Comfortable family home in a popular coastal town north of Dublin

Comfortable family home in a popular coastal town north of Dublin

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3 Bedrooms
Sleeps 6
2 Bathrooms
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Our home

Our home is a modern 3 bed, 2-story terraced house in a residential area on the coast in Skerries, North County Dublin. It is a spacious, comfortable house and we hope it is somewhere you can feel at home and relaxed when visiting Ireland!

The living area downstairs is a large, open-plan kitchen / dining space that leads onto the rear garden and patio. It is possible to dine outside in summer months (there is an outdoor fireplace that can be used as a coal barbecue). The rear garden is enclosed and safe for young children to play. Also downstairs is a comfortable living room with TV and sofas (including one sofa bed). There is a WC off the hall downstairs.

Upstairs are three relatively large bedrooms: One main bedroom with ensuite w/c and shower, a second large double bedroom and a kids room with bunk beds and space to play (the lower bunk bed would suit a child only). There is an office space with desk and computer and there is a separate bathroom upstairs off the landing.

We have 2 cars (one 7-seater and one small car) and we are happy to swap one of these. There are a number of adult and kids' bikes available for use. There are 2 kayaks that visitors can use also - they can be taken by car to one of the many local launching areas (there is good fishing around Skerries islands in July and August).

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Who we are

  1. We are John and Kate, both in our late thirties. Originally from Ireland and England respectively. We have lived and worked in different European countries before settling in Skerries with our two young children. We are both professional engineers in aerospace and renewable energy.

    This would be our first house exchange as a family, but we have plenty experience of exchanges with our parents and some years ago!

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Our house is in a new residential development on the coast near Skerries (see video 3 attached for an aerial view the area between our house and Skerries harbour). A nice mix of young families and retired couples have moved into the area. There is a small playground 200m from the house with views over the sea towards the Mourne mountains in Northern Ireland. There is a supermarket, pharmacy and gym all within short walking distance.

The house lies about 1.5km from the main centre of Skerries ( http://visitskerries.ie/ ). From the house, the town can be accessed along the coast on foot (25mins), by bike (5mins) or car (plenty taxis available also). In Skerries you will find fantastic local amenities including beaches, coastal promenade, playground, restaurants, cafes, pubs, and various local shops and produce (and ice cream!). Skerries Windmills ( http://www.skerriesmills.ie/ ) is a local tourist attraction that also hosts small markets at the weekends.

In our free time, we love boating and sailing in Skerries, visiting the many local parks or taking coastal and mountain hikes further afield. Some of our favourite excursions from Skerries include:

NEARBY PARKS:
- Ardgillan Castle and Demesne ( http://ardgillancastle.ie/ ) (2km): A very short drive from our house lies this extensive parkland with estate house, woodland walks, tea rooms and an extensive adventure playground for kids of all ages.
- Newbridge House and Farm ( http://www.newbridgehouseandfarm.com/ ) (10km / 10min train): Extensive parkland with an 18th century working farm open to visitors.
- Malahide Castle: ( https://www.malahidecastleandgardens.ie/ ) (15km / 15min train) - Situated in the pleasant coastal town of Malahide with castle, shops, restaurant, playground and gardens.

HISTORY / ARCHEOLOGY:
- Newgrange / Bru na Boinne: ( https://www.irelandsancienteast.com/discover/stories/featured-stories/bru-na-boinne ) (30 mins drive): 5000 year old burial tombs and one of the best archaeological sites in Europe is very close by and one of the unmissable excursions for anyone interested in history.
- Glendalough ( http://www.glendalough.ie/ ) (90 mins drive): 6th Century Monastic Settlement by lakes in the scenic Wicklow Mountains.

LONGER WALKS & HIKING:
- Howth / Cliff walk ( http://www.visitdublin.com/hooked-on-howth-dublin ) - (25km / 40 min train) The fishing town of Howth offers great walks and great seafood. We love the fantastic cliff path walk around Howth Head with views across Dublin Bay.
- The Dublin and Wicklow mountains south of Dublin (60 - 90 mins away) have great marked walking routes for those seeking more adventurous days out:
http://www.wicklowway.com/
http://www.dublinmountains.ie/dublin_mountains_way/dublin_mountains_way/
- Our favourite loop walk is called the "Spinc" and is well marked route from Glendalough that older kids can enjoy also: ( http://www.wicklowwalks.com/the-spinc )

FOR THE KIDS:
- Dublin Zoo: ( http://www.dublinzoo.ie/ ) (30mins): Situated in the famous Phoenix Park in Dublin, this is a great spacious zoo.
- Tayto Park: ( http://www.taytopark.ie/ ) (45 mins): Amusement park with large adventure playgrounds, a zoo and Europe's largest wooden rollercoaster!
- W5 Science Museum ( http://www.w5online.co.uk/ ) (90 mins): Adjacent to the Titanic museum in Belfast, our kids love this large interactive science museum.

DUBLIN (and BELFAST):
Skerries train station (about 2km from the house - car parking available) is on the main Dublin to Belfast line and regular trains to Dublin Connolly Station take about 30mins. From here you have all the attractions that the capital city has to offer (see www.visitdublin.ie ). Northern Ireland is not far (about 1 hour drive) and Belfast can be reached easily in a day trip (1.5 hours), including the award winning Titanic museum ( http://titanicbelfast.com/ )

OVERNIGHT TRIPS:
There is plenty to do locally in day trips, but for those who wish to venture further to explore Ireland, we adore visiting the dramatic and beautiful West Coast of Ireland, whenever there is a good weather forecast! It is a 2 to 4 hour drive, depending on where you wish to go to the west coast. There are many B&Bs that can take late notice bookings for overnight trips.

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