Dublin Apartment for Two - our own holiday home


Please don't be confused by the fact that this is on my English cottage website.  It is just one page for Dublin on there and the headings at the top relate to the cottage, not the Dublinletfor2.  On this one page you will find its availability, booking procedure and general information. We have a holiday apartment in a very conveniently placed location in Dublin, in the Donnybrook/Ballsbridge area. This is a very upmarket area of Dublin where houses in our road change hands in the several millions and it is popular with the foreign embassies as their Dublin base. My apartment which is in a seventies block in a private complex, built originally as an hotel (hence the large rooms) is 10 minutes on the bus to St Stephen's Green and Grafton Street or a leisurely walk (about a mile and half) through Georgian Streets. The aircoach from Dublin Airport stops yards from the door but if you want to hire a car for your stay then you have free parking (like gold dust in Dublin!) in a video monitored private car park in the apartment complex. This link shows you where Ailesbury Road is on Google maps.  We are at the top end, close to the river which can be seen in blue. Ailesbury Road straddles both Donnybrook and Ballsbridge.  

Availability calendar here  Available space in green.

Although a large apartment in terms of room size, we keep it just for a maximum of two people as it has only one bedroom.  Because we use it ourselves, although our personal stuff is all packed away, it is ready and waiting for 'instant living'. We want you to enjoy it as if it were your own holiday home, and as such, it is equipped with all the normal paraphernalia of a home, not as a bare holiday let with nothing in the kitchen drawers or cupboards.  You won't have to rush out to buy the salt, the sugar, the tea, the coffee etc as there is always a basic store cupboard ( not your entire holiday food!) and if you finish something you are just asked to replace it with something similar.

The kitchen is modern and well equipped. There is a dishwasher, two kinds of electric coffee machines, two non-electric ones, microwave, double oven, grill and hob.  There is Cable TV on a 32" HD Smart TV (I have a Chromecast dongle so you can watch Netflix if you have a subscription and your home TV stations if you have the slingplayer app on your device) and a DVD player in a large light-filled sitting room which overlooks leafy Ballsbridge. There is plenty of comfortable seating and a dining table for six, should you have visitors. The new bathroom (installed for 2018 season) has a bath and and over the bath shower, basin and loo and a heated towel rail.  There is a cloakroom as well with loo and wash basin and a washing machine. The bed is a super king base with two single mattresses, made up as an Austrian twin (separate duvets) so suitable for couples or close friends. New carpets throughout for 2018!

Parking and wifi are provided free of charge. Broadband is fast and for unlimited downloads. We leave comprehensive folders of how things work, what buses to take, things to see and do and of course emergency numbers should you need any help. I have recently had my nice little Chappell piano retuned so any pianists are welcome to play it. Bring your own music!

It is not a serviced apartment so if you are staying longer than a week then you manage your own change of linen and towels from the plentiful supplies provided.There is a washing machine in the cloakroom and drying racks - no tumble drier as washing dries incredibly quickly, especially if the central heating is on.

We do not aim to let this all year round but just enough to cover our service charges and expenses.  Therefore the starting days are completely flexible, subject to availability of course. Although I live in England I come over to personally clean and maintain the apartment to make sure everything is as near perfect as possible for your arrival.

Rates vary in 2018 from €835 to €950 per week. Peak periods are St Patrick's Day Holiday time, Easter, Christmas and New Year.  Price table below gives the all inclusive price for a week's stay. There are no extra charges, save for those involved in the transfer of funds to pay for the let.  I only let on a weekly basis, because I travel from England for change arounds and maintenance. There are no hidden extras, no added cleaning fee, no security deposit ( currently, but this may change) and no 'service fee' as added on now by the major listing sites. Please enquire, having looked at the availability calendar.  *Christmas and New Year 2018 (950/week) are discounted to €900/week if booked at least 3 months in advance.

Reviews may be seen here (but 'look don't book' there please - contact me directly on my own website please, not on VRBO where service charges are added on!)  Reviews on TripAdvisor where I have a relatively new listing, are very much appreciated!

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Jan 10, 2018 - Mar 12, 2018
7 nights
7 nights or more €119.29 avg nightly


Mar 28 -April 8, 2018  

7 nights
7 nights or more €132.14 avg nightly
Apr 9, 2018 - Oct 27, 2018
7 nights
7 nights or more €122.86 avg nightly
Oct 28, 2018 - Dec 12, 2018
7 nights
7 nights or more €120.71 avg nightly
Dec 16, 2018 - Jan 8, 2019
7 nights
7 nights or more €135.71 avg nightly
Jan 9, 2019 - Mar 11, 2019
7 nights
7 nights or more €120.71 avg nightly
Mar 12, 2019 - Oct 31, 2019
7 nights
7 nights or more €124.29 avg nightly
My standard rate
7 nights
7 nights or more €124.29 avg nightly
Sorry, no small children because it is a very quiet building with a lot of retired people and I can only let to visitors who will keep noise to the minimum. Strictly no parties or gatherings of over 6 people, including the resident guests so a maximum of four daytime visitors. The maximum occupancy is TWO (including a child over 10). Please do not ask to have more people staying.  The vast majority of our guests are of the 'senior' type as we are keen not to disturb the elderly neighbours for whom peace and calm is the norm. Pets are not allowed in the building by order of the management. There is parking for one guest car. Other visitors must use street parking. Please contact me if you would like more details. Read reviews and see more photographs at VRBO ( click on the icon above the rates table). I have contributed to an insider guide  to the area and Dublin generally.  Note that this is entirely subjective so nearly all the places I have chosen are my favourites and therefore get 4 or 5 stars from me!  


WHAT'S ON - DUBLIN 2017/2018 (a little summary with more to follow as times are announced)

There were special exhibitions, tours and events to commemorate the Easter Rising of 1916 in the centenary year. Some of these will be permanent exhibitions so visitable in 2017 and 2018 onwards also.

the Dublin Galleries:

Casino Marino

Chester Beatty Library

Douglas Hyde Gallery

Dublin City Gallery - Hugh Lane

Irish Museum of Modern Art

Royal Hibernian Gallery

Rua Red

The National Gallery of Ireland

Temple Bar Gallery and Studios - all of these have changing exhibitions throughout the year.

For foodies: Have a look at the Delicious Dublin website.

Suggestions for a day out in Dublin

 For scenic train trips on the Dart try these suggestions


and more events to follow, but here are a few.....


January 2018 

National Concert Hall.  

The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre until 20th January 'Beautiful', the Carole King Musical

At the Abbey until 20th January 'Let the Right one in'

At the Gate until 27th January The Red Shoes 

At the Gaiety Theatre John B Keane's 'Sive' from 27th January

Temple Bar Trad Fest 24th to 28th January

At Trinity College Science Gallery and exhibition

At the National Gallery, Merrion Square -Monochrome: Painting in Black and White until 18th February; Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites until 2nd April

At Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane, 'Frank O'Meara and Irish Artists Abroad' is a new display of paintings curated by Jessica O'Donnell on view in galleries 12 and 13 exploring the work of artists who, influenced by innovative new developments in en plein air painting on the Continent travelled abroad to develop their art practice.  Centenary of the the birth of Louis le Brocquy

Happy Feet Swing at the Grand Social Lower Liffey Street. Jive the night away like they did in the 1950's every Monday in January. 

TradFest in Temple Bar.  Irish Music and Culture - Traditional Music Festival  January


February 2018

Racing Festival at Leopardstown (very near to the apartment - short drive or bus ride) 3rd and 4th February

Dublin International Film Festival 15th to 25th February

At the Gaiety Theatre 'Sive'

At the Gate Theatre: 'Look Back in Anger' through February and 'Late at the Gate' starts on Feb 23rd

Dine in Dublin Restaurant Week TBA (it was end of Feb, beginning of March in 2017)

At 3Arena see here

Bord Gais Energy Theatre

Dublin Chinese New Year Festival 16th February to 4th March

March 2018

St Patricks Day Celebrations 5 day festival 15th to 19th March. 

Mountains to Sea DLR Book Festival 21st to 25th March

At the Gate theatre: until 24th March 'Look Back in Anger' and 'Late at the Gate'.  'Rape of Lucrece' starts March 27th

At the Gaiety Theatre 6th to 10th March 'Hedda Gabler' 12th to 18th March 'Thriller Live' 19th to 24th March 'Art' (a comedy starring Nigel Havers).

April 2017

The Dublin Tech Summit  April 18/19th

"Strolling through Ulysses" at the Stag's Head from March to November

At the Gate. 'Rape of Lucrece' until 7th April.  From the 12th April 'Assassins'

Dun Laoghaire Pavilion Theatre performances

Sugar Club Lower Lesson Street events

Bord Gais Energy Theatre 

Gaiety Theatre 2nd to 7th April 'the Rat Pack' 9th to 14th April Ross O'Carroll Kelly's 'Postcards from the Ledge'  17th - 21st 'The Marriage of Figaro'  24th April The Plough and the Stars

May 2018

Dublin Dance Festival 2nd to 20th May

Farmleigh House in Phoenix Park often has exhibitions. Event TBA Admission Free.

At the James Joyce Tower and Museum, Sandycove The Spring Into Heritage festival.  The Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown area celebrates its historical heritage with free tours around the iconic Martello tower. Enjoy thrilling views over Sandycove Beach and hear the Martello towers on Dublin's coastline were built and the association with James Joyce.

National Concert Hall.  

The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

At the Abbey 

At the Gate 'Assassins'

at the Gaiety Theatre until 5th May 'The Plough and the Stars'  8th to 12th May 'Minding Frankie'  15th to 19th May The best of Derren Brown:Underground 24th to 26th May Mario Rosenstock - In Your Face

Exhibitions at the Hugh Lane (Dublin City Gallery) Parnell Square


June 2018

Dublin Port River Festival

Women's Mini Marathon 3rd June

At the James Joyce Tower and Museum, Sandycove, The Spring Into Heritage festival.  Lots of free tours and events during this festival.  

The Hugh Lane Gallery (Dublin City Gallery) Parnell Square exhibitions of paintings

Riverdance starts at the Gaiety Theatre on 21st June and runs all summer

Bloomsday Festival 

Archaeology Museum in Kildare Street10th to 17th June

At the Gaiety - 4th to 9th June 'The Kiterunner'  From 12th June 'Riverdance'

At the Abbey -

At the Gate until 7th June 'Assassins' and from 12th June 'the Snapper'.

 Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Grand Canal Square

Dalkey Book Festival

Taste of Dublin in the Iveagh Gardens

at Bars all over, The Irish Gin and Tonic Festival.

Exhibitions at the National Gallery - 

Indie Beer Week June 22nd to July 1st

July 2018

The Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2018 will see four days of racing by Irish and international teams in one of the most picturesque areas of Dublin Bay. 

 Merrion Square. Street performers featuring in "spectacular events" , fantastic exhibitions and absorbing interactive workshops. Admission Free

Gaiety Theatre 'Riverdance'

Gate Theatre

Curragh Races includes the Irish Derby.

Bord Gais Energy Theatre 

"Festival of Curiosity". Following on from last year, (?) this festival features a packed programme of arts and science activities, innovative technologies and cultural performances to wow all the family.

See Dublin light up at night with science and art installations, film and multiple presentations to keep everybody entertained.

Dublin’s sixth International Piano Festival, at various venues including the National Concert Hall and the Hugh Lane Gallery.

Exhibitions at the National Gallery 

August 2018

Gaiety Theatre'Riverdance'

At Bord Gais Energy Theatre 

At the Gate

The Dublin Horse Show at the Royal Dublin Society, Ballsbridge a few minutes walk away 8th to 12th August. National & international show jumping competitions and world class equestrian entertainment, great shopping, delicious food, music and entertainment.  Craftmakers at the RDS Craft Awards Exhibition.

Rugby Matches at Aviva

Exhibitions at the National Gallery

September/October/November 2018

At the Gaiety until 9th September'Riverdance'

Dublin Festival Season September 27th to October 14th 2018.  The Bram Stoker Festival.  The Fashion Festival.  Open House architecture festival a weekend  in October.

Culture Night  in September TBA -hosting arts and cultural organisations and venues. Special and unique events and workshops are specifically programmed at participating locations and everything is available free of charge.

The Dublin City Marathon  OctoberTBA

Exhibitions at the National Gallery - Dublin Book Festival November, Dublin Beatles Festival and Dublin Gallery Weekend

TheGate the Abbey, the Bord Gais Theatre

Dublin at Christmas  - switching on of the lights in Grafton Street Henry Street  and Smithfield Plaza 

Lord Mayor Christmas tree lighting ceremony O'Connell Street

Science Gallery, Trinity College Exhibition

National Gallery Exhibitions

At Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane exhibition

Happy Feet Swing at the Grand Social Lower Liffey Street. Jive the night away like they did in the 1950's every Monday


 December 2018

December Mansion House - live animal crib.

For theatres :  the Gate ; the Abbey; Bord Gais Energy Theatre; the Gaiety.

Christmas at Farmleigh House in Phoenix Park: Christmas Food and Craft markets, Puppets Shows, Storytelling, Crib, Carol singing, Horse and Carriage rides and Magic shows - the three weekends in December, before Christmas.

National Concert Hall concerts: 

New Year Festival - 3 day city-wide festival of Arts, Culture and Live entertainment 

Science Gallery, Trinity College Exhibition 

Happy Feet Swing at the Grand Social Lower Liffey Street. Jive the night away like they did in the 1950's every Monday

Racing at Leopardstown - the Christmas Festival 


Email through my booking form on this page, not on the Sansome Cottage booking page! Please let me know your preferred dates.  If these are available and you indicate that you would like to book I then ask you to download the booking form from this page (below), in conjunction with the pdf of the terms and conditions/contract.  I would expect submission of the booking form within 48 hours and initiation of the deposit payment. A deposit of 25% of the rental rate (33% for Easter and Christmas periods) is required to secure a booking and the balance is due 12 weeks in advance of the arrival date.  If I don't receive the booking form and receipt (or initiation of) payment within 48 hours then I assume that you are no longer interested and no longer hold the place.  I allow 7 days between the initiation of the payment and receipt but please tell me this has been done and how!

I can no longer take credit card payments for Dublin as the charges made by my provider are too high (2.9% for non EU payments) and I am not allowed to pass on the processing fee, under an EU directive from 2018.- I do not want to raise the rent to cover and hide this so I ask for payments to be made to my bank. Check me out on google if you are worried about sending money to a stranger.

Bank to bank transfers within the EU are free through SEPA. All other types of transfers are also made in Euros to my Dublin account. Please ask for my Bank details. There is a receiving charge at my bank of 10 Euros per transfer for non-Euro overseas transfers which is added to the cost the rent.  Of course domestic transfers or payment by Irish cheque are fee free.

The cost of transferring money can be greatly reduced by using a service such as Transferwise , xetrade or Xoom and with some of the currency exchange services (they aim to beat the banks at their own game!) you can use a credit card. There is no charge at my end if the money is deposited in my bank already converted to Euros.  Please ask me for details.  The price you see here is the price you pay (excluding transfer costs, if any).   Canadians have recommended http://www.canadianforex.ca/ to me. The 1st transfer made through Transferwise is free if you use my referral link https://transferwise.com/u/1c7fc

I pencil in bookings which are more than a year in advance and confirm a year ahead.  Only at this time do I ask for a deposit (25% of the booking). The second payment is due 12 weeks in advance of arrival. Here is a link to  Dublin online booking form.  

and a download for the Terms and Conditions Dublin 


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