One of two double rooms available in a cozy, spacious, newly-renovated house beside Queen's University and Botanic Gardens. Shared living room and kitchen. 5 min walk from bars, cafes and restaurants on Botanic Ave, and 15 min walk from city centre.
Everyone who stays in this house feels instantly at home. It was completely refurnished in 2011 but retained its rustic character; the wooden floors, exposed brick kitchen, wood burning stove, claw foot bath tub, but still has all the modern conveniences.
Guests will have access to a shared kitchen, bathroom and living room. There will be fresh coffee every morning, and fruit/pastries/yoghurt for breakfast. The fire will be lit almost all the time in the winter, and there is a courtyard garden and a bar-b-que to avail of during the summer.
Free street parking is available right outside the house, although due to the proximity to the university this can be busy during the day during term time. Evenings and weekends are usually ok though.
Interaction with Guests
My housemate, Rodger, and I each have our own large bedrooms, so we often retire to there in the evenings, or we may be in the kitchen and living room around meal times. We respect the privacy of our guests, but they are also welcome to hang out with us in the living areas, and we're always happy to provide advice on things to do in Belfast.
You are not going to find a more convenient location in Belfast. Our leafy, residential street is literally next door to the historic Queen's University and the beautiful Botanic Gardens. The bars, cafes, and restaurants of Botanic Avenue are only 5 minutes away, and the city centre is a 15-20 minute walk. The street itself is often used as a location for local film and television productions, such as the TV drama The Fall, and the movie Good Vibrations.
Botanic Avenue train station is a 5-10 minute walk from the house, and there multiple bus stops nearby.
Arriving from the George Best City Airport is about a £8-10 taxi journey. Or there is a bus to the city center.
From Belfast International Airport, a taxi costs about £25, or there is a bus which takes you to the Europa bus station. From here it's a 20-30 minute walk, or about £3-5 in a taxi. Similarly, the bus from Dublin airport will also drop you at the Europa.
Other Things to Note
The property has two double rooms available on Airbnb, each under a separate listing. So guests may need to be aware that they could be sharing with other Airbnb'ers. Or this could be beneficial to two couples or individuals travelling together that would like their own space. The other room is listed here: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/2786701
It should go without saying that guests should treat my home with respect. No excessive noise or parties. Be mindful of the other tenants and neighbours.
Smokers may make use of the courtyard garden out back.
The house is very well located, few steps until Queens University Library. If you enjoy walking you can go easily to downtown. The breakfast is very nice with fruits, biscuit, coffe, tea, milk, yogurt, bakel... The kitchen is well equipped and Ryan made us feel comfortable to use everything. In the neighborhood has some good and cheap markets. There is also good pubs 5 minutes walking. Ryan is very helpful guy and He and his housemate are easy to keep in touch. Both were very friendly. Ryan always keeps the house clean and ask if we need something. If you are from a tropical country may you can think the house is a little bit cold in the winter but you will be accustomed soon. Furthemore he offers us more cover and let us use the fireplace. For sure I recommend!
Ryan was not around during our stay, but we did meet his housemate, Rodger, at check-in and at other times throughout our 6-night stay. He is easygoing and friendly, giving us recommendations for places to visit. He brought us around the house, kindly showing us how the tv works and offering to start the wood stove for us. He gave us his no. for emergencies and also the no. of a cab company on his own initiative! =) It was a little difficult for us to locate the place as we arrived when it was dark and some roads were not signposted. We got lost walking from Europa bus station, but met kind strangers along the way, who pointed us in the right direction. It's just past a little curve in the road on the doorstep of Queen's Uni; once we got our bearings, we could easily make our way to/from other parts of the city. The night we arrived, the surroundings felt unsafe, probably due to some loud drunk people we met along the way and the dark, quiet streets. May be a boon for some! We had no problems locating the key and the room is exactly as pictured! It was cozy, the bed comfortable (so much so that we did not want to get up some days), toilet easily accessible on the same floor (spacious and charming - note that the light is turned on through a switch hanging near the door, and one more in the shower; don't look for it on the wall!). The house is old; every room full of character! However, the stairs are noisy, and we could only hope we were't disturbing Rodger in his sleep when we left in the mornings! We did not use the kitchen other than to boil water, but were free to use the fridge, utensils, etc. if we wanted to cook. It was disappointing that breakfast was not provided though, as it was one of our considerations when deciding on the place. However, there are plenty of food options nearby - Queen's University, Ulster Museum, and Botanic Gardens are practically next door and we tried breakfast at Hope Cafe in the Uni once. Not too bad! As mentioned in the description, central heating is switched on for a few hours in the morning and evening. We turned the heater on (located in the kitchen) for awhile each morning as we would usually leave before the stipulated 'heating' hours, so no problems getting hot water for a shower! However, as it is an old house, the room always feels cold, even with the heater on. Nothing a hot shower and drink can't fix, but coming from a country on the Equator with no winters (Audrey), and one where winter lows hit 14 deg Celsius (Jimmy), we did have to wear a few layers to sleep! Overall, charming place to stay, with the University quarter nearby and city centre within walking distance. Thanks, Ryan and Rodger! Jimmy and...
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Lovely neighbourhood, 2 minutes from the beautiful university and botanic gardens. Ryan was a fantastic host, really accommodating, only sad I didn't see more of him!
Room and bathroom very nice and there's a fab breakfast. Thanks Ryan!
The place's perfectly clean and look exactly like the picture. Since I had been staying w/ airbnb for mor 5 times, Ryan place's the best experience for me so far. I also had fruits, yoghurt, muffin and bagel as my breakfast. ^^
Ryan was a great host and had great accommodations for us in Belfast. His apartment is located in the university area and within great walking distance to the city center. The area is quiet and safe. Our bedroom was freshly prepared, and we had access to a bathroom right around the corner.
Great private room in a cozy University brownstone. We loved the neighborhood, lots of bars and restaurants off the typical tourist path. The house is only a 10 min walk from Crown Liquor Saloon. Ryan is super friendly and gave is great tips on the area.
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Hi! I'm Ryan. I'm originally from a small fishing village in Northern Ireland but have been based in Belfast for most of my life (aside from a 5 year stint in Washington DC). I've travel a lot over the years, both for work and for pleasure, and have used Airbnb in Paris, Amsterdam, London and Sydney. I currently work in the astrophysics department in Queen's University, but also moonlight as a truck driver on the weekends. I love live music, mountain biking and cooking. Pretty much a very easy going, down to earth kinda guy.