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Stella Maris Convent and Retreat House 2.95 Ha (7.28 acres), Carrickbrack Road, Howth, Dublin 13

Development & Land Property (7.28 acres) Sold


23 bedrooms  7 bathrooms  6 receptions


  • Breathtaking uninterrupted views across Dublin Bay
  • 1.6 Acres Zoned residential out of 7.28 Acres
  • Tender 12 Noon Friday 28th June
  • Joint Agents Farley Property
  • Well maintained Convent and Retreat House


Joint Agents: Farley Property - Mr Graham Farley  +353 1 6615988


Stella Maris is located at an elevated stunning location on the south eastern part of Howth Head on Dublin Bay. This spectacular cliff top property is located just off the Carrickbrack Road in one of the most scenic areas of the Howth Peninsula. Stella Maris also has direct access to the Howth walking trails with wonderful scenic cliff walks immediately available.

This special property is situated 15km from Dublin City Centre, 3km from the Village of Howth and the DART, Howth Harbour, 15km from Dublin Airport and close to all the amenities and convenience of Howth, Sutton (4km) and the City.  The local amenities include schools, churches, sailing, golf, tennis, walking, fishing, restaurants and more.

Full Description

Stella Maris comprises of a Convent and Retreat House situated on approximately 2.95ha (7.31 acres) of lands which enjoy completely uninterrupted views over Dublin Bay and on to Co. Wicklow as well as beautiful natural surroundings and formal gardens.

The property comprises a complex of buildings extending to approximately 8,300 sq. ft Gross Internal Area, to include an extended two-storey Victorian residence; a second 2 storey house known as St. Joseph’s offering retreat accommodation and a large single storey prefabricated building for seminars, all of which are well maintained. In total there are 23 bedrooms, various reception rooms, dining rooms and kitchens together with a single storey Chapel built in 1929.

The two storey Victorian residence comprises of 8 bedrooms, Breakfast Room, Kitchen and Utility Rooms, two bathrooms, a WC and Shower Room. At first floor level the building has a magnificent atrium which fills the floor with a natural light. The upstairs sitting rooms offer spectacular views to the south and east and has the additional benefit of a large balcony. The breakfast room on the ground floor has a glazed porch which provides wonderful views of the well-maintained gardens which are a mixture of formal grass and shrub with organic vegetable beds and light woodland. 

St. Joseph’s House comprises of a two-storey elevated retreat house comprising of 8 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 WCs, shower room and a kitchen.  The property benefits a south facing balcony and suntrap porch to the front. The property also has a single storey one-bedroom flat located to the front. This area contains, a living room, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom.

An exceptional feature known to generations of local people is the wonderful long castellated wall on the northern boundary which creates an air of peace and seclusion inside its walls.

There is a tarmacadam road leading from the entrance through steel gates and alongside the Castellated walls down to a carpark to the rear of the building which can accommodate approximately 12 cars.

The main gardens have been meticulously cared for and are south facing.  They slope from Carrickbrack Road down to the sea and the rocky shoreline enabling swimming.

The eastern and southern side of the land holding comprises of an unspoilt parcel of land which has a significant dramatic decline to the sea.

This south facing property is surrounded by breath-taking natural beauty and is a once in a lifetime special property for a new owner.


The subject lands are partly zoned RS - Residential and HA – High Amenity under the Fingal County Development Plan 2017-2023.

Objective RS - Residential: “Provide for residential development and protect and improve residential amenity”.

Vision: “Ensure that any new development in existing areas would have a minimal impact on and enhance existing residential amenity”.

Objective HA – High Amenity: “Protect and enhance high amenity areas”.

Vision: “Protect these highly sensitive and scenic locations from inappropriate development and reinforce their character, distinctiveness and sense of place. In recognition of the amenity potential of these areas opportunities to increase public access will be explored”


Viewing Details

Viewing Strictly By Appointment with either of the joint agents


    Stella Maris, Howth

    Floor Areas (Gross Internal)

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    St Joseph’s

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    Convent Building

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    Convent Extension Building



    Cellars, Coal Store & Corridor 



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    Convent Yard




BER Details

BER: C1-E1
BER No. C1-E1

Contact Details

Address: St Stephen's Green House, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353-1-638 2700 or you can also email us at

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1. These particulars do not constitute any part of an offer or contract.

2. All statements contained in these particulars as to this property are made without responsibility on the part of the Agents or the Vendor/Lessor and none of the statements contained in these particulars as to this property are to be relied on as statements or representations of fact.

3. The particulars, various plans, photographs, dimensions, references to condition and permissions for use and occupation  are given in good faith and are believed to be correct but their accuracy is not guaranteed and any intending Purchasers or Tenants shall satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise as to correctness of each of them. No omission, accidental error or misdescription shall be ground for a claim for compensation or for the rescission of the contract by either the Vendor/Lessor or the Purchaser/Tenant.

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Please note we have not tested any apparatus, fixtures, fittings, or services. Interested parties must undertake their own investigation into the working order of these items. All measurements are approximate and photographs provided for guidance only.