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Luxury Dublin Self-Catering Staycation Inspiration

Treat yourself in fine style with a treat-yourself luxury self-catering stayover in Dublin. We will admit that many of these choices are pricey, but if you can’t spoil yourself then no one will. Where to begin? How many superlatives do we have in our well-thumbed thesaurus, and will we use all of them here? Read on…

VILLA BY THE SEA, Monkstown, Co Dublin

The first thing we’ll say is that this rental is extraordinary and expensive, but if you have the friends and the moolah there’s no need to worry. Located in Monkstown, with the fresh smell of the salty sea in the air, this classical French-style villa has all the posh mod cons you would expect. The décor is contemporary-conservative and superbly finished, the ocean views are sights for sore eyes and the location is perfect for exploring other urban locales such as Dun Laoghaire and Dalkey.  

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GEORGIAN SQUARE, Dublin city centre

Could you get any more central than this? Possibly not. Located seconds away from Fitzwilliam Square (the last Georgian square to be built in Dublin), this high-end apartment is perfectly appointed for a short- or long-term city break that won’t involve having to walk too far in order to experience the sights. The large space is bright and comfortably furnished, and if the outside temperature is warm enough (hello Ireland!) there is an outside courtyard/garden area to prepare you for (or dissolve) the rigours of the day. 

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ALDERLY, Dalkey/Sandycove

Situated slap bang in the middle between Dalkey and Sandycove, Alderly boasts (and we really mean that) four double bedrooms and a single. The study has sea views, just in case you want to gaze off into the oceanic distance while you’re pretending to do some work, while on the top floor there is an impressive home cinema with comfy theatre chairs, padded velvet panelled walls, a humungous cinema screen, surround sound and – because why ever not? – a bar. Unusually for a property this sublime, there are spacious garden areas that are also thoughtfully designed. Two words: lucky you. 

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SEA View, Howth, County Dublin

With a living space across 3,700sq ft, and with a location in one of the most looked-for locations in Ireland, it’s safe to say that Sea View – much like Stacey’s Mom in the Fountains of Wayne song – “has got it goin’ on”. This is the deluxe, elegant self-catering pad you have dreamed about – a very private, protected spot overlooking picturesque Howth harbour and the bustling but self-contained village. Check it out and seethe with envy: private roof garden, gorgeous patio areas, head-shaking sea views, huge open-plan kitchen and living spaces, games room, and cinema room. 

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SMITHFIELD, Dublin city centre

Minutes away from the shopping hotspots of Grafton Street and Henry Street, Smithfield is a historic part of Dublin that houses some great pubs (The Cobblestone is a magnet for lovers of authentic Irish traditional music and The Brazen Head is as old as very old hills) and terrific sightseeing attractions (including the Guinness Storehouse). The apartment sleeps two, so it’s ideal for no-kids couples that just want to get away from it all for a few nights. Design and décor are as smart as you could hope for and while we know it’s self-catering should you feel lazy of a morning there are more than enough snackeries (is this a word?) and eateries around the area to keep you topped up. 

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Are we spoiling you or what? With seven large double bedrooms and five bathrooms, this splendid Georgian house – built in 1820 – is located on 35 acres of secluded farmland. If you’re thinking that it would suit a family or a large gathering of friends for a private and leisurely holiday, then you’d be right. There’s a lovely mix of design styles here, too, ranging from stately Georgian features to modern décor. The reason for such a blend is due to a recent and thorough renovation that includes state-of-the-art sound system/Wi-Fi, two kitchens with Aga cookers, marble bathrooms and – surely the most sinfully pleasurable of luxuries – underfloor heating. As if these weren’t enough, outdoor on-site pursuits include a full-size tennis court and horse jumping enclosure. You like golf? Within less than a 15-minute drive, there are five courses. One, two, three – fore! 

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PERIOD RESIDENCE, Merrion Road, Dublin

With this establishment, it isn’t so much where to start as where to end. And how much time do we have, anyway? Take five, folks, and read in wonder. Set back off Merrion Road, shielded behind landscaped gardens and settled hedging, this humdinger of a property has a full concierge service if required (with four double bedrooms you just might). Enhanced by classic design touches (elaborate ceiling cornice, timber wainscoting, tessellated tiled flooring, oak Herringbone floors, marble work surfaces, period fireplaces), all of the city’s primary attractions are within easy reach. 

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VICTORIAN TOWNHOUSE, Dublin city centre

You can feel calm descending, can’t you? A Victorian townhouse located in a serene, tree-lined residential street a short walk away from everything Dublin’s city centre can offer – there’s a lot to be said for that. Recently scrubbed up, this three-level villa-style property retains period touches (stained-glass doors, working fireplaces, high ceilings) amidst high-end modernity that you would expect (double showers, fully equipped kitchen). There is also a patio garden for those morning breakfasts and evening glasses of wine. 

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PENTHOUSE, Distillery Road, Drumcondra

Forget the Georgian, Victorian, Venetian and whatever-else-you’re-having period residences – everyone loves a contemporary, all-singing-all-dancing penthouse, don’t they? Located in Drumcondra, a suburb that’s a hop/skip/jump from the city centre, the 1,500sq ft-plus abode is strategically placed for anyone who wants a lavish stayover. The fact that it’s mere minutes away from Croke Park is another bonus, should major music or sports events be your thing.

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Yes, we are leaving the best until last. This five-storey dwelling extends to over 5,000sq ft and blends contemporary indulgence with Georgian architectural weight. It comes with a lift and a one-bedroom basement apartment, and is clearly tailored for a visiting rock star, businessperson and/or political figure with ample room for friends, colleagues, associates, family and/or entourage combined. Elegant and sumptuous, practical and private? Five-star is right.

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