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Bright, Airy, Relaxing Mews House in the Heart of Dublin, Ireland's capital

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths2
Space 1,250 sq ft
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

A 2 double bed and 1 bath 1,250 square foot property in leafy Ballsbridge.

Once occupied by Patrick Kavanagh, the renowned Irish poet and novelist, this Mews is quietly set back from the former bustling literary quarter of Baggot Rath.

The Mews was once a stable for its early Victorian house on Pembroke Road, and it remains in structure largely as it did in the mid 20th century.

Its recent and contemporary interior design plays gently on its late 19th century pedigree whilst also giving its 1950's provenance room to breathe.

It is bright and fresh and has an authentic feel with almost a nod of approval from the author of its past.

Residents and guests who stay here...describe the house as a comfortable mews with 2 separate private enclosed outdoor entrance courtyard gravelled with seating...and back patio, gravelled space and herb garden... outdoor seating (for 8) and dining furniture provides for the opportunity to eat outdoors...a fully equipped kitchen allows the enthusiastic cook to prepare great meals from the foods from the local Donnybrook Fair combined with the garden's herbs... or if you prefer you can simply use the extensive availability of local high quality takeaways... including the weekly Grand Canal Bank market...nearby. The kitchen includes an oven, hob, microwave...a fridge and separate freezer (essential for those of us who love ice!) , a dishwasher and plenty of storage. There's dinner plates, sides, bowls, mugs and cutlery for 8 people along with rolling pin, weighing scales, measuring jugs, saucepans, serving bowls, name it ...even down to some great cookery books from Alice Waters...all the stuff you need in the kitchen of a home away from home. The kitchen combines with a living/dining space so your never lonely when cooking. This space has an open and real fire where local turf lifts the aroma to the authenticity of the Mews' past. The fire breast is wrapped in an 1873 reproduction Suffolk House wall paper of birds and butterflies. Its silvers and greens and pinks are picked up as colours for the design motif of the full space and other parts of the Mews giving it its airy bright feel balanced with the earthy feel and tones of wooden floors and local craft and walnut furniture.

Just beneath the stairs leading up to 2 bedrooms is a swivel chair and desk space for the worker in you who wants to punch away on a keyboard. The desk holds the most recent and interesting guides to Dublin ...from literary and historical trails to what's new on the food and coffee scene.

A separate chill out TV room downstairs has a plasma TV with HD cable TV that also acts as a hub for high speed broadband WIFI available throughout the house. This room has a comfortable modular couch system which easily converts to three single beds (additional linen available on request) extending the number of residents/guests that the mews can accommodate. With the two double bedrooms upstairs (one kingsize double bed and one regular double bed) alongside the three single bed conversions from the couch the Mews can in fact accommodate up to 7 people is required. This chill out room as an adjoining toilet facility and the prospect of an open door onto the private entrance courtyard.

Across the hall from these living spaces is another separate toilet facility with full laundry equipment including a washing machine and separate dryer...there's an ironing board and iron available too ... in case you need to iron something.

On your way upstairs there's an extensive library of books ... an eclectic mix of local history, literature, food and wildlife ...extending to and including a biography of Patrick Kavanagh - the famous poet who lived here. there's also a montage of pictures of Kavanagh from throughout his life framed and on the wall.

Upstairs are two bedrooms and a bathroom. The first bedroom is the master (affectionately known as the Owl's room) with a kingsize double bed and views from the window of leafy trees, the garden and the rear of the Victorian house that the Mews was once the stable to. The second bedroom is nicknamed the butterfly room and has a double bed and the same rear view. both bedrooms have adequate wardrobe space ... integrated in drawers and cupboard style to meet all your storage needs. For the longer term stayer there is an attic off the landing upstairs for storage of suitcases if necessary.

The bathroom has a bath come shower and a full power shower, a wc and basin and a storage cabinet.

It's an all round comfortable and cosy space, so set back from the bustle that you'll enjoy silence and hear the birds sing while just beyond the doorstep you'll access some of the finest amenities Dublin has to offer.

More Details

Una Harnett
Member since: 2014
Speaks english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
July 21, 2018

About Una Harnett

I'm a Dubliner who loves beautiful places, spaces, music, history, art and food. I adore local places with long histories and like to get to know them. My desert island foods would be crumbly blue cheese on an oat biscuit, butter and whiskey wrapped fresh lobster and cork dry gin with slices of homegrown cucumber and ice. I cant live without good coffee and wouldn't even try. I'm currently reading Swallows and Amazons with my kids and I love it for its sense of freedom and escape. My favourite musicians are plenty - Queen, Van Morrisson, The Mumfords, Daft Punk. I believe in keeping life simple - and I fundamentally believe - the simpler, the better.

Why Una Harnett chose Ballsbridge

This place is authentic, real and alive in its history for me because my hero poet Patrick Kavanagh once lived here ...and when he did the surroundings inspired him to write his most incredible work. In September 1959 Kavanagh took up home at this a time during which he committed to an acceptance of life as it is.

He said that 'in the final simplicity...we are satisfied with being ourselves.'

During this period he wrote many poems expressing inner tranquility, several of them sonnets, and they were praised in reviews.

As an example of this change in his writing Kavanagh quoted his sonnet 'Canal Bank Walk' in his self portrait: 'Leafy-with-love banks and the green waters of the canal / Pouring redemption for me, that I do .../ Grow with nature again as before I grew.

''... I like the clarity and the emotiveness of Patrick Kavanagh... I like how he combines the kind of mystic into really clear, evocative work that can make you glad you are alive.' this is how the actor Russel Crowe explains his perspective on the work of Patrick Kavanagh.

Obama also quoted Kavanagh on March 14th last in a speech.

His words and the place that inspired his words at that particular juncture in his life is what inspires me very day to live life simply ...for the better.

What I enjoy also is the privilege of owning Kavanagh's Mews and the opportunity it has given me to meet people who want to share this space for the very same reason.

What makes this lodge unique

Kavanagh's Mews' exterior cut limestone and granite door case, gravel under foot outdoor spaces, treelined aspect with nesting and singing birds and the authentic footprint of the house kept in tact since the time Patrick Kavanagh lived there in the 1950's is what attracted me to this haven in the first place. The back garden captures and traps heat when the sun comes out...because it's so well sheltered. there is no noise - it's tranquil and free ... and yet if you want to participate in the bustle you just need to walk out the door. It's understandable how Kavanagh was attracted to the space as a writer and its surrounding greenery - of trees, parks, canal walks and so on are an oasis in any Capital city.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation lodge rental in Ballsbridge, Ireland

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1250 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Downstairs Bathroom 2 - toilet , toilet only downstairs off the chill out TV room
    Upstairs Main Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower is a power shower
    Downstairs Bathroom 3 - toilet , downstairs toilet off the hall with laundry
  • The bathroom has a bath come shower and a full power shower, a wc and basin and a storage cabinet.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 The Owl's Bedroom - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 The Butterfly's Bedroom - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 The Downstairs Chillout TV Room Couch Beds - 2 sleep sofa /futon
  • Upstairs are two bedrooms and a bathroom. The first bedroom is the master (affectionately known as the Owl's room) with a kingsize double bed and views from the window of leafy trees, the garden and the rear of the Victorian house that the Mews was once the stable to. The second bedroom is nicknamed the butterfly room and has a double bed and the same rear view. both bedrooms have adequate wardrobe space ... integrated in drawers and cupboard style to meet all your storage needs. For the longer term stayer there is an attic off the landing upstairs for storage of suitcases if necessary.
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • long term renters welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
plenty of sports amenities nearby and bikes available for hire including electric bikes


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Bright, Airy, Relaxing Mews House in the Heart of Dublin, Ireland's capital
average rating of 4.9122806 based on 57 reviews

Fantasic location and well-appointed apartment

  • 5 of 5

We were in Dublin for a conference at the Royal society and this was the perfect location to go between the conference and downtown. Amazing restaurants within a few blocks and nice strolls through neighborhoods. The beds were comfortable and we loved the bright kitchen and the separate "living room" space that we used as an office. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: 30-Jun-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Delray Beach, Fl, USA

Amazing apartment!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the beautifully and comfortably decorated Mews apartment. It is close to shops (1 min walk) and city centre sights (15 min walk). The space is beautiful inside and out (even a nice patio in back and one in front; comfortable dining/ sitting and “chill out” rooms. The “starter” goodies— milk, coffee, butter, marmalade, and more— were so wonderful! We would love to visit again. Thank you Una and Barry!

  • Submitted: 25-Jun-2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Reykjavík, Iceland

Memorable visit to Dublin

  • 5 of 5

The Mews house was comfortable and provided all amenities needed, plus a welcome basket of food etc. The house has a nice patio and back garden and during our stay the weather was nice and we could sit outside for meals. The house is about 15-20 minutes walk to downtown, but in the close neighborhood there are is a good selection of restaurants and bars.

This property can be recommended and is one of the best we have booked, and would appreciate to stay at again.

  • Submitted: 20-Jun-2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Riverdale, NY

Charming house in Dublin

  • 5 of 5

This house is well located in a quiet and safe neighborhood, with close by shops etc. We always walked to the city center (~25 min easy walk) but there are also bus routes in the very close vicinity. The house is on a quiet street, and has all the required amenities. The place itself is beautiful, spacious and well kept. Una and Barry are the perfect hosts. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: 17-Jun-2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Short Distance to City Center

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed our stay at the Mews House. The key arrangement worked well and check-out easy. The owner was prompt and helpful in giving overview of the house and orientation of the house to Dublin attractions. Perfect stay for us. We had two couples, so the two bedrooms upstairs and sharing the full-bath worked for us. It was nice that there was a basket of goodies start our evening off. Close to good pubs and groceries. Everything walking distance so no need for a car. Nice patio in the back.

  • Submitted: 28-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Weekend in Dublin

  • 5 of 5

Just back from a fabulous weekend in Dublin with my husband and 3 teenage boys - the house is great - absolutely as seen in the pictures - spotlessly clean and very well equipped. The location is ideal - quiet, but within an easy walk to the centre of the city and lots of shops and restaurants just round the corner. Thanks Una!

  • Submitted: 16-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
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Nearest Airport
15 Kilometres
Dublin Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Kilometres
5 Star Dylan Hotel Cocktail Bar
Nearest Ferry
4.9 Kilometres
Dublin Port
Nearest Golf
12 Kilometres
The royal Dublin Golf Course
Nearest Train
0.5 Kilometres
Landsdowne Road DART station
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
M1 via Port Tunnel
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
l'Ecrivain Michelen Star Restaurant
Nearest Ski
7.6 Kilometres
Indoor Ski Centre
Nearest Beach
4 Kilometres
Sandymount Strand, for long beach walks
Car: not necessary

This is a two storey recently refurbished comfortable and relaxing mews house just new to Homeaway. The mews was a coach house for a large victorian house on Pembroke Road in the 1800’s.

It's a special charming house, which was once home to Ireland’s famous poet - Patrick Kavanagh. Kavanagh composed the poem Raglan Road which was adopted in song by Van Morrison among many other musicians and singers.

The Mews is on Baggot Lane, in Ballsbridge which is Ireland’s leafy embassy belt set among Georgian and Victorian Dublin.

This mews house is one the few which has some of its original coach house features from its first occupants in tact. It is also one of the few buildings of historical and literary interest available for short term stays in Dublin.

The Mews has been decorated to take account of its victorian past and its mid 20th century occupancy by Patrick Kavanagh, in style, furnishings and design while keeping it fresh and modern.

Just on the doorstep are the banks of the Royal Canal, Herbert Park or Merrion and Fitzwilliam Squares... all of which are an oasis of calm and still greenness in the city centre which inspired the writing of Kavanagh and which are easy to access if you stay here. If you like rugby the Aviva stadium is a some minutes walk away which hosts the international nations and provincial rugby and has a series of concerts also. The RDS showgrounds nearby is famous for its annual horse show. Also within walking distance is Trinity College where you can view the Book of Kells. The National Library where you can view the national archives of writing and photographs is also very close by as is the Genealogy Office for checking out Irish ancestry. There's lots to do like taking a picnic in the local parks or on the banks of the canal, playing tennis in Herbert Park or joining a local course. Why not take a food or literary trail, visit the local Bord Gais and Gaiety Theatres or catch a lunchtime concert in the National Concert Hall. You can travel further walking, cycling or a few stops on the DART train to Sandymount Strand, Dunlaoire Harbour and Howth - catch some sailing, surfing or kayaking...ther's plenty of choice.

Transport and Getting Around is easy: Nearest Taxi Rank - 1 minute walk - Nearest Air Coach Stop: 15 minute walk -Nearest D.A.R.T station - 8 minutes Walk - Nearest Dublin Bike Station - 11 minute walk - Nearest Bus Stop is 2 minutes walk - with 5 routes. Second nearest bus stop is 7 minutes walk with a further 3 routes.

What are we Near? 
- Airport - 25 to 30 minutes away by Taxi (depending traffic and the time of day) Luxury 24 hour service AirCoach’s Leeson St. Bridge stop is a 15 minute walk away.

Theatres and Concert and Sporting Venues: 
- Aviva Stadium - 5 minute walk - RDS Main Arena - 10 minute walk - Bord Gáis Energy Theatre - 15 minute walk - National Concert Hall - 20 minute walk - Gaiety Theatre - 20 minute walk - O2 Arena - 25 minute walk - Andrews Lane Theatre - 20 minute walk - Olympia Theatre - 30 minute walk- Abbey and Gate Theatres - 40 minute walk

Museums and Galleries: 
- National Museum of Ireland and Natural Museum of Ireland - 20 minute walk - The Little Museum of Dublin - 20 minute walk- National Gallery - 20 minute walk.

Places of Interest: - Oscar Wilde’s Home - 10 minute walk

Dail Eireann - Houses of Parliament - 15 minute walk -National Library of Ireland and the Geanology Office- 15 minute walk

Science Gallery - 20 minute walk - Trinity College - 20 minute walk - Dublin Castle and the Chester Beatty Library - 30 minutes walk - Temple Bar - 30 minutes walk

Christchurch and St. Patrick’s Cathedral - 35 minute walk - Jameson Distillery, Guinness StoreHouse - 50 minute walk

Shopping, Eating and Drinking: - St Mary’s Road, Baggot Street, Merrion Row, St. Stephen’s Green, Grafton Street have plenty of restaurants and world famous bars within easy distance.

Searsons and The Waterloo gastro pubs of literary fame are just within 5 minutes walk. If you prefer to dine in - there is a supermarket, fine grocery and wine shop within 5 minutes walk and a Canal Bank food market with artisan food producers every thursday about 8 minutes walk away.

Parks and beaches: 
- Herbert Park - 10 minute walk

- Merrion Square - 10 minute walk
- Royal Canal - 10 minute walk 
- Grand Canal dock and quay - 13 minute walk 
- Phoenix Park - 10 minute bus or Luas ride. 
- Clontarf and Sandmount - 10 minute D.A.R.T. ride 
- Howth and Dalkey - 25 minute D.A.R.T. ride.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation lodge rental in Ballsbridge, Ireland

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
summer rates
Jul 1 2018 - Aug 31 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add C$31 per night, per additional guest
Sep 1 2018 - Dec 31 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$77 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add C$85 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

linen/clean/refuse C$130.97

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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