My apartment provides an immaculate, comfortable, safe and quiet space right in the very heart of Dublin's city centre. I am a highly experienced host, with multiple 5 star reviews and a 100% response record. I'm told that my apartment is a real reflection of my involvement in the creative arts and is totally unique. This is not an anonymous, corporate sterile environment, but neither is it a typical family style home filled with "wooly" goods!
My apartment overlooks the River Liffey with its famous Halfpenny Bridge in the Temple Bar area of Dublin. You literally can walk around the corner, from my fantastic riverside location, to enjoy your time in Ireland's capital, or you can use my apartment as a base from which to enjoy the rest of the country.
Many have remarked on the great view from my front windows. A recent visitor made this expression on arrival: "wow - this is actually even nicer than the photographs show". You can chill out at my kitchen table, (which is the size of two touching dinner plates), as you watch the river ebbing and flowing, and the non-stop stream of pedestrians on the new foot bridge.
There is quick, easy access (3 mins walk) to the Luas tram which connects the two main railway stations and central bus terminal Busarus. Taxis can drop you off right at the front door of my building. You simply could not be more central, with everywhere you are likely to want to go within an easy and pleasant walking distance.
I try my best to keep my apartment in totally immaculate condition, and am a highly organised person.
You must be a non-smoker and have first class references, as this is my home and I am ultra careful about who stays here. It's in a quiet, secure building with only five other apartments, yet you are only a few steps from the heart of Temple Bar, with its cafés, shops, bars, restaurants, 24/7 grocery stores, clubs, galleries, designer boutiques, Irish Film Centre, and outdoor markets. It's also five minutes walk to Trinity College, Grafton Street shops and St Stephen's Green Park.
• two bed rooms, each with a double bed
• fab river view
• high speed wireless broadband (120Mb!! - they say)
• cable tv, dvd player, radio and hi-fi connected to airport express
• small kitchen area, with usual range of appliances
• chromecast for tv viewing of Netflix etc
• clothes iron, hair drier
• Kitchen Aid juice blender
• hard wood floors
• power shower and bath
• extra sound-proofing on rear windows.
• Exercise/yoga mat that you can use, or borrow to take to one of the numerous classes nearby.
When you arrive, you will find fresh fruit, milk or soya, fresh juice, croissants, and of course fresh coffee, the vital fluid that courses through my veins like the opposite of brake fluid!
There will be perfectly made beds, with freshly laundered sheets as well as nice fresh towels. I also provide some shampoo, and shower gel to get you started. (I don't offer any hair-washing, back scrubbing or teeth cleaning service)
You will also find an absolutely pristine, light filled living space, holding many small treasures. This is because my apartment contains a selection of original contemporary art works. Some were made by me; others by my fab students. There are other not so obvious items waiting for your discovery. In addition, I have some samples of a wide and varied music collection, mostly Northern European modern jazz and minimalist music, like Marcin Wasilewski and Phil Niblock, but also Brian Eno and Miles Davis. There are some books, but you'll be too busy visiting the many attractions of Dublin to start a book club. I also keep a comprehensive collection of maps and visitor guides.
You can cook food, but you probably won't want to bother, (I never do) as my apartment is surrounded by numerous restaurants and cafés catering for every taste and budget. As an avid coffee consumer, I have two cafetières and a single shot espresso maker.
I will meet you on your arrival to show you around. I am up three flights of stairs, hence the great view. Be aware: if you bring mountains of heavy luggage - there is no elevator and no mule to get them up the stairs - only me and you! When you are leaving, there is only you to bring them back down again.
You will have the full use of my apartment. This also means that I place a lot of trust in those who are using my home, containing many of my possessions - hence the need for assurances and first class references.
Usually available each week from Weds night to Sunday, as I spend most weekends away. Longer periods may be available at Easter and during the summer months. Check my calendar and ask.
During the time that I have been having visitors and exchanging my apartment, several have returned, recommended others or become long term friends. Some of those who have stayed were engaged in longer periods of academic research at places like Trinity College, DCU, or the world famous Chester Beatty Library. This is possible during the summer months, and we can work out a discounted rate for these longer stays. I particularly favour and welcome visiting fellow creative types - artists/designers/actors/writers/photographers/dancers/lemur tail combers/academics/researchers. I seem to also attract lawyers for some reason, and they are of course welcome.
Please note - I will not favour those who plan to arrive at my apartment after 9.30pm at night, and most likely will not be able to wait, so be very, very clear on that when you make your enquiry. If you cannot get to my apartment within the time frame, then please look for an alternative. Thanks. (I have been kept waiting to 2 am on a few occasions) If you cannot confirm an arrival time at my apartment before 9.30pm when you are making an enquiry about staying at my apartment, I may decline your offer. It will be one of my first questions when you contact me.
If you intend booking my apartment, please read the detail of my entire listing most carefully. Please make sure that if you intend to have another guest, that you tell me this at the outset, as this means booking for two and not one. There is a price difference. Re check in time. If you arrive on Wednesday and it's a working day for me, I cannot guarantee an earlier check in time than 5.00pm. Most other days I can check people in at any time (but NOT after 9.30pm!) When in doubt, ask me for clarity before going any further. I will ask you to confirm that you understand this if you request to stay.
I am very particular about keeping my living space spotlessly clean and totally organised, so if you like that sort of environment, then you'll feel totally at home here. If you don't, then there are plenty of others to choose from. I will always favour quiet, well travelled, independent, experienced, respectful and organised visitors. Younger visitors or the inexperienced will have to work very hard to convince me that they are not party animals, or overly "needy". I also don't charge any cleaning fee, so my expectation is that my apartment is left in the perfect order that greets you on arrival. Want a hotel? Need an elevator?- no problem - book a hotel, as I do often when needs must. Want to stay in a unique, highly personal artist's space? Contact me!
I place a lot of care and attention into ensuring that my guests have a great experience while staying at my apartment. My feedback is all 5 stars, and my record is 100% for good reasons.
I sometimes get asked what I refer to as "strangely strange questions" example: do you have wi/fi? or "can I bring my pet Cobra collection"? Questions like these cause me to doubt my own sanity, and who wants that?
Please note I'm on "smart pricing". This means that airbnb sets the price and it will vary. The minimum will be €92 per night + €42 for a second person. The maximum will be €150 per night.
One final point. I usually decline all requests from blank profiles, devoid of any pic, references or verifiable information about yourself. This means: no profile + no info = no offer to stay from me. Others won't mind, but this protects you and me.
Accès des voyageurs
Access all areas!
Échanges avec les voyageurs
We go bungee jumping off the Cliffs of Moher, then swim out to the Arran Islands dressed up as day-go clad zebras. When there is time, we exchange emails and text messages.
I always share my view of the red giant Betelgeuse. There is a large spike in Dublin that points directly towards it once a year. This spike is clearly visible from my apartment.
No noise, no smoking, no parties, no unbooked extra guests.
Take ownership of any breakages and damages.
Please leave my apartment in the good order which greets you when you arrive. I don't charge a cleaning fee, so I expect my guests to be nice and take good care of my home.
Please try resist any urges to re-arrange the furniture, or play games of musical chairs with my two kitchen seats :-)
Generally, just treat my home with care and respect.
Please try to schedule your arrival for BEFORE 9.30pm.
Bring a sense of humour and good spirit.
Be organised. Be prepared to have a wonderful time.
I am a visual artist and part-time lecturer at a college in Ireland. My friends have said that the second image of me with cat friend timelessly reveals my personality well, which is obviously too nice to ignore :-) (even though it was taken about ten years ago!)
I'm a total animal lover - especially cats, though I don't have one in Dublin.
I am an experienced traveller/host/home exchanger, and enjoy having visitors in my apartment during the times when I am not there. I like meeting people, and love my job as an art college lecturer.
I am careful and selective about my guests, as this is my home, and I try to keep it in immaculate order. I prefer personal contact and establishing a trusting, friendly relationship with those who stay. I particularly welcome guests from the creative community. ie fellow artists/designers/writers/dancers/photographers/actors.
Over time, several guests have returned, and others have become personal friends.
I am also a committed environmentalist and vegetarian, so expect lots of recommendations for good food restaurants! I place great value on humour, creativity, stamina, trust, respect and being resourceful.
Every day I wait for news about my grant application for starting a course, to teach the River Liffey seagulls how to perform replicas of Busby Berkeley routines to entertain the tourists on the boardwalks.