About the Homestay
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 will visit 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, 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.
Our younger visitors and all visitors have access to the 'eir study hub' which is a great asset. You can check out www.eirstudyhub.ie for all details.
Print remotely from anywhere in the home, actually anywhere in the world using a unique printer email.
Feel like just going for a cycle, 3 bikes are available for free at any time and with the Phoenix Park a few minutes cycle away, it's a perfect location to get away and chill out.
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 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 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 installed October 2017. Usually, use of the ovens is not required. 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 €12 per day which includes a light breakfast (already included), packed lunch and dinner. 2017.
COLLECTION / DROP OFF - Our price is set at €30 each way or €60 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.
YOUNG VISITORS: From abroad wishing to stay with an Irish family to learn English can also avail of a 10% discount on all our prices. Please inform us in the chat box before booking.
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 and the Popes visit in August 2018. These are additional charges which will be applied once a booking is confirmed so please check with us first.
- Bikes for use
- Games Room
- Internet Access
- Smoke alarm
Bedrooms available for booking
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
- Shopping Centre
- Amusement Park
- Horse Stables
- Water sports
- Sports arena
- Health club
- Bus Stop
- Train station
Please note that only a light breakfast is included in the room rate. All other meals will incur an additional cost. Meals and any additional payment should be arranged directly with your host.
Included in the stay
- Light Breakfast
- Use of Kitchen
Available on request at an extra cost
- Full Breakfast
- Half Board
- Full Board
- Packed lunch
Strictly No smokers / Vapers allowed / E-Cigarettes or similar.
Guests allowed but must be announced beforehand.
Photo ID required for booking.
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 room. Please ask for full details.
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.
Smoking is not allowed.
Darrin and Caroline were really kind and lovely. The room was fine and the bed really comfortable. I had a good experience with them!
This family is very nice and sharing their home was comfortable and pleasant. The room and bathroom were clean and tidy. The beds were comfortable. Darrin probably saved our lives. He gave us (first time drivers driving on the left side of the road) this tip: "Remember, the traffic is always on the driver's side." Thank you Darrin! I would recommend Caroline and Darrin's home to others and if I return to Ireland, I will definitely check for their availability.
Wir, 2 Studenten aus Dresden, haben für ein Semester in Dublin studiert und in der Zeit bei Caroline und Darrin gewohnt. Die beiden haben ein tolles Haus & haben uns 2 tolle Zimmer und ein eigenes Bad zur Verfügung gestellt.
Die Lage ist super! Direkt am bekannten Phoenix Park und nur etwa eine viertel Stunde mit dem Bus von der Stadt entfernt.
Sie waren uns mit allem behilflich und wir hatten absoluten Freiraum & kaum feste Regeln. Tolle Familie und auf jeden Fall weiter zu empfehlen!
Miss you all! And thank you so much for everything ✨ we will definitely come back!
Greetings from Dresden, Germany
Very nice and helpful family.
With all questions was helped us.
We had a lovely week in Dublin and have seen a lot.
The ideal point to reach the most interesting places.
We would like to continue with interesting guests at Caroline and Darrin.
Greetings from Hamburg
Lovely family. They have been extremely kind from the first moment of our arrival to our leave.
We phoned Darrin when we arrived close to their home because gmap was confusing us, and Darrin came to pick us by car.
Every day we had a pleasant breakfast in their kitchen and then went out visiting the city (they live close to Phoenix Park), and the day we went to the Guinness Storehouse Darrin offered to take us there by car because we were a bit late for the booked time.They did for us much more than we could expect from our previous b&b experiences.
We would definitely suggest this homestay to a teenager, parents can be sure that their kid will feel like at home.
Caroline and Darrin were more like family to us. They are the most awesome people you'll meet. They were so warm, they make you feel right at home. They went way over and above the duties of a host family. They helped with anything we needed. Miss them already.
Nous avons beaucoup apprécié l'accueil réservé par la famille de Caroline et Darrin
La communication avant le voyage s'est faite par mail
au moment de l'arrivée par SMS
Tout était prêt et ils ont été aux petits soins pour nous, Caroline est parfaite
Nous indiquant où manger, les lignes de bus à prendre pour nos visites prévues...
Mes enfants ont joué de façon naturelle avec leurs enfants
Notre avion était très tôt, mais ils se sont levés quand même pour nous dire au revoir
Die spontane Möglichkeit bei Darrin und Caroline in Dublin zu schlafen war fabelhaft! Die Buchung verlief kinderleicht und da wir zum ersten Mal in Dublin waren, buchten wir den Abholservice vom Flughafen dazu. Darrin holte uns mit seinem Auto ab und alles verlief reibungslos. Das Zimmer und das gesamte Haus waren für die Nächte in Dublin ein schönes Zuhause und wir waren mit der Unterbringung, sowie mit dem morgendlichen Frühstück sehr zufrieden. Bei Fragen konnten uns beide immer gut weiterhelfen und sollten wir nochmal in Dublin sein, sind die zwei unsere erste Adresse!
Beautiful family, fantastic people!!! 1 thousand stars, 5 is too low!!!
Probably one of the best things about Dublin was our homestay. Caroline and Darrin are marvelous hosts and they made us feel completly at home and part of their family and They helped us whenever we needed. We can't wait to go back.