“We had a terrific exchange with these family in July 2015. Even though this was their first exchange, everything went like clockwork! Their thoughtful planning & preparations were greatly appreciated. We were welcomed by the owner's sister who gave us a helpful tour of their warm and comfy home. Dublin access is a cinch: there's a bus stop 5 minutes away and the commuter train is only a 10 minute walk. They looked after our home as if it was their own and left it ultra-clean. They are a lovely family - our only regret is that we didn't get to meet them live and in person (although we Skyped several times.) Bottom Line: We are very grateful for this memorable exchange experience.”
Pauline's reviewsAs a host (1)
Where is it?
Leixlip, which won a silver award in Ireland's 'Tidy Towns' competition in 2014 is a pretty village on the banks of the River Liffey and is less than 15km from Dublin City Centre.
Leixlip has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with plenty of restaurants, hotels, pubs, banks and other amenities all within a five minute walk of our house.
A historic landmark located in Leixlip village, The Salmon Leap Inn, which sits at the confluence of the River Liffey and the Rye River, provides live traditional music on most nights.
We are a short drive from supermarkets and a number of shopping centres.
Dublin, on our doorstep has a wealth of activities to offer.
Leixlip's location as a base, in terms of access to Dublin City and all the main routes the length and breadth of Ireland is second to none. Indeed, Leixlip was chosen as Ireland's largest site for Intel chiefly because of the surrounding infrastructure. It is a surprisingly traffic-free 30 min car journey to Dublin City Centre, 20 mins to Dublin airport and 10 mins to the M50, the ring road around Dublin leading to all major arteries. There is a bus stop 200m from our house, with a bus every 30 mins to Dublin City. Alternatively, the train station is only 1km away. Walking and hiking can be undertaken in the beautiful surroundings of the Wicklow mountains approx 45 mins away. This is also known as 'The Garden of Ireland'which is home to Glendalough,one of Ireland's most famous ancient monastic settlements.
Leixlip is surrounded by a wealth of amenities. In the immediate vicinity, we have a selection of parklands with playgrounds, BMX tracks, walking paths, outdoor gym equipment and woodland areas and rivers.
Leixlip Amenities Centre provides excellent sporting facilities including a gym, running track and tennis courts among others.
We are within a couple of miles of two large historic houses on extensive grounds, one of which is a luxury hotel, spa and golf course (Carton Estate). The other, Castletown House, has been preserved and tours of the house can be taken. Summer Fairs and musical recitals take place at weekends here.
There are a wealth of other golf courses nearby including the renowned K Club.
Leixlip is located in County Kildare, the county most famous for its wonderful horses. A 45 min journey will take you to the Irish National Stud where you can view and learn about our world famous racing horses. However, should you want to do some horse-riding, you will find a number of studs within a 5 minute drive.
Leixlip is on the motorway to the west of Ireland which can be reached in less than 2 hours.The west coast of Ireland offers spectacular scenery with many surfing hotspots, Gaelic speaking regions and a laid-back and welcoming atmosphere.
Dublin, our capital city, provides a wealth of tourist sites and activities including Trinity College, home to the Book of Kells, Europe's largest walled park, The Phoenix Park and of course The Guinness Storehouse where guided tours and tastings are very popular.
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