Beaches, schools and great transport links: Explore these family-friendly homes in north Dublin

GREEN SPACE, LOCAL amenities and great transport links: it’s rare to find a location that combines all three, but Donabate ticks every box.

Located in north Dublin close to some of the county’s best beaches, the village is a haven from hectic city life, without being far away from the action.

It’s also the home of Semple Woods, a new development from Glenveagh Homes. With a limited number of three-bedroom, four-bedroom semi-detached and five-bedroom detached properties currently available, the development and location would be ideal for a growing family.

At Semple Woods, you’ll live just a seven minute walk from Donabate village, putting you close to supermarkets, restaurants and other local amenities. As well as the local beaches, there are five excellent golf clubs in the area, plus a wide range of sport, shopping and leisure facilities in nearby Swords, Malahide and Skerries.


For nature lovers and mini adventurers, Newbridge House Demesne is within walking distance of Semple Woods, featuring 370 acres of green, playgrounds, a café, pitches and a model farm.

Local schools include Donabate Portrane Educate Together, St Patrick’s Boys’ National School, Scoil Phádraic Cailíní National School and Donabate Community College.


The train station, with a full service to and from the city centre, is ten minutes’ walk from Semple Woods. Drivers can be at the M1 in five minutes, with a 25-30 minute drive to the city centre. 

Each of the homes currently available features a spacious kitchen/dining area overlooking the generous rear garden. There’s parking for two cars to the front, and plenty of green space around the development too. All homes at Semple Woods are A-rated for energy, with high levels of insulation and air tightness. 

House-hunters can discover the development for themselves with a private viewing of the brand new four-bedroom showhome at Semple Woods.

The contemporary interior was created by Ventura Design, and the showhome includes furniture and accessories from Ventura’s sister company, V2Living. “We wanted to create a home that felt fresh, functional yet cosy to live in,” says Ventura’s creative director, Arlene McIntyre.


Four-bedroom semi-detached homes total 1435 sq ft and start at €465,000, while the five-bedroom detached homes measure 1984 sq ft and start at €580,000. A small number of three bedroom homes also remain, with prices from €410,000.

Private viewings are available by appointment only, with bookings available through Dillon Marshall New Homes (01 496 7574) or Knight Frank (01 634 2466). Click here to register your interest in a home at Semple Woods. 


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