Stunning retreat with sea views and 50 bedrooms hits market for $8.2M

Stunning New England religious retreat with glorious sea views and 50 bedrooms hits market for $8.2M

  • A stunning New England religious retreat with glorious sea views is up for sale 
  • The Miramar estate in Duxbury, Massachusetts, has a price tag of $8.2 million 
  • With sensational views, three separate properties boast a almost 50 bedrooms

A stunning New England religious retreat with glorious sea views has hit the market for $8.2 million. 

Named Miramar – Spanish for ‘sea view’ – by its former owner Cardinal William O’Connell for the panorama of Kingston Bay, the property has been a Catholic retreat center since 1945, welcoming priests from around the world. 

Boasting a picturesque main home, a comprehensive community center and a detached cape cod-style home, the three dwellings offer the next owner endless opportunities for commercial or personal purposes. 

The sprawling 30-acre estate, located at 121 Parks St in Duxbury, Massachusetts, sits across the street from the Bay Farm Conservation Area which hosts two miles of trails through woodlands and meadows. 

During its rich history, the site of Miramar was owned by a descendent of the Mayflower, and was later beset by tragedy and scandal following a suicide after a romantic affair. 

A stunning New England religious retreat with glorious sea views is up for sale

Two staircases are seen in a hallway lined with polished hard-wood floors

Since 1945, the property has been used as a spiritual retreat center

The SVD decided a year ago that they would close the retreat and focus their efforts and resources in other areas

A glamourous two-story entry foyer, formal hosting rooms, commercial kitchen, dining room and elevator are included inside the grand main home which transforms into the ideal hosting space with 37 bedrooms and en suite bathrooms. 

Photos of the vast grounds show cedar woods, open fields, manicured lawns, two ponds, and seasonal views of Kingston Bay. 

The community center occupies almost 5,000 square feet with another five bedrooms and their own en suite bathrooms. 

It’s equipped with a kitchen, sunroom, living room and an additional separate apartment with two bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms. 

Another four bedrooms, multiple bathrooms, a kitchen and conference rooms are fitted out in the third dwelling found on the estate. 

There’s also an elevator for getting from one level to another, as well as space for 50 vehicles in a large area out front. 

Today the estate is used as a retreat center for priests and brothers returning from missions, welcoming over 6,500 annual visitors before the Covid pandemic. But the area holds a rich history.
Several generations of Lorings lived on and developed the land as a farm

The home appears to be well taken care of and can be decorated to fit any taste

The former retreat is up for grabs for $8.2 million

It once served as a prominent fishing and hunting spot for the Wompanoag people for before the arrival of the Pilgrims. 

The historic seaside town was settled in 1628 by the families of John Alden, Thomas Prence, Jonathan Brewster and Captain Myles Standish who named the area after his ancestral home in England – Duxbury Hall. 

He assigned rights to the Miramar section to his military assistant, Lieutenant William Holmes, in 1627. 

In 1702, the land was acquired by Thomas Loring, a descendant of the original settlers of Hull. 

The Loring family retained their kin of the estate, known then as Bay Farm, over the next 300 years, becoming renowned for building iron-clad ships which were used by the Union during the Civil War.

Toward the end of the 19th century, Samuel Loring lost a significant chunk of his family’s money after enduring a series of unfortunate business issues. 

Although the properties were protected as part of a homestead, it is believed he took his own life after his daughter was involved in a scandalous affair. 

The estate was called Miramar or 'view of the sea'

A brick fireplace stands out against the wood wall and flooring

The new homeowner has endless opportunities with what to do with unique dwelling

In 1945, the world’s largest Catholic missionary, the Society of the Divine Word (SVD), purchased the property. 

Missionaries would be sent out three year assignments and then spend time off at the retreat before their next assignment. 

But over time, the focus of the SVD became more concentrated in the Southern Hemisphere, so their priests preferred to stay in warmer climes. 

‘With a small presence in the North East, and fewer priests in the Province, the SVD decided a year ago that they would close the retreat and focus their efforts and resources in other areas,’ listing agent John O’Connor said. 

With a special permit, the incoming owners could launch a retirement facility, a private club, or a residential conservation cluster development. 

As the property is being sold by a religious organization, there are restrictions which the new owner will be expected to follow. 

For a period of 90 years from the date of this deed the parties will agree for life-affecting medical procedures, such as human-cloning, euthanasia, experimentation on human embryos or stem-cell research. 

The property is also forbidden to be used to sell guns or cultivate cannabis. 


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