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nothing compares.. Inside Sinéad O’Connor’s Wicklow seafront home on the market for €950,000

The colourful singer is waving goodbye to the Bray coast after putting her house on the market

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The mural in the master bedroom

The mural in the master bedroom

One of the reception rooms with colourful rug

One of the reception rooms with colourful rug

The exterior of Sinéad O’Connor's home Montebello

The exterior of Sinéad O’Connor's home Montebello

The kitchen at Montebello

The kitchen at Montebello

One of the reception rooms

One of the reception rooms

The dining room

The dining room

The hallway’s period features are well preserved

The hallway’s period features are well preserved

The view of Bray seafront from the property

The view of Bray seafront from the property

Sinéad O’Connor is selling her Bray home Montebello

Sinéad O’Connor is selling her Bray home Montebello

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The mural in the master bedroom

Montebello, Strand Road, Bray, Co Wicklow

Asking price: €950,000

Agent: REA Forkin (0404) 61933

Sinéad O’Connor is leaving the seafront at Bray, Co Wicklow. Montebello, her 1860s double-fronted Victorian house facing the promenade at Strand Road, has just been placed on the market for €950,000.

The singer, who is preparing to publish her eagerly awaited biography Rememberings in June, has been spending more time in the United States these last few years.

Famed for hits like Nothing Compares 2 U and Mandinka, as well as her outspoken views, O’Connor has put her own colourful stamp on the property with brightly hued paint, including an unusual wall and ceiling mural in the master bedroom.

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Sinéad O’Connor is selling her Bray home Montebello

Sinéad O’Connor is selling her Bray home Montebello

Sinéad O’Connor is selling her Bray home Montebello

Outside, she has playfully bookended the house in colour by painting the quoin stones in red, yellow and green. But since acquiring Montebello 14 years ago, the singer has also been a perfect custodian of what is a valuable piece of local architectural history.

The villa-style house is an important component in Bray’s original Victorian waterfront from times when the Wicklow town was a popular seaside resort.

O’Connor has shown a deft appreciation of how best to maintain its original features safely while also showing them off to full advantage.

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The exterior of Sinéad O’Connor's home Montebello

The exterior of Sinéad O’Connor's home Montebello

The exterior of Sinéad O’Connor's home Montebello

Rather than have the original joinery hidden under decades of paint, here it has been carefully stripped, treated and put on show in its purest form. From the sash windows, shutters and stairs with ornate rail to the original handmade panel doors, the craft is on view. The hardwood floorboards have been sanded and polished and are in good shape.

In the kitchen, the home’s original Victorian stove arch has been pared of render to show off its fine brickwork and houses a cream Stanley gas range.

Montebello also has unusually intricate coving and ceiling ornamentation, particularly in the main entrance hall area, where there’s a tree-leaf design ceiling rose. New owners who don’t want the colour scheme need only repaint the walls and change the carpets.

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The hallway’s period features are well preserved

The hallway’s period features are well preserved

The hallway’s period features are well preserved

At 3,713 sq ft, Montebello is well over three times the size of an average family home and comes with six bedrooms and three bathrooms. With a large paved front forecourt, it offers uninterrupted views of Bray’s Victorian esplanade and the sea.

Her appointed estate agents REA Forkin describe it as “one of the finest period properties to be brought to the market in Bray in recent times”.

Enter via the glazed porch into the main hall — on this floor is the living room, family room, dining room, breakfast room and the lounge. The house has original chimney pieces in many reception rooms and there a three remaining in the bedrooms.


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One of the reception rooms with colourful rug

One of the reception rooms with colourful rug

One of the reception rooms with colourful rug

Off the landing upstairs is the master bedroom suite. This includes a double bedroom overlooking the back garden with stained glass detail in the windows. There’s a full bathroom ensuite with a tub and a dressing room.

Upstairs again are five more double bedrooms, one of which is ensuite. The main family bathroom is also on this floor. All the bedrooms to the front of the house have elevated sea views.

The wide side passageway leads to a large rear garden, which has two block-built storage sheds, which could be converted for studio or home office use. Coming off the kitchen through stained glass doors is a patio area for entertaining.

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The kitchen at Montebello

The kitchen at Montebello

The kitchen at Montebello

At the back left corner of the garden, there is a large timber garden room. There is also lots of space to extend the house further if required.

The house was first placed on the market by the singer in 2016 and into 2017, but was withdrawn again. O’Connor acquired it at the top of the market in 2007 and is reported to have originally paid in the order of €1.7m.

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The dining room

The dining room

The dining room

Her agents remain tight-lipped on her reasons for moving. She was among a group of residents to object to plans to further enlarge a development of four-storey apartments going up on a site along the waterfront nearby. The developers were recently refused permission for an additional fifth floor after a number of residents objected.

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The view of Bray seafront from the property

The view of Bray seafront from the property

The view of Bray seafront from the property

The apartment sales launched last year and the scheme, which will likely boost waterfront values, is now approaching completion. In her objection submission, O’Connor wrote that building work at the former Cois Farraige Hotel site nearby meant that “the dishes have been jumping around my cupboards”.

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