Seaside charm in a fairytale Causeway Coast setting
Property of the week The Bradden, 22 Portbradden Road, Bushmills
Published 10/09/2015 | 16:21
Step into a dream like world with this incredibly beautiful historic home set on the edge of the magnificent Causeway Coast.
The Bradden has so much to offer - a truly unrivalled location, historic charm, a boathouse and slipway onto a sandy beach - not to mention its own church.
A unique piece of history within the grounds is St Gobban's Church, built in the Fifties and which legend has it is the smallest church in Ireland.
Sitting in the beautiful gardens it has been a major draw for tourists over the years.
The house is owned by the Rev Con Auld, a retired clergyman, schoolmaster and ex-mayor of North Down who converted what was originally an old cow byre into a church in the grounds.
Nestled in a hamlet in a sheltered rock face on the Causeway Coast The Bradden looks out over Whitepark Bay to Rathlin Island and the Irish Sea towards Scotland.
The historic character of the house itself, its adjoining boathouse and slipway has seen it feature in many TV programmes and magazine articles.
There is an entrance hall with a couple of steps to two cabin style bedrooms and a drawing room with sea views, a further bedroom and loo.
The rear of the house was originally a mill and here you will find a reception hall with stone fireplace and a large split level open plan kitchen with steps up to a living room with vaulted ceiling. The back of the house has a gorgeous garden in lawns with colourful flowerbeds and winding paths that lead up the rock face to a raised viewing point and patio that has simply stunning sea views.
The interior of the house captures life in old Ireland with its exposed beams and stonework with character that gives the feeling of having stepped back in time.
Enter through stone pillars with antique style lanterns onto a pebbled driveway which leads to a parking and turning space.
Immediate cottage character starts in the hallway which has wood panelled walls, stained and leaded glass windows and a cast iron fireplace.
This opens to an "entertaining hallway" complete with its own bar area beside a gorgeous stone fireplace with multi-fuel stove.
Stairs lead up to the original mill house and down to a lower ground floor.
Even the bedrooms are bursting with character. One features two circular glazed side lights originally from the Titanic and wood panelled walls while another has been designed to resemble a cabin and also features two circular lights from the Titanic.
There is a spectacular lounge with a double height ceiling, panelled walls and a stone fireplace with wooden chimney breast. In here bay windows make the most of the incredible views. Steps from here lead up to a third bedroom.
There is also a WC and a hallway leading to a half landing with a door opening to a covered rear yard and the garage, a shower room and the quaint kitchen.
This space is a cosy cottage style charmer with a corner multi fuel burning chimney and stove set against brick. A door opens to a terrace and the gardens.
An open staircase rises to a minstrel gallery landing where there is another wonderful room with pitched ceiling, exposed beams and panelled walls. More steps lead to another living room which could also be used as an additional bedroom. This room also has a brick fireplace with cast iron multi-fuel stove.
Outside is a delight. There is a gorgeous back garden full of beautiful flowers and plants, and a lawn with its own putting green area and various seating areas.
A pathway leads further up the cliff to various vantage points where you find views to rival anywhere in the world.
There is a natural brick raised terrace built into the cliff which directly overlooks Whitepark Bay and Portbradden Cove.
Quaint St Gobbans Church has its own stone pillar and stained glass window.
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