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

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

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

Property Manager
Peter and Jane Ahern
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
1 August, 2017

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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Dublin Northside, Dublin

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
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
  • 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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Charming Cottage In Beautiful Howth, 20 Minutes From Dublin City Center
average rating of 4.96 based on 50 reviews

A little piece of heaven!

  • 5 of 5

This was my second stay at Peter and Jane's sweet little cottage and it felt like I was returning home. The house is perfectly situated between the village and the summit. I spent a little more time exploring undiscovered paths around the house and finding spots to watch the sunset over the bay in the evening. It was a memorable two weeks. The house itself is updated and modern but still cozy. I loved retreating to my plush bed every night. O'Connell's still has the best seafood chowder in my opinion but McNeill's came in a close second. We dined at the fine Aqua Restaurant one evening and had a spectacular meal accompanied by an amazing sunset! On this trip we were able to take a boat ride out to Ireland's Eye. The water was a little choppy and the winds quite brisk but I would do it again in a heartbeat. The walk down to the village from the house was always my favorite part of the day. In part because walking downhill is always easier than the walk back up the hill but mainly because of the spectacular view. I'm not sure when my next trip to Howth will be but I will definitely stay at my little "home away from home" again. You could not ask for better owners that Peter and Jane who were a pleasure to rent from. Thanks again for sharing your place with us!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect location, beautiful home

  • 5 of 5

Spending a day or two in downtown Dublin is always fun -- there's a lot to see and it's worth covering the main tourist attractions at least once. But if you're looking for somewhere truly unique and special, Howth is truly a gem. The small, historic fishing village offers some of the most beautiful scenery and hiking trails in Ireland, with a phenomenal burgeoning restaurant scene and quick, easy public transport (20-30 min bus or train) straight to downtown.

The cottage is a beautifully restored historic home with views of the sea and a spacious, private outdoor patio. The inside is clean and modern, yet cozy and welcoming. It's just a few minutes walk from the shops and restaurants/bars, Howth pier, the DART (train), and Howth's amazing hiking trails. We did one of Shane's Howth Hikes, and loved it so much we booked a second hike a few days later. A great way to learn about the history of the peninsula, and experience trails you'd never be able to find without a seasoned insider. Shane was awesome!

We absolutely loved the cottage, and would stay there again in a heartbeat.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your wonderful review, Ciara! I am delighted you enjoyed the cottage, and Howth, and Shane's now-legendary Howth Hikes! I hope you and Sam can return in the not too distant future. Best regards, Peter and Jane
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Wonderful Stay in a Lovely Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

I just returned from a two month stay in this beautiful cottage. This cottage is wonderful! I can't say enough good things about this quaint cottage. It is very comfortable and has all the amenities you may need. There is a great outside deck with an even greater view of the Eye of Ireland in the bay. It is in walking distance of the bus stop and the DART train station. They both will take you to city center Dublin. The cottage is also a quick walk to the grocery store which has an ATM machine and a Post Office inside. The village of Howth and her people are very friendly. There are an abundance of wonderful restaurants in the village to please every palate. Thank you to Peter and Jane for allowing me the use of their beautiful cottage.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Tracy. You have been one of the most amazing guests that has stayed in our cottage! You did so much during your stay, including travels around Dublin and to the west of Ireland, horse trekking, and many other adventures, all by public transport - as well as entertaining your many visitors, both family and friends. I am very glad that they all got a sample of Howth and our beloved cottage. You put a lot of thought into your long trip, and made it the adventure of a lifetime. After that long stay, you must qualify as an honorary citizen of Howth! We hope you have the opportunity to return some day. Best regards Peter and Jane
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Great location!

  • 4 of 5

Such a pretty spot and we were very comfortable. My husband and I, plus our 2 young adult sons had a wonderful time in Ireland. Staying in a house allowed us to spread out a bit and the village is lovely.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your positive review, Kathy. I am glad that you and your family enjoyed your time in Howth. Best regards Peter and Jane
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The cottage is home from home , in a lovely location .

  • 5 of 5

We loved the whole area around the cottage , it is a lovely walk down to the sea and a bracing and beautiful walk up the hill to the summit, the location is great and Howth has so much to offer for everyone ! We hope to return ! Thank you for sharing your lovely cottage !

  • Review Submitted: Apr 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your joyous review, Lynn! I am very glad you and your cousins enjoyed Howth and the cottage, and I hope you can return and have a longer stay next time - there is so much to see and do in Howth! Best regards Peter and Jane
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Great cottage in beautiful Howth

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was fantastic. Very comfortable and well appointed cottage. Nice to be just outside Dublin but only a short train ride to town. Hiking trails along the cliffs nearby. Small grocery store within walking distance made things simple. It was great having a rental car to get around the northern parts of Ireland on our day trips. Loved New Grange and Belfast. So much history, not so much time. Would love to come back someday.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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 Dublin Northside, County Dublin

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer 2017
14 May 2017 - 16 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Autumn / Fall 2017
17 Sep 2017 - 14 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas 2017
15 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £82.22
Damage Deposit £182.71

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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