Inside George Best’s childhood home after a retro remodel
The Eastside Partnership has renovated the football legend’s childhood home on the Cregagh Estate to look ‘like he left it’
The childhood home of Belfast football legend George Best has been remodeled with a retro redevelopment to take visitors back in time when he left for Manchester United.
The Burren Way home, where George grew up and his father Dickie lived until his death, has been taken over by the EastSide Partnership and recently remodeled to show what it would have looked like when the young footballer still lived there.
Each room has been fitted with retro furniture, ’60s-style wallpaper and photos depicting the life of one of Belfast’s most beloved sons.
Speaking to Belfast Live, Chris Armstong of EastSide Partnership said: “George’s father passed away in 2008 and EastSide Partnership has been approached in order to preserve the legacy of the place and keep it in the property of the people of East Belfast and the Best family.
“We bought the house in 2011 and since operating it as a self-catering accommodation on AirBnB, which is going wonderfully and we are welcoming guests from all over the world and it has been a real pleasure to see the impact that this is still the case today.
“Before this year the house was pretty much what it was in the early 2000s which was great because you got a feel for what it was like when George came to visit his dad.
“With the foreclosure and a funding opportunity from Tourism NI, we were able to renovate the house as it would have been decorated in 1961.
“The concept here is that George left Belfast in 1961 at the age of 15 to follow his dreams to Manchester, so we got the idea that he would close the door behind him and you would come in as a visitor. you come back and you open the door as he left in 1961. “
There are also little clues to what George looked like growing up, with school reports from his childhood, letters he wrote to his family in Manchester and a reminder that the United hero grew up as a fan. of the Wolves.
Chris continued, “Scattered around the house are old photographs of George’s playing career, but there are also personal touches from a family perspective, like letters he wrote to the house. Manchester home as a young teenager and school reports from Lisnasharragh, Nettlefield and Grosvenor.
“There are little memories about George too. He was a Wolves fan so we have a Wolves kit in the bedroom and Spartacus posters on the wall and old game day schedules and things like that so he There are little clues about his career around the house as well.
“George Best was an iconic footballer and it’s amazing what he’s accomplished in his life and career, but I think more than that he’s a symbol of positivity and how you can chase your dreams.”
Tourism NI funded the redevelopment of George Best’s home and said it was ‘delighted’ to have contributed to the legacy of one of Northern Ireland’s top sports stars.
Caroline Bell, Fundraiser, Tourism NI said: “Tourism NI is delighted to have provided funding from our Experience Development Program for this very distinctive and engaging experience associated with one of the sport’s legends of North Ireland. It will add to the range and quality of visitor experiences in East Belfast and meet the growing demand for local and authentic tourism offers ”.
To book a stay at the George Best House visit: www.GeorgeBestHouse.com and for more on upcoming tours visit: www.VisitEastSide.com For more information on the EastSide partnership visit: www.eastsidepartnership .com or www.facebook.com / EastSidePship.