick overview of the city, including places we should definitely see, and recommendations of places to eat and grab a drink. All of her recommendations were spot on and places we may not have stopped at, but certainly glad we did!!! Karin's building and apartment were beautiful and clean, and you can tell that she takes great pride in her city and her space. I would definitely recommend Karin as a host!!! You don't get much better than her :)

    Joette2014-09-07T00:00:00Z
  • We had a lovely stay in Dublin, this was my first air bnb and I can't wait for the next. The apartment was lovely and just as described, we were made to feel welcome and right at home. The location is brilliant and only takes 15 minutes to walk in to town. Karin was really helpful and had great recommendations for what to do and how to get around the city.

    Chloe2016-08-30T00:00:00Z
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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
  • Karin's apartment was AMAZING! Safe area, close to everything and Karin was over the top helpful. Don't worry about planning your itinerary as Karin has books upon books of things to do in town and food recommendations. I will always stay with Karin when I am in Dublin. Five star! Thank you for the wonderful time:)

    Cags2013-07-28T00:00:00Z
  • Karin was so welcoming and being my first time away alone, this was a big comfort. The accommodation was as described and really cosy and comfortable. Karin went out of her way to ensure my stay in Dublin was stress free, comfortable and enjoyable. Would highly recommend. Had everything I needed and more! Didnt want to leave, wish I could have taken it with me :)

    Hayley2016-02-20T00:00:00Z
  • I had a great stay at Karin's flat when I was attending a conference at the Dublin Convention Center. The free wifi and ample space in the flat made it very easy for me to get work done during the evenings. From the flat is very easy to walk to pretty much everything and Karin's excellent pre-arrival instructions meant I had no problems finding the correct place when I first got to Dublin. The flat itself was very clean and tidy, comfortable bed, nice hot shower, and a well equiped kitchen. Karin provided everything I needed for breakfast and had loads of recommendations for good places to eat and things to see. She is a very friendly host, dropping by occassionally to make sure I had everything I needed. I'm sure I ate a lot better following her recommendations, than if I had just been using guide books! Overall, an excellent experience and made for a fantastic first visit to Dublin, even though I was there primarily for work.

    Lan-Lan2012-11-11T00:00:00Z
  • This place is a jewel.

    Stuart2017-04-25T00:00:00Z
  • Great stay in Karin's lovely apartment. Made to feel very welcome and Karen was really helpful with advice and tips on the neighbourhood and travel in and around Dublin.

    Steve2016-05-12T00:00:00Z
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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
  • Had a great stay. Vanessa was a wonderful host, just an absolutely lovely person. The room was very comfortable, quiet, and a great bathroom. Very nice area only a ten minute walk to the Luas (tram) stop, which takes you to Stephens Green for only €2.30. There is also a bus stop right around the corner from the house, the 140 bus takes you into the centre of Dublin. I would definitely stay again.

    Geoff2016-06-08T00:00:00Z
  • great hosts, very welcoming and thought of everything. It was like being at home!

    andrew2016-01-13T00:00:00Z
  • We only stayed one night at Vanessa's but if we had more time to spare, then we would have loved to have stayed longer. Vanessa made us feel very welcome as soon as we walked in the door and showed us around her beautiful house. Our room and bathroom were both very spacious with possibly the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in. Vanessa's communication was great - very prompt. We would highly recommend staying in this fantastic house in its lovely Dublin location.

    LUCY2016-03-14T00:00:00Z
  • Very nice quiet location ~30 minutes walk from central Dublin (or choice of 2 buses). Room immaculate with comfortable double bed and en-suite with very large shower. Very quiet at night. Selection of several cereals, bread and jams/spreads for breakfast.

    Niall2016-06-03T00:00:00Z
  • Good bus service into central Dublin (the 140 bus), beautiful house, friendly host, nice area. Was great to be so close to Rathmines, and is a walkable distance from central Dublin if you miss the last bus. (as we did!)

    Melanie2017-06-09T00:00:00Z
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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).
  • Luan has been a very nice and kind host. When we arrived he has shown us on a map his personal advices to visit the best places in Dublin. He left also food and fruits in the fridge, to let us feel at home! The apartment is the same as we have seen in the photos, is very cute and comfortable, just 15 minutes walking from the centre and really close to Guinness Storehouse!

    Julia & Cristiano 2016-01-26T00:00:00Z
  • We had the best time is Dublin! The apartment was very cool and very comfortable. Luan was very prompt on email and made us feel at home when we arrived. Would love to stay again! Thank you Luan!

    Natasha2016-02-15T00:00:00Z
  • You won't be sorry staying at Luan's place. Lots of great art to look at, and an over-all great vibe to this very comfortable 2 bedroom flat. We had a wonderful stay and would stay again next time we are in Dublin. Thanks to Luan for all the wonderful suggestions! Five stars all the way on this one.

    Megan2017-07-14T00:00:00Z
  • What can I say?! You have a superhost status at the moment and it shows. Clear communication, accuracy and amenities are all perfect. Good water pressure and clean throughout. These hosts know what they are doing and they do it well. I'm easily pleased so getting a nice strong coffee in the morning made everyone's day but there is also a fully equipped kitchen, ambiance lighting and a balcony to be enjoyed. The location is central & 10 minute walk from the Guinness storehouse.

    Lucinda H2016-12-22T00:00:00Z
  • This was a great place to stay. One of the best decorated Airbnb's I've stayed in loved the artwork and layout of the apartment. Communication was fast and easy and they gave me great directions on how to get there. Luan met us at the apartment and gave us the tour he was also kind enough to give us a list of great places to check out and showed us on the map where each one was. Make sure you take their recommendation of Mannings Bakery and cafe for breakfast. It was so good! Everything was within walking distance for us which made our stay even better. Would absolutely recommend choosing this Airbnb for your time in Dublin.

    Cole2016-03-11T00:00:00Z
  • Luan met us at the front door when we arrived in Dublin and gave us a list of all the best places to eat and visit while in Dubin. He also provided a fresh loaf of bread and a new container of milk. The air BnB is about a 5-minute walk to the Guinness factory and about a 30-minute walk from the Temple bar area. We walked to both and stopped at many tourist destinations along the way (like St. Patricks Cathedral)

    Hannah2016-02-08T00:00:00Z
  • Luan was incredibly welcoming, flexible with my arrival time, and eager to give me a bunch of recommendations for cool things to do and see in Dublin. The place is super clean, really uniquely decorated (in a good way!) and very, very cool. If (and when) I'm in Dublin next, I hope to stay again in Luan and Elena's place. Highly recommended!

    Dave2015-03-31T00:00:00Z
  • Coincidentally, Elena and Luan were vacationing at an Airbnb abroad when I was to arrive so they put me in touch with a nice friend of theirs ahead of time to hand me the keys and show me around the apartment. They left me with a nice fresh loaf of bread and coffee--both of which I utilized over several days. The apartment looks identical to the photos (which isn't always the case), is very clean and quiet. It's about a 20 minute walk to the Temple Bar area and they also left a list of local pubs, cafes and restaurants in the area. All in all, it was a great experience and I'd definitely stay here again!

    Mike2015-06-12T00:00:00Z
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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.
  • Wonderfully clean and modern interior. Right outside Phoenix Park, close to bus stops. About 35-40 minute walk to Temple Bar area but the good thing about that is the apartment is quiet at night :) Check in was super easy with coded entry. The free parking available is on the street so you may have to search a while for a spot then walk a ways, but it is free. Asta was easy to get in touch with when we needed something. A great stay!

    Shelby2017-05-13T00:00:00Z
  • 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
  • Clean and basic. Comfortable bed two other chairs and a table. Water supply took some time to replenish after use - keep the kettle full. Shower unaffected. About a 30 minute walk to the City but at the terminus of a regular bus service (14 minutes). Would stay again.

    Michael2017-06-20T00:00:00Z
  • Everything was perfect, very easy communication, very clean and quiet apartment, with new furnitures. Not in the centre but well located near the Phoenix Park, and the bicycles are very convenient to go anywhere. Strongly recommend !!!

    Christophe2017-06-08T00:00:00Z
  • Asta's place was in THE perfect location. The Temple Bar District, The Guinness Factory, and The Jameson Distillery were all a 25-38 walk from her place and all about 10 minutes apart from one another, which was very convenient. Her place was spotless, clean, and she was always available via phone and Air BnB app to answer any questions. Thank you Asta!

    Matthew2017-05-20T00:00:00Z
  • This place was so cute and not far from a lot of things !

    Jasmine2017-05-24T00:00:00Z
  • Asta's flat is very nice, clean and there are everything you need to cook if you want to eat at home. It is 40 minutes to the city centre but Asta usually gives bikes and you can stay at Temple Bar in about 20 minutes with them. The apartment is also close to a bus stop where you can get two direct bus to the city centre.

    Roberta2017-09-06T00:00:00Z
  • Great place I liked being next to Phoenix Park. If you don't mind walking or figuring out the buses the downtown area seems really close!

    Taylor2017-09-28T00:00:00Z
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    Superb city centre location within walking distance of all major tourist attractions (see below for walking times). Located just outside the noisy pub and nightlife areas and overlooking a private roof garden for a peaceful nights sleep. Upscale, spacious (80 sq.m/860 sq.ft), modern, bright & chic apartment with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a balcony. The apartment contains everything you could expect for your stay and includes tasteful designer furniture and interiors.
    Perfect location! Major attractions walking time: > The river Liffey, Smithfield Tram station, Jameson Distillery, Smithfield Square, Dublin Tourist Bus Stop - 1 minute > Christchurch Cathedral - 7 minutes > Temple Bar, Henry Street - 10 minutes > O'Connell Street & Dublin Visitor centre, Phoenix Park, Guinness Storehouse - 12 minutes > Grafton Street - 15 minutes This fantastic 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom modern apartment is ideally located in Dublin city centre within walking distance to all Dublin's major tourist attractions and 1 minute walk to Smithfield central tram station. The 2 bedrooms and living room overlook a private roof garden which ensures a low level of noise and a safe/peaceful nights sleep in the city centre yet just outside the noisy pub and nightlife areas (e.g. temple bar, along the Quays, etc). The apartment itself contains 2 spacious double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms both with shower and toilet facilities, a fully fitted modern kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, large fridge freezer, crockery, glasses, all utensils, etc.), a large living room/dining room area with floor length windows leading onto a balcony with a view of the private roof garden. We have carefully crafted detailed arrival instructions as well as a wide variety of tips/advice for the apartment, local area and Dublin city in general! We have put a lot of effort into these documents and improve them on a regular basis. Bedroom 1 - Double bed (2 persons) Bedroom 2 - Double bed (2 persons) Living room - Sofa bed (2 persons) Luggage storage available before checking in and after checking out. 24 hour check-in at any time after 3pm is fine. The apartment has plenty of space for you to relax in peacefully with Dublin on your doorstep. An elevator takes you up up to our apartment and parking is available in the large public underground car park (prices vary). The apartment is professionally cleaned after every guest and freshly laundered bed sheets and towels come as standard with each booking. Both bedrooms have brand new deep fill, hotel grade mattresses and the bed sheets are 100% cotton with high thread count of minimum 200 threads per square inch. Duvets and pillows for all beds are hotel grade and a comfortable mattress topper ensures a good nights sleep.
    Smithfield is a trendy inner city area just north of the river Liffey. Some local Artisian highlights of the Smithfield complex include the Light House Cinema/Gallery, the Generator Hostel, Third Space Cafe, Oscars Bar & Restaurant and the Fresh Good Food Shop. Despite the excellent location, the area is very quiet and removed from the bustling nightlife districts of Dublin city centre. Furthermore, the area is very safe and the building is secure.
  • lovely, well equipped apartment, only a short walk to the centre 10-15 mins, which isn't long when you come to explore cities. Apartment was well furnished and very comfortable. I would come here again 100%

    Stephanie2016-12-11T00:00:00Z
  • 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
  • This Airbnb was exceptional, and was able comfortably house 6 adults. The location was perfect being just steps away from amazing eateries as well as a short walk away from the heart of Dublin. We didn't require any kind of private transpose due to the fact that public transportation was east accessible via taxi, bus, or train. The residence was immaculate and had a way of making one feel comfortable and at home with the amazing decor throughout the household. I would recommend this Airbnb to all travelers and would definitely stay here again again in the future.

    Ricardo2017-06-21T00:00:00Z
  • We had a very nice stay in Liam's apartment. He was extremely responsive and helpful in the run-up to the trip and although he doesn't meet you himself, it is very easy to get the keys and let yourself in. The apartment itself is a good size with a very well-equipped kitchen with extras like tea, coffee and oil for cooking provided which is good if you're going to be cooking yourself. There is a good supermarket 5 mins walk away as well as several cafes and restaurants. We did feel like it wasn't quite as close to the 'action' as we had expected but if you don't mind a lot of walking or getting to grips with the public transportation it is fine.

    Hannah2016-12-15T00:00:00Z
  • It was our first experience of Airbnb and it exceeded all expectations and Liam's guide was fantastic. Highly recommend it.

    Maurice2017-09-10T00:00:00Z
  • We had a fantastic stay in Liam's apartment which is accessed by a lift. Central location and just a short walk to the Temple Bar area. The unit was spotless, very well equipped and looked even better than the photos. Close to restaurants and supermarket which had a fantastic selection of fresh foods. Liam left very detailed instructions for the unit and I have no hesitation in recommending this apartment to family and friends when visiting Dublin.

    Belinda2016-10-01T00:00:00Z
  • This was the ideal place to stay in Dublin. Walking distance to everything. And good food close by. I woul highly recommend this place to anyone staying in Dublin. The arrival process was so easy with photos and descriptions of the area and building. Thank you.

    Nancy2016-10-04T00:00:00Z
  • 3 PDF documents sent with all info prior to check in. Would not recommend a stay here over the weekend. Partying Friday in complex from midnight till we left at 7:30 am to catch our flight home. Quiet Wednesday and Thursday.

    Sue2016-10-15T00:00:00Z
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    The following is what past guests have said that they love about this property; Guests commented on how old world and elegent it looks. You have a sense of being in the country with birds and squirrels in the trees but yet you are only 10 minutes to the airport and 10 minutes to the city centre. Everyone adored our closeness to the phoenix park - the pool room looks into the park.There are many activities in the park including the zoo, the hop on hop off bus, segways, rent a bike to name a few.
    The apartment is a 4 bedroom 2.5 bathroom home separated from our own house around a courtyard near the world renowned Phoenix Park, home to the President of Ireland and the American Embassy. The park is very historic with several interesting building to explore and it is home to Dublin Zoo and also home to Cricket, Polo, and a great park to rent bikes and meander around. About our home: Our home is special as the atmosphere is relaxed,friendly and we will endeavour to help our guests have the best time possible. We have a separate self contained sauna all year round and a heated swimming pool at your disposal. There are 4 bedrooms; bedroom 1 & 2 have king size beds and are ensuite. Bedroom 3 has a double sized bed and bedroom 4: King size bed and single bed. In total beds for 9 people. Only 5 km from the centre of Dublin. Dublin is an intimate city with a bustling night life with a great choice of good restaurants. In our welcome book we have suggestions for restaurants in Dublin. Suitable for Business travellers, couples and families of up to 9 who are intending on discovering Ireland. Also suitable for events such as the Bloom Garden Festival, The Royal Dublin Horse Show, Dublin Marathon and many more events. Public transport is 50 meters from the house and by car, Dublin Centre is 5km.aaww
    Our house is located at the gate of the famous Phoenix Park. The house has a beautiful country feel about it but yet it is 10 minutes from the City Centre. We are within 10 mins drive of 5 golf courses, so we are ideal for golf enthusiasts. We are only 20 minutes drive also from the Dublin mountains again ideal for hill walkers,and those that like horse riding.The village of Castleknock is 8 minutes walk from the house. Here you have 5 restaurants 3 pubs and all local amenities like hair dressers, dry cleaners, beauticians etc. As we are at the Phoenix Park gate, our house is ideally situated for any event being held in the Phoenix park, like Bloom in June, Iron Man in August and motor racing and Dublin Marathon
  • We were very happy with our stay at Sarah's beautiful apt which was previously converted from a horse stable! After you walk through the gate, you see many flowers along the pathway and some hanging from the window boxes. Walking under the stone archway into the courtyard, makes you feel as if you are in the country, when actually Dublin city center is only 20 minutes away. We each had our own bedroom and we used the internet and printer for our plane boarding passes. We especially appreciated Sarah's hospitality! Upon arriving in Dublin, Sarah collected us at the airport and gave us suggestions on what to see and how to get around by Bus 37. The location was great - we only had to walk 5 minutes out of their gate to the bus stop and 20 minutes later, we were in downtown Dublin! Sarah and her family always made us feel welcome like their own family; helping us any way they could. Sarah not only did some laundry for us, but she also provided breakfast food for us every day. In the evenings, Sarah stopped over to talk with us about our daily adventures! One morning, I borrowed one of their bikes and rode through the huge Phoenix Park while my kids ran along the paths. We were in awe at how truly green and quiet the fields were in the park. Another day, we had a refreshing swim in their large pool. The morning we left Dublin, Sarah gave us a ride to the airport at 7, before she headed off to work. We really appreciated staying at her beautiful place and all the extra things she did to make our stay in Dublin so great!

    Maria2015-07-30T00:00:00Z
  • We had the best time in Dublin. Our accommodation was superb. Sarah and her family made us feel like we were part of their family. The stables are tucked away at the end of a private lane in what is probably the best location in Dublin. The wide open space of Pioneer Park yet only 10 minutes by taxi from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. I'd like to thank Sarah for picking us up from Avis rent a car near Hueston station when we arrived and also for taking us to the airport for our departure.

    Roslyn2015-08-01T00:00:00Z
  • We've just returned from a wonderful five-night stay at Sarah and Michael's home in Dublin. The property itself is stunning, with excellent facilities (really comfy beds, everything you need in the kitchen and a fab indoor swimming pool, sauna and games room). But it's the family that really makes this place so special. Michael and Sarah really looked after us (even finding us a voucher for free entry into the zoo and recommending lots of places to visit) and Emma booked some horse riding for us and even drove us to the stables! You have the best of both worlds really - a bit of luxury in a leafy suburb - yet it's a short bus ride into Dublin itself. Our daughters (8 and 10) loved playing with their friendly dogs and exploring Phoenix Park (on foot and horseback!). Sarah said that we would always have a home in Dublin which made us feel so welcome. Highly recommended and we'd love to come back!

    Alison2016-04-08T00:00:00Z
  • The brilliance of The Stables could only have been matched by the help and grace of the host - Sarah was incredible throughout, going so far as to pick me up on the way to the house, show me how everything including the pool and sauna worked, and even taking care of a load of laundry! Incredible find & thank you Sarah!

    Harry2016-02-16T00:00:00Z
  • Sarah's family was very friendly. They made our Ireland experience extra special by going out of their way to meet our needs and to make our stay comfortable. We certainly took advantage of the sauna and swim pooling. If visiting Ireland in the future, we will plan to stay again.

    Mark2016-04-04T00:00:00Z
  • I enjoyed doing a few lengths in the swimming pool and relaxing with a few games of pool in the games room. Another great stay from a returning customer.

    Craig2016-06-17T00:00:00Z
  • 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
  • My family couldn't have asked for a nicer, welcoming beginning to our time in Dublin. Perfect in every way.

    Karen 2017-04-21T00:00:00Z
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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
  • So I must begin by stating that this was my first time using Airbnb and I was a disaster - as in I treated the system as though it was a hotel, which was not only ultimately embarrassing but admittedly a stupid and inconsiderate way to work. That being said, Dardo could not have been any kinder, understanding and mostly, very helpful. His initial and continuous communication was extremely helpful and thorough. The apartment manual he provided was clear and detailed with answers to any questions one might have. My sister and I loved staying at his studio; the space is perfect for two. The location is ideal and convenient to both the north and south side of the city. It was super clean, airy, well-lit and included any and every amenity we needed for staying away from home. I hope to be able to stay there anytime I'm in the city and more importantly, I hope he will have me! Best place :)

    Maggie2015-11-27T00:00:00Z
  • We had a lovely stay in Dardo's beautiful apartment. It was very central and an easy walk to most things in Dublin. There are heaps of eating places around the apartment and lots of places close by to go out and listen to some music. Dardo was very helpful even assisting us after we left the apartment! Dardo also left enough supplies in the apartment and a beautiful bottle of wine and chocolates when we arrived. Dardo told us we could need earplugs and actually left us some just in case. We didn't use these but this is the only reason I have not given 5 stars. It was a little noisy but if that doesn't worry you it is a real find right in the heart of Dublin. Deserves another 1/2 starr!!! And Dard0 deserves 5 stars.

    Isobell2013-01-28T00:00:00Z
  • Dardo´s place is just as amazing as you can see in pictures, and it can´t have better location. We spent an amazing weekend right in the heart of Dublin. The apartment was in perfect conditions, we had all we could need. We would strongly recomend this place, and Dardo is a perfect host, he work literally around the corner and he would help you with anything you need. He speaks perfect Spanish and that help us a lot. Thank you Dardo!!!

    Juanma2013-02-11T00:00:00Z
  • Dardo's apartment is perfect. It's right in the center of the city, within walking distance of everything you need. The apartment itself is beautiful, and the view is incredible. Dardo was a great host, enthusiastically walking me through the apartment, making sure I knew how to operate everything, and offering advice on what to do in the area. I highly recommend him as a host.

    Alex2014-11-13T00:00:00Z
  • Dardo everything was great the location was sooo super central less than five minutes walk to temple bar...lots of fun! Apartment was VERY clean. Use uber cheaper than taxis

    David2015-05-08T00:00:00Z
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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.
  • We loved our stay! Adrian was very attentive and we were so close everything. Very cozy and comfortable accommodations.

    Ginny2016-03-27T00:00:00Z
  • Amazing location! Hosts were very accommodating.

    Ashley2016-09-23T00:00:00Z
  • 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
  • Great location, you can visit the whole city by walking, no need of transport. Adi was very nice and punctual at our arrival. The apartment is very comfortable and has heating for the winter.

    Triana2016-10-31T00:00:00Z
  • The place is nice and as described. It is in a lively part of the city so be prepared to meet all types of people outside.

    Morgan2017-01-24T00:00:00Z
  • We stayed there for 4 nights with 4 people and even if the ratings were awesome we were surprised how perfect everything was. The welcome at our arrival was more then friendly and Adrian and Thiago helped us with everything. The flat was really cute and there was everything you need. We felt like home right away. We can more than recommend to stay there. It's also located close to everything you want to see and go to,so there is no need to take the bus,taxi or a train. Thank you so much for the stay,we will come back! :)

    Nadja2016-10-07T00:00:00Z
  • ideally located in Dublin, quiet and we were welcomed by very friendly hosts

    Baptiste2016-06-02T00:00:00Z
  • A great apartment in a brilliant location, just what we needed. Everything was clean and Adi kept in touch before and during our stay.

    Emma2017-06-04T00:00:00Z
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    Spacious 2 bed apartment in the heart of Temple bar, Dublin's cultural and tourist centre. Located beside the Smock Alley theater and the Gaiety School of Acting It is the ideal spot to explore the city The area is one of Dublin's liveliest districts and has some of Dublin's most fashionable restaurants and historic pubs. Dublin's premier shopping area, Henry Street, is just around the corner and Temple Bar and Trinity College are only 7 - 8 minute
    There is a large living room area with loads of natural light. There is a large double room with a double bed and a larger room with a double and a single bed. There is also a pull out sofa bed in the living room.
    You will be in the heart of Temple Bar which will put close to all Dublin's tourist sites and is a great base to explore our wonderful city!
  • Great apartment, clean, great location and Ciaran was helpful by providing lots of information beforehand. Downsides were that minimal basic supplies were provided and the toilet seat was broken. No major issues and we would stay again!

    Sandra2017-09-06T00:00:00Z
  • Fantastic location, especially if hitting some Pubs and clubs as no taxis needed. very clean & spacious apartment, defo recommend.

    Val2017-09-03T00:00:00Z
  • Great location. Just blocks from everything, very central. The noise from people walking home in the late hours were louder than I thought they would be, but nothing a fan can't tune out. The layout of the apartment was perfect as well. Would rent again! Thanks!

    Maggie2017-09-25T00:00:00Z
  • It's very close to the city! Unfortunatuly there was no coffee.

    Rob2017-08-31T00:00:00Z
  • Our stay at Ciaran's place was lovely! It is in a great location, so we could walk everywhere we wanted to go. The flat was large, comfortable and clean. Ciaran was very responsive and helpful.

    Sarah2015-09-06T00:00:00Z
  • Fantastic location and a lovely clean apartment. Two double rooms (one with an extra single bed) and sofa bed in kitchen/living area. Ciaran was easily contactable and helpful. Really enjoyed the stay. Highly recommended!

    Leah2016-01-25T00:00:00Z
  • Great stay - a the bottle of wine on arrival is always a plus :) Great location and sized flat.

    Dev2016-09-29T00:00:00Z
  • Myself & 4 friends travelled to Dublin for 1 night over Bank Holiday weekend in May from the UK. This flat was exactly what we were looking for; clean, spacious & central. The owner was accommodating, allowing us to drop our bags off prior to check-in so that we could go off and explore Dublin. The apartment is just off Temple Bar, about 2 mins walk from all the pubs. Given its location you'd expect it to perhaps be a little noisy on a night but it's not at all. I would definitely recommend this apartment to friends & would look to stay here again. Thank you very much.

    Mia2016-05-31T00:00:00Z
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    Luxury four bedroom House in the most fashionable area of Dublin. Ballsbridge is an excellent area of Dublin, close to all the action, the house is only 20 minute walk to Grafton Street/Trinity Collage, great pubs and restaurants in the area.
    This is a Luxury four bedroom house set in the heart of Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. This luxury house consists of 4 double bedrooms, 2 of which are en-suite, all double bedrooms have either a king size or super king size double bed, , all rooms have TVs, desk, chair, mirror, fast internet access throughout the house Kitchen with all mod cons. Bright living area. The house is very energy efficient and eco friendly, including having a rain water harvesting system, solar panels, triple glazing etc. But the best thing about this house is its super location.
    The Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 area, is an exclusive area of Dublin, only a 15 minute walk to Grafton Street/Trinity Collage. The area is full of great restaurants, bars and shops. This area is also extremely safe, and a great place to be based to explore Dublin.
  • Everything was as advertised. Great house. Great location. Having parking available was good as well. Easy to find transit or a cab on the street nearby to get to the touristy stuff.

    Trevor2017-05-05T00:00:00Z
  • Perfect accommodations! Desmond provided first class treatment. Personally met us and gave us a tour of house. Definitely will come back again!

    Alex2017-05-25T00:00:00Z
  • Wonderful home that is nicely furnished and the rooms spacious and immaculate. Great location within walking distance to many wonderful restaurants shops and pubs. We had a wonderful stay!

    Jan2017-03-16T00:00:00Z
  • Great house in good location!

    Dave2017-04-14T00:00:00Z
  • Desmond's Place was fantastic, brilliant location, impeccably clean, great facility's and the beds are extremely comfortable. Communication with Des was quick and very informative. Anytime we are heading to Dublin, we will be sure to look you up. Thanks again for all your wee touches and food supplies. Chloè

    Chloe2017-07-30T00:00:00Z
  • All around awesome house! Helpful and friendly staff, convenient location, clean and spacious bedrooms, baths and living space and a delightfully quiet and secluded back yard. We would stay there again in a heartbeat!

    Marty2016-06-15T00:00:00Z
  • A really great house, well equipped and to a very,very high standard. Located in the lovely Ballsbridge. host was amazing! friendly, helpful and very good for communication, even had left us some food essentials for breakfast. Thanks Desmond,when I'm in Dublin again I know where I'll be staying.

    Andrew2016-07-24T00:00:00Z
  • Amazing place and host, you need to go there, specially for big groups !!!!

    bbensadon2016-01-18T00:00:00Z
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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.
  • Staying at Duncan's place was great! It's a centrally located duplex with a fantastic terrace. It was all the comforts of home that I look for when traveling. The best part of staying here was how amazing and understanding Duncan was as a host! My arrival plans changed the day before I arrived and he was super accommodating in working with me to check in earlier than anticipated. He contacted me throughout my stay to ensure that I was okay and to ensure that my stay was going well. He is a super communicative and understanding host. You will love staying here!

    Marc2016-06-19T00:00:00Z
  • We have spent four nights in Duncans place. Everything was perfekt. It is a quiet and central apartment. We asked for som advice about restaurants, to rent bikes and such things and got very good advice from Duncan. He was very easy to get in contact with before and during the visit. He and Gabrielle was very nice and they even bought breakfast for our first day. I can really recommend this place. Thank you for a perfect stay in Dublin. //Lena and friends

    Lena2017-05-28T00:00:00Z
  • Duncan's place was a great accommodation for a family of four. We had easy access to the downtown areas of the city. We were able to walk to any of the major tourist attractions in the city. Duncan and Gabrielle were easy to work with and very timely with communications. I would recommend Duncan's place to others!

    Karrie2017-07-27T00:00:00Z
  • I would definitely recommend staying here. The amartment is lovely and ideal for what we needed. Duncan and Gabrielle were great hosts, we couldn't have asked for better. They left us bread, milk etc so we had food and they gave us great recommendations for where to eat and drink. If we revisit Dublin we will be sure to stay here. Thank you!

    Laura2017-02-13T00:00:00Z
  • Can't recommend this enough. Starting with Duncan who is an excellent communicator and friendly/helpful host. Next the location is perfect. Short walk to the highlights of the downtown city. Finally it feels very safe. The apartment is in a gated complex and the surrounding area felt quite safe. I would be quick to rebook should I ever return to Dublin. Thanks Duncan!

    Doug2017-04-12T00:00:00Z
  • We were greatly welcomed by Gaby - fridge was filled with some basics - all was well maintained and clean - loacation is great - an easy start point for Dublin - Thanks again

    Antonio2017-03-05T00:00:00Z
  • A nice safe stay in Dublin! Comfortable beds and nice amenities. 20 minute walk to Temple Bar area.

    Paul2017-07-29T00:00:00Z
  • Duncan's apartment is absolutely perfect for a stay in Dublin. It is centrally located in a very safe area with plenty of restaurants and shops just a street away. Located a 10 minute stroll from O'Connell St it is a perfect place to base yourself. It was perfectly clean and well equipped with everything you could need including a large TV with loads of channels. The wifi was excellent and I loved the big balcony overlooking part of the Liffey river - it is a lovely apartment complex. Nothing was too much trouble for Duncan, I had two amendments to my booking and he didn't mind in the slightest. All in all a lovely place and I will definitely stay again.

    Karen2016-09-09T00:00:00Z
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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 family are very nice! Thanks for the informations, the boos bed and the perfect breakfast :)

    Germain2017-01-22T00:00:00Z
  • Vanessa was such a lovely person and host. I couldn't have had a more pleasurable experience in Dublin than I did staying at this Airbnb. Not only is her home gorgeous, but it is located in a safe and convenient location. It wasn't too far to the tram(about a 10 minute walk, which is rather scenic), and I felt comfortable the entire time I was at the Airbnb. Venessa was very prompt with her response time in regards to my questions and messages, and we had some lovely chats about travelling and Ireland. The bed was extremely cosy and soft, and the bathroom was something out of a magazine. Everything she described on her webpage was accurate, however, the only thing she did not include was the fact that you would have an unforgettable experience!

    Clint2016-07-31T00:00:00Z
  • This was my first time experiencing an AirBnB stay, and I must say Vanessa set the standard very high! I felt so comfortable being there and she was so accommodating and genuine. Also, being away from my family it was so fun getting to know little Ben. I would recommend Vanessa in a heartbeat to anyone and everyone. Even if you want to be closer to the City Centre I would still the highly recommend her in this location because the bus commute is so easy! I'm grateful for getting to know this sweet family and I will remember my Ireland experience with a smile on my face thanks to them. :)

    Ivy2016-05-29T00:00:00Z
  • That was the perfect Airbnb experience. A very nice room in a gorgeous house in a quiet neighbourhood close to the city centre of Dublin. The house is just within walking distance to the next tram station where there are trams to the city centre every 6 minutes. In addition to that, Vanessa is a very friendly person. I definitely would recommend to stay at Vanessa’s place.

    Matthias2016-07-14T00:00:00Z
  • Vanessa's place is gorgeous! Dartry is such a lovely location and the house is right next to a lovely gym/ swimming pool for those of you interested in that. The decor is lovely, very new and clean house. Vanessa was a perfect host. Would recommend.

    Michelle2016-09-19T00:00:00Z
  • Location is in very good area. Easy to access by public transport. Neighborhoods are so awesome friendly. Lovely house, clean, comfortable, and fabulous bathroom. Vanessa is very nice, welcoming, and informative host. Highly recommended.

    Kanokwan2017-06-24T00:00:00Z
  • Vanessa was the perfect host. Her home the perfect base-camp for my 6day Dublin experience. Beeing in the lovely and quiet south part of the town you get into the centre by bus or tram without any problems, even at night. Vanessa has a lovely family and a beautiful home. If I come back to Dublin I already know where I will stay. Thanks again!

    Philipp2017-08-06T00:00:00Z
  • Big, beautiful house in a lovely neighbourhood. Really close to the Luas line and the bed was AMAZING! Vanessa was a great host, excellent communication and very welcoming. Really enjoyed my stay here.

    Paul2016-03-03T00:00:00Z
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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
  • Perfect location, with a great view! I highly recommend it!

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

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

    Jacquie2013-11-10T00:00:00Z
  • What a terrific place! PERFECT location - super easy access to everything in Dublin, plus a fantastic view of Dublin Castle across the street. The apartment is very comfortable and convenient, and Garrett and Ronan were phenomenal hosts - they sent us lots of great recommendations and were very accommodating. I would absolutely recommend staying here!

    Jennifer2013-12-28T00:00:00Z
  • The listing was in a perfect location with a wonderful view! It was clean and Garrett was great about explaining the location, restaurants, bars, and transportation to and from the airport. We loved our trip to Dublin and the convenience of this listing!

    Katherine2015-03-15T00:00:00Z
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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.
  • 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 view. Enjoyed the location. Quiet area with a great square near by. Try the meat wagon downstairs.

    Sarah 2017-08-06T00:00:00Z
  • 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 place to stay a couple of days in Dublin ! The apartment was clean, comfortable and well equipped. Liam had arranged everything to make our arrival and our stay the most comfortable and easier possible. I recommend !

    Cécile2016-10-23T00:00:00Z
  • Brilliant location, apartment was modern and clean. There was enough room for us for ladies. Liam was easy to contact and very helpful. Would stay here again. THANK YOU.

    Melanie2016-08-01T00:00:00Z
  • Brilliant host, great location, lovely apartment, thank you.

    Jamie2016-12-19T00:00:00Z
  • My friends and I enjoyed staying staying here. The apartment was nicely furnished and had a cozy feel. It was in the perfect location, quiet, but not too far from all the sites. The only negative was the curtains in the bedroom let in a lot of a light and woke us up earlier then we wanted. Some darker curtains would fix the problem. I would definitely recommend this apartment, and comeback the next time i'm in Dublin.

    Sophia2016-11-27T00:00:00Z
  • Very clean and practical apartment. Liam was always very attentive and fast responding. Thank you very much for everything! :)

    Arlet2017-05-19T00:00:00Z
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    Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

    Bright, spacious second-floor studio in beautiful, quiet Georgian house, overlooking a park, situated in a dynamic area of the city. Welcoming local host with years of hospitality experience.
    Come and have an authentic experience in one of Dublin's special Georgian apartments, situated on Mountjoy Square, in the heart of Dublin's North Georgian core, and just minutes from O'Connell Street. This large studio apartment is on the second floor of a beautiful redbrick townhouse, built in 1792. Both house and apartment retain all their original features, combined with modern comforts. It is approximately 400 sq ft, or 38m2. It has just been completely redecorated (July 2015) and has a smart new bathroom with a large walk-in high-pressure shower. It has a new 40" smart TV and DVD player. The well designed kitchen has a gas hob, electric oven, dishwasher and microwave, and all the equipment you might need to cook a gourmet meal. Basic condiments are provided as well as a generous 'welcome pack' for breakfast. All you need to buy is some bread! The East-facing apartment is flooded with light from the three full-length windows overlooking the gardens of Mountjoy Square. It has a Georgian pink marble period fireplace fitted with a high-output gas stove. The rest of the apartment is comfortably furnished with period furniture, including a Georgian dining table and four matching chairs, and a pair of comfortable leather tub chairs. There are Kashmir hand-loomed wool wraps, for cosy evenings in front of the fire. It is decorated with fine art prints from Graphic Studio Dublin. The bed folds away and has a comfortable double mattress, goose down duvet and pillows, and pure cotton sheets. Read in comfort with vintage Anglepoise reading lights. If needed, a single, contract-quality foldaway bed, and all linens are available for a extra guest. Please see photos. A surcharge of €10, to cover the cost of the extra laundry, applies for the use of the apartment as a twin. This will be collected in cash upon arrival. • You will receive a welcome pack of the basics- quality tea, coffee, home-made granola and preserves, fruit, juice and organic natural yoghurt and free-range eggs. • 100% cotton bed linen and towels are provided • Local tourist information and guide books available • Free wi-fi • Large flat-screen TV and DVD player, with selection of Irish themed DVD's • Library of Irish-themed books • Playing cards and board games • Hair dryer • Washing machine and dryer are available in the building- we will do your laundry for you - €10 charge CHECK-IN IS FROM 3pm, and CHECK-OUT IS BY 11am, please. We are happy to take in your luggage earlier. Please let us have your flight/arrival details, so that we can plan our day around being here to greet you. The house is perfectly located for exploring the city; all of the city's cultural institutions are within walking distance, and the transport connections are excellent. Airport bus (41) passes door on the way OUT of the city, 8 min. walk to LUAS Red line, DART, (Connolly and Tara) and city busses. Dublin Bikes stand opposite house.
    Mountjoy Square is situated just NE of the historic city centre, within walking distance of just about all the main city attractions. It is the most densely populated area in the entire city: 1500 people have front doors opening onto the Square. The house fronts onto a 4acre/1.5ha park, across a fairly busy street. YOU WILL HEAR TRAFFIC...Please bear in mind that this is NOT LEAFY SUBURBIA, but a vibrant, living city community and it's definitely gritty in places... Having said that, I have lived here, uneventfully, for nearly 38 years, and consider the trade-offs well worth it, for the excitement and convenience of having the city on my doorstep.. LOCAL GROCERY SHOPPING, SERVICES AND BREAKFAST OPTIONS In general, shopping hours are 9.30-6pm, with late-night shopping till 8pm on Thursdays. Sunday opening is from noon. BREAKFAST The Koffee and Kale, just around the corner, on Hill Street, has superb coffee and great pastries, and an interesting range of sandwiches/salads/wraps at lunchtime. The OldMusic Store on North Frederick Street is comfortable and reliable. Cafe 147 on Parnell Street also has good coffee. Later in the morning, and for lunch, I love the Cobalt Cafe on North Great Georges Street, LOCAL GROCERY SHOPPING Tops in Pops, just down the street to the right, for fresh local produce and basic groceries, 8.30am to 6pm Monday to Saturday. They are a fourth-generation local business, who have been trading on the site since 1931. The Londis corner store next door opens 8am to 10pm, but charge for privilege. There is an ATM machine at the back, right hand side of the store. Dunne's Stores, is the indigenous supermarket and department store chain, and has branches in every sizeable town throughout the country. There are two local branches. In North Earl Street, opposite O’Connell Street’s Spire, the Off-Licence (liquor store) is in a separate premises, a few doors apart - look for the James Joyce statue. You will find a bigger branch in the ILAC Shopping Centre, flanked by Henry Street, Moore Street and Parnell Street West (Moore Street entrance is opposite Paris Bakery). The other national supermarket, chain, my favourite, is Supervalu, with a branch on Talbot Street, one block east of Gardiner Street. Have a look at their FLAVOUR ACADEMY section, which highlights smaller, local artisan producers. There is Metro Tesco on Parnell Street West, just past the Rotunda Hospital. A main branch is to be found in the basement of the Jervis Centre, off Henry Street. Lidl have a branch on Moore Street, opposite Tesco, and Aldi a branch a little further along Parnell Street. Carney’s Butchers, is another multi-generational local family business, which prides itself on the quality of its meat. In keeping with local tradition, they sell fresh fish on Friday’s. F.X. Buckley’s Butchers have two local branches; Moore Street and Talbot Street. This is a very old Dublin business and they have everything; free-range pork, beef and lamb from their own herds, poultry, game in season and fish, and, in the Moore Street branch, a deli counter for cooked meats next door. They are very obliging, and the lads have a great line in smart (sassy) chat. POST OFFICES Nearest Post Office is Parnell Street East, at corner of Marlborough Street, but much nicer is the GPO, O’Connell Street. 1828 façade, but badly damaged in the 1916 Rising, and largely rebuilt in 1928. The main hall is beautiful, with all its original fittings intact. It also contains the iconic statue, by Oliver Shephard, The Dying Cuchullain. The brand-new museum Witness History, is in the basement, and interprets the revolution of 1916 brilliantly. BANKS Allied Irish Bank has a branch on O’Connell Street, at the SW junction with Parnell Street, opposite the Rotunda Hospital. Bank of Ireland has a branch at Lower O’Connell Street, on the east side of the street, between Middle Abbey Street and Ashton Quay. PHARMACIES Foley's Pharmacy on Parnell Street East is a 100+ year-old family business; they are very helpful. Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 9am 6pm. There is a late-night pharmacy, Hickey’s at 55 Lower O’Connell Street, (west side, within the block closest to the river). Opening hours: 8am -10pm M-F, 8.30am-10pm Saturday. 10am 10pm Sunday. Web: (EMAIL HIDDEN) MEDICAL AND DENTAL PRACTICES Mountjoy Medical Practice, Dr. Gerry Roebuck, Dr. Holly Porter (female) Dr. Colm Killeen. 2-3 Baker’s Yard, Portland Street North. TEL: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) or (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) OPENING HOURS: 9-1.30 and 3.30-5.30. €50 per visit. 8-minute walk away, to the North East of the Square, across the North Circular Road. Please ask for directions. Frederick Dental Practice is happy to see people on an emergency basis. Frederick Dental Practice, 33 North Frederick Street, Dublin 1 TEL: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). COST:€60. OPENING HOURS: 8AM- 5PM 8-minute walk away, to the West. Please ask for directions. PLACES OF WORSHIP: Roman Catholic: St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, Upper Gardiner Street. St. Mary's Metropolitan Church - the Pro-Cathedral, Marlborough. Sung Mass, 11am, Sundays, with the Palestrina Choir. St. Jospeh’s Church, Berkeley Road, Dublin 7. St. Teresa’s Church, off Grafton Street. Whitefriar Street Church, Aungier Street, Dublin 2. HOURS: Generally, Masses are on the hour or the half-hour. Many Catholic churches have Mass on Saturday evening, from 5pm onwards (check individual church websites), in addition to morning Masses. Church of Ireland: Christchurch Cathedral, Christchurch Place, Church of Ireland, sung Services Sundays, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Nicholas Street, Church of Ireland, sung services Sundays. St. Anne’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 Jewish: Dublin Hebrew Congregation (URL HIDDEN) Daily services in Synagogue at 32a Rathfarnham Road, Public Transport: Buses: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). Get off at Terenure Cross (road). Walk up Rathfarnham Road, pass AIB Bank and one row of terraced houses; shul is next building, with wooden/metal security gates. Across the street is a shop called Window Fashions. Dublin Jewish Progressive Congregation (DJPC) Website: (URL HIDDEN) Email: (EMAIL HIDDEN) Postal: PO Box 3059, Dublin 6 President: Mrs Hilary Abrahamson Muslim: Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland (ICCI) 19 Roebuck Road, Clonskeagh, Dublin 14, Tel: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) Islamic Foundation of Ireland (IFI) 163 South Circular Road, Dublin 8. Tel: +(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) Anwar-ul-Madina Moore Street, Dublin 1. KARIN'S GUIDE TO THE CITY NORTHSIDE LOCAL RESTAURANTS: 'The Cobalt Cafe', in a beautiful Georgian house on North Great Georges Street, which doubles as a gallery, is great for lunch. Parnell Street East, Dublin's emerging 'Chinatown' is just a half a block to the south. My favourite is Viet Pho, a squeaky-clean, friendly Vietnamese restaurant. Look also for the Illy sign at No. 147- for some of the best coffee, soup and sandwiches going. Local fine dining is catered for at 'Mr. Fox', the new Northside outpost of 'The Pig's Ear', Nassau Street, overlooking Trinity College playing fields. They serve modern Irish food in a smart and comfortable basement setting, on Parnell Square West. Ross Lewis's incomparable Chapter One, on the North side of that Square, in the basement of the Writer's Museum, has had a Michelin star for years. The food is brilliant, and it's superbly comfortable and very professional, but has that laid-back quality that we Irish rate so highly. World class, but sans pretensions. But, it comes at a price, and the need to book at least two weeks in advance. Definitely one to consider for a special occasion. A long lazy lunch on Friday afternoon, is my favourite time. Nearer the river, 'Le Bon Crubeen' (crubeen=pig's trotter- it's a modern Franco-Irish restaurant) is on Talbot Street, as is the venerable and immensely popular 'Talbot 101'. It is packed to the gunnels with locals between 5.54 and 7.15, enjoying their pre-theatre supper before the Abbey curtains rise at 7.30, when they relinquish their seats for the rest of us! On the riverfront, I love Panem, facing the Millennium Bridge, for a quick coffee and a delicious Sicilian almond biscuit, baked on the premises. A few doors down, you'll find a cluster of Italian bars, cafes and restaurants serving good quality food. Half a block to the east is the trendy 'Winding Stairs' restaurant, with its book-lined walls (relics of a former second-hand bookshop-cum-cafe of the same name), while back on Capel Street, locals rave about Brother Hubbard for lunch. A new one to consider is the Woollen Mills, at the Halfpenny Bridge - modern 'plates' at various prices, designed to be shared, and if your lucky, a view down on the river. They also offer a superb brunch at the weekends, as well as coffee and cakes throughout the day, all week long. LOCAL PUBS include the 'Hill 16' just opposite the house, on Gardiner Street - very popular with the GAA crowd on match days (the Gaelic Athletic Association Stadium, Croke Park, is just 3 blocks to the east), they pull a superb 'pint'. ‘The Heritage Parnell’, on Parnell Street West, just around the corner from O’Connell Street 'The Flowing Tide', on the corner of Marlborough Street, opposite the Abbey Theatre, is one of my favorites - after the curtain goes down in the Abbey, half the cast are likely to be at the bar. A few doors closer to O’Connell Street is Mulligan’s, another very nice pub, dating from the Edwardian era. 'The Church' on Mary Street, in a converted 1720's church, is another fine place for a drink; the former owner won many accolades for the high quality of the restoration. Capel Street has many typical local pubs, which have the added benefit of serving a largely local population. They include 'O’Neill’s' and 'Slattery's which is good for music. 'The Black Sheep' has the local craft beers covered, and does good bar food, (as does it's sister pub, ‘The Brew Dock’, on Store Street, at the bottom of Gardiner Street. The north side traditional music 'musician’s' bar is 'The Cobblestone', at the top of Smithfield, and is suitably grungy. DEPARTMENT STORES AND FASHION Henry Street, off O’Connell Street, at the SPIRE, is the premier shopping street on the north side of the river. Here you will find Arnott’s the local department store, which highlights Irish fashion and design, throughout the store, and has several nice cafes. Henry Street also contains large branches of Debenhams and Marks&Spencers, as well as branches of most of the high street fashion chains. There are two large shopping centres, the Jervis, with a large branch of Tesco’s in the Basement, and the ILAC, which has a Dunnes Department Store, with a Food Hall in the basement. (You can shop for fresh produce on adjacent Moore Street, Dublin's oldest street market, now also home to a thriving cluster of ethnic food markets and restaurants.) Sadly Dublin lost Clery’s Department Store is on O’Connell Street in July 2015, but do have a look at the elegant 1940’s neo-classical façade, a mini version of Selfridges’s in London, while we wait to see what takes Clery's place. NORTHSIDE CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS The North side of Parnell Square is home to the city's Hugh Lane Gallery of Modern Art; we share a significant collection of Impressionist painting with the Tate Gallery in London, part of the Hugh Lane Bequest, which is rotated in seven-year cycles. Next door is the Writer's Centre, and next door again, is the Writer's Museum, with a Michelin-starred restaurant in the basement, the amazing Chapter One. Down on the East side of Parnell Square is the beautiful jewel-box that is the Gate Theatre - part of the 18th-century entertainment complex established by the entrepreneurial Dr. Bartholomew, to help support his new Rotunda Maternity Hospital (the oldest purpose-built such hospital in the world, and still delivering babies on a daily basis, 270 years later (9000 is 2012). You could be seated in either the Abbey or Gate Theatres within 10 minutes of leaving the house, and the James Joyce Cultural Centre is even closer, on North Great Georges Street (don't forget to check out the Cobalt Cafe, opposite). Hop on the Luas Red Line, going west, in Abbey Street, halfway between Mountjoy Square and the river, and you will be dropped at the ‘Museum’. The National Museum, Collins Barracks, housed in an old military barracks, dating from 1702, contains the Decorative Arts Collections, (basically, everything post 1700). Descend at the next stop, ‘Heuston’ for IMMA, Ireland's National Museum of Modern Art, housed in the old Kilmainham Hospital, built in the1660’s. It pre-dates the more famous Chelsea Hospital in London by several years. Not to be missed is the Old Jameson Distillery, in Smithfield. Jameson was distilled here until 1971, when three historic distilleries amalgamated, and centralized distilling in Midleton, Co. Cork. The Museum is very well presented; one is guided around the distilling floor, among the huge old pot stills before retiring to the Bar to sample the goods. Nearby is one of the oldest churches in Dublin, St.Michan’s, on Church Street, dating from the mid-11thc. There are several mummified bodies in the basement, thought to be Crusaders. When I was a child, one was allowed to shake their hands….. SOUTHSIDE In the south city centre, the RESTAURANT HUB is in the pedestrian streets to either side of Grafton Street, and in Temple Bar. Particular favourites of mine include: * Nede, Temple Bar Square * Eden Bar and Grill, South William Street * The Green Hen, Wicklow Street * Fallon and Byrne, Exchequer Street, basement wine-bar, full service restaurant first- floor, and coffee bar within the food-hall on the ground floor. * Fade Street Social, Fade Street, tapas bar and full-service restaurant. * The Rustic Stone, Exchequer Street, upmarket, sophisticated and healthy ‘fast food’. * Cornucopia, Wicklow Street- vegetarian café day, full service by evening. * The Port House, South William Street, wine bar and tapas. * Pinxto, Crowe Street, Temple Bar, as above, same management. * Stanleys, St. Andrew Street - wine bar and ambitious food in a relaxed, initmate setting. * Pichet, Trinity Street, is one of my all-time favourites. Southside city-centre TRADITIONAL PUBS we like are: * Mulligan's, Poolbeg Street * Neary's, Chatham Street * Grogan’s, South William Street * International Bar, Wicklow Street * O'Neill's, Suffolk Street * The Dawson Lounge, Dawson Street * The Stag's Head, Connaught Court * The Long Hall, South Great Georges Street * Doheny and Nesbitt’s, Merrion Row * Kehoe’s, South Anne Street * The Duke, Duke Street (PLEASE NOTE- these are traditional city pubs- and DON'T have MUSIC) Fronting the river, TEMPLE BAR, with its vibrant mix of independent shops, cafes, restaurants, pubs, markets and cultural institutions occupies an area three blocks deep and ten blocks long. At the western end, look out for the two branches of the Queen of Tarts- a wonderful teas shop that offers really good home baking and teas and coffees, all served on mismatched antique china (Lord Edward Street and Cow's Lane). TEMPLE BAR FARMERS MARKET, is held every Saturday in Meeting House Square, 9-4.30, now has a smart new tensile roof for wet days, and is a good place to rub shoulders with the locals, whilst sampling local food culture. Don’t miss the Oyster Stall, Hick’s Pork Butchers, or David Llewyllan’s fantastic ‘Double L’ local cider- 100% apple (not even water), and the two local cheese stalls, among others. Don’t’ forget to check out the overflow stalls on Curved Street, where Rossa Crowe’s fantastic bread is on offer- Rossa took himself off to France for two years to train, and now produces slow fermented breads, made with the very best organic flours. SOUTHSIDE CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS TRINITY COLLEGE is a good orientation point; from here it is easy to find the mediaeval core, the cultural/political hub of the country around Kildare Street, and the Grafton Street fashion hub. The campus occupies a 40-acre (16ha.) site, and is over 400 years old, though what one sees today are mainly beautiful eighteenth-century buildings. It is worth a wander around, after a visit to spectacular Long Library, to see the Book of Kells and other illustrated Celtic manuscripts. From Front Gate, look south to Grafton Street or west up College Green and Dame Street, which lead to the mediaeval core. At the brow of the hill you will find: * Dublin Castle (visit the State Apartments, the Chester Beatty Library and the lovely garden in front (which is actually the helicopter-landing pad for the Castle). * The City Hall with its 'Museum of the Capital' in the basement is worth a look- the Hall is free, and there is a nominal charge for the Museum. * Christchurch Cathedral * Dublinia-in the Christchurch Chapterhouse (Viking Exhibition). * Old Saint Audeon's Church, built almost into the city wall. * St Patrick's Cathedral, and historic park beside. * Marshe's Library-the oldest public library in these islands, 1701. * Francis Street- the Antiques Quarter. * Thomas Street/Meath Street, for a touch of 'Old Dublin'. * The Guinness Storehouse. * Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, (IMMA) Ireland's National Gallery of Modern Art, with its wonderful, recently restored formal garden. KILMINHAM GAOL is worth a visit, and tells the story of Irish Nationalism. It can be reached via the grounds of IMMA, passing Bully’s Acre, and old graveyard, where Brian Boru was reputedly rested on his way to his final burial place in Armagh. Alternatively, exit onto Nassau Street, with its cluster of high-quality shops showcasing the best of Irish crafts - fashion, knitwear, weaving, glassware, ceramics and contemporary jewellery - the Kilkenny Shop has a great cafe upstairs, with views over College Park. Continue along the College Park railings till you reach Kildare Street, the cultural-institutional hub of the country. All of our national cultural institutions have free admission. Here you will find the National Library, and the National Museum, facing each other over the forecourt of Leinster House, home to the Oireachtas, our National Parliament. The National Library has a lovely exhibit on the poet, W.B. Yeats, and the Treasury, in the National Museum houses both the Bronze Age and Early Christian collections. On the opposite side of the block, on Merrion Street/Merrion Square, you will find the National Gallery, and the Natural History Museum (known to Dubliner's of my father's generation, as 'The Dead Zoo’. This is a very refreshing look to the past, with absolutely no interpretation, and nothing, not even a postcard, to buy). The National Gallery is halfway through a four-year renovation programme; in the meantime, the Millennium Wing, on Clare Street, has a ‘highlights of’ exhibition, and the Café and Gift Shop are also accessed via the Clare Street Entrance. GETTING AROUND Two operators offer Hop-On/Hop-Off tours: (URL HIDDEN) (URL HIDDEN) They both offer a 2-day ticket, and cost roughly the same price - check them out online before you make up your mind. One can buy an integrated LEAP card in most newsagents, at train stations, and in the Dublin Bus Head Office at 42 O’Connell Street (on the west side of the street, just north of the Spire). This can be used on the LUAS, DART, some suburban mainline trains, and on Dublin Bus routes. There is also a 3-day tourist pass, the Freedom Ticket, which provides good value. €28 will give you 72 hours transport, starting at the Airport; Airlink from the airport, the Hop-On-Hop –Off tourist bus and all local bus routes. Web: (URL HIDDEN) •The DART, the local electric commuter train, runs north/south along the coast. The northside city centre station is Connolly, on Amiens Street, facing Talbot Street, but I usually suggest people use Tara Street, as Connolly is also a mainline station, and is very big, and a bit confusing. Tara is purely a commuter station, and is about the same distance. It is on George’s Quay, just south of the Custom House. The other south-side city centre station is Pearse, on Westland Row, at the south end of the Trinity campus. •The LUAS Red Line runs east-west through the north side of the city, as far east as the docks, and serves both Connolly and Heuston mainline stations. The nearest stop to Mountjoy Square is Abbey, on Middle Abbey Street, opposite the Abbey Theatre. The LUAS Green Line serves the south suburbs; Ranelagh, Dundrum, Leopardstown Racecourse, and on out to Cherrywood, on the county boundary with Wicklow. •Main cross-city bus routes run north-south through O’Connell Street. The No.7 terminates on Mountjoy Square North, and there is a ‘shopper’s fare’ of 50c, to Grafton Street- alight at Trinity. On the return journey it skirts the Trinity campus and comes along Pearse, to the east of the campus - catch it on Clare Street, at the Millennium wing of the National Gallery. •DUBLIN BIKES are free to use for the first half hour, and have a stand on Mountjoy Square West, but one needs to go to the Princes Street stand (to the right hand side of the General Post Office (GPO)), to purchase a short term card. It costs €2, and is only available to credit card holders. SHOPPING WITH A DIFFERENCE Those interested in the local fashion, art and design scene should look out for the following addresses (in no particular order): •Designist, South Great George's Street (stock chosen for good design) •Irish Design Store, Drury Street •Article, Powerscourt Townhouse Centre (housewares) •Irish Designer Store, Top floor Powerscourt Townhouse Centre •Cow's Lane Gallery, Temple Bar (artist’s collective) •The Jam Factory, Nicholas Street (artist’s collective) •Avoca, Suffolk Street •Kilkenny Shop, Nassau Street •Designyard, South Frederick Street (jewellery) •Louise Kennedy, couturier, Merrion Square, and Tipperary Crystal •Gallery Zozimus, Francis Street (art gallery and carefully chosen crafts) •Graphic Studio Gallery, Temple Bar (artist-printmaker’s gallery) •Malthouse Design Centre and Shop, Distillery Court, 537 North Circular Road, just around the corner from Mountjoy Square (cluster of design-led businesses, 10-5 M-F) •Magee's of Donegal, Wicklow Street, and, •Kevin and Howlin, Nassau Street have hand-woven tweeds covered. •Dubarry's, College Green produce wonderful, country-style outerwear, including the most perfect alternative to sweaty, waterproof Wellington boots… •Monaghan's, Hibernian Way, the House of Ireland on Nassau Street and the Sweater Shops on Wicklow Street and Nassau Street has the best selections of traditional knitwear. Monaghan's specialise in cashmere. •Murphy and Sheehy, Castle Market, stock Irish tweed, Irish linen and a quirky selection of designer fabrics. Look out for their ‘Linen Union (linen/cotton blend) Glass Cloths- the best ever for polishing glassware, they make a super, useful, inexpensive and lightweight traditional gift! •The Cloth Shop, St. William Street, for interesting designer fabric, including a good selection of Irish Linen, and Liberty of London INDEPENDENT BOOKSHOPS and MUSIC STORES Eason’s, O’Connell Street, is a Dublin institution for over 100 years. It encompasses a large stationery department, a branch of Tower Records on the top floor, academic books in the basement, a nice café and two floors of general books. It is a good place to browse books of Irish interest, and they have a really good Information Desk. Chapters, Parnell Street West is my ‘local’. John Gannon is one of the best booksellers in the business, and his staff are hand-picked enthusiastic bibliophiles, one and all. Stock is a mixture of the latest releases, and carefully chosen remaindered books. Their ordering service is superlative, and they ALWAYS know exactly what one is talking about, even with just the vaguest, half-remembered clues from a newspaper review. Very strong on contemporary fiction, natural history, non-fiction and books of Irish interest. Extensive second-hand section upstairs. The Secret Bookstore, Wicklow Street is another favourite. It’s tucked away down a passage, near the L’Occitane shop and often throws up gems among its large second-hand stock. An eclectic music store occupies the rear of the shop. Cathach Rare Books, Duke Street, specializes in Irish first editions, and have an interesting selection of Irish maps and prints. Stokes Books is another interesting antiquarian/secondhand shop, specializing in books of Irish interest. You’ll find it in Georges Street Arcade. Claddagh Records, Cecelia Street, Temple Bar, is primarily a music publisher, but they have a retail outlet in Temple Bar, which is the oldest independent music shop in Dublin, and specializes in traditional Irish music, with some interesting World Music additions. SHORT TRIPS OUTSIDE THE CITY BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT NORTH: Catch the No.46A bus, (heading north on O'Connell Street to the Phoenix Park- the largest enclosed urban park in the world, 1750 acres behind a seven-mile-long stone wall. Ashtown Castle Interpretive Centre, with its wonderful walled garden and café is a good place to orient oneself. From here, on Saturdays, it is possible to visit Aras an Uachtarian, the official residence of our President. One can also visit Farmliegh, the Official State Guesthouse, a former Guinness mansion. Among it’s attractions are an art gallery, café, occasional free concerts, and regular weekend Farmer’s Markets. The Park also houses the Dublin Zoo, (1827, the second-oldest Zoo in the world, after London’s Regent Park Zoo). Several herd of Fallow Deer roam at liberty. Many sports are catered for; there is Polo ground, a cricket club, and lots soccer pitches. The Duke of Wellington is commemorated by a marvelous granite obelisk, which can be seen for miles. The area know as the Forty Acres affords superb views over the city, with the Royal Hospital and Guinness in the foreground, along the south side of the River Liffey. Phoenix Park can also be reached via the LUAS Red Line, direction Tallagh, heading west. Alight at 'Museum' and take a detour into the National Museum-Collins Barracks, which houses the Decorative Arts, post-1700, wonderful collections of silver, furniture, glass and other artifacts. Just up the road, in Glasnevin there are three worthwhile attractions: Glasnevin Cemetary, was founded by Daniel O’Connell as one of his first initiatives, post Catholic Emancipation in 1829, to provide a dignified place for Catholic burial. The Glasnevin Musuem is new, and has superlative displays of Nationalist history. They also have a very good Geneology Department. The National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, date from the end of 18thC. Though relatively small, they contain an internationally-aclaimed collection of plants and three iconic Glasshouses, by Turner of Dublin, which have all been restored in the recent past. There is a nice café in the Gardens, and entry is free. The Gravedigger’s Pub, over-looking a Green, is not to be missed. It got its name from the fact that there used to be a hatch in the rear wall, through which the gravediggers were served. They do nice simple pub food, and one can sit outside on sunny days. Walk back into town, and stop at either the The Botanic Bar at Harte’s Corner or the Brian Borus, typicl local bars. The Porter House, at Cross Guns Bridge, which is a micro-brewery, with nice food, is on the corner of the Royal Canal. Take a stroll east down the canal bank, and you will see swans, and moor-hens going about their business. At the next bridge, at Dorset Street look out for the lifesize bronze statue of Brendan Behan, a local author. From here is just a few minute’s stroll up Belvidere Place, with its charming stepped terraces of tall Georgian houses, to Mountjoy Square. Another favorite is the Marino Casino, in Fairview/Clontarf, an early 18th century pleasure house, built to the design of Sir William Chambers, for Lord Charlemont, purely for entertaining, also just a few miles by bus, north of the city centre. Catch the DART, the coastal commuter train, heading north, at Tara Street Station, on the South Liffey quays, at Butt Bridge, and take a short ride. You have the choice of Howth (a working fishing village) or Malahide. Howth Demesne or Howth Head, behind the village will both afford walks with great views; the Harbour has a dozen restaurants along the quay- ranging from take-out fish and chips to the very upmarket. Book an early-evening window table at Aqua, and be astonished by the sunset over the coast, looking north-west. Another favourite of mine is Deep, midway along the quay (and do watch out for the local tame and greedy Harbour Seal, who begs shamelessly from the trawler men, who tie up alongside). Malahide is a charming village, with some of the most expensive urban residential properties in the country. Good food and good shopping are to be had here. On the edge of the village you will find Malahide Castle and Demesne, open to the public, which includes a renowned private Arboretum, as Milo de Malahide, the last of his family, (who had occupied the castle continuously since Norman times, in the 10th-12th centuries) was a significant plants-man. The Castle contains the National Portrait Collection, as was as magnificent furniture and other contents. There is a smart new branch of the AVOCA Shop and Café in the Courtyard. SOUTH: South of the city you will find Rathfarnham Castle, and its Berkeley Costume and Toy Collection. Marley Park is a little further, just at the foot of the Dublin Mountains. It has wonderful parkland with easy walks, and a magnificent walled garden with a nice cafe. The No.16 bus, from O’Connell Street will leave you close by. Powerscourt is at the edge of Enniskerry, its associated estate village, at the end of the No.44 bus route, which winds its way through the south side suburbs, into Wicklow, through the Scalp, a deep and picturesque glacial valley. The 19th century gardens are fabulous, and make great use of the 'borrowed landscape' beyond. The terrace and Nepture fountain are centred on the Sugarloaf mountain, which marks the beginning of the Wicklow Mountains. The Powerscourt Waterfall, part of the same estate, is a few miles further on, and there are beautiful, way-marked, woodland and moorland walks in the hills nearby. Do be mindful; these ‘mountains’ can be deceptive- while not high, they can be treacherous, as weather conditions can change in minutes. Stick to the way-marked paths, and do keep an eye on the weather. Take the DART south to Bray and Greystones - via Dun Loughaire, Dalkey and Killiney - all interesting villages, with many cafes and restaurants. Killiney Hill, with its eighteenth century obelisk at the summit, is a short climb that results in amazing views over Dublin Bay, and down into the Wicklow Mountains beyond. There is a nice pub in in the ‘village’- ‘The Druid’s Chair’. Dalkey is a charming village with old-fashioned shops and lots of nice pubs, cafes and restaurants. The local Dalkey Castle Heritage Centre, is worth checking out, and in the summer run a theatre programme, and walking tours. Bray Esplanade is a classic Victorian seaside amenity, sturdily built from local granite - the perfect place to enjoy an ice-cream. Campo di Fiori, either the Restaurant or the Café, both near the train station and the north end of the Promenade, are particular favourites of mine. If one is feeling energetic, one could contemplate the Cliff Walk from Bray to Greystones - 4miles/6km along the rough cliff path. Lots of nice pubs for a pint of Guinness at the other end, The Hungry Pear is my favourite café, among many. The DART will take you straight back into the city. But.. make sure to do it in the morning, as by mid-day the path is in shade, and it can be windy and cold. WEST: Travelling into the rich plains of Kildare, by the No. 67 bus route, you will come to the historic village of Celbridge, just twelve miles from the city centre. Castletown House is Ireland's finest Palladian mansion, and was saved from destruction by Desmond Guinness, in the early 1960's. He purchased it from the construction company who had acquired it. They intended to demolish it, to make way for a vast suburban housing estate. The Irish Georgian Society, founded by Desmond Guinness, restored the house and furnished it with the help of many volunteers and sponsors, and opened it to the public, a heroic task for a small membership conservation society. Today, it is in State ownership, and it is the flagship Georgian heritage property of Ireland. It is beautifully presented, and the parklands are undergoing restoration. A local bus, or the commuter train from Connolly Station in Amiens Street, will take one to Maynooth, a charming University town, with another magnificent Palladian mansion, Carton House, now operating as a very upmarket hotel and golf club. Lots of companies offer day-long coach tours. Some involve very long days, i.e, Cliffs of Moher in Clare and the Giant’s Causeway on the Antrim coast. Two more local, and very worthwhile ones are either: The Boyne Valley Tour (Newgrange Neolithic ( 5000 yr old World Heritage Site) / Mellifont Cistercian ruins- (12thC.)/ Monasterboice Early Christian (6th-8thC.) The Wicklow-Glendalough Tour (Powerscourt / Wicklow Mountains National Park and Glendalough (Glen of the Two Lakes) a 6thC. Early Christian site, in beautiful wooded valley. Details of both of these trips, and others, are available in the big black folder in the apartment.
  • Karin was very welcoming and a delight to meet. The room is in an excellent location and made it easy to get around Dublin.

    Judy2015-11-27T00:00:00Z
  • Karin was a fantastic host (we used several of her restaurant tips and were never disappointed) and the apartment was gorgeous.

    Naomi2017-01-02T00:00:00Z
  • 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
  • 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
  • We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Dublin and this cute Georgian flat was part a great part of our experience. Karin provided some fruit, eggs, yogurt, milk, coffee and tea in the apartment, which was very welcome! The location was perfect: 20 min from the airport {22 euro} and across from a pretty park {Mount Joy Square}, with easy walking access to Trinity Collegeand O'Connolly street, where there was lots to do, great places to eat, and a "hop-on-hop-off" bus stop to get us to the farther places. Karin was a gracious host, went the extra mile to make us feel comfortable, and made the AirBnB experience a delightful one. Highly recommend to anyone looking to heighten the Dublin-living experience.

    Abel and Rachel2015-11-20T00:00:00Z
  • Karin provided several sheets of information about the flat, the neighborhood, and Dublin in general. The area is relatively quiet, and not far from the city center's points of interest. I would stay here again.

    Brien2016-09-24T00:00:00Z
  • Karin is very warm and inviting. She is very responsive and easy-going. Her listing was just re-done so it is in very nice condition. It is clean, spacious, has a nice view and all amenities you might need. Thanks for everything Karin!

    Jessie2015-08-03T00:00:00Z
  • Thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Dublin at Karin's! Nice, clean rooms, with an easy walk into all the attractions. Check in was very easy and Karin provided many great recommendations for our time there. Only downside was the wifi tended to be a bit hit and miss.

    Em2017-06-26T00:00:00Z
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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.
  • The apartment is spacious, clean, comfortable and in a wonderful location. There is a commuter train that runs nearby but the windows are thick enough that it didn't bother us at all! Mark and Tahra were welcoming, responsive and well organized. There are helpful notes all over the apartment - thanks for the thoughtfulness! Would recommend this place in a heartbeat.

    Gladys2016-05-16T00:00:00Z
  • We spent a wonderful week end in Dublin ! The flat was amazing, and very near to the city center. Mark and Diego were very nice and helpful with us. thank you so much for everything !

    Pauline2016-02-28T00:00:00Z
  • The flat was in a superb location for seeing the sights of Dublin. Even when caught out in the rain, it wasn't a long walk back to change before heading out again. Our family (3 young children) loved the railway outside the window and being able to wave to the commuters on their way into work. Whilst we didn't meet Mark and Tahra, we had excellent email communication with them prior to and during our stay. We were appreciative of our early check in. Beth showed us around the apartment and saw that we were settled in. We would have loved to have stayed longer.

    Fiona2017-07-21T00:00:00Z
  • We had a wonderful stay at Mark and Tahra's place! It was conveniently located very close to Trinity College. The apartment was very modern and incredibly clean. Perfect size for our family of 5 -- very comfortable. Mark was extremely responsive to every inquiry/question. We always received a response within the hour! Would definitely recommend and stay at this apartment again!

    Leslie2016-07-03T00:00:00Z
  • Our stay here was lovely, great location and easy to find. The apartment was clean and as expected with good wifi and smart tv for a bit of Netflix! The hosts were easy to contact and very accommodating with check in and check out. Would recommend to a friend.

    Olivia2016-12-04T00:00:00Z
  • 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 appartment in the center of Dublin. Located in a quiet neighborhood but 2 min walk from the crowd of temple bar or the beauty of trinity college. Very clean, nice beds and bathrooms.

    Pierre2017-05-16T00:00:00Z
  • Great location, just behind Trinity College, easily walkable to the centre. The apartment is clean, bright and a lot bigger than we expected. Lots of privacy, especially if you travel as two couples the way we did. Tahra was very responsive and helpful. Highly recommended.

    Joanna2017-05-03T00:00:00Z
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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.
  • Ian is a super friendly host - and the house is great.

    Tyler2015-11-10T00:00:00Z
  • Ian was a great host! He welcomed us to his place and provided many useful tips regarding the neighbourhood. There are several good stores, pubs and restaurants within a few blocks. The rental unit is exactly as advertised. Very nice and comfortable and there is great outdoor covered smoking area if you're a smoker. We found that we could comfortably walk to the all the central tourist sites without any trouble. I recommend this rental to anyone who wants to be close to everything but far enough away that you're amongst the locals.

    Reed2015-08-22T00:00:00Z
  • Great house! We were 4 people and the location is 20 min from lot of touristic places. The place is far from noisy streets and great for having a rest after a long day visiting the city. Ian is a super host, he helped us with everything and had some milk and breakfast on the freeze. He gave us some recommendations and advices about how to book for some visits we were planing. I highly recommend it!! House is lovely, well equipped and clean.

    Sergio2017-08-17T00:00:00Z
  • We had a great stay at Ian’s apartment and the location was just perfect for sightseeing. Everything was nice and clean. Ian was a very welcoming and helpful host and I would definitely recommend a stay at his apartment.

    Beate2015-10-27T00:00:00Z
  • I had a lovely time staying at Ian's house. It was very comfortable, quiet and warm. I felt very at home there. It had everything that I needed for my two week stay and was close to the supermarkets, restaurants, the LUAS, and easy to walk into town. I loved the location because it was away from the tourist area, but still convenient to everything. Ian was also a great host, and was very responsive to any questions and requests. I'd definitely stay here again.

    Lynsey2015-11-07T00:00:00Z
  • Ian welcomed us to the house and gave us a great number of ideas of what to do during our time in Dublin. The house was great for our short stay. We were a group of 4 (2 in each room - 1 room is ensuite). Ian even left us bagels, milk and cream cheese which was very thoughtful.

    John2016-10-16T00:00:00Z
  • Spent 5 five amazing days in Dublin! Ian's home was everything we could've asked for in a base for the week. The location is very convenient - about a 15 minute walk to the city center, so we didn't need to take a bus or taxi once. For those who want to avoid the touristy bits and have a more "local" experience, the neighborhood has plenty of places to eat and grab a pint. The house itself is lovely! Fit 4 of us comfortably, was well equipped and stocked with plenty of basics for our arrival. We didn't have any issues that required attention while we were there, but Ian was very communicative and helpful on arrival/departure. Would definitely stay again on future trips, and highly recommend!

    Mirjana2016-09-09T00:00:00Z
  • We enjoyed our stay. It was about about a 12 euro cab ride to the city center or about a 20-25 minute walk to the Molly Malone statue (where a lot of our tours met). Our host always answered quickly and was very accommodating! Our flight came in very early and he arranged it so we could go straight to his place and even greeted us. There were plenty of maps and city information in the place. This was very informative. The beds and pillows were comfortable. One thing to point out, if you have a lot of bags, this may not be the place for you. In the smaller bedroom, there is only room for about one suitcase. I ended up keeping my bag in the kitchen but I really didn't mind. We were our exploring so we didn't spend much time there.

    Michelle2017-08-30T00:00:00Z
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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
  • Just like every other reviewer has said, this was such a wonderful experience! After our 8 night trip to Ireland, my boyfriend said our one night stay in Peter's castle was his favorite part of the trip! We wish we could have stayed longer! We would also tell any of our friends travelling to Ireland that they should absolutely stay there if possible. It was really a special experience - especially knowing that Peter has done all of the work himself. We loved it!

    Morgan2015-07-20T00:00:00Z
  • Peter 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
  • 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
  • As soon as we arrived we were greeted by Peter and Ava. We were instantly made to feel welcome. The description of the castle was accurate and actually we were overwhelmed by the essence of the place which was majical. We could have not asked better for a beautiful place with beautiful surroundings. This was a present for my 50th birthday and I was not disappointed. We were sent back to another time and lived the dream.

    jon2014-09-27T00:00:00Z
  • Wonderful place to stay. Peter and Eva were incredibly kind and welcoming. This is a must see.

    Jessica2015-10-01T00:00:00Z
  • Our stay at Pete's castle was fantastic. We highly recommend this private castle experience in the West of Ireland.

    kelly2014-05-07T00:00:00Z
  • A once-in-a-lifetime stay! Stone steps, thick walls, gorgeous doors, beautiful beams... this is the place for anyone who has passed a castle or tower and dreamt of the romance of living there. The tower is absolutely gorgeous; painstakingly restored and lovingly decorated. It was such an incredible experience to walk into the highest room, lit by candle- and fire-light, and know that we got to sleep (URL HIDDEN) a castle! In the sitting room, we had access to a warm and wonderful old stove, a full kitchen, and an absolutely beautiful - and unique! - bathroom. In addition to the inherent romance and comfort of the place, we adored getting to know Peter, Eva, and the boys. Although we were there only one night, our conversation was such that we now feel like old friends! These are great people - warm and friendly and absolutely interesting!

    Erin2014-04-05T00:00:00Z
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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.
  • Myself, my girlfriend and her sister all stayed at Daragh place for a weekend. The place is in a absolutely prime location in Dublin with everything in walking distance. Daragh and his parents made it possible to provide us with another bed and road side parking. I not only recommend the apartment to anyone but also Daragh and his family. It is always a pleasure to meet good people while traveling.

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

    Elizabeth F.2014-02-03T00:00:00Z
  • Daragh was a great host! From the moment we arrived, he helped us find the apartment and waited for us without any signs of frustration. He was very kind and spent time with us when we first arrived telling us all the hotspots to visit and eat. He was available at all times and was always ready to give us places to visit that fit our interests. Daragh goes above and beyond!

    Tom2015-11-19T00:00:00Z
  • We stayed for the month of April and were delighted. The apartment is simple and clean, just as shown in pictures. The street is a busy city street, but the apartment windows do a very good job of noise reduction. The beautiful park just across the street, the amazing location, the sense of living in history, the bells of St. Patrick's, the horse carts clopping by on Patrick Street, the easy public transportation and walkability, all this contributed to a very enjoyable stay. What surprised and delighted us most was the sense of being honored guests of Daragh, Miguel and family rather than merely tenants. Daragh's dad, Mick greeted us, and as he has done for guests before us, he shared an infectious enthusiasm for the city sites that we used as reference points during all of our following stay. And this is the first place we have rented where the owners pop by weekly with clean linens...that was a treat! When you are here, you are family. Thanks Daragh, Miguel, Mick and Paula.

    Madeline 2013-05-04T00:00:00Z
  • Daragh was great and left us with wonderful recommendations. I will certainly look his apt up again when I return to Dublin

    Blake2016-03-15T00:00:00Z
  • Me and my partner stayed for 4 nights at Daragh's flat just off Patrick Street. It is in an excellent location, being close to temple bar with plenty of shops nearby. 15 minute walk from the Guinness factory. 10 minute walk to temple bar. A lovely little cafe opposite. The flat was extremely clean and tidy. Daragh was excellent, letting us drop our bags off before the check in time, giving recommendations of places to go and making sure we were settled in! I wouldn't hestitate in recommending this flat to other people visiting the city, thank you Daragh!!

    Sean2017-01-11T00:00:00Z
  • Great host!! Really informative on places surrounding the appartment and General Dublin info!! Appartment was so central we could walk everywhere and had everything we needed in the appartment!! Was my first experience with AirBnB and Daragh has really made me feel confident in the whole website and will definitely use again!!!! Thank you so much Daragh for making our first Dublin Adventure so easy and not stressful! We will definitely be back!! Katie

    Katie2016-02-20T00:00:00Z
  • We had a great time at daragh's apartment. Great location and a fantastic flat! Daragh was incredibly helpful and recommend loads of fantastic places! Thank you so much

    Katharina2016-02-28T00:00:00Z
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    Dublin 8, Dublin, Ireland

    INSTANT BOOK! Calendar updated daily! The Sunday Times selected this coastal cottage as the Best in Ireland. Fantastic mountain location overlooking 'your' lake, (canoe inc. free) walkable (or take our bikes) to beach & village WIFI. Sleeps 4, dogs
    Named in the Sunday Times (Travel) as one of 'Top 20 Places for the Summer in UK or Ireland' 2012! Note - this listing has 'live' and correct availability - you can book instantly - no need to enquire if there is availability - the calendar is correct :) Croaghacullion is a traditional Donegal coastal cottage that enjoys a remarkable secluded position overlooking Lougheraherk (lake) in this, the most traditional and picturesque part of Ireland. You get the whole cottage, in 3/4 acre of land overlooking a lake. Glencolmcille village (shops, great pubs with traditional music, Folk Museum, cafes, is a 13 minute drive). The cottage sits in the heart of the Irish-speaking Gaeltacht in what is probably the most traditional area of Ireland. You can walk down to the beach from the cottage and you're unlikely to see another tourist, maybe just a lobster fisherman or one of the friendly, farmer neighbours. See more photos of this Donegal cottage. Just sitting on the bench in front can be lovely - you can usually hear the waves from the other side of the mountain. Stay here to discover one of the most remarkable and beautiful landscapes in Ireland - we doubt you'll ever find better beaches than can be found locally, friendlier people, or such a sense of wilderness. These photos show the walk down to Port beach from the cottage, which feels like the very edge of Europe (9 times out of 10 you'll have the whole bay to yourself), or sit at home and enjoy the views over 'your' lough (lake). Pets welcome - ask they are never allowed on sofas or beds please. Great place for dogs - enlcosed garden and miles of open mountain walking from the door, with fabulous beaches near.
    The most unspoiled and beautiful part of Ireland!
  • We had a very nice holiday in a wonderful place. Absolutely reliable host who was always reachable. No complaints -only compliments.

    Brigitte2014-06-07T00:00:00Z
  • Best experience ever with airbnb for having a really soul get away. Lovely cottage in an amazing landscape and all for us alone. We enjoyed it so much! And we loved Mary so much!!! Thanks for this sweet days :)

    Wencke2017-07-04T00:00:00Z
  • I can close my eyes and picture exactly what it felt like to stand with my forearms resting on the half door, looking out over the hills, the sheep, the lake. Romantic, lovely and charming in every way. All of the little details of the cottage are just right. Stayed comfortably warm even when the wind and rain were raging outside, and it was so cozy to sit by the turf fire and thumb through one of the many interesting books on Ireland or take in a movie from the DVD collection. Mary obviously takes great care with the cottage between guests - the place is spotless. Enjoyed walking around the property (you need boots) and finding scenic drives around the area - the maps at the house were very helpful to find a good route home after exploring. Didn't spend much time in the surrounding villages, but everyone I met was very friendly and welcoming to a solo traveler. Don't miss the drive or walk to Port if you go - so close by and great/interesting sea view. And do make sure you stop and meet Mary, I was nervous about just dropping by her bungalow but she makes you feel so welcome and is a pleasure to chat with. Absolutely recommend this place to anyone looking for a charming cottage in a rural location. Thanks to Greg for allowing people to come and experience a stay here!

    Holly2015-06-03T00:00:00Z
  • Greg’s cottage is centrally located on the Donegal peninsula, up where boglands and hills are. No road noise there unless you roll your window down when you are driving! Local sights were easy to get to, including Slieve League, Maghera Strand/caves, Killybegs and Adara. We got to imagine aesthetically what farmers in the area must have lived like 150 years ago: many of the chairs, tables, and fixtures are authentic and the cottage is a classic linear design. We loved the Swedish Mora clocks! The collection of pictorial books, were an education on Irish, Swedish, Baltic dwellings and furniture of the past. Let your imagination be your guide in this environment! The kitchen and bathroom are modern and the bed comfortable. Greg was a pleasure to work with and his helpful neighbor, Mary, was a sweetheart and fun to talk with! We highly recommend staying here, it will an experience we will always remember!

    michael2014-09-13T00:00:00Z
  • From our first contact on, Greg has been a very helpful, thoughtful and friendly host. We did not meet in person but it felt like we had almost become friends :-). On the pictures, his cottage looked too good to be true, and it was even better than that in real life! Although the cottage is a historic building, it is very clean and cosy. The instructions were easy to follow. As a French amateur cook, I was especially impressed by the kitchen equipment, which is more complete than that of many "real" homes, in particular for baking. I was lucky to celebrate my birthday there with my daughters and will never forget how peaceful it felt to enjoy life's simple pleasures - including kneading my dough while watching the sheep through the kitchen window. This is definitely a place where I would like to come back and bring friends with me. Thank you, Greg, for sharing it with us!

    Michèle2014-10-11T00:00:00Z
  • If you wish to experience a "unique" part of rural and quiet Ireland this is the place to stay. Drive or hike a few miles to Port and see sights you can only dream of.

    Bernie2017-09-20T00:00:00Z
  • This spot is amazingly scenic. Great walks all around. Mary, the housekeeper, is one of the friendliest Irish people we met !

    Smain2015-08-13T00:00:00Z
  • This is a dream of a place. We felt at the end of the world and absolutely loved it. Everything was top notch and the decor and attention to details are stunning. Will definitely come back again !

    Fanny2017-09-03T00:00:00Z
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    Donegal, Donegal, Ireland

    I restored this cottage from 2003 with love and every ounce of my soul has been poured into bringing it to a cosy retreat perfect for two or a small family or 4 close friends. Take time to Hike, Bike, Read, Write, Draw, Think, Play, Live &make Love. There is a large extension which is another house which can be rented separately or together if you have a larger group. Thick stone walls means there is excellent sound proofing. You would not notice the guests next door unless you meet them.
    Hello there, If you love amazing views of the sea in front and the peace and quiet of the countryside, then this place is for you. Sleeps one or 2 couples comfortably.(there are 2 bedrooms with a double bed in each. there is also a single bed in the bigger bedroom. I have a fold out couch downstairs. 4 people can be accommodated but then again how close of friends are you? My cottage really suits people who love the country cottage feel and relaxed atmosphere, if you love monotone hotels and convenience to towns/shops/arcades this is not for you. The entertainment on offer can be having a cuppa while watching the two baby bunnies playing in my wild garden and somehow avoiding my visiting fox who almost daily pops by.....also we two great local pubs with friendly people and good cheer....also one does really good food. This is a cottage rental rather than a bed and breakfast. Some dried foods I leave you just in case you arrive and have forgotten to get shopping, even thou Short and long term rentals are possible, small or large groups, just ask and I shall see if I can make it possible for your situation. It's a quiet neighbourhood, occasional tractor factor, rabbits, foxes, migrating swallows....you get the picture....relaxation, views, perfect for relaxing get aways. My cottage is about 100 plus years old. It is open plan down stairs with kitchen diner one side and sitting room with stove. It has two bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs. I restored it and lived in it since (URL HIDDEN) had been derelict with roof falling in no windows or doors so it has been a labour of love and now I happy to rent it to people who will enjoy it and have a great experience on the penninsula. I built on and I live in the "West Wing" mostly although I often live with my boyfriend but sometimes I have a weekend of R and R in my cottage where I read books and invite friends over and have tea in front of the fire and play scrabble.... There is something magical about it....everybody loves the cosy feeling. I prefer to only accept minimum of 3 nights bookings. It is a lovely penninsula and I'm sure you won't regret 3 nights staying here. I can offer a variety of accommodation as in if it's a larger group you can have the "West Wing" which has another 2 bedrooms and bathrooms and dance/yoga floor. I can put in a futon or pull out couch in the cottage just ask and see if I can sort out your situation. I am in the middle of nowhere but there's nowhere else I'd rather be having been around the world I've come home to Ahakista. 1 hr 45 mins drive from Cork city/airport, 17 km from bantry town, no bus services to Ahakista . No trains down here etc. You need a car and a Sat Nav or a map and a good sense of adventure and an ability to ask for directions. It's beautiful and is perfect for folk who like hill walking and going off for picnics or lunches out and drives to ring of Kerry and the five penninsulas. Perfect base to go explore from. Thanks for checking out my profile I'm now almost 3 years being a member of Airbnb and really excited by the concept of making the global community welcome in my home . I backpacked around the world for 2 years and wish this concept was available back then. I used to wander into villages and ask to be hosted for a fee, I do believe that it enriched my experiences greatly. I will guide you/give directions/ advice if you want or leave to discover by yourselves as you wish. The original cottage is over 100 years old and I have retained as much of the original features. I've got underfloor heating (winter time) and a lovely stove which is not only good for atmosphere but it's cosy in the not so balmy evenings. Wooden floors, rustic feel, open plan kitchen diner/ sitting room. If it's a wet weekend and you can't get out and about walking! You could paint, draw, read, write, cuddle up on the couch in front of the fire. I like to play board games and have a large selection and books/dvds/music. There is also the local bars which can be really lovely with open fires and live music or sitting out and having a BBQ watching the sun setting over the bay. Food: Restaurants/café/bars with food in the area, information pack/maps/guide books/walking maps etc. available in the house. Hope to see you here. Sheila
    Peaceful countryside with panoramic views of rolling hills hugging the valley of a patchwork of forty shades of green. A close knit community of people who have grown up together and look out for each other. If you ever wanted to find an idyllic life this is the place to live. I wish I was there more often.
  • 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
  • Wonderful peaceful house in a beatiful location. In the middle of nowhere but perfect Wifi so we stayed connected (very important for a 15 year old). Pubs at a walking distance and nothing but friendly people around!

    Ellen2017-08-12T00:00:00Z
  • We did a driving tour through the South and West of Ireland - we made this great stop for two nights along our way. The locals in town and as well as Sheila made us feel most welcome. Her home is fantastic and we would highly recommend it to anyone who was looking for a great view, good people and central to many great destinations. Sheila you are a fantastic host and we appreciated your warm and friendly welcome. Thanks so much!

    Liz2013-06-20T00:00:00Z
  • I wanted a place away from the hustle and bustle of normal life where myself and my girlfriend could switch off and unwind for her last few days holidays. From the very first point of contact Sheila was great returning messages / directions / and answering questions. We stayed for 3 days and wished that we had booked the cottage for slot longer. The cottage itself is perfect lovingly restored with care 2 bedrooms 1 double and one family (double and single) we slept in the double with its lovely views and beautiful bed. Our days consisted of late breakfasts and enjoying dinners with a bottle of wine in front of the fire. Internet worked perfect so we could listen to music on our iPad. There is no television but you don't escape to the countryside to watch television you look out the window for the fox that visits each evening. There is a pack of cards and numerous board games to keep anyone and everyone amused throughout any evening. And the fire is a must on a cold rainy afternoon. Sheila was also on hand if we needed her to answer any questions but was also mindful of not intruding on our visit which I thought was very nice. I recommend a trip to the village for a pint in the tin pub, and there is a lovely little hidden beach just 20 meters away from the pub. the village is 5 minutes drive from the cottage. Also a walk to the sheeps head lighthouse is a must on a sunny day. I enjoyed cooking in the little kitchen which had everything needed to throw together a lovely dinner, if your missing a pan or a pot, Sheila is there to help. I would have no hesitation in booking to stay at this lovely cottage again in the future next time I will be making a point to stay for much longer. Also future guests should have a look for the hearts 1 stone and 3 paper that we have left to mark our visit to the cottage :) Also next time we hope to see the fox that we fed ever so well but didn't seem to notice taking the food we left.

    Ed2013-07-27T00:00:00Z
  • I really recommend Sheila's place for a quite holiday ! We loved the house which is still under construction, but we stayed in the completely finished half. The area is wonderful and Sheila is very nice too ! She was waiting for us on the night of arrival even if it was around 11 pm. The next evening she had to go somewhere , so we had the house for ourselves and we could enjoy the beautiful view and the cute fire place. Best place to forget the busy workdays in the city !

    Hajnalka2012-09-17T00:00:00Z
  • Sorry we didn't get to meet you Sheila. Your cottage is beautiful, unique and very homely. A very beautiful and remote part of the country. Everything was perfect and we thank you for allowing us to stay. Hopefully we will see you some time in the future. Mark Simkins & family

    Mark2013-10-03T00:00:00Z
  • The entire experience was magical. Sheila's home and hospitality was gorgeous, I felt so lucky to have found it. Although we didn't meet, Sheila & I messaged regularly and it felt like I was staying at a friends place. The house itself is inspirational, and the views sublime. I loved it, can't wait to return and can't wait to meet Sheila herself.

    Michele2013-10-12T00:00:00Z
  • We were very well received. The house is beautiful with a fantastic view, very conveniant for 4 people, a bit cramped for 6. This peaceful place is close to a pub and a little town, a bit far from main visiting area. So we realy advice this nice house at good price for a restful stay.

    Eric2014-07-15T00:00:00Z
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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
  • Myself and my boyfriend had a magical few days here. The house is warm, clean and very comfortable. Irma and her friend Carolyn made the whole experience easy and enjoyable. I really could not recommend the wonderful house highly enough!

    Joseph2016-10-05T00:00:00Z
  • I didn't realise how beautiful Ireland was until I went on this trip, Irma's cabin definitely made our trip! Very cosy, clean and comfortable. We had breakfast in the porch right in the middle of nature, went out for the day and then once we came back we lit the fire place. A truly extraordinary cabin in a breath taking location. Leenaun, clew bay beach, Croagh Patrick, cycling to Newport and if you have time a road trip to Achill Island is definitely worth a visit. Thank you Irma for your hospitality! :) Hope to come back soon!

    Kamile2017-04-24T00:00:00Z
  • Excellent host, great cabin, 5 stars

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

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

    Heidi Christine2017-06-18T00:00:00Z
  • Great stay, off the beaten track literally surrounded by scenic views, and animals. Fresh wheaten on arrival & place to ourselves, with sun shining through the window at dawn. Shower/toilet 5 metres outside but not an issue just adds to experience. Near Achill, Westport, greenway & very close to Croagh Patrick.

    Liam2017-06-20T00:00:00Z
  • Lovely BNB. Irma went above and beyond to make our stay comfortable. The cottage was clean and sweet and the pot bellied stove was wonderful. The views were to die for and a mare on the farm next door had a foal while we were there! We will be back!

    perry 2016-05-24T00:00:00Z
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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!
  • Lovely cabin, excellent break and beautiful views. Worked well for a large group and host was very helpful and supplied lots of information for the local area, would definitely recommend.

    Natalie2015-04-16T00:00:00Z
  • I really enjoyed my experience. The accommodation was everything it is built up to be and more. There was incredible scenery from the hot tub to the miniature beach which had a hammock. The host give a guide of the cabin and was more than helpful in explaining how everything worked. Cara also told us about some of the many local activities. There are many activities such as kayaking, and taking in the scenery through the drive to Killarney where we stopped to view waterfalls and the national park. Overall a great experience

    Neil2014-08-31T00:00:00Z
  • My partner and I had a really lovely and relaxing time in Cara's Woodcabin. It was such a beautiful setting and was really romantic for a long weekend away together. Kenmare is a very pretty town and we dined out in some really nice restaurants that boasted some incredible seafood. We spent time in Killarney National Park doing a couple of nice walks which was about a 30-40 minute drive away. The woodcabin is very new and is extremely clean. It was very cosy with the fire in the middle and it had everything we needed to make ourselves meals. The jacuzzi was the real gem of this place and it was so nice to be able look out onto the sea during the day and at night-time to look at the stars. It was great knowing that our hosts were close by but we also felt we had complete privacy. We went for a walk in the grounds and there is a waterfall which was lovely to find. I would really recommend staying here to anyone. We went as a couple but it would be perfect for a large group. We are hoping to return!

    Carla2014-10-27T00:00:00Z
  • 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
  • Cara's house is beatiful, in excellent position, confortable, full of optionals and absolutely clean. It's also very big: we are just two adults and two children and for us it was a luxory experience for sure. Absolutely recommended.

    Chiara Marco Cecilia Nicolò2014-08-11T00:00:00Z
  • Cara was really friendly and provided us useful help in order to enjoy our stay in her place. The cabin is the perfect place we were looking for. Even the weather was cold and wet, it is a lovely place to relax and stay in with family or friends. Hopefully, we can go back soon!

    Coral2016-11-10T00:00:00Z
  • Cara was very responsive ans gave good advice on where to eat on our way from the airport. She met us in the Cabin and explained about the fireplace operation which also provides the heating for the cabin. The description and the location are very accurate and we can add that the cabin is long and houses the 3 bedrooms spaciously. The kitchen has all you need to cook for a large party. The surroundings are wonderful, and without wifi our children were much more aware of it. Sitting in the hot tub outside, watching the sea or the stars in the sky, was magical. We used the cabin as a base to travel to the Ring of Kerry, to Dingle and to Gleninchaquin park in the Bears peninsula. Kenmare itself is cute and welcoming. We had a wonderful stay.

    Sharon2016-10-20T00:00:00Z
  • We slept here for 3 nights and it's been a wonderful stay; hot tub with sea view, very big cabin, lovely place and warmly recommended hosts!

    Niki2015-06-17T00:00:00Z
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    Kenmare, Kerry, Ireland

    The Cosy Chalet is linked to "The Wild Romantic Way". You will find fine scenery, superb beaches and lakes. All kinds of water-sport activities. Very good locally produced food, like cheese.
    Who likes traveling knows the problem. Hotels can be quite expensive. One has to spend in the hotel for food and drinks. B&B's are sometimes offering small rooms with none or minimal cooking-facilities. You will miss your own private living-room. Holiday-houses are often only on a weekly base to get. They are sometimes too big. You can land "in the middle of nowhere" and with no reception. With our ambitious and new concept we try to make things a little bit better for you. Our accommodation is "All Inclusive"! Only the use of the washing machine (incl. washing-powder) and the tumble-dryer costs € 5 extra each. Bikes € 10/day We speak English, German, Russian and some French. You'd like to cook a lobster or you intend to smoke your self-caught Mackerel or Pollock, but you don't know how to make it. Please call us. How to find the cockles and mussels at the beach and how to make the legendary "Spaghetti Vongole". There would be so much to tell. You'll find "The Cosy Chalet" on our own 60.000m2 park, forest and lawns. Save Sandy Beaches 500m from our gate. You walk just across the road and you are on our private wood-lane to the sandy-beaches. The Cosy Chalet was 100 years ago may be a shelter for shepherds and their sheep. We had to demolish the walls and built it new. The Cosy Chalet is now a mix of old stone-walls and a massive oak-frame coming from England. Many interiors and paintings are true and period. It is a "One-In-All-Solution" on 2 levels. The Cosy Chalet offers 2 beds (80x200) in the attic, reachable with a stair/ladder. The attic has only a max. height of 1,50m. One cannot stand upright! There is a little "Velux" with may be the best sea-views. Because of the limited heights and the way to go up, we can recommend these beds only for younger people! All others find a sofa-bed on the ground-floor-level (120x200). There is a full size kitchen (that means absolutely everything you need, will be there.) of course with a full-size dishwasher and a dining-table. Bathroom with shower, sink and toilet. Sufficient tea-towels, bath-towels, even those for the pool will be there. Free Sat-TV (some hundred channels in many languages), DVD, CD, WiFi. Please understand, that you may have to run a little fire to make the Chalet cosy. You will get all logs for free. All logs are homegrown and perfectly seasoned. The good thing is, you heat with a long lasting positive effect to the environment. Your "South-Terrace" is built like an old Roman Road. There you will find chairs and a coffee-table. A second, westerly terrace, surrounded by Rhododendrons will provide you with a simple dining-table and benches. From there you have direct access to the swimming-pond (water is like swimming in a river) and the decking with fantastic views over the Carbery Islands, Castles and Fastnet Rock. The Cosy Chalet has 4 sleeping options and this is may be ok for one night or two. But to get a really cosy feeling we recommend it only for two people. And please no children who are not good swimmers. Pool! Or come with the bus and rent a bike here. Transports: Bus Eireann 2x daily from and to Cork. From our gate. Taxi nearby Ferry from Schull to Cape Clear (only summer) Good Restaurants in Schull, 10Km and surrounding: Irish, Spanish, French, Italian, Philippine Nearest good Restaurant, Heron's Cove, in GOLEEN, 4,5KM Schools in Schull Language School, Diving School, Sailing School in Durrus: Cookery School. Sports Golf (Bantry, Skibbereen, Glengariff) Riding (nearby) Tennis (hard) Biking All kinds of watersports Hill Walking, Hiking Fishing Off Shore Fishing in a walking distance All kinds of mussels around the house Deep Sea Fishing by arrangement Wildlife Over 50 bird-species in our woods and the coastline Deers, Hare, Otter, Mink, Fox and Badger Dolphins, Seals, even Whales can be seen on excursions. Walking Famous Sheepshead Walk starts next village One-Day-Trips with your car Ring of Kerry and Killarney South Coast with Kinsale and Cork Beara The absolute Hotspot! Mizen Head Signal Station Irelands Most Southwesterly Point with 60.000 visitors per year An Absolute Must. Only 20Km away from your Cosy Chalet. We are happy to answer all your questions as soon as possible, but please consider we reserve for those who pay first, not ask first.
  • Hannes welcomed us when we arrived, even though it was a little later than we had expected. The cozy chalet was indeed very cozy and even in the cool evenings we had no need to warm the space up. Hannes made himself available, but really gave us our space. We felt very comfortable there. The beach is within a short distance and quite lovely. But our favorite thing we did was the hiking on Three Castle Head! It is not a far drive at all and totally worth the extensive walk to get to the castle. It is absolutely breathtaking and could not have imagined our trip without that experience!

    Andrea2015-09-01T00:00:00Z
  • My boyfriend and I really enjoyed our stay, the chalet was cosy and beautiful. The location was very beautiful and peaceful. It had everything you needed for cooking and the host Hannes was very helpful on giving us advice on where the best spots to visit in West Cork. It is very ideal for couples who just want to get away from everything for a few days.

    Aoife2016-05-07T00:00:00Z
  • Highly recommend! It's a perfect getaway for two! We had four people. And it still felt cozy! The cozy Chalet was neat and super clean! I loved all the decor, and I everything I needed was there! Hannes is great, super helpful and friendly, he set up a surprise for a deep see fishing trip for my husbands birthday! This place was so hard to say goodbye to. The views you have there and the way everything is ready for you to live is phenomenal.

    Kimberley2016-08-12T00:00:00Z
  • We had a fabulous stay with Hannes in the Chalet. the Chalet has everything we possibly need. we even get to use the fire place. it is very clean and well maintained. Hannes is a wonderful host. he is warm, friendly and very generous. he lent us bikes and knowing that we don't have a car, checked on us whenever he is going to town. Ester, the golden retriever, is a beautiful bonus! she is as fabulous as Hannes. accompany/guide us to the beach and walks and greet us with the sweetest smile every morning and evening when we return. the place is perfect for a Romantic get away. thanks Hannes. a big hug!!

    CJ2013-08-19T00:00:00Z
  • Absolutely lovely place, really homely, great location for the beach.

    Gavin2017-06-19T00:00:00Z
  • Our stay at the Cosy Chalet was thoroughly enjoyable. The chalet itself is perfect - beautifully decorated, all necessary facilities, and the logs for the wood stove are included! The area of the south coast where it's located is absolutely stunning. On the first day Hannes directed us to a local bar to enjoy some live Irish folk music, which we visited after exploring the amazing beaches of nearby Crookhaven. Hannes is a great host, and ensured we had everything we needed to enjoy our stay. We can't wait to return!

    George2015-04-03T00:00:00Z
  • Great place, loved the cottage, has all the comfort including a pool right outside the door. We had a wonderful time, Danke Hannes!

    Chris2013-05-28T00:00:00Z
  • Hannes was a wonderful host! We felt like at home from the first day!He also gave us a lot of travel advice and was also very helpful with other things!!We would love to come again some day!

    Maria2013-07-01T00:00:00Z
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    Ballyrisode, County Cork, Ireland

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