Family home near the sea in a peaceful south Dublin village

Family home near the sea in a peaceful south Dublin village




Mar 2011

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3 Bedrooms
Sleeps 5
2 Bathrooms

About our home

We live on a very quiet road along the Shanganagh river which flows into the sea at Shankill.

Our house is detached, with a front and back garden. There's plenty of room to seat eight at the kitchen table, and there's a glass door opening from the kitchen onto the terrace, so you can take your coffee out to enjoy the morning sun there. Off the kitchen there's a small utility room where our dogs sleep, and yours are welcome to - there's also a shower room and a generously-sized study.

Our sitting room has lots of bookshelves and games, a television and stereo, and the most comfortable sofa in the world. It's a long room, with full length window at one end onto the front garden, and at the other end onto the terrace at the back garden, and there's a door onto the terrace too.

We have three bedrooms: a double, a twin and a single (child's) - but we also have an inflatable bed so you could sleep an extra person if you needed to.

The garden is very quiet, with trees on all sides, including an apple tree from which you are welcome to harvest as much fruit as you can eat. There's a quiet, sunken area where we keep the barbecue, table and chairs, but you can bring the barbecue up onto the terrace if you prefer. There's a side entrance, so if you're using our bikes you can bring them in that way and store them at the side of the house. You can park in the gravelled part of the front garden - the rest of it is grassed for the children. We have plenty of children's toys we can leave available - toddler slide set, toddler paddling pool, toddler car, and of course footballs, Swingball, cricket and croquet sets. We can leave you tennis rackets too (there are courts a few minutes' drive away).

We have two hens in a henhouse in the garden and they usually have the run of the garden by day. If you keep them supplied with food and water, and remember to shut them safely in at night, you can gather their freshly laid eggs.


More about us

  1. Our family is two adults and two children (two boys of 13 and 3), and we also have two dogs and two hens. We like doing a combination of outdoorsy things (walking and cycling) and city things, but really we're open to offers from all kinds of places.

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Where is it?


Shankill started out as a rural village, and has now expanded into a peaceful suburb of Dublin. It's right beside the sea, so you can do beach or cliff walks, and is near plenty of State forestry walks, and if you like hiking you can get stuck into the Dublin or Wicklow mountains without driving for more than 20 minutes. The village itself has shops, cafes, a pub and restaurant.

From Shankill, you can either go south to beaches and country walks, or north into the city of Dublin.

The city centre is about half an hour's drive, but you can also get a bus from the top of our road, or get the DART train from Shankill station, a ten-minute walk away. Dublin is a wonderful city to visit. There are parks, museums and activities for children, and historic sites, literary tours, live music, great food and plenty of pubs for the adults. If you think you'd like to come to Dublin, we can give you lots of ideas of things to do in the city.

If you feel more like beach walks, Shankill has its own beach - lots of people swim there even in the winter - and nearby there are lovely beaches at Killiney, Sandycove, and Greystones. If you like woods walks, you could try Carrickgollogan woods, Rathmichael woods or Killiney Hill. Further afield (but no more than half an hour) there are woods at Tibradden, the Hellfire Club, Three Rock and Ticknock, or if you are feeling energetic you could walk (some or all of) the Dublin Mountains Way which starts in Shankill. We can leave you a map!

For a simpler outing, try the park, which is a 20-minute walk or a 3-minute drive away on the other side of Shankill village. There are football pitches, a baseball pitch, woods, a children's playground and lots of nice walking paths. You can drive (5 minutes) or walk (an hour by the rather hilly scenic route - well worth it though, as it's along Killiney Bay) to Dalkey village, where there are lots of lovely boutique shops, cafes and restaurants, as well as Dalkey Castle (with a Living History tour) and some nice galleries. The next village along is Sandycove, with the James Joyce tower, a lovely seafront walk and more delicatessens, cafes and shops. Dun Laoghaire harbour has two beautiful pier walks, unbeatable on a summer's evening, and a fresh fish market at the Coal Harbour.

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