Medieval home a Tu­dor orig­i­nal

Re­built 800 years ago this is a Na­tional Mon­u­ment with views to Ire­land’s Eye and up to the Martello Tower

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - Property The Market -

De­scrip­tion: Unique four bed­room house in cen­tre of Howth 146sq m (1,573sq ft) Agent: Sherry FitzGer­ald What a unique prospect for a home in the his­toric town of Howth, Co Dublin.

The Old Col­lege – which was at­tached to St Mary’s Abbey on Abbey Street dates from medieval times, hav­ing been re­built some time in the late 15th or early 16th cen­tury.

To put this into con­text – this was be­fore the time that the foun­da­tions of Trin­ity Col­lege were laid, and dur­ing the pe­riod that Henry VIII was de­clared King of Ire­land.

The for­ti­fied struc­ture laid out as a T-shaped build­ing, was de­scribed in the 19th cen­tury as “con­sist­ing of a hall, kitchen and the re­mains of seven cells”. Re­cent (2017) ar­chae­o­log­i­cal ex­ca­va­tions at the site of St Mary’s Abbey de­scribe the col­lege as “be­ing part of an ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal com­plex dat­ing from the medieval pe­riod” – the orig­i­nal Abbey dates from 1042.

The depths of the in­ter­nal walls are in­cred­i­ble and spo­radic ex­posed ma­sonry serve as a re­minder to the era of the struc­ture.

The prop­erty is in­verted; the four bed­rooms are set on the first two lev­els while the kitchen and liv­ing room is on the up­per (third) floor.

This space – set into a high pitched roof has re­mark­able views, thanks to the tall win­dows set into slop­ing ceil­ings. Views stretch over to Ire­land’s Eye and up to the Martello Tower, now the Vin­tage Ra­dio Mu­seum – which it­self was con­structed 300 years af­ter the Old Col­lege was re­built.

All four bed­rooms have open rus­tic fire­places, and the fact that there are none on the up­per floor means new own­ers could use one of the bed­rooms as a fur­ther liv­ing space.

There is no gar­den, so this is not a fam­ily home but the sheer his­tory and in­ter­est­ing in­te­rior will ap­peal to those with a pen­chant for his­toric prop­er­ties – the house is listed as a Na­tional Mon­u­ment.

The prop­erty was last listed for sale in 2008 seek­ing ¤1.2 mil­lion, but that also in­cluded the rather out of char­ac­ter shop that sits tacked on to the front of this in­trigu­ing town­house.

The cur­rent sale is for the prop­erty alone, which has one park­ing space (al­beit for a mod­est car).

Ex­tend­ing to 146 sq m (1,573sq ft) The Old Col­lege, de­spite hav­ing lit­tle in terms of dé­cor – there is no art­work or am­bi­ent light­ing, is sure to be one of the most un­usual prop­er­ties for sale in Dublin, and is on the mar­ket t hr o ugh Sherry FitzGer­ald seek­ing ¤750,000.

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