An unassuming terraced house in east Belfast is fast becoming one of the most sought-after Airbnb?s in the city. From the outside, it looks like many other homes in Belfast, but once you know its history, you?ll understand why people are clamouring to stay at this Airbnb in Belfast.
16 Burren Way isn?t just a standard Belfast home, it was the place where George Best lived until he was 15 and where he first learned to kick a football. The terraced house was the Best family home for over 60 years and the Bests were the only people to take up residence there.
Since 2011, the house has been open for tourists to stay in thanks to East Belfast Partnership, a regeneration company that helps channel funding back into the community.
All the profits from the Airbnb in Belfast are brought back into the community to improve the area, deliver arts activity, provide creativity workshops and focus on education in the local area.
George Best?s Air BnB in Belfast
Although there has been some modernisation of the family home, a lot of the house remains as it was when George Best and his family called it home.
Built in 1949, the Best family home retains many original features that would have been in the house when it was first built ensuring a stay in George Best?s former home is nothing short of authentic.
With three bedrooms and one bathroom, the house is closely located to the famous Cregagh Green where George notoriously learnt how to play football. The famous pitch was recently given protected status and was the first project in the UK to be given funding as part of the Active Spaces Forever programme, which promotes outdoor activity.
Guests staying at the Airbnb in Belfast will further have access to the back garden where George first kicked a ball.
Best?s bedroom has been restored and recreated to how it would have looked in the 1950?s when he occupied it, with some of his childhood memorabilia donning the walls and nooks and crannies.
Browse through his school reports and letters he wrote to his parents while you take a seat in the room where he blossomed into the man we all knew and loved.
There?s even a football kit from his childhood ? but not the one you?d expect. The kit is a replica of Wolverhampton Wanderers? 1950?s gold and black kit, while he found his feet at Manchester United, his childhood team was always the Wolves and this replica gives a key insight into the childhood of the world-renowned footballer.
In 2017, the property was also included in the Belfast Heritage Weekend, offering tours around the house from George Best enthusiast Peter Wood, and the spaces on three tours filled up immediately. Last year was the first year the building was included in the Heritage Weekend and it was received to rave reviews.
An Amazing Alternative to the George Best Air BnB
George Best?s childhood home may be a popular place to stay for enthusiasts, but a much more luxurious football-themed hotel will soon be opening its doors in Belfast.
If you don?t manage to get a bed at 16 Burren Way, keep your eyes peeled for the opening of The George Best Hotel in Belfast. As luck would have it, the hotel even has the same street number as the home Best grew up in. Come and find us at 16 Donegal Square as we begin work on the best hotel in Belfast.
With exclusive memorabilia, anecdotes from those that knew him best, the fans that made him a star and uniquely themed rooms on every floor, The George Best Hotel is set to be the place to stay for George Best fans in Belfast.
We?re beyond excited to invite you inside so you can get a different glimpse at the life of George Best. Just like the George Best Airbnb in Belfast, our hotel will preserve the history of one of football?s greats while amazing our guests with the luxurious and decadent d?cor that Signature Living is known for.
Progress is being made on the former Scottish Mutual Building and the coming months will see the hotel transformed into an accommodation like no other. The George Best Hotel in Belfast will be an outstanding homage to one of Belfast?s Belfast?s most well-known stars while providing luxury accommodation for everyone.