Dublin Apartment for Two - our own holiday home


If you are looking for a quiet, well equipped (as a home from home) apartment,  10 to 15 mins by bus to Dublin city centre, suitable for two people, then our Dublinletfor2 might be the answer for you. Parking and wifi included.

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 availability, the 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.  

Booking details are at the bottom of this page.

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 (French press and hob top espresso pot) 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 New (March '18) 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. Upright Chappell piano 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 from €845 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.   Booking and payment details at the bottom of this page.

I no longer advertise on VRBO where I had 30 5 star reviews.  I also briefly advertised on TripAdvisor where I had just four reviews, all five star.

Rate Period






Minimum Stay





Apr 9, 2018 - December 17, 2018








7 nights



7 nights or more €122.86 avg nightly

XMAS/NEW YEAR 2wks discounted to 900/week

Dec 18, 2018 - Jan 8, 2019








7 nights



7 nights or more €135.71 avg nightly



Jan 9, 2019 - Mar 10, 2019








7 nights



7 nights or more €120.71 avg nightly



Mar 13, 2019 - Mar 20, 2019








7 nights



7 nights or more €125.71 avg nightly



Mar 21, 2019 - Apr 17, 2019








7 nights



7 nights or more €122.86 avg nightly



Apr 18, 2019 - Apr 28, 2019








7 nights



7 nights or more €132.14 avg nightly



Apr 29, 2019 - Sep 30, 2019








7 nights


 7 nights or more €124.29 avg nightly

Sorry, no small children (minimum age is 12) 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 12). 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!   

 AVAILABILITY  - Please click here to open a new window for the calendar

WHAT'S ON - DUBLIN 2018/2019 (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 have become permanent exhibitions so visitable in 2018/19 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.....

September/October/November 2018

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  -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  October 28th  The route passes very close by!

The irish cocktail Fest 15th to 30th October

Exhibitions at the National Gallery -Roderic O'Conor and the Moderns. Between Paris and Pont-Aven until 28th October; until 31st January 2019 :[In]Visible: Irish Women Artists from the Archives; Circus 250, the Art of the Show until 14th October ; From 8th September: Curious Creatures: Frans Post and Brazil until 9 December 2018; Zurich Portrait Prize 6 October 2018–13 January 2019; Countess Markievicz 27 October 2018–10 February 2019

Dublin Book Festival November 15th to 18th;  Dublin Beatles Festival 3rd November and Dublin Gallery Weekend

The Gate Theatre shows Hamlet by William Shakespeare from 27th September ( previews the week before)  The Great Gatsby from 15th November

The Abbey, 'Double Cross'  31st October to 10th November; World War 2’s propaganda battle between Brendan Bracken the British Minister for Information and Nazi broadcaster William Joyce, better known as Lord Haw-Haw; 'Asking For It' 9th to 24th November.

the Bord Gais Theatre Tchaikovsky Perm State Ballet: Swan Lake 14th to 17th November//Giselle 18th November; Irish National Opera Presents Giuseppe Verdi AIDA 24th November to 1st December

At the Gaiety: Tom Crean- Antarctic Explorer 15th to 20th October; The Matchmaker 5th to 10th November; The Nutcracker 14th -17th November

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 Great Gatsby ; the Abbey; Bord Gais Energy Theatre Les Misérables from 5th December. 17th December Celine Byrne's Christmas Gala

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: 

National Gallery of Ireland :until 31st January 2019 :[In]Visible: Irish Women Artists from the Archives; Curious Creatures: Frans Post and Brazil until 9 December 2018; Zurich Portrait Prize until 13 January 2019; Countess Markievicz; Canaletto and the Art of Venice 5 December 2018–24 March 2019  

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 

January 2019 

National Concert Hall.  

The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre until 12th January Les Misérables; 15th to 19th Macbeth; from 22nd January Calendar Girls, the Musical

At the Abbey

At the Gate:  The Great Gatsby until 20th January

At the Gaiety Theatre: from 25th January, The Cripple of Inishmaan

Temple Bar Trad Fest 

At Trinity College Science Gallery and exhibition

At the National Gallery, Merrion Square -until 31st January 2019 :[In]Visible: Irish Women Artists from the Archives  Letters, scrapbooks, photographs, and art materials pertaining too artists such as Mary Swanzy, Sarah Purser, Mainie Jellett, Elizabeth Corbet Yeats and Evie Hone. ;Zurich Portrait Prize until 13 January 2019; Countess Markievicz; Canaletto and the Art of Venice;Turner 1-31 January 2019

At Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane, 

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

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

February 2019

Racing Festival at Leopardstown (very near to the apartment - short drive or bus ride) beginning of February

Dublin International Film Festival 

At the Gaiety Theatre: The Cripple of Inishmaan

At the Gate Theatre: 

Bord Gais Energy Theatre until 2nd February Calendar Girls, the Musical; 5th to 23rd Motown, the Musical; from 26th February, Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

Dine in Dublin Restaurant Week TBA (generally end of Feb, beginning of March )

At the National Gallery, Merrion Square -exhibitions Countess Markievicz until 10 February 2019;Canaletto and the Art of Venice;

Nathaniel Hone: 23 February – 1 September 2019, 400 items, of which 225 are paintings. Select examples of Hone’s work, including Irish landscapes

At 3Arena see here

Bord Gais Energy Theatre

Dublin Chinese New Year Festival 


March 2019

St Patricks Day Celebrations 5 day festival 

National Gallery Of Ireland Merrion Square Canaletto and the Art of Venice 5 December until 24 March 2019; Nathaniel Hone Exhibition;

Making their Mark: Irish Painter-Etchers & the Etching Revival 1880-19302 March – 30 June 2019 From the end of the nineteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth, a group of Irish artists made a remarkable contribution to Irish visual culture, through the medium of print Walter Sickert, Estella Solomons, Walter Osborne, Myra Hughes and Roderic O’Conor.

Mountains to Sea DLR Book Festival 

At the Gate theatre: TBA

At the Gaiety Theatre: Until 9th March, The Cripple of Inishmaan; The Mirror Crack'd 12th to 16th March; 26th to 29th Marchm Madagascar, the Musical
Bord Gais Energy Theatre until 2nd March Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake; Tommy Fleming; Jersey Boys

At Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane,

April 2019 

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

At the Gate.
Dun Laoghaire Pavilion Theatre performances

Sugar Club Lower Lesson Street events

Bord Gais Energy Theatre  War Horse

Gaiety Theatre 1st to 6th April Menopause, the Musical.

National Gallery Merrion Square:Shaping Ireland 20 April – 7 July 2019
In a first-time exploration of Irish landscape art, artists interpret, over 250 years, the impact of human activity on the changing shape of Ireland’s terrain. The exhibition Features oil paintings, sculpture, works on paper, video and photography.

The Dublin Tech Summit

May 2019

Dublin Dance Festival 

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.  

At the National Gallery

The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre To Kill a Mockingbird; Katherine Jenkins

At the Abbey 

At the Gate

At the Gaiety Theatre : The Comedy about a Bank Robbery 7th to 11th May

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

June 2019

National Gallery of Ireland Merrion Square. 

Dublin Port River Festival

Women's Mini Marathon 

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

at the Gaiety Theatre 

Bloomsday Festival 

Archaeology Museum in Kildare Street

At the Gaiety - 11th June to 15th September Riverdance 2019

At the Abbey - a very varied programme 

At the Gate 

 Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Grand Canal Square click for programme  Girl on a Train; Doctor Dolittle

Dalkey Book Festival The Spring Into Heritage festival.  Lots of free tours and events during this 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

July 2019

The Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 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 2019

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

Exhibitions at the National Gallery 20 July – 13 Oct 2019 In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus, the Gallery is borrowing a complete set of four important portfolios of Bauhaus prints from the Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart in 2019. They comprise over 50 woodcuts, etchings, lithographs and linocuts by renowned international avant-garde artists such as Paul Klee, Max Beckmann, George Grosz, Ernst Ludwig Kichner, Marc Chagall, Wassily Kandinsky, Umberto Boccioni, and Natalia Goncharova, giving insight into the larger Bauhaus phenomenon, and the artists' shared belief in its goal of reshaping modern life through art and design.

August 2019

Summer of Heritage.  Lots of free tours , places to visit and events. 

Gaiety Theatre 'Riverdance'

At Bord Gais Energy Theatre 

At the Gate TBA

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 -Joaquín Sorolla 10 August – 3 November 2019 Spanish master of light, Joaquín Sorolla. Large-format canvases of beaches flooded with glittering light on water, sunny landscapes and glimpses into everyday life and costumes in the Spanish regions.

September/October/November 2019

Dublin Festival Season September  to mid-October 2019  The Bram Stoker Festival.  The Fashion Festival.  Open House architecture festival a weekend in October.

Culture Night  in September  -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  end of October The route passes very close by!

The irish cocktail Fest 

Exhibitions at the National Gallery -Exhibitions at the National Gallery -Joaquín Sorolla until 3 November 2019 Spanish master of light, Joaquín Sorolla. Large-format canvases of beaches flooded with glittering light on water, sunny landscapes and glimpses into everyday life and costumes in the Spanish regions.Dublin Book Festival November, Dublin Beatles Festival and Dublin Gallery Weekend

Bord Gais Energy Theatre: Chris de Burg and Band Classic Albums 16th October 2019; Aled Jones and Russell Watson In Harmony 18th October 2019



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 January 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, so I ask you to add this to your payment.  Of course domestic transfers, Euro transfers from the EU 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/felicitya4  For a small fee, Transferwise also let you use a credit card.

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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