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“Perfect for our family, the best accommodation on our trip”
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Merchant's House
Ranked #16 of 43 Derry B&B and Inns
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Montrose, Colorado
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18 reviews
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“Perfect for our family, the best accommodation on our trip”
Reviewed 24 June 2014

This is an interesting historic property, lovingly restored and graciously managed by Joan and Peter, who made us feel completely at home in a grand house. It was my favorite accommodation of our two-week trip. Our three-generation family of six stayed in the two garden level rooms (the historic maids' quarters), which adjoin by way of a small kitchenette, while both rooms have private entrances to the outdoors. The smaller back room opens onto the garden and is completely private and quiet. The larger front room has some street noise when the windows are open for ventilation, but is still quite comfortable, and everyone slept well. (There is also a third small room on this level, which also opens onto the garden, which was not occupied when we were there.)
The beds are small for two people (compared to what Americans are used to) but comfortable. We asked if we could have a twin airbed delivered for our granddaughter, and that worked out well, as the larger room had plenty of space to accommodate it. The bathrooms are small and modern. We easily used the Wifi on the main floors and didn't miss it in our ground-level rooms. The dining and living rooms on the main floors are lovely, and breakfast was very good, including fresh fruit and homemade marmalade in addition to all the cooked items. We were especially grateful to Bertie and Tania for helping us with our laundry after a week on the road. Everyone was extraordinarily helpful and cheerful.
We will definitely stay here again if we ever return to Derry, and we found Derry's stories quite compelling and worth a return visit.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Mission Viejo, California
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Reviewed 22 June 2014

Stayed here 3 nights in early May. Our room and en-suite bath (on the 2nd floor - 1st floor to Europeans) were fairly small, but overlooked the back garden. We were also next to the lovely large parlor/sitting room and to the guest-use computer. All of this suited us very well. Downstairs dining room was beautiful and breakfast delicious. Enjoyed chatting with the other guests at the large dining room table. Also enjoyed our chats with Joan, the proprietor.
We found the location close enough to walk to all the sights in town. We had a rental car (used to visit the Giant's Causeway and Glenveagh Nat'l Park) which we were able to park around the corner on Clarendon St. (esp. after 5 PM). Would definitely stay at Merchant's House again!

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Boulder, Colorado
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 December 2013

Not easy to find. GPS will take you right there and you will probably drive by it the first time. It's the Georgian row house next to the vision eyeglass center. When you do find it, Peter and Joan will probably be around the corner at their other B&B. I think that one is Saddlers House. There will be a note on the front door with directions. You can usually grab a parking spot on the street in front although the streets are jammed. You won't get a ticket. Just drive like the locals and ignore everyone. Rooms were large. Good Internet reception. Close to the Peace Bridge, Walled City, Guildhall and the IRA Museum from the Troubles. Large grocery store down the street. Some good restaurants nearby. Great breakfast. Communal table is enjoyable. Joan's background is Catholic, but she is not a fan of the IRA and doesn't understand why monuments were built to all those "criminals". And she will let you know it. Wasn't my belief, so I was a little irritated at first. Not her fault. Very nice couple.

Room Tip: Get a room on the backside away from the street. Good picture of a row house neighborhood from the w...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Moscow, Russia
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2013

Rooms here are just like in any well kept B&B, some smaller and some larger. What I found interesting was the atmosphere of authenticity. This is the first B&B where I saw a spacious and luxurious sitting room where you can find a useful compilation of books and guides on Ireland. Both the sitting room on the first floor and the dining room on the ground floor are stunning. This is where you would probably like to enjoy your English breakfast and nice chats with other guests as long as you can. Joanne is an extremely friendly host and an enthusiastic story teller. Location is also an advantage: in a quiet quarter, just 10 min away from the City Walls and the Guildhouse.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Salem
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94 reviews
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Reviewed 30 November 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, travelled with friends
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Donegal Town, Ireland
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54 reviews
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Reviewed 17 November 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, travelled with family
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 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, travelled on business
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Property: Merchant's House
Address: 16 Queen Street, Derry BT48 7EQ, Northern Ireland
Region: United Kingdom > Northern Ireland > County Londonderry > Derry
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #16 of 43 B&Bs / Inns in Derry
Number of rooms: 7
Also Known As:
Merchant`s House Hotel Derry
Merchant's House Derry, Northern Ireland

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