Comfortable house in historic village, 15 km from Dublin city centre

Comfortable house in historic village, 15 km from Dublin city centre


Jul 2011

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4 Bedrooms
Sleeps 6
1 Bathrooms

About our home

Our house has been our home since 1980. It is modern, comfortable and convenient, close to Dublin yet with plenty of countryside nearby. The house backs onto the Royal Canal, it has 4 bedrooms, a bathroom, a sitting room, a kitchen/dining room and a conservatory. John loves gardening and the garden looks great from spring to late autumn. There are books and CDs for you to enjoy, plus a piano, music systems and of course toys for young children. We have satellite TV and a multi-region DVD player. Our house is semi-detached, in a quiet safe cul-de-sac, with good neighbours on both sides. There is a supermarket and a hotel/pub at the bottom of our road and hotels, restaurants and shops 1k away in Leixlip village.


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  1. We are John and Clare, a couple in our 50s, with an eight-year-old daughter, Doireann. We also have two adult sons living outside Ireland, who don't travel with us. John has retired and Clare is a translator from English to Irish. We love the idea of welcoming people to our home, and helping you have a good time while you're here.

    When we're away, we like to cycle and to visit small towns and villages. We're interested in nature and the countryside and, from Doireann's point of view, a playground or adventure park is always welcome.

    We have had six great exchanges since joining the website, and we reply to every enquiry.

    We look forward to hearing from you!

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Where is it?


Leixlip is a small friendly village 16 km west of Dublin city. It was here that the first Guinness brewery was founded in 1755 and members of the Guinness family still live in Leixlip Castle in the village. We are situated on the river Liffey which flows on into Dublin City, and within 40 minutes of all the attractions of the capital. We border County Meath, the heritage capital of Ireland. Its two most interesting historic sites, Newgrange Megalithic Site and the Hill of Tara, are within 40 minutes of our home.

Going to Dublin from Leixlip is easy, train station and bus stop are minutes away from Leixlip. In Dublin the most popular sights are Guinness Storehouse in James St, the Phoenix Park (the largest walled park in Europe) which houses Dublin Zoo, and in the city centre Christchurch Cathedral, St. Patrick's Cathedral, and Trinity College, the oldest university in Britain or Ireland, where you can view the world famous medieval manuscript known as the Book of Kells.

Three lovely places to visit if you have children with you are "Imaginosity", Dublinia and Dublin Zoo. Dublin has a bike scheme ( which is great for discovering the city. Irish Rail, which provides rail services throughout the country, offers a cheap rail ticket to senior citzens from overseas for travel throughout the country. Dublin is not large so walking around is a good option, www. is one of several good sites for walkers.

There is natural parkland to explore in Leixlip along the banks of the Liffey. A guided tour of Castletown House, a Palladian house nearby, built in 1722, will give you an insight into British influence in Ireland.

Leixlip is 6 km from the M50, the ring road motorway around Dublin, which connects to motorways to all other parts of Ireland. This means we are 30 minutes from the airport and the National Aquatic Centre to the north, and from historic Powerscourt House to the south. A little further south are the famous monastic site of Glendalough and the Wicklow mountains. The historic university town of Maynooth is 5 miles to the west of Leixlip.

We are on the edge of the country here with lots of small roads for cycling. John is a keen cyclist and can advise on lots of good routes, long and short. Leixlip has Ireland's best canoe club along the river Liffey and excellent tennis courts. There are several golf courses nearby including the K Club which hosted the Ryder Cup a few years ago.

The following sites will give you some background information:

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