Well turned out house, handy location
Submitted: May 2, 2013
Stayed: April 2013
Belfast boy, now living in Scotland, on the annual family pilgrimage back to Belfast!
Chose this area as a base for visiting friends and relations, but also ideal for being a tourist - Botanic Gardens, Ulster Museum, Friars Bush Graveyard, Queens University, Lyric Theatre all within 5 minutes walk, city centre walkable or an easy bus ride, Botanic station nearby for longer trips by rail. Good selection of shops/cafes/restaurants minutes away.
Very friendly welcome from the owner, everything explained, basic groceries to start us off (any combination of wheaten/soda/potato bread appreciated by a returning native!), flexible with arrangements on leaving.
The house is lovely, recently modernised in a fresh, uncluttered style, but retaining original Victorian features like the plaster ceiling mouldings and the tiled fireplace in the front room. My sister lives in a similar house elsewhere in Belfast and came to see it - very impressed! Well equipped kitchen, digital TV/DVD and a selection of books (always a good sign). Real highlight was the dining room at the back - south facing so lots of light all day and patio doors out into a neat little patio/garden/yard. Would have been happy to sit there and read all week of our holiday. But so much to be done....
This year's tourist highlights: the new Titanic exhibition centre (very well and thoughtfully done) and the Tayto Crisp factory tour (out in the country (Tandragee) so a car needed) - yes, it really is in a castle! (read the address on a packet!). Both need booked in advance - easy by internet. The open top bus tour of Belfast was also worth doing.
In summary - highly recommended.
Owner's Response: What a great advertisement for Northern Ireland!! Are you sure you don't work for the Northern Ireland Tourist Board!
Perhaps we'll see you again. Glad you enjoyed your stay. Warm wishes
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