“We had an amazing time at the home of Mary and Sars. It is so comfortable, they had thought of absolutely everything to make our break wonderful. They are very well located and getting into the city was easy. We would highly recommend a swap with at this couples home.”
Mary's reviewsAs a host (5)
“My two daughters , my wife and I had a wonderful stay in Mary's beautiful home . Everything was ready for us when we arrived, and Mary had left good information for us so that we could begin to explore the neighbourhood and city. Mary and Sars's home is lovely, the neighbourhood is friendly and everyone we came into contact with was welcoming and helpful. The buses takes you straight into Dublin's beautiful city centre. The house is well-equipped and easy to run, and Mary has done an excellent job of being a host to home-exchangers. We swap the cars too and it's very kind to visit the Ireland coast by car. With its fantastic location, this home has helped make our visit to Dublin even more special.”
“We spent one week in Mary & Sar's house in Artane, Dublin this July on a family holiday. We had a wonderful holiday as there is lots to see and do in Dublin and the convenience of their house to the City was great. We did the hop on/off bus tour which was great, Dublin zoo, Trinity College, Natural History Museum, Howth head and lots more. Also making a trip to Tayto Park in Co. Meath. In all we had a wonderful, homely experience and it was great to meet Mary & Sar's en route to Dublin. We could have spent another week here. Thanks for your hospitality.”
“We completed our third exchange with Mary & Sars in June. Their home is in such a central position to travel by Bus or dart. This time we got a 3 day ticket for the dart and we visited so many places of interest. A trip to Killiney Castle well worth a visit. We climbed Bray Head. It was so great to park the car at their home and travel on bus or dart. Each time we discover so many more places to visit and as usual they make us feel so welcome. Highly recommended home exchange if you want to see Dublin.”
“We recently completed a second great exchange with Mary & Sars a lovely couple who made us feel so welcome I would highly recommend their home for a home exchange. The house is calm and peaceful and yet only 10 minutes from the city centre and on a very frequent bus route. Restaurants and shops are only a few minutes from the house. Their home is spacious and tastefully decorated. They had lots of information on places of interest available for us and we got to do a lot of sightseeing whilst there. Dublin is a really vibrant city and we hope to exchange with them again.”
Where is it?
Our home is a modern apartment in a new development called Cualanor. It is a bright, airy home with a sunny aspect and a balcony overlooking a park and playground with lovely views of the mountains. The bedrooms overlook an internal garden which is a haven of peace and quiet. There are 3 double bedrooms and 3 bathrooms with a study, utility and storage rooms.
From our home you can walk to Dun Laoghaire with its cafes, restaurants, shops, salons and boutiques. From Dublin's favourite pier to the Martello Towers, Dun Laoghaire provides an awe inspiring backdrop to life and has wonderful walks waiting to be discovered. After a good days sightseeing it is a delight to return here and sit and relax.
Monkstown Village is nearby and is surrounded by Victorian and Edwardian houses and parks all of which are part of a Conservation area and are really picturesque. Dun Laoghaire itself is an area that offers a tradition of good living and is one of Dublin's oldest and most established neighbourhoods. The apartment is a 10mins walk from Dun Laoghaire Pier and town centre and within strolling distance of beaches, restaurants, pubs, a theatre, cinema and a great selection of shops. There are some lovely villages nearby Sandycove, Glasthule and Dalkey to name but a few and here you can explore and dine out.
Sandycove is one of Dublin's best-loved seaside places and gets really busy in the fine weather so get there early if possible. The James Joyce Tower and Museum is a Martello tower where James Joyce spent six nights in 1904. The opening scenes of his 1922 novel Ulysses take place here, and the tower is a place of pilgrimage for Joyce enthusiasts, especially on Bloomsday. Admission is free and it is a stone’s throw from the beach.
Glasthule is a quaint village with a number of cafés, bars and shops. It has a church on the Dún Laoghaire side of the village in the neo-Gothic architectural style. It is located very close to the Forty Foot and to the James Joyce Tower in nearby Sandycove.
Dalkey is an historic village with many attractions and well worth a visit. It has been home to writers and celebrities including Jane Emily Herbert, Maeve Binchy, Robert Fisk, Hugh Leonard, Bono, the Edge, Van Morrison and Enya and in 2020 Matt Damon made it his home for several months. Finnegans pub in the village is a great watering hole and you never know who will pop in! Dalkey is also renowned for its Literary Festival which takes place every summer.
Dublin City Centre is another ‘must see’ with all its Museums, Art Galleries, shops and theatres and it is a lively and entertaining place. There is lots to see and do in Dublin and our apartment is 11.8 km from Dublin City Centre so you are never too far from anything. There are good transport links if you do not wish to drive and the Rapid Rail called the Dart or the bus are well serviced. Mainline rail called Irish Rail also provides rail services throughout the country and gives good value to senior citizen’s from overseas with a rail ticket available to travel anywhere on its network for a reasonable sum. Another enjoyable activity is walking and walking tours or bike hire.
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