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THINGS HAVE GONE GROOVY in the heart of Georgian Dublin. Look for the ivy-covered wall and discreet brass plate marklng Number 31 down a quiet side street, press the button and step into a green garden oasis.
Number 31 is actually two places masquerading as one. This totally chilled mews-style residence reached via a private courtyard, comprises a former coach house done up in funky modern style, and a tall Georgian townhouse linked via a garden. The result is is one of Dublin's best little finds.
The coach house has been transformed by top Irish architect Sam Stephenson, creating a spacious, open-plan feel. Number 31's friendly owners Noel and Anne (dog Homer is also there to meet and greet) call this place a B&B. We‘d say it feels more like a little boutique hideaway. Clock the fabulous sunken lounge with its mosaic floor, Hockney prints, open fire and black leather retro-style banquette sofas on the way in. The complimentary tea and cake served here as you check in definitely hits the spot.
No two rooms at Number 31 are the same. Walls are cream or white with fabrics, wood and stone contrasting stylishly against cool, clean lines. Oriental rugs and original art are strewn around, and some rooms have private patios.
The Dublin townhouse alongside retains its air of shabby-chic elegance, with high ceilings, elaborate cornicing and tall graceful windows. All rooms have monogrammed linen and springy Hastens beds.
There‘s a spirit of fun and bonhomie about the place, epitomised by the sunny conservatory, where stand-out breakfasts – served family style – win rave reviews. Delicious eats include mushroom frittata and freshly baked cranberry and walnut bread, not to mention home-made marmalades and granola. Your engaging host and his top-notch friendly staff will happily suggest some good spots for dinner.
Dublin awaits outside the door of this appealing little enclave: you‘re minutes from St Stephen‘s Green, Trinity College and Temple Bar.
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Number 31 was reviewed for Room for Romance by Mairiona Cotter