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The Merchants House

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16 Queen Street, Londonderry, Co Londonderry,
Mrs Joan Pyne
T: (028) 7126 9691

An award winning restored Georgian town house situated in a conservation area.

The Merchant's House is an award winning restored Georgian town house situated in a conservation area. The house is centrally located within walking distance of the city walls, and many of the city's leading restaurants,bars, theatres and historical sites. The Merchant's House retains most of its original features including marble fireplaces, ornate plaster work, panelled doors, and North American pine floorboards. It has a fine dining room on the ground floor with a large table where guests can dine and converse together over breakfast. Lively conversations frequently take place here in the mornings. Guests can also avail of the splendid sitting room on the first floor to read and relax. It is one of the few buildings of its era that is still used for residential purposes in the city centre. In a recent renovation the former kitchen and servants' quarters in the basement have been sensitively restored to provide three charming, bright, ensuite bedrooms that are redolent of the atmosphere of the past. The Northern Ireland Government's Department of the Environment has listed the building as a Grade B property of historical and architectural significance. There is a walled patio garden at the rear of the building which is overlooked by a railed balcony area on the first floor. Guests are welcome to use the patio and the balcony, weather permitting. Home-made bread, jams, stewed local fruits, home-made yoghurt and fruit compotes are served at breakfast. A computer is available for guest use at no extra cost. Most of the bedrooms have free access to WiFi facilities. A baby cot and high chair are available on prior request. The owners speak Spanish. Pets are welcome to stay in their owner's bedrooms at no extra cost. Guests should be aware that this is a tall Georgian listed building, with lots of stairs and it does not have a lift/elevator. Because of architectural constraints, ensuite bathrooms are, of necessity, smaller than their modern counterparts.