In Dublin 4 situated at the Donnybook end of Ailesbury Road, but also adjacent to Ballsbridge and just a 10 min bus ride from St Stephen's Green is our very comfortable owner-maintained, spacious holiday apartment for maximum TWO people, ( if one is a child, they must be over 10) , minimum stay ONE WEEK. You can stay for a shorter period but it is still the weekly charge, for your stay). Note that due to changes in my own holiday plans, most of August (2nd to 27th although the calendar updating is lagging behind) is now available again.
Unusually well equipped, it is not so much a normal rental place but more a home from home. We hope you will find everything you need here to make your holiday in Dublin perfect although no guarantee on weather! Everything is included in the rent, no hidden charges. For those arriving by air and reluctant to venture into Dublin traffic, this is very conveniently placed less than 5 mins walk from the Aircoach stop.
o Entrance hall
o Fully equipped kitchen completely renovated 2013
o Large sitting room with eating area
o Double bedroom with superking bed (twin matresses)
o En suite bathroom with Bath, over bath shower, basin and WC
o A balcony overlooking the leafy embassy neighbourhood just south of central Dublin. Total floor area approx 800sq ft
Ideal for couples wanting a week in Dublin, visiting academics or business people needing a quiet and comfortable place to stay close to the centre and the universities and for anyone wanting to escape hotel life and have their own space. Our flexible start dates allow for weekly stays starting any day of the week. (7 day minimum). This third floor apartment in a prestigious block on Ailesbury Road is exceptionally light and spacious with great views from its large picture windows and balcony. The whole apartment benefits from early morning sunshine as it faces East.
The well equipped kitchen has a dishwasher and microwave and a good sized fridge freezer. A table by the window provides seating for two looking out over the Georgian houses on Angelsea Road. As this is our own holiday home, we leave a selection of 'dry' goods in the cupboard so as well as supplies of tea, coffee, sugar etc. there are also things like rice and pasta as well as all the basic extras we use in the kitchen like washing up liquid, cling film, foil etc. so you don't have to rush to the shops for the basics right away.
The sitting room has a dining area and plenty of comfortable seating. Broadband access is wifi. Settle in for a cosy evening in front of the fire (you can burn special smokeless logs, available locally) watching multi-channel TV, a DVD or borrow a book from the bookshelves. The balcony is off the sitting room and looks over Dublin towards the sea (although this is hidden by trees so I can't claim sea view!). Very occasionally (I will tell you when, as it is only a few times a year) there are concerts at Simmonscourt, down the road and you can take a 'balcony seat', if so minded, to listen (or put ear plugs in!). See below if I have listed one under 'other activities'.
The large bedroom has a super king-sized bed and plenty of storage space. The bed has two new comfortable single matresses made up with single duvets so although more suitable for couples, it could be used by two close friends. Off the bedroom is a fully equipped bathroom with an over the bath shower. The apartment also has a cloakroom off the hall with basin and loo and this also houses a washing machine. Iron and ironing board are also provided.
The whole apartment is centrally heated except in high summer and benefits from constant hot water. It is equipped with a sensitive smoke alarm.
It is five walk from excellent local food shops, pubs and restaurants, 5-10 mins to RTE at Montrose, St Vincent's Hospital, RDS Ballsbridge and the UCD campus at Belfield, 20 mins to Aviva. For tourists' Dublin - it is within walking distance (a mile and a half) from, arguably, the ‘best’ shopping area of Dublin, St. Stephen’s Green and Grafton Street and is very well served by buses, virtually outside the door. The Dart Railway, by which you can explore the coast and coastal villages, North or South, is under a mile away (Sydney Parade stop). You can walk to the beach at Sandymount in about 20 minutes or take a 5 minute stroll to Herbert Park (feed the ducks?). It is in a perfect quiet position for being near to the centre of Dublin, without the noise, and convenient for trips by car or bus southwards to the sea and mountains.
I provide a pre-loaded LEAP card so that you have no worries about taking a bus as soon as you arrive. I just ask you to top it back up (it has usually between 20-30 Euros on it) when you leave. It can be used by two people. You just tell the bus driver where you are going and put it on a reader by his cab. The fares are discounted with this card.
Golfers will be pleased to find a fine golf course at Elm Park just 10-15 minutes walk away and there are public tennis courts in Herbert Park. The Sunday buffet lunch (booking essential) at the Herbert Park hotel is magnificent.
Theatres and museums abound. Our particular favourites are The Gate Theatre (where the performances are always outstanding), the Museum of Decorative Arts and History in the imposing and vast old Collins Barracks building (great lunches in the cafe there!) and the Dublin City Hugh Lane Gallery in Parnell Square.
There is a comprehensive folder of how things work in the apartment and suggestions of things to do in Dublin. The apartment is prepared for holidays by me, the owner, personally and I am happy to answer any questions by email both before and during your stay. I can only very rarely manage last minute bookings and the minimum stay is one week @ 785 Euros for 2014. Please check the availability calendar to see if the time you want is possible.
I do not have many published reviews here as I am not long on VRBO, only take about 10 bookings a year and am loathe to badger people to write them unless they enjoy that kind if thing. Therefore, from time to time I add 'Owner submitted' reviews which are comments taken directly from my physical guest book. These show as unrated on the VRBO site but sheer numbers of reviews affect display priority which is why I do this ( I haven't just made them up! ).
Some other small extracts FROM THE GUEST BOOK (some people write a whole page!)
'I thoroughly enjoyed staying in this lovely spacious apartment which was perfectly situated to access transit to get around'.
' Just wonderful - so cosy and welcoming '
'This place has felt like my home away from home. I could not have asked for a more inviting place to come back to at the end of each day'
'We've stayed in many self catering apartments and this is one of the best! Everything was clean and organized and this was the best stocked kitchen ever! We loved the view and all the light from the windows. This is a great neighborhood close to groceries and restaurants'
'We found the apartment spotless, quiet and it felt like coming home after long days trekking around Dublin'
'A most spacious and well-prepared apartment in the most central and desirable area of Dublin. Absolutely ideal for work and vacation purposes'
'Again thanks a thousand times for allowing us to be here. It was wonderful to have such a warm, cosy and comfortable home-away-from-home to come back to after a long hard day's shooting'(film!)
'A lovely home, very much my home this week. Nice to work from. Fun to go to the local shops and make food here. Beautiful light......thanks thanks thanks!'
'What a great time we had in our five weeks here. We found your place comfortable, warm and welcoming. Dublin is its usual wonderful, friendly, generous self! Many thanks and warmest regards'
'It was such a treat to stay in your wonderful apartment. Everything was superb - we really appreciated your kindness, organisation and attention to detail. The location cannot be beat. We loved being able to stroll into town. We look forward to an opportunity to stay again.'
THERE ARE SOMETIMES GLITCHES IN VRBO'S EMAIL SYSTEM SO IF YOU HAVE MADE AN ENQUIRY AND NOT HEARD BACK WITHIN 12 HOURS (I USUALLY RESPOND WITHIN HOURS IF NOT MINUTES UNLESS ON A PLANE!) THEN PLEASE TRY TO CONTACT ME ANOTHER WAY - THROUGH MY OWN WEBSITE FOR MY COTSWOLD COTTAGE - Sansome House Cottage (just google because it does not seem to allow the url here in the description!). There is a page on there for this apartment under the tab 'Dublin Let for 2'.
Keywords: Dublin, holiday apartment, one bedroom, home from home type, Ballsbridge, Donnybrook, short term rental, self catering,
Thank you so much for your hospitality. It truly shows that you care for your
guests and treat them like family ( or better ;-) )
I thoroughly enjoyed my stays in the apt and hope to come back again soon.
Our family live in England but I am Irish and have retained this family apartment as our holiday home as we love Dublin. I clean and maintain it personally between lets (flying over each time from England) and only let it about 10 times a year, jigsawing it in with our other 'baby' - a two bedroomed holiday rental in the Cotswolds. You can check us out there by googling Sansome House Cottage as we have some reviews for that elsewhere. As I stay in the apartment myself to see to everything, I never let back to back and the minimum period of stay is usually ONE WEEK. Consequently I can be flexible about arrival and departure times and lets can start on any day of the week. I can rarely do last minute lets as I have to book my flights in advance so please book early (preferably at least a month in advance) if you want to stay!
I inherited this from my mother and did not want to sell it as it is a perfect location, being quiet and peaceful (there are quite a few retired people living in the block) and yet so near to the centre of Dublin in the nicest area of the city. We reckon we live in a haven of peace here, near the centre, insulated from traffic noise by the many trees surrounding the apartment block so without the 'bustle' of life being too apparent. Plenty of buses nearby though - the buses, including the Aircoach from Dublin airport, stop about 3 minutes walk from the apartment which we find extremely convenient as they run every fifteen minutes. We love the views and the light from the big windows. It is cosy in winter, cool in summer. A relatively short drive south finds us in the mountains of County Wicklow, perfect for walking and sightseeing. (Glendalough is about an hour’s drive or you can go there on St Kevin's bus from Dawson Street). West of Dublin, we can visit Castletown House, the National Stud and the Japanese Gardens in Kildare or go north for the prehistoric sites at Tara and Newgrange. The Midlands and the lakes of Westmeath are within a two hour drive from Dublin. We frequently drive a little further on to explore the many towns and villages on the Shannon and have even spent a long day and driven right over to County Galway to wander around Connemara, or a little further south exploring the Burren in County Clare. Our son has done this with rail and bus but he spent one or two nights in the West to do this.
The road through Donnybrook is the main route south to Wicklow and Wexford. Less than half an hours drive and you can be in the Wicklow mountains. Five minutes drive or 20 minutes walk and you can be walking along Sandymount beach or jogging on the promenade. There are beaches all along the coast, reachable by car, by bus or by the Dart Rapid transit system, the nearest station being at Sydney Parade, just one mile away.
There are so many things to do in Dublin, it would be impossible to list them all. I have put some points of interest on the map (click 'view guide', powered by Goggobot below the map, to read about my personal favourites and comments) There are shops a few minutes walk from the apartment and a large supermarket a little further away. The buses run very frequently to the centre but we often prefer to walk to St Stephen's Green through very pleasant streets, in under 30 minutes (NB we walk fast so 35 mins would be average pace!)
Herbert Park is 5 minutes walk away. Here one can stroll amongst the flowers, feed the ducks on the pond, go jogging or play tennis on the public courts. There are plenty of good places to eat and drink in the area and it is close to two rugby grounds. For horse racing we have four courses within easy reach - Leopardstown (very near), Fairyhouse, Punchestown and The Curragh. You can explore the history of Dublin with visits to Christchurch Cathedral, Kilmainham Gaol and Dublin Castle or take one of the many themed guided walks around the city which usually involve a pub or two on the way! Wander around the Temple Bar area for lively bars and quirky shops. When feeling energetic you can hop on a bike with the Dublin bike scheme. Dublin has recently been rated as being in the top 10 of bike-friendly cities in the world although the demand for the city bikes outstrips the supply. It is rated the safest EU capital for biking.
The apartment is on Ailesbury Road which runs from Ballsbridge to Donnybrook. This is at the Donnybrook end. With the notable success of The Gathering 2013, many towns and individual clans are planning further get togethers for 2014. You too can be a part of something special. In Dublin there are so many activities you can partake of that I can only mention a few, Walking tours with a particular slant, be it history, architecture, literary, interesting museums such as The Writer's Museum, the National Museum of Ireland, the Chester Beatty Collections, quirky places: the crypt of St Michan's Church, historic places: Dublin Castle, Kilmainhaim jail, Guinness's Brewery, Jameson's Whiskey distillery, art at the Museum of Modern Art,the National Gallery, the Dublin City Hugh Lane Gallery, The Book of Kells in Trinity College and much much more. There are rugby matches at the Aviva Stadium ( walking distance). There are Irish dancing and music evenings in pubs, street performers in Grafton Street, numerous theatre, concert and film productions etc. The Dublin Festival Season runs every year from 1st September to 31st October and includes the Dublin Theatre Festival and the Bram Stoker Festival. Bloomsday is on June 16th, (a celebration of the works of James Joyce) the Dublin Horse Show in August (which makes it rather busier and noisier around the area that week 6th to 10th August!)
Any academics interested in a longer stay for a sabbatical at Trinity College or University College Dublin (or elsewhere!) over the winter months (and maybe even including Christmas) please contact me for preferential terms.
THERE ARE SOMETIMES GLITCHES IN VRBO'S EMAIL SYSTEM SO IF YOU HAVE MADE AN ENQUIRY AND NOT HEARD BACK WITHIN 12 HOURS (I USUALLY RESPOND WITHIN HOURS IF NOT MINUTES UNLESS ON A PLANE!) THEN PLEASE TRY TO CONTACT ME ANOTHER WAY - THROUGH MY OWN WEBSITE. Just google Sansome House Cottage - there is a page on there devoted to the Dublin apartment.
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2014 7 NIGHT MINIMUM
Apr 14 2014 - Dec 17 2014
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Notes||Minimum stay 1 week.Booking procedure: you enquire, I will respond within hours. I send you letting agreement and ask for a deposit of €150 euros per week booked to secure the booking. Balance due 2 months advance of arrival. Payment by bank to bank transfer, xe-trade or similar or Homeaway system (credit card transaction fee of up to 2.4% applies).|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay. Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (EUR) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.