'Marconi Cottage' has gone on the market

THE property known as 'Marconi's Cottage' near Ballycastle has gone on the market.

There is some doubt locally as to where exactly Marconi did stay during his time in the town but the property is being marketed as the place where he lived.

A press release said: 'Rarely does the opportunity arise to purchase a house which is not only of key historic importance but is also situated in one of the most enviable locations in Ireland.

'Marconi's Cottage sits literally on the rocks of the north Antrim coastline at Ballycastle and was used in the early development of the radio system by the famous Nobel prize winning Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi.

'In July 1898 Marconi stayed at Marconi's Cottage and the house was used to carry out some of the earliest radio transmission experiments to and from Rathlin Island. The experiments were part of the development of wireless telegraphy which would later revolutionize communications.

'Marconi had other strong links to Ireland including his mother, Annie Jameson, whose family owned the Jameson Whiskey Distillery. He was also responsible for the two radio operators and radio telegraph system on the Titanic – his invention was credited with one of the main reasons why survivors were rescued.

'Marconi's cottage sits on a secluded 18 acre site with breathtaking sea views and surrounded by rural countryside. The site has full planning consent for a replacement home offering potential purchasers the chance to own a contemporary home on a historic, idyllic site.

'The replacement dwelling is 2,500 sq ft to be constructed using natural materials including stone and slate with extensive glazing on to take full advantage of the sea views.

'The cottage is located two miles from Ballycastle which provides local shopping facilities, restaurants and bars, a new marina and the Rathlin Island ferry. The West Coast of Scotland is also within a 35 mile cruising range.

'The site also provides easy access to the rest of the stunning north Antrim coastline which boasts some of the most breathtaking scenery in Ireland.

'From the Glens of Antrim to the world famous Giants Causeway, this region of Northern Ireland is renowned for its history and local hospitality. Also close by are the neighbouring towns of Portrush, Coleraine and Cushendun with attractions including Royal Portrush Golf Course, Murlough Bay and Bushmills Distillery.

'Marconi's Cottage is on the market for 400,000. For further information on the property contact selling agent BTWCairns on 028 90668888 or www.btwcairns.com,' said the press release.