Carysfort Lodge Gardens, Blackrock 

Carysfort Lodge, home of Siobhan and David Dillon is an old-fashioned Regency house in a terrace close to the centre of Blackrock - a bustling suburb of Dublin. The garden has been created over the past thirty-five years and is now, thanks to good structure and some beautiful trees, an oasis of peace and beauty in a busy urban setting - a veritable rus in urbe!
Siobhan is a textile artist - the photograph above shows an example of her work - and her talents can be seen in the good design of the garden and the charming mixed borders where plants mingle in carefully controlled abandon! Siobhan's needlework pictures are often available for purchase.
Among the many features of this lovely garden, the trees are of particular interest especially a fine Magnolia x soulangeana and a beautifully tiered Cornus controversa 'Variegata
Now, 35 years later, the garden is an invitation to relax and enjoy the company of a happy congregation of plants and shrubs. It is also an inspiration for Siobhan's exquisitely embroidered flower pictures. The first thing the Dillons did was to plant shrubs and trees to blur the boundaries and give the garden structure.

There is a Chamaecyparis nootkatensis‘Pendula' (familiarly known as the Afghan tree), gleditsia, magnolia, a willow weeping obligingly over a gothic seat guarded by golden Florencecourt yews and a champion Cornus controversa ‘Variegata', and a cherry tree is nearly invisible under swags of the Belvedere rose.

A deep herbaceous border stretches down the east, full of decorative plants, plumes of white willow herb, drifts of alstroemerias and campanulas, spires of veronicastrum and galega. Amid the cottagey profusion there are displays of hellebores and tulips in spring and, in summer, a Crambe cordifliadoing its spectacular thing.

There's a peaceful green and white planted area with Hydrangea‘Annabelle' and Macleaya cordata at the bottom of the garden, while an L shaped box hedge holds back a crowd of alstroemerias and lilies near the house.


Special Offers

December Special

Bed and Breakfast rate for December only!  Perfect for when you are coming to Dublin to shop, see a show or to meet friends.  The Dublin Christmas Market is on our doorstep, the Gaiety Panto is a two minute walk and the iconic Grafton Street is around the corner - you can't get a better location in Dublin city.

Gaiety Panto Rate

Special Bed and Breakfast rate for guests attending the Gaiety Panto show.  The Grafton Capital Hotel is only a 2 minute walk from the Gaiety and is the perfect match for your visit to the Panto!

4 Nights or more Special

Stay 4 nights or more and get a great discount, must be booked at least 60 days in advance.  Rate is room only, breakfast is available in the hotel.

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Guest Reviews


We really loved our stay and would stay with you again. Excellent location, comfortable room and ALL staff friendly and helpful. Thank you so much. The Frank family from Oklahoma

K. Duffy

Over the past 10 years I spend an average of 190 nights per annum in hotels throughout Europe and the USA, and the Trinity is my favourite hotel of all! The friendly staff and the accommodation make for an enjoyable stay.


Really nice hotel, staff very helpful. Bed very comfy and rooms nice and warm, would recommend it to all.

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