Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 3
Tucked away in the quiet privacy of a tiny, historic square, yet within strolling distance of virtually all the City's attractions, Moffatt Cottage is really something special! South of the Liffey and with all the gentle charm of a romantic hide-away… wainscot panelling in the bedrooms, Irish artist's work decorating the walls, the warming glow of a replica stove set into the original open-hearth fireplace, a south-facing, trellised patio to sit out in while savouring the sounds of the bells of St Patrick's or Christ Church Cathedral as they ring out over the city.
You'll be entranced, you may never want to leave! The only way to really experience the magic that is Dublin!
|Size||Sleeps up to 3, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Sandymount 2 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Dublin Airport 5 km, Nearest railway: Huston Station 500 m|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (1), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Further details indoors|
You enter directly into the living room area, which, like the other rooms, has high ceilings, is bright and airy by day, but takes on an intimate, cosy feeling as evening draws on. Relax in the large soft leather sofa in front of the stove's flickering flames, perhaps dipping into the collection of books left there for your perusal.
Enjoy dinner at the table in the same room, paintings and prints by Irish masters decorating the walls around you. Both bedrooms are off the living room. The double room, in keeping with the overall cottage charm, has a superior double bed built into a magical alcove space, with a panelled surround, lowered ceiling and antique overhead reading lamps. A small ladder leads to an open loft space above the bed with a skylight for use as small office space (or extra single bed if required).
The single bedroom also has a panelled surround and a large window that looks out onto the patio. The owners provide Egyptian cotton bed linen with down duvets. Also off the main room is the galley style kitchen, with skylights, exposed crossbeams and open shelves. You can breakfast here at the long counter top using the high stools provided or out on the patio. The pretty and equally spacious bathroom/ WC comes with a power shower.
|Further details outdoors|
As a city residence Moffatt Cottage really is exceptionally located. There are just six red bricked cottages in this intimate little residential square which is lined along one side by the old city wall. The owner at number two grows a profusion of roses in his garden and up over a large section of the wall while number three have their garden landscaped along the length of the wall with a winding path leading to a large broad-leafed tree.
The neighbouring Frances Street is lined with antique shops and galleries and, minutes away, Meath Street and its Liberty Market in the heart of the 'Liberties' is a slice of the real old Dublin few tourists are ever lucky enough to see. Strolling up from the bustle of the city and turning into the square to Moffatt Cottage is like stepping into a secret garden or a hiding place. Parking permits can be obtained for a nominal daily fee.
There is a blow-up mattress in the open loft space above the double bed should it be needed for a 4th person. This can be placed in the livingroom if needed. If there is more than 3 guests please let us know as this will incur an extra charge.
The East Ireland region
A city of turbulent history ancient and contemporary, of great literature, world class theatres, outstanding galleries and museums, as well as fine eating establishments, traditional and modern music and pubs. Dublin City has gained a well deserved reputation as an outstanding cosmopolitan city with something for absolutely everybody.
Whether it be taking in the many fine examples of Georgian architecture, visiting Francis Bacon’s studio, following in the footsteps of James Joyce’s characters, making a pilgrimage to U2s Windmill Lane to add your name to the graffiti, shopping or just letting it all hang out in the cobbled streets of the nightly festive Temple Bar otherwise known as Dublin’s trendy ‘Left Bank’, you’ll find all this and more on the doorstep of Moffatt Cottage.
Journeying Outside Dublin City. An hour’s drive will take you to the Wicklow Mountains known as the ‘Garden of Ireland’ and the place that inspired J.M. Synge writings including ‘The shadow of the Glen’. Alternatively, for a nominal return fare from the city, you can travel by coach to the famous early Christian settlement of Glendalough in Wicklow or the famous Powers Court Estate and waterfall in Enniskerry.
There is an abundance of such daytrips even to Galway and the Burren! Or take the electric train, which goes every fifteen minutes (known as the DART, and again for a modest fare,) from city centre out along the panoramic coastline either southwards through pretty little costal towns of Sandycove, Dalkey, Killiney, Bray or Greystones or travel Northwards to the fishing port of Howth Harbour and the lighthouse. From Dublin’s two city train stations or central bus depot (known as Busaras) you can access any part of Ireland.
Serious shoppers can even take the new electric tram from Stephen's Green to Dundrum Shopping Centre reputed to be the biggest in Europe!
Staying in Moffatt Cottage you will be spoilt for choice there are so many interesting places just on your doorstep. Here is a small selection.
Guiness's famous Hops Store is a short stroll away.
Drop in on Temple Bar, just five minutes away, and indulge yourself in traditional music, pints and Irish stew and sample the famous Irish 'Craic'. There's also the Irish Film Institute for art or foreign language films, the Project Arts Centre for Theatre, The Ark for children's entertainment, the organic market at weekends, Galleries, street cafes and buskers plus Merchant's Arch which brings you out onto the Happenny Bridge which spans the Liffey.
Two minutes walk brings you to the oldest pub in Ireland... The Brazen Head.Two minutes away visit Christ Church Cathedral, built in 1234, and the place were King Edward VI was crowned.
Three minutes walk to St Patricks where Dean Johnathan Swift, author of Gullivers Travels, is buried. You can attend eve song (free of charge) to be transported by the resident choir. There is a beautiful formal park and playground alongside the church. Marshes' 17th century library, just next to St Patricks, is a hidden gem missed by lots of people.
Four minutes from Moffatt cottage and you are in front of Trinity College which dates back to 1591. Here you can just soak up the atmosphere with a coffee and sandwich rubbing shoulders with the students, watch a cricket match, catch a wedding, or visit the famous 8th century Book Of Kells, lavishly decorated by celtic monks. Across the road from Trinity is the majestic old Parliament of Ireland designed by Gandon, now owned by Bank of Ireland and open to the public.
You can take in the nearby Happenny Bridge take a boat trip along the river or stroll along the Liffey board walk to OConnel Bridge and Street and the GPO, site of the Irish rebellion of 1916. While here see what you make of The Spire. Continue along the Liffey from OConnell Bridge to the Classical Custom House designed by Gandon, take in the Famine Ship Museum and visit some of the old dockside pubs.
For local shopping there's Grafton Street with all the top name shops and Bewleys famous Cafe. Off Grafton Street is the stylish Power's Court Town House Shoppig Centre, and at the top of Grafton Street there is the glass-domed Stephen's Green Shopping Centre with it's cafes overlooking the tranquil St Stephen's Green around which artists display their work at weekends. Alternatively and closer again to Moffatt Cottage, there is the more down to earth, cheap and cheerful George's Street Arcade Market.
Romantic couples simply must visit the shrine of St Valentine (just five minutes walk away) at Whitefriar Street Church where the wooden casket holding the saint's (disputed) remains has become a place of pilgrimage for lovers from all over the world. Write a dedication to your partner in the book!
Round the corner from Moffatt Cottage, ramble, for free, in the grounds of Dublin Castle built in 1204, dine in their wonderful restaurant and visit (again for free) the Chester Beatty Library... European Museum of 2002, displaying artistic treasures of great cultures and religions of the world from 2700 BC to the present day.
It's a short stroll up to the Irish Museum of Modern Art housed in the grand setting of what was once a English military hospital. The grounds are masterfully landscaped with sweeping views over the river as far as the Wellington War Monument in the Phoenx Park, Europe's biggest enclosed park and home to Dublin Zoo. Entrance to the museum and grounds is free. From here it is a short walk to the historic Kilmainham gaol where the leaders of the 1916 rebellion were executed.
A short ramble brings you to St Audoen's church (built originally around 1190) where you can touch (or kiss!) the ancient gravestone dating back to the 7th or 8th century, known as the Lucky Stone.Nearby in Thomas Street you will see St Augustines with it's renowned church glass windows. Another two minute walk from Moffatt Cottage and you are at the spot where Handel performed the premier of his Messiah. The original piano keybord is on display at St Michans also a local sight.
Two streets away is Frances Street home to the biggest collection of antique shops in Ireland as well as a selection of contemporary art galleries. The Old Jameson Distillery is just ten minutes away on the opposite side of the Liffey. See the best of Georgien buildings around Stephens Green or Marrion Square where you can also visit the Georgien House Museum at number 29.
Visit the National museum on Kildare Street next door to the Irish Parliament known as the Dail. Beside the Dail is the National Library which has a wonderful W. B Yeats exhibition. The National Gallery, a short stroll from Grafton Street, as well as works by Irish masters has works by Rembrant, Vameer and Carrivagio to name just a few. The Dublin Writers' Museum twenty minutes walk across the Liffey is well worth a visit as is the elegant Municiple Gallery which houses Frances Bacon's studio. Across the road from here is the Garden of Remembrance with a wonderful Oisin Kelly sculptor.
Take a gentle stroll along the tree-lined path of the Grand Canal, which boasts some very classy restaurants, there's even one in situ on a barge. or just chill and have a drink as you take in the sunset from outside a friendly lockside hostelry... fifteen minutes walk.