Property Pad

8th December 2017


By Sherry FitzGerald.



It’s traditional to welcome guests into our homes at this time of year. As people travel back from abroad to spend time with loved ones and family and friend’s gather together to celebrate the festive season. With this in mind we thought it would probably be a good idea to share some tips on getting your spare room ready for the occasional guest, invited or unexpected!

2 Bayswater

( 2 Bayswater Terrace, Sandycove - Click here for more information)


An especially important factor for those unexpected guests who arrive unprepared for the following morning is a collection of bathroom essentials. Fill an attractive basket with a small-scale toothpaste, face wipes, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner and a couple of disposable toothbrushes and finish off with some colourful cotton wool balls!  They are all readily available in the travel section of your local pharmacy and your guests will be delighted with your thoughtfulness.

Eagle Lodge, Sydney Avenue, Blackrock

(Eagle Lodge, Sydney Avenue, Blackrock  - Click here for more information)


There’s nothing appealing about sad well used bed linen so invest in some crisp fresh sheets, pillowcases and a duvet cover to give a hotel welcome to your room. Finish the look with some complementary scatter cushions is different shapes and sizes and pile them high on your bed to give a sense of luxury. Complete the look with a comforting throw for that extra layer of warmth on these cold winter nights.

Chatswood, Saval Park Road, Dalkey

( Chatswood, Saval Park Road, Dalkey - Click here for more information)


Continue the welcome by providing thick, fluffy towels for each guest and folding them neatly into a soft pile on each side of the bed. If you have any of those unused hotel slippers left over from a recent visit, now is a great time to use them. Check that bedside lights and overhead lighting are all in good working order, it’s so easy to overlook these details in a room that’s seldom used.



When your guests awake in the morning, they probably don’t want to head straight down to the kitchen and be in on top of you from early in the day, so leave some light reading material in the room for them. Magazines or a book of short stories should keep them occupied and give you space to clear up from the previous night before starting on breakfast preparations. There’s no getting away from it – hosting guests can be a lot of work!



If you don’t want your guests wandering around during the night in search of a glass of water then leave some bottled water and glasses in their room or a carafe of fresh water beside their bed. It could save on unexpected encounters during the early hours! Finally, complete your welcome with a bunch of fresh seasonal flowers and your guest room is good to go. The only downside – if you make them too comfortable, they may be back sooner than you think!




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