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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!

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Property Manager
Peter and Jane Ahern
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
19 October, 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 4.9454546 based on 55 reviews

Perfect for the town

  • 5 of 5

We so enjoyed our stay here in Howth. Howth is a special place and this wonderful cottage adds to the experience. It’s charm plus a wonderful interior made our time there special...get up in the morning a view the Irish Sea, does not get much better

  • Review Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely upgraded cottage in Houth!

  • 4 of 5

This cottage has been renovated overtime - we appreciated the open, modern kitchen & bathroom. This made it cozy especially in the days when the weather was not inviting us to go outside. Location is very good if you don't mind walking up the hill (which we enjoyed). The double bed was too small for us to share (we are used to wider beds) - and as the one who slept in it, I can attest to this bed being very comfortable, which I so appreciated! It is nice that this cottage has two bedrooms.

Owners were very attentive/friendly in their communication and the manual with information about the area is super complete.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We loved this cottage in Howth. The kitchen area is nice and large and well equipped. We enjoyed sitting in it and relaxing. The rest of the place was quite spacious as well. The bed was VERY comfortable. The other furnishings were comfortable too. Howth is a charming town and we enjoyed not driving and using the trains instead. Our favorite foods were the Bloody Stream (great fish and chips) and The House where we loved their risotto. Fresh fish was typical. The only con might be that the bathroom doesn't have its own heat source so at times it felt a little cold. We would definitely stay there again. Thank you Peter and Jane.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location.

  • 5 of 5

Howth is a charming harbor community. The house was everything we needed. It was an easy walk to the harbor and train station. A quick train ride takes you to Dublin. Check in and out was painless. I fully recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Don and Mary - Many thanks for your review! I am so glad you found our cottage convenient and the experience hassle-free. Jane and I also enjoy the walk down to the harbor and the comfort and convenience of the DART to central Dublin. I hope you can make a longer return visit at some point! Best regards, Peter and Jane.
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Great Location, Comfortable, Clean & Calming

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is charming as advertised and in the relaxing sea-side village of Howth, close to local shopping and pubs, and beautiful hiking trails ( Cliff Trail is a must!). Most places are within a short walking distance, but even a drive to others isn't more than a few minutes. Catching the train to downtown Dublin is easy and quick. But most importantly, Howth gives you the opportunity to escape the chaos and hustle of a busy world. The cottage is well equipped and supplied for us "westerners" accustomed to the comforts of the U.S., yet gives you the feel of historic Ireland. Peter and Jane provide excellent recommendations for eating. We stayed a week and didn't have time to experience them all, but the ones we did, were "spot on". The residents of Howth were very friendly - the proprietors and employees at the Summit inn and McNeil's Pub 19 were especially kind and entertaining. We also suggest the Country Market for healthy and great tasting food, just a 2 minute walk down the street from the cottage. Also, take advantage of the daily sunrises and sunsets on Howth pier/harbor, again, just a 5 minute walk from the cottage.

Our only advice to travelers is that "day trips" to the western part of Ireland are long, tiring and can be confusing because the local roads are not always well-marked. If you stay in Howth, you're best to relax and explore what Howth, Dublin, Malahide, and the east part of Ireland have to offer.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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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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

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
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
Winter 2018
8 Jan 2018 - 24 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Easter 2018
25 Mar 2018 - 7 Apr 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Late Spring 2018
8 Apr 2018 - 12 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer 2018
13 May 2018 - 15 Sep 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Autumn / Fall 2018
16 Sep 2018 - 13 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas 2018
14 Dec 2018 - 5 Jan 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £80.4
Refundable Damage Deposit £178.67

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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