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
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.