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Wake Up Next To A Badger!

by Melanie Harrison in Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

We did it
On 7th October 2019 we successfully raised £8,630 with 121 supporters in 28 days

I'm Mel. Join my whirlwind adventure restoring two 1879 buildings to create THE place to stay in Belfast for culture, character and charisma

by Melanie Harrison in Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

New stretch target

There are many cornices to fix and many metres of mahogany floor to lay. All the money plus any extra will be needed for these very expensive processes performed  by skilled, local craftsmen. Your money goes towards all of this. All goes back into these beautiful historic architectural beauties

The Harrison "Chambers of Distinction" Belfast

A New and Different place to Stay

My Story

I live in a Victorian townhouse in a leafy part of Belfast’s prestigious Malone Road. A few years ago I saw an opportunity to develop a portion of the property into a successful airbnb. In the day to day running I’ve learnt the following three things about myself:

• I love people.

• I love Belfast.

• I want to connect more visitors with an eclectic and authentic taste of all Belfast and NI has to offer.

The opportunity recently arose to acquire the two adjacent townhouses on he Malone Road.  So the creation of the Harrison began.

The Harrison will offer unique flexible guest accommodation in unpretentious yet eclectic, inspiring and interesting surroundings It is a lifestyle space here travellers can stay in comfort and luxury and also feel part of a  community. Guests can soak in the history of a 1879 Victorian townhouse  experience the rich diverse culture of the Queens University and Museum quarter with its many eateries,art galleries and botanical gardens.

 I aim to  build on the legacy of Belfast’s Victorian heritage through the décor which  successfully blends finest Victoriana with humorous conversation pieces  and colour. The individually styled en suite bedrooms feature high quality beds surrounded by eclectic, antique furnishings. The large, front of house  bedrooms will have comfortable seating areas where guests can enjoy a cup  of tea and the paper.

The Knowledge

Independent travellers will have the opportunity to experience the warmth of genuine N. Ireland hospitality while being attended to by friendly and helpful staff who will serve food and advice on Belfast’s best kept secrets in equal measure.

The Exchange

Guests will have the opportunity to receive a flavour of the local arts and culture scene through the communal spaces running local events and workshops.In this sense The Harrison is neither a hotel or a guesthouse. It is a concept accommodation where guests can experience the best of local culture in a home from home environment along with local people.

Steeped in History

Did you know that 37- 53 Malone Road originally went by the by the address of 1 - 9 Windsor Gardens?

The terrace in which "The Harrison" is to be found today was designed by the Belfast architect William Eaton (1854-1896) who practised from nearby Botanic Avenue and was built during the period 1886-1887.
Such was the appeal of the houses that many of Belfast’s most successful merchants soon took up residence here.

One of the first was John Cleaver, a partner in the Royal Irish Linen Warehouse of Robinson & Cleaver, later to become Belfast's grandest Department Store who moved to No 5 Windsor Gardens (now 45 Malone Road the site of the Harrison from Ashley Villa in Ashley Avenue. Cleaver had 3 sons and 5 daughters and required a substantial property in which to house them!

 Help Me to Restore the Old Features ?

I need the money raised from crowdfunding to fix the damaged cornicing from 1879 and to replace the mahogany floors with reclaimed mahogany form the old Royal Victoria hospital a mile away. 

What reward will you choose ?

You are invited to come and stay when the Harrison is completed this spring. Come and be my guest and enjoy the eclectic surroundings. Visit the Queens University, Ulster Museum and Botanic gardens nearby. Enjoy the Lyric theatre where Liam Neeson learnt his craft or the Grand Opera House where there is always top class musicals, plays and events. There are fine dining restaurants, bistros, cafes and bars all around us or why not just come and enjoy our surroundings for a romantic or relaxing break with your partner.

Our heritage rooms all have different features like four poster beds, original fireplaces and free standing Victorian baths in the rooms. The Victoriana rooms are decked out individual collectable pieces of art, antiques and quirky finds that I have picked out myself over years of travelling. 

The mastersuite on the ground floor has a fourposter bed and another room that sleeps two more people and a walk in shower suitable for wheelchairs. It is furnished with the finest antiques and beautiful luxurious velvets.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£125 or more

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Christmas Voucher Heritage Room with bubbly

Overnight stay in one of our large Heritage suites with breakfast and champagne for 2 people. Send your address and we will post the voucher to you, Valid april 2020 to may 2021

£10 or more

20 of 100 claimed

Coffee and Tray Bake for 2

After our opening in March we would love to invite you to our new Oscar Wilde themed cafe to enjoy our eclectic surroundings in the famous Victorian terrace on the Malone Road where the wealthy merchants such as John Cleaver lived with their families. Your support means a lot to us. Many Thanks. Melanie

£20 or more

A pre opening tour with bubbles and canapes

Come for a pre opening tour and enjoy drinks. You can learn about the history and view the rooms,

£25 or more

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Music Night

Come to our fundraising party where we will have music on two floors both live and with DJS. Welcome drinks included November 8th 47 Malone Road next door

£80 or more

Overnight stay for 2 with breakfast

Stay in our Victoriana rooms all individually and thoughtfully decorated and filled with artefacts, antiques and art works. Every ensuite has a rain shower. Some rooms have views of mointains and others have a balcony to sit out and relax on.

£120 or more

Overnight stay in Heritage room with breakfast

Two people stay in a heritage room each with it's own features such as free standing bath, fireplace or four poster bed. Heritage rooms have huge bay windows and plenty of space so you can relax while looking out onto the leafy Malone road with all its beautiful heritage buildings, Choice of cooked or continental breakfast

£200 or more

Two bedroomed VIP suite with four poster bed

Ground floor spacious suite. Two bedrooms and a shower room. Features exquisite cornicing, a four poster bed and antique Victorian dressing, table, chairs and objet d'art. This room is the jewel in the crown. Sleeps 4 people (Available to book from March 2020-February 2021)

£3,000 or more

Your home for the night. All 17 rooms & breakfast

All 17 rooms are yours (maximum 38 people). Arrive to a reception with bubbles and canapes, stay overnight and enjoy breakfast the next morning. Musical entertainment can be arranged if required.(Available to book from May 2020 - April 2021)

£5,000 or more

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Be first to host your wedding at The Harrison

The night before the wedding the bride gets our ground floor two bedroom mastersuite. The next day guests get all of the other 16 rooms for an overnight stay. This package includes a champagne reception, a 3 course table d'hote meal for up to 36 guests with the Bridal party having exclusive use of the building. (Available to book from May 2020 - April 2022)

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