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Magical artisan cottage, beautifully renovated, a unique & secret gem.

59 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights


Minimum Stay
4 nights


Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday cottage in Merchants Quay - Moffatt Cottage

2 bedrooms, sleeps 3, extra single blow-up mattress in loft space. Ask owner

Staying in this genuine one hundred year old red-brick artisan cottage in this tiny, quiet, hidden square is in itself a rare and extra-special treat. Bright and airy by day, cozy and warm by the stove at night, your own private south-facing patio to the rear to sit out on, a bright modern galley kitchen and bathroom. But its location cannot be bettered with literally all that Dublin has to offer the visitor there within a few minutes walking distance of your doorstep.

Checking in and out: On your arrival the owners of the cottage will make you feel more than welcome, giving you a good idea of how close you are to all the major sights, good places to eat and shop, tips on how to make the best of your time, what's on music-wise, in theaters, at galleries or book readings. We can even give you knowledgeable advice/assistance if you are interested in your Irish family history!

Whenever it is possible (and within reason) we like to let our guests arrive on their first day as early as they like and leave on their last day at the time that suits them best in relation to their flights etc. Unfortunately, when there is an overlap with guests arriving and departing on the same day this may not be possible and the check-in time would have to be between 1.30 and 2.00, while check-out time would have to be by 10am. This is to allow us time to to prepare the cottage. Do check with us in advance of your arrival just to be sure.

The Perfect Base: Forget about the car. Not only are the city sights on your doorstep but for a few Euro you can access all along the beautiful Dublin coast as far as Wicklow by the Dart (Electric train), from the city station just ten minutes away. From Heuston Station (five minutes away by taxi) you can even travel on one or two-day trips train trips to Galway (3 hours, 34 Euro return trip) and get to see the Arran Islands, the Cliffs of Moher or even the Ring of Kerry, and lots more. Glendalough in Wicklow can be reached by a coach from a nearby bus stop (one and a half hours, about 15 Euro return), Newgrange from the Central bus station.

The cottage does have internet.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible

Sean Moffatt
Member since: 2009
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
26 October, 2016
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About Sean Moffatt

We've been involved fulltime in the arts for most of our lives. The idea of renting the cottage was suggested to us by some friends, which seemed mad at the time (before Air B&B!) but we haven't looked back since. Guests just seem to take to the cottage immediately (as the reviews will testify) which is very satisfying. Long may it continue!

Why Sean Moffatt chose Dublin

For it's location and it's charm, it's that simple. Oh... and for being able to hear birdsong in the morning despite the fact that you are in a busy city!

What makes this cottage unique

The cottage is so close to the center of things and yet you are in a tiny, quiet, residential square, cut off from all that traffic and everyday business, a landscaped garden to one side, potted plants to the other, a high old wall, that runs along the line of the old city walls, climbing roses covering it in late spring and early summer... all this and the fact of it being a 'Cottage' not an apartment, but a real house, over one hundred and twenty years old, a piece of history in itself!!!


based on 59 holidaymaker reviews

Magical artisan cottage, beautifully renovated, a unique & secret gem.
average rating of 4.983051 based on 59 reviews
Vancouver, BC Canada

Wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from spending 9 days at Moffatt Cottage. I have booked many great stays through VRBO and this was one of my favorites. It has all the comforts of home and more. The location is ideal for walking to most of the tourist attractions that Dublin has to offer and also very convenient to transit. Sean was fantastic to deal with and replied to all of my questions very quickly. I would definitely recommend Moffatt Cottage if you want to experience a bit of the authentic Dublin. We look forward to staying here again on our next trip to Dublin.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Location and Charming Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Loved the central location and warm welcome when we arrived. Would highly recommend staying here for a Dublin vacation. Would definitely stay here again if we get the chance!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Delightful Home Away from Home

  • 5 of 5

A lovely cottage in a perfect location for all our Dublin explorations. We were there for an event at Trinity and it was the perfect home base. Sean and a kitchen stocked with tea were waiting when we arrived. We especially appreciated the quietness of the little square on which the cottage was located which made a lovely haven after our busy Dublin days. We definitely hope to return someday.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Moffatt Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Well equipped cozy cottage. Quiet location perfect for touring all the nearby attractions. Sean met us at the Christ Church bus stop and took us to the cottage. After an explanatory tour of the cottage, he advised us of the best sites to see according to our tastes. His advice regarding places to eat was great. Would highly recommend the Moffatt Cottage to 2 or 3 people visiting Dublin.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Central and reasonable price

  • 4 of 5

Stayed a week and delighted with location. Not too far to walk to certain places and near bus stops on High Street or the green bus tour (recommended) from Nicholas Street. Sean was very friendly and helpful. The cottage is quaint and in a quiet area but it's small (ideal for 2 though) and has no wardrobes (rail to hang clothes on though). Small TV and there's wifi and iPod/iPhone 5 docking station. Great shower and small patio with bench - get that fixed Sean!!! We recommend this cottage.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your lovely comments, just a little bit puzzled you think our two-bedroomed cottage (with a double and a single bedroom) is ideal for only two people? In fact, as you know, if needed, the loft space can take a 4th person? Oh, and our lovely old bench... sorted!
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Charming Cottage in the heart of Dublin

  • 5 of 5

Very cute cottage in a absolutely great location. Quiet neighborhood, but right in the middle of everything, Christ Church, St Patrick's, Temple Bar, Guinness Storehouse.All the sites are within walking distance. We stayed for a month so we really settled into Dublin life. The kitchen was well equipped and made it easy to whip up a meal and lots of places to dine out. The Dart train is very convenient to visit other towns and there are lots of tours out of Dublin to the Western side, Galway, the Cliffs of Moher, etc. Sean is the perfect host and was always available when needed. Gave us lots of information about Dublin and what was happening in the arts, theater, etc. we had a wonderful stay in a charming Dublin cottage. I would definitely recommend the property to friends.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Kilmainham Gaol
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Christ Church Cathedral
Cornucopia Restaurant
The Brazen Head
Dublin Bus Tours
O'Neill's Bar and Restaurant
Irish Museum of Modern Art
National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History
National Gallery of Ireland
Trinity College Library
St. Michan's Church
Dublin City Gallery - The Hugh Lane
The Book of Kells
Fallon & Byrne
Leo Burdock's
Chester Beatty Library
Iarnrod Eireann
Nearest Airport
2.5 Miles
Dublin Airport
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Dublin Port
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Heuston Railway Station
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Car: not necessary

An artisan cottage situated in a tiny, quiet picturesque square in the heart of the old city just a short stroll from all the city's main attractions including Guiness's Brewery, St Patricks, Trinity College, Dublin Castle & Chester Beatty Museum, Temple Bar, Christ Church, National Gallery and Museum, St Stephen's Green and Grafton Street, Theatre's, Cinemas, Cafes and restaurants, The Brazen Head known to be the oldest pub in Ireland, markets, antique shops, genuine traditional music sessions.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Merchants Quay, County Dublin

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
All Year
11 Sep 2015 - 31 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Service Charge 10 Euro
A non-refundable deposit of 100 Euro. Please do tell us the number of guests staying when booking.

Guests pay a non-refundable deposit of 100 Euros via Paypal, and the remaining amount on arrival. If guests want to pay the full amount by Paypal there is an extra charge for this.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Merchants Quay in County Dublin

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • town
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
  • The cottage may accommodate a forth person on a mattress in the small open loft space above the main bedroom (you can see the ladder to the loft in the photo of the main bedroom) or on a blow-up mattress on the floor of the living room. There is an extra charge for a 4th person. Naturally this space is not ideal though many guests have used it and seemed fine with it. There is also a travelling cot with a mattress suitable for a young baby should it be needed.
  • Books
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace
  • Patio
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
Parking. We discourage guests from having a car when staying with us as everything is in walking distance. You can only park in front of the cottage on arrival or for a short time etc. There is parking in the nearby Christchurch car park behind Jury's hotel 2 minutes away. The rates for this vary depending on the number of day's/nights you wish to book. You can contact them at christchurch@parkrite.ie

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Portable wifi hotspot

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