Search Results

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

23 bedrooms House sale agreed by private treaty

Sale Agreed

23 bedrooms  7 bathrooms  6 receptions


  • Elevated stunning position on the south eastern part of Howth Head on Dublin Bay
  • 1.6 Acres Zoned Residential out of 7.28 Acres
  • Substantial existing accommodation approx 9,300 sq.ft.
  • In Convent and Retreat House use
  • Well maintained buildings
  • Tender 12 Noon Friday 28th June 2019
  • Joint Agents: Farley Property


Stella Maris is located in an elevated stunning position 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

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



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 9,300 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”


The property is for sale by Tender. The tender documents are available from the data room. Completed tender documents are to be returned in a sealed envelope marked “Stella Maris Tender” and to be received no later than 12 noon on Friday 28th June 2019 at the offices Arthur Cox, Ten Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2 D02 T380. The vendors are not obliged to accept the highest or any tender received.

The data room has been set up to provide the information needed to carry out the normal legal due diligence required to submit a legally binding tender for the property. New documents may be added to the Data Room on an on-going basis. Access is restricted to those parties whose authorisation has been approved; who have completed a non-disclosure agreement, and to whom access passwords have been issued (the “participants).  Details available from the joint agents.



    Stella Maris, Howth



    Floor Areas (Gross Internal)






    Sq. M.

       Sq. Ft.

    St Joseph’s









    Ground Floor









    First Floor










                 Sub Total








    Convent Building









    Ground Floor









    First Floor










                 Sub Total







    Convent Extension Building







    Cellars, Coal Store & Corridor 



    Boiler Houses




    Corridor Link to Chapel














    Chapel (inc lobby)


















    Convent Yard




BER Details

BER: 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

Any intending purchaser(s) shall accept that no statement, description or measurement contained in any newspaper, brochure, magazine, advertisement, handout, website or any other document or publication, published by the vendor or by Lisney, as the vendor’s agent, in respect of the premises shall constitute a representation inducing the purchaser(s) to enter into any contract for sale, or any warranty forming part of any such contract for sale.  Any such statement, description or measurement, whether in writing or in oral form, given by the vendor, or by Lisney as the vendor’s agent, are for illustration purposes only and are not to be taken as matters of fact and do not form part of any contract.  Any intending purchaser(s) shall satisfy themselves by inspection, survey or otherwise as to the correctness of same.  No omission, misstatement, misdescription, incorrect measurement or error of any description, whether given orally or in any written form by the vendor or by Lisney as the vendor’s agent, shall give rise to any claim for compensation against the vendor or against Lisney, nor any right whatsoever of rescission or otherwise of the proposed contract for sale.  Any intending purchaser(s) are deemed to fully satisfy themselves in relation to all such matters.  These materials are issued on the strict understanding that all negotiations will be conducted through Lisney.

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.