4 Bed, detached house with large garden

4 Bed, detached house with large garden

Niall

 

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4 Bedrooms
Sleeps 6
3 Bathrooms

About our home

Part of a suburban, residential estate, our home is ideally situated, walking distance from shops, local cafes and parks. Our house is only 3 minutes from the bus stop (served by 2 direct buses to Dublin city centre, approximately 30-40 minutes away depending on traffic, and 2 to the seaside town of Dun Laoghaire - an Irish word, no more than 20 minutes travel time.). It is half way between the sea and mountains, allowing you to enjoy days in both areas on your holiday, as well as venturing to the city to see the sights, and the countryside for culture and history. The area is safe and well lit and the neighbours are very friendly.

Our home itself is bright yellow, so easily spotted when you're first arriving, and has two floors. Downstairs we have a spacious sitting room with a TV, sofas and a real fire; a modern, open plan kitchen with all necessary facilities and a table seating 6-8 people with plenty of cooking space; a sunroom/living area at the back of the house with sofas and stereo; utility room with storage and washer/dryer facilities; a study/office with TV and seating, and a toilet is also located downstairs. Upstairs is the family bathroom, two single rooms and two double rooms, one ensuite. The house also has wifi and central heating throughout but does not require air conditioning.

We have a front garden with space to park cars and a large back garden, with doors leading from the sunroom onto a decked area, where there is a table and chairs and barbecuing facilities.

By either bus or car there are cinemas, shopping centres, outdoor markets, swimming pools, restaurants, cafes, bowling alley, arcade, gym, and local pubs within 15-20 minutes. Some of these can also be reached on foot in approximately 30 minutes or less.

The city train (know as the DART) is approximately 35 minutes walk or 10 minutes drive, which offers a stunning journey along the coast from one side of the city to the other. The tram (Luas) is about 25-30 minutes walk or less than ten minutes drive and is an alternative route to the city centre.

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More about us

  1. Couple with three grown children

  2. Niall works in the police and Maureen is a nurse

  3. We love gardening, hiking, travelling and dogs

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Where is it?

Neighbourhood

Buzzy restaurants
Best place to go for options is Dundrum, plenty of variety. For somewhere closer Stillorgan has a few options, including Italian and Asian, but Dun Laoghaire also has plenty to offer, though it can be on the quieter side on a cold evening. For more exclusive options, Monkstown is a lovely spot, offering steak specialties, Italian and Asian restaurants, among it's popular cafes. Monkstown is located between Blackrock and Dun laoghaire, but it can be a little on the pricey side.
Cool bars
Leopardstown inn is the best bar in walking distance; comfortable, cozy and friendly vibes. Blackrock and Stillorgan are hubs for bars catering to young and old - The Wicked Wolf, Three Tun Tavern, Bolands among others
Cozy cafés
Just 10 minutes walk is Insomnia, one of a chain around Ireland, Cabinteely village just 20 minutes walk offers a variety of small cafes, popular with residents and visitors alike, particularly popular is the cafe in Cabinteely park where you can relax after a nice walk.
Retail therapy
There are many shopping areas close by including the popular Dundrum shopping centre for rainy days with plenty of shopping options as well as cafes and restaurants. Dun Laoghaire offers some shopping, Stillorgan shopping centre has some boutiques and supermarkets as does nearby Blackrock
Bit of culture
There are cinemas in the surrounding area, less than twenty minutes away. There are also two local theatres, one in Dun Laoghaire (The Pavilion) and another in Dundrum town centre (The Mill Theatre). There are often book markets and literature festivals in both Dun Laoghaire and nearby Dalkey.
Walks in the park
Dun Laoghaire is a lovely area for a Sunday stroll down the pier or in the Peoples Park where there is also a farmers market, cafe and childrens playground. Nearby Cabinteely offers a larger park and woodland area with a playground and cafe nearby. For something closer to home there are green areas that are popular with dog walkers and are home to local football clubs. There is also a park that offers a riverside walk.
Spot of exercise
Plenty of places to go for a walk or jog around the neighbourhood, but for those wet days there is a sports centre about fifteen minutes away that includes a pool and gym facilities where you can pay by the hour. Only a little further away is another sports centre with a slightly larger pool and other facilities. Both are good options on colder days!
Day tripping
A must see is Glendolough in the heart of the Wicklow mountains. About a 45 minute drive outside of Dublin, it offers culture, history and beautiful walks. Tour companies offer day trips by bus as the only other access is by car. A little closer, about 20 minutes drive, is Powerscourt house and gardens where you can enjoy a coffee and a walk through the gardens (there is a small entrance fee). Another lovely trip, maybe a half day, is Howth, a peninsula directly opposite Dun Laoghaire on the other side of Dublin, it is a lovely train journey along the coast. Killkenny is a county less than two hours outside Dublin, the medieval capital of Ireland, there is also a castle and gardens to visit. Other day trips include the Burren and cliffs of Moher in County Clare on the Atlantic west coast. The Giants Causeway in Country Antrim, Irelands world heritage site and one of the 7 wonders of the world. These are further away but definitely worth the trip. The south west offers more beautiful scenery particularly the ring of Kerry and the Dingle penninsula, but they definitely require a couple of nights.

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