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Peter and Jane Ahern

Member since: 2014
Speaks English

Charming Cottage In Beautiful Howth, 20 Minutes From Dublin City Center

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday home in Dublin - 1 Balglass Road

2 Bedroom House, Sleeps 4, With View Of Howth Harbor And Ireland's Eye

Our charming 110-year old 2-bedroomed home, bright, welcoming and beautifully renovated, sits above the village of Howth, overlooking Howth Harbour and Ireland's Eye, the iconic island outside the harbor, just 9 miles from Dublin city center.

Howth is the scenic and recreational jewel of the Dublin area, sitting in a hilly peninsula on the north side of Dublin Bay with stunning views of the bay to the south and the coast line to the north. The harbor, with its two popular piers, includes a working fishing port as well as a large marina, and is an important sailing venue. The peninsula has a wide array of wonderful scenic walking paths over the hills and around the cliffs, and is popular with birdwatchers.

Our house was built in 1905 but has been extended and totally renovated, and includes all modern amenities. It is bright and fresh, with 2 bedrooms that can comfortably sleep 4 people, full bathroom, living room and a bright fully-fitted kitchen / dining room overlooking the garden. Total floor area is approx 1,000 sq ft. The garden includes a deck / patio and offers views of Howth Harbor and Ireland’s Eye. The front of the house has 2 parking spaces.

The house is 300 yards from Howth Village, including shops, church and bus service to the center of Dublin; 0.4 miles from Howth Harbour; 0.7 miles (12 minute walk) from the DART rapid transit rail station serving the center of Dublin and southern areas of the city; and 8.9 miles from Dublin city center.

Howth has 2 fine golf courses, numerous excellent restaurants, and the 15th century Howth Castle which includes its famed wild rhododendron gardens, which are open to the public in summer, and the National Transport Museum of Ireland. As can be expected in a fishing port, many of the restaurants are particularly noted for fine seafood. Howth also has several well-known pubs, including the Abbey Tavern, which is renowned nationally for Irish folk and traditional music, and is only 5 minutes’ walk from our house.

All this within 20 minutes of the center of Dublin!

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Peter and Jane Ahern (Property Manager)
Member since: 2014
Speaks English

About Peter and Jane Ahern

We are Peter and Jane Ahern. We both grew up and were educated in Ireland. We met when we both worked for the Irish government’s Industrial Development Authority (IDA Ireland), and got married in Dublin. Soon after that, we moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where we have lived for many winters! Our two children live and work in the Cleveland area but, from numerous visits though their lifetimes, they both know every inch of the Howth peninsula!

Peter and Jane Ahern purchased this house in 2003

Why Peter and Jane Ahern chose Dublin

Jane grew up on the Howth peninsula and her mother and brothers still live there. Over our years in the US we have spent many wonderful vacations there with family and friends, enjoying the spectacular scenery and great social life. It was our dream to find a house in Howth, and when we learned that 1 Balglass Road was for sale in 2003, Peter made a quick trip to Ireland and, after a few quick phone calls with Jane back in Cleveland, immediately bought it. It was perfect!

What makes this house unique

Our Irish home is full of character, over 100 years old but with every modern amenity, in a quiet street, but still within a short walk of all of the attractions of Howth Village and Howth Harbour with their restaurants, pubs, Yacht Club, shops, pier walks and marina.


based on 25 holidaymaker reviews

Charming Cottage In Beautiful Howth, 20 Minutes From Dublin City Center
average rating of 5.0 based on 25 reviews

Trip of a lifetime!

  • 5 of 5

Hello! Thanks for the message! We LOVED your place and Ireland! I can’t even begin to describe our trip. Just fabulous. We only wish we had about 5 more days……

Your house was very lovely and the sleeping and blow up bed just perfect. Thanks again for arranging that. The location of the house was great. We enjoyed our daily running treks, our exploring Howth and the Howth pub crawl Ron and I did one evening! We found the seals, bought fish to feed them (the seagulls liked it much better than the seals) and my horse ride on the beach was better than I could have imagined. A real dream come true.

I could go on and on about everything we did, but you already know how fabulous it is there! The food ended up just great and we LOVE the soup there! I am on the lookout for an Irish soup cookbook since I didn’t have time to look when I was there.

I am so glad our paths crossed and we ended up where we did. Thank you again for offering your beautiful home for others to enjoy.

We hope one day to return and finishing crossing things off our list. We did make it to Cliffs of Moher, Trim Castle, Newgrange and Glendalough just to name a few! So awesome!

Wishing you all the best and many thanks again!


  • Review Submitted: Apr 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful Property!

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from our trip to Ireland, part of which we spent in Howth at this incredible property.

When we initially walked in, we were impressed with the high ceilings, the open concept of the home, and the amount of natural light coming in through the windows and skylights. The entire home is beautifully decorated, making it feel like "home" right away.

There are two bedrooms. Our children - ages 10 and 7 - were thrilled with their own bedroom, where they each slept in their own beds comfortably. I cannot say enough about the bed in the master bedroom - so comfortable, and the linens and pillows were top notch. In the mornings, I'd read my Irish newspaper and have a cup of coffee. I never wanted to leave that room, with the sunlight coming in in the morning.

Everything you would need at home was provided at this property. A full kitchen with a dishwasher, gas stove, and microwave; washer and dryer; towels; etc. We had rented a car and were able to park it comfortably, as well. There's even a lovely backyard with a raised deck where you can sit out and have your tea and coffee (unfortunately, for us, it was quite cold during our visit, so we never opted to go out there).

The location of the property is perfect. It's situated at the top of road, so, from the property, you can look out and see the water. It was less than 5 minutes walking distance to Centra, the little supermarket, where we picked up everything we needed for our stay. It was about a 10 minute walk to all the shops, restaurants, playground, pubs, and Starbucks (!!!). My husband and daughter went for a run one morning and stopped at the lighthouse, where they saw seals swimming in the water. We also caught the bus a couple of days and took it into Dublin city. So convenient.

It's a picture-perfect little village, where the people are so friendly, and everything you need is within walking distance. The property was everything we could have imagined and more, and we can't recommend it enough!

Finally, Peter was absolutely wonderful to communicate with. From the very beginning, he went above and beyond to answer questions not only about his property, but our trip to Ireland as a whole, offering ideas on various sight-seeing opportunities and answering any questions I had. The booklet he provided to us about his property and Howth was perfect, too, in helping us get settled. We would return to this property again in a heartbeat! Thank you so much, Peter!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Suzanne, thank you so much for your wonderful review. Reading it makes us want to jump on a plane right now and fly to Ireland for a brief visit ourselves! Best regards Peter and Jane
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  • 5 of 5

Everything was good, outside and inside the house.

Thank you so much!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your positive review, Bertrand! Sincerely Peter and Jane
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Amazing vacation in Howth!

  • 5 of 5

I started planning my vacation in Ireland well in advance of my 50th birthday. I knew I wanted to stay in Howth as my husband and I discovered this quaint little seaside village on a previous trip and wanted to return. We chose Peter and Jane's home because it fit all of our needs and had a gorgeous view of Howth Harbor. After viewing it online for well over a year it far exceeded our expectations in reality. We had an AMAZING two week vacation and felt like citizens of Howth by the end. The home was modern without losing that "cozy/comfy" feel. We looked forward to returning every night after long days exploring Ireland. The beds were wonderfully plush and comfortable. I loved soaking in the huge bathtub nightly. The kitchen had ample pots/pans/utensils for cooking when we didn't feel like going out. Veronica, the property manager, was available to answer any questions we might have. The house is located less than a 5 minute walk to pubs/restaurants/markets. Every morning my husband would walk to the Centra to bring home freshly baked chocolate croissant. We loved Top House Pub and Krugers Lounge and quickly became "regulars". It was a perfect stop, to sit by the warm fire and have a pint, on our walk back up the steady incline to 1 Balglass Rd. Other recommendations include O'Connell's (the best seafood chowder I have ever eaten), Howth Haven Beauty Clinic (fabulous hot stone massage) and King Sitric (oysters fresh out of the bay). Howth is an easy DART ride to Dublin and the house is (maybe) a 15 minute walk to the station. My next trip to Ireland will be in warmer weather and I will definitely book this amazing property again. Thanks again Peter and Jane for sharing your beautiful home and making my 50th birthday a trip to remember!!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tina - Many thanks for your review, and the insightful recommendations! The Top House is indeed a very tempting stop on the walk up from the village, with its friendly atmosphere and great pint of Guinness! I haven't had O'Connell's chowder or King Sitric's oysters and will definitely add these to my 'to do' list. When you make your next trip in warmer weather you will also experience the wonderful long days and evenings that Howth has in summer. 17 hours of daylight in June - in fact Ireland's eye is visible 24 hours a day! It opens up all sorts of options, such as evening golf and great evening walks. Thanks again!
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  • 5 of 5

A wonderful location with pubs and shops just a few minutes walk away and the habour within a 10 minute walk. We were very pleased with the house, it was clean and had everything we needed to make our holiday comfortable. The booklet made by the owner is perfect. We were completely satisfied.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Elisabeth! regards Peter
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  • 5 of 5

The description was accurate, the property clean and well maintained. Minor shortcomings such as broken stoppers in sink and bathroom washbasin easily overcome with tinfoil, and we managed with just one microwave bowl, but plenty of pots and pans etc. Extremely comfortable beds, seating etc. Superb location, wonderful, quirky, views from house and patio to the coast and off shore islands, which autumn sunshine allowed us (and friends who dropped in for coffee) to enjoy to the full. Good transport links to central Dublin after 20 mins moderate walk. Wonderful choice of seafood shops and restaurants in Howth- which is a charming old-world port to explore. We would love to go back again,

  • Review Submitted: Oct 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Stella and Paul, thank you so much for taking the time to write your positive review! Jane and I are currently visiting from the US and staying in the house for a week, and we are thoroughly enjoying it! We have of course fixed the 'snags' that you mentioned, but staying here allows us the opportunity to check the house very thoroughly and make sure everything is ship-shape. And of course to enjoy all of the amenities of Howth that you have mentioned! We will look forward to having you back in Howth in the future. Peter and Jane
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Dublin Airport
Nearest Barpub
230 Metres
Krugers / Top House
Nearest Train
0.7 Miles
Howth DART Station
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
The House Restaurant
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Balscadden Beach


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Howth, County Dublin

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer 2016
15 May 2016 - 17 Sep 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Autumn/Fall 2016
18 Sep 2016 - 15 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Christmas 2016
16 Dec 2016 - 8 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Winter/ Early Spring 2017
9 Jan 2017 - 8 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Easter 2017
9 Apr 2017 - 22 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Late Spring 2017
23 Apr 2017 - 13 May 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Summer 2017
14 May 2017 - 16 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Autumn / Fall 2017
17 Sep 2017 - 14 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Christmas 2017
15 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £69
Refundable Damage Deposit £152

Check-in time is 3:00 PM on the day of arrival.
Check-out time is 11:00 AM on the day of departure.
It may sometimes be possible for us to allow earlier check-in. If you would like this, please ask.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Dublin in County Dublin

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Bath tub with shower, toilet, and bathroom sink, mirror etc.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Main bedroom upstairs - queen size bed. Downstairs bedroom - 2 single (twin) beds
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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