A home for sale in Northern Ireland has a claim to fame of Titanic proportions.
Part of the Old School House near Belfast — a charming 1833 structure that has been converted into a four-bedroom single-family property — is made of wood from the fated ship.
The house’s owner was told by a man who worked in a local salvage yard that the wood for the kitchen’s window seat was used in the building of the Titanic.
The timber is said to came from Belfast’s Harland & Wolff shipyard, where the Titanic was constructed between 1909 and 1912.
The link has never been confirmed, and it’s unclear when in the house’s 186-year history the bench was added. But it is plausible that the wood could have come from the famous Belfast shipbuilding hub — it’s less than five miles away.
The house off Newtownbreda Road, which is listed for £439,500 ($548,891) with the brokerage Templeton Robertson — has been meticulously restored, is located near the center of town, and still retains its 19th-century charm.
The property has also been a post office and a meeting hall, and the current owners bought it as a single-story home in the late 1980s.
Its modern-day form comes with a formal dining room, a living room, an eat-in kitchen, a foyer, an office and a new detached guest house. Still, Victorian vibes abound in the reclaimed pine flooring, oak staircase, Gothic-style windows and clawfoot bathtub.
Broker Neil Templeton of Templeton Robinson in Ballyhackamore told the Belfast Telegraph that the house is a “local hidden gem” and a “once in a lifetime” opportunity for a buyer.