|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
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 spaces...an 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, utensils...you 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.
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...and that's why you're beginning to see local to the Mews coffee reviews on the www.kavanaghsmews.com website. 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.
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 Mews...at 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.
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.
I stayed in Una's fabulous Mews House recently with my husband and three young girls and I can't rate the house enough. Our stay was a working-holiday for me and it filled all my criteria. The mews is in a fantastic location and the property itself is spotlessly clean and brilliantly 'kitted out', Una is very generous in terms of her welcome pack, cook books, information about Dublin and the local area. Our children were delighted with the the toy box and were instantly settled in - not easy to achieve, normally! The Mews worked really well for us as we were able to combine eating out with eating in. The area is teaming with local delis, shops and restaurants selling delicious produce - we were spoilt for choice. As a family we've out-grown hotels and Una's Mews was the perfect solution for us. Our only problem with our stay, was that,we couldn't stay longer, our children didn't want to come home!! Thanks Una, you made our weekend very special and I hope we have the chance to stay in the Mews soon again.
A lovely house, beautifully decorated & very clean, a great layout with lots of space even for a party of 5. It has everything you could need, lovely clean towels & linen, a very well stocked kitchen, a lovely real fire & two nice courtyards, which unfortunately we couldn't use due to it being so freezing, but then we were in Ireland in January!
The area around has lots of nice pubs, cafes & deli's & it was just a 20 minute walk into the heart of the city. It was so nice coming back to the calm & comfortable house after being out all day, a real home from home.
Una is just lovely, so helpful & made some great recommendation about places to eat & visit.
Would highly recommend it.
Our stay at the mews was simply great. Una was an amazing host, welcoming us with a basket of food essentials and coffee that we urgently needed after an early flight and explaining everything we needed to know about the house and Dublin itself. The flat was nice, cosy and big. Can only highly recommend staying at the mews.
An absolutely beautiful mews home. Very nice area. Close to the major tourist attractions. The home itself is super cozy. All details are carefully thought out. There's nothing that Una hasn't thought of. She is a wonderful host. We hope to come back for another stay soon!
This property was 5 Stars on every level.
Location - centrally located but on a quiet laneway. Parking was available on the laneway at all times to us. Restaurants, grocery stores, chemists just right around the corner. Several Rental bike stands nearby. Very near the Grand Canal that is such a beautiful bike ride or walk. I could go on ...
Property - well decorated, lots of light, very clean, private, well appointed in the kitchen. The fridge was stocked with the basics. Beds were comfortable. Wifi was strong.
Management - Una was very attentive to us. Meeting us at arrival with a goodies basket!
Can't go wrong staying at this property! Thanks Una!!
We were five persons in the mews during one week for runing the Marathon and visit the city. The mews is very well located : very calm and peaceful but also near the center (15min walking, bus stop and taxi station at 100m) with all commodities (market, pub, restaurants, etc.) at five minutes walking.
The mews is very clean, nicely furnished and is very well equiped to sleep, to cook, to visit (many touristic books) and to relax. In one word : PERFECT !
I can't finish my review without thanking to Una. She's a great owner : receptive, serious, trusting the tenants and, above all, very sympathic.
Thank you for this perfect week in a great city !
PS : sorry for this approximated English, I'm french...
This is a two storey recently refurbished comfortable and relaxing mews house just new to Homeaway.com. 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.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event Price|
1 Feb 2015 - 30 Apr 2015
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 May 2015 - 31 Aug 2015
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
|Refundable Damage Deposit||€300|
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