Rocklands, Harbourt Road, Dalkey

Once a magnificent seaside estate, Rocklands stood on two acres, sharing a jetty and bathing area with two other houses, likely Belvedere and Beulah. The house itself, at the time of its sale in 1950, was set over two floors. The ground floor comprised of a lounge hall, large double drawing room with two bay windows, dining room with three windows, study, morning room, bedroom, bathroom, separate W.C., large high-roofed single story kitchen, pantry, scullery. The first floor comprised of one large double bedroom and two smaller bedrooms. The c. 2 acres of lands included two large lofted garages and various shrubberies. It is easy to imagine how fantastic the property would have been had the land not been developed at the end of the 1970s.


The vast majority of Rocklands House’s lands were used to build an exclusive gated enclave of 8 large homes. As pictured above, homes 1-3 were more regular style homes, whereas homes 4-8 were stone-clad chalet styled homes. In 1979, Avondale Homes, the developers, advertised the new scheme of eight homes at Rocklands with prices starting from £110,000.

In 1980 the last house, Number 8, was the last house in the scheme left for sale at £120,000. In 2003, the same house, now needing modernization, sold for €1,950,000 with a guide of only €1 million. The house had a very strange layout, and was sold by the Guinness group, who housed their executives there. The split-level house extended to 3,713sqft, arranged over five half levels, when it was demolished in 2009. It has since been replaced by its new owner, a close associate of Denis O’Brien’s, with a magnificent de Blacam and Meagher-designed 6,813sqft modern glass-box style house. Most of the other houses in the development remain relatively untouched, although 1 Rocklands had a new house built in its rear garden, fronting onto Harbour Road, circa 2002.

Rocklands House is owned by a director of the Irish Sailing Association, who previously lived on Kilmore Avenue in Killiney. The house appears to have sold in 2012 for €2.2 million, which is when the current owner likely purchased it. After the supposed sale, the owner sympathetically refurbished the near-5,000sqft property.