November 26, 2018 - February 28, 2019
We might not be available for exchanges after spring 2019; we are planning some renovations to our house, though not clear when those will start
For 2018 and early spring 2019 we are interested in London or in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, England, Zurich, Rome, France
We have a four bedroom semi-detached house; It's spacious and well equipped and has a large garden. It's beautifully situated, on the very edge of Dublin city. There is a good bus service to the city, and also a good bus service to an award-winning shopping centre which is 2.5 km away. We are so close to the city, but we can also walk from our house (500 metres) to one of Dublin's largest and most beautiful parks [Marlay Park, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marlay_Park ] and we can also walk directly from our house up into the Dublin hills.The top of the nearest hill is about 3 km away.
We have a vegetable garden, where we produce quite a lot of our own food, and we also have raspberries and other fruit bushes. We always ask our exchange partners to help themselves to any vegetables or fruit that is ready when they are here.
The house is semi-detached; downstairs there is a large sitting room, a dining room which has a wall of windows as well as French doors into the garden, and another sitting room/ spare bedroom. There is a modern kitchen and a recently remodelled utility room. We have three bathrooms; a shower room and toilet downstairs, a bathroom with a full bath upstairs, and a second shower room with toilet upstairs. Upstairs one bedroom has a kingsize bed, one bedroom has twin single beds and one bedroom has a single bed. There is also a futon couch downstairs in a room which can be either a sittingroom or a bedroom. Using the futon couch as a bed, 7 people could sleep in our house, but 5 might be more comfortable.
Our house is well-equipped, with a new cooker, and a dishwasher in the kitchen, flatscreen tv, DVD player; barbecue. We have a lot of books on Irish sightseeing and local history, and a collection of maps and tourist literature; we have two computers connected to the Internet, with free access and Wifi throughout the house. There are two adult size bicycles and (even though our children are grown up) we still have some toys and children's books, and even a cot! We have lots of music on CD
Our car is a 2015 Volkswagen petrol Golf; we are happy to exchange cars. We are not sure how many of our family will be with us on exchange; Intervac has been such an important part of our family's life that our three children still like to join in! Now that our children are adult, all with partners, they like to join us for a weekend or a few days; sometimes separately, sometimes all together. However, they don't always plan too far in advance! Once we know their plans, we will check with our exchange partners accordingly, to make sure that the extra visitors will be ok. We are looking for an exchange that can offer at least 4 beds
- 2 Adults
- 0 Children
- 29 Exchanges made
- University professor
- Historical researcher
- House Type: House
- Floor: 0
- Environment: In the suburbs
- Bedrooms: 4
- Bathrooms: 3
- Sleeping Capacity: 7
In my house
- Pets - Allowed
- Small children - Allowed
- No smoking
- Use/Exchange of car
- Home exchange
- Free internet access
- Computer available
- Central heating
- Washing machine
- Clothes dryer
- Park / playground
- Bicycles: 3
Our Destination Wish List
- Great Britain
- New Hampshire, USA
- Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
Nearest Airport: Dublin - 25km
- Supervalu supermarket (1.4 km)
At the end of our street is a large and beautiful public park, called Marlay Park; it has a small lake, rivers, a walled garden, an excellent playground, a toddlers' playground, free tennis courts, a nine-hole public golfcourse and a tearoom. There is a craft courtyard, based in the old stable buildings; there are several interesting shops, including a silkscreen printing workshop, and a glass shop. The park centres on an impressive eighteenth century house.
Our house is quite close to the edge of the city; it's possible to walk or cycle from our house up through state-owned conifer forests to the moorland on the Dublin hills, which are covered with heather and pine trees and rocks, and from which you have a view over the city and to the sea. The nearest summit, about three kilometres from our house, is 545m, and the highest point is at 924m. The hills cover an area of 50km by 40 km, and the whole area is full of interest and relatively unspoiled. The Wicklow Way, a 132km waymarked path, starts in Marlay Park, and there are lots of forest paths.
A huge new shopping centre, with large cinemas and restaurants, has opened near our area; it has some elegant and expensive shops, and it is a pleasant place to spend an hour or an evening. See www.dundrum.ie for pictures and lists of shops
Many tourists don't realize that Dublin has a pretty coastline; Killiney beach about 9 km away, within the city boundary, has had for several years a European Blue Flag for facilities and for being clean and well-managed. There are lots of seaside walks, and other beaches further away. There are walks round rocky headlands, as well as paved footpaths along impressive harbour piers in Dun Laoghaire, about 5 km distant; we like to go over there for walks on summer evenings. We bathe from several beaches, though people used to the Mediterranean might find the sea too chilly!
Dublin is an interesting city of over a million people, with museums, shops, cinemas, old churches, a good zoo, art galleries and restaurants. We are about three kilometres away from an excellent reliable and fast tramline, called the LUAS, which we use to get into the city centre. It is possible to drive to a station, or cycle or take a bus to the tram station. There are also several bus routes beside our street, some into the city, some to the shopping centre and one to the sea at Dun Laoghaire.
The Georgian architecture of the city centre is well known, but almost as interesting and much less talked about are the Regency and Victorian areas of the suburbs, and especially areas close to the sea, where there are colourful gardens and picturesque houses and squares. A beautiful little video made in 2012 by Matthieu Chardin shows a time lapse aerial view of the city; well worth three minutes to view it, it gives a great picture of the city. See http://vimeo.com/58126148
There are many prehistoric monuments fairly close by; Newgrange, one of the most famous neolithic sites in Europe, is about 70km north of Dublin. Ireland is relatively small, and it would be possible to spend a few days to visit the West of the country, where the scenery is still more wild and unspoiled. Or Northern Ireland; also very beautiful.
- University professor
- Historical researcher
- No children will be traveling with us.
- We do not have pets.
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