About the Homestay

Urban Cosy
  • Welcomes
  • Males
  • Females
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Students

Situated 1 km from the M50 motorway which is an orbital motorway in the shape of the letter 'C'. It connects to all main routes in Ireland from Belfast to Wexford, to Sligo, Mayo-Galway and Kerry and Cork.

We are one of the closest host family to the famous Phoneix Park, if not the closest. You can enjoy all this park has to offer including the Zoo, lovely walks, the history, the wildlife where they roam free, music concerts and this is where the Pope visited in August 2018 with the entrance to the Papal Cross being only a few minutes walk from our home.

Our home could not be better placed. Less than 15 minutes drive from Dublin Airport, less than 20 minutes on a bus to the heart of Dublin City Centre featuring the best Dublin has to offer. So we are not too close to the hustle and bustle of a very active and vibrant City but at the same time, we are conveniently situated to it all.

The following bus routes serve our home, the bus stop being literally 2 minutes from our front door, and all bring you directly through the heart of Dublin City Centre;
37/38/38A/38B/39/39A/70 and 122. (See 70D below)

NOTE: Route 39A goes directly through the City onto the UCD campus via Trinity College and numerous other colleges in the City.

Route 70D goes directly to DCU campus from our home but does not travel through the City.

Check out www.dublinbus.ie for more details.
Check out www.leapcard.ie for cheaper bus tickets.
Check out www.irishrail.ie for train fares from our home to all parts of Dublin and the country.

If you desire, we can take the hassle out of your travel requirements and book all tickets for you so you do not have to worry about topping up your travel cards, giving deposits etc. We do it all for you. Let us know if we can help.

Maybe you would like to travel on a daily tour to see Ireland, be it the west coast or up North. We can arrange all these tours for you so please let us know as early booking is essential.

Dublin is said to be the best place in the world to learn English so for the younger student wishing to fit into a family and learn the lingo, we are just perfect. For those parents concerned about sending over their loved ones to us, I know how it feels. I have young kids too so we certainly give the younger guest a lot more attention.

Wifi is unique to the room of the visitor and separate from that of the family broadband meaning a more reliable connection with the fastest speeds available in Dublin. Wireless connection is available throughout the home.

Print remotely from anywhere in the home, actually anywhere in the world using a unique printer email.

House recently upgraded with new electrical fit out throughout the house, new windows everywhere, newly painted, new smart eco water system, new smart heating radiators, and zones.

The house also has CO2 alarms in each room along with linked smoke alarms in each room. Once the alarm sounds in one room, it sounds in all rooms. Nest smart smoke detectors send alarm signal direct to phone and updates are advised regularly. Fire extinguisher and fire blanket located in each room.

Home is also protected with a new smart house alarm system which has external monitoring via CCTV and RING CCTV and when activated both the external alarm company and the owners are immediately notified.

This house has 6 bedrooms. All usual family mod cons are available. Perfect for the younger student who will have access to everything our own children have access to and with 5 children ranging from ages 10-21, they have access to a lot of great things including bikes, PS3/PS4/XBOX360/XBOX1.

Great family days out in the Phoenix Park, 5 minutes walk away, are a regular type outing for our family and some of the best moments in our family's life have been captured in this magnificent park.

Young students will, of course, be most welcome in our day to day activities and encouraged to join in whatever we do, both during the week and during the weekend and during holiday times. Student family members are more than welcome to visit our home at any time should they desire.

Our home has an Ecowater system throughout which is an intelligent water technology meaning the elimination of the use of harmful compounds that most homes in Dublin and Ireland have. Ecowater guarantees to remove 100% limescale from the home.

Great for the skin and body leaving a smooth feel all around.

To complement this system we have an Ecowater Reverse Osmosis system which is a technology that is used to remove a large majority of contaminants from water by pushing the water under pressure through a semi-permeable membrane so our guests can enjoy great tasting water (CHLORINE, FLUORIDE & LEAD-FREE WATER).

LINEN / WASHING ETC.: All bed clothes/linen etc are of course provided

Washing machine and dryer are available for use in the home.

KITCHEN: Brand new kitchen recently installed. Usually, the use of ovens is not allowed. However please discuss your requirements in the first instance with the host family. Guests are welcome to use the microwave and fridge at all times.

MEALS: - If a guest wishes for full board, the price is €10 per day which includes a light breakfast (already included), packed lunch and dinner.

COLLECTION / DROP OFF - Our price is set at €40 each way or €70 return and it doesn't matter how long it takes in traffic to get you to our home. This price is about 30% cheaper than a taxi trip to our home. Please advise us as early as possible if you require pickup and/or drop-off. This price is for two people.

We can also pick you up anywhere you choose. For prices please advise us of your chosen pick-up point.

PARKING: Brand new paving in the front garden, enough space for 4 cars. Parking is available on request.

STUDENTS: For all students under 21 years of age we offer a 10% discount on all prices. Please make sure to advise me in the chat box of Homestay that you are a student under 21 years of age so the discount can be offered. Discount only applies to stays greater than 90 days.

PAYPAL - On booking, you will receive a PayPal invoice with a payment due date stated on it so please ensure to note this pay by date. Payment in full is required prior to arrival and on the date that is shown on the PayPal invoice, as is normal. Other options, of course, can be arranged directly with us should you wish. Please finalize and complete your booking by making the balancing payment by the due date. PayPal is an easy, fast and convenient way for all to pay and It is also very safe and no need for you to exchange bank account details or credit card details with us. PayPal charges may apply.

Our refund policy is:
100% refund if cancelled prior to 30 days of arrival.
50% refund if cancelled prior to 14 days of arrival but within 30 days of arrival.
No refund if cancelled within 7 days of arrival.

Please note that no refunds are made where a discount has been applied to your booking.

Supplement charges may be applied to overnight rates at certain busy periods, like concerts, Festive times including St.Patricks Day week. These are additional charges which will be applied once a booking is confirmed so please check with us first.



House Facilities
  • Garden
  • Computer
  • Games Room
  • Laundry
  • Patio
  • Parking
  • TV
  • Internet Access
  • Smoke alarm

Bedrooms available for booking

Minimum stay is for 7 nights

Maximum stay is for 365 nights

Available for given dates

Single / Twin Room Option
From 35 per night
Twin Room
Sleeps 2

Bathroom shared (with family / other guests)
2 Single Bed

Bedroom availableNot available for dates

First-floor room option with unique Wi-Fi. Overlooking back garden

  • Desk and Lamp
  • Dresser / Drawers
  • Closet / Wardrobe
  • Bedside Locker / Nightstand
  • Mirror
  • Hair-dryer
 1 guest
2 guests
Weekly Price
Monthly price
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About the Area

Situated by the affluent area of Castleknock, North Dublin, 2 minute walk to buses that take you into Dublin City Centre, UCD, Trinity College and DCU. Travel time about 20 minutes to the city. Buses every few minutes.
Very close by is the Phoenix Park, we are only 5 minutes walk from Castleknock gate entrance to the park. Shops 1 minute walk. Pharmacy about 3 minute walk and 3 major hospitals plus 2 children's hospitals are within minutes drive from us and very close by should the need arise.
Doctor's surgery and dental surgery also within a few minutes walk from us.
Those of you who are in the EU, please ensure to take with you your EHIC card which entitles you all to free medical care in this state should the need arise. Please note that travel insurance should also be taken out.
About 5km to City Centre. 15 minute drive from Dublin Airport.
Plenty of shopping close including Liffey Valley shopping centre and Blanchardstown shopping centre, all within a few minutes bus journey or car journey.
Feel like a swim, the local swimming pool is within 3 minutes walk of our home. Also the National Aquatic Centre, Irelands only full size Olympic pool and one of the world's biggest indoor water centres, is 10 minutes away on the bus with a whole array of activities including a huge childrens play pool and area. Check it out at www.nac.ie
Train station 8 minutes walk away taking you into the heart of Dublin and then anywhere via connections to whole of the country.
Need to rent a car, Enterprise Rent a car is 5 minutes walk from our home and they offer free pickup and drop off also. Other rental car companies are situated in the airport or city centre and not too far away and include Hertz and Avis.

Local Area Facilities
  • Tennis
  • Park
  • Gym
  • Golf
  • Swimming
  • Bowling
  • Cinema
  • Library
  • Museum
  • Shopping Centre
  • Amusement Park
  • Horse Stables
  • Water sports
  • Sports arena
  • Health club
  • Fishing
  • Restaurant
  • Airport
  • Bus Stop
  • Train station
  • Hospital


Hosts can offer a complimentary light breakfast at their discretion. All other meals will incur an additional cost. Meals and any additional payment should be arranged directly with your host.

Included in the stay
  • Complimentary Light Breakfast
  • Use of Kitchen
Available on request at an extra cost
  • Half Board
  • Full Board
  • Packed lunch

House Rules

Strictly No smokers allowed / No Vapers allowed / No E-Cigarettes or similar.
Guests allowed but must be always announced beforehand.
Photo ID required for booking.

Bookings are not complete until full balancing payment is made to the host family.

Check in at 4pm / Check out at 11am - However, if there is no booking on the day of check out, check out can be extended until 2pm. Earlier check in time also dependent on current stays. Breakage fee may apply on arrival and returned prior to departure on inspection of the room. Please ask for full details prior to booking.

See payment option under the main description area of the profile. All homestay guests receive a full refund of payments received by the host family if cancelled prior to 30 days of arrival. Discounted stays are not refundable regardless of when cancelled. Alternative payment options can be requested, partial payment arrangements, short stays on arrival etc., so please let us know what you desire. A PayPal invoice will issue with a payment due date on it so please note the date and finalise the booking by making the balancing payment.

KITCHEN: Use of the ovens and hob is usually not permitted. If you wish to prepare some food, please ensure that you discuss this with the host family in the first instance. Guests, of course, are welcome to use the microwave and kettle at any time and store items in the fridge.

Finally, we must know your age group and the age group of all persons staying with us along with whether they are male or female. A booking cannot be completed without this information being exchanged with us.

Smoking is not allowed.

25 Reviews

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    Age 18 - 24

    5 hearts
    May 2019

    The 5 nights at Carolines and Darrins house were so nice.
    Both of them are super friendly and helpful.
    The room and the bathroom were clean and tidy.
    All in all it was a pleasure to stay with them.

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Caroline & Darrin in ,

    Hi and thanks for the review. It was great having you stay with us and we wish you the best on your travels. Look us up if you are back in Dublin. Take care.

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    Age 18 - 24

    5 hearts
    March 2019

    Caroline and Darrin are very respectful and kind people. They’re available to give advice on anything you might need. They have a welcoming home, the kitchen is very big. We stayed with them 6 days and we couldn’t have been happier. They left us our freedom while at the same time welcoming us in their family.

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Caroline & Darrin in ,

    Thank you for the lovely review. It was a pleasure hosting you both and great to see you make the most of your time here. Look us up on your return. Say hi to Sopia too. Take care

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    Age 25 - 34

    5 hearts
    February 2019

    This guest awarded the host 5 hearts but didn’t leave any comments.

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    Age 18 - 24

    5 hearts
    September 2018

    Caroline and Darrin are wonderful host. If you need anything (an advise, an information) you can ask them. My stay was really pleasent, I felt like a part of the family.

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Caroline & Darrin in ,

    Hi Alice, thank you for the review. It was our pleasure hosting you and would love to welcome you back at any time. Give our best wishes to your family also.

  • 1522941842 original

    Age 18 - 24

    5 hearts
    June 2018

    I stayed with Caroline and Darrin for two weeks and it was a blast: They were really helpful and you can count on them if you're in trouble. The room I slept in was simple but clean and it was great to interact with them even if it wasn't a lot. I miss them and I'd probably book with them again if I ever go back to Dublin.

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Caroline & Darrin in ,

    Hi Thomas, yes it was a blast and it was great to see you make the most of every minute of your trip to Ireland. I hope you got on well with your assignments and it was an absolute pleasure hosting you. If you do ever come back to Dublin, look us up, we would be delighted to hear from you again.

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    Age 25 - 34

    4 hearts
    May 2018

    We stayed with Carolin and Darrin for 2 days in May during a Concert in the Phoenix Park. We had a lovely little room which was all tidy und clean. The Bath was also good and no Problems to use it.
    Carolin and Darrin are very friendly and helpful with everything.
    It Takes 10-15 min with the Bus into the city which is very good because the Bus Station is only 2 minutes to walk to.
    We would Love to stay with them again if we come back .
    Sarah and Dominik

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    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Caroline & Darrin in ,

    Hi Sarah and thanks for the lovely review. It was great hosting you and we hope you enjoyed the Ed Sheeran concert. Take care

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    Age 18 - 24

    5 hearts
    April 2018

    Lovely and very welcoming family. Thank you so much for your hospitality, every time you checked if we need something. We recommend Caroline and Darrin family.

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Caroline & Darrin in ,

    Hi Pauline and Manon - It was great having you both stay with us. You were not a bother, as we say here, and it was nice to see you enjoy yourselves here. I hope you had a great time down in the West of our country. I would highly recommend Pauline and Manon to any host family anywhere in the world.

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    Age 18 - 24

    5 hearts
    March 2018

    Thanks for everything! It was great the days with you! regards

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Caroline & Darrin in ,

    Hi Ez, thank you for the review. It was great having you stay here and would highly recommend you to anybody as an A guest

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    Age 25 - 34

    5 hearts
    March 2018

    I stayed with Caroline & Darrin's family for one week. It was a pleasure to meet them. They were very kind and helpful at every moment, and made me feel as if I were in my own house. Their house was clean and warm, and I found the bedroom rather comfortable. I would definitely recommend this host family to other guests.
    I wish this great family the best and I look forward to seeing them again.

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    Age 25 - 34

    5 hearts
    March 2018

    Super week end de la Saint Patrick!
    Famille très accueillante, très gentille et très serviable.
    Chambre propre et pratique.
    A recommander!

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Caroline & Darrin in ,

    Great having you all stay with us and thank you for choosing us as your host family. We hope to see you all again very soon

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