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Idyllic seaside home that boasts Ireland's smallest church up for sale

By Amanda Ferguson

It is thought to be the smallest church in Ireland.

And now St Gobban's on the grounds of The Braddan on the Portbradden Road, Bushmills, is up for sale.

Built in the 1950s, the charming non-denominational church on the Causeway Coast near the Giant's Causeway is just 11ft 4ins x 6ft 9ins (3.45m x 2.06m).

It has played host to dozens of marriage services over the years and boasts breathtaking views over Whitepark Bay to Rathlin Island and the Irish Sea towards Scotland.

The church, house and boathouse - owned by retired clergyman and teacher Rev Con Auld, a former mayor of North Down - is on the property market with Simon Brien Residential for £375,000.

David Menary from Simon Brien said there has been huge interest in it. "It is very rare to get a view with so much activity and beauty," he said.

Mr Menary spoke of prospective buyers' fascination with the tiny church.

"A number of clients and friends have been married in this church," he said.

"Con Auld has married dozens of people in it over the years. The church is non-denominational, something he has taken pride in over the years. It is probably one of the most unique settings to get married on the North Coast."

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 toilet. The rear of the house - originally a mill - is now a reception hall with stone fireplace and a large split-level open plan kitchen with steps to a living room with vaulted ceiling. At the back, lawns with colourful flowerbeds and winding paths lead up the rock face to a raised viewing point and patio with stunning sea views.

For more information about The Braddan, call Simon Brien Residential on 028 9042 8989.

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