About This Listing
A Home from Home. Why stay in a hotel room or cold apartment when you can have a comfy Victorian home which has plenty of character and is part of the Titanic story.
Situated in one of the best areas of Belfast, this accommodation is perfect for:
- Business Professionals coming to Belfast/Northern Ireland,
- Travellers coming to special events
- Families looking for a flavour of the local culture.
Also, this HOUSE is UNIQUE because...
This house is part of the Titanic legacy - it was the home of Artie Frost's family, who perished on the Titanic in 1912. Artie was one of the eight members of the Guarantee Group, an elite group (including Thomas Andrews) from Harland & Wolf that were onboard to maintain the ship during its maiden voyage.
Artie would have made the journey to work from the house to the Docks to work on the largest man made object in the world - you can retrace his steps!
More information can be found on this in National Geographic:
This is a spacious three storey Victorian house adjacent to famous Cyprus Avenue, probably the most beautiful tree lined Avenue in Belfast.
Being a Victorian house built in 1895, the house is full of character with ornate cornice, has lovely wooden floorboards and comfortable sofas and beds and is very clean and easy to heat. It is bright and airy and a warm and friendly place to stay while in Belfast.
The house is full of all mod cons you would expect, including Wifi.
Guests will have the use of the kitchen, and an open fire (on request). The kitchen is generally fully stocked with tea, coffee, biscuits and cereal which guests are welcome to.
All towels will be provided so you can travel light and save on excess luggage!
If you have a CAR there is plenty of ON & OFF STREET PARKING. If you are coming by BIKE I have a secure ground anchor at the side of the house.
There are FOUR rooms available spread over two floors in the house.
This makes it a perfect home away from home for:
- THREE couples to spend the weekend instead of in a hotel
- couples with up to 6 kids
- groups of up to 8 friends coming to gigs/events/conferences
Belfast is buzzing. The accommodation is convenient to so many places of interest. Within a two mile radius you can visit The Odyssey Arena, Belfast Waterfont Hall, The Titanic Quarter, Belfast City Hall, Queens University, Belfast Opera House, or go on an open top bus tour to see the famous Belfast Murals and the stories behind them.
I live just off "Cyprus Avenue" which the famous singer Van Morrison sang about – Van ‘s childhood was spent literally around the corner and there is now a Van Morrison trail where you can retrace the lyrics to his songs. He still walks around the area undercover - so come and see for yourself his inspiration and you never know, you may bump into him! – check out the 1970’s clips on You Tube!
CS Lewis, the author of the Chronicles of Narnia, lived within a two minute walk - you can visit his birthplace, his school, and 'Little Lea', the inspiration for the Lion the Witch & The Wardrobe. So this area is packed with history.
George Best, who became British Sportsman of the Century and runner up to Muhammad Ali in the World category of the BBC's all-time greats was born locally and his restiing place is nearby Roselawn Cemetary.
Rory McIlroy was born and has a home locally, so this area also has sporting pedigree and so many good golf courses - you are soplied for choice.
The accommodation is also within walking distance of shops (Tescos & M&S), independent cinemas such as The Strand, coffee shops, restaurants, nightclubs, art galleries and the Cathedral Quarter which is the most vibrant cultural quarter in Belfast, with rich architecture, vibrant nightlife and unique attractions, and if you would like to go to one of Belfast’s great restaurants, I’ll happily give you some advice.
There is excellent bus links (4A bus) into the city centre and it is only a 15 minute walk to the artistic Cathedral Quarter. Alternatively taxis cost approx. £6 into the city centre and take 5 minutes.
Belfast is also great base for exploring Belfast and the Antrim coast (including the Giant's Causeway), but also further South (90 mins by car from Dublin airport). I have plenty of off street parking if you are hiring a car.
Londonderry/Derry is a vibrant, historic walled city is undergoing a renaissance. It was voted fourth in Lonely Planets must see world cities. This year it is the UK City of Culture 2013 - (website hidden)
which means it will host a wealth of cultural events. This is only just over an hour's drive away or you could take the train from Belfast, which Michael Palin described as one of the world's great train journeys.
For further advice on GETTING HERE see the Directions Section below.
Other Things to Note
Guests are advised to have their own personal policy of insurance in case of accidents, personal injury or loss or damage to property. No responsibility is accepted by the host for any losses, damage or personal injury sustained by any uninsured guest during their stay. By making your booking, you agree to these terms and conditions.
There is parking for one/two cars in my driveway. If you park on the street, please avoid parking across any of my neighbours' driveways as they tend to get upset!
There will also be cereals, biscuits and tea/coffee left out for guests to use as and when they wish.
Please do not smoke in the house - you can smoke in the back garden instead.
I have an elderly neighbour, so please keep the noise down after 11pm. There are plenty of great bars and nightclubs in Belfast to party!
Thanks in advance, R.
Had a great stay in Richard's home in Belfast. The house was comfortable, clean, well maintained, and even nicer than the photos show. The neighborhood was quiet and beautiful, with convenient bus access to the city center. Easy walk to groceries and take-out food. Richard stopped by to make sure everything was okay, which it was. He stayed and had a beer with us, and was super easy going and helpful in suggesting ideas for our travels. We were traveling with a 3.5 year old and a 6 year old, and the house was great for them; they were sad to leave. Overall, we have nothing but positives to report about Richard and his house. We highly recommend it, and will try to stay there again when we make it back. Best shower this North American has ever had outside of North America!
I enjoyed my business trip to Belfast and Richard is a friendly host. The house is well kept and in a quiet location. It is not far from shops and a main route into the city centre.
Richard was a very welcoming host, he answered any and all questions and took a genuine interest in our stay! We used the house as part of my friends Hen party where there was more than ample space for games etc. Everything we needed was supplied. House was a 10 minutes drive via taxi from the middle of Belfast! Everyone was very pleased with the house...could not say enough good things about it xxx
Richard was there to welcome us and sat and spoke with us and gave us the "lay of the land" as it were. He was friendly and accommodating. He even was OK with me accidentally melting his electric kettle and buying him a new one! The place was homey and comfortable. The four of our party loved the feel and location within Belfast.
After staying in 12 Airbnb properties while on holiday this was the only one we were very disappointed with and felt uncomfortable staying there. It was clear the kitchen hadn't been cleaned and the rubbish bins were full. The owner suggested we limit the heating usage as it was very expensive to run and he would be monitoring it on his phone. However the house was very hard to heat with having two open fireplaces in the living area. We felt very uncomfortable knowing someone had entered the property while we were out.
hope the rest of your trip went well.
I'll address your points one by one.
1. The kitchen was clean as it always is as I had a cleaner come round the day before.
2. Heating - I certainly do not keep an eye on guests heating - I remember saying that there is no need to have it on 24 hours a day as a jest and I offered to help you. I think this was simply taken out of context.
Lastly, I did not enter the property while you were out - obviously I would have contacted you in advance.
Airbnb works on trust and sharing (and that's what I love about it).
Lastly - feedback from a home owner - it's fair to say we didn't hit it off when you arrived - I did feel uncomfortable leaving my home with you as I felt you didn't listen to me when I was showing you around.
Really warm reception from Richard on arrival extremely helpful but not overpowering by any means made us feel very welcome and at ease in his lovely home.
We were a group of 5 and the house suited us perfectly.
The house was extremely well equipped and in a lovely leafy chilled location close to the city centre
Richard was at the property when we arrived to do the key handover, etc. That went smoothly. There were towels on the beds, etc.
The area seemed safe to me. It was easy to order taxis to go out and to go to the airport and they were [to me, coming from London] very cheap.
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About the Host, Richard
Hi I'm Richard,
I am a friendly open minded, well travelled (I have backpacked around the world twice) who enjoys meeting new people and sharing experiences.
Northern Ireland is a great place and I look forward to giving guests some insider tips on how to get the best from your stay.
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