April 13, 2021
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Derelict Bray Head Hotel back on the market for €3m – that’s €1.2m more than last asking price

It’s been closed for three years and has become an eyesore at the end of the promenade but now the Bray Head Hotel is back on the market for €3m.

Although it now has planning permission for 44 apartments and a pub and restaurant, if the asking price is achieved, it could see a return of almost €1.2m for owners IDV Developments who bought the property in 2018, when the asking price was €1.8m.

IDV has previously refurbished the Boyne Tower in Drogheda and an office building on Merrion Square but have ob viously b aulked at renovating the Bray Head Hotel, which has several preservation orders attached to it.

Its original plans for the Bray Head Hotel include a bar and café on the ground floor, a fifth-storey penthouse, 46 car parking, spaces and 114 cycle parking spaces.

When the Hotel closed in 2017, it was  was very much the end of an era for the building which was home to the (in)famous Alternative Disco in the 1980s and early 1990s.

The iconic building has been the location for several films and has welcomed many a famous face in its 130-year history.

A regular haunt of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor when filming at Ardmore Studios, the 60-bed hotel was built in the 1880s.

The grand old lady of Bray has been showing its age in recent years but still has many of its original Victorian features intact.

It was closed and sold by Ena Regan Cummins, whose family owned it for 55 years, in 2017 after her husband Johnny, who was well-known to many who drank there over the years, passed away.

At one time the family also owned the Holyrood Hotel on the seafront, which is now known as The Martello.

Films shot at the hotel include The Miracle, The Commitments, Breakfast on Pluto and My Left Foot together with TV series the Young Indiana Jones Love Hate, Bachelors Walk and Ballykissangel.

Stars who filmed there include Vanessa Redgrave, John Hurt, Pierce Brosnan, Neil Jordan, Beverley D’Angelo, Colin Farrell and Daniel Day-Lewis.

“The most striking of all the hotel’s famous guests were the regular visits by Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor while Burton was filming The Spy Who Came in From the Cold at Ardmore and again while filming Wagner in 1981,” said Ross Shorten of Lisney who sold the property to IDV.

“Other stars who have enjoyed drinks in the cocktail lounge include George Peppard and Ursula Andress while filming The Blue Max in 1966.”

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