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Peter and Jane Ahern

Member since: 2014
Speaks English

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

29 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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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!

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  • 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 29 holidaymaker reviews

Charming Cottage In Beautiful Howth, 20 Minutes From Dublin City Center
average rating of 5.0 based on 29 reviews

Excellent !

  • 5 of 5

Just left Howth and this lovely comfortable home two days ago, we had such a lovely stay in Peter and Jane's home . Being native Dubliners we knew our way around Howth and this location could not be better, close to everything including Centra (local shop with fresh baked bread everyday), restaurants and Peters fav pub became my hubby's too ! (Top House). Walked to train, beach, pier, summit , lighthouse, tower!

Hopefully we will be back soon guys!, thanks for sharing your lovely cottage with a great view and the most comfortable beds ever!

The Copley's!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A lovely home away from home in a perfect location

  • 5 of 5

We were lucky enough to spend eleven days in Howth staying at Jane and Peter's home. The three of us (two adults and an 11 year-old boy) had room to move around and relax in this light and airy cottage (note the downstairs room has two beds, so this would also be perfect if you have more than one child). Although the owners are located in the US, their caretaker was on top of things (not to mention rescuing us when we arrived via the ferry right as an Ireland vs. England football match had started and all taxi and bus transportation had ceased as a result), and both she and Peter and Jane checked on on our welfare during our stay.

The place itself is located just a five-minute walk from stores and restaurants, and fresh seafood restaurants and outlets with amazingly inexpensive fresh fish to cook at home are abundant by walking 15 minutes to the pier. The hiking paths for which Howth is known start literally across the street (Note: do not miss the cliff hike). The back deck looks down to over the village and has a great view of the water and Ireland's Eye. The DART ends in Howth, and getting into Dublin City is a 15 minute walk to the station and a 25-minute ride into town.

Especially after a week in London, which was fun but hectic, we found this to be one of the best places we have ever stayed (we've used VRBO more times than I can begin to count), and we are happy to give it a solid five stars with the only warning that you will not want to leave.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent, cozy, convenient for walking and getting wawy from the hectic Dublin area.

  • 5 of 5

This cottage was absolutely one of the best parts of our entire trip. We traveled to various locations in and around Dublin and always looked forward to returning to the cottage. Wish we could have taken it with us on our journey around southern and western Ireland! Awesome place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A beautifully designed cottage with every amenity, perfectly run by a fantastic owner!

  • 5 of 5

We wanted to secure a nice house in the beautiful fishing village of Howth for about a month, to convalesce and celebrate the birth of our first child.

This was my first experience with a vacation rental home. I have learned that the success of the experience entirely depends on the property owner – specifically their diligence in the management and upkeep of the property, and their organization skills and foresight in predicting what tenants would need or appreciate during their stay. For all these points, Peter and Jane Ahern clearly deserve Olympic gold medals for their lovely cottage in Howth!

First of all, the house was immaculate and beautifully organized and prepared for its tenants! From the way the kitchen was so well stocked with modern appliances, utensils and all the basics, to the plush comfort of the beds, the quality of the linens and towels, the satellite TV and high-speed internet and even to little details like books and magazines about Howth and Ireland…it was very clear how much attention was paid to every detail and how meticulous the owners were to ensure that their tenants have everything they could possibly need! They even had a very comprehensive orientation book detailing everything you need to know about the house, its history and even personal recommendations for the area!

But beyond the beauty of the house, its location and excellent amenities, I must that what I was really most impressed with was how organized and communicative Peter was. From the moment I sent my initial inquiry about the home, all the way to the end of our stay, Peter and I were in constant touch. Every question, concern or comment was very quickly responded to with clear information, thoughtful advice and even friendly banter. Even though we never met, I felt as though I found a trustworthy friend in Peter.

We cannot thank Peter and Jane Ahern enough for making our stay in their lovely house so smooth and enjoyable and by extension, for helping make our milestone month of May 2016 as memorable as we had hoped it would be for our new family!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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
Owner's Response: Jodi, many thanks for your wonderful and detailed review. It was very nice that I got the opportunity to meet you and Ron in person before your trip. You planned very well for it and managed to see a lot of Ireland, without 'overdoing' it. And were great guests! I am so glad everything worked out so well for you. Best wishes Peter - and Jane
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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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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:
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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 £75
Refundable Damage Deposit £167

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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