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Merchant's House
Ranked #15 of 44 Derry B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 30, 2013 via mobile

Stayed two nights at the Merchants House. Very nice room with large bathroom. Great common area to have a drink and catch up with email. The owner is very nice with wry sense of humor. Made us feel very welcome. Great Irish breakfast each morning. Only problem might getting on the street parking. Easy walking distance to castle, Bogside and restaurants.

Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 17, 2013

ok so I`m biased, I`m originally from Derry and am very proud of my home city and I have a fascination for all things Georgian so Merchant`s House ticked all the boxes. As a family of 4, myself, himself and 2 kids aged 9 and 6, we were assigned the family room in the basement - warm, cosy, welcoming and beautifully decorated. Small bathroom but it`s an old house, there was no bathroom in the 19th century so they have done the best they could with what room they had, no problem whatsoever to us.
The bedroom was probably the kitchen in the old days, the well worn outside steps attested to many a hardworking maid running up and down over the years
We had a key that allowed us to either use the door in the wall in the back courtyard which led out to a laneway to enter and exit or we could go through the present day kitchen and through the main front door - a much nicer way to enter and exit but nice to have both options

Breakfast at the communal table was lovely, nice but simple selection of cereals and fruit followed by a freshly cooked fry. I`m a fairly sociable sort and enjoy chat anyway and luckily the other guests were too but if it`s not your thing it may be intimidating!
The house is 2 minutes walk (or even less!)from restaurants, bars, supermarkets and shops, it is a beautiful historic house with character and the owners are welcoming - highly recommended for something different from the usual boring homogenous accommodation that is all too often the only option

Room Tip: basement room was quiet and very private
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 14, 2013

I stayed at the Merchant's house for a night and would have stayed longer, if I could have. An old Georgian house which is beautifully restored. Each room and the common spaces such as the sitting room, dining room and the staircase are unique. The rooms at the back overlook a lovely courtyard. The communal dining table around which a hearty and tasty breakfast is served is certainly my favourite. The only place where guests are encouraged to interact with each other. A sense of a home pervades throughout. I would recommend this B&B wholeheartedly and would love to stay here again.

Room Tip: Choose double rooms, especially overlooking the courtyard at the back.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 12, 2013

A provincial Georgian house restored and furnished sensitively. A host with humour and knowledge of her surroundings. A large table for communal breakfast and good homemade foodstuffs. A sitting room with many original features, comfortable chairs and a selection of books.These are all you need for to make a charming and unique lodgings. Of course the host knits it all together and makes sure everything is perfectly clean and that you are welcomed and treat like a visiting merchant. Ask any question about the house or about Derry and you will be given good suggestions. A great place to stay. A gem. Go now and visit their other premises, "The Saddlers", on your next visit.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 19, 2013

We travelled to Derry with the intention of installing our daughter in the Halls of Residence at Magee Uni, arriving a day early from Cyprus. For the one night. The proprietress, Joan, was extremely accommodating, even providing us with breakfast on arrival, after our long journey, well after the breakfast clear up. We had a large family room in the basement which was very comfortable, and secure. (By the way Joan I know you wont be reading this but I am leaving it here anyway!).
We would have no hesitation recommending the Merchants House, which is an interesting older style building beautifully and tastefully brought into the 21st Century without spoiling any of the character.
On arrival just note that the Queen Street address straddles across an intersection, so if you think you have missed it, just turn around and go back across the junction and you are sure to find it. Its not that we were strangers, we needed a taxi, and he went the wrong way too!
We enjoyed the shared long table for breakfast, which is great to get the conversation going amongst other guests, endless cups of tea or coffee, fresh made, as is the full Irish breakfast - simple, tasty delight.
Be sure to try the wheaten bread, not 'home' made exactly, except if you are from Ireland, which I am; in that case it is 'home' made and very nice too. Thank you Joan - we hope to see you next year again.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 13, 2013

We spent a week in The Merchant's House, it was very comfortable - it felt like home from the very first day. The building is old but very well restored and is beautifully decorated. Kudos to the owners for a well done rehabilitation job.

We had the two back rooms/kitchen in the basement so we had our own entrance from the back patio and were able to come and go as we pleased without disturbing other guests, which was nice since we hit the pubs almost every night. We used the rear gate via the alley to gain access to the back patio late at night but never felt unsafe in the alley - the back patio has a tall wooden fence along the alley and has a locked gate.

The only odd thing about our rooms was that although we had the basement kitchen, there weren't any table/chairs at which to dine so it was really more a galley. That would have been a minor inconvenience except for the fact that THE LANDLADY REMOVED THE REFRIGERATOR FOR HER OWN USE! This rendered the kitchen practically useless to us.

It seems they were going to try their hand at running a tea room/snack bar on the back patio for the anticipated crowds attending the festival (Comhaltas Fleadh) that week and said they needed more refrigerator capacity for cold drinks.

We had no means to keep our perishable food so we ended up eating out more than we originally planned. I don't think the tea room/snack bar idea ever got of the ground as I never saw a single customer for that - but we ended up subsidizing their idea with our refrigerator.
End of rant.

The breakfast was really good and the kitchen & wait staff were all doting and very friendly - they are Irish after all.

I did appreciate the availability of a working computer with internet access, this is almost required for modern-day travel with nearly every reservation being electronic, but I do wish they had a printer to get hard copies of web documents.

The location was perfect, for us anyway, close enough to the action without being negatively impacted by the noise/traffic. The main street (Strand Rd.) is two short blocks away and the police station is a few doors down, plus it's very close to the two colleges. There is a small shopping center very close to the B & B and plenty of restaurants and pubs nearby.

Overall, I'd rate it a 4 out of 5. We would definitely stay there if we return to Derry but would demand that darn refrigerator be left in the kitchen!

Room Tip: Some basement rooms have separate entrances, some have kitchen option.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

We had the garden level family room which was large, bright, and very comfortable. The breakfasts were excellent. You can't beat the location for visiting the city center. Everyone was so kind to my kiddos and were very friendly.

Room Tip: The front garden family room was big. You can not get WiFi down here, but it is available upstairs.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Merchant's House

Address: 16 Queen Street, Derry BT48 7EQ, Northern Ireland
Location: United Kingdom > Northern Ireland > County Londonderry > Derry
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #15 of 44 B&Bs / Inns in Derry
Number of rooms: 7
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Merchant's House Derry, Northern Ireland

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