Lovely family home close to City

Homestay in Phoenix Park & Castleknock area - Dublin, Ireland
33Best room price
per night for monthly stays

About the Homestay

Urban Cosy

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.

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.

We also offer the student their own direct phone line and own phone number (Twin room option only) so the concerned family can call them at any time. This is a separate number to the family number and unique to the student or visitor who can take calls in private. Again not many offer this option.

Similarly Wifi or cable broadband 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 (Twin room only). 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 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 9-21, 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.

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.

Pets

Dog

House Facilities
  • Garden
  • Bikes for use
  • Computer
  • Games Room
  • Laundry
  • Patio
  • Parking
  • TV
  • Internet Access
  • Smoke alarm
  • Welcomes
  • Males
  • Females
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Students

Bedrooms available for booking

   

Twin Room Option A
35
Single Room
Sleeps 2

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

Bedroom availableNot available for dates

Single room / Twin Room with free Wi-Fi can also be a Twin room. Overlooking back garden on the 1st floor of the house. Please check price for both single option and 2 person (Twin) option.

Facilities
  • Desk and Lamp
  • Dresser / Drawers
  • Closet / Wardrobe
  • Bedside Locker / Nightstand
  • Carpet / Moquette
  • Mirror
  • Hair-dryer
 1 guest
2 guests
Nightly Price
35
69
Weekly Price
239
399
Monthly price
999
1,449
Twin Room - Option D
35
Single Room
Sleeps 2

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

Bedroom availableNot available for dates
 1 guest
2 guests
Nightly Price
35
69
Weekly Price
239
349
Monthly price
999
1,349
Twin Room Option C - Family Room
69
Single Room
Sleeps 3

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

Bedroom availableNot available for dates

Ideally suits 2 adults but a 3rd bed pulls out from underneath to make a triple room. May suit 2 adults and one child. Travel cot also available. The room can be single, twin or triple with a travel cot.

Facilities
  • Desk and Lamp
  • TV
  • Dresser / Drawers
  • Closet / Wardrobe
  • Bedside Locker / Nightstand
  • Mirror
 1 guest
2+ Guests
Nightly Price
69
79
Weekly Price
389
469
Monthly price
1,499
1,799
Twin Room Option B
35
Single Room
Sleeps 2

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

Bedroom availableNot available for dates

This room has a single bed with a full-size single bed which pulls out from underneath should you desire (Twin bedroom option) or Bunk beds. Please check prices for both options. This room has no phone but has full wi-fi. Light breakfast included.

Facilities
  • Desk and Lamp
  • TV
  • Dresser / Drawers
  • Closet / Wardrobe
  • Mirror
 1 guest
2 guests
Nightly Price
35
69
Weekly Price
239
399
Monthly price
999
1,449
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How it works

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

Meals

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

House Rules

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. 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.

14 Reviews

  • 5 hearts
    December 2017

    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

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    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Caroline & Darrin in ,

    Hi Sandra - It is such a sad weekend for all of us as you have departed after 99 nights with us. It was a delight and pleasure having you stay with us and we would love to welcome you back at any time. We hope you do really well in your studies over the next 6 months or so. The time went so fast, it only seems like last week when you arrived and now you are gone, it is so crazy. Please take care of yourself and have a safe and joyful Christmas and a peaceful New Year and give our best wishes to your parents and family.

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  • 5 hearts
    September 2017

    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

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Caroline & Darrin in ,

    Patrick and his wonderful family sure made the most of their visit to Dublin and their stay with us. What a lovely family who enjoyed their vacation. They were a delight to have stay with us and would love to see them again.

  • 5 hearts
    August 2017

    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.

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    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Caroline & Darrin in ,

    Hi, Alfredo. Thank you so much for the review. It was absolutely brilliant having met you and your family. It was great seeing you guys make the most of every day of your visit to Ireland. It was our pleasure assisting you in any way we could and it was not a bother, as they say here in Ireland. I really do hope we meet again and maybe on our visit to Italy, hopefully in 2018, we might catch up with you and your family for a beer. Take care of yourselves.

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  • 5 hearts
    August 2017

    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.

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Caroline & Darrin in ,

    Eleni, thank you so much for the lovely review. It was fantastic having you guys stay with us. You have a beautiful family. It was great to see you guys make the most of your time here. Chrissy has now made it home, please send her our regards. I hope one day we meet again and you guys are always welcome in our home at any time. Take care

  • Automated Post
    August 2017

    The host cancelled the booking 7 days before the arrival date.

  • 5 hearts
    July 2017

    BRAVO

    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
    C'était parfait
    Merci

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    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Caroline & Darrin in ,

    Hi, Marie Pascale and kids - It was fantastic to greet you and your wonderful children and it was great to see them interact with my kids. My kids miss them and the fun they had. It was just as much an experience for us as it was for you all. Thank you so much for the kind words and the review and you are always most welcome back to us at any time. Give our regards to your children also. Take care

  • 5 hearts
    July 2017

    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!

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    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Caroline & Darrin in ,

    Thank you for your lovely comments and thanks to Google translate for translating. It was a delight having you and your partner here, Sabrina, and I hope the rest of your trip to the West Coast went as well as your time in Dublin did. We would love to welcome you both back so if you are ever back in the city, let us know. All the best and take care
    Darrin, Caroline and family

  • 5 hearts
    June 2017

    Beautiful family, fantastic people!!! 1 thousand stars, 5 is too low!!!

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Caroline & Darrin in ,

    It was an absolute delight having Roberta, her husband and two wonderful children stay with us. They interacted well with all of us and I would highly recommend them to any host provider anywhere in the world. They have some great plans for themselves in the near future and we wish them all the best.

  • 5 hearts
    June 2017

    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.

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Caroline & Darrin in ,

    Alexandra & Renato, you guys were such a pleasure to have stay with us and we would love to welcome you back anytime. From the moment you stepped into our home you mixed wonderfully with our whole family especially the younger children. Eevn our dogs miss you already and its only been a day. I and Caroline wish you both all the best with your studies and upcoming exams. You make a wonderful couple. Take care of yourself and hopefully, we see you both very soon

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  • 4 hearts
    June 2017

    We felt like locals, hopping the bus into the center of Dublin. The room upstairs is very private and has lots of light and fresh air with the window overlooking the neighborhood. It's quiet too considering their family getting off to school every morning...and we never heard a peep. It's a ways out of town but very close to the beautiful and peaceful Phoenix Park. We had no problem taking buses to and fro except for Sunday, when the buses start late. Darrin and Caroline were very nice to meet upon arrival or late in the evening when we returned. Kind family and cute dogs. For as many people in the family, the bathroom was always easy to access...and spic and span! Great value.

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    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Caroline & Darrin in ,

    Thank you, Tawnya, for the lovely review. It was a pleasure having you and Loretta stay with us. I hope the rest of your trip around Ireland is fantastic. Take care and thank you again.