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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!
  • Very accurate listing. We took a taxi from the airport to the apartment and it was around €22. The fireplace was a very nice addition and we used it often. Karin was very kind and pointed out some nice things to see on a map. She also gave us a few basic groceries and some homemade treats. Overall we were very satisfied.

    Andrew2015-03-31T00:00:00Z
  • We had a fantastic time here. The apartment was beautifully decorated and extremely cozy. We especially enjoyed lighting the fire in the evening. The host karin was very welcoming and gave us lots of advice about where to eat and places to visit. I highly recommend this apartment for a stay in Dublin.

    Jennifer2013-10-19T00:00:00Z
  • A lovely appartment, very well decorated and organized. Nice and helpful welcome. We really enjoyed this georgian flat close to O'Connell street. Many Thanks to Karin for accurate and clear instructions.

    Pierre-Henry2017-08-13T00:00:00Z
  • I stayed here with two friends, and we all came away wishing we had a studio like this one! Impeccably designed, and amazing use of space. The home is absolutely gorgeous, and it feels like you're stepping into the pages of Jane Austen (except with all the modern amenities). We had such fun cooking in the fully equipped kitchen, and leafing through the plethora of Dublin material Karin thoughtfully assembled. Karin is a phenomenal host, and made our stay in Dublin so enjoyable!!

    Katie2014-05-07T00:00:00Z
  • A very beautiful nice rooms right around the city center. I had a business trip to Dublin and this location made it easier for me. Cosy classy fully equipped and Karin the host is a very nice person.

    Monis2017-09-09T00:00:00Z
  • 1st time in Dublin and I wasn't disappointed! Karin was a fantastic host and a proud Dubliner who knows the city like the back of her hand. The room was everything that we expected with a nice walk to the city centre. I wouldn't hesitate on a return visit!

    Johnny2017-05-31T00:00:00Z
  • This is a beautiful place and Karin is the best hostess- I wish I had stayed longer!

    Anne2014-06-11T00:00:00Z
  • We stayed in this beautiful studio apartment for a long weekend. It is situated only 10 minutes walk from the main attractions of Dublin and you can get anywhere really swiftly with the Luas, which is 5 minutes walk. Karin provided us with a warm welcome, even though we checked in at 11pm. I can honestly say that Karin loves Dublin and is more than happy to share her vast knowledge of where to go and what to do, especially on the cultural part. If you like to do visit Dublin with a local insight, Karin is the best to talk to. The apartment was beautifully equipped with the love for detail, fully equipped kitchen and perfect breakfast to start with. We will definetely stay there again.

    Constanze2012-09-24T00:00:00Z
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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.
  • We really enjoyed our trip to Dublin as well as Air bnb though Andrea and her cosy flat. Before our arrival Andrea was swift to communicate and even alleviated an issue concerning an accidental cancelation. Upon arrival she gave us some great recommendations of things to do and places to eat. The apartment itself was cosy, but not cramped to which suited us to the ground. We would recommend the flat if you have a modest budget but still want to be near the City centre.

    Benjamin2016-03-15T00:00:00Z
  • We had a very warm welcome when we arrived. The flat itself was beautifully furnished (vintage). When we had questions Andrea answered immediately. She was a very warm-hearted host. The flat was located in a very nice house, in the city centre of north Dublin which is partly a bit run-down, but all shops and sights were within walking-distance.

    Kristina2015-08-16T00:00:00Z
  • Andrea was an absolutely lovely host and was so welcoming. When we locked ourselves out of the flat she was so helpful! The flat itself was ideally located and close to many of the tourist sights. It was also really prettily decorated. Would highly recommend to anyone and definitely would stay here again if we came back for another visit. :)

    Katie2015-09-02T00:00:00Z
  • The apartment was lovely and we were greeted warmly and walked through all the details of the space. Lots of thoughtful extras, like waters in the fridge and tea.

    Lizzie2015-09-19T00:00:00Z
  • 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 a comfortable stay on the northern side of the river Liffey. Small, cozy livingroom with kitchenette (fridge filled with breakfast items), comfortable bedroom on the rear of the apartment. An issue with the waterheater was solved adequately by her daughter who was our contactperson during our stay. Dublin is easy to explore from here. Being in contact with Andrea before our stay and with her daughter during our stay was pleasant. We can recommend staying here.

    Clasca2016-05-31T00:00:00Z
  • Lovely apartment, as described. Short walk from city centre and most tourists attractions. Nearby bus stops for those further afield. Comfy bed, plenty of hot water. Wifi a little slow, but thats hardly something to complain about. Would definitely recommend :)

    Ruth2017-09-10T00:00:00Z
  • When we arrived Andrea made us feel very welcome and told us everything we needed to know. She had provided us with the basics in the fridge, cupboards and bathroom which was a very nice touch. Apartment was cosy, comfortable and in a good location, we didn't need to get taxis to anywhere into the city centre as it was all very close by. Overall lovely place to stay and well situated for the price.

    Jack2016-03-25T00:00:00Z
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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.
  • Our 4nights stay in this apt was overall ok, the landlord is super nice and efficient on problem solving like I found out no hair dryer after shower and the toilet ring was not working properly. But for this price We didn't expect to have these kind of problems. The apt itself is nice but a little dusty and the toilet was bit dirty. I might come back again but not for this price.

    Jenny2016-09-12T00:00:00Z
  • The heating was broken when we arrived but Marianne gave us a warm welcome and ran out to buy us some radiators! Absolutely beautiful place cannot recommend enough

    Sarah2016-12-17T00:00:00Z
  • Had such a wonderful stay at Mariannes pad over the weekend. Nice and secure! 15 min walk to the hustle and bustle of Dublin. She also provided us with leaflets and maps in the appartment which was helpful! The building was very quiet even at weekend so we even managed to get a lie in! Which is rare!! Deffinatley stay again!!! Thankyou!!!

    Francesca2016-11-28T00:00:00Z
  • I had a great stay at Marianne's place. A great apartment!

    Jon2016-10-23T00:00:00Z
  • Marianne had been in contact with us the day before we booked to figure out how to make the transition smooth for us. Our flight came in very early the day we had booked the listing. For our convenience, our host met us 5 hours early as there was no one checking out that day and the listing was ready to go. She recommended some ways to get around town. There was also a couple of laminated pages reiterating the rules of the flat as well as helpful tips regarding the stove, switches, immersion, and shower. Some came with visuals. It was very helpful.

    Sinead2016-09-21T00:00:00Z
  • Very beautiful flat in a historic area of Dublin

    Frozzie2016-11-06T00:00:00Z
  • 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
  • I really enjoyed my stay at Marianne's place. It was really close to Croke Park where I attended an event. The apartment was very clean and had a great view of the park. The apartment was very spacious comparing to a hotel nearby where my friends were staying. Marianne was very helpful with my questions and was very accommodating.

    Burak2017-10-22T00:00:00Z
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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.
  • The house of Claire is lovely, just as you see it on the photo. I got a lot of information sent to me beforehand. Very handy. Claire was on holiday herself, but made sure I had everything I needed. And I could contact her on her holiday! I wanted to do some washing, contacted her, and she told me I could use the washing machine and dryer. The house and neighbourhood are very quiet, and only 20 minutes walk away from the highlights of Dublin. I recommend Claire's house to everybody!

    Monique2016-09-18T00:00:00Z
  • Claire's place is wonderful! Very elegant and clean (just like the pictures). You would never know your in the city, as the location is in a quite neighborhood with on street parking. Right around the corner you'll find shops and cafe's and it's about a 20 or so minute walk to the downtown area for all your site seeing. Highly recommended! Oh and not to forget Rio their golden retriever is an absolute sweetheart!

    Meredith2017-04-15T00:00:00Z
  • This location/space is probably better suited for a single traveler. The local food and drink options are fabulous and all of Claire's suggestions are spot on! Be prepared for a bit of a walk for any attractions though. Overall, lovely stay!

    Carly2017-06-10T00:00:00Z
  • The room is exactly as pictured, light and airy and tastefully decorated with a comfortable bed. The bathroom is clean and modern although it will be a tight fit in the shower if you're a large, stocky person. Claire was a very accommodating host, allowing us to store our luggage there until the room was ready. Trinity College, Temple Bar, Christchurch and St. Patrick's are all less than a 30 minute walk away. We would definitely stay here again.

    Jill2017-08-14T00:00:00Z
  • The room that Claire provides is just as the picture describes. It is very cute and the ensuite convenient. It is situated about a 20 minute walk from the centre of Dublin city and other sites of interest, which we enjoyed taking each morning. My husband and I enjoyed our stay here and recommend it to others traveling to Dublin

    Candice2015-07-05T00:00:00Z
  • Very nice room, the location is not right in the city center but it's definitely walkable. Communication and key exchange went very smoothly and we enjoyed our stay.

    Nicole2015-04-27T00:00:00Z
  • Would highly recommend staying here- the room was awesome, very clean and I felt right at home. The flat is centrally located- close to transportation and easy enough to walk to all the main sights in Dublin. Claire has put together a detailed welcome packet that explained pretty much anything you could have a question about. The whole trip was so easy and comfortable. Would definitely stay again!

    Kathryn2014-11-16T00:00:00Z
  • Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Claire's and Rio's (the dog) place! Both were great hosts and I would definitely recommend staying here when visiting Dublin.

    Lewis2017-06-15T00:00:00Z
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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's place was exactly as described and shown in the photos and it was beautiful! He was a gracious host and so friendly! We didn't get to stay long in Dublin, so the next time we make a trip to Ireland, we will definitely stay with Anastazio again!

    Radha2017-03-28T00:00:00Z
  • Anastazio was a wonderful host! He made our stay very comfortable, he also gave us ideas for things to do with our time in Dublin. The space is beautiful, a nice place to kick off your shoes after a long day. Thanks again, Anastazio!

    Danielle2016-12-21T00:00:00Z
  • We stayed at Anastazio's beautiful Loft for a weekend. He was very welcoming, helpfully and caring . He is perfectly organized with lots of trips and suggestions what to do and where to go for breakfast or dinner in the city. Anastazio was extremely prompt in responding to our messages and asked us very often how we are . Thank you very much Anastazio you are a perfect host.We felt absolutely comfortable .

    Cornelia2015-08-17T00:00:00Z
  • Anas is lovely and wonderful host.He has a lot of positive happy (URL HIDDEN) even if u feel alittle bit moody ,as soon as you meet Anas..I bet you feel better.His accommodation is located in nearby downtown. And the bed is really comfy . Thank you friend!!!I cannot thank you enough.!!!!♡♡♡

    YUNJU2015-08-28T00:00:00Z
  • Anastazio was a great host! He made us feel very at home in his apartment and offered help as we travelled around Dublin to go to a concert. He's an absolutely lovely man whom I made a great friendship with! Thanks for everything Anas, see you soon!!

    laura2015-07-12T00:00:00Z
  • Anastazio is an amazing host! My boyfriend and I stayed for one night and Anastazio was very welcoming and made our stay comfortable and relaxing. His home is beautiful and very clean. He even went out of his way to make us a delicious dinner! We would definitely stay again if we ever found ourselves in Dublin again!!

    Erin2015-05-07T00:00:00Z
  • A fantastic house, fantastic person, fantastic experience. I instantly felt relaxed and Anastazio couldn't have been more accommodating. The location was great and very easy to find and get to. If you ever going to Ireland, this is where you should go. Thanks for a fantastic time, I will be seeing you again soon.

    Rich2015-03-28T00:00:00Z
  • Anastazio is a perfect host. He is very well organized and with a lot of tips and suggestions for his guests on how to go around the city. The apartment is very stylish and comfortable. Definitevly we recommend it: best place were to stay in Dublin.

    Gabriele2015-07-31T00:00:00Z
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    Beautiful renewed Georgian House close to the city centre. En suite double bedroom with stunning view on the city with the Wicklow mountain on the back. Really nice area plenty of cafe', pubs, shops. Great location to start your tour of the city.
    Beautiful renewed Georgian house in the heart of Ratghar. Close to the city centre. En suite bedroom with stunning view on the city with the wicklow mountain on the back.
    Ratghar can be easily reached from the airport with the bus and the stop is just 5 minutes walking from the house. City centre and main street are more or less 20/25 minutes walking and 10 minutes by bus.
  • Fantastic house in a good location. The room was good size, en-suite, clean and with friendly hosts.

    Mark2017-10-12T00:00:00Z
  • Excellent location! We loved the hosts Leo & Daria! They are so kind and welcoming! Answered all the questions we asked. Super helpful, knowledgeable and entertaining. Beautifully decorated house and room with an amazing view of Dublin, including sky light and arched ceiling. Delicious breakfast prepared by hosts, amazing coffee to satisfy any espresso and coffee aficionados. Thank you so much! We highly recommend!

    Verica2017-09-13T00:00:00Z
  • We had an absolutely amazing stay at Daria and Leo's wonderful house. The location was perfect in walking distance to the city centre. The house itself was absolutely gorgeous. Very spacious, personal, warm and cozy. The room was beautiful and the bathroom was very nice aswell. And even though the house was pretty much perfect it was nothing compared to Daria and Leo. They were extremely helpful, funny, sweet and delightful. Daria served us a lovely breakfast each morning with freshly made juice. It was such a pleasant stay! Thank you, Daria and Leo, for such an amazing weekend. You guys are the best!

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

    Madeline2017-09-02T00:00:00Z
  • I spent 12 days with Daria and Leo in Dublin, they are great either as a couple and individually, both of them are so interesting and funny! You really could talk about everything with them and enjoy their humour! I couldn't have found a better place to stay. The loft looks exactly like the photos, spacious, warm, beautiful in its design, every object seems to possess its history (and actually they do), and during good days (I was very lucky of enjoying all 12 days of sun) you could stay in their yard chilling out. The room in which I stayed was perfect, private and cute! What about the location? Also recommended, Rathgar is really close to the city centre (5/7 min by bus or 20 min by walking) and it's an elegant neighborhood. I strongly suggest you to book your stay at Daria and Leo's house, you will be welcomed with kindness, familiarity and discretion. Since they have lived in Dublin for a long time, you'll have every type of suggestion/information about the city and the tours around. For my personal experience, it's been a pleasure living with them, I've found friends! Besos guys, see you soon in Ireland or Italy! :)

    Claudia2016-05-15T00:00:00Z
  • Very happy to have found Daria's lovely place, situated in a quite & safe neighbourhood about 25 minutes away from the city centre. On the top floor of a charming Georgian house we found a fine base to explore Dublin. It was a pleasure being welcomed by Daria's friend Elisa who gave us great tips: 'The Bernhard Shaw' for great Italian-Irish lunch, 'The Cobblestone' traditional Irish music pub and 'the Fish Shop' for delightful fish dishes. Many thanks!

    Willemijn2017-10-29T00:00:00Z
  • Daria and Leo's place was fantastic. The room is cute and private. Leo was a great conversationalist and they wound up making us an amazing breakfast each morning, which was completely unexpected but welcome. It's an easy walk to the bus stop and about 20-30 minutes ride to the city center. Thanks guys!

    Jamie2017-09-15T00:00:00Z
  • Daria and Leo were really kind and accommodating. We had a key so could come and go as we pleased. The house and our room were beautiful and very clean. We walked to and from the city centre a few times but its also possible to get the bus which is much quicker. On our first night we went to a nice craft beer pub just a few minutes walk away.

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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..
  • Made very welcome by the host Karin very much appreciated the starter essentials / provisions for our 3 night stay. The Georgian oval apartment was very much as described with much light provided by the huge windows. Excellent advice on attractions and other places to visit which was greatly received thank-you. Excellent all round highly recommended.

    Patrick 2015-06-22T00:00:00Z
  • Beautiful flat. Very cozy and comfortable. Well equipped. We enjoyed out stay!

    Theresa2014-11-05T00:00:00Z
  • Beautiful studio better than pictured - Karin was so kind to help me find a good place to eat breakfast, etc. Very professional as well - amazingly clean, able to have a lovely small fire in the fireplace lovely flowers in the entrance - cute functional kitchen - I highly recommend. Romantic character, charming and quirky like old buildings are. Just my cup of tea. Thanks Karen

    barbara2017-05-16T00:00:00Z
  • Very nice and cosy appartement. There's everything you need fpr a good stay. Karin is a great host, very friendly.

    Nina2012-08-27T00:00:00Z
  • We had a great stay at this apartment which was within easy walking distance to everything in Dublin. Karen was a gracious host and more than helpful, even letting us leave some luggage off before our stay with her when we took a side trip for an extended weekend to Portugal. We appreciated the food that she left for us, and the homemade banana bread that she made sure that we got after our arrival. The apartment was very clean and comfortable, stocked with everything you need.

    Carolyn2013-09-13T00:00:00Z
  • It was just e perfact stay!! We felt very comfortable. Everything was well organized. Karin was a really very friendly host. Thank you very much for everthing. Cyril & Friends

    Cyril2014-03-03T00:00:00Z
  • The apartment and area were exactly as the poster described. Everything is within walking distance. Karen was such a gracious host. She showed us around the flat and gave us a good list of stores and things to do around Dublin. She was a real help and a very kind host. I would definetly recommend this flat to others!

    Victoria2014-06-14T00:00:00Z
  • Our stay at Karin's was delightful. She is very knowledgeable about Dublin and the best places to visit. The room is comfortable and cozy and everything was clean. The beds were comfortable, even the hide away bed! We didn't make use of the fireplace, but would have if it had been a bit cooler. Karin treated us to soda bread and some breakfast items when we arrived. The historic house is exquisite- it feels like you've stepped back in time. We didn't cook very much, but a cup of tea, some biscuits and an Irish movie from Karin's collection was a great way to end a long day of touristing and shopping. The surrounding area was a bit dodgy at night, but it was refreshing to see a real neighbourhood and its people and not a tourist trap. I would definitely go back.

    Aimée2014-04-26T00:00:00Z
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    Experience authentic Georgian elegance is this large bright studio apartment, overlooking park. Accommodates two in cosy sleeping loft. Light a fire, cook dinner in the designer kitchen, and then head out to enjoy the attractions of the city.
    Come and have an authentic experience in one of Dublin's special Georgian apartments, situated on Mountjoy Square, in the heart of Dublin's North Georgian core, and just minutes from O'Connell Street. This large studio apartment is on the first floor of a beautiful redbrick townhouse, built in 1792. Both house and apartment retain all their original features, combined with modern comforts. The apartment has three full-length windows overlooking the gardens of Mountjoy Square. It has a working Georgian grey marble fireplace with a spectacular gilt over-mantle mirror. The fully equipped kitchen has a granite worktop, a gas hob, electric oven, dishwasher and microwave. The rest of the apartment is comfortably furnished with period furniture, including a square Georgian dining table and four matching chairs, a comfortable Victorian antique Chesterfield sofa, TV & DVD player along with an iPod/iPhone dock for music. there are pashminas and Kashmir hand-loomed wool wraps, for cosy evenings in front of the fire. The bedroom is upstairs and overlooks the apartment. It has a comfortable double mattress, goose down duvet and pillows, and pure cotton sheets. Read in comfort with vintage Anglepoise reading lights. Please note there is restricted headroom in the sleeping loft- 5'10-1/2", and consequently the bed is low. The bathroom has a high-pressure shower and loads of storage space. A single, contract-quality foldaway bed, or a single, memory-foam mattress, and extra linens are available for a third guest. Please see photos. A surcharge of €10, to cover the cost of the extra laundry, applies for the use of the apartment as a twin. This will be collected in cash upon arrival. • You will receive a welcome pack of the basics- quality tea, coffee, home-made granola and preserves, fruit, yoghurt, juice, milk and free-range eggs. • 100% cotton bed linen and towels are provided • Local tourist information and guide books available • Free wi-fi • Large flat-screen TV and DVD player, with selection of Irish themed DVD's • IPod/Iphone dock for music and charging • Library of Irish-themed books • Playing cards and board games • Hair dryer • Fuel, at cost price, is available for the fire, if required. • Washing machine and dryer are available in the building- €10:00 charge CHECK-IN IS FROM 3pm, and CHECK-OUT IS BY 11am, please. We are happy to take in your luggage earlier. Please let us have your flight/arrival details, so that we can plan our day around being here to greet you. The house is perfectly located for exploring the city; all of the city's cultural institutions are within walking distance and the transport connections are excellent. Airport bus (41) passes door, 8 min. walk to LUAS Red line, DART, (Connolly and Tara) and city busses. Dublin Bikes stand opposite house. KARIN'S GUIDE TO THE CITY LOCAL GROCERY SHOPPING, SERVICES AND BREAKFAST OPTIONS In general, shopping hours are 9.30-6pm, with late-night shopping till 8pm on Thursdays. Sunday opening is from noon. BREAKFAST The Kingfisher Café, a Dublin institution, on the corner of Parnell Square and Parnell Street West is great for a 'Full Irish Breakfast', and numerous variations, including porridge. Everything is cooked to order and the sraff are professional and friendly. Breakfast served 9am-12:30, 7 days a week. Later in the day they have excellent fish and chips. Koffee and Kale, on the corner of Hill Street and Gardiner Place, two blocks away has great coffee and pastries, and soup/salad/sandwiches at lunchtime. LOCAL GROCERY SHOPPING Tops in Pops, just down the street to the right, for fresh local produce and basic groceries, 8.30am to 6pm Monday to Saturday. They are a fourth-generation local business, who have been trading on the site since 1931. The Londis corner store next door opens 8am to 10pm, but charge for privilege. There is an ATM machine at the back, right hand side of the store. Dunne's Stores, is the indigenous supermarket and department store chain, and has branches in every sizeable town throughout the country. There are two local branches. In North Earl Street, opposite O’Connell Street’s Spire, the Off-Licence (liquor store) is in a separate premises, a few doors apart - look for the James Joyce statue. You will find a bigger branch in the ILAC Shopping Centre, flanked by Henry Street, Moore Street and Parnell Street West . There is Metro Tesco on Parnell Street West, just past the Rotunda Hospital. A main branch is to be found in the basement of the Jervis Centre, off Henry Street. Carney’s Butchers, is another multi-generational local family business, which prides itself on the quality of its meat. In keeping with local tradition, they sell fresh fish on Friday’s. F.X. Buckley’s Butchers have two local branches; Moore Street and Talbot Street. This is a very old Dublin business and they have everything; free-range pork, beef and lamb from their own herds, poultry, game in season and fish, and, in the Moore Street branch, a deli counter for cooked meats next door. They are very obliging, and the lads have a great line in smart (sassy) chat. PHARMACIES Foley's Pharmacy on Parnell Street East is a 100+ year-old family business; they are very helpful. Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 9am 6pm. Michael recently (May 2017) won the National 'Community Pharmacist of the Year' award, and a nicer, kinder, or more helpful man you will never meet.... There is a late-night pharmacy, Hickey’s at 55 Lower O’Connell Street, (west side, within the block closest to the river). Opening hours: 8am -10pm M-F, 8.30am-10pm Saturday. 10am 10pm Sunday. Web: (EMAIL HIDDEN) POST OFFICES Nearest Post Office is Parnell Street East, at corner of Marlborough Street, but much nicer is the GPO, O’Connell Street. 1828 façade, but badly damaged in the 1916 Rising, and largely rebuilt in 1928. The main hall is beautiful, with its entire original, 1928, fittings intact. It also contains the iconic statue, by Oliver Shepherd, The Dying Cuchullin. You will find a booklet with postal rates in the black folder. BANKS Allied Irish Bank has a branch on O’Connell Street, at the SW junction with Parnell Street, opposite the Rotunda Hospital. ATM in the wall. Bank of Ireland has a branch at Lower O’Connell Street, on the east side of the street, between Middle Abbey Street and Ashton Quay. ATM inside, opens MEDICAL AND DENTAL PRACTICES Mountjoy Medical Practice, Dr. Gerry Roebuck, Dr. Holly Porter (female) Dr. Colm Killeen. 2-3 Baker’s Yard, Portland Street North. Tel (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). Opening hours 9-1.30 and 3.30-5.30. You can just drop in. €50 per visit. (Five blocks away, going North East) Frederick Dental Clinic, North Frederick Street. The dentist is happy to see people on an emergency basis. Call for appointment. Tel:(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) blocks away, going West) NORTHSIDE LOCAL RESTAURANTS: 'The Cobalt Cafe', in a beautiful Georgian house on North Great Georges Street, which doubles as a gallery, is great for lunch. Parnell Street, Dublin's emerging 'Chinatown' is just a half a block to the south. Newly opened, on Parnell Square West is 'Mr Fox', serving modern Irish food in a smart and comfortable setting, by the same team who operate Dublin's much lauded 'The Pig's Ear' on Nassau Street, overlooking the Trinity College playing fields.. '147 Cafe' at 147, Parnell Street East, opp the Marlborough Street junction, serve good Illy coffee, and great sandwiches, daytime hours. Nearer the river, 'Le Bon Crubeen' (crubeen=pig's trotter- it's a modern Franco-Irish restaurant) is on Talbot Street, as is the venerable and immensely popular 'Talbot 101'. It is packed to the gunnels with locals between 5.54 and 7.15, enjoying their pre-theatre supper before the Abbey curtains rise at 7.30, when they relinquish their seats for the rest of us! On the riverfront, I love Panem, facing the Millennium Bridge, for a quick coffee and a delicious Sicilian almond biscuit, baked on the premises. A few doors down, you'll find a cluster of Italian bars, cafes and restaurants serving good quality food. Half a block to the east is the trendy 'Winding Stairs' restaurant, with its book-lined walls (relics of a former second-hand bookshop-cum-cafe of the same name); The woollen Mills on the corner of Liffey street does great casual food, including excellent brunch. Back on Capel Street, locals rave about Brother Hubbard, and the Soup Dragon, for lunch. Blas cafe in the Chocolate Factory, on Kings Inn Street, off Parnell Street West has an interesting, casual menu, in a bright, spacious and funky former factory (daytime). LOCAL PUBS include the 'Hill 16' just opposite the house, on Gardiner Street - very popular with the GAA crowd on match days (the Gaelic Athletic Association Stadium, Croke Park, is just 3 blocks to the east), they pull a superb 'pint'. ‘The Heritage Parnell’, on Parnell Street West, just around the corner from O’Connell Street, does 'pub grub'. 'The Flowing Tide', on the corner of Marlborough Street, opposite the Abbey Theatre, is one of my favorites - after the curtain goes down in the Abbey, half the cast are likely to be at the bar. A few doors closer to O’Connell Street is Mulligan’s, another very nice pub, dating from the Edwardian era. 'The Church' on Mary Street, in a converted 1720's church, is another fine place for a drink; the former owner won many accolades for the high quality of the restoration. Capel Street has many typical local pubs, which have the added benefit of serving a largely local population. They include 'O’Neill’s' and 'Slattery's which is good for music. 'The Black Sheep' has the local craft beers covered, and does good bar food, (as does its sister pub, ‘The Brew Dock’, on Store Street, at the bottom of Gardiner Street. The north side traditional music 'musician’s' bar is 'The Cobblestone', at the top of Smithfield, and is suitably grungy. DEPARTMENT STORES AND FASHION Henry Street, off O’Connell Street, at the SPIRE, is the premier shopping street on the north side of the river. Here you will find Arnott’s the local department store, which highlights Irish fashion and design, throughout the store, and has several nice cafes. Henry Street also contains large branches of Debenhams and Marks&Spencers, as well as branches of most of the high street fashion chains. There are two large shopping centres, the Jervis, with a large branch of Tesco’s in the Basement, and the ILAC, which has a Dunne's Department Store, with a Food Hall in the basement. (You can shop for fresh produce on adjacent Moore Street, Dublin's oldest street market, now also home to a thriving cluster of ethnic food markets and restaurants.) NORTHSIDE CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS The North side of Parnell Square is home to the city's Hugh Lane Gallery of Modern Art; we share a significant collection of Impressionist painting with the Tate Gallery in London, part of the Hugh Lane Bequest, which is rotated in seven-year cycles. (The cafe, overlooking an interior garden, is called 'Hatch'; the original is in the basement of the 'Little Museum of Dublin' on St. Stevens Green). Next door is the Writer's Centre, and next door again, is the Writer's Museum, with a Michelin-starred restaurant in the basement, the amazing Chapter One. Down on the East side of Parnell Square is the beautiful jewel-box that is the Gate Theatre - part of the 18th-century entertainment complex established by the entrepreneurial Dr. Bartholomew, to help support his new Rotunda Maternity Hospital (the oldest purpose-built such hospital in the world, and still delivering babies on a daily basis, 270 years later (9000 in 2012). You could be seated in either the Abbey or Gate Theatres within 10 minutes of leaving the house, and the James Joyce Cultural Centre is even closer, on North Great Georges Street (don't forget to check out the Cobalt Cafe, opposite). Hop on the Luas Red Line, going west, in Abbey Street, halfway between Mountjoy Square and the river, and alight ‘Museum’ stop. The National Museum, Collins Barracks, housed in an old military barracks, dating from 1702, contains the Decorative Arts Collections, (basically, everything post 1700). Descend at the next stop, ‘Heuston’ for IMMA, Ireland's National Museum of Modern Art, housed in the old Kilmainham Hospital, built in the1660’s. It pre-dates its more famous sibling, the Chelsea Hospital, in London by several years. Not to be missed is the Old Jameson Distillery, in Smithfield. Jameson was distilled here until 1971, when three historic distilleries amalgamated, and centralized distilling in Midleton, Co. Cork. The Museum is very well presented; one is guided around the distilling floor, among the huge old pot stills before retiring to the Bar to sample the goods. Nearby is one of the oldest churches in Dublin, St.Michan’s, on Church Street, dating from the mid-11thC. There are several mummified bodies in the basement, thought to be Crusaders. When I was a child, one was allowed to shake their hands….. SOUTHSIDE In the south city centre, the RESTAURANT HUB is in the pedestrian streets to either side of Grafton Street, and in Temple Bar. Particular favourites of mine include: * The Pig's Ear, Nassau Street * Nede, Temple Bar Square * Eden Bar and Grill, South William Street * The Green Hen, Wicklow Street * Fallon and Byrne, Exchequer Street, basement wine-bar, full service restaurant first- floor, and coffee bar within the food-hall on the ground floor. * Fade Street Social, Fade Street, tapas bar and full-service restaurant. * The Rustic Stone, Exchequer Street, upmarket, sophisticated and healthy ‘fast food’. * Cornucopia, Wicklow Street- vegetarian café day, full service by evening. * The Port House, South William Street, wine bar and tapas. * Stanley's, St. Andrew Street, off Wicklow Street- wine bar and full service * Pinxto, Crowe Street, Temple Bar, as above, same management. * Cleaver East, Clarence Hotel - chef Oliver Dunne had a Michelin star in the parent restaurant, Bon Appetit, Malahide village, until he decided to hand it back and get a life Southside city-centre TRADITIONAL PUBS we like are: * Mulligan's, Poolbeg Street * Neary's, Chatham Street * Grogan’s, South William Street * International Bar, Wicklow Street * O'Neill's, Suffolk Street * The Dawson Lounge, Dawson Street * The Stag's Head, Connaught Court * The Long Hall, South Great Georges Street * Doheny and Nesbitt’s, Merrion Row * Kehoe’s, South Anne Street * The Duke, Duke Street Fronting the river, TEMPLE BAR, with its vibrant mix of independent shops, cafes, restaurants, pubs, markets and cultural institutions occupies an area three blocks deep and ten blocks long. At the western end, look out for the two branches of the Queen of Tarts- a wonderful tea shop that offers really good home baking and teas and coffees, all served on mismatched antique china (Lord Edward Street and Cow's Lane). Piglet Wine Bar, on the same pedestrian street had a lovely wine selection and great tapas, at good prices. TEMPLE BAR FARMERS MARKET, is held every Saturday in Meeting House Square, 9-4.30, now has a smart new tensile roof for wet days, and is a good place to rub shoulders with the locals, whilst sampling local food culture. Don’t miss the Oyster Stall, , or David Llewyllan’s fantastic ‘Double L’ local cider- 100% apple (not even water), and the two local cheese stalls, among others. Don’t’ forget to check out the overflow stalls on Curved Street, where Rossa Crowe’s fantastic bread is on offer- Rossa took himself off to France for two years to train, and now produces slow fermented breads, made with the very best organic flours. SOUTHSIDE CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS TRINITY COLLEGE is a good orientation point; from here it is easy to find the mediaeval core, the cultural/political hub of the country around Kildare Street, and the Grafton Street fashion hub. The campus occupies a 40-acre (16ha.) site, and is over 400 years old, though what one sees today are mainly beautiful eighteenth-century buildings. It is worth a wander around, after a visit to spectacular Long Library, to see the Book of Kells and other illustrated Celtic manuscripts. From Front Gate, look south to Grafton Street or west up College Green and Dame Street, which lead to the mediaeval core. At the brow of the hill you will find: * Dublin Castle (visit the State Apartments, the Chester Beatty Library and the lovely garden in front (which is actually the helicopter-landing pad for the Castle). * The City Hall with its 'Museum of the Capital' in the basement is worth a look- the Hall is free, and there is a nominal charge for the Museum. * Christchurch Cathedral * Dublinia-in the Christchurch Chapterhouse (Viking Exhibition). * Old Saint Audeon's Church, built almost into the city wall. * St Patrick's Cathedral, and historic park beside. * Marshe's Library-the oldest public library in these islands, 1701. * Francis Street- the Antiques Quarter. * Thomas Street/Meath Street, for a touch of 'Old Dublin'. * The Guinness Storehouse. * Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, (IMMA) Ireland's National Gallery of Modern Art, with its wonderful, recently restored formal garden. KILMINHAM GAOL is worth a visit, and tells the story of Irish Nationalism. It can be reached via the grounds of IMMA, passing Bully’s Acre, and old graveyard, where Brian Boru was reputedly rested on his way to his final burial place in Armagh. Alternatively, exit onto Nassau Street, with its cluster of high-quality shops showcasing the best of Irish crafts - fashion, knitwear, weaving, glassware, ceramics and contemporary jewellery - the Kilkenny Shop has a great cafe upstairs, with views over College Park. The Pig's Ear restaurant is one of my all-time favourites. Continue along the College Park railings till you reach Kildare Street, the cultural-institutional hub of the country. All of our national cultural institutions have free admission. Here you will find the National Library, and the National Museum, facing each other over the forecourt of Leinster House, home to the Oireachtas, our National Parliament. The National Library has a lovely exhibit on the poet, W.B. Yeats, and the Treasury, in the National Museum houses both the Bronze Age and Early Christian collections. On the opposite side of the block, on Merrion Street/Merrion Square, you will find the National Gallery, and the Natural History Museum (known to Dubliner's of my father's generation, as 'The Dead Zoo’. This is a very refreshing look to the past, with absolutely no interpretation, and nothing, not even a postcard, to buy). The National Gallery is almost through a four-year renovation programme; in the meantime, the Millennium Wing, on Clare Street, has a ‘highlights of’ exhibition, and the Café and Gift Shop are also accessed via the Clare Street Entrance. GETTING AROUND Two operators offer Hop-On/Hop-Off tours: (URL HIDDEN) (URL HIDDEN) They both offer a 2-day ticket, and cost roughly the same price - check them out online before you make up your mind. One can buy an integrated LEAP card in most newsagents, at train stations, and in the Dublin Bus Head Office at 42 O’Connell Street (on the west side of the street, just north of the Spire). This can be used on the LUAS, DART, some suburban mainline trains, and on Dublin Bus routes. There is also a 3-day tourist pass, the Freedom Ticket, which provides good value. €28 will give you 72 hours transport, starting at the Airport; Airlink from the airport, the Hop-On-Hop –Off tourist bus and all local bus routes. Web: (URL HIDDEN) •The DART, the local electric commuter train, runs north/south along the coast. The north-side city centre station is Connolly, on Amiens Street, facing Talbot Street, but I usually suggest people use Tara Street, as Connolly is also a mainline station, and is very big, and a bit confusing. Tara is purely a commuter station, and is about the same distance. It is on George’s Quay, just south of the Custom House. The other south-side city centre station is Pearse, on Westland Row, at the south end of the Trinity campus. •The LUAS Red Line runs east-west through the north side of the city, as far east as the docks, and serves both Connolly and Heuston mainline stations. The nearest stop to Mountjoy Square is Abbey, on Middle Abbey Street, opposite the Abbey Theatre. The LUAS Green Line serves the south suburbs; Ranelagh, Dundrum, Leopardstown Racecourse, and on out to Cherrywood, on the county boundary with Wicklow. •Main cross-city bus routes run north-south through O’Connell Street. The No.7 terminates on Mountjoy Square North, and there is a ‘shopper’s fare’ of 50c, to Grafton Street- alight at Trinity. On the return journey it skirts the Trinity campus and comes along Pearse, to the east of the campus - catch it on Clare Street, at the Millennium wing of the National Gallery. •DUBLIN BIKES are free to use for the first half hour, and have a stand on Mountjoy Square West, but one needs to go to the Princes Street stand (to the right hand side of the General Post Office (GPO)), to purchase a short term card. It costs €2, and is only available to credit card holders. SHOPPING WITH A DIFFERENCE Those interested in the local fashion, art and design scene should look out for the following addresses (in no particular order): •Designist, South Great George's Street (stock chosen for good design) •Irish Design Store, Drury Street •Article, Powerscourt Townhouse Centre (housewares) •Irish Designer Store, Top floor Powerscourt Townhouse Centre •Cow's Lane Gallery, Temple Bar (artist’s collective) •The Jam Factory, Nicholas Street (artist’s collective) •Avoca, Suffolk Street •Kilkenny Shop, Nassau Street •Designyard, South Frederick Street (jewellery) •Louise Kennedy, couturier, Merrion Square, and Tipperary Crystal •Gallery Zozimus, Francis Street (art gallery and carefully chosen crafts) •Graphic Studio Gallery, Temple Bar (artist-printmaker’s gallery) •Malthouse Design Centre and Shop, Distillery Court, 537 North Circular •Magee's of Donegal, Wicklow Street, and, •Kevin and Howlin, Nassau Street have hand-woven tweeds covered. •Dubarry's, College Green produce wonderful, country-style outerwear, including the most perfect alternative to sweaty, waterproof Wellington boots… •Monaghan's, Hibernian Way, the House of Ireland on Nassau Street and the Sweater Shops on Wicklow Street and Nassau Street has the best selections of traditional knitwear. Monaghan's specialise in cashmere. •The Cloth Shop, St. William Street, for interesting designer fabric, including a good selection of Irish Linen, and Liberty of London INDEPENDENT BOOKSHOPS and MUSIC STORES Eason’s, O’Connell Street, is a Dublin institution for over 100 years. It encompasses a large stationery department, a branch of Tower Records on the top floor, academic books in the basement, a nice café and two floors of general books. It is a good place to browse books of Irish interest, and they have a really good Information Desk. Chapters, Parnell Street West is my ‘local’. John Gannon is one of the best booksellers in the business, and his staff are hand-picked enthusiastic bibliophiles, one and all. Stock is a mixture of the latest releases, and carefully chosen remaindered books. Their ordering service is superlative, and they ALWAYS know exactly what one is talking about, even with just the vaguest, half-remembered clues from a newspaper review. Very strong on contemporary fiction, natural history, non-fiction and books of Irish interest. Extensive second-hand section upstairs. The Secret Bookstore, Wicklow Street is another favourite. It’s tucked away down a passage, near the L’Occitane shop and often throws up gems among its large second-hand stock. An eclectic music store occupies the rear of the shop. Cathach Rare Books, Duke Street, specializes in Irish first editions, and have an interesting selection of Irish maps and prints. Stokes Books is another interesting antiquarian/secondhand shop, specializing in books of Irish interest. You’ll find it in Georges Street Arcade. Claddagh Records, Cecelia Street, Temple Bar, is primarily a music publisher, but they have a retail outlet in Temple Bar, which is the oldest independent music shop in Dublin, and specializes in traditional Irish music, with some interesting World Music additions. PLACES OF WORSHIP: Roman Catholic: Many Catholic churches have Mass on Saturday evening, in addition to morning Masses. •St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, Upper Gardiner Street. Gospel Mass, 7.30pm Sundays, September to mid June. •St. Mary's Metropolitan Church - the Pro-Cathedral, Marlborough. Sung Mass, 11am, Sundays, with the Palestrina Choir. •St. Joseph’s Church, Berkeley Road, Dublin 7. •St. Teresa’s Church, Clarendon Street Church, choir sings at 11 o’clock Mass, Sunday’s •St. Peter’s Church, Phibsborough, Dublin 7, has wonderful Harry Clarke ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)) stained glass windows. •Whitefriars Street Church, Aungier Street, church has relics of St. Valentine. Church of Ireland: •Christchurch Cathedral, Christchurch Place, sung Services Sundays, •St. Patrick's Cathedral, Nicholas Street, sung Services Sundays. •St. Anne’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 Jewish: Dublin Hebrew Congregation (URL HIDDEN) Daily services in Synagogue at 32a Rathfarnham Road, Public Transport: Buses: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). Get off at Terenure Cross (road). Walk up Rathfarnham Road, pass AIB Bank and one row of terraced houses; shul is next building, with wooden/metal security gates. Across the street is a shop called Window Fashions. Dublin Jewish Progressive Congregation (DJPC) Website: (URL HIDDEN) Email: (EMAIL HIDDEN) Postal: PO Box 3059, Dublin 6 President: Mrs. Hilary Abrahamson Muslim: Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland (ICCI) 19 Roebuck Road, Clonskeagh, Dublin 14, Tel: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) Islamic Foundation of Ireland (IFI) 163 South Circular Road, Dublin 8. Tel: +(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) Anwar-up-Madina Moore Street, Dublin 1. SHORT TRIPS OUTSIDE THE CITY BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT NORTH: Catch the No.46A bus, (heading north on O'Connell Street to the Phoenix Park- the largest enclosed urban park in the world, 1750 acres behind a seven-mile-long stone wall. Ashtown Castle Interpretive Centre, with its wonderful walled garden and café is a good place to orient oneself. From here, on Saturdays, it is possible to visit Aras an Uachtarian, the official residence of our President. One can also visit Farmliegh, the Official State Guesthouse, a former Guinness mansion. Among it’s attractions are an art gallery, café, occasional free concerts, and regular weekend Farmer’s Markets. The Park also houses the Dublin Zoo, (1827, the second-oldest Zoo in the world, after London’s Regent Park Zoo). Several herd of Fallow Deer roam at liberty. Many sports are catered for; there is Polo ground, a cricket club, and lots soccer pitches. The Duke of Wellington is commemorated by a marvellous Sobelisk, and the Forty Acres affords superb views over the city, with the Royal Hospital and Guinness Brewery in the foreground, along the south side of the River Liffey. Phoenix Park can also be reached via the LUAS Red Line, direction Tallagh, heading west. Alight at 'Museum' and take a detour into the National Museum-Collins Barracks, which houses the Decorative Arts, post-1700, wonderful collections of silver, furniture, glass and other artifacts. Just up the road, in Glasnevin, there are three worthwhile attractions: Glasnevin Cemetary, was founded by Daniel O’Connell as one of his first initiatives, post Catholic Emancipation in 1829, to provide a dignified place for Catholic burial. The Glasnevin Museum is new, and has superlative displays of Nationalist history. They also have a very good Geneology Department. The National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, date from the end of 18thC. Though relatively small, they contain an internationally-aclaimed collection of plants and three iconic Glasshouses, by Turner of Dublin, which have all been restored in the recent past. There is a nice café in the Gardens, and entry is free. The Gravedigger’s Pub, over-looking a Green, is not to be missed. It acquired its name from the fact that there used to be a hatch in the rear wall, through which the gravediggers were served. They do nice simple pub food, and one can sit outside on sunny days. Walk back into town, and stop at either the The Botanic Bar at Harte’s Corner or the Brian Boru, typicl local bars. The Whitworth, at Cross Guns Bridge, with nice food, is on the corner of the Royal Canal. Take a stroll east down the canal bank, and you will see swans, and moor-hens going about their business. At the next bridge, at Dorset Street, look out for the lifesize bronze statue of Brendan Behan, a local author. From here is just a few minute’s stroll up Belvidere Place, with its charming stepped terraces of tall Georgian houses, to Mountjoy Square. Another favourite is the Marino Casino, in Fairview/Clontarf, an early 18th century pleasure house, built to the design of Sir William Chambers, for Lord Charlemont, purely for entertaining, also just a few miles by bus, north of the city centre. Catch the DART, the coastal commuter train, heading north, at Tara Street Station, on the South Liffey quays, at Butt Bridge, and take a short ride. You have the choice of Howth (a working fishing village) or Malahide. Howth Demesne or Howth Head, behind the village will both afford walks with great views; the Harbour has a dozen restaurants along the quay- ranging from take-out fish and chips to the very upmarket. Book an early-evening window table at Aqua, and be astonished by the sunset over the coast, looking north-west. Another favourite of mine is Deep, midway along the quay (and do watch out for the local tame and greedy Harbour Seal, who begs shamelessly from the trawler men, who tie up alongside). Malahide is a charming village, with some of the most expensive urban residential properties in the country. Good food and good shopping are to be had here. On the edge of the village you will find Malahide Castle and Demesne, open to the public, which includes a renowned private Arboretum, as Milo de Malahide, the last of his family, (who had occupied the castle continuously since Norman times, in the 10th-12th centuries) was a significant plants-man. The Castle contains the National Portrait Collection, as was as magnificent furniture and other contents. There is a smart new branch of the AVOCA Shop and Café in the Courtyard. Oliver Dunne's restaurant, Bon Appetit, on St. James Terrace, has superb food in elegant, relaxed surroundings.(This restaurant had a Michelin star for years, but the chef/patron decided to return it, and simplify his life - a case of 'been there-done that'.) SOUTH: South of the city you will find Rathfarnham Castle, and its Berkeley Costume and Toy Collection (No. 16 bus). Marley Park is a little further, just at the foot of the Dublin Mountains. It has wonderful parkland with easy walks, and a magnificent walled garden with a nice cafe. The No.16 bus, from O’Connell Street will leave you close by. Powerscourt is at the edge of Enniskerry, its associated estate village, at the end of the No.44 bus route, which winds its way through the south side suburbs, into Wicklow, through the Scalp, a deep and picturesque glacial valley. The 19th century gardens are fabulous, and make great use of the 'borrowed landscape' beyond. The terrace and Nepture fountain are centred on the Sugarloaf mountain, which marks the beginning of the Wicklow Mountains. The Powerscourt Waterfall, part of the same estate, is a few miles further on, and there are beautiful, way-marked, woodland and moorland walks in the hills nearby. Do be mindful; these ‘mountains’ can be deceptive- while not high, they can be treacherous, as weather conditions can change in minutes. Stick to the way-marked paths, and do keep an eye on the weather. Take the DART south to Bray and Greystones - via Dun Loughaire, Dalkey and Killiney - all interesting villages, with many cafes and restaurants. Killiney Hill, with its eighteenth century obelisk at the summit, is a short climb that results in amazing views over Dublin Bay, and down into the Wicklow Mountains beyond. There is a nice pub in in the ‘village’- ‘The Druid’s Chair’. Dalkey is a charming village with old-fashioned shops and lots of nice pubs, cafes and restaurants. The local Dalkey Castle Heritage Centre, is worth checking out, and in the summer run a theatre programme, and walking tours. Bray Esplanade is a classic Victorian seaside amenity, sturdily built from local granite - the perfect place to enjoy an ice-cream. Campo di Fiori, either the Restaurant or the Café, both near the train station and the north end of the Promenade, are particular favourites of mine. If one is feeling energetic, one could contemplate the Cliff Walk from Bray to Greystones - 4miles/6km along the rough cliff path. Lots of nice pubs for a pint of Guinness at the other end, The Hungry Pear is my favourite café, among many. The DART will take you straight back into the city. But.. make sure to do it in the morning, as by mid-day the path is in shade, and it can be windy and cold. WEST: Travelling into the rich plains of Kildare, by the No. 67 bus route, you will come to the historic village of Celbridge, just twelve miles from the city centre. Castletown House is Ireland's finest Palladian mansion, and was saved from destruction by Desmond Guinness, in the early 1960's. He purchased it from the construction company who had acquired it. They intended to demolish it, to make way for a vast suburban housing estate. The Irish Georgian Society, founded by Desmond Guinness, restored the house and furnished it with the help of many volunteers and sponsors, and opened it to the public, a heroic task for a small membership conservation society. Today, it is in State ownership, and it is the flagship Georgian heritage property of Ireland. It is beautifully presented, and the parklands are undergoing restoration. A local bus, or the commuter train from Connolly Station in Amiens Street, will take one to Maynooth, a charming University town, with another magnificent Palladian mansion, Carton House, now operating as a very upmarket hotel and golf club. Lots of companies offer day-long coach tours. Some involve very long days, i.e, Cliffs of Moher in Clare and the Giant’s Causeway on the Antrim coast. Two more local, and very worthwhile ones are either: The Boyne Valley Tour (Newgrange Neolithic ( 5000 yr old World Heritage Site) / Mellifont Cistercian ruins- (12thC.)/ Monasterboice Early Christian (6th-8thC.) The Wicklow-Glendalough Tour (Powerscourt / Wicklow Mountains National Park and Glendalough (Glen of the Two Lakes) a 6thC. Early Christian site, in beautiful wooded valley. Details of both of these trips, and others, are available in the big black folder in the apartment.
    A beautiful, historic residential square, built in 1790's, within 5-10 minutes walk of the city centre. Elegance and convenience combined with a bit of inner city grittiness. I have loved it all, since 1978!
  • My girlfriend and I stayed in Karin's flat on a weekend trip to Dublin and we loved it! The flat was large and spacious, was fully equipped and had a very comfy bed. There were lots of nice extras such as an iPhone/iPod speaker dock and Timeout guides to Dublin. The building itself was beautiful. Karin was lovely, providing us with breakfast and tips on where to explore. It was about a 10-15 minute walk to most of the attractions and restaurants we visited. It was also very easy to hail a taxi right outfront of the apartment. I'd highly recommend this flat and would stay again next time I'm in Dublin.

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

    Margaret2013-11-09T00:00:00Z
  • Karin's large apartment was a lovely place to spend 2 nights in Dublin. The apartment was large, well stocked, and located close to the many attractions. Karin was also helpful with guide books, maps, and directions.

    Daniel2015-08-29T00:00:00Z
  • Incredibly well-maintained flat a few blocks walk to the city center. Very comfortable bed and linens, great full kitchen, beautiful bathroom, beautiful building, it's hard not to like this place.

    Chris2013-12-10T00:00:00Z
  • Awesome stay with Karin in Dublin! Even though our trip was cut short due to some bad weather on our flight out there, she was very accommodating with our landing time, and helped us figure out a plan to get the most out of the time we were able to spend exploring Dublin. She even provided a map outlining the best path to take and walking distances. The flat was amazing, and exactly as described. I'm usually very picky about beds, but the one in the loft was very comfortable and cozy for my girlfriend and I. Plenty of space, and easy walking distance to the major attractions. We only had to take a cab once, and that was for the return trip from the Guinness storehouse. Would definitely recommend staying here, as I know we will when we come back to Dublin!

    Cliff2015-11-03T00:00:00Z
  • Just back from a lovely luxury apartment in Dublin two minutes form O Connell Street.The house was gorgeous and peaceful. Great location to access Dublin. Karin had left us some lovely food including homemade jam and fresh eggs which was a lovely touch to start the day. The apartment was spotless and had absolutely everything you needed. Karin gave us information and directions to everywhere we needed and many guidebooks to help your stay. On my next stay to Dublin I would definitely stay there.Thank you for such a lovely space to share the city in, it was a shame it was only two for nights . Would thoroughly recommend.

    annie2014-07-07T00:00:00Z
  • This is very lovely Georgian flat conveniently located close to the centre. Karin was an excellent host – warm, extremely hospitable and made us feel very welcome even though we checked in at midnight! The flat was very well furnished and equipped with everything we required and comfortably slept the three of us. Karin is a lovely lady with a wealth of information and her flat is very well organised to make your stay comfortable. We had a very short stay unfortunately and would love to go back and stay longer. This flat is highly recommended.

    Sylbert2012-10-01T00:00:00Z
  • Karin was a great host. The space was just as described. She took a lot of time helping map us out around the city and gave us many recommendations and advice. The location was just outside the central area of O'Connell Street, but we didn't mind the few blocks of walking. The building is beautiful and very comfortable. Would definitely stay here again.

    David2013-04-28T00:00:00Z
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    Great warm 2-bedroom apartment in the heart of Dublin! It comfortably fits four guests and is centrally located on a quiet street. All of the top tourist sights are within walking distance. I am looking forward to hosting you in the heart of Dublin!
    I offer two very comfortable double bedrooms, one en suite and one with a private bathroom, which can accommodate max four guests per stay. You will have access to a fully outfitted kitchen, which has an electric cooking plate, hot air oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine and a full size combi fridge/freezer. And a cozy living room connected to a large balcony equipped with garden furniture, suitable for breakfast, lunch and dinner during the summer time, will be at your disposal during your stay. The private bathroom is equipped with a full size bathtub, toilet and sink. The en suite has a shower, toilet and sink. Both bedrooms are equipped with double beds and closets. There is also a desk to work at. Facilities I offer you: • WIFI 240 mbps unlimited broadband speed! With this speed you can comfortably stream movies online, connect to your companies intranet, video conf call and upload your travel pictures on to your favorite social network within seconds. • 32 inch LED TV in the living room. With 100 channels • Hair dryer with hot and cold air and hair brush. • Universal travel plug adapter, for phone, laptop etc… • Bed linens and bath towels will be provided during your stay.
    When staying at the “Harcourt Green" residence, you will be situated very centrally in the city of Dublin. The apartment is in Dublin 2 located behind “The Hilton Charlemont Hotel". Nearby you can find 3 different parks to relax “Iveagh Garden", “Merrion Square Park" and the popular “St Stephen's Green Park" all reachable within 5 – 10 min walking distance. Close to the residence there is a canal, and a great way to pass a relaxing day sitting or walking around the canal. You will be able to reach “Temple Bar district", Trinity College, Grafton Street, The Spire, St Patrick's Cathedral, Guinness Storehouse, Jameson Factory, River Liffey, The Church Bar all within 15 – 20 min walking distance. In the neighborhood there are many pubs, bars, restaurants, supermarkets, bakeries, coffee shops (Starbucks & Costa Coffee) and gym facilities (RAW gym, Flyfit and The Fitness Dock). Within the apartment complex of Harcourt Green, there is a convenience store "Centra". Open daily until 11 pm (provides tobacco, beer, wine & liquors) 7 days a week, a dry cleaner open till 8 pm, 7 days a week, a coffee shop, print shop and a 24/7 ATM machine.
  • Rithya's place was great. A nice, clean apartment near Portobello. Would definitely stay there again.

    Shirley & Andy2017-09-03T00:00:00Z
  • I honestly could not of had a better experience. Rithya's apartment is even nicer than it looks in the pictures. The little touches he adds around the place like cereals, coffee and a map on the bedroom wall show lovely consideration for his guests. Not to mention the awesome TV!

    James2015-11-09T00:00:00Z
  • I spent two nights at Rithya's home and had a wonderful experience. His home was extremely clean and very close to night life and other fun activities to do throughout the day. He is very organized and offered a great place to stay! Will definitely come back!

    Julia2015-07-12T00:00:00Z
  • Rithya was so helpful and accommodating. Our dates were in flux and he was so easy to work with. Upon arrival, he was so welcoming and explained how to use the kitchen and power the shower with hot water. The room itself was large enough for us to stack 8 suitcases as we just moved to Dublin. The kitchen was perfect to store snacks, cook breakfast and make tea or coffee. I would highly recommend staying here and won't hesitate to tell my friends and family when they visit.

    Shay2016-04-14T00:00:00Z
  • Great location super close to the canals in a safe gated complex. Two good sized bedrooms, two (!) full bathrooms and a cozy living room space. The kitchen is a lot smaller than the pictures make it feel and did not invite itself to cooking. Comfortable beds and quiet neighbors. A decent place to hang your hat for a few nights.

    Kellen2017-10-13T00:00:00Z
  • PERFECT! Rithya had everything prepared before we came, for 2 nights. Every detail, every need was 100% covered. Even much more than we expected. He offers all the possibilities (space in kitchen, cooking, private bathroom...) and also space to lunch/dinner in or even outside!! The breakfast was also very very good. Rithya is very kind, polite, and very open to chat but respectful if you need to rest. We STRONGLY recommend this option. 5 min far frok the city center, shops and market in the corner, and the house is fantastic. We will recommend it to any couple / individual who come to Dublin. Thanks Rithya!!

    Marc2014-08-19T00:00:00Z
  • I have not met Rithya in person because i rented the room for my parents, but i have seen the house and it was very smart and clean. Both my parents were really happy about the room and about everything (and trust me, this is not easy).

    Filippo2015-08-31T00:00:00Z
  • amazing place!

    Mike2017-09-15T00:00:00Z
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    Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

    Double ensuite in family home. King size bed, large shower. Towels and toiletries provided. Quiet neighbourhood. 4km from the city centre. 8 minutes walk to Cowper luas tram, reaching the city in 10 mins. Free on-street parking. Short walk to Rathmines/Rathgar shops and restaurants. Breakfast provided (cereal, fruit, breads)
    Lovely family home with large rooms. Our double ensuite has a large bathroom, power shower, king size bed with deep, pocket sprung mattress and memory foam mattress topper for extra comfort.
    Dartry is a quiet suburb located 4km from O'Connell street in the city centre. Walking to St. Stephens green / Grafton street area will take about 45 minutes. We are a 10 minute walk to Rathgar, Rathmines and Ranelagh - all have a selection of supermarkets, restaurants, cafes, take-aways and pubs as well as banks, various shops, boutiques and services. Palmerston Park is around the corner from our home, as is the small botanic gardens run by Trinity College department of botany. The Dodder river is 5 minutes away and you can walk along the river bank westward for a nice stroll among trees and wildlife.
  • This is a great place just outside the city centre. It's less than a 10 minute walk and a tram ride, or about a 2 minute walk and a bus ride, to the city centre. The tram runs early and late, which makes it very convenient. The house is nice, the room is clean, and the bed is comfortable. The shower is amazingly good. There are brochures that and pamphlets in the room with suggestions for what to do in the area. We were a little bit worried since the host has a small child, but we honestly did not hear any noise, even with the windows open. A quick breakfast of cereal, toast and pastries is provided. This great because you don't have to rush out to eat breakfast. Overall it was a good stay. Would definitely recommend this place to others.

    molly2017-06-21T00:00:00Z
  • Vanessa was awesome! She was very helpful and accommodating in coordinating check-in and getting settled into our stay in Dublin. She was also very nice and warm. My highest recommendations.

    Shane2016-07-29T00:00:00Z
  • Vanessa was a very accommodating and welcoming host who made us feel right at home. Her flexibility with times was greatly appreciated. Her home is located in a great area that's easy to navigate and walk around, catch a bus or use the Luas. House was very quiet and in a great quiet neighborhood. Would definitely go back. Recommendations in Vanessa's profile were very helpful as well!

    mikyla2016-05-10T00:00:00Z
  • Vanessa is such a friendly host, she gave lots of usefull indications and was always willing to help. Breakfeast was generous, the room confortable and quiet and the house location very convenient: 8 minuts to the city center once you take de Luas which is 5 minutes away from the house. We trully recomend staying at her place!

    Anna2015-11-23T00:00:00Z
  • Vanessa is a lovely host. She let us in before check-in time and let us store our bags while we waited for our room to be ready. She was welcoming and helped us navigate this new city. She also shared some of its history. Her home is beautiful, clean and located across from an idyllic park and a quick walk to the bus and train lines. Our room was spacious and had a very comfortable bed. In addition, a hearty breakfast - where we met several other guests - got us off to a great start each morning.

    Betsy2017-07-29T00:00:00Z
  • Vanessa was a great host. She welcomed us nicely and we really felt like at home. The en-suite room was lovely and all the information (maps, transport, places of interest etc) were handy. The neighbourhood was perfect and well located (5 min walk to Cowper Luas stop which is 10 min from the city centre). All this made us enjoy a really nice Dublin stay.

    Nicolas2016-05-04T00:00:00Z
  • Lovely bedroom with own bathroom. It is not in the centre, but busstop is nearby. Vanessa is friendly and willing to help. I realy liked it to stay here.

    Judith2016-08-06T00:00:00Z
  • The room is nice and the whole house is very clean and confortable. The position is perfect because you can reach the town center taking the Luas green line in less than 10 minutes and in the meantime Vanessa's house is located in a very quiet and silent area. The breakfast is rich and Vanessa is a very kind and available person. We reccommend it!

    Carlomanno2017-08-07T00:00:00Z
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    Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

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

    Rita2017-06-22T00:00:00Z
  • Asta's place was well located for me to walk and use public transportation to explore Dublin. It had everything I needed while I was there for a short trip but I think it would be great for a longer stay as well. Check in was easy and Asta responded to all of my questions. I would stay here again and would recommend it to others!

    Alyssa2017-05-16T00:00:00Z
  • 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
  • This place was so cute and not far from a lot of things !

    Jasmine2017-05-24T00:00:00Z
  • Good place to stay. Would definitely come back if I'm ever in Dublin. Very nice apartment and great location.

    Michelle2017-07-05T00:00:00Z
  • Nice!

    Samantha2017-09-10T00:00:00Z
  • Lovely, comfortable flat. It's a solid walk to the city center, but this means the place is pretty quiet. Quite a good bargain!

    Allan2017-06-16T00:00:00Z
  • Great value, great hostess, great apartment. I whole heartedly recommend staying here.

    David2017-06-14T00:00:00Z
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    Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

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

    Erin2017-03-22T00:00:00Z
  • Cool flat in a great location for visiting Dublin. Walkable from the centre of town but (EMAIL HIDDEN)fortable rooms, everything you need in the kitchen, good shower and even a nice hi-fi system (but no TV). Great stay, thanks.

    Joe2017-06-05T00:00:00Z
  • We had a great time staying at Elena & Luan's place. The location was great and Luan met us and walked us through a map of the city and gave us a list of recommendations. I would stay at their place again!

    Michael2016-10-14T00:00:00Z
  • The location was great. We were able to drop our stuff off a little early so it was very nice that they were accommodating in that regard. Our host also took some time to give us some recommendations so that was very nice. I do think that the WIFI was a little spotty at times but it was not a big deal. My friend didn't have good cell service in the Dublin area so maybe that wasn't specific to this BNB. It was nice to have a patio. Place was clean. I would not have minded having a blow dryer but that's not always a given in every BNB. Our host brought us bread and milk too which was nice! Overall would definitely recommend it!!!!

    June2016-09-25T00:00:00Z
  • Really great cool apartment, had a wonderful stay and would highly recommend!

    Paul2016-12-15T00:00:00Z
  • Funky apartment in a great neighborhood. Luan's place was exactly as advertised. 2 spacious bedrooms with everything you'd ever need. Great location, quiet neighborhood within a 10 minute or so walk to anything. Little bit of road noise but that didn't bother me. Good comfortable beds. Luan was terrific. Excellent value and I would not hesitate to return.

    Marlene2017-04-08T00:00:00Z
  • We got what we saw and exactly as promoted. Luan was extra patient, kind and went the extra miles in many ways

    Roger2017-05-19T00:00:00Z
  • Our stay in Dublin was great and part of this is thanks to Luan & Elena's apartment. We dind't even have to take the bus once, because it has a great location, you can walk up to the city centre in 15 minutes and even Phoenix Park isn't that far away (and it is a very nice walk up to it). Luan greeted us, with informations about the city and fresh bread in the kitchen, in his nice and comfortable house. We didn't spend much time in it because we went around the town a lot during the week we were there, but in the evening it was a real pleasure to know we were coming home after a really tiring day of walking! Also don't get yourself fooled by the aspect of Dublin 8, which is not your typical Irish part of the town, because it is a really safe zone to stay in! It was a plaesure being Luan's guests and if we ever come back to Dublin again, we will be glad to stay there again! Cheers, Martina & Gianluca

    Gianluca2016-08-04T00:00:00Z
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    Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

    Superb city centre location within walking distance of all major tourist attractions (see below for walking times). Located just outside the noisy pub and nightlife areas and overlooking a private roof garden for a peaceful nights sleep. Upscale, spacious (80 sq.m/860 sq.ft), modern, bright & chic apartment with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a balcony. The apartment contains everything you could expect for your stay and includes tasteful designer furniture and interiors.
    Perfect location! Major attractions walking time: > The river Liffey, Smithfield Tram station, Jameson Distillery, Smithfield Square, Dublin Tourist Bus Stop - 1 minute > Christchurch Cathedral - 7 minutes > Temple Bar, Henry Street - 10 minutes > O'Connell Street & Dublin Visitor centre, Phoenix Park, Guinness Storehouse - 12 minutes > Grafton Street - 15 minutes This fantastic 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom modern apartment is ideally located in Dublin city centre within walking distance to all Dublin's major tourist attractions and 1 minute walk to Smithfield central tram station. The 2 bedrooms and living room overlook a private roof garden which ensures a low level of noise and a safe/peaceful nights sleep in the city centre yet just outside the noisy pub and nightlife areas (e.g. temple bar, along the Quays, etc). The apartment itself contains 2 spacious double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms both with shower and toilet facilities, a fully fitted modern kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, large fridge freezer, crockery, glasses, all utensils, etc.), a large living room/dining room area with floor length windows leading onto a balcony with a view of the private roof garden. We have carefully crafted detailed arrival instructions as well as a wide variety of tips/advice for the apartment, local area and Dublin city in general! We have put a lot of effort into these documents and improve them on a regular basis. Bedroom 1 - Double bed (2 persons) Bedroom 2 - Double bed (2 persons) Living room - Sofa bed (2 persons) Luggage storage available before checking in and after checking out. 24 hour check-in at any time after 3pm is fine. The apartment has plenty of space for you to relax in peacefully with Dublin on your doorstep. An elevator takes you up up to our apartment and parking is available in the large public underground car park (prices vary). The apartment is professionally cleaned after every guest and freshly laundered bed sheets and towels come as standard with each booking. Both bedrooms have brand new deep fill, hotel grade mattresses and the bed sheets are 100% cotton with high thread count of minimum 200 threads per square inch. Duvets and pillows for all beds are hotel grade and a comfortable mattress topper ensures a good nights sleep.
    Smithfield is a trendy inner city area just north of the river Liffey. Some local Artisian highlights of the Smithfield complex include the Light House Cinema/Gallery, the Generator Hostel, Third Space Cafe, Oscars Bar & Restaurant and the Fresh Good Food Shop. Despite the excellent location, the area is very quiet and removed from the bustling nightlife districts of Dublin city centre. Furthermore, the area is very safe and the building is secure.
  • We found Liam's apartment to be comfortable and well located. Liam's communication was excellent and he left comprehensive information for the local area and Smithfield in general. We had a fabulous four day stay in Dublin.

    James and Jennifer2017-09-23T00:00:00Z
  • The neighbourhood was perfect The proximity of several restaurants and grocery store perfect!

    Christina2016-09-17T00:00:00Z
  • Really nice and well equipped apartment in a great location. The apartment is located outside the main tourist area but it was a short walk away and we actually found some great spots nearby. Liam was very responsive and I would definitely recommend this apartment when staying in Dublin.

    Kate2017-03-13T00:00:00Z
  • The apartment was perfect. It was clean and comfortable. The kitchen and bathrooms were state-of-the-art new. The bedrooms had plenty of closet space and the bedding was comfortable and relaxing. The apartment complex was very secure and well kept. The neighborhood was quiet, safe and allowed easy access to buses and/or the tram. It was an easy walk to the Temple Bar area and major city landmarks. Liam is quite organized. His welcome packet provides complete apartment information. In addition, there is a nice visitors packet filled with suggested restaurants, pubs, and points-of-interest. I highly recommend this apartment.

    andrew2016-08-16T00:00:00Z
  • Really lovely apartment, and Liam is a very helpful and attentive host. Everything was easy about staying here! The apartment is quiet, clean, spacious and nicely decorated, and only a short walk from the city centre. There's also plenty to do around the Smithfield area. Only issues we had were that there were some fruit flies in the kitchen, and the water was lukewarm. These were only minor and didn't affect our stay. Thank you!

    Sarah2017-05-09T00:00:00Z
  • Liam's apartment was welcoming, bright, and clean. The area is walking distance to a couple cafes, a supermarket, and the tram. My only negative comment would be that it was a bit more difficult to find than expected, even with the elaborate instructions. Because we were traveling with our aging parents and had so much luggage on us, I felt a bit bad about this. If traveling alone or with younger friends, I would definitely recommend this place.

    Nicole2017-07-30T00:00:00Z
  • Liam was responsive, thoughtful and really easy to work with! You can tell he is an experienced host! He sent materials about the apartment beforehand that were very helpful and left a copy of them on the table for our arrival. We arrived late at night and had some trouble figuring out exactly which building it was, but otherwise the check in process went very smooth. Smithfield Market is a really convenient area to stay in - there's a hop-on hop-off bus stop right there, its a block from Jameson, easy walk to the quay, and theres a great cafe downstairs for coffee/breakfast - we found the price to be a really good value for the location. The apartment was spacious and comfortable, and looked like the pictures posted. Being from the U.S. we didn't have much experience with a no-turn-door knob system so getting in took a little extra time. If you aren't familiar with this, suggest reaching out to Liam beforehand for some guidance. Overall we enjoyed our stay and would stay here, or in another of Liam's properties, again.

    Brianna2016-07-04T00:00:00Z
  • Quite possibly the best AirBnb I've stayed in thus far! Was super clean when we arrived and the apartment has all the amenities you could think of needing. The decor is also really nice as well. Four of us were comfortably able to utilize the place. The location, while not in the middle of everything, was great for us as we all really enjoy walking and we got nice views as we passed by the river to get to the other areas of the city. It's definitely close enough to walk to all the central spots in Dublin. We also found some pretty good eats in our surrounding neighborhood. Liam also reached out ahead of hand and sent very detailed instructions and handbooks which came in very, very useful. The only minor issue we had was the drain in the large shower was not working well and the water would pool, but this was solved once you took out the drain cover. The other smaller shower that's ensuite worked great. I definitely wouldn't hesitate to stay here again in the future!

    Jennifer2017-04-02T00:00:00Z
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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
  • Sarah was very welcoming and is a great host. Communication was good throughout and she very kindly made breakfast for us which was unexpected but very tasty! The property is incredible and very spacious. Definitely recommended.

    Sham2017-04-16T00:00:00Z
  • This house is incredible! There is no way our stay could have been better by Sarah. She truly is the ultimate host - So welcoming & friendly. We felt completely at home from the moment we arrived. Bonus points for greeting us with 3 lovely doggies (1 was a puppy!) ;) Thank you, Sarah. We're looking forward to visiting again soon!

    Ann-Marie2016-12-12T00:00:00Z
  • Sarah has the amazing quality of feeling like you've known someone for years. I wish we could've hung out for a longer time. Really grateful to have met her. Place is perfect and consistent with the hospitable host!

    Matt2017-05-07T00:00:00Z
  • This was one of the very best experiences I have ever had. The stable its surroundings and the overall hospitality was fantastic. Bed were fresh and comfortable, showers wee clean and hit and the location is short of brilliant. Right at Phoenix park short ride to the city but yet nostalgic through and through. Would stay there again for sure. After a long flight the perfect feel home place.

    Till2015-09-13T00:00:00Z
  • Very very nice contact! Sarah thank you very much for your support and your perfect house! Our christmas trip to Dublin was very very funny and successful! See you next time Dear Marvin

    Marvin2015-12-13T00:00:00Z
  • Amazing experience! Sarah should be nominated for host of the year! Her flat is extremely spacious, clean with all the amenities you would need. She assisted us with our laundry, drive us to dinner and left us a special 4th of July dessert! We felt as if we were treated like family members and we asked her if we could be adopted jokingly. The location was perfect. Close enough to the city to take public transit and get to the heart of Dublin in 10 minutes but we felt as if we were in a countryside mansion.

    Kathy and Matt2015-07-05T00:00:00Z
  • I thoroughly enjoyed my stay with Sarah. The house is beautiful and my room was very clean and quiet. I can not say enough positive things about my stay. It was a pleasure meeting the family and Sarah. She was a big help with directions and recommendations. I look forward to my return visit.

    Michael 2015-09-22T00:00:00Z
  • This was our first air bnb experience and it was fantastic! Sarah welcomed us with warm arms to Ireland. The apartment was 5 star and the location was amazing. My husband and I loved her and would definitely go back! I'm only sorry that I didn't book to stay longer. Thank you for everything, Sarah! We will be back!

    Renata2015-06-19T00:00:00Z
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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!
  • The apartment is just as advertised, we had a great stay and loved being so close to the city center. Dardo has taken good care of all arrangements and we would definitely come back.

    Gabriele2015-09-08T00:00:00Z
  • Fantastic apartment! Location is absolutely second to none! Couldn't have asked for a better host, met us personally on arrival and gave us a great welcome. Highly recommended!

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

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

    Alexander2014-10-23T00:00:00Z
  • We began our journey by spending 2 nights at Dardo's flat. It was perfectly located and had all the amenities you could need. 4 of us shared the place comfortably. The kitchen was lovely to use for meal preparation. It was very easy to arrange arrival and departure with Dardo. Great location, flat and owner. Would highly recommend. Do note that it is a noisy street corner. If you are a light sleeper, it may effect your sleep. But I find most of Dublin to be quite noisy. The city really never sleeps.

    Leah2014-08-05T00:00:00Z
  • Dardo was a great host! He was understanding when our arrival was delayed and he went out of his way to help us settle in after a trying day. The Bachelor's Walk flat was excellent. If you are an early to bed person you will appreciate the earplugs. If, like us, you go to bed later you will not need them. The building was great, with security features that made me feel totally comfortable. The 'talking' elevator was cute! Everything is as pictured and the windows allow lots of light in during the day. It is funky, fun, clean and in a great location with a photo op view of the Ha'penny bridge . We would stay here again in a heartbeat. Thank you Dardo

    Jocelyn2015-07-24T00:00:00Z
  • Dardo was a great host. Even though we were only able to stay for one night he was willing to help in whatever way he could to make sure our short time there was a success.

    Katie2015-05-27T00:00:00Z
  • The apartment was fantastic. Couldn't have asked for a better location or stay. Dardo greeted us and showed us the apartment. He is extremely nice and helpful. Will definitely look to stay again.

    Kevin2015-04-16T00:00:00Z
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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.
  • Adrian was a great and very useful host! He helped us with all we need it and answered all our questions! We really had a good time in Ireland! The place was very clean and in a really good spot in Dublin! Honestly no complains at all!

    Biel2016-01-25T00:00:00Z
  • Adi's place is great. Very close to everything and super clean. Adi is always there if you need anything. 100% Recommendable.

    Javier2017-05-25T00:00:00Z
  • A great location in Dublin city centre. Close to restaurants, shopping, sightseeing, Temple Bar District. It's amenities of two bedrooms, two baths met our basic needs. The kitchen was small but adequate. Internet/tv was reliable. Unfortunately, Maintenance and cleanliness are a concern with this listing. The main bathroom with the shower/tub had serious issues of mold and mildew. The kitchen needs a thorough cleaning. Floor Tiles need to be cleaned and regrouted throughout. I will be extending my feedback to the host and providing details to him. regrouted.

    Diana2016-08-07T00:00:00Z
  • Great apartment! The apartment is very central with lovely rooms and we had a lovely time. It was slightly chilly in the evenings, but that's probably because it was blowing a gale when we went. Thank you for a lovely stay Adrian.

    Sophie2016-02-10T00:00:00Z
  • This was the perfect place for me to stay with my friends. Super well centered, comfortable beds, very well equipped kitchen. Adrian was super nice to us, and explained everything about the apartment, places to visit in Dublin, etc. If I go back to Dublin, I'd stay with Adrian again.

    Marco2016-03-01T00:00:00Z
  • 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
  • The apartment was very nice and in a very central location to easily get around and especially for shopping. Adrian had everything ready for our arrival. We would have liked to stay longer. We would definitely consider it again should we return to Dublin.

    Shawn2015-12-21T00:00:00Z
  • Adrian has a good apartment in a perfect spot to visit Dublin. He is a very attentive host with a lot of information on things to do in Dublin

    Walther2016-01-03T00:00:00Z
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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.
  • House was absolutely amazing and in a fantastic area. Desmond was lovely and helpful and provided us with everything we needed. Would definitely recommend!

    Kimberley2016-05-21T00:00:00Z
  • This house is amazing! Absolutely stunning. This is a real five star experience from beginning to end. This house is brand new in THE best location in dublin. Its really well finished and des has made sure everything is stocked in the house that you would need. Nothing was a problem for des. Thanks again.

    B Maria2016-01-05T00:00:00Z
  • Desmond was an excellent host and our family absolutely enjoyed staying in this flat. It was a perfect location to access the city and a grocery store was nearby so that we could stock the refrigerator. Very clean and beautiful. We would definitely stay again on another visit. Thank you Desmond.

    Beverly2017-05-24T00:00:00Z
  • In 1 word: FABULOUS! Desmond's newly renovated apartment made our stay (with 9 people in total)! The apartment is clean, has ALL facilities (including breakfast a.o.), has a good location and is a perfect place to recover from the Dublin energy. Also very useful, in case your flight / trip back is after check-out time, you can easily leave your luggage for the day (one of my personal challenges with other AirBnB apartments). If I could rate 6 stars, Desmond's apartment would definitely earn it!

    Erden2016-05-17T00:00:00Z
  • Wonderful home that is nicely furnished and the rooms spacious and immaculate. Great location within walking distance to many wonderful restaurants shops and pubs. We had a wonderful stay!

    Jan2017-03-16T00:00:00Z
  • This house was fantastic and exactly what we were looking for. A nice place with close proximity to fun things around Dublin. Highly recommend this spot. We had a great time.

    James2017-03-31T00:00:00Z
  • We stayed here with our family while in Dublin and I cannot recommend it highly enough! It was clean as can be, perfectly appointed and extremely comfortable. We were able to walk into town quite easily and the breakfast supplies were just what we needed. It is exactly what we wanted! Thank you, Desmond!

    Julie2017-07-18T00:00:00Z
  • Fantastic place in a great central location. Fridge and kitchen well-stocked and the rooms are big and accommodated 7 of us comfortably. Can easily recommend!

    Jason2016-10-06T00:00:00Z
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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!
  • Ciaran's place was an amazing experience. It is in a very central location. Close to pubs and restaurants and about a 5 minute walk to a grocery store. We were able to walk everywhere and didn't have to use public transportation. The Guinness brewery was about a 15/20 minute walk. There were other close by attractions as well. The place was very clean and spacious, the pictures don't do justice to the open floor plan of the living/kitchen area. I highly reccommend this place.

    Katie2017-06-19T00:00:00Z
  • Great location and nice apartment.

    Danny2017-01-27T00:00:00Z
  • Really nice flat and totally convenient for a group of friends like us or a family. Perfect location in Temple Bar but quiet place too, that's to be reported ! And thanks to Ciaran who made it enjoyable !

    Laurent2016-01-01T00:00:00Z
  • The apartment is in a very central location, close to all major sights. It's a spacious apartment with plenty of room for 4-6 people. The host provided both a bottle of wine and chocolate for us - a nice gesture. We had a good stay - thanks for having us.

    Helene2016-06-24T00:00:00Z
  • It was a wonderful experience! Our plane was delayed so we arrived a little late, but the person who was meeting us was really nice about it and had even arrived early in case we got there early. Upon arrival, there were chocolates and wine sitting on the table for us. The space is as described and was in the perfect location for our time in Dublin!

    Allison2016-11-05T00:00:00Z
  • The apartment was very spacious and accommodating to the 5 of us. It was located in a great location close to many pubs and restaurants as well as the bus stops for tourist activities. Easy walk around Temple Bar or across the river. The beds were comfortable to sleep in. Ciaran was very accommodating letting us drop our bags at the office until the apartment was ready. We all loved the place! The wine and box of chocolates were a very nice and welcome surprise!

    Angie2016-04-01T00:00:00Z
  • Neat & stylish apartment. Exactly as advertised. It was in a perfect location near pubs, restaurants & shops. We were greeted by Amanda who was lovely and welcomed by a bottle of wine & chocolates. We highly recommend this place.

    Jodie2016-07-22T00:00:00Z
  • Great apartment in walking distance of shopping bars and restaurants. The place was clean and tidy and there was plenty of space for 4 adults to chill out!

    Gemma2016-10-24T00:00:00Z
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    Our place is right in the middle of Dublin in the IFSC, only a couple of minutes away on foot to the The Brew Dock, Connolly Station, O'Connell Street and the River Liffey among many others. I believe you’ll love our duplex because it's spacious yet comfy with a massive terrace overlooking the Harbour dock. The location is ideal and very secure as it forms part of a private gated development. It is ideal for couples, solo adventurers, business travellers, families (with kids), and small groups.
  • Wonderful apartment , very central . Thoroughly enjoyable time .

    Debbie2017-06-18T00:00:00Z
  • Our first Air B&B experience and a very positive one. The flat is perfect for two couples travelling together (two bathrooms and bedrooms on different floors). It's in a nice quiet area but very close to transport links across town. Everything we wanted to do was within walking distance. Comes with Duncan were always efficient.

    David2017-08-14T00:00:00Z
  • Duncan was the perfect host, couldn't recommend more highly. Communication was excellent, and Duncan couldn't do more to help. The apartment is in a perfect location in the city centre for both business and leisure. Overall experience was 5 Star!

    Cormac2016-07-29T00:00:00Z
  • I would 100% recommend Duncan's flat to anybody looking for a clean, homely flat which is in easy walking distance of the main attractions in Dublin including O'Connell street and Temple Bar! As a group of 5 girls we found the space more than accommodating. The two bathrooms and bedrooms meant we more than comfortably able to enjoy our time there. The flat was very clean and had everything we needed, the kitchen was fully equipped and the balcony was a lovely bonus! Duncan was extremely accommodating and friendly and helped us with any queries we had, from helping with booking taxis from Dublin airport right until our last day! If ever I'm back in Dublin, I have no doubt that I will be staying here again!

    Taran2016-06-21T00:00:00Z
  • My friends and me (party of five) spent three nights at Duncans apartment. It is located perfectly, in a safe and quiet area, and just a short walk away from the Temple Bar district. The apartment is very well equipped and has two big and lovely beedrooms and two bathrooms. Everything was very clean. The communication with Duncan and Gabrielle and also the check-in was very uncomplicated. They are great hosts! They even stocked the kitchen and fridge with water, milk, toast, cheese and ham! We enjoyed our stay very much and would come again any time!

    Corinne2017-03-13T00:00:00Z
  • This was an amazing stay. Our host was always available for any questions asked and provided helpful pointers to must see sites in Ireland. We highly recommend this stay while in Dublin!

    Josiah2016-10-28T00:00:00Z
  • Good option to stay in Dublin, apartment was clean and fairly central. The breakfast was a lovely touch and the hosts were brilliant at giving advice and lovely hospitality. Thanks for a great trip.

    Ciara2017-10-30T00:00:00Z
  • Clean, great location, amazing host. Hard to start the Ireland experience better than this. Thank Duncan!

    mark2016-06-14T00:00:00Z
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    Single room in family home. Bathroom with large bath & power shower (not ensuite). Towels and toiletries provided. 7 minute walk to Cowper luas tram stop (5 stops to city centre). Free on-street parking. Short walk to shops and restaurants in Rathmines, Rathgar or Ranelagh. Breakfast provided - cereals, breads, fruit)
    Cosy family home in quiet neighbourhood. This room is in regular use by family, so there are drawers that are in use, however there is plenty of hanging space: an empty wardrobe for you to use.
    Dartry is a quiet suburb located 4km from O'Connell street in the city centre. Walking to St. Stephens green / Grafton street area will take about 45 minutes. We are a 10 minute walk to Rathgar, Rathmines and Ranelagh - all have a selection of supermarkets, restaurants, cafes, take-aways and pubs as well as banks, various shops, boutiques and services. Palmerston Park is around the corner from our home, as is the small botanic gardens run by Trinity College department of botany. The Dodder river is 5 minutes away and you can walk along the river bank westward for a nice stroll among trees and wildlife.
  • I had a good time in Vanessa's place. Everything was perfect. She was very kind and helpful. Her house was very clean, cozy and comportable. Breakfast was so delicious. Location was good. I was taking a walk everyday. It isn't city center, but lovely and quiet area. Very recommended.

    Kyuyoung2016-08-19T00:00:00Z
  • Very friendly and Great Host! Felt like Home

    harvinder Singh2017-09-16T00:00:00Z
  • Vanessa is an excellent host . Her home is warm and inviting . The room was clean and more than met my needs . The bathroom was spotless with an excellent power shower . Very convenient to Luas line and city centre . Highly recommended

    Damien2015-11-30T00:00:00Z
  • The listing was accurate and the room was clean and tidy, with a very nice shared bathroom and shower. The Hosts were very friendly and welcoming and the house was very nice. The area is very quiet but a short walk to the very efficient Tram system. I would have no compunction in recommending this (or indeed staying again!) to anyone wishing to stay in Dublin or to explore. Vanessa was a delightful host.

    Raoul2016-03-09T00:00:00Z
  • Vanessa is a wonderful hostess in every respect. I arrived a bit early, but that was no problem. My room was quite clean as was the rest of the house, and the bathroom was really luxurious. Vanessa was very helpful in answering my questions about Dublin and all the Hot Spots. Every morning she had a nice breakfast waiting for me. Would I come again? Most certainly I would. Thanks Vanessa.

    Andries2016-10-15T00:00:00Z
  • I was welcomed on arrival by Vanessa, who I advised I would be late in the evening and she accommodated my request. Overall excellent accommodation and bathroom very large with ease of use. Breakfast very good and I enjoyed my stay. Would stay again should I be in that area.

    Stephen2016-06-11T00:00:00Z
  • Vanessa is a wonderful host and a lovely person! Felt very much welcomed and like home in her super cozy house. The bathroom is fantastic and spotlessly clean! They are truly blessed with a baby boy who is sweet and calm, never heard him cry! Highly recommend this wonderful home!

    Tatyana2015-11-17T00:00:00Z
  • Vanessa was a very welcoming host, and very accommodating when I had to arrive slightly later than planned. I took a taxi from town which was very reasonable, but the tram links are good too. It's a nice part of town. A very companionable breakfast with some other guests! I'd definitely go there again.

    Ruth2016-09-02T00:00:00Z
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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.
  • Absolute gem! Highly recommend Garrett and his great place- perfect central location for everything in Dublin and Garrett was tremendous- extremely helpful and inviting! the apartment was perfect for 4 people, could fit a fifth on the couch. The apartment was spotless and had all amenities you would need. Cannot say enough great things abut Garrett and his flat!

    Katie2012-09-04T00:00:00Z
  • Garrett and his brother Ronan were a pleasure to deal with from start to finish, even leaving a present in the flat for my dad, whose 80th birthday we were celebrating. Their place is cosy, tastefully decorated and perfectly situated - in the centre of the centre - with great views over to Dublin Castle. The materials sent to me by Garrett - lists of the best pubs, cafes and restaurants nearby, with emphasis on places off the tourist trail - gave us a terrific insider's angle on the city. I would without hesitation recommend this listing and its hosts.

    Damian2014-04-29T00:00:00Z
  • We started our travels in Ireland in Dublin and couldn't have been happier with Garret's lovely flat! Lots of character and charm, great for 2 couples, right in the heart of downtown Dublin! Easy access to transit, great coffee shop and bakery downstairs. Garrett was sweet and helpful, even though we didn't quite know what we needed help with yet...refreshments were a nice touch, thank you! A wonderful way to start the trip!

    Kerry2015-09-30T00:00:00Z
  • Wowie Zowie! I took my two teenagers on a long weekend trip to Ireland. We felt welcome from the moment we stepped into Dublin! This feeling of friendliness and excellence only improved on arrival to Garrett's apartment. The apartment is exactly as described with an outstanding location for touring, eating and having fun in Dublin. It is very clean with lots of extras in the kitchen in the form of teas and coffees and you will feel safe and secure. Garrett made us feel so welcome and helped with suggestions on restaurants which turned out to be a place with phenomenal food. In all directions from the apartment are shopping and eateries with the Dublin Castle available for a view. Garrett is an awesome host and his apartment is a gem in the center of the city. We will be Back!

    Maureen2015-06-11T00:00:00Z
  • Garrett's space is fantastic! Roomy for the two of us, equipped just as we hoped. It is perfectly located to check out all the sights in Dublin, and super easy to get to on the airport link bus. The apartment is comfy and tastefully decorated. It was lovely to have a cup of tea in the evening and watch the world below. The windows allow in lovely light and the beds were comfortable. And (perhaps my favorite part), we were just above the delightfully charming Queen of Tarts cafe.

    Sarah2017-10-07T00:00:00Z
  • Excellent location - you can walk everywhere!

    Jacquie2013-11-08T00:00:00Z
  • Check in was super smooth. This place is right in the center of everything. Lots of food places, bars, great night life. Within 15 minutes walking you have Trinity College, Guinness Storehouse, St. Patricks, and are literally across the street from Dublin Castle. A block away from bus 747 (the airport express) and a few blocks from the Luas. The apartment is huge, kitchen and bathroom (instant hot water) are both great. Main bed is super comfy. For the second bedroom, the mattresses were thin. It can get a bit noisy on Saturday night, but that's just Temple Bar. Apartment was nice and quiet every other night of the week. Overall though, I would definitely recommend.

    Kyle2014-10-09T00:00:00Z
  • A really fantastic apartment - with really fantastic hosts. Garrett and Ronan were very helpful, proactive and were on hand for the stupid moment I locked myself out on a Friday night! I couldn't have asked for more. Thanks guys!

    Patrick2014-04-05T00:00:00Z
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    Superb city centre location within walking distance of all major tourist attractions (see below for times). Located just outside the noisy pub and nightlife areas and overlooking a private roof garden for a peaceful nights sleep. Elegant, designer and upscale apartment with 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom and a balcony. The apartment contains everything you could expect for your stay and includes tasteful designer furniture and interiors. The space and high quality interiors are kept immaculately clean.
    This fantastic 1 bedroom modern apartment is ideally located in Dublin city centre within walking distance to all Dublin's major tourist attractions and 1 minute walk to Smithfield central tram station. The bedroom and living room overlook a private roof garden which ensures a low level of noise and a safe/peaceful nights sleep just outside the noisy pub and nightlife areas (e.g. temple bar, along the Quays, etc). The apartment itself contains 1 spacious double bedroom, 1 bathroom with shower and toilet facilities, a fully fitted modern kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, large fridge freezer, crockery, glasses, all utensils, etc.), a large living room/dining room area with floor length windows leading onto a balcony with a view of the private roof garden. We have carefully crafted detailed arrival instructions as well as a wide variety of tips/advice for the apartment, local area and Dublin city in general! We have put a lot of effort into these documents and improve them on a regular basis. Bedroom 1 - Double bed for 2 persons Living room - Double Sofa Bed for 2 persons Luggage storage available before checking in and after checking out. 24 hour check-in at any time after 3pm is fine. The apartment has plenty of space for you to relax in peacefully with Dublin on your doorstep. An elevator takes you up to our apartment. Parking is available in the large public underground car park (prices vary). Major attractions walking time: > The river Liffey, Smithfield Tram station, Jameson Distillery, Smithfield Square, Dublin Tourist Bus Stop - 1 minute > Christchurch Cathedral - 7 minutes > Temple Bar, Henry Street - 10 minutes > O'Connell Street & Dublin Visitor centre, Phoenix Park, Guinness Storehouse - 12 minutes > Grafton Street - 15 minutes The apartment is professionally cleaned after every guest and freshly laundered bed sheets and towels come as standard with each booking. The bedroom has a brand new deep fill, hotel grade mattress and the bed sheets are 100% cotton with high thread count of minimum 200 threads per square inch. Duvets and pillows for all beds are hotel grade and a comfortable mattress topper ensures a good nights sleep.
    Smithfield is a trendy inner city area just north of the river Liffey. Some local Artisian highlights of the Smithfield complex include the Light House Cinema/Gallery, the Generator Hostel, Third Space Cafe, Oscars Bar & Restaurant and the Fresh Good Food Shop. Despite the excellent location, the area is very quiet and removed from the bustling nightlife districts of Dublin city centre. Furthermore, the area is very safe and the building is secure.
  • Unbelievable place in the perfect location. Liam is a fantastic host and provided us with details that far exceeded our expectations. He clearly communicated and is extremely helpful. Thank you for being such a great host.

    Thomas2017-01-13T00:00:00Z
  • Liam and his place are fantastic. This was our first stop in Ireland and I couldn't ask for any better. If you have any travel anxiety, you won't with Liam. His instructions are very informative, well written and made it extremely easy. We got to Dublin a few hours before check in and were able to drop off our backpacks at the concierge desk, which was an amazing back saver for us while we explored the area until check in time. We decided to check out the Guinness storefront before we got the keys, and it took a bit longer than expected, but the way Liam has check in set up, we didn't feel rushed and everything worked out splendidly. His communication was fast and friendly. The apartment itself was clean and comfortable, made me feel at home. If you are searching for a place in Dublin, stop looking and book this place, you won't regret it.

    David2016-10-21T00:00:00Z
  • Excellent apartment within walking distance of city centre. Very convenient location and nice and clean apartment.

    Erik2017-05-14T00:00:00Z
  • Liam's place is just wonderful. Perfect for a couple getaway and the effort that has gone into providing guests with as much helpful information as possible was highly appreciated. We are definitely going to be retuning

    Beth2017-03-23T00:00:00Z
  • I stayed at Liam's apartment for a few days with my parents during our visit to Dublin. His arrival instructions were crystal clear and there was also useful tourist information to read up on beforehand. The location in Smithfield is quiet and peaceful, yet only a stone's throw from the main sights. Will definitely stay here again during my next time in Dublin, thank you Liam!

    Carlo2017-08-27T00:00:00Z
  • The apartment is wonderfully appointed with everything you need for a stay in Dublin. The local market is very close for any food items and the local restaurants (particularly My Meat Wagon) are excellent. Checkin was flawless, communication with Liam was easy and checkin directions very accurate- no problems. Would highly recommend this apartment.

    Roxsane2017-05-26T00:00:00Z
  • Liam's place was modern, clean, and walkable to attractions Dublin! It didn't disappoint!

    Kirsten2017-06-19T00:00:00Z
  • Liam was very communicative before our stay with information and directions. Check in was easy and the apartment was immaculate and in a great location to walk to all of Dublin's major sights. We had a wonderful time. Liam even left recommendations for restaurants, pubs, etc. which was very helpful. I would stay in this flat again if traveling to Dublin in the future!

    Alyssa2016-08-10T00:00:00Z
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    Bright, spacious second-floor studio in beautiful, quiet Georgian house, overlooking a park, situated in a dynamic area of the city. Welcoming local host with years of hospitality experience.
    Come and have an authentic experience in one of Dublin's special Georgian apartments, situated on Mountjoy Square, in the heart of Dublin's North Georgian core, and just minutes from O'Connell Street. This large studio apartment is on the second floor of a beautiful redbrick townhouse, built in 1792. Both house and apartment retain all their original features, combined with modern comforts. It is approximately 400 sq ft, or 38m2. It has just been completely redecorated (July 2015) and has a smart new bathroom with a large walk-in high-pressure shower. It has a new 40" smart TV and DVD player. The well designed kitchen has a gas hob, electric oven, dishwasher and microwave, and all the equipment you might need to cook a gourmet meal. Basic condiments are provided as well as a generous 'welcome pack' for breakfast. All you need to buy is some bread! The East-facing apartment is flooded with light from the three full-length windows overlooking the gardens of Mountjoy Square. It has a Georgian pink marble period fireplace fitted with a high-output gas stove. The rest of the apartment is comfortably furnished with period furniture, including a Georgian dining table and four matching chairs, and a pair of comfortable leather tub chairs. There are Kashmir hand-loomed wool wraps, for cosy evenings in front of the fire. It is decorated with fine art prints from Graphic Studio Dublin. The bed folds away and has a comfortable double mattress, goose down duvet and pillows, and pure cotton sheets. Read in comfort with vintage Anglepoise reading lights. If needed, a single, contract-quality foldaway bed, and all linens are available for a extra guest. Please see photos. A surcharge of €10, to cover the cost of the extra laundry, applies for the use of the apartment as a twin. This will be collected in cash upon arrival. • You will receive a welcome pack of the basics- quality tea, coffee, home-made granola and preserves, fruit, juice and organic natural yoghurt and free-range eggs. • 100% cotton bed linen and towels are provided • Local tourist information and guide books available • Free wi-fi • Large flat-screen TV and DVD player, with selection of Irish themed DVD's • Library of Irish-themed books • Playing cards and board games • Hair dryer • Washing machine and dryer are available in the building- we will do your laundry for you - €10 charge CHECK-IN IS FROM 3pm, and CHECK-OUT IS BY 11am, please. We are happy to take in your luggage earlier. Please let us have your flight/arrival details, so that we can plan our day around being here to greet you. The house is perfectly located for exploring the city; all of the city's cultural institutions are within walking distance, and the transport connections are excellent. Airport bus (41) passes door on the way OUT of the city, 8 min. walk to LUAS Red line, DART, (Connolly and Tara) and city busses. Dublin Bikes stand opposite house.
    Mountjoy Square is situated just NE of the historic city centre, within walking distance of just about all the main city attractions. It is the most densely populated area in the entire city: 1500 people have front doors opening onto the Square. The house fronts onto a 4acre/1.5ha park, across a fairly busy street. YOU WILL HEAR TRAFFIC...Please bear in mind that this is NOT LEAFY SUBURBIA, but a vibrant, living city community and it's definitely gritty in places... Having said that, I have lived here, uneventfully, for nearly 38 years, and consider the trade-offs well worth it, for the excitement and convenience of having the city on my doorstep.. LOCAL GROCERY SHOPPING, SERVICES AND BREAKFAST OPTIONS In general, shopping hours are 9.30-6pm, with late-night shopping till 8pm on Thursdays. Sunday opening is from noon. BREAKFAST The Koffee and Kale, just around the corner, on Hill Street, has superb coffee and great pastries, and an interesting range of sandwiches/salads/wraps at lunchtime. The OldMusic Store on North Frederick Street is comfortable and reliable. Cafe 147 on Parnell Street also has good coffee. Later in the morning, and for lunch, I love the Cobalt Cafe on North Great Georges Street, LOCAL GROCERY SHOPPING Tops in Pops, just down the street to the right, for fresh local produce and basic groceries, 8.30am to 6pm Monday to Saturday. They are a fourth-generation local business, who have been trading on the site since 1931. The Londis corner store next door opens 8am to 10pm, but charge for privilege. There is an ATM machine at the back, right hand side of the store. Dunne's Stores, is the indigenous supermarket and department store chain, and has branches in every sizeable town throughout the country. There are two local branches. In North Earl Street, opposite O’Connell Street’s Spire, the Off-Licence (liquor store) is in a separate premises, a few doors apart - look for the James Joyce statue. You will find a bigger branch in the ILAC Shopping Centre, flanked by Henry Street, Moore Street and Parnell Street West (Moore Street entrance is opposite Paris Bakery). The other national supermarket, chain, my favourite, is Supervalu, with a branch on Talbot Street, one block east of Gardiner Street. Have a look at their FLAVOUR ACADEMY section, which highlights smaller, local artisan producers. There is Metro Tesco on Parnell Street West, just past the Rotunda Hospital. A main branch is to be found in the basement of the Jervis Centre, off Henry Street. Lidl have a branch on Moore Street, opposite Tesco, and Aldi a branch a little further along Parnell Street. Carney’s Butchers, is another multi-generational local family business, which prides itself on the quality of its meat. In keeping with local tradition, they sell fresh fish on Friday’s. F.X. Buckley’s Butchers have two local branches; Moore Street and Talbot Street. This is a very old Dublin business and they have everything; free-range pork, beef and lamb from their own herds, poultry, game in season and fish, and, in the Moore Street branch, a deli counter for cooked meats next door. They are very obliging, and the lads have a great line in smart (sassy) chat. POST OFFICES Nearest Post Office is Parnell Street East, at corner of Marlborough Street, but much nicer is the GPO, O’Connell Street. 1828 façade, but badly damaged in the 1916 Rising, and largely rebuilt in 1928. The main hall is beautiful, with all its original fittings intact. It also contains the iconic statue, by Oliver Shephard, The Dying Cuchullain. The brand-new museum Witness History, is in the basement, and interprets the revolution of 1916 brilliantly. BANKS Allied Irish Bank has a branch on O’Connell Street, at the SW junction with Parnell Street, opposite the Rotunda Hospital. Bank of Ireland has a branch at Lower O’Connell Street, on the east side of the street, between Middle Abbey Street and Ashton Quay. PHARMACIES Foley's Pharmacy on Parnell Street East is a 100+ year-old family business; they are very helpful. Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 9am 6pm. There is a late-night pharmacy, Hickey’s at 55 Lower O’Connell Street, (west side, within the block closest to the river). Opening hours: 8am -10pm M-F, 8.30am-10pm Saturday. 10am 10pm Sunday. Web: (EMAIL HIDDEN) MEDICAL AND DENTAL PRACTICES Mountjoy Medical Practice, Dr. Gerry Roebuck, Dr. Holly Porter (female) Dr. Colm Killeen. 2-3 Baker’s Yard, Portland Street North. TEL: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) or (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) OPENING HOURS: 9-1.30 and 3.30-5.30. €50 per visit. 8-minute walk away, to the North East of the Square, across the North Circular Road. Please ask for directions. Frederick Dental Practice is happy to see people on an emergency basis. Frederick Dental Practice, 33 North Frederick Street, Dublin 1 TEL: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). COST:€60. OPENING HOURS: 8AM- 5PM 8-minute walk away, to the West. Please ask for directions. PLACES OF WORSHIP: Roman Catholic: St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, Upper Gardiner Street. St. Mary's Metropolitan Church - the Pro-Cathedral, Marlborough. Sung Mass, 11am, Sundays, with the Palestrina Choir. St. Jospeh’s Church, Berkeley Road, Dublin 7. St. Teresa’s Church, off Grafton Street. Whitefriar Street Church, Aungier Street, Dublin 2. HOURS: Generally, Masses are on the hour or the half-hour. Many Catholic churches have Mass on Saturday evening, from 5pm onwards (check individual church websites), in addition to morning Masses. Church of Ireland: Christchurch Cathedral, Christchurch Place, Church of Ireland, sung Services Sundays, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Nicholas Street, Church of Ireland, sung services Sundays. St. Anne’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 Jewish: Dublin Hebrew Congregation (URL HIDDEN) Daily services in Synagogue at 32a Rathfarnham Road, Public Transport: Buses: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). Get off at Terenure Cross (road). Walk up Rathfarnham Road, pass AIB Bank and one row of terraced houses; shul is next building, with wooden/metal security gates. Across the street is a shop called Window Fashions. Dublin Jewish Progressive Congregation (DJPC) Website: (URL HIDDEN) Email: (EMAIL HIDDEN) Postal: PO Box 3059, Dublin 6 President: Mrs Hilary Abrahamson Muslim: Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland (ICCI) 19 Roebuck Road, Clonskeagh, Dublin 14, Tel: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) Islamic Foundation of Ireland (IFI) 163 South Circular Road, Dublin 8. Tel: +(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) Anwar-ul-Madina Moore Street, Dublin 1. KARIN'S GUIDE TO THE CITY NORTHSIDE LOCAL RESTAURANTS: 'The Cobalt Cafe', in a beautiful Georgian house on North Great Georges Street, which doubles as a gallery, is great for lunch. Parnell Street East, Dublin's emerging 'Chinatown' is just a half a block to the south. My favourite is Viet Pho, a squeaky-clean, friendly Vietnamese restaurant. Look also for the Illy sign at No. 147- for some of the best coffee, soup and sandwiches going. Local fine dining is catered for at 'Mr. Fox', the new Northside outpost of 'The Pig's Ear', Nassau Street, overlooking Trinity College playing fields. They serve modern Irish food in a smart and comfortable basement setting, on Parnell Square West. Ross Lewis's incomparable Chapter One, on the North side of that Square, in the basement of the Writer's Museum, has had a Michelin star for years. The food is brilliant, and it's superbly comfortable and very professional, but has that laid-back quality that we Irish rate so highly. World class, but sans pretensions. But, it comes at a price, and the need to book at least two weeks in advance. Definitely one to consider for a special occasion. A long lazy lunch on Friday afternoon, is my favourite time. Nearer the river, 'Le Bon Crubeen' (crubeen=pig's trotter- it's a modern Franco-Irish restaurant) is on Talbot Street, as is the venerable and immensely popular 'Talbot 101'. It is packed to the gunnels with locals between 5.54 and 7.15, enjoying their pre-theatre supper before the Abbey curtains rise at 7.30, when they relinquish their seats for the rest of us! On the riverfront, I love Panem, facing the Millennium Bridge, for a quick coffee and a delicious Sicilian almond biscuit, baked on the premises. A few doors down, you'll find a cluster of Italian bars, cafes and restaurants serving good quality food. Half a block to the east is the trendy 'Winding Stairs' restaurant, with its book-lined walls (relics of a former second-hand bookshop-cum-cafe of the same name), while back on Capel Street, locals rave about Brother Hubbard for lunch. A new one to consider is the Woollen Mills, at the Halfpenny Bridge - modern 'plates' at various prices, designed to be shared, and if your lucky, a view down on the river. They also offer a superb brunch at the weekends, as well as coffee and cakes throughout the day, all week long. LOCAL PUBS include the 'Hill 16' just opposite the house, on Gardiner Street - very popular with the GAA crowd on match days (the Gaelic Athletic Association Stadium, Croke Park, is just 3 blocks to the east), they pull a superb 'pint'. ‘The Heritage Parnell’, on Parnell Street West, just around the corner from O’Connell Street 'The Flowing Tide', on the corner of Marlborough Street, opposite the Abbey Theatre, is one of my favorites - after the curtain goes down in the Abbey, half the cast are likely to be at the bar. A few doors closer to O’Connell Street is Mulligan’s, another very nice pub, dating from the Edwardian era. 'The Church' on Mary Street, in a converted 1720's church, is another fine place for a drink; the former owner won many accolades for the high quality of the restoration. Capel Street has many typical local pubs, which have the added benefit of serving a largely local population. They include 'O’Neill’s' and 'Slattery's which is good for music. 'The Black Sheep' has the local craft beers covered, and does good bar food, (as does it's sister pub, ‘The Brew Dock’, on Store Street, at the bottom of Gardiner Street. The north side traditional music 'musician’s' bar is 'The Cobblestone', at the top of Smithfield, and is suitably grungy. DEPARTMENT STORES AND FASHION Henry Street, off O’Connell Street, at the SPIRE, is the premier shopping street on the north side of the river. Here you will find Arnott’s the local department store, which highlights Irish fashion and design, throughout the store, and has several nice cafes. Henry Street also contains large branches of Debenhams and Marks&Spencers, as well as branches of most of the high street fashion chains. There are two large shopping centres, the Jervis, with a large branch of Tesco’s in the Basement, and the ILAC, which has a Dunnes Department Store, with a Food Hall in the basement. (You can shop for fresh produce on adjacent Moore Street, Dublin's oldest street market, now also home to a thriving cluster of ethnic food markets and restaurants.) Sadly Dublin lost Clery’s Department Store is on O’Connell Street in July 2015, but do have a look at the elegant 1940’s neo-classical façade, a mini version of Selfridges’s in London, while we wait to see what takes Clery's place. NORTHSIDE CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS The North side of Parnell Square is home to the city's Hugh Lane Gallery of Modern Art; we share a significant collection of Impressionist painting with the Tate Gallery in London, part of the Hugh Lane Bequest, which is rotated in seven-year cycles. Next door is the Writer's Centre, and next door again, is the Writer's Museum, with a Michelin-starred restaurant in the basement, the amazing Chapter One. Down on the East side of Parnell Square is the beautiful jewel-box that is the Gate Theatre - part of the 18th-century entertainment complex established by the entrepreneurial Dr. Bartholomew, to help support his new Rotunda Maternity Hospital (the oldest purpose-built such hospital in the world, and still delivering babies on a daily basis, 270 years later (9000 is 2012). You could be seated in either the Abbey or Gate Theatres within 10 minutes of leaving the house, and the James Joyce Cultural Centre is even closer, on North Great Georges Street (don't forget to check out the Cobalt Cafe, opposite). Hop on the Luas Red Line, going west, in Abbey Street, halfway between Mountjoy Square and the river, and you will be dropped at the ‘Museum’. The National Museum, Collins Barracks, housed in an old military barracks, dating from 1702, contains the Decorative Arts Collections, (basically, everything post 1700). Descend at the next stop, ‘Heuston’ for IMMA, Ireland's National Museum of Modern Art, housed in the old Kilmainham Hospital, built in the1660’s. It pre-dates the more famous Chelsea Hospital in London by several years. Not to be missed is the Old Jameson Distillery, in Smithfield. Jameson was distilled here until 1971, when three historic distilleries amalgamated, and centralized distilling in Midleton, Co. Cork. The Museum is very well presented; one is guided around the distilling floor, among the huge old pot stills before retiring to the Bar to sample the goods. Nearby is one of the oldest churches in Dublin, St.Michan’s, on Church Street, dating from the mid-11thc. There are several mummified bodies in the basement, thought to be Crusaders. When I was a child, one was allowed to shake their hands….. SOUTHSIDE In the south city centre, the RESTAURANT HUB is in the pedestrian streets to either side of Grafton Street, and in Temple Bar. Particular favourites of mine include: * Nede, Temple Bar Square * Eden Bar and Grill, South William Street * The Green Hen, Wicklow Street * Fallon and Byrne, Exchequer Street, basement wine-bar, full service restaurant first- floor, and coffee bar within the food-hall on the ground floor. * Fade Street Social, Fade Street, tapas bar and full-service restaurant. * The Rustic Stone, Exchequer Street, upmarket, sophisticated and healthy ‘fast food’. * Cornucopia, Wicklow Street- vegetarian café day, full service by evening. * The Port House, South William Street, wine bar and tapas. * Pinxto, Crowe Street, Temple Bar, as above, same management. * Stanleys, St. Andrew Street - wine bar and ambitious food in a relaxed, initmate setting. * Pichet, Trinity Street, is one of my all-time favourites. Southside city-centre TRADITIONAL PUBS we like are: * Mulligan's, Poolbeg Street * Neary's, Chatham Street * Grogan’s, South William Street * International Bar, Wicklow Street * O'Neill's, Suffolk Street * The Dawson Lounge, Dawson Street * The Stag's Head, Connaught Court * The Long Hall, South Great Georges Street * Doheny and Nesbitt’s, Merrion Row * Kehoe’s, South Anne Street * The Duke, Duke Street (PLEASE NOTE- these are traditional city pubs- and DON'T have MUSIC) Fronting the river, TEMPLE BAR, with its vibrant mix of independent shops, cafes, restaurants, pubs, markets and cultural institutions occupies an area three blocks deep and ten blocks long. At the western end, look out for the two branches of the Queen of Tarts- a wonderful teas shop that offers really good home baking and teas and coffees, all served on mismatched antique china (Lord Edward Street and Cow's Lane). TEMPLE BAR FARMERS MARKET, is held every Saturday in Meeting House Square, 9-4.30, now has a smart new tensile roof for wet days, and is a good place to rub shoulders with the locals, whilst sampling local food culture. Don’t miss the Oyster Stall, Hick’s Pork Butchers, or David Llewyllan’s fantastic ‘Double L’ local cider- 100% apple (not even water), and the two local cheese stalls, among others. Don’t’ forget to check out the overflow stalls on Curved Street, where Rossa Crowe’s fantastic bread is on offer- Rossa took himself off to France for two years to train, and now produces slow fermented breads, made with the very best organic flours. SOUTHSIDE CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS TRINITY COLLEGE is a good orientation point; from here it is easy to find the mediaeval core, the cultural/political hub of the country around Kildare Street, and the Grafton Street fashion hub. The campus occupies a 40-acre (16ha.) site, and is over 400 years old, though what one sees today are mainly beautiful eighteenth-century buildings. It is worth a wander around, after a visit to spectacular Long Library, to see the Book of Kells and other illustrated Celtic manuscripts. From Front Gate, look south to Grafton Street or west up College Green and Dame Street, which lead to the mediaeval core. At the brow of the hill you will find: * Dublin Castle (visit the State Apartments, the Chester Beatty Library and the lovely garden in front (which is actually the helicopter-landing pad for the Castle). * The City Hall with its 'Museum of the Capital' in the basement is worth a look- the Hall is free, and there is a nominal charge for the Museum. * Christchurch Cathedral * Dublinia-in the Christchurch Chapterhouse (Viking Exhibition). * Old Saint Audeon's Church, built almost into the city wall. * St Patrick's Cathedral, and historic park beside. * Marshe's Library-the oldest public library in these islands, 1701. * Francis Street- the Antiques Quarter. * Thomas Street/Meath Street, for a touch of 'Old Dublin'. * The Guinness Storehouse. * Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, (IMMA) Ireland's National Gallery of Modern Art, with its wonderful, recently restored formal garden. KILMINHAM GAOL is worth a visit, and tells the story of Irish Nationalism. It can be reached via the grounds of IMMA, passing Bully’s Acre, and old graveyard, where Brian Boru was reputedly rested on his way to his final burial place in Armagh. Alternatively, exit onto Nassau Street, with its cluster of high-quality shops showcasing the best of Irish crafts - fashion, knitwear, weaving, glassware, ceramics and contemporary jewellery - the Kilkenny Shop has a great cafe upstairs, with views over College Park. Continue along the College Park railings till you reach Kildare Street, the cultural-institutional hub of the country. All of our national cultural institutions have free admission. Here you will find the National Library, and the National Museum, facing each other over the forecourt of Leinster House, home to the Oireachtas, our National Parliament. The National Library has a lovely exhibit on the poet, W.B. Yeats, and the Treasury, in the National Museum houses both the Bronze Age and Early Christian collections. On the opposite side of the block, on Merrion Street/Merrion Square, you will find the National Gallery, and the Natural History Museum (known to Dubliner's of my father's generation, as 'The Dead Zoo’. This is a very refreshing look to the past, with absolutely no interpretation, and nothing, not even a postcard, to buy). The National Gallery is halfway through a four-year renovation programme; in the meantime, the Millennium Wing, on Clare Street, has a ‘highlights of’ exhibition, and the Café and Gift Shop are also accessed via the Clare Street Entrance. GETTING AROUND Two operators offer Hop-On/Hop-Off tours: (URL HIDDEN) (URL HIDDEN) They both offer a 2-day ticket, and cost roughly the same price - check them out online before you make up your mind. One can buy an integrated LEAP card in most newsagents, at train stations, and in the Dublin Bus Head Office at 42 O’Connell Street (on the west side of the street, just north of the Spire). This can be used on the LUAS, DART, some suburban mainline trains, and on Dublin Bus routes. There is also a 3-day tourist pass, the Freedom Ticket, which provides good value. €28 will give you 72 hours transport, starting at the Airport; Airlink from the airport, the Hop-On-Hop –Off tourist bus and all local bus routes. Web: (URL HIDDEN) •The DART, the local electric commuter train, runs north/south along the coast. The northside city centre station is Connolly, on Amiens Street, facing Talbot Street, but I usually suggest people use Tara Street, as Connolly is also a mainline station, and is very big, and a bit confusing. Tara is purely a commuter station, and is about the same distance. It is on George’s Quay, just south of the Custom House. The other south-side city centre station is Pearse, on Westland Row, at the south end of the Trinity campus. •The LUAS Red Line runs east-west through the north side of the city, as far east as the docks, and serves both Connolly and Heuston mainline stations. The nearest stop to Mountjoy Square is Abbey, on Middle Abbey Street, opposite the Abbey Theatre. The LUAS Green Line serves the south suburbs; Ranelagh, Dundrum, Leopardstown Racecourse, and on out to Cherrywood, on the county boundary with Wicklow. •Main cross-city bus routes run north-south through O’Connell Street. The No.7 terminates on Mountjoy Square North, and there is a ‘shopper’s fare’ of 50c, to Grafton Street- alight at Trinity. On the return journey it skirts the Trinity campus and comes along Pearse, to the east of the campus - catch it on Clare Street, at the Millennium wing of the National Gallery. •DUBLIN BIKES are free to use for the first half hour, and have a stand on Mountjoy Square West, but one needs to go to the Princes Street stand (to the right hand side of the General Post Office (GPO)), to purchase a short term card. It costs €2, and is only available to credit card holders. SHOPPING WITH A DIFFERENCE Those interested in the local fashion, art and design scene should look out for the following addresses (in no particular order): •Designist, South Great George's Street (stock chosen for good design) •Irish Design Store, Drury Street •Article, Powerscourt Townhouse Centre (housewares) •Irish Designer Store, Top floor Powerscourt Townhouse Centre •Cow's Lane Gallery, Temple Bar (artist’s collective) •The Jam Factory, Nicholas Street (artist’s collective) •Avoca, Suffolk Street •Kilkenny Shop, Nassau Street •Designyard, South Frederick Street (jewellery) •Louise Kennedy, couturier, Merrion Square, and Tipperary Crystal •Gallery Zozimus, Francis Street (art gallery and carefully chosen crafts) •Graphic Studio Gallery, Temple Bar (artist-printmaker’s gallery) •Malthouse Design Centre and Shop, Distillery Court, 537 North Circular Road, just around the corner from Mountjoy Square (cluster of design-led businesses, 10-5 M-F) •Magee's of Donegal, Wicklow Street, and, •Kevin and Howlin, Nassau Street have hand-woven tweeds covered. •Dubarry's, College Green produce wonderful, country-style outerwear, including the most perfect alternative to sweaty, waterproof Wellington boots… •Monaghan's, Hibernian Way, the House of Ireland on Nassau Street and the Sweater Shops on Wicklow Street and Nassau Street has the best selections of traditional knitwear. Monaghan's specialise in cashmere. •Murphy and Sheehy, Castle Market, stock Irish tweed, Irish linen and a quirky selection of designer fabrics. Look out for their ‘Linen Union (linen/cotton blend) Glass Cloths- the best ever for polishing glassware, they make a super, useful, inexpensive and lightweight traditional gift! •The Cloth Shop, St. William Street, for interesting designer fabric, including a good selection of Irish Linen, and Liberty of London INDEPENDENT BOOKSHOPS and MUSIC STORES Eason’s, O’Connell Street, is a Dublin institution for over 100 years. It encompasses a large stationery department, a branch of Tower Records on the top floor, academic books in the basement, a nice café and two floors of general books. It is a good place to browse books of Irish interest, and they have a really good Information Desk. Chapters, Parnell Street West is my ‘local’. John Gannon is one of the best booksellers in the business, and his staff are hand-picked enthusiastic bibliophiles, one and all. Stock is a mixture of the latest releases, and carefully chosen remaindered books. Their ordering service is superlative, and they ALWAYS know exactly what one is talking about, even with just the vaguest, half-remembered clues from a newspaper review. Very strong on contemporary fiction, natural history, non-fiction and books of Irish interest. Extensive second-hand section upstairs. The Secret Bookstore, Wicklow Street is another favourite. It’s tucked away down a passage, near the L’Occitane shop and often throws up gems among its large second-hand stock. An eclectic music store occupies the rear of the shop. Cathach Rare Books, Duke Street, specializes in Irish first editions, and have an interesting selection of Irish maps and prints. Stokes Books is another interesting antiquarian/secondhand shop, specializing in books of Irish interest. You’ll find it in Georges Street Arcade. Claddagh Records, Cecelia Street, Temple Bar, is primarily a music publisher, but they have a retail outlet in Temple Bar, which is the oldest independent music shop in Dublin, and specializes in traditional Irish music, with some interesting World Music additions. SHORT TRIPS OUTSIDE THE CITY BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT NORTH: Catch the No.46A bus, (heading north on O'Connell Street to the Phoenix Park- the largest enclosed urban park in the world, 1750 acres behind a seven-mile-long stone wall. Ashtown Castle Interpretive Centre, with its wonderful walled garden and café is a good place to orient oneself. From here, on Saturdays, it is possible to visit Aras an Uachtarian, the official residence of our President. One can also visit Farmliegh, the Official State Guesthouse, a former Guinness mansion. Among it’s attractions are an art gallery, café, occasional free concerts, and regular weekend Farmer’s Markets. The Park also houses the Dublin Zoo, (1827, the second-oldest Zoo in the world, after London’s Regent Park Zoo). Several herd of Fallow Deer roam at liberty. Many sports are catered for; there is Polo ground, a cricket club, and lots soccer pitches. The Duke of Wellington is commemorated by a marvelous granite obelisk, which can be seen for miles. The area know as the Forty Acres affords superb views over the city, with the Royal Hospital and Guinness in the foreground, along the south side of the River Liffey. Phoenix Park can also be reached via the LUAS Red Line, direction Tallagh, heading west. Alight at 'Museum' and take a detour into the National Museum-Collins Barracks, which houses the Decorative Arts, post-1700, wonderful collections of silver, furniture, glass and other artifacts. Just up the road, in Glasnevin there are three worthwhile attractions: Glasnevin Cemetary, was founded by Daniel O’Connell as one of his first initiatives, post Catholic Emancipation in 1829, to provide a dignified place for Catholic burial. The Glasnevin Musuem is new, and has superlative displays of Nationalist history. They also have a very good Geneology Department. The National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, date from the end of 18thC. Though relatively small, they contain an internationally-aclaimed collection of plants and three iconic Glasshouses, by Turner of Dublin, which have all been restored in the recent past. There is a nice café in the Gardens, and entry is free. The Gravedigger’s Pub, over-looking a Green, is not to be missed. It got its name from the fact that there used to be a hatch in the rear wall, through which the gravediggers were served. They do nice simple pub food, and one can sit outside on sunny days. Walk back into town, and stop at either the The Botanic Bar at Harte’s Corner or the Brian Borus, typicl local bars. The Porter House, at Cross Guns Bridge, which is a micro-brewery, with nice food, is on the corner of the Royal Canal. Take a stroll east down the canal bank, and you will see swans, and moor-hens going about their business. At the next bridge, at Dorset Street look out for the lifesize bronze statue of Brendan Behan, a local author. From here is just a few minute’s stroll up Belvidere Place, with its charming stepped terraces of tall Georgian houses, to Mountjoy Square. Another favorite is the Marino Casino, in Fairview/Clontarf, an early 18th century pleasure house, built to the design of Sir William Chambers, for Lord Charlemont, purely for entertaining, also just a few miles by bus, north of the city centre. Catch the DART, the coastal commuter train, heading north, at Tara Street Station, on the South Liffey quays, at Butt Bridge, and take a short ride. You have the choice of Howth (a working fishing village) or Malahide. Howth Demesne or Howth Head, behind the village will both afford walks with great views; the Harbour has a dozen restaurants along the quay- ranging from take-out fish and chips to the very upmarket. Book an early-evening window table at Aqua, and be astonished by the sunset over the coast, looking north-west. Another favourite of mine is Deep, midway along the quay (and do watch out for the local tame and greedy Harbour Seal, who begs shamelessly from the trawler men, who tie up alongside). Malahide is a charming village, with some of the most expensive urban residential properties in the country. Good food and good shopping are to be had here. On the edge of the village you will find Malahide Castle and Demesne, open to the public, which includes a renowned private Arboretum, as Milo de Malahide, the last of his family, (who had occupied the castle continuously since Norman times, in the 10th-12th centuries) was a significant plants-man. The Castle contains the National Portrait Collection, as was as magnificent furniture and other contents. There is a smart new branch of the AVOCA Shop and Café in the Courtyard. SOUTH: South of the city you will find Rathfarnham Castle, and its Berkeley Costume and Toy Collection. Marley Park is a little further, just at the foot of the Dublin Mountains. It has wonderful parkland with easy walks, and a magnificent walled garden with a nice cafe. The No.16 bus, from O’Connell Street will leave you close by. Powerscourt is at the edge of Enniskerry, its associated estate village, at the end of the No.44 bus route, which winds its way through the south side suburbs, into Wicklow, through the Scalp, a deep and picturesque glacial valley. The 19th century gardens are fabulous, and make great use of the 'borrowed landscape' beyond. The terrace and Nepture fountain are centred on the Sugarloaf mountain, which marks the beginning of the Wicklow Mountains. The Powerscourt Waterfall, part of the same estate, is a few miles further on, and there are beautiful, way-marked, woodland and moorland walks in the hills nearby. Do be mindful; these ‘mountains’ can be deceptive- while not high, they can be treacherous, as weather conditions can change in minutes. Stick to the way-marked paths, and do keep an eye on the weather. Take the DART south to Bray and Greystones - via Dun Loughaire, Dalkey and Killiney - all interesting villages, with many cafes and restaurants. Killiney Hill, with its eighteenth century obelisk at the summit, is a short climb that results in amazing views over Dublin Bay, and down into the Wicklow Mountains beyond. There is a nice pub in in the ‘village’- ‘The Druid’s Chair’. Dalkey is a charming village with old-fashioned shops and lots of nice pubs, cafes and restaurants. The local Dalkey Castle Heritage Centre, is worth checking out, and in the summer run a theatre programme, and walking tours. Bray Esplanade is a classic Victorian seaside amenity, sturdily built from local granite - the perfect place to enjoy an ice-cream. Campo di Fiori, either the Restaurant or the Café, both near the train station and the north end of the Promenade, are particular favourites of mine. If one is feeling energetic, one could contemplate the Cliff Walk from Bray to Greystones - 4miles/6km along the rough cliff path. Lots of nice pubs for a pint of Guinness at the other end, The Hungry Pear is my favourite café, among many. The DART will take you straight back into the city. But.. make sure to do it in the morning, as by mid-day the path is in shade, and it can be windy and cold. WEST: Travelling into the rich plains of Kildare, by the No. 67 bus route, you will come to the historic village of Celbridge, just twelve miles from the city centre. Castletown House is Ireland's finest Palladian mansion, and was saved from destruction by Desmond Guinness, in the early 1960's. He purchased it from the construction company who had acquired it. They intended to demolish it, to make way for a vast suburban housing estate. The Irish Georgian Society, founded by Desmond Guinness, restored the house and furnished it with the help of many volunteers and sponsors, and opened it to the public, a heroic task for a small membership conservation society. Today, it is in State ownership, and it is the flagship Georgian heritage property of Ireland. It is beautifully presented, and the parklands are undergoing restoration. A local bus, or the commuter train from Connolly Station in Amiens Street, will take one to Maynooth, a charming University town, with another magnificent Palladian mansion, Carton House, now operating as a very upmarket hotel and golf club. Lots of companies offer day-long coach tours. Some involve very long days, i.e, Cliffs of Moher in Clare and the Giant’s Causeway on the Antrim coast. Two more local, and very worthwhile ones are either: The Boyne Valley Tour (Newgrange Neolithic ( 5000 yr old World Heritage Site) / Mellifont Cistercian ruins- (12thC.)/ Monasterboice Early Christian (6th-8thC.) The Wicklow-Glendalough Tour (Powerscourt / Wicklow Mountains National Park and Glendalough (Glen of the Two Lakes) a 6thC. Early Christian site, in beautiful wooded valley. Details of both of these trips, and others, are available in the big black folder in the apartment.
  • Everything lived up to expectations from the photographs and other information on Karin's web site. High quality accommodation, decor and furnishing. Karin welcomed us in person and generously placed some basic food requirements in the apartment. Excellent location for sightseeing in Dublin. Only slight niggle which Karin could not do anything about was the traffic noise. Certainly recommend staying here.

    Archie2016-04-07T00:00:00Z
  • I was ill the entire time I stay at Karin's studio. I only left the studio briefly so believe me when I say that this was one of the most comfortable stays I've had in an Airbnb. Karin made sure I had all I needed to get me through my first night, for which I'm forever grateful for. The bed was super comfortable. As was being curled up on the couch in front of the gas fire. The kitchen was well equip. Location was perfect.

    Lee-Anne2016-04-19T00:00:00Z
  • Many thanks for accommodating artist Hannes during his visit to Visual Artists Ireland Karin. He had a comfortable stay and very much enjoyed the trip to Dublin. Thanks also for arranging accommodation at short notice for Hannes daughter Fiona. We really appreciated knowing our guest was well taken care of in a comfortable, friendly and beautiful place.

    Monica2015-10-13T00:00:00Z
  • Karin's apartment was wonderful! It was my first time using Airbnb and I could not have asked for a better experience. Karin has everything you'd need in the apartment, it's exactly as she has listed, and she has really great suggestions on places to visit around the city. I absolutely loved Dublin and I already can't wait to visit again!

    Kandice2016-09-23T00:00:00Z
  • We arrived after a long flight and were very happy to find this clean, comfortable and quite unique accommodation awaiting us! A very special studio with all the amenities needed for a home away from home. Comfortable bed, nice linens, good shower and we were off on a short walk to city center. Kitchen was stocked with fresh eggs, milk, coffee, tea, juice so we could make breakfast. A great value in a special house with a gracious hostess who prides herself on attention to detail and the history of the house and neighborhood. We will definitely be back!

    Renee2015-10-10T00:00:00Z
  • I spent one week in Dublin for work and I had a great stay at the studio. Everything needed to feel at home was provided, including a fully-fledged kitchen with all utensils and some basic ingredients to prepare breakfast and other meals. The interiors have been very recently renovated and everything was very clean. The neighborhood is also nice and very conveniently located near to O'Connell Street where most buses stop. Grocery shops are also abundant in the area. I loved the decoration in the entrance hall and stairs of the building. The only negative side was the noise from the cars passing in the street. There's not much traffic there, but the window glasses are not at all soundproof, so I had to sleep with earplugs. Apart from that, everything was great.

    Arianna2015-10-26T00:00:00Z
  • As promised - Bright & Spacious! Delightful apartment in nice area. Karin was perfect hostess, appreciated the breakfast items provided. Hope to come back!

    Christopher2016-08-21T00:00:00Z
  • I stayed for about a week at Karin's studio. It has great amenities, is fairly centrally located in Dublin, both reasonably close to the main tourist areas south of the Liffey as well as a few minutes' walk from the train station. The studio is bright and clean, with an interesting vintage decor. The only downside I experienced was the traffic noise; the street outside is quite busy both day and night, so best to bring earplugs if you're a light sleeper.

    David2016-10-02T00:00:00Z
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    Modern, bright 2BR 2Bthrm apt in a quiet area in the city center 5 mins walk to the nightlife & fun of Temple Bar & Temple College, Ireland’s oldest uni. Stylish Scandinavian interior design w/ all mod cons & huge garden roof terrace & balcony. New apartment building construction year 2007.
    Our spacious apartment is perfect for a small group of up to 6 who want to stay somewhere stylish and comfortable close to the best Dublin has to offer. The apartment has been recently renovated to a high standard so everything is brand-new and high-spec. The apartment size is (82 meters squared (882 Feet)). The interior design is stylish, modern and Scandinavian with wooden floors, monochrome furnishings and modern artwork and designer furniture. There is a large garden roof terrace and balcony, perfect for drinks and sunbathing in the summer months. LIVING ROOM  Large comfy sofa bed  32-inch flat-screen TV with Netflix  Dining table with four chairs  Modern lighting and artwork  Selection of books about Ireland and Dublin KITCHEN  Well-equipped with all cutlery, crockery and cooking utensils  Microwave, kettle and toaster  Cooker with halogen hob  Complimentary tea and coffee BEDROOM 1 (EN-SUITE)  Double bed with luxury mattress and bed linen, including Egyptian cotton bed sheets and goose down feather duvet  En suite marble bathroom with shower, fluffy towels and luxury Cole and Lewis of London toiletries  Stylish monochrome artwork and furnishings  Large wardrobe for storage BEDROOM 2  Double bed with luxury mattress and bed linen, including Egyptian cotton bed sheets and goose down feather duvet  Stylish monochrome artwork and furnishings  Large wardrobe for storage MAIN BATHROOM  Luxury marble floor and walls  Bath with overhead shower  Fluffy towels (Egyptian cotton) and luxury Cole and Lewis of London toiletries
    Our apartment is located in the heart of Dublin, only a 5-minute walk from Temple Bar, a popular cultural and nightlife area of Dublin with lively bars, restaurants and nightclubs. There are also many great cultural institutions such as the Irish Photography Center and the Irish Film Institute. Trinity College, one of the seven ancient universities of Britain and Ireland’s oldest university, is only a 5-minute walk away. The college is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Dublin and offers many beautiful buildings which are a must-see when you visit the city. All the city’s main sights and attractions are just a short walk away, including Dublin Castle (10-minute walk), National Museum (5-minute walk), and St. Stephens Green (10-minute walk). If you’re a fan of the famous Guinness beer the Guinness Storehouse can be reached easily by foot or tram, great for tastings or for a drink on the rooftop bar.
  • This is a wonderful apartment in an incredible close- to-everything location. The apartment is very spacious and has lovely finishes throughout. The two bedrooms are quite far apart making this a perfect spot for two couples who enjoy traveling together but like a bit of privacy at night. At first glance the train right outside the window did not seem good, however, we rarely heard the train due to the double windows, and actually enjoyed a bit of commuter watching while having breakfast! We were not able to enjoy the rooftop terrace but we sure enjoyed our pints and great food right on the corner at O'Neill's️

    Cindy2017-05-24T00:00:00Z
  • Mark and Tahra's apartment was just what we needed at the end of our holiday and a week in a campervan. The apartment was everything promised and was in a great location to all the wonderful sights of Dublin. We walked everywhere we wanted to go. The apartment has wonderful natural light and was a great size for our party of 3 - enough room for everyone to be together without getting in anyone way and also designed so everyone could achieve some quiet time if desired. The apartment had supplies that were handy when staying for longer than 1 night eg plastic wrap, foil, salt & pepper. The little things you may need but don't want to necessarily buy. Information about the area by Mark & Tahra was fantastic and true to their comments. Thank you Mark & Tahra for hosting our stay in Dublin - your apartment felt like a home away from home.

    Monique2016-04-30T00:00:00Z
  • Lovely flat, very spacious and exactly as pictured. The location was perfect for exploring Dublin, and the layout worked out beautifully for our family (two young children). The view of the trains from the balcony was our son's favorite part of our trip! The noise wasn't really that bad, noticeable but not at all bothersome. We were met by Beth who showed us around (and made sure we knew how to work the hot water booster), and lent us a few baby toys which we appreciated. We also appreciated the photos/instructions around the flat to clear up any confusions. We would love to stay here again!

    Whitney2017-10-29T00:00:00Z
  • Great apartment! About 10min walk from city center. We love the brightness, white walls, spacious rooms, with all the necessities needed for us to feel at home away from home. However, we notice the apartment was next to the train track which was rather noisy during work days. Nonetheless, most day-time we were out, only the slight non-privacy while at home. Other than this, we would definitely recommend this apartment!

    HB2016-06-09T00:00:00Z
  • 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
  • Really Thomas 's review in May says it all. The location gives easy walking into city, close links to public transport and taxis. The trains became a special feature of our visit. This was my first time using airbnb so I was unfamiliar with their way of doing things. However, the seamless communication with our hosts made this a very smooth, friendly experience especially sorting put the return of my iphone which I left in the flat on departure. Many thanks to you aLl Hope, Angus, Veronica and Des

    Hope2016-05-21T00:00:00Z
  • Mark was a legend... Helping me get organised for a medical conference in town. The apartment is perfect! Everything you need and very comfy beds! Only three street back from the river liffy and a short walk to temple bar and the conference centre. Can't thank mark enough! Cheers Sam

    Sam2016-06-20T00:00:00Z
  • The place is exactly as advertised. The location is within walking distance of everything, which was very appealing since we were 6 people. We did not need to use the Dart but I imagine having it next door would be a major convenience. With the curtains drawn you don't notice it at all. The apartment and building are very clean and new. Overall, we had a great experience. Thank you Mark and Tahra!

    Arthur2016-11-27T00:00:00Z
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    Super central location to explore Dublin. Quiet, clean, warm and modern two bedroom house at Smithfield. Great for families, groups or business travellers. LUAS trams: Grangegorman Green Line 3 minute walk/Smithfield Red Line 5 minute walk. Bus routes 2 minutes. Taxis very cheap city centre. CHECK-IN before 22.00hrs. Late night arrival 22.30hr+ for extra €20 fee.
    The house has been my home since 1994. I remodelled the house in 1999. It is now a modern townhouse behind the original 1906 facade. There are two bedrooms upstairs, each with one double bed. The master bedroom also has an ensuite bathroom. The kitchen diner is open plan at ground floor. There is a sitting room with a TV. There is a shower room with WC at ground floor level. The courtyard is ideal for smokers. The house is located 400m from Smithfield LUAS tramway stop. Temple Bar 20 minute walk.
    Located between Smithfield and Grangegorman. Adjacent to a former convent where Robin Hood's accomplice, Little John once lived. Academic quarter: DIT Grangegorman campus 200m; The Law Society Solicitors school 400m; The King's Inns Barristers Law school 600m. Saint Michan's Church Crypts 400m. Jameson Whiskey museum 300m. Collins Barracks museum 600m.
  • I had a lovely time staying at Ian's house. It was very comfortable, quiet and warm. I felt very at home there. It had everything that I needed for my two week stay and was close to the supermarkets, restaurants, the LUAS, and easy to walk into town. I loved the location because it was away from the tourist area, but still convenient to everything. Ian was also a great host, and was very responsive to any questions and requests. I'd definitely stay here again.

    Lynsey2015-11-07T00:00:00Z
  • We enjoyed our stay in Dublin and Ian was an excellent host, meeting us at his house soon after we arrived to show us around. The flat was well located, tidy and a good size for four people. Would highly recommend for visitors to Dublin who want to get out and explore the city.

    Stewart2015-12-01T00:00:00Z
  • Host Ian has been very responsible all the way through. Useful tips and suggestions. Always available if necessary. The house was as promised. It is a place you feel very much at home. And located at a very convenient location.

    ed2015-12-30T00:00:00Z
  • A group of 4 stayed for a long weekend and couldn't have asked for better accommodation. Ian was great and there to greet us after a late flight in to Dublin. He provided us with loads of information on location, transport, what to see etc which meant we could really get up and out the next morning. The place itself is lovely, two bathrooms and comfy beds!! Location is perfect with a short walk in to town or local transport. Taxis to temple bar around 10 euros. When we return to Dublin we will definitely try and stay here again. Thanks Ian

    Charlotte2016-09-26T00:00:00Z
  • I highly recommend Ian´s place! The very comfortable appartment was perfectly located for our enjoyable Dublin trip. Ian also stayed in touch during our stay and offered helpful information regarding the surrounding.

    Kristin2016-10-04T00:00:00Z
  • Since I started using airbnb I haven't had any issues with hosts and the communication about arrival procedures. Upon reaching out to Ian for instructions about the arrival and check in process, Ian failed to provide me with a clear breakdown and when I asked for further clarification he became unprofessional and rude. This gave me a unpleasant feeling about my decision to book with him. However he was nice enough in person and the place was lovely as well as the neighborhood. I would recommend but would hope my review would spark a change in attitude for him and future guests.

    Daniel2016-10-11T00:00:00Z
  • We had a really great stay in Ian's place. It was really comfortable for the four of us, and exactly what we needed. Ian quickly got back to me to arrange our stay and even let us in early when we arrived earlier than expected - greeting us with orange juice, bagels and cream cheese. Although quite quiet the area seemed to have some little gems. We had our best meal in Mulligans which is about 5 minutes round the corner and had a lively night cap in the bar at the end of the road - Barbers. Would highly recommend going to both! Can't fault it, thanks Ian!

    Sophie2017-02-20T00:00:00Z
  • Ian is a delightful host, and his apartment was just as described. He went above and beyond to recommend "local" things to do and places to eat. Within walking distance to everything, so you definitely get to experience all that Dublin has to offer.

    Michael2017-07-05T00:00:00Z
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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.
  • Our stay at Peter's Castle was truly unique and memorable. We thoroughly enjoyed it. The castle and accommodation is different than anything else you'll come across, due to Peter's creative touch. Peter is a fantastic host. Very patient, open and welcoming. We loved the time with you Peter, and our time in the castle, thank you. We will remember this unique experience & highly recommend it to others with a sense of adventure

    Angela2015-02-14T00:00:00Z
  • Peter&Eva were great hosts. Very welcoming, friendly& obliging. Peter was a very interesting man. We had some great conversations. Shared a meal with him and family. Lovely family indeed. Welded the castle a once in a lifetime experience. Thanks for the experience. Dan&roxy.

    Daniel2014-07-19T00:00:00Z
  • I thought I knew but I had no idea what it was to live like a queen in a castle and meet such an ambitious and interesting man with so much to offer. Really, when I talk about the castle I talk about the man. Authentic, real an with caracter. Thanks Peter for making our stay one to remember for ever !!!!!!

    Chanelle2014-08-13T00:00:00Z
  • We had an amazing visit to the castle. Peter is a great host and makes you feel at home the instant you meet him. He was very communicative and flexible in our arrival and departing times. He provided great directions so we could get to our Aran Island ferry boat quickly. Big bonus was the stocked kitchen with breakfast basics. The decorations are definitely eccentric but makes the stay more fun and whimsical. The views from the top are stunning. Also, fyi the bed is heated so make sure you turn it on!

    James2015-09-08T00:00:00Z
  • My son and I were only able to visit Peter's castle for one night, but would love to have spent a couple more. Peter and Eva are terrific hosts, and the castle exceeded expectations which is saying something since we'd never stayed in a castle so had high hopes. The structure was kind of what we expected, but the interior architecture, finishes, and artistic touches were incredible. Several things we'd never seen before, like the trapdoor bathtub, heater fashioned from a car radiator and copper tubing that looked like it belonged in an art museum, swing suspended from the ceiling, bathroom finishes and fixtures, Peter provided a 12-string guitar which my son enjoyed playing and the acoustics in the stairwell were awesome. Our only regret was not being able to visit more w/Peter, as he's a really interesting guy who has seen and experienced a lot for such a young fellow. We definitely would recommend Peter's castle for anyone looking for an unforgettable experience.

    Christopher2013-08-23T00:00:00Z
  • Peter and Eva were fabulous hosts!! What a great time learning the history of the castle!!! We lived like queens for sure!!! It's very remote but that was just what we were looking for!!! Thank you both and Leon for the great laughs!!!

    Susan and Hilary2013-09-04T00:00:00Z
  • I stayed in the tower and had a lovely time. Peter, Eve and the boys are wonderfull people and it was a great experience. Everything in the tower is perfectly done with love to details and taste. The kittchen, the bathtube and toillets are lovely exemples how you can turn space into inginous. I could use the kittchen and all what was in the fridge to cook diner what we all shared together. It was great to listen to Peters stories and he is an wunderfull artist and real craftsman with a warm, interessing, intelligent and openminded caracter. Morning sun on the bed gave me a warm and lovely wakeup. It is a place to come back and one night is much to short. Thanks for all and specialty the visiting tips!

    franziska2014-07-06T00:00:00Z
  • Peter was an excellent host and has done a remarkable and inspiring job restoring this beautiful castle. The rooms were cozy and comfortable and with the candles lit brought us back to a different era. We hope to have a chance to stay with Peter again in this one of a kind experience.

    Tyler2014-10-24T00:00:00Z
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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.
  • Location is great and beautiful view of St. Patrick's Cathedral. Every place is walkable from Daragh's location! He gave us good recommendations and the bed was very comfortable. We recommend for anyone that wants to live like a local and the location is very safe.

    Laura2017-09-01T00:00:00Z
  • This apartment was the perfect location from which to explore the city and easily accessible to all major attractions. Building was comfortable and secure. Kitchen was well stocked with cooking supplies and it was very handy to have a washing machine available for laundry. Parking passes were provided along with easy street parking which was a major bonus. Space particular suitable for a couple traveling together. Host was very accommodating. Definitely a good value, especially compared to nearby hotels. Recommended!

    Julie2014-09-29T00:00:00Z
  • Good location, comfortable and a lovely spacious balcony. I loved the city sounds! The communication with Daragh was great!

    Bianca2015-09-30T00:00:00Z
  • Great apartment, perfect location (we could walk anywhere), great host! We were able to check in early after an early morning flight which was much appreciated. Daragh left loads of leaflets of things to do in the area which was helpful! Will return - ideally in the summer to make use of the balcony! One final thing to mention was the cute little coffee shop directly opposite the apartment!

    Charlotte2015-02-15T00:00:00Z
  • My boyfriend and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Daragh's apartment. Daragh was super friendly and gave us plenty of suggestions for things to do/see/eat. He even had a city map with his favorite restaurants and pubs labeled on it, which came in very handy during our stay. We tried several of his suggestions, and they were all delicious! The apartment is a great size, with plenty of space for a couple. It even has a washing machine (fantastic if you've been traveling for a while) and a large balcony. It is perfectly located, right across the street from St. Patrick's Cathedral and within easy walking distance of all the city center sights. I highly recommend a stay here!

    Jennifer2012-08-28T00:00:00Z
  • Good location, fine apartment, but a lot of traffic noise, at night too.

    Viggo2014-03-12T00:00:00Z
  • We stayed in Daragh's apartment for 4 nights. Location is fantastic and we could walk everywhere we needed to go. Daragh was very quick with responses and gave us all the info we needed. Edgar was very friendly and greeted us with some info on where was good in town. I love all of the detail that Daragh put into the advice he gave on where to eat and drink. If we visit Dublin again we would definitely stay here again. Very secure apartment block with a great view of the park and cathedral. Would also recommend a free walking tour by Sandemans while you're in Dublin. Very interesting and free! Apartment is small but definitely enough room for 2 people. Thanks again Daragh for letting us stay!

    Kate2014-12-11T00:00:00Z
  • We had a wonderful stay in Dublin. Daragh's flat was perfect. Just like he wrote in the description. He gave us a map of Dublin with a lot of nice places to visit around town. Our reccomendation for Daragh and all People that are travelling to Dublin is to Visit the cementary of glasnevin and the botanical garden next to it- really impressive! Also we recommend everybody to check out the cliff walk, starting at bay to greystones. If we ever come back to Dublin we would stay at Daraghs flat again, next time maybe including a Pint all together at the Fallon Pub. Rike and Uwe

    uwe2013-12-31T00:00:00Z
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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 loved staying at Croughacullion, very peaceful, the environments were very nice and the cottage was absolutely lovely!

    Ellen2015-07-30T00:00:00Z
  • Love the cottage... Staying here is simply good for the soul and much better than any therapy! Only devastated that it's so booked up as I was hoping for another wee trip there soon! Ps The addition of a sofa has made it so much more comfortable to curl up with a good book.

    Tracy2015-05-12T00:00:00Z
  • This was the most idyllic, lovely and quiet cottage. We would look out the window and be stunned by the view every time! Not the easiest place to get to, but if you are looking for peace and quiet and beautiful scenery this is a lovely place to go. Very comfortable and clean and very nice to have Mary the housekeeper down the road! Can't wait to come back.

    Emily2013-06-14T00:00:00Z
  • We stayed 2 nights at Greg's place, and it wasn't long enough. It is a traditional Irish cottage, and everything is as on the website. Greg has built an underground pod studio in the garden, so presumably at some point when it is occupied you may get neighbours. Great location for walking, visiting Slieve League or just chilling in the garden or by the peat fire. Definitely recommended​!

    Christine2017-05-09T00:00:00Z
  • Fantastic period property, with mod cons added but not obtrusive. If you like solitude and authenticity this is the place for you. Leave the phone etc at home!!!

    Kay2017-03-29T00:00:00Z
  • The cottage is nice and isolated, we enjoyed our time here. Wi-Fi is available but limited during the day. Neighbors are really friendly and genuine people. County Donegal is gorgeous!

    Tiago2016-12-04T00:00:00Z
  • Lovely vibe and very peaceful place. Local people not very dog friendly tough.

    Bettynka792017-01-25T00:00:00Z
  • We've had a wonderful time in this beautiful cottage. Everything was just perfect.

    Anne2016-09-26T00:00:00Z
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    Donegal, Donegal, Ireland

    I restored this cottage from 2003 with love and every ounce of my soul has been poured into bringing it to a cosy retreat perfect for two or a small family or 4 close friends. Take time to Hike, Bike, Read, Write, Draw, Think, Play, Live &make Love. There is a large extension which is another house which can be rented separately or together if you have a larger group. Thick stone walls means there is excellent sound proofing. You would not notice the guests next door unless you meet them.
    Hello there, If you love amazing views of the sea in front and the peace and quiet of the countryside, then this place is for you. Sleeps one or 2 couples comfortably.(there are 2 bedrooms with a double bed in each. there is also a single bed in the bigger bedroom. I have a fold out couch downstairs. 4 people can be accommodated but then again how close of friends are you? My cottage really suits people who love the country cottage feel and relaxed atmosphere, if you love monotone hotels and convenience to towns/shops/arcades this is not for you. The entertainment on offer can be having a cuppa while watching the two baby bunnies playing in my wild garden and somehow avoiding my visiting fox who almost daily pops by.....also we two great local pubs with friendly people and good cheer....also one does really good food. This is a cottage rental rather than a bed and breakfast. Some dried foods I leave you just in case you arrive and have forgotten to get shopping, even thou Short and long term rentals are possible, small or large groups, just ask and I shall see if I can make it possible for your situation. It's a quiet neighbourhood, occasional tractor factor, rabbits, foxes, migrating swallows....you get the picture....relaxation, views, perfect for relaxing get aways. My cottage is about 100 plus years old. It is open plan down stairs with kitchen diner one side and sitting room with stove. It has two bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs. I restored it and lived in it since (URL HIDDEN) had been derelict with roof falling in no windows or doors so it has been a labour of love and now I happy to rent it to people who will enjoy it and have a great experience on the penninsula. I built on and I live in the "West Wing" mostly although I often live with my boyfriend but sometimes I have a weekend of R and R in my cottage where I read books and invite friends over and have tea in front of the fire and play scrabble.... There is something magical about it....everybody loves the cosy feeling. I prefer to only accept minimum of 3 nights bookings. It is a lovely penninsula and I'm sure you won't regret 3 nights staying here. I can offer a variety of accommodation as in if it's a larger group you can have the "West Wing" which has another 2 bedrooms and bathrooms and dance/yoga floor. I can put in a futon or pull out couch in the cottage just ask and see if I can sort out your situation. I am in the middle of nowhere but there's nowhere else I'd rather be having been around the world I've come home to Ahakista. 1 hr 45 mins drive from Cork city/airport, 17 km from bantry town, no bus services to Ahakista . No trains down here etc. You need a car and a Sat Nav or a map and a good sense of adventure and an ability to ask for directions. It's beautiful and is perfect for folk who like hill walking and going off for picnics or lunches out and drives to ring of Kerry and the five penninsulas. Perfect base to go explore from. Thanks for checking out my profile I'm now almost 3 years being a member of Airbnb and really excited by the concept of making the global community welcome in my home . I backpacked around the world for 2 years and wish this concept was available back then. I used to wander into villages and ask to be hosted for a fee, I do believe that it enriched my experiences greatly. I will guide you/give directions/ advice if you want or leave to discover by yourselves as you wish. The original cottage is over 100 years old and I have retained as much of the original features. I've got underfloor heating (winter time) and a lovely stove which is not only good for atmosphere but it's cosy in the not so balmy evenings. Wooden floors, rustic feel, open plan kitchen diner/ sitting room. If it's a wet weekend and you can't get out and about walking! You could paint, draw, read, write, cuddle up on the couch in front of the fire. I like to play board games and have a large selection and books/dvds/music. There is also the local bars which can be really lovely with open fires and live music or sitting out and having a BBQ watching the sun setting over the bay. Food: Restaurants/café/bars with food in the area, information pack/maps/guide books/walking maps etc. available in the house. Hope to see you here. Sheila
    Peaceful countryside with panoramic views of rolling hills hugging the valley of a patchwork of forty shades of green. A close knit community of people who have grown up together and look out for each other. If you ever wanted to find an idyllic life this is the place to live. I wish I was there more often.
  • We were very well received. The house is beautiful with a fantastic view, very conveniant for 4 people, a bit cramped for 6. This peaceful place is close to a pub and a little town, a bit far from main visiting area. So we realy advice this nice house at good price for a restful stay.

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

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

    Maureen2014-05-22T00:00:00Z
  • This cottage is naturally warm and very well decorated. We didn't meet Sheila but she was always available for information. It's connected to the other half of the house which is also available for renting but it's very quiet. It's a very relaxed setting and Sheila has restored the house with a lot of love and detail . Thanks again Olive

    Olive2016-05-03T00:00:00Z
  • Sheila's cottage was great for a nice quiet stay in the countryside! The views are just breathtaking and there's so much exploring to be done around all the peninsulas. Definitely bring wood so you can enjoy the cozy fireplace!

    Nick + Alison2017-10-05T00:00:00Z
  • Great home and great cozy area!

    Megan2016-05-10T00:00:00Z
  • Sheila's cottage is soooo lovely we didn't want to leave at all! With its cosy stone and wooden interior, romantic stove, warm floor heating & proper insulation and amazing views of the ocean & surrounding land and the stars at night, it was the perfect location for a chilled out winter getaway. We can only imagine how amazing this place will be in the summer, when one can sit outside, or as Sheila suggested, lie on the trampoline and gaze at the stars for hours. Sheila is a lovely and very welcoming host and she showed us her 'West Wing' as well. We're very impressed with her renovation of the cottage and building the extension - you can see she did it with great care, skill and passion! We'll be back!

    Maaike2014-01-20T00:00:00Z
  • We found Sheila's House at the last minute and it was everything we were searching for. We were Sheila's first month long guests but she was the perfect hostess, from getting us fire wood to anything else we might need! The house was outfitted to our needs, with a fridge, oven, stove washer and dishwasher. Along with all the important kitchen utensils. The cottage was perfect, romantic and oh so charming! It was the perfect size and had the perfect view of the sea and mountains. We really enjoyed the mile walk down the the dock in the morning and meeting neighbors along the way. Not only is Sheila very nice, but the entire town is very welcoming. We even bought eggs from a neighbor down the road. It was the perfect Irish experience, and everything we hoped it would be. I can't wait to come back to Ireland and see Sheila and the cottage again! Not only did we leave with beautiful memories of Ireland, but also a new friend, Sheila :D

    Kaitlyn2012-12-16T00:00:00Z
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    Cork, Munster, Ireland

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

    Julian2014-12-30T00:00:00Z
  • Beautiful location, lovely accommodation - a must do in Westport! Thanks so much for your hospitality Irma

    Eimear2015-12-02T00:00:00Z
  • We had a lovely stay in the cosy, wooden hexagon set within acres of untouched, green Irish wilderness. The cabin came complete with freshly baked soda bread and a wood burner fuelled by the Irish boglands. We took a stroll and came across amazing views of Croagh Patrick. Westport is close by and great for a Guinness or two and soaking up the Irish culture. Irma is a lovely host and I would definitely recommend this place!

    Lillie2015-09-10T00:00:00Z
  • Irma was a star, she provided us with directions over the phone on the way up when we got a little lost and gave us a lovely warm reception on arrival. Fresh brown bread and eggs were provided each morning too, which was an absolute treat. The Mayo countryside was an ideal setting to kick back, chill out and recharge the batteries. The lodge and the stay was exactly what me and my girlfriend wanted and I would recommend it to anyone :)

    Ryan2015-09-21T00:00:00Z
  • We thoroughly enjoyed staying at Irma's Cuckoo Wood Hexagon. She is a wonderful host, and was kind enough to pick us up as we didn't have a car. The fire was lit when we arrived, and set the tone for a very cosy and comfortable stay. The entire place was spotlessly clean, and if you're lucky, Fuzzy the adorable cat might come visit you too! We wish we could have stayed longer. What a wonderful place!

    Karen2014-12-09T00:00:00Z
  • We had an absolutely fantastic time at Irma's lovely little hexagon - tastefully furnished, peaceful and beautiful sourroundings - it simply makes a great base to visit Mayo!

    Jens2015-08-11T00:00:00Z
  • The Cuckoo Wood Hexagon was a true delight and Irma, a very attentive host. In terms of the accommodation itself, the cabin is rather spacious inside and furnished to the very highest standard with exquisite attention to detail that sets it above similar 'alternative' airbnb places we have stayed. During our stay we had three days of continuous rain, followed by three days of sunshine - and possibly enjoyed the rain just as much despite being holed-up in the cabin. It really is that cosy and inviting (especially with the stove on). The location is in my opinion perfect for sampling the magic of Wesport and Clew Bay. It feels remotely idyllic, yet within easy reach of Westport town (10min taxi @ 10 Euro for nights on the town) and close to the coast and walks. Seeing the forecast we opted for to hire a car to get around, which was wise. But given summer weather, bikes would have been totally fine for both transportation and leisure.

    Andrew2015-04-05T00:00:00Z
  • This is a fantastic, unusual, idyllic place. Irma is warm and welcoming, it is surrounded by lush green and silence (apart from the occasional horse, cow or hen), and cosy but very spacious on the inside. The stove is wonderful, as are the eggs and bread. We had a glorious time, in no small part down to Irma's meticulousness and generosity (with suggestions, peat, and comfort). We're already planning the next trip. Thank you Irma!

    Lizzie2015-08-17T00:00:00Z
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    Westport, Mayo, Ireland

    Cuckoo Wood Hexagon
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