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Glenaire Lodge, 3 Coundon Court, Killiney Avenue, Killiney, County Dublin, Ireland
Tel: 353 (0)1 285 6322

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      25.02.2002 01:40
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      We have recently returned from a 3 day trip to Ireland. Never having been there before, we hadn't a clue where to stay. We did not want to be in the centre of Dublin, but wanted to have easy access to the capital, and also be reasonably close to some friends we wanted to visit whilst there. We found a real gem in the Emerald Isle when we found Glenaire Lodge. WHERE IS IT? Glenaire Lodge is situated about eight miles south east of the centre of Dublin, near the villages of Dalkey and Killiney. It is nestled in the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains, close to the sea, in a quiet cul de sac. It is also just a moment away from one of the main roads leading into Dublin itself. HOW TO GET THERE. These instructions are given from Dublin airport, because that is where we entered Ireland. If you go by ferry to either Dublin Port itself, or to Dun Laoghaire (pronounced Done Leery) then you are almost halfway there anyway! The following directions are given on the Glenaire Lodge website, and were also sent to us by email by the proprietor. * Directions From City: Take the Merrion Road and follow car ferry signs through Blackrock to Dun Laoghaire * From Dun Laoghaire: Follow cost road sign to Dalkey. * From Dalkey follow sign to Killiney. At top of Killiney Hill road take right turn in village at sign for Bray/Wicklow. * Follow road for 1 mile and take right turn onto Killiney Avenue. * Take immediate sharp left turn and Coundon Court is 400 yards on right hand side. Glenaire Lodge is first house on left. We travelled by car from the airport, and once we were through Dublin itself, found the directions very easy to follow. However, driving through Dublin itself is a nightmare! You can take a taxi from the airport, but bear in mind that this is about a twenty mile journey! Another alternative is to take the city airport bus to the centre of Dublin, and then get a taxi from there, or travel on the DART railway (Dublin Area Rapid Transport) to Killiney station, from where the proprietor is happy to pick you up in her car for the short journey to the house. GLENAIRE LODGE: THE HOUSE Glenaire Lodge has only recently (2001) opened as a B&B. It is a spacious house, set in beautiful gardens, overlooking the Wicklow Mountains. There are four bedrooms available, all en suite, and all having power showers. I can't ever remember having such an easy to use, powerful shower, anywhere else. It was wonderful. We had a twin room, with very comfortable beds, tea and coffee making facilities, a trouser press and an ironing board and iron, and plenty of cupboard space. There was a hairdryer in the very pleasant bathroom. There were radiators in both the bedroom and the bathroom. We also did not feel restricted if we wanted to return to the house during the day. The section of the house which was being used for B&B is above what must have been a spacious bungalow. Everything is new, with wood panelling, beautiful decor, and was scrupulously clean. The dining room downstairs was fitted with a large oval table and a smaller round table, comfortable seating, and a pleasant outlook. Just outside the dining room was a full sized harp: an absolutely beautiful instrument. THE FOOD Well where does one start? First of all, there was always a packet of biscuits left with the tea and coffee provisions, which was more than enough to see us through from breakfast to an evening meal! You just could not be hungry during the day! For breakfast, there was fresh fruit of all sorts, about ten different cereals to choose from, yoghurt and fruit juices. We helped ourselves to as much or as little as we wanted. Then followed a meal fit for a king. For such a small B&B, there was so much choice that you really did not know where to start! Hubby had the full Irish Breakfast each da y! This consisted of 2 sausages, 2 rashers, black pudding, white pudding, a fried egg (he actually had to stipulate just one egg), tomatoes, mushrooms and baked beans! I had similar, but passed on the egg, mushrooms and puddings! This was accompanied by the most delicious home made wholemeal bread, with a choice of Flora or butter. And after all that, there was as much toast as you wanted, with jam, marmalade and honey. If you did not want the Full Irish, on the menu were poached eggs on toast, smoked haddock, beans on toast, boiled eggs, in fact, absolutely anything in combination with anything else. It wasn't cooked and kept hot either. Marguerite would not start cooking until we were downstairs. OTHER NICE TOUCHES Each night we came back to find a hot water bottle in our beds. This was very welcome, as it was pretty cold while we were there! In the bathroom, we found liquid soap on the sink, and a full sized shower gel in the shower, as well as lovely white, fluffy towels. In the dining room were the menus from local restaurants and eating places in the near vicinity, so that, if you wanted to eat out, you could make your choice before you went. We did not use the menus, as we dined around friends' houses, but it was interesting to read them, and see what we MIGHT have had. The proprietor, Marguerite Kennedy, was always very friendly and attentive. We had a few lovely chats with her. Several times she asked if it was warm enough, or would we like the heating turned up etc. Although she has only been running the house as a B&B for a year, she is certainly making a good job of it, as a perusal through her guest book will show you. Just before we left on Saturday, she got out a large scale map to show us the best way back to the airport, avoiding the centre of Dublin, and then drove her car in front of ours to put us on the right road. THINGS TO DO IN THE AREA We had a very ple asant meander through the village of Dalkey, which is about a ten minute walk from the house. Although the local museum wasn't officially open, apart from for school parties, the curator allowed us in, and we spent a pleasant time warming up and browsing the items in there. There are also two very interesting old castles in the village, and more than one church. This was a quaint little village, and apparently one can often rub shoulders with the stars here! The sea front, and ferry port of Dun Laoghaire are in close proximity. We were unfortunate in the weather (well what can you expect in February) but we drove along the coast road rather than walking it! The DART railway is an experience, and it is better to park the car and use this if you want to go to Dublin itself. It takes 20 minutes for the full journey from Killiney, right along the sea front, whereas it can take you over an hour by car, depending on the traffic. Victoria Park, also known as Killiney Park, overlooks the bay, and on a clear day, you can make out the Welsh coastline from the top of the hill in the park. THE PRICE The cost of a night's B&B (per room) was 70 Euros, which is approximately £44. So that worked out to £22 each per night, for bed and a wonderful breakfast. You can pay in sterling, but the price is then £46 per night, to cover for conversion costs. SUMMING IT UP If you are after a hectic night life and want to be in the centre of things, then Glenaire Lodge is not the place to be. However, if like us, you want a peaceful, pleasant place to stay, which has reasonable access to the centre of Dublin, then you couldn't choose a better place. It really was one of the best places we have ever stayed in. We will certainly be booking there again when we return to Ireland. Take a look at the website. It really is as good as it looks! http://homepage.eircom.net/~glenairelodge/ Email:glenairel odge@eircom.net Tel / Fax: + 353 (0)1 285 6322

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