Simple boat ride at Bray terrace with connections to Joyce and Bono

Rockfield, 8 Martello Terrace, Bray, Co. Wicklow € 975k

Built in 1860, the Martello Terrace at the north end of Bray’s seaside promenade has had a host of famous residents.

As a child, James Joyce lived at No1, now the hometown of former labor union and author Liz McManus. For a number of years, her next door neighbor was writer/film director Neil Jordan.

While attached to Dalkey, singer Mary Coughlan bought a home before moving to nearby Kilmacanogue.

The largely identical row of eight three-story homes takes its name from the Martello tower across the street, built in 1804 and later converted into a residence for U2’s Bono in the 1980s.

No8, also known as Rockfield, is located at the west end of Martello Terrace, the front door facing Harbor Bar, once voted “World’s Best Bar” by Lonely Planet.

Rockfield’s owners have preserved its period character while creating an elegant, cozy place to live. Recent updates include double-glazed windows, new bathrooms and kitchens and are compliant with Irish Heritage standards.

Accommodation includes a front desk with cast iron fireplace leading to a patio, front desk/second study room, family room, kitchen, utility and bathroom.


The main reception room opens onto the veranda

There is a family bathroom on the first floor back and on the first floor, two bedrooms, a bathroom and a reception with French doors leading to a balcony with views spanning the length of the promenade to Bray Head.

There are two bedrooms on the second floor, one overlooking the sea front and the other overlooking the harbour.

A private rear garden is surrounded by original high stone walls that turn away from Bray Harbour, where the local sailing club and swan sanctuary live side by side.

Rockfield, 8 Martello Terrace marketed for €975,000 with PJ O’Dwyer & Company (01) 668 4000. Simple boat ride at Bray terrace with connections to Joyce and Bono

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